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 775-322-5016.

Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD

Reno TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment Reno Are you one of the many Reno TMJ sufferers? If you are affected by Temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorder, you know how the pain and discomfort can impact your life. The Reno Dentist TMJ treatment in the Sparks area has helped countless grateful Reno TMJ patients manage their TMJ disorder.

The Temporomandibular or jaw joint connects the lower jaw bone to the skull. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include jaw and facial pain, headaches, earaches, neck pain and chewing difficulty. TMJ disease is often associated with jaw clicking, locking or clenching, and can cause tooth damage and bone loss.

Many Reno area TMJ patients first sought a possible TMJ diagnosis after trying unsuccessfully to relieve their frequent headaches. Since opening The Reno Dentist in 2011, we have discovered that many people do not realize they have TMJ disorder because it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing the pain. A TMJ and TMD specialist can properly diagnose your specific TMJ issues and recommend an effective course of action.

Because a comprehensive treatment plan is most successful, we work hand-in-hand with a network of TMJ specialists including ENT doctors, neurologists and physical therapists. There are many facets to this often misunderstood disorder. If you are suffering from jaw pain, we recommend a consultation with Dr. Shane Sykes at The Reno Dentist in Reno.

The Reno Dentist
855 W Seventh St Ste 200
Reno, Nevada 89503

At The Reno Dentist, we take jaw pain seriously.

Treating Bite Problems in Reno

TMJ Reno Malocclusions (bite problems) include overbites, underbites and crossbites. Jaw alignment disorders restrict proper chewing, talking, and swallowing. They can also cause teeth to shift around in the mouth. Reno cosmetic dentistry patients with bite problems are at a greater risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease because bite misalignment often makes it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene.

When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the situation is reversed, it is called an underbite. Crossbite occurs when lower teeth are in the wrong position.

Bite problems can cause headaches and TMJ pain. Some Reno dental patients with severe bite problems develop a distorted facial shape and damaged teeth.

If you suspect your toddler or older child has a bite problem, it is important to see your Reno family dentist as soon as possible. Bite issues and their various related problems get worse over time.

At The Reno Dentist, we diagnose and successfully treat bite problems in addition to providing general and cosmetic dentistry. We can be reached at 775-322-5016. Our office is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. You can find out more about us at

Most of our patients live in Reno or the nearby communities. If you have recently moved into the Reno area and need a skilled family and cosmetic dentist, come visit our knowledgeable team. We pamper every patient and make dental visits as comfortable as possible.

Sparks NV Dentistry

Educating Reno Dental Patients About Little-Known Risks Hi, I’m Dr. Shane Sykes, DMD. Most every day, I can be found at my Sparks NV area dental office treating general dentistry patients with tooth and gum problems or helping patients prevent them. There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk to oral health.

1) Sparks NV diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues. If you have diabetes, let’s talk. My number is 775-322-5016.

2) A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many medications used by thousands of Sparks NV area folks, including those for high-blood pressure and depression, cause dry mouth. This side effect is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous. Anti-depressants (especially SSRI’s) and anti-psychotic drugs can also trigger tooth-grinding (bruxism) which can lead to TMJ issues.

3) Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

I help many Sparks NV family dentistry patients prevent problems associated with medical conditions that sometimes seem unrelated to dental health. Regular professional dental care is essential for oral health, and an important part of your overall physical health.