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Cold/Flu Season and Dental Health

January 7th, 2019

Illness can wreak both mental and physical havoc on the body. And while the common cold and the flu bring the most noticeable symptoms to various parts of the circulatory system, it can also have a negative impact on our dental health.

Good hygiene is absolutely important when you have a cold or the flu. Did you know that the flu virus can survive for seventy-two hours? That means that your toothbrush is contagious with the virus even after you’ve gotten over it. So, don’t share your toothbrush with anyone during the cold and flu season (Although it’s best to keep to this rule year round). It’s probably important also to throw out the toothbrush once you begin to feel better. It can be hard to get rid of a toothbrush early, but you don’t want recontamination, nor do you want to spread it to anyone else with whom you share bathroom space. But it’s not all bad with your toothbrush. While you are sick the act of brushing your teeth can leave you with a reinvigorated feeling; it improves your outlook. Remember to keep to a schedule of brushing at least twice daily and flossing once.

One common symptom of illness is dehydration and dry mouth. You may experience dry mouth because of dehydration or even as an unfortunate side effect of certain medication—antihistamines, for example, are notorious for causing dry mouth. You want to drink lots of fluids while you are sick. Dry mouth can leave the teeth susceptible to a cavity. And choose the right fluids when you’re sick. Yes, sports drinks are a good balance in the body when you’re sick, and oftentimes are used to replenish the electrolyte storage in the body, but you’ll want to drink them in moderation, and remember to brush your teeth soon after consuming them.

Hopefully you remain healthy, cold-and-flu-free, this winter season, but if you don’t then remember to take care of yourself. The winter months are also a terrific time to come in and see your dentist at Premier Smile for a checkup.

Links Between Diabetes and Dental Health

December 9th, 2018

Diabetes is a difficult disease for the entire body; it takes a toll on everything, including dental health. Diabetes, like other types of systemic disease, can increase the risk of dental disease. Practicing quality dental health is a necessary component to both quality oral health as well as disease management. Diabetes can be responsible for tooth loss—according to the American Dental Association, diabetes can be responsible for total tooth loss—but when quality dental health is put at a premium, including routine cleaning both at home and at the dentist’s office at Premier Smile, the risk of total tooth loss and other dental disease is lessened.

First Signs of Gum Disease?

Bleeding gums is a likely symptom of disease. Gums that bleed when you brush or floss could be a sign of gum disease. Thankfully, however, it doesn’t mean that the symptoms cannot be reversed. In its earlies stages, gum disease is treatable with quality oral care—twice daily quality brushings, and flossing once—and through dietary restriction. Limiting sugar in a diet, etc. When a person has diabetes, fluctuating blood sugars can increase the likelihood of gum disease.

Dry Mouth and Infection

Diabetes can cause symptoms of dry mouth. And saliva is responsible for clearing away sugar and other food debris from the teeth. Infection is a common condition among people with diabetes because diabetes decreases the immune system. A condition called thrush, which is a type of yeast infection within the mouth, a white, patchy covering. The yeast in the mouth feed on the sugars, and, thriving, can unfortunately leave a person suffering the condition with a persistent bad taste. Infections may also be as simple as a common mouth sore. When a person has a compromised immune system his or her body has a difficult time healing cuts and sores, etc. And a sore in the mouth, however simple, may not heal for a long time.

If you have any questions about the complications of diabetes and dental health, or if you are ready to schedule your next appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today.

Dental Emergencies While on Vacation. Plus, Travel Tips.

October 12th, 2018

Usually our dental health is not our first thought when we prepare for vacation. But the truth is that a dental emergency can happen at any time, and it would be entirely unfortunate to have to undergo a sore tooth or other mouth issue that could arise while you are on a beach somewhere, or at the top of a mountain. You could have to cancel the rest of your vacation if the situation was dire enough. That’s one reason why it’s important to have regular checkups; a good time to have checkup is right before you go on vacation. Your dentist at Premier Smile should notice a potential problem before one occurs; even if a patient has a mouth disease and that disease has not yet evolved to be symptomatic. One tip to remember is to keep your Premier Smile dentist’s phone number in the contacts on your phone so that you can call in the case of emergency.

Another travel tip is to remember to keep your toothbrush clean by storing it in either a toothbrush container built for travel or in a sealed-shut plastic sandwich-type bag. Your toothbrush gets clean at home because you rinse it after use and then leave it out to dry out. When you travel, you should place it in the container until you arrive and then you should remove it from the plastic bag/container to dry out.

If you forget your toothbrush—it’s easy to do—then you can use a washrag or even the tip of your finger. Simply apply a small amount of toothpaste to either a clean washrag or finger and scrub all the surfaces of your teeth. If you’ve also forgotten toothpaste, then a firm swish-out with water and a scrubbing sans toothpaste will work to rid your mouth of some bacteria, however as soon as you are able you should pick up a toothbrush and toothpaste.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your next appointment for a routine checkup then call your dentist at Premier Smile today.

