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By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
April 10, 2014
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You may be on vacation, but good oral health never is!
Don’t let a dental emergency ruin your vacation; make sure your teeth are in great shape before leaving home. Scheduling a trip to our office to have any dental problems fixed before you leave can save you time, money, and discomfort when you’re supposed to be relaxing and having fun. Depending on your destination, safe and effective dental care may be hard to come by, so addressing potential dental issues prior to your departure is extremely important to avoid unnecessary risks.

Dentists trained in the United States graduate from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. In addition, dentists must pass national examinations and meet state requirements before they earn a license to practice. Comparable levels of training may exist in your destination, but this may be difficult to find out depending on that country’s dental regulations.

  • Tend to decayed teeth, broken fillings, and other dental problems and inform your dentist of your travel plans.
  • If you are traveling by air, keep in mind that cabin pressure changes can cause pain in a tooth that has decay or is cracked.
  • All root canal treatment should be completed before travel to avoid potential infection.
  • Schedule a cleaning, especially if you have any type of periodontal disease, to prevent infection while you’re away.
  • When you’re on vacation, continue to brush and floss as you normally would. However if you are traveling to an area where the drinking water is unsafe, use bottled or boiled water when rinsing your mouth to avoid illness.

Seeking Safe Emergency Dental Care
No amount of prevention can guarantee that a dental emergency won’t occur. Here are a few tips if you experience a dental emergency when you’re out of the country:

  • Along with your passport or visa, carry travel information including names and phone numbers of organizations to contact in case of a dental or medical emergency. The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers and the American Dental Society of Europe are recommended resources by the American Dental Association.
  • If staying in a hotel, the concierge may be able to suggest a dentist. The American Embassy or other American expatriates living in the area may also be good sources for a recommendation.
  • Emergency care in other countries may not be covered by your dental insurance plan. Contact them to find out what they cover and if they have resources at your destination.
  • When you get to the dental office, take a look around to make sure the staff and doctor are following infection control and safety standards by practicing in a sterile environment and wearing masks and gloves.
  • Be sure to pack an up to date detailed list of all medications and supplements you are using

Take the time to prepare for unexpected dental emergencies before you leave so you can enjoy your vacation worry-free.  360-779-3958

By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
March 20, 2014
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Everyone remembers their parents reminding them to drink milk on a daily basis to build strong bones in order to grow tall and strong. Getting enough dairy is critical for kids whose teeth are still growing. A child who consumes the recommended daily serving of dairy will develop healthy, strong teeth for the rest of his or her life.

Milk and other dairy products are excellent sources of calcium to help your child build bone tissue and maintain optimal dental health. Milk contains vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium, and proteins. Magnesium works to promote calcium deposits in your child’s enamel, while phosphorus forms a small but important barrier against acidic foods that are known to cause caries, or cavities.

Experts at the Academy of General Dentistry warn that kids don’t receive enough calcium, stating only one in five children meets the minimum standards for calcium consumption. That is, two and a half cups of dairy per day. Children who are nine years old need almost twice as much calcium as younger kids and about the same amount as adult men and women. In addition to milk, eating yogurt or cheese is a great way your child can increase his or her dairy consumption.

If your child is lactose intolerant or is allergic to milk, there are many products which contain the same amount of calcium that your child would receive from drinking a glass of milk. These include:

  • Calcium-fortified soy milk
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice
  • Calcium-fortified breads and cereals
  • Plant-based problem foods such as beans, broccoli or spinach
  • Tofu

If your child does not get enough dairy–rich products, they run the risk of improper tooth development and other dental health problems. We strongly encourage you to monitor your child’s dairy consumption to ensure he or she grows healthy bones and teeth to last a lifetime.

If you have any questions about the role calcium plays in your child’s diet, please give us a call or ask us during your child’s next appointment!  360-779-3958 

By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
March 05, 2014
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"What can I do to combat tooth discoloration?"

We see many adults who struggle with tooth discoloration and are hesitant to show off their pearly whites when they smile. Once we identify the cause of your tooth discoloration, there are effective treatment options we can happily provide that can restore the whiteness of your teeth, as well as your confidence.

