We understand that finding the right dentist can be hard – but it doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be! With more than 80 years of combined dental experience in the beautiful city of Walla Walla, we know what our patients are looking for and deliver nothing less than a comfortable, pleasurable experience with each and every visit.

So, whether you’re searching for a Walla Walla dentist to start your journey with, or happen to be switching from another office, sit back, relax, and let us show you how our team at Inland Family Dentistry has been working to make visiting the dentist a great experience for our patients.

We Focus on Building Relationships

We focus our practice around building genuine relationships with each and every patient. Rather than booking you right into a cleaning or treatment, we take the time to get to know you and your oral health journey. On your first visit, you’ll meet with one of our super-friendly dentists and go over any concerns or anxiety you might have about the dentist as well as any specific problems you might want to address.

That’s right, instead of telling you what’s wrong, we like to listen first and understand what you’d like to accomplish so we can better build a customized plan. Have lots of questions? Ask away! We want you to leave your initial visit feeling completely comfortable and fully confident about the proposed cleaning or treatment plan.

Of course, the relationship building doesn’t just stop with your dentist. Whether in the waiting room or taking some X-rays with one of our dental hygienists or assistants, you’ll always feel like more than just another patient.
Services We Offer
Our 80+ years of collective experience as Walla Walla dentists means we’re always staying on top of new services, treatments, products, and techniques to ensure our patients get nothing less than excellence.

Below, we’ve outlined the common services we offer so you can better gauge if we’re a good fit for your specific needs.

1. General Dentistry

At IFD, we proudly use a listen-first approach to general dentistry so that our patients feel heard and fully informed about everything we do during a visit. That means whether you’re popping in for a routine cleaning or you happen to be experiencing a troublesome toothache, we’re going to make sure your level of comfort is exactly where it needs to be.

We’ve heard far too many stories about patients that felt uncomfortable, anxious, and completely clueless as to what the dentist was doing – all of which can ultimately lead to a negative experience.

Our general dentistry services are designed around prevention above all else. Is your oral health not quite where you want it to be? Worry not, we’ll help you get it back on track in no time!

Understanding that prevention extends beyond the occasional visit to your dentist, we make sure all of our patients are equipped with the best dental hygiene practices.

2. Pediatric Dentistry

As a loving parent, it’s only natural to want the best in everything for your child – including the best dentist. Here at IFD, pediatric dentistry holds a special place in our hearts because we’ve seen hundreds of patients that have been emotionally scarred from negative dental experiences when they were younger.

As such, we go above and beyond for our pediatric patients to ensure their visits to the dentist are positive experiences. Our professional team has decades of experience working with children, which allows us to help shy or nervous kiddos.

Of course, our pediatric dentistry services don’t just apply to children that are happily growing into their first set of teeth – we also welcome parents with newborn babies who are in search of some guidance and dental hygiene tips.

Watching your baby grow up is exciting. A lot of oral development occurs in early life, and we are always happy to answer questions. So, no matter where your baby or child is on their dental journey, we’d be delighted to help them work their way into a set of healthy teeth.

3. Invisalign Clear Braces

Braces have come a long way over the last few decades. Dental occlusion, meaning how your teeth fit together, is an important component to oral health and craniofacial development as well. In our practice, we’re proud to offer Invisalign clear braces to eligible patients.

Giving the same smile-fixing benefits as traditional braces, Invisalign clear braces have been helping patients since 1997. With Invisalign, rather than having metal brackets and wires that can’t be removed, you get multiple sets of clear, fitted braces that slip over your teeth and can be taken off while eating or for cleaning.

Though they’re not available for all orthodontic work, Invisalign clear braces are able to fix a number of common issues such as crossbites, overbites, crowding, over spaced teeth, and more. As you progress through each set of aligners, you’ll get a front-row seat to the miraculous journey your teeth take.

If you’re interested in seeing if you qualify for Invisalign, give our office a call.

4. Sleep Apnea Treatment

Characterized by multiple breathing interruptions throughout the night, sleep apnea is believed to affect more than 22 million Americans. Because sleep apnea only occurs when you’re sleeping, most patients don’t even realize it’s a problem until they attempt to deal with the symptoms with little to no luck.

Here at Inland Family Dentistry, we’ve made the treatment of sleep apnea one of our core services since we understand just how detrimental it can be to a patient’s life. In fact, our very own Dr. Goyer is a diplomat of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM).

Having successfully treated hundreds of patients that suffer from sleep apnea, we take into account everything from your symptoms and oral health to the variety of appliances available so we can ensure a custom treatment plan that works.

If you have been diagnosed by your sleep physician and discussed oral appliance therapy as a viable option for treatment, give us a call or let your physician know you are interested in learning more about it. We can schedule a complimentary consultation. Worried your insurance might not cover it? We’re here to work with you on that too. The oral appliance is actually a medical benefit, and, additionally, we are able to bill Medicare if certain coverage criteria are met.

5. Dental Implants

Sometimes, life just happens, and you end up losing one (or more) of your permanent teeth unexpectedly. Whether from an accident, an untreated cavity, or gum disease, permanent tooth loss doesn’t have to be, well, permanent.

Thanks to modern technology, dental implants have come a long way in their four decades of use, both appearing and functioning in exactly the same way as a normal tooth. Here at IFD, we have an extensive amount of experience in dealing with all kinds of dental implant patients, ranging from single tooth replacements to multiple teeth on the top and bottom.

