(503) 462-1450
16016 Boones Ferry Rd. Ste. 100
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

General Dentistry

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body, Healthy Life

At Westlake Family Dentistry, we’re on a mission to keep our patients healthy and happy. Many people have no idea how essential a healthy mouth really is to have an overall healthy body. The systems inside the mouth mirror those of the body and efficiently routes bacteria – both good and bad – from the gums into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, bacteria continue to move through the body into the main lifelines. Build your immunity to bad bacteria by keeping your oral hygiene routine on point – brush, floss, and don’t skip seeing Dr. Sievert for your scheduled checkups.

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene - Floss, Brush, RinseOral hygiene is one of your best defenses against tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious health complications that can follow. Our logical mind knows we should brush twice daily and floss every day, but when life gets busy, an oral hygiene routine can be one of the first things to get pushed aside to do later. Fortunately, the highly skilled hygiene team at Westlake Family Dentistry knows the drill (see what we did there?). We’ll share the information and tools you need to keep your smile clean and healthy between visits and give you a gentle, professional cleaning twice a year that takes care of any plaque or tartar you might have missed.

Home Care Tips to Try

  1. An electric toothbrush is an investment worth considering. They really do a better job of cleaning teeth and take a lot less effort. We’d love to tell you about our favorites!
  2. Brush in small circular motions at least twice per day for two minutes with the brush at a 45-degree angle so the bristles get along and under the gum line, brushing every side of your teeth all the way to the back.
  3. Clean your tongue – it needs help eliminating the bacteria that gets redeposited after you’re done brushing.
  4. Floss daily. Curve floss in a c-shape around each tooth, under the gum line. Use a clean section of floss for each tooth to avoid redepositing the bacteria and plaque you just removed. (If traditional string floss doesn’t work for you, there are many alternatives we can recommend.)
  5. Rinse with mouthwash to kill bacteria, creating a cleaner environment in your mouth.
  6. Swish with water after eating or drinking, before brushing, and throughout the day to minimize plaque buildup, acidity, and bacteria – and be sure to spit out the water!
  7. Avoid brushing immediately following eating or drinking, as your mouth produces acids that can damage your tooth enamel when combined with the brushing motion. It’s better to swish with water, wait about 30 minutes, then brush.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults – and, left unchecked, contributes to development of at least 52 serious systemic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. If your gums bleed every time you brush or floss, the bad news is that you already have early-stage gum disease (gingivitis). Don’t worry, though – there is good news! Gum disease is preventable, treatable, and reversible, particularly in its early stages.

Gum disease treatment varies on a case-by-case basis depending on the level of infection and tissue damage. If your gum disease is still in the gingivitis stage, it is likely we can reverse it by stepping up your oral hygiene routine and make sure you have your regularly scheduled professional cleanings. When gum disease is more severe, Dr. Sievert and the team will explain other treatment options such as gum recession treatment.

Gum Disease Infographic

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Gum Recession Treatment

Dr. Sievert uses a minimally invasive “tunnel” technique to treat receding gums. This technique is non-surgical so it doesn’t require any incisions. Instead, we use a specialized instrument to make a space or a tunnel underneath the effected gum tissue, making room to insert new healthy tissue (the tissue may be taken from you or a donor). Gum recession treatment can provide reduced sensitivity, improved aesthetics, and of course, improved gum health! Gum recession treatment might just save your teeth. Give our office a call if you have any questions.

Receding Gums Illustration

Oral Cancer Screenings

Because it typically remains undetected and undiagnosed until its later stages, oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. While tobacco and alcohol are still considered the most common major risk factors for oral cancer, alarming new research shows another risk factor outweighs those two factors combined – HPV (human papillomavirus). 79 million Americans currently have HPV, and most sexually active adults will contract the infection during their lifetime. Many of them will never realize they are infected. As a result, regular oral cancer screenings have become extremely important. Keeping your regular appointments with Dr. Sievert helps us all fight oral cancer together.

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

  • Smoking – Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers
  • Chewing – Patients who dip, snuff, or chew are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer
  • Alcohol – Oral cancer is six times more common in drinkers than non-drinkers
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • HPV

Oral Cancer Signs & Symptoms In & Around the Mouth

  • Swelling, thickening, lumps, rough spots, crusting, or erosion
  • Velvety white, red, or speckled patches
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Numbness
  • Loss of sensation
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent sores that don’t heal
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, change in voice
  • Ear pain

Facts & Statistics

  • 25% of oral cancer patients have no risk factors
  • Men are 2x more likely to develop oral cancer than women
  • 1 American dies every hour from oral cancer
  • 8,000 people die from oral cancer every year
  • 40% of oral cancer patients die within 5 years of diagnosis
  • Early diagnosis can double your chance of survival
  • 65% of oral cancers are linked to HPV

Mouthguards & Nightguards

According to the American Sleep Association, about 10% of American adults have bruxism, a condition characterized by clenching or grinding the teeth. Bruxism is usually a subconscious action that has nothing to do with eating or speaking. Milder forms of bruxism may not require treatment, but the severity in some sufferers may lead to jaw problems, headaches, damaged teeth and other health issues like snoring or sleep apnea.

Awake bruxism means you unconsciously clench your teeth while awake, while sleep bruxism means you clench or grind them during sleep. (Makes sense, right?) Dr. Sievert makes custom-fitted mouthguards and nightguards to help with either or both.

Let’s Get Started

If you have any questions about general dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with your general Lake Oswego dentist, Dr. Sievert at Westlake Family Dentistry, give us a call or request an appointment online below. We can’t wait to smile with you!

Take care of your present and future health

Schedule an appointment with Westlake Family Dentistry today!

Westlake Family Dentistry

16016 Boones Ferry Rd. Ste. 100
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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Office Hours

Mon 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tue 7:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 7:00am - 4:00pm
Thu 7:00am - 4:00pm
Fri By Appointment
*Dr. Sievert is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.