Teething: When to Expect a Baby’s First Tooth

June 9th, 2018

Probably you don’t need to know the signs and symptoms of a teething baby. The most obvious sign that a child’s first tooth is coming into his or her mouth are irritability and restlessness. The baby may have difficulty sleeping at night, and he or she may seem distracted and confused during the day. It’s easy to see why this entirely natural process is irritating and possibly even painful: a baby is born with all twenty of his or her baby teeth already below the gum line, and when those teeth sprout they literally push up through the gum tissue.

When to Expect a Baby’s First Tooth

A baby will typically begin to sprout his or her teeth between the ages of 6 and 12 months; he or she could begin sooner or even later than that, but this is a good guideline. Once the baby has begun the teething process he or she will continue to sprout all twenty teeth by the time he or she is around three years old.

Normal Baby Teething Symptoms

A baby who is teething will be naturally fussy. They will have trouble sleeping occasionally, and the loss in sleep could escalate his or her fussiness during the day. It is also normal for a baby to have a decreased appetite while teething.

Not Normal Symptoms

A fever is not a common symptom of teething. A baby’s fever could be caused by any number of reasons and should not be ignored. Also, diarrhea and a rash are not direct signs of teething alone, and if the condition persists you should contact your baby’s pediatrician.

Alleviate Symptoms of Teething

Oftentimes a baby’s symptoms can be alleviated or at the very least lessened in intensity by applying a cool cloth to the gum tissue; place your finger inside the cloth and gently massage the baby’s gums. A clean teething ring can also bring some comfort to a teething baby.

When a baby develops teeth it’s time for his or her first visit to the dentist. Oftentimes, bringing a child to the dentist early in his or her life will lessen the potential anxieties of going as they get older.  Call Premiere Dental today!

February is Childrens Dental Health Month: What to Know!

January 29th, 2018

As an adult, your oral care routine tends to remain fairly static for a large part of your life. Brush and floss. Rinse, perhaps, if you’re fond of it. And, unless you need prosthetics, that’s about all you’ll ever do. But, what about your kids? Toddlers? Adolescents? What sort of routine should they follow? Is it the same as yours? And, should it change from time to time? Since it’s February, and Children’s Dental Health month is upon us, let’s take a quick dive into “what’s-what” from toddlers to teens when it comes to oral care.

Infants/Toddlers:
Use a warm washcloth or gauze pad to wipe your child’s gums after feedings. While most infants don’t begin sprouting teeth until around month six, you’ll still want to keep their gums free of oral bacteria that can develop from normal feeding.
Before your child’s first birthday, visit the dentist for an initial check-up
Around month six, and with the arrival of a child’s first teeth, ask your dentist if it’s the right time to start brushing. For tips on how to make this first step in oral care fun, check out our article on toddler tooth-brushing training tips!
Pre-schoolers:
By this age, your children will be brushing like a mad person. Be sure they learn not to brush too hard. Teach by example, and they’ll keep this good habit their entire lives.
Once a child starts to have teeth that touch, you can introduce flossing. This is extremely variable, and not really related to age, so work with your dentist on this one.
Begin experimenting with disclosing tablets so your child can see how effective their brushing is as they learn to wield a brush on their own.
Grade-schoolers:
Brushing and flossing should be the norm by this time in a child’s life. Experiment with a variety of floss options to find one that works for your child. Rotate between floss picks as well, to what works for your kids.
Once a child learns to spit (this time varies widely) an alcohol mouth rinse could be used if warranted. Ask your dentist, but at this age, there isn’t often a need.
Teens:
Everything changes when kids become teenagers. Orthodontic appliances of all sorts come into play, and oral care can start to seem like a burden. Some kids also start consuming high carbohydrate and acidic beverages, so brushing and flossing are obviously required, and mouthwashes can be used particularly for kids with braces.
Proper prosthetic care is important to keep one’s mouth smelling and feeling fresh, so, yes … brushing the retainer becomes part of the routine.
Be sure your kids are getting up-to-date lessons on brushing technique from their dentist and/or hygienist.
So, as you can see, setting an oral care routine for your little ones is mostly about prepping them for brushing, the middle years are about getting them into the habit of doing things on their own, and (to a degree) the teenage years are, at least a little bit a fallback to having to be a bit of a watchdog on your kids behalf. They’ll gladly, and sometimes vehemently disagree with you as to how to take care of their teeth … your fun is in learning how to encourage, support and provide foresight without being too much of a parent while doing it! And, of course we are always here to lend help and support!

Happy Holidays!

December 5th, 2017

The holiday season is a hard time for teeth; if for no other reason than the perpetual snacking: parties, an office get-together, gift boxes of candies, platters of cookies and other sugary treats, champagne and/or sugary ciders (beverages like Martinelli’s sparkling cider are often overlooked as being bad for teeth). The holiday season is a lot of fun. And, no, you don’t have to entirely abstain from sugary foods over the holiday season, but you do need to be mindful, and you will need to continue your daily oral care routine of brushing at least twice—sometimes more but we’ll get to that in a moment—and flossing at least once.

Being Mindful

There are so many delicious food options during the holiday season that it can be overwhelming. Remember, your teeth need adequate time to recover from eating and drinking beverages—all except for plain water. If you are snacking on delicious food all day everyday throughout the next month or so, then your teeth, and the natural systems your mouth has to fight against cavities—i.e. saliva—won’t be given adequate time to do the job.

