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

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

Dentist | General Practice

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1785 W State Rte 89A #2D Sedona Arizona, 86336
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About

Dr. William Smith is a Dentist practicing in Sedona, Arizona. Patients are referred to Dr. Smith to diagnosis and treat sleep disorders and disorders of the jaw joints (temporomandibular joints). Common symptoms patients present are: Migraines, Headaches, Difficult to go to sleep, Difficult to stay asleep, Snoring, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, GERD (Heart Burn), Clicking/popping jaw joints, Painful chewing, Neck pain/tension, Fibromyalgia, Movement disorder, Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety. Dr. Smith accepts all ages of patients with any of the above symptoms. Dr. Smith enjoys working with patients with any of the above symptoms, who also have Autism, Parkinson's, Early dementia.

Education and Training

University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Dentistry D.D.S. 1965

Provider Details

Male English
Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S.
Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
  • How can I remove tartar from my teeth without going to the dentist?

    I am glad you want excellent health for your teeth. Caring for your teeth is one of the best investments you can make. Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once per year. If you are able, have them cleaned every 6 months by the dentist. Better yet, cleaning them at least once every day will reduce tarter formation. They need to be cleaned 360 degrees around each tooth daily. This can be when it is most convenient for your schedule. Rub each in-between side of each tooth with floss. Clean the cheek and tongue sides with a brush used in very short and gentle motions. Daily 360 degree cleaning is the best way to keep tarter from forming in the first place. Once it has formed, the only way for removal is a trip to the dentist. Dentists say you only have to clean the teeth you want to keep. Frequent sugar use will increase tarter formation, so avoid that. Notice I said frequent, not how much. One sip on a soft drink counts. The book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC will provide you with very nice details on this subject. It would be worth the investment if you read it and follow its lessons. READ MORE

  • What causes a root canal to get infected?

    An infection in a canal inside a root says bacteria have gained access to the canal. The question is, how did they gain access? There are two principle ways they gain this access. The most common way is through a pathway between the oral cavity and the canal. The most common way for this to happen is a deep cavity. A cavity is an infection of a tooth. This infection gets into the canal. The other way is rather unusual. Bacteria are not supposed to be in the blood stream. If they are, they can infect a weakened canal. If you never have a cavity, it is probable you will never have an infected canal. The book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC clearly shows how you can reduce your risk of a cavity to nearly zero. READ MORE

  • Why does my dental bridge hurt?

    Is your bridge fixed (cemented in place) or removable? What causes it to hurt? How long does the pain last? Does the pain ever come for no reason? Give answers to these questions to your dentist and he/she will be more able to give you possible answers READ MORE

  • Can you have dental implants if you have periodontal disease?

    Periodontal disease includes loss of bone around the tooth roots. Do you have enough bone left to place an implant into? Why did the bone loss occur? If this is not corrected, it could continue around the implant. If smoking is a contributing factor to your periodontal disease, it decreases the chance of long term success of implants. This does not mean implants should not be done. It just means there is a decreased chance of success. If uncontrolled diabetes is a contributing factor for your periodontal disease, that may be a contraindication for implant placement. In other words, a simple yes or no answer cannot be given. Your best answer will come after an in-depth consultation with your dentist. READ MORE

  • Does alcohol help tooth pain?

    no READ MORE

  • Can braces cause an overbite?

    Braces can certainly cause teeth to move. You are wise to ask this question. We do not want to cause, or increase, an overbite. We want to reduce or eliminate an overbite. Ideally, we want the biting edge of the lower front teeth to be just barely behind and above the biting edge of the upper front teeth. In many cases the best way to reduce an overbite is to support the lower jaw more down and forward, not just by moving the teeth. This will move the tongue down and forward as well, creating more room for it. Increased tongue room will reduce the risk of snoring and sleep apnea. The teeth are then moved to fit to this improved jaw position. For the very best information available on this subject, read the chapter on orthodontic treatment in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. It is available on line. This would be very important for you to read. After reading the chapter several times, you will be in an excellent position to have a meaningful conversation with your orthodontist. READ MORE

  • Is front tooth extraction the most painful?

    It would be the most emotionally painful for me. Otherwise, no. READ MORE

  • Is Orajel good for tooth pain?

    Orajel can provide temporary relief. Excessive use can cause a chemical burn that is more painful than the original pain. See your dentist as soon as possible. Obtain and read the book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC to learn how never to have another cavity ever. READ MORE

  • What color is the clot after tooth extraction?

