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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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

 


3 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

 

 At The Reno Dentist, we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at parties and other gatherings. We encourage healthy living for all of our patients.

Here are 3 quick tips to help you minimize candy intake at parties:

  1. Have a healthy snack before you go. You’re less likely to overindulge due to hunger.
  2. Plan ahead what treats you want, then stick to your plan.
  3. Have a small portion, and fully enjoy it

Moderation in candy intake can help with the prevention of tooth decay, but so can consistent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings and check-ups at your dentist. Keeping the mouth clean and observing good oral hygiene are strong indicators for a healthy mouth.

We’re not here to tell our patients to abstain from sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Just be sure to brush properly after eating candy. Keep in mind that eating chocolate, or other candy that washes away from your teeth quickly is better than chewy gummy candy that can stick in your teeth.

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

 


Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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Today at The Reno Dentist, we’d like to focus on an article that appeared in ScienceDaily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

If a member of your family has serious health issues, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of my patients experiences severe health issues, I am happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some managable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is critical for everyone.

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.

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Reno, Nevada
89503

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427


Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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No matter how old you are, dental exams  are an important practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful

At The Reno Dentist, we have an excellent office and knowledgeable team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power

Dental patients often delay exams because they think they are unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best practices for preventive care. At each checkup, our experienced and well trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once we polish your teeth, we examine your entire mouth. We inspect for any cavities, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is important so you can be certain that they don’t turn into larger issues.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with our team at The Reno Dentist will keep your smile healthy.

Innovative Dental Technology

It’s important to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your checkup is detailed and comprehensive. At The Reno Dentist, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams.

Peace of Mind

Our team will explain your treatment plan and what you should do for your future healthy smile. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing cosmetic dentistry, we will make certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas. 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


Tooth Knocked Out? Call 775-322-5016 ASAP!

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It may sound like a catastrophe to many people, but having a tooth knocked outdoesn’t always mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to correct your smile.

If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are your tooth can be saved.

The most important things for patients to do if they’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find the tooth, handle it carefully and keep it in the best condition possible so The Reno Dentist can reinsert it properly.

Do not handle the tooth by the root, be careful to only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.

If it is possible, the best place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course). Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

Next, you’ll want to get to us as soon as possible. Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved. Call The Reno Dentist for your dental emergencies.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas. 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

 


Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral Piercing

Body piercings are a common form of self-expression seen around Reno. At The Reno Dentist, we encourage our patients to enhance their smiles in the healthiest way.

Today’s post is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they use can lead to serious problemswith not only your teeth and mouth, but your entire body. These piercings can result in tooth damage, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and tooth loss.

Tongue Piercing

In general, any oral piercing is going to open you up to an array of dangerous oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can lead to difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing troubles. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve weakening, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also occur.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their stability and shorten their lifespan.

Mouth Jewelry

Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is dangerous for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal necessary. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

Health Tips

Our team at The Reno Dentist encourages patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. However, if you have an oral piercing and plan to keep it, we advise you to have consistent dental cleanings and check-ups. It’s important to fix problems in their early stages before they become more extreme. Don’t wait if you suspect you may have a dental or physical trouble.

Call us today at The Reno Dentist to schedule an appointment for your regular dental checkup. We also offer general and family dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry, and serve the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. Start down the path toward your best smile today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Should You Worry About Dental X-rays?

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Providing exceptional dental care is much easier for dentists when they have complete information about their patients’ oral health. At the Reno Dentist, serving Carson City, Sparks and Spanish Springs, we only ask for X-rays when they are necessary for our standard of care.

Pictures are more reliable than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual examination, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more frequently.

X-rays help dentists find cavities, assess gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue the team at The Reno Dentist considers when ordering X-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. We take precautions to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.

Women need to let their dentist know if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Should you worry about dental X-rays? Absolutely not!

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers. We also treat migraines, headaches and TMJ. 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

 


Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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The Reno Dentist, serving Carson City, Sparks and Spanish Springs cares about their patient’s whole mouth – not just their teeth. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important for good dental health. However, some dental patients worry because their gums bleed after a thorough cleaning.
 
Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two, don’t worry. But, if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you need to return to your dentist. You could have gum disease.
Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also observe bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.
The Reno Dentist team wants their patients to avoid gum disease and keep good dental health. They can also give patients the remarkable smiles they deserve through cosmetic dentistry
 
Some effective procedures we perform to beautify your smile include :
 At the Reno Dentist, we offer both cosmetic and general dentistry. Our patients appreciate our comfortable office and knowledgeable staff. Call us today to keep your smile healthy.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503