Bad Breath Is No Fun

Bad Breath Is No Fun For Yuma ResidentsThis post from The Yuma Dentist looks at halitosis, also known as bad breath.

Imagine you are starting a new job and are going to speak with your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. As you reach out to shake the extended hand your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, yet when you open your mouth to exchange greetings you worry about bad breath.

Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Bad breath is a worry and possible embarrassment for many individuals. Regular dental checkups at The Yuma Dentist can help alleviate your concern.

Many conditions and behaviors can cause or contribute to bad breath. One of these is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both notorious for their potent effect on your breath.

Brushing and flossing daily is an essential step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria which can cause bad breath. This not only includes the food particles that may get stuck between your teeth, but also the food that collects around your gums or on your tongue. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce the number of food particles that stay in your mouth and cause bad breath.

Other factors to consider include dry mouth, tobacco use, and health concerns such as infections. Visit The Yuma Dentist and we’ll provide you with information about bad breath in a professional environment. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Hills for your convenience.

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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Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Restorative dentistry has come a long way over the years and there are now several effective ways to correct decayed teeth. In this post from The Yuma Dentist, we concentrate on two similar types of restorations: inlays and onlays.

Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive replacement for a complete crown and either one is usually more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,” meaning that they are fabricated in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional “direct filling” is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist.

So, what’s the difference between an inlay and an onlay?

An inlay is used to repair the surface of a damaged tooth, commonly to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Porcelain or composite resin is used most often. These materials are tough and look very natural because the color can be matched precisely to the surrounding teeth. An inlay is exactly fitted to your tooth and looks, feels, and functions like the original tooth.

An onlay covers a larger part of the tooth. Because they cover such a large area of the tooth, they are often referred to as partial crowns. Onlays are commonly applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, they are accurately fitted to the damaged part of the tooth. Composite resin and porcelain are also the main materials used to create an onlay. As mentioned before, inlays and onlays serve a critical role in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ providers a full range of restorative dentistry services. We also offer general dentistry. 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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What Does Your Yuma Dentist Need To Know?

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For optimal dental health, you should be visiting The Yuma Dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also vital that you discuss issues related to dental health.

Make sure to tell us about any medications that you are taking. If you are using any tobacco products, you should also speak with us about the practice. We might be able to offer you a program that can help you stop.

Additionally, let us know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you have any type of eating disorder, you should also discuss this with us. Ditto if you have a special health issue such as a heart condition. Dental health is an integral part of your overall physical health and cannot be isolated.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and take good care of your dental health. Schedule your next 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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Sore Tooth? Don’t Wait!

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Yuma Dentist patients who wait to have a sore tooth checked end up saying, “I wish I had come sooner.” Even with all the various causes of mouth problems, a toothache sends a simple, clear message: “See the dentist!”

If you wait, the cost to treat it may get more costly as the pain gets more extreme. Affordable dental care is available at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma. Call us now for a consultation.

Mouth pain is never “normal.” The The Yuma Dentist, we will determine the cause of the pain so proper treatment can begin. Possible causes of pain include cavities, gum disease, a broken crown, mouth sores, bite issues, and TMD (temporomandibular disorder). We’ll take care of you and you will quickly be back to pain-free eating, grimace-free speaking and better sleeping.

The Yuma Dentist offers general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Between-Meal Cleaning

At The Yuma Dentist, we always remind our patients to brush and floss their teeth after every meal. And most of our patients take that advice to heart. But what are you supposed to do in the middle of the day? You’re out and about, and your usual stuff – that favorite toothpaste, the container of dental floss – is at home in the bathroom.

What’s the best way to keep your teeth clean between meals?

One of the best things you can do is rinse your mouth with water after you eat. That alone will give your whole mouth a quick cleansing.

A quick brushing is good, too. An excellent trick is what we call dry brushing. That means brushing your teeth without toothpaste. Yes, it sounds a bit strange – but it’s effective, especially if you can use a little water, too. (We know of other dentists who do it themselves.) It isn’t the way you would brush at home, of course, but it’s going to clean the surfaces of your teeth – and that’s half the battle.

The other half of the battle is the stuff that gets between your teeth. A good solution here is using floss picks. They’re no substitute for regular dental floss, but because they have a little handle, you can do it one-handed and without the aid of a mirror. (Just be sure you use regular floss later on, before bed.)

Another effective trick is chewing sugarless gum. It only takes about five minutes of chewing to get the benefits. The gum will remove a lot of the surface debris from your teeth. It also gets your saliva going, which in turn promotes re-mineralization. That’s the process of replacing minerals in your teeth.

Still another good idea is to eat healthy snacks. Raw vegetables and nuts are always a better choice than a cookie or candy bar, or some other sugary treat. Not only that, these rough-textured foods help to scrub your teeth as you chew.

At The Yuma Dentist, we want each of our patients to keep their teeth clean during the day, and hope these suggestions help. We would also like to see you in the office every six months. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and we have an office in Fortuna Foothills for your convenience. Call today to schedule your next checkup.

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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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment At Yuma Family Dentist

Have you ever been eating ice cream cone and suffered a sudden jolt of pain in one of your teeth? It’s a sign of tooth sensitivity. If you’ve got sensitive teeth, be sure to talk to us about it at The Yuma Dentist.

Tooth sensitivity can be an alert that something is amiss. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.

A number of circumstances can cause gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too hard!

If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening such as the ones we do here at Yuma Family Dentist, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few days.

There are several treatments for tooth sensitivity including desensitizing toothpaste. Most brands of toothpaste have a sensitive teeth version.

At The Yuma Dentist, with offices in Fortuna Hills and Yuma AZ, we not only treat tooth sensitivity, we also carry out entire smile makeovers for our patients. Our services include general dentistry and dental implants. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Developing Good Dental Habits

Developing Good Dental Habits In Foothills

Benjamin Franklin said that it’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. At The Yuma Dentist, we think this holds true for almost everything, including dental care.

For parents, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques while they’re young will benefit their smile throughout their life.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Keeping You Comfortable

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At The Yuma Dentist, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are committed to your peace of mind at Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma:

1. We don’t judge you. The dental team at Yuma Family Dentist is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental issue. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to sedation, we will eliminate pain as best we can.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Sedation dentistry not only assists in pain management, it puts you in a deeply relaxed state. We offer laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and oral conscious sedation. With the latter, you’ll need a ride to and from our office.

4. We communicate with you.
 Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give The Yuma Dentist a try. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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Save Money With Dental Implants At Yuma Family Dentist

Yuma Tooth ImplantsQ: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?
A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Many people who lose a tooth do not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. But a dental implant from The Yuma Dentist is almost like getting back a natural tooth.

Dental implants have rightly been hailed as one of the greatest advancements in the history of dentistry. By now they have moved from being a rare procedure to mainstream dentistry. Yet many people worry that the cost is prohibitive.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.

Dr. Scharf notes…

With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.

If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if you receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call Yuma Family Dentist. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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When Style And Oral Health Collide

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Yuma

Oral piercing is a popular form of body art, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. When patients at The Yuma Dentist ask about the safety of oral piercings, we make sure they are aware of the possible consequences.

First, patients should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Your ability to chew, swallow, and speak can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my dental patients generally want to avoid. It’s also critical to know that chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible issues.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern people is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, the damage is severe and sensations never return. An injured nerve can also impact facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

If you’ve read through this and still want to choose a tongue bar or lip piercing, please talk to us first so you can consider the safest decision possible for your oral health.

The Yuma Dentist, in Yuma AZ, can counsel you on these issues. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ
85365

 

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