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At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Hills AZ patients sometimes ask us how they should go about choosing a toothbrush. Picking this most basic dental health tool can be as hard as choosing a paint color, and there seem to be just as many choices.

The most important consideration for a toothbrush is soft bristles. We recommend them for everyone: from our youngest patients to the oldest. Soft bristles are gentle on your gums, but are still rigid enough to brush away plaque and food debris from teeth. Remember to use a light touch as you brush, so that the bristles don’t bend.

Tooth enamel is extremely sensitive, and it can wear down over time. Using a hard bristled brush can scratch it. That’s also why you should use a light touch as you brush.

If your child shows any resistance to brushing, get them involved by letting them choose their own brush. There are lots to choose from at the store, including brushes with just about any cartoon character you can think of. The important thing is to settle on one with the ADA seal of approval.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. (So is flossing, but we’ll save that topic for another blog post.)

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Hills AZ we offer complete general dentistry. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry

Rather Have A Root Canal?

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Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ, we perform root canal therapy routinely.

A Straightforward Procedure

Root canals are not all that complicated. The most important thing to remember is that the procedure is done to save an infected or damaged tooth. We do that by cleaning out the infection inside, filling the space that leaves, and sealing it.

Teeth that have had a root canal can last a lifetime. Most patients say their root canals were virtually painless – not much different than having a cavity filled.

One reason for that is modern anesthesia, which is better than ever. We begin with a local anesthetic, and that’s enough for a lot of patients. We also have stronger options.

Root canals are usually completed in just one appointment. It takes about two hours to complete the procedure. You may need to schdedule a follow-up for a crown or filling, but in simple cases everything can be done in just one session.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ, root canals do not live up to their bad reputation. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to our practice for complete general dentistry services. Call today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often; some go as long as five years between visits! At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ, we recommend a checkup every six months.

Here are six great reasons to visit us more frequently.

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people think about the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Patients with oral cancer have a far better prognosis when it’s detected early. Note that tobacco users have a substantially higher risk of developing oral cancer.

2. Cavity Damage

Unfortunately, almost everyone gets cavities. If cavities are caught when they are small, they aren’t difficult (or pricey) to fix.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early and the damage requires a serious fix. Cavities are one of the reasons many people avoid the dentist. Getting a tooth filled used to be painful. Not anymore.

3. Gum Disease

Gum health is a part of an overall dental health. We will check your gums and treat gum disease, if need be.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative influence on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you deal with habits so they don’t become destructive.

5. Deeper Problems

X-ray technology allows us to detect potential problems before they become visible. Many issues can be fixed before damage occurs.

6. More Than Just Teeth

We are concerned about more than your teeth. We care about your overall physical health, and are trained in the anatomy around your mouth, including your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. We always check for signs of trouble.

But we never lose sight of your dental health; at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ, that’s what it’s all about. We offer complete general dentistry. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton also come to us for dental implants, and much more. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Beautiful smile, Dental health, General Dentistry

Pregnancy And Oral Health

Pregnancy And Oral Health In Yuma

Pregnancy is a happy time for most women. But even as you anticipate bringing new life into the world, it’s important to be aware that pregnancy can bring certain dental health risks. We can help you with them at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ.

Before you press the alarm button, let us clarify: being pregnant does not automatically mean your dental health will be at risk. But more than ever, you should brush and floss your teeth without fail, and see us for a checkup.

There is a link between gum disease in pregnant women, and babies being born prematurely with a low birth rate. Premature birth puts babies at risk for many conditions, including cerebral palsy and poor eyesight.

The good news? You are less likely to experience these issues if you enter pregnancy already having good dental health.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Floss thoroughly
  • Have regular dental checkups

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, be sure to tell us at your next appointment. We may want to take certain precautions, like delaying your next round of x-rays.

There’s a lot to learn about when you’re expecting, and that includes your dental health! At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ we have helped women in Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton. Services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Yuma Family Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry, Oral health

Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, you can form a new, good habit in as little as ten seconds, with these suggestions from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Hills AZ.

  • Find a better place for your toothbrush. Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will permit air drying and can curb the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.
  • Leave the floss on the counter. If you want to create consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember.
  • Swish. If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and rinse away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.
  • Smile in the mirror. Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Scrutinize gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.
  • Have a water chaser with dark beverages. Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.
  • Schedule a Checkup. It only takes one short phone call to set up your next checkup with us. And regular checkups help you stay ahead of any potential dental issues!

These are only six suggestions. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Hills AZ, we have plenty more! Our services include general dentistry, and patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton also improve their smiles with our cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry

Implants Prevent Denture-Related Health Problems

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no remaining teeth. Many people with missing no teeth choose dentures. But there is a better, state-of-the-art alternative at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ.

