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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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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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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Your Mouth Pain Might Be Pulpitis. Call Us ASAP!

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Some men and women hate going to the dentist.  They only seek treatment when the pain is unbearable. At The Reno Dentist we advise, strongly, regular checkups, which can prevent most issues.

There are many causes of mouth pain. Some are more serious than others. If the pain is caused by pulpitis, you need urgent care treatment immediately.

What is Pulpitis?

The “itis” suffix is a clue. It means “inflammation of.”

Inflammation is an immune response. Your body couldn’t heal infections or lacerations if it didn’t trigger an inflammatory response.

What causes inflammation of the tooth pulp?

The pulp of the tooth is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and the tissues that hold everything together.

  • Tooth decay or trauma can bring about an infection.
  • Repetitive impact, like tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause pulpitis—even though there is no bacterial infection.
  • A cracked or chipped tooth may trigger or aggravate pulpitis.

It usually hurts like crazy.

Serious cases of pulpitis can lead to tooth loss, so take nothing for granted. Come see us at The Reno Dentist. Our services include emergency dentistry. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to us for general and family 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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How Tooth Grinding Can Damage Your Smile

tooth grinding treatment RenoTeeth grinding is common in people of all ages. Known formally as bruxism, it is when a person involuntarily clenches their jaw or rubs their teeth together. It can happen during the day, or during sleep. No matter the cause, tooth grinding can be painful and damaging to your smile. We can treat it at The Reno Dentist.

The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

  • It can bring about loose teeth
  • It can cause physical pain in the teeth or face
    • Headaches
    • Jaw pain
    • Ear pain
    • Tooth pain
  • It can chip teeth
  • It can wear down enamel
  • It can cause problems with the alignment of the bite

Tips/Ways to Help Stop Grinding Your Teeth

  • Wear a mouthguard to bed
  • Botox (injections of Botox into the jaw muscles can prevent the muscles from contracting in some men and women)
  • Biofeedback
  • Physical therapy
  • Stress relief exercises
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol

People with bruxism are often unaware of it, but we’ll see the signs during a checkup at The Reno Dentist. We’ve treated people in Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City, who also come to us for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and 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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Can a Toothache Kill You?

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A word of advice from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV: never ignore a toothache. What may seem at first like a minor irritant can turn into an urgent problem.

Can a toothache kill you?

The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. Let’s explain.

The cause of a toothache could lead to a dangerous chain of events that could eventually kill you. Just a few hundred years ago, “teeth” were reported as a common cause of death.

Why would that be? A toothache may be associated with an oral infection. An untreated infection can spread to other parts of the body. Your body may develop sepsis trying to resist the infection. Sepsis can kill you.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV root canal therapy is the treatment for an infected tooth. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our office for general and family dentistry. 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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What’s New In Dentistry?

Advanced Dentistry in RenoThe world of dentistry continues to advance at a rapid pace. If you have visited The Reno Dentist in Reno NV lately, you have probably noticed some things that make your visit more comfortable, such as the ability to watch TV or listen to music while receiving treatment.

What may not be as obvious are the advances in techniques, tools and materials. We now use digital computer imaging which is safer than traditional x-rays. Dental technicians can store, retrieve and transmit digital images much easier than was possible with traditional x-ray film.

The use of lasers has also changed the face of dentistry. Laser surgery requires less anesthesia, minimizes swelling, and protects surrounding tissue. Sparks family dentists use lasers for detecting and treating cavities and dental technicians use them for the curing of restorative materials.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, and complete cosmetic dentistry services. Call 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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