Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

The answer is that both processes are essential because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

We encourage our patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to prohibit food particles from lodging in tiny spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

Let our hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before the hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can talk to Dr. Habashi about sealants.

Call Summer Dental in Las Vegas to schedule a cleaning and checkup today. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.

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 Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

This post from Summer Dental in Las Vegas is about your toothbrush and your dental health.

As you stand over your bathroom sink and look at the frayed bristles of your favorite brush, you may wonder if it’s time to replace it.

It’s a good question. We all brush our teeth on a daily basis. Like a good pair of jeans, it seems the more we use a toothbrush, the more comfortable it gets.

As it turns out, that’s not a good thing when it comes to brushing your teeth.

The angle of the bristles on your toothbrush are an important part of cleaning. Straight bristles scrub your teeth and flex your gums. A light circular motion is enough to clean your teeth without causing damage.

Flat or frayed bristles are less capable and can even cause you to work harder. Pressing harder on your teeth can cause damage.

So how often should you change your toothbrush?

Anyone who has worried about changing the oil in their car has learned this basic rule of thumb; change your oil every three months. It’s the same with your toothbrush.

Most dental professionals recommend a new toothbrush every three months. The American Dental Association suggests replacing your toothbrush “every three to four months.” The reasons include worn bristles and bacteria.

Worn bristles, as we have discussed, are less effective. Bacteria can also built up in the small gaps of your toothbrush and may contribute to decay and bad breath. Make sure you keep your toothbrush in a sanitary location. Allow for good drying to help extend its life.

Regardless of how long it’s been, if the bristles on your toothbrush look like they’re trying to get away from each other, it’s time. Otherwise, change your toothbrush at the start of every new season to keep it fresh and effective.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediactric dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Check Out The Checkup!

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas we want to see each one of our patients for a cleaning and checkup twice a year. Most of the time we try to get you to schedule your next appointment even as you leave the office from your latest one.

There are some very good reasons for seeing us twice a year. Along with daily brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and checkups are the best way to ensure you have good dental health. That means clean teeth with no cavities, and pink healthy gums.

Most appointments begin with a cleaning from the hygienist. During the cleaning we’ll scrape any tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque, and you can’t get it off with a toothbrush and floss. That’s one of the reasons brushing twice a day is so important: it helps prevent plaque buildup!

Scraping tartar off of your teeth is known as scaling. Once your teeth are scaled, we’ll polish them with a gritty toothpaste. This is pretty harsh stuff, and it does a fabulous job removing any surface stains on your teeth. Sometimes patients wonder if they can get something like it for use at home. The trouble with that is that it’s just too abrasive to use every day.

After scaling and brushing, the last step is flossing. Then, it’s the dentist’s turn.

During the checkup we look for any new cavities that may have appeared since your last visit. We might take X-rays, although this is not done at every visit. We’ll examine your gums, too, for any signs of gum disease.

Finally, we’ll look at your tongue, throat, face and and head, and your neck. We’re checking for swelling or redness, or any signs of cancer.

And that, in a nutshell, is how your visit to the dentist goes. At Summer Dental in Las Vegas our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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


Dental Breakthroughs On The Horizon

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At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we use the latest technology to provide our patients with quality dentistry. In addition, we keep up-to-date on the latest research that is pushing the industry forward.

Here are some of the intriguing dental technologies currently being studied and tested:

Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to lengthen the life of fillings by restricting secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.

“Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.” Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering

Stem Cells
Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to provide a plethora of exciting innovations in dentistry.

A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin.2 The intent is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for individuals worldwide.

3D Printing
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to fabricate aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less costly, you will be seeing them in more Nevada  dental offices.

Technology has its place, but experience, proficiency, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as crucial. The experienced team at Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces invites you to appreciate the difference at our comfortable dental office. Call today to make an appointment.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, advanced dental technology is an important part of the dental care we provide. Services include general and cosmetic 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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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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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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Help! My Crown Came Off!

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You are chewing an apple and hear an odd sound, then something in your mouth feels wrong. One of your crowns has come loose. Chances are, the crown can be re-cemented. What do you do before heading over to Summer Dental in Las Vegas? It’s vital that you take the following steps:

Don’t Swallow It!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we are mentioning it because it has been known to happen. If you do, you will have some extra issues that aren’t pleasant. Instead, carefully take the crown out of your mouth.

Look Carefully
Inspect the crown and your tooth. If there is damage to either, we will need that information. Which brings us to number 3:

Call Summer Dental
We will schedule an appointment promptly and guide you on whether you should use temporary cement to re-attach the crown until you can get to our office and have it permanently re-cemented.

Clean Gently
Use a toothbrush to carefully clean the crown and the unprotected partial tooth.

Handle With Care
While waiting for the crown to be re-cemented, don’t eat anything that is chewy, sticky, or crunchy.

At Summer Dental in Las Vegas we provide crowns and bridges, as well as emergency dentistry. Call our office to schedule 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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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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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires cavity-free teeth and healthy gums. But here’s a question from Summer Dental in Las Vegas: how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

This post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other troubles. However, it is ordinarily the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus needed for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the dangerous infection.

Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if necessary.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s discuss your options. You may benefit from a dental implant from Summer Dental in Las Vegas. Other services include general and cosmetic 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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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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