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 either type of sore? While... 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. Glenn D. Balkins, Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam about any recent sensitivity issues. If your teeth show signs of tooth... 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 during the course of routine... 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 involved in the treatment decisions... 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 ways our dentist can replace... 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 be required to meet your... 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 irreversible damage to the tooth.... read more »

Dental Fillings: Your Post-Procedure Care

If your tooth has experienced damage by decay or injury, we suggest a dental filling to preserve your oral health. At North Point Dental Group, LLC, we offer both composite and silver amalgam fillings. Upon completing the procedure, we ask that you follow proper care instructions to preserve your new filling. - Know how long the filling takes to set:... read more »

The 5 Pledges of an ADA Dentist

Dr. Swensen and Dr. Balkins are proud to be members of the American Dental Association. Our patients truly appreciate the patient-first promise that they and other ADA dentists made as part of the association’s code of ethics. When a dentist joins the ADA, he or she makes five pledges in the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Personal Conduct.... read more »

When Children Lose Their Teeth

As you know, your children will eventually lose their teeth, but do you know when you should consider pulling their teeth? Similarly, when you should expect their teeth to come in? Generally, baby’s teeth start coming in when they are approximately six months old and they should have all twenty of their baby teeth when they’re three years old. Incidentally,... read more »