By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
March 16, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Family Dentist  

When you have a large family, ensuring that each member gets proper dental care each year can be complicated. The best thing to do is choose one dentist who can treat the whole family—that includes young toddlers and seasoned seniors. Having one dentist will make it much easier for you to keep up with regular checkups for everyone so that your family can maintain a legacy of good dental hygiene. You’ll find a trusted, reliable family dentist with Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA.

Regular Dental Visits for the Whole Family

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly dental appointments for professional cleanings and checkups. When you have a large family, it’s best to schedule those appointments around the same time and at the same place. Pick months that will likely be most convenient for your schedule and that of your children. For instance, the summertime is usually a good time for kids, and the few weeks before the holidays may also be most convenient.

What Your Family Dentist Can Do

A family dentist can offer you more than just clean teeth. Besides professional cleanings, here are a few other treatments available:

- Crowns, veneers, and inlays for restorative and cosmetic improvements.

- Root canal treatments for cavities.

- Fluoride treatment.

-And more!

Benefits of One Dentist

It’s a blessing to have one dentist that you can trust for all of your family's dental needs. Here are a few specific benefits to think about:

- Your children have a better chance of becoming comfortable with going to the dentist, as they get familiar with one provider over the years.

- In some cases, you can schedule joint or family appointments.

- After just one call, you can get everyone scheduled in for bi-yearly visits.

Your "One and Only" Dentist

Dr. Grieser and Dr. Sullivan at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, is a family dentist who is committed to caring for the entire family. Find out why you should choose them to be your “one and only.” Call (360) 895-4321 today to schedule an appointment.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
February 21, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Discover the benefits of getting dental crowns and bridges for your smile.

Accidents happen! Yes, even to your smile. Whether you are dealing with extensive decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, our Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan of Family Dental Associates, is here to tell you how getting dental crowns and bridges could turn your smile around.

What are crowns and bridges?

These fixed dental restorations are custom-made just for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance while a dental bridge is used to fill gaps and replace one or more missing teeth.

Why might I get a crown?

A crown is a very versatile restoration that can be used to protect a tooth from further damage. A tooth weakened by decay, infection, or trauma can often benefit from getting a crown. A crown will surround the tooth and provide a stronger and more durable outer layer of protection.

A crown may be recommended by our Port Orchard, WA, restorative dentist if you have a cracked, fractured, or broken tooth, if you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored, or if you just underwent root canal therapy.

When are dental bridges needed?

A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge, which contains false teeth, will be fused together with the crowns to anchor the artificial teeth in the middle.

Dental crowns and bridges offer an array of benefits, from treating tooth loss and filling gaps left behind by missing teeth, to protecting teeth from further damage and improving the aesthetics of your smile. 

Do you want to know more about dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, all you have to do is call Family Dental Associates at (360) 895-4321. Our Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Dr. Grieser and Dr. Sullivan, would be happy to discuss dental restorations with you.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
November 22, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time, but it often feels like there is much to do before the baby comes. If you reside in Port Orchard, WA, and need a family dentist, then speak to Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan at Family Dental Associates about your checkup to discuss how pregnancy affects your oral health.

Hormones and Oral Health

Women have hormonal changes throughout their lifespan, and this may affect their oral health in some way. Pregnancy often feels like a hormonal overload. As a result of hormonal changes, there is an increased chance of gum disease and periodontal disease occurring in pregnancy. These infections or inflammations resulting from bacteria in the tissue surrounding the teeth need to be treated, as they may contribute to the possibility of an earlier birth if allowed to progress into periodontitis.

Another factor to consider is a change in eating habits during pregnancy, which may lead to the possibility of extra cavities. A change in eating habits may result from changes in hormones or morning sickness in the first trimester. Vomiting creates a more acidic environment in the mouth which is advantageous for bacterial growth.

Expectant mothers are advised to maintain oral health by keeping up with brushing twice a day and flossing. It may be a good idea to add gargling, a mouth wash, or warm salty water to your routine. If you have concerns or queries about your oral health routine, then consult Dr. Grieser or Dr. Sullivan, serving the area of Port Orchard, WA as a family dentist.

Dental Treatments and Pregnancy

It is a commonly held belief that women should not have dental treatments during pregnancy, and this is incorrect. Many safe oral health procedures are available to you during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimester, including a preventative oral health checkup to evaluate whether you have gum disease or cavities present in your mouth that may need treatment.

Important: It is crucial to notify your healthcare provider of your pregnancy before the commencement of any consultation!

Family Dental Associates serving Port Orchard, WA, have a family dentist that can address any questions you may have about how pregnancy affects your oral health. Make an appointment with Dr. Grieser or Dr. Sullivan by calling (360) 895-4321 today.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
September 17, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Cleanings  

Professional teeth cleanings from your family dentists in Port Orchard, WA, can help your smile.

When you brush and floss your teeth, you are doing what you need to do to protect your smile. You also have to get your teeth professionally cleaned once every 6 months to keep your smile in top shape. Your family dentists in Port Orchard, WA, Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser at Family Dental Associates,  offer comprehensive dental care, including professional teeth cleanings, to keep your smile healthy.

Professional teeth cleanings accomplish several important tasks. When you have your teeth cleaned it will:

  • Remove the soft and hard deposits on your teeth which are a haven for harmful bacteria
  • Remove stains and other surface discolorations to make your smile more beautiful
  • Lower the bacteria levels in your mouth which helps prevent gum and periodontal disease

A professional teeth cleaning appointment is also a perfect opportunity for you to discuss and learn important information regarding your oral health. Your dental care professional can show you all of the latest hygiene techniques and tools so you can keep your smile healthy at home.

When you have a healthy smile, it can help protect your body too. A healthy smile with lower bacteria levels can help prevent you from having a stroke, acquiring diabetes, developing heart disease, or having memory problems. A healthy smile starts with brushing, flossing, and visiting your dental care providers for regular professional teeth cleanings and dental exams.

Your dental care professionals are an important part of your healthcare team, and they want to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful. To learn more about the benefits of professional teeth cleanings and how they can help your smile, call your family dentists in Port Orchard, WA, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Grieser of Family Dental Associates. You can reach them at (360) 895-4321 today!

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
August 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Dental fillings are a vital part of preventative and restorative dental care. At Family Dental Associates, Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser in Port Orchard, WA, can help answer your questions.

Why You Should Consider Dental Fillings

After the decay is removed from inside the tooth, fillings replace the damaged part of the tooth. These fixes allow you to eat and speak normally. Fillings also prevent teeth from shifting and protect permanent teeth below the gumline by preventing an abscess.

Want to avoid amalgam?

Your Port Orchard dentist understands if you want other options. Here are some other materials you may consider:

  • Composite fillings - This is a mixture of acrylic resin and finely ground glass-like particles. It's durable and resistant to fracture.
  • Ionomers - These tooth-colored materials are made of acrylic acids and fine glass powders that fill cavities. An interesting aspect of ionomers is that they release fluoride to help prevent decay.
  • Porcelain dental materials - These are ceramic dental materials used as inlays, onlays, crowns and aesthetic veneers. It's a very thin shell of porcelain that replaces or covers enamel and is highly resistant to wear.

The Procedure

  1. The dentist cleans the surface of the tooth using a cleaning agent then removes the cleaning agent.
  2. They then apply a gel or etching solution and rinse it off after 15 seconds.
  3. When the tooth is dry, the filling material is applied and hardened using a curing light.

Need to contact a dentist?

For more information about fillings restoring damaged teeth, contact Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser in Port Orchard, WA. Call Family Dental Associates at (360) 895-4321 today.

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