Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)

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Silver diamine fluoride is a cavity-stopping liquid that is brushed on to teeth to halt small cavities without the need for anesthetic or drills.   It has been used for decades in Japan and was approved for use in the United States in 2015 by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). See the New York […]


Seattle Smiles Dental – Sealant Services

Sealants prevent tooth decay A dental sealant is a thin, tooth-colored resin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars), to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Tooth Anatomy Although thorough […]

Oral Cancer Screening and Biopsy

Seattle Smiles Dental – Oral Cancer Screening Services

As with any cancer, early detection is key. As part of your comprehensive exam and subsequent dental checkups at Seattle Smiles Dental, your dentist will complete a visual scan for oral cancers or unusual lesions. Oral cancer facts: Oral cancer makes up about 3% of all cancers. In the US oral cancer accounts for about […]


Seattle Smiles Dental – Nightguards

What is bruxism? If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain you may want to ask a qualified dental professional if you are suffering from a condition called bruxism or if you are clenching your teeth. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects about 10-15% of adults 36% of children. Some […]

Fluoride Treatment

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How does fluoride prevent tooth decay? Fluoride prevents tooth decay by making your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth. When fluoride contacts teeth, it turns some of your enamel into a substance called fluorapatite which is more resistant to bacterial acid. Fluoride comes from fluorite, a naturally occurring […]