Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression seen around San Jose and across the country. This post from Wes Yemoto Aesthetic and Holistic Dentistry is for anyone with an oral piercing or who may be considering one.

Since this is a dental blog, you expect all sorts of alarms warning about the dangers of piercings. You are correct. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious issues not only with your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. They can lead to tooth damage, dental caries, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, compromised immune system function and, in rare cases, death.

In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of dangerous oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can cause difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing troubles. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve deterioration, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also develop.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their durability and shorten their life span.

Complications with some piercings ensue by the introduction of hepatitis and herpes simplex viruses, and even more complications have occurred with bacteria entering the bloodstream and eventually lodging in the heart valve. In rare cases, such infections are fatal.

Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is dangerous for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry, we discourage oral piercings. However, if you already have one and plan to keep it, have regular dental cleanings and check-ups at in our San Jose office. We provide a full range of general dentistry services.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


How To Choose A Dentist

Choosing A Dentist In San Jose Wes Yemoto DDS, an Esthetic and Holistic dentist in San Jose, would like you to consider him as your dentist. As you ponder the decision, he shares American Dental Association guidelines for how to choose a dentist. Here are some things you should think about:

Convenient Location?

Location is always a factor when selecting a dentist. There are lots of dentists and many options. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience.

Do You Feel Comfortable?

Chairside manner is an important factor. Your dentist should be approachable and make you feel at ease when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your dentist will be working very closely with you to help you achieve and maintain oral health; you most certainly will want to have a comfortable relationship with your dentist and the staff.

Specialty?

Specialty is another factor. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in orthodontia. Depending on your need, you may elect a local dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and provide ongoing general dental care.

We are accepting new patients at Wes Yemoto DDS Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to make an appointment today.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


A Smile Like A Precious Gem

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Would you like a sensational smile? Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose can help. Considering cosmetic dentistry? Our staff can set you up with a consultation that’s sure to enlighten any patient.

If you are missing one or more teeth, ask us about the process and the price of dental implant surgery. Your research is never complete until you get in and Wes Yemoto has visit with us to find out if dental implants are for you. We’ve been providing first-class general and cosmetic dental care since 1980.

We have the skill and experience combined with all the wonders of modern dentistry. A smile transformation combines several cosmetic dental procedures to achieve the most beautiful smile possible. Treatments include dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, invisible braces, gum surgery, and teeth whitening.

A smile makeover with cosmetic dentistry from Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose can completely change your life and self-image! You will value your new smile like a precious gem and will be proud to flash your smile to everyone you meet.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


You May Have Gingivitis

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Everyne’s mouth is a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are dedicated to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t affect your health. But as the team at Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry warns, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause trouble.

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

It is vital for people to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are a signal that something is not right.

If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while and live in the San Jose area, call Wesley P. Yemoto DDS at 408-266-9957.

DoctorYemoto will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums and take time to discuss the results and recommendations with you.

Wesley P. Yemoto DDS is a full-service dental practice at 4860 Cherry Ave Ste F in San Jose. We provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry for patients who live in San Jose and the nearby communities of Los Gatos, Cupertino and Campbell.

During your dental consultation, we can discuss any cosmetic or restorative procedures in which you are interested. Some of the procedures that we use to achieve stunning smiles are porcelain veneers, orthodontics, dental implants, and tooth bleaching.

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, we invite you to schedule a comprehensive cleaning. Our hygienists are skilled professionals who complete the ultimate in dental deep-cleanings.

Oral health and overall health go hand in hand. Schedule a dental consultation today by calling 408-266-9957.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118

 


A Ginormous Cavity?


When Wes Yemoto of Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose repairs a tooth that has tooth decay or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

If there is a chip, crack, or cavities on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

At Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry, the inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. Dr Yemoto has the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of dental esthetics to design the restoration and create an exact match.

Wesley P. Yemoto DDS inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not bring about tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • Strengthen the tooth and guard against further decay or weakening

Call Wes Yemoto Esthetic and Holistic Dentistry in San Jose to book a cosmetic dental consultation today. We also provide general 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

 


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

 


Use Flex Account Funds For Dental Care

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If you have money in your San Jose flexible spending account you may want to schedule some cosmetic dentistry with a dentist in San Jose, before the deadline. Remember, you lose any funds left over after the plan year ends. Why not improve your smile with tax-free dollars?

Even a small change can make a big difference in the appearance of your teeth. You might consider getting a veneer for a chipped tooth or replacing a broken crown. Maybe you want to straighten your teeth with braces or replace amalgam fillings with ones that blend with your natural teeth. Teeth whitening is quick and easy and benefits even the most attractive smiles.

Perhaps aesthetic dentistry is not your first priority. Maybe you have a more pressing dental need such as a cavity that is bothering you or swollen gums. Don’t let these problems get worse and possibly more expensive to treat.

At Wes Yemoto DDS in San Jose, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule a consultation with us today.

Contact Wesley P. Yemoto DDS:

408-266-9957

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:

408-266-9957

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:

408-266-9957

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4860 Cherry Ave Ste F
San Jose, California
95118