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The importance of flossing, from Dr. Baruffi and Southcenter Dental

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!

Straight talk with Dr. Baruffi

May 12th, 2011

We've had patients ask us why Dr. Baruffi works so hard to give our patients straight teeth using Invisalign. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth can keep them healthier? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime.

Straight teeth, Dr. Baruffi will tell you, are less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque—the sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth and leads to tooth decay; and they are easier to keep clean!

If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, give us a call to set up a consultation for Invisalign. Our team at Southcenter Dental can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from Invisalign treatment at our modern office conveniently located in Tukwila and proudly serving Seattle.

What’s on your reading list?

May 3rd, 2011

With the school year close to winding down for a lot of our patients at Southcenter Dental, we wanted to remind all our patients about the importance of reading. Sure it’s easy to keep putting off reading this time of year, but reading is a vital step in brain development and literacy. And if you needed any more reason to read, May marks “Get Caught Reading Month.”

Today, we thought we’d ask: What's on YOUR reading list? What are some of your all-time favorites? Out of ideas for great reads? Ask us for suggestions, and Dr. Jerome Baruffi and our team would be happy to provide a few. You may also ask a local librarian for some ideas on what to read next!

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your book picks or your all-time favorite novels or literature on our Facebook page!

How to freshen bad breath, from Southcenter Dental

April 29th, 2011

Dr. Baruffi, your Seattle & Tukwila dentist, recognizes that many of his patients are concerned about bad breath, or halitosis. While some cases of bad breath are persistent (chronic bad breath), generally bad breath is transient, and can be prevented.

We recently came across this helpful video about bad breath and thought it was worth sharing with our patients. The video explains what might cause bad breath and some ways that it can be avoided. In most instances, bad breath can be prevented by practicing common oral hygiene techniques that you have probably heard us emphasize during a visit to Southcenter Dental, such as brushing and flossing daily. We encourage you to watch this video for additional tips on how to keep bad breath at bay. Enjoy!

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