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How Do You Choose the Right Cosmetic Dentist?

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Blog, Dentistry | 0 comments

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist can have a major impact on your life. How do you choose the right doctor to safeguard the most expressive, yet silent aspect of your beautiful personality – your smile?

Family dentist tumwater ebook There are many dental professionals available in each community. How do you choose the right cosmetic and family dentist in Tumwater for you? What factors should influence your decision? Should it be the one whose office is closest and so most convenient? Or the one with the largest ad in the yellow pages? Maybe the one with the biggest office?

These are some of the criteria people mention about why they chose a certain doctor.  Sadly thought, many times these same people have been disappointed when the quality of the dental work didn’t live up to the hype or their expectations.

Finding a dentist who has expert skills, is easy to talk to and has your well-being at heart depends on knowing which questions you need answered before your decide. So what should you be asking? We can help!

Download our E-Book  “The 5 Commandments for Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist” for clear and practical advice for making the right choice and to avoid heartbreak, short-lived restorations, expensive recovery and demoralizing embarrassment.

Contact us if you have any questions and remember to share our free E-book with your friends.



Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We Love Our Community!

Your Dentist in Tumwater WA, Christopher D. Merchant,  loves supporting Pacific Northwest Events. There are many unique activities right here in our local area. 

Take a look at our video :

Do you have any exciting plans for this month? Look no further; we’ve compiled this list of local events so you can plan ahead!

Welcome to our personal Community Page!

We believe events like these are what make Tumwater so special. Do you know of any other upcoming events in our local area? If so, please share a comment below and we will add it to our list!

Why Online Patient Reviews Rule!

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Whether you’re looking to buy a new vehicle, choosing a hotel, or deciding which dentist to trust, online reviews can influence your decisions


If you’ve visited your amazing Olympia Dentistry experts at Christopher Merchant DDS,  you’ve no doubt formed an opinion. That opinion matters to us and we would love to hear from you! Your friends, family, neighbors, and those  checking reviews online would also value your input because it helps differentiate between quality dental care and “flashy” advertising.
We’re proud of the dental services we provide and are asking you to please help us spread the word. It only takes a few minutes to write an online review about your experience with us— and your honest evaluation can help prospective patients for years to come.

This is how easy it is to leave us a Google + Review:

Click Here and Follow the easy steps!

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You Possess Valuable Insights
Not sure what to write? Here’s what most would love to hear regarding your experience with us:
  • Accuracy of diagnosis
  • How well did we explain the procedures?
  • How well did we listen?
  • Delivery of treatment
  • Time spent with you as patient
  • Friendliness of staff
  • Ease of scheduling
  • Office environment, wait times, & cleanliness
We truly care about every one of our patients and want to help others achieve beautiful, healthy smiles, too. Please help spread the word with your online review!
Write your review now by clicking here

7 Reasons Your Teeth Might Hate You – and What You Can Do About It

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

You take a sip of your latte, only to be reminded of the sharp pain you’ve been experiencing in your teeth. Hot drinks, cold drinks, even the biting winter air in Tumwater WA seems to set it off. What’s causing this pain and what can you do to prevent it?

Tooth pain and sensitivity are quite common, affecting millions of people. These occur when the enamel in a tooth is worn away and the gum line recedes. This leaves the unprotected surface beneath (called dentin) exposed. When the dentin is exposed, this allows the trigger to shoot straight to the nerve, causing that unbearable pain you feel

Tooth sensitivity may feel like sharp pain in one or two teeth or constant discomfort in your whole mouth. The good news is, you can do something about it!

What can cause tooth sensitivity?

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Brushing Too Hard

Although you should brush thoroughly several times a day, go easy – brushing too hard can contribute to enamel erosion. Using a new, soft-bristled toothbrush along with proper brushing techniques can make a huge difference in maintaining your oral hygiene without potentially harming the enamel or exposing the dentin around the gum line.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding, either when awake or asleep, can damage enamel. It’s sometimes hard to know if you are grinding your teeth at night, however, a dull headache or sore jaw upon waking are tell-tale signs. In addition to causing sensitivity, bruxism can cause severe tooth damage, tooth loss, and other serious medical issues. If you think you might be grinding your teeth, speak to Tumwater WA Dentist Dr. Merchant, about using a dental mouth guard.

Harsh Mouthwash

It might be hard to believe, but certain over-the-counter mouthwashes actually contain acids and chemicals that can increase your sensitivity, especially when your gums have begun to recede. Don’t risk making your tooth pain worse! Use neutral fluoride solution instead.

Potential Tooth Decay or a Crack

It’s possible a decaying or damaged tooth is to blame for your sensitivity. A sudden onset of pain may be a sign that one or two teeth in particular are in severe need of attention and repair. Regular visits to Dr. Merchant are vital to keep up with proper oral health.

Plaque Build-up

Plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. It can build up when proper flossing and brushing are neglected. A little plaque on the teeth is normal, but when it starts to build up, it could result in tooth sensitivity. Removing plaque that’s built up over time can be very difficult, so preventative measures should be a priority. Schedule a dental cleaning to remove plaque and avoid causing more damage to your teeth.

