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Olympia Union Gospel Mission’s No-Fee Dental Clinic Benefit Concert

Dr. Russell is performing the OUGM’s annual benefit concert benefiting the no-fee dental clinic.  Call the Washington Center at 360-753-8586 for tickets!  

Welcome to the world Mila Grace!

Joey, one of our hygienists had a beautiful baby girl! Mila Grace Born May 31st, 2019 at 2:45 AM 7 lbs 10 oz   –   20 inches

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a collection of disorders characterized by periods of shallow breathing or complete pauses in breathing during our sleep. These disruptions can range from brief pauses in breathing, lasting between 20-40 seconds, to a complete obstruction lasting 1-2 minutes. These disruptions are usually short but they are enough […]

“Tongue Ties, How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More”

Dr. Russell recommends listening to this interview about the “Tongue Tied” book by Dr. Richard Baxter, a pediatric dentist. He is interviewed by a medical doctor (ENT), Steven Park, who’s focus is sleep disorders and related issues. This is a great listen for expecting parents, parents of children with nursing, speech, eating, and/or sleeping problems, […]

Toothbrush Hygiene

Our toothbrush is something most of us probably don’t pay much attention to. We use it (hopefully) twice a day while mindlessly brushing, daydreaming or worrying about all the things we need to get done for the day. Perhaps after reading this, you will give your brush a few seconds consideration before sticking it in […]

“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Katherine Switzer

I am a runner. One of those annoying neon wearing, high-five giving, pavement pounding types.  And yes, I may just tell you how far I ran on Saturday in the (insert extreme weather condition here).  But bear with me!  My reasons for running go beyond the endorphin rush and cool fashion statements. I run….. Because […]

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What is a TOT?

What is a TOT? Haven’t heard of a TOT in relation to the mouth? What comes to mind when you hear TOT? For me, its Napoleon Dynamite which is perfect because that sweet man loves his tots and he also struggles with tethered oral tissues. Napoleons open mouth and forward head posture is a sign […]

Breastfeeding and Your Babies Health and Jaw Development

Breastfeeding and Your Babies Health and Jaw Development As some of you may know, my husband and I are expecting our first child in June! Like many new moms, I am on information overload when it comes to all things baby! I am constantly sorting through information on what I should and should not be […]

Myofunctional Therapy

(Left) Tara with her class learning myofunctional therapy this past month in Louisana. What is myofunctional therapy? Myofunctional therapy helps treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). What are OMDS? OMDS are improper function of the tongue and facial muscles that affect breathing, swallowing, and ultimately skeletal growth and development. Myotherapy helps with a variety of chronic […]