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How your dentists in Lincoln, Nebraska can help you prevent gum disease
Do you have red, swollen gums that bleed a little when you brush? If so, you could have gum disease. The good news is, gum disease can be reversed, and the better news is, it can easily be prevented. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska offer a wide range of preventive dental care services to help prevent gum disease.
The health of your gums plays an important role in the health of your body. In fact, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, having a stroke, or becoming diabetic.
Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque. The plaque on your teeth contains millions of harmful bacteria that product toxins which can destroy the health of your mouth.
So, how do you prevent gum disease? You can prevent or reverse gum disease by getting rid of the plaque on your teeth as frequently and thoroughly as you can. You need to develop and practice a routine of excellent oral care, which should include:
Brushing your teeth after you eat and before you go to bed; use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently, in a circular motion. Clean all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline.
Floss your teeth every day; make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you clean in between your teeth. Wrapping the floss around the tooth surface helps ensure the floss stays against the tooth surface for better cleaning.
Your dentist can help you guard against gum disease when you come in for a regular check-up and x-rays every year. Early diagnosis helps to keep dental issues small, when they are easily treatable.
You also need to have your teeth professionally cleaned every six to twelve months. Your dental hygienist can also show you all of the latest tools and techniques so you can keep your smile healthy at home.
You can prevent gum disease and enjoy a healthy smile for life! To find out more about preventing gum disease by practicing excellent oral health habits at home, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels of Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska at 402-483-7000. Call now!
Here are some techniques for how to help your child maintain good oral health.
There are many ways to ensure that your child’s growing smile stays healthy and free from decay and gum disease. After all, the dental habits you practice today were taught to you by your parents when you were little, and now you can teach your child the very same habits. From the office of our Lincoln, NE, dentists Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels, here are some oral care habits to instill in your child early on.
Brushing and Flossing
Your child won’t be able to start brushing their own teeth until 8 years old and flossing until they are 10 years old, which means that it’s the responsibility of the parent; however, you can still explain to them how you are brushing and flossing their teeth and why it’s so important. Also let them watch you brush and floss, which shows that you prioritize your own oral health. Make morning and nighttime routines a teachable moment.
Still having challenges getting your child to brush and floss? Create a reward chart and every time they brush in the morning and at night, put a sticker on the chart. At the end of the week, let them redeem a full row of stickers for a night at the movies or a special treat.
Water offers two major benefits to your smile: 1. It helps to remove food and debris from teeth and gums and 2. It contain fluorides, which can prevent cavities from developing. While bottled water doesn’t typically contain fluoride, tap water does. Avoid sports drinks, sodas and juices and try and have your child stick to water as much as possible. Our Lincoln, NE, family dentists we may also provide fluoride treatment during your child’s routine checkups if they aren’t getting enough fluoride.
Visiting the Dentist
Every child should start seeing the dentist for regular checkups by their first birthday. These checkups help prevent cavities and gum disease while also allows our dentist to track developmental milestones and to detect problems early on so we can provide early treatment and interventions. Since some dental problems can affect speech and chewing, it’s important that your child comes in every six months for checkups.
No matter whether you are dealing with dental problems or you just need to schedule routine cleanings for the family, our Lincoln, NE, dentists can provide your whole family with gentle, welcoming, and customized care. Call Blome Family Dentistry today at (402) 483-7000.
How a root canal from your dentists in Lincoln, Nebraska can help you.
If you are suffering from tooth pain, you may be wondering if it will ever end. The truth is, root canal treatment can completely eliminate tooth pain and still let you keep your tooth. In other words, root canal treatment can save your smile. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska offer root canal therapy that can help you get relief from tooth pain.
You may need a root canal because of damage from dental trauma, an injury to your face or jaws, deep dental decay, or chronic trauma from grinding or clenching. Your tooth has several layers including enamel, dentin, and the pulp chamber, where the nerves and blood supply to the tooth are located. Once the pulp becomes damaged or bruised, inflammation, fluid, and pressure build up inside your tooth, causing pain which can be severe.
When the pulp is damaged, you may experience both painful and non-painful signs and symptoms like these:
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down or chew
- Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- Pain that radiates into other areas of your face, jaws, or head
- A red or white bump on your gums appearing next to a tooth root
- Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums
- A tooth growing noticeably darker or grayer compared to the teeth around it
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s time to visit your dentist for x-rays and a dental examination. Your dentist may also test the tooth for vitality and temperature sensitivity, two important indicators of whether you need a root canal.
