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West End Dental Inc and Dr. Krippaehne’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
The American Dental Association has recommended and the Oregon Governor has ordered that all non-emergency procedures by dentist cease. The order is an attempt to preserve protective equipment, such as gloves and masks for the COVID-19 patients.

In an attempt to keep any dental emergency out of our hospitals' emergency departments, dental offices are encouraged to treat dental emergencies through virtual communication when possible.

In response, West End Dental Inc and Dr. Krippaehne are fully prepared to provide teledentistry to those in need, including new or established patients.

If you or someone you know has an urgent dental concern, please contact Polly (office manager) on her cell phone 503-267-4893 to schedule a teledental visit with Dr. Krippaehne.

If you would like to contact our office with a non urgent matter, please call the office at 503-224-7815. You may also fax or email with non urgent matters. Fax 503-222-0029, email

Migraines Are Sometimes Caused by Oral Health Issues

Posted on 4/25/2019 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Migraines Are Sometimes Caused by Oral Health IssuesIf you suffer from migraine headaches or tension headaches, you may be aware that there can be many different things that can trigger a migraine.

Some common causes of migraines are lack of sleep, improper diet, stress, alcohol, food allergies and even simply genetics. But did you know that poor oral health can also trigger migraines?

Oral Bacteria and Migraines

There may be a connection between your frequent migraines and oral bacteria. If you are suffering from migraines, please talk to one of our dentists so that we can help determine if there is a connection between your oral health and your headaches. Some types of bacteria can increase the nitric oxide levels in your bloodstream, and this can cause a migraine.

If your migraines are frequent, or if you are not certain if they are migraines, mention that to our dentist. TMJ pain can mimic migraine pain, and even cause migraines.

So where does this bacterium come from? Bacteria that are present in your mouth are a result of a natural buildup of food debris, tartar and plaque. This happens daily and needs to be removed by brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once per day. The bacteria that causes migraines is a result of improper oral health care which leads to cavities and oral infections. Once these infections reach the blood stream, this is what triggers a migraine.

Grinding Teeth and Misaligned Jaw

If you grind your teeth at night or suspect that you may have a misaligned jaw, these two things can also cause migraines and tension headaches. Our dentists will check not only for decay, but we will check for abnormal wear of your teeth to determine if that could be the cause of your migraines. If you are suffering, please do not hesitate to call our office right away and schedule an appointment.
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