The Art of Dentistry

The "Art" of Dentistry

Dentistry is often referred to as an art. However, the art we’re referring to here cannot be acquired at your dentist’s office. Here are 15 dental-inspired pieces for your home we think you’ll like!

By Star City Dental 

Illustrations

Hippopotamouth

Looking for a fun art piece for your kid’s room? Well, this limited-edition illustration by Oliver Lake is printed on 11.6” x 16.5” archival matte canvas. The print is part of a limited edition of 150 and comes numbered, signed and hand titled by the artist.

Get one from Etsy for $20.00.

SPI - SpiderBrush

This numbered edition Giclée Art Print, designed by Grégoire GUILLEMIN, comes with a numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. Printed on 100% cotton, acid-free, heavyweight paper using HDR UltraChrome Archival Ink. Available in various sizes from 8”x11” to 40”x56”.

Get one from Etsy for $89.00+.

Saint Apollonia

This handmade original illustration by Micaela Riva features the Patroness of Dentistry and those suffering from toothaches or dental problems. It was inspired by old traditional Italian prayer cards call “Santini.”

Get one from Etsy for $9.36+.

Abstract

Layered Abstract Molars

This bright, modern abstract would brighten up any room. This print by Renee Leigh Stephenson is available as either a 12”x16” or 24”x24”.

Get one from Etsy for $24.25+.

Colorful Symbolic Teeth

This abstract piece by Katie Vernon has been printed on archival bamboo fine art paper with archival pigment ink. Each print is signed and is available as either an 8”x11” or 11”x14”.

Get one from Etsy for $18.00+.

Molar Blue

This stretched canvas print by Kaitlin Walsh was inspired by how the terrain and negative space in a tooth cross section are reminiscent of nature. In Kaitlin’s words, “In a simple cross section, I see bottomless lakes, harsh valleys, regal mountains. That the majesty of nature can be echoed in this tiny, plain, functional thing is exhilarating.”

Get one from Etsy for $89.00+.

Surreal-ish

Flowers In Vase

This piece is downloadable and can be used in a multitude of ways, i.e. printed and framed, printed and placed on a clipboard, made into a canvas or used as a screensaver or background. It’s entirely up to you!

Get one from Etsy for $6.20+.

Somewhere I Can't Breathe

This surrealistic etching by Jean-Philippe Paumier is inspired by a Chinese landscape. Both the original etching and 14” x 21” prints on canvas are available for sale.

Get one from Etsy for $135.00+.

Surreal Tooth Island

Very creative if we don’t say so ourselves! This print by Heather Galler is available in multiple sizes and is currently on sale!

Get one from Etsy for $19.15+.

Mixed Media / Collage

Dental Hygiene Skull

Andy Warhol-inspired, this mixed-media print is on an authentic antique page from an 1881 German illustrated magazine – Gazebo. It is handmade and signed by Jaroslav Seibert. And in case you missed it, the skull is flossing!

Get one from Etsy for $12.00+.

Speak No Evil

This 8”x8” archival print on Kodak Endura paper was created by Michael and Amy Monko. The collage was made by using antique medical book drawings that they took photos of, layered with photos of film and other backgrounds.

Get one from Etsy for $30.00+.

The Tooth Brusher

This mixed media piece by Erin McGill was handmade using acrylic, cut paper, glue, ink and colored pencil on canvas. Plus, it’s coated with matte varnish so it’s safe for the kid’s bathroom!

Get one from Etsy for $24.00+.

Vintage-Inspired

Vintage WPA Poster – Keep Your Teeth Clean

This made-to-order piece is digitally reproduced on canvas with archival UltraChrome Ink and sprayed with protective UV coating and hand-stretched around a 1.25” thick wood frame.

Get one from Etsy for $76.95+.

Gold Nivea Dental Soap Poster

Reproduction of a vintage poster. This ready-to-frame wall art is printed to order on heavyweight semi-gloss photo paper. Available in various sizes from 8”x10” to 11”x14”.

Get one from Etsy for $19.99+.

