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Is Flossing Even Effective?

Tuesday, August 2nd
This used to be a debate that swirled around bathroom sinks and dental offices for decades. But in a recent article published on AP’s site The Big Story (1), a look to the past has apparently started pushing the debate toward a resolution of sorts. Because you, dear reader, are always looking to us for sound wisdom and advice, I’d be honored to oblige. As the article mentions, floss has limited benefits.  It’s hard to hold, tough to manipulate, and can’t always eliminate every bit of food and sludge on and between teeth and gums. Even when performed perfectly, it’s really difficult… [ Read More ]

I’ve Got Nothing But Love For You And Your Health

Wednesday, September 23rd
It doesn’t take a degree in rocket science or dentistry to know that people don’t want to come to the dental office for treatment. I can support that with conversations that I have every day with my patients. “I know you’re going to lecture me,” say a few. “Ready for my lashing,” says another. “I know what you’re going to tell me,” say the remainder. Some patients get right to it. “No offense, doc. This is the last place I want to be.” I get it. No one wants to be here. Yet they show up. I have some of… [ Read More ]

Cavity Prevention Tip Of The Day

Tuesday, May 5th
Straight out of the hygiene center, Dr. Rafoth gives some advice for how to neutralize your risk for tooth decay. Chris Rafoth is the owner of Lyons Creek Dental Care, providing medical dentistry, dental implants, and facial esthetics since 1998 for Shoreline and greater Seattle areas, as well as communities in King and Snohomish counties. Any questions or comments? Contact him at chris@lyonscreekdentalcare.com today! [ Read More ]

Video Stanwood Dentist Dr. Rafoth Discusses Toothpaste

Wednesday, November 12th
Dr. Rafoth discusses different toothpastes and the links are: Nature's Gate Natural Toothpaste Tom 's of Maine Natural Toothpaste Crest Toothpaste Colgate Toothpaste Listerine Toothpaste [ Read More ]

Video Stanwood Dentist Dr. Rafoth Discusses Toothbrushes

Tuesday, November 4th
Dr. Rafoth discusses different electric toothbrushes and the three links are: Oral-B Vitality Oral-B Triumph/Professional Sonic Care [ Read More ]

Video Stanwood Dentist Dr. Rafoth Discusses Probiotics

Monday, October 27th
Dr. Rafoth discusses probiotics and oral health. Here is a link to the recommended probiotic: Evora Plus   [ Read More ]

Video Stanwood Dentist Dr. Rafoth Discusses Mouthwashes

Tuesday, October 21st
Dr. Rafoth discusses different mouthwashes and the three links are: Tooth & Gums Tonic Natural Dentist Crest Pro Health [ Read More ]

The Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes

Friday, September 5th
Have you ever wondered if those hi-tech electronic toothbrushes in commercials are really any better than your regular toothbrush? Or is it all just hype? It’s a good question, with a pretty simple answer. For starters, The American Journal of Dentistry and the British Dental Journal support the use of electric toothbrushes. Also, our resident expert, Dr. Rafoth says, "E-brushes are always better. They are more efficient and more effective at removing debris, stain, and biofilm." And the evidence is there to support the claim. Electric toothbrushes simply cannot be beat when it comes to efficiency. It would take hours to manually scrub your… [ Read More ]

Dental Decay In Children “Hits Epidemic Proportions”

Thursday, June 5th
A recent local news report on King5.com’s Healthlink, illustrates how serious the problem of dental decay is in children. It also shows a simple strategy for parents to reduce the risk of tooth decay in their kids: “Tooth decay is largely preventable, but it remains one of the most common diseases of childhood — five times as common as asthma, and seven times as common as hay fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC says 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have had cavities in baby teeth; 21% of those ages 6 to 11 have… [ Read More ]

For The Cleanest Mouth Use Mouthwash In Addition To Brushing And Flossing

Thursday, June 5th
Mouthwash is a great disinfectant tool when used with brushing and flossing. Swishing out your mouth with some mouthwash kills residual bacteria (biofilm) and washes out tiny food and drink particles, while leaving your mouth feeling refreshed and clean. Choosing the right mouthwash can be daunting. Alcohol-free is very important. Alcohol can cause dry mouth, which adds to bad breath & can cause sensitivity to the roots of teeth. Natural ingredients are best. In my experience, natural ingredients are really effective. One that’s really effective is Dental Herb Company's Tooth and Gums Tonic, available through dentists and online. When added to my… [ Read More ]