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Dr. Clay Hansen, DDS in Moscow, Idaho

Website: http://www.palouseviewdental.com

Phone: (208) 882-4923

Email: pvdc@moscow.com

Address: 1526 Levick Street
Moscow, Idaho 83843

Clay Hansen, DDS completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. He graduated in 2003 from The Ohio State University Dental School. Dr. Hansen is committed to high standards for his practice and feels privileged to have the opportunity each day to help patients improve their lives and prevent emergencies. Dr. Hansen has received the Academic Certificate of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy for Oral-Systemic Health. He and the team at Palouse View Dental receive four to five times the continuing education courses required by the state. They stay current on their professional development through lectures, workshops, and by reading publications about advancements in techniques and technology.

Dr. Hansen has been in private practice at Palouse View Dental since 2005. Previously, he practiced as an associate for two years in Oregon. He and his wife, Amy, have been married since 1997 and have two children, Joseph and Emma. As a family, they enjoy fishing and making music together. Dr. Hansen also enjoys photography, hiking, and cycling.

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Monday
Nov172014

Bleeding Gums a Sign of Gum Disease, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Dentist, Moscow, Idaho

If your gums bleed after brushing, it is an abnormal sign of possible infection, according to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho.  Gingivitis is caused by bacteria in your mouth that have colonized on your teeth and gums.  It is a bacterial infection that is destroying your gums and eventually, can destroy the bone around your teeth.

Dr. Clay HansenGum disease has been linked to many health problems, including an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, low-birth weight babies in pregnant women, just to name a few, says Dr. Hansen.  These links exist because your mouth and teeth are part of your body and as such, the bacteria gets into your blood stream, traveling throughout your body.  

While gum disease can be treated, when the bacteria colonize around your gums and teeth, they create a pocket so deep that cannot be reached with dental floss or brushing.  The only way to get the bacteria taken care of is to see a dental professional, Dr. Hansen says.  Prescription mouthwashes are available to help, in addition to, getting your gum disease treated by a professional.  There is no mouthwash available to take care of gum disease by itself, Dr. Hansen says.  

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Friday
Nov142014

Cosmetic Dentistry, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Dentist, Moscow, Idaho

Cosmetic dentistry is a way to improve the appearance of one's teeth and smile.  According to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho, there are a wide variety of techniques that can be used in cosmetic dentistry.  

Dr. Clay HansenThe simplest technique is teeth whitening and Dr. Hansen says that most patients find this treatment very effective for those that are happy with the shape and alignment of their teeth but want whiter teeth.  Veneers are available for people who want to change the shape and alignment of their teeth, which is the most common technique used in cosmetic dentistry.  Bonding is also used to add some of the tooth-colored filling to the tooth, which is done to subtly change the shape of the tooth.  

Prepless veneers are a wonderful choice for people who wish their teeth were a bit whiter and had a better shape.  They are made of a very thin material and no numbing or drilling is required when placing them on the teeth.  As they are not for everyone, a dentist would need to evaluate your teeth to see if they're an option.  

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Thursday
Nov132014

Dental Sealants to Prevent Cavities, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Dentist, Moscow, Idaho

Our teeth our comprised of grooves and in some teeth, the grooves can be big enough for bacteria to enter.  The grooves are so small that the bristles of a toothbrush can't get down inside to get the bacteria out.  No matter how hard you brush your teeth, once bacteria get in, there's a good chance of getting a cavity in that area.  A dental sealant is something that is put across and in those grooves to cover them up and so food and bacteria can't get in, eliminating the risk of a cavity, according to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho.  

Dr. Clay HansenPlacing dental sealants are quite simple, as there are no shots or drilling.  Once the tooth is dry and a couple of materials are applied to the tooth to prepare them for the sealant to be placed, the sealant is then made hard so it sticks with the "magic light."  A huge believer in sealants, Dr. Hansen says they can be used not only in children, but adults as well.  His goal, in treating his patients, is to prevent cavities as much as possible and dental sealants are one way to reach that goal.  

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Thursday
Nov132014

CPAP Alternatives in Treating Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

While a CPAP device is a great treatment option for those with sleep apnea, it is something that most people have trouble tolerating.  A mandibular advancement device provides an excellent alternative to a  CPAP.  The mandibular advancement device, also known as an oral appliance, is a very comfortable mouth guard that fits on both the top and bottom teeth and it postures your jaw in such a way that the airway is held open, according to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho.  Because there are no hoses or fans and there's nothing that needs to be plugged in, an oral appliance is advantageous over a CPAP for these reasons.  

Dr. Clay HansenFrom Dr. Hansen's patients, most commonly he hears they don't tolerate the CPAP because of clostrophia, due to the mask being worn over the face and restricted sleep, as it's hard to change sleep positions due the device.  The sound coming from the device can also bother the person wearing it or their sleep partner.  Dr. Hansen says that sometimes the device shifts in the middle of the night and the air starts blowing in their face instead of up their nose.  The CPAP also makes travel difficult.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that the oral appliance can be prescribed to people with mild to moderate sleep apnea as a first line of treatment, whether or not they've tried a CPAP.  They've also indicated that for people with severe apnea and have tried a CPAP device but can't tolerate it, the oral appliance is recommended as well.

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Wednesday
Nov122014

Dental Practice of Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

Dr. Clay Hansen in a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental and his practice philosophy is that whoever you are, you are going to be treated as a VIP.  Dr. Hansen became a dentist because he enjoys being around people and helping people and has always loved math and science.  Growing up and working with his grandfather, who was a veterinarian, he developed an interest in medicine.  Dentist seemed like a natural fit to combine what he loves and to help people at the same time.

Dr. Clay HansenIt's very important for Dr. Hansen to stay on top of as much as possible with what's happening in the field of dentistry, receiving well above and beyond what is required by the state of Idaho in continuing education so that he can provide the best possible care to his patients.  He feels technology is very important but one needs the education in order to understand it.  With his grasp of current technology, Dr. Hansen is able to provide same-day crowns to his patients, treat sleep apnea as effectively as a CPAP, and he's able to treat people more comfortably with less discomfort or pain.  

Dr. Hansen spends a great deal of time with each patient, which is what he feels sets his practice apart from others.  He's able to do that because of the way each day is set up.  As the navigator of each patient's treatment, he lets the patient decide when they'd like to proceed with any necessary treatment or care and it's his goal to make sure each patient understands what their decisions are.  Dr. Hansen takes the time with each and every patient to talk with them, listen to them and answer their questions. 

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.