The Secret to Healthier Smiles At Home

Mom and daughter at grocery storeAs a busy parent, you’ve probably that twinge of guilt or self-doubt just before your child’s dental appointment. A clean bill of oral health reflects well on you, just as every cavity underscores a flaw in your parental vigilance. Ultimately, the health of your child’s smile depends on him or her, but you have a responsibility to guide them toward healthier habits.  You have the power to change your family’s oral health for the better by following these two simple steps:    Continue reading “The Secret to Healthier Smiles At Home”

Reno Dentists Challenge You to a Dental Quiz

quiz lettersKnowing the proper way to care for your teeth is one of the most important parts of your oral health. When you consider the fact that you attend regular dental visit every six months, it becomes clear that you are the primary person responsible for the health of your teeth and gums. Thus what you know about caring for your mouth can make the difference between a healthy mouth and an unhealthy mouth. For this reason, your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, are giving you a chance to test your knowledge with a dental quiz. Continue reading “Reno Dentists Challenge You to a Dental Quiz”

Reno Dentists on Surprising Uses for Oral Care Products

Many people believe that toothpaste and mouthwash only have one use—to clean the teeth and mouth. However, there are a surprising number of uses for both in cleaning around the house and around the body. Your Reno dentists offer several surprising uses for these oral care tools.

The Cleaning Power of Toothpaste

Non-gel toothpaste can be used to clean more than just your teeth. It can also clean:

  • Shoes—toothpaste can remove scuff marks from leather shoes. It can also whiten the rubber parts of athletic shoes.
  • Diamond rings—toothpaste and a damp cloth can make diamonds shine.
  • Crayon on walls—the slight abrasives of toothpaste will lift crayon stains right off with a little scrubbing.
  • Bathroom sinks—use with a sponge and watch your sink get clean.

In addition, toothpaste can also prevent your bathroom mirrors from fogging up, if you apply it before a shower. It can also stop goggles from fogging up as well. Scrubbing baby bottles with toothpaste will remove the odor, and it will also take off any foul smell from your hands if you use it with water.

Extraordinary Mouthwash

Mouthwash also has incredible powers you may not realize. Some of mouthwash’s many other uses:

  • Helps with athlete’s foot—swab the itchy areas with a cotton ball several times a day, and mild cases should soon clear up. Make sure the mouthwash you use is an antiseptic brand.
  • Battles dandruff—rinse out shampoo in your hair with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Doing that should help knock out the dandruff.
  • Clean cuts—alcohol-based mouthwashes are terrific for cleaning and disinfecting small cuts.
  • Clean toilets—a quarter-cup of mouthwash, added to the toilet bowl and allowed to sit for half an hour, will help lift off stubborn stains
  • Clean clothes—alcohol-based mouthwash will kill fungi and bacteria in clothes that normal detergents might not be able to, so pour a cup in with your washload.

Your Reno Dentists Can Clean Your Teeth

Of course, when you’re using your toothpaste and mouthwash to clean your house, don’t forget that their primary purpose is to clean your teeth. If it is time for your professional checkup and cleaning, contact our Reno dentist office at 775-829-7700. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients in the 89502 zip code, and surrounding communities.

Reno Dentists on Holiday Treats and Your Teeth

Every year, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans consume a lot of food. Just two weeks ago, on Thanksgiving, for example, we collectively ate nearly 700 pounds of turkey. The overeating will continue through holiday parties, Christmas and Hannakah dinners, and New Year football snacking. While it’s important to remember what all those extra calories are doing to your waistline, it’s equally important to remember what all that extra sugar and starch is doing to your teeth. Your Reno dentists discuss what you should do to ensure having a healthy mouth into 2013.

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Sports Bars, Energy Drinks, and Your Teeth

Woman Eating Energy BarFitness is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In fact, a recent study found that weight loss helps defend against gum disease. That’s good news for our patients who love sports and athletic training. While running, cycling, and other forms of exercise can improve your oral health, the foods you may consume while participating in these activities can potentially hurt your teeth.

Harmful bacteria that attach to food lodged between your teeth weaken tooth enamel and leave you at risk for developing cavities. Sugary foods and drinks are well-known culprits of tooth decay. Many of the energy bars and drinks on the market today are high in sugar. What you may not realize is that even the brands with less sugar and more nutritious ingredients could harm your teeth. Continue reading “Sports Bars, Energy Drinks, and Your Teeth”

Are You Harming Your Teeth with Common Habits? Your Reno Family Dentists Explain

Do you chew on pen caps or bite your nails? Did you know that these habits can be harmful to your teeth and oral health? You might be surprised how a seemingly innocent habit such as chewing on a pen cap can do damage to your oral health. Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans explain how common habits harm your oral health and damage your teeth.

Biting Your Fingernails

So you break a nail and can’t find nail clippers, what do you do? Many people might alleviate this problem by biting their nails. And for others, biting fingernails is just a nervous habit. Now imagine how many things your hands touch in a day’s time. Door knobs, elevator buttons, and sink faucets are riddled with bacteria that we encounter on a daily basis. Bacteria tend to collect on nail beds and underneath fingernails. When you chew your fingernails, you can potentially transfer the bacteria on your hands into your mouth. Continue reading “Are You Harming Your Teeth with Common Habits? Your Reno Family Dentists Explain”

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. Continue reading “Treating Gum Disease Effectively and Conservatively”

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. Continue reading “Chocolate is Good for You, Let Your Reno Dentists Tell You How”

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. Continue reading “Healthy Teeth for Kids”

Gum Disease Beyond Your Mouth

Weight Loss Connected to Periodontitis

A pilot study conducted in November 2011 looked at how excess weight affects the body’s natural ability to fight gum disease. Researchers compared two groups of obese people with periodontal disease to assess and compare their body’s ability to fight back using natural, non-surgical methods of periodontal treatment. One group shed significant amounts of weight during the treatment and the other group maintained their initial weight. The group that lost weight fought periodontal disease with natural, non-surgical methods much better than the group that maintained their weight. Drs. Wager and Evans and our team are equipped to identify any gum disease during regular cleanings and checkups. Continue reading “Gum Disease Beyond Your Mouth”