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Frequently Asked Questions

Finding the right dental care plan for your specific situation and needs can be an overwhelming prospect at times – thankfully, the Cowlitz River Dental team is here to assist you. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most popular questions we receive here in Castle Rock, WA. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you still don’t see the information you’re looking for, as we can also discuss the situation with you directly.

How does my oral health affect my overall health?

Your oral health is essential to complete overall health. One instance of the importance of oral health is gum disease. Gum disease can have ramifications for overall health, contributing to systemic health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Also, oral infections can spread and cause infection elsewhere in the body. If you want to experience total health and wellness, your healthcare needs to include regular trips to Cowlitz River Dental.

What causes tooth decay?

You’ve probably heard of plaque, which is a sticky film that develops on your teeth and contains bacteria. These bacteria feed on sugars and starches in food, and they produce acids which erode tooth enamel. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental hygiene visits, you can avoid tooth decay and the resulting cavities that threaten oral health.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is the technical term for teeth grinding. Clenching often accompanies bruxism. It can happen at any time, but people commonly experience bruxing and clenching during sleep. Bruxism can cause strain and pressure on the jaw muscles and bone as well as the teeth, leading to headaches, jaw pain, wearing of the teeth, and eventually even the loss of teeth. If you experience bruxism, you’ll want to consider TMJ therapy from Cowlitz River Dental.

How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend that you visit our office twice a year for general family dentistry checkups and cleanings. Of course, we may recommend more frequent visits if you have advanced dental problems or needs such as gum disease, implants, or TMJ dysfunction.

I am afraid of the dentist and have avoided it for years because of my anxiety. Can you help?

We can help! You’d be amazed at how many people suffer with dental anxiety and avoid visiting the dentist because of their fear. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry at Cowlitz River Dental in Castle Rock, WA. With nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation, we give you options for setting your mind at ease and helping your smile finally get the attention it deserves.