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The Benefits of Fluoride
Posted on 4/2/2013 by Tigard Family Dental
You may remember as a kid when visiting the dentist that at the end of every teeth cleaning and exam your dentist made you put these funny little trays in your mouth filled with some yummy flavored type of goo. Those were fluoride treatments, and those treatments restored a very important element to the health of your teeth at a young age – of course it is known how important fluoride treatments were for infants and children, but it is still important as our teeth reach adulthood. Each day our tooth enamel is exposed to mineral loss when acids formed by plaque and bacteria attack the enamel. Too much mineral exposure without remineralization can lead to tooth decay. This is why fluoride is imperative to the health of our teeth. Floruide is a mineral found regularly in most foods...

Creating Your Oral Health Plan
Posted on 11/29/2012 by Tigard Family Dental
"At Tigard Family Dental, we remain committed to helping our patients achieve the very best oral health possible. Richard A. McKinney, DMD and our friendly and professional staff make every effort to help their patients maintain the health of their teeth and gums. Both doctors stress the importance of brushing and flossing daily to patients, as preventative dental care rates as the best way to avoid such oral health problems as tooth decay and gum disease. While brushing and flossing, along with scheduling regular checkups at Tigard Family Dental, help to prevent oral health problems, there are additional steps you should take to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. Tigard dentist, Richard A. McKinney, DMD, recommend patients consider these helpful points. Understand Your...

The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth
Posted on 5/25/2012 by Tigard Family Dental
A lot of people tend to think that if they brush their teeth and floss everyday as well as visit their dentist for semi-annual cleanings then they are practicing great oral hygiene. Although doing these daily is great for your oral health, there are many more aspects to caring for your teeth then just brushing and flossing. Diet and nutrition is just as important. The things you eat have an impact on your health and your teeth. We compiled a list of the best (and worst) foods to keep you smiling bright. Read on to find your best Tigard dentists choices: High Protein and Calcium Foods Dairy products are great for your mouth, anything with a lot of calcium. The reason we recommend dairy products for good oral care is because of the high calcium concentrate. Foods like milk, cheeses,...

Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening
Posted on 4/13/2011 by Tigard Family Dental
Whitening is a bleaching process that gently lightens stained or discolored teeth. Whitening uses a safe and effective gel designed to produce oxygen when in contact with the surface of the teeth. The outer layer of each tooth, called the enamel, contains pores that can hold stains. The whitening process virtually erases stains and brightens your teeth, without damaging your enamel or your gums. Custom trays are made from molds of your teeth. In these trays you place the whitening gel . These trays are worn for as little as one hour a day for two weeks. In-office whitening is also available at 4 to 6 times the cost. In-office whitening is also available for more immediate results. In as little as one appointment we can whiten your teeth several shades. Schedule a Cosmetic Consult...

A Dentist's Guide to Toothpaste
Posted on 4/13/2011 by Tigard Family Dental
Toothpaste and toothbrushes have become so commonplace that we take them for granted. These basic elements of cleaning teeth, however, have been carefully cultivated over hundreds of years. The History of Toothpaste The toothpaste that we currently use on our teeth contains three basic elements: an abrasive, a flavoring and a soaping agent (the suds). These three fundamental materials that clean our teeth are a vast improvement over what has been used in the past. Previous ingredients used to clean teeth included salt, crushed bone or seashells, ashes from fires, sand, pumice, charcoal and baking soda. At times, sweeteners like honey were added to improve the flavor. The first toothpaste in the form that we know it was invented by Washington Wentworth Sheffield, a dentist from...

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