Dr.Bharathi

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.

Meet Ryian

June 29th, 2019

 

Ryian is one of our outstanding dental assistants. She recently started her dental field journey 1 year ago and is looking forward to pursue hygiene school. Ryian loves getting hugs from her patients as well as knowing that she has done everything possible to ease them into the dental chair for peace at mind comfort. Ryian grew up in Alaska known as the biggest state in the USA. She loves her little adorable dog named Enzo. You’ll always find her snacking on popcorn. Her favorite day of the week is hump day, Wednesday, cause it’s half of the week. Outside of work Ryian loves to adventure off into the wild like hiking, kayaking, and being with the ones she loves day in day out. Her favorite season is autumn because of all the rain. If she could catch the next ferry to Thailand her dreams would all come true. She loves Thai food and their amazing culture.

Ryian loves working at Radiance Dental because of the team. The team is amazing, and she cherishes the relationships she has made working here.

Come meet our outstanding staff tomorrow, Sunday, June 30th during our community get together. We will have food, games, family friendly activities for all ages, raffle prizes, and ice cream!

It's from 11am-3pm on Sunday, June 30th. In the Glen plaza behind the 192nd QFC in Camas, WA.

For more information give us a call!

(360)369-6420

 

Meet Roxanne

June 28th, 2019

Roxanne’s is our insurance coordinator here at Radiance Dental. Roxanne started her dental field career with us, and now it’s been over 2 years and she has been fantastic throughout. She grew up in Portland, OR. Has three adorable pets and loves to snack on chocolate everything. When she’s not in office Roxanne loves to run as her hobby. Her favorite season is fall because of all the festivities. Her dream getaway would be the next fastest flight to breathtaking New Zealand to see the beautiful orcas. Roxanne loves working at Radiance Dental because of the friendly and loving staff members she gets to experience it with.

Come meet our outstanding staff Sunday, June 30th during our community get together. We will have food, games, family friendly activities for all ages, raffle prizes, and ice cream!

It's from 11am-3pm on Sunday, June 30th. In the Glen plaza behind the 192nd QFC in Camas, WA.

For more information give us a call: (360)369-6420

Meet LeRoy

June 27th, 2019

LeRoy runs our social media marketing and is a dental assistant at our office. He has 7 years of dental experience working in oral surgery, pediatric, orthodontics, and general dentistry together. His most memorable moments are working with patients from their very first visit to their last and final visit achieving their dream smile. He loves taking that journey with his patients knowing that his work means more than 9-5 job. He helps change lives one smile at a time.

LeRoy grew up in Vancouver, WA with three siblings. His favorite day is 4th of July because of the fireworks, summer vibe, and BBQ’s. His hobbies outside of work are eating and traveling. His dream getaway is Greece because of the Greek food, lots of old temples, structures, art and historical places to explore, sand, pebbles and cliff beaches, and the endless beautiful city’s.

LeRoy loves working at Radiance Dental because of family like relationship with his co-workers and the amazing patients we get to help.

Come meet our outstanding staff Sunday, June 30th during our community get together. We will have food, games, family friendly activities for all ages, raffle prizes, and ice cream!

It's from 11am-3pm on Sunday, June 30th. In the Glen plaza behind the 192nd QFC in Camas, WA.

For more information give us a call or click to learn more!

(360)369-6420

Meet Melanie

June 26th, 2019

 

Melanie is our all-star office manager. She has well over 40 years of dental experience working in all aspects of a dental office giving her knowledge and wisdom to provide the utmost best patient experience. Melanie grew up in California. Her go-to snack are dates and she loves the Christmas holiday. Outside of work she loves to ballet. Her favorite season is fall because of the sunny, windy days with the beautiful changing color of leaves falling. Alaska is her getaway to enjoy the peaceful beauty with her husband. She loves working at Radiance Dental because she loves to help people.

 

Come meet our outstanding staff Sunday, June 30th during our community get together. We will have food, games, family friendly activities for all ages, raffle prizes, and ice cream!

