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Butternut Squash Soup

November 28, 2018 in Recipes

My family considers this a great soup way to get into the swing of our favorite fall recipes. Made of in-season vegetables, I consider this a simple and way to embrace fall and homemade soups..... Read More »

Holiday Gift Ideas

November 28, 2018 in Products

Need some fun and health focused gifts to celebrate a friend or loved one? Look no further... Here are some great ideas for stuffing that stocking or putting under the tree... all the while supporting their dental health! .. Read More »

Toothpaste is meant to help clean teeth, right? Of course, but in addition to aiding in the removal of sticky biofilm and plaque, manufacturers market qualities such as… tartar control, whitening, re-mineralization and sensitivity control properties, yet some of these features may have a negative effect on teeth depending the circumstances...learn more .. Read More »

Retirement...

November 28, 2018 in Announcements

Angel, our hygienist of 10 years in October has decided to retire from dentistry to spend more time with family as a new grandma as well as support their personal business, Beard Construction..... Read More »

Toothe | Issue 18. Holiday 18

November 28, 2018 in Tooth-e

This quarterly issue of tooth-e is packed with updates on changes in our practice, protecting your teeth at home and provides some great recommendations for gifts for the holiday including a recipe book... and fun dental products. Enjoy!.. Read More »

Did You Know?

November 28, 2018 in Fun Facts

More fun dental facts....about crocodile teeth, the first dentist, smoking and periodontal disease and coconuts helping your teeth!..... Read More »

This issue of tooth-e has is chalked full of great information of tooth whitening, carbonated water and a great fluoride free product recommendation for managing sensitive teeth!... .. Read More »

There have been many new changes in our office since the last issue of Tooth-e was released, all of which we are excited to share with you. We are proud to announce the completed renovation of our doctor’s lab workspace, which has made behind-the-scenes daily management..... Read More »

Carbonated waters have hit the market in a big way as the latest trend in healthy thirst quenchers. In this summer heat, you might find yourself reaching for one of these bubbly drinks instead of plain water. After all, they boast no calorie and sugar free hydration! But what about the carbonation that makes it tastier than plain water! Does this have any negative effects on our teeth? ..... Read More »

It’s summer time! Even though your dental appointment may not be on the top of your list of fun summer activities, brightening your smile with a variety of whitening options might be motivation enough to seek out dental care this time of year..... Read More »

On a recent trip to Arizona, we stumbled upon the scent of lavender only to find it in the form of hand sanitizer mist in a charming purple bottle by none other than Dr. Bronner! All while smelling like bright lavender, this hand sanitizer manages to kill 99.9% of germs..... Read More »

If you were to meet Tom, you’d hope that he had all the qualities which would characterize him as a good friend—caring, sensitive, and dependable. Why not ask for the same traits in your toothpaste?..... Read More »

COWBOY CAVIAR

July 25, 2018 in Recipes

This summer recipe-feature created by none other than Dr. Hansen herself combines a light blend of vegetables into a single, refreshing, salsa-style appetizer..... Read More »

Don’t be fooled. While Gary Mack professionally identifies as a sport’s psychologist and consultant, his book Mind Gym unpacks the inner workings of human motivation in general. It examines a holistic picture of the ways we think, feel, and act, and delves into a rehabilitation of human behavior..... Read More »

Have you or someone you know chosen to replace a lost or missing tooth with an implant? Was it an easy process or were there challenges? Were you satisfied with the outcome? Although multiple dentist and specialist seem to be placing implants nowadays, planning for a tooth replacement requires strategic planning to get the desired result providing aesthetics, function and predictability... .. Read More »

PerioShield

April 1, 2018 in Products

Does your hygienist tell you that your teeth continue to have a lot of plaque or tartar… in spite of your great efforts?  There is a new product that is producing great results that may help you with this problem! .. Read More »

Breakfast Egg Bake

April 1, 2018 in Recipes

Graduation season is approaching which means house guests! This egg-hashbrown bake is a super easy breakfast for special occasions when you have guests. You can prepare it the day ahead so you don't have to fuss over preparing a breakfast meal! Plus... it's gluten free!..... Read More »

Spring Greeting!

