4 Reasons To Get Your Child To Your Sparks Dentist

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Did you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age?

For many parents in the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City area, this may come as a surprise. Today in the The Reno Dentist post, we are going to review 4 reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.

1. Twelve months of age happens to be about the time when a child’s first teeth tend to erupt. Once those teeth are out, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.

2. One of the most important things your Virginia City or Carson City dentist will do at this visit will be to clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.

3. Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help your child get used to the dentist’s office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.

4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults is establishing good dental habits in their children. Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.

If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.

I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, of Reno. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact my knowledgeable dental team at 775-323-0700.

At The Reno Dentist we offer:

root canals
wisdom teeth extraction
porcelain veneers

Thanks for reading!

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

Healthy Baby Teeth For Sparks Toddlers

Sparks NV Family Dentistry For Healthy Toddler Teeth

Though we don’t often think about it, Sparks children as young as 9 or 10 months of age can be infected with cavity producing bacteria, which causes cavities and tooth decay. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children 2-5 have untreated cavities, and the percentage rises in children over 6. 1

Tooth decay, if left undetected or untreated in Sparks toddlers and children can result in altered eating habits, delayed speech development, and create an unhealthy environment for permanent tooth development. Healthy baby teeth lead to healthier permanent teeth later in life.

Spanish Springs mothers who practice preventive dental and oral care during prenatal and postnatal periods can better protect her child from cavities. Sparks parents and care providers should not prop a bottle for their baby in a crib or car seat, avoiding nighttime bottle or breast feeding, and clean their child’s teeth with a cloth or soft baby toothbrush as soon as they erupt. It is also recommended that Sparks parents check regularly for chalky white or brown spots which could indicate the beginning of decay.2

Reno family dentists in the 89503 zip code area advise taking your child to his first dental appointment six months after the first tooth appears, or around his first birthday to begin discussing fluoride prescriptions and other preventive care issues.

To set up your toddler’s first dental check-up at The Reno Dentist in Reno call 775-323-0700 today! Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer all of your questions. We also provide cosmetic and general dentistry for all members of the family.

1 ‘ Untreated Dental Caries in Children,’ CDC.gov, February 9, 2011,http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsUntreatedCavitiesKids/, accessed on Feb 6, 2012
2 ‘Cavities in Kids: The Truth,’ Medicine Net.com, July 7, 2004, http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=12465, accessed on Feb 6, 2012

Preventing Tooth Decay in Reno

General Dentistry and Tooth Decay In Reno In Reno, tooth decay is one of the most common childhood problems, yet tooth decay also affect adults. The Reno Dentist serves people from 25 to 80 years old to help fight tooth decay.

Bacteria are a common cause of tooth decay. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to break down the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities. The breaking down of your tooth enamel is known as tooth decay, and it is a serious general and cosmetic dental problem for children and adults in Reno.

Reno tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed frequently throughout the day, tooth decay can result. Foods to avoid include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to stay around for a while and create an environment where bacteria thrive. To help prevent tooth decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your local Reno family dentist for regular check ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

Hello, my name is Dr. Shane Sykes, and I am a family and cosmetic dentist. I work at The Reno Dentist located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200, Reno NV . Tooth decay is a preventable dental problem, and I can help. Stop by for a visit. I will be happy to meet you, and to give you an idea of the many ways we can help you prevent tooth decay and avoid a more costly or even painful ailment.

We at specialize in cosmetic dentistry and TMJ treatments and would be happy to discuss with you any health concerns related to your teeth. Give us a call at 775-323-0700.

Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD

3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy, Reno!

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Hi. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, a general and cosmetic dentist here in Reno. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Sparks NV area family dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitized you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting the Reno dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, I want my patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry such as smile makeovers, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 and you can reach us for an appointment at 775-323-0700.

Call a member of our knowledgeable staff today!

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

Stay Out Of The Sparks Dental Danger Zone

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You would never consider running a red light on a busy Reno street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are a real danger to your oral health.

I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, a cosmetic and family dentist serving the Sparks NV area, and I want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing on a nice day in Reno, but the soft tissue inside your teeth won’t appreciate it. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Participating in your favorite sport without proper mouth protection is a risk that no one in Sparks NV should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could occur (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest sporting goods store and purchase an inexpensive mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.

Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our knowledgeable staff and we’ll see how we can help.

If you’ve had chipping or cracking problems, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, I may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to relieve the pain.

We can also answer any questions you have about veneers, gum contouring, or teeth whitening. We hope to hear from you soon, but in the meantime, keep those pearly whites safe and sound.

