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Dr. Stuart Rich, DDS, PS Auburn, Washington

1348 8th Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002
 

Phone: (253) 245-3597

Email: info@stuartrichdds.com

Website: www.SleepSolutionsNW.com

Website: www.StuartRichDDS.com

 

Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design 6/1983
La Sierra College, Riverside, CA

Doctor of Dental Surgery degree 5/1987
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Loma Linda, CA

Private Practice, employed by Stuart Rich, DDS, PS 9/1987 – present
9 years in the Silicon Valley of California and 17+ years in Auburn, WA

Dr. Rich has held various positions, including Publications Chair and board member of the Santa  Clara County Dental Society while in California. He currently writes a column on dental topics periodically for our local newspaper, the Auburn Reporter. He is a member of the ADA, WSDA, SKKDS, ACSDD and the AADSM. He is also a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honorary dental organization that offers membership to only a small percentage of graduating dentists each year.

Dr. Rich attends many hours of advanced continuing education each year on a number of topics including Sleep Medicine, Sedation Dentistry, Endodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry and Sleep Apnea treatment alternatives to the CPAP.

Dr. Rich has been honored with repeated consecutive selection at a TOP Dentist in the Seattle area, based upon an annual survey of his specialist colleague peers. Readers of the Auburn Reporter newspaper have also repeatedly voted his practice, Simply Smiles, as “Best of Auburn” for several years in a row. The internet dentist rating site www.DoctorOogle.com also lists Dr. Rich as the most highly rated dentist in Auburn, and his practice has almost 400 positive online reviews left by patients over many years, more than any other dentist in the Seattle area.

Dr. Rich is active in the Auburn Rotary club, and has held several club positions over the years. He served as the club President during the 2011-2012 club year.

Dr. Rich has been happily married for over 25 years and counting, and is the proud dad of two amazing teenage sons. In his spare time he enjoys the fine arts, reading, writing and spending time with his camera recording the beauty of the Northwest. 

Tuesday
May192015

Solving Bad Breath Problems, Dentist Dr. Stuart Rich, Auburn, Washington

Bad breath (halitosis) is a problem that many people face in their lives. While bad breath is often a topic of humor or ridicule, it is something that should be dealt with. In this report, Dr. Stuart Rich discusses what can cause it and what you should do about it.

 

Bad breath is so common, we have a lot of euphemisms for it. Even the ancient Greeks and Romans had words for it. Bad breath can be caused by a number of things. Dr. Rich points out that about 80% of the time, the problem is an oral source. Bad breath can be caused by the food we eat (a temporary problem), but it can also be caused by untreated cavities and gum disease. Leaving food particles in the mouth can also be the cause. The other 20% of the problem can be caused by things like diabetes, liver disease, and post nasal drip, and undiagnosed respiratory issues.

Since oral issues are the biggest source of bad breath issues, Dr. Rich suggests that someone who wants to solve the problem should start by examining home care. Are spending two minutes brushing your teeth? Are you flossing? If not, that’s a good place to start. Dr. Rich also suggests using an antibacterial mouthwash.

If none of those things help, a person concerned about bad breath should contact a physician to see if there are physical conditions that could be causing the problem. Dr. Rich also suggests that people with bad breath should drink plenty of water to avoid a dry mouth. Don’t drink too much coffee, alcohol, or smoking, all of which cause stale breath. Another thing to consider is cleaning the tongue. Dr. Rich suggests using a tongue scraper. It can make a big difference.

Dr. Stuart H. Rich, DDS, practices dentistry with Simply Smiles of Auburn, Washington. Dr. Stuart Rich has been rated Top Dentist for the 5th year in a row, including 2014, by a survey of dental specialists, published annually in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
May192015

Radiation Treatments and Cavities, Dentist Dr. Stuart Rich, Auburn, Washington

 

People who develop cancer and get treatment for it are facing a problem of which they are probably unaware: the heightened risk of caries, or cavities in their teeth because of radiation treatments. In this report, Dr. Stuart Rich explains the problem and suggests what cancer patients should do to protect their teeth.

 

Radiation treatment, and some chemotherapy treatments, can cause xerostomia, or dry mouth. Not only does a dry mouth feel terrible, it can cause cavities by drying up saliva, which has a big protective effect on keeping the pH in the mouth at a normal level. Dr. Rich notes that this does not happen to every cancer patient. People who get a cancer diagnosis should communicate this to their dentist and discuss management of the mouth, should dry mouth occur.

Not all treatments are the same. Treatment of head and neck tumors is the most frequent cause of xerostomia. This radiation occurs in the area of the salivary glands and can cause temporary or permanent damage to the production of saliva. Dr. Rich repeats how important it is for a cancer patient to get in touch with a dentist as soon as possible rather than waiting for the next cleaning appointment.

Prescription strength toothpaste and in office fluoride treatments are things a dentist can offer to help. Dr. Rich suggests that more frequent cleanings may be required. A patient may even require custom fluoride trays to help keep the teeth properly mineralized and free from decay. Custom fluoride trays are much like teeth whitening trays. They are modeled to fit a patient’s teeth. After brushing and flossing, a patient fills the tray with a special fluoride gel and then inserts the tray for thirty minutes to an hour.

Dr. Stuart H. Rich, DDS, practices dentistry with Simply Smiles of Auburn, Washington. Dr. Stuart Rich has been rated Top Dentist for the 5th year in a row, including 2014, by a survey of dental specialists, published annually in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
May192015

Lasers in Dentistry, Dentist Dr. Stuart Rich, Auburn, Washington

 

Everyone knows that lasers are used in medicine, in particular for eye surgery. However, lasers also have a place in dentistry. Dr. Stuart Rich discusses laser dentistry in this report.

