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By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
July 31, 2014
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Who's coming in for their dental cleaning this month?  If you don't have an appointment give us a call, appointments are filling up fast!   360-779-3958 

 

By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
July 23, 2014
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  •  Which toothbrush should I use?

There’s a breed of people who drive a stick shift, use a push mower and prefer sailboats to motorboats. When faced with the choice of a toothbrush, that purist will certainly choose the dependable, disposable, do-it-yourself toothbrush. But what about those of us who swear by their smartphones, DVRs, and tablet computers? We want the latest and greatest gadgets and tend to be adopters of new technologies.

Regardless of the type of toothbrush you prefer, when used properly, both powered and manual toothbrushes are great options for removing plaque and keeping teeth and gums healthy. So what variables should you consider when deciding on the best toothbrush for you?  Here are a few factors to consider:

  • Your budget

Electric toothbrushes are pricier. However, while high-end options can cost upwards of $100, you can find some effective powered brushes in the $10 range. Remember that you need to add the cost of batteries and replacement brush heads to your toothbrush budget.

  • Your dexterity

People who have limited manual dexterity – including the very young, the elderly, or those suffering from injury or arthritis – may find it easier to reach and clean areas of their mouth with an electric toothbrush.

  •   Your habits

If you have a hard time brushing regularly, and you find you enjoy the sensation of brushing with an electric toothbrush, then by all means use the brush that will encourage you to brush most often.

  •  Your patience

Regardless of what type of toothbrush you choose, it’s important to use it correctly. While some brushes may require circular motions to be effective (for example manual brushes) others may require an angled glide over the teeth (for example power brushes). Brush twice a day, for two minutes each time. Cover the inner, outer and top surfaces of your teeth, and brush all the way down to the gum line. Don’t forget the hard-to-reach areas in the back of your mouth. Please ask your hygienists to advise you on optimal brushing techniques considering your toothbrush selection.

Finally, remember that while brushing and flossing daily will help you maintain good oral health, regular professional cleanings are also vital to keeping your teeth in tip-top shape. If you do have questions about brushing habits, please feel free to give our office a call!  360-779-3958

By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
June 26, 2014
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June 05, 2014
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By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
May 08, 2014
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As the healthcare debate rages nationally, Modern Dentistry has decided to do something tangible to help individuals and families afford quality dental care.  Statistically speaking, more than 60% of Americans don’t have dental insurance.  This means that a large majority of people here locally delay dental procedures, which is not good for dental health or overall healthcare.  A recent report by CBS News indicated dental disease as a contributing factor in many seemingly unrelated problems... including employment problems, heart disease and childhood school absences. 

Even here in Poulsbo we see kids in our practice who are in chronic pain because a simple cavity was not caught in time.  That cavity was not caught because the parents perceived that they could not afford dental care.  By the time the pain for the child is unbearable... the cost of solving the problem has escalated two or three times over what it would have been if caught a year earlier.  This bothered me a great deal and I decided to be part of finding a solution.  The solution that Modern Dentistry helped develop with other dentists across the country is both simple and quite ingenious... and may prove to be a model for healthcare reform across the board.  Numbers don’t lie... and we found that we could create a system where families could get earlier preventive and less expensive dental care.  The program is called QDP - Quality Dental Plan (QualityDentalPlan.com), which is now rolling out nationally across the nation.

I sat down with my front office team and saw how much money was going to insurance companies, claim forms administration and collections costs.  We also calculated how many hundreds of extra dollars families were spending by not catching potential problems that we could have found during a simple annual dental exam.  When I began to run these numbers with other dentists around America... we found that we could offer our patients initial exams, exam x-rays, teeth cleanings and as much as 15% off our usual fee structure simply by creating our own in-house dental savings plan.  A plan of this nature represents significant savings for patients and their families.  The result was QDP... and we are quite proud of what has been created.  This one simple step has allowed us to eliminate the insurance company middle man... and those savings are going right back into the pockets of folks here locally.  I’m really proud to be part of this forward looking cost-savings movement.  This is a great system for dental care everywhere.

For more information about Quality Dental Plan go to QualityDentalPlan.com.  Or give us a call today 360-779-3958



Jeromy A. Peterson, DDS

"I remember our family dentist. He knew everything about our family's oral health history, and that made us feel completely comfortable. We knew we were receiving high-quality, personalized care. That's the kind of dentist I want to be for you and your family."
 

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R. Scott Puhn, DDS, PS

Dr. Puhn is a well respected dentist who has been serving the Poulsbo area for over 25 years. Dr. Puhn puts his patients at ease with his easy going manner, dedication to patient comfort and expertise of his craft.
 

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