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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 Brushing Too Often Can Damage Your Gums

Posted on 3/25/2020 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
How Brushing Too Often Can Damage Your GumsWe all know brushing twice a day is important for our oral health. Brushing our teeth remove bacteria and the food bacteria likes to eat.

Left alone, bacteria in our mouth can wreak havoc. Bacteria not only like to eat food left in our mouth but also our teeth. If they each enough of your teeth, they can cause tooth decay and even gum disease.

Brushing often helps remove these bacteria. However, can you brush your teeth too much? You can brush your teeth too much. Besides doing damage to your teeth, it also damages your gums. When you brush too much, your gums take a real beating. Toothbrush bristles are abrasive and scratch up your gums. If you brush too often, your gums don't have time to heal between brushing. These microscopic wounds can let bacteria in your body and cause infection.

How to Avoid Brushing Too Much

If you notice your gums aching, it may be because you brush too often. At most, you should be brushing three times a day. Normally, you should stick to just two times a day. A sign that you may be brushing too hard or too often is if your gums bleed. Bleeding gums indicate that there are serious wounds or inflammation in your gums. If you notice bleeding while brushing, you should stop immediately. If your gums bleed every time you brush, try being gentler.

If gum bleeding continues for more than a few days, you may have another problem. Gum bleeding may also indicate the early stages of gum disease. When bacteria attack our gums, it can cause them to bleed. If you have bleeding gums, please contact our office. We can help prevent gum disease from advancing. Advanced gum disease can lead to infection and premature tooth decay, so it's important to act fast.
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