Seattle Special Care Dentistry

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•Our mission is to provide dental care for patients with complex medical, mental and physical challenges. We strive to successfully manage any patient, regardless of how complex their situation may be.


•We offer all aspects of dentistry including conscious sedation, general anesthesia, blood product infusions, and the use of hospital resources.


•We can provide expedited care when the patient’s medical needs rely on rapid dental stabilization, such as transplant clearance and oncology.


•We welcome referrals from patients, medical doctors, and dentists.


•While our practice focuses on our medically complex patients, we are happy to serve all patients, including family, friends, students and health care providers.

Treatment Options for Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer by Stage

Our final piece for Oral Cancer Awareness Month is to address questions we frequently get from patients about treatment. As with any cancer diagnoses, treatment can vary based on numerous factors.

It is important to find providers that you are both comfortable with, and that have a strong network of relationships with other doctors so that the transition is smooth.

Treatment often includes surgery, some type of radiation, or chemotherapy. The type of treatment is dependent on the cancer stage and location: in any case, cancer treatment can cause some lifestyle changes to maintain good oral health in the long term.

Oral Cancer Awareness

cancer.org The type of treatment your doctor will recommend depends on the tumor site and how far the cancer has spread.

We are very proud to announce that Governor Jay Inslee signed a very important bill for the dental community on Friday. Our practice has long been an advocate for granting dental licensure by residency, which had previously been only attainable via board exam.

This bill does just that-- it changes the requirements for dental residencies so that a residency can be completed in lieu of a board examination, and licensure can be granted by completing such a program.

Our own practice is evidence that dental GPR residents do far more dental work for patients and leave with skills that are more developed than those had at the end of a board exam. This bill will now hopefully pave the way for more young students to consider the route of a dental residency so that they can improve their skills, help underserved communities, and start their careers off on an extremely strong foundation.

Attached is a picture of our very own Drs. Amy Winston and Noah Letwin attending the bill signing.

The details of oral cancer screening

As part of our series on oral cancer, we now would like to address: "What might an oral cancer screening entail?"

When searching for signs of oral cancer, providers are trained to thoroughly examine and take notes of all parts of the mouth, including the extraoral region, the tongue, as well as the tonsils. This is crucial to helping doctors identify any abnormalities or areas of concern.

Because "oral cancer is on the rise, more aggressively among populations that have not historically been impacted by the disease," it is important that dentists, now more than ever, keep a very detailed review of oral health for all of their patients.

Oral Cancer Awareness

rdhmag.com How carefully are you screening for oral cancer with each patient? Do you know that each day 100 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in the United States ...

The HPV Connection

oralcancerfoundation.org

April is national Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

Today, the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer is HPV. Screening can be done by a hygienist or dentist, and can help identify cancer early. In many cases the cell changes caused by HPV are undetectable and fought off completely by the body. In other instances, the infection spreads slowly and can lead to cancer, sometimes with only very few symptoms. According to Mt. Sinai Hospital, "approximately 70 percent of causes of orophaynx cancer is caused by HPV16."

This is in stark contrast with what we assumed prior, that oral cancer was primarily caused by environmental causes, or by smoking. It is our hope in the coming weeks to provide more information about oral cancer and raise awareness.
The Oral Cancer Foundation Oral Cancer Awareness

oralcancerfoundation.org

Does brushing your teeth affect your appetite?

popsci.com

Ever wondered why brushing your teeth can occasionally curb your appetite? Or why oranges seem to taste awful right after brushing? This Popular Science article helps us understand what's really going on.

popsci.com Short Answer: Not really

Why Dentistry Is Separate From Medicine

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Julie Beck with The Atlantic, wrote on March 9th in an interview with Mary Otto that the increasing divide between oral care and care of the rest of the body can have damaging effects-- all which ultimately harm the patient.

"One of the most dramatic examples is that more than a million people a year go to emergency rooms with dental problems. Not like they’ve had a car accident, but like a toothache or some kind of problem you could treat in a dental office. It costs the system more than a billion dollars a year for these visits."

We are most proud of our Swedish Residency Program, which has worked to treat medically complex patients, and has subsequently reduced emergency room visits in the Seattle area by 21% in the last five years. The first step to reform is recognition; by focusing on how teeth fit in with the well-being of the patient as a whole, we can make ourselves part of the solution.

theatlantic.com The divide sometimes has devastating consequences.

February 28th is "National Tooth Fairy Day", celebrating the elusive figure who enchants young children around the world as they lose their baby teeth.

While the origin of the American Tooth Fairy is largely unknown, what we do know is that children from all cultures have long had rituals that accompany the loss of baby teeth. Some focus on the transition into adulthood and others give money in exchange for teeth.

All this goes to show how that we as a people have known for generations how important teeth are, and how caring for them, even in the cutest of ways, can serve us well in the future.

We think that somewhere, in a little castle made out of thousands of sparkling whites, that our fairy is smiling today.

#NationalToothFairyDay

Partnership will bring two dental clinics, new dental residencies, to serve low-income people in Spokane

spokesman.com

Our Swedish Residency Program has reduced emergency room visits by 21% in the five year period since the program started. This has allowed for patients with "true dental emergencies, including life-threatening infections" to be seen in the hospital with specialists.

"When [our] Swedish program began, many patients with dental problems were cycling through the emergency department, said Amy Winston, Swedish’s medical director for hospital dentistry."

Now, modeled after the success of the Seattle Swedish Dental Residency program, Providence Health Care is launching two new dental clinics to provide a similar resolution to nearly "12,000 low income adults in Spokane County".

spokesman.com

The surprising link between periodontal disease and heart health: What dental professionals need to know

dentistryiq.com

February is both Heart Health Month and Gum Disease Awareness Month.

Studies have, and continue to highlight the link between oral health and heart health. With V- Day around the corner, we wanted to raise awareness for both pearly whites and fluttering hearts. After all, what would Valentines day be without them?

dentistryiq.com Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease, and that risk may be even greater than for those with high cholesterol. Find out from Dr. Robert H. Gregg II what you can do in your practice to help educate patients about the oral-systemic...

We spent today at the State Capitol with the WSDA, advocating on behalf of our program and patients. Speaking with legislators allowed us to shine light on the importance of care for underserved populations in Washington State.

Our doctors are all firm advocates for mindful care of patients, not only within the walls of our office, but throughout the entire state of Washington.

For some of us, it was our first time to Olympia-- and we had a blast!

#DentalActionDay #OneProfessionOneVoice #WSDA

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