My teeth look fine, and they don’t hurt. Do I still need to go to the dentist?

Yes, it is still important to keep up with your regular dental visits. Even if your teeth do not hurt, your smile may be affected by conditions that cannot be felt yet; in fact, most dental problems do not cause pain until they have progressed into an advanced stage. During your dental exam, we will check for any problems that may not be readily apparent, enabling us to provide any treatment you need before the condition becomes more serious and painful. Your routine visit will also include a professional dental cleaning, which can help to prevent dental problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease.

How often do I need to go to the dentist?

We recommend that you visit our team at Smiles Dental at least twice each year. These routine appointments are important for ensuring that your smile stays in good health. Based on your personal dental needs, Dr. Natanael Repta may recommend more frequent appointments to keep your smile healthy.

How can cosmetic dentistry improve my smile?

Our dentist is pleased to provide high-quality cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve a more inviting, attractive smile. We may recommend our cosmetic dental services to improve the appearance of chipped, cracked, stained, misshapen, gapped, slightly crooked, or worn-down teeth.

How can I whiten teeth that are discolored or stained?

If your teeth have become yellowed or stained over time, you may feel embarrassed of your smile’s appearance. Our dentist in Riddle, Oregon, is pleased to offer professional teeth whitening to help you regain a bright, white smile. We invite you to contact us today to learn more.

My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Is that normal?

No, your gums should not bleed when you brush or floss. If your gums bleed easily, it may be a sign of gum disease. We encourage you to contact our team at Smiles Dental for an appointment with Dr. Natanael Repta.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a degenerative condition that affects the tissues supporting the teeth. Common signs of gum disease include the following:

  • Receding gums, or teeth that look longer than usual
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Sore, swollen gums
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Gums that look redder than normal
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, please call our office and schedule a visit with our friendly dentist and team.

How can I prevent bad breath?

Preventing bad breath depends on the cause of the problem. Practicing good oral hygiene can help to keep your breath fresh, so be sure to brush and floss every day. Avoiding certain foods, like garlic and onions, can help to improve your breath as well. Because untreated tooth decay and periodontal disease can cause bad breath, it is important to visit the dentist on a regular basis and make certain that your smile is in good health. A number of medical conditions can cause bad breath as well, including chronic sinus infections, diabetes, kidney and liver problems, and dry mouth. For these problems, we recommend seeing your general physician or another medical professional for the care you need, which should in turn help to improve your breath.

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