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

 


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

 


Does My Dentist Treat Bad Breath?

Cure Bad Breath In Los Gatos When my Los Gatos dental patients ask me if mouthwash cures bad breath, I tell them that treating bad breath with a mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower. Mouthwash is only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive problems.

The best-selling mouthwashes in Los Gatos have a significant amount of alcohol, which can even exacerbate bad breath by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grows even faster in a dry environment.

To eliminate bad breath, you need to find the cause. To get rid of hidden bacteria multiplying between teeth, pay more attention to thorough flossing and brushing.

A haphazard thirty-second brushing won’t prevent halitosis (or cavities). Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill if you have been a speed-brusher but remember that there is a lot of area to cover on multiple planes.

Devise a system to brush every reachable surface of every tooth. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gumline on both sides. Brush your gums, sides of mouth, palate, and tongue, also.

 

Schedule a deep dental cleaning at Wesley P. Yemoto DDS with the best hygienist in the Los Gatos area and request a refresher (no pun intended) course on brushing and flossing.

If your tongue is the culprit, you might want to start using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping has become quite popular in Los Gatos, especially among the college crowd.

A tongue scraper is a cleaning tool that works like a squeegee to scrape bacteria and food particles off the surface of the tongue.

I am Doctor Wes Yemoto of Wesley P. Yemoto DDS. At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS, and we treat many Los Gatos dental patients who have bad breath. There is no reason to feel embarrassed. (Leaving bad breath untreated can be more embarrassing.)

Schedule an oral exam and halitosis consultation by calling 669-255-2764. At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS, our specialty is cosmetic dentistry and we also provide porcelain veneers. Thanks for visiting our blog.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

An Air-dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush San Jose

Today in our San Jose dental blog we will highlight some of the simple things you can do with your toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.

One of the most important habits San Jose residents can form is to always allow their toothbrush to completely air dry between uses. The best way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This method of storage is much better than sticking it away in a drawer since it will take longer to dry in there.

Also, when you travel away from the Los Gatos, Cupertino, or Campbell area, make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

A good strategy for San Jose residents to make sure their toothbrush has ample time to dry is to buy two toothbrushes at your San Jose drugstore. Then alternate between the two so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

And San Jose dental patients should remember to replace their toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if they’ve had a cold!

Hi. I’m Doctor Wes Yemoto, a dentist in San Jose. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. At Wesley P. Yemoto DDS we offer the following services:

sleep apnea/snoring
general dentistry
teeth whitening
dental implants

We are currently accepting new San Jose patients and the experienced staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

 

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

669-255-2764

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4680 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


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