Preventive Care Services in Omaha
Regular Dental Checkups Can Help Prevent Many Serious Issues.
Today’s Dental provides a full scope of preventative care services to keep your smile healthy and bright.
At each routine visit, you can expect:
When needed, your dentist may also recommend special treatments or procedures designed to prevent more serious problems with your teeth or gums.
If your dentist recommends a treatment or device to prevent damage to your teeth, we will discuss your treatment options and cost upfront.
No. Today’s x-rays deliver a minimal amount of radiation and are not considered harmful to humans. X-ray knowledge and technologies have evolved significantly, making them much safer for patients today.
We don’t schedule standalone cleaning appointments. We recommend two routine dental visits per year (one every six months). This includes a full exam by a dentist to check for any issues, a screening for oral cancers that may otherwise go undetected, and a professional cleaning with the dental hygienist. Most dental insurance plans cover two routine exams per year for low or no copay.
Routine x-rays will be performed once per year at your dental check-up exam. Sometimes, x-rays may also be needed before, during, or after dental procedures to see beyond what your dentist can see on the surface. You and your dentist will discuss your individual situation and needs for x-rays.
The ADA says you should change your toothbrush every three to four months. However, if your bristles are frayed, your teeth suddenly don’t feel clean after brushing, the toothbrush smells bad, or you have recently been sick- you may need to change it more frequently.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends every person to visit the dentist twice per year- usually every six months- for a full exam to check for dental issues.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends two professional cleanings per year- usually one visit to your dentist every six months.
To care for your teeth and gums at home, you should brush and floss your teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes, at least two times per day, and to floss your teeth at least once per day.
No- it is not recommended to chew ice. Ice cubes are very hard and can damage the enamel on your teeth, even causing it to crack or break.
It is important to have check-ups because some dental issues don’t have any noticeable symptoms in the early stages of disease. The absence of pain or other symptoms does not necessarily mean there are no concerns with your oral health. A trained dental professional knows what signs to look for to ensure any issues can be identified and treated early.
At every routine appointment, we will review your medical history and medications, do a thorough cleaning of all tooth surfaces, examine your entire mouth (teeth and gums), and screen your mouth for signs of oral cancers. Once per year, we’ll take x-rays of your mouth so we can check your development and look for any problems below the surface. If you have any questions or dental issues to be addressed, you can expect our providers to take the time to formulate an individual plan, fully explain your options and available treatments, and the associated costs.
There are many effective types of floss available in stores- including traditional waxed dental floss or tape, dental picks, and water flossers. Always look for the ADA’s seal of acceptance when choosing a floss and pick the type that is most comfortable for you to use.
To find the best toothbrush, always look for the ADA’s seal of acceptance on the packaging. In general, you should always use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Either electric or manual toothbrushes can be effective if used correctly. People with mobility issues may have an easier time with an electric toothbrush.
The ADA has a great tool for searching their recommended dental care products, which will always bear their seal of acceptance. Dental fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and is recommended for use in toothpaste. If you have sensitivity concerns, talk with your dentist to determine the best options to help with your sensitivity.