Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning from your San Jose CA dentist, if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is yes! Both processes are vital because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic  and Holistic Dentistry, we encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by brushing and flossing after each meal, and seeing us every six months for a cleaning and checkup.

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate, regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prohibit food particles from lodging in small spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can communicate with Dr. Yemoto about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose to schedule a professional cleaning. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


Worried About Dental Visits?

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“How can I overcome anxiety about visiting the dentist?” This question confronts millions of Americans. At Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose, one answer is sedation dentistry.

There are lots of reasons why people have anxiety when it comes to dentistry. Consider what the anxiety stems from. For example: pain, injections, loss of control, personal space invasion, embarrassment about fear of the unknown.

Discuss these fears and concerns with us. We’ll work with you to decide on the best course of action. You can expect respectful consideration and open discussion about resolving issues of concern.

Fear of pain is a natural human response. Not knowing what a dental procedure process entails can be formidable. Allowing us to address your concerns today makes tomorrow’s visits manageable for both parties.

Please don’t put your dental health at risk by letting dental anxiety get the best of you. Sedation dentistry from Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose may be just what you need. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to set up an appointment.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

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:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118