Eastside Family Dentistry Blog
May 1, 2017
For adults and seniors suffering from tooth loss, taking the next step to replace missing teeth can be a confusing or intimidating process. You may be looking for a solution that is reliable, affordable, or that looks and feels natural. But when it comes down to it, what option will be better for your smile: dentures or dental implants?
March 31, 2017
Whether due to a tooth extraction, broken tooth, or decay, the experience of tooth loss has a significant impact on the quality of your life and your health. Replacing missing teeth with restorative dentistry is essential for recovering from and preventing damaging health, functional and aesthetic effects.
March 1, 2017
If gum disease is left untreated, your symptoms of gingivitis may progress into periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease that is more complex to treat. This form of periodontal infection has serious consequences within your entire body–more than just losing teeth. Research has linked gum disease to cardiovascular disease, stroke or respiratory disease, as well as pregnancy complications, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
October 4, 2015
You may not be aware that periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health conditions in the US, but some estimates point to nearly 80% of US adults over 30 having some degree of gum disease. This is due in large part to the fact that the warning signs of gum disease can be extremely minimal or nonexistent. In most cases, patients aren’t aware they have gum disease until the situation has advanced dramatically. The best ways to avoid gum disease are daily brushing and flossing and visiting Eastside Family Dentistry twice a year, but when caring for your teeth, you can also keep in mind the following warning signs and indications of gum disease to help diagnose the condition in its earliest stages.
August 15, 2015
Proper oral care is just as important for children as it is for adults. Even though your child’s teeth will eventually be replaced with permanent teeth, they’re still vulnerable to decay beginning with the very first one. Proper oral care habits in young children are vital to preventing cavities and setting the stage for oral care in the future including regular brushing, flossing and twice-a-year trips to the dentist. Sealants, fluoride treatments and a good, healthy diet are also key tactics in keeping your child’s mouth cavity free. Read below to learn how you can ensure your child’s teeth are healthy, clean and strong.
July 22, 2015
Ah, to be young again. Everything seemed so easy then. There is one thing that usually falls by the wayside when you’re a kid, and that’s taking care of your teeth. Temptation is everywhere, and usually comes in the form of a sugary snack. Educating your young ones on good dental hygiene can work wonders for their oral health down the road. Most of us are parents and know the struggle of getting kids to do anything we want, but if you stick with it, your kids will thank you later for providing them with valuable dental knowledge. Dr. Alexandra Cristescu is the dentist Issaquah, WA residents can count on for fantastic dental services for the whole family. We want your kids’ smiles to be as big and bright as possible, but getting there requires some good ol’ TLC. Kids live by their parent’s example, so what better time than now to start your kids on the right path. As a respected children’s dentist, Issaquah residents can trust in Dr. Cristescu’s recommendations.
Lead By Example
Kids are visual learners, and demonstrating proper brushing and flossing techniques can help immensely. They should see you brushing your teeth every morning and evening. If they’re usually asleep during this time, try altering your schedule. Make things fun and have them practice brushing your teeth just like you help them with theirs. Learning a new skill is a big step for a small tyke!
While having your child help you brush is a great first step, it’s good to keep them entertained throughout the process so they don’t forget why they’re brushing in the first place. Make it fun and tell a story. The more creative you can be, the better. For instance, make up a story that incorporates mythical characters. The brave knight is their toothbrush and the evil dragon is plaque, and they’re fighting in the dragon’s cave (their mouth). Or, put on one of their favorite television programs and have them brush as they watch. Either way, just be sure to keep it fun and educational.
Tooth-care tools should be more like toys. And why not? If it helps little ones practice better dental habits, then we’re all for it! Did you know the No.1 item that parents and pediatric dentists rave about in helping motivate their child to practice good dental hygiene habits? It’s the electric toothbrush. It makes brushing fast, easy and fun while being ever so gentle on the gums. With floss, try a water floss instead. Adorn your faucet with fun kid stuff, like a whale or dolphin-shaped “faucet fountain” to make rinsing fun.
Schedule An Appointment
Take the next step in you and your child’s dental health and come see us for a checkup. Dr. Cristescu is the children’s dentist Sammamish, Klahanie, Preston, Newcastle, North Bend, Fall City and Bellevue residents can count on. Trust your teeth to the experts at Eastside Family Dentistry in Issaquah, WA.
June 20, 2015
According to the most recent estimates by the American Cancer Society, about 39,500 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer in 2015 and, unfortunately, some 7,500 will die of these cancers. Most often, these cancers appear on the tongue, the tonsils and oropharynx, the gums, floor of the mouth and other areas of the mouth. Therefore, with a regular oral cancer exam, dentists are better able to spot these cancers early. At Eastside Family Dentistry, Dr. Cristescu and Dr. Bator put a premium on oral cancer screenings, because they know that this simple step can prevent a most serious and sometimes deadly condition.
We conduct oral cancer screenings at each and every dental checkup. Yes, oral cancer appears most frequently in people over the age of 60, but young people can have oral cancer, too. During your regular checkup, Dr. Cristescu or Dr. Bator will review your health history and conduct a thorough examination of your mouth. The screening consists of a visual inspection of all areas of the oral cavity, as well as palpation of the jaw and neck. We use a state of the art diagnostic tool called Velscope to assess abnormal tissue changes. Any suspicious area will be referred out to one of our friendly specialists for further investigation. With regular screenings, we can more easily recognize any suspicious changes sooner rather than later. And as with most cancers, early detection is essential to proper treatment and a cure.
Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms
When we conduct an oral cancer exam, we are checking for the same signs and symptoms that you should be on the lookout for in between your regularly scheduled dental checkups. If you find any of these and they do not disappear after two weeks, then please schedule an appointment at our office. Common oral cancer signs and symptoms include:
- A sore or other irritation that does not go away
- Red or white patches on your tongue or any other soft tissue
- A feeling of pain, tenderness or numbness in your mouth or on your lips
- A lump or thickening on or below the surface of soft tissue
- A rough or crusty patch
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue and jaw as usual
- An alteration in the way your bite usually fits together
- A sore throat that won’t go away
- The feeling of an earache, but no sign of infection
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup and oral cancer screening, please call us today. Eastside Family Dentistry sees patients from Issaquah, Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, Sammamish, and other surrounding Washington communities.