h i t n e g To S m o S m ile About with Dr. Robert Odegard fromthedentist Produced for the Patients of Dr. Robert L. Odegard, DDS, MAGD Inspired By The Vancouver Games Did you watch any of the winter Olympic Games? If you did you couldn’t help but admire these young athletes who work so hard to be at the top. The intensity, the drive, the commitment, and the discipline of these young men and women is inspiring. I thought about all the hours of practice, conditioning, working on their game or skill every day until they were one of the best in the world- and how this immense effort could be applied in any person’s life who wishes to gain success. It takes a lot of work, effort and training to be at the top of whatever field a person is in. That is the message that we, as a dental team, have implemented in our office philosophy. We strive to be the best dental team and provide the best dentistry around. We are setting the bar higher than ever before and our patients can see the difference. We are committed to continuing our dental education, working on our customer service and the delivery of our dental care in a painless and caring manner. We know that our patients deserve the best and our success is rewarded by the referrals of our patients’ friends and family. I hope you enjoyed the winter Olympic Games and were also inspired by the performances. It was a wonderful thing to see and a remarkable event that our world participates in. Thank you for being one of our great patients and for all of your referrals. Spring 2010 Early Start Treatment Plan for the year Spring is a time of new beginnings. And, if you are like most, your insurance policy was just renewed for the New Year. That makes now a great time to get an early start on your treatment plan for this year. Since your benefits are brand new, you want to be able to make the most of them. But it’s best to plan early, so we can work around your summer fun and avoid the inevitable rush for last minute treatments at the end of the year. We would be happy to work with you and build a treatment plan that suits your smile desires, your insurance coverage, and your schedule. Enjoy the new beginnings – and a new smile. Call us to get the most from your insurance benefits today. Sincerely, Dr. Odegard Thank you for all your referrals. We appreciate them! The Game’s Afoot Go green & have fun! Green gyms are in, and it’s a growing movement. Traditional gyms use a lot of electricity, and increasingly providers are looking at how they can become more energy-efficient. In the meantime, consider working out on your gym’s self-powered equipment instead of the energy-hogging ones. another way to reduce your eco footprint is by being more active outside in every season… Garden use a push mower Canoe or sail Walk bike Play tennis swim snowshoe or ski Run Hike And what about this? By participating in conservation activities like trail building, you can stay fit, connect with the environment, and help your community. FastTrack – Fast Results After Before After Before Whitening & Veneers There are some claims you can believe in When an employer or prospective client has to make a choice and all else is equal, your appearance and grooming could make or break your chances. So it’s only reasonable that you want to look your best. It’s good to know that while many products promise more than they can deliver, you can count on cosmetic dentistry to give you long-lasting results you’ll be proud of. We’ll be happy to talk to you about affordable non-surgical treatments like whitening, recontouring, bonding, and veneers that can literally transform your smile, often within only one or two visits. Whiten your smile by as many as eight shades with safe reliable dentistsupervised teeth whitening. Brighten your smile with enamelcolored fillings to replace older metal and stained white fillings. Re-shape teeth, close spaces between teeth, repair chips and fractures, and strengthen teeth where enamel has been lost with bonding or beautiful translucent hand-crafted porcelain veneers. Cosmetic dentistry means more than camouﬂaging smile ﬂaws. Sure, permanent dental implants that replace lost teeth will keep you looking good, but they also prevent tilting and shifting teeth that will both alter your bite and your ability to speak, eat, and chew. Gum recontouring can restore balance and symmetry to a too-gummy smile or uneven gumline that detracts from otherwise healthy beautiful teeth. In the competitive world of business where opinions are formed in only seconds, we’re proud that we can help you feel self-confident – and confident in us. Pregnancy Perio Risk Oral health could affect you & your baby For some time, advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, has been linked to complications of pregnancy including premature birth, low birth-weight, toxemia, and gestational diabetes. Research has strengthened this association by showing that gestational diabetes appears in women with gum disease – even if they don’t smoke or drink. Gestational diabetes usually disappears once the baby is born, but it places you at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on. So how to prevent gum disease? The best prevention is regular dental care and thorough daily brushing and ﬂossing to remove the buildup of plaque, the natural biofilm that is always present in your mouth. Pregnancy is a time of hormonal ﬂuctuations that can alter the bacterial and acidic balance in your mouth and leave you a little more susceptible to gum disease. That’s why, during your pregnancy, we may suggest more frequent follow-up than you’re used to. Yet everyone at every age needs to maintain their oral health because gum disease has also been linked to cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, kidney disease, cancers, respiratory diseases, and diabetes in the general population. 