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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SW Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123
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Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

4 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Depression and Your Oral Health


Posted on 12/15/2015 by Dr. Call
A woman suffering from TMJ pain causing her to suffer from depression.If you are living with depression, you obviously know that this disease can affect all facets of your life. However, you may not have considered the fact that your oral health could be impacted. By finding out how the two are connected, you can take steps to protect your teeth.

Your Dentist Can Detect Signs of Depression


If you are feeling depressed, you could have a lack of interest in maintaining your oral health. You may also be eating more foods that can increase serotonin production, including carbs. Both of these issues can lead to gum disease and tooth decay that your dentist can notice.

Smiling Can Make You Feel Better


Smiling can actually increase positive hormones, while decreasing stress hormones, helping to prevent the symptoms of depression. Unfortunately, many people are unhappy with their smiles, causing them to smile less often. This means that you could be missing out on the many positive effects of smiling.

Your Fillings Could Be Contributing to Your Depression


Studies have shown that for the most part, amalgam fillings are safe. However, if an old filling was created with too much mercury, there is a possibility that a leak could be contributing to mercury poisoning. Depression is actually one of the symptoms of mercury poisoning, and while a vast majority of people with silver fillings don't experience any problems, it is certainly something to consider if you have them and are battling depression.

Chronic Pain Can Exacerbate Depression


If you are experiencing chronic pain, it is really no surprise if you start to become depressed. Oral pain can become chronic if you put off going to the dentist. If you have problems with your teeth or TMJ pain that are constantly causing you discomfort, you may ultimately become depressed by these unresolved symptoms.

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Century Dental Creating the Smiles You Dream of!


Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

Hillsboro Family Dentist


We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

Services Offered


Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology


We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

More questions?


If you have any more questions please feel free to browse our Frequently Asked Questions page or give us a call today at 971-708-1608. We look forward to hearing from you!
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