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Todd Gifford, DMD, Gifford Family DentistryParents, please take note. Just because baby teeth are temporary doesn't mean they should be ignored.

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From birth (before teeth erupt): Wipe gums clean with a moistened gauze or cloth

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Pay a visit to your local dentist before your child's first birthday or within six months of the first tooth erupting, whichever comes first.

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Portland, OR 97239


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Patients of ASIRD surgeon/dentist teams describe dental implant treatment as much better than fixed bridges or removable dentures. They also report being more confident in public situations because of the comfort and security implants offer.

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Portland, OR 97239


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GIFFORD FAMILY DENTISTRY - Todd Gifford, DMDVeneers are an excellent option for patients seeking a straighter, whiter smile.

Improvements in dental materials now allow dentists to deliver the shape and shade you always wanted. This cosmetic dental procedure requires minimal reduction of natural tooth structure and is long-lasting. With proper homecare and regular professional checkups, your new veneers could last a lifetime.

The most common problems causing a veneer to fail are tooth decay on the natural tooth structure supporting the veneer and porcelain chipping in patients that clench or grind during the day.

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1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste E

Portland, OR 97239


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Established as a scratch, startup general dentistry practice in 2010, Gifford Family Dentistry now cares for over 1100 active patients and has amassed more than 150 five-star reviews online. “The highlight of our day is receiving positive feedback from our family of patients,” says Dr. Gifford. “We genuinely care for them, and it means the world to us that they appreciate our efforts.”

While Gifford Family Dentistry provides comprehensive care for all ages of patients, Dr. Gifford has a special interest in dental implant restorations and cosmetic veneers. He is a member of the “by invitation-only” American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry, and is nationally recognized for superior implant restoration education and treatment success history.

Following six years in the Army, he completed the eight years of higher education required to become a dentist, graduating from Oregon Health & Science University in 2007.

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1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Suite E, Portland


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SLS CUSTOM HOMES - Steve StolzeIf you’re tired of your home’s outdated look or the floor plan no longer fits your family’s needs, you might be tempted to put it on the market. But why move? Make your old home new again. That’s what Steve Stolze of SLS Custom Homes and Remodeling tells potential clients.

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Steve has been awarded the Remodeler of the Year award by the Professional Remodelers Organization of Metro Portland. SLS has also expanded their work in Accessibility Modification and Aging in Place upgrades to homes to allow those with specific needs the ability to live as normal a life as possible in their own home.

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PO Box 1093, Tualatin, OR 97062

(503) 691-9878

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The public has already taken notice. Established in 2010, Gifford Family Dental has already amassed more than 150 five-star reviews online.

“My name is on the door, it’s a small community and it’s my reputation,” Dr. Gifford says. “So our approach is to be gentle, friendly and honest, so patients feel like this is there home away from home.”

Gifford Family Dental specializes in pediatric, general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. A member of the invitation-only American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry, Dr. Gifford has become an industry leader in implants.

After spending six years of active duty as an Army Medical Lab Tech, Dr. Gifford used the G.I. bill to attend the honors college at Oregon State University, eventually graduating from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry in 2007.

He’s also a member of the American Dental Association, the Multnomah Dental Society and the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Gifford’s credentials make him an INSIDER, but he’s felt the call to be a leader both inside and outside his profession.

At OHSU, he was elected class president for four years consecutively, while simultaneously serving as dental school president for three years. He says his goal is to maintain a standard of excellence for all Oregon dentists.

Gifford Family Dentistry

1616 SW Sunset Blvd, Suite E, Portland


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