Better Breath for a Better You

June 13th, 2017

Are you sick of living with bad breath? Good news: you don’t have to! Treating your bad breath is as simple as implementing the right dental hygiene habits. Try the five below for fresher breath.

  • Scraping your tongue. Have you ever used a tongue scraper? Tongue scrapers remove odor-causing build-up from your tongue. Though we recommend tongue scrapers, brushing your tongue with your toothbrush can have the same effect.
  • Rinsing with mouthwash. Mouthwashes can destroy bacteria and mask your breath temporarily. But because this is just a quick fix, you’ll have to clean your mouth sooner or later if you want to address the root cause of the problem.
  • Brushing twice daily. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily. If you have bad breath, brushing will help improve your breath by dislodging odor-causing food particles and plaque.
  • Flossing once daily. Alongside the recommendation to brush twice daily, the ADA recommends flossing between your teeth at least daily. Flossing will remove hard-to-reach debris that can cause plaque and bacteria build-up, which in turn create odors in the mouth.
  • Visiting our office. If you’re experiencing halitosis in Fircrest, Washington, Dr. Phuong Nguyen can help you. Schedule your next appointment with Tacoma Washington Dentist by calling right now. We’re ready to help you experience fresher breath!

Are You Ready to Upgrade Your Smile with CEREC® Technology?

May 27th, 2017

Are you ready to upgrade your smile with CEREC® technology? If you are looking to improve your oral health by covering and concealing your damaged teeth without the need to have them extracted and replaced, CEREC dental crowns can work to improve the function of your smile and its total aesthetics. Listed below are some frequently asked questions acknowledging CEREC same-day dental crown technology:

How durable are CEREC dental crowns?
– A single CEREC crown can last a decade or longer.

What can dental crowns do?
– A dental crown is a dental restoration treatment that applies a shell around a broken or damaged tooth for added support and protection.

What should you consider CEREC dental crowns?
– CEREC dental crowns can be customized for the look shape, and function your tooth requires, as CEREC crowns are milled directly at the dentist office and can be designed and fitted in a single day.

Can CEREC technology be implemented for anything other than crowns?
– Yes, the materials used for CEREC dental crowns can also be used to create dental fillings, which can mimic the natural look of teeth and provide more durability than white composite fillings.

Come speak with Tacoma Washington Dentist to learn which CEREC treatment is right for you. To schedule an oral exam with Dr. Phuong Nguyen and our team at our dentist office in Fircrest, Washington, simply give us a call at . Thanks for visiting with a smile!

Common Questions About Cavity Prevention

April 5th, 2017

Because cavities take place on a microscopic level, you may already have them and not even know it. Cavities can be treated, so schedule a visit with your dentist to look for and fill in any cavities that may have occurred.

Don’t let cavities destroy your teeth and lead to pulp infection and tooth loss. Listed below are some common questions regarding cavity prevention:

What is a cavity?
a.) A hole in your tooth as the result of the breakdown of tooth enamel
b.) A place where gummy bears live
c.) A tooth restoration procedure
d.) A sedative used to help calm patients in a dentist office

Which of the following can contribute to cavities forming?
a.) Sugary foods and drinks
b.) A buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums
c.) Harmful acids in highly acidic foods
d.) All of the above

True or False: Cavities can be prevented.
a.) True
b.) False

True or False: Chewing gum can help prevent cavities.
a.) True
b.) False

Answer Key: a, d, a, a

Always make time in your life to visit your dentist at Tacoma Washington Dentist for a bi-annual professional cleaning, and if necessary, to book an appointment with Dr. Phuong Nguyen for a detailed exam of your oral health to check for cavities. You can reach our dentist office in Fircrest, Washington, by calling us at . Let us help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!

A Lost Crown Needs Professional Care

March 13th, 2017

Every dental crown designed and installed at Tacoma Washington Dentist is crafted from durable materials and secured in your mouth with a strong dental-grade adhesive. Yet there are still situations where an oral trauma, accident or complications from advanced periodontal disease can affect a crown.

If a crown falls out of place, you should not delay in calling to seek professional care from Dr. Phuong Nguyen and her highly trained staff.

While you are waiting for your appointment, there are a few things you can do to minimize further complications.

You shouldn’t attempt to clean any part of the crown or exposed abutment. You can gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater if a blow to the face left blood or debris in your mouth. Any other cleaning measures should be reserved for Dr. Phuong Nguyen and her dental specialists.

