North Creek Dental Care – Everett WA Dentist
Did you know that if you don’t use all of your dental insurance benefits this year, you lose them forever? That’s right – no dental benefit plan we know of allows you to carry unused benefits over to the following year. If you don’t use them, you lose them!
You may have benefits remaining this year. Waiting until next year means that not only will you lose any unused benefits for this year, but also that you’ll have to first satisfy a new year’s deductible before any benefits will be paid.
If you have been postponing dental treatment, call our office to see if you have benefits remaining this year. We also have various financing options to help with any portion not covered by dental insurance. If you have no dental needs at this time, good for you! Please just accept this as a reminder that we are concerned with keeping your out-of-pocket dental costs to a minimum.
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When most of us think about keeping our teeth and gums healthy, what usually comes to mind is … brushing and flossing. This is what we’ve heard all of our lives: “Brush twice a day to keep the sugar bugs away”, “Only floss the ones you want to keep”. These sayings are true but there is another major component to our dental health: the foods (and beverages) we consume.
Did you know that prior to the mid-1800s tooth decay was primarily a disease of wealthy Westerners? What happened in the mid-1800s? Due to improved farming methods and improved transportation, sugar became cheap! Ancient people ate mainly lean animal proteins, vegtables, beans, roots, occaisional fruits (in season) and grains. They obviously had certain health issues (trauma, infection, infant mortality) but in some ways ate a much healthier diet. Weston Price was a famous dentist who spent thirty years traveling to isolated parts of the world in the early 1900s. He found that tooth decay and crowded teeth were very rare in pre-agrarian societies. As soon as these societies switched to a Western-type diet, they developed the same health and dental problems as Westerners. These health issues include obesity, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, certain forms of cancer and… rampant tooth decay. In fact, In the 1700s the average American ate less than 2 pounds of sugar per year. Today the average sugar consumption is over 100 pounds per person per year!
So, if we want to avoid these ill-effects we need to eat less sugar and fewer simple carbohydrates. But this is easier to say than to do! There is sugar (or sugar’s close cousin – high fructose corn syrup) in most processed foods. In a 20 ounce soda (a “medium” size at most fast food restaurants) there are over 17 packets of sugar! Being aware of the issue is the first step. Try drinking coffee with a teaspoon of cinnamon instead of sugar. Drink water flavored with a lemon slice instead of soda, sports drinks or fruit juice. Also, try eating a more “primitive” diet: lean proteins, beans, vegetables. Especially good are the cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, bok choy, etc. Also, include “fermented” foods in your diet: sauerkraut, plain yogurt, kimchee. These aid in digestion and have cancer-fighting properties.
Here is a dish I like to make a big batch of and then eat it for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner:
Sauté the garlic and onion in the olive oil until soft. Add pepper and add beans (drain first). Slice the chicken into small pieces and add to the mixture. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. If you want you can eat with a tortilla and salsa. I like adding some lettuce, sauerkraut and plain yogurt for a zippy, tangy salad!
North Creek Dental Care – Everett WA Dentist
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s “Dentistry From The Heart” free dentistry event at North Creek Dental Care a success. 37 individuals received free dental treatment at this year’s event which was held on Saturday, October 4th. 52 dental treatment services were performed for a total value of over $8,000.
Dr. Koontz and three additional dentists volunteered their services for the event including Dr. Gail Kautzman, Dr. Katie Jagow and Dr. Alex Wardian. The dental hygienists providing voluntary service included Susan Lee, Michelle Fernandez, Ann Reinhart and Crystal Maaseid. Patty Roy, Joyce Schulz, Deanna Sayers and Vil VanWyk volunteered their services as dental assistants. Front office support was provided by Lori Mudd, Mollie Wilson, Rickelle Pegrum and Wendy Genson. Additional event support was provided by friends and family of the practice. Businesses providing services and support Ultradent Products Inc., Patterson Dental, HT Dental Lab, Crest OralB, Mill Creek Safeway, Starbucks (Seattle Hill Rd), Loren O’Laughlin Creative and bizmktg.com.
Some of our patients may have seen recent news coverage indicating that non-urgent dental care in Washington will be suspended starting December 3. We want to inform you that these reports are incorrect. Non-urgent dental care in Washington is not being suspended.
Your safety is our foremost concern. We want to reassure you that we are following guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA), CDC, and Washington State Department of Health to keep our patients and team healthy and safe, and that these guidelines are working. To date, according to the CDC, there has been no documented transmission of COVID-19 in a clinical dental setting.
Oral health is integral to your overall health. We look forward to safely welcoming you to our office.