• Think You May Have A Cavity?

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    Hello friends of Providence Dental! Teeth take a lot of tender, loving care. Even when we do our best to practice daily dental hygiene, bacteria can still sneak in and cause dental caries – the common cold of oral health. At Providence Dental, we have been filling cavities for years and would be happy to take care of any cavities or other dental troubles you are experiencing.

    Few individuals go their entire life without getting a cavity. Unfortunately for some children, a cavity is the first health problem they experience in childhood.

    Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque.

    Plaque then clings to your teeth and the acid in the plaque starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth which can also be accompanied by a pain.

    Because of how quick and effective dental fillings are, they are one of the best options to repair a cavity. At Providence Dental, we use top-of-the-line instruments to examine the size and severity of the cavity and then identify exactly what type of filling is necessary. We offer white fillings that are as durable as conventional metal fillings and match your teeth precisely.

    Once a decision is made on what filling you’ll need, dentist Do will carry out the required preparations for the procedure. When a filling is completed the right way, it can last for decades! That’s why we make sure the process is done with accuracy.

    A filling isn’t a “set it and forget it” treatment. A tooth that has received a filling still needs to be properly cared for because dental caries can develop in the surrounding tooth structure if bacteria is allowed to flourish.

    Checkups are an important part of caring for your teeth and there’s no better place to receive checkups than at Providence Dental. We have a comfortable, state-of-the-art office and a friendly, professional staff! That’s why so many individuals in Las Vegas have trusted us with their teeth since 2016.

     

     

    Contact Providence Dental: 702-984-2547

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    7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89166

     


    What Can Providence Dental Do For You?

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    Hello, and welcome to our dental health blog. At Providence Dental, we work hard to keep our patients satisfied. Our most popular services are:

     

    family and pediatric dentistry
    cosmetic dentistry
    dental implants
    oral surgery
    porcelain veneers

    We serve residents of all ages in the Providence, NW Las Vegas, and Centennial Hills area. Our convenient staff is there to help you get the healthiest teeth possible.

    Along with healthy teeth, many patients want to know more about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, and more!

    A combination of cosmetic dental treatments can remedy every problem to achieve your brilliant smile!

    If you live in the Las Vegas area and would like to see what Providence Dental has to offer, give us a call at 702-984-2547. We are currently accepting new dental patients. Contact us today!

     

    Contact Providence Dental: 702-984-2547

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89166

     


    3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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    Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Providence Dental, we understand that. But we urge you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.

    Twice-yearly dental exams are indispensable for keeping your smile in prime shape!

    “But my teeth feel fine.”
    We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental issues can be progressing without you being aware of it.

    1. Your Gums May Be Receding
    Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in danger.

    2. Decay May Be Lurking
    When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any deterioration.

    3. Prevent Oral Cancer
    About 50,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 Your dentist  will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is essential.

    After your entire mouth has been examined, our staff will detail what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful! Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Steven Do at Providence Dental will ensure you avoid extreme dental problems.

     

     

     

    Contact Providence Dental: 702-984-2547

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89166

     


    The Providence Dental Guide To Wisdom Teeth Extraction

    Las Vegas Dental News: What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction For the 65 percent of  adults who detect wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Providence Dental 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. Additionally, 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 issue for many teens and young adults who discover them. This can cause a dangerous infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.

    After removal, Providence Dental recommends wisdom teeth extraction 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. If this happens to you, it is critical that you talk to us ASAP.

    We recommend an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if infection is present.

    Keep in mind that many issues can be avoided if you have wisdom teeth removed when your dentist advises. This is a case where a “let’s wait and see” approach can cause problems.

    To schedule a dental exam or a wisdom teeth consultation, contact our Las Vegas dental practice 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 Facial Injuries in Work and Athletics

    Las Vegas Sports Dentistry Facial injuries occur all too often. Little Leaguers get hit by inside pitches, construction workers suffer falls, and motorists sustain injuries in harmful collisions every day. Accidents at home can also result in serious injury to the face.

    Serious facial injuries can affect the victim’s ability to eat, breathe, and speak. Because of the vital physical processes at risk, a person who has suffered a facial injury should receive medical care as soon as possible. Injuries to the mouth are treated by general dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

    At Providence Dental, we are passionate about the use of protective equipment for every type of sport, whether it is a team sport or individual activity. Call us at 702-984-2547 to talk to us about mouth guard recommendations regarding your (or your child’s) specific sport.

    Likewise, the workplace injury rate can be reduced with increased use of appropriate protective equipment and adherence to critical safety procedures. With respect to motor vehicle injuries, the following instructions bear repetition: Wear your seat belt and don’t send or read text messages while driving!

    If you have suffered a recent injury to your face, mouth, or jaw, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us. If you are having dental problems due to an untreated past injury, we can develop an effective treatment plan.

     

     

    Contact Providence Dental: 702-984-2547

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89166

     


    Small Dental Annoyance Or Serious Problem?

    mouth sores ProvidenceStomatitis is dental-speak for something very common: non-specific irritations found in the mouth. Any time the membranes in the mouth become inflamed, they are referred to as stomatitis.

    Common Causes

    • Cold sores
    • Gum disease
    • Biting the inside of your mouth

    Most individuals have probably suffered from stomatitis and don’t think it’s a big deal. The good news is that these patients are usually right because the majority of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. While they might affect the ability to speak or eat or fall asleep, they are frequently just a temporary inconvenience.

