Preventive Dental Care
The best way to avoid restorative procedures is to be proactive in your preventive care. Proper tooth care can improve your overall health, while reducing the need for cosmetic procedures. At Nicholas Dose, DMD, we offer our patients a wide variety of tips, tools, and information on caring for their teeth. Prevention is a vital part of the work that we perform. Dr. Dose does not just want to fix your problems, but also educate our patients on how to avoid problems. Together, we can help you have a healthier mouth, which is not just good for your oral health, but your overall health as well.
Lake Oswego, OR
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We want to see our patients for dental cleanings at least twice a year because we can be more precise and aggressive than patients can be at home. Daily dental cleanings are done to remove plaque, in office dental cleanings gets the plaque you missed, plus the hardened decay causing tartar or calculus that should be removed only be a professional hygienist so to not damage the enamel of your teeth.
Your dental cleaning is also a great time to review strategies for having a cleaner mouth.
Dental exams are a very important part of your oral health. By having frequent visits with Dr. Dose, we can watch changes as they occur, helping us catch issues before they become problems. Your dental exam is a great time to discuss your oral health, make predictions, and come up with solutions toward having a healthier mouth.
Taking care of your gums can help you take care of your teeth. Dr. Dose understands how important your gum tissue is, after all it surrounds and supports your teeth. Infected gums are an all too common dental disorder with most adults. In fact, about 50% of adults suffer with some level of gum disease. With regular dental cleanings and exams, along with education, we can keep your gum tissue strong and healthy. Our goal is to make sure that our patients know that slightly bleeding gums from flossing or brushing is not normal, it is a visual indication of inflammation, and we can help.
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We can see through you and your teeth thanks in part to digital x rays. Today’s x-rays are much more advanced than the x-rays of your childhood. No longer do we view small grainy slides, instead, we are able to display high resolution images right at your chairside. The images can be enlarged, saved, and shared with a click of a button, all while using significantly less radiation to get them. Digital x-rays are a modern marvel.
Extracting a tooth involves entirely removing it from its socket. Teeth may be removed for a variety of reasons, including damage, decay, being impacted or poor positioning. Our team at Nicholas Dose, DMD, including Dr. Dose, can examine your teeth, review digital x-rays, and determine the best course of action for treatment, which may include extraction. If extraction is needed, we will also determine the next steps of action if restoration is needed, which may include a bone graft and a dental implant.
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Starting dental care early can ensure healthy teeth as an adult. We like to see our children patients, along with their parents, regularly. Your child can reach adulthood without ever experiencing a cavity, and we can show you how. From sealants, or tips on flossing and brushing, Dr. Dose can alter the course of your child’s dental health.
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Sealants are a synthetic application that helps to protect the chewing surfaces of your molars. They are applied to the surfaces of your teeth, covering over the deep crevices of your molars. This helps to prevent bacteria and food particles from getting trapped. At the same time, sealants also help make your teeth easier to clean, helping to further prevent the development of tooth decay.
Oral hygiene begins before birth, in development, and is continually maintained throughout your life. At Nicholas Dose, DMD, we feel that it is vital to our patients to educate them, and provide tips and hints on their oral health and how to care for their teeth.
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Scaling and root planing is a special type of treatment that goes deeper BELOW the gum line to remove contaminated debris and bacteria, most often performed on patients with active periodontitis.
Occasional teeth grinding due to stress from time to time is common and is not a cause for alarm. However, frequent or consistent teeth grinding can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaw. This is called bruxism. Nicholas Dose, DMD will conduct a thorough assessment of your teeth and maxillofacial region to look for signs of bruxism and provide you with a solution that addresses the damage and the teeth grinding.
Are you interested in getting preventive dentistry? Give us a call at (503) 765-7300 or book an appointment with us online today!