Category Archives: General & Family Dentistry

What causes bad breath? Request a visit today

No one wants to be told they have bad breath. Social situations are quickly made awkward when adults realize they’ve been speaking to others with bad breath. But did you know that good oral health can dramatically reduce problems associated with halitosis? Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental of Portland, Oregon […]


How smoking cigarettes impacts the smile

Patients of the Portland, OR area often ask questions with their dental team at NW Heights Dental to learn about the ways in which they can keep their smile healthy and attractive. Stained and discolored teeth are a common complaint, and instead of turning towards tooth whitening services, we often educate patients who are smokers […]


When to remove the wisdom teeth

Just like the appendix and the tonsils, the wisdom teeth, or “third molars,” are no longer necessary. These teeth, which develop in the teen years or the early adult years, often do not have enough room to emerge through the gum line properly. Because of this, they often become impacted, getting stuck near the far […]


What is dental erosion?

Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental of Portland may have told a patient that they are dealing with dental erosion. However, what is dental erosion? What causes it? And most importantly, what can be done to treat it? Below are a few of the most common questions regarding dental erosion: Q: […]


Dental Bridge | NW Heights Dental | Portland OR

What are the advantages of dental bridges?

Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert, dentists at NW Heights Dental of Portland, offer patients in and around Portland, OR solutions to improve their smile’s health, beauty, and function. One way in which patients can improve the efficiency of their smile after tooth loss is with the use of dental bridges. What is a dental […]


Five ways pregnancy affects your oral health

Pregnancy is such an exciting time for many new moms. The growth of the baby, feeling the baby kick, and getting that “pregnancy glow” can make the entire experience all worth it! However, pregnancy can do a number on one’s oral health and wellness. There are many changes that occur in the body which can […]


Why Is a Fluoride Toothpaste Important?

At NW Heights Dental, our team of professionals, including Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert, are dedicated to ensuring patients have access to solutions to improve and maintain oral health. This includes educating patients on good dental health habits and services that address a wide range of common dental problems. Many patients ask about the […]


Understanding the importance of root canal therapy for saving the smile

Taking care of the smile is more than just brushing and flossing after every meal. When problems arise, it is essential that patients get the care they need as soon as possible, to keep the issue from becoming more serious—and more expensive. When patients are faced with an infected tooth, they may experience a severe […]


How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

At NW Heights Dental, our practice is here to assist patients with a wide range of oral health care needs. This may include overall education on how to achieve and maintaining a healthy smile. Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of the Portland, OR area encourage patients to ask questions about their smile’s health. How […]


Can Chewing Gum Keep Your Mouth Clean and Healthy?

One question commonly asked at the practice of NW Heights Dental is: Is chewing gum good for my teeth? Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert are dental professionals who understand the methods of care that patients can do to keep their smile healthy. In some cases, chewing gum CAN be good for the teeth! However, […]


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