We can hardly go one day without hearing about the rising rates of drug addiction in our country. Or worse hearing the heartbreaking story of a loved one struggling with addiction. Drug addiction has crippling effects on families, communities and individuals. As dental professionals we are trained to look for the oral signs of drug abuse. It is a difficult but necessary conversation to have. We have our patients best interest and overall health always top of mind. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, please share the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National … Read More


At Laurel Dental Clinic we are advocates for treating your oral health in conjunction with your overall health. A lot of us treat our mouths as a separate entity from the rest of our body and ignore the fact that what goes on here has a large correlation to many other health issues. This month we’re focusing on the link to heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. It’s estimated that 1 in every 4 deaths is due to heart disease. Periodontal disease affects nearly 50% of individuals with … Read More


It’s that time again! The day where we get to pull out a new calendar has come. It becomes a clear time to evaluate where we are at from last year and where we would like to be by the next. A pretty common goal is that of our physical well being. These typically include, exercising more, losing weight, healthy eating habits and taking a more active approach to health. It’s quite inspiring that so many people have health at the top of their mind, but statistics tell us less than 10% of New Year Resolutions are ever met. We’re … Read More


PNW Winter Fun

December 13, 2018
Lake Angeles

Pacific Northwest living requires getting used to enjoying these beautiful landscapes in some different ways come winter! We have to get bundled up and always be prepared for rain. 😊 Here’s a few ideas to get outside and appreciate our great outdoors! HIKING Yes, you can still hike in the winter! We have quite a few trails that are not in our snow-covered mountains! The Olympic Discovery Trail and The Spruce Railroad Trail are always a great option if you’re not quite prepared to brave the elements. Striped Peak is a 3.3-mile trail accessed from Salt Creek Recreational Area. This … Read More


Xylitol

  Many of you may have heard about Xylitol. It is most often found in candies and chewing gum in place of sugar. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sourced from corn or birch trees. It has a texture and sweetness both comparable to sugar, but with less ill effects. Xylitol is non-fermentable, meaning our oral bacteria can’t use it to produce cavity causing acids. It also prohibits bacteria from adhering to cellular tissue. This prevents oral bacteria from thriving. Xylitol contains about 40% less calories than regular sugar and has little to no effect on insulin and blood sugar levels. … Read More


Is Dry Mouth Normal?

November 2, 2018

Dry mouth (xerostomia) might seem like an annoying thing that happens at night from time to time. But if it occurs regularly, it needs to be treated. Left untreated, it can affect a variety of things, including eating, speaking, and your general oral health. If you do suffer from dry mouth, you are certainly not alone. As many as 400 medications list xerostomia as a side effect. You can check this list, to see if your medication is one of them. Symptoms of persistent dry mouth can include: thick or stringy saliva bad breath changes in your sense of taste … Read More


Every October we want to highlight our hygienists hard work as it’s National Dental Hygiene Month. They are always striving to better serve their patients and October is a time to help us raise awareness about the importance of good oral health. It is also a time to celebrate the important work they do on a daily basis. We are so fortunate to have 4 wonderful hygienists that put our patients at ease and encourage them to work toward a healthier smile. They are continually educating themselves to learn the best ways to improve oral health and to make it … Read More


The unstructured carefree days of summer are winding down and just like that another school year is upon us! This means kids will soon be waking up early and sports will be starting again. With sports comes the need to stay hydrated, but there are many drinks out there that can be deceiving. Many sports drinks are targeted toward kids. Most also have high levels of sugar, which is why kids usually prefer them over plain water. The constant intake of these sugary and acidic beverages though, can have unwanted ill effects on our teeth. Dental erosion is a loss … Read More


Invisalign at Laurel Dental

August 24, 2018

  As many of you probably know, a little over a year ago we started offering Invisalign clear aligner therapy in our office. We are so happy to offer this service to our patients. We have benefited from getting to see many smiling patients esteem rebuilt and hygiene ease restored! This process is made simple by our incredible team who have gained the knowledge and experience of working directly with Invisalign. While there are a lot of online companies emerging for aligner therapy we strongly urge you to consider seeing a professional for this care. Our Invisalign consults are free … Read More


Many of us can agree that there is no better place to be on a sunny summer day than this little corner of the Pacific Northwest! We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful setting; from the tidepools to the mountain tops and everything in between! One of my favorite things to do with a surprise long weekend is a “staycation.” Port Angeles has so much to offer and saves the time and hassle of planning a trip away! Here is a short guide to being a tourist at home! 🙂 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK First on the docket … Read More