If periodontal disease has compromised the dental adhesive bond, there are a few notable signs. You should see the abutment sticking out from your gums and the crown itself should be completely hollow. In a situation like this, Dr. Phuong Nguyen might be able to clean the dentin abutment and crown before recementing it in place.

If a blow to the face caused the abutment to break off at the gumline or if the abutment has been otherwise damaged, you should see some or all of it inside the crown. In a situation like this, Dr. Phuong Nguyen might need to perform a root canal to restore sufficient structure to secure the crown back into place.

If you live in the Fircrest, Washington, area and you have a problem with your crown, you should not delay in calling to seek professional care at Tacoma Washington Dentist.

Do You Want to Upgrade the Look of Your Teeth? Dental Veneers Can Help!

February 9th, 2017

A better smile is possible with dental veneers. If you have any teeth that fail to blend in well, or are simply unacceptable for your oral standards, conceal them with dental veneers for a lasting smile of your choosing. Because veneers are so adaptable, there are many forms of oral ailments that they can fix. Here are some other benefits they can provide:

Do you want to upgrade the look of your teeth? Dental veneers can help! Listed below are the benefits that dental veneers can give to you:

– Veneers can last up to 15 years if they are well maintained and correctly cared for.
– Because of the strong materials veneers are made of, they are much harder to stain than our natural teeth.
– The amount of tooth enamel that is removed to put the veneers in place is less than the amount removed to put crowns or caps in place.
– Veneers are designed for each tooth, and thus can be adapted to fit each patient’s needs and desires.
– Dental veneers can be used to fix flaws such as cracks, chips, fractures, minor misalignments, stains, discolorations, and other damaging features we may have with our teeth.

Dr. Phuong Nguyen at our office of Tacoma Washington Dentist, can ensure your smile gets the expert services you deserve. Our dentist office is situated in Fircrest, Washington. If you would like to make an appointment for any tooth restoration service, please call our office at . We look forward to providing you with all your oral health care needs.

What Floss Type Is Right for You?

January 16th, 2017

Are you interested in improving your oral hygiene? You probably understand that you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes at a time twice every day, and that you should also remember to set up an appointment with our team once every six months for a routine cleaning. However, you’ll also need to floss in order to keep your teeth as clean as they should be. Do you know how you can tell which type of floss may be the best for you?

If you have large gaps in your teeth, you should consider dental tape or super floss. Conversely, if there isn’t much space between your teeth, waxed floss may be the option you need. If you struggle with traditional string floss, you could consider disposable floss picks. Patients who have braces could also find spongy floss a good option.

Of course, once you have the right type of floss for your teeth, you should remember to floss at least once every day. We recommend using about a foot and a half of floss every time to make sure you get all of your teeth with clean pieces of floss. You should also curve your floss into a c-shape and glide it up and down each side of your tooth. Finally, if you floss first, please remember to brush well afterwards. If you brush your teeth first, please rinse your mouth after you floss.

If you’re interested in learning more about the types of floss or about how you should floss, please don’t hesitate to give Tacoma Washington Dentist a call at . Dr. Phuong Nguyen and the rest of our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!

How to Maintain a Strong and Healthy Smile this Winter

December 15th, 2016

Do you want a healthy and pristine smile this winter? If so, our Tacoma Washington Dentist dental team has some helpful tips for you! If you do everything you can to keep your oral health in tip-top shape, you’ll be on the right track toward the smile you deserve. So, to help you, we encourage you to do the following things on a regular basis:

-Keep up on oral hygiene:

Brush every morning and night for two minutes each time. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. After you brush at night, floss every crevice of your smile and rinse your mouth. As you floss, clean with an easy-to-use product and be careful around the gums. As you rinse, use antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.

-Visit your dentist:

If you’re due for a dental checkup, make sure to visit your dentist, Dr. Phuong Nguyen, at your earliest convenience. The professional cleaning and exam involved will keep your oral health in tip-top shape, especially because it helps keep tooth decay, gum disease, and enamel erosion away.

-Have a healthy and balanced diet:

Because of all the holidays, there are many sugary treats available all winter long, like pie, hot cocoa, candy canes and chocolate. If you’re not careful, the sugar could attack your smile and create cavities. So, it’s important to have a tooth-healthy and balanced diet during the winter season.

-Wear a mouthguard:

There are many fun winter activities that could pose a threat to your smile, like ice skating and sledding. So, if you want to protect your smile while you participate in these activities, we encourage you to wear a mouthguard. That way if you hit your smile, your chances of having a tooth injured or knocked out decrease.

