Johns Family Dentistry

Are you addicted to sugar?

Overcoming sugar addiction could mean the difference between finally being able to lose weight, eating a health diet, feeling full of natural energy or…

Continuing to struggle with perpetual weight-gain, yo-yo dieting, daily energy crashes, and the frustration that comes with a dependence on eating sweet foods.

So, if you’ve been trapped by the powerful sugar cravings for many months or even years, the following 7 scientifically proven steps are going to restore your health and revitalize your body.

Overcoming Sugar Addiction Using 7 Proven Steps
These 7 steps have been proven to help break even the strongest sugar addictions:


Step #1: Remove all sugar and processed foods from your house.
You can bet you’ll face temptations to eat sugar while you work on breaking your addiction. It is going to happen.

You can drastically increase your ability to resist temptation by removing ALL foods from your house that contain sugar as well as those that are processed (remember, highly-processed foods are quickly converted into sugar once you eat them!)

Look through your kitchen, cupboards, and pantry for all sugary drinks, cereals, snack bars, yogurts, baked goods, breads, and anything else that contains sugar.

Throw ALL of it out and commit to NOT bringing these foods back into your home until you are confident that your addiction has been permanently broken.​


Step #2: Eat breakfast that is balanced in macronutrients.
Many sugar cravings are stimulated because your body hasn’t received the nutrients it really craves. The easiest way to eliminate, or at least minimize, these deficiencies is by eating a well-rounded breakfast.

Eat a breakfast meal that includes healthy sources of the 3 macronutrients: Carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

Step #3: Drink water (a lot more water).
Chronic dehydration can not only amplify your sugar cravings, but it also slows your metabolism and causes your body to store fat.

The general rule of thumb for water consumption tells us to drink 8 glasses per day, but that should be your bare minimum. If you exercise, add another glass for every 20 minutes that you’re physically active.​


Step #4: Prepare healthy snacks in bulk and carry some with you everywhere you go.
Another reason sugar addiction can be difficult to break is because the vast majority of our “on-the-go” snack options are loaded with sugar and refined grains. Cookies, snack bars, crackers, yogurt, granola bars, and many other common snack items will perpetuate your sugar addiction.

Find at least one healthy snack option that is free from sugar and other highly-processed ingredients. Prepare a large batch every few days, and store it in portion-sized containers that you can take with you anywhere you go.

Remember: If you let yourself get too hungry, your sugar cravings are going to come out in full force. Prevent this from happening by snacking as needed throughout your day.


Step #5: Consciously move your body every single day.
Breaking your sugar addiction is heavily dependent on balancing your blood sugar. When you eat sugary foods, or those that are quickly converted into blood sugar, your body has two options:

Use that sugar as fuel.
Store the excess sugar as fat.
Daily exercise gives your body an outlet for excess blood sugar. This doesn’t mean that you have to sign up for a gym membership and sweat till you drop. Going for a walk, stretching at your desk, and playing outside with your kids can all add up.


Step #6: Lower your stress levels.
If you are living under chronic stress, your sugar cravings are going to be tough to beat. The “high” you get from eating sugar is so much more appealing when it can be used to temporarily reduce anxiety and feelings of stress.

The good news?
You can significantly reduce your stress levels in less than 5 minutes per day using de-stressing techniques.​

Choose one that you would actually look forward to doing each day, then commit to trying it for the next two weeks while you work on breaking your sugar addiction.


Step #7: Get better quality sleep each night.
When do your most intense sugar cravings appear? If you’re like many people, cravings become more intense towards the end of your day.

This is affirmed by research showing that sugar cravings are deeply tied to your circadian rhythm an​d your sleep patterns. If you’re not sleeping on a regular schedule, or if you’re not getting enough quality sleep in general, your sugar addiction will intensify.

The most important step you can take towards getting better quality sleep is to set a bedtime and stick to it. I recommend choosing a realistic bedtime for your weeknights at least (allow yourself some leeway on the weekends if needed).

These 7 steps have been tested and proven to help break even the nastiest sugar addictions. The first few days will likely be the hardest, but you will begin feeling amazing in no time.

