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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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Over time, teeth have a way of losing their luster. You can do something about it with professional teeth whitening at Providence Dental in Las Vegas, or you can try using an over-the-counter product.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can enhance your teeth, it’s natural to look at changing your brand of toothpaste. Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This often results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, Providence Dental offers rapid in-office teeth whitening procedures that can typically whiten your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we offer a fully range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, as well as 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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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

 


Wisdom: Extractions in Providence NV

Wisdom teeth don’t have much to do with actual wisdom. They’re called that because for most people, they come in during the late teens or early twenties, that time of life when we are supposedly gaining our adult wisdom. At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we’ve made wisdom teeth one of our specialties.

For some people, wisdom teeth are never a problem. Unfortunately, they’re in the minority. Wisdom teeth have a way of coming in crooked, which can cause problems. Since they’re our third set of molars, they can also crowd the gums and jaws, leading to pain, and even disease.

They also are not really necessary, and most people have them pulled. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends having wisdom teeth examined as soon as they come in – even before, through X-rays – to determine whether they should be removed.

Another reason that wisdom teeth cause problems is that since they’re way in the back of the jaw, they’re the hardest teeth to reach when you brush and floss. Using a long and slender toothbrush can help.

But other problems are associated with wisdom teeth. If they don’t come in all the way, and remain covered by gum tissue, they are called impacted. Cysts may form beneath these impacted teeth, which can cause bone loss and pressure on the jaw’s nerves.

So, there are a lot of good reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted. An extraction is a fairly routine procedure. The reason we recommend having wisdom teeth extracted no later than around the age of twenty is that there are fewer complications, because the roots are less developed.

Providence Dental offers wisdom teeth removal to its patients. We also offer family and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and emergency dentistry services. 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

 


Lasting a Lifetime: Dentistry for Children in Providence NV

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, which is why early dental care is so important. Providence Dental in Las Vegas is committed to providing excellent dentistry for children.

A big part of keeping teeth and gums healthy is daily care. That means teaching your youngsters good brushing and flossing habits. It also means taking them to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. The American Dental Association recommends bringing children in for their first visit within six months of their first tooth coming in, and no later than their first birthday.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy also means having a balanced diet that is low in sugar. More and more children are showing signs of early tooth decay. It has even been called the most common chronic childhood disease. By minimizing sweets and establishing a good dental health routine, they can be limited.

A good tool for protecting teeth is dental sealants. It’s a thin protective layer of plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where tooth decay is most prevalent. Along with brushing and flossing, sealants go a long way toward preventing cavities.

Early dental care is vital. The children’s dentistry provided by Providence Dental in Las Vegas  helps to ensure your youngster’s teeth and gums will stay healthy throughout their lives. We also provide orthodontics to patients of all ages, plus 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

 


Six Month Checkups: Dental Health in Las Vegas

Have you scheduled your next cleaning and checkup? As a matter of dental health, you should see us at Providence Dental in Las Vegas every six months to ensure your teeth and gums are in good shape.

No one really looks forward to going to the dentist. We get that. (What they look forward to is getting it over with.) But we also know that taking good care of your teeth is one the best things you can do. Not only is it ideal to have healthy teeth and gums, but there is a direct correlation between your dental health and your overall health.

Here are four very good reasons why you should see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tartar. We’ll give you a thorough, professional teeth cleaning. The simple fact is that your toothbrush and dental floss can’t do it all, even with the most committed routine. Keeping your teeth clean of plaque and tarter puts you on the road to dental health.
  • X-rays. The dental x-rays we take allow us to spots potential problems we can’t see with a simple visual inspection. Identifying them early is the best way to treat them.
  • Oral cancer. We perform oral cancer screenings. Again, identifying this early will lead to the best outcome.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease is preventable, which is one of the reasons why your home dental care routine is so important. Checking your gums in our office every six months is the best way to catch problems early.

Notice the common theme in these four points? Prevention. When it comes to your dental health, prevention is the key.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we advise all our patients to schedule their next six month cleaning and checkup, even as they leave our office after the last one. We provide family and pediatric dentistry, as well as popular cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening. 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

 


Into The Thick Of It, The Skinny On Toothpaste

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In this post, the team at Providence Dental in Las Vegas takes aim at some common questions about toothpaste, and dental health.

What’s with the strong minty flavors?

Minty flavorants are used to encourage continued use of the paste and to freshen breath. However, powerful toothpaste alone is not designed to cure halitosis (bad breath) for people affected. While unflavored toothpastes exist, the world has also seen such flavors as peanut butter, iced tea, and ginger. To treat halitosis it is best to brush bacteria from far back on the tongue. Removing the source is essential and more effective than covering it up with minty flavorings.

What is Fluoride’s place in a toothpaste?

Fluoride occurs in small amounts in plants, animals, and some natural water sources. It is championed by health-conscious people for preventing tooth decay and controlling gingivitis. Fluoride-containing compounds are included in many toothpastes to add another important dimension to the oral hygiene regimen for preventing decay.

How are toothpaste and flossing related?

Flossing regularly in conjunction with toothbrushing helps with avert bacterial growth, tooth decay, and plaque build-up by simply removing chunks of food or substances that could break down the tooth.

Should you floss before or after brushing? It really doesn’t matter.

Finally, what about the relationship between toothpaste and mouthwash?

The use of mouthwash cannot replace regular brushing and flossing. Mouthwash (or fluoride rinse) simply adds another effective layer of defense against bacterial growth in the mouth.

Providence Dental in Las Vegas is your go-to source for dental health matters in Providence NV. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and treat conditions like gum disease. 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

 


Las Vegas Mouths And Stomatitis

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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 702-852-2244.

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

 

Contact Providence Dental:702-852-2244

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 702-852-2244. 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:702-852-2244

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7181 N Hualapai Way Ste 105
Las Vegas, Nevada
89166