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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.

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Janette's Invisalign Story

February 9th, 2016

Why did you decide to straighten your teeth?
I wanted to have a great, more confident smile. Throughout my life my teeth have never been straight, and my parents didn’t have the funds to put me through orthodontic treatment. So the fact that I can get my smile how I want it to look without it being noticeable, is huge to me!

Why did you choose Invisalign?
Being a Treatment & Financial Coordinator here at Premier Dental, I see a lot of patients throughout the day, which means I needed braces that would not interfere with my ability to talk to patients in person or on the phone.

How has Invisalign affected your day to day life?
The Invisalign trays are super easy to keep up with; I look forward to getting my new set every other week. I’ve heard people say that it can be painful as your teeth are shifting, but the tightness is only a sign that it’s working and for me, it has not been painful at all!

How do you eat with Invisalign? Is there any food or drink restrictions with Invisalign?
You need to remove the trays when you eat, so unlike traditional orthodontics there is no need to restrict any of your favorite foods and snacks because of Invisalign. However, you do need to make sure you have the Invisalign trays in for 20-22 hours a day to be most effective.

How long does the Invisalign treatment take?
Dr. Piper Larson said that my case is one of her longer cases and most cases take about 12 months. It will be a total of 1 year and 4 months, which is a long time, however it is going by super fast. I am currently 5 months in to my treatment and I notice a tremendous change in my smile. I feel like I’m smiling more. I have been able to connect with and talk to patients going through the same Invisalign treatment. If you are interested in Invisalign or have questions I’d love to chat with you about my experience!
I cannot wait until I see my final results and would love to help you along your journey! I will you update you as my treatment progresses.

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.

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