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Dental Travel Tips 

Keeping up with your oral health while vacationing or traveling seems simple but with changes in time zone and a busy schedule full of fun activities, it may become difficult to remember to keep your mouth healthy. Here are some of our favorite dental travel tips during your next adventure!  

  1. Come see us before you leave. The last thing you want to deal with on a vacation is an emergency dental treatment. If you have any cavities or other oral issues, it’s good to know and treat them before a big vacay. Schedule a bit ahead of time so there’s enough time for a follow-up appointment before you leave, if needed. Give us a call at 816-600-6330, here are our hours too!
  2. Keep that toothbrush clean. When you’re packing, you might throw your toothbrush into any ole’ toiletry bag. Before you do, wipe the inside of the bag clean with a disinfectant wipe to get rid of any lingering bacteria and dirt. Also, let your toothbrush dry out before packing. Packing a wet toothbrush creates a breeding ground for bacteria to grow. If you have to pack a wet toothbrush, make sure to unpack it as soon as possible to let air dry. Here are some additional tips for toothbrush care.
  3. Forget Toothpaste or toothbrush? If you find yourself without a toothbrush or toothpaste – don’t fret – you can rinse your mouth with water in the meantime. If you have toothpaste, put some on your finger or a clean washcloth. Once you’re near a convenience store, grab a disposable toothbrush for the rest of your trip. 
  4. Unsure about the water? If you’re not comfortable using the water wherever you’re staying, make sure to brush and rinse with bottled water. 
  5. Pack some sugarless gum. Did you know that chewing sugarless gum can help relieve ear pressure during flights? It also helps get our saliva flowing in our mouths, so chewing sugarless gum after a meal can help prevent cavities and help flush out our mouths. 
  6. Mind the mounds of sugary treats. If you’re on a vacation or holiday, you’re probably going to enjoy different foods than you may normally eat, and that’s totally okay. Definitely enjoy your treats on any trip, but try to stick with a few treats a day (chocolate is preferred), and rinse your mouth with water or chew sugarless gum after to help reduce bacteria. 
  7. In case of emergency. Having our contact information handy can be very helpful if a dental emergency occurs during a trip. Sometimes, a dental emergency can be solved over the phone, or an appointment can be made when you’re done traveling. Whatever it is, we’ll be sure to help in any way we can. If you’re traveling overseas, you can get in touch with the local consulate or U.S. embassy. Here’s some additional information about Emergency Dental Care.

Related Article: It’s Time for a Dental Cleaning and Exam

DENTAL EXAM: TWICE A YEAR IS THE GOAL

Whether you’re traveling for fun or business, remember to see your dentist twice a year for preventive dental exam visits. It’s really that simple. When you see your dentist often, you’re getting some major advantages. Your dentist is trained to look for warning signs that may indicate:

  • Gum disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Cavities
  • And more

When these warning signs are caught early, you can often prevent things from getting worse and save on your treatment options, and money, down the road. When you get a check-up, your dentist is looking for those warning signs and is also giving you a thorough teeth cleaning that’s removing any build up of bacteria and plaque. When bacteria and plaque is left unchecked, it can cause serious issues such as gum disease, gum inflammation, tooth decay, and more.

To keep up with your twice a year dental exam, we suggest making appointments in advance. When you have appointments written in your calendar or on your phone, you’re less likely to forget or miss an appointment. Being organized here is key!

Related Article: How to Avoid Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

Premier Dental is Making a Difference

Regular dental cleanings are wonderful preventative care, whether you’re traveling or not. Although you may be brushing and flossing really well at home, tartar and plaque is impossible to remove with regular brushing & flossing and can build-up over time. Dr. Caye and his expert dental team are able to use specific tools to remove that plaque and tartar, keeping our mouth cleaner and our chances of other complications much lower. We hope you have a wonderful time every time you travel, remember these helpful dental travel tips and enjoy!

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including dental implants, dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.

same-day-crowns

At Premier Dental, we often talk with our patients about dental crowns and why they’re needed. Sometimes dental crowns can be confusing, or a completely new idea to some, and so we like to take the time and explain why dental crowns are needed and so helpful in the dental industry. Dental crowns do a wonderful job at protecting your teeth and enhancing the look and health of your smile. Did you know that same-day crowns are also available? Let’s clear up some crown confusions!

