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Posts for: March, 2017

By Z Dentistry
March 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.

By Z Dentistry
March 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns are used for cosmetic and functional purposes. They can improve the appearance of less than perfect teeth or strengthen dental crownsones that have become damaged. Dental crowns are custom made to fit over an existing tooth like a cap or protective shell. Once installed, dental crowns look just like natural teeth so no one has to know you have them. At Z Dentistry, dental crowns are placed by Dr. George Zatarain, your Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist.

How Dental Crowns Help

Cosmetically, dental crowns can conceal imperfections, such as cracks, discoloration or misshaped teeth. Dental crowns can also be used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down and lost the ability to bite and chew properly. Most back teeth require a crown after a root canal because the tooth can dry out and break once the root is removed.  Following placement of a dental crown, normal tooth functioning is restored.

Crowns are recommended to:

  • Protect a tooth after a root canal
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Hold a cracked tooth
  • Covering a tooth that is oddly shaped
  • As part of a dental implant
  • Securing a dental bridge in place

Placing Dental Crowns

A variety of materials can be used to create dental crowns, such as porcelain, ceramic, resin or metal. Dental crowns are custom made for each patient. Your Reno cosmetic dentist will first create a mold of your existing tooth that will be used to create crowns that fit perfectly. The crowns will also be color matched to your existing teeth so that they blend in with your other teeth. A dental cement is used to permanently affix the crowns in place. With proper care, your dental crowns can last a lifetime.

Dental crowns can be used to improve both the appearance and functioning of your teeth. Whether you wish to conceal imperfections or restore normal tooth function, dental crowns can help.

To find out if dental crowns are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zatarain, your Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist, by calling Z Dentistry at (775) 331-1616.


Since the discovery a century ago of its beneficial effect on tooth enamel, fluoride has become an important part of tooth decay prevention. It's routinely added to toothpaste and other hygiene products, and many water utilities add minute amounts of it to their drinking water supplies. Although there have been questions about its safety, multiple studies over the last few decades have eased those concerns.

Children especially benefit from fluoride during their teeth's developing years. Some children are at high risk for decay, especially an aggressive form known as Early Childhood Caries (ECC). ECC can destroy primary (baby) teeth and cause children to lose them prematurely. This can have an adverse effect on incoming permanent teeth, causing them to erupt in the wrong positions creating a bad bite (malocclusion).

For children at high risk for decay, dentists often recommend applying topical fluoride directly to the teeth as added protection against disease. These concentrations of fluoride are much higher than in toothpaste and remain on the teeth for much longer. Topical applications have been shown not only to reduce the risk of new cavities, but to also stop and reverse early decay.

Children usually receive these applications during an office visit after their regular dental cleaning. There are three different ways to apply it: gel, foam or varnish. To prevent swallowing some of the solution (which could induce vomiting, headache or stomach pain) the dentist will often insert a tray similar to a mouth guard to catch any excess solution. Varnishes and a few gels are actually painted on the teeth.

The American Dental Association has intensely studied the use of topical fluoride and found its application can result in substantial decreases in cavities and lost teeth. They've concluded this benefit far outweighs the side effects from ingesting the solution in children six years and older. With proper precautions and waiting to eat for thirty minutes after an application, the possibility of ingestion can be reduced even further.

While topical fluoride can be effective, it's only one part of a good dental care strategy for your child. Consistent daily brushing and flossing, a nutritious diet low in added sugar, and regular dental visits still remain the backbone of preventive care.

If you would like more information on fluoride applications for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.