Why We Think George Washington Had Wooden Teeth | Snohomish Dentist

George Washington – great leader and forefather of our nation. Also, doesn’t lie, not a fan of cherry trees and is the proud owner of wooden teeth. This is the gist we know about President Washington growing up. And of all of these things, the strangest fun fact was the wooden teeth. Unfortunately, this fun fact has been proven to be a mere myth. George Washington never had wooden teeth. In honor of President’s Day, let’s take a look at the myth behind George Washington’s wooden teeth…

Back in the 1700’s dental technology was basic at best. We obviously didn’t have the best dental care, nor the best dental habits. Because of this, dental problems were incredibly common to everyone. Because George Washington was a leader in the military, he had even less chance to get to a dentist if something happened in the midst of battle. This caused him to lose all but one tooth by the time he made his First Inaugural Address in 1789. To remedy this affliction, Washington had various dentures made of ivory, gold and lead – no wood. Why? Wood was never used to make dentures.

So, where did we get wood idea? Well, dental scientists and historians have a theory. Just like our teeth, dentures will begin to stain over time. They believe that it was the staining of his ivory set that gave the impression of wood. Funny, right?

Lesson? Remember to keep up with your dental hygiene so no one says you have wooden teeth.

If you would like more information about dentures, call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines proudly serves Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

Summertime Is No Reason to Ignore Your Smile | Snohomish Dentist

If there is any word that goes hand in hand with summertime, that word would be vacation. The weather is glorious and the kiddies are off school. Time to make a few memories with the ones you love most during this deliciously delightful time of year. We pack a few things and off we go…off to spend a few days being carefree.

But before you hit the road, take a few moments to prepare for an emergency we never really think about: an oral one. From BBQs to travel plans, summertime is definitely a time of year we throw caution to the wind and devour anything that tickles our fancy. Be cognizant of the amount of sugars you intake (carbs and alcohol are also sugars!), and drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep saliva production active. The more saliva you produce, the more protection you’re giving your mouth from cavity-forming bacteria and bad breath. Practicing your oral hygiene daily is a top priority when tasting all the delicious goodies at your disposal. No one wants to come home to a mouth full of cavities after a wonderful time away.

Carrying a dental first aid kit is a pretty smart idea if you are planning to spend lots of time outdoors. It’s also a great idea to have a local dental contact handy in case something major happens and immediate action is necessary. Being proactive on a vacation saves a lot of stress, and isn’t that exactly what you’re there to do?

If you are seeking help to improve your smile during your vacation, call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.

Dr. Haines proudly serves Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.


What to Do with Your Dental Emergency | Snohomish Dentist

rooth canalLife happens. Sometimes our teeth are the victims of an emergency. Cracked teeth are natural accidents that happen to the best of us. You made a dental appointment to fix it, but it isn’t for a couple of days. What do you do in the meantime? Here are the top three dental emergencies and how to handle them:

Toothache. If you find that you have a lot of pain around a certain tooth, you may have an abscess or exposed nerve from a filling or crown. If this is the case, try swishing with a warm salt water rinse and see your dentist as soon as possible. You may need to have a root canal or the tooth extracted entirely.

Broken or chipped teeth. Chipping your tooth is unfortunate, so if this happens, find as many pieces of the tooth you can and rinse them (and your mouth) with warm water. If your mouth is bleeding, gauze may be necessary. If the pain is extreme, try using a cold compress on the area to help relieve any pain.

Missing teeth. Nothing is worse for your smile than knocking out a tooth. Fortunately, if you can find said tooth, there may be a chance to fix it. Pick up the tooth but the crown, as opposed to the root. Rinse off any debris, but don’t scrub it. If you can, try inserting it back into your mouth. If not, put it in a glass of milk or warm salt water until your appointment.

For more information regarding dental emergencies, contact Dr. Ted Haines, DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com for additional information.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

Keeping Up with Your Veneers | Snohomish Dentist

ToothbrushWhen it’s time for you to get porcelain veneers, your daily oral care routine is going to change. Yes, the porcelain used to make your veneers are made to look like your teeth and have a level of durability that is similar to real teeth, but they aren’t the same and shouldn’t be treated like they are. After all, why do you have veneers in the first place? Worn, chipped and/or discolored teeth generally become this way due to certain habits or activities we love to do. And since they aren’t meant to last forever, the longevity of your porcelain veneers depends on how well you look after them. Here are a few suggestions to make sure your veneers last as long as they possibly can.

