Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wisdom Behind the Wisdom Teeth

So what is the truth behind wisdom teeth?  We get this question asked quite often, but surprisingly most patients don't understand much about wisdom teeth.

Did you know that your wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25?  They begin forming around your 10th birthday but we usually don't see eruption until your late teens or early 20s. 

Some of our patients never have their wisdom teeth come in, however for those that do, the number of wisdom teeth can range from one to four that actually erupt to the surface, or show signs of eruption but are stuck or impacted in the gum line. If left untreated it can lead to all kinds of problems. The most typical problems we see are tooth crowding, or movement or displacement of your permanent teeth.  Occasionally a cyst or infection can build around wisdom teeth in the soft gum tissue which can lead to the destruction of your bone resulting in permanent tooth loss.

If you stay up on your semi-annual exams, Dr. Clark will watch the progress of your wisdom teeth and will be able to warn you of potential issues long before damage occurs.  Treatment options vary for each patient so don't hesitate to ask about Dr. Clark's suggested treatment for you or for your child.

Do not delay in planning your best oral health care treatment plan.  This saves you time and money in the long run.

Call us today to schedule your appointment.  
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Affordable Cosmetic Fix for That Fabulous Smile

Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile.

Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.

Use up your year end Dental Insurance benefits before it's too late.  Call us to schedule your appointment today and take advantage of an additional 10% Savings!

Great Savings are waiting for you!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Are Your Teeth Merry & Bright?

Teeth Whitening or Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth.  Some people get their teeth whitened to remove stains and others to simply lighten the shade of their teeth.

Discoloration of teeth can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes.  It can also be hereditary or by getting older.  Our normal day to day functions can expose our teeth to harmful acids and when not properly cared for, the enamel of the teeth erodes.

Bleach kits can be purchased over the counter or in our dental office.  We will be more than happy to instruct you how to safely whiten your teeth.  It's amazing what a little procedure can do for your confidence!

Call us today to purchase a bleach kit for you or for the whole family!
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ouch! That Really Hurts!

You recognize the familiar pain, but what is causing it? Did you know that hot, acidic, cold or even sticky foods can stimulate nerves within and around the teeth and gums that can cause sensitivity reactions?

There also can be underlying issues such as a chipped tooth, worn down tooth enamel, old fillings have worked loose or you have receding gums. All of these conditions can result in unpleasant pain. The good news is that all of these conditions are repairable, especially if caught and treated early.

We find that patients often put off treatment due to the lack of dental insurance or the fear of a lengthy treatment schedule.  We have some great financing options available in our office, as well as OHP (Oregon Health Plan) options.  The desire to put off treating sensitive teeth can result in catastrophic consequences that would have been easily prevented had you come earlier for treatment.  Dr. Clark is more than happy to visit with you to discuss your options, he provides this consult at no charge to you.

In our office we carry some excellent products that can help with tooth sensitivity   We have a special toothpaste called Clinpro 5000 that has been a very effective and economical solution for many of our patients; it comes in Vanilla Mint, Bubble Gum and Spearmint flavors.  We also offer a multi-stage fluoride varnish treatment that can halt bacteria in it's tracks.

From now, until the end of the year we are offering a FREE fluoride treatment just for beginning your treatment with us.  That is a $47 value, yours for free. 

Enjoy the holidays without experiencing the constant nagging pain of sensitive teeth.  Speaking of the holidays, we are also offering our Home Whitening Kit at 50% off for our valued customers, so take advantage of these great savings and make your holidays brighter than ever!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What Is Gum Disease? published some great information on their website about the different types of gum disease that one can suffer with.  You've heard us say this many times before, and we'll keep sharing it again and again:  early prevention saves your teeth! Take a few minutes to learn about different stages of Periodontitus and if you can relate to any of these, contact our office immediately.


Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed. Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.
There are many forms of periodontitis. The most common ones include the following:
  • Aggressive periodontitis occurs in patients who are otherwise clinically healthy. Common features include rapid attachment loss and bone destruction and familial aggregation.
  • Chronic periodontitis results in inflammation within the supporting tissues of the teeth, progressive attachment and bone loss. This is the most frequently occurring form of periodontitis and is characterized by pocket formation and/or recession of the gingiva. It is prevalent in adults, but can occur at any age. Progression of attachment loss usually occurs slowly, but periods of rapid progression can occur.
  • Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases often begins at a young age. Systemic conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes are associated with this form of periodontitis.
  • Necrotizing periodontal disease is an infection characterized by necrosis of gingival tissues, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. These lesions are most commonly observed in individuals with systemic conditions such as HIV infection, malnutrition and immunosuppression.
Another simple fix that is often overlooked is to change the way you brush.  If your toothbrush bristles are too hard you can cause a lot of damage to your teeth and gums.  Hard brushing can actually remove or wear away enamel which increases your tooth sensitivity.  If you brush too vigorously, or not for the full two minutes then you will not be helping your sensitive teeth. Small changes can be applied to your oral health care routine and these changes will certainly pay off in the long run.

Don't forget out our year end special which includes 10% of all treatments, and once you start your treatment we will include a FREE fluoride varnish treatment that will strengthen the enamel on your teeth!  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

This month we are going to focus on the different stages of gum disease. Dr. Clark truly believes that knowledge is power; the more you know, the more control you can take over your oral health care.'s website explains the beginning stage of gum disease:  Gingivitis.  Take a minute to read through the common factors of gingivits and see if you or one of your family members may be experiencing the early signs of this unpleasant condition.


Untreated periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss and other health problems.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.
Factors that may contribute to gingivitis include, diabetes, smoking, aging, genetic predisposition, systemic diseases and conditions, stress, inadequate nutrition, puberty, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, substance abuse, HIV infection, and certain medication use.
The Academy of General Dentistry in their "Know Your Teeth" series share the following information about gingivitis:

Healthy gums appear coral pink, firm and form a sharp point where they meet the tooth. When excessive amounts of bacteria and food debris build up in the spaces between the teeth and gums, a sticky material called plaque is formed.

A plaque build-up can develop and harden into calculus (tartar), which irritates the gums. Bacterial byproducts (or toxins) in the tartar cause gums to become infected, red and tender, a condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontal disease.

If you do not receive professional cleaning to halt the spread of gingivitis, the infection will spread from the gums to the ligaments and bone supporting the teeth. The tissues and ligaments will be destroyed; infections are likely to develop, causing a gum abscess, a collection of pus and swelling of gum tissues. Teeth may become loose and the gums may recede, creating increased spaces between teeth.

Dentists treat gingivitis by cleaning teeth to remove plaque and tartar and prescribing special mouthwashes or topical treatments. Treatment for periodontal disease involves more serious action such as antibiotics and antimicrobials, deep scaling of the root surface, removing infected gum tissue or extracting teeth. To avoid these potentially painful symptoms and treatments, it is important to catch the disease in its earlier stages.

"Gum disease can develop within weeks," cautions Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc, lead author of the journal report. He reminds patients to prevent periodontal disease by regular flossing, brushing and dental checkups. In addition, maintaining a healthy diet and low levels of stress boost the body's natural immune system, which fights bacteria in the mouth.

Like with any illness, the earlier you catch it, the better chances you have of preventing further damage. There are many great products and services that we can assist you with that can literally reverse gum disease before it creates permanent damage in your mouth.

Please call us today if you are experiencing the early signs of gum disease.  We would be happy to visit with you and discuss the options available to help you get control of your oral health care.

Please Do Not Ignore 
the Warning Signs!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Time Has Arrived: Candy Invasion in 3...2...1....

Believe it or not, the time of year for spooks, and ghosts is upon us!  We want to remind you of a few things that you can do to keep your children safe, as well as your pocketbook!  

The Academy of General Dentistry in their, "Know Your Teeth" series has some fantastic tips on how to do just that.

Don't Get Stuck
"Sticky, chewy candies are cavity-causing culprits," says AGD spokesperson Connie White, DDS, FAGD. "Gummies, taffy, caramel—they all get stuck in the pits and grooves of teeth, where it's nearly impossible for saliva to wash them away. The longer that candy remains stuck in the teeth, the higher the risk of developing cavities." Encourage children to brush their teeth following candy consumption. If a toothbrush isn't handy, says Dr. White, give them a glass of water to help swish away the sugars.

If the candy is sour, however, hold off on the brushing. Sour candy is likely acidic, so it's best to wait at least 30 minutes to an hour before brushing. The action of brushing can actually spread the acid onto more tooth surfaces, increasing its erosive action on tooth enamel.

