How often should I go to the dentist?

We recommend that you visit the dentist at least once every six months for a routine dental exam and cleaning. Based on your unique dental needs, Dr. Elizabeth Miller may suggest more frequent visits to ensure that your smile stays in optimal health.

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

Yes, you should still visit Smiles Dental Milwaukie for routine checkups at least once every six months. These regular visits enable our dentist and team to check for dental diseases or problems that may have gone unnoticed, especially if they are not causing pain; many dental problems do not cause noticeable pain until they have progressed to a more serious stage. When we are able to detect problems earlier, we can often provide a more conservative and affordable treatment. Your regular visit will also include a professional dental cleaning, which can help to prevent damaging conditions like gum disease and tooth decay.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of dental services aimed at improving your smile’s appearance. Our skilled dentist in Milwaukie, Oregon, offers a number of high-quality cosmetic dental services to fix smile imperfections like misshapen teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, darkened or discolored teeth, misaligned teeth, or gapped teeth.

How can I whiten teeth that are stained or darkened?

We are happy to offer professional teeth whitening at Smiles Dental to lighten the appearance of teeth that have become discolored, darkened, or stained. This is a simple treatment that can greatly enhance your smile’s beauty and boost your self-esteem.

How can I prevent bad breath?

In most cases, the key to preventing bad breath is identifying the cause of the problem and then addressing that cause. Bad breath may be caused by untreated dental diseases like periodontal disease and tooth decay, so be certain to stay up to date on your regular dental visits. Be sure to maintain good oral hygiene as well, which includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Avoiding certain foods, such as garlic and onions, can help to keep your breath fresh. In addition, untreated medical conditions like diabetes, chronic sinus infections, and liver and kidney problems can cause bad breath. For these cases, we typically recommend that you see your general physician or another medical professional for the treatment you need, which can in turn improve your breath.

My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Is that okay?

No, your gums should not bleed when you brush. If your gums often bleed when you brush or floss, you may suffer from gum disease. We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more and to set up a visit with Dr. Elizabeth Miller.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease, which is more formally called periodontal disease, is a condition affecting the tissues that support the teeth. The common signs of gum disease include:

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

If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact us today to schedule your next appointment.

For more information about dental care and how we can improve your oral health at Smiles Dental, please call us today!