Patient Education Is A Priority At The Yuma Dentist

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At The Yuma Dentist, one of the most important things we do is educate our patients. Good dental health depends on good habits, so we want you to have all the information you need to practice those habits.

Regular checkups not only help to prevent cavities. They help to us identify potential problems before they get serious, such as gum disease. And every checkup includes a screening for oral cancer.

We make sure our patients understand all the details of their treatment. We also explain how to care for your teeth post-procedure.

We know that patients want a smile that is beautiful as well as healthy. We work to make patients aware of the numerous cosmetic dental procedures that can dramatically improve smiles. Procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers are simple but can have amazing results.

The Yuma Dentist has offices in Yuma AZ and Fortuna Hills. Services include general dentistry, and a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. 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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Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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This message from The Yuma Dentist is about the importance of protecting the enamel of your teeth.

Our teeth work hard and are constantly under attack. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Tragically, enamel erosion is extremely widespread, though largely preventable. Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal ailments, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

At The Yuma Dentist, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and prevent further erosion if some has already taken place.

Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

  1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been eroded, it can’t be regenerated.
  2. According to the NIH, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion.
  3. Vigorous brushing can impair enamel.
  4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as harmful as sugared sodas.
  5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to treat it right away. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been compromised.

Call The Yuma Dentist to schedule an appointment today. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

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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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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Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have extreme tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post from The Yuma Dentist is for those whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, acute mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the remarkable smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that affect your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that arises when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with numerous damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are typically the best tooth replacement for those with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be handled to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a sturdy foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from previous teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, talk to us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can fix a bite misalignment and is usually required after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

At The Yuma Dentist, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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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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

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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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