An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush Yuma

In this post from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we highlight simple things you can do with your toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

One of the most important habits anyone can form is to always let their toothbrush completely air dry between uses. The best way to do this is to place it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This is much better than sticking it away in a drawer, since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, when you travel make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

A good strategy is to buy two toothbrushes. Then alternate between them so each one has time to fully dry out between uses.

Additional Tips

We also recommend (very highly) that you replace your toothbrush every three months or so. You don’t need to mark your calendar or set up an alert on your phone, but try to keep track of how long you’ve been using one.

While we’re at it: use a soft-bristled toothbrush. They’re much easier on your gums.

Should you use a manual toothbrush, or an electric one? That is a topic unto itself, and  we’ll save it for a future blog post.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. So brush and floss daily and follow the tips in this post. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Replace Old Silver Fillings

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Like any other dental practice, we fill a lot of cavities at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ. Did you know that more than ninety percent of American adults have had cavities at some point in their lives?

We use white fillings, also called composite fillings, and there are some good reasons for that. For one thing, they blend almost seamlessly with your teeth, so that no one is going to know they’re there, even when you burst out laughing. Many patients, in fact, replace their old silver fillings with white fillings.

One reason they do – and it’s another good reason for white fillings – is that more and more people are concerned about the safety of old-style silver fillings. Silver fillings have been used in dentistry for more than a century, and are extremely durable. And make no mistake, they still have the approval of the American Dental Association and the World Health Organization.

But silver fillings contain tiny amounts of mercury, which is a known toxin. While the jury may still be out about whether they should be used, we’d rather be safe than sorry, so we use white fillings.

White fillings are durable and resistant to fracturing. That means they are strong enough to withstand all the pressure put on them from constant chewing. They are especially good for filling small to mid-sized cavities.

Of course, it’s best if you don’t need any cavities at all. That may not be very realistic in the long run. But you can minimize your chances of tooth decay by brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once.

It’s also essential that you see us at The Yuma Dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We are a mercury-free practice offering white fillings that match your teeth. Our services include a full range of general dentistry procedures. We have offices in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills. Make an appointment 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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Saving Teeth

Root Canals in YumaThis message from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ is about root canals. When a tooth is threatened by extreme decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is generally the only way to save the tooth.

During a root canal  (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are taken out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final procedures are the core build-up and crown.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, services include root canals. We also offer dental implants and many other services. We have offices in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an 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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Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth by The Yuma Dentist

Flossing is a bit of a chore. It takes extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. But it’s important to your dental health, so it’s no wonder our team at The Yuma Dentist is constantly reminding our patients to brush and floss.

Flossing is essential, You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen, and for two essential reasons. Here they are:

1. Bad Breath

Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can affect our relationships.

When we meet new men and women, speak with others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our mind. We worry about how bad breath affects first impressions.

It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.

Flossing is a great way to help you avert bad breath.

Flossing helps prohibit plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

To limit your chances of being caught with bad breath, floss every day.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, tooth decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and removes plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.

Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.

We recommend you floss every time you brush your teeth. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. Once a day is your minimum, and nighttime is a good time to floss.

The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ offers general and cosmetic 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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Saliva And Dental Health

Saliva And Yuma

In  this blog post from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we examine saliva, and its role in your dental health.

Saliva is mostly water. No surprises there. A small portion of it, though, is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The ideal pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a critical factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that you know how important saliva is to dental health, you can probably see why adequate salivary flow should concern you. For most people, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health problems occur.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. Services include general and restorative dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an appointment 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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Have You Neglected Your Dental Health?

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we stress to all of our patients, at The Yuma Dentist. Coupled with twice-a-year checkups and cleanings, it’s the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every single day without fail, is essential to your dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too. But we understand that some people, for whatever reason, let it slip. Some have even been known to skip brushing and flossing so often, you could say they never do it at all.

It’s Worth It!

