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Six Things You Might Not Know About Kid’s Teeth

#1 How often kids snack – not just what they eat – can be harmful to their teeth. Teeth need breaks between meals and snacks to prevent cavities. Grazing on snacks or sipping juices or sport drinks all day causes cavities. Eat and drink in one sitting instead of sipping and snacking all day long.   #2 BABY teeth matter. Baby teeth can help children chew food and speak clearly. They shape the children’s faces and guide adult teeth into place. Cavities can cause pain and affect a child’s ... Read more
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Taking Care of Yourself During Pregnancy

In the beginning of your pregnancy, it is so important to receive enough nutrients, especially calcium, protein, phosphorous, folic acid and vitamins A, C, and D. Your baby’s teeth begin to develop during the second trimester and what you eat greatly affects the growth of your unborn child, including their teeth.   Making Healthy Food Choices: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables Beans, peas and lentils Papaya, tomato juice, oranges/orange juice, strawberries, cantaloupe and bananas Whole grain products with fortified folic acid Lean beef, skinless poultry ... Read more

Five Questions to Help You Be the Best Version of Yourself in 2017

Creating a new you begins with a belief that you can accomplish what you set out to do. Confidence in our own capabilities determines how we feel, think and behave. There is no better time than the beginning of a new year to apply these lessons to our own lives. What would I see in a snapshot of my best self? Before you begin setting goals for yourself, look ahead to your intended end result. Often individuals who doubt their ... Read more
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Smile — It Just Might Change Your Life

How Is Your Oral Health Affecting Your Career? You’ve spent months applying to job postings that fit your professional goals and career path. You’ve paid for a professionally crafted résumé and spent hours creating custom cover letters. Finally, after what seems like an agonizing wait, you land your first interview. With only days to prepare, you gather and print letters of recommendation, put together your portfolio, and purchase the perfect outfit. You are ready. Or are you? Responding effortlessly to a barrage of ... Read more
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What To Do In A Dental Emergency

Last November the world watched in shock during the UFC 193 event as Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey with a knockout blow to the face that left her out of the limelight for days. When she finally emerged, it was revealed that she had sustained injuries to her face that had resulted in several unstable teeth. She explained that it could be months before she would even be able to eat an apple. With the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and ... Read more
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Danielle Kleist Honored By WSU

Help us celebrate Dr. Chris Kleist's wife, Danielle, who was recently honored by Washington State University for her service to students. She is truly an amazing woman with great ambitions for the students at WSU. We are so proud of everything she has achieved during her time at WSU! If you missed the news about her award, you can read the article from the Tri-City Herald below. Congratulations Danielle!           Read more
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Four Reasons You May Be at Risk for Tooth Loss

It’s a beautiful summer day outside. You are walking through a park when, out of nowhere, a levitating bowl full of giant pinwheel lollipops appears in front of you. You reach for a particularly colorful one and take a huge chomp out of it. Suddenly, clouds fill the sky and shards of the lollipop fall from your mouth. You look down only to realize it’s your teeth that have all fallen to the ground instead!   Sound like a familiar nightmare? Bad dreams ... Read more

The Truth About Gum Disease: Top 4 Myths

We have compiled a list of myths to help you, the patient, learn the facts about periodontal disease. This disease can be severe if left untreated and can cause health issues beyond just your oral cavity. In addition to tooth loss, gum disease may contribute to the progression of other diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. So let's debunk some of the things you've heard about gum disease! "Bleeding gums are normal." Red, swollen, and bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, which, ... Read more

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants have become the "lifetime tooth" of the future. You might be asking, “What is an implant?” Essentially, it is a small, screw-shaped post that is placed in the jawbone to serve as a replacement for the tooth's roots. A lifelike, fabricated tooth (or crown) is connected to the screw, giving the patient the esthetic appeal they desire. Implants can be used to replace one missing tooth, to support a bridge (a series of three or more replacement teeth), or ... Read more

What You Need To Know About Bleeding Gums

It’s 6am on a Monday morning. You just woke up, and you’re still in a hazy morning daze. You begin to stumble, half awake, through your morning routine: you pull on clothes, trudge to the bathroom, splash water on your face, run a comb through your hair, brush your teeth, rinse, and—   A flash of red catches your eye, stopping your routine dead in its tracks. You are on full alert now staring at the stark contrast of red droplets against white ... Read more
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