M 7am-4pm|Tu 10am-7pm|F 7am-4pm|Sa 9am-2pm   18323 98th Ave NE #2, Bothell, WA 98011
   425​-​354​-​3138

Take Back your Time with Cerec Crowns

What would you do with a couple extra hours in the day?  While we would love to see our patients more, we recognize how important your time is and understand you have other places to be! That’s why we’ve invested in the latest dental technology that allows us to create same day dental crowns, saving you from having to book a second appointment. Today on the blog we’re talking more about the CEREC crown technology that makes this possible.

We value your time and your comfort. Getting a crown at the dentist used to involve messy impression material, two appointments, and a temporary between those appointments that might break or fall off at the most inopportune moment. Not anymore! In our practice, we have technology to make a crown while you are sitting in the chair. This reduces your time to one single appointment with no need for a temporary!  It also eliminates the need for gooey impression material making it a thing of the past. With this new technology, our impressions are digital and made with an intraoral camera.

What is the technology and how does it work? The CEREC crown milling machine is much like a 3D printer and stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. After we prepare your tooth, we use a special camera to take a picture of this tooth, your opposing teeth, and your bite. The information from these pictures is transferred to a color display on a computer screen as a 3D virtual model. We design the restoration on this computer and then the designed crown is sent to the milling unit where it is manufactured.

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CEREC crown milling machine

Patients are free to watch TV, read, or just relax during the manufacturing process. When the crown is ready, it tried in your mouth to ensure proper fit, and then it is bonded to over your tooth. That’s all it takes!

The material we use is tooth-colored and comes in a variety of shades to perfectly blend into your smile. For the back teeth, we use a lithium disilicate glass-ceramic which acquires a final strength of 360 MPa, making it durable while maintaining a beautiful esthetic. The front teeth have an even more esthetic all-ceramic material that displays their true to nature translucency.

If you have any questions about this process, please ask! Our office is proud to use cutting-edge technology that improves our patients’ overall experience. Patients continue to be amazed and pleased when we prove that one easy appointment is all they need!

To schedule an appointment or learn more, call our office at (425) 354-3138 or visit our website http://mccauleydentistry.com.

Dr. Amanda McCauley, DDS

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The Science Behind Cold Sensitivity and Tips on How to Reduce and Relieve It

Baby It’s Cold Outside! As winter approaches and temperatures decrease, I hear from patients more often that the cold air outside makes their teeth hurt. Cold sensitivity, or dentin hypersensitivity, is very common in patients. In fact, 67% of people experience pain when eating cold food or drinking cold drinks, and 51% of people experience pain when breathing in cold air*. Instead of enduring the occasional wince, it is better that you understand why your teeth are sensitive and what you can do to relieve the sensitivity!

What exactly causes cold sensitivity? There are several possible causes of tooth sensitivity including the following:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured/broken teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed roots

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Healthy teeth have a layer of enamel that protects tooth structure above your gum line. It is the hard outermost surface of a tooth. Under the gum line, a layer called cementum protects your tooth root. Below the enamel and cementum layers is a tooth layer called dentin. Dentin is porous and contains microscopic canals with nerve endings in them. When dentin loses its protective covering, the nerve endings are exposed to the external environment, allowing cold to reach the nerves inside the tooth. This results in a short, sharp nerve pain in the tooth. All of the causes of sensitivity listed above damage the protective layer of enamel or cementum in different ways, exposing the underlying dentin layer and making you occasionally wince!

Your dentist can examine your teeth and recommend possible treatments. A variety of treatments could be suggested based on the underlying cause, including the following:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste.Toothpastes like Sensodyne have potassium nitrate in them which help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. It usually requires two weeks (14 days) of daily use before the sensitivity is reduced.
  • Fluoride trays. Your dentist can make you take home trays that you can use to bathe your teeth in prescription fluoride gel. The fluoride will strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity.
  • A filling, inlay, or crown. These can be used to restore cavities, worn fillings, or fractured/broken teeth, correcting the flaw that has been causing your sensitivity.
  • Surgical gum graft. If you have gum recession and exposed root surfaces, your dentist may recommend a gum graft to protect your root and reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If cold sensitivity is prolonged and/or constant, you may require a root canal to eliminate the problem.

