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Professional Hockey player Keith Yandle is the current NHL “iron man”—that is, he has earned the distinction of playing in the most consecutive games. On November 23, Yandle was in the first period of his 820th consecutive game when a flying puck knocked out or broke nine of his front teeth. He returned third period to play the rest of the game, reinforcing hockey players’ reputation for toughness. Since talking was uncomfortable, he texted sportswriter George Richards the following day: “Skating around with exposed roots in your mouth is not the best.”

We agree with Yandle wholeheartedly. What we don’t agree with is waiting even one day to seek treatment after serious dental trauma. It was only on the following day that Yandle went to the dentist. And after not missing a game in over 10 years, Yandle wasn’t going to let a hiccup like losing, breaking or cracking nearly a third of his teeth interfere with his iron man streak. He was back on the ice later that day to play his 821st game.

As dentists, we don’t award points for toughing it out. If anything, we give points for saving teeth—and that means getting to the dentist as soon as possible after suffering dental trauma and following these tips:

  • If a tooth is knocked loose or pushed deeper into the socket, don’t force the tooth back into position.
  • If you crack a tooth, rinse your mouth but don’t wiggle the tooth or bite down on it.
  • If you chip or break a tooth, save the tooth fragment and store it in milk or saliva. You can keep it against the inside of your cheek (not recommend for small children who are at greater risk of swallowing the tooth).
  • If the entire tooth comes out, pick up the tooth without touching the root end. Gently rinse it off and store it in milk or saliva. You can try to push the tooth back into the socket yourself, but many people feel uneasy about doing this. The important thing is to not let the tooth dry out and to contact us immediately. Go to the hospital if you cannot get to the dental office.

Although keeping natural teeth for life is our goal, sometimes the unexpected happens. If a tooth cannot be saved after injury or if a damaged tooth must be extracted, there are excellent tooth replacement options available. With today’s advanced dental implant technology, it is possible to have replacement teeth that are indistinguishable from your natural teeth—in terms of both look and function.

And always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports! A custom mouthguard absorbs some of the forces of impact to help protect you against severe dental injury.

If you would like more information about how to protect against or treat dental trauma or about replacing teeth with dental implants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”


OralCancerIsDeadly-ButYouCanLowerYourRiskWithaHealthyLifestyle

An estimated 50,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed this year with some form of oral cancer. Five years from now, if current survival rates still apply (57%), a little more than half will still be alive. That's why the Oral Cancer Foundation designates each April as Oral Cancer Awareness Month to call attention to this serious disease, and what you can do to lower your risk of contracting it.

Oral cancer has one of the lowest survival rates among known cancers, mainly because it easily goes undetected until its later stages when known treatments aren't as effective. Patients don't always have overt symptoms or they mistake cancerous lesions for everyday mouth sores. On the other hand, early detection and treatment dramatically improve survivability.

Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk for oral cancer or improve your odds for early detection.

Don't use tobacco. If you're a smoker, you're five to nine times more likely to develop oral cancer than a non-smoker. Using smokeless snuff or chewing tobacco is also risky—four times the risk of non-users. And preliminary evidence suggests that e-cigarettes increase the risk of cancer as well.

Make better food choices. A diet heavy in processed foods, especially nitrites used in curing meats and other products, can damage cellular DNA and lead to cancer. On the other hand, natural foods like fresh fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that lower cancer risk. A nutritious diet also contributes to healthier teeth and gums.

Practice safer sex. While older adults have traditionally accounted for most oral cancer cases, there has been a recent, unsettling rise among younger people. Most researchers tie this to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV 16), which is sexually transmitted. You can reduce your risk for contracting HPV 16 and subsequent oral cancer by following safe sex practices.

Undergo oral cancer screenings. Your semi-annual dental visits to clean your teeth are also a prime opportunity to check for oral abnormalities, especially if you're older. During an oral cancer screening we visually inspect your face, neck, lips and the inside of your mouth for any suspicious sores or discolorations. Early detection leads to better outcomes.

You should also modify your alcohol consumption—moderate to heavy drinkers have three to nine times greater risk for oral cancer than light or non-drinkers. And, you can further lower your risk of lip cancers by limiting your exposure to the sun and wearing protective sunscreen.

Oral cancer is a dangerous condition that could threaten your life. Regular dental care and healthy lifestyle practices can help lower your risk for encountering this deadly disease.

If you would like more information about oral cancer, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diet and Prevention of Oral Cancer.”


Preventive dental care is the best tool at your disposal for preventing dental problems.

Did you know that cavities and gum disease are preventable? This is why knowing how to properly care for your teeth and gums provides invaluable and long-term benefits for your health. Our Newberg, OR, family dentist Dr. Angela Toy wants to see her patients leave the office with cavity-free smiles. Of course, in order to do this, you have to practice preventive dental care.

What does preventive dental care entail?