Have a plan. If you are going to be attending a holiday party in the middle of the day—i.e. that yearly potluck-style party at the office where everyone brings in platters of cookies and other baked goods, candies—then pack with you a toothbrush and toothpaste. Clean your teeth after such an event. Yes, your mouth can handle quite a lot, but don’t overdo it. Brushing after the midafternoon party, for approximately two minutes, you can get your mouth back into shape.

Remember to avoid chewing hard candies, always. Not only can a hard candy potentially crack a tooth, it can remain stuck in the gaps between teeth and on a tooth’s surface, doing its sugary damage for long periods before finally being dissolved by saliva.

We hope you have a happy holiday season, and we hope that through all your enjoyments you will be mindful of your eating habits and keep to a quality oral care routine.

Why Premier Dental Hosts 4th Annual Candy Buy Back...

November 2nd, 2017

Holidays and Sugar
Halloween has come and gone, yet the candy lingers. We know the amount of sugar presented to kids at this holiday and most is absurd, and we know that excess sugar leads to tooth decay and a whole host of other issues (you can read about : Ten Ways Sugar is Hurting Your Kids ). Unfortunately, many of our American traditions involve copious amounts of sugar!
  • Birthdays = Cake
  • Easter = Chocolate Eggs & Jelly Beans
  • Christmas = Cookies & Candies
  • Independence Day = BBQ (full of sugar!) & Ice Cream
  • Thanksgiving = Pumpkin Pie
  • And of course, Halloween = Candy
Learning Moderation: Spacing out the candy stash for a specific amount of time can help parents keep within the 3-6 teaspoons of sugar a day recommended by the American Heart Association*. The typical U.S. child eats around 20 or more teaspoons a day, so getting your kids within the recommended amounts most likely means you will have to take sugar out of the rest of your kids meals and snacks. Think: no juice, no soda, no sugar snacks, no honey, no syrup those days. This might be hard, but it will teach not only moderation, but also trade-offs, which are a big part of life.
Giving/Sharing: Keeping only the candy your children really love, and giving the rest away, will reward them twofold: First, the brain enjoys things more when it is not overwhelmed by too many choices and when the so-so options are weeded out. (We actually get less enjoyment when our candy stashes are peppered with mediocre candies.) Give away any candy that is not in your kids' top 10 sweets, and they will be even happier with what is left. Second, giving candy away will also teach charity and sharing.
Premier Dental is hosting their 4th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back on November 6th, 2017. Kids are encouraged to bring in their candy and receive cash and register for prizes. The candy is donated to the U.S. service men and women! It's a definite win-win.  Premier Dental has also partnered with two local schools, Rohwer Elementary and Sandoz Elementary to collect candy and donate the money to the school. The kids get a prize for donating, the school earns money and the candy is out of the hands/mouths of kids.

Why We Floss

September 10th, 2017

We all know that flossing is important. But why? Why, daily, should we have to slip that strand of floss between our teeth, clean out the space down to the gum line? Don’t a toothbrush’s bristles get far enough into those narrow spaces? The number one reason to floss is to help to rid the surfaces of the teeth from harmful bacteria that can develop plaque, which, if allowed to thrive, will then harden into a substance called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by twice-daily brushing and flossing. Bacteria that are allowed to thrive can cause chronic conditions such as gingivitis or the more severe periodontal disease. Bacteria allowed to thrive can be responsible for halitosis (bad breath).

How to Floss

Flossing is relatively simple, and if you are someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience (it’s estimated that over thirty percent of adults who are over the age of thirty don’t floss—at all) with a week’s worth of practicing you will have mastered the skill. First, start out with a strand of floss about 12-18 inches in length. (It doesn’t matter which type of floss you use; floss comes in numerous sizes, colors, and flavors—they all work!). Wrap the ends of the floss around your index fingers and work it into the space between two teeth. Slide the floss between the teeth keeping your hands at opposing angles that make the floss bend around the tooth—it should look like the letter C. It’s easiest to begin at a tooth at the edge of the mouth, or a tooth in the very center, so that you will remember which teeth you have already cleaned.

If you have issues with dexterity, there are appliances which can be used with just one hand. One such product is a soft plaque remover, which resembles something like a soft toothpick, and the other appliance is a flossing aid, which traps the ends of the floss between two prongs, and the flossing aid can be maneuvered over the spaces between the teeth, using just one hand.  To schedule your next dental checkup, call Premier Smile today.

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.

New Year New You Giveaway!

January 27th, 2017

We love to give things away--so we have decided to give away a package of health and beauty. You could win a new Fit Bit Charge, $200 Trader Joe's Gift Card, $200 Scheels Gift Card, $100 Indulgence Salon & Spa Gift Card along with a basket of goodies! The basket includes a fitness mat, water bottle, beach towel, exercise bands and much more!

How do you win? All you need to do to be entered is tell your friends and family about us. When they come in to visit us we will enter you into the drawing. Be sure they tell us that you referred them! And we promise we will provide them with the best customer service and dental care we can! Other ways to be entered: Review us on Google and/or Yelp and submit an in-office video testimonial. There is no limit on the number of entries you may have! Contest runs through March 31st, 2017.