It's from 11am-3pm on Sunday, June 30th. In the Glen plaza behind the 192nd QFC in Camas, WA.

For more information give us a call or click to learn more!

(360)369-6420

 

Good Dental Hygiene Gives You Better Overall Health

June 26th, 2019

What do you think of when you hear the term dental or oral hygiene? Brushing and flossing tend to come to mind, since that is what the terms imply.

What you might not know, however, is that good dental hygiene involves much more than just your mouth. That’s the tip of the iceberg … just a piece of the complex puzzle that is the human body.

Simply put, you cannot be fully healthy if you don’t have good oral health. Studies have shown that oral health and body health are closely linked and in fact almost impossible to define as separate phenomena.

Take gum disease, for example. It’s one of the most common dental infections, but it doesn’t just affect your gums. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, gum disease can be directly linked to more serious complications such as strokes and heart disease. Doesn’t that make you want to floss a little more often?

This goes the other way, too. Many oral events like sores, swollen gums, and dry mouth syndrome, which might seem fairly trivial and even harmless, may be signals of a much bigger problem: possibly leukemia, kidney disease, diabetes, or pancreatic cancer.

Now that you’ve been made aware of just how vital dental health is for your overall health (and vice versa), the best thing to do is what you’re probably already doing: making sure you brush and floss, as well as maintain a well-balanced diet. It’s also smart to keep away from cigarettes and tobacco, because both are known to contribute to periodontal disease.

In addition, be sure to keep getting your teeth cleaned every six months! If you’re due for a cleaning, give our Camas office a call to schedule an appointment at Radiance Dental.

Meet Terri

June 25th, 2019

Terri is Radiance Dental’s dental accounts and insurance manager. She has well over 19 years of dental experience. Her most memorable moment while working on the dental field is being gifted with flowers during work for appreciation of her excellent customer service helping patients with account and insurance questions. Terri grew up in Washington. Her favorite hobbies outside of work are road cycling and dancing. She loves to snack on chocolate covered strawberries when she cans. Terri is married with two grown children and a total of six grand children who are all boys. Her dream getaway would be to venture off into Fiji because of the warm exotic tropical weather. The season she looks forward to every year is summer so she can ride her bicycle all day long. Terri loves working at Radiance Dental because of the flexible schedule so she can work independently. She also loves to helping other staff members with training and understanding using her years of dental experience.

 

Come meet our outstanding staff Sunday, June 30th during our community get together. We will have food, games, family friendly activities for all ages, raffle prizes, and ice cream!

It's from 11am-3pm on Sunday, June 30th. In the Glen plaza behind the 192nd QFC in Camas, WA.

For more information give us a call or click to learn more!

(360)369-6420

 

 

Meet Alexia

June 24th, 2019

 

Alexia has been at Radiance Dental for a year and a half. She’s a Rockstar with skills to work in the front or back office. Her current position at Radiance Dental is our front office patient coordinator. She’ll be one of the few smiley faces welcoming you in and checking you in for your visits. Her most memorable dental experience is when she assisted Dr.Bharathi in a complete denture delivery. Alexia said she will never forget the moment they presented the case to the patient and they were so excited. That moment brought joy and happiness to her heart helping someone find the confidence to smile again. Alexia loves working at Radiance Dental because everyone is personable and wonderful to work with. It’s like family.

Alexia grew up close by here in Vancouver, WA with her parents, brother, and sister. She has a Siberian husky named Misha whom she adores and loves. Her hobbies outside of work are hiking, playing video games, going to the movies, and sewing. Her favorite days are Thursday’s because it reminds her of going to P.E. on those days in elementary school. Her favorite season is winter because her favorite clothes are sweaters. If she could choose her dream getaway she would catch the next flight to Scotland to see the rolling hills and haunted castles.

 

Come meet our outstanding staff Sunday, June 30th during our community get together. We will have food, games, family friendly activities for all ages, raffle prizes, and ice cream!