Firstly, it all comes down to the basics. Brushing and flossing daily is not only good for your veneers, but will also help to prevent future veneers. Use a nonabrasive toothpaste containing fluoride to ensure that that it won’t scratch your veneers, leaving them prone to issues like periodontitis, which can cause your gums to recede. Because your veneers are placed right at the gum line, if your gums do happen to recede, the appearance of your veneers could be compromised.

If staining is one of your main issues, staying clear from beverages like coffee, wine and tea is a great idea to keep your new teeth pearly white. Porcelain is very resistant to staining by nature, but the cement used to affix the veneers is prone to staining over time.

Chipped teeth are generally caused by accidental incidents, but can also be caused by biting your fingernails or munching on things like hard candy or ice. While it seems like a harmless act, using your teeth to do things like this can break or dislodge your teeth, but can also do the same to your veneer. Stay away from using your teeth as a chisel. While they are always handy, being in your mouth, it isn’t good for your teeth. Similarly, if you are known to clench or grind your teeth, like while you sleep, this is also a bad habit that is really doing damage to your teeth. Talk to your dentist. They can create a night guard that will prevent your teeth from wearing down and your veneers from accidently chipping.

When it comes to our bodies, taking preventative measures is always the best bet. The better we take care of ourselves, the longer we last. Same can be said for veneers. So look after them so they can look after you.

If you feel that you may need veneers, contact Dr. Ted Haines, DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com for additional information.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.


What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

close up smile red lipstickAn implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture attached to and supported by implants. This makes them much more stable than regular dentures because they don’t rest on the gums.

Implant-supported dentures are often recommended for patients who no longer have any teeth, but have enough bone in their jaws to support the implants.

While implant-supported dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaws, they’re usually only made for the latter. This is because the lower jaws are where regular dentures tend to be less stable.

Different Types of Implant-Supported Dentures

The two different types of implant-supported dentures are bar-retained and ball-retained. They’re both made of an acrylic base to look like gums, to which natural-looking teeth made out of either acrylic or porcelain are attached to.

  • Bar-Retained Dentures – Two to five implants are placed in your jawbone. Then, a thin metal bar that’s curved the same way as your jaw is attached to the said implants. Fitted are clips and other types of attachments to either the denture or the bar, sometimes to both. The attachments then ensures the proper and secure fit of the denture over the bar.
  • Ball-Retained Dentures – Also known as stud-attachment dentures, these dentures are composed of metal attachments in the jawbone that’s fitted onto another attachment on the denture. The attachments are ball-shaped and are fitted onto the sockets found on the denture.

The Process

Implants are usually placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth. This is because there’s usually more bone in the front jaws than in the back, even if teeth have already been missing for a long time. There’s also not as many nerves and other structures that could be damaged in the front jaw.

The whole process can take as short as five months, but can also last for more than a year. This is because of the many factors that could affect the whole process, such as surgery, placement of the denture, bone grafting and other preliminary procedures.

There’s usually two surgeries involved in the process. The first one is for the placement of the implants in the jawbone. The second, which comes three to six months after the first, then exposes the tops of the implants.

In rare cases, a one-stage procedure is applicable. In this procedure, the dentist places both the implants and supporting bar in one step, significantly cutting down on the treatment time. Although the one-stage procedure sounds quite risky, the success rate is surprisingly quite high.

What to Expect from Implant-Supported Dentures

Fortunately, implant-supported dentures are much more stable than regular dentures, making them well worth the risk. They’re also more comfortable to wear and less likely to interfere with how you speak or eat. You also don’t have to make as many adjustments to what you can or cannot eat as well. However, hard or sticky foods are still prohibited to prevent damage to the denture.

If you feel that you may benefit from implant supported dentures,  contact Dr. Ted Haines, DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com for additional information.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodville, and surrounding areas.

Proper Dental Implant Care and Maintenance

dental implantsDental implants are used in people who are missing one tooth or many teeth. It works basically like the natural root of the teeth, only that it’s made out of titanium. It is surgically placed in the jawbone, allowing dentists to mount either the replacement teeth or bridge onto the said area.

The main advantage of implants is comfort and durability, thanks to the quality of the material it is made of and how the surgical procedure all but ensures that the implant doesn’t come loose, unlike dentures. Also, unlike dental bridges, dental implants do not need to use the adjacent teeth as anchors, making them better for oral health in general.

