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IMPLANT SUPPORTED BRIDGES

Implant supported bridges provide an efficient and effective solution for replacing a full set of missing teeth. This option provides an excellent and permanent alternative method to traditional dental implants and dentures.

Jan 21st, 2018
DENTAL IMPLANT ADVANTAGES

Dental implants enjoy a number of advantages over other forms of tooth replacement. Because implants are inserted directly into the jaw, they do not need to rely on adjacent teeth for support. This helps reduce damage to surrounding teeth and can even assi

Jan 20th, 2018
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR IMPLANT DENTISTRY?

At Bright Smile Dental Care, we offer a variety of options to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are by far the most effective solution to restore optimal levels of oral health. They are the only permanent tooth replacement option, and the only restora

Jan 20th, 2018
SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT IN BEAVERTON, OR

Snoring can be a source of embarrassment, and it can prevent your bed partner from getting a good night’s sleep. But it is also indicative of a much more serious condition called sleep apnea. The National Institutes of Health estimate that roughly 12 milli

Jan 20th, 2017
WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS

Wisdom teeth surgery At Bright Smile Dental Care we can remove (extract) your wisdom teeth. Prior to surgery we may have you take antibiotics to help heal the infection. Before removing a wisdom tooth we will be using a local anesthetic to numb the area w

Sep 10th, 2016
ALOHA TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS

Missing teeth present both aesthetic and functional problems. The aesthetic problems are obvious, but functional issues may be much more subtle – until they’re not. Even one missing tooth can result in adjacent teeth slipping out of place, alter the tensio

Jan 20th, 2016
PERFECT YOUR SMILE IN 2016

If you are unhappy with one or more aspects of your smile, it may be time to talk to Aloha cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Negru about your options. Dr. Negru offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services, enabling him to meet the exact needs of every pa

Dec 20th, 2015
NEW RISKS LINKED TO GUM DISEASE

A new study conducted at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions has found that postmenopausal women with gum disease are 14% more likely to develop breast cancer. This risk increases to 36% in women who have smoked – eve

Dec 17th, 2015
DO DENTAL VENEERS HURT?

Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are placed over the front of teeth to address myriad cosmetic imperfections. While incredibly thin, dental veneers do require a small amount of tooth preparation to ensure a smooth transition between your re

Dec 15th, 2015
BLACK HAIRY TONGUE

Black hairy tongue is a mostly harmless condition. However, it can have a profound impact on your willingness to smile, speak, or otherwise risk exposing the dark and furry patch at the back of the tongue. If you have noticed a dark, fuzzy-looking patch on

Dec 13th, 2015
FLEX BENEFITS AND TOOTH REPAIR

Did you know you can use your HSA or FSA to pay for a number of dental services that may not be fully covered by insurance? Beaverton family dentist Dr. Michael Negru would be honored to meet with you, assess your smile, and discuss your options; but hurry

Dec 10th, 2015
MOST EFFECTIVE TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS

If you are missing one or more teeth it is important to fully understand your replacement options. Because missing teeth can result in a number of oral health issues – including bite irregularities, jaw collapse, and additional tooth loss – speaking with A

Nov 20th, 2015
IS SEDATION DENTISTRY SAFE?

Sedation dentistry is one of the most effective ways for people who are nervous about dental visits to achieve full relaxation before and during their appointments. Aloha sedation dentist Dr. Michael Negru may also suggestion this option for patients who h

Nov 15th, 2015
HOLIDAY STRESS CAN MAKE TMJ SYMPTOMS WORSE

Bruxism (tooth grinding) is a common cause of TMJ. In turn, this habit can lead to headaches, jaw pain, generalized facial pain, and oral health issues such as uneven tooth wear and premature tooth loss. If you are a grinder, you may find the stress of fam

Nov 10th, 2015
SLEEP APNEA SYMPTOMS

There are a number of sleep apnea symptoms that may never be noticed by those who suffer from the disorder. Snoring, the most common symptom of sleep apnea, may only be known about if a loved one or housemate brings the issue to your attention. The same is

Nov 5th, 2015
NEW MOVIE EXPLORING DANGERS OF MERCURY

A new documentary film, Evidence of Harm, explores the damages mercury has on the body, the mind, and the environment. Officially selected for several film festivals, Evidence of Harm focuses on the results of myriad government, university, and nonprofit s

Oct 20th, 2015
SHOULD I SEE A DENTIST ABOUT SENSITIVE TEETH?

If your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes or produce pain when chewing certain foods, it may be time to call Beaverton family dentist Dr. Michael Negru to schedule an examination. Tooth sensitivity is not always a pressing concern, but frequent di

Oct 15th, 2015
TRICK OR TREAT, BUT DON’T CHIP YOUR TEETH

Hard candy can be very tasty, but it can also damage teeth when bitten or chewed. This Halloween, talk to your children about the best ways to eat these candies to help protect their teeth from unnecessary damage. Take care to not bite hard candies yoursel

Oct 10th, 2015
CLICKING AND POPPING IN THE JAW

Does your jaw click or pop when you open and shut your mouth? If so, you may be experiencing one of the primary symptoms of TMJ, a common disorder caused by the misalignment of the jaw. If you find that your jaw is making noises when you eat or speak, plea

Sep 20th, 2015
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PERMANENT?