It's from 11am-3pm on Sunday, June 30th. In the Glen plaza behind the 192nd QFC in Camas, WA.

For more information give us a call!

(360)369-6420

 

At what age should your baby first visit the dentist?

June 20th, 2019

At what age should your baby first visit the dentist?

Many new parents think around the age of 2 or when their baby is walking. However, it’s well before that. Both Dental and medical professional’s recommend having your baby visit the dentist for their first check up before the age of 1, or 6 months after your baby’s first tooth erupts. Starting early helps introducing the dental office and dentist to your child. Creating a bond for your child to familiarize their growing teeth.

At your child’s first visit at Radiance Dental in Camas, Washington Dr.Bharathi will address any concerns and findings with you to promote good oral hygiene. The dental assistant or dental hygienist will help make your child’s visit fun and interactive. They will involve your child into cleaning their teeth and playing with the dental tools and dental instruments at their appointment.

 

Dr.Bharathi attended the Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD) certification training conducted by a dental champion under the auspices of the University of Washington School of Pediatric Dentistry. This amazing program’s goal is to ensures that our youngest and most vulnerable children have access to dental care that promotes good lifelong oral health habits and helps them avoid cavities, pain and high-cost dental interventions later in life. Our dental assistants will review with you the ABCD program of good home care. For example like good snacks for diet, habits to have them avoid and outgrow, as well as techniques and tricks to encourage brushing and flossing at home and lifting the lip and looking for anything unusual on the gums or teeth.

 

Many parents believe that that baby teeth are nothing to worry about because they will fall out any way. We understand that is what happens, but for the time that their primary teeth are in there they’re holding the space for the permanent teeth to grow into and lifelong oral health. Primary teeth are important because they’re:

  • Helping children chew properly to maintain good nutrition.
  • Involvement in speech development.
  • Helping save space for permanent teeth.
  • Promoting a healthy smile that helps children feel good about the way they look.

If a tooth falls out to earlier the dentist will have to plan for something to help maintain and hold that space so it doesn’t close or have another tooth drift into its place. If a primary tooth gets an abscess (infection) and it’s not addressed it can linger and harm the permanent tooth. By addressing and treating things that are small ensures that a primary tooth will last until it’s job is complete and ready for the permanent tooth to take over its position naturally.

Give us a call to schedule your little one. We would love to help you maintain their beautiful little smile, and yours. Make an appointment at our E. Vancouver and Camas, WA location to have Dr.Bharathi complete a full exam or for your regular check-up. We're conveniently located off of 192nd on 34th St behind the QFC in Camas.

Join us on Sunday, June 30th from 11am-3pm for a community BBQ & Ice Cream Social. You’ll have the chance to meet the entire team and mingle with fellow community members. We’ll have all sorts of family friendly activities for all ages. There will be a balloon artist, face painting, corn hole, tons of delicious food choices for vegans and meat eaters and everyone in-between. As well as amazing raffle prizes. One family will win family cooked dinner by Dr.Bharathi and her team! For more information check our latest post “BBQ AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL 2019” or give our office a call @ (360)369-6420. We look forward to seeing you!

Tooth-Colored Fillings

June 19th, 2019

Once upon a time, silver fillings ruled in dental offices everywhere. For a long time, they were the only option dentists used to close off the spaces on teeth where bacteria could easily enter.

Most patients did not regard a pearly white and silver smile as something to be super excited about. Luckily, we have a range of more aesthetically pleasing options today. The most common material used for fillings now is composite, also known as tooth-colored fillings.

Composite fillings are made to match the shade of your teeth, so they offer a seamless addition to your smile. They even let light travel through them the same way that natural enamel does. Composite fillings are great because they erase imperfections and can even reshape your teeth by minimizing excessive spacing. If you have a gap between your two front teeth, for example, a composite filling is an easy, non-invasive, and most important, cost-effective way to give you the instant fix you desire.

