Think You May Have A Cavity?

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Your teeth need a lot of tender, loving care. But sometimes, in spite of regular brushing and flossing, we end up with a new cavity – the common cold of dental health. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we have been filling cavities for years and would be happy to take care of any cavities or other dental issues you are experiencing.

Cavities refer to tooth decay, and it’s a sad fact that few of us go through life without getting at least one. For some children, a cavity is the first health problem they experience.

Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque. Plaque then clings to your teeth and the acid in the plaque starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth.

Typical cavity symptoms include:

  • Toothache
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to sweet, hot, or cold food and drinks

If you notice any of these symptoms, please give us a call.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we offer white fillings that match your teeth. We’re a mercury-free practice with a full range of general dentistry services. Call to 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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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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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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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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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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