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Dental Care Tips for Healthy Teeth

Mark McGuire - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Not many people enjoy going to the dentist, but you should go at least two times per year. Of course the reason most people don’t like going to the dentist is because they frequently receive bad reports about their teeth when they do go. So how can you rest assured that you will receive a good report? Practicing proper dental care is the best way to get over your fear of going to the dentist. Here are several tips to help you out:

  1. Brushing your teeth at least two times per day is essential. When you do brush your teeth, make sure that you do take adequate time to brush all of your teeth. You might look into buying a toothbrush with a timer on it so that you know you are brushing long enough.
  2. Use the right type of brush and make sure that you keep it clean. Most dentists tell their patients to use a brush that’s rated as “soft.” A brush with harder bristles can damage your gums.
  3. Replace your toothbrush when it’s time. Most dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush about every three months. You certainly don’t want to wait until your toothbrush is looking frayed.
  4. Use the proper brushing technique. Don’t brush too hard, or you could damage your gums. Make sure that you brush in a circular motion with the brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth. This will get you the maximum coverage without damaging your gums.
  5. Don’t forget to floss! Dentists recommend that you floss at least once per day. This will keep plaque and bacteria from building up between your teeth.
  6. See the dentist at the first sign of problems. You should never wait if you suspect that you have a problem with your teeth. Instead of waiting until the issue is very serious, see your dentist right away so that the problem can be taken care of while it’s still small.
  7. See the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning. McGuire Dental will also do a thorough oral exam to check for any potential problems. Catching these issues early is important if you want a positive outcome. Some common problems you should watch for include red, swollen gums, bleeding gums, gums that start to pull away from your teeth, teeth that are loose, sensitivities to hot or cold temperatures, or bad breath that won’t go away.
  8. Consider investing in an electronic toothbrush. This will give you a more thorough cleaning every single day.
  9. Oral irrigators may help, but don’t rely on them for good dental health. In fact, they have a tendency to push bacteria up into your gums, so make sure that if you do invest in an oral irrigator, you’re using it correctly. Also remember that these devices do not remove plaque.

Good dental hygiene is always the first step in prevention, so follow these tips if you don’t want to hear the sound of the drill at your next dental visit.

Let the team at McGuire Dental Group help you keep your teeth looking clean and healthy. They teach the important aspects of preventative dentistry because they believe that prevention is the best cure when it comes to dental health. McGuire Dental Group is proud to maintain a smaller client base because their staff wants to be able to get to know all of their patients. They have no intention of becoming a high volume dental practice because they understand how important each patient is for their practice. McGuire Dental Group is focused on quality relationships rather than quantities of patients.

Call us today to find out more about our family dentistry.

McGuire Dental Group Supporting Local Youth Sports

Mark McGuire - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
McGuire Dental Supports Local Youth SportsEvery year around August, you may notice that our office is awfully busy. In addition to our yearly back-to-school checkups, we also donate custom sports guards to our local youth football players.

This year, we were able to work with the Millard North Mustangs and the Elkhorn and Gretna Football programs. Through the programs, we were able to donate $15,525 worth of mouth guards to help protect local youth athletes from dental injury!

Without your help and patience during this time, we couldn’t have succeeded. We would like to specifically thank Todd Jakopovic from ELW football, and Millard North Athletic Trainer Lisa Moore for helping us coordinate the project. Also, we would like to thank Brad Hawks and Patterson Dental Supply for their donation of materials.

We look forward to continuing this tradition and hope our patients will help the promotion grow.

If you have a local sports program that you would like to see benefit from this promotion, we would be happy to help. Dental injuries occur in all sports, and we would be happy to work with you on organizing an effort for your league.

Talk to McGuire Dental Group if you have questions or suggestions on how to get involved.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Mark McGuire - Monday, August 27, 2012

Omaha NE Invisalign

Invisalign is the modern way to straighten your teeth and consists of a series of custom-made, clear aligners that straighten your teeth a little at a time until you have the smile you want. Making the decision to straighten your teeth as an aduly can be exciting, but also confusing.

To determine if Invisalign is right for you, ask yourself these questions...

What is your primary goal for treatment?
Have you been concerned about spacing between your teeth for either functional or cosmetic reasons? Do you get food caught between your teeth or does crowding make it hard to clean your teeth? Does calculus build up between your front teeth at your hygiene checkups? If so, alignment may be a more conservative treatment than facing the dentist's drill!

How flexible is your schedule when it comes to appointments?

