What is the Best Toothbrush? Dr. Forster Weighs-in

I get questions about toothbrushes quite often and developed this Q&A for you: Q: What toothbrush should I be using? A: Most people are perfectly fine using a traditional manual toothbrush and do not need an electric toothbrush. Brushes with smaller heads are more effective because they can get into hard-to-reach spaces more effectively and make sure you are brushing… (more…)

Oil Pulling – Studies of effectiveness inconclusive

It was recently brought to my attention that there is a trendy folk remedy known as “oil pulling” gaining attention and popularity. The technique involves holding or swishing oil in the mouth and its roots can be traced back to Ayurvedic health practices. Limited Benefits from Oil Pulling This has received little to no attention among dental practitioners and limited… (more…)

Bad Breath Causes and Best Remedies

I am often asked about the causes of bad breath (halitosis) and what can be done about it. My initial reaction is to inquire about home care oral hygiene habits. Bad Breath Causes Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria that live in the mouth. These microorganisms typically inhabit the tissue on the tongue and under the gums around the… (more…)

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

Your child should become familiarized with visiting the dentist at an early age.  According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists: “Your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday.” This is an opportunity to evaluate facial and dental development, early onset of dental disease and to review home care… (more…)

A Welcome Note from Dr. Forster

Hello there!  I am Dr. Andrew Forster and I am happy to let everyone know about my dental practice in the Bethany Village area of Portland, Oregon.  My staff and I have been working in this part of town for several years and our practice continues to expand and thrive as we meet the dental needs of our wonderful community.

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