Antique Dental Advertisement

An antique advertisement for The Ideal Felt Tooth Polisher. Printed over an upcycled book art page by Neece. You can upgrade to a variety of other book pages or request a custom order.

Get one from Etsy for $13.00+.

What Do Dental Assistants Do?

Do you ever look around at your dental office and wonder, “Who is that person assisting the dentist?” Well, we are Dental Assistants.

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistants are those who help the doctors take care of their patients’ treatment. They make sure that you are comfortable while being treated and aid the doctor with whatever he/she needs while your treatment is being completed. They play a big role in the smooth running of the dental office, checking on others to help and making sure the dentist has what they require in order to attend to your dental needs. Here are some of the tasks that dental assistants do on a regular basis:

Prepare instruments for upcoming procedures

Greet patients and show them to the exam room

Assist the dentist with procedures by handing them needed instruments (chairside assisting)

Handle lab procedures such as cleaning dentures, taking impressions, and processing orders

Provide patients with home care instructions

Update dental records and other administrative tasks​

The exact duties of a dental assistant will vary depending on the job. Some dental assistants spend more time in the lab, while others may have administrative duties such as scheduling appointments and organizing paperwork.

With dental assisting, no two days are ever the same! Many dental assistants like the variety of tasks they get to handle. While a hygienist spends the majority of the day providing teeth cleanings, a dental assistant tends to have a wider variety of tasks throughout the day.

So, the next time you are at the dental office, you will know who is assisting the doctor and be sure to know that we are all here to make your dental experience as pleasant as it can be. Your dental health is our main priority and we want you to leave our office smiling!

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

NCDHM began as a 1-day event in 1941, which then became a week-long celebration in 1955 and has now become a full holiday. Most states and dental clinics participate in NCDHM with activities and free screenings for kids.

Each year the American Dental Association promotes a different campaign targeting a new dental health goal. This year’s campaign gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of maintaining a health smile.

Part of a child’s development and overall health includes the health of their teeth and gums. The mouth harbors a lot of bacteria throughout the day and night, which eventually leads to tooth decay if your child’s smile isn’t regularly brushed and flossed. Without proper dental care, children will fall victim to cavities and gum disease, which can cause pain, discomfort, lack of nutrition intake and missed school.

However, there are several things you can do to help set your children up for good oral and overall health for life!

Brush for 2 Minutes, 2 Times a Day

Brushing for 2 minutes twice a day is recommended—especially after breakfast and before bedtime. Try making up or finding a 2-minute song about brushing to make it more fun.

Drink Fluoridated Water

Skip the fruit juice. Fruit juices and sodas are packed with sugar. When paired with proper brushing and flossing, fluoridated water is your child’s best bet for a cavity-free smile!

Use Fluoridated Toothpaste

Toothpaste with fluoride is proven to be more effective for cavity protection. Many brands have fluoridated toothpaste for kids with fun flavors!

Eat A Balanced Diet

We all love the occasional sweet treat! With that said, you want to make sure your child’s diet mostly contains a healthy mix of fruits, veggies and proteins. When they do indulge in sweets, be sure they have a glass of fluoridated water to rinse with until it’s time to brush!

Floss Before Bed

Flossing is essential to your child’s dental health. You can begin flossing your child’s teeth when they touch together. Your dentist can show you how to floss your child’s teeth until they have the manual dexterity to do so themselves.

Visit the Dentist

Visit a dental professional every 6 months to maintain healthy teeth and a bright smile!

Education is one of our most important practice values, and we love getting parents and kids excited about dental care! Contact us to set up an appointment today!

Looking for other fun dental-related activities for your kids? Download the following American Dental Association (ADA) activity sheets!

Don’t Forget the Mouthguard

Don't Forget the Mouthguard

Every sport your child plays seems to include a giant list of equipment required in order to protect them. Everything from helmets, shin guards, elbow pads, knee pads, shoulder pads, etc. Except for a few sports like football and hockey, one important piece of protective equipment that often gets overlooked is a mouthguard. Mouthguards not only protect your teeth, but also help cushion against any form of impact to the head or face, possibly protecting against jaw injuries, lip or mouth lacerations-even concussions.

