Yakima Smiles Blog

Yakima dentist serving the entire Yakima Valley from Ellensburg to Sunnyside

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First of all, that outdated saying is simply not true!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

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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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December 16, 2015

Lights! Family! Desserts!

The holiday season can be an exhilarating time! But, for many, it can also be a tad on the stressful side – especially when it comes to entertaining.

Each year, there seems to be more pressure to host the perfect party … and with these 7 simple tips from our Yakima dentist team, we want to make it a whole lot easier on you!

1.) Assemble your Guest List – Decide how formal or relaxed you want the party to be, and think about who you want to invite. Once you have your guest list settled, send your invitations out sooner than later. Schedules fill up rather quickly, so at least four...

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October 12, 2015
Our Yakima Dentist thinks our patients are the greatest!

We love seeing your beautiful smiles every day and sharing a laugh while catching up on the latest news. Because we appreciate your continued loyalty to our office and team, we love it when we have the opportunity to reward that loyalty.

As partners in your dental health, we want to provide you with important information we know you want and need and we are constantly thinking of new and creative ways we can supply it. So, we are excited to share a new digital download that provides information we know you will be happy to have –“The Real Cost of Emergency Dental Care”

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July 25, 2015

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you?

You’re at a family wedding and the photographer aims the lens at you. Panic sets in.

You’re posing for a new professional headshot and you smile with a closed mouth, hoping it looks natural.

You’re conversing with a new acquaintance and you suddenly feel self-conscious about your teeth.

If any of these situations sound familiar, you’re not alone. Many people shy away from smiling openly because of chipped or missing teeth, prominent gums, misaligned teeth, or yellow stains.

However, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect when it comes to your...

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April 17, 2015

Let’s be real here: We know that visiting the dentist can be something that makes many patients nervous. Research shows that 20% of individuals who experience severe anxiety will only go to the dentist if absolutely necessary.

However, regular dental checkups are vital not only because they keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they can also help protect and maintain your overall health and well-being.

Yakima Dentist, Dr. Nathe is sensitive to the fears and concerns of Yakima dental patients and has striven to create a comfortable environment for all patients, no matter their personal concerns. If the idea of visiting the...

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