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Are you wearing your mouthguard this summer?

July 7th, 2011

With summer in full force, Dr. Baruffi and our team at Southcenter Dental thought today would be a great time to remind all our athletes to take care of both their mouth while participating in sports - especially contact sports - this summer.

Only by using a mouth guard can people avoid serious sports injuries. The next time you're in for a visit with Dr. Baruffi, we encourage you to ask us for a mouth guard! In addition, here are five quick tips for keeping yourself and your kids safe during sport activities.

• Wear a helmet
• Stretch before and after a game or practice
• Wear protective eyewear
• Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
• Be observant, even as a spectator

We hope you're enjoying your summer, and invite you all to share your summer photos on our Facebook page!

A Word from Dr. Baruffi

June 30th, 2011

Give Southcenter Dental a call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jerome Baruffi.

Fighting plaque with Dr. Baruffi

June 23rd, 2011

By fighting plaque you can keep your teeth for a lifetime. Today, in fact, older adults are keeping their natural teeth longer because of scientific developments and an emphasis on preventative dentistry.

Good oral hygiene requires an understanding of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colorless layer of bacteria. When you eat carbohydrates (foods made of sugar or starch) you feed this plaque, which in turn produces acids that attack tooth enamel, cause cavities, and develop a hard substance called calculus (tartar). Uninterrupted, the acid attacks can result in tooth decay and gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). If left untreated, gum disease can cause loss of teeth and bone.

At any age, you can begin the fight with plaque and keep your teeth and gums healthy. It's really quite easy. Simply:

1. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. While you're at it, brush the top surface of your tongue to eliminate bad breath and bacteria buildup.
2. Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
3. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If a snack is needed, nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or a piece of fruit should be chosen.
4. Schedule regular checkups at our office. Visit Dr. Baruffi regularly (every 6 months) for professional cleanings and oral exams.
5. Ask Dr. Baruffi about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
6. Wear mouth protection such as a mouthguard when you play contact sports or extreme sports - Seattle is a place for summer sports!

Tell us about your summer plans!

June 17th, 2011

At Southcenter Dental, we just can't believe it's already June. As the days get longer and the temperatures begin to climb, there’s no better way to beat the heat than jump into a pool or cool off from the sun under the shade with a beverage. For a lot of Dr. Baruffi's patients, summer brings a chance to get away from it all and escape every-day life, if only for a week or two. For others, it means a season of relaxation and relief from homework and other duties.

What about you?

What are your plans for summer? Do you have any interesting plans for a summer vacation? Does your family have a vacation or family reunion planned? We want to see when and how you are all spending your summer vacations. If you’re going somewhere exotic, fantastic! If you're going camping in the Cascades, awesome! Even if you're staying at home here in Seattle, that can be fun, too.

Please feel free to share your summer plans and experiences with us on our Facebook page as the summer rolls along!

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