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Be proactive and protect your enamel so that your sensitivity does not worsen! Here are some ways to be proactive in protecting your teeth:

  • Don’t brush too hard. Use a soft toothbrush and brush in tiny circles (not sideways which can expose root surfaces). Brushing vigorously can eventually wear down tooth enamel.
  • Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. Grinding wears away your protective enamel. Ask your dentist about a mouth guard for nighttime or daytime use!
  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss twice a day properly to prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can cause recession in your gums and expose your root surface.
  • Schedule your professional teeth cleaning. Your dentist will provide recommendations and advice on reducing your dentin hypersensitivity.

To schedule an appointment, call our office at (425) 354-3138 or visit our website http://mccauleydentistry.com.

Amanda McCauley, DDS

*Source: http://us.sensodyne.com/sensitive-teeth-and-gums/sensitivity-triggers.aspx

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Avoiding Acid Erosion During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is right around in the corner!  In preparation for the start of the holiday season, we’re sharing information on acid and alkaline content in many holiday foods and providing tips to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Enamel is the protective armor of our teeth. Preventing damage to the underlying dentin and nerve layers, our enamel acts as a first line of defense from hazards including trauma, bacteria, habits like nail or pen biting, and acid erosion. Acid erosion is caused by frequent consumption of foods and drinks with a pH below 5.0-5.7. Although holidays are a time of eating, drinking, and general merriment, it is important to not overwhelm our teeth with an acidic challenge during these feasts. Aside from dental erosion, acidic foods can also trigger heartburn. Where’s the merriment when you are suffering from heartburn?!

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High Acid Content: Fruit juices (especially orange and apple juice), sports drinks, wine, beer, carbonated sodas, dried fruit, beef, chicken, eggs, pork, shellfish, cheese, artificial sweeteners.

Moderate Acid Content: Ketchup, mayo, butter, apple, apricot, banana, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, grapes, mango, orange, peach, papaya, pineapple, strawberry, brown rice, oats, rye bread, wheat, wild rice, ocean fish.

Mild Acid Content: Black beans, chickpeas/garbonzos, kidney beans, cantaloupe, fresh dates, nectarine, plum, sweet cherry, watermelon, soybeans, freshwater wild fish, rice and soy milk, brazil nuts, pecan nuts, hazel nuts.

Mild Alkaline Content: Artichokes, asparagus, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, carrot, chives, zucchini, leeks, new baby potatoes, peas, rhubarb, watercress, grapefruit, coconut, buckwheat, quinoa, lentils, tofu, goat and almond milk, most herbs and spices.

Moderate Alkaline Content: Avocado, pepper, cabbage, celery, collard/spring greens, endive, garlic, ginger, green beans, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, onion, radish, red onion, rocket/arugula, tomato, butter beans, soy beans.

High Alkaline Content: Himalayan salt, grasses, cucumber, kale, kelp, spinach, parsley, broccoli, sprouts (soy, alfalfa, etc.), sea vegetables (kelp), all sprouted beans.

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Don’t worry! You can follow these rules to help prevent acid erosion:

  • Don’t swish or swirl your acidic holiday beverage in your mouth.
  • After consuming highly acidic foods or drinks, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • If you can, bring a soft toothbrush and travel-size toothpaste to your feast so that you can brush 30 minutes after eating! You may even end up eating less at the party, also saving you from heartburn.
  • If you cannot brush during the party, chew sugar-free gum to help dislodge food particles and produce saliva to naturally neutralize acids in your mouth.
  • If you drink soda, use a straw to prevent direct contact of carbonated soda with your teeth.
  • Remineralize your teeth with a fluoride mouthwash or paste.
  • Acid erosion yellows, dulls, thins, and weakens teeth. When your protective enamel layer is slowly dissolved over time by a highly acidic diet, you may begin to notice visible changes. Once the underlying dentin layer is exposed, you may also notice sensitivity. Being proactive at reducing your acid-rich diet can save your armor and ultimately your beautiful, strong, pearly white smile!

