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May 29

More Adults Getting Braces Than Ever Before

A lot of people associate braces with kids in middle school, but getting braces as an adult has become far more common than many would assume. Nearly 20 percent of people wearing braces today are adults. Clear braces like Invisalign and ceramic braces that blend in with the natural color of teeth have been two of the main reasons why more adults are deciding to get the smile they have always wanted. Why Adults Get Braces As we age, our teeth can begin to shift due to a

May 1

New Breakthrough May Help Reverse Bone Loss

Individuals suffering from leukocyte adhesion deficiency, or LAD, develop frequent bacterial infections, including periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. Because of the dealing with this devastating oral disease, individuals with LAD often lose their permanent teeth at an early age. Now, a new study from researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine – in conjuncture with the National Institutes of Health – has found a new method of reversing the inflammation and bone loss caused by periodontitis that leads to tooth loss. The results

Apr 2

Major League Pitcher Puts Dental Protection First

April marks the beginning of National Facial Protection Month which the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) will be promoting through a unique partnership with All-Star major league pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Corbin sets an excellent example in the majors and for all athletes, by wearing a mouthguard when he plays both at bat and on the mound. At Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, Dr. Walle and Dr. Lee want to let everyone know of the importance of protecting your teeth and face to prevent injuries when playing

Mar 10

The Truth on Teeth Grinding and Anxiety

Many people do not realize that anxiety is a leading cause of people grinding their teeth or, what is known in dental circles as, ‘bruxism.’ Frequently, a visit to the dentist involves the question of whether or not you are prone to grinding your teeth when you sleep. Your dentist asks this because this habit can not only cause your teeth to wear down, but also can result in ear pains, jaw aches, sleep disturbances, and headaches if left untreated. At Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, we want to

Feb 24

Six Behaviors That Tarnish Your Teeth

There are bad habits that we’ve all carried around for years that may be affecting our pearly whites way more than we think. Take a look below at six common behaviors that can cause a mess of your dental health. At Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, your Klamath Falls dentist of choice, we care about your teeth and gums, and want to make sure you end up a with smile you can be proud of for years to come. Soft Drinks and Soda Drinking soda can impact your dental

Nov 21

Study Finds Chronic Stress Increases Inflammation in the Body

As patients of Klamath Falls Dental Specialist know, brushing and flossing rank as the two most important habits they can practice to protect the health of their teeth and gums. Failing to practice quality oral hygiene allows harmful bacteria to produce substances that erode away at tooth enamel and increase a patient’s risk of developing gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Gum disease – like every other type of infection – causes inflammation in the body. In addition to gum disease, research has shown that

Oct 31

Healthy Gums Mean a Healthy Body

Most people tend to take their oral health for granted, and only come to appreciate the role their teeth and gums play in daily activities like eating, talking, and even smiling when something starts to go wrong. When it comes to protecting your oral health, your first priority should be the health of your gums, which protect the base of your teeth and the connective tissue that anchors them to the jawbone. When the health of your gums begins to deteriorate, gum problems can result in permanent tooth

Jul 24

Q&A on Periodontal Disease

Do your gums ever bleed? Do you have swollen gums or are they sensitive to the touch? Many people don’t realize that these are common signs of periodontal disease. When plaque and tarter build up on your gums, the build up can cause them to inflame. When you scrub them with your toothbrush it can cause the sensitive gums to bleed. Periodontal disease can lead to many health issues including gum inflammation and in more severe circumstances, critical damage to the gums and bone that support the teeth. According

Jun 18

When it Comes to Flossing, There’s No Excuse

Flossing is the most important habit for maintaining optimal dental health, but it’s a habit that seems easy to put off “until tomorrow.” However, orthodontist in Klamath Falls, OR Dr. Neil Walle encourages his patients to floss. The Importance of Flossing Flossing can often be an afterthought, especially once we’re done brushing our teeth. But when considering the surface area of teeth in our mouths, it’s important to note that a good amount of precious enamel is nestled right next to other teeth. It is unreasonable to expect

Mar 27

Benefits of Dental Radiographs

Dental radiographs which are often called x-rays are an essential part of your dental care. Many patients come into our office and wonder if they really need an x-ray. X-rays can help dental professionals provide outstanding care. A dental radiograph can give your dentist get a picture of your hard tissues (which is the teeth and bones) and the soft tissues that surround your teeth and jawbones. Here are more benefits of dental radiographs. • Helps dentist staff see tooth decay and fillings • Can locate disease in