Yeah, you know it’s not great for you, but candy is still one of your favorite snacks. After years of munching on various chocolates, you notice a little tooth pain when you chew on one side of your mouth. Instead of just ignoring that sign for help from your body and chewing on the other side, your Federal Way dentist encourages you to seek the appropriate medical attention. Treating your potential cavity sooner than later can actually save you from major dental problems down the road.
Drew Beaty DDS Blog
May 15, 2017
May 2, 2017
When it comes to your children, you’ll do anything to make sure they stay far away from hardships and pain. What if bringing them to the dentist at an early age could do just that? That’s right. Bringing your child to visit their children’s dentist in Federal Way can actually save them fear and pain in the long run. Drew Beaty DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry wants you to know what to expect during your son or daughter’s first dental appointment.
April 19, 2017
If you lose a tooth or restoration, have a severe toothache, or break a denture, do you know what to do? Your first action should be to contact your dentist in Federal Way, Dr. Drew Beaty. He and his team are available to advise you and stabilize your condition until you can get to the office. To be prepared when the sudden, urgent dental problem occurs, read here about some common emergency situations and what you can do immediately to help yourself or a loved one who’s hurting.
March 31, 2017
Trying to find the path to a great dental experience? Dr. Drew Beaty, the award-winning Federal Way dentist, is accepting new patients. He offers a full range of preventive, restorative and cosmetic care for patients of all ages. He and his team could be the oral health destination you need.
February 14, 2017
Why should you go to the dentist in Federal Way every six months? Dr. Drew Beaty tells his patients that preventive care keeps teeth and gums from expensive and complicated restorations. Smiles remain bright and shining, and preventive care fosters good overall health.
What Happens At A Routine Exam?
Your Federal Way dentist performs many important health assesments during a routine dental check-up, including:
- Updating your medical, surgical and medication history
- Looking for signs of decay
- Assessing soft tissues for signs of oral cancer
- A bite check for alignment problems
- Jaw joint assessment
- Periodontal probing to uncover gum disease
Also, a skilled hygienist cleans and polishes your teeth, removing harmful plaque and tartar. She may apply fluoride varnish to prevent decay and reduce dental sensitivity. Protective plastic sealants are appropriate for children’s molars and for adults, too. Low radiation X-rays as needed complete the comprehensive exam.
Your Oral Health Is Linked To Your Systemic Health
More than 100 million Americans do not get regular dental check-ups, says the American Dental Association. This neglect leads to devastating oral health problems, including missing and loose teeth, tooth decay, gum disease, jaw bone recession and undiagnosed oral cancer, a serious threat to oral health and overall well-being.
The American Academy of Periodontology states that the impact of untreated gum disease is wide-ranging, linked to major health problems such as:
- Type-2 diabetes
- Heart attack and heart rhythm problems
- Osteoporosis and arthritis
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Pregnancy complications
When your family dentist considers the evidence, it’s no wonder he recommends semi-annual exams and cleanings for patients of all ages.
Check-ups Are A Time To Learn
When a patient visits Dr. Beaty, he or she receives important information on dental hygiene, the latest treatment and diagnostic techniques and other health-related topics. Children really benefit from their appointments as the hygienist and dentist reinforce at-home teaching received from Mom and Dad.
Also, Dr. Beaty can work through a comprehensive smile design step by step with each six-month visit. As oral health improves, the dentist will discuss the patient’s aesthetic goals and how to translate those goals into reality. Topics may include:
- Professional teeth whitening to bleach out stains from tobacco and dietary choices
- Innovative dental implants to replace missing teeth and stabilize dentures and bridgework
- Porcelain crowns to protect and beautiful decayed or otherwise damaged teeth
- Direct bonding to repair small defects such as gaps and chips
- Porcelain veneers to disguise teeth marred by deep stains, cracks and congenital defect
- White fillings to repair tooth decay seamlessly
Schedule Your Dental Exams Twice A Year
Contact Dr. Beaty and his dedicated team to schedule your check-up. Your disciplined dental care will pay great dividends in oral and systemic health and an attractive smile.
January 13, 2017
Do you have healthy teeth and gums but are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? You have a chipped tooth and some small gaps between your bottom front teeth. You’d like to disguise them with porcelain veneers in Federal Way, but the cost and time involved deter you. Why not ask Dr. Drew Beaty about direct bonding? He’ll tell you about its many benefits, including cost and ease of application. It may be just the boost your smile (and your self-confidence) need.
December 23, 2016
Dr. Drew Beaty desires his patients have relaxed dental visits so they receive the care they need for healthy teeth and gums. Some individuals need real help to stop fearing dental appointments. Your sedation dentist in Federal Way uses oral conscious sedation to ease anxious people through their treatments comfortably and safely. Dr. Beaty has been named a Seattle Top Dentist for several years in a row; so you can trust his gentle care and well-credentialed expertise.
December 13, 2016
If your smile features chips, stains and gaps, you may feel less than satisfied with how you look and with how confident you feel. That’s an understatement, right? Defects in smile aesthetics can be downright demeaning and may hold you back socially and professionally. That’s why cosmetic dentist in Federal Way, Dr. Drew Beaty, takes such an interest in the shape and color of your teeth and gums. He employs several amazing tools to make your smile represent who you really are inside.
November 28, 2016
You’re looking down at your dinner of sautéed carrots with a familiar feeling of…disappointment. You even took the time to glaze them to add some flavor, but it doesn’t help much. On their own, most people wouldn’t consider this a meal, but for you, it’s Wednesday night dinner. Your missing teeth make it extremely difficult to eat your favorite foods; you can’t remember the last time you had a nice big apple or bit into a juicy piece of steak. You want to be able to eat hearty food and look forward to meals. Fortunately, you can start enjoying your favorites again with dental implants in Federal Way with Dr. Drew Beaty. (more…)
November 21, 2016
You’re sitting there, dumbfounded, as you stare into your hands. Unfortunately, you’re looking at pieces of your teeth. You were playing basketball with your friends and got hit right in the mouth by an errant ball. You look in the mirror to see to see how bad it is and you panic. What do you do in this situation? You can’t wait a week for this to get fixed.
This is the type of situation where you need call your emergency dentist in Federal Way. It’s the only way to get you the immediate help that you need. What are some other situations where you should do this? Dr. Drew Beaty wants to help you be prepared should you ever find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency. (more…)