Do You Grind Your Teeth?

Categories: TMJ
Asian woman sleeping on the bed and grinding teeth

You may grind your teeth and not even know it – but years of bruxism (the medical term for tooth grinding) can cause serious issues with your oral and general health. Here is some information on some signs that you may grind your teeth, the problems this can cause, and how your dentist can help. Why…

Tongue Trouble

Categories: General Dentistry
Trouble of tooth concept.

Your tongue is probably one of those things you give very little thought to – until it looks or feels different than it usually does. If your tongue is sore or it just doesn’t look right, should you be concerned? Is this something you should see your dentist for? Common tongue problems The good news is that…

5 Things You Should Know About Invisalign®

Categories: Invisalign

We all want beautiful, straight teeth, but no one looks forward to the hassle and annoyance of metal braces. If just the thought of metal braces is preventing you from even discussing how to get straighter teeth with your dentist, you should know about Invisalign®! What is Invisalign? Odds are that you know someone who is…

October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

Categories: General Dentistry
Young woman with dental floss

You have probably already made plans to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month! But, just in case you didn’t know there was such a thing, Pacific Northwest Smiles would like to suggest that you celebrate by taking some time this month to look at your dental care routine, to make sure your oral health is at…

Should you be using a night guard?

Categories: TMJ
Three-year old boy shows myofunctional trainer to illuminate mouth breathing habit.

Have you been having headaches? Does your jaw hurt? Are the muscles in your shoulders, neck, and face tense and sore all of the time? It may be because of problems with your jaw joint, and a night guard may be able to help relieve these painful symptoms. What causes jaw problems? Jaw problems are known…

Soft Foods to Eat After a Dental Procedure

Categories: General Dentistry
woman eating at restaurant table healthy food,

We’ve all been there – wandering into the kitchen, starving, and having no idea what to eat. But after any sort of medical procedure you want to make sure this doesn’t happen, because eating nutritious food will help you heal and help you to feel better. This goes for dental procedures, too! If you have…

Is it time to have your wisdom teeth removed?

Categories: General Dentistry
man touches his beard with his hand jaw toothache

Let’s face it: dealing with wisdom teeth is not one of the best parts of becoming a young adult. However, your wisdom teeth are the last to come in, and that can mean that your mouth will become crowded, which can cause other problems. Are you wondering if it is time to have your wisdom teeth…

Should you be using an electric toothbrush?

Categories: General Dentistry
woman brushing teeth with electric toothbrush

When it comes to keeping teeth healthy and clean, does it really matter what kind of toothbrush you use, manual or electric? It may seem like the answer would be “no,” as long as you brush. However, there are some benefits to using an electric toothbrush over a manual one – read on for some more…