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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.

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.

Summer Break: An ideal time for wisdom teeth removal

June 5th, 2019

After your son or daughter departs for college, the last thing you want to get is a call or text to learn he or she is in pain. Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team at Radiance Dental will tell you there aren’t many emergency situations that can be avoided when it comes to dental health, but one crisis that can easily be prevented before your teen heads hundreds of miles away for college is wisdom tooth extraction.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that erupt in the late teen years to early 20s. Spacing and crowding problems often cause impaction and infections, which is why many people elect to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth can go from barely noticeable to extremely painful in a very short period of time.

When your teen’s wisdom teeth erupt, they may cause overcrowding of his or her teeth, which can have a negative effect on their alignment. Most people’s mouths do not have enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt fully and remain perfectly aligned. Thus, pain, swelling, infection, damage to adjacent teeth, and decay are often the most common problems associated with wisdom teeth. These problems can brew beneath the surface for weeks or months, offering no warning before painful symptoms hit.

If your child does elect to go through wisdom tooth extraction, we want to inform you that the first few days of recovery consist of careful measures to control bleeding and swelling, an adherence to a special soft diet, as well as a medication routine that must be followed as recommended by Drs. Bharathi and Bassili after surgery.

Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team are dedicated to providing exceptional service before, during, and after your wisdom tooth procedure, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your child’s oral health is in good hands. We will do everything we can to minimize discomfort and help your child heal safely and quickly.

Summer break is the perfect time to remove wisdom teeth so that your child can avoid the stressful scenario of experiencing this medical emergency far away from home. If you have any questions on wisdom teeth removal or to schedule an initial consultation with Drs. Bharathi and Bassili, give us a call today!

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!

Wisdom Teeth

May 27th, 2019

Does everyone have wisdom teeth? No, not everyone has wisdom teeth. Many studies have been conducted, but the most common result is that at least one wisdom tooth is present.
What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that typically form behind the standard first and second set of molars in the jaw. They are often referred to as third molars, and they’re the final set of chompers to grow in.
Why are they called wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth take their name from the time when they often appear. They typically begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 to 21, a time when many are attending college and learning about their life after youth.
Why are wisdom teeth removed? Roughly 60% of people opt to having their wisdom teeth extracted, and this is typically due to the fact that many grow in at an angle and can cause future problems.
For some, the teeth grow in perfectly straight and can be left alone and observed. For others, there’s no room in the mouth or the wisdom teeth will only partially emerge through the gums.
Known as impacted wisdom teeth, these improperly angled teeth can upset teeth alignment and even affect the jaw. They are also more susceptible to common oral health issues such as decay and plaque.
If you don’t need them, why do we have wisdom teeth? Research suggests that wisdom teeth are leftover internal relic of a different time in the history of human beings. Many years ago, humans lived on a diet of food like roots, raw meats, and firm leaves—things that made a lot of tearing and crushing a necessity. As such, early humans had a larger jaw and room for more teeth. As dietary intake began to change, so did the human body, effectively eliminating the need for a third set of molars, wisdom teeth.

Most people believe that you need to be sedated to have your wisdom teeth removed or see an oral surgery to have them out. In some cases yes, but not all. We're here to help you know your options and and provide you with a game plan that works for you.

In our office we strive to make your appointment to the dentist office a pleasant and comfortable visit all in a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. We recently added, soothing spa-like amenities; aromatherapy & essential oils, hot towels, coffee & tea, paraffin wax, neck pillows & blankets, massage dental chairs, as well as nitrogen oxide (laughing gas) and other levels of sedation.

At Radiance Dental Dr.Bharathi is highly trained in extractions ans basically does them daily. Wisdom teeth are no different. Sometimes they're a little trickier than others, but with our latest addition to the office the KaVo OP 3D, you can read about this amazing technology in our blogs, it brings accuracy and diagnose to the best of its class. It makes everything so much easier to keep everything in house so your family does not have to travel form office to office to have pending treatment taken care of. Make an appointment at our E. Vancouver and Camas, WA location to have Dr.Bharathi examine your wisdom teeth for a proper plan. We're conveniently located off of 192nd on 34th St next to QFC Camas.

Dental Anxiety is A Thing, And We Understand.

May 20th, 2019

It’s more common than you think. Nearly 20% of American’s avoid going to the dentist due to a dental anxiety, fear or a phobia. People develop dental anxieties and phobias for many different reasons, but no one is born with a fear of the dentist.

After a short Q&A with our patients we were able to constrict the most common reasons an individual would avoid going to the dentist.

Pain
In a survey of people who had not seen a dentist for 12 months, 6% reported fear of pain as the main reason. The fear of pain is most common in adults 24 years and older. This may be because their early dental visits happened before many of the advances in "pain-free" dentistry.

