Hygienic Care at Family and Implant Dentistry
The first step towards keeping a brilliant smile is to prevent harmful diseases like cavities and gum disease from wreaking havoc on your teeth and gums. The best way to go about this is with good oral care habits at home and regular hygiene cleanings with our team here in Lincoln, NE. These cleanings give your teeth an extra line of defense against these diseases, and you can trust our team with over 60 years of experience between them to take care of your smile.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative Dentistry is often associated with general dentistry as well, and basically encompasses services that clean and protect your teeth until your next visit. These hygiene visits typically occur every six months, and can involve a cleaning, x-ray scans, oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments, and periodontal (gum) cleanings. Both teeth and gums get the cleanings they need, and our dentists can visualize any warning signs for issues to come, thanks to the x-rays and oral cancer screenings.
If it’s determined that general dentistry treatments are needed, such as fillings or root canals, these can be discussed during your hygiene appointment at Family and Implant Dentistry.
Why is it Important?
Some patients may believe that if nothing is visibly wrong with their teeth, or they feel no pain, then they don’t need a hygiene care appointment. This couldn’t be further from the truth: in reality, even those who feel their teeth are in the best shape can still benefit from regular hygiene appointments. Conditions like oral cancer and certain oral diseases may not have obvious symptoms to the naked eye, but can be pinpointed on a simple x-ray exam and by the practiced eye of a dental professional.
By catching these illnesses in their early stages, we can address them and provide treatments before they worsen and cause real harm.
Oral Care Tips at Home
Our highly experienced team of hygienists are happy to answer any and all questions about how you can best care for your teeth at home. But for those who want a jump start on their dental care at home, here’s some quick tips to keep in mind:
- Brushing thoroughly twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day
- Use toothpaste or mouthwash that contains fluoride
- Drink plenty of water
Meet Our Hygienists
Here at Family and Implant Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, we’re proud to have a team of superb hygienists to help our patients, with as much as 60 years of dental care experience combined between the three of them. Michele, Janae, and Dawn love providing top-notch hygiene care and assistance for our many patients; some of our patients even recognize them by face and name after many years of positive experiences.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I improve my dental health?
In addition to participating in a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice daily, flossing every day, and rinsing between meals, you’ll want to schedule biannual appointments with our office for professional cleanings and checkups.
Here are a few detailed tips on how to improve your at-home oral hygiene regimen:
- Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle near the gumline
- Clean your tongue
- Protect your teeth with mouthguards if you grind or play sports
- Brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing fluoride
- Keep your gums strong with Vitamin D and calcium
- Avoid foods high in sugar or starch
Remember, prevention is better than a procedure. Some people wait to visit the dentist until something goes wrong, but it’s a much better plan to visit the dentist before that happens. With regular professional cleanings and checkups, we can help prevent tooth decay and catch any issues before they become problematic.
If I’m not having any dental pain, do I still need to go to the dentist?
Yes–biannual appointments are necessary so that we can perform professional cleanings and checkups. We’ll examine your oral health and take x-rays of your mouth to ensure you’re free of tooth decay and infection. X-rays can show cavities years before symptoms will arise and it’s good to be aware of underlying issues so we can treat them before they become problematic.
During these appointments, we’ll also complete an oral cancer screening. If caught early on, the chances of successful oral cancer treatment are much higher. During the professional cleaning, we’ll use special tools to scale off any plaque and tartar that have built up over time and we’ll also let you know about ways that you can improve your oral care routine at home.
We’ll always provide you with detailed information on the status of your oral health and answer any questions you may have.
What is a cavity?
A cavity, also known as tooth decay, is a small hole in your tooth. It’s caused by a buildup of bacteria that creates plaque. If plaque isn’t brushed away, it can lead to tartar, which is much more challenging to remove on your own. Tartar attracts even more bacteria, which leads to decay. In addition to seeing a small hole on your tooth, there are other signs that may indicate that you have a cavity, including:
- Brown, black or white staining on the surface of your tooth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth pain
- Pain while chewing
- Sharp pain when your tooth comes into contact with something sweet
Cavities can be prevented by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals. However, once you have a cavity, you’ll need to see a dentist to get a filling and prevent further issues.
What causes you to lose your teeth?
There are various reasons we lose our permanent teeth. Some are preventable and sometimes it’s due to trauma. The most common cause for tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, also called advanced gum disease, which accounts for 70% of tooth loss. Other reasons include tooth decay, bruxism (grinding), and misaligned teeth.
While it may be impossible to prevent some accidents, most causes of tooth loss can be prevented with proper oral care, professional cleanings, and regular checkups with Dr. Kovacevic.
If you have tooth mobility or have lost a tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoffman by calling (402) 486-0825. During the appointment, he’ll examine your oral health and get to the root of the problem and provide you with solutions.
Early Care is Vital Care at Family and Implant Dentistry
We believe that the best smiles are protected with good hygiene care, and Lincoln patients can find these treatments right here in their hometown. New and current patients can contact us to schedule a hygiene appointment with our team and our dentists. Take a step in the right direction and give your smile the attention it needs.