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“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 […]

Featured Team Member: Jainee

Jainee graduated from South Puget Sound Community College with her Associates in Applied Science and Dental Assisting Degree.  She enjoys being a part of a practice that gives back to the community, provides excellent service and where she can continue to learn in the dental field. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities like […]

Featured Team Member: Shannon

Shannon has worked as a hygienist for over 10 years and looks forward to a long and rewarding career for many more years to come. She began her journey into the dental field at Clark College in Vancouver and has practiced in both Montana and Washington State. She enjoys building trusted relationships with her patients […]

Featured Team Member: Tara

Tara graduated from Pima Medical Institute and obtained her dental hygiene license in 2014. She was born and raised in Bremerton and after meeting her husband, decided to make Tumwater their home. She is thrilled to work with the amazing people of this awesome town. She whole-heartedly enjoys every aspect of working in the dental […]