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Dental Anxiety: How to Stop Fearing the Dentist Office

June 8th, 2019

If you are someone who gets nervous about a trip to the dentist then know that you are far from alone; thousands admit to fearing the dentist’s office. Unfortunately, this can mean that a person’s fear of the dentist will keep him or her from coming in for a twice-yearly checkup. And those checkups are as important to a person’s dental health as brushing twice daily and flossing once. To prolong a visit to the dentist’s office means a greater risk of developing dental conditions that, if left untreated, could become serious. So here are a few tips to better cope with the fear of a visit to the dentist’s office.

The number one way to deal with a fear of the dentist is to tell your dentist at Premier Smile of your anxieties/fears. Your dentist can better treat you if you explain everything; remember to include any stories of bad experiences. Ask your dentist for strategies to help you while you spend time in the chair. And remember to discuss with your dentist and the dental team an agreed-upon signal you plan to use if the situation becomes overly stressful.

You may also want to plan to distract yourself from the exam. If you are someone who has fears and anxieties upon hearing the sound of the drill, then you may want to wear headphones. You could also find ways of occupying your hands to deflect some of the nervousness you feel.

Last but not least, you can participate in mindful techniques. Use techniques such as deep breathing to help relax the tensions you may feel in your body.

If you have been unable to schedule your next dental appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today. Remember to explain that you do have certain anxieties about visiting the dentist so that the dental team at Premier Smile can better accommodate your needs.

Toothbrushes: Battery-Powered vs Traditional

April 10th, 2019

A quality toothbrush is the cornerstone of everyday oral care. A quality toothbrush with soft bristles will clean the surfaces of the teeth, removing plaque and food debris, keeping the teeth both clean and healthy. But there are so many different options for a quality toothbrush. There are numerous brand choices, bristle choices, head shape, etc. And while many of those options will depend on personal preference—or, if you have any questions as to which toothbrush your dentist at Premier Smile recommends, then call today—the biggest difference in modern toothbrushes is whether it is battery-powered/electric or traditional. Here’s a few of the pros and cons to each.

Powered Toothbrush

A powered toothbrush should be capable at effectively removing both plaque and debris form the surfaces of the teeth. The toothbrush will likely have a head that both spins and vibrates, and this extra action (extra meaning that it is near impossible to replicate the action of a powered toothbrush with a traditional manual-type) will help to remove the plaque and debris without too much effort. This makes a powered toothbrush a good choice for those who have trouble with the effort of tooth brushing. Powered toothbrushes are also terrific options for children. Children may have trouble with the motor skills involved in brushing teeth, and, as benefit, will appreciate the fun associated with the toothbrush—some models even play the songs to entertain.

Traditional Toothbrush

The traditional toothbrushes benefits are in its simplicity. You can find a traditional toothbrush in any store across the world. It’s a simple and easy process to take out a toothbrush, regardless of batteries and/or an electrical outlet and use it. And the fine motor skills involved in using a traditional toothbrush might actually benefit a child who is learning these skills.

If you have any questions as to which toothbrush would work the best for you, or you would like to know the brands/types of toothbrushes that your dentist at Premier Smile recommends, then call today. And don’t forget that along with a quality toothbrush, it’s very important to keep to the habit of twice yearly cleanings and checkups with your dentist at Premier Smile.

Food/Drink to Benefit Oral Health

March 9th, 2019

There are foods that can actually benefit your mouth; these foods either contain vitamins/minerals that are good for teeth or help clean the debris and sugar from the inside of your mouth. Here’s a few…

Water, Water, Water

Water is everything. Water is the basis of a healthy body. Water helps our mouth to stay hydrated, and it also washes away the debris and sugar from the mouth. Water that contains fluoride helps the teeth become more resistant to attacks from an acid attack—an acid attack could be responsible for the development of cavities.

Dairy and Tea

If you do have to regularly drink fluids other than water, then choose fluids without sugar. Milk, tea, and coffee (coffee doesn’t mean a hot drink filled with caramel at your local coffee house). Milk, tea, and coffee, in addition to being relatively mild for teeth—coffee and some types of tea could be responsible for staining the teeth—also benefit the rest of the body.

Phosphorus?

Phosphorus-rich foods can strengthen the teeth. These are lean meats such as chicken and fish; milk and eggs also contain high levels of phosphorus. The only problem with these types of foods is that they are oftentimes higher in calories, fats, sodium, etc., and they should be consumed in moderation.

Fruit and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an important component to health. All fruits and veggies have vitamins and minerals that are essential to health. And in addition to being chock-full of nutrients, fruits and vegetables are packed with water and fiber, which can help to clean the surfaces of the teeth and balance out the sugar content.

There are a number of foods that benefit mouth health, and, in addition to a quality diet, remember also the importance of quality oral care. Remember to keep brushing your teeth twice daily, for two-minute sessions, and flossing at least once. And remember the importance of regular checkups/tooth cleanings with your dentist at Premier Smile. If you are ready to schedule your next appointment then call today.

Flossing

February 11th, 2019

Flossing is an important component for dental health, and here’s why. First, flossing cleans the plaque between our teeth. In most cases these spaces are too narrow for the bristles of a toothbrush to clean adequately. So, uncleaned, plaque is allowed to thrive within those spaces, potentially causing cavities and gum disease. Remember that plaque contains certain bacteria that feed on the food and sugar present in the mouth; the bacteria produce an acid that eats away at the surface of the tooth, and causes a cavity. Also, the unremoved plaque can eventually harden into a hard substance called tarter. And tarter around the gum line is a catalyst for gum disease.

