A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool: The X-ray

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At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, providing first rate dental care is much easier when we have extensive information about our patients’ dental health.

Pictures are more accurate than written notes. Since they show what’s going on below the surface, they’re worth even more than a thousand words. Along with a thorough visual oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

There are several types of x-rays:

  • Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
  • Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
  • Occlusal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.

How often we take X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your dental health. Because children are growing and experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.

Should you worry about X-rays? They use radiation, but are designed to minimize patient exposure. Patients only get negligible amounts, making them safe. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we are committed to providing the best possible dental care. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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5 Reasons To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

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When was the last time you looked into the mirror? Were you totally satisfied by what you saw? If the answer is, “Not really,” then you may want to check out at these five great reasons to meet with us at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, to see how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile.

  1. The first reason is that a little cosmetic dentistry goes a long way. Some of the most popular procedures, such as teeth whitening, are easy to do, but have compelling results.
  2. Next, you might be surprised at how reasonably priced it is! Next time you are in our office, ask for a price chart. You may be pleasantly surprised.
  3. Don’t worry about pain, we will keep you comfortable. Many people expect the procedures to hurt, but we’ll help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort.
  4. You’re never too old! Many mature patients think cosmetic dentistry procedures are only for the young. Not so! Many patients say they look years younger after the treatments are complete.
  5. We can treat your particular issue. Some folks have been led to believe that they have to live with chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, but we have the tools and  to fix a wide array of dental problems.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we transform smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. We also have a full range of general dentistry procedures. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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The Wow Factor

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At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we continue to achieve fantastic results with our cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers. If the term “cosmetic dentistry” is unfamiliar to you, it’s a type of dental care that focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth and teeth, and how they come together in your smile.

There are a number of common cosmetic dentistry procedures available. The most popular are teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

  • Teeth whitening can transform your smile in ways that far surpass any whitening product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are affixed to the front of your teeth. They are great for covering chips and cracks that detract from your smile.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, our cosmetic dentistry will leave you saying “Wow!” We also offer a wide range of general dentistry services. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we are big advocates of good dental health, and really promote regular brushing and flossing. Since we’re a dental practice that should come as no surprise.

Many of our patients bring questions with them to their checkups, like which toothpaste to use or proper tools and techniques. We think that’s great, since we are all about educating our patients. Some of our answers are as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

We strongly recommend gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush. It will clean your teeth and massage your gums. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Visualize your mouth in four sections and spend a good 30 seconds in each one. Get the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently brush the gums. Be sure to pay attention to the far side of the back tooth. It’s never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin.

Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening. You’ll remove any debris the toothbrush couldn’t get.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult if you aren’t home for the midday meal. To maintain good dental hygiene, brushing is priority one.

There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth. Choose the flavor you like best, but be sure it has fluoride and carries the American Dental Association seal.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, the dental health of each of our patients is always our top priority. Services include general and restorative dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Call for your next checkup today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Professional Teeth Whitening In Yuma

Professional Teeth Whitening at The Yuma DentistA beautiful smile leaves a lasting impression. Professional teeth whitening from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ can improve your appearance, and give you a big boost in self-confidence.

Our teeth often turn yellow or gray as we age. The things we eat and drink, such as colored sodas, coffee and red wine, take a toll as the years go by.

There are lots of whitening products available at any grocery store. At best, they do an adequate job of whitening your teeth. None of them can compare to the results you’ll get from professional teeth whitening.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we use Glo Whitening, a light-activated teeth whitening procedure that will leave you with a stunning new smile. It’s just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer. We have offices in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, we can help with professional teeth whitening at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ.

Everyone, it seems, would like to have teeth that are whiter. The good news is that it has never been easier to achieve. Just take a look at all the whitening products that are available in any grocery store and you’ll see what we mean. From whitening toothpastes to strips and other products, there is a lot to choose from.

While most of the commercially available products do an adequate job whitening your teeth, they cannot compare to professional teeth whitening. And who wants to settle for adequate, anyway?

