Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush and floss?

No, healthy gums should not bleed when you brush or floss. If your gums often bleed when you brush and floss, we encourage you to call our dentists in Grants Pass, Oregon, and schedule an appointment. Bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease, which is a serious oral disease.

What is gum disease, and how do I know if I have it?

Gum disease, which is more formally called periodontal disease, is a degenerative disease caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar. These bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissues, and they may eventually cause a serious infection in the gums. Common signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pus around the gums and teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that appear redder than normal
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums, or teeth that look longer than usual
  • Sore, swollen gums
  • A change in the spacing between teeth or in the way the teeth fit together

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, please call us at Smiles Dental and schedule a visit with our caring team.

How often should I go to the dentist?

We recommend that you visit the dentist at least twice every year for a routine dental exam and cleaning. Dr. John Oliver may recommend more frequent appointments based on your individual dental needs.

Do I still need to go to the dentist if my teeth do not hurt?

Yes! Even if you have not noticed any problems with your teeth, it is important that you visit the dentist on a regular basis. During your routine visits, which generally should take place every six months, we will check for any dental problems or conditions that are not readily apparent. By detecting any damage at the earliest possible stage, we are able to provide more conservative treatments before the problem becomes more serious and more painful. Your regular visit also includes a professional dental cleaning, which can help to prevent conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.

What is cosmetic dentistry? How can it improve my smile’s appearance?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a number of dental treatments aimed at enhancing your smile’s beauty. Our dentists may recommend cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of various cosmetic dental flaws, such as discolored or stained teeth, misshapen teeth, worn-down teeth, cracked or fractured teeth, gapped teeth, chipped or broken teeth, or crooked teeth. To discover how we can improve your smile, we invite you to contact us today and schedule a personalized cosmetic consultation.

What can I do if my teeth are yellowed, stained, or discolored?

We understand that you may feel self-conscious about your smile if your teeth are yellowed, discolored, or stained. We are pleased to provide professional teeth whitening at our office to lighten your teeth and give your smile a brighter, whiter appearance. We invite you to contact us today for more information!

How can I prevent bad breath?

Preventing bad breath is often a matter of determining the specific cause and addressing that issue. Halitosis (bad breath) may be caused by poor dental hygiene and untreated dental diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease. We encourage you to maintain good oral hygiene, which includes regular brushing and flossing. You should also visit our office on a regular basis to ensure that your smile stays in good health. Bad breath can be caused by odor-causing foods, so it may be helpful to avoid certain foods like garlic and onions. In other cases, the problem may be caused by an untreated medical condition. Several medical conditions, including diabetes, dry mouth, liver and kidney problems, and chronic sinus infections, may cause bad breath. Your general physician or other medical professional can help you receive the treatment you need for these conditions, which can in turn help to improve your breath.

If you have any other questions about dentistry and how we can care for your smile, please feel free to contact us today at Smiles Dental!