Preventive Dentist Keeps Lincoln Smiles Healthy
At Olberding Dental, we strive to help Lincoln dentistry patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. The first step to keeping healthy, natural teeth for life is preventive dental care at our office and at home. Our team is here to help patients develop thorough, effective at-home oral health routines, as well as provide consistent, preventive six-month teeth cleanings and dental checkups. These visits allow us to diagnose and treat oral health concerns at the earliest possible stages, thus keeping our services conservative and preserving more healthy dental structure. Contact us today in Lincoln, NE to schedule an appointment.
Check-Ups & Cleanings
The backbone of any preventive dentistry plan is the ADA recommended six month dental exam and teeth cleaning. At Olberding Dental, our Lincoln preventive dentistry services include annual X-rays, twice annual tooth-by-tooth dental examinations and thorough teeth cleanings (the removal of plaque and tartar, as well as polishing). We also offer provide screenings for tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, TMJ disorder, and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching).
Sealants are considered a treatment for children, but the truth of the matter is that patients of all ages benefit from this preventive service. Even the most thorough tooth brushing often falls short when it comes to cleaning the deep grooves and ridges on the molars (back teeth). Some of the spaces in these teeth can be too small for even a single toothbrush bristle to access. Dental sealants protect teeth from bacteria that enters these crevices and breaks down tooth structure. Sealants are easily placed during any routine checkup. The liquefied, plastic sealant material is painted over the surface of teeth and hardened. The entire process typically takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of teeth to be treated, and the results can last up to 10 years.
Nightguards for Bruxism
If you are regularly struggling with chronic jaw/facial pain or worn and damaged teeth that have no clear cause, be sure to mention these concerns to Dr. Olberding as soon as possible. They are likely the result of bruxism, which you probably know better as “teeth grinding.” This bad habit affects patients of all ages and from all walks of life, and many people don’t even realize they’re a victim of it because they only grind and clench at night while sleeping. If our team discovers the tell-tale signs during an evaluation, we can recommend the use of a custom-made nightguard for optimal protection.
Oral Cancer Screening
The statistics surrounding oral cancer are nothing short of staggering – one person dies from this disease every hour on average, and nearly half of the people diagnosed this year will sadly succumb to it within five more years. It’s not hard to understand why early intervention is absolutely crucial, and your dentist can be a strong first line of defense against this threat. Dr. Olberding will perform a thorough oral cancer screening at every regular checkup, scanning the mouth, face, and oral tissue for abnormalities. Any areas of concern will need to undergo further testing to determine if they are cancerous or not.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found all around you in everyday life, from the foods you eat to the water you drink from the kitchen tap. This isn’t a bad thing at all, though – in fact, a safe amount of fluoride exposure throughout the years can result in stronger, healthier teeth that are less prone to decay. During checkups and cleanings, our team may recommend a quick topical fluoride varnish for a boost of protection and reinvigoration.