Your Perfect Smile in Reno Is Only A Few Dental Visits Away

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What does it take to really change the way you look? Hours upon hours at the gym? Expensive trips to the most cutting-edge salon in the Sparks area? What about a routine trip to your dentist?

You may not love going to the dentist, but you will love the results when they help you attain a perfect smile in Reno with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure, but the dramatic results never cease to impress. Your dentist can work with you to develop a teeth whitening regimen that will be most effective. This may include any of the following three methods:

1. Bleaching in-office. Sometimes called chair-side bleaching, a special light is used while a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. A rubber shield or protective gel is used to keep your tender gums safe from the whitening agent.

2. Bleaching at home. Even though this is done at home, that doesn’t necessarily mean its completely safe. This is because the peroxide-containing whiteners used in these chemicals do have potential side effects, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your dentist. Also, there are many at-home whiteners available. Your dentist can direct you to the safest and most effective ones to help you get a perfect smile in Reno.

3. Toothpaste with whitening properties. When a toothpaste carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it means that it contains special chemical or polishing agents. These will provide additional stain removal which complements the surface stain removal offered by all toothpaste.

At The Reno Dentist, we help patients attain a perfect smile in Reno so that they feel confident enough to tackle the day. Helping our dental patients establish good habits is important to us, as is helping them achieve the smile they want using cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, bonding, and complete smile makeovers.

The Reno Dentist is currently accepting new patients, so give us a call to make an appointment!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Dentist in Reno, Nevada

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Looking for the best dentist in Reno? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best. Finding the best dentist in Reno truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for economical dental care without a background agenda?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout Nevada overwhelm you. Today we are offering 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1

Pick up the phone. Contact our knowledgeable staff at The Reno Dentist for your best appointment of the year, a dental checkup with Dr. Shane Sykes. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. Furthermore, the needs of our patients are extremely important to us. From dentures to Invisalign, from root canals to porcelain veneers. Providing quality services can make your experience reliable and fast.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching a general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford. These are all key pieces of the puzzle. If you’re looking for a dentist in Reno, The Reno Dentist is proudly equipped to handle cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, restorative dentistry and everything in between.

Step 3

Meet the good doctor. Dr. Sykes has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner. She concisely and fully explains all of the procedures and possibilities and performs superb dental work day in and day out. Expect to see the smile you’ve dreamed of, to meet with a professional, and to receive a talented service.

Finding a dentist that will bring a smile to your face and put you at ease is just a click away at The Reno Dentist. To book an appointment, call our office number or leave us a message online.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Gum Disease and Diabetes: The Reno Dentist

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Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. At The Reno Dentist, we are concerned with the connection between diabetes and oral health.

Our patients with diabetes know that maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related troubles for those affected.

Additional research is exploring the reverse relationship. In other words, whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. Findings from a long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH.[1]

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health jolts the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.” [2]

If you have diabetes, it is essential that you see your dentist regularly, and are committed to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other critical practices. Furthermore, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

The Reno Dentist practices general and family dentistry, and also treats gum disease. We also provide cosmetic dentistry, and treat headaches. Schedule an appointment with us today.

1Angelo Milone, “Does periodontal disease cause type 2 diabetes?,” Endocrine Today, November 2008, http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/print/endocrine-today/%7Bacdccbd7-a2b2-4a9e-ac08-b29b53116908%7D/does-periodontal-disease-cause-type-2-diabetes, accessed August 12, 2015
2“Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” American Diabetes Association, September 18, 2012, http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html#sthash.9IlHJB8l.dpuf, accessed August 12, 2015

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


The Reno Dentist: When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the critical job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault from food and drink. The Reno Dentist in Reno NV reminds you that enamel also guards nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly wondrous. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush. Immediately after eating is one such time. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva safeguards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the solution for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Moreover, teeth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Reno residents who grind their teeth at night, it’s critical to get a mouthguard promptly. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the cavities that can follow.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already transpired. It may be a hard change to make, but if you are successful, your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can damage enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also impair enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can lead to cavities which erode enamel just as effectively as chipping it with hard candy.

