Preventative Dentistry in Reno, NV

Maintaining oral health is a lifelong task that requires daily effort and upkeep. The importance of developing a proper oral health and maintenance routine has been proven to benefit not only your teeth and gums, but your overall health as well. The oral-systemic health link has gotten much more attention in news and literature, and there is good reason for it. The oral-systemic health link refers to the connection between oral health and overall systemic health, highlighting how the condition of your mouth can impact your overall well-being. Research has increasingly shown that oral health problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay, can have implications for various systemic conditions and diseases throughout the body. Let us at Swanson Dental Group in Reno, NV help explain what you can be doing to optimize your oral health.

Prevention is key! At Swanson Dental Group, we are focused on preventive dentistry over restorative dentistry whenever possible. Although incidents like trauma and infection will always be present in dentistry, diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease can be significantly mitigated with preventive dental practices. So why should you care? Because the cost and complexity of practicing regular preventive dental routines pales in comparison to the much higher expenses of restorative dental procedures. When there is a history of dental neglect, patients will require restorative dental treatment. These treatments may involve fillings, dental extractions, periodontal scaling and root planing, dental crowns, root canal procedures, etc., all of which can be time consuming, expensive and complex. The minimal time and effort involved in practicing good daily oral hygiene habits is well worth it!


Preventive Dentistry and Oral Health

Preventive dentistry plays a vital role in maintaining optimal oral health and preventing dental problems before they escalate. By prioritizing regular dental check-ups and cleanings, you can proactively identify and address potential issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections. Through comprehensive examinations, Dr. Swanson can detect early signs of dental problems, allowing for timely intervention and effective treatment. Preventative dentistry emphasizes patient education on proper oral hygiene practices, empowering you to take control of your dental well-being. By embracing preventative dental care in Reno NV, you can enjoy a healthy smile, reduce the need for costly treatments, and enhance your overall quality of life in the greater Reno area.


Steps For At-Home Preventive Dentistry

Incorporating effective at-home dental care practices is crucial for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing dental issues. Using the proper techniques to take care of your teeth by using an antimicrobial mouthwash, limiting sugary and acidic foods and beverages, as well as quitting smoking, are just some tips to help further promote good oral health. By following our simple yet essential at-home tips for good oral hygiene, you can safeguard your oral health, prevent dental problems, and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

Preventive dentistry includes activities that are performed both at home and at the dental office. At home, we recommend:

1. Brushing at least twice each day using proper brushing techniques. We recommend brushing for 2 minutes with a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. For more info on proper brushing techniques, see our article “Am I Brushing Too Hard?”

2. Flossing your teeth daily. This can help plaque and food partical removal, prevention of gum disease, cavity prevention, fresher breath and overall healthier gums.

3. Brushing or scraping your tongue daily. Your tongue can harbor bad bacteria, causing a multitude of issues in the mouth. Brushing or scraping your tongue daily has a lot of benefits including removal of bacteria and debris, improved oral hygiene, enhanced taste sensation and fresher breath.

4. Rinsing with mouthwash. Mouthwash can reach areas that you may have missed with brushing and flossing, promotes overall gum health and adds an extra layer of protection to your teeth.


In-Office Preventive Dental Care

At our dental office, a range of procedures are available to promote preventive dentistry and maintain optimal oral health. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential to detect early signs of dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections. Dr. Swanson may perform comprehensive examinations, including dental X-rays, to identify hidden issues. Additionally, dental sealants can be applied to protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth from decay. Professional fluoride treatments help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. By embracing these dentist office procedures for preventive dentistry, you can proactively care for your oral health, prevent future complications or health conditions, and enjoy a confident smile.

Some preventative dental care that Dr. Swanson may recommend at our Reno, NV dental office include:

1.  A minimum of 2 professional cleanings each year with our dental hygienist. Some patients may require additional dental cleanings, depending on their individual needs

2. Yearly checkup exams and x-rays

3. Application of fluoride varnish, as needed

4. Placement of dental sealants, as needed

5. Fabrication of a night guard or mouthguard, as needed


Ready To Take The Next Steps For Your Oral Health?

