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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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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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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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.

 

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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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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