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By Your Family Dentist, PC
March 04, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Tooth pain has many causes. Here at Your Family Dentist in Peoria, AZ, Dr. Yati Yadav can uncover the problem behind yours. You may need root canal therapy or another restorative service.

Your oral health

Its greatest enemy is bacteria. It can invade your tooth enamel and gum tissue, causing:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Dental abscess (infection)

However, there are other reasons for dental pain, including:

  • A cracked tooth
  • Foreign material lodged between teeth
  • Dental sensitivity from thin enamel, recessed gum tissue, and exposed dental roots
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth)
  • Sinus infection
  • Jaw joint problems such as TMJ/TMD
  • Impacted tooth (one encased in the gum tissue and bone)
  • Oral trauma from a sports accident, MVA, or falls

Determining the causes

To understand if your toothache stems from one or more of these issues, Dr. Yadav will examine your teeth and gums, take digital X-rays and of course, ask you about your symptoms. Tell Dr. Yadav when your pain starts and what may relieve it. You should describe its severity and what additional symptoms, such as an earache, may accompany it.

Treating your tooth pain

Your treatment depends on your diagnosis. Sometimes, only dental extraction can cure a toothache. However, Dr. Yadav is an expert in restorative dentistry, offering these modern services:

  • Tooth-colored fillings, made from glass ionomer, porcelain, or composite resin, to repair dental decay durably and beautifully
  • Porcelain crowns made from high-grade ceramic to custom-cover decayed, abscessed, or injured teeth
  • Root canal therapy (performed entirely in our Peoria, AZ, office) removes the diseased pulp, cleanses, disinfects, and seals all interior chambers, and crowns the tooth to maximize appearance and longevity
  • Composite resin bonding to repair chips, cracks, and other potentially damaging defects
  • Porcelain veneers, to strengthen weak tooth structure and beautify its appearance

Additionally, Dr. Yadav offers orthodontic services and bite guards which correct dental occlusion (how teeth meet together) and cushion teeth clenching and grinding. Rest assured, your diagnosis and treatment will be exactly what you need to feel better and optimize your oral health for the long term.

Keeping pain away

Key preventive care includes:

  • Daily flossing and brushing
  • A tooth-sparing diet, low in sugar, carbs, and acids
  • No smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Fluoride toothpaste, in-office treatments, and fluoridated water
  • Dental sealants
  • Six-month examinations and cleanings with your family dentist

We're here for you

For sudden dental pain or other emergencies, please call Your Family Dentist for a consultation on root canal therapy and the other restorative services we offer in our Peoria, AZ, office. We are celebrating 15 years of service to our wonderful patients. Phone the office at (623) 878-3300.

By Your Family Dentist, PC
November 25, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When you are confident and love how you look, it will certainly show. And because your smile is usually the very first thing that other people notice, it is very crucial that you keep it in perfect shape. Having a smile that you love isn’t all about appearances either because when your teeth look dull or damaged, they actually are.

This means that caring for your teeth will help improve their structure and function, boosting your dental health. Here at Your Family Dentist, PC, in Glendale, AZ, your dentist, Dr. Yati Yadav, can craft a comprehensive cosmetic dentistry treatment plan to correct flaws in your smile.

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Benefit You

The most significant benefit of cosmetic dental treatments is improved confidence and self-esteem. Feeling self-conscious about your smile can likewise make laughing, eating, and smiling in public embarrassing. With the right cosmetic dentistry procedures, however, you can get your old smile back or get a completely new one that will bring back confidence not only in your smile but your overall appearance as well.

Certain cosmetic dentistry treatments can likewise make your oral hygiene easier, and hence, more effective by getting rid of spaces in the teeth and leaving you with an easier-to-clean and more even smile. New research has also found that patients who’ve undergone cosmetic dental procedures are more likely to care for their oral health better to maintain their results.

How We Create The Perfect Cosmetic Dentistry Plan For You

Here in our practice, we believe that cosmetic dentistry isn’t “one-size-fits-all” so we offer a more thorough and customized care plan to make sure that we address all the concerns you have about your smile. In this light, your dentist in Glendale, AZ, will discuss the wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments that may fix your issues to help you determine the best procedures for your specific circumstances. These treatments might include one or a combination of the following:

  • Cosmetic Fillings
  • Professional Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Veneers
  • Dental Bonding
  • Contouring and Reshaping
  • Dental Crowns
  • Crown lengthening
  • Gum Grafts
  • Ridge Augmentation
  • Bridges
  • Specialty Dentures
  • Dental Implants

Based on your wishes, preferences, dental health, budget, and other vital considerations, your dentist will be able to create the perfect cosmetic dentistry treatment plan that’s unique to your case.

Reach Out to Us So We Can Get Started On Your Personalized Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Plan

Schedule a meeting with your dentist in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Yati Yadav of Your Family Dentist, PC, in Peoria, AZ, by calling (623) 878-3300.

By Your Family Dentist, PC
August 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   bad breath  
4SimpleThingsYouCanDotoStopBadBreath

When they weren't building pyramids or wrapping mummies, the ancient Egyptians mixed herbs and spices with a little honey to make small lozenges. Their purpose: to fight halitosis, that perennial scourge of polite society. More specifically, they were the first known breath mints.

