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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

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Your Oral Health

Good oral health is important, not just for your teeth, but for your entire body.  Because we care and are concerned for your overall health, we are devoting and entire section of the website to articles about health.  In the next few pages, we will cover how the health of the mouth affects the rest of the body,  how the health of the body affects the mouth, the role of gum disease, how to take care of your mouth to prevent gum disease and cavities, how we treat gum disease, what to expect from gum disease treatment and about oral cancer.  There is also an interesting piece on soda pop and its affect on teeth, and one on bad breath.  Here is a list of the articles, with a short summary.  Click on the article name to go directly to the article.

Our Newest Articles: Dental Cosmetic Concern: White SpotsWhy brush twice a day?, Band Instument and germs, Saliva testing for gum diseaseDr. Steve Campbell on Orthodontics

Dental Cosmetic Concern: White spots  This outlines a new conservative treatment to help reduce those annoying white spots.

Why brush twice a day?  This article reviews the scientific explanation on why brushing twice each day makes such a big difference.

Band Instruments and Germs.  Making music, making germs?  Interesting research article about germs in bans instruments.

Saliva testing for Gum disease.  Saliva tests are the future of medicine.  Here we talk about how  htese tests can help with gum disease.   

Orthodontics.  Dr. Steve Campbell wrote this piece as an introduction to orthodontics. 

Antibiotics.  This article reviews the use of antibiotics, the types and consequences, and what you can do to minimize the impact on your body.

Perio Protect Trays.  Bernadette wrote this about the newest treatment for gum disease.  Very impressive results, especially for patients that have not responded to other treatments.

Dry Socket Information  We don't see dry sockets after extractions very often, but they are  painful and require treatment.  Here is information on them.

How to find a Dentist  Jill wrote this about things to look at when choosing a dental provider.

Latex Allergies and Dental Care.  This article written by Bernadette covers the most common questions about Latex sensitivities, allergies and dental care.

Xylitol gum.  A nice article that talks about the benefits fo Xylitol.

Geriatric Dentistry.  Here Bernadette talks about the wonderful advances that help our teeth look and feel younger.

Sports Mouth Guards.  This article reviews why and when to wear a sports mouth guard, and the types available.

Pregnancy and Dental Health.  This article reviews current thoughts on dental health and how it relates to you and your baby.

Future Dentistry: Saliva Testing.  Dentistry is ever changing.  This article explores current research on saliva and the tests we will be able to do.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Uses and Safety.  Many patients use or have thought about using hydrogen peroxide for infections in the mouth.  Here we talk about safe uses for hydrogen peroxide.

Dry Mouth Information.  Dry mouth is one of the most common non cavity issues patients come to us about.  We discuss what it is, some causes and possible treatments.

A Review of Power Toothbrushes.  This review by hygienist Haley is a good summary of the types of power toothbrushes available and their advantages and disadvantages.

Risk Factors for Gum disease.  This reviews the most common risk factors for gum disease and helps you understand what you can do to prevent or control your disease.

American Heart Association recommends Cutting Added Sugar Intake.  The American Heart Association has come out with new guidelines for added sugar in your diet.  This summarizes the latest recommendations.

CloSYS: What it is and how to Use It.  This article is a review of the CloSysII Toothpaste system and how to use it.  Our hygienist Haley wrote this informative article. 

Tooth Trauma.  What to do when you get hit in the mouth?  This article by our assistants Bernadette and Jill team up to review the types of tooth fractures and what to do about them.  Also, what if your tooth is completely knocked out. 

The Mouth/Body Connection.  This article is a review of how gum disease affects other parts of the body, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases and osteoporosis.  It also covers preterm low birth weight.

Gums and Gum Disease.  This article cover what gum disease is, how to tell if you have gum disease, and its consequences, prevention and a brief overview of its treatment.

Treating Gum disease: LANAP.  This is a more indepth article on treating gum disease using the Periolase.  It includes a short animated video to explain the procedure, along with a chart summary.

LANAP: What to expect.  This article reviews what to expect after treatment with the Periolase, including immediate post surgery, follow up care and long term results.

Flossing: The basics.  This article by our hygienist Haley cover the key points of flossing, and what is important or not important.

Floss Club.  This year we are trying a new approach to help our patients floss more frequently.  This article reviews the Floss Club program.

CloSysII: What it is and how to use it.  CloSysII is a tremendously effective cleaning paste and mouth wash.  This reviews our recommendations for its use.

Bad Breath Information Sheet.  This is a review of the various causes of bad breath, and what we in dentistry can do to help.

Soda Pop and Your Teeth.  This is a great article on the effects of soda pop on teeth.  Includes a chart showing the acid level of various drinks.

Oral Cancer Screening.  This article reviews the incidence of oral cancer, survival rates, and detection methods.

Dental Pre-medication.  This article reviews the reason for pre-medicating before dental treatment in the presence of certain medical conditions, and covers the latest recommendations from the American Heart Association.

Questions and Answers on Pre medication.  This is a nice article covering patients most frequent questions on pre-medication.

Pre-medication dosages.  This article is several charts showing the dosage levels for adults and children for various procedures and conditions.

Dental-Systemic Diseases and Diet.  This article by Haley reviews the latest theory of diet and oral health.

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Patient Testamonials


Dear Dr. Dilger:


It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.