All You Need to Know About Dental Care, Oral Health, and Your Dentist

Dental care, oral health, and choosing the right dentist can be confusing, overwhelming, and tiresome at times. Our Smiles Dental team understands that and we are here to help you! To give you the information you need to succeed, we have provided the answers to the following questions:

Why do regular dental visits matter?
Regular dental visits are extremely important. If you do not attend your cleanings and checkups, the plaque will remain on your smile. If the plaque remains on your smile, it will continue to grow and harm your teeth and gums. Eventually, if you still refrain from attending your appointments, your smile will become victim of tooth decay and gum disease.

What are some signs that I should see the dentist?
If you experience the following issues, it’s best to see the dentist as soon as possible:

· Toothaches
· Puffy gums that bleed when you brush and floss
· Tooth sensitivity
· Receding gums
· Constant bad breath
· Problems opening and closing your mouth
· Jaw pain
· Difficulty chewing and swallowing
· A broken restoration
· Dry mouth
· Pain or swelling in your mouth

What can I expect during a dental checkup?
You can expect a deep tooth cleaning, dental X-rays, an oral exam, and a fluoride treatment.

How do I maintain a healthy smile?
We strongly recommend maintaining a healthy smile by keeping up on oral hygiene each day (by brushing every morning and every night, flossing your smile once a day, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash daily) and visiting your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.

What should I look for when choosing a dentist?
The best things to look for when searching for a dentist are:

· If your dentist is a member of the ADA
· If the office is at a convenient location for you
· If the office is clean and organized
· If the dentist accepts your health insurance
· If you feel comfortable with the dental team
· If the dentist provides emergency hours

Dr. Dr. Clint Guttman and Dr. Marcus Peterson and our dental team hope these answers have helped you! If they haven’t, please call 541.887.3305 and talk our team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we are more than happy to talk with you and give you the information you need so you can better understand dental care. We look forward to your phone call!