Our team at McCauley Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wishes everyone a great start to the holiday season!  Still looking for recipes for Thanksgiving?  Check out our Facebook page as we’ll be sharing our favorite recipes between now and Thanksgiving.

 

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Choosing the Right Halloween Treats

Halloween is just around the corner!  It’s estimated that 90 million pounds of chocolate will be sold this week as Americans prepare for Trick-or-Treaters.  We know this means both adults and children will be enjoying treats this weekend.  Here are some tips for choosing the right Halloween candy to help reduce the chance of tooth decay and future cavities.

  • Choose Chocolate: Chocolate is better for your teeth than hard or sticky candies.  It is easier to rinse from your teeth with a quick glass of water providing shorter contact time with your teeth.  Chocolate also contains tannins, which can inhibit cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Hand Out Miniature Size: Mini candy bars can be eaten quickly which means teeth have less contact with harmful sugars.
  • Pitch the Tough Stuff: When sorting through Halloween candy, avoid or discard hard and sticky candy.  Not only do these candies surround your teeth with sugar as they dissolve but some can be so strong that they can cause damage to fillings.
  • Brush after Treats:  It’s always a good idea to brush your teeth after enjoying candy or sugary snacks.  If that’s not an option while you’re out Trick-or-Treating or dancing to the Monster Mash, pack a water bottle or grab a glass of water to help wash away some of the sugar from your teeth.  

Our team at McCauley Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wishes everyone a fun-filled and Happy Halloween!  We’re open this Halloween from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Please stop in and say hello – we would love to see your costumes.  Click the link for directions 18323 98th Ave NE #2, Bothell, WA 98011.

Halloween Statistic Source: Nielsen Newswire Report

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Our Team - Rachel Darany

Meet Rachel, Our Office Manager

This week we welcomed Rachel to our team as Office Manager. She is looking forward to meeting our new patients!

Where you can find me at the office: At the front desk and throughout the office focusing on the details to ensure we’re delivering the best experience possible to our patients.  

My dental experience and education background: After graduating from Albion College with a BA in English and Journalism, I jumped right into a full-time marketing role.  Since then I’ve developed content, planned events, and executed marketing strategy  to help share the story of an engineering firm and tech company following their respective rebranding initiatives.  While I’m new to the dental industry, I’m thrilled to join Dr. McCauley and our team.

Dental Product I can’t live without: I’ve used ACT fluoride mouthwash since I was young and love it so much that I have travel-size bottles in my desk, purse, and gym bag!

Outside of work, I like to enjoy: I enjoy staying active and like to switch up my workout routine between running, barre, yoga, paddleboarding, and spinning. At home I’m always trying out new vegetarian recipes that won’t make my meat-loving husband cringe.   I also like to explore new neighborhoods and trails with my husband and our terrier pup Henry.  

Favorite Restaurant: It’s hard to pick just one in Seattle but my favorite would be Revel in Fremont. It’s a good thing their menu is meant for sharing because I always want to order half of it!

Favorite Seattle Tourist Spot/Activity: Being from the Midwest, I am always in awe of the mountain views in Seattle.  My favorite running routes take me past Kerry Park and Golden Gardens Park – both of which have gorgeous views on a clear day!

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Back Entrance Directions

Front Entrance Closed This Week

Attention patients: Our front entrance will be closed this week (Monday 10/19 through Saturday 10/24) as Bothell keeps building more and more awesome attractions!

Back Entrance Directions

Back Entrance Directions for 10/19 through 10/24

You can still easily access the dental office by taking Bothell Way to NE 180th St, turn right on 96th Avenue NE, and then turn right when you see our sign (below) or the Dental/Medical building sign.

