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Why Am I Sensitive to Cold Foods and Drinks?

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Ice cream, iced tea, popsicles… many of us love these summertime treats that help us cool down on the hottest day.

But if you take a bite or sip and feel pain in your teeth, you have probably been avoiding these!

Why does this happen? What causes sensitivity? And, more importantly, what can you do about it?

Father-and-son team Drs. John and Ryan Smith – your dentists in Aloha and Hillsboro – offer this advice for people who struggle with the discomfort of sensitive teeth.

The Causes of Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be the result of a number of different factors. It most commonly occurs when you have experienced gum recession (often caused by periodontal ...

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip a Dental Cleaning

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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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How Does Gum Disease Develop?

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Gum disease is a serious problem in the United States. Millions of people suffer from it, and many people who have it don’t even realize it. When gum disease goes untreated, it can ultimately lead to tooth loss, and studies have linked gum disease to chronic systemic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Your Aloha dentists, father and son team Drs. John and Ryan Smith, can help you prevent this disease.

But how does gum disease even get started in the first place?

Step 1 – Plaque

As so many dental issues do, gum disease starts with plaque.

Plaque is the sticky film that develops on your teeth throughout ...

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Should I Use an Electric or a Manual Toothbrush?

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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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5 Signs of a Great Dentist

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Choosing a dentist for your family is a big responsibility. You want to make sure that you are comfortable with your decision and know that you’ve made a good choice.

It can help to know what to look for while you are checking around to find your family’s dentist in Aloha, OR. At a minimum, any dentist you pick should meet these 5 criteria:

  1. Experience - Experience is important. You want a dentist who has the knowledge and skill to identify problems and treat them with up-to-date techniques that are comfortable and effective.
  2. Compassion - So many people these days have anxiety when it comes to dental care! The ...

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Conditions Treated with Oral Surgery

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Though most dentists will do what they can to avoid the need for oral surgery, sometimes it is necessary to maintain your oral health. There are several procedures that fall under the category of oral surgery such as extractions, TMJD repairs, and dental implants. At Smith Dental, we do all oral surgery procedures in our office instead of sending you to a specialist so we can take care of our patients, whatever their needs may be.

 

What Conditions Are Treated With Oral Surgery?

  • Wisdom teeth – When wisdom teeth come in, there is often not enough room in the mouth, which can lead to serious dental concerns. In order to avoid problems, ...

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Oral Health Misconceptions

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There are several opinions out there on what is best for your oral health, which can make it difficult to know what is true and what isn’t. At Smith Dental, we want our patients to know what is best when it comes to maintaining the health of their teeth and gums, which is why we want to debunk these oral health misconceptions. 

 

Common Oral Health Misconceptions

Flossing isn’t as important as brushing – Brushing is the best way to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth to give you a whiter smile, healthy teeth, and fresh breath, yet flossing is just as important as brushing. Plaque likes to hide ...

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