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In-Office Teeth Whitening with Southcenter Dental

August 16th, 2011

What could possibly beat summer? A bright white smile, of course. A whiter smile is one just one dentist visit away at Southcenter Dental! A whiter smile is one just one dentist visit away! ZOOM! Smile Whitening, available at Southcenter Dental, brightens and whitens your teeth in just 45 minutes. Once you have gone through the Zoom! treatment we will send you home with an at-home whitening bleaching kit with custom made trays. Using the take home trays will allow you to maintain your desired level of whitening over several months.

While Zoom! Smile Whitening is a great way to enhance the appearance of your smile, it’s not always for everyone. Those with deep, dark stains that remain unaffected by whitening treatments and patients with regular tooth sensitivity may not be good candidates. Find out more about Zoom! Smile Whitening at our web site; and when you are ready to have a whiter, brighter smile contact Dr. Baruffi & our team at Southcenter Dental for an evaluation!

And be sure to check out other teeth whitening options available at our Tukwila dental office!

Have a great week!

When you need immediate dental care, we’re here for you.

August 8th, 2011

At Southcenter Dental, we know dental emergencies are never convenient or timely. If you are a patient of record, Dr. Baruffi and team are committed to your dental health and are more than willing to see you.

We are here to help you, any time, any day, and when your dental health is at risk, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that you’re treated as soon as possible. While dental emergencies are rare, we know they can happen at any moment, and it’s important to know how to take care of your teeth no matter what.

Common dental emergencies include:

• A bitten lip or tongue
• Broken or cracked tooth/teeth
• Broken jaw
• Permanent tooth that has been knocked out
• Object caught between teeth
• Severe toothache

If you have a dental emergency after regular office hours, please give us a call. If you are calling us after hours, please follow the emergency prompts to contact Dr. Baruffi. We proudly serve patients from Tukwila, Seattle, Renton and Burien, among other surrounding communities.

We hope you’re all enjoying your summer.

Ask Dr. Baruffi: What, exactly, are cavities?

August 2nd, 2011

We know one word nobody wants to hear when they visit Southcenter Dental is Cavity! That’s right, the dreaded cavity; but what exactly are cavities 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 Dr. Baruffi, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities at home:

• 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 our Tukwila office every six months – or as recommended – for a teeth cleaning and check-up

We also proudly serve Renton, Kent and the greater Seattle area.

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.

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