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!

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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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Daily Oral Hygiene: Put Your Heart Into It

Top Yuma Family DentistsIn this post from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we remind your to brush and floss your teeth twice every day. It’s best for your dental health, but this reminder is more so you reduce your risk of heart disease.

The link between dental health and overall health has never been stronger. Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for years of the link between gum disease and heart problems. But a recent study evaluated oral health habits and heart disease risk.

To quote from the Science Daily:

“The authors [of the study], led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines…

“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”

The Scottish survey is one of many that substantiates the link between oral health and overall strength. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, the dental health of each of our patients is important to us. Please schedule your next cleaning and checkup today. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills.

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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Floss Pick Facts For Yuma

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This message from The Yuma Dentist is about flossing the traditional way, and flossing the quick and  easy way.

Health-conscious people want to keep their teeth as clean as possible. But many of them turn to floss picks instead of traditional dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are reasonably priced and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss when it comes to effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible person to do? The first thing is to talk to us. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. But try to use regular dental floss daily, too.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want each of our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. We encourage you to brush and floss every day, and see us for a checkup twice a year. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Hills. Schedule your next 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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Fight Plaque Build-up!

Plaque is that filmy substance that is contantly forming on the surface of teeth. It isn’t easy to see it and brushing your teeth doesn’t get it all, so having a cleaning and checkup every six months at The Yuma Dentist is a very good idea.

That filmy plaque is formed by bacteria and sugars, and coats the teeth. It’s a constant process; the stuff is always forming. That’s why you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. It’s important to remove plaque because plaque is what causes cavities.

Fighting Plaque

The best strategy for fighting plaque is to brush your teeth after every meal. That way, you get it as soon as it forms. We recommend that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a light touch. Hard bristles can be pretty rough on your gums.

Remember to toss your toothbrush out and get a new one every three months or so. Once the bristles start to bend out of shape they don’t work as well. It’s also important to hold the bristles at a 45-degree angle as you brush, and use gentle, circular strokes.

Two Minute Warning

Try to brush for two minutes! Some people find that challenging. You can use a timer to help, or listen to some music to take your mind off the brushing. That way the time will fly by, and you may even go beyond that two minute minimum.

Get inside and outside the teeth, and along the chewing surfaces, too. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. Your objective is to get your entire mouth.

Proper brushing also helps to fight gum disease.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want all our patients to enjoy clean teeth and excellent dental health. So brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a cleaning and checkkup every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and have offices in Yuma and Fortuna Hills. Schedule your next 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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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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