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NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19

To do our part in supporting community health and in compliance with the Governor of Washington State's Proclamation, our office is suspending all non-essential dental care through May 18, 2020.

We are still available for emergency services Monday through Thursday. We are contacting each patient scheduled over the coming weeks to discuss their appointment and reschedule you to a future date.

Thank you for your understanding, and we wish everyone health during this stressful time.

If you have questions or are experiencing a dental emergency please call us at 509-525-9474 and we will respond in a timely manner.

We look forward to seeing all of our lovely patients in person again soon!

Sincerely, Dr. Patrick Sharkey, Dr. Patty Martin, and Dr. Kimberly Murdoch
Is Sparkling Water Bad For Your Teeth?
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Michael Mettler
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Sparkling water is all the rage these days, and we are getting asked by patients regularly about the effect it may have on their teeth. In a nutshell sparkling water is not bad for your teeth. If you are a fan of the fizzy stuff like San Pellegrino, or Dr. Martin's personal favorite, La Croix, you can rest easy all is well. But there are a few "gotchas" to take in mind.

The recent research study comparing the effects on extracted human teeth placed in tap water verses sparkling water showed no difference in erosion or break down of the tooth enamel. One difference was citrus in the water increased the acidity. But the normal habit of drinking mineral water was not found to be harmful to your teeth. Great news for our European friends who overwhelmingly prefer mineral water.

So what is the bottom line with fizzy drinks?

- If you have normal enamel makeup, there is no concern with consumption of normal quantity of mineral water.
- Adding citrus to your water changes the acidity and should be saved for infrequent or meal time activity.
- Soda drinks are still damaging to your teeth and should be used in moderation. Not used in large quantities or over a long period of time.
- If you already have enamel damage or areas of missing enamel you should use caution and consult a dentist as more aggressive damage could be occurring with normal food and drink, or be an indication of other systemic problems like gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD).
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