Acidic Foods and Beverages

You may notice certain foods or drinks may trigger your tooth pain. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, avoid drinking too much coffee, tea, wine, soda, juice, or other acidic beverages. Even certain foods with high acid content can contribute to discomfort. Sometimes changing what you eat and drink is enough to reduce your sensitivity, but it’s important to see Dr. Merchant to evaluate the underlying cause.

A Recent Dental Visit

It is entirely normal to feel some tooth sensitivity when leaving the dentist after a check-up or procedure. Teeth cleaning, crown placement, or tooth restoration can all cause discomfort, but this tends to disappear within a matter of days or weeks. If you’ve recently had a root canal or a tooth removed, this too will likely cause considerable sensitivity for several weeks.

Understanding these common causes of tooth sensitivity will help you manage

and control your symptoms. With the help and guidance of your Tumwater WA Dentist , your teeth and gums can remain healthy and pain free. Call us for an appointment at (360) 754-3446 and find relief for your tooth sensitivity today!


What’s Living In Your Mouth…and What’s It Doing To Your Heart?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

What’s living in your mouth? Why is it there?


It’s 11:30 at night. You’ve worked another long day. The kids are finally asleep. All you want is to crawl into bed and close your eyes. Brushing and flossing your teeth seems like a daunting task. You’re sure it’ll be ok to skip it tonight as you drift off to sleep.


It may seem innocent enough, those times you skip brushing, flossing or scheduling your regular dental cleanings and check-ups. After all, life is busy and no one’s perfect, right?


The problem is, neglecting these simple habits can quickly escalate into periodontal disease! Untreated, this can lead to tooth loss and devastating effects on your heart, lungs, and overall well-being.


Bacteria live in your mouth, creating plaque. When you don’t brush, floss, and get regular dental cleanings, this bacteria and plaque can infect your gums. This causes inflammation, eventually eating away at the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth.

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What’s it doing to your overall health?


This cycle of bacteria living and thriving in your mouth and gums can lead to chronic, embarrassing bad breath (halitosis).


Even worse, researchers have discovered connections and increased risk between periodontal disease and several seemingly unrelated issues including:


  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy problems


What can you do about it?


Once you realize the devastating impact poor oral health can have on your overall health, it becomes easier to drag yourself out of that bed at night to brush and floss – no matter how tired you are!


Early stages of gum disease can be hard to detect on your own. In addition to brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once daily, scheduling (and keeping!) regular dental cleanings and check ups are vital to your health. When was the last time you saw one of your Olympia Dentists ? Dr. Merchant will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. Give us a call at (360) 754-3446 for convenient appointment options today!


Tumwater: Washington’s First Community

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Blog, News & Events | 0 comments

At Christopher D. Merchant DDS, our Tumwater dental office is proud to be a part of such an amazing and historic community. Tumwater is a growing city just minutes from the state capitol in Olympia, WA. Read about some of the great things our community has to offer.

Mount Ranier view from Tumwater dental office.Our favorite Tumwater links. Learn about the great businesses, attractions and fabulous local restaurants you can enjoy as a family or on your own in our community.

Local Tumwater news stories and the latest in national health news. There are always exciting local events to enjoy – cultural, sporting and family fun. Keep abreast of local and national health news developments and how they will affect you tomorrow.

Our favorite Tumwater treasures. Learn about area festivals, leisure and sports venues and local farmers markets to help you enjoy some of the real flavor of the Pacific Northwest.

We love living and working in this community; providing the highest quality dentistry possible by our Tumwater dental office. Please contact us to also enjoy the benefits of this historic hometown team’s years of experience.



4 Natural Ways to Brighten Your Smile for the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Tumwater DentalLike your holiday foods?

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get carried away with the delectable treats that can put a damper on your smile. While we all love the holiday cheeriness from wine and stained foods –such as red sauces, coffee, candy, etc—these items can dull the brightness and damage your smile. Your Tumwater Dental professionals explain 4 natural ways to brighten your smile!

Never fear!

There are many delicious treats you can enjoy during the holidays that can naturally whiten your smile over time. Consider these options:


  • Drink water—It’ll offset the stains caused by colored foods and white/red wine.
  • Eat Strawberries— Inside a strawberry, there’s a substance called malic acid, which acts as a natural at-home whitener removing discoloration on your teeth surfaces.
  • Eat apples, celery, and carrots—These crunchy items are natural stain removers, increasing saliva production and washing all the debris away.
  • Eat and drink milk, cheese, and yogurt: All these dairy products have calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth. It also fights off any harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Need a bright smile fast?

We want you to love your smile and have the confidence to show it off.

We offer teeth whitening treatments, which are safe and can effectively brighten your smile sooner than you think! Our in-office treatments can enhance your smile by 8-10 shades in as little as one hour. You could walk out of our office with a glowing new confidence.

Our teeth whitening treatments beat over-the-counter methods because those products use less quality in their agents. We care about your smile and want you to be happy and confident with it.

