Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Las Vegas Dental News Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Visiting Providence Dental in Las Vegas for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months may  seem inconvenient sometimes, but you may benefit in ways you’d never imagine.

A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to those who skipped appointments.

Not only that, but brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower your risk of heart disease. The study says that eople who brushed less than twice a day, and for less than two minutes, were three times as likely to have heart issues than those who brushed at least twice, and for at least two minutes.

A cardiologist who was not associated with the study said it’s possible that those who are attentive to their dental health may simply be more health conscious overall.

Still, researchers believe it strengthens the notion that there is a clear link between your dental health and your overall health.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas we encourage all our patients to brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, and to floss, too. It’s the best way to keep cavities at bay. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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 Questions? We Have Answers

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At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we strive for excellence in dentistry every day. Providing the best possible dental care goes beyond cleanings and exams. We like patients who ask a lot of questions, because that tells us they are taking a strong interest in their dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the questions we’re frequently asked is whether it’s really necessary to have a cleaning and checkup every six months. Our short answer is, yes! But a more thorough answer includes the time-honored truth that prevention is the best medicine.

Every appointment includes a thorough cleaning by a hygienist. Then the dentist examines your teeth and gums, looking for any new cavities and signs of gum disease. Every checkup also includes a screening for oral cancer.

Sometimes we need to see patients more frequently. Someone with gum disease, or who is undergoing orthodontic treatment, should have appointments more often than twice a year. We determine that on a case-by-case basis.

More Questions

Patients often wonder how long a filling will last. Some people think they’ll last a lifetime, but unfortunately that is not usually the case. Fillings can break down or become loose over time. If that happens, decay can get into the area around it and cause problmes. You can extend the life of any restoration with good oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions about what that means, don’t hesitate to ask.

What kind of toothbrush is best? This is among the most-asked questions for any dentist. Manual and electric toothbrushes, used properly, both do an excellent job. We recommend soft bristles, with mixed bristle heights and angles. They do a better job getting between the teeth.

To really get between the teeth, we also recommend daily flossing. String floss is best, but whether it’s waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not, or wide dental tape is up to you.

And More!

When it comes to toothpaste, we recommend one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. That means it contains fluoride, which strengthens and protects your teeth.

These are just some of the common questions we get from our patients at Providence Dental in Las Vegas. Have we missed anything you’ve wondered about? Never hesitate to bring your questions to your checkup. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next 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

 

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Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth by Providence Dental

Flossing is a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. Nevertheless, the team at Providence Dental in Las Vegas is constantly reminding our patients to ‘brush and floss!’

Flossing is crucial, You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen, and for two vital reasons. Here they are:

1. Bad Breath

Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our ‘appearance, and we are all aware of how that can impact our relationships.

When we meet new individuals, communicate with others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our mind. We worry about how bad breath affects first impressions.

It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.

Flossing is a great way to help you avert bad breath.

Flossing helps prevent plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

To reduce your chances of being caught with bad breath, floss every day.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and removes~> plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.

Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we recommend you floss your teeth every time you brush. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule 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

 

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Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer’s: Keep Those Gums Healthy!

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If you needed another reason to keep your gums in top condition, Providence Dental in Las Vegas has one for you: scientists have found a link between a bacteria that causes periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer’s Disease.

The bacteria is called porphyomonas gingivalis and it often leads to chronic periodontitis. It has been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

The researchers concluded:

“Chronic periodontitis and infection with Porphyomonas gingivalis have been identified as significant risk factors for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Gum disease is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, it is preventable.

Risk factors for gum disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

This study should dispel the misconception that oral health is somehow separate from physical health.

It is critical to see a dentist regularly to keep your gums healthy (as well as your teeth). At Providence Dental in Las Vegas we treat gum disease, and promote dental health in all our patients with comprehensive family 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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Happy Teeth Don’t Just Happen

Your Nevada Dentist And Cleaning Your TeethKeeping your teeth clean is an important part of maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the benefits of visiting us at Provience Dental in Las Vegas twice a year is the thorough teeth cleaning you’ll get, along with a review of your brushing practices.

Your Partner in Oral Health

Our dental hygienist can clean and polish your teeth at your semiannual dental check-up. The hygienist also helps you keep your teeth clean by assessing the condition of your teeth and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits.

Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to expel plaque (a sticky substance in which bacteria thrives) and tartar (a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to decay).

Don’t Forget Basic Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing at least twice each day can keep plaque and tartar from collecting on your teeth and result in cleaner, healthier teeth.

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist at least once every 6 months for a dental checkup and dental cleaning.