These tips will help you have a healthy winter smile in Fircrest, Washington. If you have any questions or if you are interested in knowing more about how to maintain a top-notch oral health during the winter season, please call our office today at 253.565.2895. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!

A Full Smile Is a Great Smile

November 16th, 2016

If during the course of your life you smile has been knocked down a time or two, don’t despair. No matter how bad things may seem, never give up on your smile. The wonderful thing about teeth is that we have many of the tools necessary to turn around even the worst of oral health care situations. If you have lost any teeth, we can fix that too. The dentist at Tacoma Washington Dentist can provide you with artificial dental implants that look and act just like a normal tooth would.

Below are a few benefits of dental implants:

Stability: Dental implants don’t risk the chance of embarrassment as dentures can if they fall out. Implants are firmly rooted in place.
Proven Success: Dental implants have a proven track record and extremely high success rate.
Speech: Dentures and bridges can alter your speech, but implants do not.
Conformity: Implants act just like your normal teeth, and should be brushed and cleaned the same as well.
Durability: If properly cared for, dental implants last a lifetime.
No Collateral Damage: Because dental implants are firmly rooted in the locations of the previous tooth, they will not grind up next to or shift towards other healthy neighboring teeth.

The smile you’ve been waiting for is possible. Tacoma Washington Dentist wants to help you get it. If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Phuong Nguyen, please call us at , and speak to a member of our tooth-tastic team, or stop by our office in Fircrest,Washington. We look forward to making you smile!

Halloween Candy Can Have Haunting Effects on the Health of Your Teeth

October 18th, 2016

Halloween is a holiday when children get to dress up as their favorite imaginative characters as they bask in a candy frenzy of epic proportions. At the same time, more than one or two parents happen to indulge in a sweet treat purloined from their child’s candy bag.

While the sugar rush from a handful of sweet treats might seem to be quite the reward, it can have haunting consequences on the health of your teeth. Sticky candy, melted chocolate, and other confections can get trapped in the contours of the teeth. This promotes the bacteria in your mouth to bloom and exploit the tooth enamel to form tooth decay.

At the same time, residual sugars in your mouth feed the bacteria and help them reproduce in astonishing numbers. Not only does this contribute to the process of tooth decay, but it also increases plaque formation and the chances of tartar hardening on teeth.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent these problems after eating Halloween candy. Shortly after finishing your candy binge, you should vigorously rinse your mouth with water. Then, a half hour later you can gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. This will clean away residual candy bits from the contours of your teeth.

It would also be a good idea to give your teeth a quick flossing to remove any trapped candy particles from between teeth and along the gumline. Then you could also rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill some of the lingering bacteria in your mouth.

If you are concerned about the impact of Halloween candy on the health of your teeth, you can always call Tacoma Washington Dentist at to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Phuong Nguyen. We are happy to help you have a smile healthy Halloween in Fircrest, Washington.

A Tooth with a Lost Filling Often Needs Restoration with a Crown

August 31st, 2016

Fillings are intended to repair cavities and other modest areas of tooth decay. As time goes on the bacteria in your mouth can actually start to attack the seam where the filling meets the healthy tooth enamel. Should the bacteria eventually gain access, they can cause additional pockets of tooth decay and compromise the cement holding the filling in place.

If a filling is going bad, or has recently fallen out, there might not be sufficient enamel remaining for our Tacoma Washington Dentist dentist to cement a new filling. In a case like this, our dentist will often recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.

The process begins by Dr. Phuong Nguyen examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. This helps to determine if the decay has penetrated the pulp or root of the tooth. If the decay runs deep into the tooth, she might first need to perform a root canal before the tooth can be fitted for a crown.

If the decay is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, Dr. Phuong Nguyen will remove all of the tooth enamel to form an abutment. This little post-like structure made from the core of your tooth will eventually serve to anchor the crown in place. Next, a detailed impression is taken of the abutment and the corresponding teeth. The abutment is then covered by a temporary crown and the impression is sent off to our dental lab where your crown is produced.

When your crown is ready we will call you back in for a brief follow-up appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your new permanent crown is cemented onto the abutment.

If you have a bad or missing filling, you should call Tacoma Washington Dentist’s office in Fircrest, Washington at to seek timely and effective treatment. Dr. Phuong Nguyen and our dedicated team are always ready to help you achieve a healthy, confident smile!