Women’s History Month: 4 Women Who’ve Changed the Face of Dentistry

March 17th, 2017 by Dr. Karen McNeill


March is Women's History Month!

Did you know? Only 1.1% of dental students were female in 1968. That number dramatically increased to 47.7% in 2014.  [SOURCE]

We decided to celebrate Women’s History Month by sharing four women dentists who’ve changed the face of dentistry. You could say they are responsible for contributing to the above statistic (along with many other aspiring female dentists)!

Clara W. MacNaughton (1854-1948)

Clara was a huge advocate for women’s voting rights, so it’s not surprising she became one of the first female dentists in the late 1800s. In fact, she was so involved with the women’s suffrage movement that she moved her practice from Michigan to Washington, DC to be directly involved with the national movement.

She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1885 and moved to Grand Rapids to start her dental practice and even became the vice president of Michigan State Dental Society. When she moved to Washington, DC, her practice solely focused on women and children, using her gender as a professional advantage to be nurturing and understanding.

Want to learn more about Clara?

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Vida Annette Latham (1866-1958)

As a dentist, physician, and author of many scientific articles, Vida loved focusing on the little details. She firmly believed dentistry was the same as medicine and it deserved the same foundation as anatomy, histology, embryology, and physiology instead of focusing on the mechanical side of it.

Because of this firm belief, she pushed for better science classes in dental schools and even earned a medical degree in addition to her dental degree. She taught at several hospitals in Chicago and ran a dental practice in Rogers Park, Illinois, keeping meticulous details on her patients, treatments, and fees.

Want to learn more about Vida?

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Leonie von Zesch (1882-1944)

Leonie was quite the adventurer. She practiced dentistry all over the country, including Texas, Arizona, California, and Alaska. She had many “firsts” in her dental career:

  • She became the first paid female dentist for the U.S. Army.
  • She became Alaska’s first female dentist in 1915 (she traveled by a dog team in the winter to get to her patients!).

Along with her firsts, Leonie also:

  • Served as a dentist for the Navy by disguising herself as male (she eventually got caught and was replaced by a male dentist).
  • Took a dentist position in a female prison called California Institution for Women at Tehachapi. In fact, her best dental assistant was a murderer.

Leonie led an active lifestyle in her dental career. She even said, “I gave the profession youth, health, energy, enthusiasm, adequate training, a lifelong devotion, and an unquenchable zest for living.”

Want to learn more about Leonie?

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Jeanne C. Sinkford (1933-)

Jeanne’s record is quite impressive. Not only did she overcome many race and gender barriers to become the best in dentistry, but she was the first woman to be Dean at a dental school.

She wore many hats to advance the field of dentistry, including:

  • Actively recruiting women and minority students to the dental profession.
  • Serving on many national counsels, such as National Institutes of Health, National Academy of Sciences, and much more.
  • Became the chair of the Department of Prosthodontics.

Even being so busy with her medical career, Jeanne managed a perfect balance between her career and life.

Want to learn more about Jeanne?

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Who are your favorite female dentists?

There are so many aspiring female dentists, and we’re curious to know who is your favorite. In honor of Women’s History Month, share with us your favorite female dentists in the comments below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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February is American Heart Month – Are You Listening?

February 3rd, 2017 by Dr. Karen McNeill


Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer for women in America?

Since 1964, American presidents have been warning the American public about the very real danger of heart disease. Why? Each year, one out of every three deaths in America is caused by heart disease. This is more than any other deadly disease, including cancer.

Because of this, the month of February has been designated as American Heart Month. Each year, focus is given to education and awareness about heart health.

Heart Disease Awareness

Awareness of the facts surrounding heart disease can save lives. Here are some helpful sites that can save your life:

February 3rd – A Focus on Women’s Heart Disease

On Friday, February 3, 2017, people across America will be wearing red to raise awareness about women and heart health. This awareness event is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute which is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer for women also? Facts show that in 2010, one out of four deaths of women were because of this disease. And the truth is that it can happen to women of all ages, not just the elderly.

A red dress has been chosen as a symbol to remind women of the very real dangers of cardiovascular disease. Look for the red dress and its accompanying message this month as a reminder for women to take action and lower their risk of heart disease.


Leading Causes of Death for American Women (2010).