Eat, Then Treat
On Halloween night, allow children to enjoy a few pieces of candy, but only after they've eaten a nutritious meal.

"Chewing during a meal stimulates saliva, which has protective enzymes and minerals to cleanse the teeth and protect against cavities," says AGD spokesperson Mark Malterud, DDS, MAGD. "Plus, eating before treating will give kids nice full tummies, tummies that might have a little less room for candy." 

Do Your Part
When trick-or-treaters visit your home, pass out teeth-friendly treats. For example, sugar-free lollipops, hard candies, and chewing gum are better options than their sugary alternatives. 

"Sugar-free gum actually can help prevent cavities," says Dr. Malterud. "Not only does it dislodge food particles from between the teeth, but it also increases saliva to help wash away the sugars."

Brushing Basics
"No matter what season it is, kids should be brushing their teeth for two minutes twice a day and flossing once a day," advises Dr. White. "It's especially important to brush before bedtime. Otherwise, sugars willlinger on the teeth all night long, increasing their risk of cavities."

We know that if you take a few minutes to implement these strategies you will be pleased with the results, and trick will NOT be on you this year!

Be safe and Have Fun!
Dr. Clark & Staff
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's Not Just Your Teeth That Needs Cleaning!

World Dental Health Magazine published an article about the importance of the tongue, and why we should take care of this organ in our body.  

We have focused a lot on brushing and flossing, but do you recognize the fact that your tongue needs just as much attention in order to have a clean mouth?

Imagine your tongue like an organ which basically traps and collects bacteria. These bacteria produce acids which can damage your teeth and the tissues of your tongue. So brushing your teeth without cleaning your tongue is like performing 50% of the task…

According to different oral health studies, about 1/3 of the bacteria that live in a person’s mouth can be found striving solely on the tongue. This means that if you do not cleanse your tongue, those specific bacteria are never killed from your mouth.

Every single time your brush the teeth, you should use the tongue scraper as well (not the toothbrush, because that is not as efficient). Reaching as far back as possible onto the tongue is important, and with a scraper is much easier than with a toothbrush which might give you a strong, unpleasant gag reflex.

Patients who have certain underlying health problems, or who do not have the dexterity to cleanse their tongue, as well as people who breathe mostly through the mouth will develop a crusty tongue. Now while you brush the teeth, the tongue might hurt because of these cracks and crusts that formed. A good idea would be to use a special mouth moistening formula and apply it onto the tongue before brushing (essential oil extract moisteners such as tea tree oil which also has an antibiotic effect).

The tongue is susceptible to developing cancer. About once a week it is important to run a self check and see if there are any new formations appearing on the tongue (such as white or red spots, wart like formations, etc.,).

Oral cancer can go without any symptoms for a very long time, this is why it is of primordial importance to get an oral cancer check at last once per year. Sticking out the tongue and analyzing it closely in the mirror can help observing even the tiniest changes in the tissue or coloration of the tongue.

If possible, stay away from tongue piercing. Dentists are totally against this type of body ornament because it can easily cause infections within the mouth. Your mouth is a constantly humid area where as many as 500 different bacteria are living.

You don’t want more bacteria, and you don’t want to make those bacteria “angry” and facilitating a nasty infection because of your piercing. Your teeth and gums are also damaged by the tiny piece of metal that is almost constantly there, so make sure to avoid such jewelry.

If you have any type of concern about the health and/or care of your tongue please give us a call.  Do not let a concern go unheeded.  Any warning sign heeded can end up saving your life.

Call us today!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

You May Be Losing More Than Just Your Teeth

Mail Online, out of the UK, recently published an article that gives one something to think about.  The article reasons that adult tooth loss can be connected to memory loss. Their research shows people who have lost teeth struggle to perform as well on memory tests as those who have not lost teeth.  
This connection certainly is interesting, and their study shows that this lack of memory recall may be due to reduced sensory input to the nervous system through connective fibers that attach teeth to the bone in the jaw.  Another cause they present could be these people avoid certain foods, leading to a lower intake of vitamins, proteins and calories.

"A gap-toothed grin is one of the risks of growing older, and absent-mindedness is another – but the two could go hand-in-hand.  Research suggests that losing our teeth is actually a cause of memory loss. Sensory impulses created by the movement of our jaw and teeth are fed to the area of the brain that forms and retrieves memories, say scientists. 
Those without their own teeth produce fewer signals to be sent to this region, which is called the hippocampus.

