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By Mike White, DDS
January 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White encourages everyone to get oral cancer screenings once a year. If you don’t remember the last time you came in for a cleaning and checkup, then it’s time you did. After all, these six-month appointments aren’t just for the prevention and early detection of decay and gum disease, it could also catch oral cancer early on when it’s highly treatable.

What goes into an oral cancer screening?

This screening is simple and is often performed during a routine dental checkup. Our dental team will look for any abnormal tissue, lumps or lesions. Any changes to the overall color or texture of the oral tissue are potential warning signs. Since oral cancer can be found just about anywhere in the mouth we will take time to examine all areas thoroughly.

If there is something that requires further testing we will sit down and discuss it with you. Otherwise, this screening is quick, painless and the best tool we have for detecting oral cancer early.

Who is at risk for oral cancer?

As with most forms of cancer, many people assume that older individuals are more susceptible; however, over the last few years, there have been more cases of younger individuals developing oral cancer. This is due to the HPV virus. The HPV virus can be contracted as early as someone’s teens, and it can happen to both men and women.

Other risks for oral cancer include heavy alcohol consumption and smoking. If you have any of these risk factors that you should schedule an oral cancer screening with our Chehalis, WA, family dentist as soon as possible. We can also discuss how often you should come in for routine screenings.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

When we screen for oral cancer we are often looking for these warning signs,

  • Hard and/or painful lump
  • Red and white patches
  • Lesions or sores that bleed or don’t heal
  • Trouble moving the jaws or tongue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

If it’s been longer than six months since your last dental cleaning then it’s time to schedule your next routine checkup. Call our Chehalis, WA, dental practice today at (360) 748-0168.

By Mike White, DDS
November 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Chehalis, Washington can improve your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry combines the artistic skills of your dentist with the science of dental materials, to give you an outstanding smile. No bright smilematter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help improve your smile.

Dr. Michael White in Chehalis, Washington offers a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services. He proudly serves the residents of Chehalis, and Centralia, Washington and he can improve your smile too.

Cosmetic dentistry combines all of the latest techniques and dental materials to turn your smile into something uniquely beautiful, and uniquely you. These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures for you to consider:

Professional teeth whitening, if you want to take your smile from dull to dazzling; you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, and your amazing results can last for years. Treatment is quick, with the in-office treatment taking only about an hour. Unlike some over-the-counter treatments, professional teeth whitening products have been tested and approved by the American Dental Association.

Dental bonding, if you need to repair small chips, cracks, or other tooth damage; dental bonding uses composite, a liquid resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, so it blends into your smile perfectly. The liquid is sculpted into place and then hardened with a blue light. The result is tooth repair that enhances the beauty and strength of your smile.

Porcelain veneers, if you want to make your smile perfectly beautiful; porcelain veneers are light-reflective thin laminates of sparkling porcelain which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain closely resembles natural tooth enamel, so when your veneers are placed, they look completely natural. Porcelain veneer treatment is versatile and can hide many minor and major flaws including cracks, chips, fracture lines, areas of lost tooth structure, discolorations, and other defects and damage.

If you don’t like your smile, it’s time to change it up a little with cosmetic dentistry. To find out more about these and other cosmetic and restorative procedures, call Dr. Michael White in Chehalis, Washington today.

By Mike White, DDS
July 22, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Approximately 47 percent of American adults over the age of 30 are in the early or advanced stages of periodontal disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 38 percent have moderate to severe periodontitis which requires urgent treatment. Are you wondering if you might be among the ranks of American adults who have periodontal disease? Find out for sure when you schedule a visit with Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA.

Periodontal Disease: What Is It?
The gums are a crucial part of your dental health, keeping your teeth firmly rooted. When they’re irritated, inflamed, and infect with bad bacteria, it leads to a condition called periodontal disease. The infected is usually caused by the bacteria that grows in plaque or calculus that hardens around the gums. Dental experts believe that a specific strain of bacteria called NI1060 may be cause of the most aggressive forms of gum disease.

Signs of Periodontal Disease
When examining your teeth for signs of periodontitis, your Chehalis, WA dentist will use a periodontal probe. This probe measures how deep the pockets are around your teeth. Other signs of periodontal disease include:

- Painful, bleeding gums (the more excessive the bleeding, the more advanced the gum disease).
- Gums are either bright red or black instead of pink.
- Bad breath with a distinctive odor.
- Receding gumline, exposing the tooth roots.
- Thick tartar buildup around the gumline.
- Loose teeth or tooth loss.

