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:

725-666-2396

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:

725-666-2396

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:

725-666-2396

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:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 

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You May Have Gingivitis

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Every person’s mouth provides a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are dedicated to oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t influence your health. But a word of caution from your dentist in Las Vegas: if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause problems. Regular check ups are essential!

The first sign of gingivitis is swollen, sore gums.

Gingivitis is the term for Stage 1 gum disease. At Summer Dental, we routinely discover gingivitis in patients who are not even aware that they have the condition.

It is vital for people to understand that it is not normal for gums to bleed when they are brushed or flossed. Sore, swollen, or bleeding gums are an indication that something is out of order.

If you haven’t had an oral examination in a while, call us at Summer Dental in Las Vegas. We provide thorough cleanings and checkups, along with general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Top 5 Do’s And Don’ts Of Dental Hygiene

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Welcome to our blog and thanks for stopping by. Summer Dental, your dentist in Summerlin, wants to furnish some straightforward tips for oral hygiene.

1.Do… remember you are just cleaning the plaque away before it turns to tartar. A gentle toothbrushing at the proper angle can gently clean the bacteria away. Once plaque has settled into tartar, no measure of scrubbing at home can responsibly remove it.

Don’t… vigorously scour your teeth and gums until your gums pull back and expose parts of your tooth you don’t want vulnerable.

2.Do… remember your gums need to be cared for. Careful brushing and dedicated flossing can keep your gums healthy and strong.

Don’t… delay visiting your dental professional about sore or bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity or mouth sores.

3.Do… establish a routine for brushing and flossing that leaves adequate time to spend a full two minutes cautiously cleaning all the nooks and crannies of your mouth.

Don’t… forget to have a new floss package ready to use when your current one runs out. Waiting days to get to the store for more can delay an essential routine.

4.Do… schedule twice-yearly dental visits for cleaning and examination by a professional. Call Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces to set up your initial consultation today.

Don’t… worry if you don’t have the healthiest mouth. Summer Dental can help you get back on track.

5.Do… enjoy your mouth and all the wonders it is capable of.

Don’t… put off coming in to find out about the possibility and cost of cosmetic dentistry, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, braces, and teeth whitening.

At Summer Dental, your dentist in Summerlin provides general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and much more. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Our Standard Of Excellence

Summer Dental provides high-quality dentistry to the men and women of Las Vegas and the greater Las Vegas area.

If you are looking for a skilled dentist, we invite you to consider us. We offer full-service dentistry for every member of your family in a safe and comfortable environment.

Whether you need preventative dentistry to maintain your healthy teeth or restorative dentistry to address all of your dental needs, we are here for you. Doctor Touraj Habashi will direct your course of treatment with a pleasant chairside manner and experienced precision.

By combining cosmetic dental procedures, we can create a total smile makeover for you. Successful smile re-designs require expertise and the skill of an artist. Or if you just need a good old-fashioned cleaning and checkup, schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Keep Them Clean! Dental Checkups in Las Vegas

When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we like to see our patients for a check-up and cleaning every six months. You know the old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure. Seeing us twice a year is the most reliable way to head off dental health issues before they get serious.

No one is immune to dental problems, of course. So in addition to regular checkups and cleanings, we hope all our patients have established a good dental health routine at home. That means brushing and flossing at least twice a day; after each meal is the best.

The idea is to make sure your teeth and gums are always clean and free of debris. Even little bits of food can break down and form bacteria. And bacteria really go after the sugars on your teeth: like ants at a picnic, we’ve heard it said. (How’s that for a nice visual?)

The bacteria is what breaks down into the acids that damage tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. It can also lead to gingivitis, which is the mildest form of gum disease. Left untreated, it can develop into more serious gum disease.

One more thing: replace your toothbrush every few months. There is no hard-and-fast rule on this; just don’t let the bristles get all worn before you pitch it.

With regular checkups and cleanings at Summer Dental in Las Vegas, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and many other dental services. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals

Root canals have a bad reputation. Just hearing the words “root canal” make a lot of people uneasy, because they associate them with pain. But at Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we stress that root canals do the opposite: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

A root canal usually becomes necessary when a tooth is infected or badly damaged. Formally known as endodontic treatment, root canals involve cleaning the inside of the tooth by removing bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. When that’s finished, the tooth is sealed and a crown is placed over it.

Root canals are done on teeth that are very sick, and if they aren’t performed, the tooth will probably die. Even more ominous are the blood-borne infections that spread through the body because of the infected tooth.

The tip-off that something is going on with one of your teeth may be as ordinary as a toothache. That ache is telling you something, so you should never ignore it. Schedule an appointment with us right away. Remember, root canals are nothing to fear.

In addition to root canals, Summer Dental in Las Vegas provides general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and orthodontics. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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

 


Anxious? Sedation Dentistry in Las Vegas

Dental anxiety affects millions of Americans. For some people it’s so strong that they avoid going to the dentist altogether. That might seem rational enough: why do something when you know it’s going to upset you? The problem with that, of course, is that they’re putting their dental health at risk. Sedation dentistry from Summer Dental in Las Vegas can help.

The reasons some people get anxious just thinking about a checkup and cleaning include having sharp scrapers in their mouths, and the fear of injections. We take the concerns of these patients seriously, and offer them three sedation options: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

  • Nitrous oxide. Commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for more than a hundred years. It may or may not make you laugh, but it is safe and effective. It also wears off quickly.
  • Oral conscious sedation. This is a sedative, in pill form. You take it an hour or so before your scheduled procedure. It does not usually make patients sleep, but it will make you very drowsy. You won’t be very aware of what’s going on around you, and will need a ride home afterward.
  • IV Sedation. This, as its name indicates, is a sedative that is administered intravenously. It will make you sleep, and when you wake up your dental work will be finished. You’ll need someone to give you a ride home.

Skipping the dentist puts your dental health at risk. Sedation dentistry is valuable, because it can get you here when your instincts may be to skip your appointment, or not even make one. Better to have a little help getting through a procedure than getting a mouth full of cavities, or worse.

Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Make an appointment with Summer Dental in Las Vegas today. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including popular procedures like teeth whitening. We also offer pediatric dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces:

725-666-2396

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

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