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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Pregnancy And Oral Health

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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

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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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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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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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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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Fun Floss Facts

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Flossing is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Doing it is simple enough, but as in most things there is usually room for improvement. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we think trying out different types of floss is a good idea, and can help you do a better job.

The reason flossing is so important is that it removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Left on the teeth, plaque hardens into floss and contributes to tooth decay. The Academy of General Dentistry goes so far as to call flossing the most important thing you can do to fight plaque.

What Kind Is Best?

When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?

No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine chest. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces
  • Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone
  • Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework

We recommend traditional string floss that you can pull out in a long strand, as opposed to a flossing pick. Those little picks are popular, but with only a tight strand of floss it’s all but impossible to wrap any around your teeth – and flossing is far more effective when you do that. They’re fine for when you’re on the go. Just be sure to use regular floss as part of your dental hygiene routine before bedtime.

Whatever your preference, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we like to see you for a checkup every six months. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to us for general and restorative dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Schedule your next 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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Preventing Facial Injuries

Yuma Sports DentistryThis message from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ concerns a serious issue, facial injuries. Facial injuries occur far too often. Little Leaguers get hit by inside pitches, construction workers suffer falls and other accidents at the worksite, and motorists sustain injuries in collisions every single day. Accidents at home can also result in serious injury to the face.

Serious facial injuries can affect the victim’s ability to eat, breathe, and speak. Because of the vital physical processes at risk, a person who has suffered a facial injury should receive medical care as soon as possible. Injuries to the mouth are treated by general dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

At The Yuma Dentist, we are dedicated to the use of protective equipment for every type of sport, whether it is a team sport or individual activity. Call us about mouthguard recommendations regarding your (or your child’s) specific sport.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to us for general and 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, Oral health

Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral PiercingIf you are considering piercing your lip or tongue, this post from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ is for you.

Please consider the following potential side effects:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are continually treating acute infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, The Yuma Dentist in Yuma offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some extreme cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Again, our advice is to avoid the dilemma right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers or oral piercings. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ the oral health of each patient is always our top priority. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to our office for complete general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Fortuna Foothills. Call to schedule an appointment 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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Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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This post from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ explains how specific foods and eating practices influence our teeth.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to assault enamel and initiate decay for men and women of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really taboo. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. It is a good idea to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will advance tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be eased by choosing healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health and great smiles. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to our office for general dentistry services, and appreciate our mercury-free practice. Schedule an appointment 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 Dental health, General Dentistry

5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

oral cancer dental checkup YumaAt The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ, we want to see our patients at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. A checkup can give you real peace of mind, especially since every one we do includes an oral cancer screening.

Lung and breast cancer get a lot of public attention, and rightfully so. But there is less awareness of oral cancer, even though it claims almost 10,000 lives in the United States every year.

We want to broaden awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis.Here are five important things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of those who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer pass away within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is extremely challenging for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce indistinct symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be evaluated by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the many strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. African American men have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than do whites.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma AZ we want the best possible health for all our patients. Find out why people from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment 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 Dental health, General Dentistry
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