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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

How Water Can Improve Your Oral Health

Posted on 2/15/2020 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
How Water Can Improve Your Oral HealthAs far as some of nature's secrets to living a healthier life and ways to combat almost anything, water seems to always be at the center of it. Doctors and health experts constantly tell us to drink more water. We always hear about how we aren't getting enough of it. Water is truly the core of our existence. It makes up about 60% of our body. We start off in the womb in a bubble of fluid.

But what exactly is it about this substance that provides so many overall benefits for us, including the positive effects it has on our dental health? To better understand this question, we decided to look at two specific ways it can aid in the wellness of our mouths and teeth:

Hydration Fuels Overall (and Oral) Wellness

Drinking enough water is about making sure that your body has the proper hydration to perform the various functions required for everyday life. In regards to oral health, when we don't drink enough water, one of the first signs is obviously thirst, as well as dry mouth. This can lead to a number of serious dental issues if it becomes persistent.

Rinsing and Flushing

Another thing about water is that it can benefit oral health in ways other than drinking it. Rinsing with water after eating, instead of brushing or even using mouthwash can be highly effective in loosening and washing away food particles following a meal.

If you haven't been drinking enough water, our first suggestion would certainly be to make sure that you increase your daily amount. Eight, 8 oz glasses per day is the accepted rule. Our second suggestion would be that you come and visit our office the next chance that you have, to see what the condition your oral health is in.
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