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.

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Our Guarantee

At Star City Dental, we stand behind our work. It is our Star City Guarantee that as a patient, if you maintain your regular 6 month check-ups and cleanings, we will warranty our work. We will maintain and fix any crown or bridge for up to 5 years and fillings for up to 2 years.

We want to make sure your visit and follow up care is as easy and painless as possible.

no surprise treatment plans is our policy at Star City Dental in Lincoln

No Surprise Treatment Plans

Star City Dental only provides you with the treatments or procedures you need – no surprises.

We offer you Easy-to-Read Treatment Plans, which are a simple sheet of paper, given to each patient with every check-up. This treatment plan includes the total fee, expected insurance payment and the out-of-pocket cost. That’s it.

Did You Know About On-Time Seating?

Star City Dental will credit you $1.00 for every minute after 10 minutes that you wait for your scheduled appointment time.

We strive to never make you wait any longer than needed. If you’ve been waiting any longer than 10 minutes, please let the front desk know and we will actually credit you $1.00 for every minute after 10 minutes. Yes, it’s that simple. We get it. You’re busy. Although we try our best to stay on task, we get busy at times too. Here at Star City Dental, this is our way to make sure you’re taken care of. We’re here to save you pain, time, and money. Call and schedule an appointment today!

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!