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Common Myths About Oral Health and Maintaining a Healthy Smile

Your oral health plays an important role for your overall health but because of the internet it’s possible to learn some information that may not be the most accurate. There are many dangerous myths about how to care for your gums and teeth that can have detrimental impact to your well being. As your dentists at Hospitality Dental, we want to provide you with the most accurate information about your oral health. Here are some of the more common myths we hear about oral health that could be putting your teeth and gums in danger.

Myth: Brushing your teeth harder will clean them deeper and faster.

False. Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of good oral health, but scrubbing with all of your might is not necessary and actively harmful to your teeth. When brushing your teeth, use gentle circular or back-and-forth motions across the surfaces of your teeth, while resisting the urge to dig in and scrub with your full strength. Brushing your teeth too hard will actually cause the enamel of your teeth to erode, which will lead to tooth sensitivity and leave your teeth much more vulnerable to cavities. Treat your teeth with care by selecting a soft-bristled toothbrush and easing up on the pressure you use to when brushing.

Myth: You should stop flossing if it makes your gums bleed.

False and this is a sign of bigger issue. Bleeding gums are a symptom of gum disease in many people. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria build up on the gums, causing inflammation and tenderness. If you or your dentist detect gum disease early enough, you can usually treat it by maintaining a deep-cleaning oral hygiene routine. But in more advanced cases, your dentist will often recommend professional care to treat gum disease. If you leave gum disease untreated, it can lead to loosening or the loss of teeth. So try to contact or visit your dentist as soon as possible. Most importantly, don’t stop flossing! Flossing helps maintain good oral hygiene.

Myth: If your teeth are white, they are healthy.

False again. The color of your teeth is not an accurate or clear indicator of your dental health. Thanks to whitening treatments, teeth can look bright and white while still suffering from hidden problems like decay, enamel erosion, and more. The best way to check on your oral health is by visiting your dentist for a dental check-up. They will be able to look beyond your white smile and take a deeper look into potential issues you could be having.  

Myth: Flossing can create spaces between your teeth.

Not a chance. Flossing has never been reported by any dental study to create spaces between your teeth. In fact, flossing helps prevent decay between your teeth and reduces the chance of developing increasing your spacing. When you floss, you are removing food debris nestled around and between your teeth and gums, which helps keep them healthy and removes harmful bacteria. It may sometimes be difficult to floss if you have plaque and/or tartar buildup in between and behind your teeth. If you experience this issue, talk with a dental professional that can provide options and help remove the buildup with a professional teeth cleaning. This will help make it easier for you to establish a successful flossing routine.

Myth: Children with baby teeth don’t have to fill cavities.

False again. Baby teeth are very important in developing children and neglecting their care presents a serious danger to a child’s teeth and gums. They can become damaged or fall out prematurely. If not addressed right away, cavities in baby teeth can also cause tooth loss prematurely resulting in a gap. If this happens, a dentist can make an artificial space maintainer until the permanent tooth grows in. To maintain natural spacing keep those baby teeth healthy.

Myth: Deteriorating oral health is natural with age.

False. While aging can change your dental health, those who take care of their teeth during childhood and through their adult years will still have healthy teeth in their senior age. Vice versa, just because you are young and otherwise healthy, it does not mean you don’t need to take care of your teeth. In many cases, adults in their 20’s to 30’s may be suffering from severe dental decay that may require the use of dentures or dental implants. Oral hygiene is important no matter how old or young you are, so continue to brush and floss throughout your entire life to keep your mouth healthy.


Educate Yourself on Dental Facts, Cut Out the Myth

When studying options for your own dental hygiene and oral health, always remember to double check your sources and speak with your dentist about the studied facts of keeping a healthy smile.

If you want a dental provider that can give you clear and precise information when you need it, Hospitality Dental invites you to call or contact our Las Vegas, NV office today. We have staff available at all office hours to help you with any questions or inquiries you may have.

Questions or Appointments: 702) 933-7275
Appointment Online Booking: https://hospitalitydentallv.com/#book_apt

Give yourself the best smile you can have in life, contact Hospitality Dental today.


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Guide to Maintaining Braces

When it comes to braces, we realize that most of our patients can’t wait to get them off. Especially once they’ve realized they’ve committed to a treatment that normally takes a couple months. This is why at Hospitality Dental we have created this guide to help our patients with braces understand which habits and foods to avoid in order to prevent the brackets from breaking, which would result in a longer treatment.

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Here are some basic tips that you can use in your daily life that will help your braces work to the best of their ability.

Avoid Bad Habits

We find that some of the common causes for loose or broken brackets include: fingernail biting, chewing on hard objects e.g. pens, and eating sticky or hard snacks e.g. caramel apples. Remember, the more you damage you braces, the more time and money you will have to invest. Try to avoid bad habits with your teeth and make sure you protect your braces.

Eat Soft and Small Foods

Certain foods are not the most ideal when it comes to braces. Particularly hard foods that are hard to bite into as they also tend to break the brackets. Loose food particles can create bacteria and eventually turn into plaque. If you want to make sure your braces stay clean and food doesn’t damage your teeth stick to softer foods as much as possible. If you end up needing to eat hard food, simply cut the food into bite-sized pieces in order to reduce damage to your teeth and remember to always brush afterwards, especially in between the brackets.