How has heart disease affected lives? Read these real stories. If you have a story or comment to share we’d love to hear it!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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How a Bellevue Cosmetic Dentistry Expert Can Make You Love Your Smile

November 30th, 2016 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Your Bellevue cosmetic dentistry expert can help you love your smile again

Only a true cosmetic dentistry expert can design a smile that is uniquely yours. There may be parts of your smile you know you hate. The gaps, the stains, or the shape of your teeth. But have you considered your gum line or bite? If you live in Bellevue or the surrounding Seattle area, your search for the best dentist to transform your smile is over.

Your smile is one of your most valuable features. It can boost your confidence and make you look and feel younger. Using today’s advanced dental technologies, achieving a beautiful smile is reasonable, affordable, and comfortable.

How can a Bellevue cosmetic dentistry expert help you achieve a perfect smile? What can help you choose the right dentist for you?

How is a smile transformed?

Since artistry is a key component in advanced cosmetic dentistry, a dentist must be able to draw on a variety of techniques to achieve a perfect smile for you. What are the steps involved?

  1. Analyze your smile. Creating a natural and beautiful smile involves bridging aesthetics and functionality. Your unique facial features must be considered, as well as how your muscles, teeth, bite and joints all work together.
  2. Develop a smile makeover plan. Your cosmetic dentist may use some of the following procedures to achieve your new smile:
    • Porcelain veneers
    • Laser gum reshaping
    • Cosmetic contouring of your teeth
    • Crowns
    • Invisalign orthodontics
    • Teeth whitening
  3. Create a smile preview. Just seeing a photo of your new smile isn’t enough. You want to know how it will really look and feel. Your dentist can create a temporary version of smile restoration so you can make any changes before any work is started.
  4. Complete the look.

Now that you know how you can get a smile you’ll love, how will you decide who will be the best dentist to help you?

What makes a cosmetic dentistry expert?

A cosmetic dentist needs to combine science with art. If you were going to invest and commission an artist to paint a family portrait, who would you choose? Obviously, you would want someone that doesn’t just say they are an artist, but who has been educated, trained and most importantly has working experience. It’s the same for the dental artist that will create the piece of art you will wear for the rest of your life.

Many dentists can say they practice cosmetic dentistry, but here are some factors to find out if they are truly experts:

  • experience — how many smile transformations have they actually completed?
  • advanced education and training — how have they been trained to do cosmetic and restorative procedures?
  • artistry — do they consider your unique facial characteristics?
  • technology — have they invested in the most advanced treatments?

Let’s see how Dr. Karen McNeill stacks up. Would you call her a Bellevue cosmetic dentistry expert?

Is your search for a Bellevue cosmetic dentistry expert over?

If you live in Bellevue or the Seattle area, consider yourself in luck. Did you know Dr. Karen McNeill is in an elite group of the top 1% of highly trained dentists nationwide?

Dr. Karen McNeill is a Bellevue cosmetic dentistry expert

  • 15 years of cosmetic dentistry experience creating countless beautiful, life changing smiles in Seattle
  • Graduate and Fully Accredited by LVI Global – Advanced Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry
  • Smile Artistry is a phrase Dr. McNeill coined 10 years ago to describe her commitment to artistic integrity and individual approach to smile designs
  • Invested in the latest digital and laser technologies to provide the most progressive dental treatments to produce the best results


Don’t take our word for it, listen to what her patients and local Pacific Northwest media say about Dr. McNeill by visiting Smile Design. View some of her amazing smile transformations and be convinced that she is the cosmetic dentistry expert that can finally make you love your smile.


Enjoy a complimentary cosmetic consultation with a Bellevue cosmetic dentistry expert

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3 Extremely Useful Resources to Learn All About Root Canals

October 31st, 2016 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Woman on couch looking concerned about an upcoming root canal treatment appointment

You’ve been told you need a root canal, and understandably, you now have questions: What exactly IS a root canal? Is it going to hurt? What can you expect when you go in for treatment?

We want to make it easier on you, so we’ve rounded up some great online resources that will help answer the questions you need answers to.

1. Read about root canals and learn what to expect

The American Association of Endodontists has included a plethora of information about the root canal (or endodontic) treatment on one handy webpage. You’ll find many answers to your questions here, including:

  • What is a root canal?
  • What exactly is involved in the treatment?
  • Why would you need the treatment?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • What happens to the tooth after the treatment?
  • Will you need to get a crown?
  • Will your tooth need any special care afterward?

