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Yoan Suarez-Zayas

Dentist

Dr. Yoan Suarez-Zayas is a Dentist practicing in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Suarez-Zayas specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Yoan Suarez-Zayas
  • Saint Petersburg, FL
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • Accepting new patients

Why does a cracked tooth have to be pulled?

Thank you for your question. Not all cracked teeth need to be pulled. However, if the cracked tooth cannot been properly restored because there is not enough structure to support READ MORE
Thank you for your question.
Not all cracked teeth need to be pulled. However, if the cracked tooth cannot been properly restored because there is not enough structure to support the restoration and keep performing all its functions, in this case, this tooth needs to be pulled.

Does a charcoal toothpaste really work?

Charcoal toothpaste can effectively remove surface stains on teeth, allowing them to take on a brighter, whiter appearance. But charcoal toothpaste isn't only porous but also READ MORE
Charcoal toothpaste can effectively remove surface stains on teeth, allowing them to take on a brighter, whiter appearance. But charcoal toothpaste isn't only porous but also pretty abrasive it can be damaging to teeth.

Do I need braces to get rid of the gap in my teeth?

Good morning,
Thank you so much for your question.
Yes, there are other ways for closing a gap, for instance using veneers.

I am having excessive saliva secretion in my mouth. Does it mean an infection?

Good morning and thank you so much for your question. An increase in saliva production could have a lot of causes. A lot of systemic diseases, medications, toxins, etc., can all READ MORE
Good morning and thank you so much for your question.
An increase in saliva production could have a lot of causes. A lot of systemic diseases, medications, toxins, etc., can all increase saliva's production. Mouth ulcers, oral infections can increase saliva's production as well. So, the answer is yes, your excess in saliva secretion can be indicating an oral infection; so you need to visit your dentist.

Have a wonderful day.

Are whitening toothpastes bad for the teeth?

Hello and thank you for submitting your question, Whitening toothpaste does not protect the teeth and they can appear to whiten teeth slightly by removing surface stains, such READ MORE
Hello and thank you for submitting your question,

Whitening toothpaste does not protect the teeth and they can appear to whiten teeth slightly by removing surface stains, such as those caused by drinking coffee or smoking. However, whitening toothpastes can't change the natural color of your teeth or lighten a stain that goes deeper than a tooth's surface.

For a toothpaste be able to protect the teeth needs to have fluoride, when you use a fluoride toothpaste, you are strengthening your tooth enamel and this prevents tooth decay. So, in my opinion, whitening toothpaste does not protect the teeth.

How can I manage my child’s dental health yet allow him to eat sweets?

Hello there and thank you so much for your question.The best way to prevent cavities and yet allow your child to enjoy chocolates and sweets is by making him to eat all at one READ MORE
Hello there and thank you so much for your question.The best way to prevent cavities and yet allow your child to enjoy chocolates and sweets is by making him to eat all at one time and always during the day, never at night and after he finishes, you ought to brush his teeth immediately.

I don't understand how I got Periodontal disease

Good afternoom and thank you for your qestion. Periodontal disease, I would say have a complex pathogenesis, and a lot factors contribuiting to its etiology, like a myriad of microorganisms. READ MORE
Good afternoom and thank you for your qestion. Periodontal disease, I would say have a complex pathogenesis, and a lot factors contribuiting to its etiology, like a myriad of microorganisms. Since 1930 exist the theory that host genetic make-up may act in combination with environmental factors to influence periodontal disease and since 1930, it was concluded that susceptibility and immunity to periodontal disease were "probably inherited. Think in this fact: Not all people who smoke develop cancer. And yet, tobacco smoke contains over 4,700 chemical compounds, over 40 of which are acknowledged carcinogens.
So, the list of acknowledged and proven periodontal risk factors is relatively short and well-understood: smoking, stress, compromised immune system, and poor oral hygiene.
Clinical and laboratory research over the past decade, including family-group studies, the human-twin paradigm, and in-vitro evaluation of human cellular responses to bacteria, have confirmed that there is a strong genetic component of susceptibility to periodontitis and periodontal destruction. This permits adding a fifth risk factor to the list: genetic susceptibility due to the IL-1 genotype. So, exist a genetic predisposition to Periodontal disease.
I hope this answer your qestion.

Dr Suarez

What if only one tooth is crooked?

Good evening and thank you for your question. The first step for answering this question is assess all your teeth and determine if your occlusion is functional. What does this READ MORE
Good evening and thank you for your question. The first step for answering this question is assess all your teeth and determine if your occlusion is functional.
What does this mean?
A functional occlusion allows the whole system be working in harmony and
this can be functional with one or more teeth crooked. So, in my opinion
you will need braces if your occlusion (the way your upper and lower teeth
touch each other when you bite down) is non-functional.

Wisdom teeth removal

Good morning and thank you so much for your question. That depends on the degree of expertise in the field of wisdom teeth surgery of the general dentist that do the initial consultation. READ MORE
Good morning and thank you so much for your question. That depends on the degree of expertise in the field of wisdom teeth surgery of the general dentist that do the initial consultation. Some General Dentists send to the Oral Surgeon all wisdom teeth, some GD just do the wisdom teeth when these are fully erupted, and some GD are able to pull out all wisdom teeth that they receive in their offices.
The answer is that this depends of the General Dentist's criterion when they do the initial assessment of the patient.

Can I whiten my teeth with baking soda alone?

It is OK to use baking soda for brushing your teeth. One important thing about the baking soda is the abrasivity. The hardness of the tooth enamel is a 5 and Baking soda’s READ MORE
It is OK to use baking soda for brushing your teeth.

One important thing about the baking soda is the abrasivity. The hardness of the tooth enamel is a 5 and Baking soda’s hardness rating is 2.5. So, baking soda used consciously isn’t too abrasive. Beside that Baking soda has some benefits:
1. Supports a healthier oral pH.
2. Baking soda lowers bad bacterias count.
3. Helps to gently remove extrinsic stains from teeth.

Xylitol can be combined with Baking soda to boost remineralization. Just make sure that the xylitol is sourced from birch and not corn, you so avoid GMO exposure.




Bloody painful gums, what should I do?

Thank you so much for sending your question. The first thing you need to do is to visit your dentist. There are a lot of diseases that target the gums. The main cause of bleeding READ MORE
Thank you so much for sending your question.

The first thing you need to do is to visit your dentist. There are a lot of diseases that target the gums. The main cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque at the gum line, causing gingivitis. 

If you are under high levels of stress, this can affect your oral health also. Stress increases inflammation in your body, which makes your gums more likely to bleed. High stress levels also reduce your immune system's functionality, making it more difficult for your body to fight infection and to heal.

To keep your gums healthy, brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and after meals.  Floss at least once a day and be sure to floss beyond the gum line to remove more plaque.  Control bleeding by applying pressure to the area with a cold compress.

But the first step is to make an appointment with your dentist.

Dr Suarez-Zayas