Losing your teeth as you age can damage your memory - this could be because people who are missing teeth may avoid certain foods meaning they miss out on vital nutrients
Losing your teeth as you age can damage your memory - this could be because people who are missing teeth may avoid certain foods meaning they miss out on vital nutrients.

The number of teeth an individual has is linked ‘uniquely and significantly’ to their performance on tests of episodic memory, where they recall events from  the past, and semantic memory, involving factual information.

After taking other factors into account, older people with most of their own teeth had on  average a 4 per cent better memory than those without, the study found. However, the results could also be down to chewing, which increases blood flow in the brain.
The research, published online by the European Journal of Oral Sciences, involved 273 participants, aged 55 to 80 and was carried out by universities in Norway and Sweden. 

The average number of natural teeth each participant had was 22 - 10 fewer than the full dentition of 32. More than 70 per cent of all missing teeth were molars.

Participants then faced a series of memory tests.
False teeth improve memory somewhat but do not restore it to the level it would have been at without the loss of any teeth
False teeth improve memory somewhat but do not restore it to the level it would have been at without the loss of any teeth
‘In line with the stated hypothesis, the number of natural teeth was positively associated with performance on episodic memory, recall as well as recognition,’ wrote the authors from Umea University and Stockholm University in Sweden, and the Institute of Clinical Dentistry in Tromsx, Norway.

‘Alone, number of natural teeth could account for 20 per cent of the variance in episodic recall, 15 per cent of the variance in episodic recognition, and 14 per cent of the variance in semantic memory.’ 

The researchers suggested reduced sensory input from our teeth could be damaging our memory. Although artificial dental implants ‘can restore sensory input to some extent’, they still result in fewer signals to the brain.

Another interpretation hinges on general chewing ability. Chewing increases blood flow in the brain and has been shown to increase activity in numerous brain areas.

The authors said it is possible brain activity changes because people lacking teeth and denture wearers avoid certain foods, leading to lower intakes of vitamins, proteins and calories.

A study last year linked clean teeth to staving off dementia. Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found those who brushed their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 per cent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed three times a day.

Some studies have also found that people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than others.  It’s thought that gum disease bacteria might get into the brain, causing inflammation and brain damage."

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If you have any concerns about loose or missing teeth Dr. Clark would love to sit down with you for a free consultation to discuss what options are available to you.  Being proactive now can say a lot of time, expense and future health problems.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Burden of Oral Disease

The CDC issued a great article on oral health that we wanted to highlight on our blog.  There are some health issues that come to us due to no fault of own, however oral diseases are almost always caused by the lack of proper care.

Oral health is often taken for granted, but it is an essential part of our everyday lives. Good oral health enhances our ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey our feelings and emotions through facial expressions. However, oral diseases, which range from cavities to oral cancer, cause pain and disability for millions of Americans each year. For example,
·         Tooth decay (cavities) is a common, preventable problem for people of all ages. For children, untreated cavities can cause pain, dysfunction, school absences, difficulty concentrating, and poor appearance—problems that greatly affect a child's quality of life and ability to succeed. Children from lower-income families often do not receive timely treatment for tooth decay, and they are more likely to suffer from these problems.
Tooth decay is also a problem for many adults, and adults and children of some racial and ethnic groups experience more untreated decay.
·         Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection caused by bacteria that gets under the gum tissue and begins to destroy the gums and bone. Teeth become loose, chewing becomes difficult, and teeth may have to be extracted. Gum disease also may be connected to damage elsewhere in the body; recent studies link oral infections with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature, low-weight births. Further research is under way to examine these connections.

Most Oral Diseases Are Preventable

Many children and adults still go without simple measures that have been proven to be effective in preventing oral diseases and reducing dental care costs. An example is water fluoridation. Fluoride prevents tooth decay, and the most cost-effective way to deliver the benefits of fluoride to all residents of a community is through water fluoridation—that is, adjusting the fluoride in the public water supply to the appropriate level for decay prevention. However, only 27 states have met the Healthy People 2010 objective of having 75% of their citizens on public water systems with water fluoridation.

Fluoridation is cost effective. One CDC study found that in communities with more than 20,000 residents, every $1 invested in community water fluoridation yields about $38 in savings each year from fewer cavities treated.

