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By Suburban Family Dental
February 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

What your dentists in Des Plaines, Illinois want you to knoworal hygiene

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!

By Suburban Family Dental
August 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health

The surefire way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is through preventive dentistry.preventative 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.

DrTravisStorkDontIgnoreBleedingGums

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.

BeyonceMakesFlossingaFamilyAffair

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram.com/p/073CF1vw07/?taken-by=beyonce

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

SofiaVergaraObsessedWithOralHygiene

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”