Overall, tooth-colored fillings make an easy choice all around. Easily placed, readily repaired, and well disguised. In a world where a perfect smile seems to have become standard for everybody, why not get composite fillings for yourself?

You can smile with the confidence of knowing that nobody will spot a shiny silver thing in your mouth. Visit our Camas office to get a consult or give us a call! We’re always happy to answer your questions.

BBQ and Ice Cream Social 2019

June 13th, 2019

BBQ & Ice Cream Social

So here’s the scoop we’ll have tons of fun located in the Glen Plaza behind QFC. There will be hamburgers, vegan burgers, hotdogs, I scream you scream ICE CREAM! Games and fun for all ages; face painting, balloon artist, cornhole and more. We also will have raffle prizes: gift cards for local businesses, In-office Zoom Whitening, Electrical toothbrushes, and a family dinner cooked by Dr.Bharathi and her team, and much more!

Find us on Google, Facebook, & Instagram @ RadianceDentalNW

Call us for any questions (360)369-6420

Brushing Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

June 12th, 2019

It’s great that you’re enthusiastic about your dental health! Here are some tips from Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team to make sure you are getting the most out of your brushing by avoiding common mistakes.

Choose the right brush

In almost every case, a soft brush provides the right amount of bristle-strength to clean your teeth and gums effectively. Hard bristles can damage sensitive enamel and gum tissue, so treat yourself kindly. Also, choose a brush head that’s the right size for your mouth, since a toothbrush that’s too large can be uncomfortable and unable to reach all the areas you need to brush.

Don’t keep your brush too long

Three months is about the average life of a toothbrush. Over time, bristles become frayed or worn and lose their effectiveness. It’s also a good idea to replace your brush after an illness.

Be gentle

Even with a soft brush, it’s possible to brush so hard that your enamel and gums are affected. Think of yourself as massaging your teeth and gums rather than scrubbing them.

Use proper technique

Using a “sawing” back-and-forth motion is hard on your enamel and misses plaque and debris between the teeth. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, especially at the gumline, to gently remove plaque. Use short strokes or a circular motion to clean as much of the surface and between the teeth as possible. Make sure you cover all the surfaces of your teeth: outside, inside, and chewing. And don’t forget your tongue!

Take your time

Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time is the standard. Most people brush much less; try using the stopwatch on your phone or a two-minute timer to make sure you are spending enough time brushing. On the other hand, if you brush too hard or too often, remember that over-brushing can lead to problems for your gums and enamel.

Your daily routine might be fast and furious, but your dental routine requires a gentle, methodical approach. Ask at your next visit to our Camas office, and we will be happy to help you design the perfect brushing practices for your busy life.

10 things you should know about your dental exam

June 3rd, 2019

Everyone knows regular dental appointments are important to dental health. But perhaps you haven’t really considered the many benefits to routine dental appointments, or the things you can do between checkups to help maintain good oral and dental health.

Let’s go over the top 10 things you should know about your dental exams!

