What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

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What constitutes a dental emergency? The dictionary says an emergency is an unforeseen crisis requiring immediate action. At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, where emergency dentistry is one of our services, we think that’s as good a definition as you’re going to find.

Here’s a quick summary of five common dental emergencies:

  • A broken or chipped tooth. This certainly meets the standard of an emergency. Whether it’s the result of an injury, or because of brittle teeth, a broken or chipped tooth could lead to unwanted consequences if it is not treated promptly.
  • Severe toothache. The sooner treatment for a severe toothache begins, the better. A bad toothache could indicate tooth decay, and there could be infection that threatens the tooth. The sooner treatment begins, the better the chances of saving the tooth.
  • Jaw injuries. If you’ve broken your jaw then a trip to the emergency room is probably in order. But a dentist should also be in the loop. He or she will evaluate your oral cavity and teeth to see whether they have also sustained damage.
  • Bleeding gums. This may indicate gum disease. As with a toothache, prompt treatment is best. When it is caught and treated in its earliest stages, gum disease is curable. If is also preventable with brushing and flossing twice a day.
  • Knocked out tooth. If you have a tooth knocked out, time is of the essence. Make a beeline for the nearest urgent dental care. If it is treated within an hour there is an excellent chance the tooth can be saved.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, emergency dentistry is an important part of what we do. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our office for general and family dentistry, and so much more. Call for 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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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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We fill a lot of cavities at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV. Tooth decay is a serious problem, with somewhere in the area of nine of every ten American adults having at least one cavity in their teeth.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and we really stress preventative dentistry as the key to good dental health. Here are five tips for maintaining healthy teeth and gums:

  • Brush Your Teeth. This is one is easy and basic, but critical. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Don’t Forget Your Tongue. This important part of brushing is easy to overlook, but there’s bacteria on the tongue you’ll want to remove.
  • Floss. This goes hand-in-hand with brushing. Flossing lets you get the gunk that builds up between teeth. Before or after you brush? Either one. Just be sure to do it!
  • Eat a Balanced Diet. Food choice is more important than you might think. Teeth need nutrients, just like the rest of your body. Avoid sugar as much as possible, and drink plenty of water.
  • Have Regular Check-Ups. Cleanings and checkups allow us to catch small problems before they get big, and give you peace of mind.

By using these five tips you can avoid serious dental issues down the road.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and so 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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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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Our teeth are alive, but it’s easy to forget that and take them for granted. At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we never take teeth for granted – but then, as dental professionals we probably understand better than most just how amazing teeth can be. We’re using this blog post to share some of the more interesting facts about teeth.

Here are fifteen things you might not know about teeth.

  1. Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  2. A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  3. Your gum tissue is as vital as your teeth.
  4. Some prescription drugs can increase your risk of tooth decay.
  5. Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  6. 19 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  7. Heartburn can be damaging for teeth.
  8. Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  9. Dried fruit is just as adverse for teeth as sticky candy.
  10. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  11. A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
  12. There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  13. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  14. Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit us regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  15. Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we want all of our patients to have clean and healthy teeth, along with beautiful smiles. People come to our practice from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City for complete general and family dentistry, and for specialties like dental implants. Schedule your next cleaning and 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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How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Have you replaced your toothbrush lately? You don’t have to answer that. At The Reno Dentist we recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months.

Too many people wait too long to get a new toothbrush, which can be bad for their dental health. It’s one of the reasons why most dentists hand out free ones at every checkup.

Of course, you don’t need to mark your calendar or set up an alert on your smartphone. How often you replace your toothbrush depends on how often you use it. We recommend, strongly, that you brush at least twice a day. If you’re brushing twice a day, picking up a new toothbrush at the store every three months is recommended.

Why So Often?

A toothbrush can become familiar, like a comfy pair of shoes. Sometimes the idea of tossing out the old one and replacing it isn’t very appealing. But after three months, the bristles are getting bent and frayed. There may be some gunk – dried toothpaste foam – starting to build up, too. Yuk. So toss that old brush, and get a fresh one!

What kind of brush should you be using? There are so many choices. The most important thing is to choose a brush with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

To recap: for good dental health, the important thing is to change your toothbrush every three months. Patients come to The Reno Dentist from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City for cosmetic dentistry, and complete general and family dentistry services. 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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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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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