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By Dr. Jill Markos
August 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

What your dentist in Vancouver wants you to knoworal hygiene

If you’ve grown up keeping good oral hygiene habits, you’re lucky. Many adults grew up during a time when good oral hygiene wasn’t part of their daily routines. That’s why many adults have a mouth full of fillings and crowns. Thankfully, times have changed! Children, teens and young adults are now growing up with the skills necessary for a beautiful, strong smile.

If you or your children haven’t begun practicing good oral hygiene habits, it’s not too late! Dr. Jill Markos in Vancouver, WA, wants to help you develop the skills necessary so you can enjoy a great smile for life.

It’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits because it’s the best way to remove plaque. It’s important to remove plaque thoroughly and regularly because plaque contains millions of tiny bacteria that can destroy your smile. The bacteria in the plaque produce toxins strong enough to eat away at tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. The toxins can also infect your gums, causing gum disease, and destroy the supporting bone, causing periodontal disease.

You can do a lot to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal problems by following these simple steps:

Brush your teeth after meals and before you go to sleep. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth in a gentle, circular motion. You don’t need to press down hard; it’s the movement, not the pressure that cleans your teeth. Brush along the gumline, at an angle between the teeth and gums.

Floss at least once each day to get in between your teeth, where the toothbrush can’t reach. Using a small piece of floss or floss picks, wrap around each tooth as you floss. This technique helps the floss adhere to the shape of the tooth so you are able to floss the roots and deep down in between teeth.

You can also add a fluoride mouthrinse before you go to sleep. Allow the mouthrinse residue to remain on your teeth so that it may remineralize your tooth enamel.

Good oral hygiene habits are simple and don’t require much time out of your day, but the benefits are great. For more information about good oral hygiene habits and other dental issues, call Dr. Markos in Vancouver, WA. She can partner with you to make your smile great, so call today!

Want a great-looking smile? With options like crowns and bridges, your dentist can take your smile from being so-so to simply beautiful. restorative dentistryDr. Jill Markos is one of the finest dentists in Vancouver, WA. She offers a full range of dental services, including crowns and bridges. Read on to learn about the benefits of dental crowns and bridges.

Dental Crowns Overview

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are protective coverings that are placed over damaged or weakened teeth. Dental crowns are used to restore weakened, broken, discolored, and damaged teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, dental crowns are cemented onto teeth, and can only be removed by your Vancouver, WA dentist.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can improve the appearance of your teeth. They can instantly correct tooth discoloration, misshapen teeth, chips, cracks, fractures and more. Crowns are also used to prevent weakened teeth from deteriorating.

Dental Bridges Overview

Fixed bridges are dental restorations that fill the empty spaces where teeth are missing. A crown is made for the teeth on either side of the lost tooth with a prosthetic tooth in between them. A bridge is shaped and colored to look like your permanent teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

A bridge can restore your smile and improve your appearance. Bridges look great and match permanent teeth exceptionally well. A bridge can also prevent your natural teeth from drifting out of place. When a bridge fills in your smile's gaps, the existing teeth are supported on all sides and have no place to shift.

If you need a dental restoration why wait? Start your journey today! Call our dental office at 360-693-2544 today to schedule a consultation in Vancouver, WA. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

By Dr. Jill Markos
April 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Your teeth work hard every day, so it's not unusual for them to show the effects of all that wear and tear eventually. Fortunately, you can cosmetic dentistryrepair damaged or unsightly teeth and brighten your entire smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures. Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos, shares information on a few treatments that can make a big difference.

Cosmetic fillings

Do you reveal your dental history every time you open your mouth? If you have silver amalgam fillings, there's no way to hide the fact that you've had cavities. Cosmetic fillings offer a better option. The fillings are made of a flexible material called composite resin that's tinted to match the shade of your teeth.


Composite resin is also used for bonding. The material is very soft and can be shaped to fill in damaged areas of your teeth, change the shape of crooked teeth or close gaps. It's also a good choice if one of your teeth has become darker. Although composite resin is initially soft, it hardens in just seconds when it's exposed to a curing light.

Contouring and reshaping

Improving a tooth's appearance can be as simple as removing a small area of enamel. When you undergo a countouring and reshaping procedure at Dr. Markos' Vancouver office, she'll strategically remove enamel to eliminate small chips, improve the look of a crooked tooth or get rid of overlapping areas.


