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Ask Dr. Baruffi: What's the deal with all that Halloween candy?

November 1st, 2010

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For our patients at Southcenter Dental concerned about going overboard on candies, sugar and other sweets this weekend (especially tonight), this post is just for you!

Our entire staff at Southcenter Dental will tell you all those sweet, sour and sticky candies may taste great, but these treats are known to damage teeth! Did you know sour candies can be acidic to your teeth, and actually wear down the enamel that protects them? Candies like Starburst and Skittles are the worst for your teeth since these candies have a low pH value, which is known to ruin enamel.

We encourage you to try and limit the amount of these candies you eat this evening, and when you do eat them, either rinse your mouth with water afterward or drink a glass of milk or eat a slice of cheese.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN and we'll see you soon!

Year-end insurance reminder from Southcenter Dental

October 24th, 2010

Drs. Baruffi and Neilson, as well as our entire team Southcenter Dental, would like to give those patients with flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits a friendly end of the year reminder that it's about that time to schedule your dental visit so you can optimize your benefits!

Now is the time to reserve you appointment with us. Space is limited and we usually get VERY busy around the holidays, so don’t wait to give us a call at 206.575.1551! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

October 13th, 2010

October is here, and for our staff at Southcenter Dental, that means only one thing: National Dental Hygiene Month.

Your teeth are an important part of your body, and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting our convenient Tukwila office on a regular basis, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.

We encourage you to check out the aforementioned National Dental Hygiene Month website, which provides pointers on keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Lastly, has it been six months since your last visit to Southcenter Dental? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to give us a call at 206.575.1551 to set up an appointment.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Talkin' cavities with Dr. Baruffi

September 27th, 2010

At Southcenter Dental, we know one word nobody wants to hear is Cavity! Yes, the dreaded cavity; but what exactly is a cavity and how do they happen? A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.

So, what causes a cavity? A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.

Yes, cavities can be repaired by Drs. Baruffi or Neilson at our convenient Tukwila office, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities:

• Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily

• Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)

• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach

• Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink

• Be sure to visit Southcenter Dental every six months (or as recommended) for a teeth cleaning and check-up

We hope that helps! Happy Monday!

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