Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are critical because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

Dr. Shane Sykes encourages patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

Brushing
Flossing
Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
Regular dental cleanings
Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tartar that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prohibit food particles from lodging in little spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can communicate with Dr. Sykes about sealants.

If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

Call The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016 to schedule a professional cleaning today! Your smile will thank you.

 

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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Are Dental Veneers For You?

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When people seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a popular option. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of very substantial porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have the ability in cosmetic procedures. You should consider what you do not like about your smile and know how you want it improved. Veneers may not be optimal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the features you wish to change.

Porcelain veneers can fix many minor to moderate troubles, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.

Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: traditional veneers and prep-less veneers. Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this method is permanent.

The second service is called ‘no-prep’ or ‘prep-less.’ With this type, enamel removal is frequently not needed. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this technique has specific criteria.

Moreover, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and advise you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as outlined.

If you do not have a dentist, we invite you to visit our extraordinary practice at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. Dr. Shane Sykes is an accomplished smile makeover artist. Experience is a key consideration. Call 775-322-5016 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist – Shayne Sykes DDS:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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5 Reasons To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

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When was the last time you looked into the mirror? Were you totally satisfied with what you saw? If the answer is, “Not really,” then you may want to check out at these 5 great reasons to speak with your Sparks dentist about cosmetic dentistry procedures.

1. The first reason is that a little cosmetic dentistry goes a long way. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, are simple and easy to do, but they can have considerable results.

2. Next, you might be surprised at how reasonably priced it is! Next time you are in the office of your dentist, ask for a price chart. You may be pleasantly surprised.

3. Don’t worry about pain, your dentist will keep you comfortable. Many individuals expect the services to be painful, but dentists are trained to help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort. This is true whether you are getting dental implants, veneers, or a complete cosmetic dental smile makeover.

4. You’re never too old! Many mature men and women think that cosmetic dentistry procedures are only for the young, but teeth continue to change throughout your life and these procedures may be exactly what is needed. Plus, many satisfied patients say they look years younger after the services are complete.

5. Your cosmetic dentist can treat your particular cosmetic dental problem. Some folks have been led to believe that they have to live with chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, but today’s dentists have the tools and to repair a wide array of dental issues.

If you are looking for a dentist in Reno, we invite you to schedule a consultation The Reno Dentist would love to serve you.

 

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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Toddler With A Toothache?

When your child complains of mouth pain, you want to relieve it as soon as possible.

But that’s easier said than done. There are a plethora of possible causes of children’s tooth pain.

Possible Causes of Toddler Oral Pain

  • Tooth decay
  • Emerging teeth
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Mouth sore or cut
  • Sinus pain or earache
  • Large fragment of food between two teeth

Examine Your Child’s Mouth

First, take a look at their mouths. If you see swollen gums, it indicates the general area of the problem. A large red bump near the tooth root could indicate an abscess.

If there is swelling in the gums, take your child to a pediatric dentist immediately.

You may see a piece of food caught between two teeth. Use a string of floss or a floss pick to remove it. The pain may not go away immediately, but if this was the source, it should go away within a couple of hours.

If your son or daughter has a cavity, you may or may not be able to see it. Dr. Sykes at The Reno Dentist can locate small cavities or those hidden between two teeth.

Make an appointment at The Reno Dentist in the unlikely event that your child has a cracked or chipped tooth.

If The Pain Is Caused By Teething

If your youngster has a runny nose and seems unusually irritable, they might be teething. A cold (not frozen) teething ring can help relieve the pain. You can also gently rub their gums with your finger. You can also let your child gnaw on a cold carrot or another hard vegetable. Make sure you monitor closely so they don’t bite off a chunk they can choke on.

Note that teething only causes a low-grade fever. If your son or daughter has a fever over 100°F or diarrhea, take them to a pediatrician right away.

Pediatric Dentist or Pediatrician?

To recap:

If you suspect the pain is caused by a cavity, abscess, or broken tooth, call The Reno Dentist to schedule an appointment.

If you can’t see the source of the pain but your child has a high fever, diarrhea, or swelling in the cheek, take them to your pediatrician right away.

 

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’s The Latest With Veneers?

Reno Prepless Veneers One of the developments in cosmetic dentistry is ‘prepless veneers.’ Though thousands of smile restoration patients who have received traditional veneers are happy with the results, some dental patients have delayed this procedure because they do not want to give up a healthy tooth structure.

Veneers Have Advanced

The latest ‘prepless veneers’ are a less intrusive procedure for improving your smile. New ‘prepless veneers’ at The Reno Dentist are exceptionally thin shells which adhere to the face of teeth and depend on no removal of tooth enamel. Most ‘prepless veneers’ are about the thickness of two pieces of paper. Because the color is built into the veneers (instead of being applied after fabrication), they look like your natural teeth—only better!

The Skilled Lab Technicians Behind the Scenes

Our experienced ceramists are skilled artists. They create each custom veneer with the ideal shape, color, and thickness for your new smile. Another great feature of The Reno Dentist‘s ‘prepless veneers’ application procedure is that it requires no anesthesia or drilling.

If you are self-conscious about misaligned, discolored, or broken teeth, ‘prepless veneers’ may be a smile restoration solution that you can feel good about. Call The Reno Dentist to learn more about ‘prepless veneers’. It may be your answer for  smile!

 

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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Let’s Make A Plan

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When you are passionate about reaching a goal, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan. A sporadic effort is hardly ever effective.

Do you have a goal to improve your smile? Perhaps you have not thought much about your teeth in the past but lately, have noticed problems. These troubles can be purely aesthetic such as tooth staining or a pressing hazard such as a loose tooth.

Do you have a goal for your smile?

  • Reverse gum disease
  • Whiten your teeth and avoid future staining
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Straighten crowded teeth
  • Repair cracked teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • A complete smile redesign

Here at The Reno Dentist, we are dedicated to customized patient-focused care. This means that we create a unique dental treatment plan for each patient. After all, each patient is different. Age, lifestyle, current status of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation by calling 775-322-5016. Shane Sykes, DMD will discuss your goals and concerns with you, complete an extensive examination, and explain your options. When you leave our office you will have all of your questions answered and a unique dental treatment plan.

The Reno Dentist is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno, Nevada. Our services include dentures, Invisalign, root canals, porcelain veneers, and wisdom teeth extraction.

 

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 Questions? We Have Answers.

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If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, bite issues, tooth implants, oral sedation, same-day teeth whitening, or invisible braces, come to The Reno Dentist for answers.

Our knowledgeable staff has helped me develop an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique dental needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.

Many of our new dental patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry treatment such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers and dental implants. We would love to meet with you about these services.

Dental Care For Every Member of the Family

If you have toddlers, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is beneficial to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and tooth decay prevention. If you are not happy with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the optimal solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are vital for patients of all ages.

Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about The Reno Dentist. Call today to schedule a consultation.

We can make you look and feel great

 

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775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 

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Crooked Teeth And Cavities

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The team at The Reno Dentist wants to discuss orthodontia. Many dental patients hold the belief that orthodontists only change the look of your teeth. Consequently, they think that the only reason to find an orthodontist is if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry.

The fact is that your ability to clean your teeth is enhanced when your teeth are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes difficult to make daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, problems with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease follow.

If you are curious if your teeth are crowding or if your bite is not aligned, then you need to visit our office. We can evaluate whether or not you need orthodontics, and what type of treatment would be best.

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

 


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