Summer Dental Takes Care Of Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

Las Vegas Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

At Summe Dental in Las Vegas, we find that many of our patients get a couple of dental terms mixed up. In  this post, we would like to clarify the differences between plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings are necessary to remove tartar as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities

A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb is this: Avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities.

We hope you’ve found this helpful. At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, our staff loves to answer any questions you have about dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. To keep your smile clean and tartar-free, schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today!

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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5 Cavity Basics

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The desire to prevent tooth decay is one of the main reasons people go to their regular checkups at Summer Dental in Las Vegas.

In this post, we are going to talk about five things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings emerge. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to decay are:

  • Frequent eating
  • Consuming sugary beverages
  • Oral bacteria
  • Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you observe any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist today to schedule an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among youngsters, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is straightforward. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right, and forego frequent snacking.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we want all our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. Toward that end, we encourage you to come into our office every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

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We hope this post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas will alert blog visitors to potential oral health risks. Too often, we treat tooth decay and damage caused by the following:

1. Sports Injuries

Many parents send their little ones out on the playing field with a mouthguard, but fail to safeguard themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at Summer Dental sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.

2. Ice Chomping

Many men and women like chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your drink. Breaking this habit can protect your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.

3. Oral Piercings

Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can result.

4. Gummy or Sour Candy

Of course all sugary treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings firmly to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.

5. Eating Disorders

These complex mental disorders have a plethora of mental and physical implications and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized treatment. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to receive a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. Doctor Habashi can provide sensitive, discrete oral health guidance for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.

What If It’s Too Late?

If you have oral health issues due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas we pride ourselves on providing answers to the dental problems caused by common smile wreckers. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or tooth decay? Come see us at Summer Dental in Las Vegas for a cleaning and checkup.

The state of your mouth is essential to your health, both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a pleasing impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are important to your everyday experience. We recognize our role in finding answers to any issues you may have.

After you schedule a consultation, please take a moment to review the following checklist:

1. Evaluate your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.

2. Describe pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is unneeded with the technology and expertise available these days. Usually there are manageable solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.

3. Describe what you want your smile to look like.
If you can describe your ideal smile, we can explore how to achieve it. There are numerous possibilities for a terrific smile transformation as well as dental maintenance procedures.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, the state of your smile is always our top priority. Please call our office to schedule a cleaning and checkup. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Make your next appointment today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

Las Vegas Teeth WhiteningAt Summer Dental in Las Vegas, cavity filling is something we do every day to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful.

Decay is the most common dental problem and the second most common disease in the nation (number one is the common cold). In fact, virtually all American adults have had at least one cavity during their lifetime: some ninety-two percent of grownups between the ages of twenty and sixty-four. If you have one or more teeth with decay, and you’ve been putting off the dentist, it’s time to take care of them.

We use composite resins to fill cavities. These can be colored to match your teeth, so the fillings are not at all noticeable whenever you laugh or shout.

Remember: unfilled cavities can lead to other complications, like tooth abcesses or broken teeth. And that in itself is an excellent reason to not put off getting a cavityu filled; issues like that are more difficult to correct.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, cavity filling is one of the most important services we provide. Other services include pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you gotta do. At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we get that. But we urge you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental check up because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are vital for keeping your smile in ideal shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
Don’t be lulled by a false sense of security. No news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental problems can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in jeopardy.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any deterioration.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 men and women will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. We will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is essential.

After your entire mouth has been examined, we will detail what is needed moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will be sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful.

In addition to dental check ups, Summer Dental in Las Vegas provides a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next six-month appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Happy Teeth Don’t Just Happen

Your Nevada Dentist And Cleaning Your TeethKeeping your teeth clean is essential to maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the merits of visiting Summer Dental in Las Vegas twice a year is receiving a thorough teeth cleaning and a review of your brushing practices.