Brighten your smile for the holidays! Browse through our website and learn more about our teeth whitening services, and schedule your consultation with us today!

Dental Insurance: Use it or lose it.

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog, Dental News, Dentistry | 0 comments

Don’t toss away good money by neglecting to use services you’ve already paid for. Your dental insurance plan works best for you when you put it to work on a regular basis. Your Tumwater Dentist, Dr. Merchant will show you how this can be done.

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Smart Questions to Ask

You literally could save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the end of the year! This is because most dental insurance plans run on a calendar year that resets January 1st.

Step 1: Contact your insurer to ask what benefits you’ve already used, and what you still have available for the year. Also ask, “Are any benefits being cut or reduced in next year’s policy?” Typically, preventative procedures like dental cleanings, x-rays, exams are covered. But, will they cover veneers, teeth whitening, or braces?

Step 2: Call our dental office and schedule an appointment right away for any eligible family member to ensure you beat the December 31st coverage deadline.

4 Reasons to Act Now

1) Yearly Limit: Most insurance companies will pay out around $1,000 (double-check your policy) per person, per year, for dental treatments. If you haven’t used it by year-end, there is no rollover. It is gone-gone. Note: Some restorative treatments are more costly and require several phases, ask us to help you schedule this so some portions will fit in this year’s insurance budget while the rest falls in next year’s.

2) Deductibles/Premiums: Your dental insurance company likely sets a dollar amount that you must spend before their coverage “kicks in.” Once you’ve paid that deductible, it’s good for the year—but only that calendar year. You’re paying premiums to save you money, so take advantage of it and actually save yourself that money by using the benefits. Even if you don’t need extensive treatment, always have regular cleanings and check-ups.

3) Rate Increases: As the cost of living, materials, and equipment constantly inflate, dental practices sometimes must increase the price of treatments. If this were to happen, most likely it’s implemented at the beginning of a new year. Coverage of certain treatments are sometimes cut from insurance policies too, so grab it while it lasts!

4) Prevent Paying for Procrastination: Delays in putting your dental insurance to work can turn what may be a simple cavity now, into a root canal later. Avoid these more extensive and expensive treatments by utilizing your dental insurance for cleanings and check-ups.

The moral of the story: Benefit from your benefits! The clock on this year is ticking, so make your appointment with us now!

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October is National Hygiene Month

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

October is National Hygiene Month: A time to focus on maintenance, nutrition and rebalancing of the complex systems that make up our living organisms. Thanks to the hyped awareness of our need to “look at the big picture,” physicians everywhere are making efforts to bring comprehensive care to as many people as possible.


That’s where your Olympia dentist comes in! You’ve already met our hygienists; they don’t just scrape some tartar off your teeth, they take care of maintenance and optimizing of your sparkling smile, jaw position and gum state, among other things.


Oral hygiene is part of the systemic nature of the human body. For your whole body to be healthy, each “link” or system has to be in optimal shape.


Your mouth is the gateway to every other complex system in your body because all of them need nourishment to keep on running.


But what happens if that gateway is not functioning properly? Then every other system begins to slowly shut down due to the lack of nourishment. Suffering negative digestive, neurological, reproductive, energetic, and emotional consequences like a never-ending vicious cycle.


What Might Lead to Poor Oral Health?

Let’s say you’re unaware of an infection in your mouth, but have felt some odd symptoms, such as a bad taste in our mouth, or even worse, bleeding gums. If so, you could be at risk of serious conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer (different types)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Pregnancy complications (premature labor, low birth weight in babies)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Difficulty becoming pregnant


Since humans are living organisms, if one system is unhealthy, we can expect an unhealthy chain reaction affecting all other systems.


Now Put your Knowledge to Good Use!

Use this FUN website for kids. All this science about organisms is boring for kids. Give their overall well-being a good start with the best hygiene habits possible. Go to this website where kids can choose their own fun 2-minute video to watch while they brush. Brilliant, right?

Thank your hygienists. Bring them a cup of coffee next time for taking care of your body’s gateway. Or you can just simply say, “Thank you!”

Take care of yourself. If you’re long overdue for a checkup and cleaning, you should give us a call so we can restore luster to your smile and life to your body.


Give your Olympia Dentist a call at 202-737-7025 if you have any concerns about your oral health.

The Whole, Unconditional Truth About Dentistry

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

What do your parents and your Olympia Dentist have in common?

a) They both are expert health-care providers.
b) They both are surprisingly cool and modern.
c) They both love you dearly and want what’s best for you.

Depending on the type of parents you have, all 3 answers could be right. However, we’ll be politically correct and bet our money on answer C.

True, we are expert health-care providers, and we are a surprisingly cool and modern dental team; yet above all: we love you. It is this love that drives and motivates us to be a top dental provider in Olympia and Tumwater.

The infographic below visualizes way better than we ever could our reasons for loving and caring so much for you and your oral health.


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Call or email so we can provide the care you may not know you need before it’s too late.

And remember, we love all of you – perhaps not as much as your parents do, but we truly love you.


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─ Sincerely, your Olympia Dentist, Dr. Chris Merchant

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