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Ask Us about These Dental Treatments

July 17th, 2019

There are a few dental treatments that Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team recommend for all patients to get if they wish to protect their oral health. Sometimes it’s hard for patients to decide which treatment plan would be best for their teeth. Learn about these three must-have treatments and how they can help protect your teeth in various ways.

Professional Cleanings

First, get a professional dental cleaning every six months. Regular cleanings can protect you from potential gum disease because they enable us to catch it early.

Cleanings also will get rid of plaque and tartar that have collected on your teeth over time. Oral health has been linked to your body’s overall health. We recommend scheduling your appointments in advance: Feel free to contact our practice’s Camas location if you forget when you scheduled your next visit. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

Periodontal Exams

We also recommend that all our patients at Radiance Dental receive a complete periodontal exam each year. You can ask about this during your regular, scheduled cleanings.

It’s a quick and painless procedure in which our hygienist probes each tooth to make sure the bone and soft tissue are healthy. If there’s a sign of infection, we will be able to treat it effectively before painful symptoms kick in.

Many adult patients are unaware that they have periodontal disease, and they may suffer the loss of a tooth if it goes untreated. Make sure you schedule a periodontal exam each year and save yourself a lot of time and pain.

Sealants

We also recommend dental sealants, particularly to protect your molars. Many people assume this treatment is just for kids to prevent cavities, but it can be used for adults too!

Sealants provide a protective barrier on your teeth that can help block against the buildup of plaque in those hard-to-reach areas in the back of your mouth. If you received sealants as a child, chances are they’ve worn off over time.

So if you want to save dental costs over the long haul, we recommend getting sealants again for cavity protection.

Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team hope you take our advice when it comes to your oral hygiene and schedule regular appointments for your dental cleanings. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

Give our office a call in Camas, WA or swing by. We're conveniently located in E. Vancouver and Camas, WA right off of 192nd on 34th St behind QFC in Camas.

Meet Firana

July 12th, 2019

Firana is our talented bilingual dental assistant. She knows four languages. She has been assisting for nearly 2 years now. She loves helping children through their dental produces. She guides them step by step of their visit to ease them. At the end she loves grabbing them prizes and presenting them with something special that they earned for their hard work. Firana loves getting high fives and hugs in return.

Firana grew up in Baku, Azerbaijan. She loves to snack on dates cause they’re so yummy. Her favorite day and holiday both fall on March 20th because back in her country it’s an important celebration of Welcoming Spring. She finds it so beautiful. Firana loves to spend her time out of the office reading books and going to theater enjoying shows. Her dream getaway would be to travel throughout Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain.

Firana loves working at Radiance Dental because of her amazing co-workers she can call family as well as being able to work and help our patients.

To meet the rest of our amazing staff check out our blog, or schedule a personalized visit for just you. Call us at (360)369-6420

Meet Raj

July 11th, 2019

Raj is our all-star lead assistant here at Radiance Dental. She has nine years of dental knowledge. Her most memorable dental experience was her at Radiance Dental when Dr.Bharathi and her had an emergency visit after hours. A patient called with so much pain which has been going on for days and they could not find an office to take them in. Luckily that day Dr.Bharathi and Raj had not left the office that late evening and answered the phone. Raj could understand and sympathizes the amount of pain she was hearing from this person. Raj scheduled them to come in right then and there for immediate treatment. After treating the patient with appropriate measures they were relieved of the endless days with pain and discomfort this brought. Raj said at that moment she could see it in their new patients eyes how grateful they were. It nearly brought Raj to tears with the amount of warmth it brought to her heart being able to nurture them throughout this unexpected traumatic experience.

 

Raj grew up in India loving to garden and paint in her spare time. She loves to snack on cashews. Her favorite season is spring because of the fresh air and blossoming beautiful flowers. On Sunday’s you can find her endlessly talking on the phone to her brother back in India since the time difference is a large gap. Her dream getaway would be to venture off into India’s west Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills.

Raj loves working at Radiance Dental because of our sweet patients and family like environment with the staff members. Everyone is always there for each other no matter the circumstances.

 

To meet the rest of our amazing staff check out our blog, or schedule a personalized visit for just you. Call us at (360)369-6420

Recovering from Oral Surgery

July 10th, 2019

If you need oral surgery, Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team will use our expertise and training to ensure that you have the best possible surgical outcome. And we want to make sure you have the best possible outcome for your recovery as well. Here are a few of the most common aftercare suggestions for making your healing as comfortable and rapid as possible.

  • Reduce Swelling

Ice packs or cold compresses can reduce swelling. We’ll instruct you how to use them if needed, and when to call our Camas office if swelling persists.

  • Reduce Bleeding

Some amount of bleeding is normal after many types of oral surgery. We might give you gauze pads to apply to the area, with instructions on how much pressure to apply and how long to apply it. We will also let you know what to do if the bleeding continues longer than expected.

  • Reduce Pain or Discomfort

If you have some pain after surgery, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen might be all that you need. We can recommend those which are best for you. If you need a prescription for pain medication, be sure to take it as directed and always let us know in advance if you have any allergies or other reactions to medications.

  • Recovery-friendly Diet

Take it easy for the first few days after oral surgery. Liquids and soft foods are best for several days following surgery. We will let you know what type of diet is indicated and how long you should follow it depending on your particular procedure. We might, for example, recommend that you avoid alcohol and tobacco, spicy, crunchy, and chewy foods, and hot foods or beverages for several days or several weeks.

  • Take Antibiotics If Needed

If you have been prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to take it as directed. If you have any allergies to antibiotics, let us know in advance.

  • Protect the Wound

Do NOT use straws, smoke, or suck on foods. Avoid spitting.  Part of the healing process can involve the formation of a clot over the surgical site which protects the wound. If the clot is dislodged by suction or spitting, it can prolong your recovery time, or even lead to a potentially serious condition called “dry socket.”

  • Maintain Oral Hygiene

Depending on your surgery, we might recommend that you avoid rinsing your mouth for 24 hours, use salt water rinses when appropriate, and keep away from the surgical site when brushing. It’s important to keep your mouth clean, carefully and gently.

  • Take it Easy!

Rest the day of your surgery and keep your activities light in the days following.

These are general guidelines for recovery. If you have oral surgery scheduled, we will supply you with instructions for your specific procedure, and can tailor your aftercare to fit any individual needs. Our goal is to make sure that both your surgery and your recovery are as comfortable as possible.