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Memorial Day

May 25th, 2017

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service. Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the end of the American Civil War as a day to commemorate both the Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died in the war.

Marking the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, wreaths, or other tokens has been practiced throughout history, but it wasn't until the mark of the end of the Civil War that a special day was decided upon as the one to spend in remembrance. By 1890, every state in the country was observing Decoration Day. It wasn't until 1967 when the name formally changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, in order to encompass all fallen American soldiers in all wars and conflicts. In June of 1968, Congress moved the official date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May in order to create a three day weekend.

Today, while there is certainly an air of remembrance on Memorial Day, it has become more a day of spending time with family, friends, and other loved ones. This day is also heralded as the start of summer, with many schools finishing for the year around this time. Our team at Premier Dentistry remembers it as a day to take solace and remembered those lost.

Traditional observances of Memorial Day are still held, and they often involve raising the American Flag then lowering it to a half-staff position until noon, and then raising it once again to its full height afterwards. The flag is lowered to remember those who've lost their lives while in service to their country, and then it is raised to signify our willingness to not let their sacrifice be in vain.

From community parades in the Gresham, OR area, backyard cook-outs, and fireworks to formal ceremonies, Memorial Day is commemorated in many different ways. No matter how you choose to spend this day, take a moment to remember those who've lost their lives in an effort to preserve our freedom.

How Summer Snacks Affect your Child's Teeth

May 24th, 2017

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Now that the warmer weather is here, most families will be looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the warm sunny days. Summer time and vacations are times in the year when we tend to eat more ice cream, drink more sodas, and generally eat more food that we don't usually eat. If you are a parent, it's good to be aware of the how summer snacks can affect your child's teeth.

Here are two of the worst snacks that pose the greatest danger for causing cavities in your kid's teeth.

Frozen snacks

Let's face, who doesn't enjoy a frozen popsicle or ice cream on a scorching hot sunny day? However, stop to think about how the high sugar content can affect your and your child's teeth. Sucking on a popsicle puts sugar into constant contact with teeth. Even ice cream contains a lot of sugar.

Why not try keeping some fresh fruit in the fridge and chopping it up for a delicious desert?


Sodas are notoriously high in sugar and when the weather gets hot, it may seem like the natural thing to do and reach for a cool soda can. Remember that a regular can of soda may have up to 10 teaspoons of sugar in it! The bacteria caused by the high sugar content can play havoc in your mouth and may mean more visits to the dentist.

When you child drinks the occasional soda, it is much better to use a straw so that the sugar has less contact with teeth.

Remember that there are healthy alternatives that will not just look after your dental health, but also your health in general.

During the summer time, protect your teeth by drinking more water and eating fresh fruit and vegetables that have high water content.

Of course, you should continue to practice good oral hygiene all year round to keep your smile healthy.

3 Tips to Protect Your Teeth During Sports

May 20th, 2017

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If you or your kids enjoy playing sports, you should make sure and protect your teeth. Damaging one or more teeth because of a sports injury can leave you with an embarrassing gap in your smile. Getting dental work done to repair damaged or broken teeth can also leave you with a hefty bill.

The good news is that many dental injuries caused by participating in sports can be prevented. In this article, you can learn about the top 3 ways to protect your teeth during sports.

Dental Risks of Playing Sports

Of course, participating in contact sports puts you at the greatest risk of leaving the field with a broken tooth. So, sports like football, soccer, hockey, and basketball have the risk of getting hit by a ball or injured in a collision with another player.

However, also taking part in solo sports also puts you at risk of damaging your teeth. For example, while cycling, swimming, or skiing you could have an accident and damage your oral cavity.

How to Protect your Teeth in Sports

Here are the best tips to keep your teeth safe while playing sports.

1. Mouth guard to protect your teeth

A mouth guard will protect your teeth whether you are playing contact sports or solo sports. A mouth guard will protect your teeth against coming into contact with a bat, ball, or a flying arm. The best kind of mouth guard to protect your teeth is one specifically molded by your dentist for your teeth.

2. Wear a helmet for teeth protection

It's essential to wear a helmet if you play football, baseball, or hockey. Good quality headwear will not only protect your teeth but also prevent you suffering damage to your head. You should remember to wear the appropriate helmet for your sport.

3. Take care of your teeth

You should also keep good care of your teeth by regularly brushing and flossing. This will build strength in your teeth and prevent unnecessary damage to your teeth during sports.

I don't brush while I'm at work. Should I?

May 18th, 2017

Yes, absolutely. A recent survey by Oral-B® reveals that despite knowing that a healthy, good-looking smile affects not only their personal wellness but their professional image as well, very few people (only 14 percent) brush and floss at the office regularly. What’s more, three quarters of people who responded to the survey said they ate twice or more a day at work.

Today, Dr. Kevin K. Shim and Dr. Tyler S. Bradstreet and our team thought we would provide some tips for brushing at work.

  • Leave a toothbrush at work to increase your likelihood of brushing
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner; this helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where your toothbrush bristles can’t reach.

And remember to brush for 30 to 45 seconds across visible parts of the teeth. Brushing after breakfast or lunch will eliminate any remaining food particles and odors. We recommend people brush their teeth twice and floss once a day to remove plaque and other harmful bacteria.

To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Kevin K. Shim and Dr. Tyler S. Bradstreet at our Gresham, OR office, please give us a call!

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