All Mouthguards Are Not Created Equal

You can buy mouthguards in most sporting goods stores and even the sport sections of many big box stores. These types of mouthguards are usually inexpensive and are “one size fits all.” Now a generic mouthguard is better than nothing and can work quite well for some kids. However, the biggest issue is getting them to fit properly. As someone who has tried to fit many of these through the years, I know it can get quite frustrating for parents–and scary for kids. Raise your hand if you like putting boiling hot silicone in your mouth! A better choice might be a custom fit mouthguard from the dentist. Your dentist will take an actual mold of your teeth so the mouthguard will fit perfectly, be more comfortable and more likely to be worn without complaint. They might cost a little more but are far less expensive than a costly tooth repair. Plus, no scalding hot water is needed!

All Mouthguards Are Not Created Equal

When it comes to your kids’ teeth, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here is a list of suggested sports for mouthguard use:

– Football

– Soccer

– Ice/Roller Hockey

– Basketball

– Boxing

– Lacrosse

– Baseball/Softball

– Volleyball

– Wrestling

– Skiing/Snowboarding

– Racquetball

Not taking the proper precautions with your kid’s teeth can become painful and costly. The best way to avoid this potential pain and expense is with a properly fitted mouthguard. You can try one from a sports store and see if it works for you. However, a custom fit mouthguard will provide great protection and might even keep your child from complaining about having to wear it. A parent can dream, can’t they?

What Are Sealants

What Are Sealants?

Dental sealants are a coating that the dentist puts on the grooves of your child’s back teeth to protect them.

When the first adult molars come out in your child’s mouth around age 6, most parents do not realize their children had those molars.

Why? Because those first adult molars usually come out at the back, behind the baby teeth in your child’s mouth; therefore, not replacing any baby tooth.

The most likely location for a cavity to develop in your child’s mouth is on the chewing surfaces of those back teeth. Run your tongue over this area in your mouth, and you will feel the reason why: these surfaces are not smooth, as other areas of your teeth are. Instead, they are filled with tiny grooves referred to as “pits and fissures,” which trap bacteria and food particles. The bristles on a toothbrush can’t always reach all the way into these dark, moist little crevices. This creates the perfect conditions for tooth decay.

What’s more, a child’s newly erupted permanent teeth are not as resistant to decay as adult teeth are. The hard enamel coating that protects the teeth changes as it ages to become stronger. Fluoride, which is found in toothpaste and some drinking water — and in treatments provided at your dental office — can strengthen enamel, but, again, it’s hard to get fluoride into those pits and fissures on a regular basis.

Sealants Work

Fortunately, there is a good solution to this problem: dental sealants.

Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, making them resistant to decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, which can require more expensive dental treatment later, and most importantly, cause your child pain.

“Sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of cavities by 80%.

–Journal of the American Dental Association

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How Sealants Are Placed

Placing sealants on the teeth is a very simple and painless procedure your dentist can perform in a few minutes.

Think of a sealant as a mini plastic filling. First, the tooth or teeth to be sealed are examined, and if any minimal decay is found, it will be gently removed. The tooth will then be cleaned and dried. Then a solution that will slightly roughen or “etch” the surface is applied, to make the sealing material adhere better. The tooth is then rinsed and dried again. The sealant is then painted on the tooth in liquid form and hardens in about a minute, sometimes with the help of a special curing light. That’s all there is to it!

Taking Care of Sealants

Sealed teeth require the same conscientious dental hygiene as unsealed teeth. Your child should continue to brush and floss his or her teeth daily and have regular professional cleanings. Checking for wear and tear on the sealants is important, though they should last for up to 10 years. During this time, your child will benefit from a preventive treatment proven to reduce decay by 80%.

While the incidence of cavities in children remains quite high, preventing cavities is always better than treating them, and it’s also much cheaper!

15 Last Minute Gift Ideas

15 LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

Everything’s under $89, so you can buy one for someone else *and* one for yourself!​

We hope you love these dental-inspired gift ideas! Just so you know, prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.

