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Spokane Family Smiles Dental Blog

Stay up on the latest trends in the dental industry and get tips and tricks to maintaining your optimal health.

How to Treat Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea TreatmentDo you or your sleeping partner snore occasionally? Most people do, perhaps because they have a cold or allergies. However, persistent snoring could be an indication of a more serious problem which is called sleep apnea.


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Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

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Root Canal TreatmentNobody wants to hear that they need a root canal treatment, but this procedure does have an undeservedly bad reputation. If you actually speak to anyone who has received root canal therapy, you’ll most likely be hugely reassured by their positive response because the truth is that a root canal shouldn’t feel any worse than having a filling, although it will probably take longer to complete.


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Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

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Teeth WhiteningA bright white smile is frequently seen as a sign of youthfulness and good health, but very few of us are naturally blessed with beautiful gleaming white teeth. The shade of your teeth is influenced by your lifestyle choices, as for example, a liking for highly colored foods, red wine, tea or coffee can eventually stain your teeth. A diet that is high in acidic foods will have the same effect because it erodes and weakens your tooth enamel, increasing susceptibility to staining. Smoking is well-known for staining teeth, not to mention being terrible for your dental and general health! Sometimes the color of your teeth is simply due to genetics, so if your parents or siblings have darker-colored teeth naturally, it’s highly likely you will too.


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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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Emergency DentistWe understand a dental emergency is upsetting and potentially very painful, which is why Spokane Family Smiles is here to assist you with caring professional dentistry. If you or someone close to you have a dental emergency, please contact our friendly dental office immediately. Our dental team can provide useful advice over the phone to help you cope until you can get in to see us. We aim to see patients requiring emergency dental care on the same day, providing the treatment you need to relieve discomfort and pain. However, we also know that not everybody can get to see us or can contact us immediately. Knowing what to do when you have a dental emergency can be enormously reassuring.


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What A Cosmetic Dentist Can Do For Your Smile

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Cosmetic DentistRightly or wrongly, we place a significant emphasis on appearance, often forming an opinion of someone within just a few moments of meeting them for the very first time. One of the most important features people look for is a healthy and attractive smile. When you have a great smile, it automatically conveys a sense of youthfulness and attractiveness, and it makes you look warm, friendly and approachable too. These are all valuable attributes that help you achieve the very best out of life, personally and professionally.


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Benefits of Dentures

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Restore Your Smile With Dentures.Teeth are essential because they allow us to eat in comfort and to smile, laugh and talk with others without feeling embarrassed. Even losing a single tooth can be upsetting and can affect the function of the remaining teeth. Ideally, natural teeth will last for life, but the reality is that many of us will lose one or more teeth to trauma or disease and will need to consider ways to replace them. Dentures are a tried and tested method of restoring missing teeth and have been used for centuries. They offer an affordable and non-invasive solution for tooth loss and can replace multiple missing teeth or even an entire arch. Modern dentures look fantastic and are very different from dentures worn by your parents or grandparents!


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Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation DentistryDoes the thought of going to the dentist make you feel a little anxious or nervous, or perhaps you have more deep-seated anxieties or phobias? If so, you’re not alone and it is estimated up to 20% of Americans will actively avoid seeking dental treatment because of anxiety or fear, and it’s a worldwide problem.


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The Last Line of Defense Against Tooth Decay: Root Canal Treatment

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Root Canal TreatmentIt might sound dramatic, but the title of this blog sums up root canal treatment perfectly, and it really is the last treatment available which can save a severely decayed and infected tooth from extraction. Contrary to what you may have heard about root canal therapy, it truly isn’t any worse than having an ordinary filling. Although your tooth may need a while to settle down afterward, this is because it was so badly infected. The severe pain caused by a tooth infection is resolved with root canal treatment, and you will soon feel much more comfortable.


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What Problems Occur with Wisdom Teeth?

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Wisdom Teeth RemovalYour wisdom teeth or third molars are located right at the back of your mouth and are the very last adult teeth to put in an appearance, usually during your late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth will push through without causing any problems and are correctly aligned and perfectly healthy. However, all too frequently wisdom teeth will struggle to erupt normally and are misaligned or impacted. Unfortunately, when this happens, it’s often necessary to remove wisdom teeth.


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The Importance of Having an Emergency Dentist

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Emergency DentistryDental emergencies can be inconvenient at best and extremely painful or even life-threatening at worst. When you or a loved one needs emergency dental care, then it’s comforting to know that your local dental office is there to help you. Certainly, here at Spokane Family Smiles, we always do everything we can to see people in pain or discomfort as quickly as possible, usually on the same day. Our dentist Dr. Scott Shumway will provide emergency care to diagnose and treat a problem, relieving discomfort and pain. When you have an emergency dental care appointment, you will also be provided with a treatment plan detailing any further treatment may be needed. Often, it’s necessary to properly restore a badly damaged tooth later on with a more permanent restoration than can be provided at your emergency appointment.


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