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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.

 

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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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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Toothaches, cavities, and other various dental problems can seem to be isolated to just your mouth, but the truth is, your oral health is directly tied to your body’s overall health.

When your mouth is happy and healthy, so is the rest of your body. On the flip side, when a dental problem presents itself, it could affect other systems in your body or could be an indicator of further health problems. Let’s dive more into the connection between oral health and overall health!

Related Article from the American Dental Association (ADA): The Mouth Is A Window Into The Health of The Body

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Beards, manscaping, hair gel, man caves, and self-grooming galore! In today’s world, men are taking charge of their aesthetic and their health, and dental health should be no different … that’s why we’re tackling dental health for men in this article.

Good dental health for men equals good overall health, as all parts of the body are interconnected. In fact, men are more commonly dealing with gum disease than women, making oral health even more important.

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Dear Premier Dental Family,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines, including routine dental appointments.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

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Hello Friends,

During our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at the office of Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.

Dr. Caye is available for Emergency Dental Appointments. Please call 816-600-6330.

You can feel safe knowing that all our clinical areas are, and always have been, treated with standards that far exceed all state and federal guidelines. Our team is highly trained annually, using guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our training, coupled with our commitment to the highest standards of care, will see us through this unusual time calmly and successfully.

In addition, you can feel confident that we are taking the following precautionary measures in the common areas:

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We’re SMILING because February is National Childrens Dental Health Month and we LOVE our Little Patients!! When you have small kiddos, like we do, it can be overwhelming to make sure you’re doing “all the things” to keep these tiny humans healthy and happy! To take some of the guess work out of this subject, we’re going to focus this blog on some questions about childrens dental health that we, as dental professionals AND parents, can answer.

First, let’s explain what National Childrens Dental Health Month is … it was introduced in the month of February by the American Dental Association as an observance to bring together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents, caregivers, teachers and many others.

For us, it’s a great opportunity to promote the benefits of childrens dental health, because developing healthy dental habits at an early age, including brushing and scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

We want our patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles and we love to help educate families about their dental health, so let’s get started!

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Eating Disorders Can Cause Dental Problems

The body is all interconnected. When something is wrong in one area, other areas can also be greatly affected. Eating disorders are an example of this phenomenon within the body.

Related Article: Oral Health Problems and Overall Health: How Connected Are They?

When you experience an eating disorder, other parts of your body, such as your teeth and gums, may be affected in a way you never thought possible. For example, eating behaviors can affect your oral health in many ways, such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Soft palate damage
  • Tissue/enamel loss
  • Redness and cuts inside the mouth
  • Discoloration
  • And more

See more information HERE regarding signs, symptoms, side effects and dental problems caused by bulimia from EatingDisorderHope.com.

Related Article: Tooth Decay: Don’t Be A Statistic 

Your Dentist Can Help

According to Eating Disorder Hope, “dentists are recognized as being some of the first health care professionals to whom a previously undiagnosed eating disorder patient (EDP) may present.”

Read more on the resources provided by Eating Disorder Hope HERE.

Dentists can be essential in identifying the first signs of an eating disorder. Without identifying dental issues, someone could live with an eating disorder for years without any help. If your dentist asks you about your signs or symptoms, consider being honest and open with them to take the first step toward recovery and improved oral health.

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It’s a busy time of year. Our stomachs are already grumbling in anticipation of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. Our minds are busy thinking about Christmas presents and holiday breaks from the workroom. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves and instead get lost in the busyness of it all. However, no matter how busy we may be, it’s so vital to keep up with our oral health and hygiene. No one wants to worry about a cavity or a filling around the holidays, and that’s why it’s crucial to check in with your dentist before the end of the year.

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