First Day of Summer and Summer Dental Tips

Family having a summer barbecue in Omaha

The first day of summer is this week, Thursday, June 21. While dental health is always a good idea, there are several summertime particulars that you may be interested to know:

  • Cooling summer treats. Popsicles, ice cream, frozen yogurt – from a dentist’s perspective, enjoying these things in moderation is fine; however, sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay. You can prevent cavities caused by summer treats by limiting your enjoyment of them, and by rinsing your mouth with water or brushing your teeth after eating them.
  • Contact sports. Many students play sports over the summer like football, soccer, basketball and other high impact, contact sports. Tooth damage and mouth injury are a risk, but you can mitigate the risk by wearing a properly fitted sports mouth guard while you play.
  • Ice cubes. An ice-cold drink on a hot summer day can be a great way to cool down. Be careful not to chew on the ice cubes. Even if you’ve been doing so for years without problems, chewing ice cubes can easily lead to a chipped or broken tooth.
  • Hydrating with teeth-healthy beverages. We all tend to need more hydration when it gets hot outside. Choose the right beverages to reduce cavity risk. Soda, sports drinks and fruit juice (even without added sugar), are some of the main sugary culprits that increase tooth decay, especially if you sip on them all day. Substitute water, sparkling water or unsweetened iced tea. Your body and teeth will thank you!

Are you due for a cleaning or checkup? To arrange an appointment with our experienced Omaha dentists, or to learn more about us, please call one of our four office locations:

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

Dental Care during National Women’s Health Week

Dental health during National Women's Health WeekThis week, May 13-19, is National Women’s Health Week. That means it’s a time set aside specifically to raise awareness of women’s health issues and the importance of prioritizing your health.

The Dentists of Omaha want to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of your oral health. Just like the health of the rest of your body, that of your gums, teeth and mouth is vitally important. Keeping your mouth healthy means keeping it free from infection, inflammation, decay and other problems. Ultimately, this helps you avoid discomfort and the need for invasive treatments.

Here are the top tips for great oral health:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Use gentle circular motions and be sure to brush the front, back and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  • Floss once every day. Flossing removes the food debris and plaque from in between your teeth. Use a long enough strand of floss that you have a clean section for each tooth.
  • Visit the dentist for your regular appointments. During your routine appointment – typically scheduled every 6 months – our experienced hygienists clean your teeth and remove hardened plaque. The dentist will examine your teeth, gums and entire mouth to ensure it is in tip-top shape.

As busy adult women in the modern world, our own health and wellness sometimes falls by the wayside as we are busy with careers, families, passions and jam-packed schedules. This week is meant to remind us all to schedule our annual checkups, get more exercise and eat healthier. Doing so can provide benefits in the years ahead!

Is it time for your dental checkup? To arrange your appointment at one of our four Omaha dental offices, please call us at one of the following numbers:

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

The Best Foods For Your Teeth

As someone who wants to keep their teeth healthy and strong, you probably already know you need to brush, floss and visit the dentist. But did you also know what you eat can affect your enamel, gums and entire oral cavity? Please click through our slide show to see which things are best for your teeth.

In general, the same foods that are good for your overall health – whole foods, fresh produce, no added sugars – are good for your teeth. Minerals and vitamins help maintain strong tooth enamel, which is the protective outer shell around each tooth. Added sugars and processed foods tend to be the worst things for your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth love these sugars, and they feast upon it and produce acid as they do so. It is this acid that causes cavities.

Your routine cleanings at our practice are also important. During these visits, our experienced dental hygienists remove the plaque and tartar on your teeth that isn’t effectively removed with brushing and flossing.

To arrange your next dental appointment, or to learn more about us, please call The Dentists at one of our four office locations:

Hillsborough, (402) 445-4647

Ralston, (402) 733-4441

Village Point, (402) 505-7474

Dundee, (402) 502-5593

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