General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Does Xylitol Chewing Gum Help Your Teeth?

Sugar-free gums have been in circulation for years, and many have continued to wonder about whether or not sugar-free gum can help your teeth. Certain gum brands such as Trident, Orbit, and Icebreakers use xylitol as a sweetener for their gum. Among many, xylitol has been up in the air about whether or not it’s […]

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The Many Benefits of Composite Resin

The Many Benefits of Composite Resin

When it comes to fabricating dental restorations, there are a variety of dental materials available. The type of dental material used will depend on a range of factors, such as whether the restoration is direct or indirect. An indirect restoration is one that must be fabricated in a dental laboratory, while a direct restoration is […]

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Why Missing Teeth Should Be Replaced

It’s an event that happens to the majority of us at some point in our lives. A tooth becomes damaged through accident-related trauma, extensively damaged by decay, or has some other malady befall it that requires that it be removed. After an extraction, you may be wondering if it’s worth investing in a dental replacement, […]

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Soft Drinks and Your Teeth

Soft Drinks and Your Teeth

When was the last time you had a soft drink? Chances are you’ve had one pretty recently since studies indicate that 48% of Americans drink about 2.6 soft drinks a day. Soft drinks can be both delicious and refreshing, however they can negatively affect both your overall and oral health by contributing to conditions such […]

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Diagram of Dental Anatomy

The Anatomy Of Your Teeth

We often view our teeth as static chunks of enamel that sit embedded in our gum and jaw, as solid and unchanging as stone. In actuality, our teeth are complex structures comprised of multiple materials arranged in three separate layers. Each layer of the tooth plays an important role in its overall health, and understanding […]

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Common Flossing Mistakes

Common Flossing Mistakes

Flossing is an important part of your daily dental routine. In fact, flossing helps to remove plaque from 40% of your tooth surfaces, including places like along the gum line and between the teeth. These places are easily missed by a toothbrush and can be excellent places for plaque to accumulate. When it comes to […]

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Scaling, Root Planing, and You

Periodontitis is a serious condition that needs immediate treatment to prevent damage to your oral tissues. Gums, teeth, and jawbones are all susceptible to damage when it goes untreated, and root planing and scaling are often the first line of defense against serious periodontitis. This procedure aims to eliminate plaque and tartar from below the […]

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Dental Problems Besides Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Dental Problems Besides Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Almost just about everyone knows that brushing, flossing, and dental visits can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Although tooth decay and gum disease are the most common threats to your oral health, they are unfortunately not the only things that can compromise your oral health. In fact, regular dental visits not only […]

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The Ins and Outs of Inlays and Onlays

When decay has caused damage to a tooth and repair is needed and is too extensive for a standard filling, crowns aren’t the only option. Inlays and Onlays were developed to limit the need for costly crowns while providing an effective repair solution that could withstand the demands put on your teeth. The process involved […]

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The Most Common Toothbrushing Mistakes

The Most Common Toothbrushing Mistakes

Did you know that by the age of 25, you have brushed your teeth around 18,000 times? By brushing your teeth so many times, it’s safe to say that you’re an expert. However, many dentists find that their patients actually make little mistakes without realizing it when they brush their teeth. Although these mistakes are […]

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The Worst Oral Habits

The Worst Oral Habits

Did you know that tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body? Despite its extraordinary strength, tooth enamel is not entirely indestructible. Teeth are designed to bite and chew foods, however they are sometimes used for other purposes. Unfortunately, any activity outside of biting and chewing food can pose a threat to your […]

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Set of Dental Tools

What Tools Does My Dentist Use?

Your dentist uses a unique selection of tools specific to their specialty to help treat your oral health concerns. The curious may want to know what they all are and what they’re for, while those who have dental phobia may be more secure knowing whether they’ll be used on them. Either way, the tools used […]

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What is Dental Erosion

What is Dental Erosion?

Most people are familiar with the fact that tooth decay and gum disease can negatively affect their oral health. However, did you know that your oral health can also be affected by dental erosion? Dental erosion is the process by which tooth enamel gradually wears down and becomes thinner. Since tooth enamel is the primary […]

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Learn The Tools In Your Dentist Office

While patients sit in the dentist’s chair waiting for their practitioner to conduct their twice-yearly visit, they often have a moment to ponder the purpose of the strange equipment they see around them. Education is a cornerstone of effective medical treatment, and knowing more about the equipment and how it’s used can help ease dental […]

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How Long Do Same Day Crowns Take_

How Long Do Same Day Crowns Take?