There’s been some recent speculation about the effectiveness of floss to clean between teeth; if the practice of flossing is a necessity, or if appropriate brushing habits are enough to clean plaque. But even the U.S Health and Human Services Dept. has stated that the act of flossing is an important hygiene practice.

And floss is the first thing to reach for in the event you find something stuck between your teeth. According to several studies, folks will reach for almost anything when they find something; the tip of a knife and credit cards are listed as a few of the tooth cleaning devices someone could, unfortunately, reach for.

There is no one perfect time in the day to floss. In fact, it doesn’t make much difference if you floss before or after brushing; it doesn’t matter whether you floss in the morning or at night. The important thing is that it gets done. If you find you are too rushed to remember to brush your teeth in the morning, then it may be best to set it to your evening brushing routine. Or, if you find yourself too tired in the evening to spend time flossing, then you may want to brush in the morning, or set aside some time at the lunch hour.

If you have any questions about flossing, or are ready to schedule your next appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile, then call today.

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.

Fluoride: Nature’s Cavity Fighter

September 8th, 2018

People are becoming wary of chemicals, especially chemicals that get added to food and water. And in most cases, it’s a good thing to be wary of certain chemical additives; however, one such additive (considered a mineral) that should not be grouped with others is fluoride. Fluoride does get added to most community water supplies (In fact, fluoride has been added to water supplies in the United States for over seventy years). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has deemed the addition of fluoride to water supplies to be one of the ten great health achievements of the twentieth century. But fluoride is added to water supplies and certain fluoride toothpastes because it helps to prevent cavities in both children and adults. It helps the outer surfaces of the teeth (the hard, protective surface is called the enamel) be more resistant to acid attacks from the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Fluoride is added to toothpaste and into community water supplies because it helps to rebuild weak tooth enamel—tooth enamel gets broken down and weakened for any number of reasons (It especially breaks down naturally as we age)—and the rebuilt enamel resists tooth decay.

Remember that it’s important to brush your teeth twice every day, and for two minutes. You should brush all the surfaces of your teeth, and, for adults and children over the age of six (children who are unable to spit out the toothpaste should not use an adult toothpaste) you should use a fluoride toothpaste with the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval on its packaging. A child who is too young to spit out toothpaste should be supervised while he or she brushes. A child who is unable to spit out toothpaste should use no more than a slight amount of toothpaste (Generally speaking, the amount of toothpaste required should be the size of a pea, and children younger than three should use toothpaste in an amount no larger than a grain of rice).

Remember also to schedule your next appointment with your dentist at Premier Smile. A regular dental checkup is an important component to quality oral health.

Cavities and Medication

August 4th, 2018

Did you know that it’s possible to get cavities later in life? It’s true. Too often we consider youth to be the only time during which we are prone to cavities. But, unfortunately, it’s also possible to get cavities later in life, especially after we’ve aged past middle age, and the number one cause is often dry mouth. There are other reasons, too—aging is a process that affects all aspects of our bodies. (Too often we consider the teeth to be different than the rest of the body).

Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging, and it is possible to have the condition treated. But it is also important that you check the side effects of your medications, and, in the event that there’s a possibility to adjust medications to alleviate dry mouth as a symptom, you should consult your primary physician. But know that it is a possible side-effect for more than 500 different medications; these medications are varied, but include medications for asthma, high cholesterol, pain medications, anxiety and depression medications, high blood pressure, and even common antihistamines. Your dentist at Premier Smile will be able to recommend several different methods to help alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth.

Remember when you experience the symptoms of dry mouth to keep hydrated. You should carry a water bottle with you when you go out, and drink water even at the times when you’re not thirsty. You can also use sugar-free gum—make sure it’s sugarless and without hard granulated crystals—to keep your mouth from going completely dry. And avoid drinks such as coffee and alcohol.

Remember that’s it’s very important to keep your teeth clean even when you’re older. You should brush your teeth twice daily—for at least two minutes—and floss at least once. And it’s imperative that you remember to visit your dentist, regularly, so that your dentist at Premier Smile can both clean your teeth and determine any possible changes in the mouth long before those changes become difficult problems.

Vacation and Dental Health: Prepare for Anything…

July 10th, 2018

When you are on vacation, the number one dental tip you should always try to remember is to keep to your regular dental routine of brushing twice and flossing once. Remember, your mouth does not realize you are going on vacation, and in fact it’s while on vacation that many of us eat those undesirable goodies, drink sugary beverages, etc. So, remember to keep to a routine and keep your teeth and gums clean. In addition, here’s a few more tips to keep your mouth healthy while on vacation.

Keep to Regular Dental Visits

Regular Dental Visits are important for many reasons, but before you go on vacation it’s important to remember to go in to Premier Smile for a routine check-up. Your dentist will be able to determine problems long before they become physically apparent to you. Not only does this allow you peace of mind while on vacation, but it also provides your dentist with up-to-date information on the current state of your mouth. If you have a dental emergency while on vacation, and you know the number to Premier Smile, then your dentist can help walk you through the problem; sometimes, a dental emergency can wait until you get home for treatment, while in other cases you may need to go in for an emergency dental treatment.

Tooth Brush Tips:

The toothbrush can be one of the most confounding-to-pack items. But it doesn’t have to be. To keep it simple, pack your toothbrush in a simple plastic sandwich bag; the bag will help protect the tooth brush from dirt and grime and it can also be easily opened and stored once you get to your destination. If you forget your toothbrush, you can get away with a simpler cleaning, placing a small amount of toothpaste on the tip of your clean finger or on a damp, clean rag, and brush. And while this does work to clean the mouth the effectiveness of the cleaning is subpar to a cleaning from a bristled toothbrush, and you should try to find a replacement toothbrush soon.