January Patient of the Month

January 13th, 2017

Congratulations to Lacia C. our January Patient of the Month! Lacia had  this to say about Premier Dental, "Premier Dental has been, by far, the best dental experience that me and my family have had! From the moment you walk through the door excellent customer service is seen throughout the entire visit. We couldn't be more pleased and will continue to recommend Premier Dental to all of our family and friends!"

November Patient of the Month

December 12th, 2016

Congratulations Greg for being our December patient of the month! We surprised Greg at work with a cake and it was his birthday! We love when things work out like that! Congrats Greg & thank you for being one of our great patients!

"The professionalism and customer service focus makes every visit a pleasure. Discomfort and pain do not seem to exist at Premier Dental, as they take steps above and beyond to minimize or eliminate any problems of this nature. I have been coming to Premier Dental for over 4 years now, and it would be impossible to sway me to go to another Dental office for any services. I do not dread or fear my visit to the Dentist now, thanks to the fine staff and procedures of Premier Dental. Another very admirable thing with Premier Dental is the commitment to the community and services they provide for the community by being an active partner in multiple programs and promotions throughout the year. For me this adds to my value of being a customer at this fine establishment. I look forward to many years of good eating (we all like food) and health with ongoing visits at Premier Dental! "-Greg N

5 Important Resons to Partner With Our Dental Team...

November 17th, 2016

Even if you have excellent oral homecare routines, regular trips to see us help ensure that you are in optimal oral and overall health.

  1. Even with great homecare plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, it leads to gum disease. Our hygienists remove the tartar that you can't at home.
  2. Gingivitis and periodontitis are diseases that are a real threat to your oral and overall health. The good news is that they are preventable with routine dental visits. At your visits we thoroughly check your gums for signs of disease and if present, help you restore gum health.
  3. Oral cancer can be effectively treated when it is found early. That's why we utilize a tool called OralID that assists in detecting oral abnormalities that can not be seen with the naked eye.
  4. Crooked, gapped, and crowded teeth are hard to keep clean and healthy, can cause jaw pain, and are at risk of cracking and chipping. At your appointments we are here to help you find solutions that bring ease and relief and are right for you.
  5. We use technology, called the Diagnodent, which diagnoses cavities in their earliest stages. Identifying tooth decay early can save you money and time!

We would love to help you enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health and a dazzling confident smile! Call us today and let us welcome you to our dental family.

Third Annual Premier Dental Candy Buy Back

October 24th, 2016

Premier Dental is hosting their third annual candy buy back Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 from 3pm until 7pm. Last year Premier Dental collected over 700 pounds of candy for our troops!

We welcome all kids to bring in their unopened Halloween candy and turn it into cash. Premier Dental will be giving kids $1 per pound of candy, with a 5 pound maximum. All candy will be donated to our U.S. Service Men & Women! All kids who participate will receive a gift as well as an entry into our prize drawings!

We hope to see you there!

National Hygiene Month--Let's Get to Know Kim S.

October 18th, 2016

Kim’s main focus is to have a little fun in this thing called life. Kim has been in the dental field for 21 years and her philosophy on dental care is preventative, preventative, preventative. She recommends fixing it when it is small, so it’s not a big deal later. Her favorite thing about being a dental hygienist is not only getting to know families and helping them understand dental health, but she loves when she can help a patient with dental anxiety overcome their dental fears.
Kim worked for 6 years as a dental assistant before entering the Dental Hygiene program at Iowa Western Community College. Kim graduated in 2003 and joined Premier Dental in July of 2015. When choosing a dental office, Kim wanted an office that had progressive thinking, is patient focused, has updated technology along with being professional yet fun.
When not in the office Kim enjoys spending time with her husband Todd and daughters, Brooke and Hillary. She also enjoys walking her dog Sadie, traveling, outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, running, boating, jet skiing) and cheering for the Hawkeyes. Kim dreams of traveling the US in an RV and seeing all the National Parks.

What are the benefits of a custom mouthguard?

September 22nd, 2016

Millard West Wildcats starting quarterback, Giavonni Guido is sporting a custom made mouthguard from Premier Dental. Giavonni is a junior at Millard West who decided to try a custom mouthguard during summer training. He had this to say about the guard, "I love this new guard, it fits and feels so much better than the old one."

Custom mouthguards are really the best way to get a "good fit". Most of us have seen the athletes that run around with the mouthguard hanging out of their mouth, top of mind is Steph Curry. This is typically due to an ill fitting mouth guard. And we probably do not need to tell you this, but the mouthguard only works when it is properly fit in your mouth.


Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard

  1. Custom fit design ensures proper fit
  2. Proper fit ensures comfort, stability & protection
  3. Maximum benefit of mouthguards comes with proper fit
  4. They can be made to match your school colors & include your mascot

The American Dental Association recommends you wear a mouthguard whether you participate in football, basketball, hockey, boxing, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, or wrestling. A properly fitted mouthguard protects the space between the jaw and the base of the skull, this helps protect the brain from concussions because the jaw bone is prevented from slamming into the skull and creating shock waves to the brain.

Call us TODAY (402) 718-8737 to schedule your appointment for a custom mouthguard.

