Protect Your Athlete’s Teeth

Protecting Your Reno Athlete's TeethPrimary teeth are important. If you have a child who plays youth sports such as soccer or baseball, they can be very risky for your child’s teeth. At The Reno Dentist, we strongly recommend that you protect your child’s teeth.

Football can be a heavy contact sport, yet there is a relatively low rate of mouth injuries that occur in football as compared to other contact sports. Why? Football players are required to wear a mouth guard and a helmet.

Inexpensive athletic dental mouth guards are worth their weight in gold!

If your child participates in a contact sport and doesn’t currently wear a mouth guard, we recommend that you have them start.

There are three main types of mouthguards:

  • ready-to-wear.  The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well.
  • boil and bite. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).
  • custom-fitted.

We offer custom sports mouth guards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard.

Start Early For a Healthy Smile For Life

Is your child still a toddler? It’s not too early to start protecting their oral health. If your toddler has not yet had a dental examination, call us to schedule one. Starting early dental visits is important for lifelong oral health.

In addition to general and family dentistry, we offer cosmetic dentistry and serve the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. Let us help you today!

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503

 


Protect Those Nooks And Crannies

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The team at The Reno Dentist is dedicated to the prevention of cavities, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION

Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are indispensable for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities. There are some places, however, where enamel deterioration can occur even with proper oral hygiene.

KEEPING MOLARS CLEAN

The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most difficult area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for cavities to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.

EXTRA PROTECTION FOR MOLARS

While brushing frequently is important, an additional safeguard against decay is the application of dental sealants. We apply dental sealants as a plastic barrier on teeth. We will place sealants over the top of each tooth, to prohibit bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.

Many parents obtain sealants for their children and teens to help fight decay and protect enamel.  We will examine your child’s sealants at each visit and reapply as needed.

COST EFFECTIVE?

Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative services that may be needed in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.

To preserve a healthy smile, follow these steps:

  • Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every few months
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste after each meal
  • Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
  • Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
  • Visit The Reno Dentist twice a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
  • Have sealants applied to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places

Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly dental visits are essential for pediatric dental health.

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 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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Many of our patients at The Reno Dentist want to know if they are brushing their teeth properly. That might seem surprising, because brushing your teeth seems so straight-forward. But it’s easy to get into bad habits, and if we can correct any with tips, it really makes our day.

Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered—from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques—is our business. We are all about educating our patients. Sometimes our tips on brushing teeth are as easy as 1-2-3.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will achieve the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are flexible before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to reach the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow dental caries to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should be the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve fantastic dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is critical. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of build-up.

At The Reno Dentist, the dental health of our patients is always our top priority. Our services include general and family dentistry, and a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule 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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Five Facts About Enamel Erosion

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Our teeth work hard and are constantly under assault. At The Reno Dentist, your dental health is always our top priority, which is why we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and halt additional erosion if some has already occurred.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. Sadly, enamel erosion is extremely pervasive, though largely preventable. Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal conditions, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.

Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:

  1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it is gone, it can’t be regenerated.
  2. According to the NIH, 41% of youth already have enamel erosion.
  3. Brushing too-forcefully can damage enamel.
  4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as harmful as sugared sodas.
  5. Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva, which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to halt continued erosion. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been affected. Call The Reno Dentist in Reno NV to schedule an appointment. Our services include geneal and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Call 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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Forensic Dentists: The Unsung Heroes of Dentistry

forensic dentistry RenoLet’s start with a disclaimer: at The Reno Dentist we are fully committed to delivering the highest quality of general and cosmetic dentistry services to living patients. In today’s post, however we will veer a bit off the beaten path, so to speak, and share some insight into an important dental specialty; forensic dentistry. The official term for the use of dentistry in criminal cases and post mortem identification is forensic odontology. These professionals are rarely recognized but play a fundamental role in crime and disaster investigations.

Dental X-rays, dentures, and bite marks are all used to provide clues about the victim’s identity and/or the manner of death. A person’s teeth are as singular as fingerprints and can often sustain forces such as fire, explosions, submersion in water, and natural decay without being destroyed.

