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Is your dental care a priority? To preserve your smile, you must take care of it, just as you do your family, your home and your other precious possessions. At Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL your dentists, Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorilei Grise' highly recommend routine preventive care. How often should you visit Suburban Family Dental?
What the experts say
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that most children and adults should see their dentists twice a year. Some people go more often because they are prone to decay and gum disease--the major causes of tooth loss among adult Americans. Your and your dentist will determine a schedule of preventive care just right for you.
Coming to Suburban Family Dental
Whether your dentist in Des Plaines wants you at the office, once, twice or three times a year, he or she aims to avoid the toxic effects of plaque and tartar, the food residues which you can miss even with the most meticulous brushing and flossing at home. These substances contain bacteria which literally eat away at tooth enamel and gum tissue.
A thorough professional cleanings removes plaque and tartar, making gums, teeth and the spaces in between clean, shiny and most important, healthy. It's your friendly hygienist's main job, along with:
- Flossing and polishing your teeth
- Measuring gum pockets (an indicator of periodontal disease)
- Checking for oral cancer (your Des Plaines dentist will do this, too)
- Taking digital X-ray imaging as needed
- Keeping your medical and medication history up to date
Along with a cleaning, a routine appointment includes an eyes-on examination by Dr. Dziubyk or Dr. Grise'. These careful check-ups look for problems as they start, avoiding more complex restorations later on.
Therefore, your dentist looks for:
- Signs of decay or gum disease
- Dental alignment
- Signs of excessive wear on enamel, fillings and crowns (sometimes caused by teeth grinding)
Another reason to see the dentist
If you have a dental emergency, please call Suburban Family Dental immediately for first-aid advice and a same-day appointment if necessary. With proper instruction, you can stabilize oral injuries and relieve toothache pain, but remember, only a dental visit will address your urgent problem correctly.
If you're in need of a family dentist, please call Suburban Family Dental to arrange your first visit. We offer a wonderful Healthy Smile Program which makes our services affordable for all. Call (847) 640-0778 today.
What your dentists in Des Plaines, Illinois want you to know
Do you want to keep your healthy, beautiful smile for life? Of course you do! Your smile is your trademark; it’s what defines you, and it’s often the first thing people notice about you. If you want to enjoy a healthy, great looking smile, it all begins with good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, Illinois want to share how to keep good oral hygiene habits.
So, are you keeping good oral hygiene habits? If not, it’s time to start. Your good oral hygiene regimen should begin with:
Brushing twice a day; medium and hard bristled toothbrushes can damage your teeth and gums over time, so it’s important to always use a soft-bristled toothbrush. It’s also important to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Many “natural” types of toothpaste don’t contain fluoride. The truth is fluoride is the material in toothpastes that hardens and protects tooth enamel.
Flossing at least once each day; flossing is important because it cleans in between your teeth, in areas brushing can’t reach. Most tooth decay and gum and periodontal disease can begin in between teeth, so it’s vital to keep these areas clean with flossing.
No good oral hygiene regimen is complete without regular visits to your dentist for an exam and x-rays at least once each year. Professional cleanings are also an important way to keep your gums and teeth in top shape. You should have your teeth cleaned at least twice each year and more often if you have gum or periodontal disease.
Your smile says a lot about you so you want to keep it healthy and beautiful. Keeping good oral hygiene habits will help ensure you can keep smiling. For more information about oral hygiene and other dental topics and services call Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise' at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, Illinois. Call today!
The surefire way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is through preventive dentistry.
We know that it’s often easy to forget about your health, particularly if you aren’t dealing with any issues. Of course, even if your teeth and gums aren’t causing any problems for you still want to give them a little TLC from time to time. This means visiting our Des Plaines, IL, dentists, Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise, every six months for routine exams and cleanings. Why are these visits so important for everyone?
If you were to ask one of our Des Plaines general dentists why people should rely on preventive dentistry they would most likely say to protect their teeth and gums from unnecessary problems. Most of the issues that people deal with could be avoided altogether just by maintaining good oral hygiene, and yet not brushing or flossing as regularly as you should can lead to a whole host of issues.
By coming in every six months for routine exams and cleanings we can protect your smile from potential issues. Plus, we can also detect problems much sooner when they are also much easier to treat. Coming in every six months can prevent you from needing to come in for dental procedures or emergency dentistry. In essence, preventive dentistry could end up saving you a lot of time and money.
What does preventive dentistry entail?
Of course, coming in every six months for routine cleanings is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to preventive care. You’ll also want to make sure that you are flossing at least once a day and brushing your teeth twice a day. Talk to us about whether dental sealants or fluoride treatment could also provide a little added protection against cavities.
Preventive dentistry also includes maintaining a healthy smile-friendly diet. Avoid sugar and processed foods and load up on lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Eating a healthy diet isn’t just beneficial to your smile but your overall health, too!
Whether you need to schedule your six-month dental cleaning or you have questions about the dental services we have to offer in Des Plaines, IL, it’s never too late to call Suburban Family Dental for the care you need.
Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:
"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"
And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:
“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”
Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.
For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.
While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.
Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.
Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.
What do dentures, retainers and nightguards have in common? Along with orthodontic aligners and athletic mouthguards, they’re all types of removable dental appliances. They also share another commonality: each one depends on the wearer caring for it to ensure its longevity.
The most important thing you can do for your appliance is to clean it regularly. Don’t use toothpaste, though, even with dentures: while your natural tooth enamel can handle the abrasive particles in toothpaste, your appliance’s materials may not. Toothpaste can create tiny scratches that can harbor disease-causing bacteria. Instead, use liquid dish detergent or hand soap with warm water.
Although boiling water may disinfect your appliance, it’s not advisable to use. Even hot water can distort plastic components and warp the appliance’s fit in your mouth. Likewise, don’t use bleach, which can fade the plastic color used to resemble gum tissue and break down the material’s composition. When you clean your appliance, use a brush — but not the one you use for your natural teeth. Use a soft toothbrush, a nail brush or a specialized brush for appliances like dentures.
You should also protect your appliance from damage. Some appliances like dentures have parts that can break if they’re dropped on a hard surface — like the porcelain in your sink. To prevent this, place a towel in the sink to cushion the appliance if it accidentally slips from your hand during cleaning. And when the appliance isn’t in your mouth, don’t keep it on a low table or night stand where small children or pets can easily get their hands (or paws) on it.
And one more thing: don’t wear your denture appliance around the clock — take it out, for instance, while you sleep. Leaving dentures in interferes with the acid-neutralizing and antibacterial function of your mouth’s saliva, which could increase your risk of disease (and bad breath).
Appliances can be an expensive investment in your dental health. By following these guidelines you’ll help protect that investment for years to come.
If you would like more information on caring for your dental appliance, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “10 Tips for Cleaning Your Oral Appliance.”