Proper Nutrition And Dental Health

April 8th, 2018

We all have probably heard that consuming overly-sugary foods and beverages can lead to tooth decay, but did you also know that your mouth is likely to be the first place to indicate signs of poor nutrition? It’s true. Evidence of poor nutrition is evident, usually, within the mouth before it shows in areas of the body. Everything you eat and drink has an impact, no matter how small or how brief, on your dental health.

Nutrition depends on many things; to consider nutrition per the recommended guidelines developed by the Department of Agriculture, a person’s nutrition depends on age, gender, level of activity, and other inherent health factors. This means that calories and other dietary restrictions are based on several different factors, and that no two people are exactly alike, but everyone’s diet should have balance and moderation. For instance, unless a person has certain dietary restrictions that prevent it, people should consume lots of fruits and vegetables. Also, grains are important—of course, again, this depends on dietary restrictions—and foods such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread, and brown rice are an especially important part of our diet. Dairy should be low-fat and limited to moderation, and foods that are rich in protein such as fish and skinless meat—remember that certain meats can be hard on the body and should be consumed in moderation—but also protein-rich foods such as legumes—i.e. beans and lentils.

While a diet is an incredibly important aspect to full body health, quality dental health depends also on several other factors that include: the frequency a person eats—regular snacking is not recommended, because it’s hard to keep the teeth clean—the combinations of foods a person consumes in one sitting, and any other conditions—gastrointestinal problems and systemic diseases such as diabetes—which may alter the way our bodies process food.

Remember, our mouths are one of many of the components to full body health, and oral health is not only about just twice daily brushings one once daily flossing—although these are very, very important components.

Is Sparkling Water Hard on Tooth Enamel?

February 4th, 2018

Water is always a choice. Water keeps your whole body healthy. Water cleans your teeth, and most water contains fluoride, and fluoride is extremely beneficial to dental health. But when you drink sparkling water, water that has an added carbonation to add a fizz—an added something that provides a satisfying feel similar to drinking soda—does that added carbonation and acidity affect your dental health? In particular does it harm the enamel? (Remember that enamel is the hard outer-covering on the tooth).

According to research, enamel is not overtly affected by the acidity of sparkling water. In fact, researchers found that sparkling water doesn’t have any more negative effects on tooth enamel than regular water. But, one thing not included in the study is the addition of flavorings into the sparkling water. For instance, many acidic flavorings are added to sparkling water—grapefruit and lime to name just a few—and these flavorings do have higher levels of acidity, which then do have a negative impact on tooth enamel. That doesn’t mean you have to stay clear of all flavored drinks. Soda pop, even diet soda, is especially hard on teeth and many flavored waters are much better for your mouth—and for your entire bodily health—than sodas. Soda, unfortunately, is bad for our mouth, and waters that have sugar added—these are supposed to be labeled sweetened waters (still make sure to check the label to be sure there’s no sugars added)—are equally as bad. Remember, drink plenty of plain water, because it has so many great benefits for bodily health. If you wish to drink a sparkling water, or even to indulge in a sugary drink (although it would be better to eliminate sugary drinks all together) then indulge in them sparingly. Try to have one with a meal, or at a snack time; try not to get into the habit of drinking carbonated waters all day long.

It may be time to book that next appointment at Premier Smile! Remember that regular trip to the dentist’s office is a part of practicing good oral health.

Halitosis

January 6th, 2018

Halitosis is the word for chronic bad breath. And if you are suffering from halitosis, then there’s no quick and easy remedy; mints and mouthwashes and extra brushing won’t alleviate the problem. Halitosis is not the same as morning breath, and it’s not bad breath caused from potent-smelling foods like garlic, onions, or tuna fish. It’s a possibly long-term condition, and because halitosis can oftentimes be a sign of a more serious condition, it should be checked out by your dentist at Premier Smile, immediately.

Causes of Halitosis

Halitosis could be a sign of a more serious condition, including a possible underlying dental issue; something not yet symptomatic. Halitosis could signal a cavity, or a pocket of thriving bacteria and the beginnings of gum disease—remember that in the initial stages of gum disease there are very few, if any, symptoms. Halitosis could also be the cause of an infection within the mouth, nose, or throat. Bacterial caused conditions such as strep throat could be the cause of halitosis. Other conditions such as a sinus infection could bring on halitosis, because bacteria feed on the mucous produced from the infection. Serious conditions, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and chronic acid reflux are also potential causes of halitosis—a good reason to get yourself checked!

What to do about Halitosis

Halitosis is not a forever condition, and in fact your dentist should be able to determine the cause of it after a checkup and a cleaning. If you are experiencing bad breath, you should first examine your everyday oral care routine: are you brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing at least once? Are you drinking plenty of water—dry mouth is also an underlying cause for halitosis. If the answer is yes, then it’s time to pay a visit to your dentist at Premier Smile. If it turns out that the halitosis is dental caused, you will have your answer after an examination, but if it’s not caused by a dental condition, then your dentist can advise you as to how to proceed.

Wisdom Teeth

November 7th, 2017

Wisdom teeth are appropriately named, because they are a set of molars that don’t grow up through the gums until later in life. Usually, wisdom teeth begin to sprout when a person is between the ages of seventeen and twenty-one, although it varies—some people get them sooner, others later. Wisdom teeth can sometimes be helpful, because that extra set of molars helps us chew our food. Unfortunately, many people need to have their wisdom teeth removed, because there isn’t enough space for them in the mouth.

