Is your smile is as healthy as it could be? Let’s find out!
We are human, so at some point along the way we are going to fall flat when it comes to properly caring for our smiles. Maybe you fell asleep before you could floss your teeth or you drank more sodas in a week than you care to admit; however, as long as you know how to care for your smile the majority of the time, this is what really adds up. Our Glenview, IL, family dentists are here to provide the ultimate tips for keeping your smile healthy and happy.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Nothing is more important than making sure you are brushing at least twice a day (ideally, after mealtimes) and flossing once a day. Brushing in the morning when you first wake up and then again right before bedtime can greatly reduce plaque buildup.
How long do you need to spend brushing your teeth? This is also a very important factor. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer then set a timer yourself for about 2 to 3 minutes. This is how long you should be brushing each time you do.
Use the Proper Technique
What benefits can brushing and flossing possibly have if you aren’t doing it right? Proper form and technique are everything. Be gentle when brushing all surfaces (you don’t need to scrub or press down in order to remove plaque). Short, gentle strokes are all it takes. Remember to brush the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth and leave floss to take care of the spaces between teeth. Before you finish, brush your tongue and roof of your mouth to fight bad-breath germs.
Whether you are dealing with dry mouth or you are prone to cavities, there are many factors that may warrant needing mouthwash or a medicated rinse in order to reduce the bacteria responsible for decay and gum disease. While over-the-counter mouthwashes only serve to temporarily hide bad breath, our Glenview dentists can recommend a proper mouthwash that will help promote an all-around healthier smile.
Manage Bad Habits
Do you use your teeth instead of scissors to rip apart plastic packaging? Do you grind your teeth at night? If you said “yes” these are habits that you need to not just be aware of but also know how to address to protect your teeth for the long run. Teeth should never be used for anything other than chewing food or speaking. Don’t use your teeth as tools, which could seriously damage them. If we suspect that you grind your teeth, we may recommend getting a custom night guard to wear while you sleep to protect teeth from excessive wear and tear.
If you ever have questions about your oral health or about the dental services we offer here in Glenview, IL, don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly, caring dentists. Turn to Family Dental for your smile needs.
Periodontal disease runs in your family. You worry that you may have it and that you could lose teeth and develop systemic health problems. Calm your fears because while gum disease pervades the adult population across the US, it can be uncovered and treated. Just trust the expertise of your Glenview, IL, dentists at Family Dental.
What is periodontal disease?
A progressive and potentially destructive oral health problem, periodontal disease attacks the gums and underlying jaw bone. Related to inflammation and infection from oral bacteria found in plaque and tartar, gum disease often has no symptoms. However, as it worsens it causes:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding, puffy, reddened gums gums
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Bone recession
In addition, various systemic diseases seem linked to gum disease--conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, dementia, cardiovascular disease and more. Your gum health definitely impacts your oral and overall well-being.
Diagnosing gum disease
Your Glenview dentist can see the signs of periodontitis on routine oral examination. Besides visual inspection, the dentist gently probes the gum tissue to measure pocket depth. Gum pockets are the spaces between the teeth and gums. A healthy measure is one to three millimeters, but anything deeper is diagnostic for periodontitis.
Also, the dentist does digital X-ray screening to view tooth roots and underlying jaw bone. This tells the doctor how extensive the damage is and helps formulate the proper treatment plan.
Who gets gum disease
The American Academy of Periodontology reports that many factors contribute to gum disease. Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common. However, there are others:
- Gender (more men than women)
- Bruxism (teeth clenching)
- Poor nutrition
Your dentist in Glenview can help
If you have mild gum disease, or gingivitis, a routine hygienic cleaning followed by diligent brushing and flossing at home should clear up the problem. However, if gingivitis has progressed, your dentist will do a deep cleaning.
Also called scaling and root planing, this thorough, in-office treatment uses handheld tools and ultrasonic cleaners to remove deposits of plaque and hard tartar from between teeth and below the gum line. Your doctor may instill antimicrobial medication as well to heal infection and help the gums to reattach to tooth roots.
Have your healthiest mouth
Both your dental and your gingival health are vital to your smile and to your systemic well-being. So why not arrange a check-up and cleaning with your friendly dental team at Family Dental in Glenview, IL? Call today (847) 998-1281.
Oral surgery can help you protect your smile and relieve painful conditions. Our Glenview, IL, dentists, Dr. Sean Cullinan, Dr. Stella Haralampopoulous, and Dr. Alex Figuero, share a few reasons that you may need oral surgery.
You have impacted wisdom teeth
Ideally, wisdom teeth should erupt from the surface of the gums with no problem. While some lucky people in the Glenview area have absolutely no issues with their wisdom teeth, others face pain, infections and other unpleasant symptoms when the teeth are blocked by bone and gum tissue. Whether the teeth are completely blocked, or impacted, or partially impacted, oral surgery is needed to remove them. You'll be restricted to a soft diet for about a week following your surgery, but can soon resume your regular diet.
