The Challenge Of Oral Hygiene For Orthodontic Patients

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There is no doubt about it – it is harder to keep your teeth clean if you wear braces. It’s unfortunate (and ironic) when brace wearers develop tooth decay and weaken their teeth while they’re actually trying to improve their smile with braces. The team at The Reno Dentist, wants to discuss how to keep your mouth healthy while you’re wearing braces.

The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces create hard to reach places where harmful bacteria can thrive. If brace wearers don’t pay continual and careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. The cycle of decay goes like this:

  1. Food particles are trapped in the tiny spaces in and around the wires.
  2. The bacteria in the food particles multiply.
  3. The bacteria creates plaque.
  4. The plaque erodes the enamel.
  5.  Cavities form.

Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease (gingivitis) which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual bone recession and tooth loss.

Bottom line: orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.

Most brace wearers know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a piece of candy if the particles are not removed.

Here are the steps to effective brushing while wearing braces:

1. Remove any rubber bands you might have before brushing.
2. Using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
3. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don’t miss any teeth.
4. Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Make sure you brush under the wires.
5. Brush both the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth.
6. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
7. Spit out excess paste, then check your teeth and braces in the mirror to check that they are clean and shiny.
8. Replace your rubber bands (if you’re in that phase of treatment.).
9. After brushing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for 1 minute to help prevent cavities and white spots.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas and offer a variety of dental treatments. Along with cosmetic dentistry procedures we also offer other dental procedures, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We treat migraines, headaches and TMJ as well. Call us today for an appointment.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Protect Your Athlete’s Teeth

Protecting Your Reno Athlete's TeethPrimary teeth are important. If you have a child who plays youth sports such as soccer or baseball, they can be very risky for your child’s teeth. At The Reno Dentist, we strongly recommend that you protect your child’s teeth.

Football can be a heavy contact sport, yet there is a relatively low rate of mouth injuries that occur in football as compared to other contact sports. Why? Football players are required to wear a mouth guard and a helmet.

Inexpensive athletic dental mouth guards are worth their weight in gold!

If your child participates in a contact sport and doesn’t currently wear a mouth guard, we recommend that you have them start.

There are three main types of mouthguards:

  • ready-to-wear.  The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well.
  • boil and bite. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).
  • custom-fitted.

We offer custom sports mouth guards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard.

Start Early For a Healthy Smile For Life

Is your child still a toddler? It’s not too early to start protecting their oral health. If your toddler has not yet had a dental examination, call us to schedule one. Starting early dental visits is important for lifelong oral health.

In addition to general and family dentistry, we offer cosmetic dentistry and serve the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. Let us help you today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


3 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

 

 At The Reno Dentist, we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at parties and other gatherings. We encourage healthy living for all of our patients.

Here are 3 quick tips to help you minimize candy intake at parties:

  1. Have a healthy snack before you go. You’re less likely to overindulge due to hunger.
  2. Plan ahead what treats you want, then stick to your plan.
  3. Have a small portion, and fully enjoy it

Moderation in candy intake can help with the prevention of tooth decay, but so can consistent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings and check-ups at your dentist. Keeping the mouth clean and observing good oral hygiene are strong indicators for a healthy mouth.

We’re not here to tell our patients to abstain from sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Just be sure to brush properly after eating candy. Keep in mind that eating chocolate, or other candy that washes away from your teeth quickly is better than chewy gummy candy that can stick in your teeth.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas and offer a variety of dental treatments. Along with cosmetic dentistry procedures we also offer other dental procedures, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We treat migraines, headaches and TMJ as well. Call us today for an appointment.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Reno If you are one of the many Reno denture wearers, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth. At The Reno Dentist, we can help if you’re having issues with your dentures.

The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel and function like natural teeth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution. If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

How about a thick T-bone at your favorite Reno steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your dentist about the possibility of dental implants. There is life after dentures with tooth implants!

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas. Along with cosmetic dentistry procedures we also offer other dental procedures, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We treat migraines, headaches and TMJ as well. Call us today for an appointment.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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Today at The Reno Dentist, we’d like to focus on an article that appeared in ScienceDaily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

If a member of your family has serious health issues, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of my patients experiences severe health issues, I am happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some managable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is critical for everyone.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas and offer a variety of dental treatments. Along with cosmetic dentistry procedures we also offer other dental procedures, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We treat migraines, headaches and TMJ as well. Call us today for an appointment.

