Last week we spoke about the Pilgrims, and how they probably used natural versions of today’s toothbrushes to attempt to stave off cavities. These days, not only do we have an almost overwhelming choice when it comes to toothbrushes, toothpastes, flosses, mouthrinses, and other various instruments of oral hygiene, but we have much more advanced science. Researchers are constantly working to uncover compounds and elements from a host of sources that show potential to halt the various bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. In the spirit of the month of Thanksgiving, your Reno dentists explain how the cranberry sauce that is likely to take up residence next to the turkey on your holiday table might end up being turned into toothpaste one day. (more…)
Thanksgiving is a great time of year for families to gather together and appreciate the history of their lineage. With the use of family trees and new DNA analysis, any one of us can find out how far back our family goes. You might actually be related to one of the pilgrims that feasted on the very first Thanksgiving holiday. How do you think those ancestors might have cared for their dental health? Your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, describe how pilgrims did their best to maintain oral hygiene.
Reduced Dental Care Options
Most of us don’t think twice about the options we have in our dental care. Not only are there many dentists to choose from within a reasonable car drive from your work or home, but you can walk into the nearest drug store or grocery (more…)
Sure, you might think dentists have a lot to say about a holiday where the main form of celebration is gorging on candy. Everything in moderation, as the saying goes, but it is a good idea to be extra proactive and diligent with your oral health at a time of year when sweets and treats abound. The fact that sugar contributes to cavities is fairly universal knowledge, but let’s have some holiday fun. Your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, offer you some trick-or-treating history to go right along with the Halloween spirit that is floating around across America today.
Once Upon A Time, Halloween and Candy Were Strangers (more…)
Sinuses are hollow cavities that are located very close to the roots of your upper molars. So there should be little surprise that dentist’s often see patient’s presenting with a toothache who actually end up having a sinus infection. Your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans explain why sinusitis can cause a toothache even when your teeth are perfectly healthy.
Dealing with a Toothache
What would your plan of action be if you suddenly had a horrible toothache? The first instinct of many people would be to call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Home (more…)
Many people are living into their100s these days. In spite of impressive technological and medical advances, certain parts of our body will gradually decline as we age. Linking our oral health to our overall well-being is called oral-systemic health. Multiple research studies have highlighted a connection between tooth retention and cognitive function. Researchers from Bayor College of Medicine studied gum chewing in college students, for example. Standardized math scores were higher in those that chewed gum on a regular basis. Your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, explain a recent Swedish study that focuses solely on chewing as a means for lower rates of dementia in the elderly.
Swedish Study Focuses on Chewing and Dementia Link (more…)
New light has been shed onto ancient dentistry, thanks to the discovery of a 6,500-year-old human jawbone with a beeswax filling. The open access journal PLOS ONE reported a discovery that was made by researchers Federico Bernardini and Claudio Tuniz of Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Italy. Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, discuss the findings.
The jawbone in question was in the hands of researchers for some time before the possible early filling was recognized. In cooperation with several other institutions, Bernardini and Tuniz could tell that the beeswax was most likely applied around the individual’s final days on earth. Confirmation as to whether the application transpired before or after the (more…)
If you practice moderation in your diet, and follow that up with good oral hygiene, occasional dessert indulgences aren’t likely to cause a big problem with tooth decay. Sometimes it’s hidden sugar, and hidden acid, that can be a real issue for your pearly whites. Even health conscious patients can hear the words “you have a cavity” when they go to the dentist. Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, your Reno dentists, reveal some hidden culprits that can wreak havoc on your teeth.
How Does Acid Get Into Our Mouths
We are not born with Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Generally, babies pick up the bacteria from their parents and loved ones through kissing and sharing food. Once the bacteria are present in our mouths, they need to eat to survive. Their fuel of choice is sugar. Many people think that sugar directly causes cavities. In fact, S. mutans consume the sugar you eat, and then produce metabolic waste in the form of lactic acid. (more…)
A research study has found that stem cells can be used for quicker and less invasive bone regeneration in the medical field. Conducted at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research, partnered with Ann Arbor-based Aastrom Biosciences Inc., the clinical trial involved 24 patients who needed jawbone reconstruction after getting teeth removed. Your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, explain how the study might improve the future of dentistry.
Why Our Jawbones are Important
Implanting prosthetic teeth is very difficult to do when there is a jawbone deficiency in a patient. Titanium posts are used in traditional dental implant procedures. Without the presence of strong bone, there is no point of attachment for the posts, so natural looking restorative options are reduced. The absence of dental implants signals the body to stop sending minerals to that section of the mouth, so further jawbone degeneration is likely. When jawbone loss occurs, people tend to look more aged and sunken in their facial appearance. (more…)
The clear, watery liquid in our mouths, known as saliva, isn’t a substance we generally want to think about. However, saliva plays more of a role in your dental health then you may realize. Did you know that saliva is constantly battling against the germs that cause bad breath? Your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, discuss the many dental benefits provided to you by your salivary glands.
How Does Our Body Produce Saliva?
Salivary glands are inside your cheeks, near the front teeth, and at the bottom of your mouth. Six major salivary glands are backed up by hundreds of minor glands. Within the glands are ducts that your saliva moves through, once produced. The body makes up to 4 pints of saliva each day, with the late afternoon being primary production time. At night, the salivary glands take a rest, producing the least amount of saliva during sleeping hours.
Why is Saliva Important to Teeth?
Saliva helps us swallow food, and also works to rid the mouth of residual food particles that could mix with bacteria to create plaque. Within saliva, there are minerals and proteins that protect your tooth enamel, preventing gum disease and tooth decay. (more…)
We all need to eat, and so we all have to chew. Chewing comes naturally, but its importance is often overlooked. If we don’t chew our food, we are at risk for choking, but there are other compelling reasons to be mindful of your mastication habits. Your Reno dentists explain some of the reasons you should think about what you chew, and how long you chew.
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Taking bites of food that are too big for your mouth can actually damage your jaw. This advice is particularly timely in a culture that has offered food in increasingly larger portions over the years. Hamburgers, sandwiches, and burritos, for example, are sometimes so large that they require the eater to open their mouth wider than is healthy for them. People who suffer from TMD are at particular risk, since their jaw joints are already sensitive. If an item of food forces you to open your mouth so wide that it causes discomfort, it is best to cut the food in smaller bites before eating.