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RiverPlace Dental Blog

Root Canal Realities: The Dangers of Delayed Treatment

January 19, 2024

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A man holding his jaw due to a delayed root canal

Facing the prospect of a root canal can be daunting, leading some patients to delay the treatment. However, putting off a root canal can have serious consequences and affect far more than your oral health.

If you want to learn more about the importance of timely root canal treatment, continue reading. You’ll see the reality of what happens when you choose to postpone your treatment.

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The Pain Is Gone, Do I Still Require a Root Canal?

October 13, 2023

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A woman holding her jaw at the dentist because she needs a root canal

Toothaches can be very painful, and when that pain subsides, it can understandably bring tremendous relief. Once there’s no pain to think about, you might assume that the problem has resolved itself. The truth is that a pain-free tooth doesn’t always mean the issue is gone. In fact, it may be imperative that you go to your dentist for a root canal.

If you’re wondering why that is, continue reading. Sometimes the lack of pain is a signal of something worse. 

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My Dental Bridge Fell Out: What Now?

August 11, 2023

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Dental bridge

Just like London Bridge falling down, your dental bridge falling out is an emergency that requires immediate attention. A bridge is a dental restoration connected to two abutment teeth that’s used to fill in the gap between them. If your bridge loses its grip in your mouth and falls out or becomes lost, there are a few steps you must take to ensure that it is repaired quickly and properly. Read on to learn about why your dental bridge might fall out and what you can do about it.

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Managing Dental Emergencies When You’re on Vacation

June 20, 2023

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Woman with dental painSummer is here! It’s time to pack your bags to take a vacation. The last thing you’d expect to interrupt your travel plans is a dental emergency; however, they are more common than you might think. A stressful situation can be more challenging if it happens when you’re out of town. You can’t wait until you get back home to see the dentist. Don’t worry. Here’s what you should do if a dental emergency happens while you’re on vacation.

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Can Autism Impact Your Child’s Dental Health?

April 20, 2023

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a parent smiling at their child while they brush their teeth

According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more children are being diagnosed on the autism spectrum than ever before, an estimated one out of every 36 to be more precise. This is largely in part due to more parents and children becoming aware of signs that they could be on the spectrum, allowing families to access necessary resources to improve their child’s health and accessibility to spaces like the dentist’s office.

Autism can impact a wide range of areas in your child’s life, one of which is their dental health, and with the right understanding of their risks, you can help them maintain a healthy and happy smile. Read on to learn more about the connection between oral healthcare and autism and what you can do as a parent to preserve your favorite grin.

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Should You Rinse After Brushing Your Teeth?

February 12, 2023

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Toothbrushes in plastic cupYour toothbrush is the most important tool you have at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. If you’re like many people, you have a set routine: brush, rinse, and spit. While you might have followed this habit for years, your dentist may recommend one small change to safeguard your pearly whites – don’t spit right away, and here’s why. 

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Teeth During the Holidays

December 12, 2022

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family showing good oral health in Portland during the holidays

The holiday season is that magical time of year for gift-giving and spending time with loved ones. During the festivities, you’ll likely enjoy Christmas music along with chowing down on all your favorite staple meals. While your belly may be thoroughly satisfied, you might want to keep your oral health in mind to avoid future complications with your smile. Read on to learn five essential tips for keeping your teeth safe during the holidays!

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Why Is There a Black Line Around Your Dental Crown?

September 8, 2022

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Man covering his mouth

Dental crowns are restorations that are used to protect teeth that have been structurally damaged as a result of decay or another reason. They are hollow and placed over a compromised tooth as a way to protect it from enduring additional damage. If you have had a dental crown for a while now, you may notice that a dark line has formed around it. Reason on to learn what this is and what you can do about it.

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Taking Care of Your Fillings Will Keep You Smiling

August 4, 2022

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molar fissure dental fillings illustration

Dental fillings are a lifesaver – at least as far as your teeth are concerned. A filling gives your tooth a second chance after suffering from a cavity. But how long do fillings last? The answer depends on several factors, including the materials used and how well you care for your new and improved smile. With this in mind, keep reading to learn about the average lifespan of fillings, how to properly maintain them, and signs it’s time for a replacement.

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Can Gum Disease Be Genetic?

July 4, 2022

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Woman inspecting her mouth for signs of gum disease.

There are a lot of traits that you inherit from your parents—virtually everything from the color of your hair to the length of your pinky finger is determined by genetics. But did you know that your genes can also leave you vulnerable to certain medical conditions? These can vary from the serious to the mundane, but one you should definitely be aware of is gum disease! Believe it or not, gum disease isn’t just the result of poor oral habits—unfortunately, genetics plays a role as well. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about this link along with some tips for keeping your smile healthy.

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