Feelings of helplessness and loss of control
Many people develop phobias about situations — such as flying in an airplane — in which they feel they have no control. When they're in the dental chair, they have to stay still. They may feel they can't see what's going on or predict what's going to hurt. It's common for people to feel helpless and out of control, which may trigger anxiety.

Embarrassment
The mouth is an intimate part of the body. People may feel ashamed or embarrassed to have a stranger looking inside. This may be a particular problem if they're self-conscious about how their teeth look. Dental treatments also require physical closeness. During a treatment, the hygienist's or dentist's face may be just a few inches away. This can make people anxious and uncomfortable.

Negative past experiences
Anyone who has had pain or discomfort during previous dental procedures is likely to be more anxious the next time around.

If you experience any of the below please don’t hesitate to inform your dentist. They will ensure to properly answer any questions as well as address any and all concerns to help make your appointment to the dentist office a pleasant and comfortable visit.

  • Trouble sleeping the night before a dental visit/appointment
  • Feelings of nervousness which escalates while at the dental office waiting room
  • Crying or feeling physically ill when thinking of the dentist
  • Intense uneasiness at the thought of, or actually when, objects are placed in your mouth during the dental treatment or suddenly feeling like it is difficult to breathe

In some cases an individual may need further attention by their primary care doctor. Fortunately, there are ways your dentist can help. There are many types of sedation that can be used to help make your visit comfortable during a dental procedure if needed. Your dentist and their trained team should partner with you to determine the best, most cost-effective and appropriate one for treating you, should sedation be required.

In our office we strive to make your appointment to the dentist office a pleasant and comfortable visit all in a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. We recently added, soothing spa-like amenities; aromatherapy & essential oils, hot towels, coffee & tea, paraffin wax, neck pillows & blankets, massage dental chairs, as well as nitrogen oxide (laughing gas) and other levels of sedation.

No matter how long its’s been since your last dental office visit it’s never too late to take care of your smile. We also believe taking care of your family’s oral health needs through every step of their journey as stress-free as possible. We are here to serve you and your family, and are honored to earn your trust.

 

 

Are you at risk for sleep apnea?

May 15th, 2019

If you are one of the more than 12 million North Americans who suffers from sleep apnea, Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team want you to know we can help. Sleep apnea, a disorder that causes frequent disruption to your body’s sleep patterns, is also potentially dangerous, as it causes abnormal pauses in breathing or very shallow breathing during the night.

For those who suffer from sleep apnea, it may seem impossible to wake up feeling rested and energized. You may, for example, sleep for eight hours, but your body might have only received three or four hours of quality sleep.

Besides losing a good night’s sleep, the risk of heart attack and stroke have been linked to sleep apnea. Other conditions associated with sleep apnea include depression, irritability, high blood pressure, memory loss, and sexual dysfunction.

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax to the point of inhibiting natural breathing. The muscles used to support the soft palate relax and the airway closes, causing breathing to stop for anywhere from ten to 20 seconds, which is dangerous because it lowers the oxygen level in the brain.

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, and CPAP devices (continuous positive airway pressure), among other treatments, are often prescribed for sleep apnea treatment. Another treatment option is an oral sleep apnea appliance, which positions your mouth in a way that brings your lower jaw forward and opens up your airway for unobstructed breathing.

At Radiance Dental, we truly care about the health and well-being of our patients. In fact, we regularly screen our patients for sleep disorders during their regular checkups, and we will refer you to a sleep apnea specialist if an issue is detected. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at our Camas office if you think you have sleep apnea or if you have any questions or concerns!

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!

Make an appointment for your child(ren) by visiting our website. We look forward to seeing you guys soon! (360)369-6420

 

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Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a bright, white smile!

May 1st, 2019

 

Summer is almost here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for our patients at Radiance Dental.

Everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around and we have a few reminders to keep your pearly whites healthy and beautiful over the summer! Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks, or dark colored juices. Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel but they will also darken that fabulous smile you're working on! Another tip is to try and focus on brushing your teeth; everyone knows that when busy schedules start picking up, getting a good brushing session in tends to take the backseat! A good tip for keeping your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls is to rinse your mouth with water after any meal you can’t fully brush your teeth after. Your teeth, inside and out, will benefit!

And remember, whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, or just having fun in the backyard this summer, we want to hear all about it! Make sure to let us know what you’re up to below or on our Facebook page! We also encourage you to post any photos from your adventures!

What type of toothpaste is right for you?

April 24th, 2019

 

Toothpaste no longer comes in simple choices of fluoride and fresh breath. Paste is not even the only option! You can choose gel forms and even some with ribbons of color and flavor. With so many varieties available, it may be difficult to know which features or combinations of ingredients are best for your mouth. Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team are here to help!

Fluoride

The majority of all dental patients should use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth; it makes them stronger and more resistant to cavities. Even if you live in an area that adds fluoride to your drinking water, the fluoride protection in toothpaste is necessary.

