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More Safety Protocols Added This Week At Lyons Creek

Tuesday, November 24th
We are getting closer to a resolution of the pandemic. But until the disaster truly comes to an end, we wanted to introduce another element of safety for you and our dental family here at Lyons Creek. The surge in total infected cases has been climbing steeply in the past week or two, so we wanted to provide an additional layer of protection with hypochlorous fogging of the clinic during non-patient care sessions. What is hypochlorous acid? Essentially it's water and salt. Your body manufactures it to protect against microbes. It's non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and 100% biodegradable. Evidence shows that creating a… [ Read More ]

Peroxide for the mouth: Yes or No?

Wednesday, November 4th
Our patient Nancy sent me a question today. https://medium.com/a-microbiome-scientist-at-large/why-you-should-ditch-hydrogen-peroxide-for-first-aid-2929794e732d: I use a 50/50 rinse daily of H202 with water.  Do you have any thoughts after reading this article that it may hurt gum tissue?  My checkups though are always good.  No gum bleeding etc. Peroxide has been a go-to for feeling a cleaner mouth for decades. It really doesn't penetrate well into gum tissue wounds that are deeper than your floss can go. So it doesn't disrupt the fragile tissue cells that are forming in the deeper wounds. It's biggest benefit is cleansing the surface debris and bacteria on your… [ Read More ]

FDA Update for Mercury-Containing Dental Fillings

Monday, September 28th
Last week, the FDA updated its recommendations for dental amalgam materials that contain mercury. The upshot is that the administration is recognizing increased risk for patients who have those types of fillings in their teeth.  The link to the story is here: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-recommendations-certain-high-risk-groups-regarding-mercury-containing-dental-amalgam Call us today at 206.362.5400 to discuss how we safely remove dental amalgams. [ Read More ]

Masks Really Help Us and Each Other

Wednesday, June 17th
The evidence is mounting that routinely using a mask in the absence of any other proven medications, vaccines, or health orders is paying off in a positive way. Literally, any type of mask is blocking a significant transmission of pathogens. Wearing a mask is reducing the risk of transmitting pathogens to others. Keep up the commitment, everybody! https://www.today.com/video/why-wearing-a-mask-actually-works-85137989767 [ Read More ]

Finding Our Way Through The Pandemic Using Evidence-Based Care

Wednesday, June 10th
What a crazy ride we're on. I am battling through what I can only describe as "uncertainty exhaustion." There have been very few times in the past 3 months that I've had all the energy and optimism to heal the world and solve any crisis from my couch. At other times I feel I am drowning in negativity and criticism of any news or research that may aid us in our journey to a healthier, more caring community. In the meantime, I have flashes of strength to continue the due diligence on emerging research. Testing, therapy, and prevention protocols are… [ Read More ]

Returning to Work

Tuesday, May 19th
We are so excited to return to work at Lyons Creek and keep you at your healthiest! You are the reason we love what we do. It’s time to continue our relationship with you, and at this moment, we are doing it in a way that raises your level of safety in our practice while reducing the risk of acquiring infectious disease for all of us. Governor Inslee and the experts in Washington State have set a great example for how our community reduces our chances of getting sick when we want to pursue our healthcare needs. We have built… [ Read More ]

Protect Yourself Even Better Against COVID-19

Friday, April 3rd
The scientific community last week published on the need to amplify risk management of COVID19 for everyone. And it's uncertain when those findings are going to be advised to the public. Today's summary of the research in my conference call with the Fang Foundation is this: Wear a mask everywhere you go. It is now proven to help. Recent studies have shown a major point of interest: Over 30% of all cases of COVID19 are asymptomatic--which means there is a massive increase in rate of exposure prior to what we perceived. Your mask can be made of anything. It is reducing… [ Read More ]

Minimizing Your Risk for Coronavirus and Other Pathogens

Monday, March 2nd
Talking with many patients and family over the past several weeks, I get the sense that there is more interest in COVID-19 coronavirus than other outbreaks in the past. It will create a miserable respiratory infection for many people. It's a hard thing to deal with the existential idea that this viral pathogen may be more dangerous than any other. It seems reasonable to understand how we give this outbreak more concern, given the scope and sensitivity social media and news outlets place on the virus. The good news is that we reduce your exposure to coronavirus and any other… [ Read More ]

Orthodontics Is Orthopedics too!

Tuesday, January 28th
A patient came by today and asked, "what is up with how my posture is affected by wearing braces?" It sparked my choice to pass along some of the things Dr. Bob and I follow on a daily basis, but we don't often get time to share with all of you. Orthodontics and posture are always linked. There is a cause and effect relationship we have to respect. . A couple of points I want to reiterate: 1) any change in your bite and active orthodontic therapy with Invisalign will create changes in your posture, but they are usually minor… [ Read More ]

Sedation Dentistry

Thursday, November 21st
Sedation dentistry has made a positive impact on so many of our fearful dental patients. Back in 2008, I became a certified member and mentor of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), because I wanted to possess a safe and effective method for eliminating anxiety for our patients so they could access the dental care they wanted and needed. Transportation to and from a visit when under the influence of sedatives requires the patient commit to specific guidelines to ensure their experience is safe. With the advent of ride-share services like Uber, Lyft, and others, we think it's important… [ Read More ]