Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Everyone, it seems, would like to have whiter teeth and a better smile. Teeth whitening at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV may be just what what you need.

Of course, there are plenty of over-the-counter products you might want to try. Any grocery store will have plenty of options in the dental care aisle: every major brand of toothpaste, it seems, offers a whitening version.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that gently polish and whiten teeth. They do a fairly good job, and the abrasives in them are no harder on tooth enamel than ordinary toothpastes.  However, these products can only remove stains that are on the surface. This generally results in whitening by roughly one shade.

Professional whitening, on the other hand, can whiten your teeth up to eight shades. our in-office version whitening can brighten your smile in just one visit!

Professional teeth whitening at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV is just one of our cosmetic dentistry options. People throughout Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City trust us with their smiles. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Choosing A Toothbrush For Your Child

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Choosing a toothbrush for your child may not sound like a very critical issue, but it’s more important than you might think. With that in mind, The Reno Dentist in Reno NV has some suggestions.

The most important consideration is probably that your youngster likes the toothbrush. That makes it far more likely he or she will use it, and can reduce the frequency of any battles you might have about brushing.

Be sure to choose a toothbrush that is a good fit for your child’s mouth. A smaller mouth will need a smaller toothbrush, for reasons of comfort and for doing the best possible job. The brush must easily reach all the way to the back teeth, with enough room to maintain a circular motion while brushing.

And then there are the bristles. Softer is always better, and for the same reason we recommend soft-bristled brushes for all patients regardless of age. They do a fine job cleaning teeth surfaces and along the gumline, but are not too hard on the gums. This is really important.

Those are the biggest considerations: a good fit to the mouth, and soft bristles. Manual or electric? There are lots of kid-sized electric toothbrushes out there. They don’t necessarily do a better job, but some kids love them.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City see us for general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment for your child today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Dental X-rays Help Your Orthodontist Provide Quality Care

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Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This post from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV takes a look at the various types of dental X-rays.

  • Panoramic. These pictures help us see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit. They are useful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.
  • Bitewing. Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.
  • Periapical. These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more detailed picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are generally used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.
  • Full-Mouth Series. This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, and complete cosmetic dentistry, and so much more! Call to schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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What to Know About Baby Teeth

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Baby teeth and adult teeth are very different. One of the roles of baby teeth is to pave the way for permanent adult teeth. In this post from The Reno Dentist, we’ll share some baby teeth basics.

  • Baby teeth usually come in around six to twelve months, but can come in later than that.
  • Baby teeth usually begin to fall out at around age six, but they can fall out whenever they are ready.
  • For a lifetime of good dental health, teach good oral hygiene habits at a young age.
  • When teeth grow in they cut through the gums, which can be painful.
  • Baby teeth usually fall out on their own, but sometimes it is necessary to pull them.
  • Baby teeth should be professionally cleaned twice a year by a dental hygienist, just like adult teeth.

What if baby teeth don’t come in?

Sometimes baby teeth come in late, but it is rare that don’t come in at all. If a child passes their first birthday and baby teeth still haven’t come in, it is a good idea to bring the youngster in for an evaluation.

At The Reno Dentist our general and family dentistry is for everyone in your household! People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our practice for dental implants, and much more. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When Benjamin Franklin said that he meant fire safety. But like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern life. At The Reno Dentist, we apply it  to dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some essential guidelines are highlighted here.

  • Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day without fail, for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.
  • Wear a protective mouthguard when joining in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged.
  • Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!
  • Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage.
  • Avoid snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.
  • Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

At The Reno Dentist we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and much more. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Do You Love Your Smile?

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The people who are happiest with their smiles have healthy, straight teeth that sparkle when they laugh. If nature didn’t bless you with attractive teeth, you are not alone. Most perfect smiles you see were not always that way: they are the result of cosmetic dentistry, like what we provide at The Reno Dentist.

Two common smile issues are yellow enamel and chipped teeth.

Discolored Teeth
Few of us are blessed with pearly white smiles that stay that way forever. Even with consistent brushing, flossing and dental cleanings,  teeth darken as we age.

That explains the popularity of teeth whitening. Can you picture yourself with a celebrity-caliber smile? Teeth whitening makes it possible!

Damaged Teeth
Our teeth work hard for us day after day, year after year. Sometimes they get chipped or cracked in the process. If you would like to fix your tooth flaws, porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding have been used with great results for many years.

