The 5 Halloween Treats Your Dentist Asks You to Avoid

Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday, but it might not be for your smile. In fact, it could be a very scary holiday for your smile if you’re not careful, especially because of all the sugary treats available. To help you care for your smile and have a tooth-healthy Halloween in , , your… Read more »

Celebrate the Holidays Safely to Encourage Healthy Smiles

Healthy smiles begin with healthy teeth and gums, and as the holidays are fast approaching beginning with Halloween, our team in , is pleased to help you keep your commitment to your family’s smile health. Even though they are surrounded by a bounty of candy and sugary goodies, you can still protect their pearly whites… Read more »

A Dental Implant Still Needs to Be Included in Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

A dental implant abutment is made from titanium and the replacement tooth is made from either porcelain, gold or base metal alloys. While these things are not subject to the dangers of bacteria and tooth decay, they are still susceptible to chronic gum disease. As a result, your implant will need to be included in… Read more »

The Differences Between Canker Sores and Cold Sores

You’ve probably heard about cold sores and canker sores, but what do you know about the two? While the two may seem very similar, there are a number of differences between the two. Similarly, do you ever wonder what you can do to avoid canker sores and cold sores—or what you can do to address… Read more »

A Fluoride Treatment Will Give You Stronger Tooth Enamel

Even though your tooth enamel is very hard it can still be weakened by consuming acidic foods and drinks. Over time this process, of demineralization can promote problems with tooth sensitivity and tooth decay. Be sure to tell Dr. about any recent sensitivity issues. If your teeth show signs of tooth decay problems, or you’ve… Read more »

Beware the Dangers Posed by Hardened Tartar

Hardened tartar is the result of poor oral hygiene failing to clear away plaque and residual food particles. Tartar is a bacterial-rich substance, and when it is not cleared away from the gum line it quickly promotes gum disease. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Early symptoms often include gums beginning to bleed… Read more »

What Are the Standards of an ADA Dentist?

To make sure you have the best and most successful dental experience possible, dentists who are members of the American Dental Association work by five standards. Those standards are: Respect a patient’s wants and needs Your dentist will make sure you are involved in every decision regarding your treatment plan. That way you can be… Read more »

Dental Restorations for Missing Teeth

At North Point Dental Group, LLC, in Corvallis, Oregon, Dr. Mark Swensen and Dr. Glenn Balkins, offers dental implants for our patients who have lost a tooth. Teeth can be lost due to tooth decay and gum disease, injury or trauma, smoking, and age. When this happens, your teeth can be replaced There are various… Read more »

Adding Whitening Toothpaste to Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

Your smile says a lot about you, and a smile that has been dulled by aging or staining issues from dark foods, beverages or tobacco use can leave you feeling self-conscious in social situations. The source and depth of the stains on your teeth, will help to determine which the whitening products or procedures will… Read more »

How to Ease Dental Pain

Even when you practice proper oral hygiene, dental emergencies may arise from time to time. It is important that you know what to do to care for your tooth to ease pain and swelling. With any dental emergency, go to the dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring a dental issue can increase the risk of… Read more »