The Season of Giving

What Will You Give Back This Giving Season?

This time of year is known for its many heartwarming and joyous occasions. More loved ones get together to celebrate their relationships and, people in general, tend to be not only more giving to one another, but more forgiving and charitable as well.

Many of us experience a heightened spirit of giving around the winter holidays, as we’re more likely to volunteer our time and services to those in need. December is repeatedly shown to be the most charitable month of the year.

And with #GivingTuesday thrown into the holiday mix, it’s no wonder the end of the year is commonly known as giving season, but it may be in more ways than you think…

The Holiday Season is also…
The Season of Love
The time spanning from Thanksgiving to New Years has (by no surprise) been coined “engagement season” in the U.S. More people get engaged during this time than any other time of the year and these engagements, in particular, tend to be more elaborate and more widely shared on social media.

The Season of Peace
Although crime is more noticeable during the holiday season, statistically crime rates tend to decrease in the November and December months. But, more importantly than what the numbers show, the holiday season is a time of increased awareness when it comes to spreading love, joy, and peace, thereby reducing hate, violence, and fear. The commonly celebrated holidays that we associate with this time of year all seem to follow this theme of harmony at their core, which is something people from all backgrounds can celebrate.

The Season of Family
According to data gathered over the years, birth rates are at their highest in the month of August. And if you do the math, this means that the majority of children are conceived around the holiday season, spanning from late October through Thanksgiving and December. Adoption rates are also at their highest this time of year, with November being recognized as National Adoption Month.

The Season of Charity
From soup kitchens to Christmas carolers, people are doling out whatever they have to spare in greater volumes during the holidays. Not to mention #GivingTuesday, marked as the most charitable day of the year, happens annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving!

This Christmas Season we are excited to partner with the Puyallup School District and sponsor local families with our giving tree. If you would like to participate, simply stop by our practice and select a tag from our Christmas tree. Purchase the gift and return unwrapped, with the tag to our practice by Tuesday, December 10th. With your participation, we will enter you in a drawing to win dinner on us! ‘Tis the spirit of the Season! Grateful that we work in such an amazing campus and community.

May God bless you all and Merry Christmas!

November = Turkey Drive

The meaning of the word Puyallup, is generous people. We are lucky to practice dentistry and live in a community of such generous people, as the people of Puyallup.

This year we celebrate our 11th annual “Turkey Drop!” For over a decade, the amazing patients of Johns Family Dentistry have graciously donated turkeys to help families in need.

This year, we ask that you drop off donated turkeys to our office by Monday, November 25, 2019 through 12:00 pm noon. Our staff will excitedly deliver the turkeys to the local food bank, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Thank you for always making this such a successful event!

Why all the X-Rays?

In our practice here at Johns Family Dentistry, we follow the standards of taking radiographs that has been established by the American Dental Association. But why do you need dental x-rays? In this blog, let me break it down a bit so you can understand.

At our initial visit appointment and every 5 years afterwards , Dr. Johns needs a full-mouth series of x-rays. A full mouth x-ray is composed of a series of individual images, including a combination of bitewing and periapical. Dr. Johns and the hygienists use these initial images as a baseline on the health of your mouth. These radiographs are necessary to examine the dentition and supporting structures of the mouth. This film gives Dr. Johns a clear view of each tooth and allows him to look for decay and bone loss and infection.


Within the first year at our practice, after a patient has had the full-mouth series of x-rays, Dr. Johns recommends that you have a panoramic film done. A panoramic image is a two-dimensional dental x-ray that captures the entire mouth in a single image, including teeth, upper and lower jaws and the surrounding structures and tissues, such as the joint and sinuses. The panoramic film can reveal advanced periodontal disease, cysts in the jaw bones, jaw tumors and oral cancer, impacted wisdom teeth, jaw disorders and sinusitis. Dr. Johns also recommends that this film is taken every 5 years, unless he is monitoring an area and has specifically requested it taken more frequently.

Depending on the patients caries rate, Dr. Johns will make his recommendation for taking bitewing x-rays. These x-rays are typically taken during a check-up once a year and look primarily at your molars and front teeth. This series does not capture every tooth. What is a caries rate? Dr. Johns performs a caries risk assessment as part of your examination. This is to predict future caries before the clinical onset of the disease. Risk factors are the lifestyle and biochemical determinants that contribute to the development and progression of the disease.

Are they safe? If you’ve ever wondered why your dentist draped you in a lead apron and all of their staff step out of the room each time you need a dental X-ray, it’s normal to have some concern about the safety of the procedure.

Fortunately, getting dental X-rays today is extremely safe…and the only reason why your dental team stays far away, is because of the risk of gradual exposure that accumulates day after day throughout their career.

Otherwise, dental X-rays are usually nothing to be concerned about!

At Johns Family Dentistry, we take digital x-rays. A digital X-ray requires less radiation to capture a high-resolution image than the traditional X-rays used a few decades ago. Depending on the type of film, equipment, and image being taken, it may be as much as a 90% reduction in exposure! As such, it’s safe to say that today’s dental X-rays are extremely safe.

Compared to not getting dental X-rays, the tiny amount of radiation exposure is an important trade off. Why? Because diagnostic imaging allows dentists to see inside and around the tooth structures where pathology (such as bone loss, oral cancer, or tooth decay) commonly lurk. Diagnosing them as early as possible allows for less-invasive and more cost-effective treatments. Otherwise, such problems can’t be detected until they’ve reached an advanced state that requires more aggressive therapies to manage.

Every day, we’re exposed to radiation. It comes from the sun, our cell phones, and even riding in an airplane (the longer the airplane ride, the more radiation you’re exposed to!)

But when you get a set of four “bitewing” X-rays (the images that are usually taken about once a year to check for new cavities,) the total amount of radiation is only about 0.005 mSv (micro-Sieverts,) which is less than an average daily dose of radiation in everyday life.

To give you an idea of other types of radiation encountered in everyday activities, consider these comparisons:

• Going through an airport security scanner 80 times is the equivalent to a single day of casual radiation exposure. 1,000 times equals the amount of radiation used for a chest X-ray.
• An average 7-hour plane ride exposes each passenger to approximately 0.02 mSv (or 16 small dental X-rays).

But your office takes photographs too!  Intraoral photographs are an important addition to patient records (charting, radiographs, study models). They provide a static, in-depth look at the patient’s dentition that is easily reviewed and compared with the patient’s other records. They not only help with education, showing you a picture of tooth breaking down, is far easier to see and grasp compared to trying to read an x-ray, but it is also one more piece of evidence that we can submit on your behalf to insurance. Also, we do not have an in-house laboratory. We have to send your case to our ceramist. Sending photographs to the laboratory, help ensure that your case turns out exceptional.

If you have questions about dental X-rays or how often imaging is necessary to keep your smile healthy, be sure to speak with one of here at Johns Family Dentistry.

Successful Start to Fall

Our practice just wrapped up our annual “Fill the Canoe” Drive. We partner with Puyallup-Communitees in Schools and Red Canoe Credit Union, collecting school supplies for the month of August that are donated back to Puyallup School District children in need. This year our office collected a total of 56 pounds of supplies, which is matched by Red Canoe Credit Union. This is always a fun and satisfying event! Thank you to our wonderful patients who participated!

With the school year upon us, we like to encourage great dental habits for kids!
When creating a back-to-school list, we hope that you will think of a dental checklist as well! Here are some suggestions for maintaining healthy teeth during the school year.

1. Schedule dental checkup appointments:
We recommend that your child should visit the dentist twice a year. Professional dental assessments are important to ensure your child’s healthy teeth. Dentists can also advise your child on correct oral hygiene habits and encourage them to keep up the good work. Call Johns Family Dentistry today to schedule your child’s next appointment.

2. Establish healthy oral hygiene routines:
Are your children brushing twice a day and flossing once a day? It’s easy to skip brushing your teeth in the early morning rush to school, but a consistent, healthy routine that you start from the summer can prevent this from happening. Do you have trouble convincing your child to brush their teeth every day? Make it fun!  Set a timer, award them a sticker.

