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What’s Your Dental Plan?

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To get and keep the best oral health, and to possess a brilliant smile, you need a strategy. The most basic part of that strategy is scrupulous oral care: brushing and flossing twice a day, and seeing your San Jose dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup.

If you’re in San Jose, California looking for a smile makeover and need porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry or any number of dental restoration procedures done, your strategy should be: “Contact my professional neighborhood dental practice.” Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is at your service.

After your visit to our office, you’ll leave with more than clean teeth. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes from having had your teeth and gums carefully inspected. Any potential issues with your dental health, from cavities to early signs of gum disease, will have been identified, and a strategy for treatment put in motion.

Many dental problems, unfortunately, don’t give off any obvious signs until they are in more advanced stages. A trained professional can see and diagnose them. These include not only cavities and gum disease, but oral cancer.

Some of our patients are at a higher risk for dental issues than others, and these people may see us as often as every three or four months. High-risk groups include:

  • Diabetics
  • People with gum disease
  • People with greater tendency for cavities or plaque build-up
  • Pregnant women

The best strategy remains what it always has been: brush and floss twice a day, and visit Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose every six months. We practice general and cosmetic dentistry, and are a holistic practice.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Too Common: Gum Disease in San Jose

Periodontal Disease in CaliforniaPeriodontal disease is not as common as it once was, but it is still more common than you might think. At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we see patients with gum disease more often than we like.

Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until it’s diagnosed. That’s because in its earliest stages, gum disease doesn’t give many signs. It does give a few, though: tenderness in the gums, and a little bleeding when you brush. Fortunately, it can be treated.

Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. In its mildest form, it is known as gingivitis. The more serious variety is periodontal disease. It can be very painful in extreme conditions, and limit your ability to eat normally. In severe cases, it can result in tooth loss.

Both gingivitis and periodontitis raise your risk of such conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. As with most ailments, early detection is key to treatment.

Treatment
After we diagnose gum disease, the first task is to control it. The first step is a careful, in-depth cleaning that goes beneath the gum line. We’ll use special instruments in a deep cleaning.

A procedure called scaling is the removal of tartar both above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths out any rough surfaces of the roots of your teeth.

In addition to these, we may prescribe oral gels and other medications.

If deep cleaning doesn’t fully correct the issue, we may recommend surgical procedures like gum grafting or flap surgery.

Gum disease is a serious matter, but the thing to remember is that most cases are treatable, especially if it is diagnosed early enough. Dr. WEsley Yemoto DDS in San Jose provides gum disease treatment, as well as general and restorative dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Energy Drinks Can Damage Perfect Smiles In San Jose

Cupertino Smile RedesignThe topic of this blog post is the danger of energy drinks. At Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we are sounding the alarm: energy drinks can damage tooth enamel and wreck an otherwise perfect smile.

Most of our patients take good care of their teeth. They brush and floss, and see us for a twice-yearly exams and cleanings. But guess what? If you drink energy drinks regularly, your enamel can erode even if you practice immaculate oral hygiene.

We’ve all seen them on grocery store shelves, and in the hands of teens and adults. Energy drinks like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster are a cocktail of powerful acids and other enamel-eroding substances. Most of them contain citric acid, fruit juices, loads of sugar, and a potent chemical that gives them their bright fluorescent color.

The following is from ABC Sports:

“Sports drinks are increasingly damaging the teeth of professional and recreational athletes, one of Australia’s top sports dentists has warned. Dr. Brett Dorney says he has witnessed a huge increase in dental erosion since the Sidney Olympics, when he was the event’s deputy director of dental services.”

Here is an excerpt from a CNN Story:

“Researchers at the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry found the energy drinks and sports drinks eroded the enamel more than soda and fruit juices.”

Soda and fruit juices also contain acids that can damage teeth.

If your teeth have enamel erosion, whatever the cause, we can restore your smile with advanced cosmetic dentistry.

If you are interested in designing a perfect smile, come in to Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS for an exam and consultation. Visit our smile gallery to see examples of what we can do. We provide general and restorative dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Common Myths: Cosmetic Dentistry in San Jose

Common Myths about San Jose Family Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is thought of as the dental procedures meant to improve the appearance of your teeth and your smile. But at Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose, our understanding goes a little deeper than that. We want to dispel a few common myths about cosmetic dentistry.

Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile

Many cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic. Dental implants, for example, prevent serious problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.

Myth #2: A Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many important advantages for Campbell dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

Myth #3: Over-the-counter Products are as Effective as Professional Teeth Whitening

We offer our patients teeth whitening treatments that are generally more effective than what you’ll find at the grocery store. Toothpastes and whitening strips may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.

Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth.

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

Myth #5: Metal Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth

Traditional braces are still though of as the best way to straighten teeth. But Invisalign clear braces can correct most misaligned bites, are not very noticeable when you’re wearing them, and can be removed for meals and brushing.

Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose provides a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures for his patients. We also provide general and restorative dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Afraid Of The Dentist? Sedation Dentistry in San Jose

San Jose Sleep Dentistry If you are afraid of the dentist, you are not alone. As many as one in five adult Americans cope with dental anxiety to one degree or another. In fact, it seems to be universal. At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we provide a comfortable environment and sedation dentistry options to get you through your appointment.

