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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.

By Suburban Family Dental
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can do a number on your smile, but we can help!dental implants

It can feel pretty embarrassing when you lose one or more permanent teeth. After all, you know that every time you smile there are large gaps as a daily reminder of your tooth loss. Of course, this doesn’t have to become the norm. Our Des Plaines, IL, dentists, Dr. Roman Dziubyk and Dr. Lorelei Grise, are here to ensure that your smile gets the restorative dentistry it needs to replace your missing teeth for life.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great option if you are looking for a tooth replacement that mimics a real tooth. In fact, there is no other restoration that so closely resembles a real tooth like a dental implant does. How does an implant function like real teeth? Well, a small metal post is placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be.

By placing the implant into the jawbone a natural phenomenon known as osseointegration takes place. While the name may seem like quite a mouthful, all it means is that the bone naturally fuses together with the implant. Once fusion has taken place, the implant is now a permanent part of your jawbone, providing the jawbone with the proper stimulation that it needs to stay healthy and to prevent deterioration (which is common in those with untreated tooth loss).

Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?

If you are a healthy individual who maintains good oral health and is missing one or more teeth then dental implants could be the best way to replace those missing teeth. One of our Des Plaines general dentists can examine your mouth to decide if you could benefit from implants or whether another restoration would work better.

An ideal candidate will be a non-smoking adult who isn’t pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant during the dental implant process. Those with compromised immune systems, uncontrolled chronic health issues or those currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation may also not be healthy enough to get these restorations. Talk to our restorative dentists to learn more.

If you are ready to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, then isn’t it time you turned to Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL, for the answers you’ve been looking for? Call our office today to schedule your appointment!


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.”