September Newsletter

September 1st, 2016

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Cold Sore Solutions That Actually Work!

August 30th, 2016

Whether you call them cold sores or fever blisters, if you're among the more than 40% of Americans who regularly experience this inflammatory viral nuisance, you know they're anything but a joy to deal with. You've also probably heard of countless ways to deal with them, from over-the-counter remedies to treatment options that span generations. So what really works?

Well quite honestly what "works" when it comes to cold sores is management. And, specifically preventing, treating and eliminating the transmission of this most annoying of viruses. At Premier Dental we offer laser treatment for these viruses.

If you catch the lesion in time with laser treatment, you can prevent the cold sore from breaking out. As soon as you feel that tingling sensation that warns you of an oncoming sore, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment. If you already have a full blown sore, the laser will take away the discomfort and help it to dry up and heal much faster.

The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. After you get infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. If you get cold sores often, laser treatment can reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are. It often happens that people will get cold sores that reoccur in the same spot every time. After being treated with a laser multiple times, there is a good chance that sore won't appear again in that spot.

What are the benefits of using a laser in treating cold sores?

  • Laser energy destroys the virus that causes the sore
  • Relief is immediate and profound
  • Helps prevent sores if treated once the lip starts tingling
  • Arrests the progression of the lesion after treatment
  • Treatment takes about 5-10 minutes and without anesthesia
  • After treatment, sores reoccur with less intensity and frequency at the same location

Cold Sore Prevention

The number one and number two causes are a weakened immune system, and exposure to rapidly changing weather. To tackle the weather, always keep your preferred brand of lip moisturizer with sunscreen on hand to protect your lips from weather's effect on your lips. And to boost your immune system, be sure to get enough sleep and find ways to combat stress in your life. Also, as with most things in life, what's good for our waistlines is good for our immune system. Here are some good dietary suggestions for cold sore sufferers:

  1. Eat Raw, Alkalizing Foods: Fruits and vegetables are super-good for you.
  2. Cruciferous Vegetables: Clinical studies are beginning to suggest that veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale are of great benefit to cold sore sufferers.
  3. Avoid Arginine: Cold-sores need the amino acid arginine to grow, so if you can limit the excess intake of this amino acid, you may be able to keep frequent outbreaks at bay. Nuts, chocolate, oats, and some protein shakes are high in arginine.

Cold Sore Treatment and Remedies

Preventing a cold sore from appearing is indeed your best medicine, and if you pay attention to what your body tells you, it is possible to dramatically reduce outbreaks. When a cold-sore does gift you with its presence, here are a few things you can do to minimize its pain, size and duration.

  1. Laser It! At the first sign of tingling, call Premier Dental at 402-718-8737 and schedule a 10 minute appointment for laser treatment.
  2. Ice It! Can't get to the office right away, when you feel that first sign of tingling wrap an ice cube in a paper-towel and place it on your lip where you feel the cold-sore coming on. Often two back-to-back applications of an ice cube until it melts can help reduce the pain and swelling that accompanies the sore.
  3. Slather? Not Now, But Later. Cold sores love warm, moist environments, and this is precisely the environment you present to a cold-sore when you slather it in cream for days on end. You're best to let it dry out to the point where it is no longer painful, and then begin applying cream or lip balm to minimize splitting. As the cold sore resolves itself, it's best to keep your lips moist to prevent bleeding, which also aids in the healing at this stage.

Eliminate Transmission of Cold Sores

Avoid sharing food utensils, towels, toothbrushes, or any other item that could come in contact with your mouth. Also, be sure to avoid touching the cold sore and then later touching your eyes or genital area. In fact, your best course of action is to avoid touching your mouth at all during an outbreak, and not again until the scab has dropped off completely. And healed over. This can take some weeks, as you know. Kissing, and other aspects of intimacy that involve your mouth should be avoided entirely. Wash your hands often-this cannot be stressed enough to avoid spreading the virus.

Having a cold sore is not the end of the world. Nine out of 10 of all people get at least one cold sore in their life, so there is no need to hide in the closet. Understand your triggers, find a solution that works, don't spread the virus, and stay healthy!

July Newsletter

July 14th, 2016

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Premier Dental Has New Technology for Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

April 4th, 2016

If there was a quick and painless method to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is, as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word Cancer, detecting it early is certainly the key to eradicating it. At Premier Dental it's part of our mission to provide the best diagnostic tools available to our patients. That's why we're proud to utilize a tool that, when combined with your regular oral exam, can assist in detecting oral abnormalities that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is called OralID.
This revolutionary diagnostic tool works by emitting a safe blue light into the oral cavity that "excites" the tissues in your mouth causing them to give off a fluorescent glow under the light. Under the light, healthy tissues appear as a bright green, while suspicious regions exhibit no color at all - helping in the visualization of early oral abnormalities.

When used in conjunction with your normal exam, OralID is extremely helpful because it can detect abnormalities from the surface through to the basement membrane (where premalignant changes typically begin), and into the connective tissue - areas where the eye simply cannot see. The entire exam takes about two minutes.