April 1, 2018 in Announcements

Is your implant being planned correctly? Have you ever heard of chocolate toothpaste? PerioShield may help reduce your plaque levels!... All in this issue of tooth-e. Follow this link to read practice updates and our letter for the spring 2018 issue!.. Read More »

Is your implant being planned correctly? Have you ever heard of chocolate toothpaste? PerioShield may help reduce your plaque levels!... All in this issue of tooth-e. Follow this link to read practice updates and our letter for the spring 2018 issue!.... Read More »

The Hansen & Associates team is ready to take on 2018 in full stride. With renewal and recommitment in mind, we are starting the year off with time away from patient care and focus on self-evaluation. In a collective effort to emphasize team development, we are working with dental consultant .... .. Read More »

A current trend emerging from the health and fitness industries are the ideologies surrounding anti-inflammatory foods. Inflammation has been a prevalent obstacle in the daily livings of my own life. Read more from our hygienist Kristi Boshetti...... Read More »

...are thinking of starting a new diet, or choosing what you are going to cut out. While the motivating factor is generally to shrink your waistline or to feel more energetic, the benefits it can have to your oral health are often overlooked! To narrow down our topic a little here, let’s look specifically at the things we drink throughout the course of a day..... Read More »

Formatted like a children’s picture book, this heavily illustrated (artistic contributions by Ethan M. Aldridge) how-to guide provides a mix of silly and serious advice on how to lead a more enjoyable life in the workplace. While this book addresses employment in general, Sinek additionally offers inspiration..... Read More »

WHAT THE HEALTH

January 1, 2018 in Book Reviews

After hearing about this documentary, I chose to sit down with some of my family members and see the new truth about chronic health myself. I caught myself speaking up during the film without thinking, I was horrified to hear him suggest that things I either love to eat or have eaten for a long time could be considered dangerous—in some cases..... Read More »

Olesja Byers, RDH

January 1, 2018 in Announcements

Olesja is originally from Estonia and moved to the US as a child with her parents at age 10. She is a graduate of TCC and received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pierce College in 2015 and is passionate about building relationships with her patients and helping them..... Read More »

WELLNESS SHOT

October 2, 2017 in Recipes

Whether you are fighting the “crummies” or wanting to remain at full strength, this wellness shot is packed with vitamins and nutrients that will quiet your cold and help boost your immunity! .. Read More »

Play & Stay Healthy!

October 1, 2017 in Announcements

As colorful leaves start to cover the ground, the change of the season reminds us of the accompanied color and craziness of fall. Back to school, back to sports, focus on kids, and work schedules and upcoming holidays means less time in outdoors and pushing our systems to their max. There is an art-form to staying healthy during the fall and winter months ... cont'd.. Read More »

CURAPROX from SWITZERLAND

October 1, 2017 in Products

Our latest and greatest find is called the Curaprox CS 5460 toothbrush, or the Curaprox ‘ultrasoft brush’. Unlike the conventional toothbrush, the ultrasoft brush is made with extremely dense bristles, to ensure that with each brush... .. Read More »

Halibut - Lemon Basil

October 1, 2017 in Recipes

As the warm season ends, one of the ways my family traditionally celebrates the end of our summer is by taking our annual trip to Alaska to visit family and go halibut fishing. Following our fishing trip, one of our family’s favorite dishes to make with our bounty of fresh fish is halibut stew..... Read More »

Many people have become aware that sleep apnea is an increasingly common diagnosis in adults, but what they might not know is that it may have started as early as the first few years of life..... Read More »

One of the challenges that we seem to be experiencing more and more in dentistry is patients refusing dental x-rays. Sometimes it is due to concern around radiation and perceptions about exposure but most often the request is driven by finances, lack of insurance or coverage by an insurance company. .. Read More »

This issue of tooth-e focuses on wellness and maintaining your health. Whatever you have planned this fall as the holidays approach, may you find balance and stay healthy for yourself, your family and those around you. .. Read More »

We hope this tooth-e finds you happy, healthy, and ready to embrace the warmer Washington weather we have all been waiting for. We are excited to announce that we have introduced new equipment into our hygiene rooms. At your next recall visit you will experience all new piezon scaling and air polishing technology... Read More »

We hope this tooth-e finds you happy, healthy, and ready to embrace the warmer Washington weather we have all been waiting for. We are excited to announce that we have introduced new equipment into our hygiene rooms. At your next recall visit you will experience all new... cont'd.. Read More »

Welcome Spring!