If you have enamel erosion or other dental problems, The Reno Dentist can help. Cosmetic dentistry can correct a host of problems. We also provide orthodontics such as Invisalign clear braces. To schedule a comprehensive examination, call our Reno NV office.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

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Today in the Reno dental blog we are going to talk about stomatitis. Stomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Stomatitis is typically caused by cold sores, gum disease, or even from biting the inside of the mouth (ouch!). Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

Most men and women have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are usually just a temporary inconvenience.

However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation.

Because of this possibility, your Sparks area dentist should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, your dentist can always help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

Hi, my name is Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno. I provide the highest quality preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry for my Reno area patients.

Source:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed September 5, 2015

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Saliva And Reno’s Dental Health

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Hi. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes. Welcome to my Reno dental blog.

Today we’ll be looking at the complexity and importance of your saliva. Though most people may think it’s gross, saliva is critical for dental health as well as digestion.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The ideal pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is a vital factor in the development of cavities and other forms of tooth decay.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that Sparks residents know how vital saliva is to dental health, I’m sure you can see why ample salivary flow should concern you. For most of my Reno patients, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health complications occur.

If you are in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Carson City area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 775-525-5692. We have been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in Reno since 2011.

Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to communicate with you about root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dentures, porcelain veneers, and the other services we provide to our valued patients.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At The Reno Dentist

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At The Reno DentistHello, dental blog visitors, welcome to the The Reno Dentist blog. I am Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno.

A close friend of mine recently expressed fears about her upcoming root canal. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Reno dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

We are accepting new patients at The Reno Dentist and would love to serve you. At The Reno Dentist, we offer root canals, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Relax. Your Teeth Will Thank You.

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Most people have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.

We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)

Stress that is not sensibly managed can affect the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect—you guessed it—your teeth.

The obvious oral health perils are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can also intensify plaque generation, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of gingivitis? Another problem is that when men and women are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.

If you’re concerned about the effects stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with Shane Sykes at The Reno Dentist today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dentures, and porcelain veneers.

It’s ironic, but for some Reno residents, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.

Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


The Dangers Of Oral Infections

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“It’s just a small sore. It will go away.”
“I’m too busy right now. I’ll go to a dentist later.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”

It happens to most people at least once in their life. Your teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area.

This is definitely not a situation where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise. Grave consequences can occur if the pain is the result of a dangerous infection. Oral bacterial infections destroy teeth, gums and jawbone, and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In fact, prior to the 19th century, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

An oral infection doesn’t always cause pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental issue that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be required.

The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see your dentist.

I am Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. If you have any signs of oral infection, or haven’t had a dental exam in the past year, I encourage you to meet with me. To schedule an appointment, call my office today at 775-525-5692.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist: 775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Healthy Living Starts With A Smile

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What comes to mind when you hear the term “healthy living?” A dinner plate with a grilled chicken breast and steamed vegetables? The sound of your feet rhythmically hitting the ground on your favorite jogging pathway? A cholesterol test indicating that your arteries are doing great? If you pictured a white, healthy smile or a dental x-ray showing no cavities, we salute you.

At The Reno Dentist, we encourage everyone with a smile (that includes you!) to include oral health in your definition of “healthy living.”

When done correctly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an essential component of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. We recommend a soft bristled toothbrush to guard your gums. Brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes and be certain you reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is needed for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at Reno stores, so experiment until find one you like.

I’m Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. As a healthcare provider, I am passionate about helping each of my patients reap the benefits of oral health and avoid dental problems that can compromise their all-around health.

And just as some healthcare providers deliver cosmetic procedures, I also deliver services that improve the esthetics of your smile. Ask us about porcelain veneers, dental implants, invisible braces, white fillings, inlays/onlays and same-day teeth whitening. For more information, call The Reno Dentist today at 775-525-5692 or visit https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-doctors/.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503