February 1st, 2012
Did you know February is National Dental Health Month?
It's a great time of the year to renew those resolutions about continuing to practice great dental hygiene. Today, we thought we'd discuss the importance of preventative oral care. While most people are familiar with traditional heart-saving practices such as eating healthy and exercising regularly, lesser-known are the benefits that great oral hygiene provides to one’s cardiovascular health.
Here are a few tips to help you continue those New Year's resolutions:
*Remember that poor oral hygiene is linked to serious common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia and osteoporosis. Teeth are the only non-shedding surface in your body, which suggests teeth have the highest bacterial levels in the entire body.
*Brush and floss every day to remove the plaque that can lead to cavities. Flossing daily removes food debris that your toothbrush cannot reach.
*Replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after a cold or illness to prevent re-infection. Remember to use a soft toothbrush so you won’t wear off the enamel of your teeth.
*If heart disease runs in the family, a diagnosis of gum disease increases the likelihood of developing heart disease, but an improved oral care regimen and healthy diet can lower the risk.
*Visit our office regularly. The American Dental Association recommends you visit Dr. Baruffi every six months for regular checkups and cleanings. Fluoride treatments twice a year will help prevent tooth decay.
Each February, our team at Southcenter Dental focus on the preventive oral care of our patients. Have you visited our office the past six months? If not, it’s time to give us a call and schedule an appointment!
January 23rd, 2012
We know not everyone is always thrilled to visit their dentist for a checkup. But we want you to know we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. So, today we’d like to know: What is it about Southcenter Dental that makes you comfortable or puts you at ease? Is it something about our pleasant environment? Our friendly staff? Is it something about Dr. Baruffi himself?
Let us know by posting below or on our Facebook page!
January 16th, 2012
Happy Monday! Dr. Baruffi and our team at Southcenter Dental are proud to announce that beginning today to February 26th, 2012 you have the opportunity to enter our Facebook sweepstakes to WIN an iPad2!
Here’s how to enter: LIKE the Southcenter Dental Facebook page and complete the entry form located in the Sweepstakes Tab on the left hand side of our Facebook page.
- From Dr. Baruffi and our entire team at Southcenter Dental
January 11th, 2012
Don’t put off your next visit to Southcenter Dental any longer! As we’ve shared in previous blog posts, oral health issues have been increasingly linked to other health concerns, such as heart disease. Cardiovascular disease remains American’s number one killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to the American Heart Association. Believe it or not, an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.
Studies are also beginning to suggest that patients, especially those with periodontal disease, are believed to have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke. Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, their regular visits to the office of Dr. Baruffi can help detect early warning signs of heart issues, prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. We’d also like you to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25).
Additionally, if it’s been more than six months since your last visit to our office, please give us a call! We proudly serve Tukwila, Seattle, Renton and Burien.