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Affordable Tooth Replacement Options: The Dental Implant

Scott McMeen

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 Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced by tooth supported bridges or by partial dentures, while people missing all their teeth often had to rely on conventional full dentures.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

Office Manager

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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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 McLoughlin Dental Care make sure to ask your hygienist for other tips for keeping your smile bright.


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