North Portland Dental Articles

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is an extremely common condition that occurs when the airway is partially or fully blocked during sleep. It can range in severity from snoring, to upper airway resistance syndrome (labored breathing and frequent awakenings), to obstructive sleep apnea (complete cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more).  SDB can affect people of any age, size, or gender. Unfortunately, because many healthcare practitioners are not trained to or simply do not take the time to recognize the signs and symptoms, SDB is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, especially in children and people who otherwise appear fit and healthy.... Read More

*UPDATED MARCH 2022* Although the mask mandate has been lifted for most indoor settings in Oregon, it has NOT changed for healthcare facilities. We are still asking patients and visitors to wear a mask or face covering for the safety of our staff and other patients.  If you have an upcoming appointment, please read the following carefully to ensure your visit goes smoothly. BEFORE YOUR VISIT: If you tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with the virus in the past 10 days, or if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other contagious illness, please contact us... Read More

One of our biggest challenges in oral health is fighting cavities (also known as tooth decay). But what is a cavity, anyway? What happens if it’s not treated? And how can you prevent it from ever starting? Whether you like it or not, your mouth is full of bacteria. Bacteria often form a sticky film layer called plaque, which tends to accumulate near the gum line and in the deep grooves on your biting surface. When you eat, the bacteria eat the same foods as you, producing acids that break down your tooth and cause d... Read More

What is Invisalign? The Invisalign system— in short, comfortable and clear plastic aligner trays which are changed out every two weeks as teeth shift—can replace traditional braces for selected patients. The practicality and aesthetics of the system have proven a great draw for adults who want to straighten and correct the position of their teeth without drawing attention to braces. Invisalign is also appropriate for teens if they have no more “baby teeth,” and if the second molars are at least partially erupted. Since its invention in 1997, over 2.6 million people worldwide have been successfully treated with Invisalign! How... Read More

If it seems like you haven’t heard much from Dr. Watson’s office this year, it’s not because we haven’t had much to share—quite the contrary! 2015 was a year of exciting growth, with the addition of our second location, North Portland Dental Care. After building a presence in the SE Hawthorne neighborhood for the past 10 years, Dr. Watson decided it was time to expand his services to patients in the "NoPo" neighborhood where he and his wife, Angela, have lived since 2004. This involved purchasing an existing practice that was for sale, updating and improving the buildin... Read More

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