For the Foodie​

A set of 4 Sweet Tooth Cupcake Baking Cups.

It’s a product that combines fun and functionality in one!
Each baking cup is constructed from heat resistant, easy-to-clean silicone and fits one cupcake.

Get them from Amazon for $12.00.

This really is a “sweet tooth”! Can be used as a cookie or biscuit cutter. Even a dentist or hygienist couldn’t resist one of these cookies!

Got braces or know someone who does? Well this cookbook is for you! This revised and expanded edition includes 50 comfort food recipes and gives patients and their families everything they need to support positive orthodontic experiences.

For the Kiddos

Kids don’t like to brush their teeth? This bear is not only adorable but sings and rocks back and forth while he brushes. He also says numerous phrases during his song with lasts for 2 minutes -which is the amount of time we recommend kids should brush for.

These funny pacifiers are just about the most adorable thing ever and will make that little bundle of joy even cuter than he or she already is. Would make a perfect stocking stuffer for those expecting or new parents!

Because who doesn’t love Play-Doh? This playset includes a pack of five cans and basic tool sets for all kinds of open-ended play. Now, there are many different playset themes available, however we’d highly recommend this one.

For the Art Lover

Love conversation pieces? This is a print of an original watercolor by artist
Kaitlin Walsh. The painting loosely depicts the occlusal surfaces of half of the mandibular. These surfaces are surrounded by abstract shapes that mimic the look and feel of teeth. Yes, I said teeth.

There may be a recurring theme here, yes. But why have one conversation piece, when you can
have two? This is a print of a beautifully done abstract painting by artist Heather Galler.

Upgrade that cup full of toothbrushes with this sculptural bathroom caddy by ceramicist Monica Greco. With room for up to four toothbrushes (or razors, or makeup brushes or other slender toiletry essentials), this piece would look great on the counter of a master bath or guest washroom.

For the Traveler

Figs is known for making some of the most comfortable and supremely functional medical apparel (aka scrubs). However, their new ribbed Knit Loungewear is “Softer than all my PJs combined,” to quote one fan. Ideal for sleeping, but also appropriate for long flights — you need this loungewear and fast — it’s available for four weeks only!

Figs is known for making some of the most comfortable and supremely functional medical apparel (aka scrubs). However, their new ribbed Knit Loungewear is “Softer than all my PJs combined,” to quote one fan. Ideal for sleeping, but also appropriate for long flights — you need this loungewear and fast — it’s available for four weeks only!

This little fish keeps your toothbrush upright and clean. The suction cup base adheres to bathroom counters so toothbrushes can stand up straight for hygienic air-drying. Designed for everyday use, too.

For Fun

Who wouldn’t want one of these? This polyester fabric mildew proof waterproof shower curtain includes the plastic hooks.

Whether you yearn to eliminate unsightly debris from those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth or you crave a splash of bacon zest to spice up a boring oral hygiene routine, these bacon-flavored toothpicks are for you. Arm yourself with invigorating pig freshness and the confidence that you can take on the world. The next time you pig out, you’ll be glad you have these flavorful slender sticks of wood by your side.

Breakfast Floss is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Start off your day by using the coffee flavor on your lower teeth, then switch over to the waffle and bacon flavors for your uppers. Quite possibly the most delicious way to help keep yourself out of the dentist’s chair. Oh wait…

Why Regular Dentist Visits Are Important

Why Regular Dentist Visits Are Important

A regular dental appointment keeps your teeth and gums healthy. It also builds a good relationship with your dentist. That means you are more likely to return. And the dentist has a better idea of your history. Star City Dental in Lincoln recommends you should have a dental visit every six months, or as recommended by one of our dental professionals.

What Happens at a Dentist Appointment

There are usually two parts to a regular dental visit. First is the check up or examination. Second is the cleaning and polishing.

A Star City Dental dentist will check you for cavities at your clinic visit. X-rays may be taken to identify cavities between your teeth. X-rays are a simple and painless process that identifies or eliminates problem areas.

