The rising rates of drug addiction have reached epidemic proportions in our country. What’s worse is hearing the heartbreaking stories of a loved one struggling with addiction and the crippling effects on families, communities and individuals. As dental professionals we are trained to look for the oral signs of drug abuse. It is a difficult but necessary conversation to have. We have our patients best interest and overall health always top of mind. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, please share the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline with them. Specific oral … Read More


It is well known in the medical/dental community that oral health is linked to overall health. However, most individuals treat their mouths as a separate entity from the rest of their body and ignore the fact that what goes on here has a large correlation to many other health issues. This February we are focusing on the oral link to heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. It’s estimated that 1 in every 4 deaths is due to heart disease. Periodontal disease affects nearly 50% of individuals with over … Read More


New Year resolutions are a common tradition where we resolve to change some behavior to improve our lives. Many of us make a New Year’s resolution with the hope we will be more successful than we were the year before. “Health” resolutions are at the top of almost everyone’s list for improvement. These typically include, exercising more, losing weight, eating better and taking a more active approach to health. It’s great that so many people have health at the top of their mind, but statistics tell us less than 10% of New Year Resolutions are ever met. We’re sharing some … Read More


  Have you ever experienced dry mouth (xerostomia)? Or do you experience it on a regular basis? Well if you do suffer from dry mouth, you are certainly not alone. As many as 400 medications list xerostomia as a side effect. You can check this list, to see if your medication is one of them. Xerostomia can have unwanted consequences on our teeth. The lack of saliva disrupts the pH balance in the oral cavity, often making it more acidic. Cavity causing bacteria thrive in this environment so your risk for decay greatly increases. When someone is experiencing dry mouth … Read More


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