In cases like that, some people may think their teeth are too far gone – that no amount of treatment can restore their dental health. If that sounds like you or someone you love, we’re here to tell you it isn’t so. There is always a way to make your teeth look and feel better.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it will be worth it. In cases of neglected teeth, initial treatment begins with an inspection in our office. At that time we will identify the need for any fillings or extractions. A root canal may be in order, too – but don’t let those words frighten you. Modern dentistry has taken the pain out of even difficult cases.

We’ll also be looking for signs of gum disease, which is common in cases of neglected teeth. If we find it we’ll begin a sequence of cleanings and treatments to revive your gum health.

There Is Always Hope

Once we have your mouth back in a healthy condition, we start looking at what needs to be done to fix any damage. It may not be a walk in the park, but it won’t be as bad as you might imagine. And it will definitely be worth it, in the long run.

Your biggest takeaway from this post should be this: there is hope for your teeth.

At The Yuma Dentist we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an 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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Clean Teeth, Happy Mouth

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing us at The Yuma Dentist twice a year.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are dozens of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At The Yuma Dentist the dental health of each of our patients is our number one priority. We offer a full range of general dentistry services, and are a mercury-free practice. Visit our office in Yuma AZ or the Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an appointment 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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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

We all rely on our teeth every day: for smiling at friends and neighbors, and allowing us to enjoy delicious, nutritious meals. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we never want anyone to take their teeth for granted.

Here are some things about teeth and dental health you might not know. None of it is trivia!

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as vital as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription meds can increase your risk of tooth decay.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of babies between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated decay.
  7. Heartburn can be damaging for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as harmful for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we don’t want any of our patients taking their teeth for granted. Our services include general dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. We have offices in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an appointment 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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The Techno-Toothbrush

Are electric toothbrushes any better at cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes? The answer depends on who you ask, because both have their advocates. In this article from The Yuma Dentist, we aren’t going to recommend one over the other. We’re just going to take a look at the world of the electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. But they first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have evolved considerably since then. When it comes to electric toothbrushes, there is a lot of choose from.

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

Sonic

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but we think they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But advocates say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

When all is said and done, it depends on the person doing the brushing. A manual toothbrush used properly does a fine job cleaning your teeth. But you can always take it to the next level with a standard electric, or even a sonic, toothbrush.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, what we really want is for each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today. We also have an office in Fortuna Hills.

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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Excellence In Family Dentistry At The Yuma Dentist

Excellence In Family Dentistry At The Yuma Dentist

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma, we are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. We emphasize the importance of good dental health to each one of our patients, every time one of them sits down for a checkup. We stick to the basics: brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. But there’s more to it than that.

At every checkup, we examine your for any signs of gum disease. In its mildest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easily treated. Stepping up your dental care routine at home is often enough to do the trick.

In its more severe form, gum disease is called periodontal disease, and it’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of all Americans over the age of thirty have periodontal disease. That’s nearly sixty-five million people! It can be still be brought under control, but it takes more aggressive treatment.

Good dental health means you probably don’t have much of a problem with bad breath. Of course, most of us have yukky breath when we first wake up in the morning. But brush your teeth after breakfast and you should be good to go. In most cases of chronic bad breath – about eighty-five percent of them – poor dental hygiene is to blame.

Every dental checkup includes a screening for oral cancer. The American Cancer Society projects that about 53,000 people will get a form of oral cancer this year. Of those, nearly eleven thousand cases will be terminal.

As with any cancer, the earlier the detection and diagnosis, the better the chances of beating it. That fact alone should be enough to get most people in to see us every six months.

Finally, when it comes to dental health, your toothbrush and dental floss are your best friends. Brush and floss at least twice a day. When you brush, you remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth and causes cavities. Flossing gets out the gunk that builds up between the teeth.

And there you have it: a more detailed discussion on the importance of dental health, and seeing us twice a year at name of practice. In addition to checkups, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule an 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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