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Why Should I Straighten My Teeth?

A Mouth With Braces | Hillsboro and Aloha, OR Dentist

Some patients come to us concerned about their crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth and want answers because they are unhappy with the way their teeth appear. Other people choose not to straighten their teeth because they feel like this imperfection gives them character. While this is true and we believe that every smile is beautiful, we do feel like it’s important for you to understand the health problems that can be associated with crooked teeth so that you can make the most informed decisions possible about your oral health.

At Smith Dental, we recommend meeting with one of our Hillsboro dentists for a consultation about our straightening options – not just ...

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Breaking the Pacifier and Thumb Habit

Two Boys Read A Book | Hillsboro and Aloha, OR Dentist

We see a lot of parents who are worried about their child’s pacifier or thumb-sucking habit. While these habits aren’t problematic while a child is very young, if they continue past toddlerhood, they can contribute to problems with the alignment of teeth and the development of the palate, which would require correction with orthodontics later. The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes pacifier use over thumbs, but all parents know, it can be tough to get a child to switch once the habit is established!

In most cases, kids stop these habits before they can cause a problem. As they get older and are exposed to more children through preschool or daycare ...

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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

Some causes ...

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5 Foods That Can Damage Your Teeth

Food that is Bad for Your Teeth | Oregon Dentist

Our teeth work hard for us. Sometimes, we unknowingly make their job more difficult by choosing foods that cause stains or contain acids that make enamel vulnerable.

While we aren’t suggesting that you should stop eating these foods, it helps to be aware of the damage they can do so that you can make an informed choice.

  1. Citrus Fruits and Drinks

Oranges, lemons, and limes contain vitamin C and are good for your body, but unfortunately, these highly acidic fruits can be damaging to your dental enamel. If you have a canker sore, you probably know to avoid orange juice because it’s going to be painful, but you might not be aware of ...

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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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Helping Your Child Get Ready for Their First Dental Visit

Childrens Dentistry in Aloha, Hillsboro, and Forest GroveHow exciting - your baby is getting their first tooth! It’s hard to believe that he or she is growing up so fast, isn’t it? Changes are happening daily, and this really is a wonderful time in your child’s development.

Now it’s time to start thinking seriously about your child’s oral health. You’re probably thinking that it’s way too early to even consider getting your child anywhere near a dentist’s office. But the sooner we see them, the better the odds of them enjoying a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Kids Learn by Watching You

So now you’ve taken the first ...

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