Beware Of An Acidic Diet

Yuma tooth strengthening Most Yuma residents don’t often think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with chemical processes that occur continually.

The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when coming in contact with acids. Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize (re-harden). This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

At Yuma Family Dentist, we are noticing an increase in cases of serious acid erosion. It is apparent that the typical Yuma diet is becoming more acidic.

The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, food with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Yuma teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular in AZ and Yuma cosmetic dentistry professionals are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule an examination with Dr. Franklin Hulme at Yuma Family Dentist, call 928-257-1392 today.

We are a full-service cosmetic and holistic dentistry office with hundreds of satisfied patients in Yuma, Foothills and Winter Haven, CA We are located at 1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104 in Yuma. We are working to raise awareness of the oral health dangers of acid erosion. We hope you have benefited from this Yuma Family Dentist general dentistry blog article and look forward to your visit.

 

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928-257-1392

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85365

 

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Healthy Lifestyles For Healthy Lifesmiles

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Dental health and a brilliant smile depend on much more than simply brushing regularly. In today’s Yuma Family Dentist post, we present a quick refresher course on critical lifestyle practices that affect oral health. You are probably familiar with most of these recommendations, but it is helpful to get a reminder once in a while. We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. After all, the two are inseparable.

DO:

Eat a nutritious diet.
Eat calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that attack enamel.
Brush gently but meticulously at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Make sure you clean thoroughly between teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners such as flossing picks.
If you have children, speak with your Yuma dentist about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
Get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
Have a dental examination twice yearly with your Yuma dentist.

DON’T:

Eat a sugar frequently. Sugar triggers the production of harmful cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel.
Snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to constant bombardment with acids.
Chew on ice.
Use your teeth as tools. Ever.
Drink energy drinks.
Get oral piercings.
Ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.

If you have oral pain or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, call Yuma Family Dentist  at 928-257-1392 to schedule an appointment with Franklin Hulme. Tooth problems get worse over time – especially if there is decay or gum disease.

At Yuma Family Dentist, we serve the Yuma area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry and teeth whitening.

 

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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Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing

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Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush improperly but don’t realize that their dental hygiene practices may be contributing to oral problems. They may pride themselves on their diligence, but frequency does not make up for incorrect methods. One of the most common errors – especially for young Yuma dental patients – is quick, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.

There is a certain logic to this method; when you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The problem is that teeth and gums have special characteristics that require finesse. While enamel is durable, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.

If you use hard bristles against possible cavity makers, froth at the mouth, speed through those 30 inches of tooth surface, and spit everything out in less than a minute, this post is for you.

Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing
:

  • Decay from overlooked food particles
  • Damage to teeth through abrasion
  • Weakened enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Damage to existing dental work
  • Tartar build-up

The friendly dental hygienists at Yuma Family Dentist teach patients the proper way to brush teeth. With a slow, deliberate two minutes twice daily, you can take control of your dental hygiene, improve your oral health, and reduce the risk of future problems.

Smart Brushing Trumps Aggressive Brushing:

Plaque is soft enough to scratch off with a fingernail, so brush accordingly with soft bristles
Angling the toothbrush requires little effort with consistently cleaner results
Proper tooth brushing can prolong that terrific professional-cleaning feel
Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums

If you have already damaged your teeth or gums through aggressive or haphazard brushing, it’s important to fix those problems and get back on track. Call 928-257-1392 to schedule an appointment. At Yuma Family Dentist, we provide individualized treatment for every patient’s dental issues and goals.

 

 

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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Fluoride Treatments: Not Just For Kids

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You rarely hear the word “toothpaste” without it being preceded by “fluoride.” Fluoride is a vital mineral that helps your teeth stay strong. Found in some foods and water, it makes toothpastes more effective at fighting cavities. Teeth are stronger and more resistant to the dangerous acid formed by bacteria. At The Yuma Dentist, Dr. Franklin Hulme may recommend a fluoride treatment in addition to your dental cleaning.

The fluoride used in in-office treatments comes in either a gel or foam, and may be available in several flavors. We apply the fluoride directly to your teeth through the use of a plastic dental tray that fits over them.. The tray stays in your mouth for just a few minutes. Fluoride treatments are a quick and painless way to strengthen your teeth and maintain an attractive smile.

