Yakima Smiles Blog

Yakima dentist serving the entire Yakima Valley from Ellensburg to Sunnyside

June 30, 2017

If you are suffering with a toothache, the best thing to do is to call us and schedule an appointment. Toothaches can be caused by a variety of factors, and you won’t be able to fully alleviate the pain until we treat the underlying cause. Treatments for your toothache may include:

New Crowns. If fillings crack or if your natural teeth are chipped or cracked they can expose sensitive parts of your teeth to temperature, food particles, and bacteria, which can cause pain and start to decay your teeth. New porcelain crowns will help protect your teeth again. Root Canal. Don’t be afraid of that word. Contrary to popular belief, a root... Read More
June 23, 2017

Do thoughts of the dentist keep you up at night and prevent you from scheduling your next dental checkup? Dental anxiety is a common problem among Americans. It’s estimated that 30 to 40 million Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear.

But you don’t have to let fear stand in the way of your beautiful, healthy smile. At Yakima Smiles, we offer our patients sedation dentistry to allow you to have a relaxing, stress-free dental experience.

For sedation, you will take a safe and effective prescription medication to relax you before your appointment begins. You will drift off to sleep while Dr. Pete Nathe...

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June 16, 2017

Sleep apnea sufferers almost always exhibit loud, regular snoring while they sleep; however, snoring does not always mean you are suffering from sleep apnea.

Snoring may annoy your sleep partner, but snoring alone is usually not as serious as the condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes your body to wake up throughout the night to resume breathing because your airway has been obstructed. To determine whether you are simply snoring a lot or snoring because you are suffering from sleep apnea, look for the other signs that indicate the more serious condition:

Waking up gasping for air Sleeping with your mouth open... Read More
May 27, 2017

Memorial Weekend is here and for many of us that means the official start of summer barbecue season. Try these tips to make sure your next outdoor event is enjoyable and tooth-healthy:

Swap the chips for crunchy veggies. Although potato chips are standard for grilling out, you can get the same great crunch from raw vegetables like carrots and celery. The fibrous vegetables can actually help clean your teeth instead of leaving behind cavity-feeding debris like potato chips can.   Say yes to cheese. From the cheddar on your burger to the cheese plate on the side, dairy products are low in sugar and rich in calcium and phosphorous. They... Read More
March 14, 2017

St. Patrick's Day is almost here. It's the one day of the year where everyone gets to be Irish. And let's face it - that really means drinking a lot. If you're gearing up for a long day of Jamieson shots, Guinness pints, green beers and Irish car bombs, you'd better make sure your dentist's phone number is loaded into your phone. As it turns out, St. Patrick's Day results in more dental emergencies than any other day of the year.

A study conducted by Sikka Software found that emergency dental visits increase by an average of 64% across the country on March 18. Sikka Software provides over 10,000 dental practices nationwide with...

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December 27, 2016

There are more cosmetic treatments than ever before to help you achieve the dazzling, beautiful smile you desire. One of the most popular options offered at Yakima Smiles is porcelain veneers. These thin shells of dental porcelain get bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve the appearance of a wide range of smile imperfections.

Dr. Nathe can use porcelain veneers to correct just about any cosmetic issue with your smile, including:

Misshapen teeth Severely worn teeth Gapped teeth Chipped or cracked teeth Discolored teeth that haven't responded to teeth whitening procedures Crooked teeth

Due to this versatility,...

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October 10, 2016

If you’re not up on the latest oral-systemic link, it may seem odd that pregnancy affects your teeth, but it does! At the same time, your dental health has a very real effect on your developing baby. Many articles report that poor dental habits have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. (Yikes!)

The positive news, however, is that you CAN take control over your hygiene and general oral health, and can likely sidestep that old adage “one tooth is lost with every pregnancy.”

First of all, that outdated saying is simply not true! Calcium is not...

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September 26, 2016

Are you afraid of the dentist? Have you ever put off dental work because of some form of dental anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 3 out of 4 people have at least some fear of going to the dentist!

For millions, their fears extend beyond a nervous stomach or apprehension to make an appointment. Studies show that between 9% and 15% of Americans are terrified enough of the dentist that they simply will not go. This can be described as a dental phobia, or an extreme or irrational fear of visiting the dentist.

The truth is, dental anxiety can come in many forms and can be a huge roadblock to your oral...

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August 19, 2016

What are your travel plans this summer? Whether you’re planning a long weekend at the beach, a rustic camping adventure, or an international getaway, no doubt you’re excited about your upcoming escape. The house-sitter is booked, your bags are packed…but do you have everything you need to maintain healthy teeth while traveling?

It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene habits when out of town; after all, you’re away from home and out of your normal routine. However, with a little planning, you can avoid taking a vacation from your dental health during your summer travels.

Don’t Take a Vacation From your Dental Health... Read More
August 19, 2016

Do you experience pain in your neck, shoulders, or ears? How about clicking, grating, or popping when you chew? Perhaps you suffer regularly from jaw pain or headaches? TMD may be the culprit! But you may wonder, “What is TMD, and how can I find relief?”

Pain associated with your jaw and the muscles that control it is referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Your dentist may be able to recommend solutions to help you find relief for frequent headaches and jaw pain. Learn more about TMD – statistics, symptoms, and solutions – in the infographic below:

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