3. Prepare healthy snacks and lunches:
Brainstorming healthy lunch ideas may already be on your to-do list, but have you thought of creating lunches that also are good for your child’s teeth? Snacks that are kind to teeth include fruit, string cheese, vegetables, and unsweetened applesauce. Try to avoid sticky snacks such as fruit roll-ups and granola bars that can stick to your child’s teeth surfaces and in-between teeth. Instead of packing sugary soda, think about water or other non-sugared drinks.

4. Guard against injuries:
If your child has sports practices, think about purchasing a mouth guard that could prevent dental injuries from happening. One of the most common ways that you can injure your teeth is by playing sports, and we want your child’s teeth to be healthy! Contact sports, such as basketball and soccer, are where your children are most at risk for injuries. Our office can make custom guards to protect their precious mouths.

5. Replace toothbrushes:
The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles are frayed. A new school year is a great time to check on your children’s toothbrushes!

Schedule your next appointment with Johns Family Dentistry today! We guarantee a fun and friendly atmosphere for your children and offer excellent pediatric dental care.

Fill the Canoe School Supply Drive 2019


For the past 7 years, Johns Family Dentistry have proudly partnered with Red Canoe Credit Union and Puyallup – Communities In Schools, to collect school supplies for all 32 schools in the Puyallup School District. For every pound that is donated, Red Canoe Credit Union will match on the dollar!


We believe that every child deserves the chance to start the school year with the right tools to succeed. With the generous donations provided by our patients, together we can make this philanthropic event successful.

Please drop off your new school supplies to our office now until Thursday, August 23. As an added bonus you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win tickets (2) to see Foreigner at the Washington State Fair on September 18, 2019.

The supplies that are considered high needs are the following:

  • 2 -3 inch binders
  • Dividers
  • Highlighters
  • Sharpies
  • 3 Ring Pencil Pouches
  • Colored Pencils

All of us here at JFD appreciate your giving hearts and support.

Thank you!

What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

Healthy Tongue

For clues about problems in your mouth, stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. A healthy tongue should be pink and covered with small nodules (papillae). Any deviation from your tongue’s normal appearance, or any pain, may be cause for concern.


If your tongue has a white coating or white spots

A white tongue, or white spots on your tongue, could be an indication of:

Oral thrush: a yeast infection that develops inside the mouth. It appears as white patches that are often the consistency of cottage cheese.  Oral thrush is most commonly seen in infants and the elderly, especially denture wearers, or in people with weakened immune systems.  People with diabetes and those who are taking inhaled steroids for asthma or lung disease can also get it.  Oral thrush is more likely to occur after you’ve taken antibiotics.

Leukoplakia: a condition in which the cells in the mouth grow excessively, which leads to white patches on the tongue and inside the mouth. Leukoplakia can develop when the tongue has been irritated.  It’s often seen in people who use tobacco products.  Leukoplakia can be a precursor to cancer, but isn’t inherently dangerous by itself.  If you see what you think could be leukoplakia, Dr. Johns would be happy to see you for an evaluation.

Oral lichen planus: a network of raised white lines on your tongue that look similar to lace.  We don’t always know what causes this condition, but it usually resolves on its own.

If your tongue is red

A red tongue could be a sign of:

Vitamin deficiency:  Folic acid and vitamin B-12 deficiencies may cause your tongue to take on a reddish appearance.

Geographic tongue: This condition causes a map-like pattern of reddish spots to develop on the surface of your tongue.  These patches can have a white border around them, and their location on your tongue may shift over time.  Geographic tongue is usually harmless.

Scarlet fever: an infection that causes the tongue to have a strawberry-like (red and bumpy) appearance.  If you have a high fever and a red tongue, you need to see your primary care doctor.  Antibiotics are necessary to treat scarlet fever.

Kawasaki disease: a condition that can also cause the tongue to have a strawberry-like appearance. It is seen in children under the age of 5 and is accompanied by a high fever.  Kawasaki syndrome is a serious condition that demands immediate medical evaluation and you should be seen by your primary care physician.

If your tongue is black and hairy

Much like hair, the papillae on your tongue grow throughout your lifetime. In some people, they become excessively long, which makes them more likely to harbor bacteria.