We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended procedures. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control including oral conscious sedation medications. This allows our patients to make informed decisions about their oral health and necessary dental procedures.

Oral Conscious Sedation
With oral conscious sedation you are never fully asleep, but you will be sleepy. You’ll probably slur your words once the medication takes effect. It is a safe and effective form of sedation dentistry.

When the procedure is over, you will not remember much about it. You’ll still be feeling groggy and will need to have someone take you home.

Oral conscious sedation ranges from minimal to moderate, depending on the dosage. Most often a pill is given about an hour before your procedure.

Nitrous Oxide
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is available. It may not make you laugh, but it will definitely make you very relaxed. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective, and has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years.

At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we understand dental anxiety and will help you cope with it. In addition to sedation dentistry, we practice general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Subtle Straightening: Clear Braces in San Jose

Clear Braces - Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for San Jose Adults If you want to straighten your teeth or correct a bite problem, you have more options than you might realize. Dr. Wesley Yemoto in San Jose offers clear braces that subtley straighten your teeth.

Invisalign clear braces are plastic aligners made from a mold of your teeth. They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard, but are thinner. They work by gently pushing your teeth into proper alignment.

One of the reasons they have become popular is that since they’re clear, they are nearly invisible; people standing just a few feet away may never realize you’re wearing them.

Another reason for their growing popularity is that they are removable. You can take them out at mealtimes, and when you brush and floss your teeth. That puts an end to the days of having to get food particles stuck in orthodontic work.

You don’t need to live with a mouth full of metal to get the beautiful, straight teeth you are seeking. Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose can develop a custom treatment plan for your smile. In addition to Invisalign clear braces, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and other popular procedures.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


The San Jose Dentist Says: Stick Out Your Tongue!

San Jose oral cancer exams As a health professional, San Jose dentist Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS diagnoses and treats conditions of the teeth and gums every day. But you may not know that he examines all of the soft tissues of the mouth, including your tongue.

Have you ever considered all the amazing things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow. This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal problems with your health, including digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products.

It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products. The following brands have offered SLS-free versions, but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. SLS has re-appeared in some brands.

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at the grocery store, try health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

We recommend thorough dental hygiene, including cleaning the tongue.

To schedule a cleaning or checkup, give us a call at Dr. Wesley Yemoto DDS in San Jose. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Consequences Of Missing Teeth: Dental Implants in San Jose

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Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, but its really full of small holes, kind of like a sponge.

In the inner bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This important process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink.

People with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile. They begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness; it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implants provide a solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunk so much there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure has a high success rate.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Dental implants can provide a remarkable smile!

Dr. Wesley Yemoto DOS Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry also does general dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Make Brushing Count! General Dentistry in San Jose

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Our patients at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry in San Jose schedule appointments for lots of reasons. They may need their six month checkup or a cavity filled; they may just need a cleaning. Most really want to know if they are brushing their teeth correctly. These are all functions of general dentistry.

Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered – from which toothpaste to use, to proper tools and techniques – is our business. At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, we’re all about educating our patients.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will obtain the best results. In fact, we recommend against hard or medium bristle toothbrushes, which can damage your gums. For best results, wet your soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are pliable before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces, and gently massage the gums. Be sure to pay attention to the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin.

Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should be the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve amazing dental hygiene, brushing is priority one.

There are as many toothpaste choices as there are teeth. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath, and a myriad of other side jobs. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, we understand that nature has provided few of us with perfect teeth. When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Yemoto, you will be advised on ways to improve your smile.

We provide our patients with general and cosmetic dentistry, prepless veneers,  teeth whitening, and much more. If you’re in San Jose or the surrounding area, call today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


It’s A Great Time To Have Ugly Teeth!

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Huh? Yep, it’s true. It’s a great time to have ugly teeth because unprecedented cosmetic dentistry provides several procedures to turn ugly to unbelievably beautiful.

Teeth whitening can benefit almost every adult. Years of staining can be magically erased in a day at your San Jose dentist’s office or over a few months with a competitively-priced at-home kit. This popular treatment gives you a lot of bang for your cosmetic dental buck.

If your teeth are slightly crooked or have small chips or cracks, minimally-invasive porcelain veneers could be the answer. A veneer is a translucent, wafer-thin cover that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. Many people get veneers on the upper front teeth for a fabulous smile renewal. Call Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 669-255-2764 to learn more about marvelous veneers.

Have your gums receded and thereby exposed the metal base of an old dental crown? Soft tissue grafts and/or crown replacement can repair this common trouble. Call Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 669-255-2764 to schedule a gum-contouring consultation.

A missing tooth detracts from your smile, even if your other teeth look great. Many San Jose people have benefited from dental implants. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the natural-looking crown. Dental implants can also anchor full or partial dentures and significantly improve life for denture wearers.

If your teeth have acute alignment troubles, we encourage you to consider braces. San Jose dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth and transform their smile. The newest braces are faster, less noticeable, and more comfortable than ever before.

Other cosmetic dental procedures available at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose are inlays/onlays, dental crowns, and white fillings. If you have an ugly smile, the Wesley P. Yemoto DDS team of distinctive dental professionals is devoted to making it remarkable. Call 669-255-2764 today!

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


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