What is one of the first things people notice about you? Well, your smile of course! Your teeth and smile are very important for many reasons, and when you feel good about your smile, it shows. A beautiful, radiant smile gives you the confidence you deserve! The best way to achieve those bright white smiles is ZOOM Teeth Whitening. The Zoom Teeth Whitening system delivers maximum results, clinically proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades in just under two hours. ZOOM is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of ZOOM in comparison to weeks of wearing take-home whitening trays makes it the perfect choice for anyone who is busy. Philips ZOOM whitening is the #1 most patient-requested professional whitening brand out there! Give us a call to schedule your appointment today to get the beautiful smile you deserve!
In today’s society, there’s a lot of hype over tattoos and piercings; in fact, some of you may have even had a tongue piercing at one point in your life or at this very moment. The problem is, tongue piercings are one of the worst piercings anyone can ever get for their body. For many, it’s a trendy way to express yourself, for others it’s a great way to lose a lot of money, weaken your oral health, and invest in various dental procedures to fix the damage. Continue reading to learn more about tongue piercings and how they can be detrimental to your oral health.
Germs Have Communities?
Did you know that tongue piercings are one of the major causes in gum recession, gingivitis, and other cringe-worthy oral ailments? Unfortunately, that’s not the only issue of tongue piercings; bacteria’s favorite place to lounge and relax takes place right on the stud of the piercing. It turns out that bacterium set up communities called biofilms on the surface of the stud or barbell. A biofilm is a group of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other on a surface, hence, the stud or barbell. So, as bacteria lives on this shiny, metal piercing, it can aid in many oral ailments. The piercing itself causes chipped teeth as people tend to run their tongue and the jewelry against the teeth and even bite down on the piercing out of habit, causing the enamel to wear away and chip. Those with shorter barbells especially cause chipped teeth as it is easier to position between the teeth, scraping the enamel away. The longer barbells can accelerate gum recession because it reaches and tugs down on the gum line, slowly revealing more and more of the tooth root which can easily decay from all the bacteria on the stud.
Where Did My Taste Buds Go?
Imagine going in to get your tongue pierced and the needle goes through the wrong way or the piercing gets infected, what happens then? There can be permanent nerve damage or inflammation at the piercing site. Some people even lose some of their taste buds because of the damage the piercing had done to the tongue. It is even possible for a piercing parlor to damage the tongue to the point of permanent numbness. This can cause future issues with eating, drinking, and talking. It can make it difficult to talk and result in developing speech impediments that you may have never had before.
Another negative factor about tongue piercings is that it can encourage bad breath. The tongue always has some sort of bacteria living on it which is why many dentists recommend using a tongue scraper before brushing your teeth to effectively clean the tongue and scrape off all that bad bacteria that causes plaque, bad breath, and tooth decay. A tongue piercing is just like any other piercing, in order for it to keep from getting infected you have to be diligent about cleaning the jewelry and the tongue to ward off infection and bad breath.
Here are some more negative effects of tongue piercing:
- Diastema – This is when the jewelry causes a space between your two upper front teeth.
- Excessive drooling – The piercing causes an increase in the production of saliva. While saliva is good for your teeth and oral health, too much can be an issue.
- Allergic reactions – Many people don’t realize they may be allergic to the type of material the jewelry is made out of and this can cause swelling or other infections in the mouth.
- Infections – If the piercing has been performed poorly or incorrectly, or it has not been maintained well, it can cause infections anywhere from mild to severe and affect other parts of the body if left untreated.
Contact Dr. Kelly Fisher!
If you or a loved one have a tongue piercing or are considering getting one, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fisher to discuss all of your tongue piercing options and effects. If you happen to have a tongue piercing that is infected, call our office in Issaquah, WA to speak with a friendly staff member so we can get you back on the right track to optimal oral health. Don’t forget to check with your dentist before getting any sort of oral piercing!
There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are humans on Earth. Most of these are beneficial and benign. Some of them are not, capable of causing dental health problems like gum disease and tooth decay. We spend quite a bit of time each day — and if you’re not, you should be — making sure the malignant bacteria don’t cause problems, whether it’s brushing and flossing our teeth, gurgling mouthwash, or using a water pick. Sometimes we fight malicious bacteria without even realizing it! Indeed, did you know that you may be helping to protect your oral health every time you drink a beer?
