Blog Archive

5 Benefits of a Root Canal Jun 1st, 2022

More than 15 million root canal treatments are performed each year in the United States, according to the American Association of Endodontists. With a root canal, your dentist can eliminate deep infections, so you can keep your tooth instead of having it pulled. Julie Strauss, DMD, has extensive experience performing...

How Dental Cleanings Make Way for a Confident Smile May 1st, 2022

Few things can help you feel more confident and attractive than a beautiful, healthy smile. But great-looking smiles don’t come naturally — and brushing and flossing alone, while important, aren’t enough either. To maintain those pearly whites, regular professional cleanings are a must, too. During cleaning appointments at Strauss Dental, Julie Strauss,...

Does My Child Need a Mouth Guard? Apr 1st, 2022

There’s no doubt that participating in sports offers lots of benefits for kids. In addition to the physical benefits — lower body fat, stronger muscles, and a healthier heart — sports participation improves kids’ social skills and reduces their risks of anxiety and depression.  Unfortunately, sports and other physical activity...

Debunking Root Canal Myths Mar 1st, 2022

Every year in the United States, dentists perform more than 15 million root canals, helping patients save their natural teeth despite deep decay or traumatic damage. Root canals have been around for a long time, but like many oral health treatments, the techniques have improved dramatically over the years, thanks...

The Many Benefits of Veneers Feb 1st, 2022

Having a beautiful smile can work wonders for your confidence. Likewise, having a smile flaw — a dark tooth, oddly shaped tooth, or obvious chip — can have the opposite effect, making you feel self-conscious every time you smile or speak. Dental veneers offer patients a simple solution for many...

Why Routine Teeth Cleanings Are So Important Jan 1st, 2022

When your schedule is already packed, it’s tempting to think about putting off a routine teeth cleaning appointment to free up a little time. After all, your teeth aren’t hurting, so why not push your cleaning off for another month . . . or two?  One of the best times...

Common Smile Problems We Can Address Dec 6th, 2021

Perfect smiles rarely happen on their own. Most of us need a little help to correct smile flaws and feel confident about our smiles. At Strauss Dental in Oregon City, Oregon, Julie Strauss, DMD, offers an array of solutions to help you get the smile you want, with individual treatments...

Tips for Caring for Your Dentures Nov 3rd, 2021

Dentures can make a huge difference in how your teeth look, feel, and work — and they can make a big difference in your self-confidence, too. But even though dentures have been around for a long time, a lot of people don’t know what’s involved in their care. Whether you’re...

How to Prepare for Your Tooth Extraction Oct 6th, 2021

People are different in lots of ways, but one thing we pretty much all have in common: We really don’t want to have a tooth pulled. That’s understandable — your teeth are part of you, and having an extraction can be nerve-racking.  The good news: With just a little preparation,...

What's Included in Our Smile Makeovers? Sep 6th, 2021

Everyone wants to feel confident about the way they look, and in today’s world of Zoom, Snapchat, and Instagram, it all starts with having a great-looking smile. Research shows your smile is one of the first things people notice about you — and the feature they remember most, too.  Whether...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Missing Crown Aug 5th, 2021

You don’t need to be royalty to wear a crown. All you need is a damaged tooth.  All jokes aside, the dental crown is one of the most versatile dental restorations, used to repair, strengthen, and restore badly damaged teeth. In fact, they’re so important to your oral health, if...

5 Ways to Lower Your Risk for Gum Disease Jul 14th, 2021

About half of all American adults suffer from gum disease, and among older folks, that number is even higher. Not only can gum disease lead to serious infections and tooth loss, but some studies show it also increases the risks of systemic health problems, like heart disease, osteoporosis, and some...

Guidelines for Making the Most of Invisalign Jun 17th, 2021

About 10 million people worldwide are enjoying straighter, healthier teeth and more beautiful smiles, thanks to treatment with Invisalign®, the top-ranked invisible alignment system. Invisalign aligners are popular for lots of reasons, including their clear, comfortable design and faster treatment times.  Of course, even though Invisalign treatment is simple and...

4 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments May 10th, 2021

Your smile is the first part of yourself you show the world. Whether you’re speaking, laughing, or just flashing a grin, the appearance of your teeth make a big difference in the impression you present. If you feel frustrated or insecure due to imperfections in your smile like stains, chips,...

