Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

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Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as critical to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as their permanent teeth. Some Reno parents we meet at The Reno Dentist hold the misconception that the care of primary teeth is secondary to adult teeth, since they will eventually fall out.

The truth is that the twenty primary teeth lay the foundation for the health of adult teeth and a beautiful smile. Taking care of these teeth is very important!

A dislike for brushing is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers and children. Sometimes the battle grows to the point that parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older. Don’t!

If it is challenging to get your child to brush willingly, Dr. Sykes has several suggestions.

If the toothpaste is the problem, brush with a smaller amount or even without it, at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing tooth decay. Toothpaste is not needed for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If your water is not fluoridated, talk to Dr. Sykes about fluoride supplements.

Take your child to the store and have him or her pick a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so your child has some control in picking which toothbrush to use each time he or she brushes.

Let your child do the brushing, then check and brush the areas that might have been missed. Have your child with you when you and your spouse are brushing your teeth. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Invite your child to look in the mirror and brush at the same time.

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly lengthen the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some youth. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the essential first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some parents have had success with setting a timer.

Compliment your child on their terrific effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to preserve a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their attractive smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are critical parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be devoted to a habit that will impact their health throughout their life.

If your child continues to struggle with brushing, you may examine sealants. Sealants are beneficial protective barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. A sealant assists in preventing food particles from lodging in difficult places to brush – typically in the pits and grooves in the molars in the back of the mouth.

Call 775-525-5692 to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr.Shane Sykes about your child’s oral hygiene or any other concern.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Sparks

Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Sparks

Hi, I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, and today in the Reno dental blog we will be discussing the often misunderstood subject of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are sometimes called the third molars because they are even farther back in the mouth than the two sets of regular molars we all have. These four teeth usually erupt when a person is eighteen or nineteen.

If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, it may cause an opening in the gums that can attract bacteria and become infected. Some wisdom teeth are so misplaced that they can actually cause problems with the jaw bone. Both of these conditions can cause severe pain.

If you are wondering whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed, call us today at 775-525-5692 to schedule an appointment. We can assess the condition and placement of your wisdom teeth and discuss a treatment plan.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeovers. Because there are so many quick and effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as invisible braces, veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants, anyone in Sparks can have a perfect smile. I love giving my Reno patients the smiles they’ve always wanted.

Thanks for visiting the Reno dental blog, and keep The Reno Dentist in mind for your dental needs. We offer:

root canals
wisdom teeth extraction
dentures
porcelain veneers

We hope to see you soon!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Kids Who Like Dental Visits?

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At The Reno Dentist, we are proud of the fact that the majority of our young patients like visiting our office for their checkups, cleanings, and treatments. We believe that developing a relationship with an experienced, friendly dentist is a vital responsibility for parents.

The Oral Health-Physical Health Connection

Optimal physical health for children is impossible without the oral health component. Though this fact seems obvious, cavities in children is a national epidemic, and, for the most part, is preventable. Regular checkups are just as vital as well child exams and immunizations.

The health of your child’s teeth and gums influences their speech development, eating habits, academic success, mental health, and social relationships. At The Reno Dentist, we love working with you and your child to establish habits that ensure a healthy smile for life.

The Good News

Today’s children are far less fearful of the dentist than their grandparents’ generation. Part of the reason is that today’s dental tools have progressed considerably and rarely cause any pain. If you are old enough to remember the whining dental drills of fifty years ago, you probably have a greater appreciation for the technological developments that make dental treatment far more pleasant than in years past.

But advanced tools are not the only reason that our youngest patients look forward to dental visits. At The Reno Dentist, there is a warm, inviting atmosphere that puts patients of all ages at ease. If you are looking for a top dentist for your child, rest assured that our knowledgeable team will make your child feel comfortable during their dental visit.

When Should A Child Have Their First Dental Checkup?

We advise parents to bring their toddler in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Bring Your Questions

We also give moms and dads advice about thumb-sucking, pacifiers, and other habits that affect dental health. When your child starts participating in sports, let’s talk about custom mouthguards. Remember to call us immediately at 775-525-5692 if your child suffers a tooth injury.

In addition to offering children’s dentistry, we offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, and dentures.

 

Contact The Reno Dentist: 775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Should Reno Teens Whiten Their Teeth?

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Getting a smile just like their favorite singer or movie star might be high on your teen’s priority list. However, you may want to talk with your Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Sparks dentist before buying an at-home tooth whitening product.

As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening should be overseen by a professional. There are a number of factors that can affect results such as an existing crown or teeth that have not yet erupted. Some medical conditions can cause teeth to darken. Your Sparks dentist can determine if a teen’s tooth stains are a symptom of an underlying condition.

It’s always a good idea to stress prevention over treatments, especially with kids. Make sure your Reno teen is practicing proper oral health habits and help them understand that coffee, tea, cola, and energy drinks can stain their teeth. And if they need another reason not to smoke, remind them that tobacco products will destroy their beautiful smile along with their lungs. Lastly, warn them of the dangers of oral piercings which include tooth damage and infection.

