Shoud You Use Mouthwash?

Is using mouthwash part of your everyday dental hygiene routine? For some people, swishing with mouthwash goes hand in hand with brushing and flossing. For others, mouthwash is only used occasionally, before a special occasion, or not at all.

Dental professionals tend to view mouthwash as an added positive habit to help maintain oral health and hygiene for the following reasons:

  • A mouthwash with fluoride can help reduce your risk of cavities and periodontal disease.
  • Mouthwash can make your mouth feel fresh and your breath smell better. When asked, most people attribute this advantage as their reason for using mouthwash in the first place.
  • Because it can reduce the strength and amount of dental plaque and bacteria in your mouth, the use of mouthwash helps to promote overall oral health.

Overall, mouthwash helps to ensure the health of your smile, but it is crucial to know that mouthwash alone is not enough to keep your teeth, gums, and tongue healthy. Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans suggest using a mouthwash or oral rinse as the final step in the dental hygiene process. After fully cleaning your mouth (that means brushing and flossing), swish with a mouthwash or oral rinse, spit it out, and go to bed or leave the house for the day.

There are many types of mouthwash available, and certain kinds are available for patients with special needs. At your next dental checkup and cleaning, talk to a member of the Wager Evans Dental team about which mouthwash or oral rinse is right for you. To reserve an appointment, call our Reno, Nevada dental office at (775) 829-7700.

What’s in Dental Plaque?

All of your life, you’ve been told that plaque is bad. The rules are: brush twice a day, floss once a day, and go to six-month checkups and cleanings so that you can keep plaque from destroying your teeth and gums. While you know that plaque can wreak havoc on oral health, do you know what’s in plaque? Do you know why it’s bad?

In every milligram of dental plaque, there are about ten billion bacteria of approximately 400 types. The matrix of plaque is made from saliva and bacteria, and it includes proteins, lipids (fats), polysaccharides (sugars, calcium, and phosphorus).

Plaque is the yellowish buildup that makes your teeth feel fuzzy or rough. It naturally accumulates on our teeth every day. Many people don’t know that and plaque plays a role in building up our immune system. Teeth don’t shed an outer layer like skin does, so we have to purposefully remove dental plaque to ensure bacteria do not get out of control. (more…)

Sleep Apnea Linked to Dementia

Did you know that sleep apnea increases risk for heart attack and depression? A recent study also connects sleep apnea to dementia in elderly females who experience 15 or more sleep apnea episodes per hour.

Sleep apnea is a lapse in breath during sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive, or OSA. When we sleep, jaw muscles relax. The lower jaw can move slightly backward, allowing soft tissues in the throat and mouth to completely block breathing. Partial blockage often causes snoring – the sound of vibrating soft tissues in the mouth. While not all snorers have OSA, snoring is a symptom of the condition. (more…)

Do You Know the Signs of Oral Cancer?

Michael Douglas recently battled oral cancer, but thankfully, he seems to have recovered quite well. Until hearing about his situation, many Americans hadn’t thought much about oral cancer. You might find these statistics quite startling:

  • Oral cancer claims more than 8,000 Americans, that’s one person every hour of every day, each year.
  • This year, approximately 37,000 Americans will receive a diagnosis of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Half will live more than 5 years.
  • Risk factors include smoking and drinking alcohol, but anyone can develop the condition.
  • The dentist screens for oral cancer at checkups and could be your first line of defense against oral cancer.

The best defense against oral cancer is early detection and treatment.   (more…)

What can dental implants do for you?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I need a dependable replacement for lost teeth?
  • Do I value conservative dental solutions?
  • Are my dentures loose, or do they slip?
  • Am I tired of hassling with denture maintenance?
  • Do I want to reclaim a beautiful, solid, fully functional smile?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, implant dentistry may be perfect for you.

Dental implants are replacement teeth that feature a post and a crown and imitate the feel, function, and appearance of natural teeth. Implants can replace individual teeth or secure a denture, making them the most popular restorative and cosmetic dental procedure for a multitude of patients with missing teeth.

A few facts about dental implants include:

  • 50 million Americans have lost all of their teeth.
  • ¼ of people over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth.
  • 26 percent of adults over the age of 74 have lost all of their teeth.
  • 69 percent of adults have lost at least one tooth.
  • Dental implants have a 95 to 98 percent success rate.

If you’re embarrassed by holes in your smile or you want to achieve a beautiful, fully functional smile and a renewed quality of life, call Wager Evans Dental at (775) 829-7700 to reserve an appointment. Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans can revitalize your smile with dental implants, and the process begins at your consultation appointment at our Reno, Nevada dental office.