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Stephen-Caye-DDS-Premier-DentalAt Premier Dental, our personalized touch is revolutionizing the dental experience and will have you forgetting why you were ever “fearful” of the dentist. Our laid-back atmosphere, gentle touch of Dr. Stephan D. Caye, and relaxing amenities will have you looking forward to your next visit.

Unique Approach to Every Single Patient

Dr. Caye doesn’t use a one-size-fits-all approach with his patients, instead he takes the time to work with each and every patient, one-on-one. Each patient needs a different and unique approach to their oral health. Almost all dental procedures can be done in-house at our location, which makes your appointments run smooth, with your best treatment options (made specially for you and your oral health) in mind.

Comprehensive Dentistry

We like offering comprehensive dentistry to our patients. What does that mean? At Premier Dental, you can receive preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments all in one location.

  • Preventive Dentistry Treatments often include dental cleanings twice a year and the main goal is to prevent any oral health issues from happening. It’s so important to see your dentist twice a year so they can assess your oral health and provide you with a professional cleaning.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments are all about enhancing the look and feel of your smile. These treatments are great confidence boosters, and often include our ClearCorrect braces, veneers, etc.
  • Restorative Dentistry Treatments often happen with your oral health needs restored or corrected. Maybe you chipped your tooth, lost a tooth, etc. and may require surgery. Dental crowns, root canals, and dentures are restorative treatments.

We use our advanced technology to provide our patients with state-of-the-art, high-quality care and our friendly staff is committed to providing premium dental care in a comfortable and convenient setting. We offer comprehensive dentistry at Premier Dental. No matter what you’re looking for, we can provide you with various options, ranging from cosmetic, restorative, and preventive. Let’s dive a little deeper…

Cosmetic Services

Cosmetic services are all about achieving that mega-watt, dream smile! Enhancing your smile is what we love to do, and offer braces, retainers, veneers, bonding, re-contouring, and teeth whitening services for you to boost your confidence and your oral health. If you feel dissatisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry can help!

According to Web MD, “If you’re not satisfied with your smile, modern cosmetic dentistry can help. This method of professional oral care focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, gums, and overall smile. Although it’s not an essential procedure, cosmetic treatment can restore confidence in your smile.”

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Are you a dental implant candidate to replace your missing tooth? Let’s find out…

If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be a wonderful option for regaining your beautiful smile! Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and can change the look and health of your smile.

Having missing teeth can affect the way we chew, talk, etc., so it’s imperative to take a look at your replacement teeth options and see what your dentist recommends, and what you qualify for. Dental implants are one of these options, so let’s take a closer look at the requirements for dental implants. Most people make a great dental implant candidate and enjoy the full function and restoration of their smile!

Dental implants explained by the Mayo Clinic HERE.

If you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, learn more about Dentures vs Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

5 Signs for Dental Implant Candidate

  1. Good oral hygiene
  2. Teeth and gums in good health
  3. Good bone density for support
  4. You are a non-smoker, or can stop smoking completely
  5. Patience for the process

We will look at why the teeth are missing, your oral health routine, your jawbone strength, and your patience levels before deciding if dental implants are right for you.

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Spring is officially here! With the warmer weather, rain showers, and green grasses on the horizon, spring feels like a time of change and prosperity. You may also have a to-do list for the springtime. The term “spring cleaning” is a real thing, and many of us are anxious to switch out our closets and do some long-awaited home improvements. With all this talk of cleaning, it’s the perfect time to come see us at Premier Dental for a dental spring cleaning. Your teeth and gums will thank you!

What happens during a dental cleaning? Lean More HERE.

