My teeth look fine, and they don’t hurt. Do I still need to go to the dentist?

Yes! It is essential that you keep up with your routine dental visits even if you do not notice any dental problems. During your regular dental cleanings and exams, which should take place at least once every six months, our dentists and team will check for any conditions or damage that are not readily apparent. This helps to ensure that we detect any small problems before they become more serious, more painful, and more damaging. Your routine visits also include a professional dental cleaning, which helps to prevent conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.

How often do I need to go to the dentist?

We encourage you to visit our dentists at least twice each year for a routine dental exam and cleaning. Depending on your personal dental needs, Dr. Tingey, Dr. Cha, Dr. Jardine, and Dr. Andros may recommend more frequent appointments to keep your smile healthy.

How can I prevent bad breath?

Because bad breath may be caused by a number of factors, preventing bad breath depends on the source of the problem. We encourage you to speak with your dentist in Vancouver, Washington, about the possible causes of your bad breath. Practicing good oral hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth at least twice every day and flossing at least once every day, can help to prevent bad breath, as can avoiding certain foods like garlic and onions. Bad breath may be caused by untreated tooth decay or periodontal disease, as well as medical conditions like chronic sinus infections, diabetes, and liver and kidney problems. If your bad breath is caused by a medical problem, we recommend seeing your family physician or other medical professional for the care you need.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a number of dental treatments aimed at enhancing your smile’s appearance. Our dentists offer several high-quality cosmetic dental services to fix flaws in your smile such as chipped or cracked teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, stained or darkened teeth, or gapped and crooked teeth.

What can I do about teeth that are stained, yellowed, or discolored?

We are pleased to provide professional teeth whitening to improve the appearance of teeth that are yellowed, discolored, or stained. This simple treatment can help to brighten your smile and give you more confidence in your appearance.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a serious oral condition that affects the tissues supporting the teeth. You may have periodontal disease if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums, or teeth that look longer than usual
  • Persistent bad breath or a lasting bad taste in the mouth
  • Painful chewing
  • Tender, inflamed gums
  • Pus around the teeth
  • Gums that are redder than usual
  • A change in how your teeth fit together or the spacing between teeth
  • Gums that bleed easily

If you notice any of these signs, we encourage you to contact Smiles Dental to schedule your next visit with our dentists.

My gums bleed when I floss or brush my teeth. Is this normal?

No, your gums should not bleed when you floss or brush your teeth. Gums that bleed easily are one of the signs of gum disease. If you notice this symptom, please call our office today to schedule an appointment with our skilled team.