    The same color as a scab over a wound else where on your body. READ MORE

  • Is molar extraction painful?

    The more confident and relaxed the patient, the better the result. This does not mean you should pre-medicate yourself with alcohol or such. That will make matters worse. Remember to breathe and concentrate on pleasant thoughts. All should go well. READ MORE

  • What causes your gums to bleed?

    Intact skin prevents bleeding. Bleeding results when skin is cut, abraded or missing. Plaque (bacteria, germs) can literally eat the skin (gums) allowing bleeding to occur. Now bacteria (germs) can travel through the infected gums gaining access to the blood stream. They can then infect and damage the heart, joints, and other places you really do not want the germs to be. Making sure the teeth are clean 360 degrees around at least once a day can allow the gums to grow new skin and stop bleeding. This healing takes time. The gums will continue to bleed until they have healed. Unfortunately brushing and flossing infected, bleeding, sore gums can be painful. It can also make the bleeding worse during the thorough cleaning process. You will need to clean the teeth and gums even though they are sore and bleeding. Keep them clean and they will eventually heal and stop bleeding. If the soft plaque has hardened it is now referred to as calculus or tarter. This cannot be removed with brushing or flossing. The procedure to remove this hardened stuff is called deep scaling and root planning. It is performed by a dentist, or by a dental hygienist. There is more very important information you need. There are some unusual diseases that can leave the gums very weak and almost impossible to stop the bleeding no matter how clean they are kept. Make sure you have had had a medical examination to rule out any such diseases. Sometimes bleeding gums are the first sign of such a disease. It is very important you are aware of this possibility. Often times the dentist is the first person to see. He has been educated to recognize when this is a possibility. I am glad you are interested in your health, and will take care of this important problem. You can find very detailed information about how to best clean the teeth in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRERTS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. It is available on line. READ MORE

  • Can radiology detect an impacted tooth?

    Yes. READ MORE

  • Do the teeth whitening pens work?

    Using bleaching trays to hold the bleaching material close to the teeth has proven to be effective. The shorter the time the bleaching material is in contact with the teeth, the less effect can be expected. Lower concentrations of the bleaching material over a longer time sometimes has decreased sensitivity issues. Higher concentrations over a shorter time in bleaching trays have been effective, but in some cases there is risk of sensitivity. Hope this information is helpful. READ MORE

  • Can a decaying tooth cause jaw pain?

    Decay itself does not cause jaw pain. Pulp tissue within a tooth can be inflamed or abscessed as a result of decay. Such pulp tissue can be the source of mild to very significant jaw pain. READ MORE

  • How long do white fillings take to set?

    If the filling is "set" with a curing light, it is fully set after the light is used. There are a few materials that are self setting by time, or self seting by time as well as also by light (dual cured). These materials vary greatly in setting times. The doctor using such materials can inform you about the setting time of the material used. READ MORE

  • Can wisdom teeth pain cause ear pain?

    You are correct. Pain can radiate from a painful area in the lower jaw to the ear area. Such pain is likely to be from an infection of a tooth, or infection of the gum. If you do not have such an infection, it is unlikely your ear pain is from your wisdom tooth. Another cause of ear pain can be from an overbite. This is when the lower front teeth bite up under the upper front teeth. The overbite forces the lower jaw up and backward. This can cause popping or other noises in the joint and other problems. The other problems can include: ear pain, painful chewing, headaches, migraines, ADHD, various sleep problems, and other things. Another source of ear pain could be a problem in the ear itself. Hope this helps in your search for the source of your ear pain. The jaw issues mentioned above are well covered in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. The book is available over the internet. The book gives you detailed information about an over closed bite and related joint issues. It also covers treatment options and prevention ideas. READ MORE

  • Do gaps in teeth get bigger with age?

    Not usually. Moving the teeth together can sometimes contribute to very undesirable side effects. Gaps set you aside and make you special. Be proud of them. READ MORE

  • Can tooth resorption be stopped?

    If the cause can be determined and eliminated, there may be hope. READ MORE

  • How long do stitches stay in after dental bone graft?

    You were wise to have this procedure. Your surgeon is the best person to answer your question. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for a gum graft to fully heal?

    The tissues in the mouth have an excellent blood supply. They are among the fastest healing tissues in the body. READ MORE

  • Should I worry about lines on my teeth?