Problems of Wisdom Teeth

Oftentimes, wisdom teeth don’t have the room to grow. Because the molars develop so much later than other teeth, oftentimes well after a mouth has fully developed—sometimes after a dental appliance, such as braces, have already aligned the teeth—there isn’t room for these extra molars. And there’s no easy way to predict how the wisdom teeth will grow in the mouth. Sometimes wisdom teeth can become impacted (impacted means that a tooth is trapped beneath the gum line, possibly even in the jaw). If wisdom teeth grow too closely to other teeth, it’s possible that food debris can get trapped in the spaces between. Sometimes these tight spaces can be very difficult to keep clean. Sometimes they grow so close to the neighboring molar that it becomes difficult, if not practically impossible, to floss. And when the spaces between teeth are not cleaned, bacteria thrive; and, when bacteria are allowed to thrive, a mouth can suffer from conditions such as infection and gum disease. Also, when wisdom teeth grow too close to their neighboring molars, they can damage those other teeth, destroying the roots, or even damaging the bones in the jaw that support those teeth.

Removal

When wisdom teeth overcrowd, or when they do damage to a mouth, they should be removed. Your dentist at Premier Dental will be able to determine if there is a potential issue. You and your dentist can discuss possible treatments, or, when wisdom teeth don’t require immediate removal, a plan to monitor their growth. If you have any questions about wisdom teeth, your dentist at Premier Dental is ready to answer them.

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.

At Home Tooth Whitening

August 9th, 2017

A healthy and vibrant bright-white smile is important for most people. A healthy smile is a confident smile. And, while there are many things that can cause a smile to appear less white, less vibrant, there are a few at-home remedies (the best remedy for a bright white smile is to keep to twice yearly dental visits, but these are tips for the times between) that work well to keep teeth white.

Whitening Toothpaste: Does it work?

It does work. And you can find tooth whitening versions of almost every brand of toothpaste in the aisles of the grocery store. But which one should you choose? Choose a brand that has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval. This is evidence that the ADA has tested the whitening toothpaste to be safe. Whitening toothpaste, however, doesn’t do more than remove the surface stains on the teeth. It doesn’t change the color of the teeth—for that you will need to have your teeth bleached by either a take-home tray or an in-office visit at Premier Smile. Whitening toothpastes remove stains by scrubbing the surfaces of the teeth gently with mild abrasives. It does also contain some chemicals which help to break down those surface-level stains. Some modern whitening toothpastes even contain a certain chemical which can adhere to the surfaces of the teeth, giving the teeth a whiter appearance—but this is only a cosmetic fix.

If you use whitening toothpastes twice daily then you should notice a whiter smile within two to six weeks. And while most whitening toothpastes do try to do minimal damage to tooth enamel (the hard protective outer-coating on teeth) it may be best to consult with your dentist at Premier Smile before you begin a long regimen of brushing twice daily with those types of toothpastes.

Premier Smile is ready for you when you want an in-office whitening, or a take-home dental tray. If you have any questions as to tooth whitening options, or just need to make your next appointment to see you dentist at Premier Smile, then call today.

Raising Children's Oral Health Awareness in February!

February 17th, 2017

Premier Dental may be coming to a school near you! We have planned several school visits to promote Children's Dental Health Month and Oral Health Awareness! February has been named National Children's Health Month by the American Dental Association (ADA) in an effort to promote better dental health for children all over the country.

"What children eat and when they eat it may affect not only their general health, but also their oral health," said Dr. Piper Larson of Premier Dental. "Americans are consuming more and more sugary food and drinks than ever before. Energy drinks and junk foods have gradually replaced nutritious beverages and foods for many. February is a great opportunity for us to provide community support in the battle against sugar."

According to the NCCIH, about 30% of teenagers consume energy drinks on a regular basis. Many energy drinks contain as much as 25-50 g of simple sugars. There is also the safety factor that is question with these drinks.  Large amounts of caffeine and other additives pose other health risks as well.

Here at Premier Dental we like to refer parents and kids to the American Dental Association Guidelines to help reduce the risk of tooth decay:

  • Limit snacking between meals to healthy, low sugar options.
  • If you are going to consume sugary drinks or foods do so with meals when saliva production is high and this can help neutralize acid production.
  • Stick to sugarless gum after eating to increase saliva flow and assist in removing food particles from the mouth.
  • Think about what your child is drinking and increase their intake of water.
  • Stick to regularly scheduled dental appointments.

At Premier Dental and Premier Pediatric Dentistry we encourage all patients, regardless of age, to follow these guidelines along with daily brushing and flossing.

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.

9 Tricks for Halloween Safety

October 26th, 2016

Halloween can be a spooky fun time for kids and their families. Below is mnemonic to help you prepare for Halloween safety:

Hazards can be avoided on Halloween by taking the following precautions.

Adults or older children should accompany young ghosts and goblins on their Halloween hauntings.

Light-reflecting costumes or orange reflecting tape will ensure everyone can be seen by drivers.

Look both ways before crossing the street, and obey all traffic safety rules. Walk, don't run, to avoid fractures to little skeletons.

October can be cold and damp; find a flame-retardant costume that provides protection from the weather.

Work your own neighborhood. There will be fewer tricks among the treats from people you know. Avoid any areas of the neighborhood you are not familiar with.

Eyes work best when not blocked by masks or patches. Best to choose face paint when you can instead of masks which may obstruct a child's vision.

