Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fluoride Toothpaste Advantages

What are the benefits of fluoride toothpaste?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Is Water Fluoridation Safe?

Fluoridated water can become a hot topic. Every outlet seems to have its own opinion, and research citations to back it up.

According to the ADA - American Dental Association, "Water fluoridation is safe, effective and healthy. Seventy years of research, thousands of studies and the experience of more than 210 million Americans tell us that water fluoridation is effective in preventing cavities and is safe for children and adults."

What are the benefits of fluoridated water?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pinhole Surgical Technique - Patient Testimonal

Here is another testimonial from one of our great patients. Not only has his anxiety about dental visits disappeared, his gum recession is no longer a problem and he is back to eating on both sides of his mouth without trouble.

The Pinhole Surgical Technique has really changed the way gum recession is treated. Dr. Clark is one of the few dentists that have actually been trained and certified to perform this procedure. You can trust in his expertise and eye for perfection. You will be satisfied with your results!

Call to schedule your consultation today!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pinhole Surgical Technique - Patient Testimonial

We could spend hours talking about the amazing Pinhole Surgical Technique that Dr. Clark offers, however, we'd rather you hear it from one of our amazing patients.

Please don't think that a gum graft is your only answer. Grafts are time-consuming, painful and results may vary. With the Pinhole Surgical Technique, all of those issues disappear.

Call us to schedule your consultation today!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Gum Grafting vs. Pinhole Surgical Technique

Dr. Clark has had amazing results with the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Watch this short video that explains how this revolutionary procedure is performed. You can also click here to visit our website for more information.

Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clark today!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Gum Recession Has Met it's Match!

Dr. Clark is one of very few dentists trained and certified to perform this revolutionary procedure. It is minimally invasive, prevents gum disease, has less discomfort post-op and gives you instant results. You can treat multiple teeth at once, and the results are amazing.

Call to schedule a consultation today!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Don't Ignore the Warning Signs!

This month we have chosen impactful dental health stories. Not all stories have a happy ending, but due to vigilant dental employees and patients, the odds can be tipped in our favor when it comes to dental health successes. We both must work in tandem to achieve the best results.

Delta Dental of California posted a great article about five medical conditions that can harm your mouth. Take a few minutes to browse this list of warning signs. 

Did you know that problems in other parts of your body can have consequences for your teeth and gums? From diabetes to ulcers, these illnesses can erode teeth, cause bad breath and even turn your tongue black!
  1. Acid reflux. Your dentist may be the first to notice gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux. If you have this condition, a look in your mouth will usually reveal erosion on your back teeth, the result of powerful stomach acid dissolving your enamel. If you experience reflux episodes during the day, protect your teeth by rinsing vigorously with water to reduce acid in your mouth. You may be tempted, but don’t brush your teeth right away — the bristles can damage enamel still soft from the acid. To prevent nighttime reflux, make sure not to eat two to three hours before bed, and avoid triggers like alcohol, caffeine and anything acidic.
  2. Stomach ulcers. Appearing as sores in the lining of your stomach or small intestine, ulcers are often the result of the bacterium H. pylori, which can weaken the protective coating of your stomach. Although ulcers themselves won’t hurt your oral health, the medicine used to combat them can turn your tongue black. Don’t worry — the side effect should go away once you’re through with treatment.
  3. Chronic kidney disease. If there’s something fishy about your breath, visit your doctor. Breath that smells like fish or ammonia can be a sign of kidney disease, a serious condition that is fatal if left untreated. As your kidneys lose their ability to filter waste and toxins from the blood, your breath will take on the scent of your urine.
  4. Diabetes. This widespread inflammatory disease doesn’t just affect your blood sugar. People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease, cavities and even lose their teeth. If you’ve been diagnosed, make sure to tell your dentist, and be especially vigilant in brushing and flossing.
  5. High blood pressure. If you’re among the quarter of Americans with this dangerous condition, you might have something new to worry about. Medication to lower your blood pressure can come with the unwanted side effect of gingival enlargement, a condition in which your gums swell and start to grow over your teeth.
If any of these warning signs are of concern to you, please call us as soon as possible.
Source: https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/5-medical-conditions-that-can-harm-your-mouth.html

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Routine Dental Exams Can Save Your Life!