Oral cancer screenings are recommended annually for all adults aged 18 and older, and every six months if you are a smoker, regular user of alcohol, or if you chew tobacco.
As your dental health care team, we want to help you be on the lookout for symptoms of abnormal conditions in your mouth. One of the most serious problems we ever encounter is oral cancer, which affects about 37,000 Americans every year. It is a particularly dangerous form of cancer because it may produce very little discomfort in its beginning stages and go undiagnosed for a long time.

What should I be looking out for?

•A sore or lesion in the mouth that doesn't heal within two weeks
•A lump or thinkening in the cheek
•A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil or lining of the mouth
•A persistent sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
•Difficulty chewing, swallowing, moving jaw or tongue
•Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
•Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
•Chronic hoarseness

What Should I do if I Have One of the Above Symptoms?

These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, but the also indicate the possible presence of oral cancer. Please contact our office immediately to have the doctor examine you.

If you haven't had your periodic cleaning and examination in over six months, please schedule your appointment today! We'll be happy to perform an oral cancer screening as part of your visit.

And the winnner is.......

March 23rd, 2016

...the Stika Family! We were able to surprise Mr. & Mrs. Stika with an all-inclusive vacation for 2 to the Valentin Imperial Maya Resort, Mexico! By referring a friend/family member and submitting an in-office video testimonial the Stikas were entered into our giveaway that ran from Oct. 1st, 2015 through Feb. 29th, 2016. You can view Kelli's video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl2LBuqo1Zg.

Premier Dental team members, Ashli & Shelby were able to surprise Kelli & Mark at Mark's work with punch, cake and balloons! Ashli was super excited to let them know they won, she stated, "Kelli was really hoping to win! When Kelli was in the office she often inquired about the trip, wondering how she could win, and when we would be announcing. She even told us she had been tanning in hopes of winning!" The Stikas have twin 2 year olds, so they are very much looking forward to a vacation! We think it may have been Kelli's positive thinking and preparation (tanning for the trip) that helped their name get randomly selected! Congrats Kelli & Mark.

Here is a link to the video of when we presented Kelli with the trip www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-Ppl4DGn-s

Getting to Know Kim, RDH

December 15th, 2015

Kim has been in dentistry for many years. She began her career in the dental field in 1995 when she graduated from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA as a Certified Dental Assistant. She loved all things dental and in 2001 decided to continue her education at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. She enjoys educating patients, explaining treatments and learning new techniques to improve patients' dental health. In fact if you are due for a dental cleaning Kim would love to see you today and answer any questions you may have regarding your oral health.

Kim is originally from Iowa City, IA, therefore she is a "Hawkeye" in Husker Nation. Kim is married and has two daughters; both are 24. In her free time she enjoys being active, traveling with her family and taking her rescue puppy Sadie on "bunny and squirrel patrol".

Welcome to Our New Hygieniest

August 19th, 2015

Welcome to Our New Hygieniest - Family Dentist Omaha NE
Liz was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She recently moved to Omaha after completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry.

Her interest in dentistry began in high school, which led her to enter the dental field at the age of 19. Since then, she has developed an even stronger interest in dentistry and hopes to continue learning and sharing her knowledge with patients throughout her career. The aspect of dentistry that she enjoys the most is helping patients overcome their reservations towards dental visits. She states, "My hope is that each and every patient is comfortable and receives the respect and treatment they need and deserve." Here at Premier Dental we believe that each and every patient deserves respect and the best there is in dental treatment. It is not hard to see that Liz fits in very well when it comes to providing quality dental care and service to each of her patients!

During her free time Liz enjoys playing with her kitten, reading, cooking, and doing all things arts and crafts. She also enjoy spending time with her family and traveling.
Please join us in welcoming Liz to the Premier Dental team and be sure to say Hi next time you are in!

Welcome, Dr. Ebke!

July 29th, 2015

Welcome, Dr. Ebke! - Family Dentist Omaha NE

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Stephanie Ebke to the Premier Dental team!

Dr. Ebke grew up in the rural town of Daykin, Nebraska and has longtime family ties to the field of dentistry. As a teen, she admired the work her uncles did; one as a dentist, the other as an oral surgeon. After graduating from Fairbury High School, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. She went on to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Ebke states, "I am excited to be a life-long learner, and I believe continuing education is important, in order for doctors to remain up-to-date in an ever-evolving field. It allows us to provide patients with the best treatment options available."

During Stephanie’s downtime, she enjoys biking, running, snow skiing, reading, traveling, and of course, cheering on the Huskers! Spending time with friends and family is a top priority as well. When she gets home, she looks forward to being greeted by Josie, her Shiba Inu.

Dr. Ebke is passionate about dentistry and using the knowledge and skills gained through education to help her patients. She loves hearing everyone’s unique story and building lasting relationships. Whether that means achieving a brighter smile, relieving pain, or maintaining an optimal level of oral health, she looks forward to giving her absolute best to her patients. For her, the ultimate reward is helping her patients achieve their oral health goals. So if you see Dr. Ebke during your next visit to Premier Dental, please extend her a warm welcome.

Our Candy Buy Back Success!

November 12th, 2014

We love working with our great patients and the community in order to give back, and this year's Candy Buy Back helped us do just that!

