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Holiday Candy Season… Survival Guide

November 8th, 2018

Halloween has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the candy season. There are plenty of opportunities to imbibe sweets—both of the candy and pastry/cookie variety—throughout the next few months. And while those sweets are delicious and fun, there are many reasons to either consume in moderation or, in some cases, avoid some sweets entirely. Here’s why…

Sugar is an enemy to teeth, but it’s not the sugar, it’s the bacteria which feed on the sugar. The bacteria in your mouth love sugar, probably even more than you do, and as bacteria consume sugar they produce a weak acid that harms teeth. That acid is the cause of cavities.

If You’re Gonna Eat Candy Then Eat…

Chocolate! In moderation chocolate is one of the better types of candy for your teeth (there is absolutely NO candy that is actually good for your teeth). The reason? Because chocolate washes from the teeth. Some types of candies form a film or remain sticky, but chocolate can be washed away by saliva and water. But that isn’t to say that there is no damage done: the bacteria are still provided sugar and the teeth should be cleaned. And if you’re going to eat chocolate, then know that most brands of non-milk chocolate are lower in overall sugar than milk chocolate.

Sticky and Gummy (Candy, Carmel Apples, and the Like).

Try to stay away from sweet treats that are sticky or gummy. These types of sweets are more difficult to remove–some hardier-types can hide between the teeth even after a vigorous brushing (for instance, if you are going to consume popcorn balls you should floss immediately because some of the kernels can become tightly wedged between the teeth)—and the long length of time it takes to dissolve or remove the sugar from the mouth gives the bacteria more time to consume the sugars and produce harmful acids.

Have a wonderful start to the holiday season, and enjoy the sweet treats, but remember to enjoy them in moderation, and to clean your teeth whenever possible.

National Mouth Guard Awareness: Take Care of That Healthy Smile

May 10th, 2018

Sports are fun and highly valued in our communities even though participation in them comes with certain risks of injury. Mouth injuries and sports, unfortunately, go hand in hand: baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls, hockey pucks, and people’s elbows, knees, helmets, etc., all are potential tooth dislodgement devices. Luckily, however, your dentist at Premier Smile can custom fit a mouth guard that, if properly worn, will lessen the risk of injury.

A mouth guard minimizes the risk of a broken or cracked tooth, because the mouth guard helps to cushion the blow of a strike. But this only works if the mouth guard is worn properly. Oftentimes we see athletes with mouth guards in the corners of their mouth, chewing on the ends. They may not even realize they are doing it, but if they were to get hit that mouth guard isn’t going to protect their teeth.

When to Wear a Mouth Guard

A Mouth Guard should be worn in any sport—although not every sport requires one—where there is an inherent risk of injury to the teeth. From a very early age children should be encouraged to wear mouth guards when participating in certain sports; the earlier the better so that the child gets used to the mouth guard early. Sports such as Football and Martial Arts, Hockey and Lacrosse, usually all require the use of a mouth guard to participate. But that isn’t to say that someone can’t have major dental damage when they fall doing gymnastics or catch an elbow by another kid at a soccer game.

Types of Mouth Guards

Any mouth guard can be custom fitted by your dentist at Premier Smile. If you purcase an entirely customized mouth guard, it can be created and molded for that perfect comfortable fit—kids who wear braces may appreciate the comfortable feel of a custom fit mouth guard. You can also use the standard “boil and bite” style of mouth guard. But make sure if you choose this style of mouth guard that you precisely follow the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve that perfect fit.

If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment to have your child fitted with a mouth guard, call Premier Smile today.

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.


June 5th, 2016

Throughout the seasons both kids and adults participate in team sports which can be a detriment to our teeth.  What do baseball/softball, football, hockey, basketball and boxing all have in common?  All these sports contribute significantly to the amount of dental injuries dentists see every single year.  The problem with most of these injuries is that it’s almost entirely preventable with the proper use of a mouth guard.  Mouthguards are required in some sports and not in others, but it has been proven that mouth guards significantly reduce the amount of dental injuries.

One reason that mouthguards often are not put into proper use is that they can be uncomfortable.  On the youth football field, you will often see the kids chewing on the edges of mouthguards instead of seating them firmly against their teeth.  However, if the mouthguards were more properly fit they would be more comfortable.  A poorly fit mouthguard can make it difficult to breath, because it either is fit too far back on the teeth toward the throat, or, in the case of a loosely fit mouth guard, it may require the use of both the upper and lower teeth to hold the mouth guard in place, thereby closing off the mouth for air.  Obviously this can make breathing difficult when someone is working hard on the playing field.

There are three different types of mouthguards.  Firstly, and the least most recommended mouthguard, are stock mouthguards, which can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.  Stock mouthguards cannot be molded to the teeth.  Secondly, the most common type of mouthguard, referred to as a boil-and-bite mouthguard, is molded to the teeth after it has been softened in boiling water, and, once softened, the person who will be wearing the mouthguard, will bite down into the mouthguard where the material will form around the teeth.  The last type of mouthguard is a custom-made mouthguard, a mouthguard which has been built by a qualified dentist in accordance with the dental history and needs of the patient..  Regardless of the style of mouthguard that you choose, if you are concerned with a proper fit, visit your dentist.  Your dentist can help you to achieve a proper fit and hopefully it will do its job in preventing any possible sports-related dental emergencies.

If you are looking for a custom mouthguard please contact Premier Dental today!

How can I protect my child's teeth during sports?