Dentures dramatically approve the way you look and allow you to eat solid foods easily. Depending on the degree of tooth loss, you may need partial or full removable dentures or overdentures. Traditional dentures aren't the only choice available today. Implant-supported dentures, available in removable or permanent forms, can increase your comfort and make chewing easier.


Veneers, ultra-thin porcelain shells, are cemented to the fronts of your teeth to enhance their appearance. They offer a long-lasting alternative to teeth bleaching, but can also be used to lighten a single tooth. Veneers offer excellent coverage for chips, gaps, pits and cracks.

Upgrade your smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call your Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos, at (360) 693-2544 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Jill Markos
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Caring for your smile often means more than just brushing and flossing every day. From seeing your dentist regularly to taking care of dental implantslasting issues like missing teeth, you may require some extra steps in your dental routine to gain a truly healthy smile. Luckily, dental implants can help you get back on the right track and replace your missing teeth permanently and effectively. Learn more about dental implants with Dr. Jill Markos at Jill Markos DDS in Vancouver, WA.

Why is replacing my missing teeth important? 
Missing teeth, whether due to injury, trauma or dental issues like tooth decay, come with their fair share of side effects. While tooth extraction may seem like the most simple and straightforward procedure for a damaged or broken tooth, it often causes more problems than simply repairing the tooth would. Missing teeth lack the tooth’s root as well, meaning that the bone in which the tooth lies becomes unstimulated and begins degrading over time, causing bone atrophy. This can eventually cause to other unfortunate occurrences like sagging facial skin which can cause premature aging. Additionally, missing teeth affect the mouth’s bite, making chewing or eating more difficult and causing conditions like TMJ disorder.

The Benefits of Dental Implants 
Dental implants replace both your missing tooth and its root. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants fight against bone atrophy and, since they lie directly in the jaw bone, are completely permanent and non-removable. While the process for dental implants does take longer than that of a dental bridge or dentures, your mouth will thank you years down the line when your dental implants still hold up strong against everyday use. These strong and effective tooth replacements are built to last and will remain in your mouth for a lifetime.

Dental Implants in Vancouver, WA
Dental implants require that patients be in good dental and general health and able to undergo general anesthesia during their surgical procedure. Patients should also have adequate bone remaining in their implant site to hold their implant securely in place. If there is significant bone atrophy, patients may require a bone graft to rebuild the missing bone. Your dentist can help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Markos at Jill Markos DDS in Vancouver, WA. Call (360) 693-2544 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Markos today!

By Dr. Jill Markos
December 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Like getting enough exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet, most of us are aware that good oral hygiene habits, like brushing and oral hygieneflossing every day, are necessary for an attractive and healthy smile. But even with an avalanche of information and the best intentions in the world, millions of Americans still suffer from some degree of periodontal (gum) disease every year, according to the American Dental Association.

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, Dr. Jill Markos, a Vancouver, WA based dentist, recommends scheduling a dental check up and professional cleaning every six months to monitor the ongoing health of your teeth and gums. Making regular dentist appointments a regular part of an oral healthcare routine is important for several reasons. Even with consistent brushing and flossing, traces of gum disease causing bacteria can still collect and solidify between the teeth and gums. Regular dental cleanings pick up where a toothbrush and floss leave off.

Preventive Dental Care in Vancouver, WA

The goal of a good oral hygiene routine is to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. No matter where you are on your oral health and general wellness journey, a visit to the dentist is a great place to start. Regular dental visits can also help us get back on track with our oral hygiene when we inevitably fall off every now and then. A busy schedule can make it easy to fall into bed too exhausted to brush and floss at the end of the day, or to overindulge on sugary drinks and snacks around the holidays. Visiting the dentist every six months will help to catch potential problems before they can advance and cause lasting damage.

Tips for Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy Between the Next Dentist Appointment

  • Carry a travel toothbrush or keep one in your desk at work to brush after lunch or afternoon snacks
  • Flossing can be done at any point in the day, as long as you do it once every 16-24 hours
  • Overconsumption of sugar can sabotage oral health as well as waistlines
  • Smoking and tobacco use increase the risk of gum disease and tooth loss - just say no

Find a Dentist in Vancouver, WA

It is always a good time to invest in oral health. For more information on how to prevent gum disease and keep your teeth and gums healthy and looking their best, contact the office of Dr. Markos by calling (360) 693-2544 to schedule an appointment for an oral exam and professional dental cleaning today.

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