The Answers to the FAQs About Oral Health

If you have questions about oral health or even dental care or your dentist, our Smiles Dental team is here to help you! We know that these aspects of dentistry can be confusing and overwhelming at times, which is why we have provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Why do regular dental visits matter?
Regular dental visits are vital for your oral health. These appointments give our dental team the chance to professionally clean your smile and remove the plaque that resides on your teeth. This is the only way to completely remove the plaque. If you do not attend your appointments on a regular basis, your smile can fall victim to tooth decay and gum disease.

What are some signs that I should see the dentist?
There are many situations when you should probably see your dentist as soon as possible. Some of those situations include when you have a toothache, when your gums bleed, when you suffer with tooth sensitivity, when you have a hard time opening and closing your mouth, when your gums recede, and when you have a broken dental restoration. However, we encourage you to call our office about any concern you have so we can help you.

What can I expect during a dental checkup?
During your dental checkup, you will receive a deep teeth cleaning, a fluoride treatment, and an oral exam. Your dentist or hygienist will also take dental X-rays of your oral cavity to examine your tooth roots, underlying bones, and gums.

How do I maintain a healthy smile?
The best way to maintain a healthy smile is by keeping up on oral hygiene each day. Make sure you brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your smile at least once a day, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. Also, make sure you visit your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup.

What should I look for when choosing a dentist?
There are many things you can look for in a dentist, including:

· If he or she is a member of the ADA
· If the dental office is at a convenient location for you
· If the dentist accepts your dental insurance
· If you feel comfortable with the dental team
· If the office has emergency office hours
· If the office is neat and clean

For more information about dental care, oral hygiene, dentists, and your oral health, call (503) 278-5455 today and talk to our friendly dental team. We understand that you probably have more questions that were not included in this blog, which is why we recommend calling our office and asking our team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dr. Yvonne Han if you have any concerns or dental issues. We look forward to helping you!