December 8th, 2015

How can I protect my child's teeth during sports? custom mouth guards omaha ne

Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics. As a parent, you may recognize the benefits of sports, but also naturally worry about your child’s health and safety. Your job goes beyond providing a water bottle and making sure your child follows the rules of the game.

Although you may not think of your child’s teeth first when you think about sports, accidents can happen that affect your children’s teeth. A stray hockey stick, an errant basketball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are examples of ways a child could lose a tooth. In fact, studies show that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year.

Becoming a Better Athlete to Protect Teeth

Becoming a better athlete involves refining skills, learning the rules of the game, and being a good sport. These components are not just about winning. They are also about safety. Young athletes who are better ball-handlers and who are careful to avoid fouls and penalties are less likely to have harmful contact with the ball, teammates, or opponents. Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the blacktop, and more likely to save their teeth. Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is one way to protect teeth.

Proper Protective Equipment for Teeth

If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards fit your child’s mouth and consist of soft plastic. Drs. Beninato, Larson, Bost, Butler, and Ebke can custom fit a mouthguard if generic ones are uncomfortable. While children may resist wearing a mouthguard initially, your persistence in insisting that they wear it should be enough to convince them. A helmet or face mask provides additional protection.

While prevention is best, rapid treatment can improve the situation if your child does happen to lose a tooth during sports. Rapid implantation can work in about ten percent of cases. To learn about ways to save a lost tooth, contact our Omaha, NE office.

I can't stop grinding my teeth! How can a dentist help?

November 17th, 2015

I can't stop grinding my teeth! How can a dentist help? Custom Mouthguards Omaha NE

Drs. Beninato, Larson, Bost, Butler, and Ebke will tell you that while you are sleep, your mouth may be very active. If you find yourself waking up with headaches, facial pain, neck aches, or a sore jaw, you may have tooth grinding, a condition we also call bruxism.

We see many people who experience some extent of tooth grinding, but a very small percentage of the population actually experiences symptoms severe enough to warrant visiting a doctor. If you continually experience any of the symptoms listed above, we encourage you to give us a call at our Omaha, NE office so that we may be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

The most common treatments include:

  • Reducing your stress level to help relax your jaw muscles and prevent grinding
  • A custom-made night guard to cushion your teeth and protect them from damage
  • Changing your eating habits. Coffee, tea, or alcohol before bed can increase your chance of nightly grinding
  • If your jaw or teeth are misaligned, Drs. Beninato, Larson, Bost, Butler, and Ebke may also recommend a brace to decrease grinding.

Grinding your teeth can have serious consequences that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth fractures and damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint).

If you think your teeth may not be getting the rest they need at night, we encourage you to give us a call and schedule an appointment with Drs. Beninato, Larson, Bost, Butler, and Ebke. Call us today!

Teeth Grinding

November 3rd, 2015

Teeth Grinding - Custom Night Guards Family Dentist Omaha NE

If you are waking up with jaw pain, tension headaches, or facial pain, you may be suffering from a condition known as bruxism. This means you could be grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep. Some people aren’t even aware they are grinding or clenching their teeth at night, until a visit to us reveals significant tooth enamel loss. Fortunately, there is a non-invasive and effective solution for teeth grinding, and the tooth enamel damage it can cause, in custom-fabricated nightguards.

Causes of teeth grinding

Tension, stress, and anxiety experienced during the daytime can carry over to an individual’s sleep, and lead the person to grind his or her teeth together or clench the teeth unknowingly. Sleep apnea is another condition that can result in bruxism. Regardless of the cause, however, frequent clenching and teeth grinding wears down the chewing surfaces of the teeth, reduces tooth enamel, and can result in a cracked or chipped tooth, crown, or filling.

Nightguards for teeth grinding

Custom nightguards are fabricated to fit like a glove and protect your teeth from the adverse effects of bruxism. Nightguards are created through a non-invasive process that simply takes an impression of the bottom and top rows of teeth. The result is a nightguard that is flexible, comfortable, and personalized to your mouth.

Benefits of nightguards

Nightguards are helpful to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of dental damage incurred as a result of teeth grinding. They can reduce the discomfort associated with a sore jaw, headaches, tooth sensitivity, ear pain, and facial pain that many patients experience as a result of clenching or grinding of their teeth. In severe cases of bruxism, patients can develop loss of hearing, jawbone misalignment, and TMJ. Therefore, customized nightguards can help prevent the progression of teeth grinding into these more serious conditions.

At-home tips to reduce or prevent teeth grinding

Although it’s important to wear your nightguard faithfully if you grind your teeth at night, you can follow a few self-care tips to help to prevent your teeth grinding from worsening.

  • Reduce tension and stress. Whether you take a warm bath before bed, listen to soothing music, or exercise, practice stress-relieving activities to wash away the tensions of the day.
  • Avoid alcohol. In some patients, alcohol increases teeth grinding tendencies.
  • Avoid caffeine. In some individuals, caffeine increases the likelihood of teeth grinding.
  • Focus on relaxing jaw muscles. Make a conscious effort to keep your jaw relaxed. A warm washcloth against your cheek, sticking your tongue between your teeth, and avoiding chewing pencils, pens, and gum are all ways to train the muscles of your jaw to stay relaxed.

If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth at night, visit Drs. Beninato, Larson, Bost, Butler, and Ebke and our team at Premier Dental for an evaluation at our convenient Omaha, NE office.

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