In honor of Children’s Dental Health month, we’ve chosen to highlight the childhood disease of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) or baby bottle decay.  ECC is an infectious disease that can affect any child and can begin as early as the eruption of your child’s first tooth (around 6 months old). The disease process is initiated with bacteria. As foods enter the oral cavity bacteria break down carbohydrates and sugars and secrete acid on the teeth. The acid drains teeth of the minerals that keep them solid, and if left to progress will cause tooth decay. ECC is the most … Read More

Wisdom Teeth FAQ

February 1, 2018

Wisdom teeth or third molars are the final set of molars that can begin to erupt around age 17.  Some people have wisdom teeth that don’t ever erupt and some are fortuitous enough to only have one or two wisdom teeth, not all four. Continue reading to learn the answers to the Top 5 questions we receive regarding wisdom teeth. 1.) When should I get my wisdom teeth removed? Third molars commonly erupt between ages 17 and 21. This is usually an optimal time to have your wisdom teeth extracted, whether they are erupting or not. Removing them at this … Read More

Happy Holidays

December 19, 2017

It’s that time of year here on Vashon Island, when the lights and garland drape over shop windows and the smell of fresh cut christmas trees fill the air. Wreaths adorn every door and a special kind of cheer can be felt downtown. We at Dental Care of Vashon really enjoy the holidays and are especially thankful for the time we can spend with our families. Kayla has lived on the island her whole life and it has always been a tradition to go to Augie’s and cut down a christmas tree to decorate at home. Kayla’s family is here … Read More

Lasers have been in the dental field for some time now, but over the last couple of years have really become a popular topic. More dental offices are starting to see the real benefits lasers can provide to their patients and instead of a cool tech fad, they are slowly becoming the standard of care. Patients are usually not familiar with what services lasers can provide, and it is our job to inform you. Lasers can be utilized by both dentists and dental hygienists to bring the finest care to our patients. Below we’ve outlined a few of the main … Read More

Why do I have Sensitive Teeth?

November 28, 2017

  Ever wonder why your teeth are sensitive when you drink an iced beverage? Tooth sensitivity affects millions of adults in the United States. The most commonly known cause of sensitivity is called dentinal hypersensitivity. The crown of a tooth is capped in enamel and the root is covered in cementum. Beneath both the enamel and the cementum is the dentin. If the enamel or cementum has been depleted or eroded, the dentin becomes exposed. It is the dentin that transmits the pain signal to the nerve of the tooth. Gum recession can often expose the root surface of teeth … Read More

Now that fall has arrived and schedules are becoming more routine,this could be a great time to come see us and get dental work done before the new year arrives and benefits reset. Dental benefits are designed to provide you with assistance in paying for your dental care and maintaining a healthy smile.  If you have dental benefits, you want to make sure you are best utilizing your plan for your individual oral health needs. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your dental benefits; reducing out of pocket dental expenses. Use your dental benefits or lose them … Read More