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Third Annual Holiday Food Drive

Oregon Food BankWe are excited to announce the start of our third annual holiday food drive at Summit Dental.  Please consider contributing and supporting your local Beaverton families. 

Our office is working in conjunction with the Oregon Food Bank to collect canned and boxed goods between now and December 19.  At the end of the drive, Dr. Hagedorn will match all food donations pound-for-pound, doubling our contribution!  We look forward to seeing you in the Cedar Mill office soon with your donation.

Please see the list of Most Wanted items below:

  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Foods high in protein such as canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon) and canned or dried beans
  • Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)
  • Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta
  • Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)
  • 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
  • Unsaturated cooking oils
  • And other nutritious, “healthy-choice” foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar)

Announcing Smile Reminder

We are excited to announce the recent addition of Smile Reminder to our office.  Features of this new program will include:

Text Message Appointment Confirmation

We willSummit-Dental-Text-Reminder send you a text message two days prior to your scheduled appointment.  Simply text YES back and we will mark you in our books as confirmed.  If you need to reschedule or have a question, you can also send us this information by text message. 

E-Mail Appointment Reminders

We will now send you an e-mail reminder about your upcoming appointment two weeks in advance instead of a post-card in the mail.  Our office is excited about this green-alternative to traditional paper reminders. 


Online Bill Pay and Scheduling

With our new Patient Portal, you can securely pay your monthly statement online from the convenience of your own home.  You can also schedule your next appointment and access your account and billing information.

Patient Satisfaction Surveys

Help us do our very best to meet your needs by filling out an online survey after your visit.  We want to hear how we’re doing!

News About Events and Current Promotions

Our office runs events and promotions all year long.  Want to hear about the free iPad drawing for referring a patient to our office or the most recent community service project Summit Dental is participating in?  Sign up for our mailing list and we will send you updates by e-mail.

Not sure about the new technology and want to continue receiving your reminders by phone?  No problem!  Just let us know at your next appointment and we will customize your account.

Questions and Answers about Orthodontics for Your Children

John Delplanche, DMD, MS

Orthodontics is one type of dental treatment that can dramatically change the appearance of your smile.  We offer cosmetic adult orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign and Six Month Smiles at Summit Dental. However, our office likes to have children under the age of 18 be treated comprehensively by an orthodontist.   We get a lot of questions from parents of children and teenagers who wonder what is in store for their children in relationship to braces in the future.

Here are some common questions and answers from a local orthodontist, Dr. John Delplanche, of Raleigh Hills Orthodontics.

What age is it best to start orthodontics?  

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial examination for all patients at age 7, as this is the perfect age to evaluate for any major developmental problems.  Major problems may be related to jaw development, tooth eruption, or severe bite issues.  While the minority of patients will actually need treatment at this age, this early treatment can be extremely beneficial for these patients.  The remaining majority of patients are not ready for treatment until they have lost almost all of their primary (baby) teeth. Keep in mind that adults are usually still excellent candidates for orthodontic treatment, as I have treated patients in their 70’s!

How long will I have to wear my braces?

Every case is different, so therefore every treatment time is different.  Some patients may want only limited treatment which can usually be completed in less than a year, whereas some very complex cases can sometimes require more than 24 months to attain a perfect result. That being said, the average comprehensive case usually takes between 18 and 24 months.

How much does it cost?  Will I be able to afford it?

The cost of treatment is directly related the difficulty and length of treatment.  At my practice we strive to not let finances stand in the way of any patient attaining that perfect smile that they want.  We offer free initial exams and 0% in-office financing options with convenient monthly payments.  We also offer family discounts for additional family members who start treatment.

Are there advantages of traditional metal braces over Invisalign?

Invisalign is an excellent product, utilizing clear removable aligners that are removable and esthetic.  That being said, they are not perfect for every case and sometimes traditional braces will achieve a better result.  We do offer ceramic (clear) upper braces as a more esthetic option for cases which will require braces.

