Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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For anyone who feels pain when sipping your morning coffee, or who cringe each time you brush or floss, the dentists at Providence Dental in Las Vegas are here for you.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can result in receding gums, which results in the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding—it’s pain).

We can figure out if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and get you on your way to proper oral care habits. We usually recommend toothpaste for sensitive teeth. These reduce pain after several applications. However, some patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments.

Studies show that as many as forty million people have tooth sensitivity. If you’re among them, remember that it most cases you can do something about it. Call us at Providence Dental in Las Vegas for an appointment. We offer family dentistry, and specialties like wisdom teeth extraction. We also offer urgent dental care. Call today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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It’s Better To Prevent A Cavity Than Fill One

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At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, our goal is to maintain the dental health of our patients so that no restorative dental work is ever required.

In other words, preventing cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. Brushing your teeth and flossing is a good beginning to preventative dentistry. It is also imperative that you have a checkup and cleaning twice a year. With kids, dental sealants might be a good option.

Dental sealants are a thin plastic covering, usually used on the very back teeth. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and at the same time tend to be the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to safeguard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.

Despite the best efforts of parents, many children develop cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay generally declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.

Fillings, inlays/onlays and crowns do a great job at saving teeth from extraction, but they don’t last forever. When a 10 year-old gets a cavity in a brand-new permanent tooth, that tooth will probably need periodic attention throughout his life, even if no additional decay arises. Once the enamel has been eaten away by acids, the tooth is forever weakened.

Sealants act as a barrier between food particles, plaque, and the teeth. The good news is that sealants are easy to apply and last for years. After we apply the sealants, they will be checked with each visit and re-applied as needed.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, the dental health of you and your children is always our number one concern. We offer family and pediatric dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral PiercingIf you are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, this post is for you. The dentists at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas would like you to consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Dentists and doctors are constantly treating acute infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily damage tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is very strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Providence Dental in Las Vegas offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some extreme cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the trouble right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers or oral piercings. At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we strongly recommend not getting any. Our services include family dentistry and emergency dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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New Parents: Educate Yourselves About Children’s Oral Health

This post from Providence Dental in Las Vegas is for new parents, or couples planning for children sometime in the future.

The statistics on early childhood tooth decay are sobering. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of U.S. children between 2 and 11 years old have in their primary teeth.

At Providence Dental, we are dedicated to helping today’s toddlers avoid the prevalent tooth decay that has plagued previous generations. If young children are protected from birth, they are more likely to maintain good oral health throughout the rest of their childhood. But this is only possible if parents make it a priority. We urge new parents to be proactive about child dental health from the moment they leave the hospital.

You do your best to protect your children from illness and infection. It’s essential to understand that tooth decay is an infectious disease with serious long-term consequences.

Anticipatory Guidance

Here is what we at Providence Dental (and the American Dental Association) recommend regarding a toddler’s first dental visit:

It is advantageous for the first visit to occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, and receiving oral health education based on the child’s developmental needs (also known as anticipatory guidance).

Educate yourselves on how to prevent early childhood dental decay before teeth erupt. Then you will avoid creating habits that put teeth in jeopardy.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we want all our patients to have excellent dental health. Our services include children’s dentistry, and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Does My Dentist Treat Bad Breath?

Cure Bad Breath In ProvidenceWhen dental patients ask if mouthwash cures bad breath, one of us on the team at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas tells them that treating bad breath with a mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower. It’s only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive conditions.

The best-selling mouthwashes have a considerable amount of alcohol, which can exacerbate bad breath by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grow even speedier in a dry environment.

To do away with bad breath, you need to find the cause. To get rid of hidden bacteria multiplying between teeth, pay more attention to thorough flossing and brushing.

A haphazard, thirty-second brushing won’t prevent halitosis (or cavities). Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill if you have been a speed-brusher, but remember that there is a lot of area to cover on multiple planes.

Devise a system to brush every reachable surface of every tooth. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gumline on both sides. Brush your gums, sides of mouth, palate, and tongue, also.

