Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gum Recession Surgery Revolutionized!

Have you heard about this new procedure Dr. Clark offers? Gum grafting or gum surgery to repair gum recession can be horribly painful. There is a new, almost painless procedure developed by Dr. Chao that has revolutionized this surgery.

If gum recession is something you struggle with, please speak with Dr. Clark. You will be amazed at your results.  But don't take our word for it! 

We've included some patient testimonial links at the bottom of this blog post. Take a listen, and call today to schedule for consult with Dr. Clark.

Here is a link to our website so you can learn more about this revolutionary solution to gum recession.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Routines Rule!

It's back to school time and the calm mornings of summertime have given way to the chaotic circus which dominates morning routines during the school year. 

Finding the best way to help your family stay calm amidst the chaos can seem undaunting but it is possible. With technology today, ideas are at your fingertips within the world wide web.

In a quick search this morning we found two job charts that could be easily implemented into a family's morning routine that would lessen anxiety, promote organization and accomplishment for all involved. Creating a small incentive such as a prize drawing, extra minutes at the park, or bike riding are great ways to encourage children to do well on their job charts.

Regardless of what works for you in a morning routine, may we emphasize that leaving for school or work with a freshly brushed mouth is a critical component of good oral hygiene.

Removing the plaque that builds up as you sleep each morning gives your teeth another line of defense against the bacteria that will be introduced or incubated in your mouth during the day. Everything you can do to keep your mouth clean will result in fewer cavities, diminished bad breath, and healthier gums.

You want your smile to work for you - make sure you work hard for it by keeping it clean and healthy every day!

Concerns about your smile? 
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Jaw Pain Got You Down?

Can you relate with this picture? Unfortunately, many people suffer needlessly from jaw pain. There are so many factors that can cause jaw pain, many of which you should not ignore.

Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Clark has tools that can help diagnose exactly what is causing your jaw pain. With the proper diagnosis, effective solutions can easily be put into action, and relief is not far away.

Some people are surprised that something as simple as adjusting your bite can make a huge difference. If you are experiencing jaw pain currently, please call our office. A short consultation can help you get back on the path to recovery!

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consultation today!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Flossing is All the Buzz!

Media outlets around the country, including the New York Times, ran an article yesterday touting that flossing may no longer be necessary. 

The article cites "all flossing may be overrated." The buzz comes from the quiet removal of the instruction to floss daily in the latest dietary guidelines published by the Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. This decision came about because the control groups used to show the effectiveness of flossing were not large enough to prove its necessity in preventing oral health problems.

While health professionals agree the control groups should have been larger, and larger studies need to take place, the American Dental Association (ADA) published its own article yesterday stating that "Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup."

The people who consistently choose not to floss may find some justification for their choice with this recent news story, but the reality is those who have developed good oral hygiene habits will continue to floss because the results are visible and tangible, and dentists across the country will continue to tell their patients that flossing is a critical component to their oral health care needs. 

Think of it this way. Every day we take out the trash in our homes, and weekly the city comes to collect that garbage. If food is left behind in a trash can, and it is exposed to the elements, it will begin to rot and smell horrible. The same is true with plaque. If you are not regularly "taking out the trash" or removing debris from hard to reach spots in your mouth, that plaque (which contains 500 species of bacteria by the way) will rot and smell much the same way inside your mouth.

The bottom line is keeping your mouth clear of debris through brushing and flossing or using a water flosser, along with regular dental cleanings will result in a happier, healthy mouth. Gingivitis will not set in as quickly, which leads to serious gum disease, and further health problems.

The choice, of course, is yours, but as for our office - we will keep on flossing!

Call us if you have any questions or concerns about this important topic - 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pot Use and Gum Disease

A long-term study of approximately 1,000 New Zealanders from birth to the age of 38 has found that people who have smoked marijuana for up to 20 years have more gum disease.

Dr. Clark’s Message: “Please notice the age range of the study was birth to 38 years (the prime of life). We all know that many health problems increase in severity and frequency as the population ages. While this research does not link marijuana to other health problems, there are many studies that link gum disease and the infections and inflammation of gum disease to serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis to name a few. To coin a phrase, we might think of gum disease as a "gateway illness."

The article also quotes Madeline Meier, an assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University and one of the authors of the study, “We don’t want people to think, ‘Hey, marijuana can’t hurt me,’ because other studies on this same sample of New Zealanders have shown that marijuana use is associated with increased risk of psychotic illness, IQ decline, and downward socioeconomic mobility,.”

This study is ongoing and I will be interested to see the results as time goes by.

 Stay safe this summer!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Clock is Ticking...Back to School is Coming!

We don't want to be the bearer of bad news...but back to school time is just around the corner. Please remember that Oregon law now requires all incoming kindergarten students to have a dental exam. 

Our appointments are filling up rapidly, and we don't want you to be rushed when school starts.

Call us today!

Listen to one of our great patients about her positive experience with our dental office and team.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Special Offer - Don't Miss Out!

Great Savings Just For You!
Our Customized Bleach Trays are on sale!
Only $197! 
These make great gift ideas too!


1. Follow Dr. Clark's instructions on how to load gel into your custom bleaching tray. Use no more than 1/3 to 1/2 of the syringe. Too much gel may cause sensitivity.

2. Brush teeth before inserting tray.

3. Lightly tap tray to adapt tray sides to teeth.

4. Wear Opalescence 35% for 30 minutes to one hour.

5. Do not swallow gel or rinsed gel. Product contains peroxide and may contain fluoride; swallowing large amounts can be harmful.

6. Clean tray with soft brush and cool tap water. Store tray in case provided.

Some old alagum or "silver" fillings may leave a dark purple color in your bleaching tray; this is normal.

Crowns, bridges, partial dentures, veneers, and composite fillings will not bleach. 

Store bleach out of the sun and heat. Refrigeration recommended. Do not freeze. 

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