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Gum disease is a progressive dental condition that affects the tissues protecting and holding your teeth in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly half of all adults who are 30 or older are affected by some form of gum disease. Although this statistic is concerning, there is good news: gum disease can be prevented through simple everyday lifestyle changes. Talk to your Portland dentist if you’d like more information about the prevention or treatment of gum disease.
Brush and Floss
One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent gum disease is to maintain good daily oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque from your teeth. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle strokes—a medium- or hard-bristled toothbrush can abrade the gums. If you choose to follow brushing with mouthwash, choose a product that does not contain alcohol. Alcohol-based mouthwashes can cause your mouth to dry out, promoting rather than hindering the accumulation of plaque. If you aren’t sure whether you are brushing and flossing properly, ask your dentist for a demonstration during your next visit.
Visit the Dentist
Even if you brush and floss every day, some plaque accumulation will occur. It’s important to visit your dentist regularly for an exam and cleaning. A dental cleaning will remove plaque that has hardened into tartar, which can no longer be removed by brushing and flossing at home. If you haven’t been to your dentist in some time, he may recommend a more extensive cleaning procedure, called scaling and root planning. This procedure addresses plaque accumulation below the gum line; you will be given an anesthetic and may request a sedative to ensure you feel comfortable during this cleaning procedure.
Is it time for your next regular dental exam and cleaning? Call Sleep Dentistry of Portland at (503) 465-4054 to find out more about our comprehensive preventive, general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services, including sedation options for nervous patients. You can find more important information about your dental health on our blog.
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A healthy, white smile is an appealing feature. However, teeth can become darker or discolored over time for many reasons. Factors such as diet, age, medications, and tobacco use can all cause discoloration of the teeth. If you dislike the look of your smile, talk to your dentist. There are a variety of fast, effective, and comfortable cosmetic treatments that can improve the color of your teeth to boost your self-confidence. Check out this informative video to learn more.
At Sleep Dentistry of Portland, we can help you love the look of your smile with crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, and composite fillings. Contact us by calling (503) 465-4054 to find out more about your cosmetic and restorative dental options, including complete smile makeovers. Visit us on the web for more information about our dental sedation services to ensure you enjoy a comfortable visit to our office every time.
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ClearCorrect invisible braces provide a healthier, more appealing smile without the need for wire and metal brackets. These clear plastic aligners gently straighten your teeth while allowing you to smile with confidence throughout your treatment. Sleep Dentistry of Portland is pleased to offer ClearCorrect to our Portland patients as a comfortable and easy way to achieve your dream smile.
Crowding and Spacing
Crowding and spacing are common issues that affect the look and health of your smile. When your jaw not properly sized to accommodate the ideal alignment of your teeth, they will shift to fill the space available. Crowding occurs when your jaw is slightly too small, causing the teeth to overlap or erupt crookedly. The opposite case is spacing, which occurs when your jaw is too large. In this case, your teeth may be spaced too widely apart or grow into your mouth rotated relative to their correct position.
When the shape or location of the lower and upper jaws causes too much overlap between the upper and lower teeth, it is called overbite. This type of malocclusion can be both a cosmetic and a dental health concern. Excessive overbite can cause premature wear of the teeth because they do not fit properly together. In more extreme cases, overbite can also cause difficulty eating and speaking.
Misalignments between the upper and lower jaws can affect the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth. Certain teeth may sit too close to your cheeks or tongue, affecting the look of your smile as well as your ability to keep your teeth clean. Crossbite may also affect the joints of your jaws, causing pain or trouble chewing.
Would you like to improve your smile comfortably and without visible braces? You can learn more about the advantages of ClearCorrect and discover whether you are a good candidate for treatment by calling Sleep Dentistry of Portland today at (503) 465-4054. Check us out on the web to find out more about your general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry.