Preventative Dental Care
Regular checkups and x-rays are fundamental for optimal oral health. We recommend that each patient visit our office every six months. For those with specialized treatment needs, visits may be scheduled more frequently as needed.
Professional Dental Hygiene
Regularly scheduled visits to Southwest Portland Dental are an essential part of your dental health, preventing gum disease and keeping your smile healthy and bright!
Daily brushing and flossing help remove dental plaque and calculus. However, there will always be stubborn spots that are difficult to reach and respond better to professional cleaning. Frequent teeth cleaning by our registered dental hygienists ensure that your teeth and gums receive the care and attention they need for prime health over time.
At-Home Dental Hygiene
Periodontal disease effects three out of four adults over the age of 35 at some time in their lives. Thorough teeth brushing and flossing practices are the best ways to prevent cavities and periodontal disease.
Proper brushing and flossing techniques are essential to oral health. The professionals at Southwest Portland Dental provide patients with recommendations and instructions for the most effect at-home dental hygiene.
Food particles and plaque collect in the grooves of your teeth that often cannot be reached by regular brushing and flossing. In these cases, sealants can be applied, effectively sealing the deep grooves and protecting tooth enamel from plaque and resulting decay.
Dr. Jarvis or Dr. Goldwyn, as some of the best dentist Portland OR has to offer, can provide this simple procedure in one visit, in which a tooth-colored acrylic coating is painted onto the surface of the tooth. Generally, sealants take only a few minutes to apply, wear well under ordinary circumstances, and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.
Periodontal Disease & Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or periodontitis, occurs when the bone and gums around teeth become infected. Gums can become irritated as a result of the bacteria found in plaque, at times turning red, swelling and bleeding easily. If the condition remains untreated, the gums separate from the teeth, causing spaces (also known as “pockets”) to develop between the teeth and the gums along the gumline. The result is the deterioration of gum tissue and jawbone, leading to tooth loss.
Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for periodontal disease. This method allows Dr. Jarvis or Dr. Goldwyn and a registered dental hygienist to provide a deeper cleaning between the compromised teeth and gums, preventing progression of the disease.
A variety of dental problems are the result of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Symptoms can include sensitive teeth, jaw pain, headaches and ear or neck aches. Teeth grinding can have serious, long-term effects, such as broken, chipped or cracked teeth.
If you suspect that you grind your teeth during sleep, Dr. Jarvis or Dr. Goldwyn can help you discover whether or not a medical condition may be contributing to this habit.
Once teeth grinding has been diagnosed, Dr. Jarvis or Dr. Goldwyn can provide a custom fitted nightguard for your teeth from a simple impression of your top and bottom teeth. Dr. Jarvis or Dr. Goldwyn will take special care to ensure that you nightguard is adjusted to your unique needs and fits perfectly for maximum protection.
Southwest Portland Dental
1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Suite B