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Your dental and cardiovascular health, from Southcenter Dental

July 27th, 2011

Don’t put off your next visit to Southcenter Dental any longer! As we’ve shared in previous blog posts, oral health issues have been increasingly linked to other health concerns, such as heart disease. Cardiovascular disease remains American’s number one killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to the American Heart Association. Believe it or not, an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.

Studies are also beginning to suggest that patients, especially those with periodontal disease, are believed to have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke. Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, their regular visits to the office of Dr. Baruffi can help detect early warning signs of heart issues, prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages. We’d also like you to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25).

Additionally, if it’s been more than six months since your last visit to our office, please give us a call! We proudly serve Tukwila, Seattle, Renton and Burien.

Ask Dr. Baruffi: Can germs really live on my son’s toothbrush?

July 20th, 2011

Thank you for the question, and yes, absolutely. Germs are known to linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart this summer - keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing

• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen

• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster

• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

Hope these tips help! Feel free to call us if you have any questions or ask Dr. Baruffi and our team at Southcenter Dental on Facebook.

Write a Google review for Dr. Baruffi or Southcenter Dental!

July 14th, 2011

Happy Thursday! Whether you've visited Dr. Baruffi and Southcenter Dental for a week, months or even years, we'd love to hear your feedback about your experience! There are lots of places on the Web where you may share your reviews, but we'd like to direct you to our Google Local Page to write a review of us - it only takes a moment!

You may write your review here.

Thank you in advance and enjoy your weekend!

- Dr. Baruffi and team

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!

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