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

 


Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic!

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There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
1. Panic.
2. See Dr. Shane Sykes right away and get on with life.

Dr. Shane Sykes at The Reno Dentist can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly performing the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call 775-525-5692 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503

We’ve been around since 2011 – serving your neighbors in Reno  and improving smiles for Spanish Springs patients.

When Reno residents need cosmetic dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When Carson City patients have needed dental implants, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office. And when you need restorative dentistry, we are delighted with the opportunity to make a true believer out of you!

We offer dentures, Invisalign, root canals and porcelain veneers. Trust Dr. Sykes to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries.

Relax.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In today’s The Reno Dentist post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 1
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3 (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.4
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

At The Reno Dentist, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find unmatched dental care and our knowledgeable team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, and dentures. Contact The Reno Dentist today at 775-525-5692 to schedule an informative consultation.

 

1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014, http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/, accessed on November 14, 2014
2Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
3Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental, http://www.deltadentalnc.org/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf, accessed on November 12, 2014
4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/01/new-oral-features-can-be-considered-unique-as-a-fingerprint.html, accessed on November 14, 2014

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Get On Top Of Your To-Do List by Calling The Reno Dentist

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Is it time to get your life back in order, Reno? Call it Spring Cleaning. Call it a Hard Reset.  I like to call the small and simple tasks cling-ons. These are things like refill a prescription, change your furnace filter, get your oil changed, replace the lightbulb or make a dental appointment.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. Call 775-525-5692 to set up a consultation. Once and for all determine your dental needs and create a straightforward, incredible, all-encompassing plan.

Here at The Reno Dentist we see patients for many smile fixes including the following:

dentures
Invisalign
root canals
porcelain veneers
wisdom teeth extraction

Dr. Shane Sykes strives to provide extraordinary service to our awesome patients in Reno, Nevada. At your consultation feel free to ask about veneers, implants, invisible braces, bridges and all things dental. We answer cosmetic dentistry questions all day long and Dr. Sykes knows how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

Since 2011, Reno patients have enjoyed having The Reno Dentist nearby, ready to provide cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and restorative dentistry.

Move through your to-do list today – change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dental appointment, check. It feels great.

Shane Sykes, DMD

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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This is a vital question occasionally asked by patients at The Reno Dentist. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly – not leave them alone. It is impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use floss. The bleeding may be due to harmful gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding often stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis (gum disease) and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in Nevada and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease. https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could cause gum disease. The good news is that, unlike dental caries, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is vital to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever process you decide on, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

What if you continue flossing for a few weeks and still observe bleeding? Call The Reno Dentist at 775-525-5692 to schedule a consultation. Shane Sykes, DMD, will complete an extensive examination to determine the cause of the bleeding.

At The Reno Dentist, our goal is to help patients preserve healthy teeth and gums. Our dental hygienists not only perform the most thorough dental cleanings, they also educate patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you have a child who needs extra help learning how to brush and floss correctly, schedule an appointment with our The Reno Dentist child-friendly team.

Some patients have perfectly healthy teeth and gums but are not happy with their smile due to cosmetic troubles. If you want to explore possibilities for improving your smile, meet with us today at 775-525-5692.

We offer cutting-edge cosmetic dental services including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, and tooth-colored filling replacement. Ask us about oral sedation options if you need help relaxing during dental treatment. You can depend on us to maintain the highest standard of safety and sterility at The Reno Dentist.

 

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 Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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For those of you who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, The Reno Dentist is here for you. Dr. Shane Sykes has been treating this common issue since 2011.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can cause receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding – it’s pain).

Here in our Reno dentistry practice, Dr.Sykes can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.

Shane Sykes usually recommends an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that reduces tooth pain after several applications. However, some Reno patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments available at The Reno Dentist.

Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth and want to have your teeth whitened. Here at The Reno Dentist, Dr. Sykes can determine which professional tooth whitening or at-home whitening procedures will work for you.