To keep that beautiful smile in first-rate condition, come in for a dental check-up and teeth cleaning at Providence Dental in Las Vegas. Our services include family dentistry and orthodontic treatment. Schedule 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

 

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Have You Neglected Your Dental Health?

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we stress to all of our patients, at Providence Dental in Las Vegas. Coupled with twice-a-year checkups and cleanings, it’s the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every single day without fail, is essential to your dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too. But we understand that some people, for whatever reason, let it slip. Some have even been known to skip brushing and flossing so often, you could say they never do it at all.

It’s Worth It!

In cases like that, some people may think their teeth are too far gone – that no amount of treatment can restore their dental health. If that sounds like you or someone you love, we’re here to tell you it isn’t so. There is always a way to make your teeth look and feel better.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it will be worth it. In cases of neglected teeth, initial treatment begins with an inspection in our office. At that time we will identify the need for any fillings or extractions. A root canal may be in order, too – but don’t let those words frighten you. Modern dentistry has taken the pain out of even difficult cases.

We’ll also be looking for signs of gum disease, which is common in cases of neglected teeth. If we find it we’ll begin a sequence of cleanings and treatments to revive your gum health.

There Is Always Hope

Once we have your mouth back in a healthy condition, we start looking at what needs to be done to fix any damage. It won’t be a walk in the park, but it won’t be as bad as you might imagine. And it will definitely be worth it, in the long run.

Your biggest takeaway from this post should be this: there is hope for your teeth.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include 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


Dental Crowns Solve Dental Dilemmas

Cosmetic Dental Solutions in Las VegasA dental crown is a strong, natural-looking permanent tooth restoration that covers the top of the damaged tooth. At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we use dental crowns to solve a number of issues.

Crowns can remedy the following:

  • A fractured tooth with decay
  • A poorly-fitting existing crown
  • A decayed tooth that has lost a significant amount of tooth structure
  • A tooth that has had a root canal
  • A tooth that is too small or misshapen
  • A tooth that causes a bite problem

Before we can attach the crown to your tooth, we prepare it. We may administer a local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain during the prepping.

We remove decay, if any, and shape the tooth to receive the crown. Then a mold is taken of the prepped tooth and surrounding teeth.

A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to guard it until you return to receive the permanent restoration. The patient needs to be cautious while wearing the temporary crown. Vigorous brushing or flossing can displace the crown or damage the exposed soft tissue. The patient should also refrain from eating extremely hard foods like nuts or sticky candy.

The mold of your teeth is sent to a dental lab where your crown is fabricated. Dental crowns are offered in three varieties: tooth-colored crowns made of resin or porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and solid metal crowns.

Each type has its pros and cons. We will choose the best material for your particular tooth.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we have successfully placed many crowns. We offer a wide range of services, including orthodontics. 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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Protect Your Enamel, Protect Your Teeth

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Your enamel is uniquely suited to protect your teeth. By keeping your tooth enamel healthy, you go a long way toward protecting your smile. At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, that’s what it’s all about.

It’s best to form enamel-healthy habits early. We advise parents to teach their youngsters to protect their tooth enamel.

For Healthy Tooth Enamel, Avoid The Following

Frequently Eating Sticky Foods: Gummy candy, protein bars, and dried fruit can chip teeth.

Chewing On Hard Foods: For example, unpopped popcorn kernels and hard or stale bread.

Grinding Teeth: If you grind your teeth, talk to us about it. Tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause headaches, tooth damage, and gum recession. An appliance can protect your enamel.

Not Drinking Enougb Water: If your teeth are awash in carbonated beverages (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks habitually, your enamel will suffer from the acids and sugar.

Playing Sports Without a Mouthguard: Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist are more comfortable than the boil-and-bite type.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we want our patients to protect their teeth. We begin stressing this while they’re still young. Our services include family and pediatric 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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Check Out The Checkup!

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one.

There are some very good reasons for seeing us twice a year. Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important: it helps prevent plaque buildup!

Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling. Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it does a fabulous job removing any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

And that, in a nutshell, is how your visit to the dentist goes. At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, our services include a full range of family and cosmetic dentistry services. 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


Stick Out Your Tongue!

Las Vegas oral cancer examsAt Providence Dental in North Las Vegas we diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums. These conditions affect the entirety of your dental health, including the tongue. Let’s talk about the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the critical things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow.

This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal physical problems. This may include digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia, or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be linked to stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try cutting out products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products.

It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions, but read labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. We have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands. (Providence Dental has no affiliation with any of these companies.)

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local grocery store, try health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Some of our patients ask about tongue-scraping. We recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, the dental health of our patients is our top priority every day. Services include orthodontics and pediatric 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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