When these bacteria grow, they may look dark or black, and the overgrown papillae can appear hair-like.  Fortunately, this condition is not common and is typically not serious.  It’s most likely to occur in people who don’t practice good dental hygiene.

People with diabetes, taking antibiotics or receiving chemotherapy may also develop a black hairy tongue.

If your tongue is sore or bumpy

Painful bumps on your tongue can be due to:

Trauma:  Accidentally biting your tongue or scalding it on something straight out of the oven can result in a sore tongue until the damage heals.  Grinding or clenching your teeth can also irritate the sides of your tongue and cause it to become painful.

Smoking: Smoking irritates your tongue, which can cause soreness.

Canker sores: mouth ulcers.  Many people develop canker sores on the tongue at one time or another.  The cause is unknown, but stress is believed to be a factor.  Canker sores normally heal without treatment within a week or two.

Oral cancer:  A lump or sore on your tongue that doesn’t go away within two weeks could be an indication of oral cancer.  Keep in mind that many oral cancers don’t hurt in the early stages, so don’t assume a lack of pain means nothing is wrong.

Watch your tongue!

Dr. Johns says everyone should check their tongue on a daily basis when they brush their teeth and tongue. “Any discoloration, lumps, sores or pain should be monitored and evaluated by a medical professional if they don’t go away within two weeks,” he says.

How to manage your teen’s dental habits?

How to Manage Your Teen’s Dental Habits?

Raising a teen comes with its own set of challenges: first crushes, mood swings, identity crises are all part of the package. The one thing that does not get sufficient attention, however, is their dental hygiene. Among the different changes that puberty marks, is the first full set of adult teeth that your child acquires. Unfortunately, the care that these require often goes unnoticed by teens and their parents. But good dental hygiene must feature prominently along with all the other positive habits you want your child to acquire during puberty. Here are different ways of managing your teen’s dental habits.

Make proper brushing a regular habit

Studies find that in the US, only around 25% of adults brush their teeth twice daily. Incidentally, exactly those number of people have decayed teeth. There is a relation between these two figures. Not brushing regularly can lead to easy tooth decay. This is especially true for young adolescents, who generally enjoy consuming a lot of sugary drinks and junk. Poor dental hygiene begins solidifying during adolescent years, where teenage rebellion may just make your children refuse to follow rules. A good way to have them follow rules is to treat them like an adult: with your dentist or over the internet, discuss with them the repercussions of not brushing daily, and tell them to make a choice. As young adults, this responsibility of choice-making will make them take it more seriously. This will ensure that they responsibly brush twice a day.

Watch out for adolescent sugar cravings

Studies find that when your child is undergoing growth spurts, they may just demand calorific junk food. This is because their bodies are growing at their fastest since they were babies, so their bodies’ energy demands are significantly high. The downside to this is that it has a direct impact on their oral hygiene. Calorific food is high in sugar, which causes tooth decay and cavities. Eating too many desserts or junk food can harm their teeth and their health. A hands-on way of dealing with this problem is to always have a healthy snack ready in the fridge. Keep fruits, healthy sandwiches and sugarless granola bars at easy-to-reach places. This means that when your teen gets hungry, he/she will eat these instead of calorific food! As a bonus, this will help them develop a healthy relationship with food.

Flossing regularly

Most children have a difficult time flossing, This means that either the parents completely skip on flossing as a dental hygiene technique, or the child grows dependant on the parents to help him or her do it. As children grow older, during adolescence, it is important that they learn how to do this vital health routine themselves. However, many parents are unaware of the proper techniques of flossing. To floss properly, one must follow a few steps. First, take a dental floss and wrap it around the middle finger of both hands, leaving quite a gap in between. Then, hold a small portion in between your forefingers and bring it between your teeth. In a slight curing motion, rub it against the edges of your tooth to remove food particles. Make sure to repeat this process throughout the mouth, with a special emphasis on the teeth at the back. Guide your young adult through this process and ensure that they floss at least once a day.

