What is Patient-Centered Dental Care?

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What is your perception of the patient-dentist relationship? Would you call it one-sided? Does it seem like the dentist examines your teeth, decides on the course of treatment, and performs the procedure, and you’re practically a bystander? At the Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma AZ, we don’t do things that way.

It Starts With The Atmosphere

You will recognize the difference when you first walk in our doors. You will discover a warm, pleasing atmosphere. We don’t push patients through as if they were on an assembly line.

As a holistic dentistry practice, we see you as a whole person, not just a mouth full of teeth. When we meet with you, you will be able to talk about more than just your oral health. You will discuss your lifestyle, your past dental experiences, your goals, and your concerns. We want to create a long-term relationship with you—it benefits you and helps us do our jobs well.

We Listen

When we examine a patient and find a problem, there is rarely only one solution proposed. We take as much time as necessary to explain the options and answer your questions.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, we can fully assess the many critical factors that impact your present and future oral health.

Does This Sound Good to You?

If this sounds like a good approach, call The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ to schedule an appointment. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a checkup 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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Looking For A Red Carpet-Caliber Smile?

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When you see pics of your favorite movie stars, do you wonder how these men and women can project such perfection? Can ordinary folks ever achieve such beautiful smiles? Thanks to cosmetic dentistry from The Yuma Dentist, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

There are many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available that can produce compelling results. Complete smile transformations combine various procedures to transform your smile. These are the same procedures used by cosmetic dentists that serve the Hollywood A-list.

A common and reasonably priced procedure is teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Many drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your cosmetic dental practice can recommend an effective one, or they may offer in-office bleaching. This is the quickest way to whiten your teeth, sometimes in less than an hour.

If you suffer from missing teeth, most Yuma cosmetic dentists will recommend dental implants. A dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone. This provides strength, natural appearance and function, and comfort. It can also safeguard against the bone recession that is common with a missing tooth.

Veneers, which are custom-made for each patient, are designed to cover the front of the teeth. These are useful for patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth.

The Yuma Family Dentist provides a full range of cosmetic dentistry services that can leave you with a beautiful smile the movies stars might envy. We also offer general 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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Yuma Family Dentist: Calming Root Canal Fears

AZ Dentist Calms Root Canal FearsA dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful and scary place. But we discourage that at The Yuma Family Dentist. But try as we might, root canals still have a strong association with pain. It doesn’t need to be that way.

A root canal becomes necessary when a tooth is badly infected or decayed. Ask anyone who’s been there: infected teeth can really hurt. A root canal is going to alleviate that pain.

Root canals are done to clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the infection and pain. Once it’s cleaned out, we seal the tooth to prevent further decay and finish by applying a crown or filling. This is the process and purpose of a root canal.

To put it another way, root canals have a bad reputation, and with modern sedation dentistry, it is not deserved. Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to us can relieve much of your anxiety.

The Yuma Dentist performs root canals, and also offers general dentistry. Never ignore an aching tooth! 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 Hidden Sugar

preventative dentistry in Winter Haven, CAAt the Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma AZ, we counsel our patients to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health troubles.

If you are trying to get sugar out of your diet, or at least minimize it, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as conspicuous as the frosting on a piece of chocolate cake.

Here are some common foods with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must! The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice

Do the math: when shopping at markets or health food stores, carefully assess food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly comprehend how much sugar an item contains.

At the Yuma Family Dentist, we have offices in Yuma AZ and Fortuna Foothills, where we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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To Chew Or Not To Chew

To Chew Or Not To Chew In Yuma

Hello gum chewers, The Yuma Dentist is going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help protect your smile from cavities?

It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be beneficial in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.

However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener that not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but also has antimicrobial properties that diminish plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.

So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the ideal practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, opt for a sugarless gum with xylitol.

At The Yuma Dentist, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for ideal dental health. However, some dental patients worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning. It could be a sign of gum disease, which is treatable at The Yuma Dentist.

If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. But, if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you really need to look into the possibility of gum disease.

Gum disease develops when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Avoiding gum disease is just one of the many essential goals we have for our patients at The Yuma Dentist. Along with ideal dental health, we also seek to give our patients the remarkable smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry.

Some effective procedures include porcelain veneers, dental crowns, dental bonding, teeth whitening, inlays/onlays, and tooth implants. If you want to correct several unattractive features in your smile, we can design a custom smile redesign that includes a combination of these services. It is not an exaggeration to say that modern cosmetic dentistry performed with skill truly works miracles with your smile!

To schedule an appointment, call The Yuma Dentist 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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A Ginormous Cavity?

Yuma Cosmetic DentistryWhen the Yuma Family Dentist in Yuma repairs a tooth that has tooth decay or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

If there is a chip, crack, or tooth decay on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully at Yuma Family Dentist. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

At Yuma Family Dentist, the inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. The inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not cause tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and safeguard against further decay or deterioration

Call The Yuma Dentist to book a consultation today. We provide general 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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Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk

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Many health-conscious people exercise regularly, and some use sports drinks for hydration. In this post, Yuma Dentist offers a word of caution.

While it’s true that sports drinks help preserve electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), their acidity can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel is compromised, those pearly whites are more staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants stained teeth, so next time you’re at the gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already noticed staining or tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, give The Yuma Dentist a call. We have offices in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills.

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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Trust The Yuma Dentist For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources. Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it helps with living a healthy lifestyle. At the Yuma Dentist, we caution our friends and neighbors not to rely on online dental information exclusively; let us  verify its accuracy.

Misconceptions about medical treatment in general, and dentistry in particular, began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous. But the web has accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

Some of the most frequent dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid dental treatment because of something they read online. We encourage our patients to bring any concerns to The Yuma Dentist. We’ll help you sort the reliable information from the less-reliable.

At Yuma Family Dentist, we are enthusiastic about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. Schedule your next 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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What Can The Yuma Dentist Do For You?

Hello, and welcome to the Yuma Dentist blog. We provide the general dentistry that keeps the teeth and gums of each of our patients healthy.

Teeth may seem like bone, but they are actually living structures. Inside that hard exterior is complex system of tissue. And the teeth themselves are anchored to your jaw by ligaments and a material called cementum.

Because there is so much more than meets the eye, we urge our patients to take good care of their teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day, and by visiting our office twice a year for cleanings and a checkup. Our hygienists will remove any accumulation of plaque and tartar that has built up, and one of our dentists will give your teeth and gums a thorough inspection.

Why do we stress this? Because research has shown there is a connection between the health of your teeth and your overall physical health. In short, a healthy mouth can help you maintain a healthy body.

At The Yuma Dentist, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry.. Schedule 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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