Fluoride is a controversial topic in the dental field, which is why we’ve chosen to discuss it this month. Numerous studies show that when used as directed or when added to community water in the correct amounts, fluoride significantly reduces the incidence of cavities. A frequent misconception surrounding fluoride (which is perpetuated by insurance companies) is that only children will benefit from fluoride. Each individual regardless of age, has unique risk factors for developing cavities. Our dental hygienists are trained to identify your risk for developing cavities, and evaluate this at each hygiene appointment. By determining this, we are able … Read More


  As many of you know, here at Hadlock Dental Center many of our staff members have children. This means many of them have gone through pregnancy along with many of our patients. It is very important to address oral care during pregnancy so that you can have the best health possible while pregnant. There are a few misconceptions out there to clear up and we’ll discuss how and why good home care is especially important during pregnancy. One of the biggest misconceptions involved with dental care during pregnancy is that restorative treatment and anesthetic are not safe. Receiving local … Read More


  Since the Springtime brings the first sites of good weather in the area our staff wanted to share some of our favorite locations to go walking/hiking in the Pacific Northwest. We hope to give you some inspiration on where to go explore next! Justina- “So far my favorite hike has been on the Carbon Glacier Trail. This trail is located in Mount Rainier National Park. My cousin and I went on this hike last summer and the view of the mountain was amazing. We hiked into our campsite and hiked out in the morning. I get all of the … Read More


April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, so it only seems fitting that we discuss the increased risk tobacco users face of developing oral cancer. Both cigarettes and chewing tobacco greatly increase an individual’s chance of developing oral or throat cancer. Studies have shown that smokers are 3 times more likely to develop mouth cancer and 7 times more likely to develop throat cancer than non-smokers. Each year, The Oral Cancer Foundation approximates 48,250 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and that 9,575 people die each year due to these forms of cancer. Tobacco use combined with excess consumption of … Read More


  In the last few years “Vaping” or “E-Cigarettes” have become very popular.  6 million people in the U.S. have tried or used e-cigarettes, and new “Vape” shops are popping up on every street corner. Although most people vape to quit or decrease smoking or to prevent relapse, there has been a rise in the use of these devices among teenagers and college-aged adults. They are more popular for younger users as they don’t leave the strong smell of cigarette smoke on them, and come in a variety of flavor choices, such as cotton candy, vanilla, and watermelon. The reality … Read More


  In honor of Children’s Dental Health month, we’ve chosen to highlight the childhood disease of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) or baby bottle decay.  ECC is an infectious disease that can affect any child and can begin as early as the eruption of your child’s first tooth (around 6 months old). The disease process begins with bacteria. As foods enter the oral cavity bacteria break down carbohydrates and sugars and secrete acid on the teeth. The acid drains teeth of the minerals that keep them strong, and if left to continue will cause tooth decay. ECC is the most common … Read More


Wisdom Teeth FAQ

January 23, 2018

Wisdom teeth or third molars are the final set of molars that can begin to erupt around age 17.  Some people have wisdom teeth that don’t ever erupt and some are lucky to only have one or two wisdom teeth, not all four. Continue reading to learn the answers to the Top 5 questions we receive regarding wisdom teeth. 1.) When should I get my wisdom teeth removed? Third molars typically erupt between ages 17 and 21. This is usually an ideal time to have your wisdom teeth extracted, whether they are erupting or not. Removing them at this point … Read More


Laser Dentistry

December 13, 2017

Lasers have been in the dental field for some time now, but over the last couple of years have really become a popular topic. More dental offices are starting to see the benefits lasers can provide to their patients and instead of a cool tech fad, they are slowly becoming the standard of care. Patients are usually unsure of what services lasers can provide, and it is our job to inform you. Lasers can be utilized by both dentists and dental hygienists to bring the best care to our patients. Below we’ve outlined a few of the main functions of … Read More


It’s that time of year we get to celebrate love, happiness, and our friends and family. Here are some of our favorite activities and traditions to do during the holiday season!


Why are my Teeth Sensitive?

December 2, 2017

  Ever wonder why your teeth are sensitive when you eat ice cream? Tooth sensitivity is quite common for adults in the United States. The most common cause of sensitivity is called dentinal hypersensitivity. The crown of a tooth is covered in enamel and the root is covered in cementum. Beneath both the enamel and the cementum is the dentin. If the enamel or cementum is worn away or eroded, the dentin becomes exposed. The pain, then, travels to the nerve of the tooth causing sensitivity to arise. Gum recession can often expose the root surface of teeth leading to … Read More