April 1, 2017 in Announcements

After what has seemed an endless winter… finally spring is here! New signs of growth and life are all around us and Hansen & Associates is no exception. We are most excited about our upcoming patient appreciation open house! Come join us for live music by local musician, singer and song-writer Cody Raymond, caricature art by Steve Hartley and wine tasting with sommelier from Brix 25! We are also excited...... Read More »

When you were last on an airplane, did you consider the number of passengers that have sat in the chair before you?... Were they healthy… or sick? Did they have illnesses or germs … where they contagious? What about the physician or dental office… was the space was properly disinfected for you?... .. Read More »

The Single Tooth

April 1, 2017 in Case Articles

Esthetic dental issues come in many forms with concerns ranging from color, shape, proportion and contour, to crowding, spacing and missing teeth; but by far one of the greatest esthetic challenges for the dentist from a restorative stand point may surprise you… is the single tooth. .. Read More »

After what has seemed an endless winter… finally spring is here! New signs of growth and life are all around us and Hansen & Associates is no exception. We are most excited about our upcoming annual patient appreciation open house..... Read More »

CHARCOAL TOOTHPASTE

April 1, 2017 in Products

While charcoal has made a debut in food (such as ice cream and pressed juices) and beauty aisles, it has recently made an appearance in oral care as well. That’s right, charcoal toothpaste..... Read More »

Issue 11. January 2017

January 19, 2017 in Tooth-e

We hope this e-blast finds you healthy, happy and well settling into 2017! We are very excited to announce… tooth-e is back!!! After a little break last year to update our website and social media you can expect to receive our tooth-e newsletters again... Read More »

Let's Party!

January 19, 2017 in Events

Or at least save the date! Hansen & Associates will be hosting our 7th Annual Patient Appreciation OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, April 27th! Watch our Facebook page and Instagram for more details to come..... Read More »

Dr. Melissa Spaulding

January 19, 2017 in Announcements

Through various job shadowing events, service trips to Africa where she helped as a dental assistant, and much introspect, it became clear to Dr Spaulding that dentistry was the path for her. A career in dentistry combined three of her life loves: art, science, and teaching/education. .. Read More »

Cocofloss

January 19, 2017 in Products

Bye-bye plaque!… Hello clean mouth and blissed out smile! Our recommendation and newest dental product available in office is Cocofloss!!! This uber soft woven floss scrub the teeth clean of plaque. Its coconut infused multifilament fibers sooth the gums and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties..... Read More »

The Big Picture

January 19, 2017 in Case Articles

When new patients come to see us they usually have dental related goals. Sometimes the goals are very specific and problem based for example an unaesthetic front tooth, joint pain or a toothache but frequently the goals are more general. An example of this would be the person who says “I want a better looking smile“ or “healthy teeth” but often patients are not aware of what exactly is going on..... Read More »

Lately there has been a lot in the media on “alkaline diets” and the pH of drinking water. pH?... What is that exactly? pH refers to the potential or “power of hydrogen” as first described by Danish biochemist Sørensonin in1909. It’s a logarithmic measure of hydrogen ion concentration in aqueous solution. Clear? Not really!..... Read More »

"tooth-e" is back!

January 19, 2017 in Announcements

*Happy New Year Patients & Friends,* *We hope this e-blast finds you healthy, happy and well settling into 2017! We are very excited to announce… tooth-e is back!!! After a little break last year to update our website and social media you can expect to receive our tooth-e newsletters again! We are thrilled to have jumped into a new year and have some exciting things going on the practice to share with you... *.. Read More »

A common inquiry during the summer months is on whitening teeth. Many patients ask about this as they are focused on wellness, activity, health and appearance. .. Read More »

Happy Holidays!