Because we understand just how detrimental missing teeth can be for your overall dental health, we explore every possible option with our patients to ensure they’re comfortable and informed about the available treatments.

Worried about the actual procedure? If you’re experiencing any kind of anxiety, your dentist will happily go through the entire process from start to finish so you fully understand what we’ll be doing to restore that stellar smile.

Let Us Be Your Walla Walla Dentist

So, how did all of that sound? See any services that fit what you’re looking for or address a specific problem you’ve been having? Believe it or not, that’s not even all of the services we offer. As one of Walla Walla’s dental care offices, we’re constantly looking for ways we can better serve our patients.

Come experience our listen-first, relationship-focused approach to dentistry that has allowed us to successfully treat and regularly see thousands of patients. Whether it’s something as simple as regular cleanings and checkups, or something more intensive like implants or dental work, we’re prepared to get your smile exactly where you want it.

From the moment you walk through our doors and into the warm, welcome waiting room, we’re confident you’ll feel the difference and know you’ve made the right choice. From our family to yours, we very much look forward to getting to know you and your smile.

Also known as halitosis, bad breath is that embarrassing odor that emanates from your mouth at seemingly the worst of times. Whether suffering from a daily case of morning breath, which affects nearly everyone, or a more persistent problem that you can’t seem to shake, bad breath can be caused by a number of different factors.

Studies have estimated that around 80 million Americans suffer from chronic bad breath, so don’t feel alone on this. In fact, bad breath is the third most common reason that people visit the dentist for. In this article, we’re going to cover the various causes of bad breath as well as different treatment options so you can get back to enjoying life with minty fresh breath.

What Causes Bad Breath

Unfortunately, while it’s easy to diagnose halitosis, things get a little tricky when trying to pinpoint the exact cause. Below, we’ve covered some of the most common (and not so common) causes of bad breath so you can get a better idea of the culprit in your case.

1. Poor Dental Hygiene
The most common cause of bad breath is the breakdown of food particles that are leftover in the mouth due to poor dental hygiene habits. When food gets stuck between your teeth and around the gums, sulfur-producing bacteria that live on the surface of the tongue and at the back of the throat continue to break down food particles and release an unpleasant odor as a byproduct.

Now, you may be wondering why it is you have bad breath every morning if you thoroughly brushed and flossed the night before. The reason almost everyone experiences morning breath (also sometimes called dragon breath) is because when we sleep, saliva production naturally slows down which causes the mouth to dry out more than usual. As a consequence, this creates an environment in which bacteria can thrive, hence the bad odors when you wake up.

2. Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, the advanced form of gingivitis, is another common cause of bad breath. When plaque is allowed to build up along the gumline for a prolonged period of time, eventually pockets will form between the gums and teeth, allowing bacteria to become trapped. Because this bacteria cannot be reached with simple brushing and flossing habits, it’s free to continue producing unpleasant odors as food particles make their way to the pockets.

3. Dry Mouth
As we touched on before, dry mouth can lead to a bacterial outbreak that constantly produces bad odors. Outside of the morning breath phenomenon that pretty much everyone experiences, chronic dry mouth can be caused by a number of different factors. Though this isn’t a complete list, regular alcohol consumption, excessive stress, medications with side effects, and even certain health conditions can cause dry mouth.

4. Diseases
If you have perfect dental hygiene and regularly visit the dentist for cleanings but still experience chronic bad breath, it’s possible that the root of the problem comes from a different health issue. Diseases like cancer, liver disease, and metabolic disease are all examples of health problems that can cause halitosis. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is another common disease that causes bad breath due to the constant presence of stomach acids.

5. Less Common Causes
Lastly, there are a number of more uncommon causes that affect only very few people experiencing chronic bad breath. To name a few, bowel obstructions, lung infections, and ketoacidosis in people with diabetes can all potentially cause bad breath. Though there are many more, it’s best to let a healthcare professional diagnose the problem.

How to Treat Bad Breath

Because bad breath can be caused by so many different factors, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment approach. That being said, many of the halitosis causes can be traced back to poor dental hygiene so one of the best ways to begin treating and preventing bad breath is by adopting a better, more thorough dental routine.

1. Better Dental Hygiene
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes is the widely accepted standard that greatly helps prevent the buildup of plaque and odor-causing bacteria in the mouth. It’s also recommended that you floss at least once per day to ensure you’re dislodging any food particles that have become stuck between teeth and around the gum lines. In addition to brushing and flossing, we recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months to prevent excessive bacterial growth, and using a toothpaste that has the ADA seal of approval.

2. Stay Hydrated
If you suffer from dry mouth, one of the best things you can do in addition to improving your dental hygiene is stay hydrated. Avoiding substances that dehydrate the mouth such as tobacco and alcohol are a good start, but if you still find that drinking plenty of water isn’t doing the trick, you can try gum or sugar-free candy to help stimulate the production of saliva. When all else fails, you can ask your doctor to prescribe medication specifically for chronic dry mouth.

3. Dental Visit
If you’ve tried all of the above tips and still can’t shake your chronic bad breath, it’s time for a visit to the dentist. Because dentists have a trained eye for identifying the root of the problem, you can save yourself a lot of frustration and time by allowing them to pinpoint the exact cause. Once they’ve identified the issue, your dentist can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.