It is much simpler to care for your teeth while they are healthy than it is to restore them to health when they become unhealthy. Thus, preventive care is very important when it comes to your oral health, which is why your Reno NV dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, have put together the following the following list. Continue reading “Reno NV Dentists Talk You Through Preventive Care”
Attending a dental cleaning is a very important part of ensuring that your mouth remains healthy. But just how important of a part is it? Take the quiz below from your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, to find out. Continue reading “Try This Quiz on Your Dental Cleaning from Your Reno Dentists”
When a tooth develops a cavity, it is very important for it to be repaired by a dental filling. Refusing a dental filling can have disastrous consequences for a tooth and the mouth. To learn more about the important role dental fillings play in restoring oral health, read the explanation below from your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans. Continue reading “Reno Dentists Explain the Consequences of Refusing a Dental Filling”
Have you attended a dental cleaning in the past six months? If not, you are past due for one. Dental cleanings are a very important part of caring for your teeth. To learn just how important they are, read the explanation below from your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans. Continue reading “Reno Dentists Discuss the Importance of Your Dental Cleaning”
As we all know, people get two sets of teeth: their adult teeth and their baby teeth. This fact allows parents to view their children’s tooth loss with wistfulness rather than panic. But what about cavities? Do they require fillings, or can you leave them alone in baby teeth when there’s an adult replacement waiting in the wings? The answer may surprise you. Here with that answer are your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans. Continue reading “Reno Dentists: Do Kids Need Fillings in Baby Teeth?”
Keeping patients informed about their oral health takes many forms. Sometimes it is good to give them a chance to test their knowledge so that they develop strong convictions about certain dental situations. So grab a pencil and no peeking, it’s time for a quiz created for you by your Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans. Continue reading “Reno Dentists: Test Your Knowledge with a Dental Quiz”
Taking care of your oral health is about more than cavities and gingivitis. At every dental checkup with our Reno dentists, you can expect that we take preventive dentistry seriously. Not only will our dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans scour your mouth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, but also symptoms of a much deadlier oral health condition, oral cancer.
During your oral cancer screening, our Reno dentist will be looking for signs like lumps in your throat, unusual lesions that appear white or splotchy, persistent ulcers, and other suspicious symptoms. Since oral cancer affects your appetite, tell Dr. Wager or Dr. Evans if you have experienced unexplained dramatic weight loss. You should also mention any changes in the way your teeth fit together, or changes in your voice.
With these risk factors for oral cancer, tell our Reno dentist if you smoke, use smokeless tobacco, drink large quantities of alcohol, use tanning beds, or have excessive sun exposure. Other risk factors include your age—patients over 40 are more likely to have mouth cancer—and if you have a family history of oral cancer.
The best step you can take for your oral health and your total wellbeing is to schedule regular dental checkups for oral cancer screenings. With about 8,000 mouth cancer fatalities predicted by the Oral Cancer Foundation for this year alone, it is not worth the risk. With early detection and treatment of oral cancer, patients have an increased chance at a good prognosis. Continue reading “Oral Cancer Screening in Reno”
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.
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. Continue reading “What is the Importance of Fluoride?”
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”
Yes, this is a trick question. The day after Thanksgiving is National Flossing Day, and Drs. Wager and Evans encourage you to participate. It’s perfect planning, actually. What better day to schedule a national flossing event than Black Friday? Here are five prime reasons you need to floss on National Flossing Day.
- You eat and eat and eat… and eat and eat and eat… then watch football… then eat and eat and eat on Thanksgiving. You’re going to have some food stuck between your teeth.
- Whether you shop or hang out with the family, people are going to smell your breath the day after Thanksgiving.
- With everything else you have scheduled between now and the end of the year, you probably don’t have time for a dental cleaning.
- Santa is watching.
- It’s cool to floss.
- Only if you want to be a trendsetter. Studies show, 10-40% of Americans report flossing every day – and remember, people lie. The real percentage is probably closer to 10%. Another report states, 73% of Americans prefer going to the grocery store over flossing their teeth.
- Only if you want to live longer. One study claims, daily flossing can increase your lifespan by 6.4 years. The CDC says, people with gum disease have a mortality rate that’s 23-46 higher than those who don’t.
- Only if you want to avoid gum disease and increased risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, problem pregnancies, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, osteoporosis, and potentially, certain cancers. Studies link all of these conditions to gum disease, and gum disease usually stems from improper oral health.
- Only if you want to keep your teeth (don’t want to wear dentures). Gum disease is also the primary cause of adult tooth loss in our nation. Continue reading “What Holiday Comes After Thanksgiving?”