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Tips For Parents Who Have Kids In Braces

Twenty years ago having braces was more embarrassing than anything else for a child. However, today braces are being seen as a fashion statement with people in Asia even buying prosthetic braces kits to apply at home for fashion reasons only. Although Invisalign does...

Baby Juice Bottles

Parents who come into my Portland, Oregon pediatric dental practice often tell me, “My baby loves juice and I just cannot take it away, so I water it down.” These parents love their babies and want them to have all the good things in life.  Juice is sweet...

Plaque in Portland

Most people have heard about dental plaque but not everyone knows what it is. Dental plaque is a thick sticky waterproof cream-colored coating that develops on teeth over time.  It is made up of bacteria and their wastes with saliva components.  Sticky...

Gum Infections in Portland

A four year old boy from Portland came in with his mother, complaining of swelling around his baby molar. When I looked at it, I noticed that there was an infection around the last molar, next to where the permanent tooth develops.  Since it could be either an...

Flossing Braces

Keeping braces clean is so important to moving teeth that it bears repeating.  Keeping braces clean is so important to moving teeth. Why is it important you ask?  To completely correct a badly positioned tooth, the tooth must slide the brace along the wire in the...