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

 


Your Smile Says Keep Trying!

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Today’s post is for men and women who are disheartened because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their oral health. The Providence Dental dentist in North Las Vegas wants to encourage you to keep trying and assure you that we’re eager to help.

Keep Trying To Floss

Many people are faithful about brushing, and believe that it makes up for lack of flossing. This is a misconception. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from the gumline. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, lead to tooth loss.

We urge everyone to make it a habit to floss correctly every day!

Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Skipping dental checkups can have detrimental, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. Severe dental caries or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential risks. If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. Dental anxiety affects millions of Americans.

Fortunately, there are many ways to manage this condition so you can undergo an exam and any needed services. Talk to dentist us if you or a family member suffers from dental anxiety.

Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco

Smoking is just as dangerous for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to stop the practice, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the troubles caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.

Many smokers do not overcome the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than current users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!

Sometimes a little help can make all the difference. Providence Dental in North Las Vegas provides family and cosmetic dentistry. Call today to schedule your next appointment.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Dental Breakthroughs On The Horizon

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At Providence Dental, we use the latest validated dental technology to provide our patients with quality general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, our dentists keep tabs on the latest research that is propelling the industry forward.

Here are some of the intriguing dental technologies currently being analyzed and tested:

Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to increase the life of fillings by restricting secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.

“Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.” – Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to furnish a multitude of exciting discoveries in dentistry.

A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin. The objective is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for individuals worldwide.

3D Printing
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to fabricate aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less pricey, you will be seeing them in more Nevada  dental offices.

Technology has its place, but experience, expertise, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as vital. The dentists at Providence Dental invite you to enjoy the difference at our comfortable dental office. We provide many services, including family and pediatric dentistry. Call today to make an appointment.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Today, we’re discussing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet, a tool favored by the dentist at Providence Dental.

The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was created in the early 1960’s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The instrument is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its conception, numerous other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Providence Dental does not necessarily endorse any particular brand.)

A water irrigation gadget oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out particles of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you place the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you direct the stream of shooting water around the gumline, pausing momentarily at each gap between adjacent teeth.

There have been over 65 studies that have substantiated the safety and efficacy of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis care.

Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have periodontitis, maybe. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have orthodontia.

First, communicate with us to receive an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following elements may impact whether or not we advise you to use an interdental irrigation device.

  • Braces or other orthodontic appliances
  • A physical impairment that reduces ability to brush and/or floss
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gums that bleed when flossing
  • Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
  • Aversion to flossing
  • Sensitive teeth

The team at Providence Dental in Las Vegas would love to help you learn the best suited processes for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. We provide 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

 


Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just About Your Teeth

Providence Dental Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we have been creating spectacular smiles since 2016. Each one of our Las Vegas smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as we value their trust.

Our loyal patients, along with our dedicated dental team, have made our professional career particularly rewarding.

Working as a dentist in Las Vegas is more than just a job. Likewise, a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

Our Las Vegas cosmetic dentistry patients report that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without self-consciousness.

One of our Providence patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth for years says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.

At Providence Dental, we expertly perform the most advanced cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. We can straighten your teeth with orthodontics.

Only need a cleaning? Our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, we invite you to visit Providence Dental in Las Vegas to discuss your cosmetic dentistry goals. Make an appointment today.

Contact Providence Dental:

702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Focusing On The Top 3 At Providence Dental

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At Providence Dental, we focus on three important things as we work to be your dental provider of choice. We want to be the dental practice families count on for quality care, whether for routine preventative services, tooth restoration, or family dentistry.

If your son chips a tooth and is in severe pain, we want to be the first choice that comes to mind. We offer variety for any family’s dental needs.

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

Providence Dental focuses on your family.

Facts

When we sit down in consultation and you say, “I need to know the cost of veneers, dental implants, the cost of a dental bridge… I need to know my options,” we’ll give you the bottom line on family and pediatric dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery. Whether it’s affordable dental care for quality of life or affordable cosmetic dentistry for increased confidence, we’re here.

A Friendly, Comfortable, and Safe Environment

We focus on clean, bright, and inviting and follow rigorous standards of sterilization. Our team here at Providence Dental is friendly, professional, and considerate.

At Providence Dental we provide family and pediatric dentistry, among  many other services. 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