Children’s Orthodontics – The Earlier, The Better

Orthodontics can benefit anyone at any age, but for children it prevents many potential problems from arising. Children should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the time they turn seven years old.

Early orthodontic evaluations mean:

  • Improved jaw growth
  • Cross bite correction
  • Guiding permanent teeth into proper position
  • Decreased chance of crowding
  • Brighter smiles

The straighter your child’s teeth come in, the less chance of developing crooked teeth over time. We can help your child gain a bright smile by helping to prepare their mouth for when their permanent teeth grow in.

To read more on children’s orthodontics, visit our website or schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation today by calling our office @ (702) 405-7400. We like to believe that a proactive attitude is better than a reactive attitude!

Pregnancy Dental Care. How is it different?

Pregnancy causes numerous changes to a woman’s body, but the last place she might think about is her mouth. The rise in a woman’s hormone levels during pregnancy can cause gums to swell, bleed, and trap particles of food.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 40 percent of pregnant women in the US have some form of gum disease, including gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), cavities (tooth decay) and periodontitis (inflammation of ligaments and bones that support the teeth).

Ideally, you want to try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant, if possible. Your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gums can be examined and any dental problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy.

However, it’s not always possible to time a pregnancy, but the good news is that the American Dental Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that pregnant women can have regular preventive exams and teeth cleanings during pregnancy, but should always tell their dentist that they are pregnant.

Of course there are some procedures, which are not recommended to be postponed until after the birth and some dental recommendations, which are important for women during this special time of their lives. Visit our website to learn more about the pregnancy dental care call (702) 405-7400 to make an appointment with an experienced dentist.

 

Dental Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are drawing closer, but don’t let tooth decay get in your way this holiday season.

Holiday sweets such as gummy bears, candy canes, and mints can stick to your teeth for hours. The longer they remain stuck, the more likely your chance of developing a cavity since harmful bacteria thrives on sugary foods.

Here are some helpful tips that will keep your teeth jolly this season:

  • Restrict the amount of snacks you consume after and before meals. Sugar free gum can be a healthy alternative.
  • Consume more water. Water helps you wash out the sugars.
  • Limit the sugary foods that take a long time to chew (i.e. taffy). Acid is held against your teeth longer with these sugary foods.
  • Floss after every meal and brush your teeth in the morning and night. We can’t stress this enough. You don’t want to go to bed with gummy foods stuck between your teeth!

Also, visit your dentist for a regular check-up. Check-ups are a crucial part to maintaining a healthy mouth.

Be sure to take advantage of our special offers!

If you have any questions please call us at (702) 405-7400 or contact us here.

Happy Holidays from Cheyenne Dental Group!

Broken and Chipped Teeth

The enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest tissue in the body, but can be chipped or broken off, especially if your tooth has some decay. It is also possible to suffer a broken or chipped tooth from a blow to the face, while playing sports, falling, or some other physical activity.

If you suffer a chipped tooth, do not panic. Try to save the part of the tooth that has chipped off. You cannot treat a chipped tooth with any type of “home medicine.” You need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Be sure to bring the cracked part of the tooth with you to your appointment, if possible.

If you suffer a broken tooth, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Before you get to the dentist’s office, be sure to save the tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, apply pressure with a piece of gauze (or cotton) to stop any bleeding and place a cold pack on the cheek or lips over the broken tooth to help reduce swelling.

If you have chipped or broken your tooth, please visit our website to learn more about the possible treatments and call (702) 405-7400 as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more likely your tooth and smile can be saved. It’s very important not to wait around, contact us today!

Wearing a Mouth Guard with Braces

Mouth guards are coverings that are worn over the teeth to protect them from sports-related injuries and teeth grinding. Mouth guards can be used by anyone who plays contact and non-contact sports.

Since a head injury could damage braces or other orthodontic appliances, a well-fitted mouth guard is important. An orthodontist can help you determine which mouth guard (listed below) will provide the best protection.

It’s important to keep in mind that any damage to teeth and/or braces will set back treatment and could cost you a lot of money to replace. A blow to the face while playing sports could easily damage your braces.

A mouth guard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. Mouth guards also help you avoid broken teeth and nerve damage to a tooth.

Visit out website to learn about different types of mouth guard and call (702) 405-7400 to make an appointment.

Sedation Dentistry

Most people get somewhat nervous about going to the dentist. This is normal, especially if folks have had a bad experience during a dental procedure in the past. Some people even tense up at the thought of having their teeth cleaned.

In response to these fears, sedation dentistry has been created to help people relax and get through their dental appointment. Sedation dentistry can be used for everything from serious procedures to a cleaning.

There are different types of sedation dentistry:

1. Inhaled sedation is when you breathe nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a mask.

2. Oral sedation is when you take a pill to relax. Usually, the dentist will give you a pill called “Halcion” an hour before your procedure.

3. IV sedation is when you get the sedation through an IV, which goes into your arm.

4. With deep sedation, also known as general anesthesia, you will be given medications that will make you almost unconscious or totally unconscious during the procedure.

If you have any fears and anxiety about going to the dentist, then sedation dentistry may be a great option for you. Visit our website to learn more about each type of sedation or call 702-405-7400 to make an appointment.

Foods for a Whiter Smile

Over time the enamel of our teeth will get stained and may even yellow with age.  There is no way to stop this process, but there are certain things you can do and foods you can eat to slow it down and prevent damage to the enamel. The following is a list of foods you can eat to strengthen your enamel and whiten your teeth.

basil
Basil and Parsley- Basil and Parsley have essential oils with anti-bacterial compounds. Cutting down on the amount of bacteria in the mouth helps prevent plaque which has a yellowish appearance and can damage the teeth’s enamel.

Salmon- Salmon is high in vitamin D which helps build stronger bones and teeth. Salmon also contains calcium which is a mineral essential for keeping bones strong.Onion and Garlic- Onion and garlic contain sulfur compounds which also reduce bacteria in the mouth. It’s best to have them raw, since these compounds are destroyed in the cooking process.

Pineapple- The enzyme, bromelain, found in pineapples can help remove stains on the tooth’s enamel. This enzyme also breaks up plaque which leads to cavities.

cheese and tomatoCheese- The calcium, phosphorous, and protein found in cheese is very important for dental health. During remineralization, when teeth are damaged and naturally repair themselves, calcium and phosphorous help provide strength to the teeth, while protein also helps to buffer acids in the mouth caused by bacteria.

Ginger- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the inflammation of periodontal disease. This disease is serious and can eventually lead to bone loss and infection.

carrotsCarrots- The vitamin A found in carrots promotes healthy enamel. The crunchy texture of this vegetable also stimulates the salivary glands which helps to cleanse the mouth of any leftover bits of food.

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