  1. Change your toothbrush more regularly – as often as every 3 months. Most regular toothbrushes get worn out after 3 months of daily use and as a result, don’t work as well as they did when they were new. If you have gum disease like gingivitis, you should change your toothbrush out every 4 to 6 weeks! The bristles on your toothbrush can harbor the bacteria that cause gum disease. Other things to keep in mind about maintaining your toothbrush are to wash it out with hot water after using it and to always replace it after you have been sick.
  2. Root canal treatments are not actually painful. Many people seem to think that root canals are a very painful experience, but this isn’t the case with current root canal procedures. Thanks to the advances in dental care technology and tools, root canals are as painless as having a cavity filled, which is also a pain-free experience. When you get a root canal or a dental filling, your dentist will generally numb the area completely with a local anesthetic, which lasts until after the pain has subsided.
  3. Maintaining dental health between appointments is easier than you think. It is common for people to think that maintaining good dental health is hard and requires a lot of effort. However, if you brush twice daily, floss your teeth once a day, and are eating a healthy diet, you’ll have healthier teeth and gums. Be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings too!
  4. Dental problems don’t resolve themselves, so it’s important to see your dentist. Once your dentist has diagnosed a tooth, gum, or oral health problem, you will want to get it addressed as soon as possible, as tooth decay and cavities do not heal on their own and need medical treatment. This means that it’s essential to come up with a plan with your dentist to treat the issue.
  5. Good nutrition between appointments helps keep teeth healthy. If your regular diet contains a lot of sweet snacks, candy, or sweetened beverages like soda, your teeth are more likely to develop decay between dental appointments. Sugar sticks to your teeth and provides a breeding ground for harmful tooth decay-causing bacteria. For this reason, it is best to avoid sugary drinks and sodas when possible and to always rinse your mouth with water afterwards to decrease/dilute the amount of sugar. Brushing immediately may cause those acidic to break down your enamel even more.
  6. If you have bad breath, a dental issue may be to blame. If you have bad breath on a regular basis, there’s an 85% chance that it’s because of a dental health issue. If your bad breath is caused by a dental condition, you may be tempted to treat it with mouthwash. While mouthwash may help mask the odor for a while as a temporary fix. However, underlying the issue will need a more permeate fix. So give your dentist a call to address a solution for you.
  7. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are crucial. One of the best things you can do for your dental health is to get regular oral health checkups and cleanings at your dentist’s office. These regularly scheduled checkups can help to prevent cavities, gum disease, root canals, oral cancer, gum diseases, and other dental health conditions. Preventive care is important to maintain your oral health. So be sure to show up for those regular dental appointments with your preferred dentist.
  8. Gum disease affects your overall health, not just your dental health. In addition to being linked as the number one leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease has also been linked to other seemingly unrelated health problems such as heart disease and strokes. If gum disease is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, it can be successfully treated and reversed. If you don’t get gum disease treated properly and promptly, it could progress into the more serious stage of gum disease known as Periodontists, which can include bone loss. As with most other dental health issues, getting regular checkups, cleanings, and treatments can help prevent gum disease.
  9. Dental exams also include oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer is one of the most deadly diseases in the United States, causing the death of one person every hour of every day! When you get a dental exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will check for the signs of oral cancer and can help diagnose it early on. Oral cancer is highly treatable if diagnosed and treated early on, so going in for routine dental exams can be beneficial in many ways.
  10. Brushing every day is the best thing you can do between dental exams. When you brush your teeth twice a day, every day, and do so properly, you are eliminating plaque which contains the bacteria that cause cavities and other tooth decay. Plaque is that soft and sticky white substance on your teeth that accumulates on the teeth from food remnants and bacteria buildup. If you floss daily, it’ll help remove the plaque from between your teeth, in the areas your toothbrush is unable to reach properly. Brushing daily can also help remove the bacteria that lead to gingivitis.

There you have it – 10 things you should know about the importance of routine dental exams! Be sure to schedule your regular dental appointments, as well as brush and floss every day to prevent cavities and gum disease. Make an appointment at our E. Vancouver and Camas, WA location to have Dr.Bharathi complete a full exam or for your regular check-up. We're conveniently located off of 192nd on 34th St next to QFC Camas.

Diet and Dental Health: What to eat and what to avoid

May 29th, 2019

You are probably aware that guzzling soda and drinking those sugary Starbucks Frappuccinos aren’t particularly good for your dental health. But how much thought do you give to the effects of your diet on your teeth? Practicing healthy eating habits isn’t just helpful for your waistline, it also ensures that your teeth stay strong and cavity-free.

How diet affects dental health

Our team at Radiance Dental will tell you that your mouth is a complicated place on a microbiological level. Harmful bacteria form dental plaques which convert the sugars in food to acids that wear away at tooth enamel. Meanwhile, saliva washes away some of the detrimental acids, while minerals work to rebuild where teeth are damaged. The foods you eat are important for managing this balancing act between harmful bacteria and helpful rebuilding agents.

