Gum Disease and Inflammation

Dr. Jared Bolding - Bolding Dentistry - Omaha Preventative Dentistry

There is an evidenced link between periodontitis (gum disease) and other health issues. If you have chronic inflammation you are a higher incidence of gum disease.

It might be a casual relationship between gum disease and other health issues, however we aren’t 100% sure yet. All we know is that if you have chronic inflammatory disease, your chance of having other health issues increases significantly.

So what can you do? Keep a daily routine of brushing at least twice and flossing once and ensure regular dental hygiene visits.

Why Are The Frequency Of Teeth Cleaning Appointments Important?


The Frequency of Teeth Cleanings

Your teeth should be cleaned as often as your hygienist or dentist recommends it for your particular dental needs, the health of your gums and teeth.

The frequency is determined on the severity of your gum health and how effective you are at home care. Essentially, the more you take care of your teeth at home, the less likely you are to need more than 2 routine dental hygiene cleanings per year.

Dental insurance plans only pay for two cleanings a year, but we urge you to not let your dental insurance dictate how many cleanings you should have. What they are willing to pay for has nothing to do with the frequency that our office determines for your individual dental needs.

At Brian Zuerlein Dental, we are more than happy to help you determine the best course of treatment on a case-by-case basis, as well as work with you on any dental insurance issues that might arise.

Our goal is to help you keep your teeth healthy for a life-time, it is proven that your overall health is affected by gum disease.

Help us, help you achieve your best and healthiest smile!

4 Natural Teeth Whitening Solutions For A Whiter Smile


Even if you’ve been using our at-home bleaching treatments and seeing great results, it is important to make sure you are also practicing good oral hygiene as well as using natural teeth whitening solutions.

1) Drink Water

This one may seem obviously, however it is commonly missed. Drinking water helps wash away any food debris and potential stain causing particles.

2) Eat Strawberries

Strawberries have what is called malic acid. Malic acid helps remove discoloration on your teeth.

3) Eat Dairy

Dairy products, like milk, cheese and yogurt have calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth. However, what you might not know if dairy helps fight off any harmful bacteria in your mouth.

4) Eat Crunchy Fruits and Veggies

Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, celery and carrots are natural stain removers, increasing saliva production and helping to wash away debris.

These 4 natural teeth whitening solutions do work over time and are great practices to go along with our at-home professional teeth-whitening solution.

Contact us today and get one step closer to a whiter smile!

The Effects Of Bruxism or Teeth Grinding


What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism or teeth grinding, is the habitual grinding and clenching of teeth that typically occurs at night.

There are varying levels of teeth grinding. Severe bruxism can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Milder cases might not require treatment.

It is important to be able to identify the causes and symptoms in order to address it.

The Causes:

  • Stress, Anger, Frustration or Tension
  • Abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth (malocclusion)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Acid Reflux
  • A Focusing Habit

The Signs and Symptoms:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity often resulting in tooth recession
  • Jaw or face pain or soreness
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Dull headache
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Indentations on your tongue

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned you may be suffering from bruxism, we can help you address this condition with a custom fitted night guard. Ask us at your next appointment!

Keep Your Child’s Smile Protected With A Mouthguard


Prevent Childhood Mouth Injuries and Trauma With A Mouthguard

A mouthguard is the first line of defense against dental emergencies and should be worn whenever your child is participating in sports or other recreational activities.

Studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they are not wearing any form of protection, which could be offered with a mouthgaurd. This applies to more than just contact sports. Activities like gymnastics and skating run the risk of dental injury as well. This is especially important if your child has braces or any types of orthodontic work.

The best mouthguard is one that has been custom-made to fit your child’s mouth by your dentist. We are happy to discuss your options when it comes to mouthgaruds and protecting your child’s mouth again s sports related trauma.

To Floss or Not To Floss: The Goal Is To Remove Plaque

Importance Of Flossing - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Dr. Bolding

Importance Of Flossing - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Dr. Bolding

Why floss might not be enough in the removal of plaque, but cleaning between teeth is still critical.

We want to address the recent articles, news reports, and social media blog posts regarding the need to floss and the lack of scientific evidence to support it’s benefits.

This is what we do know:

  • Brushing alone is not enough.
  • A majority of people are flossing ineffectively if they floss at all.
  • People DO need to clean between their teeth.
  • Disruption of plague is the end goal.
  • We need to find easier and more effective ways to help patients clean between their teeth.

At this office, we have always recommended the Airflosser, Waterpik and Power Brushes to our patients as a means to remove plaque from your teeth. These methods are more effective at removing plaque if they are being effectively used.

We also recommend fluoride treatments and take home fluoride for adults, which is another way to reduce decay and tooth sensitivity.

