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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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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This blog post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas looks at the cost of dental implants. If you’ve researched it online you may have found that getting a straight answer can be elusive. But there is a reason for that.

It can be confusing to research the cost of a dental implant and finding nothing solid. We’ll use this space to discuss why most dental practice websites don’t publish this information.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a quick consultation to review dental history, evaluate needs and construct a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For You
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the technique won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the process.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the Internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an accurate price. Dentists who offer implants can precisely calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current prices when you come in for a consultation. Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, our patients always come first – whether it’s for a dental implant, or a simple checkup and cleaning. 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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Pregnancy And Oral Health

Pregnancy And Oral Health In Las Vegas

In this post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we will discuss how pregnancy impacts your dental health. Because of the changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body, there are potential dental health issues that may arise.

During their pregnancies, many women experience morning sickness accompanied with vomiting. The gastric acid increases the acidity in the mouth which can easily lead to enamel loss and tooth decay. Heightened levels of progesterone and estrogen may relax the ligaments that support the teeth causing them to loosen.

Also during pregnancy, the hormonal changes increase the risk of gingivitis. Without proper dental care gingivitis can lead to gum disease.

If you are planning to start a family, we recommend that you have a cleaning and exam prior to your pregnancy. If you need any dental procedures, it is a good idea to get them done as soon as possible.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family. 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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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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Have Your Dessert!

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At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we know it’s too much to ask that you never indulge in sugary treats. (Who doesn’t love cake?) But did you know that eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others?

For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. This helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque. This is great news for dessert lovers, because it means that sweets consumed after meals have less of a chance to harm your teeth because your mouth is already in a better condition for cleaning. Sweets eaten with a meal are preferable to sugary treats eaten alone.

Additionally, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. We are constantly reminding dental patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create dangerous enamel-weakening acids.

Make no mistake: we still recommend that you limit sweets. But it’s good to know that it’s better to have them at certain times.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. 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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Beautiful Teeth For Your Every Emotion

porcelain veneers price Las VegasUnfortunately, not everyone in Las Vegas smiles all the time. And not everyone is smiled at all the time. But even frowns need to be clean if you want to maintain a high level of oral health. If you are looking for a dentist that will keep your teeth ready for a smile at a moment’s notice, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Summer Dental in Las Vegas.

If it’s not a mega-watt celebrity smile you’re looking for, then perhaps we could interest you in a more serious professional look or a sly half grin. If your frown’s getting you down, even when your teeth have been cleaned, let us help you achieve the look that will make you proud to smile. We can meet your needs and answer your questions:

How much do braces cost in North Las Vegas?
What is that pain when I chew?
Do I need a crown?
What can be done with a chipped tooth?
Am I a candidate for veneers?
How does a dental bridge work?
Will my insurance pay for porcelain crowns?

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we are enthusiastic about providing improvements to your smile, which will improve your confidence both personally and professionally. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and 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 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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Relax. It’s Not The End Of The World.

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This blog post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the notorious root canal. But guess what? They don’t live up to their bad reputation.

If you are told you need a root canal, don’t panic. We recommend this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.

A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental-speak) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction, followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.

If, after a thorough evaluation, we determine that a tooth is going to need a root canal, we will explain the procedure and costs that are involved. Root canals are performed to save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.

During the procedure, the nerve and pulp of the infected tooth is removed, and its interior is cleaned and disinfect. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.

Root canals have the reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at Summer Dental. From local painkillers and numbing agents to sedation, we make sure you are comfortable. Once the infected tissue is removed, we will focus on helping the site heal, which may require another visit.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, our services include root canals, and general 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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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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