Our hygienists here at Ballard Dental Arts began implementing a new salivary test for Oral HPV a couple months ago. Now you might be wondering: “Why is my dentist concerned if I have HPV?” Or you might be thinking: “It’s none of your business if I have HPV.” These are valid concerns, as this is a new screening protocol that is likely to stir up many questions. In an effort to help alleviate any fears or concerns, we’ve put together some information about our new screening below, that further explains our role as dental professionals. In 2006, HPV studies helped … Read More


The Fluoride Debate

June 15, 2018

Fluoride is a controversial topic in the dental field, which is why we’ve chosen to discuss it this month. One of the most frequent misconceptions we hear about fluoride (which is perpetuated by insurance companies) is that only children will benefit from fluoride. Regardless of age, each individual has unique risk factors for developing cavities. Numerous studies have shown, when used as directed or when added to community water in the correct amounts, fluoride significantly reduces the incidence of cavities. At each hygiene appointment, our team of hygienists at Ballard Dental Arts, are trained to evaluate and identify your risk … Read More


It seems that whenever we are out and about in Ballard these days the streets are overrun by babies (in carriages, in snugglies, in their parents arms, with or without dogs) and pregnant moms.  That made us think, this seems like the perfect time to address oral care during pregnancy. There are a few misconceptions out there to clear up and we’ll discuss how and why good home care is especially important during pregnancy. One of the biggest misconceptions involved with dental care during pregnancy is that restorative treatment and anesthetic are not safe. Receiving local anesthesia while you are … Read More


Tips to Maximize Your Dental Benefits Dental benefits are designed to provide you with assistance to pay for your dental care. If you have dental benefits, it is best to consider maximizing them to your individual needs. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your benefits; which will end up saving you money in the future. Use it – or Lose it! Most insurance plans have an annual maximum amount available that does not roll-over into the next benefit year.  Ask us about any unused insurance benefits and/or unused Flex (FSA) or health savings (HSA) benefits you may … Read More


According to the Center for Disease Control, it is the leading cause of death since 1921. In 2013 there were over 600,000 related deaths in the United States. What is it? Heart disease; primarily coronary artery disease. An estimated 1.2 million people suffered from a new or recurrent heart attack in 2010, and chances are you know someone who has suffered from a coronary ailment in their lifetime. With the rise of heart disease, much focus has been put on the causes and risk factors that have made these issues so prevalent. The most commonly addressed factors are things like … Read More