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Gum Disease & Inflammation

May 18th, 2017

Studies continue to connect periodontitis (gum disease) with other health issues. The connections are not always clear, but continuing research indicates that people with diseases that include a chronic inflammatory state also tend to have a higher incidence of gum disease.
For example, in the general population, endometriosis-a chronic inflammatory disease-affects up to 25% of women, but when you look at a population of women with gum disease, the rate of endometriosis increases in nearly 70%! Is it a casual relationship? That we don't know yet, but we do know that if you have gum disease-also a chronic inflammatory disease-your chance of having other health issues increases significantly.
So what can you do? Keep a diligent daily routine of brushing at least twice and flossing. Also ensure that you schedule and keep your regular continuing care dental appointments every 6 months. Call us today at 402-718-8737 to schedule your dental cleaning and exam.

Sizzlin' Summer Giveaway

April 28th, 2017

We are sure the weather will warm up and the rain will stop, leaving way for fun summer BBQ gatherings. We have the perfect way to entertain family and friends with this Traeger Texas Elite Grill, $100 Omaha Steak Gift card and basket of backyard fun and games (Total Value $1250).
Ways to enter to win:
1) Refer a friend/family member for 1 entry
2) Refer 2 friends/family members for 3 entries
3) Refer 3 friends/family members for 6 entries
4) Refer 4 or more friends and family members and receive an additional 3 entries for every referral
5) Submit an in office video testimonial for 5 entries

Contest runs April 1st through June 30th! If you have questions please don't hesitate to give us a call at 402-718-8737.

Dry Mouth

April 16th, 2017

Saliva is important to clear away food and other debris from the mouth, and it neutralizes acids caused from harmful bacteria. Saliva is our bodies natural defense against things like tooth decay and gingivitis. Dry mouth (we’re talking about the condition of perpetual dry mouth, not the more common and fleeting dehydrated sensation we all experience) is the cause of an inadequate flow of saliva. Usually the condition is a side effect from certain medications like antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, etc. (there are many others).

Symptoms of a dry mouth vary, but the most common are: a sore throat, a burning sensation somewhere in the mouth, or a person might have trouble speaking for long periods of time, and they may find their nasal and throat passages also feel dried out. If the soft tissues within the mouth become dried out, they can become enflamed and irritated, and more susceptible to infection. Other side-effects of dry mouth include bad breath, and, if a patient wears dentures, the lack of saliva will cause the dentures to adhere loosely to the gums.

There is a relief from the condition. Sometimes just increasing the amount of fluids can alleviate the symptoms. Sugar-free candies and sugar-free gums are effective at increasing saliva. Remember also that caffeinated drinks—coffee and soda—and alcoholic beverages can cause slight dehydration, and should be used sparingly, if at all, if a patient is suffering chronic dry mouth. If fluids don’t immediately take care of the problem, then your dentist may prescribe an artificial saliva—it’s an over-the-counter medication that will help to keep the oral tissues moist, and help to keep the teeth clean of debris. Also, make sure to keep to a strict routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once. It may also be beneficial to have additional fluoride during this time, because the fluoride will help to fight tooth decay.

Remember to keep with your regular dental checkups, twice yearly. Your dentist will be able to monitor your dry-mouth condition; your dentist will also be able to guide you to the appropriate medications or at-home treatments as to how to solve your dry-mouth condition.

If you have any questions about dry mouth, or just need to schedule your next appointment, call Premier Dental and make your next appointment today.

Flossing, Quality Oral Health

March 19th, 2017

Recently it’s been reported that flossing is not considered a necessary practice for quality oral health. However, those at the ADA (American Dental Association) deem this not to be the case, and in fact are still in full support of the practice of flossing at least once daily. Flossing is an important practice, because it helps to remove the plaque buildup from the space between the teeth, the spaces too narrow for toothbrush bristles to clean adequately. If plaque is not dealt with, it can lead to gum disease such as gingivitis, or the even more devastating periodontal disease, if the gingivitis is not dealt with promptly.

Flossing Routine

Flossing is a necessary practice, and for those of you who haven’t yet added it to their daily oral care routine, here’s how it is performed. If you have a spool of floss, regardless the width of the strip—floss comes narrow or thick, flavored, unflavored, etc.—peel free from the spool about eighteen inches—make eighteen inches your minimum, if you go over slightly, it’s nothing to worry about. Wind the floss around either your pointer fingers, or your middle fingers, and then grip the strand running between your fingers with your thumbs. Angle the open strand of floss into a space between teeth—it’s easier to begin in a central location so that you don’t forget your starting location—and then gently rub the floss up and down, back and forth in the space between the teeth, cleaning from the gum line upward. Be patient, and don’t jerk the floss back and forth, and don’t jam the floss into the gum tissue. Continue this process in each space between teeth, then discard the floss. Do this once daily—and it doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush, just that it gets performed.

When you start a flossing routine, you may notice some initial bleeding at the gumline, maybe some redness, because the gum tissue needs to toughen up, so to speak, get used to the gentle abrasion of the floss; and, these symptoms should subside within a week or two.

If you have any questions about flossing, or just need to schedule your next appointment, call Premier Dental and make your next appointment today.

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