We use the Glo whitening system, a light-activated procedure that leaves you with a brilliant, dazzling smile. You will be amazed!

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry procedures that improve smiles every day. Schedule an appointment to find out what we can do for your smile! We also have a Fortuna Foothills office. Call today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Focusing On The Top 3 At The Yuma Dentist

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There are three dental health issues that affect as many as a third of all Americans. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want all of our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. If any of these common issues affect you, tell us. We can help.

The problems were identified by the Health Policy Institute, which is part of the American Dental Association. In a survey of fifteen thousand people from all walks of life, they asked about problems with teeth and gums.

The top three answers were:

  • Tooth pain
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Dry mouth

Tooth Pain. When a tooth hurts, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. The most likely cause of tooth pain is a cavity, but it’s not the only one. It could also be a sign of gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

Difficulty With Chewing. This too may indicate a cavity, but again, there could be other problems. There may be enamel erosion, a cracked tooth, or recessed gums. It can be serious, because certain foods may be difficult. If you avoid them you could be missing out on important nutrients that your body needs.

Dry Mouth. This, in fact, was the most common issue cited in the survey. It isn’t just a matter of being thirsty all the time. Chronic dry mouth can indicate poor saliva flow. This, in turn, can indicate a systemic condition. Dry mouth is a common side effect from some prescription medications. Poor saliva flow makes you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, call us at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ right away to schedule an appointment and we’ll see what’s going on. We offer general dentistry services, and specialties like dental implants. We have a second office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Our Standard Of Excellence

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we are dedicated to the dental health of each one of our patients. We want everyone who settles into one of our chairs to have a good experience. But just as important, we want our work to result in healthy teeth and gums that last a lifetime. That is our standard of excellence.

We offer comprehensive services to treat your dental issues, whatever they may be. We promote preventative dental care and education, and view them as the keys to good dental health. That is why we encourage all our patients to see us for a cleaning and checkup every six months.

Regular Checkups

Twice-yearly dental appointments allow us to keep track of the overall health of your teeth and gums. We’ll also do regular screenings for oral cancer, and in our younger patients, make sure their teeth are coming in as they should.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, your dental health is a window to your overall health. The link between dental and general health is by now well-established. Knowing your overall medical history helps us to be informed of your general health.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want each of our patients to have a positive experience in our office. We are all committed to the highest standard of excellence in dentistry. Our services include general dentistry and dental implants. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Ouch! Are Your Teeth Sensitive?

Are Your Teeth Sensitive In Yuma?

If you feel tooth sensitivity when you sip coffee or bite into ice cream, The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ is here for you.

Millions of Americans cope with sensitive teeth. Problems with hot and cold foods and drinks are one of the most common complaints. Tactile issues – biting or chewing hard foods – is another.

Fortunately, many cases of sensitive teeth respond to special sensitivity toothpastes. There is a lot to choose from, and most toothpaste brands include a line for this issue. Lots of people report results in as little time as a week or two.

Even if you’re in that lucky group, you should have your sensitive teeth checked by a professional. One of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is enamel erosion, which can expose the dentin. Believe it or not, aggressive brushing or using a hard-bristle toothbrush can lead to enamel erosion, which is why we always recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Other causes of sensitive teeth include:

  • Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding)

The most important thing is to talk to us about it at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ. We’ll advise you on treatment. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Missing Teeth? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

Missing Teeth In Yuma? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

If you have had years of dental problems or are embarrassed by your teeth, The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ can help you find the restoration procedure right for you. You could be a candidate for complete or partial dentures or dental implants.

Partial dentures fill in the gaps, replacing missing teeth to complete a smile. Partial dentures can prevent natural teeth from moving. Many Yuma dental practices can complete these procedures in one day.

Another alternative is a dental implant. A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone, actually replacing both the root and crown of the tooth. Dental implants prevent bone recession, and can even anchor a full denture arch.

To find out more about dental implants and implant-supported dentures, please schedule an appointment with The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ. We also have an office in Fortune Foothills. Call today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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