This month we have been sharing survival stories from around the nation. At times we think, "bad things will never happen to me" and we ignore the warning signs our body uses to communicate with us.

Today's story is no different. The American Dental Association recently shared the story of a 47-year-old mother and wife who survived oral cancer thanks to a routine dental exam.

JoAna Breckner shares the following tips to help you fight against oral cancer:

Here are easy, potentially lifesaving steps to take charge of your oral health. 

  • Be sure your dentist or qualified hygienist “cleans and screens” at every routine visit. This visual and manual screening takes less than five minutes 
  • There is a strong link between HPV and oral cancer. Ask your children’s pediatrician and dentist for more information about the HPV vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends boys and girls receive the HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12. 
  • If a sore throat or swallowing problems persist for more than two weeks, contact your doctor. 
Call today to schedule your
semi-annual cleaning and exam!

Source: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-40-60/oral-cancer-awareness?source=facebook&content=oral_cancer_personal&__prclt=ovJViH1Z

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

California Family Loses Dad to Dental Infection

As reported on FoxNews Health, a young father recently lost his life from a dental infection that spread faster than medication could control. This family no longer has their loving dad and husband.

It may seem redundant that we keep talking the importance of dental exams, preventative oral hygiene measures, and emergency visit protocols, but we do this because we would be devastated to lose any of our patients.

Two minutes, twice a day to brush, and a few more minutes to floss could be the difference between life and death for you. Although good oral hygiene might be inconvenient, especially when you are tired, the next time you want to skip caring for your mouth please remember this family. A little time tonight is nothing in comparison to a life-long loss.

Schedule your dental cleaning 
and exam today!

Source:  http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/02/01/tooth-infection-leads-to-26-year-old-california-dads-death.html

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Mouth Body Connection

Our mouths and bodies are inseparably connected. It may surprise you how many health conditions Dr. Clark has been able to diagnose from a routine dental exam, some even life-threatening.

Please take a few minutes on our website studying these connections for yourself. Each box hyperlinks to a topic on our website to give your further information about the warning signs your body shows. 

If it has been awhile since your last cleaning or dental exam, please call us to schedule an appointment today.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Routine Dental Visit Saves Daughter's Life

A remarkable story reported by FoxNews shares the incredible survival of a young 11-year-old girl.

An alert hygienist noticed that the girls' eyes were yellow. She pointed this out to the dentist, who in turn told the mother to get her to a doctor.

This small discovery led to the girl's fight for her life. A tumor was discovered, and thankfully after heroic measures, the young girl was able to return to full health.

You may feel a little bothered by our routine health questions, reminder phone calls, and emails but if you look at the "big picture" we care about you and want to help you remain healthy and happy.

Scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams is one way to thank your body for working so hard for you. Be proactive in your health habits. Do your part of eating well and exercising and staying current on routine medical and dental visits. All of these choices add up to a stronger body that can fight the good fight.

We are one phone call away. Schedule your appointment today!
Source: http://fox13now.com/2015/02/11/family-says-routine-trip-to-dentist-saved-daughters-life/

Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Below are some of the signs and symptoms you could experience when oral cancer develops. If you have any of these signs or symptoms, please call us immediately!

Early detection SAVES LIVES! 

Self-Exam for Oral Cancer

You've heard us say that knowledge is power, and when it comes to oral cancer, knowing how to perform a self-exam can save your life.

Here are the simple steps of an oral cancer self-exam:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Early Detection Saves Lives!

With regular, semi-annual cleanings our hygienists and Dr. Clark will perform oral cancer screenings, free of charge. That is how important it is to them! In fact, Dr. Clark has been the first one to diagnosis several conditions that our patients had no idea they were experiencing.

Give yourself the peace of mind by scheduling these important appointments and by knowing you are being proactive in your healthcare.

We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any issues that could potentially harm you.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Are You At Risk For Oral Cancer?

Oral cancers are becoming far more prevalent than in times past. Our living and eating habits have increased the likelihood that you or someone you know will be diagnosed with oral cancer in their lifetime.

In the United States alone over 50,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year. The sad truth is that many more lives can be saved with early detection. Far too often people ignore their oral health care, which can be a fatal decision.

