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Braces OFF day at Adroit Family Dental! One beautiful smile at a time!!! Thank you all staff members at Adroit Family Dental for being part of patient's new smile, confidence, and gorgeous looks!
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Summer tips for healthy teeth from Adroit Family Dental
Suring this hot Portland summer, stay hydrated and healthy. But think carefully when you choose your beverage – some drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay.
1. Drink water
Keep your mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. This helps wash away plaque-causing bacteria and can even improve your breath.
2. Choose tap
Fluoridated tap water strengthens your enamel, making your teeth more resistant to decay.
3. Skip the bubbles
The acid in carbonated drinks can wear down your enamel.
4. Use a straw
If you drink acidic beverages, reduce their contact with your teeth by using a straw and finishing the drink quickly, instead of sipping over a long period of time.
5. Try tea
Green tea contains compounds that suppress bacteria, slowing down tooth decay and gum disease. Just remember: Don’t add sugar!
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Really……. I can chew gum 3-5 times a day and it will help prevent cavities?!

How does xylitol prevent cavities?
Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. It does
this because these bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) cannot utilize
xylitol to grow. Over time with xylitol use, the quality of the bacteria
in the mouth changes and fewer and fewer decay-causing bacteria
survive on tooth surfaces. Less plaque forms and the level of acids
attacking the tooth surface is lowered.

Studies show that Streptococcus mutans is passed from parents to
their newborn children, thus beginning the growth of these decay producing
bacteria in the child. Regular use of xylitol by mothers has
been demonstrated to significantly reduce this bacterial transmission,
resulting in fewer cavities for the child.
Has xylitol been evaluated for safety?

Xylitol has been approved for safety by a number of agencies,
including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health
Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and the
European Union’s Scientific Committee for Food.
Xylitol has been shown to have decay-preventive qualities, especially
for people at moderate to high risk for decay, when used as part of an
overall strategy for decay reduction that also includes a healthy diet
and good home care. Consult your CDA member dentist to help you
determine if xylitol use would be beneficial for you.

What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevents cavities. You
may recognize other sugar alcohols used in sugarless products,
such as mannitol and sorbitol. Xylitol is the sugar alcohol that shows
the greatest promise for cavity prevention. It is equal in sweetness
and volume to sugar and the granular form can be used in many of
the ways that sugar is used, including to sweeten cereals and hot
beverages and for baking (except when sugar is needed for yeast to

How often must I use xylitol for it to be effective?
Xylitol gum or mints used 3-5 times daily, for a total intake of 5 grams,
is considered optimal. Because frequency and duration of exposure is
important, gum should be chewed for approximately 5 minutes and
mints should be allowed to dissolve. As xylitol is digested slowly in the
large intestine, it acts much like fiber and large amounts can lead to
soft stools or have a laxative effect. However, the amounts suggested
for cavity reduction are far lower than those typically producing
unwelcome results.

What products contain xylitol and how do I find them?
Xylitol is found most often in chewing gum and mints. You must
look at the list of ingredients to know if a product contains xylitol.
Generally, for the amount of xylitol to be at decay-preventing levels,
it must be listed as the first ingredient. Health food stores can be a
good resource for xylitol containing products. Additionally, several
companies provide xylitol products for distribution over the Internet.
Contact your Adroit Family Dental at 503.710.9839 to find out more information how to keep your teeth healthy and to schedule your next dental check-up appointment.
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Cracked Teeth – Why?
One of the common problems we see as dentists is cracked teeth. Any tooth can fracture; just like pavement can crack driving a truck over enough times, but the most common reason is from the weaknesses caused by drilling and filling teeth. Large amalgam fillings are like a lump of soft metal in a crystal glass, slowly creeping and expanding over the years until the tooth cracks apart.
Other reasons could include but not limited to previous root canalled teeth that did not receive proper timely coronal restoration (dental crown) to prevent leakage and/or breakage; clenching or grinding habits; sports injury; or simply tooth decay.

What can be done to prevent it?
Consult your dentist for treatment options best suited for your specific situation. Recommended treatment could include but not limited to: dental crowns, dental veneers, and/or occlusal guard (night guard).
And, always remember to see your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings.
If you have a concern or a question regarding your teeth please contact us at for more information and to schedule your consultation.
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Sleep Apnea Causes Poor Sleep, Decreased productivity, and Much More

Snoring may not be something you take seriously. You might even laugh or joke about it. But the fact is, anytime you or your partner snore to the point of waking, it could be a sign of serious health problems.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is potentially dangerous, and the most common symptom is loud snoring. Breathing repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, and you wake up feeling tired. Other serious effects from sleep apnea could be potentially dangerous to your health if left unaddressed.