If you do need a root canal, a small opening will be made in the top of your tooth and the damaged pulp tissue will be drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth and left there for a few days to a couple of weeks. After the tooth has calmed down, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material which is permanently left inside your tooth. The tooth is sealed up with a permanent filling or protected with a dental crown, and your root canal is complete.
To find out more about root canal therapy and how it can relieve pain and save your smile, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska today.
There are different types of dentists to choose from, including general, pediatric, and family dentists. Family dentists are an excellent choice for families since they treat patients of all ages, from young children to older adults. This is just one benefit of choosing a family dentist, but there are several other benefits, as well. At Blome Family Dentistry, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels are your family dentists in Lincoln, NE.
Family dentists are like many other types of dentists with the primary exception of treating patients of all ages. With a family dentist, children do not need to see a separate pediatric dentist. Everyone in the family can visit the same dental office. They provide a wide range of dental services and procedures, including general, cosmetic, and restorative. Whether your child is due for a routine dental exam and cleaning or you need a root canal, a family dentist can provide for the dental needs of your entire family.
Some of the services offered at Blome Family Dentistry include:
- General and Preventive: Cleanings, fillings, sealants, and fluoride treatments
- Cosmetic: Teeth whitening, bonding, cosmetic contouring, and veneers
- Restorative: Root canal therapy, crowns and bridges, and dentures
- Orthodontic: Braces and Six Month Smiles
- Periodontal: Scaling and root planing
Choosing a family dentist to provide for your family’s dental and oral health needs offers multiple benefits. A primary benefit is that the entire family can visit the same dental practice, which can save time and travel. Dental appointments can be scheduled for different members of the family on the same day and at a single office location, which can save a lot of time and travel not having to shuffle family members around to appointments at separate locations on different days.
Another benefit of having a family dentist in Lincoln is that family members will never have to switch dentists due to age. For example, children who are treated by pediatric dentists will need to find a new dentist once they are grown. Your children can continue seeing the same dentist with whom they are both comfortable and familiar. Since your children can stick with the same dentist as they age, the dentist will be familiar with their medical history and any allergies they may have, this can also make it more likely to continue maintaining regular dental appointments in adulthood.
A family dentist offers many benefits for your entire family. With a family dentist, it is possible to save time, reduce travel, and avoid having to find a new dentist due to age. To arrange your family’s next dental checkups at a single location, schedule appointments with Dr. Blome or Dr. Wubbels, your Lincoln family dentists, by calling Blome Family Dentistry at (402) 483-7000.
Need advice from your Lincoln, NE, dentist?
Dental hygiene is an essential preventative care habit for your oral health. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels give tips on maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent serious dental issues.
How to Care for Your Teeth:
Here's what your Lincoln dentist advises:
- Drink fluoride-containing water and fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to help repair teeth
- Brush teeth at least twice a day
- Stop chewing tobacco and smoking
- Professional dental cleanings to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on and around teeth and gums
- Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris
- Avoid drinking too much coffee and tea
- Dental checkups every six months to examine teeth and gums for cavities
Dental Procedures You May Need:
- Crowns: Crowns completely cover a tooth and are used if a tooth is weakened by a crack, fracture, large filling or root canal treatment.
- Root Canal Therapy: A dental restoration needed when someone has an infected or inflamed tooth that needs to be cleaned, disinfected and sealed to prevent any more bacteria from entering.
- Bridges: This restoration is similar to dental implants but it doesn't replace a tooth root, just the gap left from losing a tooth.
- Dental Implants: A titanium implant is inserted in your jaw to fuse with bone and replace damaged/decayed tooth roots. An abutment and crown are placed on top to finish the procedure.
- Fillings: Decay is removed from your teeth and your dentist replaces decay with composite, or porcelain fillings that match the rest of your teeth.
- Veneers: These porcelain restorations are similar to crowns but they are cemented on the surface of teeth to hide unappealing issues like dents, crack and yellowed teeth.
Severe dental issues may result if you don't maintain a healthy dental remedy. If you have any questions, or concerns, about good preventative care habits and taking care of your dental restorations, just call Drs. Greg Blome and Sara Wubbels at their Lincoln, NE, office at (402) 483-7000 today!