How often do I need to go to the dentist?

We encourage you to visit our office at least twice each year for a routine dental cleaning and exam. Depending on your individual dental needs, our dentists may recommend more frequent visits to ensure that your smile stays in the best possible health.

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

Yes, you should still visit our office for a regular dental cleaning and exam at least once every six months even if you have not noticed any dental problems. During your routine appointments, Dr. Jared Doman, Dr. Kurt Tingey, Dr. Burke Jardine, and Dr. Nicholas Andros will make certain that your smile is not affected by any damage, disease, or other conditions that are not readily apparent. Coming to our office regularly enables us to detect any small problems before they become larger, more painful, and more damaging. We also provide you with a professional dental cleaning during your routine visits, which helps to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other conditions.

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

No, healthy gums do not normally bleed when you floss or brush your teeth. Bleeding gums may be a symptom of gum disease. If you notice that your gums bleed easily, we encourage you to call our office and set up a visit with our team.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease, which is more formally known as periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition that affects the gums and tissues supporting the teeth. You may have gum disease if you notice the following signs:

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

If you notice any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact our dentists in Longview, Washington, today to set up your next appointment.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of dental treatments designed to enhance the beauty of your smile. Through cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Doman, Dr. Stark, Dr. Jardine, and Dr. Andros are able to correct smile flaws such as misshapen teeth, yellowed or stained teeth, broken or chipped teeth, gapped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, and cracked or fractured teeth.

How can I prevent bad breath?

Because bad breath can be caused by a number of different factors, preventing bad breath depends on the source of the problem. Avoiding certain foods like garlic and onions can help to keep your breath fresh, as can practicing good oral hygiene. Bad breath may also be caused by untreated dental problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease; treating these conditions can help to improve your breath. In other cases, bad breath is caused by medical problems such as chronic sinus infections, diabetes, liver and kidney problems, or acid reflux. Your family physician or other medical professional will be able to help you find the treatment you need for conditions like these.

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

If you have noticed that your teeth are dulled, darkened, or stained, we may recommend professional teeth whitening. This is a great way to brighten your smile and achieve a more stunning appearance.

To learn more about dental care and how you can keep your smile healthy, we invite you to contact us today at Smiles Dental!