What Are Dental Crowns?

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Dental crowns, or caps as they’re sometimes known, are just what they sound like – a hollow, tooth-shaped cover that goes over an existing damaged tooth. Over time, teeth may become cracked, suffer from extensive decay, or become otherwise compromised. A crown can be placed over the tooth in order to protect it, while maintaining the structural support it offers to the surrounding teeth and jawbone. About the Dental Crown Procedure If your Lake Oswego dentist has recommended a crown as part of your restorative dentistry treatment, the procedure will be carried out in a series of steps. Firstly, if … Continue reading

A Look at Cosmetic Dentistry


A beautiful smile has the power to make a memorable first impression, and to give you a confidence you’ve never felt before. Modern cosmetic dentistry procedures can give you that smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you need straightening, whitening, or reshaping, your cosmetic dentist in Lake Oswego can recommend the right procedure for you. Cosmetic Dentistry Options So just what kind of procedures can you opt for to achieve just the look you’re going for? This dental field encompasses several techniques to create a brilliant, flawless smile. Teeth Whitening Tooth bleaching has garnered quite a bit of attention in recent … Continue reading

Restorative Dentistry Overview

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Just as general dentistry covers routine care, and cosmetic dentistry is aimed primarily at improving appearances, restorative dentistry does just that – restores. This could mean repairing damaged teeth so they are close to the original as possible, or completely replacing them. Your restorative dentist’s ultimate goal is simply to make sure you are happy with your smile and that your teeth are healthy and strong. Restorative Dentistry Procedures This dental field encompasses a wide range of services, from minor fillings, to total mouth reconstruction. Some of the most common procedures you may undergo when having tooth repairs performed include: … Continue reading

Do You Know How Food Affects Your Teeth?

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We all know it’s good to brush your teeth at least twice a day. It’s even better to brush after eating, but unfortunately most of us don’t have the time for that. Cavities form as a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by the acidity in foods. Acidity levels, also known as pH levels vary by the type of food and drink. Take a look at the pH Level chart to see if what you are eating and drinking is increasing your risk for cavities. If it’s been over six months since you have seen Dr. Manami Yamaguchi, … Continue reading

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie – A Recipe For Strong, Healthy Teeth

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Keep your smile bright and your teeth healthy! Just like your bones, your teeth stay strong when you consume enough calcium and vitamin D.  Milk, Strawberries and broccoli are all foods that can help prevent trips to the dentist. Enjoy this Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie to get some cavity-fighting nutrients. Refreshing and easy to make, one serving provides almost twice the amount of vitamin C you need for an entire day! Consume tooth-strengthening calcium and vitamin D from the milk in this strawberry smoothie. During your next appointment at Dental Arts & Wellness make sure to ask your hygienist for other tips for … Continue reading

Do Whitening Toothpastes really work?


The effectiveness of whitening toothpastes on your teeth will depend on why they don’t look white in the first place. Whitening toothpastes chemically or mechanically help to remove stain on the tooth surface. There is no evidence they can whiten teeth from internal discoloration. The only whitening agents in toothpastes are abrasives that help rub off stains from coffee, tea, or red wine for example. If you believe your teeth are not as white as they should be, Dental Arts & Wellness in Lake Oswego can advise you on what whitening method would work best for you. Because most toothpastes … Continue reading

5 Oral Health Troubles Translated — and Solutions for Healthy, Beautiful Teeth!

A sudden, sharp pain when you take a bite out of your breakfast roll, bleeding gums when you brush, a loose tooth long after your baby teeth have all fallen out — these common dental issues could be your mouth’s way of telling you something’s not quite right. Fortunately, most oral health issues can be addressed and fixed before they become serious conditions if identified and dealt with early on. The following are five oral health troubles translated, along with steps you can take to regain your beautiful, healthy smile. Sudden tooth pain when biting down: Pain that occurs for … Continue reading

Canker or Cold Sore: Different Problem. Same Solution.

The influence our oral health has on our quality of life often goes unnoticed until something goes wrong. From essential activities like eating and speaking to those magical moments where we find ourselves lost in a romantic kiss, our mouths play a key role in how we feel and interact with others on a daily basis. An unexpected disturbance by a canker sore can cause mouth pain and general discomfort. Canker sores begin to appear as early as age 10, and can occur at any point in a person’s life. They only appear inside of the mouth, and about one … Continue reading

White teeth or Joe? A choice you don’t have to make.

Let’s be honest: there are few things in your life you can count on. Relationships come and go, job security is rare, and even your best of friends occasionally let you down. But, amid all the uncertainty life dishes up, there is one thing that never fails you: coffee. Back in high school, when you pulled an all-nighter studying for that Trigonometry test that meant the difference between passing or failing the entire class — coffee was there for you. In college, when you couldn’t sleep for weeks after your first true love dumped you — coffee kept you going. And after you had … Continue reading

Four Reasons You May Be at Risk for Tooth Loss

It’s a beautiful summer day outside. You are walking through a park when, out of nowhere, a levitating bowl full of giant pinwheel lollipops appears in front of you. You reach for a particularly colorful one and take a huge chomp out of it. Suddenly, clouds fill the sky and shards of the lollipop fall from your mouth. You look down only to realize it’s your teeth that have all fallen to the ground instead! Sound like a familiar nightmare? Bad dreams about tooth loss are not uncommon, and neither is the fear of losing your teeth as you age. … Continue reading


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