• June is National Smile Month: Show off your smile!

  • Avoid the Emergency Room for Dental Problems

  • Memorial Day and Getting Ready for Summer

  • Dentistry around the World

  • My child has canker sores! How can I help?

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

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June is National Smile Month: Show off your smile!

The community health awareness group Oral Health America has reported that 82 percent of adults are unaware of the role that infectious bacteria can play in tooth decay or cavities, and almost three out of five children aged 12 to 19 have tooth decay.

Jun 8th, 2017
Memorial Day and Getting Ready for Summer

Memorial Day didn't become an official holiday until 1971, but Americans started gathering annually in the spring to remember those who lost their lives in war during the 1860s, right after the Civil War. Celebrated on the last Monday in May, people still

May 24th, 2017
Dentistry around the World

From the clinical perspective, dentistry is similar around the world. Dentists, like Dr. Arne Gundersen, go to school, obtain a license, and work hard to prevent and treat tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, throat or oral cancer, tooth loss, and ot

May 17th, 2017
My child has canker sores! How can I help?

According to the American Association of Pediatric Density, roughly one in five children suffers from canker sores. Canker sores are small sores that appear inside the cheeks, on the lips, on the surface of the gums, and under the tongue.

May 10th, 2017
Implants: Why it's important to replace missing teeth

The average adult has 32 teeth, a combination of molars, canines, and incisors. By middle age, however, most adults are missing at least one tooth due to an injury, decay, or gum disease. Though many people choose to forgo tooth replacement, Dr. Arne Gunde

Apr 26th, 2017
Every Day is Earth Day

During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more

Apr 19th, 2017
More Adults Are Opting for Invisalign®

These days it's becoming more and more common to see adults at our Tumwater, WA office getting their teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners — that is, if you can see them!

Apr 13th, 2017
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. If you have been putting off a visit to our Tumwater, WA office, now is an excellent time to schedule one.

Apr 6th, 2017
Fluorosis: What is it?

Many people think dental fluorosis is a disease, but it’s not; it’s a condition that affects the appearance of your tooth’s enamel, not the function or health of the teeth.

Mar 30th, 2017
When do children usually lose their baby teeth?

Many parents worry that their children’s teeth are not falling out on time. A lot of concerned parents want to know: When will my child lose his or her first baby tooth? At what age should the last tooth fall out?

Mar 23rd, 2017
Are you at risk for oral cancer?

Nearly 40,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually in the United States, with more than 8,000 dying every year from the disease

Mar 9th, 2017
March is National Nutrition Month!

While you don’t have to wait to start eating right, March is the month the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics asks everyone to pay special attention to what goes into our bodies

Mar 2nd, 2017
Canker Sores and Stress

Canker sores are painful lesions that form in the soft tissues of the mouth, usually along the inner lips, under the tongue, and along the cheek walls.

Feb 23rd, 2017
Five Reasons for Your Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is probably not a matter of life or death. But it can make you feel self-conscious and have a negative impact on your life.

Feb 16th, 2017
Choose Chocolate on Valentine's Day

From a student handing out sweets for her classmates to an older married couple exchanging boxes of candy, Valentine’s Day is the time of year when people like to show affection by gifting sugary treats to their loved ones.

Feb 9th, 2017
What is hyperdontia?

When a child is born, he or she will have 20 primary teeth and 32 permanent teeth. But sometimes kids are born with additional teeth, and our team at Gundersen Dental Care calls this oral condition "hyperdontia."

Feb 2nd, 2017
Top Reasons People Choose Veneers

Dental veneers are a way to correct and transform your smile by using “contact lens”-thin shells of porcelain or ceramic material and bonding them to the front of your teeth.

Jan 19th, 2017
What exactly is tinnitus?

It’s estimated that about one in every five people is affected by tinnitus, which is a ringing or noise in the ears. But tinnitus isn’t a condition in itself; it’s actually the symptom of an underlying condition.

Jan 4th, 2017
It's a Wrap: Ending the year with a smile!

People have been ushering in the New Year for centuries but it became an official holiday in 1582 when Pope George XIII declared January 1st to be the day on which everyone would celebrate the New Year.

Dec 28th, 2016
Surprising Ways to Prevent Cavities

There are numerous ways to prevent cavities. Some, like brushing your teeth regularly and visiting our Tumwater, WA office, are more obvious than others.

Dec 21st, 2016
Is periodontal disease contagious?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of adults age 30 and over suffer from some form of gum disease. Caused by plaque buildup, gum disease is an infection of the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth.

Dec 14th, 2016
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Sometime around the late teens or early twenties, people’s wisdom teeth start to erupt. These are the third and final set of molars. When wisdom teeth come in properly — meaning they are correctly aligned — they offer more chewing power.