Typically during treatment, your doctor will schedule appointments every 4-6 weeks. The appointments typically last about a half hour, but compliance is a must! Patients will wear a series of clear, removable orthodontic aligners that are adjusted as the teeth shift into place without metal or wires. A series of custom-made aligners are worn each for a period of two weeks, and each liner moves that teeth gradually into place.

Invisalign Omaha NEDo you have good hygiene now?
Invisalign aligners can be easily removed for brushing, flossing, and eating which means no food stuck in your braces and no avoiding hard-to-eat foods.

Do you have orthodontic insurance?

Invisalign costs about as much as traditional metal braces and is often covered by orthodontic insurance plans, even for adults!

How long do you want treatment to last?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case, and can only be determined by your doctor; however, the average case takes less than 12 months.

How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Dental Problems

Mark McGuire - Thursday, August 23, 2012

How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Dental Problems

Everyone has a general idea that good dental hygiene is important, but when trouble strikes, they don’t know what to do. Prevention is always the best cure for every dental problem. Here are the 9 most common dental problems and some tips to help you avoid them altogether.

  1. Halitosis – This is just a fancy term for bad breath, and there are numerous dental problems that can cause it. Gun disease, dry mouth, tongue bacteria, and oral cancer are just a few of the conditions that can cause bad breath. Of course it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, but if you have bad breath and aren’t sure why, be sure to address this with your dentist.
  2. Periodontal disease – Gum disease comes with a list of symptoms like bleeding gums, bad breathe, and loose teeth. It’s important to have this problem identified as early as possible. While bad oral hygiene can be the cause of periodontal disease, smoking can also cause it. Do your best to kick the habit and make sure that you have regular visits with your dentist. And don’t feel bad if nothing you do seems to solve your gum disease problem. Some people are just more genetically predisposed to it, so a dentist is the only one who can help them keep it under control. 
  3. Sores on the Mouth – In most cases, a mouth sore is nothing to worry about, but if it doesn’t go away after two weeks, it’s time to see the dentist. Many mouth sores are caused by colds or other health problems, so the only way to attempt to avoid them is by practicing good hygiene like washing your hands frequently.
  4. Tooth sensitivity – Tooth sensitivity can be caused by two potential problems. One is erosion of the gums, which serve to protect sensitive areas of the teeth. If you brush too hard along the gum line, you could brush away the gums and cause the root of the teeth to be exposed. Always use a soft toothbrush and brush slowly and carefully along the gum line.
  5. Cavities – This is probably the most well-known dental problem. No one likes to have cavities because the solution is usually to drill them out, which is never fun. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, use mouthwash at least twice a day, and floss your teeth regularly to prevent cavities.
  6. Tooth Erosion – This problem is common among people who have severe acid reflux or bulimia. The issue happens when your stomach acid erodes your teeth. Be sure to get the underlying health problem taken care of as quickly as possible to prevent tooth erosion.
  7. Tooth emergencies – Cavities are among the most common types of emergencies, although there are plenty of other examples. Toothaches can be caused by many different underlying problems, so you should never assume that a cavity is causing your toothache. Try to do what you can to mitigate the pain until you can get in to see the dentist.
  8. Teeth grinding – Prevention of this problem depends on what’s causing it. Stress is probably the most common cause, so learn some stress management techniques to prevent wear and tear on your teeth. Another problem that can cause teeth grinding is misaligned teeth, which can be fixed through orthodontic care.
  9. Oral cancer – This problem is more common than you think, and it’s often caused by smoking, although there are other causes. The best thing you can do to avoid cancer of the mouth is to simply quit smoking, chewing tobacco, or doing other things that put known cancer-causing things in contact with your mouth.

Let the dentists at McGuire Dental Group show you how to avoid all 9 of these common dental problems. They understand the importance of good dental hygiene, and their entire staff actively promotes prevention of problems.

Reason You Should Visit the Dentist

Mark McGuire - Thursday, August 23, 2012

6 Reasons You Should Visit the Dentist

Regular dental visits are the hallmark of exceptional dental health. We all have heard this many times, and yet most people do not know why it is. Most people simply hate going to the dentist, so they put it off for as long as possible. But here are six reasons you should see the dentist regularly:

  1. Tooth decay is caught early. No one wants to have to get their teeth drilled, and cavities hurt a lot if they go untreated, even resulting ultimately in tooth loss. You should see the dentist every six months so that tooth decay can be detected before they become a serious issue.
  2. Your teeth will be cleaner. Regular dental checkups also give your dentist a chance to clean your teeth. Professional cleanings are much more thorough than any amount of brushing you do at home. Dentists use professional instruments that can get places your brush can’t, and there is no substitute for having someone who can see the entire interior of your mouth while they are brushing it.
  3. Serious problems are caught earlier rather than later. Over 30,000 Americans get mouth cancer every single year, according to statistics from the National Institute of Health. With such a high rate of this cancer, it is important to have a dentist check your mouth regularly to make sure that you are not falling victim to this type of cancer, which is easily treated if it is caught early.
  4. Gum disease is diagnosed and caught early as well. Gum disease is a problem which affects a lot of Americans. It can result in tooth loss and other major health problems. However, a dentist can help keep these problems at bay, both through regular cleanings and regular checkups to make sure that you do not have advancing gum disease.
  5. Dental problems caught early are small problems. If you wait until a cavity hurts to go to the dentist, you have waited far too long. Cavities do not start hurting until they have become very large, and there is no reason to put yourself through that pain. Get all tooth problems caught earlier rather than later so that you don’t have to deal with the more complex and painful treatments that are involved in advanced stage tooth or mouth problems.
  6. Keeping your teeth in good health can also protect you from other health problems. For example, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has found evidence that keeping your teeth healthy will actually protect your heart. Also bacteria that are allowed to grow inside your mouth can make you very sick. Is there any reason to open yourself up to these kinds of health problems? Certainly not.
So going to the dentist every six months should be part of your regular routine. You wouldn’t skip regular physician checkups for your children, would you? Now is the time to make dental visits just as important in your life as those physician checkups you schedule for your children.

McGuire Dental has some of the most trusted dentists in Nebraska. Their practice policies include:

  • They believe that regular follow up appointments are an important part of dental health that lasts a long time.
  • McGuire Dental strives to keep wait times to an absolute minimum.
  • They do everything in their power to fit you in if you have a dental emergency.
  • Insurance billing is no problem with McGuire Dental.
  • Their financial manager will explain the several easy payment options available for those who do not have dental insurance.
Call (402) 573-9442 and book an appointment today with dentists in Omaha from McGuire Dental and bring your dental health back on line!

How to Choose Dentists in Omaha, NE

Mark McGuire - Sunday, July 15, 2012

Choosing dentists in Omaha, NE can be rather difficult because there are so many to choose from. After all, how do you tell one dentist from another? Many people fear going to the dentist because of all the things that can go wrong, but if you choose wisely, you can avert these horror stories. Here are six things you should take into consideration when choosing dentists:

  1. Office hours and location – This is much more a question of practicality than anything else, but practicality matters. You can find the best dentist in the world, but if his or her office isn’t convenient for you and the office isn’t open when you can go in, then it won’t matter. Consider their location to your home or work and whether it will be easy enough for you to get an appointment during the hours that are convenient for you.
  2. Continuing education – Other than practicality, the other main thing you should be concerned about is whether the dentist is up to date on the latest trends and techniques for treatment. Be sure to look into not just where he or she was educated originally for their dental degree but also whether they participate in continuing education opportunities and attend conferences and seminars so that they can stay up to date on current dental trends and concerns.
  3. Preventative care – Every dentist has his or her own personal way of approaching preventative care. Some dentists are more laid back, while others understand that preventative care is the best course of treatment. While it is important to find someone you can work with, it is also essential that you find someone who understands just how important preventative care is. He or she should be interested in educating patients about preventative care rather than just raking it in on all the problems caused by not taking care of your teeth.
  4. Anesthesia certifications – One of the reasons there are so many horror stories related to going to the dentist has to do with whether or not anesthesia can be given. Some dentists are certified to give varying levels of anesthesia. If this is important to you, then you should check to see what they are certified for. You don’t want to be stuck at a dentist needing major work done only to find out that minimal relief is available because they aren’t certified for other kinds of anesthesia.
  5. Emergency dental care – You should also find out what their procedures are for emergency dental care. Most dentists have some type of agreement with one of their peers or with some type of emergency referral service. Others have their own contingency plan in place. Just find out how they handle emergencies so that you can know what to expect in the event that one does arise.
  6. Fee schedule – Also make sure that they spell out their fee schedule up front before you even see someone. Payment plans and fees should be made clear before you schedule a treatment. Sometimes an exact price may not be available because they might not be totally aware of how much work needs to be done. However, in these cases they should still be able to provide you with an estimate. While comparison shopping for fees from different dentists, you can get a good idea of how their prices compare by checking fees for some of the most common procedures like cavity fillings, full mouth x-rays, and oral exams with cleanings.

McGuire Dental Group’s dentists in Omaha, NE are leading providers for quality dental care.