Rethinking your diet to prevent cavities

Carefully considering your dietary choices is a smart way to become mindful of the foods you eat and how they affect oral health.

Foods to eat

  • Calcium- and phosphorus-rich foods. We’ve all heard that milk builds strong bones, and your teeth are included in that. Milk, cheese, nuts, and chicken are strong sources of calcium and phosphorus. These minerals are used to repair damage to the teeth’s enamel.
  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables. Biting into an apple stimulates saliva flow, which washes harmful acids from the surface of your teeth. Turn to other crunchy fruits and vegetables, including carrots, celery, pears, and lettuce, to increase saliva production.
  • Sugar substitutes. If you have a sweet tooth but want to decrease tooth decay, sugar substitutes such as Stevia or Equal provide a sugary kick without harming your teeth.

Foods to avoid

  • Sugary snacks. Cookies, cakes, candies, and other sugary treats provide a feast for the acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. Furthermore, these foods often get stuck in the ridges of your teeth, and provide a breeding ground for new bacteria.
  • Acidic fruits and vegetables. Foods high in acidity, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries, peaches, and lemons, wear away the enamel of your teeth. Because these foods can be part of a healthy diet, remember to brush after eating them or swish with a mouth rinse to protect your teeth.

Eating well is an essential part of keeping your teeth healthy. Consult Drs. Bharathi and Bassili about your diet for tips on food habits that keep your teeth strong and cavity-free. For more information about the link between your diet and your oral health, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Bharathi and Bassili, please give us a call at our convenient Camas office!

Welcoming to our office the NO CAVITY CLUB!

May 8th, 2019

Our goal is to encourage kids to take care of their oral hygiene by daily brushing and flossing.

Every check-up your child has with us we will clean their beautiful teeth, take cool dental x-rays as necessary, and have Dr.Bharathi swing by for an exam to ensure no sugar bugs are lurking and making homes out of your child's' teeth. Also known as cavity's or dental decay. Dr.Bharathi will review your child's x-rays, if we took some, then clinical check their mouth for any funny business. If Dr.Bharathi happens to find anything she will bring it to your attention and ensure you're aware and understand what plan or possible option we can do to fix up what needs to be done. And to finish off our visit by applying special vitamins on their teeth, fluoride varnish, to strengthen their growing smiles.

However, if during the exam Dr.Bharathi does not find any decay/cavities, or sugar bugs on your child's teeth we will surprise them with a awesome gift for doing such a great job keeping their mouth sparkling clean. In their surprise they will find toys, a special note signed from all of us and a gift card to dutch bros!

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Are Primary, "Baby", Teeth Important?

April 29th, 2019

Encouraging kids to care for their oral hygiene is a tricky situation, and we totally understand if it’s something that doesn’t happen daily in your household. Sometimes even the adults forgets. It wont be the end of the world. Although, taking steps towards the right direction will last a life time. Young minds are developing brains which soak everything up like sponges. They take everything in. It’s amazing the amount of guidance and role we play into children’s lives. It’s a big reason we want to set a good example. Good oral hygiene is one of those. Our office in Camas, Washington had the special privilege to show and tell Grass Valley elementary school the importance of getting proper oral health care for their growing and moving teeth. During our visit Radiance Dental had ranges or age groups from kindergarten through 4th graders. As well as their awesome staff members. We had students, and even staff, excited to engage in games, readings, and hands-on learning during our time together. We also brought with us our special friends, happy and sad tooth, and the tooth fairy to help capture the attention of learning, as well as visualizing the fun of good oral hygiene. Our amazing staff went over proper nutrition and diet, habits to stay away from, and good oral hygiene instructions to ensure every spot in their little and big mouths are left sparkly clean.

