Is Chewing Gum Good For Your Teeth?

It’s lurking underneath classroom desks, hiding under the bus seats, and strewn about parking lots, waiting silently for its victims. Whether or not it is inside your mouth, chewing gum has a bad reputation. That’s why you may be surprised to find that your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans actually encourage chewing gum—under special conditions, of course.

How to Chew Gum and Improve Your Oral Health

The first caveat for chewing gum responsibly is that it must be sugarless. Chewing gum with sugar is actually, one of the worst things you can do for your teeth since it constantly reintroduces acid and sugar into your mouth, eroding tooth enamel. Sugar-free gum, however, may have the opposite effect. Sugarless gum can help remove trapped food particles in between teeth and encourage saliva production. Your saliva washes away harmful bacteria and neutralizes acids. Therefore, increased saliva translates to a less acidic and less hostile environment  for your tooth enamel.

Sugar Alternatives that Fight Cavities

Some sugar-free gum manufacturers have taken smile protection a step further by using sugar alternatives like xylitol. This natural sweetener actually attracts and traps harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and starve them. You can read the nutrition facts on the back of your gum to make sure xylitol is an active ingredient.

Avoid Contributing to TMJ Disorder

The second requirement for healthy gum chewing is to spit it out. Once you pop a piece of gum in your mouth, pay attention to the time. Make sure that you do not chew gum for more than 15 minutes at a time. Chewing gum for any longer can actually put stress on your jaw muscles. Excessive jaw muscle tension leads to dental health conditions such as TMJ disorder and teeth grinding. (more…)

The Benefits of Secure, Implant-Retained Dentures

Non-Slip Dentures
Dentures have a horrible reputation for slipping, sliding, and causing total embarrassment. Often, dentures slip because they don’t fit securely on the ridges of the gums. Over time, friction between dentures and gum ridges causes the ridges to wear down. The surface, then, becomes smooth, and dentures have nothing to grip, even with adhesive. Implant-retained dentures, however, snap securely onto dental implant abutments, so they never slip, slide, or embarrass. (more…)

Helping Patients Feel at Ease with Comfortable Dentistry in Reno

At Wager Evans Dental we believe patient comfort should be a top priority with dental care. After all, if you feel welcomed and relaxed at your dental appointment you will be more likely to return for regular dental cleanings, maintaining optimal oral health. Our Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans offer dental care focused on quality services and patient satisfaction.

Comfortable Dental Services in Reno

Whether you have an appointment with our Reno dental office for a routine dental checkup or dental implant placement, you can expect our dental team to take extra steps to help you feel relaxed. Just let us know what we can do to make your appointment more pleasant.

Sedation Dentistry in Reno

If you hesitate to address a dental issue because of fear or embarrassment, Drs. Wager and Evans can help you reclaim your oral health and calm your nerves. For patients with dental anxieties, we offer sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide is an example of mild sedation dentistry that can allow you to get the dental treatment you need.

How Nitrous Oxide Helps Patients with Dental Fears

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a gas you breathe through a mask over your mouth and nose. The mild sedative allows you to stay fully conscious while feeling completely relaxed. Many patients describe this experience to feel like the moments before sleep. Nitrous oxide is beneficial because the effects wear off quickly after the gas is no longer administered, meaning patients can safely operate on their own after their procedure. (more…)

Tongue Trivia from Your Reno Family Dentists

When discussing dentistry, teeth and gums almost always dominate the conversation. But what about the tongue? It plays a vital role in digestion, the sense of taste, and oral health – so your tongue deserves the same respect as your teeth and gums.

Your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, challenge you to the following tongue trivia.

1. How long is the average human tongue?

a. Three inches
b. Four inches
c. Five inches

The answer is b: four inches. That’s much more manageable than the average giraffe tongue, which usually measures a whopping 21 inches!

2. What are the bumps on the tongue called that contain the taste buds?

a. Papillae
b. Alveoli
c. Flagella

The answer is a: papillae. There are approximately 10,000 taste buds on the human tongue. Five basic tastes that the tongue can detect include salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. The last one, umami, is from the Japanese word meaning “pleasant savory taste.” (more…)

The Importance of Prenatal Dental Care

Last week was National Women’s Health Week, an awareness event started by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In light of this, your Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, want to educate their patients on a topic near and dear to the hearts of many women, the importance of prenatal dental care. Test your knowledge on this subject with the following quiz.

1. Why do pregnant women develop gingivitis more often than other people?

a. Morning sickness

b. Increased hormone levels

c. Weight gain

The answer is b, increased hormone levels, which cause the gums to react more severely to plaque build up. The term “pregnancy gingivitis” was coined because of this condition.

2. Pregnant women with __________ are more likely to give birth to underweight and underdeveloped babies than women without this condition.

a. Gum disease

b. Cavities

c. Halitosis

The answer is a, gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease could also contribute to a dangerous condition called preeclampsia, in which a pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and has excess protein levels in the urine. (more…)

National Stuttering Awareness Week: Children’s Dental and Mental Development

If you have ever held a conversation with someone who stutters, you know that it involves repetitions, pauses, and drawn out syllables in the speech pattern, which are extremely difficult for that individual to control. Often, people with a stuttering problem feel uncomfortable in social situations, especially children. A speech impediment should never be a reason for children to prevent themselves from reaching their full potential. That is why, in honor of National Stuttering Awareness Week, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans would like to join in raising awareness on the relationship between a child’s dental and mental development.

What is the Relationship Between a Child’s Dental and Mental Development?

A child’s dental and psychological health go hand in hand, and not just in regard to stuttering. If a child is experiencing poor dental health, eating could be very uncomfortable, thus causing malnourishment, which can negatively affect a child’s cognitive abilities. In addition, if a child has unsightly teeth, whether they are yellow or badly crooked, it will be embarrassing for them to smile, let alone work up the courage to speak aloud. (more…)

Comprehensive Dental Care Under One Roof in Reno

Are you ready for Mother’s Day this Sunday? Do you know what you’re giving to your mom to show her how much you love and appreciate her? At Wager Evans Dental, we like to think that we celebrate Mother’s Day all year long. Why? Because we provide dental care to patients of all ages with a variety of needs at our Reno-area dentist office.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Reno

As family dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans provide comprehensive dentistry, which means that we offer a variety of dental services under one roof. More specifically, we offer the following top-notch dental treatments and services:

Preventive and Restorative Dentistry

  • Dental Bridges
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures
  • Dental Fillings
  • Perio Protect
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Dental Exams
  • Children’s Dentistry (more…)

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. (more…)

Meet Your Reno Dentists

At Wager Evans Dental, we’re proud to offer comprehensive dental care—cosmetic, restorative, preventive, general, and children’s dentistry—to patients of all ages. Reno dentists Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans lead the Wager Evans Dental team and, to help you feel more comfortable while in the dental chair, they want to introduce themselves.

Meet Dr. William Wager

Falling in love with the Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Virginia City area as a child, Dr. Wager knew he would return to this spot as an adult. (more…)

Helping Reno Patients Sleep Better

At Wager Evans Dental, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans offer top-notch general, preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to our patients of all ages from across the greater Reno area. We want our patients to know that we go above and beyond the care given at traditional comprehensive care dental practices. How? By offering sleep apnea treatment.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your oral and throat muscles relax and shift when you sleep, blocking your airway. This obstruction interferes with your breathing while you sleep, eventually causing you to stop breathing completely. These pauses in breathing can last anywhere from ten seconds to a few minutes and can occur several times within a sleep cycle, adding up to countless times each night. (more…)