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.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
March 04, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   dental crowns  

How dental crowns from your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, can strengthen your smile

Do your teeth need a second chance? Perhaps they are damaged from everyday habits like chewing on hard foods. Maybe they are worn down from normal aging. Whatever has happened to your teeth, they deserve a second chance, and dental crowns can give it to them.

Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser of Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, offer a wide range of family dentistry services, including dental crowns to strengthen your smile.

Did you know dental crowns can protect damaged teeth better than a large filling? That’s because a dental crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth to the gumline. It’s like a miniature suit-of-armor protecting your tooth. When you bite down on a crown, the biting stress and pressure are spread evenly across the tooth surface, guarding it against breakage.

On the other hand, when you have a large filling, the filling can separate your tooth into sections, weakening it. When you bite down on a large filling, there is a chance of your filling shearing off, and taking vital tooth structure with it.

Strengthening your damaged teeth is only part of the benefits of dental crowns. They can also make your smile more attractive! That’s because a common dental crown material is porcelain, which offers these important benefits:

  • Porcelain is light-reflective, just like natural tooth enamel
  • Porcelain closely resembles the appearance of natural tooth structure
  • Porcelain is stain-resistant, so your new porcelain crown will stay beautiful for years.

A full porcelain crown is a perfect choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible when smiling. For back teeth, it’s a good idea to have a little more strength. That’s why a porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crown is a great choice. PFM crowns offer the beauty of porcelain, combined with the strength of a metal underlay.

Give your teeth and your smile a second chance with dental crowns. To find out more about how dental crowns can strengthen your smile, talk to the experts. Call Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Grieser of Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, at (360) 895-4321. Give your damaged teeth a second chance by calling today!

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
January 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're unhappy with your smile, your Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Drs. Tracy Sullivan and Peter Grieser can help. The dentists offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that will enhance your smile.

Got a dull smile? Teeth whitening can renew your appearance

Teeth naturally become duller over time. Aging and food, beverage and tobacco stains may make your teeth look stained and yellow. Fortunately, your dentists can help you get rid of stains with teeth whitening. The professional whitening gel they use breaks apart stains deep inside your tooth enamel, leaving teeth as much as eight shades whiter. As one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry services, whitening is a good option if you'd like to revitalize your appearance without spending a lot.

Have you lost a tooth? Your dentists can fill the gaps

Gaps completely change your smile, but luckily, the changes don't have to be permanent. Bridges, dentures and dental implants replace your lost teeth, improve your appearance, restore your normal biting power, making it easier to speak clearly, and prevent bite problems due to shifting teeth.

Do you feel self-conscious because of dental flaws? Veneers may offer the ideal solution

Tooth-shaped shells called veneers keep many types of flaws out of sight. The shells are no thicker than a fingernail and are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. The restorations are very effective in:

  • Hiding tooth damage, such as cracks or chips
  • Smoothing uneven teeth
  • Changing the shape or length of teeth
  • Concealing discolorations or whitening your entire smile
  • Improving the appearance of oddly shaped teeth
  • Closing slight gaps

Do you have fragile, broken or unattractive teeth? Multi-purpose dental crowns offer the ideal solution

Versatile crowns improve the appearance and function of your teeth. The hollow restorations fit over the tops of teeth and cover them completely. During your visit to the Port Orchard dental office, your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • Your tooth is broken or fractured.
  • Your tooth danger of breaking or fracturing because it's fragile or cracked.
  • Your tooth is too short or oddly shaped.
  • You have discolored teeth or other flaws.

Upgrade your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Call your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, Drs. Tracy Sullivan and Peter Grieser, at (360) 895-4321 to schedule your appointment.

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