[caption id="attachment_86" align="alignright" width="584"] Dr.Bharathi showing hands-on how to brush our teeth clean[/caption]

In separating our ways we had the students make a peculiar vow while raising their right hand to say, “I will try my very best to brush twice a day, and floss once a day, every day, for the rest of my life.” The children were ecstatic to each receive their own individual goodie pouch filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and coupon for a free exam, cleaning and x-rays to our outstanding office, Radiance Dental.
Our awesome office, Radiance Dental in Camas, WA had such a blast preparing for this. And we had even more fun doing this memorable experience. Our office looks forward to doing it again next year too.

 

Things to know:

Oral health has been closely tied to the overall health of our entire body, so making sure that our children have the best oral health care can not only ensure that they have great smiles, but they are protected from the negative effects of poor oral health as well.
Oral health care should begin with the very first tooth that grows in your baby’s mouth. Even though these teeth will fall out within a few years, baby teeth hold a space for your child’s permanent ones, and it’s important that your child has a healthy mouth when those permanent teeth arrive. Without proper care, even baby teeth can decay and cause a host of problems, including:

• Painful teeth and gums
• Difficulty chewing, eating, and sleeping
• Gum disease and inflammation
• Embarrassment when talking and smiling

As a parent, you can teach your child the right way to care for teeth and make sure he or she visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Like we mentioned earlier kids learn by example. So go ahead and make a checkup for the both of you.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 50 percent of children under 12 have some form of tooth decay, and it is one of the most common childhood diseases. A report by the National Institutes of Health, Oral Health in America, found that almost six out of ten children have cavities or other tooth decay (also called “caries”).

There are many things you can do to help your child maintain a healthy mouth with strong teeth and gums.
Brush your children’s teeth twice a day when they are babies, then teach them to do it on their own when they get older. Make it a tooth brushing party. Set the timer and dance together while you both brush and floss everything clean. Make it something your kids will never forget. Small moments like these will impact the most.
Be sure your child gets enough fluoride too —you can find out whether it is already in your drinking water, and provide supplements if it is not. If you are unsure how to get more fluoride, ask your primary doctor or Dr.Bharathi the next time you’re in for a prescription. In addition, make sure your child is brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
Feed your child a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low in added sugars. We especially recommend you avoid sugary drinks.
Helping children develop healthy habits to care for teeth while they are young is important. These habits can set the stage for good oral health care throughout their entire life. They can avoid many of the problems that result from poor oral health, including gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay. Start encouraging those habits now and help your children reap the benefits through the rest of their lives.

[caption id="attachment_85" align="alignright" width="584"] Children's Oral Hygiene @ Grass Valley elementary school Camas, WA[/caption]

KaVo OP 3D imaging

April 22nd, 2019

Introducing to our office the new KAVO OP 3D imaging. We’re thrilled to have this technology apart of our office. Kavokerr.com describes the OP 3D unit as a range of dental imaging needs. “It is a complete X-ray platform that makes the imaging workflow more efficient with intuitive and easy-to-use programs.” This will allow us to take both panoramic and 3D imaging options for a variety of uses from general dental diagnose to craniofacial/maxillofacial surgeons, and airway specialists. It will also allow us to optimize the patient dose with the ability to select the best resolution for fields of view size, and the region of interest as needed.

Right from, the source itself, kavo.com elaborates on the KaVo OP 3D; cone beam 3D imaging, as the gateway to 3D. The unit is designed for advance dental imaging needs. It’s a complete digital x-ray platform which provides easy-to-use features throughout the entire dental imaging workflow. These are some, but definitely not all the ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH™ OP 3D can do, find, and/or show us.

 

Overview

Clinical Applications

3D images provide valuable information vital to diagnosis and optimal treatment planning. Evaluation of different morphologies is easy as the region of interest can be viewed from all directions.

  • Implantology
  • Endodontics
  • Impactions
  • TMJ
  • Airway
  • Trauma
  • Periodontics

Designed for Efficiency

Every feature of the OP 3D is designed to increase practice efficiency. Preparing the unit for a scan is fast with an intuitive patient positioning system and graphical user-interface. Imaging protocols are optimized for practice workflows.

