The Dentists at Hillsborough Featured in LiveWell Nebraska – Dentists Taking On New Roles in Healthcare

LiveWell Nebraska recently interviewed our own Dr. Jeffrey Garvey of The Dentists at Hillsborough. Dr. Garvey discussed how dentistry’s role in healthcare is evolving – for example, innovative new diagnostic procedures and treatments are being offered for problems like sleep apnea.

Additionally, technology is transforming other aspects of dental care, such as:

  • 3D X-rays – New 3D X-ray technology is replacing traditional 2D X-rays, providing dentists with a more comprehensive look inside the mouth. Oddities like a growth or abscess in the mouth are easier to detect in their early stages. 3D X-rays also improve the precision of dental implant placement.
  • Tooth-colored, metal-free restorations – Metal fillings are slowly becoming a thing of the past at dental practices throughout the nation, including The Dentists in Omaha. All-porcelain dental crowns, tooth-colored composite fillings, and other metal-free restoration techniques not only make your smile look better, they are also stronger, healthier, and more durable than most traditional materials.
  • Oral cancer screening – In the past five years, more advanced methods of oral cancer screening have become available to dentists. Infrared lights can be used to identify potentially cancerous abnormalities in the mouth, and a swab of your mouth can be used to test for pre-cancerous lesions. Dr. Garvey says patients who chew tobacco are especially at risk for oral cancer.

Other recent advancements in dentistry – such as dental implants – have significantly improved tooth replacement, and can even enhance dentures. Instead of messy adhesives, implants can be used as an anchor for dentures, preventing them from slipping or moving. Implant-supported dentures or bridges can be life-changing for many patients.

If you are looking for an experienced Omaha dentist who uses the latest technology and techniques in the field, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Releases “State of Little Teeth” Report

Early childhood caries (ECC) has become an epidemic among young children. This rapid form of tooth decay is the most common early childhood disease in the nation, and it continues to be on the rise. In order to address this problem, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has released its first “State of Little Teeth” report, the core of an educational campaign designed to provide parents and caregivers with the tools and information they need to prevent tooth decay in children.

According to the report, around 60% of children in the United States have had tooth decay by age 5, and 40% of children have it before entering kindergarten. Once called “baby bottle tooth decay,” ECC is often caused in infants when a parent puts a child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. The sugars in the milk or juice pool around the front teeth, mixing with caries-causing bacteria. Other factors that put children at risk for ECC include:

  • Enamel defects
  • Frequent consumption of sugary snacks and drinks
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Lack of fluoridation
  • Mouth breathing

According to research, ECC not only damages a child’s dental and general health – it can also impact their social and intellectual development. Early loss of baby teeth leads to problems like poor speech articulation, and children may frequently miss school because of infection or pain, causing them to have a poorer academic performance overall. ECC can also contribute to inattention in school, and the appearance of a child’s teeth can result in teasing from others, low self-esteem, and a reluctance to smile, speak, or play.

If you are looking for an experienced Omaha family dentist you can trust to protect your child’s dental health, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.