November 1, 2015 in Announcements

Gasp!... Is it really almost the end of December? With the year’s end quickly approaching, we find ourselves reflecting on all the miracles that have filled our lives in 2015... Read More »

Food Drive Challenge

November 1, 2015 in Events

We are always looking for ways to support the community around us. This season we are part of a “Food Drive Challenge” with 4 other dental offices: Drs. Tim Quinn, Chad Smart & Vince Kokich, Dr. Steve Baerg, Dr. Eric Kvinsland & Dr. Kim Rioux... Read More »

Issue 10. November 2015

November 1, 2015 in Tooth-e

Happy Holidays! Gasp!... Is it really almost the end of December? With the year’s end is quickly approaching we find ourselves reflecting on all the miracles that have filled our lives in 2015... Read More »

Issue 9. September 2015

September 21, 2015 in Tooth-e

Hansen & Associates Annual Open House Its here again! This October we are reserving time to take off our treatment gloves, upright the dental chairs’, put down our hand pieces and open our doors to our patients and specialist team to celebrate and give thanks. .. Read More »

This article has changed a little since its first draft. A profoundly impactful (no pun intended) incident transpired over the weekend that has influenced my passion about sports guards for kids and their significance in contact sports. Last week Tami, my assistant and very pro-active mother of three boys, brought her son Tate in for dental impressions so we could make him a custom sports guard... Read More »

There is nothing more unaesthetic than a dark line at the gumline of a front tooth, especially if you have a big smile. There are several reasons why a tooth may be dark near the gums but the most common is because it has been crowned and the materials used to restore the tooth has a thin gold or metal substructure... Read More »

Issue 8. July 2015

July 1, 2015 in Tooth-e

Wow, what a beautiful summer! I can’t remember one with such consistently fabulous weather. This summer has been amazing but it’s going by fast. .. Read More »

Wow, what a beautiful summer! I can’t remember one with such consistently fabulous weather. This summer has been amazing but it’s going by fast. I feel I am going to blink and we’ll be carving pumpkins..... Read More »

I fell in love with podcasts 7 years ago while training for a half Ironman. With extensive hours on my bike and running I quickly burnt through music playlists and was bored until a friend introduced me to podcasts. They were engaging, told a story… and taught me something, often on a subject that I knew little to nothing about..... Read More »

Issue 7. May 2015

May 1, 2015 in Tooth-e

I’ve been watching my children grind through the last days of the school year anxiously wishing for summer vacation to come sooner. They nervously chew nails over all that needs to be done to finish up and daydream about having no homework... Read More »

The Life We Bury tells the story of Joe Talbert, a junior at the University of Minnesota, who receives a class assignment to write a biography of someone who has lived an interesting life. At a nursing home he meets Carl Iverson, a man dying of cancer who has been medically paroled after spending thirty years in prison for the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl... .. Read More »

It’s a growing trend that people are looking for a natural solutions to lead a healthier life. A patient recent asked if there are oral benefits to rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. Here ‘s the scoop….. Read More »

Thankful.

March 1, 2015 in Announcements

Traveling in Africa this February I was quite moved by the people, the poverty and yet the sense of community. They have so little in the sense of material wealth but they are happy and appreciate life nonetheless... Read More »

Issue 6. March 2015

March 1, 2015 in Tooth-e

Traveling in Africa this February I was quite moved by the people, the poverty and yet the sense of community. They have so little in the sense of material wealth but they are happy and appreciate life nonetheless... Read More »

With all the sick and flu bugs going around right now it is critical that we are making our every effort to stay well! This means rest and eating well. My naturopath at Puget Sound Family Health gave this recipe to me. Enjoy! .. Read More »

Bad Breath

January 1, 2015 in Dentistry Trends

Bad breath is a concern for many, and is not an uncommon topic of conversation at dental appointments. Here are a few facts about this frequently asked topic... Read More »

New Years Greetings!

January 1, 2015 in Announcements

With the momentum of resolutions on the brain… notions to be more fit, loose weight, to serve others better, to be fiscally aware, kinder, more gracious, more giving, more forgiving, healthier, committed, more patient…and so on..... Read More »

Issue 5. January 2015

January 1, 2015 in Tooth-e

New Years Greetings! With the momentum of resolutions on the brain… notions to be more fit, loose weight, to serve others better, to be fiscally aware, kinder, more gracious, more giving, more forgiving, healthier, committed, more patient…and so on, we modify our habits with hope of one thing….. Read More »

There has been a lot of hype about lemon juice remedies. - Balances pH - Boosts Immune System - Aids in Digestion - Acts as a Natural Diuretic - Hydrates Lymph System - Aids in Weight Loss - Helps Purify and Stimulate the Liver... what don't you know?.... Read More »

Joy, Joy, Joy!....

