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Posts for: March, 2015

By Z Dentistry
March 25, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Let's say you happen to be sitting on a plane next to supermodel Bar Refaeli, who was recently voted #1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list. You're a little nervous, but you want to make a good impression. What's the first thing she's going to look at? Your expensive suit? Your sculpted torso? How about — your smile!

“Teeth are the first thing I look at,” explained the glamorous cover girl in a Maxim interview. “A nice smile with beautiful teeth is the most attractive thing.”

We wholeheartedly agree. But, of course, not everyone is lucky enough to be born with a perfect set of teeth. What to do then?

“Let's just say that with today's orthodontists, I don't understand why people wouldn't fix them,” Refaeli stated. Need we say more?

The Israeli supermodel, who has appeared in several Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, knows what she's talking about. Refaeli started modeling as a young child, but had to put her career on hold for a few years while she got braces. When they came off, at age 11, she began her steady climb to the top of the modeling business.

Plenty of aspiring actors and models — as well as regular folks — get braces as children. But if you're serious about improving your smile, it's never too late to have orthodontic treatment. For adults, there are many options available in addition to the standard metal appliances.

Colorless ceramic braces offer a less noticeable way to correct misaligned teeth. Made of high-tech materials that resist staining, their translucent appearance blends so well with the look of your natural teeth that it can be hard to tell you're wearing them.

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that are worn 20-22 hours per day. They consist of a series of precision-made, transparent “trays” that gradually straighten your teeth over a period of time. Best of all, you can remove them for special occasions — like meeting a supermodel.

Which type of orthodontic treatment is best for you? Why not come in for a consultation and find out! Working together, we can evaluate your situation and develop an effective, individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”

By Z Dentistry
March 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Cleanings  

Spring is the time of year to scrub off the winter doldrums and get a fresh, clean look in time for summer. There's no easier way to brighten your smile than with a thorough dental cleaning. If your mouth hasn't seen a dentist since before the fall, schedule an appointment with your dentist today to get a spring tooth cleaning.

The Benefits of Regular Dental CleaningsTeeth Cleaning

1. Plaque and Tartar Removal

Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove all the plaque and tartar buildup that accumulates on the teeth. Your dentist has special tools that help them see and access plaque and tartar your tooth brush can't reach.

2. Early Detection of Problems

Just because your teeth look clean and don't hurt, don't assume there aren't cavities or other problems lurking below the surface. The earlier your dentist can catch the signs of tooth decay, the easier (and cheaper) those problems are to solve. Your dentist will also check for signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and other serious conditions that may develop over time.

3. A Bright, White Smile

A simple routine visit to your dentist can help remove food and drink stains from your teeth. A whitening isn't always necessary to have a brighter smile. Sometimes cleaner teeth will do the trick.

4. For Overall Physical Health

Many people don't realize that our oral health is tied to our overall physical health. Gum disease can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke. An abscess or infection could lead to very serious physical ailments such as sepsis. Catching oral health issues before they turn into disease and infection can help you stay in good physical and oral health.

If it's been awhile since you've seen your dentist, schedule an appointment for a spring dental cleaning. Z Dentistry is your general and cosmetic dentist in Reno, NV offering Saturday hours to meet your needs. Whether you had a visit six months ago or six years ago, brighten your smile with a routine dental cleaning this spring


Every February, the American Dental Association sponsors a campaign called National Children’s Dental Health Month. The purpose of this operation is to raise awareness about how important it is to get an early start on developing good dental hygiene habits — and how this can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. So we thought this might be a good time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how to do exactly that:

When is it time to start cleaning my baby’s teeth?
As soon as you see one! The earlier your child gets used to a daily dental hygiene routine, the better. Baby teeth that have not fully emerged from beneath the gums can be wiped with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings. A tooth that has grown in completely should be brushed twice daily (once in the morning and once in the evening) with a soft, child-sized tooth brush and a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is an important weapon against tooth decay, but you don’t want your child to swallow too much.

Can babies get cavities?
Absolutely — especially if they are allowed to fall asleep routinely with a bottle filled with anything but water. Milk, formula — even breast milk — all contain sugars that should not be left to pool around your baby’s teeth during sleep, facilitating decay. Juice is an even bigger no-no because it is not only sugary but also acidic.

Can’t I give my child sweets once in a while?
We realize total avoidance of sweets may not be realistic, as beneficial as this would be for your child’s teeth. If you are going to allow your child to have sweets once in a while, better that the treat be given immediately following a meal, and not as a between-meal snack. Soda should really be avoided completely — it’s that bad.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
The experts say: Get it done in year one. That’s right — even though your child won’t have many teeth by age 1, there’s a lot we can do at that first visit to ensure good oral health now and well into the future. We will do everything possible to make sure your little one has a positive first experience in the dental chair; this helps set the tone for the many important preventive visits yet to come. It’s also a great opportunity for you to ask any specific questions you may have, and receive hands-on instruction on how to care for your child’s teeth and gums.

If you would like more information about children’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Taking the Stress Out of Dentistry for Kids” and “Age One Dental Visit.”

By Dr. George Zatarain
March 03, 2015
Tags: tooth decay   Decay   Dental Cavities   Nutrition  

Diet and Tooth Decay

The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a directly effect tooth decay, depending upon:

  • The form of the food—liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve
  • How often you eat Sugary or Acidic foods and beverages
  • The nutritional makeup of the food.
  • The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them. 
  • Medical conditions you may have, such as gastrointestinal reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weaken teeth.

The bacteria in your mouth use carbohydrates for food.  When you cut back on sugar and other simple carbohydrates you reduce your cavity risk. 

Read food labels to determine the amount of added sugar. Ingredients are listed on the label by weight.  If one of the following items is listed in the top 5 ingredients, it’s a good bet that food is high in sugar.

Another tip for spotting sources of sugar—terms ending in “-ose” indicate a sugar ingredient.

Here are some common added sugars:

  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cane sugar
  • confectioners' or powdered sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • raw sugar 
  • corn sweeteners 
  • corn syrup 
  • crystallized cane sugar
  • maltose
  • fructose
  • sucrose
  • glucose 
  • dextrin 
  • evaporated cane juice
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • honey
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • invert sugar
  • syrup
  • malt syrup
  • maple syrup
  • molasses