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How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health

Are you pregnant? Congratulations! Call your parents, call your friends, and then be sure to call your Lynnwood dental clinic. Dental care may not be first on your list of priorities when you’re expecting, but pregnancy has a bigger impact on your oral health than you may expect.

First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that your dentist plans your treatment around your pregnancy. There are certain procedures that may put your baby-to-be in unnecessary danger. If you can, tell your dentist if you’re planning to get pregnant before the pregnancy occurs so that you can have your regular x-rays or any other treatments done in advance.

On top of this, you will want to take extra care throughout your pregnancy to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Your body goes through changes during pregnancy, and some of these changes compromise your ability to fight dental problems. Combine this with the increased consumption of sugary foods that many pregnant women go through, and it adds up to a seventy percent rate of women experiencing some form of gum problem while pregnant.

A healthy mouth means a healthy body, and a healthy body means a healthy baby. If you would like to learn more about how to handle your oral hygiene during pregnancy, contact Song’s Lynnwood dental center today.

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Watching for Gum Disease

In many ways, the health of your gums is more important than that of your teeth.  Gums are fragile and harder to repair, and when they’re compromised your entire mouth can suffer.  This is why our Lynnwood dental clinic offers extensive periodontal care, and encourages you to watch out for these warning signs of gum disease:

  • Your gums bleed easily, particularly after proper brushing or flossing.
  • The gums are inflamed, changing color and swelling up to an unusual size.
  • Pus appears in between your teeth and gums.
  • Your gum line is retreating from your teeth, exposing the roots of the teeth.
  • You experience bad breath that doesn’t go away..
  • You have a bad taste in your mouth that you cannot account for.
  • Your teeth no longer fit together the way they used to.
  • Your teeth are coming loose.

Gum disease is among the leading causes of tooth loss among adults, but it is easily treated if it is caught in its early stages.  If you experience any of these warning signs, don’t hesitate to call Song’s Lynnwood dental center.

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Do You Need to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are frequently the last teeth to erupt in your mouth, generally appearing as you enter adulthood. Our Lynnwood dental clinic offers wisdom tooth extractions, which are common and simple procedures that many adults have to go through. However, the idea that wisdom teeth must necessarily be removed is a common misconception.

If you have wisdom teeth, consider the impact they have on your mouth. Have they come in crooked? Are they crowding your other teeth, throwing your bite out of alignment or putting strain on your jaw? Finally, how easy is it for you to care for these teeth? If their position makes brushing and flossing an ordeal, they could quickly turn into a hotbed of bacteria that could ruin your entire mouth. Any of these conditions can make you a candidate for a wisdom tooth removal. If you think you could live comfortably with your wisdom teeth, however, then you may very well be one of the lucky ones.

Call our office to schedule your own wisdom tooth extraction, or to explore your options with your wisdom teeth.

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White Fillings: the Clear Choice over Silver

At Song’s Lynnwood dental clinic, we favor the newer, composite fillings over amalgam. Not only do they look better, blending in with the white of your teeth, but they’re also a lot less controversial.

The biggest issue regarding the silver amalgam fillings is their mercury content. These fillings are generally about fifty percent mercury, which is by itself a highly toxic material. For a long time the FDA maintained that the mercury in amalgam fillings is safe, but in light of recent lawsuits in the past decade they have been forced to acknowledge that mercury vapors that may be released in the process of installing an amalgam filling could have a harmful effect on developing fetuses or anyone with a particular sensitivity to mercury.

Though controversy continues on the topic, and amalgam continues to be used in about thirty percent of dental fillings, Song Dental Center is happy to offer a safe and effective alternative to you and your family. When it’s time to go under the drill, make the secure choice and call our Lynnwood dentist for a composite filling.

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