Hawthorne Dental Articles

After 15 years serving Southeast Portland and developing amazing relationships with our patients, we are closing our doors at Hawthorne Dental and transitioning our team and services to our sister practice, North Portland Dental Care. We never dreamed we might need to make such an abrupt decision. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on health care and on small businesses, and we felt that this change was essential for the safety of our patients and our team, and for the well-being of our business. Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for our patients,... Read More

We are excited to announce that after an extended closure, we are now seeing patients again! However, for everyone's safety, we will initially be limiting our schedule to select procedures (those that do not produce an aerosol spray) and will be allowing extra time for each appointment to allow for appropriate physical distancing and additional room cleaning. If you have an upcoming appointment, please read the following carefully to ensure your visit goes smoothly. BEFORE YOUR VISIT: Please complete this brief Wellness Form at least 1 day before your visit. This helps us ensure it is safe for you to come... Read More

One of our biggest challenges in oral health is fighting cavities (also known as tooth decay). But what is a cavity, anyway? What happens if it’s not treated? And how can you prevent it from ever starting? Whether you like it or not, your mouth is full of bacteria. Bacteria often form a sticky film layer called plaque, which tends to accumulate near the gum line and in the deep grooves on your biting surface. When you eat, the bacteria eat the same foods as you, producing acids that break down your tooth and cause decay and cavities.&n... Read More

What is Invisalign? The Invisalign system— in short, comfortable and clear plastic aligner trays which are changed out every two weeks as teeth shift—can replace traditional braces for selected patients. The practicality and aesthetics of the system have proven a great draw for adults who want to straighten and correct the position of their teeth without drawing attention to braces. Invisalign is also appropriate for teens if they have no more “baby teeth,” and if the second molars are at least partially erupted. Since its invention in 1997, over 2.6 million people worldwide have been successfully treated with Inv... Read More

If it seems like you haven’t heard much from Dr. Watson’s office this year, it’s not because we haven’t had much to share—quite the contrary! 2015 was a year of exciting growth, with the addition of our second location, North Portland Dental Care. After building a presence in the SE Hawthorne neighborhood for the past 10 years, Dr. Watson decided it was time to expand his services to patients in the "NoPo" neighborhood where he and his wife, Angela, have lived since 2004. This involved purchasing an existing practice that was for sale, updating and improving the building and techn... Read More

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