How can I improve my smile’s appearance?
If you are interested in enhancing the appearance of your smile, our dentist may recommend cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry includes several dental services designed to improve cosmetic dental imperfections. Through these services, we are able to correct flaws such as fractured or cracked teeth, gapped teeth, misshapen teeth, chipped or broken teeth, very worn teeth, discolored or yellowed teeth, and misaligned teeth. If you would like to learn more, please contact our office today!
What can I do about teeth that are darkened, stained, or yellowed?
Over time, many factors may contribute to tooth discoloration and staining. Dr. Christian Weber is pleased to offer professional teeth whitening, which can help to lighten the color of your teeth. To learn more about how we can help you brighten your smile, we invite you to call our team today.
How often should I go to the dentist?
We recommend that you go to the dentist at least once every six months for a regular dental cleaning and exam. Based on your unique dental needs, we may suggest more frequent visits to make sure that your smile stays healthy. You should also call us at Smiles Dental for an appointment if you notice any type of dental pain or damage, or if you experience a dental emergency.
I haven’t noticed any problems with my teeth. Do I still need to visit the dentist?
Yes, it is important for everyone to visit the dentist on a regular basis, even if your smile seems healthy. During your routine exams, we will check for any conditions or diseases that may not be readily apparent, and we will also provide a professional cleaning, which can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If we detect any emerging conditions, we will be able to provide the treatment your smile needs before the problem becomes more serious and painful.
How can I avoid bad breath?
Our team understands that bad breath (halitosis) can be an embarrassing problem. To help your breath stay fresh, we encourage you to maintain good oral hygiene habits, which includes brushing and flossing every day. You should also visit the dentist on a regular basis for a dental exam and cleaning; untreated dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease can cause bad breath. Avoiding certain foods, like garlic and onions, can improve your breath. In addition, various medical problems like dry mouth, chronic sinus infections, diabetes, and liver and kidney problems may all contribute to bad breath. For these problems, we recommend seeing your general physician or other medical professional for the care you need. Once the medical condition has been treated, your breath should also improve.
My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Is that normal?
No, it is not normal for your gums to bleed when you brush. If you notice that your gums often bleed when you brush or floss, we recommend that you contact our dentist in Gig Harbor, Washington, for an appointment. Bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease, which is an oral condition that requires professional attention.
How do I know if I have gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. This condition is often characterized by symptoms such as:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums
- Gums that look redder than usual
While gingivitis can often be controlled and even reversed with proper care, it may progress into a more serious stage of periodontal disease if not properly treated. In the advanced stages, periodontal disease may lead to loose teeth, receding gums, bone loss, and even tooth loss. If you notice the symptoms of gingivitis, we encourage you to contact our team for an appointment.
If you have any other questions about dental care, please do not hesitate to contact us today at Smiles Dental!