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  • Some Recent Testimonials!

    • Merry M. | Tigard

      Always treated in a friendly, personal and professional manner. Wonderful dental treatment and feel truthful, honest advise given.

    • Alice M. | Wilsonville

      I’ve been a patient of Dr. Terence Clark for nearly 25 years. He and his staff have always provided exceptional care and highest quality of dental work. Wouldn’t change – ever!!!

    • Deborah R. | Wilsonville

      Love this place….Everyone is always on time, efficient, competent and FRIENDLY! Nice combination!!!

    • George C. | Wilsonville

      I was well received by reception. My teeth were cleaned which was the objective, and I was in and out without having to wait. I felt served and appreciated for being their client. I trust this Dental group!

    • Pamela Z | Wilsonville

      Always friendly staff and excellent service.

    • Shannon M. | Oregon City

      Pretty much the best dental health care team I have ever experienced. Consistently awesome, personable service. As someone who dreads the dentist….they tailor to my tension and make it all ok!! I drive quite a ways to see them and it is worth it!

    • D.B. | Wilsonville

      I have been a patient of Dr. Clark’s for years. I have always had a fear of dentists, but he is very calming and reassuring and always makes sure you are comfortable. He and everyone at his clinic genuinely care about their patients. As long as he is practicing, I will always go to him for all my dental needs.

  • November 17th, 2016

    According to University of Queensland researcher Grace Branjerdporn, finding a soul mate puts a smile on your face in more ways than one.

    “We studied how the dynamics of our romantic relationships affect our oral health,” Ms Branjerdporn said.

    “We determined that those who tended to avoid emotional intimacy, or worried their partner would not be available to them in times of need, were more likely to have negative oral health outcomes.

    “They were more likely to skip dental check-ups for preventative reasons, be overly self-conscious about how their teeth looked, and say their oral health was poorer.

    “On the flipside, you could say having a love life where you trust the other person and have higher self-worth leads to better dental visiting habits, more confidence related to your teeth and appearance, and rating your teeth better.”

    The study was a collaboration between UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the School of Dentistry, co-authored with Dr Pamela Meredith, Emeritus Professor Jenny Strong and Professor Pauline Ford.

    It builds on previous research concerning adult attachment theory and the negative health impacts of attachment insecurity in adult relationships.

    “Those who try to emotionally distance themselves from their significant other may be reluctant to schedule regular preventative dental appointments as they have higher levels of self-reliance, distrust of others and avoid seeking support,” Ms Branjerdporn said.

    “An emerging body of medical literature reveals links between insecure attachment and decreased healthcare-seeking.”

    This is the first study to assess associations between patterns of attachment anxiety and avoidance, oral health habits and self-rated oral health with a group of healthy people.

    And in a roundabout way, the findings could provide a way to proactively support people at risk of poor by more readily identifying them.

    A total of 265 adults were observed in the research, published in the journal Quality of Life Research.

     Explore further: Unlocking the potential of prenatal attachment

    More information: Pamela Meredith et al. Associations between adult attachment and: oral health-related quality of life, oral health behaviour, and self-rated oral health, Quality of Life Research (2015).DOI: 10.1007/s11136-015-1089-1

    September 8th, 2016

    In a release carried on EurekAlert (8/25), the University of Pennsylvania stated Kovanaze “was deemed safe and effective in a recent Phase 3 clinical trial led by University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine researchers.”
    The ADA (7/15) had reported previously that “Kovanaze™ is indicated for regional pulpal anesthesia when performing a restorative procedure on teeth 4 through 13 and A through J in adults and children who weigh 40 kg (88 lbs) or more.”

    September 8th, 2016

    The Daily Mail (9/1, Reporter) reported that a new study finds teenagers who are “night owls” are “up to four times as likely to require fillings as those who prefer an early night.” The researchers suggested this may stem from the teenagers neglecting “to brush their teeth before falling asleep.” In addition, the study found teenagers who go to bed late are “more likely to wake up later and skip breakfast,” resulting in “increased snacking throughout the day.” Given this, the Oral Health Foundation is “encouraging parents to ensure their children understand the importance of brushing their teeth before bed, and the impact of tooth decay.” Dr. Nigel Carter, the foundation’s chief executive, said the combined effect of not brushing teeth regularly before bed and skipping breakfast is “a real recipe for disaster” for oral health and increases the “risk of developing tooth decay.” Dr. Carter said, “Problems in the mouth can affect the way our children communicate, their relationships and their wider general health, so it is vital they prioritise their oral health.”

