Filtered Water and Oral Health

Filtered Reno Water And Oral Health

A simple way for Sparks residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, an experienced Reno dentist serving the Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City areas. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 775-322-5016 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Reno area since 2011, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Reno, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno Nevada
775-322-5016


All Tooth Stains Are Not Created Equal

Reno Teeth Bleaching Will any of our locally advertised Reno teeth whitening options remove the stains from your teeth?

The effectiveness of teeth bleaching in Spanish Springs depends partly on the types of stains.

Extrinsic tooth stains are the easiest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

Unfortunately, even if you avoid these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging for Sparks men and women.

Intrinsic tooth stains develop from the inside out. Tooth injury and tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove completely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening available at your Virginia City cosmetic dental office.

If your teeth are stained, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call The Reno Dentist at 775-322-5016. We have treated many Carson City patients with extreme tooth discoloration.

It is never too late or too early to brighten your smile.

Reno seniors can take years off their appearance by restoring the youthful white smiles they once enjoyed. Sparks teens and young adults with surface stains can prevent them from becoming intrinsic stains with Spanish Springs tooth bleaching.

Speaking of the younger set, did you know that people who drink energy drinks are at risk for many dental problems?

Call us at 775-322-5016.


Top Reasons To Visit Your Reno Dentist

dentist Sparks NVTop Ten Reasons To Visit Your Local Reno Dentist:

  1. Check up. It’s time, and this is the best way to avoid dental problems.
  2. Clean up. Our dental hygienists are ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush up. If it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in to learn about the new options we have for dental care.
  4. Avoid pain. If you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now. We specialize in relieving dental pain.
  5. Fillings. We can find and fill all your dental cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you avoid more painful problems down the road, and it helps ease some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Prevent gum disease. We can assess the health of your gums and suggest treatments or practices that are available to help you improve the health of your gums.
  7. A whiter smile. We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will brighten your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth replacement. If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  9. Cosmetic dentistry is something everyone is considering to make improvements to their smile. We can help you assess the options and learn more about the possibilities of cosmetic dentistry.
  10. Confidence. Nothing brings you more confidence than a bright and beautifully healthy smile.

I’m Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist in Reno, Nevada. Give us a call at 775-322-5016, or visit us on our website at https://www.therenodentist.com/.


A New Reason To Eat More Fish In Reno

Sparks Family Dentists Hello Reno dental blog visitors, welcome to the The Reno Dentist blog. I am Dr. Shane Sykes.

I came across an interesting dental article on the Web MD Health News site the other day. The article is entitled ‘Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease.’ Author Jennifer Warner explains that a recent study links diets high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a lower risk of periodontitis.

Gum disease is a common dental issue for many Virginia City residents. When gum tissue pulls away from a tooth, it forms a pocket. This pocket is a warm, moist place for bacteria to flourish. (You know what they say about Nature abhorring a vacuum.)

If gum disease (periodontitis) goes untreated, the tooth and jaw bone are at risk. During dental examinations, I carefully measure gumline pockets and examine all teeth for gum disease.

“Researchers found that people whose diets were rich in PUFAs were as much as 30 percent less likely to have gum disease than those who ate little or none of this type of fat.”

Foods high in PUFAs include salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, sardines, and herring. Oils high in PUFAs include safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and margarines made with the previously mentioned oils. Almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds are high PUFA nuts/seeds.

I don’t know many families in Virginia City that regularly eat mackerel and herring. Maybe some of us could benefit from becoming more adventurous when it comes to seafood.

The possible prevention of gum disease is not the only reason to eat high PUFA foods. These foods pack a nutritional punch and have myriad health benefits. The next time you are stocking up at your Sparks grocery store, you may want to add some salmon and walnuts to your list.

It is important to understand that diet alone will not treat or prevent gum disease; however, it may be an additional tool for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

If you have not been to your Virginia City family dentist in a while, I urge you to schedule an examination and cleaning today. We are currently taking new Virginia City dental patients at The Reno Dentist.