Not Happy With Your Sparks Dentist?

Looking For A New Sparks NV Dentist? Call Dr. Shane Sykes Hello Sparks NV dental blog visitors. Whether you stumbled upon this blog by mistake, or clicked here on purpose, welcome!

I am Dr. Shane Sykes. My cosmetic dental practice is called The Reno Dentist. We are located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno NV. You can find information about my practice, services, and professional dental team at https://www.therenodentist.com/.

In my dental blog, I post informative articles about dentistry including new cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about my dental practice. Many of my patients in the Sparks NV area visit my blog regularly and I hope you will also find useful dental information here.

Do you currently have a Sparks NV dentist? If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current cosmetic or family dentist, I invite you to visit my office, meet my knowledgeable staff, and discuss your dental needs with me.

My approach to my profession emphasizes you, the patient.

My first priority is exceeding my patient’s expectations. Before I can provide dental treatment, however, I must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first consultation will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your fears and expectations about dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns regarding your dental needs? I recognize that each one of my patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At The Reno Dentist, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dentistry is necessary, I recommend the most conservative procedures. If you have pressing dental needs, let’s talk about your options and consider the long term consequences of each treatment. If I believe it is best to refer you to another specialist, I’ll do so without hesitation. I am committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry in the Sparks NV area, I can also help you. I pursue continual training in the latest cosmetic treatments and have extensive experience performing individual tooth restorations, TMJ treatment, complete smile makeovers and everything in between. Did you know that I can completely redesign your smile if that is what you desire? Miracles are possible with cosmetic dentistry.

Please call us at 775-323-0700 to book a consultation. I am confident you will feel good about choosing The Reno Dentist for your dental care.

The Reno Dentist in Reno Cares For Teeth

Family Dentistry Reno Dentists in Reno are concerned with your oral health and thus care about the condition of your mouth and all of your many teeth. At The Reno Dentist we recognize that your teeth help you both eat and speak. You use your teeth to tear, scrape, and chew food, as well as to form words with your tongue. Teeth are an important part of your oral health and The Reno Dentist wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy.

We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which many folks around Reno often call ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. An average healthy mouth for a Reno resident has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.

Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth known as ‘permanent teeth’ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6 for most Reno residents, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.

Many adults in the city of Reno have undergone wisdom teeth removal because these teeth can be problematic to your oral health, such as crowding a mouth. Other adults in the Reno area may not have these teeth pulled out because they are not causing problems. If you are concerned about the state of your wisdom teeth you can visit our local Reno office and we can help you make a decision.

Caring for all of your teeth whether you are young and have 20 primary teeth or are an adult and have 28 to 32 permanent teeth is important for your overall health. Visiting your Reno family dentist regularly, and brushing and flossing daily are great ways to care for your many teeth. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Shane Sykes cares about your oral health and teeth and can be reached by phone at 775-323-0700.

Reno Pediatric Dentistry

Family Dentistry Reno Your Reno child’s dental health is essential to overall health and vitality. At The Reno Dentist, our family dentist Dr. Shane Sykes loves working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life. Why? The health of your Reno child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

Reno family dentistry care is critical, and that is why we recommend bringing your Reno child 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.

Reno children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that affect your child’s dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities. Call us immediately at 775-323-0700 if your child has a dental emergency or tooth injury.

Our caring staff will make your child feel comfortable during their Reno general dentistry visit.

In additional to offering experienced Reno family dentistry, we are also a full-service cosmetic dental practice. We offer advice and care on porcelain veneers, tooth implants, teeth whitening, tooth bonding, and headache treatment.

We hope to be your Reno family dentistry consultant.

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Child-Friendly Reno Dentist

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It’s a question that many parents in Reno debate: When should I take my child in for their first dental appointment? The answer may be a little earlier than you think.

The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist around twelve months of age. This happens to be about the time when the first teeth tend to erupt.

Some Reno area parents may wonder why dental visits are needed so early in their child’s life. Not only will your family dentist want to clean your child’s teeth and apply fluoride, it’s also important for small children to get used to seeing the dentist.

Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your Reno child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.

If you have a child that is apprehensive about visiting The Reno Dentist, you might want to think about bringing them to your next Reno dental appointment. Seeing you in the dental chair will help them become more comfortable with the idea.

I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, a child-friendly Reno dentist, and I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at 775-323-0700.

At The Reno Dentist we offer:

Thanks for visiting our Reno dental blog, and contact us today for all your dental needs!

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

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.