Variety of Resolutions

  • Low Dose TechnologyTM scan (LDT) can be utilized in dose-sensitive cases and in control and follow-up scans where patient dose is to be minimized or lower resolution is acceptable.
  • Standard resolution scan with optimized patient dose can be used for general diagnostics.
  • High resolution scan offers extremely sharp images for more detailed diagnosis.
  • Endo resolution scan with 80 μm voxel size specially designed for endodontic applications. Endo resolution is available for the 5 x 5 FOV.

Features

Sustainable Green Solution

The OP 3D replaces lead typically used for tube head radiation shielding designs with a more ecological and environmentally friendly alternative that provides equivalent radiation attenuation. Plus, the power save feature of this system reduces overall energy consumption of the practice.

ORTHOselect™ for Optimized Workflow

The desired imaging area can be selected intuitively with the ORTHOselect user interface. Selections can be made as individual teeth, an entire upper or lower jaw, or TMJ. The optimum field-of-view (FOV) is set automatically based on the selection.

Customized FOVs with SMARTVIEW™ 2.0

With OP 3D, the number of FOV sizes is practically unlimited. SMARTVIEW 2.0 user interface enables choosing the most optimum FOV size for the clinical need as the FOV height and width can be freely adjusted from the taken scout image.

ORTHOfocus™ Sharp Images Automatically

With the ORTHOfocus feature, the optimum panoramic image layer is automatically obtained enabling forgiving patient positioning. The result is consistent image quality every time.

QUICKcompose™ for Fast Image Review

QUICKcompose, available for both panoramic and 3D modalities, offers a quick preview of the captured image allowing for timely evaluation.

For this information and more you can read about the full material, and find photos/videos of this technology on their website, click here.

In the last few weeks our office here in East Vancouver/Camas had successfully taken 2D panoramic images, focused vertical and horizontal bite wings, 3D full and sectional images for a variety of procedures like root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, dental implants, airways, and  referrals as needed as well as scans/images for other dental offices as requested.

Dental Implants, Are You A Good Candidate

April 15th, 2019

 

 

It's estimated that 125 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you are one of them, you may have considered a dental implant as a tooth replacement. We think it's important to know the factors which make an individual a good candidate for such a procedure. Here are a few things Dr.Bharathi and Dr.Bassili will consider when discussing your options.

Dental implants can replace one, several, or all of your teeth. They can be used in place of bridges or dentures. Good candidates have healthy gums and are old enough so that their jawbone has stopped growing. One should also have enough bone to support and anchor the implants. Even if an individual has lost bone in their jaw one may still be a good candidate for implants. In some cases Dr.Bharathi and Dr.Bassili will recommend a dental implant which could arrest further bone loss in the future.

Evaluation. Successful implantation starts with a thorough evaluation by our specialist Dr.Bassili. He will examine your jaw, teeth, mouth, and overall health. You will receive a few mouth X-ray and possibly a Computed Tomography (CT) scan which we have at our office. This will help us identify areas of bone loss and carefully see the shape of your sinuses and nerve location to make accurate assessments for your treatment. We will also do a thorough medical evaluation, as your overall health and history plays a big role in how well your implant will heal and fuse to the bone.

People At risk of Poor Outcomes. Uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled gum disease are all risk factors that can adversely affect your outcome. You may still be a good candidate with one of these diseases, but we’ll want thoroughly assess your situation and work with you and your doctor to increase your overall health and functioning. People who take certain medications, such as steroids or drugs that suppressed immune system may not be suitable candidates, either. And people with certain habits, such as people who severely grind or clench their teeth may put too much pressure on the implants, causing long-term damage.

Overall, dental implants have a very high success rate and patients tell us often how happy they are with the outcome. If you are considering implants, our office in east Vancouver located in Camas behind the QFC plaza right off the 34th. can complete a careful examination and determine what best suited for you. Dr.Bharathi and Dr.Bassili will ensure you're well taken care of to the full extent.