    Your best answer will come from a dentist after an examination. Similar horizontal lines on several teeth could be the result of some activity when the teeth were being formed under the gum. An example would be a high fever affecting the growth of the teeth. Vertical lines could be crazing as a result of trauma. This could be something like eating hot soup followed by ice water. It could be something else. See your dentist for the best answer. Thank you for your question. As a 27 year old, you might be interested in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC READ MORE

  • Do metal braces work faster?

    I would be more interested in what would give me the best result. The book Growing A Healthy Child, Secrets From A Wise Old Doc has a chapter on orthodontics that would answer your questions. Do yourself a favor and order a copy. READ MORE

  • Do they damage your jaw to remove wisdom teeth?

    If the teeth are normally erupted, normal procedures are used to extract a tooth. For an impacted tooth, the tooth needs to be exposed with an incision and oftentimes removal of any bone over the tooth. With time, all this heals. If you have clicking or popping of either of your jaw joints, inform the surgeon. It is possible to place strain on joints that are already weakened. Most such joints have discomfort for a while, but recover. Some will suffer long-term effects. READ MORE

  • Does losing teeth change your jaw shape?

    The cheeks and lips receive support from teeth under them, and could be changed with less support. Bone shrinks where teeth are removed. The good news is that replacement of the lost tissues can reduce possible changes. READ MORE

  • Is a deep gum cleaning really necessary?

    If a dentist or dental hygienist told you that you need deep gum cleaning, it is almost 100% certain that you do need this service if you want oral health. Avoiding a deep gum cleaning will increase the risk of: -Bad mouth odors -Bacteria in the blood that can infect the heart, joints, and more -Loosening of teeth -Loss of teeth -Passing your contagious infection to other family members, or those close to you A deep gum cleaning will reduce the risk of the above. READ MORE

  • Do braces change your face shape?

    Congratulations on being interested in your wellbeing. You ask a very important question. The cheeks and lips are supported by the teeth. Move the teeth and you change the support. This does not necessarily change the face SHAPE. Examples: Extracting teeth to make room could decrease support. Expanding arch width could increase support. Using functional orthodontics to move the lower jaw forward could allow for a more prominent chin. Copy and paste the following for more information: www.aafo.org You can also find very complete and easy to understand information in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. Read the chapter on orthodontics. While it is easier to accomplish the goals of functional orthodontics in a growing child, the goals can be accomplished at your age as well. Do yourself a favor and secure a copy of the above book. READ MORE

  • How do they fix a cavity?

    You ask an excellent question. First of all, what is a cavity? It is an infection of the tooth. If you have a sore throat, that infection will eventually heal and be normal again. Bacteria have dissolved a hole into your tooth, and are living safe and secure inside your tooth. It is impossible for your tooth to fight the bacteria and heal itself the way your body heals infections such as a sore throat. With no treatment the infection will cause the cavity to become larger and larger until no tooth is left. Anesthetic is used to prevent discomfort. The infected part of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned away. This will stop the infection process. The dentist will now restore the missing tooth structure with a material to provide normal anatomy and function. You will find the best information available on how to prevent another cavity in the book: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. You would be well advised to purchase a copy, study it, and follow it. Cavities are almost 100% preventable. It is an infection you do not have to have. Teeth are extremely important and well worth the effort. You only have to provide the preventive care to the teeth you would like to keep. Thank you for the question. READ MORE

  • What is the fastest way to heal swollen gums?

    There are some drugs that can cause swollen gums. If that is your case you would already know about it, and would not be asking this question. Swollen gums are usually the result of infections. They can be made worse by uncontrolled diabetes. If that is your case, you must control your diabetes. The most important thing about gum health is extreme 360 degree cleanliness around every tooth. READ MORE

  • What can't you eat with braces?

    Anything similar to biting into a raw carrot. As your teeth pass through it, the bracket can be loosened from the tooth. READ MORE

  • Why are my taste buds so big?

    You are wise to be interested in your oral health. I am unable to know if your taste buds are enlarged, or if so what caused it. Making an appointment with an oral surgeon for an oral examination would be your best course of action. READ MORE

  • Should I treat the cavity or remove the wisdom tooth?

    Excellent question. Actually, a wisdom tooth is no different than any other tooth. If it is in alignment and is a functional tooth, treat it like any other tooth. If you do not have room for the tooth, or if it is in a problem position, then treat it appropriately for that. READ MORE

  • Do you feel sore after a dental filling?

