How often should I go to the dentist?

We recommend that you visit our office at least twice every year for a routine dental cleaning and exam. Based on your personal dental needs, Dr. Wilkinson may recommend more frequent appointments to ensure that your smile stays healthy.

My teeth look fine and do not hurt. Do I still need to go to the dentist?

Yes, it is important that you keep up with your routine visits every six months, even if you do not seem to have any dental problems. During your regular dental cleanings and exams, our team can make certain that your smile is not affected by any conditions or damage that are not readily apparent. This helps to make sure that we detect any small problems before they become larger and cause more pain and damage. We also provide you with a professional dental cleaning during your routine visits, which helps to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions.

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

No, your gums should not bleed when you floss or brush your teeth. Bleeding gums are a common symptom of gum disease.  If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush, we encourage you to contact our office to set up an appointment with our friendly dentists in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a number of dental services aimed at improving the appearance of your smile.  With cosmetic dentistry, our dentists are able to correct smile imperfections such as stained or discolored teeth, chipped or broken teeth, misshapen teeth, gapped teeth, slightly misaligned teeth, or cracked teeth.

How can I prevent bad breath?

Bad breath can be caused by a variety of factors, so preventing bad breath depends on the source of the problem. Avoiding certain foods, such as onions and garlic, can help to keep your breath fresh. Bad breath may also be caused by dental problems such as untreated tooth decay or gum disease; treating these problems can help to improve your breath. In addition, bad breath can be the result of other medical problems like diabetes, liver and kidney problems, and chronic sinus infections. For these problems, we recommend treating the medical condition. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene as well to keep your breath fresh – this should include brushing your teeth at least twice every day and flossing at least once every day.

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

If your smile is flawed by darkened or stained teeth, our dentists may suggest professional teeth whitening.  Teeth whitening is a simple yet effective way to brighten your smile and achieve a more radiant appearance.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a degenerative condition that affects the tissues supporting the teeth. Common signs of gum disease include:

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

If you notice any of these symptoms, we urge you to contact us today at Smiles Dental to schedule your next appointment.

For more information about dental care and how to keep your smile healthy, call us today!