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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. 

Wednesday
Oct292014

Dry Mouth, With Dr. Stuart Rich, Auburn, Washington

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is an uncomfortable condition which contributes to tooth decay.  Your saliva acts as as pH buffer and keeps your mouth wet.  When you have dry mouth, the saliva goes away, the plaque gets stickier and it's more difficult to keep things clean, according to Dr. Stuart Rich, a dentist in Auburn, Washington.  

Dr. Stuart RichWhen one has dry mouth, the acids have a better chance of attacking the dry enamel, which will them become more porous and start to dissolve away.  There are many causes of dry mouth, which can be as simple as dehydration.  There are medications that can make your mouth feel dry, such as anti-anxiety or depression medications, antihistamines, decongestants and muscle relaxants.  Older people seem to suffer more from dry mouth as they are typically on more medications.

There are also medical conditions that are associated with dry mouth, such as chemotherapy for cancer treatments.  Radiation in the neck or head area can permanently damage the saliva.  For those patients undergoing such treatments, Dr. Rich says that they should inform their dentist that this will be happening so they can advise them on ways to protect their teeth, such as prescription-strength fluorides or gels.  Custom-made mouth guards can also be used to house the gel and worn for 30 minutes a day to help strengthen the teeth.  

Auto-immune diseases can also reduce saliva flow.  Dr. Rich says that if you notice your eyes are dry and itchy and weren't previously and your mouth is dry, you should have your physician do a test for a possible cause.  

Dr. Rich has seen significant damage from dry mouth conditions, equating it almost to those who abuse amphetamines.  He says it's important to brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss at least once a day and avoid things that are acidic by nature if you have a dry mouth.  Using a prescription-strength toothpaste is also helpful.  By the time a patient starts noticing symptoms, it's often pretty far-along, he says.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, sleep disorder breathing video content and is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Wednesday
Feb052014

Oral Cancer Screening, With Dr. Stuart Rich,Simply Smiles and Sleep Solutions Northwest, Auburn, Washington

The best person to screen for oral cancer is a dentist or dental hygienist, says Dr. Stuart Rich, a dentist in Auburn, Washington, with Simply Smiles and Sleep Solutions Northwest.  All that's required is a good light, attention to detail and carefully looking around, he says. 

A Velscope is an instrument Dr. Rich uses in addition to a regular screening, which offers a special light source and viewing scope.  Normal tissue floureses an apple green color and dark areas require further evaluation.  Sometimes, it can be an abrasion from food, in which case, Dr. Rich will have that patient come back in a couple of weeks to be sure.  If the area has not healed, it is then biopsied right away or referred to an oral surgeon if the area is large.

Dr. Rich says the most common places to find lesions are on the side of the tongue, the back of the throat and the floor of the mouth, which is tricky to evaluate.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

 

Wednesday
Feb052014

Simply Smiles and Sleep Solutions Northwest, Dr. Stuart Rich, Auburn, Washington

Realizing in high school that he wanted to be a dentist, Dr. Stuart Rich has come to realize that healthcare in general is a great way to do something with society.  Simply Smiles and Sleep Solutions Northwest, his dental practice in Auburn, Washington, which is about 30 minutes south of Seattle, keeps getting included in a survey of top dentists in the area in Seattle Magazine.  Dr. Rich attributes the credit from the feedback from his patients who love his practice.

When Dr. Rich refers a patient to a specialist, he lets that patient know the specialist is really an extension of his office, as it's part of his commitment to their care.  Their team mantra, "Exceptional dental care by decision and exceptionally caring by nature," is prominently hung in a graphic in their office to remind Dr. Rich and his team to not only provide excellent care from a technical standpoint but that they have to be exceptionally caring.

Dr. Rich hires his staff first on personality, work ethic and integrity and second for knowledge.  Dr. Rich believes he can teach the technical portion but that being a better person cannot be taught.  "It's truly a team effort and we're all on the same page," Dr. Rich says.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Tuesday
Feb042014

Oral Cancer With Dr. Stuart Rich, Simply Smiles and Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington

With over 500,000 cases worldwide every year and 35,000 of those in the U.S., oral cancer has a very low five year survival rate of 45%.  In fact, the survival rate really hasn't increased in the last 50 years.  Dr. Stuart Rich, of Simply Smiles and Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington, says this is because it's often diagnosed too late.

75% of oral cancers are related to those who smoke and there has been a 60% increase in oral cancer with those under the age of 30 who don't have a smoking risk, says Dr. Rich.  He says an association between oral cancer and HPV, the same virus that causes cervical cancer in women, has recently been made.  Thus, oral sex can increase one's risk of oral cancer and Dr. Rich advises young people and those that are sexually active to get the readily available vaccine for HPV.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Tuesday
Feb042014

What is Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Stuart Rich, Sleep Solutions Northwest, Auburn, Washington

Sleep apnea is the complete stoppage of any air passing and there are three types.  The most common of which, is obstructive sleep apnea, where there is an obstruction, such as the tongue, blocking the airway.  Dr. Stuart Rich, a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington, says the central sleep apnea, which is when the brain signals aren't working and a combination of the two types, are relatively rare, as most of his patients have obstructive sleep apnea.

The stereotypical sleep apnea patient, he says, is an overweight, middle-aged man.  However, there are many other risk factors, including being over the age of 40, having large neck size, having a family history, kids with large tonsils and those with GERD.

Ignored symptoms, which can lead to uncontrolled sleep apnea, include blood pressure problems, risk of stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, depression, children misdiagnosed with ADHD, erectile dysfunction and even traffic accidents.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.