Identifying One Victim

Identifying a victim through dental records is aided immensely when authorities have narrowed down a group of suspected victims to just a few people (or, ideally, just one) and can consult the dentists who had treated them. When the identity is totally unknown, a forensic dentist investigates other databases such as those kept by the armed forces and prisons. “Dental identifications are so much quicker and so much less expensive than DNA,” says Dr. Mark Bernstein, dentist and forensic dental consultant.

Identifying Hundreds of Victims

While identifying one victim of a homicide or accident can be relatively straightforward, natural disasters, plane crashes, and other large-scale tragedies are exponentially more involved.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Burkes, chief forensic dental consultant for the 9/11 attacks, over 140 dentists toiled to identify the fragments of remains that were recovered from the scene of the terrorist attacks. The identification effort was an extremely painstaking and complicated process. First, the dentists were assigned to one of four teams. The Go Team gathered evidence from the scene, the Antemortem Team analyzed existing dental records of suspected victims, the Postmortem Team X-rayed the retrieved dental evidence, and the Comparison Team compared the X-rays of the remains of unknown individuals to the records of missing people deemed to have been at the scene. “Dentistry fulfills one of its most important social, moral, and professional obligations by applying its unique knowledge and expertise to the task of identifying countless persons who are tragic victims of fires, catastrophes, disasters, and homicides,” says Burkes.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, or Carson City areas, we hope you’ll give The Reno Dentist a call at 775-322-5016 to schedule a consultation.  We offer a wide variety of dental services such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, dentures, cleanings and prepless veneers. Call 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

 


The Future of Tooth Decay in Reno

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Reno

Dental patients in the Sparks area may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. The answer isn’t pretty. A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses and tooth decay in Reno. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Avoiding Abscesses and Tooth Decay in Reno

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter. To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses or tooth decay in Reno, have regular visits with your dentist. Also, don’t forget to brush after every meal. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health. Make sure to include flossing once a day to get in those hard to reach places. For questions about which toothpaste to use or what kind of floss you should buy, ask our dental team during your consultation at The Reno Dentist.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Reno area, come visit us here at The Reno Dentist. Dr. Shane Sykes has been a dentist in Reno since 2011. We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as dental crowns, veneers, teeth whitening,  dentures, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. We also offer general dentistry treatments such as root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dental bonding, gum countouring. Call 775-322-5016 to schedule an appointment! We look forwarding to meeting you.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Treat Your Beautiful Smile in Reno to a Healthy Diet

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Proper nutrition can benefit you in a number of ways such as increased energy, improved immunity, glowing skin, mental clarity, and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. How often, however, do you consider how your diet impacts your beautiful smile in Reno?

Your diet can impact your risk of cavities, enamel health, and gum condition. Healthy foods provide an environment that can prevent inflammation and infection. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts are the ideal choices for oral health. Calcium-fortified beverages, milk, and other dairy products provide vitamins, minerals, and calcium that helps with keeping teeth, bones, and gums healthy. Eating crispy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery, will help clean your teeth and gums, which will, in turn, improve your beautiful smile in Reno.

A healthy diet contains all the vital vitamins and minerals, and the most important mineral for teeth is fluoride. Don’t forget, however, that too much fluoride is dangerous. Dr. Sykes can advise you on the exact dosage of fluoride for your child, taking into account whether your municipal water is fluoridated. Even though adults’ teeth have already formed, fluoride aids in remineralizing weakened enamel to a degree. This powerful mineral is applied to teeth during comprehensive dental cleanings at The Reno Dentist and daily with fluoride toothpaste.

Bacteria that causes enamel-destroying plaque loves a steady diet of sugar—from soda, candy, and even fruit juices. When enamel wears away, the teeth become vulnerable to decay, cracks, and discoloration. Sugary foods that are especially dangerous are those that get trapped in the spaces between teeth and the little pits and cracks in the molars. Candies that are chewy or hard can lodge in these spaces and allow for the adverse sugar to have direct contact with enamel until brushing occurs. Be sure to brush after each meal and before bed. In addition, remember to floss or use a water irrigating method to dislodge food particles trapped in spaces. By eating well, brushing properly, flossing regularly, and avoiding foods that stick to your teeth, you can have a beautiful smile in Reno.