In order to protect the health of your teeth and gums you need to,

  • Brush twice a day (for a minimum of two minutes each time)
  • Floss daily
  • Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly (once bristles look worn)
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol
  • Eat a healthy, diet that is low in sugar and starches
  • See your dentist every six months for routine checkups

Taking these necessary and easy precautions is all you need to protect against gum disease and decay; however, there are additional preventive measures that your family may want to take, and you may want to talk with our Newberg, OR, dentist about,

Dental sealants: Sealants provide your child’s back teeth with an additional layer of protection against cavities. Since back teeth are particularly prone to decay, we can reduce the risk by sealing the chewing surfaces of these molars with this thin, plastic coating. Sealants are more commonly placed in children once their molars erupt; however, teens and adults can also benefit.

Fluoride treatment: It is also important that you are getting enough fluoride every day, which can prevent the formation of decay and keep enamel healthy and strong. If you aren’t getting enough fluoride from drinking water your dentist may provide you or your child with additional fluoride treatment when you come in for your biannual cleaning.

Athletic mouthguard: since dental injuries are particularly common in athletes, it’s important to protect your beautiful smile with a mouthguard. Our dentists can make custom-fitted mouthguards, which are more comfortable and provide superior protection. By wearing your mouthguards every time you play sports you can minimize your risk for injury.

Night guards: If you are prone to nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching this can cause excessive wear and tear on teeth; however, our dental team can also create custom nightguards, which you can wear while you sleep. This will greatly reduce any damage to teeth that may occur as a result of teeth grinding.

When was the last time you and your family visited your Newberg, OR, dentist for a cleaning? If it’s been more than six months then it’s time to call Arbor Hills Dental at (503) 538-2143 to schedule appointments for everyone.


April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Preventive dental care is the best tool at your disposal for preventing dental problems.

Did you know that cavities and gum disease are preventable? This is why knowing how to properly care for your teeth and gums provides invaluable and long-term benefits for your health. Our Newberg, OR, family dentist Dr. Angela Toy wants to see her patients leave the office with cavity-free smiles. Of course, in order to do this, you have to practice preventive dental care.

What does preventive dental care entail?

In order to protect the health of your teeth and gums you need to,

  • Brush twice a day (for a minimum of two minutes each time)
  • Floss daily
  • Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly (once bristles look worn)
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol
  • Eat a healthy, diet that is low in sugar and starches
  • See your dentist every six months for routine checkups

Taking these necessary and easy precautions is all you need to protect against gum disease and decay; however, there are additional preventive measures that your family may want to take, and you may want to talk with our Newberg, OR, dentist about,

Dental sealants: Sealants provide your child’s back teeth with an additional layer of protection against cavities. Since back teeth are particularly prone to decay, we can reduce the risk by sealing the chewing surfaces of these molars with this thin, plastic coating. Sealants are more commonly placed in children once their molars erupt; however, teens and adults can also benefit.

Fluoride treatment: It is also important that you are getting enough fluoride every day, which can prevent the formation of decay and keep enamel healthy and strong. If you aren’t getting enough fluoride from drinking water your dentist may provide you or your child with additional fluoride treatment when you come in for your biannual cleaning.

Athletic mouthguard: since dental injuries are particularly common in athletes, it’s important to protect your beautiful smile with a mouthguard. Our dentists can make custom-fitted mouthguards, which are more comfortable and provide superior protection. By wearing your mouthguards every time you play sports you can minimize your risk for injury.

Night guards: If you are prone to nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching this can cause excessive wear and tear on teeth; however, our dental team can also create custom nightguards, which you can wear while you sleep. This will greatly reduce any damage to teeth that may occur as a result of teeth grinding.

When was the last time you and your family visited your Newberg, OR, dentist for a cleaning? If it’s been more than six months then it’s time to call Arbor Hills Dental at (503) 538-2143 to schedule appointments for everyone.


WithProperManagementDentalImplantscanbeaRealityforDiabetics

Many people with diabetes are hesitant about getting dental implants because they’re under the impression their chances of failure are greater than for non-diabetics. But if you’re one of the 26 million Americans with diabetes, that isn’t necessarily so — with a little extra precaution before, during and after implant surgery.

Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how the body processes glucose. This simple sugar is used by the body to provide energy to cells, but can also cause damage if its volume level in the bloodstream is too high. The body normally regulates this through the hormone insulin produced by the pancreas.

The pancreas in people with Type 1 diabetes doesn’t produce insulin and so they must receive an outside source of the hormone through daily injections with careful daily monitoring of glucose levels. Those with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, don’t produce a sufficient amount of insulin or the body no longer responds to the insulin produced. For either type, abnormal glucose levels — either too high or too low — can have adverse affects on the body, including blindness, nerve damage, gangrene, coma or death.

Diabetes can also slow wound healing, increase the risk of infection, and alter the body’s inflammatory response, all of which are major concerns when placing implants. Because implant placement involves minor surgery in which a wound results, there’s been wide concern that a slower healing process could increase the risk of implant failure.

Recent studies, though, are encouraging especially for patients who have their diabetes under control through medication, diet and exercise. Patients with poor glucose control are at higher risk, because it can take longer for the bone to heal around an implant after placement. For such individuals special considerations to guard against infection may be needed during implant surgery.

In fact, the implant success rate for most diabetics is about the same as for non-diabetic patients, 95%. With proper disease management and a little extra wound care, you can be among the many that experience a favorable outcome and a more attractive smile with dental implants.

If you would like more information on diabetes and dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.