Dental Confidence Or Caution

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Whether you are one of those who goes willingly to the dentist or are hesitant about getting work done, the team at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV wants you to make and keep regular appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Regular dental appointments are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. For most patients, we recommend a visit to our office every six months. We occasionally need to see a patient more often.

Appointments, Parts 1 & 2

There are two parts to a typical dental appointment: a cleaning and a checkup.

  • During a cleaning, one of our dental hygienists inspects your teeth and gums, and uses special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up. It also includes polishing your teeth, which removes any surface stains. The last step is flossing.
  • During a checkup, the dentist checks your overall dental health. If there are any issues, like a cavity or signs of gum disease, we’ll usually schedule a follow-up appointment. It will be planned for your convenience, of course, but sooner is better.

What you do between your six-month visits is really important. Plaque is contantly forming on the teeth, so we recommend – and we cannot say it strongly enough! – that you brush and floss your teeth every day. Ideally, you’ll do it twice.

You have a lot of toothpaste choices. The flavor is up to you, but be sure to choose one with fluoride.

By seeing us twice a year, and maintaining a good dental health regimen at home, you’ll have confidence that your teeth and gums are in great shape. At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we offer complete general and family dentistry. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to us for dental implants, and much more. If you haven’t already, schedule your next 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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Hiccups In Your Dental Routine

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The most common times people brush their teeth are morning and night, either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. But sometimes hiccups in the schedule can knock you off a well-established routine. At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we have some thoughts on that.

Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. An irregular schedule generally disrupts regular dental maintenance. What are you to do?

One suggestion is to try doing a better job at cleaning your teeth during the day. One of the best things you can do is rinse your mouth with water after you eat. It’s no substitute for brushing, of course, but will give your entire mouth a quick cleansing.

A quick brushing is good, too. An excellent trick is what we call dry brushing. That means brushing your teeth without toothpaste. Yes, it sounds a bit strange – but it’s effective, especially if you can use a little water, too. (We’ve heard of dentists who do it themselves.) It isn’t the way you would brush at home, but it’s going to clean the surfaces of your teeth – and that’s half the battle.

The other half of the battle is the stuff that gets between your teeth. A good solution here is carrying floss picks with you.

The most important time to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. Otherwise, these foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth.

We know that life gets busy, but hiccups in your dental routine can damage your teeth if you aren’t careful. The best approach is to brush and floss before bed, and see us at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV for a checkup every six months. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City see us for dental implants, complete 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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Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Plaque is that filmy stuff that forms on teeth. Since it is caused by the breakdown of the foods we eat, plaque formation is a constant process. And that’s why we keep reminding our patients to brush and floss twice a day, at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.

The plaque process goes something like this: Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth. It will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth.

At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After forty-eight hours, it will start to harden. Give it ten days and it will turn into that substance most difficult to remove, tartar.

This bacteria feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth.

Brushing and flossing twice a day is your best defense against plaque, but we also want to see you at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV for regular cleanings and checkups. We offer complete general and family dentistry. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to us for dental implants. Schedule your next 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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A Proud Dental Practice

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At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we are proud to provide our community with the best dental care possible. It’s a lot of work running a dental office, but it’s an important function. We are commmitted to excellence in what we do.

It is by now well-established that your dental health is linked your overall health. We want all our patients to have the best dental health possible. On any given day we will remove a patient’s tooth decay and fill the cavity. We’ll diagnose and treat other problems with teeth and gums, repair fractured teeth, and promote good dental health.

We have a team of committed professionals. The dentist is the most conspicuous team member, and is responsible for diagnosing any dental problems and developing treatment plans.

But no one works alone, of course. Other team members include our dental hygienists, licensed professionals who are responsible for the preventative part of treatments. This includes screening for signs of gum disease and oral cancer, and reviewing a patient’s oral hygiene.

Our dental assistants help the dentist during procedures. They also have a role in preventative education, and can perform tasks such as removing sutures.