If you wonder if you or your child is getting enough fluoride, speak with us about fluoride supplements. We’ll let you know if they are necessary and determine the precise supplement dosage. Don’t give your child fluoride supplements without your dentist’s counsel. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis, which discolors teeth and makes them more susceptible to tooth decay.

The amount of fluoride your kids receive depends on where you live. They may not need fluoride supplements if they drink tap water from a fluoridated municipal water supply. If your family only drinks bottled water without fluoride, you may want to examine supplementation. Keep in mind that the FDA does not require bottled water companies to list the fluoride content on the bottle label and many brands do not contain fluoride.

If your child is getting adequate levels of fluoride but continues to get cavities, meet with us about beneficial dental sealants. Sealants effectively protect the rear molars from tooth decay.

We’re enthusiastic about preventative dentistry.  Make sure to schedule twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings with fluoride treatments. Call us at 928-257-1392 today!

Yuma Family Dentist is located at 1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104 in Yuma. We provide trusted dental care with a comprehensive menu of general and cosmetic dental services, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants 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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What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer

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During routine dental examinations, your dentist may look for signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer refers to cancers in the tongue, mouth, lips, jaw, and throat. Many dental patients don’t realize the seriousness of oral cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 39,000 people will get oral cancer this year.1

Consider this sobering news from the Oral Cancer Foundation:
“The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid, or skin cancer (malignant melanoma).”2

When your dentist performs an oral cancer screening during your dental examination, he/she will look for red or white spots, bleeding, lumps, difficulty swallowing, loose teeth, any color changes, and mouth sores. Is is important to tell your dentist if your bite has changed, if you have sores that won’t heal, and prolonged hoarseness. An earache in only one ear can also be an indicator.

The existence of any of these symptoms does not mean you have oral cancer, as they can be caused by any number of other conditions. However, if your dentist does discover something unusual, he/she may order additional tests or refer you to a medical doctor for further diagnosis and treatment if necessary.

It’s probably no surprise that the main risk factor for oral cancer is tobacco use. This includes all forms, not just cigarettes. Those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol are also more likely to contract this deadly cancer. People with HPV, a sexually-transmitted virus, have a higher risk and prolonged sun exposure to lips makes lip cancer more likely. All of these previously mentioned factors are lifestyle-related and, to a great extent, preventable. People who don’t use tobacco or drink heavily are statistically far less likely to get oral cancer and a host of other health problems.

For more information about oral cancer screening, contact Yuma Family Dentist at 928-257-1392. If you are looking for an experienced dentist who provides comprehensive general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hulme. Dr. Hulme has been serving the Yuma area since 2012.

 

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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Top 5 Dos And Don’ts Of Dental Hygiene

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Welcome to our blog and thanks for stopping by. Yuma Family Dentist wants to offer you some easy hints when caring for your teeth.

  1. Do: remember you are just wiping the plaque away before it turns to tartar. A gentle brushing at the correct angle can gently wipe the bacteria away. Once plaque has settled into tartar, no amount of scrubbing at home can responsibly remove it.
    Don’t: scrub your teeth and gums until your gums recede and expose parts of your tooth you don’t want exposed.

2. Do: remember your gums need to be cared for. Proper brushing and regular flossing can keep your gums healthy and strong.
Don’: wait to see your a dental professional about sore or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity or mouth sores.

3. Do: create a routine for brushing and flossing that leaves ample time to spend a full two minutes gently cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your delicate mouth.
Don’t:  forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can disrupt a good routine.

4. Do:  make regular dental visits for cleaning and examination by a professional. Call us to set up your initial consultation today: 928-257-1392 . Cancer screenings, cavity checks and removal of tartar from the teeth are vital to maintaining a healthy mouth.
Don’t: worry if you don’t have the healthiest of mouths. Yuma Family Dentist can help you get back on track. Whether you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or sedation dentistry, we can restore what has been lost or counsel with you on the best options. If teeth whitening or Invisalign is what it takes, then we are equipped and ready to serve the Foothills, Winter Haven, CA, Somerton communities.

5. Do: enjoy your mouth and all the wonders it is capable of.
Don’t: put off coming in to find out about the possibility and cost of cosmetic dentistry, implants, veneers, braces, etc.

“A dental office you can’t wait to tell your friends about.”

