Do You Know the Common Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism?

Did you know that unconsciously grinding your teeth is an actual disorder called bruxism? Although we often attribute it to stress, bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors. If left untreated, it can cause other disorders to occur, including temporomandibular joint disorders in your jaw or sleep orders including sleep apnea. If you… Read more »

Insights on Gingivitis Treatment and Prevention

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It is most often the result of an inconsistent oral hygiene routine allowing tartar to harden on the teeth near the gumline. Early symptoms of gingivitis include gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing as well as bad breath and red or inflamed gums. Most of… Read more »

What You Should Know About Sharing Your Toothbrush

Have you ever thought that sharing or borrowing a toothbrush is probably harmless, especially if you rinse the brush off first? In reality, though, you shouldn’t share your toothbrush or ever let anyone else use your brush. When you brush your teeth, bacteria will get into your brush. In fact, you should replace your toothbrush… Read more »

Basic Information for Providing First Aid to an Injured Lip

It’s a relatively common occurrence to accidentally bite your lip when you’re eating food or chewing gum. Even if it leaves a minor welt, it’s rarely a cause for concern. Unfortunately, there are some rare occasions when a blow to the face or other accident causes a more serious injury. In a situation like this,… Read more »

Keep Cavities at Bay with These Tips and Tricks

Cavities can be a scary thing when left untreated. Did you know, cavities can lead to serious conditions such as tooth loss, gum disease, and even result in bone loss over time? Well, it’s true! That is why our staff here at in , , is happy to give you tips and tricks to keep… Read more »

Having a Tooth Knocked Out Requires Quality Care

Your teeth are anchored into the socket by strong periodontal ligaments. Having a tooth knocked out by a hard fall or blow to the face is always a traumatic experience. With that in mind, your dentist, Dr. , offers these basic first-aid insights to help you minimize the pain and improve your chances of successfully… Read more »

Compromised Jawbone Can Often Be Restored with a Bone Graft

When a tooth is knocked out of place or lost to severe decay or extraction, it often takes some of the surrounding bone tissues with it. In a situation like this, the compromised bone structure can limit your options for restoring a lost tooth. This is especially true for anchoring a dental implant. In a… Read more »

What Can Dentures Do for You?

Dentures are normally associated with the elderly, but they can be useful for others as well. In fact, anyone who is missing teeth can benefit from using dentures. Fortunately, great strides have been made in recent years, leading to much more effective dentures. Do you know what the benefits of dentures actually are? Having dentures… Read more »

Keeping Your Smile Healthy While Wearing Braces

At Rainier Dental Center in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta and our dedicated team are happy to provide oral care for our patients straightening their smile with braces. Taking care of your teeth and gums is important to a healthy smile, and if you are currently in braces, you will want to go the extra mile… Read more »

The Best Way to Properly Clean Your Tongue

Many people, including denture wearers find that cleaning their tongue in their daily oral hygiene routine helps to maintain good oral health and improve chronic bad breath. Your tongue has a lot of rough surfaces that can harbor bacteria, and by giving your tongue a thorough cleaning at least once a day you can help… Read more »