Nov 30th, 2016
Thanksgiving

At Gundersen Dental Care, we love to celebrate the holidays with vigor! Dr. Arne Gundersen would love to share some unique ways of celebrating Thanksgiving from beyond the Tumwater, WA area to the national level!

Nov 23rd, 2016
Do I lose my wisdom if I lose my wisdom teeth?

The third molars have long been known as your “wisdom teeth,” because they are the last teeth to erupt from the gums – usually sometime during the late teens to early twenties.

Nov 2nd, 2016
The Intriguing History of Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and Dr. Arne Gundersen wanted to be sure to wish our patients a happy day, no matter how you might celebrate this holiday.

Oct 26th, 2016
Early Detection is Key to Treating Oral Cancer

Every hour of every day, someone in North America dies of oral cancer, the sixth most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved.

Oct 19th, 2016
What's on your fall reading list?

How better to spend the fall months than inside by the fireplace with a warm cup of cider and a book in hand? Dr. Arne Gundersen and our team at Gundersen Dental Care encourage you to warm up your mind this fall season with a few great books.

Oct 5th, 2016
Proper Flossing Techniques

Of all the dental hygiene techniques you can use at home to promote clean teeth and good oral health, flossing is likely to be the one that troubles most people.

Sep 28th, 2016
Drill-Free Dentistry with Air Abrasion

Do you dread the dentist? Do you hate the sound of the drill, fear anesthesia or needles, and put off your regular checkups because you dread being told you will have to undergo dental procedures? Then drill-free air abrasion dentistry is for you.

Sep 21st, 2016
Is your child a mouth breather?

Have you ever watched to see if your child is breathing through his or her mouth? Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose may lead to trouble for youngsters.

Sep 14th, 2016
September is National Gum Care Month!

Can you believe it's already September? At Gundersen Dental Care, we know that gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize.

Sep 7th, 2016
Oh no, not the dentist!

If you or your children suffer from dental anxiety, you aren’t alone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, between nine and 15 percent of Americans admit to feeling sufficiently afraid of going to the dentist to avoid making an appointment.

Aug 17th, 2016
Oral Health Concerns for Teens

You have a lot more freedom as a teenager than you did as a young child. You also have a lot more responsibilities, and one of your jobs is to take care of your teeth.

Aug 10th, 2016
Five Easy Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease can be painful and lead to missing teeth if you don’t treat it properly. However, there are plenty of things you can do to lower your risk of getting gingivitis and periodontitis. Here are five easy ways to prevent gum disease.

Aug 3rd, 2016
Love your new smile? Tell us about it!

At Gundersen Dental Care, we have been creating beautiful smiles for years. Whether you have visited Dr. Arne Gundersen and our team for a week or for your entire life, we would love to hear your thoughts about your experience!

Jul 27th, 2016
Is there really a link between my mouth and heart?

Yes, indeed! While brushing, flossing, and regular visits to Gundersen Dental Care are all key to maintaining a healthy smile and mouth, Dr. Arne Gundersen and our team want you to know the state of your oral health has a significant effect ...

Jul 13th, 2016
Tell us about your summer!

The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better time for Dr. Arne Gundersen and our team to ask our patients about their summer!

Jul 6th, 2016
Fun Facts for the Fourth

The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family members for BBQ, games, fireworks, and other celebrations in honor of our country’s independence.

Jun 29th, 2016
Root Canal FAQs

Most people hear the word root canal and panic. With today’s state of the art equipment and improved local anesthetic devices, and some knowledge, a root canal does not have to cause panic.

Jun 15th, 2016
Healthy Summer Foods

It’s summer—that wonderful time of year when fresh and delicious produce abounds. Dr. Arne Gundersen will tell you that your teeth, gums, and tissues all rely on an appropriate mix of vitamins and minerals to maintain good oral health no matter what time..

Jun 1st, 2016
Memorial Day

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service.

May 25th, 2016
What's the best dental floss?

Dental floss is similar to a lot of products that depend mainly on the consumer’s preference. Fact is, floss comes in a wide variety of flavors, coatings, and other variations, but all types of floss essentially do the same thing.

May 18th, 2016
Is sedation dentistry right for me?

At Gundersen Dental Care, we are well-aware of the 25 million Americans who fear having to visit the dentist. Dental phobias are known to range anywhere from feeling mildly nervous to experiencing sweaty palms and even a racing heartbeat upon entering...

Apr 27th, 2016
Earth Day

The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in.

Apr 20th, 2016
The Link Between Dental Hygiene and Your Overall Health

When patients of Gundersen Dental Care hear any mention of oral or dental hygiene, they probably think of brushing and flossing their teeth. Although these are extremely important, the term dental hygiene encompasses much more than that.

Apr 13th, 2016
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