You’ll also find another page dealing with Root Canal Myths. Here, three myths are debunked, including the common misconception that root canals are very painful. The truth is, when you need this treatment, you’re already in pain, so it actually brings much-needed relief. On top of that, anesthetics and other modern techniques make root canal pain on par with other basic dental procedures, which is not very high. Yay!

Read the articles: Root Canals Explained | Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain

2. View illustrations of root canal treatment

Do you want to see the steps of a root canal without a lot of reading? Go to the Colgate Oral Care Center website and quickly view the steps of this treatment in seven simple illustrations.

These images will help you visualize the answers to these questions:

  • Where is the infection in my tooth?
  • What does it take to deal with the infection?
  • What tools will be used to remove the infection?
  • What materials will be added?
  • How will the tooth be rebuilt?

View: Illustrations: Root Canal Treatment From Start To Finish

3. Watch a 3-minute video showing how a root canal treatment is done

Once again, the folks at American Association of Endodontists have produced a great resource to learn about root canals. Watch their helpful video below:

Quickly go to any section of the video that you’re curious about by using the quick jump guide below. Just move the progress bar slider to the specific spot in the video:

  • 0:36 – What is Endodontics?
  • 0:43 – What is an Endodontist?
  • 1:05  – What and where is your tooth pulp?
  • 1:24 – Why does the pulp need to be removed?
  • 1:38 – What are the steps of root canal treatment?
  • 2:23 – What follow-up procedure will still need to be done?


Yes, the news that you’re in need of a root canal may ruin your day, but having helpful resources can really go a long way! Being informed will help you make the right treatment choice. Having answers to your root canal questions can also allay your concerns and calm your fears.

Do you have a favorite resource that has taught you helpful information about root canals? Please tell us about it in the comments below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Re-posted with permission. Source: https://www.roadsidedentalmarketing.com/blog/dental-articles/root-canal-explained-3-useful-resources/

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Top 10 Dental Emergencies and What To Do About Them

October 17th, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill


woman experiencing dental emergency

One of your worst fears is realized: You fell face first onto the concrete, and you felt that front tooth break. Panic mode ensues. What the heck are you going to do now? Don’t panic, we’ve got some answers for you.

There are all types of dental emergencies and most of the time, the answer is going to see a dentist as soon as you possibly can. However, until you get to the dentist, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain.

Dental Emergencies 101:

Without further ado, these are the ten emergencies you’re going to run into at one point or another. Just like the Boy Scouts say: “Always be prepared.”

#1 You Broke or Chipped Your Tooth.

This is easily one of the most painful emergencies. You’re going to want to call the dentist as soon as possible. Meanwhile, rinse out your mouth with warm water, and try to keep the tooth if possible. Also, try to put an ice-pack on it in transit to the dentist.

#2 You Knocked a Tooth Loose.

So your tooth is loose, but didn’t get knocked out. That’s good news (even though it hurts). The dentist may be able to save your tooth. Take some over the counter painkillers, put some ice on it, and get to the dentist as soon as possible.

#3 Broke or Lost Your Crown or Filling.

Oh boy, that’s no fun. Hopefully, you didn’t swallow it. If you did, don’t worry, you’re not going to die. Try to keep the crown or filling if you still have it.

Your tooth is going to be very sensitive to anything going into your mouth. That includes air. You can use clove oil to try to soothe the sensitivity as well as get some dental cement from a local drug store. Once again, get to the dentist as soon as you can because you’re likely in pain.

#4 Sudden Painful Toothache.

Toothaches can be the symptom of a lot of different problems. The best thing to do is start with rinsing out your mouth with some warm water. Then try to gently floss around the tooth to make sure no food is hanging out around there. If it persists, you’re going to need to take a trip to the dentist.

#5 Something is Lodged Between Your Teeth.

When something gets stuck between your teeth, it can become rather painful and could lead to infection. It’s got to come out pronto. First, try to get it out with some floss. If that hurts too much, you could also try something like Soft Picks for a gentler approach. If all else fails, you’re going to want to call the dentist.

#6 Sudden Swelling in Your Mouth.

This could happen for a number of reasons, but is potentially very serious. You may have an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth are no joke. The infection can spread quickly, and since your mouth is in your head where your brain resides, you’re playing with fire if you let this one go.

There’s really nothing you can do other than getting to the dentist as soon as possible. Unless, that is, you want to pull a Cast Away. But that method is highly frowned upon and should only be used if stranded on a desert island.

