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McMinnville Dental Blog – Wark Dental Group

4 Possible Explanations to Your Tooth Pain

Most of us will experience the unpleasant sensation of tooth pain at least once in our lives. And as anyone who has had a toothache before will tell you, it’s pretty unbearable. Tooth pain is unlike any other kind of pain. It can come on suddenly and sometimes it seems as if nothing can help […]

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What You Need to Know About Probiotics & Your Oral Health

Probiotic use is typically associated with digestive health and even as a “good bacteria” replacement after a round of antibiotics. But can probiotics also be beneficial for oral health? At our dental office in McMinnville, we’ve been hearing about some research that may show a positive correlation between certain probiotics and healthier mouths. In this […]

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Just a Teeth Cleaning? Think Again!

Every six months or so you come into our dental office in McMinnville to have your bi-annual teeth cleaning. This typically means a little bit of gentle scraping to remove plaque buildup, a thorough flossing, and a finishing polish. While one purpose for these hygiene visits is indeed to get your teeth super clean, there […]

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Exercise & Oral Health

We all know that we should exercise regularly to keep our bodies healthy. At our dental office in McMinnville, we also know that exercising can be beneficial for our smiles. However, just like too much exercise or improper form can lead to injuries or trouble with overall health, we also know that exercise may actually […]

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“What’s My Dentist Mean When Talking About Occlusion?”

During your appointments at our McMinnville dental office, you may have heard your dental team talk about “occlusion”, and you may have thought to yourself, “What are they talking about?” Basically, occlusion is just a dentist’s way of describing the way your top teeth come in contact with your bottom teeth when your mouth is […]

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What Your Tongue Can Say About Your Health

Have you been feeling a little off or just not yourself? When you’re not your best, you might be able to figure out why by simply sticking out your tongue. When you visit my dental office in McMinnville, we’re always on the lookout for any bumps or discolorations, just like your primary care doctor. Here […]

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All About Bottled Water: What You Need to Know

These days, bottled water is everywhere. It’s one of our most common accessories when heading out the door to work, sending the kids to school, packing for a sporting event, or gearing up for outdoor activities. And we all know that staying hydrated becomes even more important this time of year as we set out […]

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Negative Effects of Nail Biting

Nail biting is a bad habit that often begins early in life as a response to stress or boredom, or sometimes as a subconscious reaction to nervousness. While the habit tends to fade as we get older, it’s estimated that about 30% of people continue to gnaw on their nails into adulthood. At our dental […]

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The Importance of Measuring Gum Pockets

The process of measuring gum pockets, also known as periodontal charting, is pretty simple and should be painless as long as there is no infection. At our dental office in McMinnville, when we do a periodontal charting, you’ll hear us call out several numbers as we gently poke along the gum line. These numbers represent […]

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Smokeless Tobacco & Your Oral Health

Using tobacco products of any kind can not only have a detrimental effect on your overall health, there are multiple oral health diseases and problems that can also occur from the habit. Smokeless tobacco, also referred to as dip, chew, spit, or snuff, is no exception. During this Oral Cancer Awareness Month, the team at […]

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