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Is Bad Breath Holding You Back?

Do you find others backing away from you when you speak? Is your partner less willing to engage in long kissing marathons than they used to be? It might be because you have bad breath. The kind of bad breath caused by gum disease is far more offensive than a lunch that had onions and garlic as part of the plate because it comes from bacteria that collect in the mouth and reproduce rapidly. One of the by-products is a nasty odor that is both offensive and difficult to mask even with the strongest mints and rinses.Why Do Bacteria Love the Mouth?Because of the warm, moist environment of the mouth, ...

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New Research Shedding Light on Cavities in Kids

Hillsboro Pediatric Dentistry
We’ve heard it for decades: sugar causes cavities. That is true and partially accurate. Bacteria actually cause cavities, but they actually use sugar to fuel reproduction, which is why sugar gets all the blame.Another aspect to consider is that starchy foods and processed carbohydrates actually quickly convert to sugar in the mouth because of your saliva. Saliva, along with chewing, is the first step in the digestion process.New research discovers that the bacteria that cause decay are especially destructive when combined with yeast or fungus.What Can You Do about It?Dr. Ryan Smith, your Aloha dentist, welcomes children and organizes custom treatment plans based on your child’s needs. Since decay often ...

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Are E-Cigs Better for Your Oral Health? Maybe Not

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A recent study in Ohio sought to answer the question if e-cigs were less likely to cause gum disease than tobacco cigarettes. They studied five groups of people:SmokersE-cig usersSmokers who also use e-cigsPrevious smokers who use e-cigsControl groupWhat they found was that there is no significant reduction in instances in periodontal disease for people who opt for the electronic version of using nicotine. This may be largely due to the fact that e-cigs have a number of harmful ingredients in addition to nicotine.The study also showed that teens who start out using e-cigs are more likely to switch to smoking traditional cigarettes.What We Do to Combat Gum DiseaseIf patients present ...

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How Your Dentist Can Help with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment Aloha OR
If you snore or have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you might have come across some of the treatment options available. Fortunately, treatment options can extend your life, help you enjoy an improved quality of life, and help you feel more refreshed throughout your day.Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when your throat and the tissues inside it relax, blocking your airway. This sends a danger signal to your brain, and your brain awakens you, so you do not suffocate. This can occur from dozens to hundreds of times per night, though you may not remember any of it.Because sleep apnea disrupts the restorative sleep necessary for overall health and ...

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Yes! Even Your Kids Can Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Children's Dentistry in Hillsboro OR
As a parent or caregiver for a child, you have probably had a wrestling match or two trying to get your kids' teeth clean before bed or school. Cleaning kids’ teeth is important, but they don’t always cooperate and may even strike a resistance when it comes to oral hygiene.Here are some ways you can help your child develop good oral health habits:Start at a young age. Let your child participate in their oral care as soon as they can hold a toothbrush. You will need to go over their teeth after they finish to make sure it is thorough, but their participation in their own oral hygiene will help ...

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Had an Extraction? It Might Be Time to Think About Tooth Replacement

Oral Surgery Aloha OR
When patients have a dental extraction, one of the biggest concerns they have is how to best replace a missing tooth. If you suspect you need an extraction, we provide oral surgery services in our Aloha, OR dental office and can plan how to replace your missing tooth before we remove your tooth.Our dentists not only effectively and efficiently, but also comfortably, so you never have to feel stress or anxiety regarding your treatment. We also provide a wide range of options to support a healthy, beautiful smile – even on the other side of dental extractions.Here are some ways we recommend replacing missing teeth:Fixed Dental BridgeA fixed dental bridge ...

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3 Issues We Repair Teeth with Dental Bonding

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Are you tired of hiding your smile when you meet someone for the first time? Wouldn't it feel great to smile with confidence? Many patients avoid repairing their teeth because they think that treatment will be costly and time-consuming, however, dental bonding is a very cost effective and quick way to repair certain dental issues. Most bonding cases can be completed in one appointment at Smith Dental. Here are 3 issues that you may not have realized dental bonding can repair.Small Chips or FracturesWe use composite resin for dental bonding, which is the same material used for dental fillings. This means that it can be custom shaded to match your ...

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