How often will I have to come in for an appointment?

Generally, patients with braces have short appointments every 6 weeks and patients with Invisalign have short appointments every 8 weeks.  These appointments are necessary to monitor and continue the ongoing process of tooth movement.

Will I have to wear a retainer when I am finished with braces?

Yes.  In order to keep your teeth in their ideal position after they have been moved with braces, a retainer should be worn.  Retainers are provided for every patient at the completion orthodontic treatment.  These retainers are usually clear in appearance, and are eventually worn only while sleeping.

How do I take care of my teeth with braces on?

Patients are instructed to brush more frequently (preferably after every meal), for a longer period of time (at least 2 minutes), and to change the angulation of their toothbrush to reach underneath their appliances.  They are also given instructions about how to correctly floss with their appliances.  Maintaining perfect oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment is definitely possible, but it involves more determination on the part of the patient during their treatment.  Our patients are “graded” on their hygiene at every appointment, and in the uncommon case of poor hygiene, parents are notified to provide further encouragement at home.

Will there be foods I can’t eat? 

While life doesn’t really change during orthodontic treatment, there are certainly adjustments that patients need to make to their eating habits.  Patients should not eat foods that are very hard or sticky, as they may cause loose braces or poking wires.  Candy, carrots, or almonds are all examples of foods which should be avoided during orthodontic treatment.

John Delplanche, DMD, MS is a board certified orthodontist, serving the Beaverton and Portland communities.  He graduated with honors from OHSU School of Dentistry and immediately afterwords completed their orthodontics residency where he received a Master’s of Science in Orthodontics degree and an advanced specialty certificate.

His office, Raleigh Hills Orthodontics, is located on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. in Beaverton, Oregon.  Read more about Dr. Delplanche and Raleigh Hills Orthodontics at

Oral Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

Our focus this month has been sharing information about the oral health of pregnant moms and children.  This week, the February 2013 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association magazine arrived on our doorstep and featured a cover story titled “Oral and General Health Benefits of Breastfeeding.”

In recent years, additional knowledge has been gained on the relationship between oral health and overall health.  This is one of the many reasons I love dentistry!  Not only are we caring for our patients’ teeth, gums, and mouths, but we are also positively impacting the overall wellness of those we treat.

This article, written by Dr.’s Salone, Vaunn, and Dee, addressed both general health advantages of breastfeeding and positive oral health outcomes associated with breastfeeding.

Why Breastfeeding and Breast Milk Are Important?

  • Unique properties of breast milk make it the best source of nutrients for infants and breast milk is the only source of nutrition a healthy infant requires for the first six months of life.
  • Breastfeeding reduces an infants risk for:
    • Ear infections
    • Stomach viruses and diarrhea
    • Pneumonia and bronchitis
    • Leukemia
    • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
    • Asthma
    • Obesity
  • Breastfeeding also has positive health benefits for the mother including reduced risks of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Oral Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

The way a baby sucks when breastfeeding is different than when sucking on a bottle.  The movement a breastfeeding infant makes with their mouth is more like a squeezing motion than a sucking motion.  When drinking from a bottle, the infant uses the tongue with a “piston-like” motion to press the bottle nipple against the roof of their mouth.  This difference in motions can lead to increased instances of bottle-fed babies developing a malocclusion.  Malocclusion is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together in biting or chewing.  Malocclusion can also be caused by thumb or finger sucking. Braces are the most commonly used treatment to correct a malocclusion.


Breastfeeding is a personal choice for a mother and there are many circumstances to be considered for a family when making this decision.  Most mothers would tell you that while rewarding, breastfeeding can also come with its challenges.  When my son was first born, a lactation specialist described learning to nurse as a bit like learning to ride a bike for the first time.  She laughed as she further explained, “The only problem is that both Mom and Baby are trying to learn to ride a bike at the same time and they are helplessly riding directly at one another.”