The exam also includes a check for plaque and tartar on your teeth. What is the difference between plaque and tartar? Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that is clear and can be removed. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and become tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with regular blushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral disease.

Next, we will check your gums. We do this with a special tool to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums. When gums are healthy, the spaces are smaller or less shallow. If you have gum disease, or the start of gum disease, the spaces may become deeper and larger.

The check-up also includes a careful examination of your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck. A dentist can learn a lot from these other parts of your body. We do this to check for any signs of problems, such as swelling, redness or even signs of cancer.

The Final Steps of a Dental Visit

Your teeth will also be cleaned when you visit. Brushing and flossing are very important in fighting and removing plaque, but a dentist must remove tartar. During your cleaning, we will use special tools to remove tartar. This is called scaling.

After your teeth are scaled, they may be polished. Polishing uses a gritty paste that helps remove any surface stains on your teeth. Surface stains can come from a variety of things like food, coffee or wine.

The final step of your visit is flossing. Your dental professional will use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean. Think of this time at your appointment as a short lesson. A good dentist will also provide instruction reminders on how to best brush and floss.

Regular Visits Improve Overall Health

Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is an important part of your overall health. Good oral and dental hygiene helps prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The more you do now to maintain good dental hygiene, the better chance you have of keeping your teeth as you get older.

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The Importance of Good Dental Hygiene

The Importance of Good Dental Hygiene

Good dental hygiene is very important for your overall health. Star City Dental of Lincoln, Nebraska and our team of dentists want to make sure you have the tips you need to maintain your dental care. This is accomplished through good general practices and regular visits to a dental clinic.

Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is crucial to your total health. Good oral and dental hygiene helps prevent bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and other risks. In addition, the more you do now to maintain good dental hygiene, the better chance you have of keeping your teeth as you get older.

Brushing and Flossing

Star City Dental stresses there are many reasons to brush and floss. Both brushing and flossing help reduce tooth decay. They also protect you from other potentially dangerous medical disorders. You should brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes. It is especially important to brush first thing in the morning and right before bedtime.

Brushing alone, however, is not enough. Flossing helps remove plaque, bacteria and hidden particles brushes cannot reach. You should floss daily, usually at bedtime and after meals. Think of it this way. Every tooth has five surfaces. If you do not floss, you are leaving two of those surfaces unclean.

Researchers are constantly discovering new reasons to brush and floss. Our dentists at Star City Dental often talk about the importance of a healthy mouth. Why? Because an unhealthy mouth can increase your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Gum disease can even pose problems with labor.

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene. What is in your mouth reveals a lot about your health. One look at a swab of saliva can tell your doctor plenty about what’s going on inside your body. Your mouth is a window into your overall health. That is why we place so much emphasis on dental care.

Limiting Snacking

Snacking should be limited because of saliva. Saliva plays a very important role in the mouth. Saliva helps neutralize the acids that can build up in your teeth. If you snack often in between meals, you are not giving your mouth a break. This stops your mouth from its natural cycle of fighting off acids.

Some snacks such as nuts, cheese, chicken or other meats can actually be helpful in protecting tooth enamel. They contain calcium and phosphorus that put minerals back into your teeth. Natural sugars found in firm fruits like apples and pears are OK choices too. However, processed sugars found in cookies, cakes or muffins are sugar sources that bacteria can use to produce acids. Worse yet, these types of food are more likely to stick to your teeth.

These simple steps can dramatically improve your overall dental hygiene. Star City Dental clinic also stresses the importance of regular trips to a dentist who knows your history. When you build a good relationship with your dentist, you not only have a better visit, you have a dentist who knows your complete oral health.

Free teeth whitening

FREE Teeth Whitening for ALL Patients!

As a reward for maintaining your smile and dental health, Star City Dental offers free whitening to all patients who get regular check-ups. Yes, that’s right! All regular patients receive free teeth whitening at Star City Dental!

We want you to be proud of your smile and we will do everything we can to make sure that you are. Ask us about whitening your smile today!