At The Reno Dentist, we improve smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to us for restorative dentistry and other services. Schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal

Carson City cosmetic dental and adult bracesHere’s a word of advice from The Reno Dentist: when you go to the store looking for dental products, be sure that what you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Here are four ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

  1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your dollars on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.
  2. The ADA only places its seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.
  3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with us right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?
  4. The ADA seal is not the organization’s endorsement of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

At The Reno Denteist, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health, and one of the ways you maintain it is using quality dental care products. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to us for our complete general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Think Twice Before Using Mail-Order Aligners

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At The Reno Dentist, we get it. It sounds simple. It sounds economical. It sounds convenient.

You order a kit online. It is delivered to your door. You take an impression of your teeth in the comfort of your home. Or you stop by the clinic and have the impression taken. The company sends you clear aligners to adjust your teeth. And it costs a lot less than orthodontist-supervised Invisalign!

In 2013, SmileDirect Club became the first company to offer self-directed teeth straightening. The fact that they are being sued by people all over the U.S. should tell you something.

What’s wrong with at-home aligner systems?

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have issued warnings about the hazards of direct-to-consumer orthodontics.

“Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which if not done correctly could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.” American Association of Orthodontists

Straightening teeth is not a do-it-yourself project. At The Reno Dentist we offer clear braces from Invisalign that deliver the results you seek. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City trust us with their smiles! They also come to our office for dental implants, and a complete range of dental health services. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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The Reno Dentist Treats 3 Urgent Dental Issues

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Our mouths and teeth work hard . Consider how much they do, day after day! It’s not surprising that problems arise sometimes. At The Reno Dentist we provide emergency dentistry, and are ready to treat a range of oral issues.

Here are three of the most common:

1. Abscessed Tooth

An abscess is a serious infection accompanied by pus, pain, and swelling. It occurs deep down in the root of a tooth. The infection can destroy tissue and even bone it left untreated.

A root canal procedure is used to remove an abscessed tooth root.

2. Knocked-out Tooth

This is one of the most serious dental emergencies. If it happens to you:

  • Pick up the tooth by the crown (the chewing surface) NOT the root.
  • If it’s dirty, carefully rinse the tooth with warm water, being careful not to remove any tissue attached.
  • Gently place the tooth back in the socket promptly (if possible). If it’s a child with the injury, don’t risk swallowing or choking. Put the tooth in milk. Don’t use tap water.
  • Make sure the tooth stays moist at all times.

Get to our office as soon as possible.

3. Painful Wisdom Teeth

Whether wisdom teeth have erupted or not, they can cause a lot of oral problems. They move around and bump into other teeth. They can be challenging to clean and increase the risk of tooth decay. They can become painful and inflamed. At The Reno Dentist, we treat wisdom teeth-related issues.

If you still have your wisdom teeth and want to avoid future problems, come into our office for an exam and consultation. We can take an X-ray and advise you on a course of action.

With prompt action, emergency dentistry from The Reno Dentist can make a difference in whether a damaged tooth is saved. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City trust us in urgent situations, and also come to us for general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Implant-Anchored Dentures May Be More Affordable

Missing Teeth In Reno? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

This message from The Reno Dentist is about implant-supported dentures and their cost.

Cost is always a factor when weighing your options.

Are you missing some teeth?

Considering Dentures?

You’ve probably considered dentures. Partial or full dentures can fill in the gaps in your smile.

Know Your Restoration Options

Before you get dentures, consider dental implants.

A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone, actually replacing both the root and crown of the tooth.

The Advantages of Tooth Implants

Dental implants have many advantages, such as preventing jaw bone recession which can occur when natural teeth are removed.

Denture-Stabilization Implants

Sometimes the best restoration is a combination of a denture and implant(s). Dental implants can be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is ‘snapped on’ or attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.

The combination denture/implant smile restoration solution is used successfully for many The Reno Dentist patients.

Is Cost a Factor?

Both implants and dentures are an investment in an improved quality of life. But any type of cosmetic dentistry service is a significant expenditure.

Consider that a denture/implant solution is usually more affordable than dental implant replacements for several natural teeth.

To learn more about dental implants, call us at The Reno Dentist. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to us for them, as well as general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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