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Appollonia: Patron Saint of Dentistry - Dr. Baruffi, Tukwila Seattle

February 23rd, 2009

Apollonia was a deaconess who lived during the third century in Alexandria, Egypt. At that time in history, Christians like Apollonia were often persecuted. According to stories, in her later years Apollonia spent time visiting and caring for Christian prisoners. Eventually she was imprisoned as well. Her captors were cruel, and at one point during her imprisonment, they broke all her teeth. Legend has it that even with the extreme pain caused by her broken teeth, Apollonia stayed strong.

Apollonia eventually died around the year 249 in the service of her religious beliefs, and was therefore considered a martyr. The Catholic Church canonized her (made her a saint) around the year 300, and because of her peculiar association with teeth – especially broken ones – she is now known by many as the patron saint of dentistry. Those with toothaches and other dental troubles call upon Apollonia to help them through their pain.

Various churches in Belgium, Germany, Italy, and beyond contain memorials to Saint Apollonia. A public square in Rome, the Piazza Sant'Apollonia, is dedicated to her. And there's even a train station in Lisbon, Portugal, named after her. Apollonia's celebration day is February 9.

Of course, should you have the misfortune of encountering any tooth-related pain, we'd prefer that you to call on us at Southcenter Dental, rather than the patron saint of dentistry! But maybe you can send a request out to Apollonia as you make your way over to our office.

Southcenter Dental Patient Reviews

February 17th, 2009

Dr. Baruffi serves the Western Washington community with superior dental service. See what his patients have been saying about him.Dr. Baruffi and his staff are always friendly, professional, and helpful. I also believe that Dr. Baruffi and his staff respect my opinion and personal needs when it comes to the care of both my and my daughter's teeth. I had severe dental anxiety before I came to Dr. Baruffi.
-Lisa R.

The staff are friendly and kind. They treat you like a QUEEN!
-Sharon J.

He's been my dentist since my teeth came in! He's the greatest!
-Andrea S.

He is kind and makes me feel very comfortable. I also really like the hygienist Kim. She always makes me feel comfortable and is fun to talk to. The staff are willing to answer questions and are friendly as well.
-Amy B.

The whole staff has a positive professional attitude.
-Joseph W.

I know I can count on the best modern dental care. -Frith M.

He is soooo nice. I am a brand new patient and the day my Partial was ready wass his day off. He came in to work on his day off so I could be fitted and receive my Partial. He really cares and that makes me feel good.
-Kristen P.

The service that I receive from Dr. Baruffi and his entire staff is professional, courteous, and outstanding!
-Simon R.

They've seen me for so long now that the dentist and his staff are all very friendly with me. It's nice to be treated that way! And he retains his staff so you know they're happy there and he takes good care of them.
-Megumi S.

I find the dentist and his staff to be professional, up front and caring.
-Bonnie R.

I’ve been a patient for 14 years and built up trust & personal relationships over that time, not just with doctor, but also with the staff.
-Jill M.

Friendly, prompt service!
-Kenneth L.

These folks are top of the line and extremely caring. What other dentist will watch the sunrise with his patients and staff on early morning appointments? Fabulous! Bravo Dr B.!
-Helena V.

What to Expect on Your First Visit to Southcenter Dental

February 10th, 2009

Your first visit to the doctor typically includes an x-ray that allows the doctor to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.

The initial visit also involves getting your medical history. When you share your medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health. Inform your doctor if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill. Also tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking (whether prescription or over-the-counter products) and the name of your physician. Inform the doctor of any changes in your health or medications. This information will help the doctor to select the most safe and effective method of treatment for you.

When Are Two Phases of Treatment Necessary? - Dr. Jerome Baruffi

February 3rd, 2009

Usually patients we refer for orthodontic treatment already have their permanent teeth – but in some cases we recommend starting treatment earlier, even before the patient’s permanent teeth come in. We call this “two-phase treatment.”

When we have patients with clear developmental problems at an early age, it’s best to start work when they are young, before the problems get bigger and more difficult to treat. Examples include an upper or lower jaw that is not growing correctly, or a mouth growing in a way that doesn’t leave enough room for all the permanent teeth to come in.

In these cases we will refer you to an orthodontist early and do one round of treatment – phase one – while the patient still has “baby teeth.” Phase one usually does not involve braces, but can include a different type of appliance that helps the jaw grow into place properly, such as a retainer. We’ll follow up with phase two usually a few years later, when the patient’s permanent teeth have come in. Phase two often does involve braces and sometimes headgear.

In order to catch early problems, we recommend that children have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven (and so does the American Association of Orthodontics). However, if we or your pediatrician see any sign that early treatment might be necessary, we may recommend your child visit an orthodontist even sooner.

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