Dr. J. Blake Perkins

Dentistry
Vancouver, WA
23 years experience male

About

Bio

I am passionate about helping people smile and have the confidence to do the things in life they dream of! I have a beautiful wife and 5 children, and enjoy anything in the outdoors from hiking to running to snowboarding. I feel that life is a gift and every day should be lived to its fullest!

Specialties
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Dentistry

Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

Doctor Q&A

155 Answers
117 Agrees
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Like a real bridge!: A dental 'bridge' is usually 3 or more crowns connected together to 'bridge' a space, just like a bridge across a canyon or river. There are crowns c... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Its cool!: There are a group of 'taste buds' on the very back of your tongue called circumvallate papillae. They are totally normal, so no need to be worried!
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes: Strep throat is caused by a bacteria called 'streptococcus'. If it's in your throat, its in your mouth. Would be likely to find it also on your toot... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
YES!: Although it is not always associated with those things, a high percentage of patients with celiac disease also have geographic tongue. It is not know... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Probably not: Hydrocodone does pass through the placenta to a growing baby, but if needed to treat pain or injury, is usually safe. Generally it is combined with a... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
See a dentist: If your son has decaying teeth, there is always a risk of an abscess and infection spreading through his bloodstream. It is rare, but can sometimes be... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
A long time!: A cyst, unless removed, will usually continue to grow. Also, an infection that goes untreated may continue to persist. If you are having pain that p... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Hard to say: Red patches on the tongue can be anything from a healing burn or scrape, to normal tissue variation, to a benign condition called 'migratory glossitis... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Paresthesia: Hard to say why it has happened. Sometimes after a tooth extraction or injection of dental anesthetic, you can get paresthesia, or numbness in the to... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Many types: Tongue scrapers can be as small as the built in ones you find on the back of a toothbrush head, to the orabrush and other larger ones. The main idea ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
No: Canker sores are sores in the mouth, also known as apthous ulcers. A sore and/or ulcer by your vagina is potentially one of many things, commonly an ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Depends: Tmj can be a chronic condition, but with the right interventions, you can get to a state of relative comfort. I have always advocated using massage t... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Possibly: There is still a lot of research being done, but some studies have found a correlation between halitosis and gerd medications, specifically proton pum... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
See your doctor: If your tonsils have been removed, i would recommend a follow up visit with your physician or ENT to ensure all tonsilar tissue has been removed, and ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Very difficult: Unfortunately, the odds are that there is no one root cause for multiple physical/mental ailments. It would be awesome to be able to pin it on one th... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
If: Myth: if it doesn't hurt, i will be fine. Fact: heart disease doesn't hurt until it's too late!
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Use motrin: As a dentist and parent, i would use Motrin before tylenol (acetaminophen). The side effects of Acetaminophen are becoming more well understood, espe... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
ASAP: As CMT is an inherited condition, the sooner you are tested the better. Since the syndrome has so many variable manifestations, and early interventio... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Ignore: Should i take pain medication prior to surgery so it is in my system already?
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
It depends!: Depending on whether your tooth pain is really from the tooth or from something else, any number of antibiotics could be prescribed. If it is an infe... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Many!: Since pediatricians work with children, you get to help those who can't really help themselves. I work with children (as a dentist) on a daily basis,... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Metabolism at work!: When you run or exert yourself, your bodies nervous system responds in kind. Usually, your blood is redirected from your stomach and other non essent... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Dentist/Oral Surgeon: For specific treatment of the tmj, make sure you see someone who is trained in treating tmd (temporomandibular disorders). The cracking could be the ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes: As much as we would like simple solutions, pulled muscles almost always affect surrounding tissues and other muscles, especially in the head and neck ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Not yet!: I would have your dentist check your bite when you grind your teeth side to side to make sure that when your teeth are in function, they do not strike... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes: An 'overbite' which most people describe as your top teeth extending beyond your bottom teeth, is correctable with orthodontics. Depending on the sev... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Mostly safe: As with any surgery, there are always risks. If i understand your questions, the proposed treatment would leave some of the tooth behind. This is no... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Unknown: The tiny black dot could be one of many things, from a stain to a cavity. Have your dentist evaluate it to make sure what it is and how to address yo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
It depends!: If you had a permanent crown or bridge placed, you can eat normally. If it is a set of new dentures, you may want to start with softer foods until yo... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes: Any time a lower wisdom tooth is extracted, you should be concerned about dry socket. However, dry socket is not a true infection, and unrelated to t... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Healing: Not sure what you mean by a thumb sling, but a thumb spica, or splint is usually used to treat muscle or ligament damage such as 'gamekeepers thumb' .... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Hard to say: See your physician and have them check your thyroid. Low thyroid (hypothyroidism) is one of the most common causes of age related 'burnout' or fatigu... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Ask!: If you are concerned about receeding gums, it is important you voice those concerns to your dental provider. Your dentist may not have seen anything ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Similar symptoms: The symptoms of ibs are very similar to ovarian cancer/cysts. Here is a link for more information: http://www.Everydayhealth.Com/ovarian-cancer/is-i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Not commonly there: The tongue is not a place one would expect to find herpetic lesions. Most of the time, they are found on the lips, border of the lips, or around the ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes: Autonomic abnormalities have been linked to sleep apnea, especially central sleep apnea. You can read more here: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Hard to say: If your gums were darker before the implants were placed, there may not be much to do. Also, sometimes the metal components can show through thin gum... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
YES: Dry mouth, or xerostomia is a common factor in tooth decay. When your mouth dries out, the saliva that is full of the enzymes and minerals that help ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
See neurologist: I would see a neurologist and have a full workup. It is possible you may have a condition called trigeminal neuralgia, which causes shooting pains in... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Not usually: Teeth are much more likely to be damaged from the long term effects of acid reflux than from the medication. However, one of the common side effects ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes: Migratory glossitis (geographic tongue) has been found in many people who suffer from celiac disease and other auto-immune disorders. It is not a def... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Unsure: Fertility treatments have been linked to increased inflammation of the gums and bleeding of gums, but to date there has been no specific correlation f... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Try this: Although it is not very strong, a simple slurry of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is easy to use and found in most households. The problem with th... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
False: There is no scientific, verifiable data that suggests vitamin supplements in any way affect or interfere with dental restorations. Go ahead and suppl... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
It's a long road!: First you complete medical school, then you do your internship and then complete a basic residency in obstetrics and gynecology. After that you can a... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
See a dentist: Sometimes your skin under the tongue can be overgrown (called your frenum) and can cause your tongue to feel strange and/or make it less movable than ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Mild pain reliever: Usually Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) works best on teething children. You can also put them to bed with a chilled chew toy to cool and sooth sor... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Possibly: Cvs in children has much more study behind it than in adults, and therefore, less information to draw from. Recent studies suggest that many of the c... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Probably not: Unless the tea is so hot it burns your tongue and damages the papillae, it is unlikely. We are not 100% sure why people get geographic tongue, but it... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 23 years experience
Same as metal: Ceramic braces are removed by an instrument designed to 'pop' the cement seal of the bracket and the orthodontic cement. It is not painful, but you w... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Mar 24, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Jul 2, 2013
Very knowledgeable with thorough, to the point answers and advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Perkins is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you. I have been to a doc and a blood test/swab has ruled out all sti's so we still have no idea what it is :(
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank you! I was worried the white was there due to an infection. That helps a lot! :)
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) I appreciate some where to find answers, I would genuinely like more,!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Wright-Patterson Medical Center

Awards

Top Dentist, First Place, Washington - Winter
2013
Top Dentist, First Place, Washington - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

ADA - Member
AADSM - American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
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