Some individuals can have an allergic reaction to fluoride. Fluorosis can occur in children or adults that swallow too much toothpaste while brushing. If swallowing cannot be prevented, fluoride use should be reduced. The American Dental Association has updated guidelines that recommend fluoride be used as soon as the first teeth erupt in children. However, the amount should be minimal and swallowing should be prevented.

Sensitivity Protection

If your teeth are sensitive to temperatures, toothpaste with sensitivity protection can work wonders for your discomfort. Ingredients in these pastes or gels work to block the pathways to the nerves that react to hot or cold. Do not give up on this type of toothpaste after a few days; the full results may take a few weeks.

Plaque, Tartar, and Gingivitis Protection

Everyone has bacteria in his or her mouth, and this bacteria is normal. Unfortunately, some bacteria also cause plaque. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it hardens into tartar or calculus. Tartar is an almost cement-like substance that cannot be removed by brushing alone. When bacteria and tartar are left behind, the deposits will form under the gum line. This leads to gingivitis and gum disease.

Since there is a wide variety of toothpastes and ingredients for preventing tartar and gingivitis, ask Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our staff what the best choice is for your teeth. We can help you select the right combination of ingredients.

Whitening

White teeth are desirable, and manufacturers are heavily marketing whitening toothpastes. Most brands do not contain bleaching ingredients; they use abrasives to polish stains away. Unfortunately, too much abrasive use can be damaging to your teeth. If you’re interested in teeth whitening, our Camas team can recommend a number of safe and effective options.

Feel free to ask Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our staff at Radiance Dental about the best choice in toothpaste to meet your individual needs. Remember to look for the ADA approval seal on any toothpaste you are considering.

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.

 

Oral Cancer

April 10th, 2019

Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team want you to have the healthiest possible smile in the healthiest possible body. Oral cancer can affect the mouth, tongue, throat and jaw. Early detection is vital for the best possible outcome when treating this disease. That is why we check for symptoms of oral cancer at every dental examination.

What can you do to reduce the chance of oral cancer?  Reduce your risk factors. You can help prevent oral cancer by adopting these healthy habits:

  • Don’t smoke. Don’t chew tobacco. Don’t use a pipe. If you use any tobacco products, quit. Tobacco use is the single largest risk factor for head and neck cancers. Talk to us—we have suggestions for helping you break the habit.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. Heavy drinkers have a higher rate of oral cancer. More than one to two drinks per day can be considered heavy drinking, depending on factors such as weight, age, and even gender. Check with your doctor to find your personal definition of moderation.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables are a great addition to any menu.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Help prevent sun-related lip cancers by always wearing a UVA/UVB blocking sun screen or lip balm whenever you are working or playing outside—and reapply frequently.
  • Some forms of the HPV virus have been linked to oral cancer, and those affected are generally younger and less likely to be smokers. Research indicates that the HPV vaccine, known for preventing several types of cancer, might also help prevent HPV-related oral cancers.
  • Schedule regular dental exams. We are trained to recognize oral cancer and precancerous conditions that you might miss.

Of course, cancer can occur even with the healthiest habits. Do come see us if you detect any of these symptoms:

  • A sore or ulcer that doesn’t heal, or persistent tenderness and pain in the mouth
  • Lingering sore throat, hoarseness, or vocal changes
  • Pain in the neck or ear that doesn’t go away
  • A lump, a rough or thickened area, or eroded tissue in the skin lining the mouth
  • Red or white patches in the lining of the mouth or on the tongue
  • Difficulties chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Numbness in the tongue or mouth
  • Changes in the way your natural teeth or your dentures fit together.

Not every symptom is caused by cancer, but it is important to rule out the possibility. We are trained to recognize early signs of oral cancer, and can recommend further tests if needed. Call our Camas office immediately if you have any concerns. Early detection and treatment lead to the most successful outcomes.

Charcoal Oral Scrub

April 8th, 2019

 

Let’s talk about the method everyone is turning to try. The claim is it will brighter and whiten your teeth. But can you trust what they are saying? How does it work exactly, and could it lead to causing more harm to your mouth then aiding it.

Well, according to a 2017 article from The Journal of The American Dental Association there is no dental products with charcoal, or charcoal-based, which are safe and effective for your teeth based on their clinical and laboratory data results.

Using such scrubs can damage the outer protective layer of your teeth called enamel. Enamel is hard is serves to protect against tooth decay. Tooth enamel is considered the hardest mineral substance in your body, even stronger than bone. Eventually after breaking down your enamel too much you can actually make your teeth appear yellow. The reason is because enamel is the whiter portion of the tooth and once you expose the second layer of tooth called dentin you have reached the soft yellow tissue. This can lead to serve sensitivity and a higher risk for decay. Rather than facing potentially long term dental issues use dental products with the American Dental Association, ADA, seal on products. The ADA seal stands for the approval as safe and effective by the American Dental Association.

