We are excited to now be offering oral appliances for the treatment of Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a serious health issue that affects millions of people in the United States. Treatment option include surgery, CPAP, or oral appliance therapy (OAT). OAT is a small, custom dental appliance that is worn at night to treat OSA. The appliance is covered by most medical insurances and we would be happy to preauthorize it with them prior to treatment.
We are happy to partner with Somnomed, the leader in oral appliance therapy. Please refer to our Sleep Apnea page for more information.
Christmas and the New Year are right around the corner. Most insurance benefits renew on January 1st; if you have not used all of your benefits before this renewal, then they are lost. If you have treatment remaining, that you want to complete before the end of the year, please Contact us today.
A waterpik (also called a oral irrigator or dental water jet) is a irrigation system for the mouth. It acts as a pressure washer for your teeth. It is not a substitute for brushing or flossing but can be a very helpful tool for improving your oral health. We highly recommend them for people with gum disease, deep gum pockets, dental implants, and people with braces.
Simply fill the reservoir with water or diluted mouth rinse, select the appropriate tip, and guide the instrument slowly around the teeth. The pressurized water pick penetrates into the pockets around the teeth better than brushing.
You can purchase a water pick online or in the store. Feel free to ask us about using one at your next appointment.
Some interesting facts about candy from the Huffington Post.
"#3. Candy accounts for only 6% of the added sugar in the American diet. Soft drinks and juice account for 46%."
"#7. It's unbelievable now, but candy once was advertised as health food. “Eat Tootsie Rolls — The Luscious Candy That Helps Beat Fatigue.”
The average American kid will eat 7000 calories worth of candy on Halloween night. This Halloween consider a candy buy back. Simply offer a dollar amount per pound your child collects or maybe a small toy. Otherwise, have a great night and be safe
We have had several patients ask us recently about a oil pulling, which is a process whereby a person swishes an oil (coconut, sesame, etc.) for extended periods of time. Proponents of this claim that oil pulling will treat a myriad of health issues, including oral diseases such as gum disease and tooth decay. Risks associated with oil pulling relate to accidental inhalation or swallowing the oil. Some websites will also claim this to be a substitute for normal oral hygiene (brushing and flossing). The American Dental Academy severely questions these assertions.
Our opinion, after reviewing sites for and against the practice, is that there is insufficient data to suggest that oil pulling can replace traditional hygiene techniques. However, the simple process of thoroughly rinsing your mouth with anything from water, oil, or mouth rinse will disrupt some dental plaque. We would caution patients to think of oil pulling as a panacea, and would recommend normal hygiene practices.
A recent new article by the Associated Press, questioned the efficacy of flossing in preventing oral disease. The study, they says, shows little evidence the flossing reduces the level of plaque. We can tell you WITHOUT A DOUBT that people that regularly floss are much less likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease. Please, please, please keep flossing! For the American Dental Academy's (ADA) perspective please see the link below:
ADA Recommendations About Flossing
We are happy to announce that Dr. Clark has joined us full time. Dr. Clark has lived in Portland for the last 9 years as he and his wife attended school and further training. He graduated from OHSU in 2011 and has been working at our practice on a part time basis since then. Dr. Clark's wife recently finished her surgical residency at OHSU and accepted a job in Eugene. Dr. Clark and his family have since moved to Eugene.
Meet Dr. Clark
We are pleased to inform you, our valued patients, that we continue to provide quality dentistry for you and your family. We have invested in digital radiographic equipment which coordinates with new and advanced computer imaging to provide the ultimate in digital diagnostic capabilities. This provides a 33% to 75% reduction in x-ray exposure for each image taken. We have your total health in mind.