To Chew Or Not To Chew

To Chew Or Not To Chew In Yuma

Hello gum chewers, The Yuma Dentist is going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help protect your smile from cavities?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be beneficial in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener that not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but also has antimicrobial properties that diminish plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the ideal practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, opt for a sugarless gum with xylitol.

At The Yuma Dentist, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for ideal dental health. However, some dental patients worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning. It could be a sign of gum disease, which is treatable at The Yuma Dentist.

If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. But, if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you really need to look into the possibility of gum disease.

Gum disease develops when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Avoiding gum disease is just one of the many essential goals we have for our patients at The Yuma Dentist. Along with ideal dental health, we also seek to give our patients the remarkable smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry.

Some effective procedures include porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental bonding, teeth whitening, inlays/onlays, and tooth implants. If you want to correct several unattractive features in your smile, we can design a custom smile redesign that includes a combination of these services. It is not an exaggeration to say that modern cosmetic dentistry performed with skill truly works miracles with your smile!

To schedule an appointment, call The Yuma Dentist today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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A Ginormous Cavity?

Yuma Cosmetic DentistryWhen the Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma repairs a tooth that has tooth decay or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

If there is a chip, crack, or tooth decay on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully at Yuma Family Dentist. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

At Yuma Family Dentist, the inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. The inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not cause tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and safeguard against further decay or deterioration

Call The Yuma Dentist to book a consultation today. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk

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Many health-conscious people exercise regularly, and some use sports drinks for hydration. In this post, Yuma Dentist offers a word of caution.

While it’s true that sports drinks help preserve electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel is compromised, those pearly whites are more staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants stained teeth, so next time you’re at the gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already noticed staining or tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, give The Yuma Dentist a call. We have offices in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Trust The Yuma Dentist For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it helps with living a healthy lifestyle. At the Yuma Dentist, we caution our friends and neighbors not to rely on online dental information exclusively; let us  verify its accuracy.

Misconceptions about medical treatment in general, and dentistry in particular, began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous. But the web has accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

Some of the most frequent dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid dental treatment because of something they read online. We encourage our patients to bring any concerns to The Yuma Dentist. We’ll help you sort the reliable information from the less-reliable.

At Yuma Family Dentist, we are enthusiastic about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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What Can The Yuma Dentist Do For You?

Hello, and welcome to the Yuma Dentist blog. We provide the general dentistry that keeps the teeth and gums of each of our patients healthy.

Teeth may seem like bone, but they are actually living structures. Inside that hard exterior is complex system of tissue. And the teeth themselves are anchored to your jaw by ligaments and a material called cementum.

Because there is so much more than meets the eye, we urge our patients to take good care of their teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day, and by visiting our office twice a year for cleanings and a checkup. Our hygienists will remove any accumulation of plaque and tartar that has built up, and one of our dentists will give your teeth and gums a thorough inspection.

Why do we stress this? Because research has shown there is a connection between the health of your teeth and your overall physical health. In short, a healthy mouth can help you maintain a healthy body.

At The Yuma Dentist, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry.. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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You Know It When You See It

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You may not be able to convey why all the elements blend in perfect harmony, but you know it when you see it. We’re talking about a beautiful smile. You can find these elements via cosmetic dentistry at The Yuma Dentist.

Here are a few of the most obvious elements:

  • Tooth Color: shade, brightness, uniformity
  • Tooth alignment: straight or crooked?
  • Tooth size and proportions: are some teeth much larger or smaller than the rest?
  • Tooth spacing: is there crowding or big gaps between teeth?
  • Gumline margins: how much gum shows when you smile?

Here are some other important elements that may be less familiar to the layperson:

  • The amount of teeth that show when the mouth is at rest
  • The relationship of the smile line and the lip line
  • Zenith points: the highest point of the gumline in relation to the center of the tooth
  • Midline placement: the smile should be centered in the middle of the lips, mouth, and face
  • Mesial inclination: the tops of the teeth should angle slightly away from the midline

If crucial design principles are not followed, the smile may look “off” or the function of the teeth and jaw could be adversely affected. If you are for a beautiful smile, call The Yuma Dentist. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a consultation with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Whitening For 3 Types Of Tooth Stains

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If your smile could use some brightening, what are you waiting for? Professional teeth whitening by The Yuma Dentist can dramatically improve their appearance.

It is important to realize that not every Yuma smile responds the same to teeth whitening. The degree of whiteness attained and the treatment time necessary depends on the type of stains being treated.

1. Surface or extrinsic stains are the most accessible and easiest to remove. They are caused by the usual suspects: coffee, tea, wine, cola, smoking and the natural aging process.

2. Intrinsic stains can be lightened but it may take a bit longer. These stains form from the inside out but are visible through the enamel. They can be caused by trauma, tetracycline antibiotics, infection, or excessive fluoride use in childhood before the enamel is fully formed.

3. Combination: Some Yuma dental patients have both extrinsic and intrinsic staining. As we age, our teeth change – regardless of how well we take care of them. Two things that work against us is that our enamel thins while the dentin underneath fades and yellows. Again, the extrinsic stains on the enamel are the quickest to lighten, but ongoing treatment with a peroxide-based penetrating whitener can lighten the deeper discoloration.

It is best to trust fast teeth whitening treatment to the care of an experienced practice like The Yuma Family Dentist. We also offer  dental implants. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Call Them What You Will, Just Keep Them Healthy

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Chompers. Pearly Whites. Dents. Gnashers. Grill. While you can switch up what you call them, you should never switch up a well-engrained oral healh routine.

Practicing proper oral hygiene daily with pay off throughout your life. You’ll prevent tooth decay, plaque, and gum disease, not to mention bad breath (something friends, family, and coworkers will also appreciate).

Speaking of pearly whites, following basic dental health advice from your dentist will help keep your teeth looking their best as well. If you’re interested in a smile makeover, your dentist can tell you about procedures such as dental implants, teeth whitening, clear braces, and cosmetic bonding.

Here at Yuma Dentist, our services include:

cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry
teeth whitening
Invisalign

For the best oral health, be sure to floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day, and see us at The Yuma Dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Let’s Talk About Your Smile

Let’s Talk About Your Smile

One of the best things about the dental profession is interacting with our patients. During initial dental consultations, we listen carefully to each one’s short and long term dental goals.

We enjoy discussing options and developing effective treatment plans tailored specifically to each person. Some of our patients desire a total smile makeover. We explain in detail the treatments available including teeth whitening, dental veneers, orthodontia, crown restoration, and dental implants.

If a patient is nervous about undergoing treatment, we discuss sedation dentistry. This is a great option for anxious patients. Dental visits do not have to be painful!

After the treatment has been completed, it is very gratifying for us to see our patient’s reaction to their new smile.

If you have been considering a smile makeover, let’s talk about it. Call Yuma Family Dentist to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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