#7 You Broke Your Braces.

Braces have a lot of moving parts. Sometimes those moving parts break. First, if they break, call your orthodontist to get in as quickly as possible.

If a wire breaks, you’ll want to get it somewhere where it isn’t poking you. If there’s no way of moving it to a place that isn’t hurting, use some orthodontic wax to cover it until you can get to the orthodontist.

If it’s a band that loosens, salvage it and set up an appointment with your orthodontist to have it replaced or re-cemented.

#8 You Bit Your Cheek or Tongue.

This happens all the time when you’re eating, chewing gum, or just not paying attention. Most of the time it’s not too much of an issue, but there can be circumstances that make it more traumatic. In that case, the first step is to try and stop the bleeding. Rinse your mouth with some saltwater, then use a piece of gauze to put pressure on the wound.

If you can’t stop the bleeding and your dentist is unavailable, go to the ER. They may need to take a look at it.

#9 Injured Your Jaw

A broken jaw is no fun. Basically, there’s nothing you can do for this other than take some over the counter painkillers and put some ice on it until you can get to the ER.

#10 Wisdom Teeth Become Inflamed

Wisdom teeth are tricky business. They seem to come whenever they please, and when they do, they can easily wreak havoc. Pericoronitis is an infection that can occur when your wisdom teeth don’t come in properly. If you get it, you’ll know because of your irritated gums in that area, as well as possible bad breath. See a dentist as soon as possible to get this one figured out.

What Can You Do to Prevent Dental Emergencies?

In some cases, it’s going to be impossible to prevent an emergency. But there are a few things you can do to limit the odds:

  • Wear a mouthguard: If you’re playing any kind of sport, it’s going to be a good idea to keep those teeth safe with a good quality mouthguard.
  • Avoid chewing damaging foods: Think ice, popcorn kernels, caramels, that sort of the thing. They can easily cause you teeth to break.
  • Brush and floss: Do it! Keep your mouth healthy.
  • See your dentist regularly: It’s not always going to be your favorite thing, but your dentist is your best bet for keeping your teeth in great shape.

So there you have it, the worst of the dental emergencies. Have you had your own experience with a dental emergency? Let us know about it in the comment section.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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How Good Oral Health May Prevent Breast Cancer

October 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Good oral health can prevent breast cancer. October calendar with a 'get checked' reminder for breast cancer awareness month

Do you notice an increase in pink every October? From politicians to football players to community members, the color seems to pop up everywhere!

Since 1985, when National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded, October has been designated as a time to increase awareness of this deadly disease.

Pink ribbons – and pink in general – point to the need for awareness, research, and fundraising. Not surprisingly, these are all important aspects that work toward the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for breast cancer.

While some breast cancer stats are staggering – according to current statistics at Breastcancer.org 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. in 2016 – there are also some hopeful breakthroughs. Read on to learn about what you can do to help reduce your chances.

The danger is real

Thankfully, breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in the year 2000 – BUT the danger is still very real, and prevention and treatment still have a long way to go.

Did you know that breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women? While skin cancer is number one, a HUGE amount of U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes (about 1 in 8).

Shockingly, a woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately DOUBLES when she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but at the same time, about 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

These cancerous, genetic mutations are said to be a result of the aging process and life in general. This is where small, lifestyle choices – like flossing every day – can have a positive effect on your overall health.

Good oral health matters

As studies have shown, there is a link between breast cancer and dental health.

In fact, if a person has poor oral health or periodontal disease, they may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer!

Luckily, your oral health habits are something that you have control over! With proper care, you and your dental team can monitor and reduce your chances of periodontal disease and other health-related issues. 

For good oral health care, you’ll need to:

  • Brush twice a day. Use a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste approved by the ADA (American Dental Association).
  • Floss daily. Clean between your teeth with dental floss or another interdental cleaner every day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Schedule your professional cleaning and checkup every six months.
Good oral health can prevent breast cancer. Good oral hygiene includes brushing, flossing, and dental visits.

Good oral hygiene includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.

Think pink!

While this deadly disease is on the decline, it’s still important to use October to remind your friends and family about the necessities of breast cancer awareness. Remember, early detection is key, and it truly can save a life!

How do you show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness month? Please tell us in the comments below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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8 Reasons to Choose Clear Aligners Over Metal Braces

September 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill


8 reasons to love clear aligners

Have you been putting off getting your smile straightened because you’d rather not be seen with metal brackets and wires all over your teeth?