Make the commitment today to take care of your mouth.  This includes brushing, flossing, keeping your tongue clean, not smoking and eating healthy foods.  

Thankfully technology has advanced in great measures giving us incredible tools to heal oral diseases.  If you haven't taken time to learn about our LANAP procedure (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) that has saved many from tooth loss and even restored gum health, click here.

Call us today for a free consultation about LANAP.  
It really does reverse damage!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Judge This Book By Its Cover

We have visited with you in the past about the dangers in Sports Drinks that many parents buy for their children to drink during their physical activities.  We found another great article about these dangers from that we would like to share with you.

While kids play sports in the summer heat, they will be tempted to gulp down large sugary sports and energy drinks to stay cool. Swigging too many of these beverages, however, can harm a child’s teeth. Delta Dental advises parents to monitor and limit the number of these beverages their children are consuming to help prevent cavities.
Young athletes do need to replace fluids, carbohydrates, protein and electrolytes after hard exercise. But the high sugar and highly acidic content of sports drinks can increase a child’s susceptibility to tooth decay and enamel erosion if too much is consumed.
Like soda, energy and sports drinks contain high levels of acidity and high concentrations of sugar. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that 12 ounces of a leading brand of cola and a leading brand of energy drink each contained 42 grams of sugar, while a leading sports drink contained 21 grams of sugar.1 According to a University of Iowa study, a leading sports drink had the greatest erosion potential on both enamel and roots of teeth when compared to leading brands of energy drinks, soda and apple juice.2
Sugar itself doesn’t rot teeth, but rather, the acid that is produced when sugar mixes with certain bacteria in the mouth. Decay forms around the parts of the tooth where the plaque accumulates. The high acid from the drinks themselves can also have an erosive effect on the whole surface of the tooth. Sugary, acidic drinks are particularly damaging when they are sipped frequently throughout the day because they spend a prolonged amount of time washed over the teeth.
Instead of buying the 32 or 64 ounce bottles of sports drink, limit kids to a single 12 to16 ounce bottle. Encourage kids to consume as much water as they do sports drink. Drinking water will help them stay hydrated during outdoor activities and make sure any residual sports drink doesn’t linger on their teeth. Another option is to dilute the sports drink with water to lower the concentration of acidity and sugar. If your kids find water boring, consider adding slices of orange, lemon or cucumber to make it more appealing. Interestingly enough, recent studies suggest that low-fat chocolate milk may be as good as a sports drink at promoting recovery between workouts.3
There are many alternatives that are quick and so much better for your children.  An occasional sports drink is not going to damage your child's teeth.  Using all beverages judicially is the key to a happy, healthy mouth that can keep giving for many years to come is the goal.
If your child hasn't seen us for their Back To School visit, please call and schedule your appointment today!
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Parents Are You Sending Mixed Signals?

The Academy of General Dentistry has a great article about the mixed signals parents can send to their children about the dentist.  Sometimes our own aversions or fears come out in our body language, comments or procrastination.  

Children's Dental Visits: Parents, Prepare Yourselves

Children experience many firsts: first tooth, first words, first step, first birthday and first haircut. Parents want to be prepared for every step of their child's new life experiences, including dental visits. Only parents willing to model positive attitudes should accompany their child on a dental visit.

Parents averse to their own dental visits may transmit negative messages to children before, during and after a dental treatment. "Fearful parents can actually create a nervous and anxious child," says Jane Soxman, DDS, pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. "Parents who are afraid of the dentist need to change their mindset."

Most children are not only comfortable but even curious during a first dental exam and cavity-filling procedures. However, a child may become problematic when the accompanying parent laces soothing messages with hints of fear or anxiety and relays incorrect assumptions about procedures.

"Because parents' interpretations and expectations towards dental visits can be quite different from the child's, parents need to be honest with themselves about their views of the dentist," says Dr. Soxman. "If a parent has severe dental anxieties, he or she needs to make every effort not to pass those fears to the child."

"Parents' presence is support enough for the child," added Dr. Soxman, who emphasizes the importance of parental presence for the first exam and until the age of 4, for restorative treatments.

Pretreatment meetings with a dentist provide directions and guidelines for the parent if he or she wishes to accompany their child during treatment. Parents learn how to provide moral support and to maintain a low, calm voice. Dr. Soxman suggests that the parent not "parrot" the dentist's requests but support the dentist as the authority figure during procedures. It is also important for the same parent to accompany the child during each sequential visit to fill any cavities.

