General Dentistry in Gig Harbor, WA

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Your Regular
Dental Visit

Visiting the dentist every six months is recommended for optimal dental hygiene. Any concerns that may arise with your dental health can be addressed early if you see the dentist regularly. At Soundbridge Dental Arts and Sleep Therapy, we provide a soothing environment and advanced technology so you can relax while we keep your teeth bright.

Dental Exams & Cleanings

Though daily brushing and flossing keep your teeth in good shape, even the best of us miss spots. When you visit us, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to make sure all areas are clear of plaque and tartar. This cleaning keeps bacteria from destroying your teeth so you can be confident when you smile.

During exams, we check for cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Many of these issues progress to be more serious and require more complex procedures if they are not treated early.

To protect your health, we also offer oral cancer screenings during your routine dental visits. Catching a life-threatening disease while it is easier to treat could save your life.

To make sure we are keeping your smile healthy, our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and materials. We use digital x-rays for increased information about your health, and our dentists attend continuing education courses so we’re always on top of the latest dental knowledge.

Cavities & Root Canals

Spots you miss while brushing and flossing may develop into tooth decay. Decay is caused by bacteria that feed on plaque and tartar, eating away at the enamel and eventually into the inside of your tooth. The hole left by this is called a cavity. A small cavity found early on can be filled easily.

If left unchecked, tooth decay can progress through the tooth until it reaches the root canal. This is where the pulp of the tooth is, containing sensitive tissues. If these tissues become infected, root canal therapy is required to save the natural tooth.

In our dental office, we want you to be happy with your smile. That’s why we use tooth-colored materials for our fillings, crowns, and implants.

Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal/gum disease can also be discovered during the dental exam. Gum disease occurs when infection builds up in the gums over a long period of time and eventually attack the bone. A dentist cleans the disease away and treats the affected areas.

We offer a variety of gum disease solutions for every stage and severity of the condition.

Enjoy your Dental Visits with Us

Our office is designed for your comfort. Seeing the dentist regularly is for the benefit of your overall health, but that doesn’t mean it has to be uncomfortable. Come and feel at home with our friendly and helpful staff.

Don’t hesitate to make your dental experience happier.

Contact us today for an appointment. We’re convenient to patients in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and throughout the South Sound area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is good dental hygiene?
How often should you visit a dentist?
What is included in a dental cleaning?
Is dental cleaning painful?
What is good dental hygiene?

Good dental hygiene is your first line of defense against oral diseases. A good oral hygiene regimen consists of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once per day, using a mouth wash that suits your needs, and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings.

Keeping up with your oral hygiene routine can keep your teeth healthy and give you a beautiful smile. Preventive care can keep you from needing invasive and expensive dental procedures.

How often should you visit a dentist?

You should visit a dentist at least every six months for a dental cleaning. There are some people who require more frequent visits due to a higher risk of oral disease. Dr. Bloomquist will let you know if she recommends additional visits for you.

Visiting your dentist regularly can help prevent oral disease and keep you from needing invasive procedures. At your cleaning, we’ll also examine your mouth to ensure we catch any potential issues before they threaten your smile.

What is included in a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning includes a thorough examination and cleaning. We’ll make sure your teeth are clear of bacteria and polish them for a nice shiny appearance. During your cleaning, we’ll clean resistant plaque and tartar from your teeth.

We’ll also examine all surfaces of your teeth, your gums, mouth, and surrounding areas such as your throat and jaw. If there are any areas of concern, we’ll make a note of them for preventive treatment and if necessary, suggest an avenue of treatment.

Is dental cleaning painful?

No, your dental cleaning shouldn’t be painful. Pain during your dental cleaning could be a sign of an issue with your oral health. If you feel pain during your cleaning, notify your hygienist so we can assess the problem.

While your cleaning shouldn’t cause you pain, it does cause some people discomfort. If you have trouble getting through your regular cleaning, Dr. Bloomquist offers dental sedation. This can help you feel more relaxed during your visit.