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Should I Be Worried About Radiation Exposure From Dental X-Rays?

This is a question we run across frequently in our field. Just the word “radiation” is enough to send most people in the opposite direction. I mean, don’t we all want to remain healthy and cancer-free? What most people don’t realize is they’re exposed to radiation on a daily basis,…

Gig Harbor dentist Dr. Karla Bloomquist starts Master’s Degree in Lifestyle Health and Wellness

I am excited to let my patients and colleagues know that this past spring I have officially enrolled in the graduate school at Creighton University in pursuit of my Master’s degree in Lifestyle Health and Wellness. For those of you who wonder: Why? I feel as though we spend a…

Spotlight on the Tongue Scraper

blog, Dentistry
Did you know that approximately 70% of the bacteria that reside in the mouth, live on the tongue? This bacterial coating is rich in microbes which tend to produce sulfur and cause bad breath. The tongue scraper is a fantastic tool to use before or after brushing to remove this…

How Does Fluoride Protect Teeth?

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As a hygienist, I get asked this question daily. There are two things I keep in mind when answering this question. Is the patient asking about topical application to teeth after eruption or are they referring to systemic benefits of fluoride for their child prior to eruption? In the case…
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