Becoming Fearless During Dental Procedures

January 17th, 2018

In the olden days, there were persons who feared the dentist and undergoing dental procedures. To be frank, dental surgery was indeed “uncomfortable” in the early days. Lack of powerful anesthetics and the fact that dental tools may have reminded people of another less reputable profession usually carried out in a medieval dungeon, may have added to the fear factor.

Thankfully, today’s modern dentistry will never be related to such terrible comparisons! Advances in technologies, methods, and anesthetics have made taking care of your teeth a practically painless occupation.

While few patients actually relish appointments for any type of medical procedure, pain should never again be the cause for someone to miss an appointment for proper preventative dental care–or even emergency care.

Unfortunately, there are those who fail to control their anxiety in the chair. In these instances, it is good to have a dentist that has had training on how to handle the fearful. They will have multiple ways to help reduce pain, anxiety, and fear.

Lack of Control:

The major cause of stress for most people is that they feel a lack of control of their situation.
Needless to say, laying on your back, completely still, mouth open, unable to talk, while someone scrapes and drills on your teeth is not a recipe for calm.

Because of this, a lot of dentists have completely changed the atmosphere of their offices and learned to moderate their own demeanor to project tranquility. TVs on ceilings help distract during procedures and offices are less sterile, more casual, etc.

Anesthesia and Sedation:

Now, there are more options to sedation that your dentist can use. Plus, dentists today will more readily administer those options to keep a patient stress-free in even the most mundane of procedures. From laughing gas to anti-anxiety medication, whatever you need can be administered if needed.

If you are anxious about seeing the dentist, Dr. Phuong Nguyen would be happy to help you by alleviating your concerns. Please contact Tacoma Washington Dentist or come by our office in Fircrest, Washington.

Resolve to Get a Great Smile in 2018

December 21st, 2017

The new year is right around the corner, and with it comes New Year’s Resolutions! This year, resolve to clean up your oral hygiene habits to make sure you have a mouth-healthy New Year!

Brush: Make sure you are brushing your teeth for 2 full minutes, twice a day. This removes plaque and debris from your teeth. Use short, tooth-wide strokes in a back-and-forth motion. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Try giving yourself a small, non-food reward every week that you do this every day.

Floss: Flossing and brushing are equally important. Make sure you floss every day for 2-3 minutes. Use a single-filament floss when available; look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging to ensure you are getting a quality product. Use a new section of floss for each tooth, and don’t forget to floss behind the back molars! That area is a great environment for bacterial growth.

Mouthwash: Some individuals choose to add mouthwash to their daily oral hygiene routines. If you choose to do this, great! Just a few words of guidance: Make sure you choose a therapeutic mouthwash, rather than a cosmetic one. While a cosmetic mouthrinse freshens breath by masking the smell with artificial scents, therapeutic mouthwash freshens breath by killing bacteria that cause halitosis.

For more information, call Tacoma Washington Dentist in Fircrest, Washington, at . Dr. Phuong Nguyen and our team are happy to help get your new year on track!

Dentistry: A History

November 20th, 2017

The earliest known signs of dental work goes back as far as 12,000 BC. Archeologists have found an ancient infected tooth which contains remnants of a dental cleaning with flint tools.

The earliest discovered written text that mentions dentistry, however, is dated thousands of years later in 5000 BC. This Sumerian manuscript cites “tooth worms” as the origin of dental decay. This theory wasn’t actually proved wrong until the 1700s.

In France in the Middle Ages, a group of dentists gathered. They didn’t name themselves dentists though; they were called barbers, and they treated more than teeth—they also treated various medical conditions and even cut hair.

In the 1700s, Pierre Fauchard, the Father of Modern Dentistry, wrote a book called “The Surgeon Dentist: A Treatise on Teeth.” It described and outlined the first comprehensive dental system. With this knowledge, dentistry began to multiply throughout the world, including the United States.

In 1840, the first dental college formed in Baltimore, Maryland. A few decades later, Colgate began producing toothpaste and toothbrushes. However, caring for teeth didn’t become popular in America until after World War II when U.S. soldiers brought their habits that they had learned abroad back to their hometowns.

New inventions and techniques continue to develop that make dentistry an ever-evolving and improving field. Do your teeth need some attention? Just call Tacoma Washington Dentist in Fircrest, Washington, at to set up an appointment with Dr. Phuong Nguyen.

The Fundamentals of Flossing

October 14th, 2017

You may be the best brusher in the world. You may brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, rinse your mouth with a top-quality mouthwash that fights plaque and bad breath, and top it all off with a piece of sugarless gum, But what about your dental floss? Do you use it every day, or is it gathering dust in the corner of your medicine cabinet, or lost somewhere in a drawer in your bathroom? Flossing removes the food debris and attacks the plaque between your teeth. No matter how well you brush, and no matter how well you rinse, you will not be able to reach between your teeth. If you don’t clean those spaces, you are still at risk for gum disease and tooth loss. With that in mind, let’s find that lonely container of floss and get to work.

You will need to start with approximately 18 inches of floss. Wrap the majority of it around each middle finger, and grasp about two inches between your thumbs and forefingers. Start flossing at your back teeth by curving the floss around the tooth and then flossing first below, and then away from your gumline. You should use a fresh section of floss for each tooth to avoid spreading the food debris around your mouth. Dispose of the floss when you are finished.