Call our Reno cosmetic dental office today at 775-525-5692 to get relief for your sensitive teeth.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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Improving your oral hygiene doesn’t have to take a lot of time. In fact, you can establish a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes with The Reno Dentist writing to offer my patients in Carson City, Spanish Springs, and Virginia City 6 manageable ways to add vital dental care to each day in 60 seconds or less.

Find a good place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will allow air drying and can slow the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to build consistency, you’ll need a plan. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it you’ll remember that commitment.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and rinse away food particles after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but it will do the trick if the alternative was no time spent swishing.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Inspect gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed food particles and staining or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day.  It takes less than 10 seconds and is a habit that will lessen discoloration.

Call The Reno Dentist.

10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with me and my knowledgeable staff. Call 775-525-5692 so we can examine your teeth for more than your initial 10 seconds and help you to have the smile you can be proud of.

For families throughout Sparks, cosmetic dentistry – teeth whitening, crowns, chipped teeth and even braces – all have their place in improving a smile. Why not let us improve yours?

We can answer questions about the cost of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or restorative dentistry. Trusted since 2011 to promote healthy smiles and educated hygiene, we will take care of all your needs including: dentures, Invisalign, root canals, porcelain veneers, wisdom teeth extraction and everything in between.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Healthy Lifestyles For Healthy Lifesmiles

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Dental health and a remarkable smile depend on much more than simply brushing regularly. In today’s The Reno Dentist post, we present a quick refresher course on important lifestyle practices that affect oral health. You are probably familiar with most of these recommendations, but it is helpful to get a reminder once in a while. We encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. After all, the two are inseparable.

DO:

Eat a nutritious diet.
Eat calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that attack enamel.
Brush gently but meticulously at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Make sure you clean thoroughly between teeth with dental floss or interdental cleaners such as flossing picks.
If you have children, meet with your Sparks dentist about water fluoridation. If your municipal water supply is not fluoridated, you may want to give your children fluoride supplements.
Get your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
Have a dental examination twice yearly with your Reno dentist.

DON’T:

Eat a sugar frequently. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel.
Snack throughout the day. This speeds up plaque production and subjects the teeth to constant bombardment with acids.
Chew on ice.
Use your teeth as tools. Ever.
Drink energy drinks.
Get oral piercings.
Ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.

If you have oral pain or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, call The Reno Dentist  at 775-525-5692 to schedule an appointment with Shane Sykes. Tooth problems get worse over time – especially if there is decay or gum disease.

At The Reno Dentist, we serve the Reno area with exceptional dental care including general and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about:

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


When Something’s Gotta Give, Don’t Let It Be Your Smile

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Life is busy for many Reno residents. At times, it’s impossible to get all the “gotta do’s” done and many are postponed or dropped altogether. Sometimes your car has to wait another 500 miles for an oil change or you are a month late replacing your furnace filter or you realize that you’ve had a leaky faucet since the Clinton administration. Many important things get put on the back burner, but we urge you not to get careless about essential dental care.

Here are some common dental care shortcuts. Are you guilty of any of them?

Rushing Through Brushing
Your teeth deserve an attentive two minutes or more. Slow and methodical beats quick and dirty. Use a system to make sure you get every tooth. Playing one of your favorite two- or three-minute songs may help you go the distance.

Only Seeing Your Dentist When You Notice a Problem
We hope none of our patients put off examinations and cleanings. When you feel tooth pain, it may be way too late to prevent a filling or even a root canal.

Neglecting Professional Cleanings
When softer plaque turns to calculus, you can’t brush it away with a toothbrush. Six-month cleanings help get rid of the calculus or tartar before it can damage your enamel or irritate your gums.

Using Floss Picks Instead of Dental Floss
While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to understand that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. A floss pick holds just a small length of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval. A straight piece of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the shape of the tooth as well as traditional floss. When you wrap a string of floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more thoroughly clean that high-priority area around and just below the gumline. We have seen patients who are observant floss pick users who developed decay in a minuscule crack the floss pick missed day after day.

At The Reno Dentist, we urge our patients to practice preventative dentistry to preserve their smiles for life. We offer the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental procedures including restorative dentistry:

. 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