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Ask Dr. Baruffi: Why are regular dental checkups so important?

February 27th, 2011

Are you brushing your teeth twice a day? If yes, that’s great; but, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to visit Southcenter Dental every six months in addition to brushing your teeth a couple times a day. Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral health.

Drs. Baruffi and Neilson can check for problems that might not be seen or felt, detect cavities and early signs of decay, treat oral health problems early and show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth.

During an oral exam Drs. Baruffi and Neilson can check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing. If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, give us a call at 206.973.8211 to schedule an appointment!

Connect with Southcenter Dental on Facebook!

February 18th, 2011

At Southcenter Dental, we truly value the relationships we have developed with our patients in Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac and surrounding communities over the years. Even if you only visit Drs. Baruffi or Neilson every six months, did you know that you can now connect with us on our Facebook page?

We invite you to “Like” Southcenter Dental on Facebook, where we'll share office news and updates on our Fan Page, so check it out! By Liking our page, you will receive updates from our team automatically on Facebook!

See you online and have a great holiday weekend,

- Dr. Baruffi and staff

American Heart Month & your cardiovascular health

February 9th, 2011


You may remember our post from last week, when we discussed February being National Dental Health Month. But did you know February also marks American Heart Month at Southcenter Dental?

It’s a great time to take good stock of the health of your heart, says Dr. Baruffi. Cardiovascular disease remains American's No.1 killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.

Visiting our office regularly can help prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. And because people with dental insurance are more likely to visit a dentist, a healthy mouth begins with a visit to Southcenter Dental. In observance of Heart Month, Dr. Baruffi says it’s also important to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25). If you have any questions about heart health, or about your treatment at Southcenter Dental, please give us a call today.

February is National Dental Health Month

February 1st, 2011

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 Drs. Baruffi and Neilson 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!

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