Are Fairies Taking Care of Our Children? | Snohomish Dentist

Losing your first tooth has become almost a rite of passage for tiny humans. Not only are they getting bigger, but when it is time for your tooth to start wiggling around in your mouth, you are guaranteed a ticket to “big kid” town. Yes, it is truly hitting the big time. And not only are you becoming a big kid, but you can expect some type of treat after you tuck that tooth under your pillow before bedtime. But why has this tradition come to pass? In honor of August 22nd being National Tooth Fairy Day, let’s take a closer look at why we have the Tooth Fairy ever-present in our childhoods…

Believe it or not, the Tooth Fairy is just one of a group of fairies that were created in the 1920’s to teach our tiny humans lessons to stay in good health. There were fairies for everything – bath fairies and tooth whitening fairies – all of which taught our children to eat their veggies or go outside and play outside in the fresh air. In 1927, Esther Watkins Arnold created an 8-page playlet that brought what we know as the Tooth Fairy to life and was performed by children the following year. To knock in the fairy idea home, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published pictures of two little girls surrounded by “verified” fairies he claimed were real. Add a touch of Disney with their creations of Pinocchio and Cinderella and you have a perfect mythical character to help ease your child into the new world of losing their teeth and becoming a big kid.

If you would like more information about the Tooth Fairy, call Dr. Haines, Dr. Cindy Du or Dr. Joseph Szabo in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit

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Let’s Celebrate Fresh Fruits and Vegetables | Snohomish Dentist

It’s that time of year where the weather is getting warmer and we want nothing more than to be outside, basking in the summer heat. We have traded our hot cocoa for iced tea and our cozy comfort foods are swapped out for lighter fresher options. And it’s just in time too – because June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Not only are these fresh foods good for our overall health, but they are also excellent for our smiles. And let’s face it – this is the time of year we have our biggest smiles, so why not indulge in these delicious and nutritious foods with a giant salad?

Carrots are packed with great vitamins and the crunchiness will gently scrub your teeth as you eat. In fact, all crunchy veggies are great for your teeth because it will initiate saliva production, our first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria. Celery is a great veggie that has a high-water content and, if you think about it, also acts like a floss. And doesn’t broccoli look like a toothbrush? Munching on these little “brushes” will not only give you some iron but will give your teeth a quick scrub as well. There are so many bonuses to eating veggies, right?

Not in the mood for a veggie salad? Opt for a fruity version. Crunchy fruits, like apples and pears, are fantastic for our overall health, but the crispiness helps strengthen your gums and the juice produces saliva, which clears out all of that bacteria that gives us cavities. And believe it or not, the malic acid in strawberries acts like a whitening agent.

If you would like more information about the effects of eating fruits and vegetables on your teeth, call Dr. Haines, Dr. Cindy Du or Dr. Joseph Szabo in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit

Dr. Haines, Du & Szabo proudly serves Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.

How Stress Can Affect Your Smile | Snohomish Dentist

Stress is a feeling few can say they’ve never felt. As life progresses on, it seems we add more stressors into our life. The unfortunate thing is, it is very difficult to overcome the sense of dread that comes with stress, and if left untreated, can lead to further health issues. But did you know that too much stress can also be affecting your mouth, teeth, gums as well?

Mouth sores. While we aren’t sure of the causes of canker sores, many experts have attributed them to a weakened immune system, bacteria, or viruses. The good thing is, they aren’t contagious. Cold sores or fever blisters, on the other hand, are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. Times of emotional stress can trigger an outbreak, but they also can happen with a fever, sunburn, or a skin abrasion. Treatment for both is available, including over-the-counter remedies and prescription antiviral drugs.

Teeth grinding. Beyond the typical headaches, one of the natural outcomes of stress is clenching and/or grinding of your teeth. While it can happen at any time of the day, it typically happens at night, so many don’t even know it’s happening. If left untreated, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can occur by grinding your teeth, so a night guard may be recommended.

Gum disease. Stress can cause an increase in dental plaque, even when the high stress levels are short-term. Long-term stress can boost your risk of bleeding gums, or gingivitis, which can progress to serious gum disease. It is important that you keep up your daily dental routines in order to offset these symptoms from progressing.

If you would like more information about the affects of stress on your smile, call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit

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He Sees You When You’re Brushing | Snohomish Dentist

The holiday season is a in full-force, which means we are busier than ever. Between the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating and holiday celebrations, there is little time to look after one’s self. It is especially easy to lose track of your dental health. It seems everywhere you look, there is another sweet treat to indulge in and who are we to say no? The problem is, if we aren’t looking after our teeth, we may have an issue in the new year. So, how do we ensure our smiles are in tip-top shape for all of our holiday pictures? Follow these helpful tips:

Carrots over candy. We know there are plenty of sugary treats available, especially at holiday parties. And it is perfectly fine to enjoy them all, just keep things in moderation. Mixing veggies and proteins with your cookies and cakes will help keep saliva production active, which helps wash away cavity-causing bacteria. In fact, drinking lots of water will do the same thing if a toothbrush isn’t handy.

