My gums often bleed when I brush. Is this okay?

No, healthy gums do not normally bleed when you brush your teeth. Gums that bleed easily may be a sign of gum disease. If you notice that your gums often bleed when you brush or floss, we recommend that you contact our office for an appointment.

What is gingivitis? How do I know if I have it?

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease (periodontal disease). While gingivitis can often be controlled and even reversed, it requires proper care. When not treated, gingivitis may progress into the more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Common symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Gums that look redder than usual
  • Painful chewing
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, such as when you floss and brush
  • Sore gums
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth

If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our friendly dentist at Smiles Dental for the care you need.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a number of dental treatments designed to enhance the appearance of your smile. Dr. Eric Thiede offers several high-quality cosmetic services at our office to help you improve flaws in your smile such as discolored or yellowed teeth, gapped teeth, slightly misaligned teeth, cracked or fractured teeth, chipped or broken teeth, very worn teeth, and misshapen teeth. Contact us today to learn more!

What I can I do about discolored, yellowed teeth?

We understand that stained and discolored teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Dr. Eric Thiede is pleased to provide professional teeth whitening, which can help you brighten your smile. We invite you to contact our office today for more information.

How can I prevent bad breath?

Preventing bad breath (halitosis) is often a matter of determining the factor causing the problem. Here are a few common causes and how to address them:

  • Poor oral hygiene – Be certain to brush and floss every day, and visit the dentist every six months for routine dental exams and cleanings.
  • Untreated tooth decay or periodontal disease – Make sure you stay up to date with your dental visits. Our dentist will be able to treat any problems like these that may be causing bad breath.
  • Certain foods – Avoiding foods like garlic and onions can help to keep your breath fresh.
  • Medical conditions – A number of medical conditions, such as diabetes, dry mouth, liver and kidney problems, and chronic sinus infections, can cause bad breath. We encourage you to see your general physician or another medical professional for the care you need. Once the condition is treated, your breath should improve.

Please feel free to ask Dr. Eric Thiede about any concerns you may have about keeping your breath fresh.

How often should I visit the dentist?

In general, you should go to the dentist in Lacey, Washington, once every six months for a regular dental cleaning and exam. If your oral health is affected by certain conditions, we may recommend more frequent visits to keep your smile in good health.

My teeth look fine and do not hurt. Do I still need to visit the dentist?

Yes, it is still important to stay current on your regular dental visits. During your dental exams and cleanings, our team will be able to check for dental diseases and conditions that may not be readily apparent. This enables us to provide the treatment you need before the damage becomes more severe and painful. Your routine visit will also include a professional cleaning, which can help to prevent dental diseases like periodontal disease and tooth decay.

If you have any other questions about how we can take care of your smile, please call us today at Smiles Dental!