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Looking for Family Dentistry Near Me? Meet our Lincoln Hygienist!

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Searching for “family dentistry near me,” a “dentist in Lincoln, NE,” or the “best dentist near me” with caring hygienists? Our Lincoln hygienist is a crucial part of our compassionate dental team in helping educate patients about dental procedures.

In addition, our hygienist kindly educates patients about the connection between a healthy mouth and their overall health. Meet our wonderful Lincoln hygienist, Kara.

Kara is passionate about helping her patients feel comfortable in her care while providing simple dental cleanings or deep cleanings for the treatment of periodontal disease. Kara believes that healthy mouth goes hand in hand with a healthy body.

Kara is passionate about educating patients in a non-judgmental manner by providing education. Furthermore, Kara will not ever nag you. Today she answers some of the most common questions that patients ask.

What kind of services do Lincoln hygienists offer?

Kara: You can find hygienists in all sorts of different kinds of practices and can also find hygienists that working for public health practices. Our Lincoln hygienists can do cleanings, educate about common dental conditions and treat periodontal disease.

For grinders, we offer a custom-made night guard that is affordably priced at $75

Kara: When we grind our teeth at night, it’s out of our control. A night guard is the top solution to prevent wearing away the teeth due tonight grinding. It does not stop the grinding process, but it provides a softer cushion for the teeth and allows them to wear the guard, rather than wear away the opposing teeth.

Kara: Any time we are missing teeth, the surrounding teeth want to fill in that space, which causes them to shift. When missing a bottom molar, the tooth above it no longer has a tooth to bite against, causing it to come out of its pocket. This is called super-eruption and often results in the loss of that tooth. It is always a good idea to fill in that missing space with an implant to avoid this from happening.

Kara: Chewing ice not only puts extreme pressure on our teeth but also an extreme temperature change. Similar to extreme immediate temperature change with glass, the tooth acts the same in response to the ice, causing it to break and crack easily. As a Lincoln hygienist, I recognize the dangers of ice-chewing, so it isn’t something I do.

Kara: Tobacco and e-cigarettes can both cause harm to the body in many ways. They particularly hurt our gums. Smoking e-cigarettes or holding tobacco in the pockets of our mouth constantly places a chemical against our natural tissues, which can cause them to destruct. This can cause recession of the gums as well, where they start to pull away from the teeth and cause sensitivity. Nicotine raises our blood pressure, which can negatively impact our overall health.

Kara: Anytime we have radiation therapy or chemo, it causes damage to the cells in our body, particularly our mouths and the salivary glands. With this happening, our mouths can get very dry during and even months after treatment. One of the most natural defense methods against cavities is our saliva. Without adequate saliva flow in the mouth, we become more prone to cavities. It is important to keep the mouth sugar-free and as adequately hydrated as possible in these times. Drinking water, using Biotene mouth rinse or spray, and adding fluoride via prescription toothpaste or mouth rinse are the most helpful solutions.

Kara: Millions of bacteria, good and bad, are in our mouths at any given time. A good dental home-care routine will take care of the bad bacteria that reside in our mouth. Our Lincoln hygienists often talk with patients about the benefit of adding a good probiotic to their diet to help us attack the bad bacteria from the inside of our bodies. These both are then working together help to create a healthy body and immune system to protect against cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.

Kara: Vitamin C is important in order to have a strong immune system to help our bodies fight against the bad bacteria, especially in our mouth where millions of bacteria harbor. Vitamin D is also especially important in the growth and development of bone and teeth, especially in children. For adults, vitamin D helps to support immune function. It can help our bodies fight against harmful bacteria and chronic inflammation.

Kara: Sugary drinks can be very damaging to our teeth. This includes soda, juice, sports drinks, etc. These liquids contain sugars, which in excess is not only poor for our health but also our teeth. The sugars feed the bacteria that live in our mouth, which in turn causes them to eat away at our teeth. It is always a good idea to eat or drink sugary foods, in short, confined periods of time or not at all, rather than to sip on them all day long.

Kara: Halitosis is bad breath, which can be caused by many different things. The foods we eat, tonsil stones, and not following excellent home care habits, such as daily brushing or flossing, can all attribute to bad breath. A good home care routine, especially brushing the tongue and rinsing with Listerine is the first step in fighting bad breath. Taking probiotics can help to change the flora, bacterial content in our mouth, leading to a better breath.

Also, replacing failing dental work can be an excellent treatment option for bad breath.

Kara: Cold sores show up at stressful times in our lives. Great treatment options, other than avoiding stress, is to place cold sore topical cream, such as Abreva and/or Lysine at the first sign of getting a cold sore.

Kara: Canker sores are similar. They can happen from stress, acidic foods, and drinks, or trauma in our mouths. An excellent choice for treatment is to rinse with warm salt water or Listerine. Likewise, if needed, place a topical anesthetic to relieve discomfort. If you frequently get multiple canker sores in your mouth, you should search for “family dentistry near me in Lincoln” and schedule an appointment. At this appointment, have a dentist check your mouth. In some cases, chronic canker sores are linked to vitamin deficiencies and autoimmune conditions.

Kara: Not exactly, but sleep apnea happens when we aren’t getting the oxygen our brain needs in the middle of the night. Our airways are cut off and our breathing becomes sporadic. If someone feels tired throughout the day or is constantly waking themselves up at night due to snoring or not being able to breathe, these are possible signs of sleep apnea.

We refer patients with suspected sleep apnea to the Bryan Sleep Center.

Kara: Coconut oil pulling is becoming popular, especially with the rise in essential oils. Coconut oil has been found to have some anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, which could be a positive addition to your home-care routine.

Kara: People can have sensitive teeth for many reasons. In this case, a great treatment option is to use a prescription toothpaste or sensitive toothpaste, such as Sensodyne. It takes at least two weeks for Sensodyne to work, as it protects the dental tubules in our teeth from allowing outside substances to reach the nerve. In extreme sensitive cases, avoid any whitening products, as they can aid in added sensitivity.

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