You have a condition that affects your jaw
A misaligned jaw may affect your appearance, cause pain and damage to your teeth and gums, and make it difficult to chew or speak clearly. During surgery, the alignment of the jaw is corrected. Orthodontic treatment may also be needed in addition to surgery.
You want to restore a lost tooth with a dental implant
If you choose dental implants to replace a missing tooth, you'll need an oral surgical procedure to place the titanium posts in your jawbone. Dental implants fuse to your jawbone and replace natural tooth roots. They're combined with a dental crown to create a brand new tooth that feels very natural.
Your dentures have worn down your gum tissue or bone
Wearing removable dentures for many years can occasionally cause loss of bone or gum tissue. Bone grafts may be used to restore lost bone, or you may need soft tissue manipulation or jaw realignment, depending on the nature of your problem.
Whether you think you may need oral surgery or are concerned about a cavity or other dental problem, the dentists at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, offer expert treatment and compassionate care. Call Dr. Cullinan, Dr. Haralampopoulous, and Dr. Figuero at (847) 998-1281 to schedule your appointment.
What your dentists in Glenview, IL, want you to know about root canal therapy
If your tooth hurts, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do. Do you need a filling? Should you get the tooth taken out? Do you need a root canal? The first step is visiting your dentist and your dentist will know what to do.
Your dentists at Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL, want to share the facts about root canal therapy and how it can help you keep your whole smile.
So, how do you know if you need a root canal? If you have already had a filling placed, and you still feel pain, you can benefit from root canal therapy. If you have not had a filling placed, you may need a root canal if you notice these signs and symptoms:
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
- Chronic throbbing pain and pressure in your tooth
- Severe pain after consuming hot and cold foods or drinks
Your tooth may also be infected if you notice changes in your gums around the tooth. You should look for:
- Redness and swelling in your gums near the tooth root
- A white or red bump in your gums near the tooth root
- Drainage or pus coming from your gums near the tooth root
When you visit your dentists at Glenview Family Dental, x-rays will be taken, along with vitality and temperature testing of the painful tooth. With these tests, your dentist will know for sure whether you need a root canal.
If you do need a root canal, the procedure is easier than you think. A small opening is created in the top of your tooth, and the infected tissue inside your tooth is drawn out through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth which reduces inflammation and pressure. After your tooth has calmed down completely, your dentist will fill your tooth with an inert material and the tooth will be permanently sealed with a small filling. That’s it! You are free of dental pain, and you still have your complete smile!
If you think you may need a root canal, it’s time to visit your dentists at Glenview Family Dental in Glenview, IL. They are the experts, and are ready to help you and your smile, so call today!
When you have bright, healthy teeth, the world sees you as personable and capable. Does this sound far-fetched? Well, actually, it's true. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has researched American adults, finding that your smile aesthetics projects who you are to the world. If you'd like to show off your best smile, the team at Family Dental in Glenview, IL can help. They offer a menu of cosmetic dentistry services that's second to none. One or more treatments could deliver your great new look.
First, get a smile analysis
Your cosmetic dentist in Glenview will examine your teeth and gums, looking for any health problems needing correction before addressing your aesthetic smile goals. If all is well, the doctor will discuss those goals with you to get a picture of how you want your teeth and gums to change.
You, as the patient, should be specific. Do you want brighter tooth enamel? What about tooth alignment--is your smile crooked or gapped? Do small chips and cracks detract from your appearance? Our dentists will suggest treatment options executed singly or over time as your schedule and budget allow.
Rest assured that your treatment plan will make sense for your unique needs. In other words, it will be completely individualized for your best smile.
Offered cosmetic treatments
Professional teeth whitening Family Dental offers Zoom 2 Whitening, a one-hour, in-office procedure that changes tooth color by up to eight shades. Using concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel and laser light to activate the process, Zoom 2 Whitening removes stains from coffee, tobacco and dark foods from deep in tooth enamel. Results last indefinitely with oral hygiene at home, regular cleanings at Family Dental and occasional touch-ups.
Composite resin bonding Using a mixture of glass particles and tooth-colored acrylic, your cosmetic dentist in Glenview repairs small chips, gaps, uneven tooth length and more. He or she gently prepares the enamel surface with a fine sandpaper and etching liquid. Then, the doctor adds the resin, hardening each layer with a special curing light. After achieving the desired shape, the dentist polishes the tooth to a high gloss.
Porcelain veneers Also called dental laminates, these whisper-thin shells of dental ceramic cover the cheek side of teeth marred with small flaws such as chips, dark stains, gaps and cracks. Veneers are custom-made in a dental lab according to the dentist's specific instructions. To ensure a good bond, the dentist removes a small amount of tooth enamel and takes oral impressions. A permanent enhancement, porcelain veneers take just two appointments to design and place.
Invisalign and conventional orthodontics Family Dental offers a full-range of braces for people of all ages. Our dentist delivers precise bite correction and teeth straightening for beautiful smiles that are healthy and fully functional, too.
Find that great smile
There's more to cosmetic dentistry at Family Dental in Glenview, IL. Please call the office today for your personal consultation: (847) 998-1281.
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