As you might remember, we held 2 Candy Buy Backs this Halloween. The first was at the Premier Dental office here in Omaha on Nov. 3rd and the second was held at Rohwer Elementary School on Nov. 4th. We are so thrilled to announce that we collected over 300 pounds of candy for Operation Gratitude, which sends the sweet treats overseas to our troops! Operation Gratitude will also be sending over all the wonderful cards that were made!

The children who brought in their trick or treating stash to the office buy back were given $1 per pound, as well as an awesome Premier Dental backpack, Red Robin coupon, bookmark, toothbrush and brushing timer. They were also eligible to win a doorprize. Max M. won a Skyzone package, Emily O. won a $30 Dave & Buster gift certificate, water bottle, and t-shirt and Tyler P. won a kids Sonicare toothbrush. In the case of the students at Rohwer Elementary School, we donated $1 per pound of candy back to the school and the kids received a back pack filled with Sonic coupons, a Godfathers coupon, bookmark, toothbrush and brushing timer!

We had a great time with this year's Candy Buy Back, and we hope you did too!

Candy Buy Back is Coming!

October 21st, 2014

We’re giving you COLD HARD CA$H for your Halloween candy! That’s right,  Premier Dental will pay you $1 for every pound of unopened candy you surrender to us! (up to 5lbs) All children are welcome, whether or not they're patients, and everyone who signs up will also receive a gift!

This program was originally implemented to promote good oral health, but another group benefits from it as well!  All the candy you donate will get shipped to our brave troops courtesy of Operation Gratitude.

We hope to see you on November 3rd in our  office between 4pm-6pm.

Have a safe and Spooktacular Halloween!

Staff Spotlight: Kaitlyn

September 12th, 2014

We're all very proud to be part of the Premier Dental team, and this month we wanted to spotlight one member of our staff. Many of you know Kaitlyn as our wonderful receptionist, but we wanted to share a little more about why she's such an important and special member of our work family.

When we first met Kaitlyn, we knew right away what a hard worker she was. At the time, she was working at Scooters. She would get up at 3:30 am every morning in order to be there on time at 5:30 am. While Kaitlyn was working, she was also taking classes at a local university. Working hard is one of the qualities we value most in Kaitlyn.

She came to our office because she needed a smile makeover. Kaitlyn had been to several other dentists, but was losing hope due to how pricey dental care can be. With a family history of oral health issues (including her grandmother having to get dentures at 22 and her mother the same at 47), she knew she didn't want to go down that path. Premier Dental was the final dental office on her list.

After meeting Kaitlyn and learning her story and history, we decided we wanted to give her a new smile. With that new smile, Kaitlyn also began a new chapter in her life - working full time in our office. We appreciate all the wonderful work she does for us, and are so glad that we were able to help make her smile as beautiful as possible!

When asked “How has your smile makeover changed your life?” Kaitlyn’s response was “I am no longer afraid to smile, I can greet people with a warm happy smile. I don’t have that burden on my mind all the time of the bad things that would happen to my teeth.”

Give from the heart - Give blood

August 19th, 2014

Did you know that just one blood donation can help save up to three lives? That’s why we’re hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross in conjunction with our Dentistry from the Heart event on Sept. 6.

The need for blood is constant. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets last just five days. Blood may be used to treat trauma victims, premature babies, those undergoing treatment for cancer, or many others. There is no substitute for this potentially lifesaving gift.

Schedule an appointment to donate blood here at Premier Dental from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 by calling (402) 718-8737 or visit rdcrss.org/1ojgGB1. All presenting donors will receive a free whitening tray and refreshments.

Dentistry From The Heart and Premier Dental!

August 11th, 2014

Have you been putting off having dental work done due to the cost? If so, make sure to mark your calendar for our Dentistry From The Heart event! At Premier Dental, we're all thrilled to give back to our community, and what better way than free dental care?!

On September 6th, we’ll be hosting Dentistry From The Heart. If you’re 18 or above, come to our office for your choice of a filling, extraction, or cleaning and we’ll take care of you at no cost! Our goal is to give away $50,000 in dentistry to the people of Omaha, NE. We will be providing dental care from 8:00am until 4:00 pm.

Not familiar with Dentistry From The Heart? Dentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work for people in need. In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart was started as a way of giving back to the community and provide aid to the growing number of Americans who couldn’t afford dental care. Since its inception, Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 250 annual events nationwide and has provided more than 45,000 people with free dental care services.

“It all comes down to wanting to provide something greater to my community,” said Dr. Beninato. “The services provided by Dentistry From The Heart help more than just a patient's teeth, it gives them a renewed reason to smile.”

Are you up to date with your dental care? If not be sure to plan on attending our Sept. 6th Dentistry from the Heart event!

Are you wanting to make a difference in someone's life? Join us on Sept. 6th, 2014 to donate blood to the Red Cross! The Red Cross is in URGENT need of blood!  One pint of blood may save up to 3 lives! And all presenting donors will receive free whitening trays from Premier Dental! If you are interested in donating you may either contact our office or go directly to the website: Red Cross (sponsor code 0092942).

