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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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Most Common Dental Procedures

Most Common Dental Procedures

While some dental offices will offer specialized services, almost all will offer the more common services and procedures such as cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, and root canals. Because these procedures are so common and are done often, your dentist will be able to do them efficiently. At Smith Dental, our dentist have over twenty years of experience providing these common treatments and more so you can be confident you are getting the best care in the Aloha, OR area.

Common Dental Procedures

Preventive Care – The most common procedures done in any dental office are preventive care treatments such as cleanings and exams. The reason they are so common is because it is ...

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Your Guide to Some Common Dental Terms

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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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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

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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

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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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