Traditional braces can take years to successfully straighten your smile – all the while you are dealing with eating restrictions, the endless struggle of brushing and flossing around all those wires, and the embarrassment of smiling with a mouth full of metal.

What if you could get your teeth straightened using nearly-invisible aligners that allow you to avoid the traditional braces set-backs? Would you take the opportunity?

What Makes Clear Aligners a Great Choice?

Read on to learn why you should take a good look at clear aligners as your teeth-straightening solution.

1. Nearly invisible

Traditional braces are very noticeable when you smile. All those wires and metal brackets are a stark contrast from your natural teeth. Clear aligners use see-through custom fitting dental trays that slip on over your teeth and gently realign your smile. Most people won’t even notice you have them on!

2. Removable

Getting married? Having a photoshoot? Eating corn-on-the-cob? Clear aligners use removable trays that just pop off whenever you need them to. Get that picture perfect smile whenever a photo-op comes around and enjoy your favorite foods.

3. Easy Dental Care

The removable trays also allow you to brush and floss your teeth normally. No more getting special brushes and flosser tools to get around all those tiny brackets and wires. Saves you time and a couple headaches.

Clear Aligners blog orthodontic marketing

Source from above. Odds are you probably need to get your teeth straightened.

4. No Food Restrictions

Love corn-on-the-cob? Enjoy eating apples? Can’t resist movie theater popcorn (who has that much will power anyways)? Don’t worry, since there are no fragile brackets, you can eat anything you want! True freedom.

5. Metal-Free

Not only are metal braces unattractive, there is also a small percentage of people who have metal allergies and thus can’t use traditional braces. For those who suffer from metal sensitivities, plastic clear aligners are the perfect alternative.

6. Fewer Appointments

You’re busy and your time is valuable. With clear aligners, you’ll only have to come into the office every 4-6 weeks. Plus, anyone who has had traditional braces knows their visits are often full of being poked and pricked with wires. Not a problem with clear aligners .

7. Comfort

Those who use traditional braces can end up with scars on the insides of their cheeks from sharp wires catching the soft skin. Alternatively, smooth plastic aligner trays won’t scratch up the insides of your mouth.

8. Special Event Friendly

Don’t put off straight teeth because you have a big event coming up where you want your smile to be free of any orthodontic appliances. With clear aligners, you can always remove the trays for special events. Perhaps you’re getting married this year; weddings can be stressful, and with removable clear aligners you’ll have one less thing to worry about for your big day!

Still unsure?

There are also health benefits to having straight teeth. Those with crowded or overlapping teeth have a harder time keeping the areas between their teeth clean, which can then lead to periodontal and gum disease. Periodontal disease can lead to other more serious health conditions. When you decide to straighten your teeth you aren’t only choosing to improve your smile’s appearance but also your comprehensive health.

Choosing clear aligners will help you get a straight and healthy smile while keeping you happier and more comfortable throughout the process than traditional metal braces.

If you’re ready to take control of your smile, call your dentist and set up a consultation to learn more about the process.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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The Best Way to Tell Someone to Whiten Their Teeth

August 31st, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill

A woman thinks "I wish he would whiten his teeth once and a while..."

We all know that person with the beautiful teeth and yellow smile. Your boss. Your boyfriend. Your sister. We care about people and want them to look their best. But teeth whitening can be a sensitive subject (no pun intended) and treatments can vary in price and effectiveness.

Why should people want a fresh, gleaming smile? What’s the best way to break the news?

Encourage teeth whitening with a subtle approach

According to the American Dental Association, in the past 20 years, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular esthetic dental treatments. The industry has been inundated with at-home treatments… from pens, strips, or even at-home trays… lights included. Why?

Here are a few reasons why everyone (including your friend) should get rid of that antique-looking smile:

Look younger

Do people with white teeth actually look younger? Well, according to a study conducted by OralB, it’s true! You can look five years younger and 20% more attractive with a whiter smile. Who doesn’t want those kind of results?

So try this with your friend:

  • “Hey, I read this article that professionally whitening your teeth can make you look five years younger. Sign me up, right? Have you ever thought about doing it?”

Improve self-confidence

Packaging sells. If your packaging looks good and you feel good in your skin, your confidence will translate to success. Not only your business life but also your personal life will improve.

