Blog Archive

7 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Invisalign Dec 1st, 2021

A confident smile no longer means years of unsightly brackets and wires.  At Westbrook Dental in Peoria, AZ, Johnny L. Smith, DMD, offers the Invisalign® clear aligner system. The Invisalign system, which can correct a wide range of alignment issues — from gaps to crossbites — uses a series of...

Got Chronic Headaches? You Could Have TMJ Disorder Nov 1st, 2021

Do you often wake up with headaches? Do you frequently suffer from jaw pain that makes it difficult to chew your food? You may have a Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, which is jaw pain from various medical and dental problems. Veteran general and cosmetic dentist Johnny L. Smith, DMD,...

What Is Tongue Scraping and Should You Be Doing It? Oct 1st, 2021

You brush, you floss, you may even use a Waterpik. But have you scraped your tongue lately? Your tongue harbors bacteria — most of it good bacteria — but the rest can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.  Johnny L. Smith, DMD, who brings 30 years of...

Professional Teeth Whitening: You'll Wonder Why You Waited so Long Sep 7th, 2021

Studies conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® showed that 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset. What goes unsaid is that not all smiles are created equal.  Fortunately, if you’ve got dull or stained teeth, you’re not stuck with a lackluster smile. Here at...

How to Handle the 5 Most Common Dental Emergencies Aug 1st, 2021

Dental emergencies may seem minor compared with other medical emergencies, but if you’ve ever lost a tooth or been up all night with a toothache, you understand how these small problems can hijack your life. Whether you’ve broken a tooth or lost a filling, you can take a few steps...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Chronic Jaw Pain Jul 14th, 2021

You’ve heard of a pain in the neck, but what about a pain in the jaw? Jaw pain isn’t one of those aches that comes on as a normal part of aging. It’s your body telling you that some part of your face, mouth, or jaw is having problems. The...

4 Signs of a Dental Abscess Jun 10th, 2021

If you’ve ever experienced a dental abscess, you know how painful and unpleasant it can be. This infection can cause pockets of pus, throbbing pain, and serious complications that can affect your overall health. As a board certified dentist in Peoria, Arizona, Johnny L. Smith, DMD can quickly determine if...

How to Prevent Gum Disease, and the Importance of Doing So May 23rd, 2021

Periodontitis, more commonly called gum disease, refers to an infection along the gumline that causes bleeding, inflammation, and gum recession.  Left untreated, the effects don’t stop at gum and tooth loss. Major health complications could easily follow you if you don’t take care of your teeth and gums.  Johnny L....

What Causes Teeth Sensitivity And What You Can Do About It Apr 1st, 2021

For many, the jingle of the ice cream truck is the sound of summer. But it's no longer fun when you drop your ice cream cone and gasp in pain on your very first bite. If you can relate, you're one of many people with teeth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth are...

Keeping the House Awake With Your Snoring? It’s Time to Consider a Dental Sleep Appliance Mar 1st, 2021

Nearly half of all adults snore, according to the American Sleep Association. If snoring keeps you or your family members awake at night, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but 25 million people in the United States do. In addition to hampering...

What to Do About a Cracked Tooth Feb 9th, 2021

When you have a cracked tooth, your mouth isn’t the only thing that’s hurting. You might avoid smiling or presenting yourself to others, which can affect your social life, self-confidence, and job prospects.  Cracked teeth aren’t just an aesthetic problem, either. Without proper attention, you could end up losing the...

Get the Smile of Your Dreams With Veneers Jan 1st, 2021

Whether you never liked your smile or have acquired oral flaws through age or trauma, help may be as easy as a simple cosmetic procedure: Dental Veneers. At his Peoria, Arizona, practice. Johnny L. Smith, DMD uses veneers to remedy a wide range of smile flaws from chips to gaps....

What is a Deep Cleaning and Why Would I Need One? Dec 1st, 2020

Did you know that 42% of adults in the United States have gum disease or periodontitis? And that periodontitis is one of the primary drivers of tooth loss? While these numbers are alarming, there’s also hope, as gum disease is reversible, especially in its earlier stages. Whether through a simple...

How Your Dentist Can Help Your Sleep Apnea Nov 4th, 2020

Both you and your partner are waking up exhausted from your sleep apnea. Your snoring sounds like a freight train. Plus, the condition has been making you exhausted throughout the entire day.  You may not realize that dentists have tools that can treat your ailment, and Johnny L. Smith, DMD,...

7 Reasons Dental Implants are Your Best Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth Sep 30th, 2020

Whether you're missing one or most of your teeth, those gaps in your smile need not be permanent, and dentures aren’t your only option. Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. They look and function just like natural teeth can last a lifetime and are the only...