Getting Braces

A major part of dental hygiene during adolescent in braces. Most teens get braces because as their permanent teeth start growing, they can be all over the place. Getting adequate orthodontic care is an integral part of growing up: so much so that braces are a prominent feature in most films and books about adolescence! To see whether your young adult needs braces, take her to the dentist. Some children may be reluctant to visit the dentist or get braces, because of different dental anxieties floating in their mind. They may be worrying over how their social status in school may be affected by braces, how their appearance might change, or even how getting braces may be a very painful procedure. It is important that you talk them through these fears, and if needed, counsel them with a dentist. Once they have conquered their anxieties, getting dental care will become much easier. If they are to get braces, ensure that they take good care of them with regular brushing and keeping them clean. Getting regular orthodontic checkups for the maintenance and upkeep of the braces and their teeth is also vital.

Regular dental checkups

Going to the dentist twice a year should be a habit for life. Studies show that more than 30% of Americans do not visit the dentist regularly, which is why problems like decay, cavities, and pyorrhoea are common. This habit, of visiting the dentist regularly, will be easily developed in your child if you inculcate it in them. Take your child to the dentist regularly, so that by the time he or she is ready to move out, it is part of their personal care habits. Prevention is always better than cure, and regular checkups are a major part of prevention.

Even as teens may be difficult to get through to, a major part of parenting is finding ways around this. Inculcating good habits in them is not impossible, especially when it comes to good hygiene. Encourage your child to take good dental decisions, and they will be able to become healthier, happier adults.

Preventative Sealants

Dental sealants are a type of special plastic coating that act as a barrier, protecting cavity-prone areas. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth and are sometimes used to cover deep pits and grooves in other teeth. Sealing a tooth is fast and easy. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing but sometimes a reapplication is needed. Talk to your Dr. Johns about sealants. Remember: Just because you have sealants doesn’t mean you don’t have to brush and clean between your teeth every day. Sealants are added protection against decay!


If you play a sport or are active in things like skateboarding or snowboarding, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard. It may feel funny at first, but mouthguards are the best thing you can do to protect your teeth from getting broken or knocked out. They cushion blows that would otherwise cause injuries to the lips and face and sometimes even jaw fractures. There are different kinds of mouthguards; ask your dentist which one is right for you.

Eliminate Excuses

Don’t let a lack of supplies be an excuse! Keep the bathroom stocked with dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other oral health items so your teens can access them easily. Do what you can to teach your children good time management skills so they won’t ‘run out of time’ before school and not brush their teeth. Make a list of tasks they need to do to get ready for school and have them check it off as they go. Include things like making their bed, brushing their teeth, putting on deodorant, and similar good hygiene habits to help them establish a healthy routine of their own.

Get the Gadgets

Teens love the newest high tech gadgets, and the dental industry has obliged. Encourage your teens to manage their own oral health by using vibrating toothbrushes and other high-tech gadgets. These items make teeth brushing a fun activity and it can even help to get them engaged in their own health by showing their progress via apps and a bluetooth device.

Talk about the consequences

There are serious consequences to not having a good oral care routine. Tooth loss, tooth enamel issues, cavities, dingy teeth, gingivitis, and more can all happen if you’re not taking proper care of your teeth. A lifetime of not taking care of your teeth will result in severe tooth loss in old age. Explain these issues to your teens and make sure they know the consequences. If you struggle in this area, have your teen come by and talk to us. We have a full range of resources that can steer them in the right direction.We’d love to be the source for all things oral health for your entire family. Johns Family Dentistry will introduce you to an effective system to keep your teeth healthy, especially for kids and teens who are more prone to oral health issues because of what they eat and how they manage their oral hygiene. We can schedule regular cleaning and check-ups, but if we see more issues, we can discuss a plan on how to best deal with them. Schedule an appointment by contacting us here or give us a call at 253-848-3723.

Do you have a stubborn friend/family member that refuses to see the dentist?

Of course you do! We all do.

Working within a dental practice we hear patients on a regular basis express their concerns for a relative or a friend that simply just refuses to see the dentist. Whether it is because of fear, finances or principals it can be extremely frustrating.

What did it take to get him to the dentist?

