Russell and Bode Family Dentistry

Featured Team Member: Alyssa

We asked each team member to select one word to best describe Alyssa…

Alyssa is “tenacious, resilient, protective and strong.”  She is also “spunky, kind, down-to-earth, and loyal.”  Finally, Alyssa is “direct, confident, responsible and reliable.”

Featured Team Member: Jennifer

We asked each team member to select one word to best describe Jennifer…

Jennifer is “welcoming, cheerful, fun, outgoing, and optimistic.”  She is “strong, dependable and knowledgeable.”  And without exception, Jennifer is “helpful and positive!”

Featured Team Member: Belinda

Belinda is caring, nurturing and loyal.  She is responsible, pragmatic, and thoughtful.  Belinda is witty and funny.  She is sophisticated and classy.  She is the best practice manager there is and we are all so fortunate to have her as a leader and friend.

Free Dental Day 2018

We treated over 90 patients on Saturday, June 2nd!

Thank you to all who helped make our event a success.


Free Dental Day is Saturday!

Our 9th Annual Free Dental Day is June 2nd, 2018!

We will provide FREE simple fillings , extractions (surgical extractions and wisdom teeth as well), and cleanings. For fillings and extractions, we focus on one tooth or one area. Please be prepared with what tooth is your priority for treatment. We will not perform comprehensive evaluations.

125 patients (18 and older) will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. 60 cleanings will be done. NO APPOINTMENTS WILL BE MADE. Registration begins at 6:00 am. We will begin seeing patients at 7:00 am.  We will continue registration throughout the day until we are at capacity. Please come early to fill out your health history.

Parking is available on the street in front of the office, in the parking lot behind the office, and in the business park. Check in will be in the BACK parking lot behind the building.

Key points:

  • Fillings, extractions, and cleanings
  • 18 and over
  • First come, first serve
  • No appointments

Featured Team Member: Tina

Tina is a skilled, ethical, diligent, experienced hygienist.  She is forthright and informative while also being kind and funny.  Her team describes her as loyal, responsible, committed, and passionate.

Featured Team Member: Judy

We asked each team member to select a single word to describe Judy.  She is smart and wise.  Judy is loyal, dedicated and devoted.  Judy is a skillful, knowledgeable teacher because she is practical, understanding, constant, and real.  She is endearing to her team and to our patients.

Dry Mouth?

Do you ever feel like your mouth is as dry as a dessert?

Dry mouth is more than a nuisance, it can lead to dental problems and can interfere with sleep.

Dry mouth is usually caused by one of the following:

  • Smoking
  • Sjogrens Disease (a condition where the body attacks the fluid producing cells, affecting the saliva producing cells in the mouth)
  • Medications
  • Dehydration
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Radiation to the head/neck
  • Use of an apnea machine

Xylitol Melts are a simple product that you can buy online that will deliver immediate results. Xylimelts are little discs that stick to the inside of your gums and slowly melt, delivering a natural sugar called Xylitol to lubricate the mouth and prevent bacterial growth. It is safe with all medications. Simply place a disc on the inside of your gums as needed. Two discs at night before bed on opposite sides of the mouth will provide a moisturizing effect during sleep.

Welcome Allison to R&B!

Allison comes to us with twenty years of experience in dentistry.  After graduating from the Dental Assisting Technology program at South Puget Sound Community College in 1998, she worked as a dental assistant before moving to the administrative team as a patient coordinator.  Allison loves being a part of the team at Russell and Bode Family Dentistry where she oversees the schedule for the doctors and hygienists.

Outside of the office Allison enjoys raising her 16 year-old daughter and hiking the Pacific Northwest. She is crazy about traveling the world, running, and loves a good wine tasting event. You may run into her downtown shopping for the perfect new vintage-inspired fashion or a quirky antique for her home

Your New Oral Hygiene Superhero

Ever notice a white or brownish coating on the back of your tongue?  That, my friend, is a combination of various debris, dead cells and bacteria.  We know, we know….gross.  But keep reading. You see, our mouths act as a natural “hothouse” for bacteria growth. And when we eat, the bacteria on our tongue feed on the food left behind, emitting an unpleasant smell and that not-so-great taste in your mouth.  In other words, that coating on your tongue is a major cause of bad breath!


So what can you do about it?  Call on the help of your new oral hygiene superhero: The tongue scraper!  Available in either plastic or metal designs, the tongue scraper is an easy to use tool.  Just draw the blade gently from the back of your tongue toward the tip, rinsing the blade between passes. Repeat this motion a few times until the coating is gone and your tongue has returned to its natural pinkish red color.  You will be amazed how much fresher your mouth feels.


While a lot of us are in the habit of brushing our tongues when we brush our teeth, it’s not quite as affective at removing this coating.  By adding a tongue scraper to your regular flossing and brushing routine, you are helping to maximize the removal of the bad breath-causing bacteria. We’d call that a win!


So kick that coffee breath to the curb and add a tongue scraper to your dental care toolkit today.