As dental and health professionals, we are advocates and supporters of breastfeeding.  For more information and support for nursing mothers, visit the CDC website at

Source: JADA, February 2013.  “Oral and General Health Benefits of Breastfeeding” pg. 143-149.

Invisalign Diary: Part 4 – Six-Week Checkup

After your first six weeks, or first three sets of trays, you will be back to our office for your first checkup.  I personally can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by!  At the six week mark, I definitely see a difference in my teeth.

The six-week checkup will usually take 30-45 minutes.  There are no fees for these checkup appointments.  Your Invisalign fee covers the treatment, start to finish.  Every six weeks, Dr. Hagedorn will see you to go over the following things:

1.  How teeth are moving?

2.  Are there any areas in between teeth that need to be polished?

3.  All attachments (buttons) still in place?

4.  Do you have any questions or concerns about how treatment is going?

You will also leave the office with your next 3 sets of trays.  The six week mark was an exciting point for me.  I only have two sets of trays remaining and have passed my halfway mark.  Only four weeks to go!

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Our son has four teeth and boy is he excited about it!  For us, it is just one more indication that our baby boy is growing up – FAST!  His two lower teeth came in at around 7 months and his two uppers popped through at around 9 months.  Being a dental family, we are eager to help him develop good oral habits even at this young age.  We brush our teeth with him and in front of him.  Modeling good brushing and flossing habits is one of the best things you can do for your children.  We also help him brush his teeth, too.  If he gets the toothbrush in there on his own, we are quick to give a standing ovation involving lots of clapping and “woo-woo’s.”

Since my wife has nursed exclusively, our son only has an occasional bottle when she is away.  However, considering how and when you give babies a bottle is a very real concern and topic in relationship to the health of any baby’s teeth.  Tooth decay in babies and young children is often nicknamed “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.”

Decay can be caused from either of the following habits:

1.  Dipping pacifiers in sugar or syrup.

2.  Giving babies drinks in bottles with natural sugars (breast milk, formula, juice) at naptime or bedtime and/or letting them fall asleep with it.

Infant tooth decay is caused when these sweet liquids cling to the infant’s teeth for long periods of time.  It usually occurs in front teeth, but other teeth can be affected too.  Sadly, some parents feel it isn’t as much of a concern because “baby teeth are only temporary.”  This is not true! Children need their baby teeth to serve as placeholders for their adult teeth.  In the meantime, they need them for many other reasons including chewing and speaking.  Without a healthy set of baby teeth, the likelihood of speech problems, crooked teeth, and unhealthy adult teeth increases.

Already have a kiddo who falls asleep with his or her bottle in their mouth?  Weaning from this habit can be difficult.  As any parent with a young child knows, sleep can be a tricky thing to tackle.  It really is up to you how you approach it.  Some parents may choose to go “cold-turkey.”  Others might slowly dilute the breast milk, formula, or juice with water over several weeks until water is all that is being put in the bottle.

We recommend getting your child in to see the dentist for the first time at one year of age, unless a problem arises that makes you feel an earlier visit is necessary.  In the meantime, brush those teeth for and with your little ones.  Healthy mouths means healthy kids!

Top 3 Ways You Can Help Your Child Have a Healthy Mouth BEFORE They Are Born

1.  Stop smoking!

Smoking is known to be the number one cause of harmful outcomes for babies.  It causes dental health problems for the mother, too.  Ask your partner for help.  Join a community support group around you.  Call the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-7867.  Do anything and everything you can to find the support to help you quit.  You don’t have to do it alone!

2.  Get into your dentist for your routine cleaning.

When was the last time you visited your dentist?  We recommend an appointment during your second trimester.  A routine hygiene exam and cleaning can improve the health of your teeth and gums, as well as the health of your unborn baby.  Gum disease can cause babies to be born too soon and too small.  Studies show getting your teeth cleaned can make a difference in healthy pregnancies and healthy births.

