Russell and Bode Family Dentistry

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Sonya

sonyajasonupsThere are many things that I’m thankful for this Holiday Season.  The one thing I’m most appreciative of is my hard-working husband and his co-workers. Jason has been a UPS driver for 24 years out of the Tumwater UPS Center. The drivers are fast approaching the busiest time of year.  They put long hours in daily, rain or shine and even sometimes snow!  During the holidays they work extended hours, delivering all the packages and ensuring everyone gets the special gifts they’ve ordered in time for Christmas. In addition to delivering they also give back to the
community by doing multiple toy drives, adopting families in need and charity golf tournaments.  Please remember during this busy time of year, if you see your UPS driver in your neighborhood, smile or wave and thank them for their fast and friendly service!

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Alyssa

alyssachristmasThanksgiving is a time of year to reflect what we’re are great full for. Sometimes we forget all the things we have been blessed with and this is a perfect time to remember.  

Here is three things I am thankful for this year:

My family – If it wasn’t for my husband and kids I wouldn’t be who I am today. They push me to be the best every day. They are truly a blessing.

My career – I am very fortunate to work for a caring and compassionate company that also pushes me to be a better person as well.  It is truly a blessing to be part of this team.

Health – I am very thankful that all my children are healthy and happy.

What are you thankful for?

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Tina

tinaholiday2016The holidays are just around the corner. It is a time for me to reflect on what I am thankful for and all the blessings I have in my life.

I am blessed with three healthy, beautiful daughters. They are so amazing , beautiful inside and out. I am so proud of who they have become as young ladies. They are kind, funny and intelligent. They have integrity and great values. They are growing up too fast. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for each of them.

I am also blessed with wonderful friends and family who are a great support system. I look forward to spending time with them and celebrating the holidays and time off.

I’m thankful for having a job I enjoy and can look forward to going to work every day. I am fortunate to be able to work with such a great group of people who I admire and respect greatly.

I wish every a wonderful holiday season!

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Joey

joeychristmas1November 1st – December 25th is my favorite time of the year! I can’t get enough of the holiday spirit! If I could celebrate Christmas 365 days of the year, I would! Within the five years we’ve been together, my husband and I have adopted some of our own holiday traditions. I should first start by saying Christmas music may start playing in our house before Thanksgiving. Starting immediately after Thanksgiving, every weekend is full of Hallmark Christmas movies. (White Christmas with Bing Crosby is my favorite Christmas movie). Each Christmas my husband and I adopt a family to purchase gifts for through the Salvation Army sponsored by our church.


To make Christmas shopping a little more fun, we drive to Bellevue Square and enjoy Snowflake Lane. The streets of Bellevue are closed for a magical evening performance full of live toy soldier drummers, animated snow characters, glittering lights and snow fall. To commemorate each year together, my husband and I find a special ornament that symbolizes that year. Finally, on Christmas day we open one personalized gift alone in our pajamas before celebrating the rest of this special holiday with our beloved families.


To give you a sneak peak of my favorite holiday desert, below is a family recipe for my Grandma’s Apple Crisp that my mother makes every year!

Be the one to spread the holiday cheer this year! Happy Holidays!!


Grandma’s Apple Crisp

joeychristmas28-10 medium sized apples (Pink Lady or Granny Smith)

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 cube butter

Cinnamon to taste


Peel and slice the apples and fill a 9 x 13 pan with them.  Mix the flour, sugar, and butter until crumbly.  Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples.  Then put on the crumbly topping.  Bake at 375 for 1 hour (350 for convection).


Enjoy warm with 1 (or 2) scoops of ice cream!

TMJ Disorders

amandakatiejudysteveDr. Russell, Katie, Amanda, and Judy attended an exciting conference hosted by the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. They learned a tremendous amount about jaw joint (TMJ) Disorders and their relation to sleep and breathing. The association of many types of headaches, neck and facial pain with sleep and breathing and jaw joint problems is clearly shown in the research and can be managed by appropriately trained dentists and healthcare providers. If you have any of these problems, the size and position of your jaw and teeth, among other factors, may be affecting your ability to breath properly at night. 

Some common symptoms of TMJ Disorder:
  • Pain and soreness in your jaw joint and muscles of your face
  • Headaches
  • Noises in your joint such as clicking or popping sounds
  • Difficulty opening or closing your jaw
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Your teeth not feeling like they fit together properly
  • Difficulty opening your mouth wide
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Awakening in the morning with soreness in your jaw or muscles of your face
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling worried about these symptoms
  • Feeling stressed
If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may benefit from a consultation w/ Dr. Russell to discuss your concerns in more detail.

R&B Tips: emBRACE it!

laurensteveWhile undergoing orthodontic care, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene. In addition to brushing and flossing after every meal, it is also extremely important to both your General Dentist and your Orthodontist that you maintain a regimented hygiene schedule to keep your smile healthy.

We recommend when undergoing orthodontics such as wearing braces, to schedule your hygiene appointments every 3-6 months. While wearing your braces, it is increasingly difficult to clean around the hardware and remove unwanted plaque and food buildup, which can lead to inflammation and decay.