In today’s fast paced world, finding time for anything extra is often hard to do. So when your dentist tells you that you need a dental crown, you may be wondering how on earth you are going to fit in the multiple dental appointments needed to place a dental crown. Luckily, the modern dental office […]

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Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth Replacement Options

Missing teeth may seem like a minor inconvenience, but in reality, it can cause a significant amount of long-term problems, such as slurred speech, a shrinking jawbone, and difficulty chewing, all of which will gradually weaken the surrounding teeth while the average adult loses about seven teeth in their lifetime. With dental care technology, there […]

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How Long Does Teeth Bleaching Last?

How Long Does Teeth Bleaching Last?

Over the years, teeth bleaching has become the most popular cosmetic dental treatment. By spending as little as one hour in the dental chair, you can leave your dentist’s office with a whiter and brighter smile. Not to mention the bleaching agents are topically applied, which means no dental drills and no needles. As a […]

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How Your Dentist Can Help You Rest

Have you found yourself dozing off at work? Is concentration something that you struggle with? Have you been waking up with a headache that just won’t quit? Have you experienced drowsiness at dangerous moments, like when you’re driving? You may want to bring this up to your dentist! There’s more to a dentist’s career than […]

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3 Signs You May Need A Root Canal

3 Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Although many people resent root canals, they are necessary dental treatments to prevent infected teeth from falling out or being extracted. Teeth can become infected when dental decay has eroded through the enamel and dentin layers to reach the innermost layer called the pulp. Once bacteria have infected the dental pulp, the only way to […]

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Dental Implant

Maintaining My Dental Implant

For patients that have been considering getting dental implants, there’s often a concern about what’s going to be involved in caring for them. Implants can be an important part of restoring normal dental function to patients who have missing teeth, and can also serve to preserve the remaining teeth against further damage. Implants, like any […]

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5 reasons to try laser dentistry

5 Reasons to Try Laser Dentistry

One of the biggest complaints from patients surrounding dental care is that it can be uncomfortable at times. Luckily, dental research has heard this popular lament and continues to work towards anxiety-free dentistry and gentle dental techniques. Besides dental anesthetics and sedation, there has been another technological advancement to improve the quality of modern dental […]

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Different Types Of Braces

Different Types Of Braces

Braces can benefit you in many ways. They help straighten your teeth, enforce good oral cleaning habits, and help protect your teeth from misalignment and potentially damaging your gums and jawline. However, choosing which kind of braces you want can be a difficult challenge. Here are all the different types of braces available at you […]

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Oral Effects Of Chewing Gum

Oral Effects Of Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is one of the most maligned substances of childhood joy, with most parents swearing that it rots your teeth. While chewing sugary gum isn’t good for you, there is mounting evidence to believe that chewing gum that’s sweetened with Xylitol can actually have a positive effect on your oral health. Chewing gum doesn’t […]

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5 Facts About Dental Implants

Are you curious about dental implants? Do you have missing teeth that you would like to restore using dental implants? Do you know how they work? If you are considering dental implants, here are five facts about dental implants.  They Can Be Placed in a Single Appointment Dental implants and the dental prosthetic can be […]

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Facts About Mouthguards

Facts About Mouthguards

Mouthguards will be able to protect your teeth from any potential harm, especially if you have an active lifestyle. Many dentists recommend mouth guards, but why should they be worn, and when should they be worn? Here, those questions and more will be answered. Types of Mouth Guards Stock Mouth Protectors – Inexpensive and can […]

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Why Do I Need a Bone Graft

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft

While bone grafts aren’t a common part of most people’s dental treatments, there are some conditions where this treatment is necessary. Bone grafts are typically used where the jaw has experienced extensive decay from advanced gum disease, or where damage from trauma makes it necessary to rebuild it. There are a few different types of […]

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Why Dental Cleanings Are Essential

Why Dental Cleanings Are Essential

Take a moment and check your schedule book for the last year, can you find an appointment for a standard dental cleaning? If not you’re doing your teeth an incredible disservice, and you definitely want to take a moment and make a call for an appointment. Before you do, however, we’re going to give you […]

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Whiten Teeth

3 Procedures To Whiten Teeth

If you’ve found yourself looking in the mirror wishing that the smile reflected back at you was a bit brighter, and whiter. While we may wish we had a brighter smile our habits, be they a love of certain staining foods or oral hygiene that could perhaps be a bit more diligent, may leave us […]

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Recovery From Implants

Recovery From Implants

Dental implants are an incredible technology that’s been in various stages of development for thousands of years, one that in our modern age has been improved to the point that they represent a prosthetic replacement that is nearly identical to your natural teeth in appearance. They also represent a superior option to any other dental […]

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Kid brushing his teeth

How To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth

Getting your children to be enthusiastic about brushing their teeth can be a real chore, even though it means they’ll have beautiful pain free teeth for the rest of their lives. It’s almost impossible to impart the importance of this habit on them over the long term, so you need ways to motivate them to […]

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