Dec 21, 2009




THIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE IS NOTICED IMMEDIATELY. This Patient of Dr Cindy Pauley has had an already attractive smile enhanced by cosmetic dentistry procedures.


Beautiful Teeth and a Radiant Smile are usually among the first things noticed when you meet a new person. However, there is a difference between what men observed first and what women view initially about a person. Also, it depends on whether women or men are being observed and whether or not they are being observed by the same sex or the opposite sex. Men and women have different perceptions of the face, head, teeth, and smile along with the body and they perceive the same and opposite sexes differently. According to a recent study by the Baluke Dental Studios and published in Gallery Dental Smile Designs by Patient News Publishing 2009, teeth and smiles may be viewed and perceived somewhat differently by men and women. However, there is no doubt that these are very important in terms of how a first impression is made. This is the most recent information available regarding how teeth and smiles are perceived by people. From this information you can draw your own conclusions as to how important you think these things are upon initial contact with new people.

Smiles and Teeth for Women were very important when encountering a new person and they were the second items noticed by men. Somewhat surprisingly it was the eyes of women that were noticed first by men according to the Dental Studios Survey. The eyes and smile accounted for 64% of women’s features that are initially noticed by men. Those things noticed next by men about women were the body, clothing, hair and lastly a variety of other things combined. The percentages of what men noticed first about women according to the Dental Studios Study are indicated below:


  • EYES – 39%
  • SMILE – 25%
  • BODY – 14%
  • CLOTHING – 12%
  • HAIR – 3%
  • OTHER – 7%

MEN have their Teeth and Smile noticed first by women according to the survey. Among women surveyed, 40% noticed a man’s smile first. Eyes were the second things about men that were noticed by women. Together, the eyes and teeth accounted for 75% of the features that women notice first about men. These first two things were followed in order by the clothing, hair and body (these two were tied) and followed by other things combined. The percentages of what women noticed first about men in the Dental Studios Survey are indicated below:


  • SMILE – 40%
  • EYES – 35%
  • CLOTHING – 11%
  • BODY – 4%
  • HAIR – 4%
  • OTHER – 7%
It was not surprising that a person’s teeth and smile ranked so high in the survey with both women and men. It is certainly one of the first things that people see when they encounter a new person or acquaintance. I think most people quickly notice a beautiful or handsome smile and also they notice a very poor smile. A poor smile is greatly accented if there are missing, cracked, broken, crooked or discolored teeth. A very poor smile can imply many things to a new person at an initial meeting, most of which are not good. On the other hand, if you have an unsatisfactory smile or teeth that are not in optimal condition, you should visit your Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist, because there are many modern dental techniques such as porcelain veneers and crowns can be used to create a smile that is very attractive. In the case of missing teeth, porcelain crowns placed on dental implants are a perfect solution to an attractive smile. Individual teeth that are crooked do not need full orthodontia and can be part of a beautiful smile using limited cosmetic tooth movement of the individual tooth or teeth that are not straight. Cracked and broken teeth can be repaired with dental bonding and composite tooth-colored fillings. Front teeth often have unattractive spaces between the called diastemas, which can be altered with either porcelain veneers or tooth-colored composite fillings. Often, an ordinary smile can be made beautiful simply by having your teeth bleached by your cosmetic dentist. In the case of a “gummy” smile, simple gum surgery with a laser can be accomplished with wonderful results and almost no pain even without anesthesia. At Brookside Dental in Bellevue, WA, we are dedicated to giving people beautiful and handsome smiles that are durable as well as attractive. Dr Cynthia Pauley and Dr Patricia Pauley provide excellent high quality family and cosmetic dental services in the Bellevue, WA, and Seattle, WA, metropolitan areas.

Dec 14, 2009


Bellevue Dentist Discusses Periodontal Disease Correlation with Cardiovascular Disease

Periodontal Disease (gum disease) has been demonstrated to have a strong relationship to cardiovascular disease with an increased prevalence of coronary artery disease in patients with serious gum disease. Several studies have indicated a very strong link between the presence of these two diseases in a patient. Atherosclerosis, exhibiting an increased thickness in the carotid artery wall, which can lead to cardiovascular disease also has often been reported in people with cardiovascular disease. In our Bellevue Dentist Office, we encourage patients with periodontal problems to actively keep up their treatments on a regular basis. According to American Dental Association guidelines, any patient with gum disease needs to be seem multiple times per year on a periodontal maintenance regime.

It should be pointed out that although various studies suggest that there is a strong correlation among people with a history of periodontal disease toward a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, there is not any clear evidence of a causative role between these two disease conditions. However, because of the high correlation and relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, known cardiovascular patients should optimize their periodontal care. There are different options that may be useful in correcting periodontal disease, including regular visits to a dental hygienist, such as our Bellevue Dentistry hygienists, to have periodontal scaling and root planning performed and in some cases to have pharmacological therapy performed.

Inflammation is believed to be a major factor related to both periodontitis and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Pharmacologic therapy can be effective in treating periodontal disease because it is a bacterially induced chronic inflammatory disease. The progression of periodontal disease depends on a variety things, including environmental and genetic factors. Additional factors that have an influence on these two diseases include smoking, diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, major depression, physical inactivity, older age, male gender, and family history of disease. Moderate to severe forms of periodontitis are associated with increased systemic inflammation, which can be present from the very early stages of atherosclerosis and can continue to play a role in subsequent cardiovascular complications. Consequently, the incidence of cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction, is increased in the presence of chronic inflammatory conditions, including peridontal disease. Bacterial infection also may be another direct link between periodontal and cardiovascular diseases, because the same species of gram-negative anaerobic bacteria that are found in periodontally diseased pockets around the teeth are the same as those found in atherosclerotic plaques in arteries.

Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent and control periodontal disease. People without periodontal disease should visit their dentist twice a year for check ups and routine tooth cleanings. If periodontal disease is detected, then dental visits will be need to made once every 4-months to control the disease. In advanced cases of gum disease, it may be necessary to visit your dentist every 3-months.
For patients with advanced periodontal disease, their care might require being under the partial or total supervision of specialist called a periodontist rather than just a general dentist. In our Bellevue Cosmetic Dentist Office, we often have patients with advanced periodontal disease alternate their visits between our office twice per year with visits to a specialist periodontist twice per year.