Welcome Back!

June 4, 2020
Our hygienist Deanna! Wearing an N-95 mask covered by a surgical mask, plus her loupes and a face shield.

As Thurston County is slowly re-opening post COVID-19, we wanted to give everyone an update on the changes we have made around the office prior to reopening! We understand not everyone may feel comfortable returning to the dentist at this time, but we do want to assure our patients we are doing everything possible to keep you safe while you are in our care. Please keep in mind that these protocols may continue to change as we learn more information. On Arrival When you arrive in the parking lot, please call our front office. You will be asked a series … Read More

Retirement Plan

If you’re planning on retiring in the next 5 years, congratulations! Also, it’s time to start thinking about making sure your dental needs are taken care of. Many people wait until they’re about to retire to try and squeeze in needed dental work. If you’re within the 5 year range, it’s a great idea to let your dentist know so we can create a functional treatment plan that utilizes your dental insurance benefits while you still have them.  If you have older fillings that are starting to cause the teeth to crack or crowns with failing margins, now is the … Read More


We’re having a great giveaway this month, which includes a $100 gift card to Anthony’s. There will only be one winner, but even if you don’t win there are several great local restaurants to treat your date for a special dinner. Below we’re sharing a few of our favorites! Ricardo’s Bar+Kitchen -Ricardos in Lacey, serves a great selection of steak and seafood. They are well known for their dry aged beef room, where you can see the selection of beef aging for up to 40 days! Owner Rick says “Here you will find a passion for steak, wine paired with … Read More

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Yearly x-ray imaging (radiographs) can be a polarizing topic in the dental office, with many people not understanding the importance of updated imaging. The answer in some cases may be, no you don’t need radiographs each year, maybe you need them every 18-24 months. The need for radiographs is in part, based on your risk for developing decay, habits, previous history of decay and many other factors. It is our job as clinicians to tailor the need for radiographs to each patient. That being said, a majority of individuals are at a moderate-high risk for developing decay, which is why … Read More

Holiday Blog

The holiday season is well upon us and we’re all busy with the decorations and shopping. This is a busy time of year at the office with students of all ages vying for hygiene appointments and everyone else trying to utilize their dental benefits. We enjoy the hustle and bustle of the  end of the year, but we also make time for fun around the office! In October, we again participated in Northwest Endodontic Specialists, annual pumpkin decorating contest. Our resident pumpkin decorator is our hygienist Deanna. She came up with a great idea this year, a UFO complete with … Read More

Clenching and grinding can worsen TMD.

A temporomandibular disorder is characterized by pain or tenderness in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw. The TMJ is a complex joint that enables us to chew, swallow, yawn and speak. It also has a wide range of movement. It is surrounded by muscles and ligaments that work in conjunction with the joint itself. TMD’s can cause severe pain for some, and effects in varying degrees, 33% of people over their lifetime. The causes of TMD’s can vary from injury to arthritis or even a combination of the two. It’s been thought that clenching or grinding your teeth can … Read More

Woman drinking water.

Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which the body begins attacking its own moisture producing glands. This can be saliva glands, tear ducts and other organs. The issue for oral health occurs when the saliva glands are affected and flow of saliva is reduced. This autoimmune disorder appears across all racial and ethnic groups, but is more common in women ages 40-50 years (perimenopausal).  The cause of Sjogren’s is unknown, as is the case with many autoimmune diseases. Despite being one of the most common autoimmune disorders, it takes an average of 4.7 years to receive a diagnosis, according … Read More

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to

Welcome Dr. Rainwater,  Kimberly, & Sara! Wow! What a year it has been at Cramer Dentistry! 2019 has been a year of change and expansion, but at the end of the day our patient care is our top priority. We have been very selective when bringing on new team members and we want to keep you updated on who has joined us. Kimberly returned as our office manager after we said goodbye to Lori. Dr. Rainwater was hired earlier in the year, but we were waiting on his graduation from dental school and then his WA State License. We have … Read More

Oral Care Tips for Seniors

October 10, 2019
Old Man Smiling

As many of us know, due to advancements in medical technology we’re living longer than we ever have. By 2030 the last of the Baby Boomers will turn 65 and older individuals will account for 20% of our population. This is great, but also presents other problems for us to deal with as we age. We’ll be looking specifically at oral health concerns for older individuals as well as providing some tips for how to improve oral health for this population. Dry Mouth Dry mouth or Xerostomia affects a large portion of the population, especially as we age. It is … Read More

IBD may cause aphthous ulcers in mouth.

  Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), are a group of autoimmune diseases that result in chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two main diseases identified in this group are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Due to the chronic inflammation eventually damaging the GI tract, the resulting symptoms are painful. There are a few differences between these two diseases, but both must be diagnosed by a physician. Crohn’s disease can take place anywhere along the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus. The most common area targeted is in the small intestine, just before the colon (ileum). These areas … Read More