5 Surprising Dental Facts

General Dentistry | Omaha, NE DentistsYour teeth. You use them every day. They are always there, but these little tools in our body are actually quite exceptional! Consider the 5 dental facts below.

  1. Chewing gum may prevent cavities. Next time you see the ADA seal of approval on a pack of chewing gum, go ahead and buy it! Unlike sugared chewing gum, sugar-free chewing gum doesn’t add to the risk of tooth decay. There’s evidence it prevents cavities. By chewing this type of gum after a meal, you’ll be activating the flow of saliva in your mouth. The saliva helps to rinse away decay-causing acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria and the acids they produce are the most active right after you eat.
  2. Tooth enamel is really tough. The outer layer of your teeth is called “enamel.” The inner layer is dentin, and the inner chamber and pulp is contained beneath the dentin. The enamel protecting all of this structure is the hardest substance in your body! It is 96 percent mineral, according to the ADA. This is the highest concentration of mineral in any tissues in your body, including bone.
  3. Your enamel can’t re-grow. Although enamel is very durable, once it is damaged, it must be replaced with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown or tooth filling. In ages past, tooth damage or a lost tooth meant a flawed smile for good. Now, modern dental restorations provide a means of protecting vulnerable teeth and replacing missing teeth effectively.
  4. Biting power is strong. It’s possible for your teeth to bite down with 200 pounds of pressure, according to the ADA. That’s a lot of force! Although it’s nowhere near the bite a saltwater crocodile is capable of: up to 3,700 pounds per square inch.
  5. Hundreds of bacteria pose the risk of cavities. It’s true that our bodies harbor bacteria that are both good and bad for us. There are more than 300 kinds of mouth bacteria that can cause teeth decay. But with good oral hygiene, you can prevent cavities. In your routine cleanings, our dental hygienists will remove the bacteria-containing plaque that you cannot remove with your brush and floss.

And these are just several of the facts. There are many more! Strong, healthy teeth help us eat and they are an important part of the digestive system – after all, chewing food into manageable pieces is the first step in getting the nutrition you need. Beyond these functions, teeth are an important part of your confidence and self-esteem, because they make up your smile. So keeping teeth healthy for the long run is essential!

Individualized Dental Health Care

At The Dentists, we are personally committed to helping you achieve your best possible oral health. During your routine dental checkups, we clean your teeth and look for signs of any potential problems, including cavities. We have four different locations in Omaha. Please call one of our offices today to schedule your next appointment.

  • Hillsborough: 402-445-4647
  • Ralston: 402-733-4441
  • Village Point: 402-505-7474
  • Dundee: 402-502-5593

New Dental Technology: i-CAT® FLX 3D Scanner

iCAT 3D cone beam scanner OmahaAt The Dentists, we are committed to staying on the cutting edge of dental technology. We keep ourselves informed of the latest innovations, and sometimes we incorporate a new device or technique into our practice if we think it will benefit our patients.

We are excited to announce the addition of a new scanning machine, the i-CAT® FLX 3D. It produces images of your teeth, mouth and soft tissues, so that we can plan your dental procedures. Please contact us today to learn more.

What is this Technology?

This imaging machine allows our dentists to see your teeth, bones and soft tissue in three dimensions! It enhances the way we plan and perform dental procedures. It can also help us avoid complications by improving visualization of the treatment area.

You may have heard these machines called CBCT or cone beam CTs. They emit very little radiation. This specific model allows us to control the dose of radiation because we can customize it to take a scan of the precise area we need, not a large scan of your entire oral cavity or face.

Your Dental Care at our Omaha Offices

Cone beam image OmahaIf you are interested in the i-CAT® machine or want to learn more about any of our technology or techniques, please call us:

  • In Hillsborough, at 402-445-4647
  • In Ralston, at 402-733-4441
  • In Village Point, at 402-505-7474
  • In Dundee, at 402-502-5593

The 3D cone beam CT can be used for various procedures, including dental implants and endodontics. It can also be used for general dentistry and includes a 2D panoramic feature, which is the type of digital x-ray you may be familiar with from your routine checkups.

To arrange a consultation or to schedule your cleaning and exam, please call one of the locations listed above. We look forward to discussing your dental health goals!