How Beer Can Help Your Teeth
During colonial America, much of our beer was imported from England. Brewers would put their product on ships, which would then transport them to the colonies via the Atlantic Ocean. This was a 4,000+ mile trip that gave bacteria on the ship plenty of opportunities to consume and rot the barrel-bounded beer. To protect their wares, English and European brewers soon began to make hop, the female flowers of Humulus lupulus (also known as the hop plant), a common ingredient to their recipes. As it turned out, hop helped to stave off bacterial infection that would otherwise ruin a good batch of beer. Since then, hop has remained a staple ingredient, albeit more so for the taste and aroma it adds to the brew, rather than for its anti-bacterial properties.
While 17th and 18th centuries brewers may not have been aware of the exact properties of hop that made it a great solution against bacterial rot, modern researchers have discovered some of the plant’s secrets. In 2008, researchers from Osaka University found that hop contains polyphenols, a group of molecules already known to help prevent oral cancer. Scientists found that they’re also useful for preventing gum disease, stopping their inflammation and keeping the gums a healthy punk. Another team, this one from Nippon Dental University, also found that polyphenols can stop the growth and development of plaque, which in turns helps to ensure that bacteria don’t have the scaffolding to damage our gums and teeth.
The studies focused on the bracts, or leaves, of the hop plant, which are unfortunately usually discarded by brewers since they don’t add much in the sense of taste or smell. While bracts may certainly contain more of these dental-friendly molecules than other parts of the plant, it nevertheless remains true that the hop in your favorite beer may be helping you protect your teeth from cavities, periodontal infections, and other oral health problems.
Not all beers are made equal, however. Dark beers are known for staining teeth. Other beers may not contain much hop at all, and their dental health value may be dubious. If you’re interested in a refreshing brew that can aid in keeping your mouth clean and healthy, look for an hop-heavy ale, such as an India Pale Ale. Keep that in mind for the next time you check out a local brewery, such as the Issaquah Brew House or RAM Restaurant & Brewery.
Schedule Your Dental Checkup at Eastside Comprehensive
No matter how much hop-heavy beer you drink, how well you bush your teeth, and how meticulously you brush, there’s no substitute for the dental checkup. In fact, you should be visiting your dentist no less than twice a year. At Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry, we can help keep your teeth clean of plaque and bacteria, checking for any infections before they grow and develop into something much worse. Put your smile in expert hands and contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kelley Fisher: (425) 392-1256 .
In today’s society, having bright white teeth and wrinkle-free skin represents being youthful. However, with people drinking coffee every morning, eating junky foods, and forgetting to brush their teeth at night before bed which can make for some pretty neglected and yellowing teeth. Today, Dr. Fisher is revealing the many reasons as to why teeth stain over the years. Here’s some for you to browse through,
• Tobacco use
• Certain foods and drinks like coffee, tea, soda, wine, cherries, blueberries, potatoes, etc
• Poor dental hygiene
• Certain medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, and high blood pressure pills
• Dental work with the use of silver amalgam material
• Environment by use of excessive fluoride in tap water
• Medical treatments like chemotherapy, or head and neck radiation
Flash that Smile
Sometimes it runs in the family, or it’s a side-effect that comes with a medication, other times it’s a bad habit like drinking soda every day or smoking cigarettes. There’s plenty of ways to brighten your teeth in time for all of those holiday parties coming up in December. Try these methods to lighten your pearly whites,
• Toothpaste. There are several different types and brands of toothpastes that have whitening ingredients to slowly and safely lighten your teeth. The difference is noticeable over a span of time that is usually noted on the packaging. Try brands like Rembrandt and Sensodyne.
• Reduce your coffee, soda, and tea intake.
• Remember to brush well afterwards to prevent the stains from setting in the enamel.
• Remove all food particles and plaque from in between teeth by flossing. This will prevent tooth decay and tooth discoloration as a result of it.
• Try over-the-counter whitening trays, strips, or mouth rinses such as Crest Whitestrips or Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Whitening Mouthwash.
