Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Age Appropriate Dental Habits - Six and Under

Good Dental Habits - Start Them Young!

The American Dental Association or ADA has some recommended milestones or dental hygiene targets for different age groups. This month we will break these groups down in our blog posts.

Ages 6 and Under

At this age, your child might want to do all the brushing himself but doesn’t have the fine motor skills needed to do a thorough job. Let them start and jump in when needed. “During that age, the mouth is changing so much that children who are 5 or 6 are often brushing their teeth in the way they were when they were 2 or 3,” Dr. Hayes says. “They’re not accommodating the new molars, and they’re not accommodating the fact that the mouth is growing.”

Stay up on your semi-annual cleanings!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Poor Dental Health = Missed School Days

The National Institute of Health conducted a study that found poor dental health in children impacted their ability to perform well in school. The children with poor oral health status were nearly three times more likely to miss school than their peers. Absences caused by pain resulted in poor school performance.

Give your child every advantage of being successful in school. Maintain great oral health habits at home, and schedule your regular semi-annual cleanings to keep them healthy and happy!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to School Exams Required in OR

Today's blog post is a reminder that the state of OR requires all entering Kindergartners to have a dental exam prior to school starting. 

Please call to schedule your appointment today before spots fill up: 541-451-1440.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Age Appropriate Dental Habits - 12 to 18

Good Dental Habits - Start Them Young!

The American Dental Association or ADA has some recommended milestones or dental hygiene targets for different age groups. This month we will break these groups down in our blog posts.

Ages 12-18
Dr. Hayes says this is a critical time for dental health. “When you look at research for when caries appear in kids, it tends to be in young kids. But another bump-up time is teenage years and early adulthood,” she says. “Part of this has to do with the fact that teenagers may have gone for many years and never had a cavity. They don’t necessarily take care of their teeth because they don’t see the consequence of not.”

Don’t let your teen’s habits become out of sight, out of mind. “The behaviors of the teenager are going to translate into the 20-year-old. We want to be able to support them and be respectful of them because they’re not kids anymore.”

Stay up on your semi-annual cleanings!


Age Appropriate Dental Habits - Seven to Twelve

Good Dental Habits - Start Them Young!

The American Dental Association or ADA has some recommended milestones or dental hygiene targets for different age groups. This month we will break these groups down in our blog posts.

Ages 7-12
By now, your child knows what to do, she just might not want to. Keep encouraging healthy brushing and flossing habits. “Be aware of the fact that sometimes you have to take over a little bit more,” she says. “By the time they’re teenagers, they’re starting to understand self-care, accountability for their actions and such.”

Stay up on your semi-annual cleanings!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


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For only $25 you get the fantastic toothbrush, two brush heads, Glide flossers, mouthwash and two tubes of toothpaste. You CANNOT beat this offer!

Act now while supplies last. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Unbeatable Dental Crown Special!

Everyone wants to smile with confidence. Unfortunately sometimes we can have issues with our teeth that prevent us from sharing our smile with others. If you find yourself in this situation, we have GREAT NEWS!

We are running a Dental Crown special that is perfect for any budget. Simply put $59 down and pay $59 a month until the balance is paid off. There is a flat in-house finance charge of 8% that will be added to the total. No credit checks, no fuss. 

If this sounds like something you are interested in pursuing, please contact us to schedule your appointment. 

Give yourself the gift of a great smile!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fluoride Varnish Brings Great Results!

What is Fluoride Varnish?
Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth).  
Keep in mind that fluoride varnish treatments cannot completely prevent cavities. Fluoride varnish treatments can best help prevent decay when a child is also brushing using the right amount of toothpaste with fluoride, flossing regularly, getting regular dental care, and eating a healthy diet. 
Is Fluoride Varnish Safe?
Fluoride varnish is safe and used by dentists and doctors all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children. Only a small amount is used, and hardly any fluoride is swallowed. It is quickly applied and hardens. Then it is brushed off after 4 to 12 hours.  
Some brands of fluoride varnish make teeth look yellow. Other brands make teeth look dull. However, the color of your child's teeth will return to normal after the fluoride varnish is brushed off. Most children like the taste. 
How is Fluoride Varnish Put on the Teeth?
Fluoride varnish is painted on the top and sides of each tooth with a small brush. It is sticky but hardens once it comes in contact with saliva. Your child may feel the hardened varnish with his tongue but will not be able to lick the varnish off.  
It does not hurt when the varnish is applied. However, young children may still cry before or during the procedure. Fortunately, brushing on the varnish takes only a few minutes. Also, applying the varnish may be easier when a child is crying because his mouth will be slightly open.  
You may be asked to hold your child in your lap while you are placed knee-to-knee with the person applying the varnish. 
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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.

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!


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!


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!

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. 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!


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. 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!

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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. 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!