Learn How Veneers Can Instantly Correct Gaps Between Teeth Apr 1st, 2021

Is your family photo album full of pictures of you with a closed smile? Or maybe you hide your teeth with your hand every time you laugh? It's natural to feel self-conscious about a gap between your teeth. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. Dental veneers are...

When to Consider Getting Crowns and Bridges Mar 1st, 2021

Are you less than confident about the appearance of your smile? Perhaps you feel self-conscious when you open your mouth to speak because you have a misshapen, discolored, or missing tooth. These are a few of the reasons you may want to consider getting dental crowns and bridges.  At Strauss...

9 Common Bad Habits That Can Ruin Your Teeth Feb 17th, 2021

You only get one set of permanent teeth to last the rest of your life, which is a major incentive to take care of them. Along with brushing, flossing, and a professional cleaning every six months, that may also mean breaking some everyday bad habits.  Julie Strauss, DMD of Strauss...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures Jan 28th, 2021

When you get traditional dentures, you don’t just pop them in and go about your day. They feel awkward at first, and it takes practice to learn how to eat and talk with this new appliance in your mouth. But you’re not on your own. At Strauss Dental in Oregon...

Resolve to Smile Brighter in the New Year: A Smile Makeover Is Just What You Need Dec 1st, 2020

Maybe you wish your teeth were whiter or straighter. Or maybe you have missing or broken teeth. Whatever your concern, you know how smile imperfections can impact your confidence. This is where a smile makeover can help. Smile makeovers include customizable cosmetic and restorative dental procedures that can give you...

Do Wisdom Teeth Always Require Extraction? Nov 1st, 2020

Despite their lofty name, wisdom teeth can often be more of a liability than an asset, but not always. When it comes to extracting wisdom teeth, there’s a smart way to approach the issue. At Strauss Dental in Oregon City, Dr. Julie Strauss and her team believe that each patient ...

Dentures versus Bridges: Which Is Right for You? Oct 7th, 2020

The best, strongest, and most permanent solution for eating is, of course, your natural teeth. However, accidents and decay happen, and sometimes tooth loss is unavoidable. There’s no single solution for replacing such teeth. You’ve got a range of options, and while sometimes there’s clearly a best solution, at other...

Are Sealants Really Necessary? Sep 21st, 2020

The first line of defense against cavities includes daily brushing and flossing. Dental checkups and cleaning add a second line of protection, minimizing plaque buildup and staying on top of problems below the surface. Today, there’s a third line, a literal coat of armor for your teeth. Dental sealants add...

Invisalign® versus Traditional Braces Aug 10th, 2020

Crooked teeth aren’t always just a cosmetic problem. When your teeth are out of alignment, they can be harder to clean effectively with at-home care. Your bite may be uneven, leading to wear or inefficient chewing, and it can even cause issues with the joints of your jaw, causing soreness...

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction? Jul 26th, 2020

Visiting Strauss Dental regularly, combined with your own effective home care routine of brushing and flossing, gives you the best chance of avoiding tooth extraction. Yet, life being what it is, problems occur that interfere with the best of plans. For whatever the reason, sometimes teeth just need to be...

5 Ways Veneers Can Improve Your Smile Jun 27th, 2020

Dental veneers use thin chips of porcelain custom made to cover your visible teeth. It’s the same process once used by budding movie stars to “cap” their natural teeth for smiles worthy of technicolor.  It’s true that veneers offer up whiteness beyond any other method, but that’s hardly the only...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays May 21st, 2020

Believe it or not, Invisalign has been around for over 20 years. Although this revolutionary alternative to metal braces still seems like the new kid on the block, it’s become a household name and an industry standard, as more than five million straight-toothed, happy customers can attest.  If you’re looking...

Sealants, Fluoride, Check-ups and More: Caring for Your Kids' Teeth Mar 9th, 2020

Keeping your child’s smile healthy is just one of the important list items you must monitor while your baby becomes an adult. Confounding things are the two sets of teeth they’ll develop over that time, each set with its own role and care needs. Dr. Julie Strauss and her team at Strauss...

What Does a Smile Makeover Entail Feb 5th, 2020

A smile makeover can give you the beautiful white smile of your dreams. At Strauss Dental in Oregon City, Dr. Julie Strauss and her experienced team offer crowns, bridges, veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign®, and more. We are happy to answer any questions that you have about our procedures.   Smile...