Every piece of candy should be checked by a parent for tampering. Throw away all unpackaged goodies.

Never go trick or treating alone, and always say thank you!

Stop by and see us Monday, October 31st! All kids in costumes will receive a treat!

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 Is A Cracked Tooth?

October 11th, 2016

Did you know that our teeth can be easily damaged? True story, teeth need to be well cared for and protected. But, there’s also unavoidable circumstances which can lead to tooth damage. Consider these symptoms: you feel sharp pain when you bite down, chewing, and the pain is only on one side of the mouth; the pain could either be localized to a tooth or area around the tooth, or the pain could be pervading throughout the teeth, gums, jaw, etc. on one side of the mouth. What then (in a healthy mouth, a mouth that hasn’t sustained recent injury, a well-cared for, cleaned mouth) could the pain be caused from? It’s possible that the problem could be a cracked tooth.

Causes of a cracked tooth

Teeth crack for the obvious reasons like injuries, or chewing on hard foods, but there are a few, lessor known reasons, some you may not realize are even happening within your mouth. Tooth grinding is one cause, and many people may not realize that they grind their teeth while they sleep. Also, you may chew foods with uneven pressure. It could also just be that your aging, that past fillings, etc. are breaking down, and the tooth’s structural integrity is no longer supported.

How to tell if a tooth is cracked

It’s difficult to know if painful symptoms are caused by a cracked tooth, because a crack may be too fine to see, or it may be in a location not easily found without the proper dental equipment. Regardless, it’s not something you will want to suffer through. Symptoms like these most often won’t just go away, and it could greatly affect your quality of life. It’s absolutely important to pay a visit to your dentist if you are in pain. If it’s determined to be not the cause of a cracked tooth, but of something more serious and more difficult to treat, early treatment is important.  If it is a cracked tooth, your dentist may treat it with a variety of methods, depending upon the severity of the damage.

Remember, don’t suffer through dental pain. Call us TODAY (402) 718-8737 to schedule your appointment 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.

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!

Premier Dental's Third Annual Dentistry from the Heart

August 25th, 2016

Dr. Dan Beninato will host Premier Dental's Third Annual Dentistry From The Heart (DFTH) event – providing a FREE day of dental care to more than 125 residents.

Dentistry From The Heart patients travel from across Nebraska and Iowa every year to Premier Dental for the annual free day of dentistry, happening on Saturday, August 27th, 2016.

In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart started with New Port Richey dentist Dr. Vincent Monticciolo as a way to giving back to the community and provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Since its inception, Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events worldwide and provided more than 100,000 people with free dental care services.

Annually, Dr. Beninato and his team of dentists, volunteers and sponsors provide patients with a free extraction, filling or cleaning. This is the third annual event for Dr. Beninato, who has donated over $90,00 worth of free dental care to more than 200 patients. The goal this year is to treat 190 patients and give away $75,000 in free dental care. Services will be provided on a first come first serve basis, guaranteeing the first 125 patients to be seen.

“It is our favorite day of the year at Premier Dental,” said Dr. Beninato. “The services provided by Dentistry From The Heart helps more than just a patient’s teeth, it gives them a renewed reason to smile.”

If you are looking for a way to help out in the community and pay it forward join us on Saturday, August 27th between 9 am and 2 pm for the American Red Cross Blood Drive. To register please visit www.redcross.org/give-blood and enter donor code PremierDental. All presenting donors on Saturday who register with an email will receive a $5 Amazon gift card from the American Red Cross!

Help spread the word and Free smiles this Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 8am until 3 pm with registration beginning at 7:30 am at Premier Dental located at 17110 Lakeside Hills Plaza, Omaha, NE  68130. For more information please visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org. CONTACT:  info@premiersmile.com

Dentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work for people those in need. Every year, Dentistry From The Heart events contribute millions of dollars in free dentistry and help more than 100,000 patients across the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.dentistryfromtheheart.org

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July 14th, 2016

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What Is Gum Disease?

July 4th, 2016

Often we hear terms like gum disease or gingivitis, but what do those terms actually mean?  How are the diseases caused? What can we do to prevent it?  Believe it or not, our mouths are full of bacteria (Remember that not all bacteria are bad!), and these bacteria form a sticky layer on the surfaces of teeth, which is called plaque.  Plaque is a problem.  Plaque is not easy to get rid of, although regular brushing—twice every day—and regular flossing—once everyday—should help to keep the plaque on the teeth at bay.  However, plaque that has not been removed from the surfaces of the teeth by regular brushing and flossing, hardens into a substance called tartar.  Tartar can not be removed by brushing and flossing alone, and it must be removed in a cleaning by your dentist.

Gingivitis is caused by a tarter build up on the teeth for a prolonged period of time (this is one of the many reasons why regular dental visits are so important!).  The bacteria on the teeth cause an inflammation of the gums.  This inflammation is called Gingivitis.  When it happens the gums are bright red and bleed easily.  The symptoms of Gingivitis can be cured with regular habits of brushing and flossing, and a visit to your dentist for a cleaning—your dentist may even recommend a mouthwash.

While gingivitis is considered gum disease, a more serious form of it is called periodontitis.  Periodontitis is the condition resulting from an untreated case of gingivitis.  With periodontitis, the gums separate from the teeth and the spaces left in the separation become infected.  Periodontitis can lead to damage to the teeth, gums, bones in the jaw, even necessitate the removal of teeth.

Obviously the methods to prevent these diseases are simple and well known: brush, floss, visit your dentist.  However, even a healthy individual, who performs his or her oral health flawlessly each and every day, could succumb to the symptoms of gum disease.