    April 20th, 2016

    Reader’s Digest states that “dentists are trained to spot more than just cavities,” listing seven dental problems that “may signal a health issue happening elsewhere in the body.” The article states, for example, that a dentist may be able to detect that a patient has diabetes. “Red, swollen gums that may bleed are the hallmarks of periodontal disease,” and people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. “If gums bleed a lot and are swollen or the patient is having frequent abscesses or infections, the dentist might start to question if you have a family history of diabetes,” says ADA spokesperson Dr. Sally Cram. Dentists may also be able to detect if a patient is stressed. “Grinding or clenching your teeth can be a sign that you’re under pressure,” the article states, adding that Dr. Cram also notes canker sores appear more often in people who are stressed. In addition, dentists may be able to identify patients with acid reflux, low bone mineral density, an autoimmune disease, an eating disorder, or celiac disease.

    April 18th, 2016

    Stating that it’s easier than one might think “to make tooth brushing mistakes,”Reader’s Digest (4/13, Bender) identified eight common mistakes people may make while brushing. For example, a common mistake is not brushing teeth long enough, the article stated, noting that “the American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes, but many people fall woefully short—and don’t even realize it.” When people are asked how long they brush, they report it’s over two minutes. However when actually timed the average is less than 30 seconds. According to the article, common mistakes also include brushing too hard, using an incorrect angle while brushing, using a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm, using a toothbrush head that is too large, using the same toothbrush for too long, not flossing regularly, and not brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. “Dental disease is totally preventable,” says ADA spokesperson Dr. Sally Cram, “and a lot of it can be avoided by stepping up your home brushing program and having check-ups.”

    April 18th, 2016

    Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are vital to good oral health. Moreover, it’s important to care for your teeth properly. Here are a five bad habits that dentists want you to avoid.

    Over Brushing Your Teeth

    Amazing as this may seem, there is a right and a wrong way to brush your teeth. Brushing too hard, too long (more than two minutes), or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear away the protective layer of enamel and expose your tooth root. However, some dental professionals believe that using an electric toothbrush can cause problems as well.

    A 2016 story out of New Zealand suggests that even overzealous dental patients using an electric toothbrush can cause damage including receding gums and tooth sensitivity. Talk to your dentist if you have questions or concerns.

    Occasional Oral Hygiene Leads to Tooth Loss

    Most people are aware of the need to brush, floss, and rinse daily. Even so, many still think they can get away with doing only half the job or doing it only half the time.

    To make sure you get the full health benefit experts recommend you brush and rinse at least twice a day and floss at least once. Flossing complements tooth brushing by removing the small particles that you can’t reach between your teeth. Rinsing after you brush helps remove the bacteria you’ve dislodged with brushing and flossing. While a good alcohol-free rinse provides added protection, even rinsing with water alone offers some benefit.

    Putting the Wrong Things in Your Mouth

    Your mouth and teeth are for chewing, speaking, and supporting your jaw and face. Using them as a bottle opener, scissors, pliers, or a nutcracker is potentially harmful. Even so, people routinely use their teeth as tools.

    Using your teeth improperly may lead to cracked, chipped, broken, and loose teeth. Additionally, you could damage your gums and other soft tissue in your mouth. It’s vital to remember to use your teeth correctly in order to retain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

    Oral Piercings May Cause Problems

    According to the American Dental Association, oral piercings may lead to problems including gum and tongue pain, swelling, and infection as well as cracked, broken, and missing teeth. Tongue and lip piercings also may cause sensitivity to metals, increase saliva flow resulting in drooling, and result in nerve damage.

    While piercings may be trendy, before you make the plunge talk with your dentist to ensure you make the best choice.

    Tooth Grinding Can Lead to Tooth Damage

    It really doesn’t matter what causes bruxism (tooth grinding), it’s all about taking steps to correct the problem before you cause damage to your teeth. Over time, tooth grinding can wear down your teeth and result in headaches, jaw aches, and tooth sensitivity.

