Been A While Since You Had Your Teeth Cleaned?

Las Vegas Tooth WhiteningMany of our patients don’t particularly care for having their teeth cleaned. We get that. It isn’t much fun having your teeth and gums poked, prodded, and scraped. But the cleanings at Summer Dental in Las Vegas are painless, and the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.

Teeth cleanings begin with a careful examination of your teeth and gums. We look for any obvious decay or early signs of gum disease. This is the part where a hygienist slides a small mirror between the gums and cheeks. If there are any problems, we let the dentist know.

Next, the actual cleaning begins. Plaque is that gunky stuff that accumulates on the teeth. If it isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar, and can lead to tooth decay. We almost always find tartar, because of those hard-to-reach places that even the best home dental health routine can’t get.

Once all the tartar is scraped off, we use a special paste to brush your teeth. You’ve probably experienced it in the past: that gritty toothpaste that, along with a high-power electric brush, gets any remaining tartar off of the teeth. Sometimes patients say they’d like to have a toothpaste like that at home. But it’s pretty harsh stuff. A couple of times a year is okay, but if you used it every day it would wear down the enamel.

We conclude our teeth cleanings by flossing your teeth, followed by a rinse. This might not seem necessary, especially since a lot of patients brush and floss before their appointment. But this flossing ensures we get the last bits of plaque or toothpaste from the cleaning.

Summer Dental in Las Vegas urges you to maintain a good home dental health routine, and to see us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We’ll answer any questions you might have, and address any issues. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and sedation dentistry for those who need it. 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

 


Teeth Cleaning And Heart Health in Las Vegas

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Visiting Summer Dental in Las Vegas for twice-yearly checkups and teeth cleaning can seem like a chore at times. But you may benefit in ways you never anticipated.

A recent study shows that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart attack than those who skipped appointments.

The study could simply indicate that the same people who schedule regular teeth cleanings are also more likely to practice healthy habits, like exercising and eating right. But there is additional evidence of a relationship between oral health and heart health.

Common oral problems like inflammation from gum disease are linked to hardening of the arteries and other tissue inflammations, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

“Something as simple as having good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, and having regular cleanings – may be good for your heart and brain health,” said former American Heart Association President Ralph Sacco, MD. Dr. Sacco did not participate in the study.[1]

The study found that patients reap the most benefits by scheduling cleanings at least once per year. Summer Dental recommends coming in for checkups and cleanings every six months. We’ll catch potential problems early, saving patients time and money. Regular dental cleanings also brighten and whiten teeth, making your smile look its best.

In addition to checkups and cleanings, Summer Dental in Las Vegas also provides general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and many other services.

1 ‘Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart,’ WebMD Health News, November 16, 2011, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20111116/getting-your-teeth-cleaned-may-help-your-heart, accessed on November 29, 2011

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

 


Think You May Have A Cavity? Dental Check-Up in Las Vegas

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Your teeth need a lot of tender, loving care. But even when we do our best to keep our teeth clean, bacteria can sneak in and cause cavities. That’s what makes regular check-ups with your Las Vegas dentist so important.

Few of us go through life without ever getting a cavity. For some, it’s the first health problem in childhood.

Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque. Plaque clings to your teeth and starts dissolving the enamel. The result is a cavity – a hole in your tooth – that can also be accompanied by pain.

Fillings are one of the best options for correcting a cavity. At Summer Dental, we offer white fillings that blend right in with your teeth, so no one but you will even know they’re there. And they’re as durable as old-school metal fillings.

But make no mistake: regular checkups and cleanings are an essential part of caring for your teeth. And in Las Vegas, there is no better place to get them than at Summer Dental. We have a comfortable, state-of-the-art office and a friendly, professional staff. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. And for those with busy schedules, we offer extended and weekend hours – just another reason why so many people trust us with their teeth.

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