It does not matter if you floss before or after you brush, as long as you do a careful job of both. If you wear braces, you should make a habit of flossing after each meal, since food can become stuck in your dental work. If you wear a bridge, you should make sure the you floss around that as well. If you have range of motion issues, or if you are having trouble flossing around your dental work, you might want to try a water flosser or a floss threader.

Even if you have mastered brushing and flossing, you still need to see Dr. Phuong Nguyen at Tacoma Washington Dentist in Fircrest, Washington, for your routine appointments. If you would like to schedule a visit, call us today at .

Preparing Your Smile for Invisalign®

September 2nd, 2017

If you suffer from any misalignments in your smile, prepare your smile for a tooth straightening product such as Invisalign®. Invisalign is a terrific aligner treatment that seeks to enhance the look and feel of your mouth without bulky wires and brackets that can be stigmatizing and socially embarrassing. With Invisalign, you get the treatment you deserve without negatively affecting your life or lifestyle.

Invisalign can equip you with a set of straight teeth that are not only easier to clean but are also stronger too. Crooked teeth are much more vulnerable to fracture and damage, and the effects of tooth enamel wear due to disorders such as bruxism are also more likely. With Invisalign, many oral health risks and disorders will be diminished with straighter teeth.

The most popular feature of Invisalign remains its clean and nearly invisible look. Invisalign aligners are crafted and molded out of a patented thermoplastic material that can adapted to suit your needs for a comfortable treatment that can potentially go unnoticed by your closest friends and family.

A key feature of Invisalign is its ability to be taken out at will. This greatly enhances the functions Invisalign can offer, including removing the need for any specialty diets as with other orthodontic aligner treatments. No food restrictions are needed, as you can simply take out your aligners for meals, and snap them back into place when you are done.

Are you searching for a dentist in Fircrest, Washington? Dr. Phuong Nguyen at Tacoma Washington Dentist wants to ensure your smile shines no matter what condition it is in. If you are thinking about getting Invisalign, please contact our dentist office by calling us at . Come on in, and get noticed with a better smile today!

A Knocked Out Tooth Is a Dental Emergency

August 25th, 2017

The American Association of Endodontists estimates that an average of five million teeth are knocked out each year. While it is more likely to occur as a result of a sports injury or automobile accident, it is possible for a hard fall or household accident to cause severe dental trauma.

When this happens, fast action and quality first-aid is essential. While you are making your way to Dr. Phuong Nguyen‘s dental office in Fircrest, Washington, there are things you can do to manage the pain and prevent further complications.

If the incident has left you with blood or stray debris in your mouth you can gently rinse it away and with lukewarm salt water. This might also help sooth other traumatized tissues in your mouth. Antiseptic mouthwash is a bad choice as the alcohol or astringents can irritate injured tissues causing more pain.

There’s a slight chance that Dr. Phuong Nguyen can insert the tooth back into the socket. For there to be any chance of success, the tooth needs to be whole and still alive.

To keep the tooth alive you can hold it between your cheek and gums or use one of the tooth-preservation product sold in stores.

If any part of the tooth remains in the socket it will not be viable for implantation. Dr. Phuong Nguyen might perform a root canal to restore the structure of the tooth. Once this is done, she can start the process of fitting you for a basic dental crown.

If the tooth has been severely damaged or the underlying bone structure has been compromised, Dr. Phuong Nguyen might advocate a total extraction. Once your gums have healed, she can help you decide if you’d like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you are in the Fircrest, Washington, area and you have just suffered a knocked out tooth or severe dental trauma, you should call to schedule an emergency treatment at Tacoma Washington Dentist.

Fun Facts About Zoom! Whitening Systems

July 31st, 2017

What are the many benefits of a Zoom! Whitening treatment? Although Zoom! whitening is considered a major technological breakthrough in the battle against darkened or stained teeth, it is still underutilized by many individuals. Zoom! whitening works by applying a specialized whitening gel to a tray that is placed in your mouth over your teeth. Once activated by a specialized light source, the gel is activated and designed to remove deep stains and discolorations deep within your teeth without damaging your tooth enamel keeping your smile safe. Listed below are a few additional benefits:

Zoom! whitening treatments use a gel containing hydrogen peroxide to enter teeth which goes below tooth enamel to clean deep stains. Once a specialized light source is used to activate the gel, it can take away the stains without damaging the teeth. Zoom! whitening has been proven to work against a variety of stains including those caused by juices, beets, wines, soft drinks, tobacco, coffee, tea, and even the ravage of time.

Although Zoom! whitening can be easily done in a single treatment session, your teeth can be re-stained in the future. Therefore, you dentist can give you a Zoom! Whitening mini take-home kit to touch up any trouble spots that may occur. If your teeth should become discolored in the future Zoom! can be used again, because it is safe for multiple uses.

Stained or discolored teeth can be treated with the help of our licensed professionals at Tacoma Washington Dentist. To book an appointment with Dr. Phuong Nguyen at our dentist office in Fircrest, Washington, please contact us at . Come in soon to experience all about the joys of a better smile.

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!