Dental Exams

Think of your dental exam as a deep cleaning – just like you do to your home. You inspect the area, decide what needs cleaned and what looks good, and get to work! Your dentist will do the same for your mouth. During a dental cleaning and exam we will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any potential concerns
  • Possibly take x-rays, if needed
  • Polish your teeth with a dental-grade toothbrush and specialty toothpaste
  • Remove any plaque and tartar build-up
  • Floss
  • Apply a fluoride treatment, if needed

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porcelain-veneers

A new year brings so much potential, the chances for new opportunities and growth. For many of us, we want to work on ourselves and become the best versions of ourselves in the new year. We focus on wellbeing, happiness, and mental health, but is a great smile also on your 2021 wish list? It’s amazing what a smile can do to your confidence, and porcelain veneers may be a great option for making 2021 the year you obtain your dream smile with a smile makeover!

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dental-crown

 

Dental crowns are common, often painless, help restore a smile and can greatly extend the life of a tooth. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of surveyed adults said that a healthy smile is socially important to them. Dental crowns can help keep your smile healthy and bright, but how do you know when you need a dental crown?

Learn more about Dental Crowns HERE from WebMD.

Most Common Reasons for a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are basically tooth-shaped and colored caps that cover the tooth and restore the health and natural look of the tooth. A dental crown will correct the look of a tooth in a realistic way, if a tooth is small or discolored. Dental crowns are needed in certain situations – let’s look at some of the most popular reasons:

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Oral care is more essential than ever. While wearing face coverings that are to protect us from diseases and are recommended by the CDC, dentists are seeing a rise in gum disease from “mask mouth.”

Mask Mouth refers to a range of symptoms associated with wearing a face mask. The main symptom being bad breath, or halitosis. While bad breath may seem annoying and temporary, it’s a sign that something isn’t quite right. It’s important to pay attention to any warning signs or symptoms of mask mouth and take action to prevent it!

Let’s look into some helpful, preventative measures for mask mouth.

The truth behind mask mouth:

Symptoms of Mask Mouth

Bad Breath: 

One of the most common signs of mask mouth is bad breath. If you’re breathing through your mouth while wearing a mask, you’re drying out your mouth and causing bad breath. This can also cause dry lips.

Dry Mouth:

Saliva is such a great tool that our body already produces to help keep the germs out of our mouth, so when our mouth becomes dry and we lose saliva production, we build bad-breath bacteria in the mouth.

Less saliva in the mouth also means we are more prone to tooth decay and infections.  When we are wearing our mask often and experience dry mouth, we’re advancing or progressing tooth decay.

Bad breath is often a sign that something isn’t quite right. When we wear our masks, we may breathe through our mouths more and dry out our mouths. While this may not seem like an issue, when we dry out our mouths, we leave them more susceptible to bacteria growth. When bacteria grow in our mouth, we can experience things like cavities and gum disease. Saliva is a huge multitasker in our mouths and it constantly keeps bacteria at bay. When we lose saliva production, we lose our biggest bacteria fighter.

The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath. Learn More about the stinky side effects of Mask Mouth HERE.

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One-Stop Dental Shop

Why do you choose an all-inclusive resort when booking a vacation? It’s because they have it all and more. Everything you could possibly need is in one convenient location. But what do all-inclusive resorts and our dental office have in common? They’re both one-stop shops with everything you need!

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It’s here again – the holiday season is upon us. With trick-or-treating, turkey and football, and a big Christmas tree in our near futures, thinking about going to the dentist can fall to the back of our brains. It’s so easy to do, so we’re here to remind you today about the importance of getting the most out of the dental insurance you pay for. When end-of-the-year rolls around, it’s imperative to use your dental benefits and get your appointments scheduled to see your dentist.

Use it or Lose it … check out these tips to maximize your dental insurance benefits and flexible spending accounts HERE.

Save Money, Make Appointments

Did you know you can save possibly thousands of dollars if you use your dental benefits before the end of the year? Dental insurance deductibles are often met, annual maximums won’t roll over, and next year’s premiums may increase. So, it’s time to start thinking about what dental services you and your family may need and want.

If you need larger dental treatments and you’ve met your deductible, the end of the year is the perfect time to get these treatments completed! Once you reach your deductible, out-of-pocket expenses drop dramatically, so treatments are easier to get done and less expensive for your wallet.

If you’re getting close to reaching your annual maximum, talk with us at Premier Dental and we can help create a plan to split treatments between year to year, if needed. We love to work with you and your insurance to create the perfect plan for your treatments to get you the treatments you need and the services you want!

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