December 1, 2014 in Announcements

As the holidays and New Year are quickly approaching we reflect on the journey through this year and have much to be thankful for. The year has certainly had some challenges..... Read More »

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse... We received this recommended reading from a patient and worthy source! It’s a New York Times Best Seller and is Long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award. Check it out!.. Read More »

Say Cheese...

October 1, 2014 in Announcements

There is plenty of excitement this time of year. With the colorful autumn leaves on the ground, football in full swing (Go Seahawks!) and the approaching holidays there is always much anticipation...One of the things we most look forward to every fall is our Patient Appreciation Open House... Read More »

Issue 3. Oct 2014

October 1, 2014 in Tooth-e

There is plenty of excitement this time of year. With the colorful autumn leaves on the ground, football in full swing (Go Seahawks!) and the approaching holidays there is always much anticipation. One of the things we most look forward to every fall is our Patient Appreciation Open House. .. Read More »

Oral Piercings

October 1, 2014 in Case Articles

Last month one of my patients who had just undergone dental treatment with anesthetic popped out of the chair at the end of the appointment and claim she was now off to the piercing parlor. .. Read More »

Back to School...

September 1, 2014 in Announcements

I really enjoy this time of year! It’s always a bit hectic with school supply shopping and new schedules, but I look forward to the transition from summer’s freedom back to the structure of the school year. Don’t get me wrong..... Read More »

This question has been debated within the dental community for years. Most have come to the conclusion the most important thing to remember is to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Flossing is important to get rid of the bacteria between the teeth that can increase your risk for..... Read More »

This is my favorite recipe for banana bread. Its relatively simple and my kids LOVE it...although i must admit, they only know the recipe to have chocolate chips in it so that may be why. Whether in the morning before school or a snack on the go...this recipe is a kids favorite in my household. .. Read More »

Issue 2. Sept 2014

September 1, 2014 in Tooth-e

Basic Hygiene 101, an apple a day, Treatment options for white spots on teeth, Dr Hansen's favorite banana bread recipe and more.... .. Read More »

Acid Erosion

August 1, 2014 in Dentistry Trends

...The introduction of acids can come from soft drinks, fruit, wine, coffee, sour foods, pregnancy, gastric reflux, or eating disorders, among other sources. These acidic insults demineralize and soften the tooth surface, making it more susceptible to physical damage, even by brushing.... Read More »

Oil Pulling

August 1, 2014 in Dentistry Trends

This currently popular technique is actually thousands of years old. Oil pulling is an ancient Indian Folk method for reducing harmful oral bacteria. Oil pulling refers to the swishing of oil through the teeth..... Read More »

Patients & friends- It is with great satisfaction and excitement that Hansen & Associates launches its inaugural e-blast…” tooth-e”. Over the years we continue to be overwhelmed by our patients dedication, loyalty, kindness..... Read More »

Veneers

August 1, 2014 in Case Articles

Ever wonder if maybe veneers are for you? What are veneers?... Why are they done? What are they made of? These and more questions answered here... .. Read More »

Issue 1. Aug 2014

August 1, 2014 in Tooth-e

Its official!...we have our own e-blast, e-newsletter or what ever you want to call it... we fondly decided to name her "tooth-e". Read our inaugural issue here... .. Read More »

New York Times - Best Seller, this delightful book was recommend by a patient. It is the story of Louisa Clark, an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has barely even farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Trainer, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports..... Read More »

Coconut Almond Granola

August 1, 2014 in Recipes

Homemade granola is one of our favorite morning and snack time treats. We have made many modifications of this recipe with cocoa powder and nibs, dried fruit and nuts and even chocolate or white chocolate chips... its delish! Must try..... Read More »

MI paste is a professional product used to help reduce acid erosion. It is the only product containing “recaldent” (CPP-ACP) a special milk derived protein ..... Read More »