We recommend going to your Orthodontist prior to your hygiene appointment to remove your wires, increases your hygienist’s ability to clean well between your teeth, catching the gunk that you may miss during your daily cleanings. In addition, keeping your gum tissue stimulated and healthy allows your orthodontic appliances, such as braces, to move at a more expedient pace.

And finally having your wires removed prior to your hygiene appointment allows your Dentist to take X-Rays without the wire blocking portions of your teeth that may have decay.

We understand running around to your Orthodontist and your Dentist and back to place wires back in is a lot to handle, but it is a short term chore for a lifetime of healthy, straight smiles. 

R&B Tips: Tylenol vs. Ibuprofen and Salt Water Rinses

amandawalterAcetaminophen/Paracetamol/Tylenol (brand name)

Though they do not act on the inflammation, paracetamols will hinder transmission of pain messages to the brain. They work well for those who are not able to take aspirin. You can combine paracetamol with aspirin or any non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Ibuprofen. In this way, it can work for toothaches. Generally, a dose of 400-500mg is recomended for a toothache. However, excessive use of paracetamols can lead to liver damage.  Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Ibuprofen or Ketoprofen

Ibuprofen is the best over-the-counter option for a toothache.  It is an anti-inflammatory that contains no steroids.  Motrin and Advil (US) are the most common brands.  200-400 mg is recommended.  Ketoprofen is sold under several trade names as well. You can ask your pharmacist for ketoprofen. If you are asthmatic, however, you should not take it. Make sure you read the label for any other contradictions.

Salt Water Rinses

Using salt water rinses has dated back to some of the oldest medical scripts in existence. More than 2000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians found that the use of salt had anti- infective and anti-inflammatory effects.

Salt inhibits bacteria in the mouth. It temporarily increases the PH balance in the oral cavity, creating a alkaline environment in which bacteria struggles to survive. Bacteria prefer an acidic environment to grow and breed. Salt water is an isotonic solution, which means it contains the same salts and minerals our bodies do in equal concentrations. This is the reason why it does not irritate the mucous membrane. 

It is recommended to use by dentists after a dental procedure because it is a gentle healing aid.

It is used to soothe and heal mouth sores. It reduces discomfort or swelling after a dental procedure. It can help reduce aches from a sore throat caused by strep, tonsillitis or even the common cold.

Use salt water rinses 2-3 times a day or more after dental surgery or any other procedure.

Welcome Lauren to our Team!

billlaurensteveWe are excited to welcome Lauren to our team!  Lauren is a new addition to our front office staff!  She has worked in the dental field since 2007 and is excited to bring her knowledge to the team.  She and her husband live in Olympia and have a dog, three cats, and six chickens.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and younger brother, writing, and traveling.

R&B Tip of the Week: Home Care with Dentures

judypamCare of partials and dentures:

Removable partials and dentures require care the same as natural teeth.  Although the approach is different they are equally importance tasks.

Partial dentures attach to remaining teeth which can allow for plaque and tarter to collect on the supporting teeth and can make them more vulnerable to cavities and periodontal disease.  It is important to be diligent in your oral homecare and professional cleanings protecting your remaining teeth. 

Use a soft toothbrush or a special denture brush to remove plaque and food deposits from your appliance daily.  Use of liquid dish soap and hand soap as well as over the counter denture cleaners are all acceptable but avoid using toothpaste as it can be too abrasive for daily use.  Make sure you rinse thoroughly after cleaning, using warm water.  Lining the sink with a towel while cleaning can help protect appliance in case it is accidently dropped. 

Remember to remove your appliance every night, as they are not meant for around the clock wear.  Prolonged denture wear can lead to increased loss of bone supporting your denture and oral infections. While your appliance is out, nightly brush your tongue and gently brush or wipe gum ridges to remove any visible plaque and freshen breath. 

Be careful to not leave your appliance accessible to young children to get a hold of or especially pets who are notorious for using them as a chew toy!

R&B Tip of the Week: Invisalign

kamikatieDid you know there is now a way you can straighten your misaligned teeth without having to use traditional wire braces?  We now offer Invisalign at Russell and Bode Family Dentistry, giving you the option of clear and removable braces to align your teeth!

Invisalign uses a sequence of clear and removable braces to align your teeth.  The aligners can be easily removed, so you can eat and brush your teeth as you normally would, unlike traditional orthodontics.   Dr. Bode is a certified provider of Invisalign.

Katie and Kami are both currently using Invisalign.  Katie had traditional braces in the past, but needed something to maintain her beautiful smile.  Invisalign offers retainers that can be worn at night, protecting the investment of time and money you have already made.  Katie loves the comfort of the Invisalign retainer.   Kami also had braces as a teen, but made the unfortunate decision to not wear her retainers!   This resulted in some crowding of her lower teeth and changes in her bite.  She is in her 3rd month of Invisalign.  Her full treatment time is estimated to be 10-15 months.   She can already see the positive changes in her teeth, and is excited to see the end result.

Feel free to ask Katie or Kami if you have any questions about Invisalign.  Call the office at 360-742-3912, to schedule your consultation to discuss Invisalign and see if it is the best option for you!