3.  Rinse, rinse, rinse!

Our mouths can be affected greatly during pregnancy. Morning sickness and reflux will expose your teeth to a higher level of stomach acid, which can cause dental erosion.  Be careful about brushing immediately after vomiting, which can actually lead to further damage to enamel with your toothbrush.  Try rinsing your mouth very well with water or mouth rinse instead and then brushing 30 minutes after once teeth are no longer as soft and prone to damage from the stomach acid.  Chewing sugar-free gum that contains Xylitol can also help.

Summit Dental Has Its Very Own Author!

A little bit of exciting news from one of our patients…

Our office is pleased to be part of such a wonderful community.  There are many exciting things happening in and around Cedar Mill.  Earlier in January, one of our patients shared this link with us.  James Butler recently had two stories published in “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Stupid Kid.”  Read the article on Oregon Live and look for a copy in our local bookstores.

If you have something to celebrate or special news about your business, please let us know about it by sending an e-mail to

The Best Part of Our Job!

Nothing makes our office happier than improving the overall health and well being of our patients.  It is such a blessing to have the tools and opportunity to enhance the lives of the people we see at Summit Dental.  A smile is a very personal thing!  Next to your eyes, a person’s smile is often one of the first things someone notices about you.  It is also a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness for many adults.  We hope you realize that you can improve your smile and oral health very easily.

Taking care of you is our priority.  Worried about what options are available and how you might be able to go about affording the treatments?  Just ask us!  We will do whatever we can to help make your smile something you are proud of.  See one of our most recent patient testimonials below and request an appointment today so we can help you, too.

“Words hardly express how grateful I am to this entire office for the quality of care you have provided me! Your willingness to provide excellent care and your true concern for my health and well-being touched my heart and my life in so many ways, much beyond simple dental care. Visiting your office lifted my spirits during a difficult time in my life and helped to increase my self-confidence and gave me hope for my future. I am forever indebted to you all for being extraordinary people! Your passion toward your craft and toward clients is truly remarkable! I love visiting the dentist’s office, truly!” A.N.

Invisalign Diary: Part 3 – After One Week

This Sunday, I officially reached my one-week mark into the Invisalign treatment.  Here are five thoughts I have to share:

1.  I was surprised how quickly my teeth were no longer sore.  The second full day of wearing the trays, my teeth were no longer sore.  I am sure every case is different and perhaps that it will even vary for me as I move from tray to tray.  But, I was pleasantly surprised at the short duration of discomfort.

2.  Use the retainer case!  These things are tiny and clear.  That is to my advantage when they are inside my mouth, but when I take them out for a bite to eat or drink, they quickly become invisible.  Plus, I am a little worried they might become a tempting new chew toy for our beagle.  *This is why they always recommend keeping the previous set of trays in a safe place, too.  If you lose or damage the current trays, you’ll need to go back into the previous ones so that you don’t lose ground while you and the dentist figure out a plan.

3.  Do I really sound as funny as I think I do? For the first few days into it, I did sound a bit like I had a lisp.  My mom even asked me on the phone, “Are you okay?  You sound sick or something.”  I think it just took a little bit for my tongue to get used to the new feeling in my mouth.  Don’t worry, it adapts quickly and speech goes back to normal.

4.  I feel like I’m on a diet.  I have definitely had to get used to the snacking, or lack there of, with these trays.  It isn’t quite as easy to meander through the kitchen and pop a little bite of something into my mouth.  I also find that for most meals, I take them out while I’m cooking.  I never knew how much I tasted food while cooking until I started wearing the trays. The trays have become their own little reminder, “Do you really want to eat that?”

5.  Morning breath applies to Invisalign trays, too.  You’ll probably find, just like I did, that the trays need a dunk into some mouth rinse or a good brushing with some minty toothpaste first thing in the morning.

by Jessica Hagedorn