Now, we are NOT telling you there is no need to floss or clean between your teeth. You need to remove the plaque buildup that occurs between your teeth in some manner to prevent inflammation (gingivitis) and tooth decay. We have several tools we can recommend to help accomplish this.

Regular oral hygiene appointments will also serve great benefit in addressing issues early. We know there is a direct correlation between your oral health and your overall health.

Is Snoring Keeping You Up At Night?

Correct Snoring and Sleep Apnea - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Correct Snoring and Sleep Apnea - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Do you or someone you love snore? Does snoring keep you up a night?

Dr. Bolding is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, specializing in snore appliance therapy and sleep apnea.

Here are some facts about snoring:

  • Researchers have found increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • Whole families including young children can snore.
  • Virtually all those who snore associate sleep loss with impaired work performance.
  • Snoring by a spouse or partner is the leading reason for sleep loss.

A solution to end snoring may be a well-made, well-fitted dental appliance. Contact our office today for a complimentary evaluation!

ClearCorrect and Inman Aligners: Teeth Straightening Without Metal Braces

Teeth Straightening - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Teeth Straightening - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Often times, we find patients are unhappy with the alignment of their teeth, but live with it since they don’t want to have braces.

Dr. Bolding uses two techniques to straighten teeth without the need for metal braces, ClearCorrect and Inman Aligners.


ClearCorrect aligners straighten your teeth without metal braces.

Benefits of ClearCorrect Invisible Braces for teeth straightening:

  • Invisible: These clear aligners are so subtle most people won’t even notice you are wearing them.
  • Removable: These easy to remove trays allow you to eat any foods you wish without the risk of food getting stuck.

Once we take your measurements and receive your customized aligners, you would wear a series of aligners for roughly 4-6 weeks (depending on severity of your case) and for at least 22 hours a day, over the course of several months.

Here are results that can be achieved through ClearCorrect, invisible braces.

ClearCorrect - Teeth Straightening - Dr. Bolding Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Inman Aligners

The Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for teeth crowding of the front and lower teeth.

Benefits of Inman Aligners for teeth straightening:

  • Effective: These aligners work very quickly to correct crooked front and lower teeth.
  • One Appliance: You will only need one appliance to achieve great results.
  • Removable: These appliances are removed and inserted much like a retainer.

If we determine the Inman Aligner is the right solution for you, then the gentle process will guide your teeth into a straighter position over the course of 6 to 16 weeks (depending on the severity of your case).

Here are results that can be achieved through Inman Aligners, teeth straightening appliances.

Inman Aligner - Teeth Straightening - Dr. Bolding Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Talk to us about which option would be best for your teeth straightening needs!

Don’t Be So Sensitive! Treating Tooth Sensitivity.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity To Hot and Cold - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Treating Tooth Sensitivity To Hot and Cold - Brian Zuerlein DDS - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist

Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity cased by temperature extremes? Is it painful to sip on hot coffee or eat a bowl of ice cream?

If drinking or eating hot or cold food makes you wince, then you probably have “sensitive teeth.” Sensitivity to temperature can have many causes including:

If your teeth are causing you pain, we can find out why. Treatment may include night guards to intercept grinding, special toothpaste, and fluoride to block pain receptors, and repair decay, trauma, and enamel demineralization.

Talk to us at your next appointment or give us a call! We are here to help treat your tooth sensitivity!

Adult Fluoride? Yes Adults Need Fluoride Too!

Adult Fluoride - Preventative Dentistry - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Dr. Jared Bolding

Adult Fluoride - Preventative Dentistry - Omaha Cosmetic Dentist - Dr. Jared Bolding

There is an assumption that only kids need Fluoride, when in actuality adults can see major benefits in regularly receiving Adult Fluoride treatments.

According to a study by the National Institutes of Health (Winn et al, 1996) 38.2% of adults over 55 have experienced at least one incident of root caries. Even as young as 45 years old, the study indicates the occurrence of root caries in almost 30% of all adults.

According the to ADA, “Fluoridation plays a protective role against dental decay throughout life, benefitting both children and adults. Fluoride can not only stop the decay process, but also make the enamel surface more resistance to future acid attacks.

An additional benefit for adults is the prevention of root decay. Adults with gumline recession are at risk for root decay because the root surface becomes exposed to decay-causing bacteria in the mouth. Studies have demonstrated that Fluoride is incorporated into the structure of the root surface, making it more resistant to decay.”

Now, you might be asking, then why haven’t you heard about adult fluoride until now?

It has nothing to do with NOT needing Adult Fluoride treatments, as the research is clear that Fluoride IS in fact beneficial for adults.

More often then not, patients refuse Fluoride treatment as it is typically not covered by standard dental insurance policies. However, we feel it is an integral part of your oral healthcare and should be considered even if out-of-pocket.