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!

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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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