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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.

New Year’s Resolutions That Will Improve Your Smile

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS
People Toasting2017 is right around the corner, and it’s time for New Year’s resolutions! Many people put health at the top of their resolution list, and if that’s your focus, Spokane Family Smiles wants you to remember your oral health. Thanks to emerging studies, we now understand that periodontal health is directly related to your overall health and well being. For this reason, Dr. Scott Shumway, your premiere dentist in Spokane Valley and his team have some New Year’s resolutions that will improve your smile in 2017.

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Dentures vs. Dental Implants

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS
Man Smiling with Dental ImplantsOne of the best parts about this day and age is that you always have choices. For instance, you probably have hundreds of channels on your television, and an infinite amount of options online. This breadth of choice also applies to replacing your missing teeth. You’ve heard of both dentures and dental implants in Spokane Valley, and how they are both viable solutions, but which one is best for you? Today, Dr. Scott Shumway is going to tell you a little more about how you can effectively replace your missing teeth.

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Smile Better with the help of a Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS
Woman SmilingYour office party is tonight and you want to look your best. It’s supposed to be a social event, but you know as well as anyone that it’s an opportunity to help your career if you play your cards right. Your clothes look immaculate, and before you go out the door, you give yourself one last look in the mirror. You flash a smile and your confidence immediately drains. Your teeth always make it harder to talk to people, and you need all the help you can get to try and chat up your boss. You wish you could do something about your teeth’s appearance, but what can be done? Your cosmetic dentist in Spokane Valley, Dr. Scott Shumway, can give your smile anything it needs to look beautiful.

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The Effects of Tobacco

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS
TobaccoYou check your watch after you light up your first cigarette of the day. Your morning routine wouldn’t be the same without it. Those 5-10 minutes help you relax and allows your mind to wander. You know tobacco is bad for your health and that you should quit, but it’s a very ingrained habit at this point. You’re probably aware of the effects it can have on your skin, heart, and lungs, but did you know tobacco use can also damage your teeth and gums? Your dentist in Spokane Valley, Dr. Scott Shumway, wants you to know the effects tobacco can have on your oral health, as well as how he can help you.

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No More Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS

Older Man SmilingThere are few things that make you happier in this world than a finely cooked piece of steak. After being the purveyor of many a fine steakhouse, you took to making your own. You eventually got so good at it that you started regularly having friends over. They might enjoy the taste, but you like talking about the particular cuts you’ve chosen, or how the butcher suggested would be the best way to prepare it. You even know what type of cattle it came from and which wine pairs the best with it. At least, you used to. It’s been a while since you’ve had one of these parties. Your friends ask you when the next one is, and you just tell them you’re a little too busy to host. The truth is your missing teeth have made it nearly impossible to eat steak. You see no point in cooking food you can’t eat. However, with dental implants in Spokane Valley, you can now restore your missing teeth.


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Why You Might Need a Root Canal

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS
Woman with hurt toothLittle rituals help give you something to look forward to each week. Tonight your favorite show is on TV, and you’ve gotten everything set up. You have your favorite blanket on your favorite chair, with your favorite snack ready to go. Of course, something has been added to your routine this time, and it’s not pleasant. “Maybe something’s really wrong,” you think to yourself as you press the ice pack against your cheek. Your tooth has been bothering you for a while and it’s much worse than the toothaches you’ve had in the past. What could be causing this extra pain? What could help stop it? Here is why you might need to get a root canal in Spokane Valley.

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What to Expect From a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS
PatientWhile our number one priority is to help you preserve and maintain your teeth for a lifetime, there are certain circumstances in which you may need to have teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are one of the most common tooth extraction procedures, and the removal of your wisdom teeth may be necessary for various reasons. Dr. Scott Shumway can help you, and here’s what you can expect from a wisdom teeth extraction in Spokane Valley.

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Connections Between Oral Health and Overall Health

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS
Man SmilingThere’s never been a more important time than now to take charge of your oral health. With studies linking periodontal (gum) disease to other serious health concerns in the body, dentists and physicians alike now understand more about the oral systemic link. Dr. Scott Shumway is your premiere dentist in Spokane Valley, and here he discusses the connections between oral health and overall health.

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Choosing The Best Family Dentist in Spokane Valley

Dr. Scott J. Shumway DDS

Family DentistFinding the best medical care is a top priority for any family, and the same goes for your dentistry. There are a lot of things to consider other than just convenient office hours and location; you also want a dentist who can provide quality care, while also building a rapport with your family members. Great dental experiences are important for the entire family, but especially if you have children. Choosing the best family dentist in Spokane Valley can be a challenge, but we have a few tips and things to consider making the process easier for you.


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