4 Reasons To Look For The ADA Seal

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Here’s a word of advice from The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ: when you go to the store for dental products, be sure that what you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Here are four ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your dollars on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.

The ADA only places its seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.

When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with us right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?

The ADA seal is not the organization’s endorsement of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health, and one of the ways you maintain it is using quality dental care products. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton come to us for our dental implants, and for complete general dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

The Yuma Dentist – Pacific Avenue
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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Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!

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Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss, but it’s a treatable condition at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ. Keeping your gums healthy is essential for your overall health, but if you need yet another reason to keep them in good shape we’ve got a doozy.

Scientists have found a connection between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Porphyomonas gingivalis is a bacteria that contributes to chronic periodontitis. The bacteria was discovered in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

The researchers concluded:

Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Gum disease is, for the most part, preventable. The best thing you can do to keep from getting it is brush and floss twice a day, and see us for regular cleanings and checkups.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ we treat gum disease, and offer complete general dentistry services. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton know they can trust us with their dental health. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

The Yuma Dentist – Pacific Avenue
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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Gum Health Affects Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

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There is a link between type 2 diabetes and gum disease, which is yet another reason to have regular cleanings and checkups at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ.

Diabetes affects the way the body uses glucose (blood sugar). Scientists have known for a long time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. For diabetics, maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related issues.

Diabetes affects the ability to fight off bacteria that can cause gum infections. It can also affect the ability to control blood sugar. People with diabetes are at greater risk for:

  • Gingivitis, which is mild gum disease
  • Periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease
  • Thrush, a type of fungal infection
  • Dry mouth, which can increase the risk of infection, cavities, and mouth sores

If you have diabetes it is critical that you control your blood sugar as recommended by your doctor. It’s also essential to brush twice a day and floss at least once.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ we can treat gum disease. People from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton appreciate our mercury-free dentistry. Please call us today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

The Yuma Dentist – Pacific Avenue
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, Gum disease

The Yuma Dentist Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Yuma Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Hills AZ are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most dental appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist, but not always. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any calculus (tartar) from your teeth. Calculus is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important! Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling.

Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it removes any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Hills AZ we work hard to keep your teeth free of plaque, tartar, and cavities. Find out why patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton trust us with their dental health! Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call us to schedule your next appointment today!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

The Yuma Dentist – Pacific Avenue
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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3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or tooth decay? Please give us a call at The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ.

This blog post offers three steps to take before you arrive at our office.

  1. Analyze your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
    When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can take a look at your habits and ascertain what is holding you back, if anything.
  2. Identify any pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
    Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is needless with the technology and expertise available these days. Usually there are uncomplicated solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
  3. Identify and explain what you want your smile to look like.

If you can describe your ideal smile, we can determine how to create it. There are many possibilities for smile transformationm as well as maintenance.

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

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Pacific Avenue
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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3 Important Reasons To Choose The Yuma Dentist

Everyone wants to have a good experience when they go to the dentist, whether it’s for something simple like a cleaning and checkup or more extenstive dental work. At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ, the patient experience is important to us.

We strive for excellence in everything we do. What are some of the things that set us apart?

A Great Staff

Your experience with us begins when you schedule your very first appointment. Whether it’s online or by telephone, our friendly staff is sure to answer any questions you might have. You might ask about specific procedures, office hours, or something else. Whatever that is, we’ll answer to your satisfaction.

Once you’re here for an appointment, we’ll say hello and get you checked in. Dentistry can be unpredictable sometimes, but we’ll do everything possible to minimize your waiting time.

Thorough Explanations

Dentistry is a science with jargon all its own. We make sure, though, to explain your unique situation in clear and understandable language. If we don’t explain something thoroughly enough, don’t hesitate to ask for more information.

We know, too, that it isn’t easy to ask questions during a procedure. We’ll always take the time before or after to let you know what’s going on.

Committment

We take dental health seriously. We use state of the art equipment to do the best job possible for every patient who settles into one of our chairs. Dental health is connected to overall health, and we offer comprehensive care.

At The Yuma Dentist in Yuma and Fortuna Foothills AZ the dental health of our patients is our top priority every single day. Patients from Foothills, Winter Haven CA, and Somerton visit our practice for  our complete general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment today, and find out what excellence in dentistry can be!

Contact The Yuma Dentist:

928-783-0804

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Pacific Avenue
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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Soft, Medium, Or Buzz Lightyear?

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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 – Pacific Avenue
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 – Pacific Avenue
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

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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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


The Yuma Dentist – Pacific Avenue
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 – Pacific Avenue
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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