When It’s Better Not To Brush

enamel erosion San Jose

Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the essential job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS encourages our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva safeguards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the answer for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

In addition, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many San Jose residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s important to get a mouthguard straightaway. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the cavities that can follow. Athletes should also safeguard their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard. For more details, talk to Doctor Wes Yemoto about custom mouthguards.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already developed. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can impair enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also hurt enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can bring about cavities which erode enamel just as efficiently as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental issues, Doctor Wes Yemoto can help you guard what is left. To schedule a thorough examination, contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS in San Jose at 669-255-2764!

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Soft, Medium, Or Buzz Lightyear?

Cosmetic Dentistry in San Jose At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, Doctor Wes Yemoto is often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush in San Jose can be as difficult as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local Los Gatos grocery store or San Jose drugstore lately, you know what I am talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up. (If I had to rate them purely on their fun factor, I would choose the Spiderman brush.)

Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose?

One key factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plague, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

After having dental work or oral surgery in San Jose, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!

When buying a toothbrush for a child in Cupertino, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feels awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized tooth brush. Some San Jose kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush. If you are unsure, ask your San Jose dentist at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry.

What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some San Jose residents like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. San Jose people with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.

Is your toothbrush doing the job? Schedule an exam with your San Jose dentist at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, our experienced dental hygienists instruct our San Jose pediatric patients and San Jose adult patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel.

Schedule a thorough dental cleaning today by calling Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry at 669-255-2764. An outstanding feature of Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry is our caring staff. We offer dental implants, porcelain veneers,and a full spectrum of restorative dental procedures.

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Mouthwash Facts In San Jose

Mouthwash Facts In San Jose

Hi, I am Doctor Wes Yemoto.  Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many California residents use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.

It is important for California residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

If you are one of the San Jose residents that suffers from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. But California men and women also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

In addition to preventative dental care, Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile talk to Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry about teeth whitening. Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry also provides cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in San Jose, San Jose and the surrounding areas since 1980. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Bad Breath Is No Fun

Bad Breath Is No Fun For San Jose Residents Imagine you are starting a new job in San Jose and are going to communicate with your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. As you reach out to shake the extended hand your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, yet when you open your mouth to exchange greetings you worry about bad breath.

Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Bad breath is a worry and possible embarrassment for many residents of San Jose, California, from ages 35 to 50. Regular dental checkups at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry can help alleviate your concern over bad breath. We have been addressing bad breath since 1980.

The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many factors can cause or contribute to halitosis. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent affect on your breath. Simply observing the foods you eat here in San Jose can result in a change in your breath.

Bad breath generally originates in your mouth. Transient bad breath can be resolved through eating or brushing, and is a temporary condition usually associated with a dry mouth. Persistent bad breath can be a serious problem effecting as much as 25 percent of our San Jose residents. Persistent bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, and is made worse when food is not cleared away properly.

Brushing and flossing daily is a critical step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria which can cause bad breath. This not only includes the food particles that may get stuck between your teeth, but also the food that collects around your gums or on your tongue. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce the amount of food particles that stay in your mouth and cause bad breath. Regular visits to your general dentist in San Jose can also reduce or eliminate the progression of bad breath.

Other factors to examine include dry mouth, tobacco use, and dangerous health concerns such as infections. Come visit Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry located in San Jose, California; we’ll provide you with information about bad breath in a professional environment. Give us a call at 669-255-2764 to set up an appointment.

Dr. Wesley P. Yemoto

 

Contact Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Suite F
San Jose, CA
95118