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

E-Cigs Dental Health | Oregon Dentist

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:

  • Smokers
  • E-cig users
  • Smokers who also use e-cigs
  • Previous smokers who use e-cigs
  • Control group

What 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 Disease

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Dental Cleaning

Dentist Hillsboro OR

One of the most common misconceptions people have about dental care is that if you are diligent about brushing and flossing, professional dental cleanings aren’t necessary.

This simply isn’t true.

Although removing plaque and tartar is an important part of your cleaning, more takes place then you might realize at your appointment with your hygienist and dentist in Aloha, OR.

Here are 3 good reasons why dental cleanings matter:

1. We can reach the places you can't.

Your teeth are not a smooth surface. They have all kinds of little nooks and crannies where plaque and tartar can hide and build up, particularly between teeth, behind the molars, and beneath the gumline. Even the most ...

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Should I Use an Electric or a Manual Toothbrush?

Dentist Hillsboro OR

One of the most common topics we discuss at cleanings and examinations is how to make the most of your regular home hygiene routine. We love it when patients are interested and want to learn more, and your dentist in Aloha, OR, Dr. John or Ryan Smith, will always take time to answer your questions!

Two important components determine how successful your routine will be – your technique and your tools. We’ll discuss technique in a future post (and your hygienist will be more than happy to give you a hands-on demonstration). In this post, we’ll look at one particular tool – the toothbrush.

With the vast array of toothbrushes available on ...

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Your Guide to Some Common Dental Terms

A Hand Full of Dental Tools | Aloha, OR Dentist

At Smith Dental, we try very hard to meet our patients where they’re at and discuss their dental needs in terms that are clear and easy to understand. Sometimes, though, we know that it might sound like we are speaking a different language.

We thought it might be helpful to our patients to provide a list of some dental terms you might hear used around the office. We believe that information and education both go a long way toward improving dental health outcomes, and we always want to make sure you understand your diagnosis and any treatments that we may recommend.

This list is by no means comprehensive, and of course, if ...

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Smoking and Your Oral Health

A Man With Jaw Pain | Hillsboro and Aloha, OR Dentist

These days, nobody would ever try to convince you that smoking is good for your health. But many people don’t realize the extent of the damage that smoking can cause throughout your entire body. Most people know about the risks of lung cancer and heart disease that are associated with smoking, but did you know how smoking can also wreak havoc on your oral health?

1. Smoking is a leading risk factor for oral cancer.

Oral cancer is a particularly dangerous form of cancer, and it’s important to catch it early. Your Hillsboro family dentists perform an oral cancer screening at each of your examinations, which is just one of the reasons why ...

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Should I Try Sensi-Strips?

Sensitive Teeth | Hillsboro Dentist

Maybe you’ve seen the ads for a new product called “Sensi-Strips” and have considered buying a box to try them out.

Before you run to the drugstore, we want you to consider an important question: Have you ever notified your dentist that you are experiencing tooth sensitivity?

Teeth can become sensitive for a number of reasons, and if your teeth are bothering you, we need to know so that we can treat the underlying cause. We know how uncomfortable and troublesome sensitive teeth can be, and we can discuss ways to relieve sensitivity until the condition resolves, which may include using certain types of toothpaste and other products.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity

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Are You at Risk for Developing Gum Disease?

Gum Disease | Smith Dental

A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), indicates that nearly half of adults over the age of 30 (an astounding 64.7 million!) have some degree of gum disease. These statistics don’t improve as we get older either. The same study estimates that 70% of the population over 65 has gum disease.

One of the reasons that gum disease is so prevalent is that it can progress to serious stages with no noticeable symptoms. So it’s especially important to understand its risk factors and symptoms, because the more information you have about your potential for developing gum disease, the sooner you can ...

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