 

Dr. Rich says that his office uses lasers routinely and that his dental hygienists use lasers most often. Lasers are used in every preventive visit, every cleaning. Lasers are also used for biopsies and for treatment of cold sores. “Even some types of fillings can be done with lasers.”

Dr. Rich’s practice is committed to keeping up with research and looking for improvements in patient care. Several studies suggest that there are benefits to using a lower powered laser in clearing to trace a line around the roots of every tooth. This helps to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. This is done prior to cleaning the teeth, to lower the bacteria count. The laser treatment carries no added cost.

Another use of the laser is to treat cold sores, which are visible and can take a while to heal. A treatment with a low-powered laser helps to sterilize the area and kill the virus causing the sore. The healing time is greatly improved by using the laser. The laser is also used for biopsies and small surgical procedures that used to require the use of a scalpel and stitches. These things can now be done with a laser, often without an anesthetic. The laser process hurts less, with or without an anesthetic, and the healing time is shorter. And the pain is less than it would have been with a scalpel.

The laser and other modern improvements continue to make dentistry better for all concerned. “It’s a great time to be a dentist!”

Dr. Stuart H. Rich, DDS, practices dentistry with Simply Smiles of Auburn, Washington. Dr. Stuart Rich has been rated Top Dentist for the 5th year in a row, including 2014, by a survey of dental specialists, published annually in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
May192015

Fluoride Treatments Are Valuable, Dentist Dr. Stuart Rich, Auburn, Washington

 

Everyone has probably heard of fluoride, a substance that is added to drinking water in many cities. It is also part of many toothpastes. In this report, Dr. Stuart Rich explains the value of fluoride and why getting routine dental fluoride treatments is a good idea.

 

Dr. Rich says that a professional fluoride treatment following teeth cleaning is a very good idea for people of all ages, whether or not dental insurance covers it. Fluoridated toothpaste is great, but it is not as effective as the treatment, especially for people who are not extremely diligent with dental hygiene and who already have fillings in their teeth.

The dental fluoride treatment is a paint-on varnish. Applied at the end of a teeth cleaning session, the varnish makes teeth feel rough. This is because the varnish allows the fluoride to soak into the teeth surfaces, remineralizing the weak areas. The treatment lasts for several days. It’s especially helpful at crown margins and tooth surfaces exposed by minor gum recession.

The other consideration is that most people, in the course of a day, eat and drink a lot of things that are quite acidic, including red wine, tea and coffee, energy drinks, and orange juice. All of these things contribute to eroding tooth enamel. This is especially bad for root surfaces, which are supposed to be covered by gums. The varnish works so well because it holds the fluoride in place, allowing it to reach the weak spots that need the help. And the cost of a fluoride treatment is probably about one-eighth of the cost of a simple filling, so it is very cost effective.

As to a choice of toothpaste, you should use one with fluoride. But the concentration of fluoride in over-the-counter products is much lower than that found in prescription toothpastes. Another problem with toothpastes is that most of us rinse as soon as we have brushed, removing the fluoride from the teeth. Using a prescription toothpaste, the idea would be to leave an amount of the toothpaste in the mouth for thirty minutes.

Another option for people having decay problems is a custom fluoride tray. It looks a lot like a whitening tray, but it is used to hold a fluoride gel and is put into the mouth after a patient has brushed and flossed, remaining in place for up to an hour. This is an effective means of treatment, including for people who are having cancer treatment that dries up their saliva.

Dr. Stuart H. Rich, DDS, practices dentistry with Simply Smiles of Auburn, Washington. Dr. Stuart Rich has been rated Top Dentist for the 5th year in a row, including 2014, by a survey of dental specialists, published annually in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
May192015

Your Child's First Dental Visit, Dentist Dr. Stuart Rich, Auburn, Washington

 

Children begin to get teeth at an early age. The question is, at what age should children have their first visit to a dentist? In this report, Dr. Stuart Rich talks about the first visit and proper dental care for small children.

 

Dr. Rich recommends that children should have their first visit to a dentist when they are one year old. The visit is really just a ride in the chair on a parent’s lap. There will be a discussion of diet and habits. Parents will be told that they need to start brushing their children’s gums with special infant toothbrushes. The idea is to make if fun and to train children to allow it so that there won’t be a problem later.

The first real dental visit occurs about age two, when children can sit in the chair by themselves. They will have about twenty teeth, and ideally, parents have been cleaning the teeth at home. At this visit, the plaque will be removed, and if possible, x-rays will be taken. The visit will be friendly so that children “will love us.” A skilled hygienist can convince an unwilling child to cooperate and enjoy the visit.

Dr. Rich says that he will occasionally find cavities in children that young, especially if the parents have not worked with their children, thinking that it doesn’t matter with baby teeth. But it matters a lot, says Dr. Rich, so it is important to get kids onto the right track as soon as possible.

As far as a list of “don’ts” for parents, sugar and simple carbohydrates lead the list. “A lot of parents are still putting their child to sleep or nap with a bottle,” often with milk or juice. Both have sugar, and that is a big problem. A child will drink the bottle while falling asleep, leaving a pool of sugar in the mouth with saliva flowing into it. “The bacteria just have a heyday with that.” Acid is created, enamel is dissolved, and a problem is created. If the child needs a bottle, water is the best filler. Parents should be trying to get children off bottles and pacifiers as soon as reasonably possible to avoid jaw development problems and orthodontics later in life.

Dr. Stuart H. Rich, DDS, practices dentistry with Simply Smiles of Auburn, Washington. Dr. Stuart Rich has been rated Top Dentist for the 5th year in a row, including 2014, by a survey of dental specialists, published annually in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.