Skip the Energy and Electrolyte Drinks

It's a common sight to see: a group of young soccer players come off the field after a game and a parent is waiting on the side lines with a snack and some bright blue and red sports drinks in a cooler. But what if the sports drinks are actually doing more harm than good? Although sports drinks do include carbohydrates to provide a quick fix of ene...
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5 Smart Tips to Overcome Dental Anxiety

​ About 20 percent of patients simply dread visiting the dentist, according to WebMD . As sad as this makes us (because we love helping our patients so much!), we understand. For many of these people, their fears stem from one or more of these difficult and very real feelings and experiences that may include: Fear of getting hurt Worries and anxiet...
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Dental Health and Aging

The body experiences many changes as we age. These changes aren't just seen on our skin or felt inside our body - they are also experienced in the mouth. Sometimes these changes are visible and sometimes they are not, such as when nerves begin to become smaller and the teeth become more sensitive to cavities and other dental problems. The need for ...
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Another Reason to Wine

​ Those who love wine hardly need an excuse to enjoy a glass (responsibly of course) from time to time. But what if it could actually help us avoid things like a sore throat and even dental decay? Well, according to this study, it can! Inspired by a study done in the 1980s that examined the antibacterial properties of beverages including soda, wate...
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What Are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

​ Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. Despite being a very big deal, sleep apnea is often passed off as just "harmless snoring," and many times it remains undetected, undiagnosed and untreated, which is extremely dangerous. Sleep disorders affect males and females, adults and children. Leavin...
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Can TMJD Affect the Throat?

​ Have you ever wondered why they call the temporomandibular joint the "small joint that can cause big pain"? It's because of just how much can go wrong when anything affects this complicated joint. The temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, sit on both sides of the jaw, acting as a hinge between the skull and the jawbone. You can feel them by placing ...
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What Oral Health Does to Overall Health

​ About 52 percent of the global population suffers from about 291 different oral diseases. According to the FDI World Dental Federation, dental caries, or cavities, account for about 44 percent of these cases, making it the most prevalent oral health problem in the world. Some other conditions that affect many people include gum disease, bad breat...
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Banish Bad Breath Fast With These 7 Tips

​ Only a few other things come close to the embarrassment and anxiety that comes with bad breath. Did you know bad breath is actually a medical condition? It's known as halitosis in the medical and dental community, and it can be caused by poor dental habits, dental cavities and tooth decay, among other things. These seven tips can help you achieve...
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How About Full-Mouth Dental Implants?

​ Losing all your teeth can be downright awful and embarrassing. While this is not exactly common, trauma, accidents, infections and aging can cause it to happen. If you have to experience this discomfort in Everett, Washington, or the surrounding areas, you can count on Dr. Norman and the Dream Smile team for full-mouth dental implants, among othe...
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Eating Sandwiches with Braces?

​ When you get braces, you can expect some adjustments to your diet. It can be a challenge knowing which foods are braces-friendly - and which ones are not. One of the top questions people ask when they get braces is whether they can eat their favorite foods with braces. Today, let's talk about whether sandwiches are a good food choice when you hav...
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Is Teeth Whitening Really Worth It?

​ Research shows that as many as 80 percent of Americans ages 18 to 49 years old prefer whiter and brighter teeth. The American public spent about $1.4 billion on over-the-counter whitening products in 2016 alone, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. If you're considering teeth whitening or simply wondering what the procedure en...
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Deep Bite: Causes and Correction

​ When teeth are obviously crooked or crowded, many people know to seek orthodontic treatment to correct the issue. But, patients are not as likely to seek out treatment or be overly concerned about their deep bite or overbite issues. Many might not even know what a "deep bite" is or why it is a problem, but dental professionals would argue that th...
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Teeth Changing Color?

​ So your super-bright teeth have gone from white to not so white over time? The good news is professional teeth whitening is here to rescue you! But what exactly happened and why did this change of color occur? Well, a lot of things might have caused it, from eating and drinking things like coffee and tea, among other staining items, to smoking, t...
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A Brief History of Toothbrushes

​ Have you ever wondered where your toothbrush came from or what people did before toothbrushes were invented? Today we're going to look back into history and see where toothbrushes began and how far they have come! Toothbrushes have a long history that stretches back to around 3500 to 3000 BC when the Egyptians and the Babylonians would fray the e...
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Who Needs Fluoride Treatments?

​ Fluoride has long been a pretty controversial issue in dentistry. The research speaks for itself. The Centers for Disease Control says that drinking fluoridated water can help reduce cavities by as much as 25 percent! We need strong and healthy teeth for beautiful and bright smiles. Fluoride therapy can be very useful in improving the strength of...
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How Long Does TMJD Pain Last?

​ Along with jaw pain, temporomandibular disorder can lead to other symptoms including headaches, migraines, and pain in the ears, face, teeth, neck, shoulders and back. TMJD pain, in many cases, can be severe and long lasting. While acute TMJD pain and symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, often disappearing after the source o...
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Dental Health Tips for Seniors

Maintain good dental health is critical at any age, especially considering your dental health is connected to your overall health. The greatest fear for most seniors is the possibility of losing their teeth as they age. With the right dental care, this, as well as many other dental challenges, can be properly checked. Below are a few tips that will...
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Are Dental X-rays OK During Pregnancy?

​ Pregnancy is both an exciting and challenging period for moms-to-be, with the body going through a lot of changes. This means that for generations moms-to-be have been told to take special care and consideration when doing just about anything, including simple things they frequently did before pregnancy, like eating sushi, coloring their hair and...
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Preventing Dental Problems

Your smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. It shows your happiness, confidence and self-esteem. Understanding how important it is to keep your smile in the best condition possible is key to maintaining a healthy and radiant smile for years to come. If you've been looking for the secrets to keeping your teeth and dental health in optimum condit...
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Common Oral Health Concerns for Seniors

​ People of all ages are at risk of various oral health issues. That's why it's very important to ensure that we all stick to our oral health hygiene so we don't fall victim to most of these avoidable issues. That said, there are a few issues that should be of great concern to seniors. Understanding these common oral health issues and their basis m...
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