Hygienic Care at Family and Implant Dentistry
The first step towards maintaining a brilliant, healthy smile is preventing harmful diseases like cavities and gum disease from wreaking havoc on your teeth and gums. The best way to preserve the health of your mouth is by practicing good oral care habits at home and visiting our team in Lincoln, NE for regular hygiene cleanings. These cleanings give your teeth an extra line of defense against oral health issues and put more than 60 years of combined experience towards protecting your smile.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative dentistry is often associated with general dentistry, describing the services and treatments that keep your teeth clean and protected. For optimal results, regular hygiene visits are typically spaced six months apart, and can involve a deep cleaning, X-ray scans, oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments, and periodontal (gum) cleanings.
Your teeth and gums will get the deep cleanings they need to remove stubborn plaque and tartar from hard to reach areas. During the examination portion, our dentists can identify any warning signs of issues to come with X-rays and oral cancer screenings. If it’s determined that general dentistry treatments are needed, such as fillings or a root canal, these can be discussed during your hygiene appointment at Family and Implant Dentistry.
Why is it Important?
Patients can sometimes believe that if nothing is visibly wrong with their teeth, or if they feel no pain, then they don’t need regular hygiene care appointments. This couldn’t be further from the truth: in reality, even those who feel their teeth are in excellent shape can still benefit from regular hygienic care.
Plaque can harden into tartar on difficult-to-see surfaces of the teeth, out of your view and almost impossible to remove without professional tools. 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 conditions in their early stages, we can address them and provide treatment before they can progress 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 effectively care for your teeth at home. If you’re looking for a jump start on improving your dental care routine, here are 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
- Drinking plenty of water
- Avoiding sugary or acidic foods and beverages
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 more than 60 years of combined dental care experience between them, Michele, Janae, and Dawn love providing top-notch hygiene services and assistance to patients. Many of our patients even recognize them by face and name after years of positive experiences and exemplary treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I improve my dental health?
In addition to your 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:
- Brush with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle near the gumline
- Clean your tongue
- Protect your teeth with a mouthguard if you grind or play sports
- Use 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 regular visits to the dentist before that happens. With a professional cleaning and checkup every six months, we can help prevent tooth decay and catch any issues before they become problematic.
If I don't have a 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 arise and allow us to treat underlying issues 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 your 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 several reasons that patients can end up losing permanent teeth. The most common cause for tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, also called advanced gum disease, which accounts for about 70% of cases. Other reasons include tooth decay, injury, 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’ve lost a tooth or feel a tooth coming loose, 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 to 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. Luckily, our Lincoln patients can find these vital treatments right here in their hometown. New and current patients can contact us to schedule a hygiene appointment with our dental team. Take a step towards lasting health and wellness, reach out to us at (402) 486-0825 for the attention your smile deserves.