5 Critical Things To Know About Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable. It is also treatable, at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.

Gum disease is so pervasive in the US that it has been called a health crisis by the American Dental Association.

  1. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss.
  2. Practicing daily dental hygiene and having 6-month dental exams are the best way to prevent periodontal disease.
  3. Periodontal disease can occur without the presence of decay.
  4. Almost half of all 30+ adults in the US have periodontal disease.
  5. In some cases, periodontal disease generates no noticeable symptoms.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene (especially failing to floss), genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

There may be no better example of prevention being the best medicine. With regular brushing and flossing, and checkups at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, you can prevent gum disease. Our services include general and family dentistry. Call to schedule a 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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Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

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At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we are committed to the highest standards of dental care, and to the experience our patients have in our office. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a checkup, we invite you to give us a call to schedule one.

Communication is one of our biggest priorities. It’s important to us that you know exactly what is going on in each appointment. Dentistry is a highly specialized field, and we may occasionally lapse into jargon that might not make sense. We try to avoid that, but never hestitate to ask us to clarify one point or another.

We may be dental professionals, but we get checkups, too. We know what it’s like to sit in the dentist’s chair. Empathy is an irreplaceable asset.

In all likelihood, you have scheduled your appointment with us months ahead of time. We respect your time, and try to minimize how long you’re in the waiting room. But sometimes procedures take longer than expected, or an emergency appears. If there is any kind of delay we will do our best to mitigate its impact on you.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV every patient is important. Find out why people from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City trust their dental health to us. Our services include general and family dentistry, dental implants, and 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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Health Habits To Keep You Smiling

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In this post from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we focus on behaviors that influence dental health. Of course, regular brushing and flossing are two important habits for healthy teeth, but there are many more things we can do to keep a healthy smile.

Diet Do’s

  • Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is needed for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
  • Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids that are detrimental to enamel.

Diet Don’ts

  • Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of detrimental cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.
  • Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
  • Don’t chew on ice (it really can crack teeth.)
  • Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are bad for teeth.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
  • Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
  • Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
  • Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we encourage all of our patients to maintain a lifestyle that promotes dental health as well as overall physical health. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our practice for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and much, much more. 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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The Reno Dentist Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

The Reno Dentist Guide To Healthy Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is neither indestructable nor renewable. It’s important to brush and floss daily, and have regualr checkups at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.

We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Use it after every meal to gently clean away food particles. It is best to brush right after eating. The sooner you remove food debris from your teeth, the better.

Flossing regularly is also essential to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.

As for checkups, an average of about two per year is best. In some cases we’ll want to see a patient more often.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV we want each patient to enjoy excellent dental health. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson Citycome to our office for general and family dentistry, dental implants, and much more. Call our office 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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Beating Horrible Halitosis

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Bad breath is no fun at all, but there are things you can do to combat it. If bad breath is an issue for you or a loved one, talk to us about it at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV.

Common, garden-variety bad breath is caused by the things we eat and drink. Food debris builds up on the teeth and forms plaque, which is bacterial. The best defense against it is brush and floss after every meal.

Foods containing garlic, onions, and other strong flavorings are in a class by themselves. Food particles can actually get into your bloodstream, and from there to the lungs. Once it does, it’s on your breath every time you exhale. You’ll have to wait it out.

Other common causes of bad breath:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Diets high in sugar
  • High protein or Low Carb diets
  • Smoking

These all involved ordinary bad breath. Digestive issues, like acid reflux, can also affect the breath. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can also cause it, since saliva helps to keep the mouth clean by washing away food debris.

Health Conditions

Bad breath can actually be a warning sign of a more serious health condition. If you have chronic bad breath even though you brush, floss, and even use mouthwash, be sure to tell your doctor. It could indicate a blood disorder, or liver and kidney problems. It isn’t common, but it could even be an indication of cancer.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, our services include general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City trust us with their dental health. Please call to schedule your next cleaning and 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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Seeking A Relationship In Reno?

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The relationship you have with any health care professional is more important than you might think. This is as true for a dentist as any other provider. That’s just one reason why, at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we work hard to make our office a friendly and welcoming place.

When it comes to your dentist, you should want more than someone who just happens to have an office near where you live. Likewise, you should want more than someone who can clean your teeth and fill cavities. Your dental health is important: studies show beyond any doubt that there is a connection between healthy teeth and gums and your general health.

We want all our patients to be fully informed. Never hesitate to ask us questions about what we’re doing: whether you’re curious about an instrument we use, or about a procedure you need, or a problem we’ve found.

Our office is meant to be fully functional, in the sense of meeting the needs of our patients. In addition to regular checkups and cleanings, we want to provide you with everything you need to know to care for your teeth and gums between visits. We believe that a clean mouth is a happy mouth!

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, the dental health of every patient who settles into one of our chairs is our absolute top priority. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our practice for general and family denstiry, and special services like TMJ/TMD treatment. Call to schedule 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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A Noteworthy Dental Experience

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At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we make every checkup a noteworthy experience with our attention to detail, and committment to each patient’s dental health.

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and regular checkups.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There is a myriad of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee contributes to enamel erosion. Sugar converts into acid when it’s in your mouth. You don’t have to avoid these foods entirely, but choose carefully and minimize.
  • Seeing us twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist. A professional teeth cleaning alone is worth the trip, but we can also identify issues before they become serious, and treat them.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno NV, we want every checkup to be a noteworthy experience. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to us for general and family dentistry, and complete cosmetic dentistry. 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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Dental X-rays Help Your Orthodontist Provide Quality Care

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Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This post from The Reno Dentist in Reno NV takes a look at the various types of dental X-rays.

  • Panoramic. These pictures help us see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit. They are useful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.
  • Bitewing. Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.
  • Periapical. These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more detailed picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are generally used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.
  • Full-Mouth Series. This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool at The Reno Dentist in Reno NV. Patients from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, and complete cosmetic dentistry, and so much more! Call to schedule 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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What to Know About Baby Teeth

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Baby teeth and adult teeth are very different. One of the roles of baby teeth is to pave the way for permanent adult teeth. In this post from The Reno Dentist, we’ll share some baby teeth basics.

  • Baby teeth usually come in around six to twelve months, but can come in later than that.
  • Baby teeth usually begin to fall out at around age six, but they can fall out whenever they are ready.
  • For a lifetime of good dental health, teach good oral hygiene habits at a young age.
  • When teeth grow in they cut through the gums, which can be painful.
  • Baby teeth usually fall out on their own, but sometimes it is necessary to pull them.
  • Baby teeth should be professionally cleaned twice a year by a dental hygienist, just like adult teeth.

What if baby teeth don’t come in?

Sometimes baby teeth come in late, but it is rare that don’t come in at all. If a child passes their first birthday and baby teeth still haven’t come in, it is a good idea to bring the youngster in for an evaluation.

At The Reno Dentist our general and family dentistry is for everyone in your household! People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City also come to our practice for dental implants, and much more. Schedule 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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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When Benjamin Franklin said that he meant fire safety. But like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of modern life. At The Reno Dentist, we apply it  to dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some essential guidelines are highlighted here.

  • Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day without fail, for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.
  • Wear a protective mouthguard when joining in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged.
  • Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!
  • Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage.
  • Avoid snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.
  • Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

At The Reno Dentist we want all our patients to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. People from Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City come to our office for general and family dentistry, restorative dentistry, and much more. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and 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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