There are other preventable factors. Consider cutting down on sugary foods and drinks; try not to snack consistently throughout the day; stay away from tobacco.  You may also be taking medications that limit your saliva output (saliva washes debris from the surfaces of teeth), and you may be genetically predisposed to these conditions.

Regular check ups with your dentist—recommended twice yearly—and a consistent schedule of oral hygiene should keep your mouth healthy and free of gum disease.

Please contact Premier Dental for all of your dental needs today!

Mrs. Hen Goes to the Dentist!

June 6th, 2016

It's not everyday we have the opportunity to work on a hen in the dental chair, but Dr.Ebke did one fine day in May. Meet Emily T., a local preschool teacher who goes above and beyond in her career each and every day. Emily came to a regular scheduled dental visit with Mrs. Hen. Now you may understand why we were a bit confused when she brought Mrs. Hen along to her appointment. Well, one of Emily's students had a huge fear of coming to see the dentist. So after talking with her students they decided that Mrs. Hen would come scope it out and report back to them the next day. We even took pictures for the students and included our Lil' Farley Flossisaurus dinosaur friend. Be sure your child visits with Lil' Farley at his/her next visit. Emily T. was chosen as our May Patient of the Month. Emily had this to say about her experience, "I had some major dental anxiety when I first started at Premier Dental, and Dr Ebke did everything she could to help me through that. I now enjoy visiting the dentist and love the organized, personal atmosphere." We had so much fun with Mrs. Hen, Thank You!

To Smile or Not to Smile...Is a Smile Makeover Right for You?

April 18th, 2016

Deciding if a smile makeover is right for you can be a big decision. We continuously hear from our patients who have chosen a smile makeover and how they wished they had not waited to have this done. Deb Stuto chose to have a Smile Makeover at Premier Dental. Here is what she had to say about why she chose a smile makeover, "A smile makeover was important to me because I was becoming more and more self conscious when I smiled. My bottom teeth were very worn down. My smile was making me feel old. The deciding factor to have this done was Dr. Beninato. After meeting with him and hearing his explanation of why my teeth were wearing down and what he could offer as help, I decided to have this done."
When asked why she chose Premier Dental, Deb had this to say: "A teaching friend of mine recommended Dr. Beninato. I hated going to the dentist and had not found one I truly trusted and liked in Omaha. The experience at Premier Dental was different from the moment I walked in the office. I was welcomed and everyone was concerned about me and knowing more about what brought me in.
Dr. Beninato diagnosed what my issue was with my jaw. All my options for treatment were presented to me and I was allowed to bring my husband back with me at a later date to go over the options AGAIN. I felt no pressure to do anything I did not want to do.
Eventually, as I progressed through my treatment, I felt like a family member when I came to Premier Dental. I still do! I never was good about keeping up with my dental visits until now."

We asked Deb, What is different in your life since enhancing your beautiful smile? Are you smiling more? More confident? Employment changes? Not as embarrassed about photos? " Yes, yes, yes and yes. I was always embarrassed of my smile, even as a young child because of my large middle gap. I did not like my picture taken. I have to say now, I still don’t love my picture taken, BUT I love my smile and I am not embarrassed anymore. I have people comment about my smile — I am more confident meeting new people and being in front of people. I retired from OPS since and now teach full time for Doane College.
My biggest change in life with my smile makeover is a side effect — not anything Dr. Beninato “promised” but I believe he hoped for. I was having severe issues with my sinuses. I had already had 3 sinus surgeries when I met Dr. B. and was constantly on an antibiotic and steroid. After I finished with my treatment, I have no longer been a “frequent flyer” at my ENT. They hardly know me now!!! This I am truly thankful for."

WHICH CANCER IS ON THE RISE?

April 15th, 2016

Close to 48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,575 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 48,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. (Approximately 57%) The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the testes, and endocrine system cancers such as thyroid. If you expand the definition of oral and oropharyngeal cancers to include cancer of the larynx, the numbers of diagnosed cases grow to approximately 54,000 individuals, and 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone.
Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to keep your regular scheduled visits with us! We have implemented the new OralID here at Premier Dental to identify oral cancer in the earliest stages. OralID is a simple, 2 minute examination that allows your dentist to identify oral abnormalities that my not be visible to the naked eye. Be sure to ask about it when you are at your next visit!

Risk factors for Oral Cancer:

  • HPV Exposure (transmitted through saliva, sexual and skin-to-skin contact)
  • Smoking
  • Smokeless Tobacco Users
  • Excessive Use Of Alcohol
  • Family History of Cancer
  • Excessive Sun Exposure (Especially at a young age)

The Right Toothbrush

April 10th, 2016

There are hundreds of types of toothbrushes.  Toothbrushes range in shape, firmness, features, and even mechanical or manual.  With so many options, what toothbrush will work best for you?  One option is to visit your dentist, or ask at your next appointment.  Your dentist can direct you to a toothbrush that will work great for your mouth.  But, what if you are not able to visit the dentist soon, and you’re standing in front of an entire aisle of toothbrushes, trying to decide on a type?  Here’s a few things to consider if you are looking for your next, best toothbrush.

