Can Running Your Toothbrush Through the Dishwasher Help Sanitize It?

There are a lot of ways that people try to save money. Controlling household expense is one of them. Some of the ideas that people try are very good and others defy logic. One thing that dentists recommend is making sure your toothbrush is clean and sanitized. This is especially important when overcoming an illness. The choices a person has …

Reasons to Not Ignore Sensitive Teeth

From time to time, people develop sensitive teeth. They do not always think much about it. The feeling of the sensitive teeth does not last long, so a person assumes that everything is fine. This is not always the case. We do not recommend ever ignoring sensitive teeth. These are three reasons that you should not do it either. These …

How Many People Really Have Cavities and Don’t Know It?

Most people associate pain with having cavities in their mouth, however, there are times when having a cavity is not so obvious because it doesn’t cause any pain. A lot of people are surprised to find out they have a cavity, during an oral examination. It is important to take care of filling a cavity as soon as possible to …

Does Everyone Need to Get Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

For many teenagers, removing the wisdom teeth is a rite of passage. It is something that everyone seems to do. However, there are many times when the wisdom teeth don’t need to come out, so your dentist should review the pros and cons of this operation before you pursue removal. When Should Your Wisdom Teeth Stay in Place? Wisdom teeth …

Does Vaping Cause Oral Health Problems

You might think that you’ve made a healthy decision if you decided to swap out cigarettes for vaping. However, there are still some risks to your health with vaping, including your mouth. By staying informed, you can make the best decision for your body. Effects on Gum Tissue A recent study from Oncotarget looked at the effects of e-cigarette vapors …

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Teeth Grinding – Why you Should see the Dentist

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Teeth grinding, known as bruxism, occurs when you clench and grind your teeth together, usually while sleeping, although it may even occur when awake. Many people who have bruxism are completely unaware that they have it. What causes bruxism? There are three main culprits of teeth grinding: stress, lifestyle, and sleep disorders. When it comes to …

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Want to Sleep Better – Tape your Mouth Shut

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Do you go to bed at a decent hour, yet wake up feeling tired? Are you constantly dragging just to get through the day? If you find that you are still fatigued, even though it seems as though you got enough sleep, it may be how you are breathing that is the problem. If you want …

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Does my Child Have an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR For decades, dentists and orthodontists alike have been treating misaligned teeth with braces, none the less straightening the teeth, but, what about bite misalignment, oral posture, and swallowing patterns? These areas commonly are untreated, leaving the patient with problems in the future such as sleep-breathing disorders, TMJ disorders, or braces again as an adult. Here’s how …

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Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Children

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR Obstructive sleep apnea is often associated with middle-aged men that are overweight, but research is discovering that it can affect anyone of any age. Young women, athletes, and even children are suffering from sleep apnea, and many parents are completely unaware. The problem is that untreated sleep apnea can lead to significant health consequences into adulthood.   …

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Eating Disorders and Oral Health

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR In a world of social media and selfies, it seems like body image is emphasized now, more than ever. Is it any wonder, then, that almost 30 million Americans suffer from some sort of eating disorder? An eating disorder affects your health because you do not receive enough nutrients, but did you know that patients with …