Premier Dental and the Community: Project PAYBAC

May 30th, 2014

Have you heard of a program called Project PAYBAC yet? Project Payback, which stands for "Partners Assisting Youth, Business, and Community," is a group Premier Dental is very excited to be a part of! It's a organization within Millard Public Schools intended to strengthen the link between the business community and students at Millard Public Schools to educate kids about businesses.

Project PAYBAC provides support for Milliard Public Schools. Its focus is on experiential, multi-disciplinary learning that takes place within schools, as well as at other locations. The businesses that partner with Project PAYBAC vary across the board in terms of industry and size, but share a passion for building strong relationships and setting the stage for cooperation and community involvement.

Premier Dental's involvement with Project PAYBAC stems from Dr. Beninato's family! He and his wife have 4 children who currently attend Milliard Public Schools, so this partnership seemed like a natural fit. Supporting kids and education is a fundamental belief at Premier Dental, and we're happy to be involved with Project PAYBAC!

We are excited to announce that as a result of our partnership with Project PAYBAC, our office was nominated for a Trailblazer Award! This award recognizes Project PAYBAC partners that have established new and innovative programs in schools. Thank you so much for the nomination both Russell Middle School and Rohwer Elementary!

Wondering what we did at each school?

At Russel Middle School, our team at Premier Dental helped with a program that promoted the reading of a book called "Wonder." The book is centered around the theme of kindness, and to encourage the school we funded t-shirts for the school's staff to wear on "Wonder" reading days.

For Rohwer Elementary, we did something a little more dental related. This last February, we visited the school to promote Children's Dental Health Month! Dr. Piper Larson and our staff had the children do a hands-on activity with Play-Doh and Legos to demonstrate the importance of flossing and good dental hygiene. We wanted the students to walk away with a better understanding of proper oral hygiene and healthy snacks, and they were encouraged to participate in our coloring contest!

We were honored and thrilled to be nominated for the Trailblazer Award, and we look forward to further efforts within the community as a part of Project PAYBAC!

Enter Our Contest to Win a Trip to the Dominican Republic!

March 6th, 2014

After a Nebraska winter, wouldn't it be awesome to jet away somewhere tropical? Right now, you could win just such a trip! From now through March 31st, you and a guest could win a trip to the beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. But once you get there, things will get even better - you'll be staying 5 days 4 nights at the Majestic Elegance, an all-inclusive 5 star resort!

Want more details about the room you'll be staying in? We thought so! Once you leave the tarmac of the airport, you'll be ushered to the Majestic Elegance and a room decked out with a double Jacuzzi, 24 hour room service, and a fully stocked mini-fridge. The resort itself has 6 restaurants and 11 bars. Nightly entertainment will also be provided.

Wondering what's included if you were to win our contest? Packages will include round-trip airfare, round-trip airport transportation, accommodations, all your food, drinks, a variety of water and land sports, entertainment, gratuities, and all taxes. It doesn't get much better than that, right?! Although, keep in mind travel must be completed within one year and some blackout dates apply.

So how do I win you ask… Refer a friend or become a new patient to be entered to win! It’s that simple. Put in a good word about us to your friends and family, once they become a new patient you will be entered to with this fabulous trip! You have until March 31st, so start thinking about who you'd like to refer!

We can't wait to announce our winner in April!

Five Common Reasons for Emergency Care Visits

January 27th, 2014

A dental emergency can strike anywhere, anytime, and without warning. Perhaps you’re playing a game of touch football on Super Bowl Sunday and your brother- in-law decides to up the ante and tackles you, accidently knocking out your two front teeth. Or perhaps you’re on vacation somewhere tropical and decide to go deep-sea fishing, but when you’re climbing onto the boat you slip on the dock, fall, and chip three of your teeth. From misplaced fly balls to bagel seeds causing a painful bout of inflammation, there are all types of dental emergencies.

Our office provides emergency dental care options whenever you need it. It doesn't matter what type of emergency dental situation you find yourself in; our care is accessible and convenient. Here are the five most common reasons for emergency care visits.

1. Somehow you've managed to knock out a tooth. Whether it's the result of a sport’s injury or because of decay, when you lose a tooth, you need emergency dental care. If the tooth is salvageable, then it can be reattached to the socket, but this needs to be done in a one- or two-hour window.

2. A chipped tooth is the most common dental emergency. Small chips can be caused by food (chicken bones and nuts have sent many people to the dentist), however, it's usually some sort of accident or injury that typically causes chips. While you might be embarrassed to walk around with a gaping chip in your front tooth, it is easily fixed with a bond, crown, or veneer.

3. A broken tooth is more severe than a chipped tooth. When a tooth breaks, it might be due to a small or hidden chip. However, chances are the pain and discomfort will be more severe.

4. It might seem comical, but getting a piece of food lodged in the wrong place can result in a dental emergency. If something gets stuck deep in a crevice it can cause pain and inflammation.

5. Losing a filling happens more often than you think. When you lose a filling, you need to go to emergency care immediately. If you don’t, you risk further damage to your tooth.

When you injure your teeth or mouth, you need to see emergency care as soon as possible. In the event of a suspected emergency, don't wait. Contact our office immediately! Our staff is well equipped and available to assist you with your dental emergency needs!

Welcome to Our Blog

November 12th, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice. Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctor and staff – we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

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