    Your question suggests you have not yet experienced receiving a dental restoration. I am happy for you that you have been healthy enough to make it 27 years without such an experience. Is the area needing restoration small and in an easy to reach area? Is it large and in a difficult to reach area? Is it upper or lower? Each of the above questions can affect the answer that would be given. Patients with tight muscles have a higher risk of pain after the procedure. It is more difficult for an anxious, tense, up tight patient to obtain profound anesthesia. Patients with a confident, positive, relaxed attitude will enjoy a much better result. The book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC has detailed information you need to avoid ever having to receive a dental restoration again. Dental cavities are close to 100% preventable. The book explains everything in easy to read and understandable language. It is important that you obtain a copy. Thank you for your important question. READ MORE

  • Are there any remedies for teeth grinding?

    Do an experiment. Open and close in your normal bite on your back teeth. Be aware of your right and left jaw joints just in front of your ears. What is happening with your joints as you open and close fairly wide? Now do the same thing with your jaw a bit more forward. Open and close on the biting edges of your front teeth. What is happening with your jaw joints in this more forward position? It is likely your jaw joints are more comfortable opening and closing in the “end on end” position than in your normal bite on your back teeth. If this is the case, have your dentist make a device to hold your jaw in this more forward position when you sleep. It is likely your joints will be more comfortable when supported in this more forward position. It is likely they are trying to get to this position. It will likely improve the quality of your sleep. READ MORE

  • Why does my jaw hurt when I wake up in the morning?

    Do an experiment. Open and close in your normal bite on your back teeth. Be aware of your right and left jaw joints just in front of your ears. What is happening with your joints as you open and close fairly wide? Now do the same thing with your jaw a bit more forward. Open and close on the biting edges of your front teeth. What is happening with your jaw joints in this position? It is likely your jaw joints are more comfortable opening and closing in the “end on end” position than in your normal bite on your back teeth. If this is the case, have your dentist make a device to hold your jaw in this position when you sleep. It is likely your joints will improve during your sleep. READ MORE

  • What keeps causing sporadic jaw pain?

    Do an experiment. Open and close in your normal bite on your back teeth. Be aware of your right and left jaw joints just in front of your ears. What is happening with your joints as you open and close fairly wide? Now do the same thing with your jaw a bit more forward. Open and close on the biting edges of your front teeth. What is happening with your jaw joints in this position? It is likely your jaw joints are more comfortable opening and closing in the “end on end” position than in your normal bite on your back teeth. If this is the case, have your dentist make a device to hold your jaw in this position when you sleep. It is likely your joints will improve during your sleep so that the painful chewing is better. You may eventually need to have your jaw in this position 24/7. READ MORE

  • How can I stop plaque build-up?

    Plaque is nothing more than a film of bacteria on your teeth. Plaque grows the fastest when fed sugar. Lots of things are sugar. Corn syrup, fructose, and many, many similar things are sugar. Read the ingredients label to avoid sugar before buying any food. The book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC, has an entire page listing many sugars. Read that page so you can make intelligent choices when reading ingredients labels. It also has detailed brushing and flossing instructions. I applaud you for wanting to decrease your plaque. Everyone has it. That is why we brush and floss frequently. It sounds like you are aware that excess plaque is responsible for decay and gum disease. It also contributes to bad breath. A short answer to your question is: eat less sugar, and brush and floss often. READ MORE

  • At what age do wisdom teeth start coming in?

    It is possible. See a dentist immediately to obtain X-rays. Your son’s comfort is too important to delay further. READ MORE

  • On and off jaw pain?

    Do an experiment: Open wide and close into your normal bite several times. Is there pain, joint noise, other? Now do the same thing, except close so that you are closing with the biting edges of your front teeth touching. Is there any difference in comfort in the 2 jaw positions? If it is more comfortable in the “biting edge against biting edge,” see your dentist. Ask him to make an appliance designed to treat OSA for you. It will support your jaw more forward in the biting edge even with biting edge position. There will be a space between the teeth. They will not touch. This appliance is to treat your joints, not to treat OSA. Wear it all night every night. Allow your jaw 30 minutes to readjust after taking it out before trying to close your teeth together. Your chewing symptoms will decrease with time as your joints heal. You may get a better sleep as well. You may need additional treatment depending on results. READ MORE

  • Can you eat normally with a dental bridge?

    Normal or near normal. Eating with something different is an adjustment even if things are better. READ MORE

  • What can I do for severe tooth pain?

