Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Family Dentistry Sparks NV If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women in the Sparks NV area experience an increase in cosmetic dental problems during pregnancy. This article contains important information for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

Sparks NV dentist Dr. Shane Sykes recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning performed by one of the skilled dental hygienists at The Reno Dentist, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes. The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today by calling 775-323-0700. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a family dentistry visit.

If you receive dental treatment at The Reno Dentist during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Dr. Shane Sykes that you are expecting. This will affect decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plaque production which can lead to decay. If you are eating many small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition and lifestyle affect your baby. It is essential that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Sparks NV area Ob/Gyn can give you specific recommendations for your age, height, weight and medical conditions.

At The Reno Dentist, we take special care of our clients who are expecting. We are located at: 855 W Seventh St Ste 200, Reno, NV 89503.

Soft, Medium, or Buzz Lightyear?

Family Dentistry Reno At The Reno Dentist, Dr. Shane Sykes is often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush in Reno can be as difficult as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of your local Reno grocery store or Walmart lately, you know what I am talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up. (If I had to rate them purely on their fun factor, I would choose the Spiderman brush.)

Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose?

One key factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can damage your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plague, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

After having cosmetic dental work or oral surgery in Reno, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!

When buying a toothbrush for a child in Reno, make sure the brush feels comfortable in their hand. If the size and angle feels awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized tooth brush. Some Reno kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush. If you are unsure, ask your Reno dentist at The Reno Dentist.

What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some Reno folks like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. Reno people with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.

Is your toothbrush doing the job? Schedule an exam with your family dentist at The Reno Dentist.

At The Reno Dentist, our knowledgeable dental hygienists instruct our Reno pediatric clients and Reno adult patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at The Reno Dentist, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel.

Schedule a thorough dental cleaning today by calling The Reno Dentist at 775-323-0700. An outstanding feature of The Reno Dentist is gentle, professional staff. We offer dental implants and a full spectrum of restorative dental procedures.

Clear Braces – Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Reno Adults

Clear Braces - Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Reno Adults If you want to straighten your teeth or correct a bite problem, you have more orthodontic options in Reno than ever before. The current menu of orthodontic treatments requires a whole new glossary. Here are some of the common orthodontia terms heard around the Reno area.

Lingual Braces and Invisible Braces
These are sometimes described as ‘braces behind the teeth’. These braces are just as effective at realigning adult teeth as the traditional ‘metal and wires’ kind but are almost completely hidden. Many Reno adults and teens who straighten their teeth choose this type of orthodontia.

Invisible Invisalign braces work great for many Reno braces patients. To find out if lingual braces are the best type for your teeth, lifestyle and budget, schedule an orthodontic consultation at The Reno Dentist by calling 775-323-0700. We can help you determine which type of adults braces system is right for you and your smile.

Traditional and Clear Retainers
Once a Reno clear braces or traditional braces patient has completed treatment, retainers must be worn regularly to keep the beautiful straight teeth in their corrected position. There are several types of retainers available for Reno cosmetic dental patients. The time-tested Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them from shifting. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in the upper mouth (palate) or lower mouth.

Clear retainers are newer on the Reno orthodontic scene. They cover the teeth like a see-through glove and do not need metal bows or clasps. Some retainer wearers believe clear retainers are more comfortable than Hawley retainers.

You don’t need to suffer with a mouth full of metal to get the beautiful teeth you are seeking. Let us help you develop a custom treatment plan for your smile.

The Reno Dentist


Questions To Ask Your Reno Dentist

Questions To Ask Your Reno Dentist Sometimes we research our Reno mechanic or hairdresser more thoroughly than our Reno dental professional. Shouldn’t your dental care be far more important than the condition of your car or the style of your hair? At The Reno Dentist, we love to answer questions about your teeth. You should be asking your Reno family dentist any question you have about the care and status of your teeth.

For instance, you may have questions about the school of dentistry and dental specialties studied. Though important, dentistry school is not the only place to gain dental experience, however. Dr. Shane Sykes has years of experience performing complex dental procedures.

You should also be asking about the dentistry specialties your Reno dentist offers such as restorative dentistry, clear braces and Lumineers. These services may not be important to you now, but it is a good idea to have an understanding of your options, and to know what your Reno dentist has to offer.

If you are contemplating smile restoration, tooth implants, or teeth whitening, evaluate Reno cosmetic dentistry options with your dentist. Look at before and after pictures, and ask your dentist what procedures may be right for you.

General dentists offer a variety of dental services such as tooth extractions and tooth fillings, and can treat every member of the family. At The Reno Dentist, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry and restorative dentistry.

You have many choices for your Reno dentistry. We welcome questions about all aspects of our The Reno Dentist practice. Visit us at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno and talk to a member of our knowledgeable team.