    The damage occurs due to repeatedly clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth. The pressure can result in micro-fractures in your teeth. This weakens the enamel and causes damage to your dental work.

    April 18th, 2016

    Although many people may not realize it, our physical health has a significant connection to our dental health. While untreated periodontal disease is a no-brainer when it comes to a leading cause of tooth loss, physical ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis can negatively affect oral health as well. In fact, here are three diseases that your dentist recommends keeping in check in order to improve general health and lower your risk of tooth loss.

    Osteoporosis Linked to Tooth Loss in Older Adults

    Although osteoporosis can affect any bone in your body, it most commonly affects the hips, spines, and wrists of older men and women. However, osteoporosis or “thinning bones” also may lead to bone deterioration and loss of your jawbone, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

    Studies have found a connection between jawbone loss and tooth loss. Specifically, without teeth to stimulate healthy jawbone growth, untreated tooth loss will eventually lead to jawbone decline. Conversely, adults with jawbone loss due to osteoporosis have an increased chance of tooth loss.

    Diabetes Increases Risk of Tooth Loss

    Americans with diabetes (approximately 8 percent) are at greater risk for tooth loss–especially those over age 50, according to research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. In fact, those with diabetes had an average loss of 10 teeth, compared with fewer than seven for those without the disease.

    Additionally, according to the ADA, 28 percent of diabetics had lost all their teeth. The reason, according to researchers, is probably high blood sugar. Specifically, high blood sugar can disrupt the delivery of nutrients and removal of debris from gum tissue. This eventually leads to periodontal disease, and over time, to tooth loss.

    Tooth Loss May Occur Due to Hypertension

    Dental experts believe that high blood pressure and tooth loss may go hand in hand. Research from the American College of Cardiology suggests that for every tooth you lose, you increase your chances of heart disease, including high blood pressure (hypertension).

    Additionally, the National Institutes of Health notes several studies find a link between periodontal infections and cardiovascular disease, especially stroke. While experts suggest the need for more research, at least two studies report connections between hypertension and periodontal disease, especially tooth loss.

    Ultimately, there is a strong link between general health and dental health. Take care of your overall health by eating properly, getting plenty of exercise, brushing and flossing daily, and visiting your health care professionals regularly, and you give yourself a better chance of having good physical and dental health.

    March 28th, 2016

    Reuters (3/17, Gruber) reports that researchers at the University of California, Davis are using stem cell therapy to treat cats with feline chronic gingivostomatitis or FCGS, a debilitating, inflammatory mouth disease. The researchers hoped to reduce inflammation and promote tissue regeneration with stem cell therapy, and so far the feline patients are responding favorably to the treatment. According to the article, UC Davis is planning to conduct human trials using stem cell therapy for treatment of inflammatory mouth disease in the future.

    February 29th, 2016

    The Washington Post (2/23, Chokshi) reported that the most satisfied Americans “share at least one unintuitive characteristic: good dental hygiene,” according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which “ranks 190 metropolitan areas by the well-being of their residents based on a survey of more than a quarter-million Americans.” According to the Post, “Places where people have good dental health also tend to be places where they report being generally fulfilled.” Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, said dental care habits are a “surrogate” for well-being, adding, “People who take good care of their teeth generally think they have higher well-being lives.” The article listed cities and states that rank highly in terms of well-being. At the top of the list for cities are Naples, FL, Salinas, CA, and Sarasota, FL. Florida, California, Colorado, and Texas were “home to many of the communities with the highest well-being scores.”

    February 29th, 2016

    CNN (2/19, Kounang) reported that “high-grade fevers are not a sign of teething,” although it may be a sign of another illness, according to a new analysis published in the journal Pediatrics. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Pediatric Oral Health and Research and Policy Center director Dr. Paul Casamassimo said, “If a child has a really high fever, or is in significant discomfort, or won’t eat or drink anything for days, that’s a red flag for concern.” The analysis found common symptoms of teething include “swollen gums, drooling and crankiness.” CNN provided tips for managing teething, including use of infant pain relievers, while cautioning regular use thereof could lead to tooth decay.

    MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on baby teeth.