One of our staff members has a father who suffers from two things:

1. Dental phobia due to poor experiences as a child.

2. Fear of cost and affordability.

For years, our staff member has tried to get him in. His last dental appointment was in the late 1970’s. Her father is in his mid 70’s. Finally, one day he called her and reported, “I have a toothache that I cannot shake.” This was music to her ears. She scheduled him immediately. His toothache was periodontal disease related. Dr. Johns was able to educate him, explain the procedures and our financial coordinator was able to show the patient how this could be done economically for a retired patient who does not have dental insurance. (Our practice offers a voucher program which assisted the patient greatly).

The patient was able to undergo treatment. It was affordable. He was comfortable. The health of his mouth continues to improve with each appointment. But overall, this has had a tremendous effect on his overall health. The patient, a longtime Type 2 Diabetic who admittedly struggles with his blood sugar, suddenly reported that his blood sugar had stabilized. He had also recently been diagnosed with Congested Heart Failure. His diagnosis can be treated, but his report to the Cardiologist that he has recently been seeing a dentist and having his periodontal disease maintained, triggered the Cardiologist to congratulate and encouraged him to keep on the right track.

So do you have to wait for pain to arise to get your stubborn patient seen?  Maybe!  But even scheduling a time for the patient to stop by the practice for a tour, meet some team members and go over financials and expectations can go a long way. The staff at Johns Family Dentistry excels at making that connection with a stubborn patient and converting them to a life long patient.

By the way, the dad….couldn’t be more pleased. And cannot figure out why it took so long to come back.  Dentists no longer resemble Steve Martins character from “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Dental Care during Pregnancy

Why is dental care in pregnancy important?
During pregnancy, you are more likely to have problems with your teeth or gums. If you have an infection in your teeth or gums, the chance of your baby being premature (born early) or having low birth weight may be slightly higher than if your teeth and gums are healthy.

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection in the mouth caused by bacteria. The bacteria use the sugar you eat to make acid. That acid can destroy the enamel (protective) coating on your teeth, which can cause tooth decay (cavities) or even tooth loss. Periodontal disease can begin with gum swelling and bleeding, called gingivitis. If it is not treated, gingivitis can spread from the gums to the bones that support the teeth and to other parts of the mouth. However, Dr. Johns and your hygienist can treat periodontal disease even when you are pregnant.

Why are pregnant women more at risk for periodontal disease?

There are 2 major reasons women can have dental problems during pregnancy:
Pregnancy gingivitis—During pregnancy, changes in hormone levels allow bacteria to grow in the mouth and gums more easily. This makes periodontal disease more common when you are pregnant.
Nausea and vomiting—Pregnant women may have nausea and vomiting or “morning sickness,” especially in the first trimester. The stomach acids from vomiting can also break down the enamel coating of the teeth.

Is it safe to visit your dentist in pregnancy?
Dental care is safe during pregnancy and important for the health of you and your baby. Your dentist can help you improve the health of your mouth during pregnancy. Your Dr. Johns can also find and treat problems with your teeth and gums.

What should you know before you see the dentist?
Make sure Johns Family Dentistry knows that you are pregnant.  If medications for infection or for pain are needed, Dr. Johns can prescribe ones that are safe for you and your baby.
Tell your hygienist about any changes you have noticed since you became pregnant and about any medications or supplements you are taking.
Dental work can be done safely at any point in pregnancy. If possible, it is best to delay treatments and procedures until after the first trimester.

Tips for Improving Your Dental Health

Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.  Floss once a day.  Use toothpaste and mouth rinse that contains fluoride.  Chew sugarless or xylitol-containing gum 2-3 times per day.  Rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a cup of water if you vomit or have morning sickness.  If possible, try to wait one hour after vomiting before brushing your teeth.  Limit how much sugar you eat.  Choose nutritious snacks like raw fruits, vegetable, yogurt or cheese.  Drink water or low-fat milk.  Avoid beverages that are carbonated or contain a lot of sugar, like soda or juice.

More Questions

Feel free to contact the office.  Nicole, one of our restorative hygienists is currently pregnant with her second child and has her share of experience and tips as well.