"A parent's positive presence during early dental visits will empower a child to a lifetime of positive dental experiences," said Dr. Soxman.

Call us today, 541-451-1440, to schedule a Back To School Visit for your child. Show them that making the commitment to oral health care is important and work hard to establish consistent routines.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mouth Guards - Are They Essential?

To continue our discussion about mouthguards this week we would like to share this article by the ADA that explains why mouthguards play such an important role in the lives of your active family members.

Why don't kids wear mouthguards?

Parents are sometimes uninformed about the level of contact and potential for serious dental injuries involved with sports in which the child participates. Some, though not all, schools reinforce the health advantage of mouthguards for their contact sports. Cost may be another consideration, although mouthguards come in a variety of price ranges.

What are the different types of mouthguards?

Stock mouthguard: The lowest cost option is a ready-made, stock item, which offers the least protection because the fit adjustment is limited. It may interfere with speech and breathing because this mouthguard requires that the jaw be closed to hold it in place. A stock mouthguard is not considered acceptable as a facial protective device.

Mouth-formed mouthguard: There are two types of mouth-formed mouthguards. The first is a shell-liner mouthguard that is made with an acrylic material that is poured into an outer shell, where it forms a lining. When placed in an athlete's mouth, the protector's lining material molds to the teeth and is allowed to set. Another type is a thermoplastic, or "boil-and-bite," mouthguard. This mouthguard is softened in hot water and then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth by using finger, tongue and sometimes biting pressure.

Custom-made mouthguard: The best choice is a mouthguard custom-made by your dentist. It offers the best protection, fit and comfort level because it is made from a cast to fit your teeth.

How should I care for a mouthguard?

1-  Clean your mouthguard by washing it with soap and cool (not hot) water.

2-  Before storing, soak your mouthguard in mouthwash.
3-  Keep your mouthguard in a well-ventilated, plastic storage box when not in use. Make sure the     box has several holes so the mouthguard will dry.
4.  Heat is bad for a mouthguard, so don't leave it in direct sunlight or in a closed automobile.
5.  Don't bend your mouthguard when storing.
6.  Don't handle or wear someone else's mouthguard.
7.  Call us if there are any problems.

Call us today to schedule an 
appointment for your child 
and protect that smile!
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Have No Fear Dr. Clark is Here! had a great article discussing the importance of helping your child successfully handle their anxieties about dental appointments.

With the end of summer approaching, it’s extremely important to make sure kids are ready to return to school with a clean bill of health, and this should not be short of a routine dental clean-up. Once the school year begins, the shuffle of classes, work, dorm-life, and other college distractions make it hard to stay true to even a simple dental check-up.

Some students, especially those that are older and in the working field, tend to put off their dental care needs or ignore them completely. Excuses range from scheduling conflicts to claiming oral health is an unnecessary expense. The truth of the matter is that most of the procrastination comes from fear of the dental chair and fear of the dental bill.

Unpleasant memories that people harbor about going to the dentist as young children seem to be universally common. Years later, they still can't shake the fear. Worse yet, the rising cost and lack of healthcare seem to make it taboo in the 20-somethings’ generation.

Whatever the reason, it's easy to understand the fears that develop in childhood. Many have memories of an ominous-looking machine hovering above a way-too-big chair. Someone sticks a sharp instrument into their mouth, while stretched back and tense in an uncomfortable position, with no easy way to escape.

You can have confidence in our ability to listen to your concerns, and to help you calm your child resulting in a comfortable and positive experience in our office.

Give us a call today to schedule your child's 
exam and receive 15% off of your exam!
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Benefits of Dental Bridges recently posted an article explaining the benefits of Dental Bridges.  Dr. Clark has been able to successfully place bridges in patients hundreds of times over the years.  His education, expertise and experience assures an attractive and comfortable result.

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two, or more, crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?

There are three main types of bridges:
  • Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever bridges are attached to adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

What Is the Process for Obtaining a Dental Bridge?

During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. Dr. Clark will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.

During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. The bridge is then bonded to the abutments with high tech resin bonding cement.

Call us today for a FREE consultation to see if you are a good candidate for a bridge.  Dr. Clark can walk you through the process and answer any questions that you may have. Taking care of issues before they become out of control will save you a lot of time, money and frustration!

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(541) 451-11440