When you reach for a cold, fizzy, flavored, carbonated drink, what do you call it? A cola? A Coke? A soda? A pop? A drink by any of these names will taste sweet, bubbly and refreshing. Unfortunately, just like many tasty treats, drinking soda on a regular basis comes with a price, especially in terms of your dental health. Reno dentists, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, will fill you in on the dangers of soft drinks. Continue reading “Soda and Your Smile”
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Don’t Play Tricks on Your Teeth this Halloween
Halloween is all about spooks and scares, candy and crazy costumes, and ghosts and giggles. It can be a fun, festive, fright night for the whole family, but your dentist may not feel the same way. Halloween has earned its spot on your dentist’s worst nightmare list.
This Halloween, the American Dental Association and the team at Wager Evans Dental want to remind you to take care of your teeth and yourself (and your kiddos) while you celebrate.
Sweets and Treats
Candy is one of the best parts of Halloween, but it’s also the number one reason why your dentist may not be celebrating with you. Sugar is the archenemy of your teeth, and too much of it can cause cavities and tooth decay, which is the most widespread childhood disease. To protect your teeth on this spooky holiday (and every other day of the year), consider the following:
- Eat sweets with meals rather than as snacks. Saliva production increases during a meal, which helps to rinse food particles from the mouth and neutralize plaque acid.
- Avoid sticky candies for a few reasons. First, they adhere to your teeth, keeping them in your mouth for longer. The longer your teeth are exposed to sugar, the more time the bacteria has to create acid that weakens tooth enamel, encouraging the growth of cavities. Secondly, sticky candies, such as caramels, taffy, and gummies, have the potential to damage dental work, including fillings, dental crowns, and bridges.
- Neutralize sugar by eating foods like cheese, peanuts, and fruit. Also, chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals has been shown to reduce tooth decay because it increases saliva flow. Continue reading “Don’t Play Tricks on Your Teeth this Halloween”
How often should you go to the dentist?
How often do you need to go to the dentist?
Any guesses? The correct answer is every 6 months, but most people go much longer between visits to the dentist’s office. The truth is, if you’re overdue for a dental checkup, you might be putting yourself at risk for developing serious oral and overall health problems.
The American Dental Association suggests sticking to the 6-month rule, and the team at Wager Evans Dental agrees. Oral health problems, such as periodontal disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay, can usually be effectively treated when caught early, and we look for signs of these conditions, plus more, at your dental checkups.
Additionally, we will look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like cracks and wearing, as well as old fillings and other dental work to see if it needs replacing. If your deteriorated metal restorations need replacing, we will most likely suggest using tooth-colored alternative restorations, such as crowns and metal-free fillings.
By checking your mouth for signs of trouble every 6 months, your potential for danger is greatly reduced. For example, if left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. If that cavity is caught early, it can be filled before the damage spreads.
Don’t put yourself at risk for developing debilitating and lifelong dental and overall health problems. Be proactive and come to the dentist every 6 months.
We’re Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, and we give complete dental care to patients from Spanish Springs, Dayton, Fernley, and the surrounding areas. Call our dental office in Reno, Nevada, at (775) 800-4845 to schedule an appointment.