Monday, 23 April 2018

Six Month Smiles

Straight Teeth in Six Months or Less

Adult cosmetic braces can help you develop an attractive smile, rapidly and comfortably. If your teeth have large spaces, or are crowded and overlapped, Six Month Smiles™, in most cases, can work a correction in six months or less. This is done by gradually moving the teeth that are noticeable in your smile to a more preferred position. Not only can this be achieved in a short amount of time, it's also much more comfortable than conventional metal braces. And you can barely see them because clear or white-colored bands are used.
We also offer an oral appliance known as the Inman Aligner™. This unit is comparable to a retainer that is effortlessly removable and lets you to eat and drink whatever you wish during treatment, and brushing and flossing are no problem! With this inexpensive alternative, it is feasible to straighten the teeth in the front of your mouth in three months or less!
Get the smile you've always aspired to and have strikingly, straight teeth in months instead of years!
de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Friday, 20 April 2018

Are you at risk for oral cancer? Learn to perform a self-exam.

Watch American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons's video on "Are you at risk for oral cancer? Learn to perform a self-exam.'


The above video is found on the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons YouTube Channel.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Monday, 16 April 2018

Mini Dental Implants

New Breakthrough Provides a Solution for Loose, Slipping Dentures

Has reduced bone density blocked you from obtaining the implants you really wanted? Are you exasperated with dentures that shift, slide, or wander, and you would prefer the strength and stability of implants if they were possible? If so, you will be excited to learn about the relatively recent breakthrough known as mini implants. Mini implants firmly anchor your dentures, abolishing slippage and trapped food. They can also be employed to replace one missing tooth, can be done in a single visit, and are essentially painless. In fact, you can look forward to eating regular foods the same day you obtain them. They can often be located where regular implants cannot, so it is feasible for you to receive the benefits of mini implants even if you are not a candidate for regular implants.
de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Friday, 13 April 2018

Are you at risk for oral cancer? Learn the facts.

Watch American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons's video on "Are you at risk for oral cancer? Learn the facts.'


The above video is found on the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons YouTube Channel.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Monday, 9 April 2018

Regular Dental Hygiene Visits

The Importance of Hygiene Visits

An important motivation to visit your dentist should be to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Plaque and tartar accumulate on teeth over time, wreaking havoc. Plaque is sticky. But normally, regular brushing can eradicate the bulk of it. The concern is for leftover plaque, which solidifies into tartar. This falls outside the scope of your standard toothbrush and floss in terms of removal. Tartar amasses below the gumline as well as on the surface of your teeth, triggering the growth of bacteria that produce gum disease. Modern research indicates a definite link between untreated gum disease and other life-threatening conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If you don't remove plaque, you're taking a serious risk with your continued well-being. Having your teeth cleaned routinely is one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy!

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 3 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. Itís estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Sunlight 
People who have jobs working outside are more prone to developing lip cancer and should use UV protection.











Diet 
Poor nutrition also may put you at risk for developing oral cancer. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of developing oral cancer, so add more color to your plate! 
 










To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 2 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. Itís estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Tobacco 
Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco use increases your risk dramatically. Smoking can cause oral cancer, as well as cancer in other parts of the body. Pipe smokers are also at a higher risk for developing cancer in their lips. Smokeless tobacco, like chew, can lead to many issues in your mouth, the most serious being cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips.











Alcohol 
According to the American Cancer Society, 7 of 10 oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an average of two drinks a day or more for men and an average of more than one drink a day for women. If you are a heavy drinker and a heavy smoker, your chances of developing oral cancer increase significantly.  











Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) 
The sexually transmitted disease is now associated with about 9,000 cases of head and neck cancer (specifically those occurring at the back of the tongue, in or around the tonsils) diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the CDC. People who are diagnosed with HPV-related head and neck cancer tend to be younger and nonsmokers. People with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of death or recurrence, even though these cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage because it develops in difficult-to-detect areas.  











To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Treatment of Abscessed Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about the treatment of abscessed teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Friday, 23 March 2018

Teeth Whitening Dentist

Teeth Whitening – Dazzling Results in Just One Visit!

Professional-strength whitening is the only surefire way to get your teeth their truest white, which is why Dr. de Bruin utilizes Philips ZOOM!™ whitening. You may have seen this product on television. With just one application, you can experience brilliantly white teeth, without blemishes or discoloration. And the results can last for years!
If you need only moderate whitening, we also offer custom whitening trays made in our own lab. After the initial visit, you will receive supplies and instructions to finish the process at home. This technique is safe and effective. Results become visible in 1 - 14 days.
de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 1 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. Itís estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them. Read on to find out the top risk factors.
 










