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Find out how sealants protect your child’s back teeth from cavities.
As a parent we know how important it is to be able to keep your child’s smile healthy and problem-free. Of course, brushing those back teeth can sometimes pose a challenge. After all, those ridges on the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars can easily trap plaque and food, which can lead to cavities. One way our Lincoln, NE, family dentists Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels can help combat this problem is by placing dental sealants.
What is a dental sealant?
This thin coating made from a special medical-grade plastic is painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to seal out food, plaque and bacteria, which can get trapped within the grooves and ridges. By placing these sealants on molars, our Lincoln, NE, family dentist can greatly reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities on these more susceptible teeth.
When should my child get dental sealants?
Once your child’s first set of molars have erupted it’s time to talk with our dentist to find out if sealants are the best option for your child. This usually occurs around the age of 6 or 7 years old. Once your child’s second set of molars erupt (typically around the age of 12 years old) you will also want to place dental sealants over these teeth as well.
How are sealants placed?
Your child can get sealants right here in our office. The process is simple and sealants can even be placed after your child’s routine cleaning. Once their teeth have been cleaned our dentist will place a special gel over the tooth to help the sealant stick to the enamel.
Once the gel has dried it’s time to place the sealants. The material may be transparent or there may be a slight tint to it so that it matches the tooth. Sealants are not visible. Once the sealant is painted on, it will be hardened into place with a special curing light.
Does my child need sealants?
While getting dental sealants is a personal choice, all children can benefit from getting dental sealants. Getting them is painless and easy, and sealants can greatly reduce your child’s risk for cavities in hard-to-reach back teeth. There are no drawbacks to getting sealants and they could protect your child’s teeth for up to 10 years.
Have questions about dental sealants? Want to get sealants for your child? If so, call Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, today and let us know. We can plan to place sealants during your child’s next dental cleaning.
Did you know there are important health benefits to having a straight smile? It’s true! In addition to improving your appearance, a straight smile can also help keep you healthy. Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, offer a wide range of dental services, including orthodontic treatment to help you and your smile.
When you have a straight smile, it’s much easier to keep clean. Brushing is more effective, and flossing is much easier because the floss won’t get stuck in between tight teeth. If your teeth are crowded, it’s also very easy to shred the floss and leave a small amount of floss behind. This small amount of floss attracts plaque, which can destroy the health of your smile.
Plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that produce toxins which can inflame and infect your gums, causing gum disease. The infection can spread to the bone that supports your teeth, causing you to lose bone. Lost bone can make your teeth loose, and you could eventually lose teeth.
A straight smile helps you avoid gum and periodontal disease because you can get rid of plaque more effectively. According to the Mayo Clinic, when you are able to keep your mouth healthy, it helps protect you from an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions.
A straight smile also reduces stress and wear-and-tear on your teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment can reduce your risk of developing temporomandibular joint problems which can cause headaches, jaw aches, facial pain and other issues. A straight smile also reduces the risk of tooth damage, lessening the possibility of you needing crowns and other restorations in the future.
You deserve to enjoy the health benefits of a straight smile and your dentist can help you achieve it. To find out more about types of orthodontic treatment and other dental services, call (402) 483-7000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blome and Dr. Wubbels at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, today!
Do braces just straighten smiles, or does orthodontic correction also benefit your overall health? At Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbles assert that both oral and systemic health improve with braces. Learn more here about what braces do for people of all ages.
Braces for anyone
The American Association of Orthodontists says the best age for orthodontic correction is before age 14 when the bones of the face and the jaw are most receptive to treatment. However, adults can wear braces, too, and eliminate the gaps, crowding, bite problems and other issues which ruin self-confidence and lead to:
- Excessive, uneven and premature enamel wear and tear
- Bone and gum recession
- Gum disease
- Dental decay
- Oral abrasions (cheek biting, for example)
- Smiles which are difficult to brush and floss properly
At Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, braces are included on the long list of preventive, restorative and cosmetic services offered by Dr. Blome and Dr. Wubbles. A patient's individualized care plan may include correction with the most up-to-date types of metal, ceramic, or lingual (tongue-side) braces or special appliances, such as space maintainers (typically for children).