McCauley Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is now open!

McCauley Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is now open!

You can park in the parking lot behind our building, or go through the gate to our usual parking lot in front. If you have any questions at all, please call us at (425) 354-3138!

-Dr. McCauley

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Patient's Choice Award Winner 2015

Best Bothell Dentists Award

Patients’ Choice Award | One of the Best Bothell Dentists

Dr. McCauley and the team at McCauley Family & Cosmetic Dentistry were very excited to be awarded the Patients’ Choice Award by OpenCare as one of the Best Bothell Dentists in the area.

OpenCare annually reviews and evaluates over 51 Dentistry offices in Bothell, based on patient reviews from Yelp, Google, RateMDs, Yellow Pages, Opencare and many other review sites. OpenCare wants to make it effortless for patients to find the best clinics in Bothell.

If you are looking for caring, comfortable and modern dental care for you or your family, we hope you’ll stop by McCauley Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

 

Best Bothell Dentists - WA 2015

OpenCare Best Bothell Dentists Award

Congratulations to McCauley Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for winning the 2015 Patients’ Choice Awards in Bothell Dentistry
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If you are looking for a new Bothell dentist, book an appointment today through ZocDoc, by filling out the appointment form below, or by calling us at 425-354-3138.

 

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Now Open!

Today is the official first day for McCauley Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and we’re so excited to join the Bothell community! Our wonderful team has spent countless hours over the past few months getting ready for this day, and we are ecstatic with the results. But don’t take our word for it, come by the office and see for yourself!

We are open on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm, Monday from 7am – 4pm, Tuesday from 10am – 7pm, and Friday from 7am – 4pm. We know our patients lead busy lives, so we set our hours to fit into your schedules. Our new practice is located at 18323 98th Ave NE #2, Bothell, WA 98011When you get close, just look for one of these signs:

McCauley Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is now open!

Just follow the signs!

Dr. McCauley, Janis, and Emily can’t wait for you to come for an office visit (click for directions), your first patient examor just to relax in our waiting room to cheer on Husky football.

Waiting Room

Our relaxing waiting room with Keurig machine, bottled water, and a big screen TV!

We hope that if you’re looking for a gentle, caring and modern dentist in Bothell (or Kirkland, Bellevue, Woodinville, Seattle…really anywhere!), you will stop by our practice to meet Dr. McCauley and our friendly staff. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces.

Dr. Amanda McCauley, DDS

drm@mccauleydentistry.com

To schedule an appointment, an office tour, or just to watch some college football on Saturday, call (425) 354-3138, fill out an appointment request on mccauleydentistry.com or come visit at 18323 98th Ave NE #2, Bothell, WA 98011.

 

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Janis Neff Warner - Office Administrator

Meet Janis, Our New Office Administrator

Get to know a little bit more about Janis Neff Warner, our wonderful new office administrator, below:

Where you can find me at the office. You can find me at the front desk answering the phone, meeting and greeting the patients, and answering any of your questions about the practice.

My dental experience and educational background. I started working in a dental office during college for my dad (the dentist). I have done everything from cleaning the office, to assisting the dentist, to running the practice. After he retired and sold the practice I stayed with the new dentist for 16 years. Now is the time for a new chapter in my life!

A dental product I cannot live without. My Sonicare toothbrush makes my teeth feel so clean.

Outside of work, I like to enjoy…Working out, hiking, hanging out with my husband (if we can get the same day off), and of course hitting all the local second hand stores.

My favorite restaurant. Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse. If I workout out really hard I can sometimes treat myself to marvelous Mac n Cheese.

My favorite Seattle tourist activity. Any Seattle sporting event. Go Hawks! Go Huskies!

To meet our new office administrator Janis and see our brand new office, call (425) 354-3138 or fill out an appointment request below!

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18323 98th Ave NE #2, Bothell, WA