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