The greatest thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to stay up on your semi-annual dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Clark and our hygienists are experts in oral cancer detection. If you ever have sores, swelling, or unexplained tenderness in your mouth, please schedule an appointment immediately. It could be the difference between life and death for you!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Smart Snacking Tips for Kids

March is National Nutrition Month. We have been providing simple suggestions of how to incorporate healthy food choices into your diet. How have you been doing?

We know you're not perfect. As a matter of fact, we've all been guilty of making poor snack choices. Imagine this: it's 5 p.m. and your rushing out the door to a child's sporting event before you can serve dinner to your family. You grab something quick to tie yourself or your child over. Was it a good choice? Snacking can be our nemesis if we are not careful.

EatRight.org offers 20 quick snack choices that are also healthy. Feel free to follow the link in order to read their full list. Here are our top five favorite ideas:

  1. Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and sliced fruit or smooth nut butter.
  2. Frozen Treats: Mix equal amounts of fat-free plain or flavored yogurt with 100% fruit juice, then pour into paper cups and freeze for a tasty treat
  3. Quesadilla: Sprinkle shredded cheese over a corn or whole wheat tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.
  4. Rocky Road: Smear low-fat chocolate pudding on a whole grain graham cracker, then top with a marshmallow.
  5. Make your own fruit roll-up by pureeing fruit and either baking it in the oven or by using a dehydrator.

Another great idea is to meet together as a family to prepare quick snacks. By dividing up fruit and veggies into snack size bags, and having bins in the fridge available for a quick grab, your family and conquer the snacking nemesis together!

Source: http://www.eatright.org/~/media/eatright%20files/nationalnutritionmonth/handoutsandtipsheets/nutritiontipsheets/smartsnackingtips4kids_nnm2017.ashx

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Whole Grains Make a Mouth Happy!

March is National Nutrition month. Each week we have been sharing simple tips to help you make smart food choices, which leads to a healthier you. Adding whole grains is one simple thing that you can add to your family's diet, and the dividends will be delicious and beneficial.

EatRight.org shares the following tip on adding whole grains to your diet;

How to Find Whole Grains

Remember, being brown doesn't make bread whole wheat and being white may not mean that bread is made with just refined white flour. Finding whole-grain breads takes some label reading skills. Any bread labeled "whole wheat" must be made with 100-percent whole-wheat flour.
Also, did you know that even if bread labels advertise "seven-grain" or "multigrain," they are not necessarily whole-grain products? Check the Nutrition Facts panel to make sure whole-wheat flour is listed as the first ingredient and find loaves made mostly with whole-wheat or other whole-grain flour.

Add Whole Grains to Your Meals

Want to add more whole grains to your meals? Change your cooking style to include more whole grains and boost the fiber content of meals. Partner whole grains — brown rice and vegetable stir-fry or a whole-wheat pita stuffed with salad. Fortify mixed dishes with high-fiber ingredients — try adding bran or oatmeal to meat loaf.
Looking for other ways to make half your family's grains whole?
  • Start with breakfast. Choose a fiber-rich, whole-grain breakfast cereal, oatmeal or toast. Check the grams of fiber per serving; more fiber will keep you feeling fuller, longer.
  • Choose whole grains over refined items when selecting breads, buns, bagels, tortillas, pastas and other grains.
  • Experiment with different grains such as buckwheat, bulgur, millet, quinoa, sorghum, whole rye or barley. To save time, cook extra bulgur or barley and freeze half to heat and serve later as a quick side dish.
  • Enjoy whole grains as a snack. Three cups of whole-grain, air-popped popcorn contains 3.5 grams of fiber and only 95 calories. Also, try 100-percent whole-wheat or rye crackers.

Join us in the challenge of making better food choices this month. A few good choices really add up in the overall picture. A healthy mouth begins with healthy food intake. We know you can do it!

Call today to schedule your
semi-annual cleaning!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tame the Sugar Monster!

Looks can be deceiving! Unfortunately today, sugar takes many different forms in the food we purchase. We can no longer trust labels to tell us in lay man's terms the ingredients our foods contain. We must educate ourselves so we can make the best decisions for ourselves and our loved ones.

EatRight.org shares that a high intake of sugar is linked to cavities, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other health conditions. 

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines recommends Americans limit added sugars to no more than 10 percent of their daily calorie needs. That's about 12 teaspoons (48 grams of sugar) on a 2,000-calorie diet. But for kids — especially little kids, who may only need 1,200 to 1,400 calories per day — it's even less.