 

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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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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In 2012, Dr. Franklin Hulme established Yuma Family Dentist. Dr. Hulme is an outstanding dental professional committed to preventative dentistry.

The goal of preventative dentistry is to keep oral health so that no restorative dental work ever becomes necessary. In other words, preventing dental caries, gum disease, and enamel wear.

Dr. Hulme says, “Brushing your teeth and flossing is a good beginning to preventative dentistry. It is also imperative that you get bi-annual exams and dental cleanings. With little ones, dental sealants might be a good option.

Dental sealants are a thin plastic covering, usually used on the very back teeth. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and at the same time tend to be the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to safeguard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.

Many children develop several cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay frequently declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.

Fillings, inlays/onlays and crowns do a great job at saving teeth from extraction, but they don’t last forever. When a 10 year-old gets a cavity in a brand-new permanent tooth, that tooth will probably need periodic attention throughout his life – even if no additional decay arises. Once the enamel has been eaten away by acids, the tooth is forever weakened.

Sealants act as a barrier between food particles, plaque, and the teeth. The good news is that sealants are easy to apply and last for years. After Dr. Hulme applies the sealants, they will be checked with each visit and re-applied as needed. If you are interested in sealants for your child (or yourself), check your dental insurance policy – they may be a covered benefit. Even if not covered by your dental insurance, sealants are a wise investment.

Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings help ensure that teeth are strong and clean and will last a lifetime. Changing your toothbrush every few months and using a toothpaste with fluoride are also important components of proper oral care.

Children should be taught how to properly brush while young. However, parents should still supervise brushing and go over the teeth after the child brushes. If your child struggles with flossing, a water irrigation tool may be helpful. Floss picks can also be easier to handle than a string of floss. Traditional flossing done correctly, however, is the most effective way to clean between teeth.

Don’t believe that dentures are an inevitably for people when they reach their golden years. We have some patients in their seventies with all teeth intact. Call Yuma Family Dentist for an appointment. We can help you develop a plan to keep your teeth in top shape. Healthy, white, strong teeth are the foundation for a lifelong, sensational smile.

If your teeth and gums are healthy, but you don’t like your smile because of cosmetic issues, call 928-257-1392 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. Dr. Hulme offers cosmetic dentistry, along with cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Come learn about advanced cosmetic dentistry available at Yuma Family 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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A Toothache The Size Of Yuma

Yuma Tooth Whitening Patients often come into our dental practice and complain about ‘a toothache the size of Yuma’. I understand this kind of pain and I can help.

Toothache pain for anyone can be unbearable. At the very least, toothache pain can cause you to avoid eating certain foods. Severe toothache pain can be downright debilitating, forcing patients to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.

Common Causes

  • tooth infection
  • decay
  • injury
  • loss of a tooth
  • following oral surgery

A painful tooth means your mouth is trying to tell you something that should not be ignored. The longer you delay treatment, the higher the risk of causing permanent damage to your teeth. I can help you better understand the source of your toothache, and in most cases, I can provide a nearly-immediate remedy. Together, we’ll come up with a treatment plan that works best for you.

Of course, the best way to avoid toothache pain is to visit The Yuma Dentist and maintain regular brushing and flossing habits. Call today to schedule a 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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6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in Yuma cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.

Dental crowns are used for several problems common among Yuma cosmetic dentistry patients:

An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
A broken tooth
A tooth with extreme decay
A tooth that has had a root canal
A tooth that is too small or misshapen
A tooth that prevents a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.

Yuma cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package – don’t bite and pull!) Your Yuma cosmetic dentist can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. Some of our Winter Haven, CA patients have crowns that are still looking beautiful after ten years.

For information on Yuma dental crown prices, invisible braces, conscious sedation, or teeth whitening, call Yuma Family Dentist today at 928-257-1392 or visit https://www.yumafamilydentist.com/meet-dr-frank-hulme-dentist-yuma/.

 

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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3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Yuma Family Dentist, we understand that. But we encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty items on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are crucial for keeping your smile in ideal shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental issues can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in danger.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any degeneration.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1  Dr. Hulme will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is essential.

After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Hulme will detail what is needed moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful! Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Franklin Hulme at Yuma Family Dentist will ensure you avoid extreme dental troubles.

1http://oralcancerfoundation.org/

 

 

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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