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Dr. Fay A. Gyapong, DMD

Dentist

Dr. Fay Gyapong is a Dentist practicing in Portland, OR. Dr. Gyapong specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Fay A. Gyapong, DMD
  • Portland, OR
  • Accepting new patients

Can my abscess go away on its own?

Not likely if the source of the infection remains. I suggest that you visit your dentist.

Is a baking soda rinse safe for my teeth?

Baking soda is abrasive. If you use it you should do so sparingly and perhaps once a week for heavy stains. Ideally you should have your dentist evaluate your teeth/mouth for the READ MORE
Baking soda is abrasive. If you use it you should do so sparingly and perhaps once a week for heavy stains. Ideally you should have your dentist evaluate your teeth/mouth for the best suggestions for your daily oral hygiene routine.

Is it okay to swallow the gel applied for a mouth ulcer?

An OTC gel may not harm you in a small quantity, yet I would defer to the written manufacturer's recommendation in that scenario.

How can I make the process of losing teeth easier for my son?

Try reading age appropriate dental books you may find at the library.

Can novocaine be used during cleanings?

Request that your dentist or dental hygienist use local anesthetic. You may need to present for multiple visits.

How can I manage my child’s dental health yet allow him to eat sweets?

As a parent I would limit the frequency and only allow your child to eat a sweet with meals making sure your child has his or her teeth brushed immediately after.

I am a diabetic and my gums have been bleeding. Is there something to be concerned about?

Diabetes may affect many aspects of your health. It is possible that the inflammation in your mouth is related. I suggest visiting your dentist, sharing your concerns with respect READ MORE
Diabetes may affect many aspects of your health. It is possible that the inflammation in your mouth is related. I suggest visiting your dentist, sharing your concerns with respect to your diabetes and your bleeding gums so that you may receive the best plan for treatment.

Food getting stuck behind wisdom teeth

I would visit your dentist so that your wisdom teeth may be reevaluated for your best care.

My son has a habit of biting ice. Will this harm his teeth?

A habitual ice chewing behavior will have long-term deleterious effects on ones’s dentition/teeth.

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Is water-flossing as effective as regular flossing?

Generally speaking, using a WaterPik along with flossing will yield the best dental health.

What can I eat or avoid eating to reduce plaque?

Generally speaking, brushing immediately after eating is ideal.