June 9th, 2011
Just as there are so many different types of toothbrushes to choose from, each brush also has a different type of bristle! There are generally three different types of bristles; hard, medium, and soft. We always recommend that our patients, especially children and seniors, use a soft bristled toothbrush.
Using a hard and medium bristled brush can actually harm your teeth and gums by stripping the enamel from the teeth and irritating the gums so that they become red and sore, and can even cause gum recession. If you do use a hard or medium bristled brush as a personal preference, we recommend using an electric toothbrush.
Soft bristles are much gentler on your teeth and gums, and while patients of all ages are recommended to use soft bristled brushes, they are particularly great for children, seniors, patients recovering from a dental procedure, and patients wearing braces.
Soft bristles, and even extra-soft bristles are every bit as effective when it comes to cleaning your teeth; in fact, if you currently use a hard or medium bristled brush, try a soft bristled brush next time you buy a toothbrush and we bet you won’t even notice a difference!
June 3rd, 2011
Summer is coming and you know what that means – the most popular time of the year for weddings! June and August are the most popular months to tie the knot. If you are gearing up for a wedding this summer, consider matching that white dress to a perfectly white smile!
At Southcenter Dental, we offer in-office tooth whitening for the bride, the groom, or the entire wedding party! You get the girls together to get their nails done, and now you can get them together to get their teeth done!
In-office whitening is the quickest, most effective way to achieve whiter teeth. Because we at Southcenter Dental are dental professionals, we have the expertise to use higher percentages of whitening agents than the at-home systems allow. So you can get a brighter white, usually in just one visit!
Give us a ring at Dr. Baruffi's office and let us add some extra sparkle to your “I do”!
May 26th, 2011
Memorial Day weekend is a time Americans remember all those who bravely gave their lives for our country. It’s also the unofficial start of summer, and for many kids, getting out of town for three days with parents after being in school all these months is sure to be sweet, sweet relief.
At Southcenter Dental, we know Memorial Day weekend is ripe for travel. After all, it’s unofficially the start of summer and time for a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories with parents or friends. What are you up to this Memorial Day weekend? What will you be doing on your day off from school or work?
Whether you are headed to a barbeque, a camping trip, or just having fun in the sun this weekend, we’d like to hear all about it! Enjoy the holiday!
May 20th, 2011
At Southcenter Dental, we hope you’re not a part of the 51 percent of Americans who don’t floss daily. Or worse, we hope you’re not part of the 10 percent who never floss at all. Dr. Baruffi and our team will always tell you that proper flossing is just as important for your dental health as brushing regularly. Flossing cleans food and plaque that build up between teeth and below the gumline, key areas that brushing simply cannot reach.
Flossing 3-to-5 minutes everyday is recommended, but even 60 seconds of flossing has a great benefit over not flossing at all. Also, make sure to always brush your teeth after you floss, and to rinse with water or mouthwash. When you begin flossing you may experience gum pain or bleeding, but with daily flossing and brushing this should stop within a week or so.
On a side note, has it been at least six months since your last checkup at our Tukwila office? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling 206.575.1551. (We also proudly serve Seattle, Renton, SeaTac, Auburn and surrounding communities).
Have a WONDERFUL weekend, everyone!