ZOOM! Teeth Whitening
If you’re looking for a stronger tooth whitening system with fast results, you may be interested in ZOOM! Teeth Whitening here at Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry. In just a single visit, we can reverse the effects that lifestyle habits had on your smile. ZOOM! Is an in-office whitening system that lifts stains on your teeth made by eating high-pigment foods and beverages like wine, tea, soda, and coffee. Depending on the shade and condition that your teeth are in, Dr. Fisher will recommend a formula of certain strength of carbamide peroxide to produce an awesome, bright white result. This kind of system that is so concentrated and strong that it can completely reverse the state of your smile in one visit cannot be found in store bought systems like whitening trays, strips, or rinses. Nor can you get the same results or professional application and knowledge like you can here in our Issaquah office.
Schedule Your Personal Consultation Today!
If a brighter and whiter smile is what you’ve been dreaming of, whether it’s for everyday or a special occasion, we can help you look and feel great with the use of our ZOOM! Teeth Whitening system. Go ahead and treat yourself to a teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Kelley Fisher. To schedule your appointment, contact our Issaquah, WA office to speak with a friendly staff member and they’ll be more than happy to set you up for your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!
It’s that time of year again, good ol’ Thanksgiving season has rolled around quicker than ever and from all of us here at Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! We’ve got some tips for you to make the most out of your Turkey Day while staying fit and healthy from the inside out. Read along to learn more about how you can enjoy your Thanksgiving meal without getting bloated and keeping your teeth healthy for the New Year.
Retain Your Willpower
Extra calories sneak around every corner during this time of year, from seasonal cookies at the office to eggnog at holiday parties, and pies for Thanksgiving dessert; it’s no wonder that so many Americans gain weight during the holiday season. Avoid adding a few pounds to your body by following these simple tips:
• Limit your alcohol intake; alcohol can inhibit self-control when it comes to eating.
• Don’t arrive hungry. This can increase your chances of overeating, if you haven’t had a snack, fill up on a glass of water to reduce your cravings.
• Pace yourself by chewing slowly, this will fill you up with less food.
• Restrict yourself to small portions. The food will still be there! Just eat small portions rather than stacking your plate with excess food that your body doesn’t need.
• Spend more time with friends and family and less time eating. People who focus on food at holiday parties tend to overeat.
• Be selective about treats and desserts. Limit yourself to small portions (again) to avoid eating extra calories and fat.
• Take a walk. Walking before or after meals can burn off calories and puts you more in control over what you eat so you feel better about yourself.
By utilizing these tips, you will find yourself feeling more content and energized instead of so full that you’ve deemed yourself “in a food coma” for the rest of the evening which can leave you feeling sluggish and bloated.
Floss, Brush, and Rinse
Start your resolutions early this year by maintaining pristine oral health this holiday season. Taking care of your teeth is one of the first things to start when bettering your overall health. Start off by following these simple instructions to begin your journey to pearlier whites while avoiding pesky oral ailments.
• Floss in between each and every tooth to remove plaque and food particles. If left alone, food particles turn into bad bacteria like plaque and eats away at the enamel, causing cavities and other oral problems.
• Brush at least twice a day if not three times a day. Brush every morning and evening, after lunch brushings are suggested as well to remove bacteria and food lodged in between teeth and gums.
• Brush for two minutes, making sure to reach back molars and gums to ensure optimal cleanliness. Listen to a song or watch a news segment to pass the time!
• Pick a toothpaste that suits your oral needs, whether it is tooth whitening, tartar control, extra fluoride, etc. This will help to protect your mouth from its biggest enemies, bacteria and plaque.
• Rinse with an alcohol free mouthwash to keep your breath feeling and smelling minty fresh. Alcohol in mouthwash can actually promote bad breath as it dries out your mouth. Try a mouthwash without alcohol to keep your palate moist for ideal freshness.
Reach out to Dr. Fisher of Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry in Issaquah, WA
Maintaining your physical and oral health is the best way to make sure that your body is strong and healthy without giving bacteria a chance to compromise your smile and figure. By following these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving without overeating, gaining excess weight, and all while having a healthy smile to boost your self-confidence. Looking to give back to the community on Thanksgiving Day? Enjoy a fun and casual 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning to raise money for those in need! Check out this website for more information on the 2014 Turkey Trot. If you feel that your smile is in need of a little extra work, contact Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry to schedule a consultation to see how we can improve your smile and health. For any questions or concerns, our friendly front staff is more than happy to assist you. Call our office in Issaquah today!