If you are interested in teeth whitening, smile makeovers, tooth-colored fillings, or invisible braces, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno Nevada, 89503
775-322-5016
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/
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Cosmetic Dentistry Gives Sparks Residents Perfect Smiles

Cosmetic Dentistry Gives Sparks Residents Perfect Smiles

Hi. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, and I’ve been a dentist here in Reno since 2011. One of my favorite things about being a dentist is seeing how my Reno area patients find renewed confidence in themselves after a smile makeover.

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your smile, call me today at 775-322-5016 so we can talk about your cosmetic dentistry options.

There have been numerous advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry in recent years and you may be surprised to find out what your Reno dentist can do for your smile.

Teeth whitening is a common procedure in Sparks dental offices, but the results can be dramatic! Brighter teeth can be the centerpiece of your new, youthful look.

Veneers are designed to cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for Reno patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth that they would like to hide.

Enamel shaping, bonding, and braces are other important procedures that can be used to help your teeth look their best.

So, why wait, Sparks? Now is the time to get the smile you’ve always wanted, and I’m here to help. The knowledgeable staff here at The Reno Dentist would love to answer any questions you have about these cosmetic dentistry procedures as well as bridges, crowns, and general oral health.

We are currently accepting new patients, so contact us today!

Dr. Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada
775-322-5016
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/


Sparks Parents Need To Understand The Importance Of Baby Teeth!

Kid-friendly Reno dentist

Today’s Reno children’s dental blog focuses on the issue of caring for baby teeth. Why would you take care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question and it has an even better answer.

Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Carson City parents shouldn’t feel like they are wasting their time because baby teeth are more important than many people might think. Baby teeth are needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.

Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for Reno parents who are dying to know what their child means when they point to something repeatedly and say ‘scklash’ or ‘grag-grag’.

Having healthy baby teeth will also help your child develop a healthy diet because difficulty chewing can lead to the rejection of many different foods.

And, finally, tooth decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth that Sparks kids are going to have for the rest of their lives. You may be setting them up to need cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

Hi. I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, an experienced, kid-friendly Reno dentist.
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 teeth whitening, give us a call at 775-322-5016.

At The Reno Dentist we offer:

Root canals
Wisdom teeth extraction
Dentures
Porcelain veneers

Thanks for reading the Sparks 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
775-322-5016
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-your-childs-teeth, accessed on Feb. 12, 2013


Whitening For 3 Types Of Tooth Stains In Reno

Reno Teeth Bleaching

Hello Reno! If your smile could use some brightening, what are you waiting for? Professional teeth whitening and teeth bleaching are the easiest ways Spanish Springs residents can dramatically improve their appearance.

It is important to realize that not every Sparks smile responds the same to teeth bleaching. The degree of whiteness attained and the treatment time necessary depends on the type of stains being treated.

1. Surface or extrinsic stains are the most accessible and easiest to remove. They are caused by the usual suspects: coffee, tea, wine, cola, smoking, and the natural aging process.

2. Intrinsic stains can be lightened but it may take a bit longer. These stains form from the inside out but are visible through the enamel. They can be caused by trauma, tetracycline antibiotics, infection, or excessive fluoride use in childhood before the enamel is fully formed.

3. Combination: Some Reno dental patients have both extrinsic and intrinsic staining. As we age, our teeth change – regardless of how well we take care of them. Two things that work against us are that 1) our enamel thins, while 2) the dentin underneath fades and yellows. Again, the extrinsic stains on the enamel are the quickest to lighten, but ongoing treatment with a peroxide-based penetrating whitener can lighten the deeper discoloration.

It is best to trust fast teeth whitening treatment to the care of an experienced dentist such as Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. Shane Sykes and the experienced team of dental professionals at The Reno Dentist have been brightening smiles in Reno since 2011. We also offer root canals, wisdom teeth extraction, dentures, porcelain veneers and Invisalign.

Upgrade your face value by brightening your smile!

Shane Sykes
The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503
775-322-5016
https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/