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Mom, are you neglecting your smile because you don’t have a babysitter?

Free childcare during your visit.

• By Appointment Only
• Holistic Approach
• Oral Cancer Screenings

Mikael Kautsky, DDS, PS
1100 Eastside St SE
943-6378

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Dr. Mikael Kautsky

Dr. Kautsky has owned this dental practce since 2001; before that he worked at the Community Care Dental Clinic at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia.  He continues his commitment to service in his practice, spending an afternoon every other week doing pro bono dentistry. He is married and has three wonderful children. Outside the office, Dr. Kautsky enjoys camping, hiking, running, and kayaking. He also brews his own beer.

Family Dentistry with a Holistic Approach

Dr. Kautsky supports his claim of doing dentistry with a holistic approach with his Board Certification in Oral Medicine. His postdoctoral training at  the University of Washington, which culminated in his Board Certification by the American Board of Oral Medicine, taught him to look at the human body as a functioning whole. What differentiates Dr. Kautsky from other dentists is this holistic philosophy and the procedures incorporated into his oral care routines. These procedures include:

·    Taking a thorough medical history
·    Measuring blood pressure yearly
·    Performing TMJ screening at each recall
·    Performing oral cancer screening at each recall
·    Empowering the patient to become an active participant in his/her oral health

If you want a dentist that pays attention to more than just your teeth, and who puts your overall oral health first,  Dr. Kautsky is the dental professional to trust.

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Top Seven Habits to Avoid to Maintain Healthy Teeth

  1. CONSTANT SNACKING:  Grazing all day even on seemingly healthy foods and drinks, puts you at a higher risk for cavities in your teeth.  Every time you put foods or drinks containing sugars (carbohydrates) in your mouth, cavity producing bacteria on your teeth use these sugars for their own metabolism and produce acids as the end-result.  These acids attack your teeth, slowly dissolving them and eventually causing cavities.  In order to avoid this habit, eat balanced, healthy meals to stay fuller longer.  If you need a snack, choose a high fat, low carbohydrate food, i.e. cheese and only drink water between meals.
  2. BRUSHING TOO HARD AND TOO OFTEN:  Scrubbing your teeth with a hard brush or brushing multiple times each day, can damage teeth and cause gum irritation.  To avoid this habit, brush only twice a day for two minutes per brushing, using a soft tooth brush and proper pressure.  Pretend that you brush one tooth at a time, rather than scrubbing the whole row of teeth in one movement. Leave that kind of scrubbing technique and the hard toothbrushes for cleaning the grout in your bathroom tile.
  3. GRINDING AND CLENCHING YOUR TEETH:  This habit can cause chipping and cracking of your teeth and with time will make your teeth appear shorter.  It can also lead to muscle and joint pain. To avoid this habit, become aware of where your teeth are during the day. Your teeth should always be apart, except when you chew your food or swallow.  If this habit occurs at night, a mouthguard may help to prevent the consequences of this habit.
  4. CHEWING ICE CUBES:  This habit can cause similar damage to your teeth as grinding and clenching.  In order to stop this habit, drink chilled beverages without ice for a period of time or use a straw.
  5. NAIL BITING: This nervous habit has similar effects as the above two habits.  It can speed up the wear on your teeth and lead to muscle and joint problems.  To stop this habit, you can try to apply a bitter-tasting nail polish to your nails.  Stress reduction can also help stop this habit.  If you can identify certain situations as triggers for this habit, hold something in your hands to keep your fingers busy.
  6. USING YOUR TEETH AS TOOLS:  Your teeth are made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors or a bottle opener.  The effects of this habit are similar to the three previous habits.  In order to avoid this habit, get the right tool for the job or ask someone to give you a hand.  Your mouth will thank you.
  7. TOBACCO CHEWING: This habit can cause gum recession, bad breath and ultimately cancer of the mouth.  This is a very hard habit to break and working with a professional will a have a higher chance for a successful outcome.  Start with your primary physician to get advice or support. If you can stop this habit, not only will your mouth thank you, but your pocket book as well as your whole body will be better off.

If you want more information about the above mouth habits or need support to break these habits, please, call us at 360-943-6378 and we will be glad to help.

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