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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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Implants vs. Bridges: Which One Is Right For You?

Implants Vs. Bridges | Hillsboro Dentist

If you have one or more missing teeth, you probably already know how it can affect your self-esteem. Embarrassing gaps left behind by extracted teeth can make you reluctant to talk or smile around other people. But did you know that it can cause other health problems, too? 

Restoring a missing tooth is important to your overall oral health. Over time, your other teeth may shift into the gap left behind from an extraction, causing misalignment of your teeth. This can create bite problems and put undue stress on your remaining teeth, leading to further tooth loss. The jawbone itself can also start to reabsorb, causing a sunken appearance to your ...

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Tips for Preparing for Tooth Extractions

Preparing for Tooth Extractions

Many of us will, at some point in our lives, have a tooth pulled. Whether it's due to overcrowding, impacted wisdom teeth, trauma, or decay, it can be a frightening prospect. Your Hillsboro, OR dentist Dr. Smith wants to offer some advice on how to prepare for an extraction: what to do before, during, and after having a tooth pulled to make your life easier and make sure you heal quickly and well.

Before Having a Tooth Pulled

It's important to prepare ahead of time if you're having one or more teeth extracted. Having everything you need before your appointment will save you time and discomfort later.

Make sure you have plenty of ...

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"Root Canals Are Painful" And Other Myths About Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Myths | Hillsboro Dentist

Root canals are one of the most dreaded procedures in the dental industry. There's really no reason for it, but many myths from early dentistry practices still linger today. We want to address some of these myths and give you the facts if you're facing root canal therapy.

1: Root Canals Are Painful

FALSE: This myth is likely a combination of factors. First, in the early days of modern dentistry, they didn't have access to the tools and technology that we have now that make root canal therapy a painless and much easier process. The truth is that with modern anesthesia and a range of state-of-the-art tools and materials, today’s root canals ...

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Amalgam Fillings vs. Composite Fillings: Which Is Better?

Amalgam Fillings Vs. Composite Fillings | Hillsboro OR Dentist

For many years, silver amalgam was the only option available to dentists for fillings. This is no longer the case, as advances in dental technology have brought options such as tooth-colored composite and porcelain inlays into a more affordable range. Because of this, we are often asked by patients with amalgam fillings whether they should replace their fillings with other materials. Today, our Hillsboro dental office is taking a look at some of the pros and cons of both of the most popular filling materials: amalgam and composite.

Are Amalgam Fillings Dangerous?

Amalgam fillings contain elemental mercury. While it is true that high amounts of mercury can be harmful, even ...

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Can a Dentist Really Treat My Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea | Hillsboro OR Dentist

Many people suffer from sleep apnea and aren't even aware of it. If you or your loved ones have complaints such as snoring, tiredness, morning headaches, or difficulty sleeping through the night, you may have sleep apnea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes the sufferer to stop breathing briefly during sleep. This can happen dozens of times per night, leading to poor concentration, exhaustion, snoring, headaches, and other detrimental side effects. If left untreated, it can also contribute to other serious health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, and strokes.

If you believe you may have sleep apnea, please consult your physician. The only way to diagnose ...

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