Give Summer Boredom the Brush-Off (Part 2)

It’s the middle of summer, which means your kids need plenty of activities to keep them busy during the day. You surely love having more time to spend with your children, but you might also be pulling your hair out looking for something to keep them occupied.

We will tell you how to make some fun, easy crafts that will also encourage good dental hygiene. Even your little ones can make them!

Flossing is Fantastic!

Last time, we taught you how to paint with toothbrushes. Today, you will learn how to make fun paintings with another dental hygiene product: floss!

Materials

Note: This craft involves paint, so make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don’t care about or painting smocks in case they make a mess. (It might also be a good idea to cover the work area to prepare for possible paint splatter.)

Paper
Paint (non-toxic, water-soluble)
Dental Floss (cut a few pieces roughly an inch longer than the paper)
Palettes or Plates (plastic plates or palettes are optimal)

To help your children understand how to make this craft, explain the instructions and demonstrate before they begin making it. (more…)

Bonding and Contouring: The Finishing Touch for Your Smile

Do gaps, chips, or misshapen teeth mar your otherwise gorgeous smile? Cosmetic bonding and contouring can correct those flaws to bring out the full potential of your smile. Dr. Brian Evans and Dr. William Wager, cosmetic dentists, perform bonding and contouring procedures in their Reno, NV, dental practice.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding involves applying layers of composite resin, which we also use for white fillings, to the teeth. This procedure can close a diastema (gap) between teeth or repair chips or pits in the teeth. Because the composite resin material can be tinted to match your natural teeth, the bonding will be seamless. Bonding is also a wonderful options to whiten the teeth, as it can be placed on the fronts of all of your teeth for dazzling, uniform color. Only minor tooth preparation is required for this procedure: an etching solution is applied to the enamel so that the bonding material adheres to teeth. (more…)

Give Summer Boredom the Brush-Off (Part 1)

It’s the middle of summer, which means your kids need plenty of activities to keep them busy during the day. You surely love having more time to spend with your children, but you might also be pulling your hair out looking for something to keep them occupied.

We will tell you how to make some fun, easy crafts that will also encourage good dental hygiene. Even your little ones can make them!

Artist’s Toothbrush

Today’s craft involves painting with a toothbrush.

Note: This craft involves paint, so make sure your kids are wearing old clothes that you don’t care about or painting smocks in case they make a mess. (It might also be a good idea to cover the work area to prepare for possible paint splatter.)

Materials

Paper
Paint (non-toxic, water-soluble)
Dental Floss (cut a few pieces roughly an inch longer than the paper)
Palettes or Plates (plastic plates or palettes are optimal)

To help your children understand how to make this craft, explain the instructions and demonstrate before they begin making it. (more…)

Only You Can Prevent Gum Disease

Did you know that 80 percent of adults in the United States have gum disease, and the condition can cause major oral and systemic health issues? Luckily, gum disease is preventable. Together, you and the dentists at Wager Evans Dental can guard your health against gum disease.

Five Easy Steps to Gum Disease Prevention

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily. Brush for at least two minutes at a time. Be sure to gently clean and massage teeth and gums. This removes plaque and bacteria, both of which can cause gum disease.
  2. Floss at least once daily. This removes food debris, plaque, and bacteria from between teeth.
  3. Eat a balanced diet. Cut down on refined sugars, sodium, and saturated fats and eat plenty of vegetables and fruit (especially apples, carrots, and celery, which clean your teeth).
  4. (more…)

Dentures Can Restore Your Smile

Studies show that by age 74, 26% of adults are missing all of their teeth. Proper dental care, including proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, can prevent tooth loss. But if you have already lost your teeth, it poses a threat to your health and appearance. Without all of your teeth, you are not able to chew a balanced, healthy diet and your facial muscles sag, which can age you by decades. You might also have difficulty speaking, which can hold back your social life and career. If you still have some teeth left, the remaining teeth could shift or even be lost as well. Dentures from Dr. William Wager or Dr. Brian Evans, Reno, NV, dentists, can replace your teeth, restoring function and beauty to your smile.

Partial Dentures

If you are missing many, but not all, of your teeth, partial dentures can replace multiple teeth on the upper or lower arch. Partial dentures fill spaces between teeth so that your smile looks and functions like natural teeth. Normally, partials attach to adjacent teeth with inconspicuous clasps. (more…)