How can cosmetic dentistry improve my smile’s appearance?

Cosmetic dentistry includes a number of dental services aimed at improving the appearance of imperfections in your smile. Dr. Melody Pongmanopap is able to use cosmetic dental treatments to enhance your smile if it is flawed by teeth that are misshapen, gapped, cracked or broken, slightly crooked, darkened or discolored, fractured or cracked, or very worn. To discover how we can improve your smile’s beauty, we invite you to call us today and schedule your cosmetic consultation.

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

Various factors can contribute to tooth discoloration over time. To lighten your teeth and give you a brighter smile, we may recommend professional teeth whitening. This is a great option for achieving a whiter smile and boosting your self-confidence in your appearance.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?

Gum disease, which is more formally known as periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition that affects the tissues that support the teeth. You may have gum disease if you experience the symptoms of this condition. These signs often include:

  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that appear redder than usual
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Pus near the gums and teeth
  • Receding gums, or teeth that look longer than usual
  • Painful chewing
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • A change in the spacing between teeth

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact us today at Smiles Dental to schedule an appointment with our skilled team.

My gums bleed when I brush and floss. Is this normal?

No, your gums should not normally bleed when you brush and floss. Gums that bleed easily may be a sign of gum disease. If you notice that your gums often bleed when you brush or floss, please contact our office.

How often should I go to the dentist?

As a general rule, you should see the dentist at least once every six months. If your smile is affected by certain conditions, our team may recommend more frequent visits to improve your oral health.

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

Yes! Everyone should visit the dentist at least once every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. During these visits, we will check your smile for damage and diseases that may not be readily apparent. This enables us to provide any needed treatment before the condition becomes more serious, more painful, and more damaging. Your routine visit will also include a professional cleaning, which can help to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

What causes bad breath, and how can I avoid it?

Several different factors may contribute to bad breath (also known as halitosis). Be certain to maintain good oral hygiene, which should include brushing and flossing every day. Untreated gum disease and tooth decay can cause bad breath, so be sure to visit our dentist in Tumwater, Washington, regularly to ensure that your smile stays healthy. Avoiding certain foods like garlic and onions can help to keep your breath fresh. In addition, a number of medical problems, such as liver and kidney problems, dry mouth, chronic sinus infections, and diabetes, can lead to bad breath. We recommend that you see your general physician or another medical professional for the treatment you need. Once the condition is treated, your breath should improve as well. If you have any other questions about how to prevent bad breath, please feel free to ask our friendly team.

We invite you to contact us today at Smiles Dental with any other questions about dental care!