Keep Tooth Decay at Bay

young guy thinking heavily Have you ever wondered what causes cavities? Many of us know cavities are caused by tooth decay, but what causes tooth decay? There are hundreds of different bacteria in our mouth, some good and others, not so much. It’s the harmful bacteria that contribute to tooth decay, as well as other dental issues like gum disease and persistent bad breath. Certain harmful microbes consume the sugars and starches in your food, converting them into acids that wear down your teeth’s defenses. The more frequently your teeth come in contact with these acids, and the longer the acids are allowed to remain on your teeth, the greater chance you’ll develop infectious tooth decay. As dedicated and caring dentists, Drs. Wager and Evans encourage you to attend routine checkups and cleanings to keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth cavities from forming. Continue reading “Keep Tooth Decay at Bay”

How to Clean Your Partial Dentures

confident mature smile Do you sometimes reinsert your partial dentures without much of a second thought? Do you ever worry about germs that may be lurking because you are unsure if you are cleaning them thoroughly enough? Partial dentures are a highly-popular solution for replacing teeth that are lost in a nonadjacent pattern, but like all dental prostheses, their success relies on your diligent care and maintenance. Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans offer a few tips for taking better care of your partial dentures to help you keep your teeth and teeth replacements clean. Continue reading “How to Clean Your Partial Dentures”

Dentures for Patients Who Still Have Some Teeth

embarrassed older lady covering smile Though dentures have been around for much of dentistry’s history, they’ve traditionally been useful only to patients who’ve lost all of their teeth on the upper or lower dental ridge. Patients who still had one or two teeth weren’t eligible for dentures, and often had to extract the teeth that remained before receiving their replacements. Modern dentures do more than replace lost teeth; they also help add fullness to sagging facial muscles that were once supported by your lost teeth, and restore your ability to bite, chew, and smile with confidence. These days, partial dentures can also be custom-designed to help patients who’ve still retained some of their natural teeth without having to wait for them to fall out, too. Continue reading “Dentures for Patients Who Still Have Some Teeth”

The Top 3 Reasons Why Teeth are Lost

top 3 Because tooth loss affects a large number of people, especially as they grow older, some believe that it’s just a part of the aging process. It’s not, though, and preserving your natural teeth is not only possible, it’s preferable to having to replace lost teeth. Like all things concerning your dental health (and most other things), tooth loss happens for one of several reasons, the most common of which are far from natural or inevitable. Continue reading “The Top 3 Reasons Why Teeth are Lost”

What You Should Know About Cavities

surprised librarian Although they’re the most wide-spread chronic disease among children and adults alike, cavities are surrounded by myths and misconceptions that can mislead patients about the nature of their condition. Tooth decay describes a bacterial infection in your tooth’s main structure, and as it spreads, the infection eats away at the tooth, causing holes (cavities) to form. Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, believe accurate knowledge is vital to good dental health care, and expose some of the myths about cavities to help you understand how it develops and how to defeat it. Continue reading “What You Should Know About Cavities”

Dental Implants for Almost Everyone

older couple smiling happily Dental implants are a revolutionary addition to dentistry’s arsenal of teeth replacement tools. When one or more teeth are lost, the resulting damage can affect more than a patient’s confidence. Left unattended, tooth loss can slowly destroy a patient’s smile by leading to jawbone destruction and further tooth loss. Aside from providing replacement teeth with a sturdy foundation, dental implants also help stem the destruction that often follows tooth loss by replacing lost teeth roots. With equal dedication to our patients’ oral health as well as their time and comfort, Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, offers a variety of dental implants, including mini implants that can significantly reduce your treatment and healing time. Continue reading “Dental Implants for Almost Everyone”

Know Your Gum Disease

girl with question mark How much do you know about gum disease? You may recognize that it’s one of the most common forms of dental disease today, but did you know that gum disease in its advanced stages is a serious threat to your oral and overall health? There are many facets to the development and consequences of gum disease, and understanding the affliction is vital to successfully preventing the destruction it can cause. Continue reading “Know Your Gum Disease”

Signs that You Have Sleep Apnea (Snoring: Pt. 2)

very tired woman Last week, we discussed snoring and how the phenomenon occurs. We also focused on how snoring is often more than it may seem, indicating a disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The term, “apnea,” is Greek, and loosely translated as the cessation of breathing. Many patients are driven to seek a medical diagnosis and treatment by their annoyed sleeping partners, but while the snoring patterns associated with OSA are loud, they don’t usually wake the patient from consciousness. If you sleep alone while OSA robs you of the deep rest you need, then you may experience a wide range of symptoms before realizing that something is wrong. Continue reading “Signs that You Have Sleep Apnea (Snoring: Pt. 2)”

Do You Snore? You Should Read This

trouble sleeping from snoring Sleep apnea describes a condition during which you periodically stop breathing in your sleep, and is often marked by cycles of increasingly loud snoring. Though many patients don’t realize that they can find relief from snoring at their Reno dentists’ office, the truth is that Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans have helped many patients find the quiet rest they deserve by treating the mechanisms behind snoring and sleep apnea. Continue reading “Do You Snore? You Should Read This”

What Else Does Good Hygiene Entail?

thinking girl with great smile Last week, we discussed the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and offered a few tips on how to make the most it. While the routine is necessary, even essential, to good hygiene, other routines and habits can introduce risks that your toothbrush and floss can’t match. Luckily, with a little diligence, you can spot these risks and take action before any serious damage occurs. This week, Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, point out a few things to beware of throughout your day that can negate the work you put in at the bathroom sink. Continue reading “What Else Does Good Hygiene Entail?”