Schedule a deep dental cleaning at Providence Dental with the best hygienist in the area and request a refresher (no pun intended) course on brushing and flossing.

If your tongue is the culprit, you might want to start using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping has become quite popular, especially among the college crowd. A tongue scraper works like a squeegee to scrape bacteria and food particles off the surface of the tongue.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we treat many people with bad breath. There is no reason to feel embarrassed. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Do You Eat A Tooth-Healthy Diet?

Healthy Teeth and Your Las Vegas DietMaintaining the dental health of all our patients is an important concern at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas. We are passionate about helping you care for your teeth and keeping them healthy.

Everyone knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires thorough daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to our practice is also necessary for preventing cavities and maintaining proper dental hygiene.

It’s easy to forget that another way to maintain dental health is with a proper diet. A diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of foods to include in your diet are those rich in vitamin B, such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, like fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

Saliva is critical to healthy teeth because it aids in maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Chewing gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum.

Just as certain diet choices in the Las Vegas area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be dangerous. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars – especially soda and energy drinks – are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve your dental health. And at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, that’s what it’s all about! We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

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At Providence Dental we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning. These are an important part of your dental health. You’ll receive a thorough cleaning and exam, including a screening for oral cancer.

In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have attracted a lot of attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have acquired HPV, you have a higher risk for developing oral cancer.

At Providence Dental, we work to increase awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis. Here are five essential things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  1. About 80% of people with oral cancer use some type of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of individuals who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer die within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is extremely challenging for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce inconspicuous symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be analyzed by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the various strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most frequently linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. African American men have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than do whites.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, oral cancer screenings are included in every checkup, to ensure your dental health and overall health. We also offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Dental Sealant Q & A

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Dental sealants, available at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, are one of the most effective ways to protect your teeth. But a lot of our patients aren’t sure exactly what they are, so we’re using this blog post to talk a little about them, and answer the most common questions.

Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.

A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can curtail the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Your dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is speedy, simple and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to your Las Vegas dentist about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still essential to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we offer our patients family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup and cleaning today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

Ignoring It Won't Make It Go Away

Are you suffering with a toothache, but ignoring the pain? Have you started chewing on one side of your mouth to avoid your sensitive teeth? Have you stopped drinking hot and cold beverages to alleviate the discomfort? If you’re suffering with toothache pain, call us at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas.

Dental pain is like an unpaid speeding ticket: ignoring it won’t make it go away. Yet many of us share that very human tendency to ignore a toothache. Many of us just plain dread seeing the dentist because of fear the treatment will hurt worse than the toothache.

Waiting too long to care for your teeth can cause serious health problems – and not just in your mouth.

The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity. Cavities are easily treatable with fillings. But toothaches may also be caused by problems having nothing to do with teeth, or even with the jaw. Toothache pain can be mimicked by, for example, a sinus infection.

No matter the cause, it’s important to seek help. At Summer Dental in North Las Vegas we offer toothache relief by properly diagnosing the cause and then treating it. We also provide family dentistry, emergency dentistry, and wisdom teeth extraction. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 

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Creating Memorable Smiles At Providence Dental

Creating Memorable Smiles at Providence DentalA smile takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. You can make your smile memorable and beautiful with cosmetic dentistry from Providence Dental in North Las Vegas.

Providence Dental cosmetic dentists in Las Vegas are knowledgeable about the processes used to fabricate crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, braces and dental implants. Advances in ceramic and composite materials have boosted the popularity of Las Vegas cosmetic dentistry but these miracle materials are worthless without a skilled cosmetic dentist to incorporate them into a healthy and beautiful smile.

When designing a dental treatment plan for a patient, the patient’s goals and expectations are discussed. The most skillful cosmetic dentists consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth. The Nevada cosmetic dental patient’s age, health condition and lifestyle also influence the plan.

If you want to learn about what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile, call us at Providence Dental. We also provide family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166