Firstly, consider the firmness of the bristles.  Toothbrushes often come in bristle hardness determined at firm, medium, and soft.  Most people will want to use a medium to soft bristled toothbrush, as a firm-bristled toothbrush may do damage to the teeth and the gums.  Then consider the head shape.  Toothbrush head shape and bristle shape differ widely by brand.  Pick a toothbrush that you’ll feel comfortable using, and also look for the ADA—American Dental Association—seal on the package, as this will indicate that this brush meets or exceeds the standards of the ADA.  Also, if you are choosing between a mechanical brush and a manual one, there are a few things to consider.  Firstly, if you are someone who has difficulty using a toothbrush to clean all areas of the teeth, then maybe a mechanical toothbrush, which usually has some type of spinning or vibrating head, will help you to clean the surfaces of the teeth.  A mechanical toothbrush is also a good choice for children, because a child may find the toothbrush to be fun to use, and it will hopefully increase the likelihood of developing a good brushing routine.

A toothbrush isn’t everything, however.  Even if you have the best toothbrush equipment made, you can still brush your teeth and gums too hard, removing enamel and damaging gum tissue.  So, brush regularly, clean the surface of the teeth, removing that unwanted plaque, but don’t overdo it.  If you have any questions about toothbrushes, or the proper way in which you can use them, make an appointment with your dentist.

Visit Premier Smiles for all of your oral health care needs! Omaha's Best Dentist!

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.

Root Canal or Extraction?

March 30th, 2016

Patients today have more options than ever before to treat their teeth. Understanding your choices and their impact on your future dental health and lifestyle is important. Read on to learn why nothing is as good as your natural tooth and get simple tips for saving your teeth!

Saving a natural tooth through endodontic treatment (root canal) should always be the first choice for the best health and cosmetic results. There are many advantages to saving your natural tooth:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods
  • Maintains a natural appearance
  • Limits the need for more costly, ongoing dental work

What to avoid

  • Never choose extraction because you think it will be cheaper! When a natural tooth is extracted, it must be replaced with an artificial tooth to prevent other teeth from shifting, and to prevent future dental problems. The cost of a denture, bridge or implant, plus the extraction, often is higher than the cost of an endodontic procedure that would save the tooth for years to come. Most dental insurance plans cover endodontic treatment.
  • Never choose extraction because you think root canal treatment will be painful! Modern techniques and effective anesthesia make root canal treatment virtually painless. In fact, discomfort after the procedure is generally greater with tooth extraction. Patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as "painless" than those patients who have not had a root canal.
  • Never choose extraction because you think it will be quicker! Endodontic treatments generally require one to two visits lasting less than an hour each. An extraction requires one visit, but the denture, bridge or implant will require several additional visits with your dentist.

Root Canal Awareness Week

March 29th, 2016

Root Canal Awareness Week begins on March 27th and continues on until April 2nd. Root Canal Awareness Week, established by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), was created to educate the public about misconceptions about root canal treatments and the true benefits of this virtually painless procedure. Root canal treatment saves more than 16 million natural teeth each year!

Root Canals

Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth, endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes; deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp or inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Common Endodontic Symptoms

Patients may need endodontic treatment, including root canals, if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold
  • tenderness of teeth to touch and chewing
  • facial or oral swelling

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

February 2016 Newsletter

February 16th, 2016

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Teeth Whitening

January 6th, 2016

A smile that reveals a mouthful of bright white teeth is a confident smile.  A white smile is a sign of good oral health; a sign that someone brushes their teeth twice daily and flosses.  But our smiles can loose their brilliant sparkle even with terrific oral care.  Our teeth are effected by many different things.  Food and drink can stain teeth: coffee, tea, and red wine are primary, everyday culprits, because they all contain intense color pigments that can attach to the enamel of the tooth.  Tobacco, smoked and smokeless, stains teeth—The nicotine and tar in the tobacco turns teeth a brown to yellow color.  One factor that we are all unable to control is that when we age our enamel on our teeth breaks down, and the softer underside called dentin shows through—dentin has a slightly yellowish pigment.  Medications such as antihistamines and some high blood pressure medications can cause a darkening of the teeth.

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You don’t have to quit drinking coffee or red wine to have white teeth.  Teeth whitening is a simple process that can be done in a variety of ways both at home and at the dentist’s office.  Your dentist can help you decide which type of whitening process is best for you.  A simple solution is a whitening toothpaste.  Whitening toothpaste works because of the abrasives inside the toothpaste that scrub the surfaces of the teeth.  Toothpaste can only clean the surface of the teeth and it wont actually change the color of the teeth.  Peroxide gels that are placed in a tray that fits your teeth or whitening strips are another option.  These two methods can be used at home at the discretion of your dentist.  Also, in office visits, which usually only require one office visit.  In the office your dentist will protect your gums and apply a bleach to the teeth.

While there are no drastic side effects to tooth whitening, some people may experience tooth sensitivity, because the peroxide in the whitener penetrates the dentin of the tooth and irritates the nerve.

If you are interested in teeth whitening, please schedule an appointment with one of our  today!

How to Care for Your Invisalign® Aligners

December 1st, 2015

How to Care for Your Invisalign® Aligners, Invisalign Omaha NE

Is it possible to straighten the teeth without braces? Yes, it is. Welcome to the world of Invisalign aligners. Invisalign aligners are made from a clear, thermoplastic material that is custom made to fit your teeth. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. More importantly, the clear thermoplastic material makes the aligners invisible, which is ideal if the thought of metal braces and elastics make you self-conscious. For the best results, proper handling and care of your Invisalign aligners is important. Follow these steps to take care of your aligners:

1. Do not eat or drink hot beverages while wearing aligners. It's a good idea to get in the practice of removing the aligners before eating and drinking. Because the aligners are made of plastic resin, heat can distort and damage them. Also, eating while wearing the aligners will cause sugar and other food particles to stay on your teeth, which contributes to plaque and tooth decay.