Problems With Dentures

  1. Conventional dentures usually fit properly at first, but the mouth changes as you age. Normal wear and tear take their toll. Eventually, the dentures will need to be relined or replaced.
  2. Ill-fitting dentures can aggravate gums and cause inflammation. Inflammation can result in additional health issues.
  3. Dentures can change a person’s bite, which impacts the (jaw) joint. This, in turn, can lead to pain in the face, neck, and head.
  4. Dentures trap food debris. This can result in gum disease.
  5. Missing teeth eventually result in bone loss. When the jaw no longer has tooth roots, it shrinks and recedes.
  6. Dental implants enable you to avoid these health issues.

Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into your jaw. Once the post fuses with the bone, it provides a solid base of support, much like a natural tooth root. One implant can support one artificial tooth, and several can support dentures.

Dental implants from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ may be the best investment you ever make. We have placed them in patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton. People also come to us for our full range of general dentistry services. Call today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Dental health, Dental Implants, Restorative dentistry

Happy Teeth Don’t Just Happen

Keeping your teeth clean is a critical part of maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the advantages of visiting us at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ is having a thorough teeth cleaning and a review of your brushing habits.

Your Partner in Oral Health

Our dental hygienist can professionally clean and polish your teeth at your semiannual check-up. The hygienist also helps you keep your teeth clean by assessing their condition and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits.

Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to eliminate tartar, a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to decay.

Don’t Forget Basic Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing at least twice each day can keep plaque and tartar from collecting on your teeth and results in a cleaner, healthier smile.

To keep your teeth and gums in first-rate condition, come in to The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ for a check-up and cleaning. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to our practice for general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Beautiful smile, Dental health

What Is Laser Dentistry?

Affordable Yuma Tooth WhiteningThis post from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ is about laser dentistry.

The word “LASER” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser device emits a powerful, highly-concentrated beam of light. (Didn’t we all love the amazing laser weapons in ‘Star Wars?’) Lasers are used in hundreds of applications in almost every AZ industry including communications, researching, manufacturing, entertainment and medicine.

Lasers are now used in some technologically-advanced Yuma dental practices on both hard (tooth) and soft (gum) tissue. Lasers allow Yuma cosmetic dentists a degree of precision that was previously impossible.

How do lasers benefit dental patients?

  • Fewer stitches (some surgical procedures require no sutures)
  • Shorter healing time
  • Decreased chance of infection
  • Less damage to surrounding tissue/bone
  • Increased patient comfort – anesthesia is often unnecessary

Somerton dentists use lasers in crown lengthening, decay detection, bacteria removal in root canals, gum recontouring, biopsy, lesion removal, and tooth whitening.

The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ offers complete general dentistry services. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to us for cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry

The Mark Of The Perfect Dentist

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Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, a Yelp review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick, of course, is finding the right dentist –one you’re happy with, and will stick with for years to come. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we’re proud to have lots of happy patients and positive online reviews.

Are there certain qualities you should you look for? Many factors come into play. Do you choose the dentist nearest your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended the practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

  • A Good Listener. Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.
  • Sharing Information. A good dentist is always ready to explain what’s going on with your dental health. Any issues you might have should be explained in plain English.
  • Conservative. Not every smile needs to be corrected; not every cavity needs to be filled right away. A good dentist will take a conservative approach to treatment, and always do what is best for you.
  • Continuing Education. Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we want all our patients to be happy with our work. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills, and our patients come from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton for our general and cosmetic dentistry. We would love to see you for a cleaning and checkup soon!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Dental health, General Dentistry

Yuma Mouths And Stomatitis

Yuma Mouths And Stomatitis

Ouch! The mouth is a bad place for injuries, sores, or inflammation. It seems that even the smallest irritation in the mouth can cause serious discomfort. If you experience this, tell us at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ.

These non-specific irritations in the mouth have a name. They are called stomatitis.

A good general definition for stomatitis is the inflammation of the membranes in the mouth. These usually affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even get to sleep at night. If you suffer from mouth sores, you know that stomatitis can really impact the lives of Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton residents.

Some common causes of stomatitis can be canker sores, cold sores, gum disease, biting the inside of your mouth or your tongue, burning your mouth, and irritation caused by braces or broken teeth. Many sores in the mouth will generally clear up on their own in less than two weeks.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we can determine if it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and advise you on treatment. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to our practice for general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a checkup today!

 Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Yuma
1630 S Pacific Ave Ste 104
Yuma, AZ 85365


The Yuma Dentist – Fortuna Foothills
11231 E Commercial Centre Loop Ste 105
Yuma, AZ 85367

 

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Posted in Dental health, Oral health
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