Dental implants are known as the most reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. Inserted directly into the jawbone, dental implants are able to secure restorations such as crowns and bridges without risk of slipping or falling out. This amazing abilit

Sep 20th, 2015
WHY DEALING WITH TOOTH LOSS IS IMPORTANT

If you are missing one or more teeth, you have likely noticed some aesthetic impact. Indeed, restoring an attractive appearance to the smile is one of the key reasons people consider tooth replacement options such as dental implants. However, restoring a f

Sep 18th, 2015
WILD BLUEBERRY EXTRACT AND THE PREVENTION OF GUM DISEASE

Researchers at Université Laval in Canada have begun to look at blueberry polyphenols – known to protect plants from disease – as an effective method to prevent the development of gum disease. Preliminary studies have shown that Vaccinium angustifolium Ait

Sep 15th, 2015
THE DANGERS OF TOOTH GRINDING

Tooth grinding is something nearly everyone does on occasion. And while occasional tooth grinding isn’t good, it’s also not typically a cause for concern. Frequent tooth grinding however can lead to a number of serious and painful oral health issues. If y

Sep 10th, 2015
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Cosmetic dentistry is specifically designed to produce a flawless and beautiful smile. However, this is not something that can simply be achieved by offering cosmetic services – it is something that requires an experienced dentist who is fully committed to

Aug 20th, 2015
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SEDATION DENTISTRY?

Sedation dentistry offers patients who are anxious or nervous about their treatment to achieve complete relaxation prior to their procedure. Even basic services like routine checkups and cleanings can have sedation integrated into them for a safe, comforta

Aug 15th, 2015
CHEMICAL-FREE BAD BREATH TREATMENTS

Chronic bad breath that is not caused by gum disease or tooth infection is often treated with chemical mouthwashes that work to destroy volatile sulfur compounds in the mouth (VSCs). In most cases, these at-home chemical treatments are used in conjunction

Aug 9th, 2015
DOES TOOTHPASTE WITH NEED HELP PREVENT GUM DISEASE?

Neem is an Old World tree whose oil has been used for millennia in medicinal products. While ancient, you may have seen neem listed as a main ingredient in many modern-day natural toothpastes. It is the antimicrobial and antifungal properties of the plant

Jul 17th, 2015
MIGRAINE HEADACHES VS. TMJ HEADACHES

Migraine headaches and headaches caused by TMJ are often indistinguishable. According to the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, TMJ headaches may actually be mistaken for migraine headaches as much as 80% of the time. If you suffer from what you suspec

Jul 10th, 2015
NATURAL TEETH WHITENING SOLUTIONS

There are a number of ways to brighten and whiten your smile that can be done in the comfort of your own home, likely with items you already have on hand. Of course, the easiest way to remove surface stains is brushing with a mildly abrasive toothpaste, su

Jul 5th, 2015
WHAT DOES FRUIT JUICE DO TO TEETH?

Fruit juice is often thought of as a healthy alternative to other sweetened beverages. However, a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry has identified fruit juice as one of two leading causes of dental erosion. 80% of the study’s 3,

Jun 20th, 2015
IS SEDATION DENTISTRY RIGHT FOR ME?

If you feel nervous or anxious about dental care, sedation dentistry may offer a solution that allows you to undergo routine dental treatments and even more advanced cosmetic services. The best way to learn if sedation dentistry is right for you is by call

Jun 17th, 2015
PORCELAIN VENEER COSTS

Cosmetic dentistry is not typically covered by insurance and, as such, may not be a fully explored option for some patients. However, if perceived costs alone are keeping you from discussing your aesthetic goals with Beaverton dentist Dr. Michael Negru, it

Jun 15th, 2015
WHY IS GRINDING TEETH HARMFUL?

Bruxism (tooth grinding) is a fairly common habit in the United States. In some cases, tooth grinding occurs unconsciously, even during sleep, and it’s not always related to stress. No matter what the cause of your tooth grinding, finding a solution to mak

Jun 5th, 2015
WHAT IS OSSEOINTEGRATION?

Osseointegration is the process that allows dental implants to become a permanent part of your smile. But what, exactly, is this process and how do dental implants help make it possible? Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials. This means that

May 20th, 2015
HOW DOES OIL PULLING WORK?

Oil pulling is an ayurvedic practice in which coconut oil is swished in the mouth for a set period of time to improve oral health. As with many holistic and ayurvedic practices, the oil pulling benefits long purported by natural healthcare practitioners ha

May 15th, 2015
ARE WHITE FILLINGS STRONG ENOUGH?

White fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are shaded to fit unnoticeably into the teeth in which they are being placed. This, of course, makes them a more aesthetically pleasing option to metal alternatives. But are white fillings as strong as

Apr 20th, 2015
ONE HOUR DENTAL CROWNS

Aloha family dentist Dr. Michael Negru utilizes state-of-the-art CEREC technology to complete the dental crown process in a single office visit. The natural-looking dental crowns created in our office are three times stronger than porcelain-fused-to-metal

Apr 15th, 2015
IS IT CHEAPER TO WHITEN TEETH AT HOME?

One of the driving forces behind the popularity of store-bought teeth whiteners is their perceived value. These products certainly seem to make tooth whitening more cost effective – particularly when they claim to be just as effective as professional treat

Apr 10th, 2015
WHY VISIT MY FAMILY DENTIST EVERY SIX MONTHS?

You’ve probably heard that it’s important to visit your family dentist every six months for cleanings and examinations. But if you have a consistent and thorough daily routine, these visits may seem somewhat superfluous. However, even if you brush after ev

Apr 5th, 2015
WHAT IS TOOTH BONDING USED FOR?

Tooth bonding, alternately known as dental bonding, is a composite resin material that is applied to the surface of teeth to address general dental issues including: Chips and cracks Exposed tooth roots Large areas of decay Tooth bonding can also be used

Mar 20th, 2015
SLEEP DENTISTRY VS. SEDATION DENTISTRY

Sleep dentistry and sedation dentistry are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Sleep dentistry typically refers to dental services provide while the patient is unconscious and is most often used during oral surgery. This level of s

Mar 17th, 2015
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH GRINDING?

We often attribute tooth grinding (bruxism) to stress or anxiety. Indeed, many people occasionally grind teeth during stressful situations. However, by and large, tooth grinding is an involuntary response that occurs during sleep and may be related to bite

Mar 5th, 2015
WHAT ARE FASTBRACES®?

Fastbraces® are a safe, effective, and affordable way to straighten teeth. Developed over two decades and utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Fastbraces simultaneously move the root and crown of the tooth – a benefit that can shorten treatment time by s

Feb 20th, 2015
CAVITIES AND SUGAR-FREE GUM

It has long been claimed that chewing sugar-free gum could help fight cavities, but researchers from the University of Groningen in Holland have only recently discovered just how helpful gum can be. According to their report, chewing sugar-free gum for 10

Feb 12th, 2015
THE CANER FIGHTING PROPERTIES OF TEA

A newly published study from Penn State University suggests that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) targets and destroys oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. EGCG, one of the polyphenols found in tea, has been found to help reduce cancer

Feb 5th, 2015
HOW TO MAINTAIN TEETH WHITENING RESULTS

Even the advanced professional teeth whitening options offered by Dr. Negru can only produce results for so long. Over time, the foods you eat and beverages you drink will begin to darken teeth, requiring a return visit for another round of whitening. You

Jan 20th, 2015
TMJ HEADACHES

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. These are often a result of pressure placed on the trigeminal nerve by muscles that have tensed due to misalignment. They may also be caused by muscle tension alone. In both events, TMJ headaches can be

Jan 10th, 2015
HOPE FOR SENSITIVE TEETH

A lasting solution for tooth sensitivity brought about by enamel erosion may be just around the corner. At least that’s what Chun-Pin Lin, a professor of dentistry at National Taiwan University is hoping. Lin and his colleagues have developed a biocompatib

Jan 8th, 2015
REPAIRING BROKEN TEETH

Broken teeth present functional and aesthetic problems, and should be dealt with swiftly to prevent progressive issues from occurring. Beaverton dentist Dr. Michael Negru offers a range of options that can be used to repair broken teeth and help prevent th

Jan 6th, 2015
TOOTH REPLACEMENT OPTIONS

Missing teeth can result in a number of serious problems. Certainly a cosmetic issue, missing teeth can also allow adjacent teeth to slip out of place, resulting in changes to bite tension and alignment. What’s more, even a single missing tooth can allow c

Dec 21st, 2014
RESOLVE TO PROTECT YOUR ORAL HEALTH

With New Year’s upon us, the time to consider resolutions is here. And what better resolution than a commitment to protecting your oral health? Small steps can make a huge difference when it comes to enhancing your daily routine. If you are accustomed to

Dec 16th, 2014
PROBIOTICS FOR GUM HEALTH

You may have heard that probiotics are good for digestion. Some studies have even suggested that these bacteria – found naturally in the human gut – can help increase immune function. What you may not know is that in a double-blind, placebo-controlled stud

Aug 25th, 2014
SINGLE VISIT DENTAL CROWNS

Traditionally, placing dental crowns has required two to three office visits over the course of several weeks. This is because dental crowns have long been made in third-party labs, a step that not only adds time, but can seriously complicate optimal aesth

Aug 17th, 2014