If you or any member of your family decides to use an over-the-counter teeth whitener, be sure to follow the instructions exactly as the bleaching agents used can damage your mouth and gums.

My name is Dr. Shane Sykes. I am a family-friendly Reno family dentist. My passion is helping each of my patients achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile, regardless of their age. My practice, The Reno Dentist, offers the following services:

root canals
wisdom teeth extraction
dentures
porcelain veneers

And more! So, if you are in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Carson City area and are in need of cosmetic dental care or have a question about affordable smile makeovers, please give us a call at 775-525-5692.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-discoloration, accessed on July 25, 2013

 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-525-5692

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

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Hello Sparks! Thanks for visiting the Reno dental blog. Today we’re talking about eruption charts and what they are used for.

First, an eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, on average, they come out, or ‘erupt’, from the gums. A primary teeth eruption chart will also tell you when to expect the different teeth to be lost.

Dentists in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City area use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

Hi. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, an experienced Reno family and cosmetic dentist. The friendly staff here at The Reno Dentist would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about eruption times, children’s braces, dental sealants, athletic mouthguards as well as questions about teeth whitening and Spanish Springs dental implants.

The Reno Dentist is a full-service dental office. Some of the services we offer are:

root canals
wisdom teeth extraction
dentures
porcelain veneers
Invisalign

Give us a call today at 775-525-5692 and we can discuss these services as well as smile makeovers.

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
775-525-5692
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-doctors/


Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the The Reno Dentist guide to treating teeth grinding.

Understand
Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Visit Dentist
Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Shane Sykes through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at The Reno Dentist we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

  1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding.
  2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly.
  3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community from Sparks to Reno deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

It’s no problem to come down to our office at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200, Reno, Nevada 89503 and consult with Dr. Sykes about this or any other dental concern. Call 775-525-5692 today to schedule an appointment.

We are enthusiastic about healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or restorative dentistry. Ask about dentures, Invisalign, root canals, porcelain veneers, or wisdom teeth extraction. Your needs are vital to us.

Contact our knowledgeable staff at 775-525-5692 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers critical knowledge and the highest quality of care.

Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
775-525-5692
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-doctors/


Dental Sealant Q & A

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Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most Sparks pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.

A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can cut down the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Your dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is speedy, easy and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to your Reno dentist about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still vital to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.


Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In Reno

The Reno Dentist Will Help You Keep A Healthy Smile Why should everyone in Reno brush at least twice a day? Let’s take a look at why this is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and inhibits the build up of plaque. If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums pull away from teeth.
  3. Bacteria multiplies in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected early.

Call The Reno Dentist at 775-525-5692 to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Reno.


Your Family Dentist

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The Reno Dentist, is a family dentistry practice in Reno Nevada.

You find your family dentist at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200, in Reno Nevada. We serve the 89503 zip code with family dentistry.

Our specialties include cosmetic dentistry. We often perform a dental implants, and restorative dentistry.

Family dentistry requires a knowledgeable staff. Our commitment is to provide the most comfortable care for your family. Our staff is knowledgeable, and ready to greet your family with a friendly smile and home town care.

We look forward to meeting you and your family.


Top 5 Dos And Don’ts

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Welcome to our blog and thanks for stopping by. The Reno Dentist wants to offer you some easy hints when caring for your teeth.

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1.Do… remember you are just wiping the plaque away before it turns to tartar. A gentle toothbrushing at the correct angle can gently wipe the bacteria away. Once plaque has settled into tartar, no amount of scrubbing at home can responsibly remove it.
Don’t… scrub your teeth and gums until your gums recede and expose parts of your tooth you don’t want exposed.

2.Do… remember your gums need to be cared for. Proper brushing and regular flossing can keep your gums healthy and strong.
Don’t… wait to see your a dental professional about sore or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity or mouth sores.

3.Do… create a routine for brushing and flossing that leaves ample time to spend a full two minutes gently cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your delicate mouth.
Don’t… forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can disrupt a good routine.

4.Do… make regular dental visits for cleaning and examination by a professional. Call The Reno Dentist to set up your initial consultation today. 775-525-5692 We’ve got the phones ready! Cancer screenings, cavity checks and removal of tartar from the teeth are vital to maintaining a healthy mouth.
Don’t… worry if you don’t have the healthiest of mouths. The Reno Dentist can help you get back on track. Whether you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, or general dentistry, we can restore what has been lost or counsel with you on the best options. If wisdom teeth extraction or root canals is what it takes, then we are equipped and ready to serve the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, Carson City communities.

5.Do… enjoy your mouth and all the wonders it is capable of.
Don’t… put off coming in to find out about the possibility and cost of cosmetic dentistry, implants, veneers, braces, etc.

Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada zip code 89503
775-525-5692
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/