Between-Meal Cleaning

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we constantly advise our patients to brush and floss, brush and floss, brush and floss. It is the best thing you can do to maintain your dental health.

Most of our patients, we’re pleased to say, take that advice to heart. But what happens in the middle of the day? You’re out and about, but your usual stuff – that favorite brush, the container of dental floss – is at home in the bathroom.

What’s the best way to keep your teeth clean during the day?

One of the best things you can do is rinse your mouth with water after you eat. That will give your whole mouth a quick cleansing.

An excellent trick is what we call dry brushing. That means brushing your teeth without toothbrush. Yes, it sounds a little strange – but it’s effective, and we know some dentists who do it themselves. It isn’t quite the same as how you would brush at home, but it’s going to clean the surfaces of your teeth – and that’s half the battle.

The other half of the battle is the stuff that gets between your teeth. A good solution here is using floss picks. They fit easily into a purse, pocket, or backpack. Floss picks are no substitute for regular dental floss, but because they have a convenient handle, you can do it one-handed and without the aid of a mirror. (Just be sure you use regular floss later on, before bed.)

Another effective trick is chewing sugarless gum. It only takes about five minutes of chewing to get the benefits. The gum will remove a lot of the surface debris from your teeth. It also gets your saliva going, which in turn promotes re-mineralization. That’s the process of replacing minerals in your teeth.

Another good idea is to eat healthy snacks. Raw vegetables and nuts are always a better choice than a cookie or candy bar, or some other sugary treat. Not only that, these rough-textured foods help to scrub your teeth as you chew.

And that’s just about all there is to it. Remember, though, that these are just between-meal cleanings. You’ll still want to brush twice a day and use regular dental floss at least once.

At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, we promote dental health with regular checkups and cleanings. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and take care of serious issues like 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


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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Find A Few Minutes To Floss

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One common reason given by people who don’t floss their teeth is that it’s hard to fit it into their daily schedule. If you’ve found this to be true, the team at Providence Dental in North Las Vegas remind you how important flossing is to dental health, and offer some suggestions for finding the time.

  • The most common time is right before bed, but make sure you aren’t too tired to do a good job.
  • Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it can bring about plaque.
  • Try just after lunch, before you go back to work.
  • Floss while you are in the car sitting in traffic. It’s easier one-handed with the pre-strung floss pics. (You might get some peculiar looks from other drivers, but it’s worth it.)
  • Keep some floss in your gym bag so you can floss after you exercise.
  • While you’re watching the nightly news.

We hope this gives you some useful ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Flossing is critical for anyone who wants to have a healthy smile.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we advocate for good dental health by providing a full range of 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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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

 


Raise Your Dental IQ

Raise Your Dental IQ

There are many simple things a health-conscious person can do to raise their Dental IQ and improve their oral hygiene. One lesson the team at Providence Dental likes to share involves bacteria. Everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.

But don’t worry, bacteria isn’t the problem in and of itself. It’s the balance of bacteria that’s important. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.

Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush.

Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!

When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing it every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.

If your teeth are sensitive, avoid rinsing them after you brush. The fluoride in the toothpaste can help remineralize your enamel. If you go to bed with some toothpaste left on your teeth, it has a chance to go to work.

If you can avoid cavities, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as dental implants and crowns.

At Providence Dental in Las Vegas, we offer family and cosmetic dentistry, including popular procedures 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