2. Clean the aligner trays regularly. Invisalign aligners are exposed to the same bacteria and plaque that your mouth is, so you need to clean them as regularly as you clean your teeth. However, avoid cleaning the aligners with harsh chemicals. We recommend using a cleaning kit or some other type of specific solution. When it comes to cleaning Invisalign aligners, carefully follow the instructions given by Drs. Beninato, Larson, Bost, Butler, and Ebke.

3. Store aligners in a cool, dry, safe place. When you’re not wearing the aligners, store them in the case provided by our office. If you don’t use the case, they can easily be lost. Keeping them out of reach of small children and pets is also a good idea. The last thing you want is for Fido to think your Invisalign aligners are chew toys.

4. Don’t chew gum while wearing aligners. There’s one thing that conventional braces and Invisalign aligners have in common: chewing gum damages both of them.

5. Don’t soak aligners in mouthwash. Many popular mouthwashes contain a color pigment. It’s possible that soaking Invisalign aligners in mouthwash will tint or stain them.

For more tips and tricks for a successful Invisalign experience, contact our Omaha, NE office! And if you have a medical flex savings account, now is the time to use it or you lose it.

Is periodontal disease contagious?

June 16th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of adults age 30 and over suffer from some form of gum disease. Caused by plaque buildup, gum disease is an infection of the tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth. In its advanced stages, it is known as periodontal disease. If left untreated, it can result in the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth, causing teeth loss. It’s a preventable condition seen far too often by Drs. Beninato, Larson, Berry, and Bost.

Research between periodontal disease and other diseases is ongoing. Some studies have indicated that gum disease is linked to other health conditions such as stroke or diabetes. Furthermore, while most factors that lead to periodontal disease are dependent on the individual (genetics, diet, poor oral hygiene) there is a possibility that periodontitis is capable of spreading from one person to another.

What the Research Says

Periodontitis is a gum infection, and the bacteria that cause the gums to become infected travels in saliva. Researches have used DNA coding techniques to track the path of infection from one person to another. In other words, kissing and close contact play a role in the transmission of the infection, so if you’re married to a spouse with periodontal disease, then your chances of having gum problems are slightly increased. Other studies have indicated that saliva contact is common in family settings through coughing, sneezing, and shared utensils and food. Children with parents who have periodontal disease are at a somewhat higher risk of developing it. At the same time, just because you exchange bacteria with your loved ones doesn’t mean you will get periodontal disease.

It is important to note that the scientific evidence supporting the spread of periodontal disease is limited and ongoing. The best way to prevent gum disease is through proper plaque control, which includes brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and twice a year trips for professional cleanings. Contact our Omaha, NE office if you have any questions about periodontal disease.

Join us for Dentistry from the Heart and a Blood Drive!

June 12th, 2015

Summer is upon us, and exciting things are happening here at Premier Dental! We're excited to bring our community together for a great event.

Dr. Beninato and our team are excited to be hosting a Dentistry from the Heart event on Saturday, July 18th. From 8a.m. - 3p.m., we'll be providing free dental care to families in need. Patients ages 19 and older will have a choice of a cleaning, filling, or extraction. All treatment is first come first serve. Just be sure to bring your photo ID and a list of current medications and health information!

We're also teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive the same day from 8a.m. - 3p.m. - you can click here to schedule a donation appointment time. The code to register is Premierdental. Any blood donors who are not currently patients will receive a free exam and x-rays! Current patients who donate will receive a free gift. You will also have the opportunity to sign up to be an organ donor if you are not already one.

It should be a fun day of stepping up and helping others in our community! We'll even have Casey, the Storm Chasers mascot, and Q 98.5 broadcasting live from the office from 10a.m. to noon. Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can email us.

We had a great time at last year's Dentistry from the Heart event, and can't wait to see you July 18th!

Healthy Summer Foods

June 2nd, 2015

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It’s summer—that wonderful time of year when fresh and delicious produce abounds. Drs. Beninato, Larson, Berry, and Bost will tell you that your teeth, gums, and tissues all rely on an appropriate mix of vitamins and minerals to maintain good oral health no matter what time of year. In previous studies, nutrients in fruits and vegetables such as dietary fiber, potassium, and antioxidants have all been associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and cancers, including oral cancer.

Here are four foods we want you to enjoy this summer to ensure a healthy mouth:

Watermelons and Strawberries

Watermelons have high water content, which dilutes the affects of the sugars they contain and stimulates the flow of saliva. In addition, research shows that eating foods full of water (watermelon is 92 percent water) helps keep you satiated on fewer calories. Finally, in addition to containing skin-protecting lycopene, eating watermelon can help you stay hydrated during the summer months, which not only keeps your memory sharp and your mood stable, but also helps keep your body cool.

Strawberries are juicy and delicious, and they’re also considered a superfood. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (such as vitamin C, which can help with cancer prevention), strawberries also promote eye health, help fight bad cholesterol, and regulate blood pressure.

Apples

Did you know consuming apples can help you attain whiter, healthier teeth? It’s true. Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, and in the process, lowers the levels of bacteria and other harmful acids, leading to a lower likelihood of tooth decay. Apple consumption can also boost your immune system, reducing cholesterol and helping you avoid Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's diseases. Finally, eating an apple a day has been linked to heart health, including a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a delicious and healthy snack and can help you ward off cancer. The yummy red fruit contains lycopene, which helps protect your skin from sunburn. Tomatoes can also help you fight heart disease due to the niacin, folate, and vitamin B6 nutrients they contain. They’re high in crucial antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin A, which work to prevent DNA damage.

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