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Dr. William P. Smith, D.D.S.

Dentist

Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is a top Dentist in Sedona, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Sedona, Arizona, Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
53 years Experience
Dr. William P. Smith, D.D.S.
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

Is gum disease hereditary?

A short straight answer is that it is possible. A more complete answer is that it is not probable. There are more factors involved than family history. Do you chew tobacco? If READ MORE
A short straight answer is that it is possible. A more complete answer is that it is not probable. There are more factors involved than family history. Do you chew tobacco? If not, you have a decreased risk. 360 degree cleaning around every tooth at least once a day is the best prevention. Passing floss between teeth and cleaning with an up and down motion of the floss is of the upmost importance. Think of rubbing each tooth with the floss like rubbing a dish with a wash cloth. Of course, you will clean the outside of each tooth with a toothbrush as well.

You can find much more about tooth cleaning techniques in my book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC

While regular professional visits and “cleanings” are very important for a total prevention program, a daily 360 degree cleaning is the most important.

I wear dentures. My gums are aching! What can I do?

You state your dentures make your gums red and swollen by the end of the day. I assume in the morning your gums are okay. I assume your gums are red and swollen in general, not READ MORE
You state your dentures make your gums red and swollen by the end of the day. I assume in the morning your gums are okay. I assume your gums are red and swollen in general, not in just one place. The most common reason for general redness and swelling is clenching or grinding the teeth. This excessive pressure on the gums produces this problem. The ideal mouth posture is lips together and teeth apart. The only time your teeth should touch is when you are swallowing for a second or two, and when you are chewing food.
I hope this helps with your problem.

Is root canal the only way to treat a tooth cavity?

A cavity is nothing more than an infection of the tooth. Normally, the dentist can remove the infected part of the tooth and fill in the resulting void. When the infection extends READ MORE
A cavity is nothing more than an infection of the tooth. Normally, the dentist can remove the infected part of the tooth and fill in the resulting void. When the infection extends all the way into the root canal area, the infection must be cleaned from the root canal to prevent the infection from spreading into the tissues beyond the tooth.

How do I reduce plaque buildup?

Plaque is soft and easy to remove. Whatever instrument is used to remove the plaque must contact it. It must then rub against it to loosen it. Just passing floss between the teeth READ MORE
Plaque is soft and easy to remove. Whatever instrument is used to remove the plaque must contact it. It must then rub against it to loosen it. Just passing floss between the teeth is not enough. The floss must be rubbed up and down on the side of each tooth like rubbing a dish cloth on a plate. The toothbrush must contact the plaque to remove it. Oftentimes some plaque is missed and not removed.

It is also possible you have a frequent source of sugar. This can cause rapid growth of plaque. One frequent source of sugar is sipping on a sugar containing drink over a long time.
This subject is very well explained in the book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC.

How long does one need dental bridges?

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. One reason to replace missing teeth would be for appearance reasons.In this case you would need the bridge as long READ MORE
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. One reason to replace missing teeth would be for appearance reasons.In this case you would need the bridge as long as the appearance of the missing teeth is a concern to you. Another reason to replace missing teeth is for chewing food. You would need the bridge as long as this in a concern.
A third reason would be to prevent movement of teeth near the missing teeth, or the teeth biting against the missing teeth.These teeth can move and cause problems which can lead to loss to one or more of these other teeth.You will need your dental bridge as long as you want to preserve these other teeth.