The Truth About George Washington’s Smile

Yesterday was President’s Day and, to celebrate, Reno family dentists Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans want to take a closer look at the biggest connection between dentistry and presidential trivia: George Washington’s teeth, of course!

A Presidential Smile

What were George Washington’s teeth made out of? If you guess wood, you—along with most of the American population—are wrong.

Thanks to letters, journals, and other accounts left behind by the first president of the United States, we know that Washington’s teeth—while fake—were not made from wood. They were actually made from a combination of human teeth, ivory (including ivory from a hippopotamus), lead, metal, and springs. (more…)

Treating Gum Disease Effectively and Conservatively

At Wager Evans Dental, we have a dedication to excellence when it comes to providing our patients with comprehensive dental care. That’s why Reno dentists Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans offer one of Dentistry Today’s Top 100 Products: Perio Protect.

What is Perio Protect?

For the past six years, Perio Protect has been a leading product that offers patients a gentle, yet effective way to fight the bacteria that cause gum disease. Targeting biofilms, communities of bacteria that colonize in pockets between the teeth and gum tissue (periodontal pockets), the overall goal of Perio Protect is to manage gum disease treatment in a minimally invasive manner. (more…)

Chocolate is Good for You, Let Your Reno Dentists Tell You How

Valentine’s Day is exactly a week away and to celebrate, Reno family dentists Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans want to talk to you about the health benefits of one of the most popular Valentine’s Day treats: chocolate. While it’s important to remember that sugar is detrimental to your teeth, we want to tell you why it’s okay to reach for a piece of chocolate during a moment of weakness.

The Bodily Health Benefits of Chocolate

  • Chocolate is good for your heart because it can actually help lower blood pressure when consumed occasionally. This is because chocolate improves blood flow, therefore helping to prevent the formation of blood clots and the hardening of the arteries.
  • Because chocolate improves your blood flow, it’s good for your brain, specifically improving cognitive function and having a positive effect on your mood. This is thanks to phenylethylamine (PEA), which is found in chocolate and is the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. (more…)

Dental Bonding and Contouring from Your Reno Dentist

Take a look at your smile. What’s the first thing that catches your eye? Is it the chips or gaps in your smile? If so, Reno family and restorative dentists Dr. Brian Evans and Dr. William Wager offer two procedures to help you overcome these smile flaws: dental bonding and contouring.

What is Dental Bonding and Contouring?

At Wager Evans Dental, we believe that these dental procedures go hand-in-hand. Dental bonding is used to correct smile flaws, such as chips, gaps, and permanent stains, and contouring is used to blend your bonding restorations with your existing smile.

What is Involved with Dental Bonding and Contouring?

When you come to our Spanish Springs dentist office for your bonding and contouring procedure, Dr. Wager or Dr. Evans will begin by cleaning your tooth and preparing it for your restoration. Sometimes, especially when your restoration is being placed on a sharp canine tooth or teeth with jagged edges, this preparation includes minimal enamel reduction. (more…)

Are Your Dental Habits on the “Worst” List?

Be honest—on those nights when you can’t keep your eyes open and all you want to do is crawl into bed, what part of your bedtime routine is first to go? For most people, it’s brushing their teeth. Even as family dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans know that everyone can get a little lazy about their oral hygiene from time to time, but it’s our goal at Wager Evans Dental to educate our patients about healthy dental hygiene habits. Read on to find out more about why those occasional slip-ups may be more detrimental to your dental health than you thought.

The Top 10 Worst Dental Habits

  1. Brushing only your teeth instead of brushing your entire mouth is a bad hygiene habit. Your teeth only account for about 5 percent of the surface area of your entire oral cavity, so it’s important to brush the front and back surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue, the insides of your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, the floor of your mouth, and your lips to maintain a clean—and hopefully plaque free—environment. (more…)

What is the Importance of Fluoride?

You have probably heard throughout your life that fluoride is good for your teeth but you may not know why.  There are proven benefits to using fluoride in dentistry and daily oral care. Dr. William Wager and our staff at Wager Evans Dental have composed answers to some frequently asked questions below about fluoride.

What Does Fluoride do for My Teeth?

Essentially, fluoride strengthens your enamel. Did you know that enamel is not a living tissue like the rest of your teeth? Therefore, when you damage your enamel, it’s permanently damaged. Fluoride protects the precious enamel barrier around your teeth from tooth decay and cavities. In addition to its ability to strengthen your enamel, fluoride also reduces the levels of acidic bacteria and plaque in your mouth. The presence of plaque and bacteria can lead to infection and inflammation of your gum tissues and tooth decay. (more…)

Healthy Teeth for Kids

Our team at Wager Evans Dental wants to help you establish healthy dental habits with your children. Dr. William Wager likes to pay special attention to his younger patients and keep them on the right track for a lifetime of healthy smiles! Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about childhood dental health.

Q: How should I clean my infant’s mouth?

A: After your baby’s first tooth becomes visible, begin cleaning his or her gums with a slightly wet, clean washcloth. (more…)

Are Veneers Right For You?

Veneers are shell-like coverings that are permanently bonded to your natural tooth. Composed of either porcelain or resin, they resemble real teeth and are customized specifically for each patient by a trained dental technician.  Originally popular amongst the wealthy and famous, veneers have become increasingly available in recent years. Wager Evans Dental offers porcelain veneers and our professional team is here to consult with you on your decision. (more…)

All I want for Christmas is…A Lifetime of Smiles!

You’ve probably heard the Christmas favorite “All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” In the spirit of the holidays, Reno family dentists Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans urge you to call Wager Evans Dental today to schedule your dental appointments for the coming year.

Dental Care for the Entire Family

At Wager Evans Dental, we want to see you and your entire family in our office. We treat patients of all ages with a variety of needs, ranging from preventive dental care, to cosmetic dentistry, to sleep dentistry, and everything in between. We’ll help you teach your kindergartener about the importance of brushing and flossing, we’ll clean your teenager’s teeth with a mouth full of braces, we’ll be there when you want to whiten your smile, and we can help you restore your teeth with all-white dental fillings and crowns. (more…)

Make Sure You Brush Correctly

Brushing Keeps You Healthy

Oral health can be a breeze if you keep up good practices and visit Drs. Wager and Evans every six months. Make sure to brush 2-3 times every day and floss once. Like any habit, if you brush as often as you should, you may become complacent.  Don’t get sloppy with your oral health; experts agree that a healthy mouth can keep your body healthy, too.

Use Proper Brushing Technique

If you don’t use proper technique when you take care of your teeth, you might be hurting more than you’re helping. To brush effectively, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle at your gum line. This angle can help you avoid gum abrasion. Don’t brush across your teeth; instead, move your brush up and down, softly stroking your teeth. A lot of people forget about the  back surfaces completely. The back of your teeth is a crucial place to scrub because your tongue, which is usually caked with bacteria, presses against these surfaces all day long. (more…)