 

Dr.Bharathi says if you must use an at home method to brighter and whiten your smile to use baking soda. Baking soda is a mild abrasive, which is why it can get rid of surface stains on your teeth.

How to use it: Create a paste of equal parts baking soda and water, and brush it gently onto your teeth. Rinse your mouth completely with water after two minutes.

Avoid using baking soda more than once a week for two minutes at a time. If used too often, baking soda can damage the enamel of your teeth.

In conclusion, there is no proven evidence showing that charcoal, or charcoal-based, products are effective and safe for oral scrub use. Stick with using ADA sealed products to whiten, brighten, or freshen your smile. Or the at home method of equal mixture parts of baking soda and water.

Make an appointment with Dr.Bharathi if your start feeling pain or sensitivity on your teeth, or gums.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 3rd, 2019

What is oral cancer?

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. If you have been putting off a visit to our Camas office, now is an excellent time to schedule one. Regular visits to Radiance Dental can be the first line of defense against oral cancer, by identifying early warning signs of the disease, or helping you with preventive care tips to lower your chances of developing it.

Oral Cancer Rates in America

Nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and more than 8,000 die every year from this disease. It is a devastating illness: most people who are diagnosed with it do not live more than five years beyond their diagnosis. Oral cancer has a higher death rate than many other common cancers, including cervical cancer, testicular cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and thyroid or skin cancers. The high death rate results from the fact that most oral cancers go undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced and has spread to another part of the body—most often, the lymph nodes in the neck.

What causes oral cancer?

While there is no way to predict exactly which individuals will get oral cancer, there are some potential causes you should know about—because in some cases, you can minimize these risk factors.

  • Age (most patients diagnosed with oral cancer are over the age of 40)
  • Tobacco use, either from cigarettes or smokeless chewing tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol consumption (especially in combination with tobacco use)
  • Persistent viral infections, such as HPV16
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables

In addition, oral cancer tends to occur at a rate six times greater in men than in women, and more often for African Americans than other ethnic groups. No genetic links have been identified to explain the higher incidence in these populations, so lifestyle choices remain the likeliest cause.

Oral Cancer Treatments

Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment of oral cancer usually involves a multi-disciplinary team that includes surgeons, oncologists, dentists, nutritionists, and rehabilitation and restorative specialists. Our team will decide on the best approach for each patient, depending on the risk factors and how far the cancer has progressed. The strategy will be different in every case. Some of the most common methods include chemotherapy, radiation, and potential surgery.

Finding out you have cancer can be devastating news. If you are concerned that you might be at risk for developing oral cancer, talk to us about screenings and other things you can do to reduce your risk.

Adults Can Get Cavities Too

March 27th, 2019

Sure, you brush your teeth and floss regularly, so you might think you’re off the hook when it comes to the dental chair. However, it’s just as important for adults to get regular dental exams as it is for kids. Cavities are common among adults, with 92% of people aged 18 to 64 having had cavities in their permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

How cavities form

Our mouths are teeming with hundreds of types of bacteria. Some are helpful and maintain good health, while others are harmful. Certain types of bacteria process the sugars in food and release acid in return. Although minor decay can be naturally reversed by your body, Drs. Bharathi and Bassili and our team at Radiance Dental will tell you that eventually the acid wears away the enamel and creates small holes in the surface of teeth.

Cavity prevention for adults

Some people are naturally more prone to cavities than others. However, making a few lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your likelihood of developing cavities.

  • Food choices. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables increases saliva production, and reduces cavity risk. It is also important to avoid foods that get stuck in the ridges of your teeth. Candy, cookies, and chips should be eaten sparingly.
  • Beverages. Most people know that drinking soda contributes to tooth decay. However, fruit juices and energy drinks also contain large amounts of sugar. Whenever possible, replace these sugary beverages with tea or water, which rinses your mouth and prevents decay.
  • Fluoridated water. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring chemical that facilitates enamel growth. Most municipal water supplies are fortified with fluoride, so drinking tap water is a great way to keep teeth healthy. People with well water may use fluoridated toothpaste or other supplemental forms of fluoride to decrease cavity risk.
  • Brush teeth and floss frequently. Gently brushing teeth several times a day removes the harmful bacteria that cause cavities to develop. If possible, brush your teeth after each meal or when drinking sugary beverages. Flossing regularly removes small particles that get trapped between teeth, which further decreases tooth decay.

One of the most important steps in cavity prevention is visiting your dentist at least twice a year. Consistent dental exams ensure that cavities are caught early, before they cause major damage to your teeth.

For more information about avoiding cavities, or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Bharathi and Bassili, please give us a call at our convenient Camas office!