Common Oral Care Mistakes

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At Sam Carroll, DMD, Dr. Carroll believes that prevention is the key to maintaining optimum oral health. We know that our patients are our partners in achieving oral health, and the best prevention starts at home. There are, however, some mistakes that could deter your oral health. Your dentist in Yuma, AZ discusses some common verbal health care mistakes.

Avoiding X-Rays

X-rays have the stigma of exposing patients to radiation, and for this reason, many patients choose to avoid them. It is a mistake because x-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that Dr. Carroll uses to detect tooth decay and other oral health concerns in their earliest stages. Early diagnosis offers you the best chance of treating your condition with the least invasive treatment.

At Sam Carroll, DMD, we use digital x-rays, which expose our patients to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. In fact, you would get more exposure from just a few hours in the sun. Digital images are readily available, which makes diagnosis and treatment planning quick and efficient.

Ignoring the Signs of Bruxism

Do you suffer from frequent headaches, especially in the morning? Do your teeth or jaw feel tender when you bite down? Do your teeth appear worn? Did you know you might be suffering from bruxism, or teeth grinding? Dr. Carroll can look for signs of bruxism at your next dental checkup since it can be tricky to diagnose your own because it happens during the night. If it determined that you do suffer from bruxism, Dr. Carroll could discuss wearing a night guard while you sleep to protect your teeth and jaw from the damage caused by clenching and grinding your teeth.

Twice Yearly Cleanings with your Yuma AZ Dentist

Your regular cleaning and check-up appointments are your first line of defense against oral health issues such as oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay. Not only does your hygienist remove the excessive plaque and tartar buildup that cause these issues, but we also screen you for them. Maintaining your oral health is essential for your overall health and well-being, as gum disease has linked to other health concerns such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

We encourage you to call us today to schedule your next appointment and avoid common oral health care mistakes.

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Irene Peters
Irene Peters
20:05 09 Dec 17
Dr. Carroll has state-of-the-art equipment and can do it all. I was able to get my new crown replaced on the same day with only the one visit. I've been going there for years and never had to wait past my appointment time. The office staff are all friendly, helpful, efficient, prompt, and make you feel at home and more importantly, comfortable. Dr. Carroll remembers details from prior visits and always follows up on them. A real bonus for me is that he has a way with giving the shots to numb your mouth without it hurting! I'm very grateful for the excellent care I get from Dr. Carroll and his staff.
Audrianna Daniel
Audrianna Daniel
16:55 25 Jan 18
I had such a wonderful experiance at this office! Switching from another local dentist was the best decision I ever made. Shanel, the hygienist, was absolutely amazing and Dr. Carroll was incredibly down to earth and attentive to any questions or concerns. The whole staff is just awesome and I can't recommend this office enough!
Carla Wolfe
Carla Wolfe
00:59 14 Jun 17
I was terrified of the dentist from past bad experience. My daughter had a traumatic experience at a local dentist as well. We have both started seeing Dr. Carroll and have had the most comfortable, reassuring experience. They are kind, knowledgeable and patient!! Thank you Dr. Carroll and Staff!! Second visit - 2/4/16 - Deep Clean Procedure and a Wisdom tooth extraction - Again, I can't say enough about my visit. The staff from the moment you walk in the door are professional and friendly. My procedure was 99.5% pain free and the extraction was 100% pain free. I was given information every step of the way and was made to feel comfortable at all times. This is an office with compassion, caring and understanding. I highly recommend this practice. I can't say thank you enough for the positive experience and dental work. Thank you!!
Lucinda Fox
Lucinda Fox
03:05 21 Jun 17
I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Carroll over the past -I have been with him since he started practice in Yuma. He and his staff have always treated me professionally and respectfully. I say 'had' because I just moved out of state and now I hope to find a new dentist as skilled as Dr. Carroll. My last visit was a highlight for me. He gave me a brand new, much improved smile by replacing my top front six teeth with crowns made by him on site. The change is amazing and I say "thank you Dr. Carroll!"
Sandy Baas
Sandy Baas
19:00 19 Oct 17
Sam Carroll , DMD, is knowledgable about all the latest and most effective dental procedures and treatment to make you SMILE... I have seen a caring and gentle approach with the very young patients ( My Grandaughter) and the concern he had with my 90 year old Father. Very comfortable yet professional atmosphere at all times!
Jill Castaneda
Jill Castaneda
20:20 21 Sep 17
Thank you for getting my son in and removing his wisdom tooth today. I would also like to thank you for the amazing service we received from everyone in the office and especially Dr. Carroll!! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Dr. Carroll and his staff are the best.
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