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Cosmetic Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentists

Call us: (928) 445-8980 Se Habla EspañolCosmetic Dentistry & Cosmetic DentistsWhat’s Cosmetic Dentistry Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. It is common for many to think of teeth whitening or...

Dental Emergency Precautions

No one ever wants to experience toothaches or broken teeth, however, knowing what to do in any dental emergency situation can decrease your risk of further complications. The best action you can take is to contact a dentist right away. At Prescott Dental Arts, we are here to assist you in all your dental emergency needs. You will need to set up an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. It’s crucial that you schedule an appointment right away.

Oral Cancer and your dentist

According to the American Cancer Society, 48, 330 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed; 9,570- of these people will die of the disease. In Arizona, oral-cavity cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancer cases; the rate is the same nationwide.

Recent years have seen an overall decrease in new cases of this type of cancer; however a recent rise in cases has been linked to infection with HPV- human papilloma virus. People with HPV- associated cancer have better outcomes than those without HPV.

Which toothbrush is best for me?

You can’t overestimate the importance of good oral health. Gum disease has been shown to be a major risk factor for the development of serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes. We are taught as kids that brushing is important, but which brush is best?

Our main options are manual or electric; and the hardness of the bristles. First off, always choose a soft bristled brush- the plaque you are trying to remove is soft, and medium or hard bristles will only cause more damage over time.

Fluoride in Prescott AZ

Dentists in Prescott AZ believe fluoride plays a critical role in maintaining the health and strength of teeth. One question many parents have is when to begin introducing fluoride into the lives of their children, and how much to give them.

It is possible to have too much fluoride, which can stain developing teeth and act as a toxin in the body when consumed in large amounts. The American Dental Association (ADA) supports fluoride use in young children, but advises to keep fluoride in our diet to a safe level.

Gum Disease

Gum Disease – what’s that?

On average, 50% of adults suffer from bleeding gums and Gum Disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults over 35.

Diabetics are twice. as likely to develop serious gum disease. Some factors that increase your risk are smoking, crooked teeth, defective fillings and lack of dental care- including flossing.

Dry Mouth & Cavities

The scientific name for dry mouth is “xerostomia” as in zero. In this case- zero- or no- saliva.

Dry mouth is one of the hidden causes of gum disease and can be found in 3 out of 10 adults. As we age, adults can take a lot of medications; many medications can have a side affect of causing dry mouth. Certain medical conditions, such as Sjogren’s Syndrome can have dry mouth as one of the symptoms. Radiation helps to cure cancer but can cause damage to a person’s salivary glands which results in dry mouth.

Why Dental Care???

Your mouth is a gateway to infection, inflammation and systemic disease.; ignore it at your own risk. Skipping basic oral hygiene and dental checkups can not only lead to a dingy smile but to serious health problems.

As a child, your parents probably warned you: If you don’t brush, floss and see the dentist- tartar- hard calcium deposits- builds up on the teeth. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is drawn to the tartar, and it builds up like barnacles on a boat. Next come tooth decay, in which the bacteria break down and produce acid, destroying tooth enamel.- And now you have a cavity.

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