Keep your routines. It may be a busy time of year, but that’s no reason to forget about your daily routines. Brushing, flossing and rinsing will not only brush away all of your holiday eats, but will also ensure a happy dental visit in the future.

Check up on things. The holidays are a fun time to be had by all. But after all the fun has been had, it’s time to get back to business. Take the time to visit the dentist to make sure your celebrating didn’t cause any harm.

If you would like more information about holiday dental tips, call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit

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Summertime Is No Reason to Ignore Your Smile | Snohomish Dentist

If there is any word that goes hand in hand with summertime, that word would be vacation. The weather is glorious and the kiddies are off school. Time to make a few memories with the ones you love most during this deliciously delightful time of year. We pack a few things and off we go…off to spend a few days being carefree.

But before you hit the road, take a few moments to prepare for an emergency we never really think about: an oral one. From BBQs to travel plans, summertime is definitely a time of year we throw caution to the wind and devour anything that tickles our fancy. Be cognizant of the amount of sugars you intake (carbs and alcohol are also sugars!), and drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep saliva production active. The more saliva you produce, the more protection you’re giving your mouth from cavity-forming bacteria and bad breath. Practicing your oral hygiene daily is a top priority when tasting all the delicious goodies at your disposal. No one wants to come home to a mouth full of cavities after a wonderful time away.

Carrying a dental first aid kit is a pretty smart idea if you are planning to spend lots of time outdoors. It’s also a great idea to have a local dental contact handy in case something major happens and immediate action is necessary. Being proactive on a vacation saves a lot of stress, and isn’t that exactly what you’re there to do?

If you are seeking help to improve your smile during your vacation, call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit

Dr. Haines proudly serves Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.


How Chewing Gum Helps Whitened Tooth Sensitivity | Snohomish Dentist

Taking chewing gumHave you ever noticed that our teeth seem to feel extra sensitive after we get our teeth whitened? Sure, they look great but at what cost? We know they do a great job, but what about the whitening process makes our mouths feel this way and how can we get it to stop? The remedy to this tooth sensitivity is as simple as popping a piece of chewing gum into your mouth.

Before getting into the evidence to support this theory, let’s take a quick look at what constitutes sensitive teeth. A tooth can become sensitive for a different reasons. When we get our teeth whitened, we are polishing up enamel that has gotten a little dull. As our day-to-day lives cause tooth enamel to wear, teeth become increasingly prone to pain when drinking or eating certain foods. Receding gums can also play a major role in causing your teeth to become sensitive and there are lots of reasons gums can recede. Dentin exposure can cause your teeth (and their roots) to no longer have all of the protection our gums and tooth enamel provide. It is this that causes the pain we feel.

Now that we know a little bit more about what could cause the sensitivity, let’s get back into what can help relieve it. A study was published in the British Dental Journal stating 88 patients were broken into three groups prior to receiving an in-office teeth whitening. The groups were as follows: patients without chewing gum, patients with sugar-free gum, and patients with sugar-free gum that also included Recaldent, a product that helps strengthen tooth enamel by adding calcium & phosphate to its list of ingredients. After the procedure, those patients with gum were asked to begin chewing. Surprisingly enough, those that chewed on a piece of chewing gum had significantly less pain than the group that went without.

But why? Why did the gum-chewing patients feel so much more relief than those that didn’t? Scientists aren’t exactly sure. They have theorized that perhaps the increased saliva production gave the patient some type of relief. Or perhaps, the act of chewing gum made the patient forget about the pain altogether. What they did find is that the version of chewing gum that helped to remineralize teeth did not make a difference in the experiment whatsoever. If the patient had gum, the patient felt some relief, despite its ingredients.

So make sure to pick up a pack of sugar-free gum on the way to your next teeth whitening appointment. Not only will it help prevent cavities, tooth decay and bad breath, but it will also help relieve any sensitivity the whitening procedure may cause.

Why Tooth Bonding May Just Be What Your Imperfect Smile Needs!

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Let’s face it. We all want perfect smiles. While we all define what a perfect smile would be differently, it’s generally accepted that a perfect smile includes a complete set of teeth that are as white as pearls, hence the origin of the phrase, “pearly whites”.

Unfortunately, however, certain life choices and genetics may get in the way of what we want. Though, this is where dentists come in.

Dental practitioners are the experts that you call on to help you get the perfect teeth you’ve always wanted, which for most people means the regular removing of visible tartar on their teeth and the occasional, cosmetic bleaching.

In certain cases, however, regular cleaning and cosmetic bleaching just isn’t enough because of a number of factors. And, in such cases, the dentist may recommend a procedure known as “tooth bonding”.

What is tooth bonding?

For cosmetic purposes, tooth bonding is the process of applying a composite resin to the area of your teeth that’s already blemished beyond conventional means of restoration. To achieve this, the composite resin is tinted to mimic the exact same shade and color of your natural set of teeth. In addition to that, the same resin can also be placed onto the problem tooth’s structure and shaped, as well as polished according to the overall appearance of the said tooth.