    Go to an emergency room or urgent care center. Either can provide antibiotics and pain medication. READ MORE

  • What toothpaste helps build enamel?

    First you want to maintain and protect the current state of your teeth. Toothpastes that “whiten” do so by removing discolorations that are ON the tooth. That means they have to have stronger abrasive to do so. They do not change the “whiteness” of the tooth itself. Toothpaste that “whitens” is not what you are looking for. Other toothpastes have abrasives as well. It is impossible to know how abrasive they are. Read the labels of toothpastes with tastes you like to decide. You definitely want toothpaste with fluoride. Dipping your brush into baking soda and salt in the palm of your hand remains an excellent choice. It may be the least abrasive. You will receive no fluoride protection from this however. You could alternate if you want. There are some toothpastes sold only to dentists that may be the closest to what you are after. They have claims of improving the teeth as well as protecting them. Talk to your dentist for more information on this. I am glad you are interested in your teeth. There is a great amount of information about protecting teeth in the book GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC. Good luck. READ MORE

  • How can I instantly relieve tooth pain?

    Sorry about your pain. That can be miserable. The answer to your first question is “no.” Second question: Locating an unknown source of dental pain is a very difficult task. An upper tooth can feel like it is on the lower, as well as the opposite. A tooth with a crack within the root can be difficult to locate. Some muscles with problems can feel like a toothache instead of a painful muscle. Good luck in your search. A dentist that accepts insurance may not be able to spend the time necessary to find the problem for what insurance will allow. READ MORE

  • Why do I have black spots on my tongue?

    Probably. Brush your tongue firmly often. Better yet, stop smoking for one month. If no results from above, see your dentist right away. READ MORE

  • Can wisdom teeth cause canker sores?

    Trauma to the soft tissue inside the mouth can leave that area susceptible to getting a canker sore. An erupting wisdom tooth could do this. The area you think is a canker sore could be one of several other things as well. Your best answer would be from a dentist who has examined the area. Sounds like it needs attention right away to prevent possible bigger problems. Thank you for your question. READ MORE

  • What can I do for my child's pain when they had their teeth pulled out?

    The dentist providing the service you described will be better able to answer your question. READ MORE

  • How do you stop wisdom tooth pain at home?

    Knowing the reason for your pain would enable a more accurate answer. I will assume you have wisdom teeth that are only partially erupted into the mouth. The following answer could be wrong if there is some other reason for your pain. Partially erupted wisdom teeth will have some gum covering part of the tooth. Food debris and bacteria can collect under this gum and cause a painful infection. Cleaning the debris from under the gum will help some, but can be painful due to the swelling from the infection. The area is difficult to reach. You may have some success using a water pick type instrument to flush water in the area under the gum. Hydrogen peroxide swished in the area can sometimes bubble stuff out. A trip to the emergency room for antibiotics can help with the infection. An advantage of being an established patient of a dentist is that you can call him for an antibiotic prescription. It can get really bad fast sometimes. The sooner you get to a dentist, the better. Make it a priority. Good Luck. READ MORE

  • Can bad breath be caused by dental issues?

    Assistance from your dentist will help solve your question. There is a long list of possible causes. Here are some to consider: -Large tonsils with crypts. -Sinus problems. -Plaque between the teeth that needs to be flossed away. (Scrub up and down with floss on each in between surface without harming the gum. Think of scrubbing a dirty plate.) -Calculus (tarter) on the teeth that needs to be cleaned off. (It can be under the gum and not visible to you.) -Dental decay. (It can be in an area you cannot see.) -An infected (abscessed) tooth with or without pain. -A gum pocket between the teeth collecting and holding debris. -A gum pocket behind the back tooth where a wisdom tooth is impacted. -Debris imbedded in the roughness of the top tongue surface. Yes, your tongue needs to be brushed. -A general disease producing odors that are escaping though your lungs. The list could go on. You will find the cause easier with professional help as many of these cannot be determined by you. If no cause can be found, a mouth rinse containing chlorine dioxide may help. Good luck as you work on figuring this out. READ MORE

  • Does novocaine have any side effects?

    How many dentists are in your town, your state, your country? Every one of them administers “Novocaine” many times every day, day after day. That is 100,000s every day. If there were any adverse side effects, you would already know about them. The more you relax during the procedure, the easier it will be. However do not “premedicate” yourself with alcohol or such. Go with confidence. READ MORE

  • Does a root canal require anesthesia?

