What is scaling and planing?

Categories: General Dentistry
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“Scaling and planing” may not sound like something you would want any part of, especially when you find out it is something that happens at your dentist’s office. You may have visions of some sort of dental torture – but actually, scaling and planing is a common procedure and a very important part of good…

Is chewing gum bad?

Categories: General Dentistry
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Chewing gum can help to freshen breath, and it can even help to relieve some boredom and stress. However, if you chew gum constantly, you may be wondering if this is a harmless habit or if it may be causing damage to your teeth and your health. Here are the good points and bad points…

4 Reasons Why You Should Get a Crown

Categories: DENTAL CROWNS
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If you have a cracked or damaged tooth, you may think it is no big deal. After all, your tooth is still working, right? However, not fixing a damaged tooth is actually a very bad idea. In case you need some encouragement to call and make an appointment for a crown, here are 4 reasons…

Straightening Teeth Without the Hassle of Braces

Categories: Invisalign

Perhaps you have considered doing something about crooked teeth, but the thought of wearing metal braces as an adult is stopping you. The good news, though, is that nowadays there are other options available for straightening teeth – options that are quick, comfortable, and discreet.  Why should I bother straightening my teeth? With everything you’ve…

It’s a tooth emergency! What do you do?

Categories: dental emergency

Emergencies are scary, whether they happen to you or to someone you love. If it is a dental emergency, as with any emergency, you should try to remain calm. You should also see your dentist as soon as possible. Before you head off to the dentist, though, here are some things you can do to…

Are Root Canals Painful?

Categories: Root Canal Therapy

If the choice ever came down to being audited by the IRS or having a root canal, which would you choose? Root canals are notorious for causing pain and discomfort (although perhaps not as much as the IRS) – but if you have to have a root canal, maybe it’s nothing to worry about after…

What Is an Amalgam Tattoo?

Categories: dental emergency

You take good care of your teeth and gums, and it is surprising one day when you look at your gums and notice an ugly black spot. It can be a shock, and a bit worrying – so what is that spot on your gums, should you be worried about it, and does it call…

Taking Care of Baby’s Teeth

Categories: General Dentistry

Taking care of teeth is important, but if you are fairly new to this “parenthood” thing, you may be wondering about when you should start teaching your child about good oral health. You know it is important to find a great dentist for the whole family, but what else do you need to know about…

Get Help for Sleep Apnea and Get Some Sleep!

Are you having trouble staying awake throughout the day? Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you hardly slept at all? Do family members complain that your snoring is getting louder and louder? You may have sleep apnea, but fortunately, Pacific Northwest Smiles can help, with sleep apnea treatment. What is sleep apnea?…