Oral Health Tips at Every Age

A few things are equally important for your oral health, no matter what your age or stage of life. Good nutrition, brushing and flossing habits, visiting the dentist and a little fluoride are always (always) the essentials – you won’t ever hear us say otherwise.  However, your dental hygiene routine requires unique considerations for each new season of growth and maturity. Read below as Dr. Gollofon of AJ Gollofon, DDS shares what is especially important knowledge to maintain your oral health throughout your life. You may be surprised at what we have to say! Read more ›

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Is it Time to Straighten?

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. People of any age can have their teeth straightened-there is never a bad time-but there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Seattle dentist, Dr. Gollofon is a local provider of professional orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth. Read more ›

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Veneers – Not Just for the Silver Screen

There’s a lot of hair and makeup that goes into making your favorite stars sparkle on the screen. And while we can’t all hire a professional artist to make us look perfect every day, there is a lasting solution to giving you that perfect Hollywood smile – veneers! Dr. Gollofon in Seattle is an experienced and trusted provider of veneer treatments.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a very strong, paper-thin cover over your teeth. They look just like real teeth, but even better. Veneers are often used to improve the look of teeth with spacing and alignment issues or staining problems. They can be applied wherever needed, on one tooth or a whole set. Read more ›

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Gum Disease: More Than Just Gums

Your Mouth: A Picture of Health

Did you know that when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true—your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Gollofon at A.J. Gollofon, DDS should know. We’ve seen mouths from all over Seattle in our office! Read more ›

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Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

Dentistry is serious medicine, and daily oral hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too—not to mention fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of interesting dental facts out there!

A.J. Gollofon, DDS in Seattle treats our patients professionally and joyfully—our team thinks teeth are cool. Take Dr. Gollofon’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth. Read more ›

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Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right—just ONE. Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong.  This myth is totally false—and Dr. Gollofon at A.J. Gollofon, DDS is here to tell you the truth.

Dental Care in Colonial Times

It was a combination of bad genes and even worse medical practices that led George Washington down the path to becoming toothless. Washington experienced many health problems throughout his life, and he was often treated with “calomel,” a common medicine of his time. Calomel contained mercury, which ruined teeth. The toothpaste of that era was also made from very abrasive materials like tree bark and brick dust, which likely continued to break down Washington’s natural teeth. Read more ›

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The Story of Caries Prevention

If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Seattle teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Gollofon is going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what A.J. Gollofon, DDS can do to help. Read more ›

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How Dental Nightguards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Seattle for protection during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Gollofon has helped many Seattle residents improve their quality of life with nightguards. Our team at AJ Gollofon, DDS invites you to come visit us today to find out more. Read more ›

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How Baby Teeth Help Mouths Grow Up Right

Every parent remembers seeing their baby’s first teeth emerge, watching the rest pop up, and finally cheering as their child loses their first baby tooth, all in the blink of an eye! In fact, baby teeth come and go so quickly that some people are led to believe they don’t have an impact on a child’s dental health later in life.

AJ Gollofon, DDS wants you to know that that couldn’t be further from the truth! Your Seattle dentist is committed to giving our community access to reliable information on dental care, so here are the facts about why baby teeth matter.

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Seattle smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. Gollofon and the expert hygienists at A.J. Gollofon, DDS.

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss & Mouthwash

Before we talk technique, we need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’re going to need a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss. Pick whatever floss is most comfortable for you and any toothpaste that you like, provided it has fluoride. Mouthwash is not required, but some Seattle residents really like the extra health boost you get from a good swish and gargle. Read more ›

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