What is tooth bonding good for?

The use of composite resin has been known for many years as a very good alternative to the more common procedure of dental fillings.

Many dentists prefer composite resin because they’re aesthetically pleasing and carry less risks of failing.

Tooth bonding, as a procedure, also offers a lot of benefits, such as:

  • The whitening of severely stained teeth.
  • Fixing teeth with chipped edges and minor cracks.
  • The filling of excessive spaces in between teeth.
  • Fixing the shape of irregularly shaped teeth.

Will bonding always work?

Tooth bonding really is one of the most effective treatment options out there. It is noninvasive and fixes a myriad of problems. However, despite how effective it is, tooth bonding isn’t perfect.

There are plenty of cases where tooth bonding won’t be enough, such as if the patient’s teeth are already severely damaged or if they’re already infected by too much decay. And, in such cases, the dentist can recommend plenty of other, more effective options after examining the teeth carefully.

What usually happens during the whole procedure?

Of course, there’s the consultation. This is where the dentist discusses the different treatment options, as well as goals. Once a decision has been made, the dentist will use a shade guide to find the perfect composite resin color so that it fits well with the rest of your teeth.

After choosing the color, the dentist will then roughen the surface of the tooth and coat it lightly with a conditioning liquid to help make the bonding material stick better.

Once prepared, the tooth-colored resin is applied, molded and smoothed out until it’s in the proper shape. Then, an ultraviolet laser or light is used to help make the material harden.

After the material has hardened, the dentist will then add the finishing touches and polish the material to make sure that it matches the rest of the tooth’s surface.

All in all, the procedure will only take somewhere around 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete, which is fast when you think about how good the results are going to be. However, more time or even additional visits may be necessary if you’re having more than one tooth done.

Go to your dentist today!

The first step to achieving a better-looking, more radiant smile is to schedule a consultation ASAP with Dr. Ted Haines to discuss what options are available to help you improve your smile! Call today at 360-568-8577 or visit the website at


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Could Your Toothbrush Be Making You Sick? | Serving Everett, WA


More than likely….NO. Regardless of how many bacteria live in your mouth, or have gotten in there via your toothbrush, your body’s natural defenses make it highly unlikely that you’re going to get an infection simply from brushing your teeth.

Fortunately, the human body is usually able to protect itself from bacteria. There is no real evidence that sitting the toothbrush in your bathroom in the toothbrush holder is causing any real damage or harm or that the bacteria on your toothbrush are turning into infections.

However, you should use some common sense about storing your toothbrush, including how close it is to the toilet.

Don’t Brush Where You Flush

Most bathrooms are small. And in many homes, the toilet is very close to the bathroom sink where you keep your toothbrush.

Every time you flush the toilet it sends a spray of bacteria into the air. And you don’t want the toilet spray anywhere near your toothbrush.

Would you store your plates and glasses by the toilet? You probably answered a disgusted, no.  So then why would you want to place your toothbrush there? Storing your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible makes the most sense.

You also wouldn’t eat after going to the bathroom without first washing your hands. The same advice applies before brushing your teeth.

Toothbrush Storage Tips

Now that you have moved your toothbrush far away from the toilet, here are a few other storage tips to keep your brush as germ-free as possible:

  • Keep it rinsed. Wash off your toothbrush thoroughly with hot tap water every time you use it.
  • Keep it dry. Bacteria love moist environments, so make sure your brush has a chance to dry completely between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers as they can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Keep it upright. Store your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying it down.
  • Keep it to yourself. No matter how close you are to your sister, brother, spouse, or roommate don’t ever use their toothbrush or vice versa. Don’t even store your toothbrush side-by-side in the same cup with other people’s brushes. Whenever toothbrushes touch, they can swap germs.

Dr. Ted Haines and team are committed to ensuring your optimal oral health and well-being.  Contact Dr. Haines at 360-568-8577 or visit our website

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Don’t Hide Your Smile, Improve It! | Veneers | Snohomish, WA


Do you find yourself covering your mouth when you smile or laugh? Don’t hide anymore! Visit Dr. Ted Haines DDS in Snohomsih, WA to improve your smile with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are fabricated from a solid piece of porcelain. They fit over the front and underside of your tooth covering the entire surface of visible tooth.

If you are unhappy with your smile and would like more information about porcelain veneers call Dr. Haines DDS at 360-568-8577. Learn more about Dr. Haines practice by visiting his website at

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Don’t Be Afraid of Root Canal Treatment! | Pain Relief | Snohomish, WA


Are you afraid of getting root canal treatment? Root canal treatment actually provides pain relief, it does not cause pain. The pain comes from the infection in the root canal. The treatment removes the infection and leaves you feeling better after the procedure. The best part is you get to keep your natural tooth!

Don’t be afraid, get the pain relief you need to feel healthier and happier. Call Dr. Ted Haines DDS of Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577. Visit his website at

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