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Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings?

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Importance of Regular Teeth CleaningsYour regular cleanings are an incredibly important part of your preventative dental care routine and are essential for helping you to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you are already a patient here at McLoughlin Dental Care then you will know that our dentist, Dr. Donald Nimz is a firm believer in preventative dentistry. He thoroughly recommends regular cleanings and our hygiene team are highly trained and experienced.


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The Difference Dentures Can Make in Your Life

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The Difference Dentures can make. Partial or complete tooth loss can be devastating, affecting your general sense of well-being, your ability to eat comfortably and to smile and talk with others. People who suffer from tooth loss will frequently choose foods that require little or no chewing, but which may be bland, boring to eat and lacking in essential nutrients. This can increase the risk of developing health problems because the body is less able to fight infection and disease.


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What is a Dental Implant?

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Dental ImplantsIf you are one of the many people in the United States who has lost teeth, or if you know you are facing tooth loss in the near future, then you have probably looked into possible ways of replacing them. It’s highly likely that dental implants will have been suggested as a solution and it’s often something we recommend to our patients here at McLoughlin Dental Care. This treatment is frequently regarded as being the gold standard for replacing missing teeth but understanding what is meant by a dental implant, let alone how it could help you can initially seem confusing. In fact, once you know a little about dental implants then the whole procedure should seem far less mysterious and really quite straightforward, and you will begin to realize why they can be such an excellent option.


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Benefits You Didn’t Think of With Professional Teeth Whitening

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Professional Teeth WhiteningWhenever you meet someone new, whether personally or professionally, you only have a few seconds to make the right impression and often a nice smile can make the world of difference. A beautifully white smile is automatically appealing, conveying a sense of youthfulness and good health. However, even the most well cared for teeth can discolor and stain as the years pass by, especially if you smoke or have a liking for strongly colored foods. As a result, you may cover up your mouth with your hand or will go out of your way not to smile and to show your teeth. Unfortunately, people may perceive you as cold and unfriendly when the very opposite is true. Nowadays, it is relatively common for people to whiten their teeth but even though this treatment can be very helpful, it’s important to whiten safely. This is when a professional teeth whitening treatment can be enormously beneficial.


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Affordable Tooth Replacement Options: The Dental Implant

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Dental Implants can be the affordable tooth replacement option for you.Many people are missing one or more teeth, and some have suffered complete tooth loss. The effects of losing teeth can be far-reaching. Tooth loss can potentially affect your ability to eat comfortably and to have a nutritionally sound diet. It can impact your ability to talk clearly, often resulting in a loss of self-confidence and self-esteem, and a reluctance to socialize with others, particularly at mealtimes. Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced by tooth supported bridges or by partial dentures, while people missing all their teeth often had to rely on conventional full dentures. Luckily, there is a far better solution which is to have dental implants.


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Dental Implants: The Optimal Tooth Replacement

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Dental implants act as substitute tooth roots in a unique way. Implants stabilize bone and prevent the inevitable bone loss that occurs when teeth are lost. At McLoughlin Dental Care, implants are placed surgically in the right position not only to allows for the fabrication of implant-crowns that look natural, but also function properly and are maintainable – indistinguishable from real teeth. In the wrong position or without proper forethought, implants can create a nightmare for restorative dentists and dental technicians who make the crown.

Implant placement and positioning is dependent upon adequate bone volume and density, which are therefore critical to success. Clinical studies indicate success rates of over 95% – higher than any other tooth replacement option. Once integrated and functional, implant restorations can last a lifetime.


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Understanding the Impact of a Smile Makeover

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Do you ever dream of improving your first impressions with a smile makeover? If so, and you are in the 31-50 age group, then you are like 70% of the U.S. population according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Other interesting polls conclude: 50% of people are unsatisfied with their smile, 74% feel an unattractive smile can hurt their chances for career success, 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to the opposite sex, and a whopping 99.7% of all Americans believe a smile is an important social asset. Based on all of these statistics, you begin to see the underlying psychological and physical benefits that go hand-in-hand with a beautiful smile.


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National Children’s Dental Health Month

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, an annual observance during which dental and medical professionals, educators, and parents focus efforts to improve the oral health of all children.

Tooth decay in children is a fast-growing problem in the United States posing serious health risks. It is the most chronic disease affecting American children. A child’s overall health is closely linked to his or her oral health. At McLoughlin Dental Care, we believe developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a jump start in maintaining a lifetime of good oral health.


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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. Nimz and a hygienist, make sure to book your appointment with McLoughlin Dental Care in Milwaukie, Oregon to ensure that your teeth stay healthy. Your hygienist at McLoughlin Dental Care can also provide you with other ways to prevent tooth decay.


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Does Whitening Toothpaste really work?

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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, McLoughlin Dental Care in Milwaukie, Oregon can advise you on what whitening method would work best for you. 


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