How can I prevent bad breath?

The key to preventing bad breath (halitosis) is identifying and solving the cause of the problem. Our dentist at Smiles Dental is happy to help you determine the cause and solution to your bad breath. Because untreated tooth decay and periodontal disease can cause bad breath, we encourage you to visit our office for an appointment on a regular basis. We will be able to treat any conditions before they become serious and ensure that your smile is healthy. It may also be helpful to avoid certain foods, such as garlic and onions, that can cause bad breath. Several medical conditions, such as dry mouth, diabetes, chronic sinus infections, and kidney and liver problems, can contribute to bad breath. We recommend that you see your general physician or other medical professional for the treatment you need; once the medical condition has been treated, your breath should also improve. Another important step in keeping your breath fresh is maintaining good oral hygiene – be certain to brush and floss every day. To learn more, call us today.

How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend that you visit our office at least twice every year for a routine dental exam and cleaning. Depending on your specific dental needs, our team may suggest more frequent appointments to keep your smile healthy.

If my teeth do not hurt and look okay, do I still need to go to the dentist?

Yes, it is essential that you visit our dentist in Ridgefield, Washington, on a regular basis, even if you have not noticed any problems with your oral health. Many dental problems do not cause noticeable pain or symptoms until they have reached an advanced stage that often requires more extensive treatment. During your routine dental visits, Dr. Ken Killpack and our team will check for any emerging conditions so that we can treat them before they become more serious and painful. We will also provide a professional cleaning, which can help to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

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

No, your gums should not bleed when you brush and floss. Bleeding gums may be a symptom of gum disease. If you notice that your gums often bleed when you brush or floss, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a visit with our team.

How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, is a degenerative condition that affects the gum tissues. Common signs of gum disease include:

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

If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact us at Smiles Dental for an appointment with our skilled dentist.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes several dental treatments designed to enhance the appearance of your smile. With cosmetic dentistry, our dentist is able to improve the appearance of several types of cosmetic dental flaws, including discolored and darkened teeth, very worn-down teeth, cracked or fractured teeth, gapped teeth, misaligned teeth, broken or chipped teeth, or irregularly shaped teeth. To discover how Dr. Ken Killpack can improve your smile’s beauty, call us today!

How can I lighten stained and discolored teeth?

We are pleased to provide professional teeth whitening at our office. This is a simple yet effective way to whiten your teeth and brighten your entire smile.

If you have any other questions about dental care, please call us today at Smiles Dental!