5 JustDropLose Five these now… Using tools on teeth Ouch. Knives, forks, keys – our inventiveness is legend. You risk damaging teeth and gums! Carry dental floss instead. Using teeth as tools Tearing food packets, prying off container lids and bottle caps, and chewing pens and pencils can lead to cuts, damaged jaw joints, or chipped and broken teeth. Using tobacco products Smoking cigarettes and cigars, or chewing smokeless tobacco, can lead to oral cancer as well as gum disease, tooth loss, and unattractive staining. No matter what your stage of life, don’t wait until you see symptoms of inﬂammation including redness, pufﬁness, or bleeding gums. Even if you think Indulging your sweet tooth you are problem-free, don’t skip your recall visits. Too many sugary soft drinks, acidic power drinks, candies, and other sweet treats are well-known culprits. We screen for gum Avoiding routines disease at every visit Don’t skip brushing and flossing your teeth or your regular dental visits. Avoid costly dental bills instead by preventing tooth decay and gum disease with excellent home care. You’ll also be keeping your breath fresh and your smile white and appealing. ...because we like to see you smiling. Easy On You Easy on your wallet Here are some budget-friendly ways to de-stress: Picnic in the park. Relax, dress casually, and don’t worry about which fork to use. Take a simple pre-prepared meal with you. Dine at home. Have a special family meal. Let everybody pitch in. It’s fun to share the cooking (and cleaning!), and even little ones can help. Step back. Back in the day, a leisurely car ride to the countryside or a long meandering walk through the neighborhood were simple and affordable ways to stay tuned to nature, community, and family. ML10-2 Create a home spa. Alone, or with friends and family at your “spa,” create a custom facial, manicure, and pedicure. Raiding your fridge and cupboards for natural spa ingredients just adds to the fun. officeinformation Robert L. Odegard, DDS, MAGD 451 Duvall Ave NE, Suite 240 Renton, WA 98059-4675 Office Hours Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 am – 5:00 am – 5:00 am – 5:00 am – 5:00 closed pm pm pm pm Contact Information Office Emergency Email Web site (425) 277-4000 (206) 795-4085 [email protected] drodegard.com Office Staff Betsy.............................Office Manager [email protected] Rachelle............... Schedule Coordinator [email protected] Crystal, Randi, Jamie........................... .................... Certified Dental Assistants Jodi, Becca......................................... .................Registered Dental Hygienists Information included is not dental or medical advice. For your specific information be sure to consult our office. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, please contact us directly. ulation t a r g s! n o ! Porcelain crowns are excellent cosmetic and protective coverings for fractured or severely worn teeth. To make a crown, most dentists have to prepare your tooth, take an impression with a putty material, make you a temporary crown and then you have to return to the dentist in two weeks to get numb all over again in order for him to cement your crown. In our office we have the very best and advanced technology available-The Cerec Cad/Cam computer and porcelain milling machine. This intricate computer scans your tooth and after Dr. Odegard designs your restoration with the 3D software, it mills a porcelain crown or filling out of a color phased porcelain block. We then cement your beautiful crown in the same visit-all while you are watching a movie. Imagine the time you save. It is a remarkable advancement and has made dentistry much more convenient for people. Our office embraces the new technology that dentistry has to offer. We believe it is a benefit to our patients and we are committed to always giving them our very best. C One Visit Porcelain Crowns? On December 17th Jodi and Jeff welcomed their new baby, Anna Sue, into their busy family. She weighed a healthy 7lbs.12 oz. Arlo and Lucy (their canine kids) were nervous at first, but love their new baby sister. We look forward to Jodi returning to work part-time in April, then full-time in May. Dental CT Scan Dr. Odegard is one of the few Dentists in the country to be working with Cone Beam CT Scan Technology. This is a low radiation dental CT Scan that shows all of your teeth and jaw in 3 dimensions. “What we can see with the dental CT Scans takes dentistry to a whole new level” says Dr. Odegard. “We can see not only the patients bone, slice by slice, but also the entire root of their tooth and all the internal anatomy. It is an excellent advantage for Implant dentistry and Endodontics (root canal dentistry)”. Software is being developed that allows dentists to do dental procedures such as placing implants in the jaws virtually. It is like a video game where the dentist can do the procedure on the screen and see the outcome before the procedure is actually performed on the patient. This insures that the implants will fit in the jaw bone and that all vital structures are avoided. Dental CT Scans will become the standard of care in dentistry in the future. About Dental Implants Dental implants are here to stay. They have become so easy and predictable that it is almost a routine procedure without complication in our office. Implant success rates now are about 96%. Dr. Odegard can replace a missing tooth in just one dental appointment right here in our office. It is not major surgery and the procedure is painless-much like having a filling placed. In fact, they are the best solution for replacing missing teeth or securing down loose dentures. The advancement in the implants and in the procedure itself has been so remarkable over the last 10 years that it has become the standard of care for dentistry. If you are missing teeth or have ill fitting dentures, please do not suffer any more. Call us for a consultation about dental implants. You deserve to have your teeth looked at by Dr. Odegard. 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