What to Look for in Early Gum Disease Since Pain Isn’t a Symptom

Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissue that keeps your teeth in place. Sometimes the signs of infection are apparent, but at the onset, it can be hard to realize you have the condition. With proper oral care habits at home, like brushing twice daily, flossing, and regular visits to our office, you will likely enjoy healthy gums …

How White Bread Hurts Your Oral Health

In addition to regular checkups with our dentists and brushing and flossing daily, educating yourself about the right (and wrong) foods to eat is a great way to ensure that you have good oral health. While most people know that sugar is bad for your teeth, it promotes bacteria growth which in turn encourages dental decay, did you know that …

How We Use Intraoral Cameras to Improve Your Oral Health

When intraoral cameras were first introduced in the late 1980s, they were big and bulky, but with new technology, they are a lot easier to use for the patient’s benefit. Many dental offices are hesitant to introduce improvements in the form of technology because it can add cost to the treatments they offer. However, we investigate any breakthrough carefully, before …

Can Teeth Break Down From too Over-brushing?

It’s important to brush your teeth on a regular basis so you have healthy teeth and gums. However, brushing your teeth too often (a.k.a. “over-brushing”) is never a good thing. While you may think that you can’t possibly get too much of a good thing, it is possible to do so. When you brush your teeth more than three times …

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 …