Tips for Proper Oral Care with Implants

To be a candidate for dental implants the patient must have healthy gums and the necessary bone to support the implant. The latter is especially important, as without it, it would be near impossible to place the implants unless the patient opts for a bone graft procedure or a sinus lift.

Given the procedure’s high success rate, dental implants are considered the ideal procedure for those who are looking for a more durable means of replacing lost teeth.

Durable as implants are, however, they will not last as long if not properly taken care of and these few steps will help make sure that your implants lasts for a long time.

  • Establish a proper oral care routine at home. The ideal home oral care routine includes brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes each session and flossing AT LEAST once. If possible, try to rinse with a mouthwash as well, to further rid your mouth of plaque and bacteria. It is also recommended for patients with implants to use brushes with bristles thin enough to be able to slide in between the teeth. This feature allows these toothbrushes to clean the nooks and crevices around the implant, leading to a more thorough clean.
  • Abstain from alcohol and tobacco. Regular smoking can lead to the weakening of the bone structure and may also increase the chances of implant failure. That and the wide slew of health risks that come with smoking is more than reason enough to stay away from it. The same can be said for regular or daily consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid chewing on hard food. Most people have a habit of chewing on hard food items, such as candy, ice, bottle caps and others. Those with dental implants should avoid doing so as it can lead to the premature breaking of the crown and may even damage the implant itself.
  • Visit the dentist regularly. Regular dental exams and professional cleaning every three to six months can help make sure that your teeth and gums, as well as the implant, are in good condition.

Just how long your implant lasts depend a lot on how well you’re able to take care of your oral health. Follow the tips above and you’re sure to enjoy a healthy, cleaner mouth and an implant that lasts for years, if not decades!

If you’re looking to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant, contact Dr. Ted Haines, DDS in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com for additional information.

Dr. Ted Haines proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodville, and surrounding areas.

Restorative Dentistry Treatment Options | Snohomish, WA

crownsDr. Ted Haines of Snohomish, WA is proud to offer the best in cosmetic and restorative dentistryDr. Ted Haines believes in overall wellness and in making a personal connection with each patient, so that he can offer the best custom treatment plan for each individual.

Learning your personal history, your present condition of oral health and wellness and your future expectations helps to establish which type of treatment options are right for you; whether it is preventative care, esthetic treatments or restorative dentistry.

Dr. Ted Haines has an array of cosmetic, restorative and general dental treatment options are unsurpassed. The following is just an example of some of the treatment options available:

  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Bonding
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Gum Disease Therapy
  • Restorative Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures and partials

Dr. Ted Haines is committed to ensuring your optimal oral health and well-being.  Schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive exam and start on the road to a healthier, beautiful smile. Contact Dr. Ted Haines at (360) 568-8577 or visit our website.

Dr. Ted Haines also proudly serves Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodenville, and surrounding areas.

Painful broken teeth? All on Four Implants is the Solution! | Snohomish, WA

If you have painful broken or hopeless teeth they now can be replaced with implants. One option for hopeless upper or lower teeth is four implants with a full arch replacement of teeth. With some preparation this can be accomplished in one day, according to Dr. Haines DDS of Snohomish, WA.

One option is by Nobel Biocare called all on four.  It can be accomplished right in our office with Dr. Haines and the specialists he works with.

Just call for complementary consultation to learn more. 360-568-8577. Visit his website www.tedhainesdds.com.

What are Dental Implants and are they Right for Me?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants natural-looking and feeling and under proper conditions, such as placement by a diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.

What do Dental Implants Do?

•             Replace one or more teeth

•             Support a bridge and reduce the need for a partial denture.

•             Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

Types of Implants

•             Endosteal (in the bone): Most commonly used type of implant. Screws, cylinders or blades are surgically placed into the jawbone.

•             Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s

Dental Implants vs Dentures or a Bridge

Esthetically dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often happen with bridgework and dentures.

Neighboring teeth are not changed to support the implant as with a bridge. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.

Dental implants are secure. You don’t have to worry when speaking or eating. No messy pastes and glue. You will go about your daily routine with confidence and comfort.

The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Ideally you need to be in good oral health and have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant. In addition you will need healthy gum tissue, free of periodontal disease.

For more information on dental implants or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Theodore Haines, DDS at 360-568-8577 or visit his website www.tedhainesdds.com.