Preventing Gum Disease

Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease is slow to progress and often painless. For this reason, it often reaches advanced stages before any problems are noticed. If gum disease goes untreated it can result in the gums deteriorating, the deterioration of the jaw bone, and eventually the loss of teeth.

Preventing Gum Disease

Prevention Begins at Home

While it is important to have regular dental exams to remove tartar and to detect any early signs of gum disease, properly caring for your teeth at home is the best form of prevention. Here are several things that you can do to help prevent gum disease so that you can keep your teeth your entire life.

  • Use fluoridated toothpaste and brush for at least 2 minutes twice a day
  • Floss each day in order to remove plaque from places where your toothbrush does not reach
  • Use a mouth rinse to help reduce plaque
  • Eat healthy, foods that are high in sugar and starch can increase plaque. In addition, healthy foods have the nutrients that are needed to help prevent gum disease.
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco

Certain medications can aggravate gum disease. This includes certain antidepressants, heart medicines, and oral contraceptives.


You should make sure that you make regular visits to your dentist in order to have regular cleanings. Only your dentist has the proper tools to make sure that tartar is removed from your teeth. Additionally, a regular checkup can help monitor oral health and then identify and prevent any problems before they become a bigger issue and require more expensive, comprehensive treatment. Remember, gum disease is often silent and painless, so a dentist is often the only way to detect this disease early. If you take these preventative measures you will greatly reduce your risk of developing gum disease.

Regency Family Dentistry Omaha

Whether your teeth needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile.  Below are just some of the many procedures and dental services we regularly provide to our patients – with a gentle touch, and stunning results.  Your smile is our first priority, and we’ll give you something to smile about.

Preventative Dentistry

  • Dental Exams
  • Dental Cleanings
  • Oral Cancer Exam
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Sealants
  • Dental X-Rays
  • Home Care
  • Nightguards & Mouthguards

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Dental Implants
  • Composite Fillings
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • FixedPorcelain Bridges
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Tooth Whitening

Periodontal Disease

  • What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Maintenance

Restorative Dentistry

  • Dental Implants
  • Inlay Restorations
  • Onlay Restorations
  • Composite Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Dentures & Partial Dentures
  • Fixed Bridges
  • Root Canal Therapy

Oral Surgery

  • Wisdom Teeth Extractions

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Dear Valued Patient

Happy 2024! All of us at Regency Dental hope your year is off to a great start. As many of you have already witnessed, there are changes occurring within our practice for the past several months. Dr. Spanel is in a time of transition within the practice, and he has found a colleague who shares his core values, philosophy, and sense of personalized quality care. He was fortunate to find Dr. Dan Ellingson who is a wonderful, gentle dentist. Dr. Ellingson is a local graduate of Gross High School, UNO, and UNMC College of Dentistry. He has a strong commitment to our local community. Having this opportunity to own a private practice, Dr. Ellingson is eager to meet each of you. He and all staff members will continue working diligently to provide you with the same caring, calm and meticulous dental care you would expect to receive from Dr. Spanel.

As we continue to move forward in 2024 with this transition, we thank you for your trust, partnership, and patience as we welcome Dr. Ellingson to the practice. We have additional team members, and have updated our software programs to comply with HIPAA regulations of paperless charting. We are also updating our equipment to provide state-of-the-art care.

We all know that changes bring challenges. Please know that Dr. Spanel, Dr. Ellingson and the team at Regency Dental intend to provide you, our loyal patients, the very best dental care in a warm and compassionate atmosphere. If you haven’t scheduled your 2024 dental check-ups, please call us!

We look forward to seeing you again soon!


The Doctors and Staff at Regency Dental.