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Healthy Teeth and Your Sparks NV Diet

Healthy Teeth and Your Sparks Diet Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local Sparks NV residents. As your dentist, it’s my job to help you understand how to care for your teeth and to keep them healthy. Everyone in the Sparks NV area knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires regular daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local Sparks NV general dentistry practice is also necessary to keep watch for cavities and to help you maintain proper dental hygiene. We often forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial for the health of your teeth.

A Sparks NV diet for family dentistry patients that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local Sparks NV foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

All foods increase the production of saliva. Saliva is important to healthy teeth because it helps to maintain the pH balance in your mouth. Maintaining this balance helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum and which brand to chew.

Just as certain diet choices in the Sparks NV area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be detrimental. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums.

If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth, or are in need of cosmetic dentistry in the Sparks NV area, contact The Reno Dentist at 775-323-0700. We would love to hear from you.

-Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD

Keeping Bones Strong in Reno

The Reno Dentist There is a tooth connection that links osteoporosis and oral health. If you are a woman, you have probably heard about the high rate of osteoporosis in America. The city of Reno is no exception. Osteoporosis can often progress without any outward symptoms. However, there may be clues in a person’s mouth that indicate compromised bones in the rest of the body.

The following dental and periodontal issues could indicate the presence of osteoporosis:

  • Gum detachment
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Jaw bone recession and erosion
  • Difficulty with ordinary mouth function such as eating or speaking

There are many Reno general dentistry professionals that can determine the presence of bone deterioration with x-rays and other diagnostic tools. If we suspect the possibility of osteoporosis, we can refer you to a local medical professional, whether you live in Reno or a surrounding area.

Dr. Shane Sykes at The Reno Dentist is trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the oral health problems sometimes associated with osteoporosis. Schedule a consultation in Reno by calling 775-323-0700 and we can discuss your dental concerns. While you are here, we can also tell you about the cosmetic dental services we provide. Aesthetic and restorative dentistry continues to improve smiles for our friends and neighbors in the Reno area.

If you suspect you may be suffering from osteoporosis, please see your physician right away. While your dentist can help identify some of the symptoms associated with osteoporosis, you should not rely on your dentist to provide a diagnosis of osteoporosis.

Reno Children’s Dental Care and Thumb Sucking

Open Bite For years, Reno parents have been warned that thumb-sucking can cause future cosmetic dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of these problems is a type of malocclusion called an open bite.

An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward; often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite has been caused by thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.

Tongue thrusting refers to an abnormal swallowing action in which the tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed completely when swallowing. A tongue-thrusting habit can develop due to factors other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats; anything that makes swallowing difficult, can result in a tongue-thrusting habit.

At The Reno Dentist in Reno, we diagnose bite problems in young family dentistry clients such as underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites. If dental treatment is started early in a child’s life, many bite issues and their associated problems (such as TMD) can be prevented.

Call The Reno Dentist at 775-323-0700 to schedule a dental examination for your toddler or child. If you need dental treatment for your child and do not have dental plan insurance, talk to us about financing options.

The Reno Dentist offers comprehensive dental care for families in the greater Reno area. Because our friendly staff puts our youngest patients at ease, your child can grow up without fearing visits to their Reno family dentist.

Choosing A Dentist In Reno

Choosing A Dentist In Reno The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a family dentist in Reno. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor in how many people find a dentist. Here are some things you should look for in a Reno dentist:

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist. If you live in the Reno area, there are many options, and most locations are not too far out of the way. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their family dentist.

Relationship is a strong factor. Your Reno family dentist should be approachable, and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral hygiene; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your family dentist and the dental office staff.

Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist in Reno. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as clear braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Reno dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentistry professional who can maintain your dental history and work with you to through the years.

If you are looking for a dentist in Reno, please come by and speak with me. I can address your interest in any of these critical areas, and will be happy to introduce you to The Reno Dentist.

I look forward to meeting you.

– Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD


Sparks NV Dental News: What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal

For the 65 percent of Sparks NV adults who develop wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, The Reno Dentist generally recommends removal. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth, nerves and, due to their awkward positioning, can increase risk of tooth decay and gum disease. They often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.

Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common problem for most Sparks NV teens and young adults who discover them. This can cause infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.

After removal, Dr. Shane Sykes recommends Sparks NV wisdom teeth removal patients carefully follow the instructions given.

Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.

Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection and should be treated immediately.

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Shane Sykes recommends an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An anti-biotic wash can be applied if infection is present.

Keep in mind that many complications can be avoided if the Sparks NV patient has his or her wisdom teeth removed at an earlier age.

To schedule a dental exam or a wisdom teeth consultation, contact our Sparks NV family dentistry practice today.  We also offer laser and restorative dentistry services.

Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
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