At our practice, we have a full-service dental practice in Reno. Helping our dental patients stay healthy is important to us, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening, and smile makeovers. The Reno Dentist in Reno has been serving the Sparks area since 2011. Please contact us at 775-322-5016 if you are looking for quality dental care from a local Reno dentist with the experience, expertise, and personalized attention you deserve.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Oral Health in Reno: Instill Good Brushing Habits in Your Children

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New Reno parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association’s recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. After all, brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to tooth decay as older teeth.

Parents are encouraged to use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come through, it’s even more crucial for the teeth to be brushed after each meal or, at least twice a day.

It is essential to select the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft-bristled brush is best with a small amount of toothpaste. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are useful. Also, there are circle and triangular-shaped brushes that allow your toddler to walk around with their brush with less chance of injury in case of a fall.

If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without toothpaste. The goal is to remove food bits that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities. When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is essential to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most children don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their children can do it effectively for the sake of their own oral health in Reno.

Until the child is old enough to properly brush his or her teeth, they should receive adult supervision and guidance regarding oral health in Reno. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing methods will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time-consuming, remember that it’s creating a daily habit that will guard their oral health in Reno. Also, dental expenses related to poor oral hygiene will be avoided. Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but most parents bring their child to the pediatrician early. You can trust in your dentist to look out for potential problems and guide you about how to help your child preserve a healthy smile.

If you live in the Sparks area and don’t yet have a trusted family dentist, call The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016 to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with Dr. Sykes. You can ask us about general dentistry, orthodontics, and gum disease treatment. By starting young, your child will become familiar with our dental practice and our friendly staff, ensuring that he or she never develops a fear of the dentist.

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation in Reno

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Looking for a dentist because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or tooth decay? Today’s post offers 3 important steps to take before you arrive at The Reno Dentist for a dental consultation in Reno.

The state of your mouth is critical to your fitness both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a pleasing impression when they smile or speak. We understand that. The look, the odor, the feel, and the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our critical role in finding solutions to these issues. Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call us at 775-322-5016 or visit us online to schedule a dental consultation in Reno. After you schedule a consultation with our team, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:

1. Analyze your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and ascertain what is holding you back, if anything.

2. Pinpoint pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unnecessary with the technology and expertise available these days. Usually, there are uncomplicated solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.

3. Define what you want your smile to look like.
If you can describe your optimal smile, we can explore how to obtain it. There are numerous possibilities for an extraordinary smile redesign as well as dental maintenance procedures. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of dental implants, the price of filling a cavity, or placing a crown. We have answers for you. Our team is equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your needs. We see patients for services like dentures, Invisalign, and root canals. When it comes to looking for a dentist in Reno or the surrounding communities, please know that you will be in gentle and experienced hands with our knowledgeable team. Call today for a premium dental consultation in Reno.

We can make you look and feel great

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503


Floss Pick Facts For Dental Health in Sparks

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Health-conscious individuals want to keep their teeth as clean as possible. However, they are also looking for convenience. That’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of standard dental floss. These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are cost-effective and can be used more discretely than floss.

Floss Picks vs. Traditional Floss

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss when it comes to effectiveness. The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to talk to your dentist about dental health in Sparks. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. But try to use regular dental floss daily.

Schedule an Appointment to Improve Dental Health in Sparks

If you are in the process of looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider The Reno Dentist. We have been serving the Sparks area since 2011 from our Reno office. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff would love to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding flossing and other dental health in Sparks. We also welcome questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whiteningdental implants, and porcelain veneers. Call 775-322-5016 today to schedule an exam or consultation with our staff. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Contact The Reno Dentist:

775-322-5016

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
89503