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Dentists Are Doctors, Too!

There are many kinds of doctors – Doctors of English, Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of Medicine, Dr. Pepper… (wink).

Of course, when we use the term doctor, we most often mean a physician or doctor of medicine. But did you know that dentists are doctors, too? Every doctor has a specialty, and a dentist’s specialty is oral health.

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The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Headaches in Las Vegas are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having your day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, we would like you to know about bruxism, or teeth grinding, a common condition that Las Vegas residents rarely know they have. At Wagner Dental, we love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life.

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Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Bleeding Gums

One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler & Dr. Rich Nelson would like everyone in Las Vegas to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums- should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? The truth about bleeding gums is they are a sign of infection and/or irritation and can lead to serious problems that go way beyond your mouth if left untreated. Please read this article and educate yourself on how to keep your family’s teeth and gums safe.

Gums Are Not Supposed to Bleed

No matter what you may have heard, gums are never supposed to bleed. If your gums are bleeding during brushing or flossing, it is likely because you have a mild form of gum disease, known as gingivitis. It may also be because you are brushing too hard or flossing too deep into the gum tissue. Whatever the reason, bleeding gums are a sign that something isn’t quite right with your dental hygiene routine and it may be time to see Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler & Dr. Rich Nelson. Read more ›

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Diabetes and Oral Health: What Your Dentist Sees

It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including in your mouth.  Consider that nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. who, according to the American Diabetes Association, [http://www.diabetes.org/] have diabetes. Las Vegas dentists, Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler & Dr. Rich Nelson want you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health.

When people with diabetes experience high glucose levels, those levels could also be helping bacteria thrive—causing major problems for their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths.

Because of the risk, it’s important that diabetics take extra special care of their teeth. People with diabetes have special oral care needs, so it’s vital that you share this information with your dentist.

Common dental conditions associated with diabetes are tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infection, delayed healing and more. Read more ›

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History of the Toothbrush

If you had to give up your toothbrush or your car, which would it be? According to a recent survey, 42 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens would rather turn in their keys, computer, cell phone, or microwave than get rid of their toothbrush. It seems that many Las Vegas residents love toothbrushes the way  do. We at Wagner Dental would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the history of the toothbrush and talk about how to pick the right one.

Did you know that toothbrushes were invented before soap, deodorant, and even toilets? The idea of the toothbrush is over 5,000 years old, although back then they were a lot different than what we have now. In ancient times, people used sticks, bones, and all manner of animal hair and products to brush their teeth and take care of their gums. The switch from animal hair to synthetic materials (for bristles) is fairly new, and mass production of toothbrushes has only existed for a couple of centuries. Read more ›

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Prevention vs. Treatment of Oral Health

The World Health Organization defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Sadly, in our fast-paced culture, many of us settle for less-than-healthy or even truly sick conditions every day. We allow ourselves to be tired, achy, stressed, and in pain more often than not. Why? Because it’s hard to prioritize our long-term health in a world of so many immediate needs competing for our attention. But long-term health is actually the most important need of all. Without our health, we won’t truly be able to enjoy life or contribute to a greater good.

Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Cannon, Dr. Lawler & Dr. Nelson offer a few points on how to seek wellness and prevent oral health problems before they even start.

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Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

We’ve all had a toothache at some point at some point or another. While you should always consult your Las Vegas dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Las Vegas residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Cannon, Dr. Lawler, or Dr. Nelson to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Cannon, Dr. Lawler, and Dr. Nelson at Wagner Dental would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!

Pulling Teeth isn’t like “Pulling Teeth” Anymore

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The Oral-Systemic Link: Risk Factors for Tooth Decay

Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler & Dr. Richard Nelson in Las Vegas is here to tell you more!

Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, and most heart attacks (and 85% of strokes) are caused by cholesterol build-up – aka plaque.

But there is good news. You can work with your Las Vegas dentist and your doctor to understand and minimize your risk factors for developing plaque and tooth decay. Read more ›

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DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

If you are looking for a dentist in Las Vegas, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50. Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Wagner Dental, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler & Dr. Richard Nelson

The Difference Between DDS and DMD

You have the right to know what training your health care professionals have received so that you can choose the best fit for your needs. Most Las Vegas folks know there are specialties in dental medicine, such as orthodontics (braces), periodontics (gums), and cosmetics, but what about the degrees? Don’t worry, Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler & Dr. Richard Nelson have even known dentists that are still confused about this. Read more ›

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Why You Should Know About Diabetes

You have probably heard of diabetes, but did you know that it affects more than seven million people and they aren’t even aware of it? According to the American Diabetes Association, three people will be diagnosed with diabetes during the minute it takes to read this paragraph. If diabetes hasn’t touched your life, you may think you’re safe, but Dr. Ron Wagner, Dr. Kent Wagner, Dr. Rich Cannon, Dr. Tom Lawler & Dr. Richard Nelson want all Las Vegas residents to know what it is, how to diagnose it, and how to protect yourself. Your health is important to us at Wagner Dental, so please read this article to find out how diabetes can harm your body AND your mouth.

Diabetes: an American Epidemic

Diabetes has cost so many Americans their lives it now ranks as a leading cause of death and disability. It represents a massive burden on our healthcare system and more than ¾ of a million new sufferers are diagnosed each year. So what is this mass murdering disease? Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from producing and/or properly using insulin. According to the American Diabetes Association, this results in dangerously high levels of and uncontrollable fluctuations in blood glucose. Read more ›

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