    However, there are cases where a bacterial or a viral infection can occur in these areas of inflammation. Because of this possibility, should be aware of these issues. Even if you are fortunate and there is no infection present, we treat the symptoms of stomatitis.

    If you suffer from an inflamed, irritated mouth, schedule a consultation with us. Providence Dental’s friendly, caring staff will help relieve your symptoms and create a treatment plan that works for you.

    Source:
    “Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed September 5, 2015

     

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    7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89166

     


    Save Your Breath

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    Today’s post focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.  Also known as halitosis, bad breath has several causes. The most prevalent cause is poor oral hygiene. Often, halitosis occurs midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food fragments on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the offensive odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

    While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or worsen the issue. The best remedy is scheduled, thorough brushing and flossing, but you may also need additional forms of treatment.

    For example, a salivary gland issue or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using over-the-counter saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

    Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

    Poor oral hygiene
    Inability to brush between meals
    Gum disease or cavities
    Smoking
    Braces
    An infected root canal
    Diabetes
    Kidney failure
    Liver problems
    Infection
    Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
    Dieting
    Age
    Crooked teeth
    Ear, nose, throat issues
    Tonsil issues
    Constant breathing through the mouth
    Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
    Some prescription medications
    Ill-fitting dentures

    To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

    Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
    Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
    Use a tongue spray or scraper
    Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
    Chew sugarless gum
    Brush and floss after each meal
    Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
    Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
    Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
    Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath continues despite proper oral hygiene

    Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
    If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, we’ll help you identify the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, we may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

    Have concerns about your oral health? We invite you to schedule an appointment with us. Our friendly, knowledgeable team of dental professionals provides the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services, including family and pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry 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

     


    6 Things You Should Know Before Having Oral Surgery

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    When it comes to preparing for oral surgery,  the prized patients of Providence Dental are given 6 important instructions to get them through from start to finish.

    First, Choose Wisely
    Understanding the pros and cons of a procedure helps you attain the prime outcome. This vital knowledge about your dental experience opens up a conversation with our staff. Which leads us to the next instruction:

    Second, Question Up Front
    Before calling 702-984-2547 to schedule an appointment for a desired procedure, please schedule a consultation to answer these 4 important questions:
    -What are the alternatives to having it done?
    -Why is this the best option?
    -How many visits should I expect?
    -What kind of complications or risks are there?
    (After you’ve asked your questions, we’ll ask ours.)

    Third, Update Records
    This is not just for billing purposes. The conscientious staff here at Providence Dental want to prepare for any emergency. Making sure your personal contact information is up-to-date helps us convey essential specifics to you post-procedure.

    Fourth, Be Honest
    While Dr. Steven Do has a gentle, professional touch, we find that slight pinches and cramping and other pain can arise while you are in our chair. When the doctor asks if you are comfortable, please, please be honest. We understand it is problematic to communicate clearly when your mouth is inundated with tools. Experience has helped us to read your cues. Let us make you as comfortable as possible.

    Fifth, Rest and Recover
    After any extensive procedure, it is vital to allow a period of rest for your mouth. This rest period may vary depending on how the procedure goes. This instruction will be given to you along with any other necessary recovery instructions. Follow these as issued.

    Finally, Sixth, Accept our Thanks
    We appreciate your business and we appreciate the way the Las Vegas communities have spread the word that Providence Dental is Las Vegas’s best kept dental secret located right here at 7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105 Las Vegas, Nevada or on the web at http://www.providencedental.com/. We are so grateful for the trust you’ve placed in our hands. Thank you.

    We would love to have you invite your friends to enjoy the same excellent service and care we’ve given you whether they need dental implants, porcelain veneers, family and pediatric dentistry oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, or information on how to improve general oral hygiene. We are here to serve.

     

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    702-984-2547

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89166

     


    Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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    Floss picks vs regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. Providence Dental recommends traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

    A floss pick holds just a small piece of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval, with occasional irregularities. A straight piece of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss used properly. By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more efficiently clean that high-priority area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more agile than a piece of plastic.

    We have seen patients who are observant floss pick users who developed decay due to a a tiny crack the floss pick missed day after day.

    Here is a refresher course on proper flossing:

    • Cut a piece of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
    • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
    • Thread the floss between two teeth.
    • Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
    • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to deliver a clean section for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new piece.
    • Some people find it more straightforward to begin on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you opt for, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

    If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

     

     

    Contact Providence Dental:

    702-984-2547

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89166

     


    Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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    Today’s Providence Dental post focuses on an interesting article that appeared recently on Science Daily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

    “Enhanced dental care included teeth brushing, tongue scraping, removal of calculus, atraumatic restorative treatment of caries, tooth extraction and topical application of chlorhexidine corresponding to each patients’ needs four to five times a week. Comparatively, regular treatment consisted of mechanical cleansing using gauze followed by topical application of chlorhexidine three times a day.”1

    “Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

    If a member of your family has serious health problems, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of my patients experiences severe health issues, I am happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some manageable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

    Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is critical for everyone. Some patients have an inaccurate view of oral health – they seem to have the notion that it exists autonomously. It is actually interdependent with general physical health.

    At Providence Dental, we see ourselves as key members of your healthcare team and are dedicated to your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are looking for a convenient dental practice in Las Vegas, we invite you to schedule a consultation by calling 702-984-2547. You can meet our team of dental professionals. Thanks for visiting our dental blog.

    1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

     

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    7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    89166

     


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