Soft, Medium, Or Buzz Lightyear?

Las Vegas Tooth Brushing At Providence Dental, we are often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush in Las Vegas 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 Providence grocery store or Las Vegas drugstore 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.

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 dental work or oral surgery in Las Vegas, 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 NW Las Vegas, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her 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 Las Vegas kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child size brush. If you are unsure, ask your Las Vegas dentist at Providence Dental.

What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some Las Vegas residents like the feeling of vibrating bristles or a mini-squirt gun blasting away at the plaque. Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas dentist at Providence Dental.

At Providence Dental, our convenient dental hygienists instruct our Las Vegas pediatric patients and Las Vegas adult patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you haven’t experienced a dental deep cleaning at Providence Dental, you don’t know how clean your teeth and gums can feel.

Schedule a thorough dental cleaning today by calling Providence Dental at 702-984-2547. An outstanding feature of Providence Dental is evening and weekend hours. We offer dental implants, teeth whitening and a full spectrum of restorative dental procedures.

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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Las Vegas men and women who have chronic bad breath understand the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. There are several possible causes, some that are often overlooked by our Las Vegas patients.

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

At Providence Dental, we can help you with this unpleasant problem. If your bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, you’re in luck – this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our Las Vegas dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

People who have no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to remove the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some extra-careful NW Las Vegas oral hygiene pros brush after each meal to prevent bacteria-causing food particles from sitting on their teeth during the day. In addition to freshening your breath, practicing proper oral hygiene will improve your health.

Schedule an examination and deep dental cleaning at Providence Dental in Las Vegas. Our dental hygienist will get all the plaque and calculus off your teeth. During your examination, dentist Steven Do will determine whether you have a dental problem that is contributing to your breath.

Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If dentist Do suspects that your bad breath is caused by a non-dental problem, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate Las Vegas area medical professional.

Treating bad breath in Las Vegas starts with a visit to Providence Dental. In addition to general dental care, we provide a complete menu of cosmetic dental services including family and pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. Call 702-984-2547 today!

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Preventing Tooth Decay In Nevada

Preventing Tooth Decay in Nevada In Nevada, tooth decay is one of the most common childhood problems, yet tooth decay also affects adults. Providence Dental serves people from 3 to 103 years old to help fight tooth decay.

Bacteria is 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.

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 Las Vegas dentist in Nevada for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay.

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702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166


How Do You Measure Dental Success?

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How do you measure “dental success?” A check-up with no cavities? A perfect smile? A crown that looks as natural as the surrounding teeth?

It could mean all those things and many more.

For a child, dental success could be defined as a childhood free of cavities, learning daily dental hygiene practices, and gaining an understanding of why it’s important.

For a local Providence child who is hesitant to smile because of misaligned teeth, dental success could be measured by a successful course of orthodontic treatment resulting in a beautiful smile that restores confidence and boosts self-esteem.

For a middle-aged Las Vegas man who neglected his teeth in his youth, dental success could be defined as restorative dentistry that stabilizes his dental condition and improves his oral health.

For a woman with tetracycline stains but otherwise healthy teeth, dental success may be as straightforward as quick in-office same-day tooth whitening.

Consider a man with several missing teeth who can only eat soft foods. Dental success might require natural-looking implant-anchored dentures that allow him to eat steak for the first time in years.

What are your goals for your smile? What is the current state of your oral health? Schedule a consultation with Steven Do.

At Providence Dental, our goal is your complete satisfaction. We are enthusiastic about providing patient-focused dental care of the highest standard. We can give you valuable guidance. You could be our next success story!

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, NV
89166

 


Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

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New Las Vegas parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association’s–and your general dentist--recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. After all, brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to cavities as older teeth.

Parents are encourage to use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, it becomes more critical for the teeth to be brushed after each meal or, at least, twice a day.

It is critical to elect the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft bristled brush is best with a small amount of toothpaste. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are beneficial. Also, there are circle and triangular-shaped brushes that allow your toddler to walk around with their brush with less chance of injury in case of a fall.

If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without toothpaste. The goal is to remove food parts that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is important to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most children don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

Until the child is old enough to properly brush his or her teeth, they should receive adult supervision and guidance. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing procedures will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time consuming, remember that it’s creating a daily habit that will safeguard their health. Also, dental expenses related to poor oral hygiene will be avoided.

Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but just as your Las Vegas pediatrician sees your baby regularly to make sure their physical health is on track and counsel you about your critical role, you can trust in your dentist to look out for potential problems and counsel you about how to help your child keep a healthy smile.

Seek your dentist’s counsel regarding pacifiers and sippy cups, nighttime bottles, and x-ray safety. Dentist can advise parents with older children about sealants, tooth protection for athletics, and orthodontics.

If you live in the Las Vegas area and don’t yet have a trusted family dentist, call Providence Dental at 702-984-2547 to schedule your child’s dental appointment with Dr. Steven Do. By starting young, your child will become familiar with our Las Vegas dental practice and our friendly staff, ensuring that he or she never develops a fear of the dentist.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.providencedental.com/blog/ for more information about our services. We provide pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Dental Confidence Or Caution In Nevada?

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Whether you are one of the Las Vegas folks who goes willingly for your check-up, or are hesitant about getting dental work done, Providence Dental has opened its doors to smiling patients since 2016. We give straightforward answers about the cost of dental implants, the price for a crown, and the average cost of veneers for patients throughout NW Las Vegas, nearby Providence or even Centennial Hills.

The cost of cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to be an unknown. A suitable consultation can bring you up to date about possible procedures and shed light on the pros and cons of family and pediatric dentistry, our specialty. 702-984-2547

Not only do we offer family and pediatric dentistry, we’ll see patients for dental implants because we want to make a difference in the lives of our Las Vegas neighbors. We’ll have you open wide for cosmetic dentistry because we know we’re superior at what we do.

We’ll get you in a comfortable seat before you enjoy oral surgery because comfort is the key to happy patients. And of course, we offer porcelain veneers as well. Your enjoyment of any of these is entirely up to us. We make it our business. Be sure to check our website at http://www.providencedental.com/blog/ for more information about our services. We provide pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.

 

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702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Providence Dental Patients Have A Choice In Dental Fillings

Las Vegas Dental Patients Want A Choice In Dental Fillings

With all the talk in Las Vegas of multi-procedure smile makeovers, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked.

If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, Nevada cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.

Most dental patients in the Las Vegas and Las Vegas area have a few fillings in their mouth. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way Nevada family dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.

Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us in the Providence, NW Las Vegas, and Centennial Hills areas remember.

Las Vegas cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their Nevada patients.

Today, the filling material of choice in Las Vegas and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, Las Vegas dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.

Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many Las Vegas dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.providencedental.com/blog/ for more information about our services. We provide pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.

Call 702-984-2547 today to schedule an appointment with Providence Dental!

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Keeping Bones Strong In Las Vegas

Providence Dental There is a connection that links osteoporosis and oral health. If you are a woman, you have probably heard about the high rate of osteoporosis in America and the state of Nevada 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 dental professionals who 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 Providence, NW Las Vegas, or Centennial Hills.

The experienced dentists at Providence Dental are trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the oral health problems sometimes associated with osteoporosis. Schedule a consultation in Las Vegas by calling 702-984-2547 to discuss your dental concerns.

We can also tell you about the cosmetic dental services we provide. Aesthetic dentistry continues to improve smiles for our patients in the Las Vegas area.

If you suspect you may be suffering from osteoporosis, please see your physician right away.

 

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, NV
89166

 


10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Providence Dental

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1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition. If you have already experienced dental complications related to diabetes, schedule a consultation with Steven Do by calling 702-984-2547.
8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. Steven Do can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
9. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury. Many Las Vegas dentists offer custom mouthguards that fit perfectly.
10. If you are looking for an excellent dentist in the Las Vegas area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with dentist Steven Do at Providence Dental. At Providence Dental, we provide gentle, quality care for children and adults. Talk to us about preventative, restorative, cosmetic, or children’s dentistry. We look forward to serving you.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166


Choosing A Dentist In Las Vegas

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

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist in Las Vegas. If you live in the Las Vegas Nevada area, there are many options, and most Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas dentist.

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

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

We are accepting new patients. Give us a call at 702-984-2547 to schedule a friendly consultation.

-Steven Do, DDS

Contact Providence Dental:

702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166