Common Sources of Added Sugars

Some sources of added sugars are easy to spot, such as:
  • Sugary beverages (soda, fruit punch, sweet coffee and energy drinks)
  • Sugary cereal
  • Candy and chocolates
  • Flavored yogurt
  • Baked goods such as cakes, pastries and cookies
However, added sugars can hide in some surprising places, including:
  • Whole-grain cereals and granola
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Frozen foods
  • Granola bars, protein bars and cereal bars
  • Pasta sauce
  • Dried fruit, canned fruit, applesauce and fruit juices
  • Baby food
  • Barbecue sauce, ketchup, salad dressing and other condiments

Tips for Avoiding Added Sugars

The first step in reducing your family's added sugar intake takes place in the grocery store. Scan labels for added sweeteners and, instead, fill your shopping cart with healthier options. Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, a blogger and mother of two, recommends reaching for naturally sweet foods. Her favorites? "Fruit! Lots of veggies are naturally sweet too, especially bell peppers, carrots and sugar snap peas," she says.
When it comes to beverages, Kuzemchak recommends water and milk. "Many other beverages have ingredients kids don't need, like caffeine, added sugar and artificial dyes or sweeteners," says Kuzemchak.
You can also reduce added sugar intake at home by cooking from scratch. By making your own granola, pasta sauce and condiments and serving homemade baked treats, you are in control of the ingredients used. "With baking recipes, I frequently cut the sugar with no negative effect to the recipe or to how much my family likes it," Kuzemchak says. "I usually start by cutting it by a quarter and go lower if possible."
One common source of added sugar is flavored yogurt. You can start reducing added sugar intake from yogurt by mixing half a serving of flavored yogurt with half a serving of plain, unsweetened yogurt. This trick works with cereal too. As your family's taste buds adjust, gradually use less and less of the sweetened varieties.
Make a healthy relationship with food the overall focus instead of a completely sugar-free diet. Encourage positive associations with foods such as fruits and vegetables by playing up their good qualities and fresh taste — and save the sweet stuff for special occasions.
 Call today to schedule your
semi-annual cleaning! 

Keep those teeth clean!
Source: http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/dietary-guidelines-and-myplate/looking-to-reduce-your-familys-added-sugar-intake-heres-how

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Fruits and Veggie Power!

March is National Nutrition Month, and Eatright.org has a fantastic post sharing 20 ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Please feel free to link over to their article for the full list. For our purposes here today, we'd light to highlight our top 10 ideas from the list.

  1. Keep cut vegetables handy for mid-afternoon snacks, side dishes, lunch box additions or a quick nibble while waiting for dinner. Ready-to-eat favorites: red, green or yellow peppers, broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, snap peas or whole radishes
  2. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana.
  3. Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad dressing for dipping.
  4. Place colorful fruit where everyone can easily grab something for a snack-on-therun. Keep a bowl of fresh, just ripe whole fruit in the center of your kitchen or dining table.
  5. Get saucy with fruit. Puree apples, berries, peaches or pears in a blender for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, or on pancakes, French toast or waffles
  6. Fruit on the grill: Make kabobs with pineapple, peaches and banana. Grill on low heat until fruit is hot and slightly golden.
  7. Grill colorful vegetable kabobs packed with tomatoes, green and red peppers, mushrooms and onions.
  8. Wake up to fruit. Make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.
  9. Add grated, shredded or chopped vegetables such as zucchini, spinach and carrots to lasagna, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce and rice dishes.
  10. Make fruit your dessert: Slice a banana lengthwise and top with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of chopped nuts.
We'd love to hear how you try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your family's diet. Please feel free to post your ideas here, or on our Facebook page.

And as always, please call us if 
you have any dental concerns!

Source: http://www.eatright.org/~/media/eatright%20files/nationalnutritionmonth/handoutsandtipsheets/nutritiontipsheets/20waystoenjoymorefruitsandvegetables.ashx

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Eating Right Isn't Complicated

March is National Nutrition month. Good nutrition and oral health go hand in hand. We found some great information on Eatright.org:

Eating right doesn't have to be complicated — simply begin to shift to healthier food and beverage choices. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you started.
  • Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
  • Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
  • Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Make Your Calories Count

Think nutrient-rich rather than "good" or "bad" foods. Tweet this The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients, and lower in calories. Making smart food choices can help you stay healthy, manage your weight and be physically active.