Your Partner in Oral Health

Our dental hygienist can professionally clean and polish your teeth at your semiannual check-up. The hygienist also helps you keep your teeth clean by assessing the condition of your teeth and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits.

Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to clear away  tartar, a calcium deposit that forms from plaque and contributes to cavities.

Don’t Forget Basic Dental Hygiene

Of course, home care is also a big part of the equation. Brushing and flossing at least twice each day helps to keep plaque and tartar from building up on your teeth and results in cleaner, healthier teeth.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your dentist at least once every 6 months for a dental checkup and cleaning.

To keep that beautiful smile in first-rate condition! Come in to Summer Dental in Las Vegas for a professional checkup and cleaning twice a year. We also offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Make your next appointment today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Floss Pick Facts For Las Vegas

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Health-conscious people want to keep their teeth as clean as possible, and have regular check ups at Summer Dental in Las Vegas. But people also look for convenience. That’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of standard dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are reasonably priced and can be used more discretely than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss when it comes to effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to talk to us at Summer Dental. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient. But try to use regular dental floss daily.

If you are looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider Summer Dental in Las Vegas. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and check up with us today!

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Soft, Medium, Or Buzz Lightyear?

Affordable Dentistry in Las VegasAt Summer Dental in Las Vegas, our dentists are often asked how to choose the most basic tool of oral hygiene, the toothbrush. Picking a toothbrush can be as challenging as choosing a paint color, and there seems to be just as many choices.

If you have visited the dental section of the grocery store lately, you know what we’re talking about. There are brushes with bristles of varying lengths, brushes that massage your gums, and brushes that change color when they are used up. (If we had to rate them purely on their fun factor, we would choose the Spiderman brush.)

Some toothbrush manufacturers claim their brushes freshen your breath or remove stains from your teeth. How do you choose the best one?

One important factor is the firmness of the bristles. Hard bristles may be more effective for cleaning burnt steak off a grill or hard water deposits off a shower floor. However, this does not hold true for your teeth. Medium and firm brushes can harm your gums. Soft and extra-soft bristles are plenty stiff enough to clean plaque, food particles, and surface stains from your teeth. Soft bristles also offer more flexibility for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

After having dental work or oral surgery, especially anything involving soft tissue grafts, make sure that you use an extra-soft brush and be careful!

When deciding on a toothbrush for a child, make sure the brush feels comfortable in his or her hand. If the size and angle feel awkward, the child will be less likely to use it long enough to clean all areas of the mouth. Children do not necessarily need a child-sized toothbrush. Some kids can manage an adult size brush better than a short, narrow child-size brush. If you are unsure, ask your dentist.

What about the electric types and water-shooters? Some individuals like the feeling of pulsing bristles or a mini-squirt gun shooting away at the plaque. People with arthritis or other movement-inhibiting conditions can benefit from powered brushes which take some strain off hands and arm muscles.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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Preventing Tooth Decay

Preventing Tooth Decay in NevadaIn Las Vegas and all over the country, tooth decay is one of the most pervasive dental issues. It isn’t limited to kids, either; it also affects adults. A home dental health routine and regular checkups at Summer Dental is your best bet in heading off cavities.

Blame it on Bacteria

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria. Bacteria live in your mouth and combine with plaque and acids to erode the enamel coating on your teeth. The breakdown of your tooth enamel can often result in the development of small holes in your teeth which are known as cavities.

Lifestyle Factors

Tooth decay is typically a result of diet and oral hygiene choices. When sticky foods are consumed and allowed to sit on the teeth, or foods full of sugars and starches are consumed  throughout the day, dental caries can arise. Foods to forgo include soda and sugary chewing gum; these foods tend to create an environment where bacteria thrive.

To help prohibit tooth decay, simply limit sugary and starchy foods between meals. Also, brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting us at Summer Dental for regular check-ups and cleanings will help prevent tooth decay. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

702-852-2829

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

10965 Lavender Hill Dr., #120
Las Vegas, Nevada
89135

 

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