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Halloween TIPS from the American Dental Association

October 26th, 2011

It’s almost that spooky time of year again! Whether you are going door-to-door trick or treating, attending a party dressed in a clever, silly or scary costume, or simply getting together with friends and family to watch scary movies, Dr. Jerome R. Baruffi and our team want you to keep in mind the following tips from our friends at the American Dental Association to help reduce tooth-decay.


Eat treats with meals. Saliva production increases during meals washing out food particles and helping to neutralize cavity causing plaque acid.


Consider chewing ADA-accepted sugarless gum after meals. Certain sugarless gums have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for scientifically proving that chewing the gum for 20 minutes after meals helped prevent tooth decay.


Follow the 1-2-3s of good daily oral hygiene: Floss once a day, brush twice a day and eat three balanced meals a day.


Visit Dr. Jerome Baruffi for regular checkups.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN from your friends at Southcenter Dental!

Cold season is here, from Southcenter Dental

October 18th, 2011

Cold and flu season is here - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and coughing. Symptoms can last for up to two weeks.

To promote a healthy and clean environment, Dr. Jerome R. Baruffi and our entire staff give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our Tukwila office at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces. For the protection of other patients and our staff at Southcenter Dental, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.

And remember to constantly wash your hands and avoid contact with those who are ill! Stay Healthy!

Five tips to avoid plaque, from Southcenter Dental

October 12th, 2011

Nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth, courtesy of our friends at WebMD.

Let’s start with not brushing regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

Next on the list is not flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.

Also, evading a trip to visit Dr. Baruffi is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting your dentist at least twice a year, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth.

You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you have braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.

Finally, before you pick that candy up, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be. If you have any questions, visit our web site on oral hygiene, or contact our office at

Smile! October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

October 4th, 2011

October is here, and for our staff at Southcenter Dental, that means only one thing: National Dental Hygiene Month.

Your teeth are an important part of your body, and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting our convenient Tukwila office on a regular basis, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.

We encourage you to check out the aforementioned National Dental Hygiene Month website, which provides pointers on keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Lastly, has it been six months since your last visit to Southcenter Dental? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to give us a call at 206.575.1551 to set up an appointment.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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