Just like our ancient forebears, we're still trying to stop bad breath—to the tune of $12 billion annually for breath-freshening products. For the most part, though, fresher breath is still largely the byproduct of dedicated oral care. In recognition of National Fresh Breath Day this August 6th, here are 4 simple things you can do to help eliminate embarrassing bad breath.

Remove dental plaque. Mouth bacteria proliferating within a thin buildup of food particles is called dental plaque—the main culprit in 85—90% of bad breath cases. These bacteria can emit volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which have a characteristic rotten egg smell. You can reduce bacteria and their foul odors by removing plaque with daily brushing and flossing and twice-a-year dental cleanings.

Boost your saliva. An inadequate flow of saliva, often a side effect of certain medications, can leave your mouth dry and susceptible to bacterial growth and subsequent bad breath. You can increase saliva flow by drinking more water, using saliva-boosting aids, or speaking with your doctor about alternative medications with less of a dry mouth side effect.

Brush your tongue. Some people find their tongue is “Velcro” for tiny food particles, which attract bacteria. It's always a good idea to brush your tongue (especially toward the back) to loosen and remove any clinging food particles. If it continues to be a problem, you can also employ a tongue scraper for a more thorough tongue cleaning.

Get a checkup. Although bacterial growth from inadequate hygiene is the usual cause for bad breath, it isn't the only one. Dental diseases like tooth decay or gum disease can also create unpleasant mouth odors, as well as serious conditions like diabetes, kidney infections or certain cancers. If your bad breath persists despite diligent hygiene, see us or your doctor for a more comprehensive exam.

During our long war with halitosis, we've learned a thing or two about its causes. We've also learned that practicing good oral habits is the best thing you can do to beat bad breath.

If you would like more information about controlling bad breath, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More Than Just Embarrassing.”

By Your Family Dentist, PC
August 02, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  
YourToothacheMightSignalaProblemOtherThaninYourMouth

You expect a decayed tooth, a fracture or a gum infection to be the cause for that toothache causing you grief. Sometimes, though, the answer may be “none of the above”—there's nothing wrong going on in your mouth to cause the pain.

You pain is real—but its source is elsewhere in the body, a situation known as referred pain. It's important to find out the pain's true source to determine what kind of treatment you'll need to alleviate it.

Here are some of the likely candidates for a “toothache” that's not a toothache.

Facial nerves. Tooth pain may be associated with trigeminal neuralgia, a misfiring disorder of the trigeminal nerves that course through either side of the face. The nerve is divided into three branches, two of which are located in the upper face and one in the lower jaw. Because they're interconnected, a problem with one of the branches in other parts of the face could be felt in the branch around the jaw.

Jaw joints. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) can cause pain in the pair of joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. The joints can become inflamed due to stress or trauma and the associated muscles begin spasming, causing severe pain. Because of their proximity to the teeth, the pain from the joints can radiate into the dental area and mimic a toothache.

Ear or sinus infections. Both the ears and the maxillary sinus are subject to infections that can cause severe pain and pressure. With the close proximity of both the ears and the sinus to the upper jaw, it's quite possible for pain originating in these structures to be felt within the mouth.

These are only a few of the possibilities that also include migraines, shingles, fibromyalgia and even vitamin deficiencies. As such, your dentist or physician may need to do a little detective work to locate the true cause. But the effort to locate where your mouth pain is actually coming from will help ensure you get the right treatment to give you lasting relief.

If you would like more information on referred tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Referred Pain: When a Toothache Is Not Really a Toothache.”

By Your Family Dentist, PC
July 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  
EnjoyYourIceCream-ButJustaLittleforYourDentalHealthsSake

If you love ice cream, then you'll get a kick out of this: Your favorite treat has its own month. That's right, July is National Ice Cream Month, when we celebrate—and indulge in—one of the most delicious concoctions ever known. Just don't overdo it, among other reasons, for the sake of your teeth.

In a way, it's a bit of a love-hate relationship between this frozen wonderfulness and your dental health. Like any dairy, ice cream is full of nutrients like calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D that together strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent decay. But this nutritional benefit is tempered in most ice cream by its other major ingredient: sugar.

Sugar can be a problem for your teeth because disease-causing oral bacteria love it just as much as you do. It's a prime food source for them, and when there's a lot available (like right after you finish that dipped cone) bacteria go crazy multiplying and producing acid. This could lead to tooth decay or gum disease.

Sugar's effect on dental health is an issue not only with ice cream but with other desserts and sweetened snacks as well. What can you do, then, to have your ice cream (or cake) and your dental health too?

Moderate your consumption. We're not saying you have to give up sweet desserts like ice cream—just keep your portions small and infrequent. Partake of them mainly as an occasional treat rather than as standard everyday fare.

Brush after eating. The biggest threat to dental health is the sugar that lingers in the mouth after we eat something sweet like ice cream. So, wash your mouth out with water and then brush your teeth after eating to remove any residual sugar. But not right away—give your saliva a chance to neutralize any mouth acid first by waiting about thirty minutes.

Choose healthier options. Instead of diving into a bowl of butter pecan or rocky road when you get the urge to snack, try a little non-fat Greek yogurt or cheese with some fresh fruit. Choosing alternatives like these can still give you the benefit of dairy without the excess sugar.

Ice cream is one of those indulgent little pleasures that make life sweet. Just be sure you're enjoying it within healthy limits to protect your dental health.

If you would like more information about nutrition and dental health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Nutrition & Oral Health” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”