Focus on Variety

Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables including carrots and sweet potatoes. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas. Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day.

Know Your Fats

Look for foods low in saturated fats and trans fats to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils. Check the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels for total fat and saturated fat.
For more information, view the Academy infographic on the Total Diet Approach to Healthy Eating.
Join us in the celebration of National Nutrition month. Choose one area that you want to improve, and start feeling better today!

Source: http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/dietary-guidelines-and-myplate/eating-right-isnt-complicated

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What To Choose?

Photo Source: http://kidsfoodfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/drinking-water.jpg
Staying hydrated is a challenge for everyone, especially children. They aren't always in tune with what being thirsty means for their health. Being dehydrated can bring on undesirable symptoms, and if we are not careful, dehydration can be deadly.

Being thirsty is normal, however, the way we quench our thirst is a different matter. Today's commercial market offers a myriad of choices when it comes to beverages. Marketers know how to catch the attention of your children with bright flashy colors, and fun commercials to entice them. As a parent do you cave into the marketing traps and purchase less than healthy options for your children to drink?

Here is a fun activity you can do with your child that will lay the groundwork for an important discussion about good, better, and best beverage options. Have fun with this worksheet! Your child may need help filling in the answers at the bottom, and while doing so, you may surprised - EVEN SHOCKED - to realize how much sugar content some of our beverage choices really have.


Call today to schedule your
semi-annual cleaning!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Are You Always on the Go?

If you feel like you are always on the go, the likelihood your kids are right there with you. Let's face it, life can be very busy sometimes. Unfortunately. life on the go can also cause us to forfeit important routines, like brushing and flossing every day.

Here is a fun printable story you can read with your children to remind them, as well as yourself, the importance of choosing good food and beverages, even when you're feeling rushed.

Here is another free printable that you can hang up in a visible area to remind your family to brush two minutes twice a day and to drink lots of water!

Make It A Habit!

Let's make great oral health care 
choices together!

Call with any concerns:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month!

Kudos to the parents and grandparents out there that work very hard to ensure your child has many opportunities to develop through his formative years. Parenting is not easy; if someone says it is, they likely don't have children. 

The American Dental Association has declared February to be National Children's Dental Health month. We associate February with cupid, hearts, love, etc. Who more do we give our hearts and love to than our children and posterity?

Join us this month as we focus on the little ones in our lives. We will share Tuesday Tips and Friday Fun facts each week this month that you can share with your children. Involving them in their oral health care lays a solid foundation for good habits and great health down the road. 

You've heard it said that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. This includes our children. By setting a good example yourself of oral hygiene routines, and making it fun and interesting will pique your child's curiosity. We want to get you off on the right foot by sharing fun ideas and activities all month long. Even if you don't have children living in your home, grandparents can be an excellent resource in developing lifelong oral hygiene habits.

Here is a free printable calendar that children can hang up in a visible place where they brush their teeth. They can color each month differently

Join us this month in the celebration! If you have any concerns about your child's oral health care, please give us a call. If your child hasn't seen Dr. Clark yet, you can be confident they will have a great visit. We even have a Treasure Chest they can draw a surprise out of! 

Call to schedule your
appointment today!
(541) 451-1440

Photo Source: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/article/ADA-02-national-childrens-dental-health-month

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Why? Oh, But Why Not?

Does your smile let others know you are happy? Or do you find yourself hiding your smile because your teeth are not straight, or you have swollen red gums?

You like thousands of others struggle to express your joy because of embarrassment with the current state of your smile. This does NOT need to happen.

If you have gum disease or a history of periodontal disease, Dr. Dennis Clark may prepare a treatment plan that includes laser gum surgery. 

We offer the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) at our practice. It is the most effective way to eradicate gum infections and save teeth that may have been lost to gum disease. LANAP® is a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery and treats only the infected tissues while leaving surrounding tissues intact.

Let Mary tell you about her experience with LANAP:


Don't feel like you have to be satisfied with loose, crooked, or painful teeth and gums. That simply is not true. Dr. Clark can sit down with you and discuss what you need to do in order to attain the smile and oral health you've always desired.

You may ask Why? but we simply say WHY NOT? You are worth it!

Give us a call today!