Understanding the Stages of Periodontal Disease

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As we wrapped up National Dental Hygiene Month in October, it seemed fitting to follow up with information about the different stages of gum disease. Your hygienist should take measurements of the gums at least every 12 months and discuss with you what stage of health your gums and bones are at. Part of our … Read more

How & Why does Gum Recession start?

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We all know that regular cleanings and great home care are the recipes for dental health. Even if you do all of the right things, you may experience gum recession at some point in your life. It affects to some degree the majority of our population. “Gum recession is when the margin of the gum … Read more

Does Cannabis Use Negatively Impact Oral Health?


Recreational cannabis (marijuana) consumption has been legal in Washington State since 2012. With the increase in cannabis use, since it’s legalization, we are seeing the effects it has on oral health. As health professionals, we understand that there are benefits of cannabis to treat certain ailments, but we also have to educate patients about the … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Effects on Oral Health

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A group of Autoimmune diseases called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) results in chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two main diseases identified in this group are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The symptoms of chronic inflammation over time damage the GI tract. This can cause discomfort and painful symptoms for those affected. The … Read more

Autoimmune Series: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health

Rheumatoid Arthritis and oral health

We’re kicking off a new blog series here at Soundview Dental Arts! For the rest of 2019, we will be highlighting different autoimmune diseases bimonthly and discussing their impacts on oral health, and vice versa. Autoimmune diseases are wide-ranging diseases that affect many systems of the body but commonly, the diseases cause the body to … Read more

The Truth about Methamphetamines and Oral Health

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This month we’re focusing on a difficult subject; drug addiction. Let’s learn more about Methamphetamines and oral health with us! It’s heartbreaking to hear about the rising rates of drug addiction in our country and even worse to hear about a loved one struggling with addiction. As dental professionals, we are trained to look for … Read more

The Mouth to Heart Relationship

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Many people think of hearts and Valentine’s Day when you mention February. In the medical/dental world, we think about American Heart awareness month. You’ve heard us say time and again that oral health is linked to overall health. Most individuals treat their mouths separately from the rest of their bodies without realizing that what goes … Read more