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Scheduling your smile care
Naturally, all our patients are different. As a result, we schedule your checkups based on what keeps your smile at its best. We need to see you often enough to diagnose and treat any problems and to take preventive action. That’s usually once every three to six months.
If you brush and floss regularly and you don’t have any tooth troubles, you may be tempted to bypass your next appointment. Please don’t! The reason is simple – only a dentist is trained to spot potential problems and to provide the right treatment.
A regular professional checkup includes a screening for unusual or small problems that might become big ones! This covers the early warning signs for gum disease, infections, faulty restorations, and oral cancer. We may even be able to fix some small problems right away!
The checkup will most likely include a thorough cleaning to remove tartar buildup and provides an opportunity for us to stay in touch and to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Taking good care of your teeth and gums should be a habit. So, if you think you need a checkup, give us a call. We’ll be happy to let you know if you’re overdue. And remember … regular dental appointments are a good long-term investment in your health.
Meet Dr. Johnson
Dr. Rod Johnson
Dr. Rod Johnson has a reputation for providing 100% customized preventive and treatment solutions for his patients. With a focus on individualized care, you’ll find his ability to really listen a unique and rare quality in our fast-paced world..
A graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University School Of Dentistry (1995), continuing education is one of Dr. Johnson's passions. He especially enjoys advancing his knowledge in dental implants and neuromuscular treatments.
Dr. Johnson’s priorities are your dental needs and concerns, but deeper than that is his desire to help you with them so that you may achieve optimum oral and overall health. He lectures across our nation on state-of-the-art digital technology, including cosmetic dentistry techniques.
Leisure & Interests
Away from the practice, Dr. Johnson loves to spend time outdoors with his teenaged kids. Together they fish, hunt, boat, and ski. When you’re in, ask him about his favorite spots!
Meet Dr. Fast
Dr. Joel Fast
Dr. Joel Fast is committed to providing the best patient experience possible – the best quality of care and service in a gentle environment. Thorough and meticulous in manner, Dr. Fast enjoys working with the Total Health Dental Team to provide you with a beautiful healthy smile. He’s particularly interested in restoring implants with crowns, bridges, and overdentures, and has been since graduation from OHSU in 2006.
A grad of Oregon Health Sciences University School Of Dentistry, Dr. Fast served the underprivileged in rural Washington and has volunteered for humanitarian dental trips to Jamaica and Honduras. Continuing education is a great focus of Dr. Fast and has included Zimmer Implant Consortium in Carlsbad 2019, Oregon Academy of General Dentistry Implant Level I training at OHSU, International Team For Implantology Study Club (a member since 2013)
Outlook On Dentistry
The best thing about being a dentist? “Getting to build relationships with my patients!” Dr. Fast firmly believes that everyone deserves access to excellent dental care.
Work Hard! Play Hard!
Look for Dr. Fast snowboarding on the slopes of Mt. Hood in the winter … and in the summer, you’ll find him cycling, participating in triathlons, motorcycling, mountain climbing, and scuba diving.
Meet Dr. Shaer, General Dentist
Dr. Rima Shaer’s gentle and caring approach to dentistry is appreciated by all who meet her. She is committed to ensuring that every part of your dental visit is relaxing and enjoyable, and takes the time to understand your needs so she can meet them with excellence.
Graduating at the top of her class with high clinical and academic honors, Dr. Shaer earned her dental degree from OSHU in 2008. Continuing education is a priority for her – only by constantly learning does she feel she can always bring the best of herself, her abilities, and the latest advances in dentistry to your dental experience.
Passion For Dentistry
Passionate about helping others, Dr. Shaer is dedicated to ensuring that everyone under her care has access to the dental care that will make them well, with a beautiful smile. Using IV sedation helps even her most anxious patients feel more comfortable about getting the dental care they want and deserve. Plus, it’s a great option if you want or need extensive dental work completed in fewer appointments.
When she’s not helping others achieve healthy and beautiful smiles, Dr. Shaer is an active community volunteer. She spends her downtime with her family and friends, or watching movies, playing sports, and being outdoors.
Ask your hygienist
We practice what we preach. In fact, proof of our commitment to optimal preventive oral health care can be seen in our wonderful hygienists who are licensed primary oral health care professionals. Their goal is to help you to achieve and maintain optimal oral health through diagnostic assessment, prevention, and education. Here’s how your hygienist develops your personalized dental hygiene plan of care based on your needs.
Assessment – Reviewing your medical and dental history. Examining your teeth for decay, visually and with radiographs. Examining your gum tissue.
Assessing your biting, chewing, and swallowing patterns. Evaluating your dental readiness for procedures including cosmetic smile enhancements. And, reassessing your overall treatment.
Prevention – Screening for oral cancer with clinical measurements, radiographs, and other assessment methods. Applying fluoride and sealants. Cleaning and scaling teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains.
Education – Instruction about brushing and flossing. Counseling about diet and lifestyle and their relationship to oral health. Explanation of dental treatments, orthodontics, periodontal therapy, and cosmetic procedures.
Your hygienist is always happy to answer questions about your personalized plan of care which is imperative to your oral health. After all, proper home care including brushing, flossing, and healthy eating are a crucial part of preventive dentistry. So, make sure to ask even a seemingly unimportant question. You may be surprised how important it really is!