So, what causes tooth discoloration?

Good question. There are a number of reasons why teeth become discolored. While some are under your control, other reasons are not so preventable. Here are common reasons why teeth become discolored.

  • Genetics: Much of your dental health is determined by genetic factors that are beyond your control. Some people naturally have thinner enamel or discolored teeth.
  • Medical Conditions: Genetic conditions known as amelogenesis or dentinogenesis are responsible for improper development of the enamel, which leads to yellowed, discolored teeth.
  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Failing to brush your teeth at least twice a day, as recommended, or regularly floss may lead to tooth decay and discoloration.
  • Medications: Several medications lead to tooth discoloration as a side effect. If you received the common antibiotics doxycycline or tetracycline as a child, your teeth may have discolored as a consequence. Antihistamines, high blood pressure medications, and antipsychotic drugs can also contribute to discolored teeth. If you think a medication may be leading to tooth discoloration, give us a call. That said, you should never discontinue the use of a medication without consulting your doctor first.
  • Foods and Tobacco: Consumption of certain foods such as coffee, tea, wine, or soda can cause tooth discoloration. The use of tobacco can also cause teeth to turn yellow or brown.

Irrespective of the cause, there are a variety of treatment options available to address discolored teeth. One of the most effective ways to reduce tooth discoloration is through prevention. One good way to start is to avoid drinking red wine, coffee or and stop using tobacco products. If you drink beverages that tend to leave stains, we encourage you to brush your teeth immediately or at least swish with water after you finish the drink to diminish staining.

After determining the cause of tooth discoloration during your appointment, we can also suggest other proactive treatment options. Over-the-counter whitening agents might help, but in-office whitening treatments provided at our office or for home use can be more effective. When whitening agents do not help, bondings or veneers are alternative solutions for tooth discoloration.

If you are worried about your teeth turning yellow or brown, think carefully about your diet and medication use. Talk to us first to identify foods or substances that may be causing the problem and let’s discuss treatment options we may offer to undo the damage to your teeth’s color. After treatment for tooth discoloration, you will have a healthy white smile you can be proud to show off. 

By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
February 13, 2014
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Early detection is key to treating oral cancer

 

The fact is, every hour of every day, someone in the United States dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved over the past decades.

This grim statistic may make you think that oral cancer is a particularly deadly form, when in fact the high death rate has more to do with how late in its development oral cancer is detected. The symptoms of oral pathology are often so subtle in the early stages that routine screening is the key to early detection and survival. In our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology and highest quality care, we proudly screen our patients for oral cancer.

Are you at risk for oral cancer?

Anyone can develop oral cancer, but some people are at a higher risk. These high-risk groups include those over the age of 50 and men, who are twice as likely as women to develop the disease. Smoking or chewing smokeless tobacco products, consuming alcohol excessively and constant exposure to the sun at a young age are also risk factors.

How is oral cancer detected?

We suggest our patients perform a monthly self-examination to check for unusual red or white patches, sores, lumps or thickenings anywhere inside the mouth, on the lips or in the throat and neck area.

We encourage you to give us a call if you find any of these symptoms or if you have trouble swallowing or experience a chronic sore throat and hoarseness. During your visit, we will inspect the oral tissues and neck to determine if abnormalities are present.

What happens if oral cancer is detected?

If abnormal tissues are discovered during your visit, a biopsy will be required. The results from the biopsy will be sent to a laboratory to determine if the cells are cancerous or precancerous. If a diagnosis of cancer is made, surgery, as well as treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation may be necessary. We will work closely with your oncologist and other members of your medical team to ensure that you achieve the best possible oral health and functioning both during and after treatment.

Finding out you have oral cancer can be devastating news. If you are concerned that you might be at risk for developing oral cancer, talk to us about screenings and other things you can do to reduce your risk. Through a routine visual inspection, we can often detect premalignant abnormalities and cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more successful, and can potentially save your life. Ask us about a screening during your next visit! 

By doctor@poulsbodentist.com
February 06, 2014
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February is American Heart Month. It's true-a healthy mouth is a healthy heart!

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/risk-factors/hic-oral-health-cardiovascular-diseases.aspx

 

 



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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