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Gum Disease Can Sneak Up On You, from Southcenter Dental

March 16th, 2011

At Southcenter Dental, we know it’s easy to tell when you have a cavity; but unfortunately, gum disease can exist in your mouth without you even knowing. In fact, you can have the beginning stages of gum disease without noticing any pain or discomfort. Since gum disease can be undetectable, it’s important to watch for warning signs in order to prevent the disease from worsening!

Signs to watch for include:

• Gums that appear red or swollen
• Gums that feel tender
• Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
• Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
• Persistent bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position
• Any change in the way partial dentures fit

If you or someone in your family is showing these signs, make an appointment right away by calling our office. We can diagnose the problem and begin treatment to save your teeth and give you back a healthy mouth!

Invisalign patient testimonial [Video]

March 7th, 2011

Dr. Baruffi and staff found this video last week, and realized that it's just what folks in the Seattle and Renton area considering Invisalign need to see. Invisalign gets a ton of promotion online (including here on our blog), but people rarely get the see a clear cut, unbiased, point of view from someone who has chosen to straighten their teeth with Invisalign.

At Southcenter Dental, we get quite a lot of requests for Invisalign. We always let our patients know about the stages of Invisalign, as well as how one might first react to it. But, to hear it from someone actually wearing these clear aligners is something else.

Check out this video of a patient who has been wearing her aligners for only 10 minutes! Because they’re clear, your teeth will be steadily straightening – and no one will know it but you! Please give us a call to set up an appointment, so we can discuss the specifics of your treatment.

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

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