All of us at Dr. Kelley Fisher’s would like to wish you a happy Halloween. Use Halloween as an opportunity to teach kids good dental health habits, including consumption of sweets in moderation. Here are some reminders and helpful hints to ensure you and your kids have a healthy and fun Halloween:
1. Give out healthier treats. Avoid giving trick-or-treaters candies that are sour (high in acidity, which erodes tooth enamel), sticky or chewy (leaves sugars directly on the teeth for prolonged periods) or hard (choking hazard for young kids and can cause tooth damage). There are many options for healthy snacks including things like cereal bars, pretzels or granola bars. Even a plain chocolate bar is a better option than sour, sticky or hard candies.
2. Perform the “safety check.” Take a look when your child returns from trick-or-treating to ensure there are no dangerous items in their collection. Include your child in this process to explain the decisions you make and allow them to learn good habits.
3. Sort it out. Encourage your child to eat the healthier treats and avoid sour, chewy and hard candies like jawbreakers or caramels. These candies have high acidity and/or stick to the teeth longer, which can cause more damage.
4. Limit availability. Candy should be enjoyed, but moderation is important. Have your child choose 15 or so of their favorites and remove the rest. Consider donating extra candy.
5. Brush-up after consuming. Set a specific time of day for candy consumption and then have your child follow-up by brushing his or her teeth. This is much healthier than allowing your child’s teeth to be continuously exposed to sugary or acidic treats throughout the day.
VELscope Vx provides the most powerful technology available for assisting in the discovery of oral mucosal abnormalities , VELscope Vx plays a key role in the early discovery of such abnormalities, which can be critically important in the fight against oral cancer.
Benefits our Patients, our well trained staff and Practice
When used as an adjunctive aid in combination with traditional oral cancer examination procedures by our hygienist and Dr. Kelley Fisher, VELscope facilitates the early discovery and visualization of mucosal abnormalities, including oral cancer. In one or two minutes, with no rinses or stains required, a VELscope system examination helps healthcare professionals assess their patients’ overall oral health and proceed with proper treatment.
Millions of Velscope examinations have been held and the product is backed by more clinical research than any other fluorescence screening device on the market. Our clinical staff at Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry in Issaquah are all trained and trilled to be able to offer this possible life saving service!
Sedation dentistry Issaquah is a perfect solution for anyone with levels of anxiety, dental phobias from traumatic childhood experiences, patients with alot of treatment to be done and can get it all done in one visit or minimal visits, or just anyone who wants a easy breezy time in the dental chair! Dr. Kelley Fisher in Issaquahis trained with DOCS, Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation. Her staff is highly trained as well to make your experience a truly wonderful one!
Are you looking for a fantastic female dentist in the issaquah? One who is a master in her profession of Cosemetic dental work, full mouth reconstructions, dental implants, Crown and Bridge, Occlusal disease and much more?
Meet Kim and Joanne. These are the two wonderful ladies you talk to when you call to make your first appointment with our dental office in Issaquah! They, together, have over 51 years experience in the dental office, clincally and administratively. They will help you with any questions you may have, help calm your fears you may be experiencing and work hard to accomodate your schedule!
We so look forward to serving you!
Ambling along an innocent-looking road, you pass a sign for a dental office. Immediately, your heart starts racing, you break out in a cold sweat, and you feel shaky and maybe nauseous. Argggh, not yet another reminder of the dreaded “D”-word – better cross that road and face the other way!! Is that you? You may be one of the many people who suffer with dental phobia!
Here at Dr. Kelley Fisher’s office in Issaquah, you will find a caring, compassionate team of experts in caring for high fear patients. We have been trained and certified with the DOCS program. (Doctors of Oral Concious Sedation). Please give us a try if you are one of the many that suffer. We WILL make your experience one, that will help you heal from years of dental suffering.
We are offering FREE Oral Concious Sedation for all new patients! A $325 savings just for you…because we CARE. Dr. Fisher Issaquah–Seattle’s Top Dentist voted by her peers 2009,2010,2011,2012 and continuing.