Finally, there are our team members in the reception area. They schedule and manage appointments, greet you when you come in, and help our practice run as efficiently as it does.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we are committed to the dental health of all our patients, and it’s a team effort. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to us for dental implants, complete general and family dentistry, and all of their dental health needs. Call 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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Periodontal Disease Is Linked To Systemic Diseases

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Nearly half of Americans over the age of thirty have gum disease in some form. Fortunately, it’s a treatable condition at The Reno Dentist in Reno  NV.

What do your gums do?

Gum tissue has an important job. It protects the roots of your teeth and provides a barrier for the connective tissues and ligaments that hold your teeth in their sockets. It also protects the alveolar bone in which your teeth are anchored.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is inflammation and infection of this soft tissue. It starts with inflammation. Gums become swollen and tender. Early stage gum disease is called gingivitis. If it progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, developing pockets. This more severe condition is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • A change in the color of gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Changes in your bite

As serious as gum disease is on its own, it also puts you at risk of conditions like heart disease. The good news is that gum disease is 100% preventable with regular brushing and flossing, and dental checkups.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno  NV we treat gum disease. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to us for complete general and family dentistry. Please call to 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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Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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This message from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV is for anyone who is finding it difficult to improve their dental health. We urge you to keep working at it, and assure you that we’re here to help!

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are really good about brushing their teeth, but sometimes skip flossing. This is a bad idea. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from between teeth.

Failure to floss can lead to cavities, and even gum disease. Our recommendation? Brush twice a day, and floss before going to bed at night.

Keep Getting Checkups

Regular cleanings and checkups are a critical part of maintaining good dental health. Along with brushing and flossing, they are part of your first line of defense against tooth decay. On average, we recommend a checkup every six months. Some patients can spread them out a little more, and others may need more frequent visits.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is as bad for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried to quit but just can’t, you’re far from alone. Keep trying!

According to the Centers for Disease Control, former smokers now outnumber active smokers. Everyone who has kicked the habit was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Remember, the link between your dental health and overall health is well-established. Patients come to The Reno Dentist in Reno NV from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City for dental implants, complete general and family dentistry, and much more. 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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5 Critical Things To Know About Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable. It is also treatable, at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.

Gum disease is so pervasive in the US that it has been called a health crisis by the American Dental Association.

  1. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss.
  2. Practicing daily dental hygiene and having 6-month dental exams are the best way to prevent periodontal disease.
  3. Periodontal disease can occur without the presence of decay.
  4. Almost half of all 30+ adults in the US have periodontal disease.
  5. In some cases, periodontal disease generates no noticeable symptoms.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene (especially failing to floss), genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

There may be no better example of prevention being the best medicine. With regular brushing and flossing, and checkups at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, you can prevent gum disease. Our services include general and family dentistry. Call to schedule a checkup 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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Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

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At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we are committed to the highest standards of dental care, and to the experience our patients have in our office. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a checkup, we invite you to give us a call to schedule one.

Communication is one of our biggest priorities. It’s important to us that you know exactly what is going on in each appointment. Dentistry is a highly specialized field, and we may occasionally lapse into jargon that might not make sense. We try to avoid that, but never hestitate to ask us to clarify one point or another.

We may be dental professionals, but we get checkups, too. We know what it’s like to sit in the dentist’s chair. Empathy is an irreplaceable asset.

In all likelihood, you have scheduled your appointment with us months ahead of time. We respect your time, and try to minimize how long you’re in the waiting room. But sometimes procedures take longer than expected, or an emergency appears. If there is any kind of delay we will do our best to mitigate its impact on you.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV every patient is important. Find out why people from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City trust their dental health to us. Our services include general and family dentistry, dental implants, and much more. Call us to 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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Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In this post from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we focus on behaviors that influence dental health. Of course, regular brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is needed for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice (it really can crack teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are bad for teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our practice for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and much, much more. Schedule your next checkup 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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The Reno Dentist Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

The Reno Dentist Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is neither indestructable nor renewable. It’s important to brush and floss daily, and have regualr checkups at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.

We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Use it after every meal to gently clean away food particles. It is best to brush right after eating. The sooner you remove food debris from your teeth, the better.

Flossing regularly is also essential to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.

As for checkups, an average of about two per year is best. In some cases we’ll want to see a patient more often.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we want each patient to enjoy excellent dental health. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson Citycome to our office for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and much more. Call our office to 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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