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Starting 2019 Off Right

January 14th, 2019

Halfway into the first chapter of 2019 and we can hardly believe it! One of our biggest challenges this year will be continuing to manage the exponential growth that we are so very fortunate to be experiencing. As our dental family grows, we’re adjusting schedules and practices to accommodate everyone without sacrificing the patient care and experience that we pride ourselves on.

Aside from continuing to fine-tune our processes for our ever-growing work family, our resolution focuses remain the same: healthy body, healthy practice, healthy family. We also plan on continuing to donate our time and resources to our amazing community and want to get in the habit of celebrating more. All the little and big accomplishments of our staff, patients, and families deserve to be celebrated.

The fact that our resolutions aren’t changing doesn’t mean we don’t need a plan of action. We believe that setting specific, measurable goals is a great way to achieve whatever you’re setting out to do. For our Discovery Dental team, we do that in the form of meetings. We meet every week to keep ourselves accountable and to make sure we’re all on track. If you’re looking to find ways to do the same, we recommend writing things down, learning to prioritize tasks, and, most importantly, being consistent. We’ll be following our own advice too and hope to kick procrastination to the curb this year!

Outside of the office, Dr. Dave and Dr. Tom are continually pushing the envelope in terms of adventure. Whether it’s rock climbing, ultra-runs, crossfit, or skiing, we can’t wait to see what the year holds for these two!

Don’t forget, each month we give away a referral basket to a patient who has referred someone to our office. This month’s basket theme is “Date Night” and comes with movie tickets, dinner, candles, and other treats! So if you haven’t already, you may want to start referring some people.

We hope you’re all having a lovely start to 2019 and encourage you to tackle this new year with positivity and determination.

 

A Variety of Dentures to Meet Your Needs

January 11th, 2019

With advancements in prosthetic dentistry, patients are now able to wear dentures that are comfortable, natural looking, and long lasting. There are different options to choose from that will meet your individual needs, whether you have a few teeth missing or have lost all of your teeth. Dr. Dave Stinchfield and Dr. Tom Stinchfield will be able to help you decide which denture option is best for you.

Partial Dentures

Patients who receive partial dentures have some of their original teeth still in place and therefore only need a partial to replace the missing teeth and keep their existing teeth from moving. It also makes sense that patients need them to be able to eat comfortably. All dentures are made from porcelain or plastic and are made with comfort in mind.

Complete Dentures

If you have suffered from complete tooth loss, you would typically receive complete dentures. Immediately after you have your teeth extracted you will leave the dentist office with a set of temporary dentures. These will be worn for a few months while your mouth heals. After this initial wait time, your conventional or permanent dentures will be ready to be fitted.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures involve a more invasive procedure, but are also permanent. A select number of implants are placed into the jaw. The denture is then attached to the implant posts. You will be able to chew normally and maintain normal dental hygiene, like brushing and flossing.

Dr. Dave Stinchfield and Dr. Tom Stinchfield will be able to advise on which kind of denture would be the best based on your individual needs. Contact our Washougal, WA office to schedule an appointment!

Tooth Protection and Winter Sports

January 4th, 2019

Just because it’s cold out there doesn’t mean you’ll give up keeping fit and active! Winter is the season for some of our favorite team sporting activities, and when you’re donning your protective gear, don’t forget to protect your teeth as well.

  • Basketball

This sport actually tallies one of the highest counts of dental injuries. Running, jumping, and diving for the ball on an unforgiving court can lead to tooth and jaw injuries.  And for every ten men on the floor, it seems like there at least 50 flailing elbows in the paint.

  • Hockey

Notorious for the toll it takes on teeth, hockey is a game of sticks, ice, and whizzing pucks. And when your sport’s penalties include the terms hooking, slashing, and tripping, the more protection, the better.

  • Skiing

When you are flying down the slopes, combining powdery snow and speed, mouth protection is a good idea. This also applies to snowboarding and other snow sports.

  • Wrestling

Grappling and pinning in close quarters can lead to unintended injuries after accidental contact with the mat or your opponent.

Different uniforms, different equipment, and different playing fields, but all these sports have one thing in common—the easiest way to protect your teeth while playing them is with a mouth guard.

Mouthguards generally come in three forms:

  • Over the counter, ready-made appliances. These are available in drugstores and sporting goods stores, but might not be a comfortable fit as they are pre-formed sizes.
  • The “boil-and-bite” option is a mouthguard form placed in hot water. You then bite down to shape it to your mouth and teeth.
  • Custom mouthguards can be fabricated just for you through our Washougal, WA office. These appliances are designed to fit your individual mouth and teeth, so provide a better fit and better protection. They are also usually more durable and more comfortable. If you wear braces, you definitely need a custom mouthguard to prevent an injury to your mouth or braces caused by an ill-fitting appliance.

Whether you play on a team or pursue individual athletic activities, keeping safe as you keep fit is your first priority. We would be happy to discuss your mouthguard options for any sport, any time of year.

A Brighter Smile for the New Year

December 28th, 2018

The beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start for you and your smile. At Discovery Dental, a brighter smile is quick and easy!

Given the latest in whitening technology, whiter teeth are only an appointment away. Teeth whitening is a safe, quick, and inexpensive way to create the dream smile you’ve always desired. We can offer a safe method that corrects tooth discolorations that may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical effects.

So, start the new year off right and get a whiter smile today! Give us a call at our convenient Washougal, WA office to schedule an appointment!