When most people think of October they think of fall leaves, crisp air, scarecrows and Halloween. Here At Safe Harbor Smiles we like to recognize our hygienists to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month. They are always striving to better serve their patients and October is a time to help us raise awareness about the importance of good oral health. It is also a time to celebrate the important work they do on a daily basis. We’re so lucky to have our talented hygiene team and we wanted to dedicate this blog to them and their jobs! Read on to … Read More

The Down Side to Sports Drinks

September 20, 2018

  With school sports starting to ramp up, the more we start seeing teenagers with sports drinks. Many sports drinks contain electrolytes, which can be helpful to maintain energy levels when engaging in physically intensive activities. They are also seen as a tasty alternative to water when it comes to staying hydrated on a warm summer day. But what people don’t realize is that sports drinks also bring negative effects to your teeth. Sports drinks can have a negative effect on both children and adults if the people who enjoy them are not careful. Dental erosion is a loss of … Read More

Where has the time Gone!?

September 4, 2018

Just like that the school year is about to be back in full swing! Did You all have a great summer? (we would love to see some pictures) There is still lots of time to make sure you get that last minute family vacation, a drive in movie, a concert in the park or visit a county fair! Make sure to check out this website for more ideas!  https://www.visitkitsap.com/   Before the summer comes to a close, we also want to give you a few helpful tips to prepare for the new school year. Adjusting bedtimes         … Read More

Understanding Invisalign

August 17, 2018

As many of you probably know, a little over a year ago we started offering Invisalign clear aligner therapy in our office. We are so happy to offer this service to our patients. Besides the aesthetic factor, the benefits of Invisalign are many. To help us provide this service we are implementing the Itero scanner. This scanner allows us to take a 3D image of your teeth, so no impressions are needed to create your aligners. We also use this image to create a simulation model of how your teeth will look after they are aligned. See our video below … Read More

    You might be wondering: “Why is my dentist concerned if I have HPV?” Or you might be thinking: “It’s none of your business if I have HPV.” These are valid concerns, as this is a new screening protocol that is likely to stir up many questions. To help with any fears or concerns around our new screening, we’ve put together some information below, that further explains our role as dental professionals.     In 2006 it was recommended that adolescent girls (and eventually boys) receive a vaccination that prevents against the two strains of HPV (16 & 18) … Read More

So, why is this such a huge debate? With that question, we have decided that fluoride is going to be our main topic this month. There are numerous studies that show when used as directed or when added to community water in the correct amounts, fluoride significantly reduces the incidence of cavities. A frequent misconception surrounding fluoride is that only children will benefit from fluoride. (that is a rumor because of insurance companies). Each individual regardless of age, has unique risk factors for developing cavities. Our dental hygienists are trained to identify your risk for developing cavities, and evaluate this … Read More

  With Mothers Day around the corner, May is the perfect time to discuss about oral health care during pregnancy. There are a few misconceptions out there to clear up and we’ll discuss how and why good home care is especially important during pregnancy. One of the biggest misconceptions involved with dental care during pregnancy is that restorative treatment and anesthetic are not safe. Receiving local anesthesia while you are pregnant does not pose a risk to you or your baby. At Safe Harbor Smiles we recommend performing treatment if decay is present, as this will worsen and ultimately cause … Read More

Being that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we should discuss the risks that tobacco users face. Both cigarettes and chewing tobacco greatly increase an individual’s chance of developing oral or throat cancers. Studies have shown that smokers are 3 times more likely to develop mouth cancer and 7 times more likely to develop throat cancer than non-smokers. Each year, The Oral Cancer Foundation  approximates 48,250 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and that 9,575 people die each year due to these forms of cancer. With the combined use of Tobacco and the consumption of alcohol, this is one … Read More

  Seems like wherever you are you see someone with an “E-cigarette” or “vaping”. Over 6 million people in the U.S. have either tried or use  e-cigarettes and there are “Vape” shops practically on every corner. There has been a rise in popularity with teenagers and college aged adults. The reasoning behind its popularity is that they don’t leave a distinct smell and come in a variety of flavors. This is becoming a fast growing choice or alternative to smoking cigarettes, and research can not yet show the long term effects to its user.   With traditional cigarettes and tobacco … Read More

February is children’s dental health month and we have chosen to highlight the childhood disease of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) or baby bottle decay. ECC is an infectious disease that can affect any child and can begin as early as the eruption of your child’s first tooth (around 6 months old). As foods enter the oral cavity bacteria break down carbohydrates and sugars and produce acid.  The acid drains teeth of the minerals that keep them strong. This in turn leads to decay. ECC is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States. It is 5 times more … Read More