Gender 
Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer. The American Cancer Society attributes this to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use by men, but says more men of a younger age are being diagnosed with HPV-related forms of oral cancer.
 










Age 
Most people who are diagnosed with oral cancer are 55 or older, according to the American Cancer Society. HPV-related oral cancers, however, are often diagnosed in people who are younger.  












To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Learn what the American Dental Association has to about the importance of brushing and flossing daily.

 
The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Friday, 16 March 2018

Dental Digital Xrays

75% Reduction in Radiation

Dr. de Bruin works with the cutting edge in X-ray technology. Digital images of your mouth are captured by inserting a special sensor. The results are then downloaded straight into our computer. We can also see your complete mouth as one image, including the upper and lower jaws, using our panoramic digital X-ray machine. This way Dr. de Bruin can immediately begin gauging the current state of your oral health, starting with the bone structure. Plus, all the data can be conveniently stored and later overlaid with more current X-rays to make your treatment advances more apparent, along with overall changes to your dental health. Not only do these techniques permit us more options than conventional X-rays, but they do it all while subjecting you to 75% less radiation than traditional captures and using no harmful developing chemicals.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Wisdom Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about wisdom teeth.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Friday, 9 March 2018

Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke

Medical research has disclosed a startling truth: gum disease, stroke, and heart disease are connected. Since heart disease is typically fatal, clearly gum disease warrants serious concern. The American Dental Association has stated that 80 percent of all Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other illness, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be proclaimed as an epidemic! Most dentists believe this should be the case, but they also realize that gum disease has never be labeled as an epidemic because "no one ever dies from it." The worst is that you lose your teeth. Not ideal – but certainly not life threatening. But that mind-set is changing.
The American Academy of Periodontology released the following statement: "Studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases." Periodontal disease is attributed to a bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria inhabit your soft tissue and slide right into your bloodstream – straight to your heart.
de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS  
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A 
Reno, NV 89511  
(775) 826-1838  
deBruinSmiles.com

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing-the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health.

Diet and Tooth Decay
The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon: 

  • The form of the food-whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve makes a difference. 
  • How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink 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.

How Snacking Affects Your Dental Health
For dental health, it’s recommended that people limit eating and drinking between meals. Of course, sometimes eating between meals must happen. Unfortunately, most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks; foods that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts-for your overall health and the health of your teeth. Did you know that certain foods can put you at risk for cavities and other dental health problems? Here are some MouthHealthy tips.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • Recommended Nutritional Guidelines
  • Foods That Harm Your Dental Health
  • Sugar and Your Dental Health
  • How Sugar Substitutes Affect Your Teeth
  • 4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cavities

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Saturday, 24 February 2018

5 Reasons Your Smile Is Stronger Than You Think

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

The right smile can leave you laughing, fill you with joy or make you melt with emotion. But, ultimately, the best smile is one that is healthy and strong. Here are some of the “tooth truths” about how tough your teeth really are ñ and how to keep them that way.

1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body.
The shiny, white enamel that covers your teeth is even stronger than bone. This resilient surface is 96 percent mineral, the highest percentage of any tissue in your body - making it durable and damage-resistant.    

2. Your bite is powerful!
Did you know your teeth can exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down? That’s probably what tempts us to use our teeth as tools from time to time ñ but as your dentist will remind you, that’s one of the worst habits when it comes to preserving healthy teeth.    

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • Teeth can last for hundreds of years
  • Strong as they are, teeth can't heal on their own
  • Healthy teeth have the power to resist decay, but they need our help

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth?

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation-including sparkling water-has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).

So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?
According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth-and here's why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth. 

Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water-and Protecting Your Teeth

  • Sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too-it’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can put you at a higher risk of cavities). 
  • Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that does increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
  • Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can contribute to your risk of developing cavities. So remember-sparkling or not-plain water is always the best choice.

de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Orthodontics

Orthodontics Dentist Reno NV
Engineering Straighter Teeth with Physiologic Orthodontics

Regular orthodontics can include straightening teeth and aligning the smile; however, it can be somewhat limiting if there are other problems to be corrected. Physiologic orthodontics can correct what regular orthodontics can fix, and also correct other conditions such as airway and breathing problems, tongue habits, gummy smiles, flat and retruded faces, poor lip support, posture problems, head and neck pain and other health problems. Physiologic orthodontics treats the big picture of the bite, facial development, posture, and airway to give a long-lasting, stable smile and a beautiful face. Please see "Can mouth breathing hurt my health?" in our FAQ.