Besides losing a good night's sleep, you may experience difficulty concentrating. Depression, risk of heart attack, irritability, high blood pressure, memory loss, sexual dysfunction, and chances of stroke all increase when sleep apnea is not treated.

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax to the point of inhibiting natural breathing. The muscles used to support the soft palate relax and the airway closes, causing breathing to stop for 10 to 20 seconds. This lowers the oxygen level in the brain. As the brain senses the inhibited oxygen levels it rouses the sleeper awake so the airway can reopen. Normally, the reawakening is so brief the person won't remember it.

If you think you may have sleep apnea, visit our office and let doctor
Smirnoff, DMD determine what treatment is needed. Without it, you could risk losing more than a restful night's sleep.

Prevention and Treatment

Anyone can develop sleep apnea, but it is more common among middle-aged adults who are overweight. Our dentist can help you determine the cause and suggest positive treatment.

A common treatment for apnea is the placement of oral devices that are designed to help keep the airway open. By bringing the jaw forward, the device opens the airway and thereby discourages snoring. Our dentist is experienced in sleep apnea appliances and can prescribe a fitted device and monitor its success with follow-up therapy.

A continuous positive airway pressure mask, known as a CPAP, is among the other treatment options. A mask is fitted over the mouth and forces oxygen through the throat while you sleep. The pressure holds the soft tissue and throat muscles open.

The professionals in our office can advise you of other ways to prevent sleep apnea, including weight loss, avoiding alcohol, or alternative sleeping positions. We can help you sleep return to easy sleep, knowing you are safer and healthier during your resting hours.
Visit our webiste at for more information including our contact information and to request your dental visit online.
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Free Crest Sensi-Stop strips just arrived for our patients. We only have fifty left and they are flying off the shelf on first-come-first-served-basis. Come over and claim yours! If you have sensitive teeth you can try these and see if it works for you. We also have other dental products that help reduce dental sensitivity.
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Smile More and Frown Less or Spend Less Energy
Many things can make a person frown. Anger, depression, stress, tiredness, or frustration just to name a few. The truth is that many people do not even know they frown and often do not see reasons to smile more. Did you know it takes more facial muscles to frown than to smile, so you maybe spending more energy frowning?
If you find yourself in the frowning camp more frequently than in the smiling camp consider the following now and start reducing future wrinkles on your face and make your body feeling happier and even save energy while doing it.

• Frown affects your face. Muscles around the eyes and between the brows are affected the most.
• You smile more when you are happy and remain happy when you continue to smile. When you smile, you feel and look happy.
• It is more difficult to frown than to smile. This is because, you use more muscles to frown and far less muscles to smile.
• You look and feel attractive when you smile and the more you smile, the more attractive you look and feel. The more you frown, the less attractive you become.
• Friend are like magnet to a smiling face. When you smile more you are seen as being friendly by people and they would want to get close to you. But, when you have the habit of frowning you are sure to have less or no friend at all.
• A frowning face is like a turn off for so many people. It is like a barrier. It is like you telling them to stay off. So, they obey.
• Some people when you look at them they look older than their age. This could be because they cultivate the habit of frowning early in life or for a very long time. Yes, people get old fast when they frown a lot. But, when you cultivate the habit of smiling, you look younger and feel younger.
• When you frown excessively, you are sure to invite frown lines and wrinkles on your face especially the forehead. If you must prevent frown lines and wrinkles, then you must stop frowning.
Trigger that smile on your face by being happy more often. You can simply try to do the things you know that make you happy more often. This could be playing sports more often, or spending more time with friends who make you smile more often, or dressing up to work every day, or if you are like me watching a good comedy or hitting a bucket of golf balls at the range also works well.
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As the holiday season approaches and there are more sweets to go around, please do not forget to brush and floss before bed-time every night. Also just a kind reminder that if you have not scheduled with us yet to utilize your dental insurance benefits and/or your Health Savings Account(s) please call us at 503.710.9839 as our December schedule is filling up quickly. Our office phone number is 503.710.9839.

Thank you,

Adroit Family Dental
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At Adroit Family Dental we have a lot be thankful about. We are thankful to be in the position to assist in and keep good oral health for our patients. We wish all of our wonderful patients Very Happy Thanksgiving!
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At Adroit Family Dental we have a lot be thankful about. We are thankful to be in the position to assist in and keep good oral health for our patients. We wish all of our wonderful patients Very Happy Thanksgiving!
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