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

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Care, General Dentistry, Oral hygiene

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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When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Brushing your teeth is essential to oral hygiene, but there are times when it’s better not to brush. Sound counter-intuitive? The Yuma Dentist explains.

Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the important job of safeguarding teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also safeguards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly wondrous. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at Yuma Family Dentist encourages our patients to safeguard their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva guards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the answer for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

In addition, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Yuma residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s critical to get a mouthguard immediately. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the cavities that can follow. Athletes should also guard their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard. For more information, communicate with dentist Franklin Hulme at Yuma Family Dentist about custom mouthguards.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already transpired. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can hurt enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also hurt enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can cause cavities which erode enamel just as efficiently as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

At the Yuma Dentist, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. And we encourage you to brush and floss, for the best oral hygiene! Schedule an 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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This Is The Year For A Beautiful Smile in Yuma!

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If you are not familiar with the latest dental advances, you might not realize what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. At The Yuma Dentist, we can transform your smile from ordinary into something beautiful.

Cosmetic dentistry is dedicated to improving the appearance of teeth. The goal is to create positive change to your teeth and smile. Here are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry services that can make a big difference in your appearance:

Teeth whitening. In-office teeth whitening far surpasses anything you can get from a toothpaste tube or whitening strips. We use Glo Whitening that uses LED lights to transform your smile.

Porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can cover crooked or misshapen teeth, or teeth have have become dull over the years. Veneers have been used for nearly a century.

Dental implants. Missing a tooth? Dental implants look and function like a natural tooth. Because a titanium post is implanted in your jaw, where a tooth root once was, they have the added advantage of preventing bone loss.

We offer the full range of cosmetic dental procedures to provide you with a beautiful smile. Visit our smile gallery to see what cosmetic dentistry from The Yuma Dentist can do for you.

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 Is Necessary For A Dental Crown in Yuma?

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Dental crowns have been available in Yuma for a long, long time. But would you believe the procedure itself has been around for a thousand years or more?

Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting processes in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

A dental crown procedure consists of several steps:

Tooth Preparation
First, the tooth is anesthetized and then prepared. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Usually, the dentist files off tooth structure to reduce the size and create the proper shape.

Sometimes, the tooth is too small to begin with. In that case, the dentist builds up its core with filling material to design a durable base for the crown. All-metal crowns—as opposed to porcelain crowns—have thinner sides, requiring less removal of tooth structure.

Creating a Good Impression
The dentist will use a putty-like substance to create an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not negatively affect the bite.

The Temporary Crown
A temporary crown is used to safeguard the tooth and be certain it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being created. Patients need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

Choosing a Color
If the new crown will be constructed with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to select a shade for the restoration. Most patients don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to ascertain the most appropriate shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

The Lab Team Works Its Magic
The dentist or a laboratory technician uses the model to build the crown. Some dentists have the equipment needed to manufacture crowns right in their office. Same day restorations are created with a machine that mills a crown from a small block of ceramic in the correct shade.

Your Crown Is Put In Place

When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any needed modification to attain a great fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is accurately fitted.

The Yuma Dentist provides dental crowns and implants, along with other cosmetic and general dentistry. Call our office today for a consultation or an appointment.

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Keep Your Mouth Happy! Oral Hygiene in Yuma

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At the Yuma Family Dentist, we encourage all our patients patients to keep up with their oral hygiene so maintain optimum oral health. A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth but one that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods.

Healthy oral habits benefit our taste buds as well as our smiles. Here are some recommendations to help you better enjoy all the flavors and textures that can make each meal a delight.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly. Adequate saliva is also necessary for avoiding cavities and gum disease.

2) Steer clear of processed food with artificial flavors. They’re high in fat and salt, and will quickly desensitize you to subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are bad for a lot of reasons. One that gets overlooked sometimes is that smoking dulls your taste buds. Olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently from smoking.

In addition to healthy teeth and keen taste buds, we want our patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or dental implants, please contact The Yuma Dentist.

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 Works Best? Teeth Whitening in Yuma

Dazzling White Teeth in YumaWhitening your teeth is as simple as visiting The Yuma Dentist for professional teeth whitening. We use the Glo whitening system that uses LED lights to whiten your teeth.

There are many over-the-counter products that promise to whiten your teeth, and they can be effective – up to a point. Toothpastes, whitening strips, and whitening pens can lighten your smile by several shades.

Professional whitening, on the other hand, can whiten your teeth up to seven shades. These treatments penetrate your teeth to remove deep and surface stains.

Your teeth get dull from years of what most of us normally eat and drink. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks are among the substances that stain teeth the most. So once you have had your teeth professionally whitened, it’s best to be careful with what you consume, so your teeth don’t get discolored again.

At The Yuma Dentist, we offer safe and effective teeth bleaching. Our cosmetic dentistry patients can’t believe how great their teeth look once all the stains are gone. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call our office today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-257-1392

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentist, General Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

Helping Teen Teeth: Tips from the Yuma Dentist

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If you are the parent of a teen, you may have some concerns about his or her well-being. Teens don’t always make good choices when it comes to dental health, from consuming too much junk food to resisting trips to the Yuma dentist.

Many eat ramen noodles instead of a square meal. Others seem to spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping (let alone doing homework). Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and impair a smile.

Dental problems manifesting in the adolescent years can influence teeth for life. Let’s review some vital dental issues for adolescents.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing challenging. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Clear braces provide an even better solution for brushing, since they are removable.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth troubles include bite misalignment, dental caries, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is critical to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the counsel of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their daughter or son abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious eating disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging, or intentionally restricting food.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any Yuma high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, even that can damage enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke, if you drink a lot of it. Water is the best drink for teeth.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some teenagers who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate, because calcium is just as essential for adolescents as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily. An alternative is calcium supplements.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit adolescents in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

The Yuma Dentist encourages parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens, and to get them orthodontics if necessary. Too many oral problems develop unnoticed. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we are a holistic practice.

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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