Periodontal Therapies
When it’s treated in the early to moderate stages, periodontal disease is manageable. Simple treatments like scaling and root planing or antibacterial medication may help. In more serious cases, laser or conventional periodontal surgery is required. Additional treatments include gum grafting (to restore lost gum tissue) and dental implants (to restore the smile after tooth loss).

Keep Your Gums Healthy
Take care of your gums if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Next to dental decay, periodontal disease is a top cause of tooth loss. Call (360) 748-0168 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA.

By Mike White, DDS
May 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Are you considering getting dentures to replace your missing teeth? In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, these denturesrestorations offer several important benefits. Your Chehalis, WA, dentist, Dr. Michael White, can help you evaluate your denture choices and choose the type that's right for you!


What advantages do dentures offer?

Wearing dentures can:

  • Help You Feel More Confident: Your self-esteem can suffer whether you have a few gaps in your smile or you've lost all of your teeth. In fact, many people who have experienced tooth loss report that they feel self-conscious in social settings. Replacing your lost teeth with dentures is a simple way to regain your confidence. The restorations look just like natural teeth and are custom-made to fit your mouth.
  • Make Speaking Easier: Without a full set of teeth, you'll have trouble pronouncing some sounds and words. Speaking can be particularly frustrating if other people have difficulty understanding you. Thanks to your new dentures, however, you'll enjoy clear speech and won't have to worry about slurring words!
  • Change the Way You Eat: Tooth loss can make eating a challenge. Biting, tearing, and chewing food becomes difficult or impossible when you've lost your teeth. Although a soft food diet may be fine for a week or two, it's not a particularly appetizing option for the rest of your life. Dentures restore your ability to eat a variety of foods, ensuring that your nutritional needs are met.
  • Protect Any Remaining Teeth: Partial dentures are an excellent option if you have a few remaining teeth. Increased wear and tear can quickly damage your remaining teeth if you don't replace your missing teeth. Partial dentures relieve the burden on your natural teeth in addition to filling in the gaps in your smile.
  • Improve Your Job Prospects: Your ability to do your job won't change just because you've lost your teeth, but unfortunately, tooth loss can affect your career trajectory. You may find it harder to get a new job or advance in your current company if you don't replace your missing teeth. Fortunately, your Chehalis dentist can help you restore your smile with full dentures, partial dentures, or implant-supported dentures.


Interested? Give us a call!

Restore your smile by calling your Chehalis, WA, dentist, Dr. Michael White, at (360) 748-0168! Schedule your appointment today!

By Mike White, DDS
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out how this popular tooth replacement could restore your smile for life.

While losing a tooth might have been exciting when we were children, it certainly isn’t once we become adults. Unfortunately, millions of Implant Americans are missing teeth. Are you one of them? If so, our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White has a long-term tooth replacement that could have you smiling again in no time.

What is a Dental Implant?

This metal prosthetic is inserted into the jawbone underneath the gums where it will provide a stable and long-term foundation to support a false tooth or teeth. The implant itself is not designed to look like a tooth but will take on the role of tooth roots and anchor your artificial tooth in place.

How does a Dental Implant Function?

For an implant to take the place of your tooth roots, our Chehalis, WA, restorative dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. Before this can happen, a small hole is drilled into the bone so the implant can be positioned. Over the course of several months, the bone will grow around the implant and integrate with the metal restoration to become one. This naturally occurring phenomenon is known as osseointegration.

Once the bone and implant have become one, the next step is to place an abutment on top of the implant. The abutment’s main job is to connect the implant with the artificial tooth. In some cases, the implant will already have a built-in abutment, in which case placing an abutment separately will not be unnecessary.

If you still need to get an abutment, you will need to come into our office for another minor procedure. During this procedure, we will open up the gums so that Dr. White can attach the abutment on top of the implant. After the gums have healed from the abutment procedure, he will cement a dental crown on top of the abutment to complete the restoration. With the proper care, a dental implant could end up lasting the rest of your life.

Do you want to learn more about dental implants and see if they are the right choice for you? Call our Chehalis, WA, dental office today at (360) 748-0168 and let us know that you are interested in what implants can offer you.

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