Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

Lots of people ask their dental professional if there’s a difference between plaque and tartar-and it’s a great question. Both plaque and tartar buildup are common dental problems. Significant plaque buildup can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Tartar is calcified plaque. Arming yourself with the facts can help you be smarter about how you care for your teeth. 

The Facts About Plaque
Plaque is sticky, colorless film containing bacteria that builds up naturally on tooth surfaces and especially along the gum line within four to 12 hours after brushing. Sugars in food and drinks can combine with plaque bacteria to release acids. These acids attack tooth enamel and break it down, which can then create cavities. Plaque bacteria can also contribute to gum disease, like gingivitis. Regular brushing and flossing are your most effective tools in the fight against plaque. If it’s not removed daily, plaque eventually accumulates and hardens into tartar.  

To read the entire article visit OralB.com.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com

Friday, 30 December 2016

Receding Gums

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about receding gums.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com

Monday, 26 December 2016

Dental Root Canals

Saving Hopeless Teeth

Missing teeth pose serious threats to your overall dental health. A root canal can save teeth with roots that have been damaged or infected and used to require extraction. A root canal is a procedure that repairs a tooth by removing the pulp chamber and filling the space with a filling material. This is often necessary when dental decay reaches the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected), and beyond the scope of a simple filling. At Perledent Dental Care, we are experienced in root canal therapy. The root canal has acquired an unwarranted reputation as something to be avoided. However, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are actually a manageable form of treatment.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com

Saturday, 24 December 2016

What to Know About Gingivitis

What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque bacteria on the tissues that surround the teeth. Plaque, a naturally occurring biofilm containing bacteria, can lead to gingivitis if not removed by daily brushing. 

Who Can Get Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is quite prevalent. But while almost 80% of adults will experience some symptoms of gingivitis, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s inevitable. It’s important to note that occasionally there might be no noticeable pain or apparent signs, leaving people unaware that they have it. That’s another good reason to schedule regular checkups with your dental professional every six months so he or she can identify it and suggest treatment options.

Gingivitis Symptoms
Some symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Chronic gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and chronic bad breath. If these symptoms persist, it's important to talk with your dental professional to determine the best treatment. In the meantime, learn what you can do to protect against gingivitis.

To read the entire article visit OralB.com.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com

Friday, 23 December 2016

Dental Plaque

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about dental plaque.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com

Monday, 19 December 2016

Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke

Recent medical research has resulted in many doctors reaching a startling conclusion: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are connected. Since heart disease is usually fatal, it is obvious that treating gum disease is of paramount importance. The American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other affliction, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be handled as an epidemic! While most dentists think it is just that, they realize that gum disease will never be labeled as an epidemic because “no one ever dies from it.” The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not pleasant – but certainly not life threatening. But that thought process has changed. 

The American Academy of Periodontology reports: “Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” In short, the bacteria that infect your gums, when you suffer from periodontal disease, can migrate into your bloodstream and travel straight to your heart.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com

Friday, 16 December 2016

Parts of the Tooth

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about about what makes up the tooth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com

Monday, 12 December 2016

A Natural-Looking Smile with Dentures!

Tired of Economy Dentures?

For some patients, traditional dentures are the best option. With a breakthrough in design and fit, we can furnish a secure denture plate that gives you a beautiful, natural-looking smile! If you are a denture wearer, be sure to ask us about this.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

6 Tips for Cavity-Free Holidays - continued

#5: Watch out for starchy foods 
These are sneaky because they often get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in chips and cakes, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up. 

#6: You can still have fun 
So, what can you eat? Lots of stuff! Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish and vary your diet. Eat whole grains and choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods. The holidays are a great time of year to start thinking about healthier habits. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables-for your overall health and the health of your teeth.


To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Perledent Dental Care   
Kyle Van, DDS   
2110 NW Amberbrook Dr   
Beaverton, OR 97006   
(503) 533-5539   
NiceSmileNow.com