Don’t Take Shortcuts

When wearing braces, make sure you:

·  Always keep your elastics on; only remove them when you’re going to eat. This also includes snacking.

·  Brush and floss thoroughly, consistently brush your teeth three times a day and floss after you eat.

·  Don’t skip appointments! When your dentist schedules an appointment for a check-up or to change your wires, always set time aside to make sure you can make your appointment. As skipping appointments also can extend the length of your treatment.

Contact Info for Hospitality Dental

For more information about dental braces or to schedule an appointment contact our office at (702) 933-7275 or visit
https://hospitalitydentallv.com/#book_apt


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Benefits of Getting Regular Dental Check-Ups and Teeth Cleanings

We all love that fresh, clean feeling after we visit our dentist for a teeth cleaning. But, regular dental check-ups provide many more health benefits such as helping prevent serious health issues including oral cancer, heart disease, strokes and much more.

Here are a few things that the dentists at Hospitality Dental will be looking for at each teeth cleaning & oral exam.

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Early Signs of Oral Cancer

Our dentists can see the early signs of oral cancer during oral exams.  Most of these types of oral cancers can be cured if detected early. During your dental checkups, your dentist and hygienist do a thorough examination of your mouth. Along with your dental checkups, you should look for the following signs that will help prevent oral cancer:

  • Oral sore that keeps bleeding and doesn’t heal
  • If you have trouble chewing, swallowing, moving your jaw or tongue
  • Any color change in your mouth
  • You have a lump or thickening of mouth tissue
  • You have pain or numbness in your mouth

Gum Disease & Heart Disease

There is a strong link between gum disease and heart disease. In fact, gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease by as much as two or three times. It increases the risk because the inflammation of your gums along with the bacteria could lead to narrowing of your arteries.

Seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings will prevent the buildup of plaque. Which will help prevent the gum disease that could put you at risk for a serious heart issue.  

Signs of gum disease you should be on the lookout for:

  • Having bad breath
  • Your gums bleed easily
  • Your gums are red, swollen or tender
  • You have a buildup of plaque along the gumline
  • You have loose teeth, or your teeth are moving

 Dental X-Rays

A part of your regular dental checkups includes x-rays.  X-rays detect problems such as broken fillings, cavities, or fractures in your teeth just to name a few. When your dentist sees an issue starting they are able to fix it before it becomes a more advanced dental problem which can lead to much bigger dental issues like the loss of a tooth.

Hospitality Dental has been providing the best dental care in the Las Vegas area for years.  We work hard to provide every patient with a friendly and welcoming environment.  We take your comfort as seriously as we take your health.

 Along with regular dental care, we provide a range of specialty dental services including:

  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • Braces
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Wisdom tooth removal

Give us a call at (702) 933-7275 to set up your next dental cleaning and checkup.  Our experienced team is on hand to make your smile last a lifetime.


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What are the Differences Between Dental Implants and Dentures?

When your teeth are damaged the discomfort or pain can be agonizing. You can’t enjoy eating and you may feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. At Hospitality Dental, our dentists are dedicated to providing patients with several solutions to restore their damaged teeth. While there are several options to choose from based on how many teeth are damaged for the sake of this discussion  we’ll focus on the two options, dental implants and dentures. There are major differences between dental implants and dentures which are further explained below. 

What are Dentures?

Dentures are an appliance designed to restore a full jaw of missing or damaged teeth. They are often recommended to patients with multiple failing teeth as they can cover the entire arch instead of replacing each tooth one by one. Modern dentures are designed to restore a patient’s smile by providing them with a beautiful and aesthetically appealing look while also giving them  back the function they once had with their natural teeth.

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Dentures are often removable and use suction with a snug fit around the arch to stay in place. At first, dentures may feel strange to have and require some practice applying and removing, but many of our patients learn to live with their dentures in a few months and appreciate the instant restoration of their smiles.

Some other things to think about if you’re choosing dentures:

  1. Quality of life can be comprised as certain foods are more difficult or impossible to eat and they need to take them out at night for cleaning.
  2. Dentures need continual adjusting – when there is no root structure in place bone loss occurs in the jaw causing the dentures to become loose and painful.
  3. Initial cost of dentures is lower than All-On-Four Dental implants, but in the long run the aesthetics, lifestyle and maintaining the integrity of the jaw bone and constant Dental visits – may have a higher dollar value.

What are Dental Implants? Dental implants are now the standard of care for a missing tooth or if you’re missing all your teeth there’s a dental implant solution that “roots” the dentures in place greatly improving the quality of life of a denture wearer.  The base of the implant that acts as the root of your new tooth is a titanium anchor that is attached and bonded to the jawbone. Once the anchor is fully bonded, a porcelain crown made to mimic your original tooth is attached to the base. Your new implant then looks, functions, and feels just like a natural tooth. A single dental implant or All-On-Four dental implants are solutions that can last a lifetime, improve your smile and maintain the health of your bone where the implant is placed.

Dental Implants in Las Vegas

Another great advantage of dental implants is they do not involve any modifications to healthy teeth.  Unlike bridges or dentures where the opposing teeth need to be extracted or compromised by placing the crowns in order to create the “bridge” over the missing tooth area.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Las Vegas, we encourage you to contact Hospitality Dental today for a consultation and appointment.


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