    Yes. Local anesthesia is used before root canal treatment is started. Please call your dentist to discuss your concerns. Sometimes a sedative is an option. READ MORE

  • Why do I have sensitivity in all my lower teeth?

    There are many possible answers to this question. Your best answer would be from your dentist after an examination. A few possible answers: That is just the way it is right now, and with time the sensitivity will disappear Clenching and or grinding of the teeth, especially during sleep Using drinks that have a low Ph. (This includes all sodas, sports drinks, many of the bottled water drinks, fruit drinks, fruit juices, and similar.) You have recently had treatment for gum disease You are using a strong bleaching solution to whiten your teeth Other reasons Your best information will come after an examination and consultation with your dentist. READ MORE

  • What are the best home remedies for toothache?

    You state "often" complains. This is most unusual. Healthy teeth do not "often" cause toothaches. I do not recommend a home remedy for this. Take your son immediately to your dentist for treatment. The toothaches your son is suffering from will only get worse. Do not delay. READ MORE

  • What is the importance of using dental floss?

    Teeth need to be cleaned 360 degrees around every tooth at least once a day. Bacteria between teeth can cause dental decay between the teeth, gum disease, bone loss, and foul odor among other things. Do yourself and other around your a favor. Clean 360 degrees around every tooth at least once every day. READ MORE

  • After my braces were taken off, my teeth became very sensitive.

    Some sensitivity is within normal limits. It may go away with time. The best answer to your question will come from your orthodontist. READ MORE

  • Do I have to floss my dentures?

    It is not unusal for a removeable oral appliance of any type to develop a mild odor. Every item you wear does this: socks, shoes, shirts, etc. It would be unusal for you to be able to floss the teeth on a removeable denture. You may not be able to 100% prevent it. Usually it can be maintained to an acceptable level by regular soaking. You can obtain a tablet or powder from your pharmacy dental section to add to just enough water to cover your oral appliance. If your appliance is old and worn out, you may need a new one. Have your dentist examine your appliance and offer his suggestions. That is your best source of information. READ MORE

  • How often should I get a teeth whitening?

    When you say, "How should I get them a year?" it makes me think you are receiving your whitenings at the dental office. Have your dentist construct bleaching trays for you. You can purchase gel to put in them. Some gel is intended to be worn in the trays over your teeth for ten minutes or so. Other gels are for overnight or so. Work with your dentist on which would be best for you.This way you can whiten you teeth as often as you like. There have been people with very severe natural stains from birth that have used mild whitening every night for a year or so with no known harm. The stronger gels can cause some problems used this much. Again, your dentist can help you select what is best for your needs. DO NOT get these trays or gel from a source other than a dental office. READ MORE

  • If I have mild tooth pain, should I be going to the dentist?

    Teeth are different than many other tissues in the body. It is unable to heal when it has an infection (cavity). The blood supply to the tooth enters through a microscopic size hole in the end of the root. When the nerve of the tooth is inflamed, it swells and cuts off the blood supply. The nerve then dies and causes all sorts of problems. In other words, get to a dentist as soon as you can. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Sleep Disorders, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD, TMJ)Author of: GROWING A HEALTHY CHILD, SECRETS FROM A WISE OLD DOC

Professional Memberships

  • Diplomate Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines  
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain  
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine  
  • Charter Member American Association of Functional Orthodontics  
  • American Dental Association  
  • Arizona Dental Association  

Residency

  • La Co-Usc Med Ctr  

Professional Society Memberships

  • Arizona Dental Association, American Dental Association, Oklahoma Dental Associations, Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, Arizona Sleep Society, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the International Association for Orthodontics

Articles and Publications

  • Published a book 'Growing a Healthy Child-Secretes from a Wise Old Doc'. Past editor for the American Dental Association. Is currently working on a research article.

What do you attribute your success to?

  • His spirituality. Dentistry is his calling and his passion.

Philanthropic Initiatives

  • Worked for the US Public Health Service for 2 years taking care of military personnel.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Home Repairs and Maintenance, Family Time, Licensed Pilot, Enjoys Flying, Anything Outdoors: Water Skiing, Boating, Snow Skiing, Hiking

Dr. William P. Smith D.D.S.'s Practice location

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1785 W State Rte 89A #2D -
Sedona, Arizona 86336
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COLUMBIA, SC 29206
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