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.
December 5th, 2017
The holiday season is a hard time for teeth; if for no other reason than the perpetual snacking: parties, an office get-together, gift boxes of candies, platters of cookies and other sugary treats, champagne and/or sugary ciders (beverages like Martinelli’s sparkling cider are often overlooked as being bad for teeth). The holiday season is a lot of fun. And, no, you don’t have to entirely abstain from sugary foods over the holiday season, but you do need to be mindful, and you will need to continue your daily oral care routine of brushing at least twice—sometimes more but we’ll get to that in a moment—and flossing at least once.
There are so many delicious food options during the holiday season that it can be overwhelming. Remember, your teeth need adequate time to recover from eating and drinking beverages—all except for plain water. If you are snacking on delicious food all day everyday throughout the next month or so, then your teeth, and the natural systems your mouth has to fight against cavities—i.e. saliva—won’t be given adequate time to do the job.
Have a plan. If you are going to be attending a holiday party in the middle of the day—i.e. that yearly potluck-style party at the office where everyone brings in platters of cookies and other baked goods, candies—then pack with you a toothbrush and toothpaste. Clean your teeth after such an event. Yes, your mouth can handle quite a lot, but don’t overdo it. Brushing after the midafternoon party, for approximately two minutes, you can get your mouth back into shape.
Remember to avoid chewing hard candies, always. Not only can a hard candy potentially crack a tooth, it can remain stuck in the gaps between teeth and on a tooth’s surface, doing its sugary damage for long periods before finally being dissolved by saliva.
We hope you have a happy holiday season, and we hope that through all your enjoyments you will be mindful of your eating habits and keep to a quality oral care routine.
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.
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."
April 1st, 2016
The reason I wanted to do the smile makeover is a combination of factors. My enamel was worn down with really severe morning sickness with my first daughter. Ever since then I have had extensive dental work and then follow-up patch work. No matter how diligent I was with my oral hygiene, I was never able to compensate for the damage done during that time period. Many of those original fillings were silver and falling apart, causing gum inflammation or pain due to gaps between the tooth and the filling. I even had a tooth extraction that was visible with a big smile, which was frustrating at my age and caused me a lot of hesitation when smiling (or even talking). On top of that, I had staining from well-water/lack of fluoride as a young child that wasn't responsive to whitening. I did not have access to orthodontia when I was growing up, so I had a front tooth that was always angled and the rest of my bite had shifted over time due to serious overcrowding, plus the extraction caused that space to collapse and more shifting. This combination of factors made me extremely self-conscious about my smile. I felt like my teeth were costing time and money constantly and a whole lot of discomfort, but never making any progress towards a finished product I was proud of. I considered orthodontia, but with the combination of issues I had going on, it would have fixed the spacing, but none of the other concerns. The deciding factor for me was the comprehensive analysis of my case by Dr. Beninato and the sincere interest he and his staff took in helping me find the right solution for me (not them). They gave me multiple options and talked through each of them to make sure I understood the cost/benefit analysis for each. The option to fix the ENTIRE upper arch at one time was the tipping point for my decision. I don't have a ton of "extra" time in my life with a full time job, a husband, and four kids. This option was extremely attractive to me, not just cosmetically (which was a huge bonus), but functionally as well. I would be able to fix all of those issues with one solution.
Every person's decision is going to be unique based on what his or her needs and goals are. If a smile makeover makes sense for that person, I absolutely recommend it. I waited a really long time to be brave enough to ask for help tackling this combination of issues. My only regret after going through this process is that I didn't do it sooner.
I chose Premier Dental because the location was convenient and they advertised "pain free" dental options. With all the work I've had done over the years, I was tired of being in pain during and after the procedures. My prior dentist was effective, but I always seemed to leave the office with vague instructions for after-care and a throbbing mouth. Sometimes I would find myself going through procedures with tears streaming down my cheeks because it was so uncomfortable. I didn't realize there was another way to do dentistry. That's why I came to Premier, but that's not why I came back. My experience at Premier was first class the entire way. Every time I walk through the door I've been greeted by name by a staff member. I have never been stuck in a waiting room for extended periods of time, which is critical for someone that has such a tight schedule. Each member of the staff (from the young hygienist that did my first cleaning and offered judgment free ideas to Dr. Beninato himself spending time talking face-to-face about my concerns) has treated me like an honored guest. That experience will keep me coming back.
My life hasn't changed since my smile makeover in some romantic or fairy tale type of way. I still work every day and play chauffeur every evening, but I do think my smile on the outside finally matches the joy I have always felt on the inside. I'm still getting used to smiling without hesitation and when I see pictures of myself I am still surprised at how great my smile looks, but those are things I will gladly get used to. I have people notice my smile all the time now and it makes me proud that I braved the discussion and finally asked for help.
Knowing what I know now, even with the procedural part of the work, I would absolutely do this again. I would definitely choose Premier Dental for my care provider. I wouldn't trust anyone else but Dr. Beninato and his team.
December 6th, 2015
And if you have a medical flex savings account, now is the time to use it or you lose it.
July 21st, 2015
Many of our patients at Premier Dental have been asking us about brightening their teeth lately, and today we thought we would discuss the options available to you to put the sparkle back in your smile!
Over-the-counter products – You’ve probably seen over-the-counter whiteners such as whitening strips on store shelves. While whitening strips may work for some, they do have certain restrictions. For example, they are not nearly as effective when crowns or fillings are involved. Teeth that are stained gray instead of brown or yellow typically don’t respond as well to these types of whiteners. Whitening strips typically save you money but take longer to work and also require discipline on your part to keep them in place for the right amount of time each day.
Whitening at our office – This type of whitening can be done right at Premier Dental. A whitening agent is applied directly to teeth and a special light helps accelerate the whitening process. This may be accomplished in one session or take several appointments. You should expect to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes at each session. If you have a mix of natural teeth and fillings or crowns, Drs. Beninato, Larson, Bost, Butler, and Ebke may recommend bonding or veneers on your natural teeth instead of regular bleaching. Teeth whitening at our office can be used to correct many tooth discolorations which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating the beautiful smile you've always wanted.
At-home whitening – If you choose this option, Drs. Beninato, Larson, Bost, Butler, and Ebkewill take a mold of your teeth and create a custom-fit whitening tray. Gel whitening solution is poured in the mouthguard-like tray, and the tray is worn for a pre-determined amount of time, generally from a couple of hours a day to every day during the night, until you’re back in our office for an evaluation.
Give us a call at our convenient Omaha, NE office to schedule an appointment! Whiter teeth are one just one visit away at Premier Dental!
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!