Russell and Bode Family Dentistry

R&B Tip of the Week: MI Paste


mipasteWhat can MI Paste/MI Paste plus do for you?

  • Relieves tooth sensitivity
  • Does not irritate dry mouths caused by certain medications
  • Helps minimize tooth sensitivity before and after professional cleaning
  • Helps minimize tooth sensitivity after whitening
  • Releases minerals such as calcium, phosphate and fluoride in the oral cavity

What is MI Paste/MI Paste Plus?

Is a special milk-derived protein that release calcium and phosphate to the surface of the teeth.  It is also a water-based, sugar-free topical tooth crèmes.

How do I use MI Paste/MI Paste Plus?

To apply:

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste in the morning and at night
  • Apply a pea-sized amount of MI Paste to your teeth’s surface using a cotton swab or finger
  • Leave undisturbed for 3 minutes
  • Expectorate (spit) but do not rinse; leave the excess to slowly dissolve

At your next appointment ask any of us about MI Paste/MI Paste Plus.


R&B Tip of the Week: Carbohydrates and teeth

joeyalyssaHave you ever wondered why you have cavities when you don’t eat sugar often and you brush your teeth twice a day? Many people don’t realize that fermentable carbohydrates and starches can also lead to tooth decay.

What is a fermentable carbohydrate?  The two main forms of carbohydrates are sugars (such as fructose, glucose, and lactose) and starches, which are found in foods such as starchy vegetables, grains, rice, breads, and cereals. The body breaks down (or converts) most carbohydrates into the sugars glucose or maltose. This process starts in the mouth.

Only a small amount of glucose or maltose is required by plaque in the mouth to produce acid. The bacteria in the plaque produces an acid that lasts for approximately 20 minutes after each exposure to sugary or starchy foods and beverages. This acid attack leads to tooth decay (cavities).

Tooth decay destroys the tooth structure and can affect both the outer layer of the tooth, the enamel, and the inner (dentin) layer of the tooth.

With both carbs and sugar, it’s important to remember to minimize the amount of time your teeth are exposed to them. Continuous exposure throughout the day is much more damaging to your teeth than short term exposure. Your goal should be to lessen the amount of time that bacteria have to feast on your teeth, thereby cutting down on the acids they will be able to produce.

Of course, proper dental care is a big part of the equation. Rinse your teeth with water right after eating whenever possible, and be sure to clean them thoroughly by brushing and flossing.

Foods to enjoy on special occasions:

  • Chips, bread, pasta, crackers, pretzels, cereal, cookies, cakes, bananas, raisins, soda, diet soda, orange juice, apple juice.

Foods to enjoy daily:

  • Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, nuts, green tea, apples, carrots, celery, water.

R&B Tip of the Week: Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

Your Oral Health during Pregnancy


Always inform your dentist and hygienist if you are or may be pregnant and don’t postpone or put off seeing your dentist during your pregnancy. Keeping your mouth healthy helps keep you and your baby healthy.

Pregnant woman are more at risk for oral health conditions such as “Pregnancy Gingivitis”.

Pregnancy gingivitis can cause complications not only in your mouth but also with your pregnancy. It can lead to periodontitis (a more advanced stage of gum disease) which increases your risk for preterm birth and low birth weight.

Signs of pregnancy gingivitis/periodontitis:

1. Red/swollen gums

2. Gums that bleed easily (when brushing or flossing)

3.Tooth or gum pain

Ways to prevent pregnancy gingivitis/periodontitis:

1. Practice good oral hygiene

2. Eat a healthy diet

3. Visit your dentist

Some dental benefit plans cover an extra cleaning for pregnant women (three cleanings per year). Check and see if your insurance plan has this feature.

R&B Dental Tip of the Week: Xylitol


Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants and birch trees.  It does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth.  Research has shown that the daily use of Xylitol containing products such as foods, chewing gum, candies, and toothpaste can significantly reduce the rate of cavity formation and help repair damage to enamel in both adults and children.  





Here are a few reasons to use Xylitol:

  • Xylitol is a tasty, perfect sugar substitute

  • Boosts oral health by inhibiting the growth of cavity-causing bacteria

  • All natural

  • Can be used for baking a wide range of tasty treats

Ask Tina or Sonya at your next dental visit for more information!


Featured Team Member: Judy

kelseyjudy“Judy has been a great mentor to me and the rest of our dental assistants.  I greatly appreciate all the help she has given me here.  Judy is my go to person for questions, advice, and happy hour.  Judy recently became a grandmother for the 4th time!  She enjoys spending time with her family, going to Husky games, and traveling – she’d love to go back to Italy!” – Kelsey

Featured Team Member: Sarah

SarahKatie“Sarah is an outstanding hygienist.  She always has an upbeat personalitity.  Sarah always offers a helping hand where ever it is needed.  Outside of work she stays busy with PTA meetings, School Board meetings, watching her sons play sports, and many camping trips – especially to the beach.  We are all lucky to have such an awesome coworker and and I am lucky to have her as a neighbor!” – Katie

Featured Team Member: Alyssa

AlyssaAmanda“Alyssa is an intelligent, confident, and kind person.  Her vivacious personality is uplifting and contagious.  I often go to Alyssa for advice – both personal and professional.  I can always count on her understanding and her honest, logical feedback.  Alyssa is an amazing wife, mother to four children, three dogs, and a cat.  She enjoys camping trips with her girlfriends, watching the Seahawks, and going to happy hour with me!  Alyssa is a very good friend and an awesome co-worker. Thanks for being amazing Alyssa!”  -Amanda

Welcome Joey to our Practice!

SteveJoeyBill2As a registered dental hygienist, Joey loves providing holistic care to her patients.  She also encourages overall health to promote the well-being of the whole body.  Joey strives to provide the best dental care possible for her patients.  Comfort, patient satisfaction, and patient education are her primary concerns.  She is relationship-oriented and values creating connections with her patients on a personal level.  She has a passion for caring for the less-privileged.  She has served at the Seattle-King County free clinic as well as Pierce County’s Homeless Connect.  Joey will begin serving the local community here in Olympia through the Olympia Union Gospel Mission.

In her free-time Joey enjoys spending time with her husband.  They have ten nieces and nephews and are closely involved in each of their lives.  She loves to travel, see new places, meet new people, and spend her time active in the outdoors.  She enjoys hiking, with Mt. Rainier being her favorite hiking destination.  Joey also enjoys kayaking, golfing, fishing, and reading.  She looks forward to a long career in dental hygiene, getting to know her patients and creating lasting relationships.

Featured Team Member: Jennifer

JenHailey“I have been working with Jennifer for three years.  When I first started with Russell and Bode she was a dental assistant and now she works in the front office as our Patient Care Coordinator. Jen is the type of co-worker that everyone needs, she is willing and capable of supporting us with a large variety of tasks, both in the front and the back office.  She also genuinely cares about her team, the practice, and our patients.  I know everyone can feel that from her. I have witnessed Jen volunteering herself multiple times to help her team-members in need over the weekends – anything from car trouble to helping with a move.  She is the kind of person that everyone wants in their corner!  Thank you, Jen for being such a kind caring person both professionally and personally!” – Hailey

Featured Team Member: Pam

PamKami“There are so many things that I appreciate about Pam.  She is a highly skilled hygienist, who cares about each patient she sees.  I have witnessed her ability to alleviate a patient’s fear with her calm and kind manner.   She balances a busy life as a wife, mother, and grandmother!   I absolutely love working with her.  Thank you, Pam!” – Kami