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.
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.
May 10th, 2016
A bright white smile means confidence. But there’s factors in our daily lives which can degrade our teeth’s whiteness. The foods we eat are a primary factor. Liquids such as wine, coffee, and tea can stain the teeth. These liquids all contain powerful, staining pigments that attach to the outsides of the teeth—the enamel. This staining will change the color of the teeth over time. Also, those of you that use tobacco, besides having other danger health risks to consider, will stain the teeth. It’s the nicotine in the tobacco, which once its been given oxygen, turns a yellowish shade that stains the surface of the teeth. Also age can play a factor, as well as which medications you take: high blood pressure medications and antihistamines—just to name a few—can have a side effect of a discoloration of the teeth.
So what do you do if all that brightness has left your smile? It’s simple, you visit your dentist. Your dentist may recommend one of several different treatment options. The first of which is a simple whitening toothbrush that can be used at home. Whitening toothbrushes have small particles that act as sandpaper and abrade the teeth as you brush. The second option is a take-home tray, or a whitening strip—whitening strips are now more commonly found in the aisle of the grocery, although make sure to purchase one with the ADA Seal to ensure that the products been tested to be safe. The take-home trays, in which you’ll fill molds that fit over the surfaces of your teeth with whitening chemicals, bleach the enamel of the tooth. The third, and most commonly thought of, is an office visit in which you get your teeth professionally whitened. This is also called bleaching the teeth, because bleaches are applied to the surfaces of the teeth. The rest of the mouth will be protected from the bleach.
If you’re looking in the mirror and your smiles dimmed, regardless of the reason, visit your dentist to bring back that bright white, confident smile.
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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."
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.
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!
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!
July 7th, 2015
Summer brings sunshine and warm weather, and many of our patients begin thinking about brightening their smiles this time of year. A whiter smile is one just one visit away at Premier Dental!
Teeth whitening is safe, quick, and inexpensive. It 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. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like a brighter smile.
Get your beautiful smile today! Give us a call at our convenient Omaha, NE office to schedule an appointment!