Maximizing the benefits of preventive dentistry and preventative dental care in Reno, NV begins with taking responsibility for your oral health. We are here to help you achieve optimal oral health and overall well-being, and your everyday commitment to good oral health practices is a critical part of that. By putting our recommendations for dentistry services into regular practice, we can better prevent gum disease and tooth decay, detect dental problems early, and minimize costly dental treatments. It’s never too late to start developing good habits to improve your dental health. Give us a call or stop by our Reno dental office if there is anything we can do to help!




Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Dental Crowns used?

Dental crowns are used for a myriad of reasons but are generally used when there is tooth damage, such as a broken tooth or cracked tooth, resulting from tooth decay or discoloration. Crowns are also commonly used after most root canal procedures to offer added strength and protection against future tooth fracture.  Dental crowns and veneers can be utilized simply to make aesthetic improvements to your smile. For example, if teeth are rotated, misshaped, asymmetric, damaged, discolored, etc., dental crowns and veneers could be an option to help achieve a more attractive smile. Crowns are also used to restore dental implants, which is an option for replacing a missing tooth on either front teeth or back teeth.

What’s the difference between Dental Crowns and Veneers?

Dental veneers are similar to dental crowns, except that they only cover the outward facing surfaces of the teeth, rather than the whole tooth, like crowns do. For this reason, veneers are used more often for cosmetic changes, rather than for repairing tooth damage and decay.

I’ve heard Dental Crowns are expensive, so can’t I just do a filling instead?

Usually, the extent of tooth damage is what determines whether a crown or a filling can be placed. If a tooth is severely damaged, has extensive decay or has a large filling that is failing, a dental crown may be the best long-term option for the tooth. In our Reno, NV office, Dr. Swanson always tries to recommend the most conservative option when it comes to dental treatment. Still, sometimes a dental crown is best suited for extending a tooth’s lifespan while maintaining the tooth structure. The cost of a dental crown or veneer will vary from office to office and depends on whether your dental insurance plan provides any financial help. The cost will also depend on which materials are used. If you are in need of a crown, all of these factors will be discussed upfront, so you are well aware of what to expect.  Dental crowns can be a wonderful long-term restoration, commonly lasting over 10 years when they are made with high-quality materials and well-maintained with proper care. 

What is involved with a dental crown procedure?

Many times, a dental crown procedure will take 2 visits. The first visit is longer and is when the bulk of the dental work is performed. Decay is removed from the tooth, the tooth is carefully prepared for a crown to fit over the top, and a detailed impression is taken. At the end of this first visit, you will be given a temporary crown to wear while your permanent crown is being made in a lab. The second visit is when your temporary crown is removed, and your custom permanent crown is checked and delivered. Local anesthetic is usually necessary for the first visit, but not always for the second. As technology in dentistry has improved over the years, dental crowns can be made in an in-office dental lab, which often allows for the crown to be completed in a single visit.Many people falsely assume that root canal therapy is necessary prior to a crown, but this is not the case. However, the reverse is often true: dental crowns are usually necessary following root canal therapy.

What is the difference between a Dental Crown and a Dental Bridge?

A crown is a restoration for a single tooth, whereas a bridge is a restoration for multiple teeth when a tooth is missing.  A bridge is like multiple crowns fused together and is one option for replacing a missing tooth.

How do I clean my Dental Crown(s)?

As with anything, crowns require good oral hygiene as well as professional cleanings and maintenance to last as long as possible. When a permanent crown is placed, we recommend brushing twice a day, flossing daily and routinely coming in for professional cleanings as directed by your dental team. This will allow us to check on how your dental work is holding up and offer suggestions if needed. If you have additional questions about dental crowns, veneers or any other dental treatments, give our Reno dental office a call, or stop into Swanson Dental Group, your local Reno dentist. We are here to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile that you can confidently display for years to come.

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