Las Vegas Mouths And Stomatitis

Las Vegas Mouths And Stomatitis

Ouch! The mouth is a bad place for injuries, sores, or inflammation. It seems that even the smallest irritation in the mouth can cause serious discomfort for dental patients.

These non-specific irritations in the mouth have a name. They are called stomatitis.

A good general definition for stomatitis is the inflammation of the membranes in the mouth. These usually affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even get to sleep at night.

Some common causes of stomatitis can be canker sores, cold sores, gum disease, biting the inside of your mouth or your tongue, burning your mouth, and irritation caused by braces or broken teeth. Many sores in the mouth will generally clear up on their own in less than two weeks.

However, your dentist will determine if it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection and advise you on treatment. the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi. I’m Steven Do of Providence Dental in Las Vegas. I help my patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about smile makeovers, give us a call at 702-984-2547.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, bonding, and dental implants. At Providence Dental, we offer:

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

We hope to see you in our Las Vegas office soon!

 

Contact Providence Dental:702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


Gritting Your Teeth: Stress And Your Smile

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Doctors have been telling us for years that stress can increase the risk of everything from high blood pressure to depression. But how often do we think about how stress influences our smile? Here are some dental problems linked to stress.

Canker and Cold Sores
Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes canker sores but suspect they are related to infection, virus, or a weak immune system. If you are prone to mouth sores, you probably already know that stress seems to bring them on or prolong healing times. If you frequently get these sores, communicate with your doctor or dentist. Your healthcare provider can advise you on medications, diet, and stress reduction techniques.

Teeth Grinding

It’s no surprise that teeth grinding (bruxism) is bad for teeth. It starts with enamel wear, then loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. During this progression, there may be other issues such as gum recession, headaches, and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders). If you grind your teeth, it’s important to address this condition as soon as possible. In addition to stress, there are many factors that can cause or exacerbate bruxism. These include: malocclusion (bad bite), sleep apnea, and prescription depression and anxiety medications.

Your dentist may prescribe an appliance to protect your teeth and keep your jaw in the proper position while you are sleeping. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation therapies, mandibular advancement devices, physical therapy, and medication. Your dentist can create a treatment plan and work with you and your doctor to manage or eliminate this condition.

Temporomandibular Disorders
There are many direct and indirect causes of TMD. For example, inability to manage stress may cause jaw clenching which, in turn, causes pain in the jaw joint. Other symptoms of TMD include tenderness, pain, or swelling in the neck, ear, face, or shoulder; popping or clicking sounds; and changes in bite alignment. Again, if you experience any of these, meet with your dentist.

Gum Disease
Stress can reduce your ability to fight plaque build-up which can cause gum disease.

Oral Hygiene
Some people forget brushing and flossing when life becomes problematic.

Diet
It’s not uncommon for people to consume more sugar, snack more often between meals, or drink more alcoholic beverages when experiencing increased stress. All this at a time when vigilant oral hygiene is often not a person’s first priority!

Tooth pain and untreated dental issues will only give you something else to worry about. Let’s nip this vicious cycle in the bud.

I’m Dr. Steven Do. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while and are experiencing an unusually stressful period, I invite you to schedule an appointment with me by calling Providence Dental at 702-984-2547. Let’s determine the status of your oral health, schedule treatment if necessary, and create a plan to restore and maintain a healthy smile. My convenient dental team will make you feel relaxed during your stress-free visit to our comfortable Las Vegas office.

Remember, a healthy smile will give you one less thing to worry about.

 

Contact Providence Dental:702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


4 Teeth All In A Row

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Perhaps getting everything lined up for a breathtaking smile can take a bit of finagling. Maybe you’re interested in family and pediatric dentistry.

Just the unknown cost of dental implants or the price of invisible braces can paralyze a person from making the move to improve. Ask us about these and the price of dental restorations in general. Call today for a consultation and discussion about restoring your genuine smile of confidence. We’ll plan with you and recommend the best and most manageable path forward.

Here are 4 ways to get all your ducks (or teeth) in a row for your new smile:

Tooth #1 The Two Front Teeth
Knowing how to get to us will be important. Find our own “two front doors” at Las Vegas, Nevada zip code 89166. Jot it down; put it in your phone or GPS; do whatever you have to do. Especially if you’re out in Las Vegas. We look forward to seeing our patients coming from the Centennial Hills, Providence, and NW Las Vegas areas.

Tooth #2 The Wisdom Tooth
Do a little research. Image search for before and after smiles and see what’s possible. A little wisdom will go a long way. But, no worries, we’ll take care of educating you about the possibilities if the research is out of your reach. We want our patients wise about the care they can receive.

Tooth #3 The Canine Tooth
Rest assured you are not barking up the wrong tree. Just as a sampling, we offer these services: dental implants, porcelain veneers, family and pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. It’s likely we are just who you need. We’re looking to provide oral surgery, call us today.

Tooth #4 The Sweet Tooth
Talking with our sweet and convenient staff will be a superb experience. Let them set you up. 702-984-2547

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With all your teeth in a row, you are prepared! 

 

Contact Providence Dental:702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166

 


The Dangers Of Oral Infections

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“It’s just a small sore, it will go away.”
“I’m too busy right now, I’ll go to a dentist later.”
“A little sensitivity is no big deal.”

It happens to most people at least once in their life. Your teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area.

This is definitely not a situation where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise. If the pain is the result of a harmful infection, there are grave consequences of postponing treatment. Oral bacterial infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In fact, prior to the 19th century, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

An oral infection doesn’t always cause pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental problem that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary.

The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see your dentist.

If you have any signs of oral infection, or haven’t had a dental exam in the past year, we encourage you to communicate with our experienced staff. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at 702-984-2547.

 

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

 


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

 

Contact Providence Dental: 702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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 https://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.

 

Contact Providence Dental:

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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702-984-2547

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166