How braces benefit overall health
Orthodontia creates smiles which are well-aligned and correctly balanced in terms of how teeth bite together and how facial muscles and connective tissue operate. After treatment, patients experience:
- Clearer speech
- Less pain related to jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD), migraines and earaches
- Fewer oral abrasions from protruding front teeth
- Fewer chipped and cracked teeth (well-aligned teeth are less accident prone)
- Fewer conditions related to inflammatory processes within the body
Research from many well-respected sources, including the Forsyth Institute, links gum disease to stroke, heart attack, arthritis, dementia and more inflammatory conditions. Gum disease, with its bacteria-filled plaque and tartar, seems to occur more in people with poorly aligned and harder to clean teeth. In short, braces can help you be healthier over your entire lifetime.
If you or a loved one would like to explore how braces could benefit oral and systemic health, please contact Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, for a orthodontic consult. Learn your options for a great new smile. Call (402) 483-7000.
Have you been wondering if braces would improve your smile? Orthodontic treatment can help you feel more confident about your appearance and correct issues that affect your bite. Lincoln, NE, dentists Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels help your family maintain healthy smiles with a range of dental services and treatments.
Who can benefit from braces?
Braces may be a good choice if:
- Your teeth are crooked: No matter how crooked your smile, orthodontic treatment from your Lincoln dentist can help. Braces exert constant pressure on teeth, which slowly realigns them. At the end of your treatment, you won't recognize your straight smile.
- Spacing is a problem: Whether your teeth are crowded or there are large gaps between them, braces can improve your smile.
- You have a bite problem: Braces correct mild to severe bite problems, including underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites.
- You've experienced damage due to an orthodontic issue: Bite problems aren't just a cosmetic issue. When your teeth don't line up properly when you chew, you may experience damage to your teeth, gums, or lips. Lacerations, eroding enamel, and gum erosion are all common consequences of bite problems. If you don't improve your bite, you're more likely to experience dental problems. Enamel erosion can increase your risk of tooth decay, while gum erosion may boost the chance that you'll develop gum disease. Orthodontic treatment improves your bite and helps you avoid the unpleasant consequences of bite problems.
- Eating or speaking is difficult: Misaligned teeth may make it difficult to bite into foods or chew them thoroughly. Gastrointestinal problems can occur if you swallow foods without chewing them well first. Clear speech requires a complex interaction between your lips, teeth, and tongue. If your teeth are misaligned, you may have difficulty pronouncing some sounds clearly. Braces offer a simple way to improve your speech.
- Your teeth have shifted: Has your smile changed over the years? It's not unusual to notice a little movement in your teeth in adulthood. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can restore the smile you've grown to love.
Enhance your appearance with braces! Call Lincoln, NE, dentists Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels at (402) 483-7000 to schedule your appointment.
Find out the importance of a dental filling.
While you might not even know it, most people will have to get at least one dental filling during their lifetime. After all, cavities are the most common dental disorder worldwide. While our Lincoln, NE, dentists, Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels, would love to always be able to give you a clean bill of health when you come into the office, if you are dealing with a cavity you will need to get a dental filling as soon as possible in order to restore the tooth.
What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a special material placed over a tooth to restore appearance, function, and strength back into a tooth often after a cavity (but sometimes due to trauma). While there are several different kinds of dental fillings, the most commonly used dental filling is composite resin because it looks similar to natural tooth enamel so it blends right in.
Why are dental fillings required?
If you have a cavity the decayed enamel must be removed or otherwise the decay will continue to spread further into the tooth. Once our Lincoln detects a cavity we will need to remove the decay as soon as possible. In order to remove decay, we will numb the area surrounding the tooth before using a dental drill to get rid of the decayed enamel.
Once the decay is fully removed we will need to restore the tooth so functionality and resilience are restored. If the tooth wasn’t treated with a dental filling it would weaken over time and be prone to further damage such as cracks or fractures. By placing a dental filling after removing a cavity we can restore the tooth’s strength and its appearance.
How is a dental filling placed?
If you are getting a composite resin filling, the material itself is similar to putty, so it is malleable and can easily be spread over the drilled away portions of the tooth. The resin is first matched to the color of your tooth before being applied. Resin fillings are applied in thin layers and each layer is hardened permanently into place after being properly shaped. The whole process of removing a cavity and placing a filling is pretty fast and you can leave the office immediately after treatment.
Are you experiencing warning signs of a cavity such as a toothache? Do you need to schedule your next dental cleaning? If so, then trust in the experts at Blome Family Dentistry to provide you and your family with the comprehensive dental care you are looking for in Lincoln, NE.