CONTACT THE RENO DENTIST:

775-200-0722

LOCATION (TAP TO OPEN IN GOOGLE MAPS):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427


The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

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The Reno Dentist provides the latest in cosmetic dentistry treatments. Our smile redesigns transform an individual who has been embarrassed by their smile for years. But it’s not just about looking younger and more attractive—though it most certainly will do that. It can improve your life in ways that many people do not understand.

How can a smile makeover transform your life?

1. It alters the way others look at you.

An individual who smiles often and easily is typically regarded as an energetic problem solver.

2. It lifts the atmosphere in social situations.

When you candidly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when necessary.

3. You will feel more self-confident.

When you quit focusing on making sure you hide your teeth, you have the drive to concentrate on ways to obtain success in personal and professional pursuits.

A smile makeover is an investment in yourself that you will be delighted with every day. If you have ever wondered what cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry can do for you, or have some dental troubles, call us today to book a smile makeover consultation.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas. Along with cosmetic dentistry procedures we also offer other dental procedures, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We treat migraines, headaches and TMJ as well. Call us today for an appointment.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

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The team at The Reno Dentist is dedicated to the prevention of cavities, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION

Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are indispensable for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities. There are some places, however, where enamel deterioration can occur even with proper oral hygiene.

KEEPING MOLARS CLEAN

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most difficult area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for cavities to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

EXTRA PROTECTION FOR MOLARS

While brushing frequently is important, an additional safeguard against decay is the application of dental sealants. We apply dental sealants as a plastic barrier on teeth. We will place sealants over the top of each tooth, to prohibit bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.

Many parents obtain sealants for their children and teens to help fight decay and protect enamel.  We will examine your child’s sealants at each visit and reapply as needed.

COST EFFECTIVE?

Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative services that may be needed in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To preserve a healthy smile, follow these steps:

  • Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every few months
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste after each meal
  • Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
  • Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
  • Visit The Reno Dentist twice a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
  • Have sealants applied to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly dental visits are essential for pediatric dental health.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas and offer a variety of dental treatments. Along with cosmetic dentistry procedures we also offer other dental procedures, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We treat migraines, headaches and TMJ as well. Call us today for an appointment.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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No matter how old you are, dental exams  are an important practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful

At The Reno Dentist, we have an excellent office and knowledgeable team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power

Dental patients often delay exams because they think they are unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best practices for preventive care. At each checkup, our experienced and well trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once we polish your teeth, we examine your entire mouth. We inspect for any cavities, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is important so you can be certain that they don’t turn into larger issues.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with our team at The Reno Dentist will keep your smile healthy.

Innovative Dental Technology

It’s important to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your checkup is detailed and comprehensive. At The Reno Dentist, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams.

Peace of Mind

Our team will explain your treatment plan and what you should do for your future healthy smile. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing cosmetic dentistry, we will make certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas. Along with cosmetic dentistry procedures we also offer other dental procedures, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We treat migraines, headaches and TMJ as well. Call us today for an appointment.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


3 Smart Smile Solutions

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The Reno Dentist provides the latest in high-comfort cosmetic dentistry treatments. We’re dedicated to providing our patients with the latest advances in cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry and general dentistry.

Thinking of a smile makeover? –  3 innovative procedures used in smile redesigns:

Tooth Implants
Tooth implants are altering the face of dentistry. For most patients, a dental implant is the best solution for a missing tooth. A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

The dental implant acts and looks like a natural tooth.

Invisible Braces
Invisible braces allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. Invisalign Clear Braces offers many benefits to straighten your teeth.

White Fillings
If you had decay in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, dramatically beautifying your smile.

In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we offer general and family dentistry and serve the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. Let us help you today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Tooth Knocked Out? Call 775-322-5016 ASAP!

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It may sound like a catastrophe to many people, but having a tooth knocked outdoesn’t always mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to correct your smile.

If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are your tooth can be saved.

The most important things for patients to do if they’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find the tooth, handle it carefully and keep it in the best condition possible so The Reno Dentist can reinsert it properly.

Do not handle the tooth by the root, be careful to only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.

If it is possible, the best place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course). Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

Next, you’ll want to get to us as soon as possible. Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved. Call The Reno Dentist for your dental emergencies.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas. Along with cosmetic dentistry procedures we also offer other dental procedures, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We treat migraines, headaches and TMJ as well. Call us today for an appointment.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503