Why not bait your friend with this:

  • “My dentist is offering an amazing whitening promotion this month! We have that big networking dinner coming up. If I look good, I’ll feel super confident and make more contacts for sure! You want in?”

Make a statement

First impressions are lasting impressions. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and whitening your teeth gives plenty of bang for your buck. After your first treatment, it’s much easier to stay on a schedule each year with your dentist to keep your pearly whites as white as possible.

Sell it this way:

  • “I need a change. I’m going to get my teeth whitened and spruce up my look! What do you think? Have you ever thought about it?”

If your clever statements to encourage your friend to improve their smile are not working as fast or as well as you planned, don’t give up. There is something more you can do!

What is the BEST way to tell someone to brighten their smile?

Inspiring teeth whitening by showing off your gleaming white smile.

If you’ve got a gorgeous pearly white smile, others will ask you how they can look as good as you!

Whiten YOUR teeth and inspire others

We think the best way to inspire someone is not by what you say, but by your example. Your friend or family member will be certain to notice your glamorous white smile and then you’ll be able to educate any who ask how to follow in your footsteps.

The best way to inspire someone is not by what you say, but by your example

Any whitening treatment will achieve the best results after a regular cleaning by your dentist. After your next cleaning, ask your dental professional to recommend the best treatment for you… and maybe a referral for your friend. Better yet, share this cool article on your favorite social platform below with all your friends and family.

Get people talking about your amazing smile! Call our office and book your appointment today.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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8 Tips to Maintain Healthy Teeth While Traveling

August 31st, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill

You can maintain healthy teeth while traveling with these essential tips.

What are your travel plans this summer? Whether you’re planning a long weekend at the beach, a rustic camping adventure, or an international getaway, no doubt you’re excited about your upcoming escape. The house-sitter is booked, your bags are packed…but do you have everything you need to maintain healthy teeth while traveling?

It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene habits when out of town; after all, you’re away from home and out of your normal routine. However, with a little planning, you can avoid taking a vacation from your dental health during your summer travels.

Don’t Take a Vacation From your Dental Health

  1. An ounce of prevention: Schedule your cleaning and checkup with your dentist prior to your planned vacation to ensure any potential concerns are identified and treated before you leave.
  2. Pack the dental essentials: Remember to pack your toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. If you wear a night guard, pack that too!
  3. Protect your toothbrush from germs: Use a protective cover for your toothbrush that has holes for ventilation.
  4. Keep floss at your fingertips: If traveling by air, keep your toothbrush and floss handy in your personal item for easy access during the flight.
  5. In-flight tips: During long flights, drink plenty of water, avoid sticky snacks, and chew sugar-free gum.
  6. Let your toothbrush breathe: When you arrive at your destination, take your toothbrush out of its cover – a wet toothbrush can breed bacteria. Allow your toothbrush to dry thoroughly before covering it again.
  7. Water warning: If the water isn’t safe to drink where you’re vacationing, it’s not safe for brushing either! Brush with bottled water instead.
  8. Avoid dental disasters: Do not chew ice, hard candies, or other foods that could chip or crack your teeth.
Maintain healthy teeth while traveling with these simple tips.

Play it safe and use bottled water when in doubt.

With a little preparation, you can enjoy your summer travels without neglecting your teeth! We want to hear: What are your travel plans this summer? Comment below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Our FREE Gift to You!

December 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

We think our patients are the greatest!

We love seeing your beautiful smiles every day and sharing a laugh while catching up on the latest news. Because we appreciate your continued loyalty to our office and team, we love it when we have the opportunity to reward that loyalty.

We’ve Got What You Need

As partners in your dental health, we want to provide you with important information we know you want and need and we are constantly thinking of new and creative ways we can supply it. So, we are excited to share a new digital download that provides information we know you will be happy to have – The Top 5 Rule to Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Preview of our FREE ebook download titled The Top 5 Rules to Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentist eBook Download


This download is completely FREE, no hidden strings attached! It was designed solely for the benefit of our Redmond dentist patients. (And your welcome!)

Thank-you again for being the greatest patients on the planet! See you at your next appointment.

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About Dr. McNeill’s Blog

Dr. Karen McNeill has been creating smiles since 1992. Dr. McNeill established her practice in 1998, creating one of the very first practices in the Northwest dedicated to Advanced Full Mouth Reconstruction.

The Northwest Smile Makeover Team