Orthodontics normally entails the use of metal or possibly ceramic braces. Constant, stable pressure in the direction of required change alters the position of teeth over time. Here's what happens: Stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic brackets are attached to the tooth. These brackets act as handles to which other components are joined to shift your tooth in various directions. A thin metal wire known as an archwire links each bracket. Using tension, the archwire exerts pressure on your teeth to move them into position. Colorful (or clear) elastic bands are stretched to secure the archwires to the brackets. As adjustments are made, archwires of assorted diameters are tensioned and ligature elastics are swapped.
These days even traditional braces offer a variety of choices. For example, self-ligating braces require no elastic ligature bands. Instead, a special type of bracket is used that holds the archwires in place. Lingual braces are applied to the back side of teeth to render them invisible to observation. Yet another option is clear braces. These brackets are made of clear or tooth-colored ceramic with tensioning provided by similarly colored archwires and ligature elastics.

Regardless of the particular style, orthodontics permit Dr. de Bruin to employ more control over how your teeth are straightened. More intricate corrections can be done using this method. Because these types of braces can't be readily removed and are continually monitored, there is less chance of problems developing by failure to wear the right aligner for the specified amount of time. Each person is unique and will require a different amount of correction, so the total time needed will vary by patient.


de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Children's Dentistry

Kids Dental Care in Reno NV
We Care About Kids!

At de Bruin Dental Center, we work to alleviate your child's concerns before starting any kind of treatment. You can be confident that your child will benefit from the latest improvements in children's dentistry – practices intended to diminish their time in the chair, delivered with caring, thoughtfulness, and compassion. We love encouraging proper dental care routines, and look forward to coaching your children on how to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime. Bring them in for their first dental visit when they cut their first tooth, and see why our many happy parents declare our office a fun place their children love to visit. Whether you have an anxious two-year-old or a rowdy three-year-old, we are here to help you. 


de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep and body health
Always Tired? The Importance of Getting the Rest You Need to Maintain Good Health
 
Adequate rest and sleep are central to your overall health. You require sleep the same way you require air, water, and food. It is critical that your brain and body have the rest they demand to re-boot every single day. Lack of sleep can afflict your heart by overburdening the muscle with excessive strain and stress. Heart attacks, strokes, cardiovascular disease, and – in severe circumstances – death have all been associated with sleep disorders.

Your body, especially your heart, collects stress throughout the day. When you ultimately rest at night, your heart slows down and starts to decompress, releasing the stresses it has amassed. Your blood pressure decreases, and the pace of age-related disease contributors drops considerably. Your body needs this time to recoup and gain enough energy to face another day. In sleep, your brain and body rejuvenate themselves. You can curtail illnesses such as obesity, hypertension, memory loss, and diabetes. Please see "Can mouth breathing hurt my health?" in our FAQ


de Bruin Dental Center   
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS   
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A  
Reno, NV 89511   
(775) 826-1838   
deBruinSmiles.com

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Reno NV

Dental Care in a Relaxing Environment

Even though Dr. de Bruin takes great care and strives to deliver painless injections, some people are inherently nervous at even the thought of a needle. If you or a loved one shudders with anxiety at even the mention of the word "dentist," we have a simple solution.

One hour prior your appointment, you take a pill that we have dispensed to you. It will allow you to reach a level of sedation that permits you to answer questions but essentially sleep through your complete visit. This is perfect for fearful people or those who have a demanding schedule and who want to get all their treatment done in a single visit.


de Bruin Dental Center  
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS  
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A 
Reno, NV 89511  
(775) 826-1838  
deBruinSmiles.com

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Implant Dentistry

 Implant Dentistry in Reno NV

Why Not 'Grow' New Ones?

Dental implants are a great solution for replacing missing teeth. From the visible part of your smile, to the back molars, where they provide chewing stability for a full range of foods, implants can help you regain an attractive and healthy smile. Unlike bridges or removable dentures, which rest on top of the gums, dental implants are located under the gums. The "tooth" situated on an implant looks life-like, because it pushes through the gums just like the original did – it's like growing a new tooth!

Implants can be used to restore any number of absent teeth. Even people with no teeth can take advantage of implants, because they can swap their dentures for teeth that don't shift when they talk and don't require removal at night. Because Dr. de Bruin does the entire process – from the 3-D cone beam digital X-ray images, to creating the drilling and placement plan using "virtual surgery" software on his computer, to the actual placement of the implant and then the crown – you'll rarely need to be referred to another practice.


de Bruin Dental Center  
Tomas G. de Bruin, DDS  
631 Sierra Rose Drive, Suite A 
Reno, NV 89511  
(775) 826-1838  
deBruinSmiles.com