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Worried that your oral routine just isn’t up to par? Challenge what you think you know about caring for your smile.
You’ve been caring for your smile for a while now so you may not really think much about your oral routine, but if one of our Naperville, IL, dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Rachel George and Dr. Tabasam Akbar, htold you that you have more plaque or tartar buildup than usual, then you may be wondering what you can do to improve your at-home care. Discover these simple but helpful techniques to make sure you are brushing and flossing effectively.
Flossing is a crucial part of an oral care routine. Not flossing every day means that you may face more plaque and tartar buildup, particularly between teeth. Why? Because your toothbrush won’t be able to get in between teeth as well as floss can. When you don’t floss you miss about one-third of dental surfaces (Yuck!). With plaque being the leading cause of gum disease, it’s important that you floss at least once a day, preferably before brushing, prior to bedtime.
It only takes two to three days before plaque hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed unless your Naperville general dentist does so with special instruments. When you floss, make sure that you use a generous amount of floss. After all, you want to use a different clean section of floss for each space between teeth.
Wrap the floss around the base of the tooth and gently move it back and forth. Slowly and carefully move the floss out of the space between teeth. Particularly, in the beginning, you may find that your gums bleed, but bleeding usually will go away after a couple days as long as you consistently floss; however, if you notice that bleeding continues for a while then it’s time to talk to our Naperville, IL, family dentists.
Brushing is the one part of oral care that is the most obvious, yet not everyone brushes as effectively as they should. How often do you brush your teeth? How long do you brush each? These are important questions to pose to yourself to determine whether you are brushing properly. You should be brushing at least twice a day (ideally, after every meal) and for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. If you aren’t doing this, then it’s time you made these simple changes. The type of toothbrush you use is up to you. Whatever is easier to use will most likely be the best choice for keeping your smile clean.
Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, is always here to make sure that you get the best care possible for your smile. Whether you need to schedule your six-month cleaning or you want to talk to us about cosmetic dentistry, give us a call anytime!
If you want to prevent damage to your braces you’ll want to nix certain foods from your diet.
If you’ve decided it’s time to get braces from one of our Naperville dentists Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Rachel George or Dr. Tabasm Akbar, then congratulations! This is a big step to finally get the smile you deserve. Of course, it’s important to know that while wearing your braces certain changes will need to be made to accommodate your treatment. Discover what foods you’ll need to stay away from during your orthodontic treatment if you want to prevent your braces from breaking or falling off.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to stay away from any foods that are sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy. Yes, this does remove a lot of foods from your diet, but you’ll be happy you did it when you go through your entire orthodontic treatment without broken or damaged braces (damaged braces can increase your length of treatment).
Avoid these foods:
- Ice (yes, we know it’s not really a food but we also know some regular ice crunchers out there. Don’t do it!)
- Caramels, gummy bears or taffy
- Hard candies
- Sodas and sports drinks (sugar can get trapped behind brackets and wires and are more likely to cause tooth decay)
You may have these foods but we recommend taking extreme caution:
- Certain tougher breads (e.g. bagels): Make sure to cut into small, bite-sized pieces
- Corn on the cob: You’ll want to remove the corn from the cob prior to eating
- Crunchy fruits and veggies: Apples are a healthy snack, but biting into an apple can be dangerous for braces. Make sure to cut any crisp fruits and vegetables into smaller and more manageable pieces
If you are interested in finding out more about getting braces in Naperville and what they could do for your smile then it’s time you called Dental Pointe today to schedule your consultation. Get the smile you’ve always wanted!
What you need to do for a toothache
A toothache can happen at the most inconvenient time and often in the most inconvenient place. It’s helpful to know what to do and your dentists at Dental Pointe in Naperville, Illinois want to help you be prepared to handle a toothache when it happens.
You can try gently flossing and brushing. Simply cleaning your teeth can sometimes decrease dental pain. You may also get relief just from rinsing out your mouth. It’s great to have some things on hand in case of a toothache:
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Saline rinse
- A toothbrush and floss
- Cold packs
- Your dentist’s phone number
Toothaches can be caused by dental trauma, deep dental decay, erupting teeth, broken fillings or infection. You should see your dentists at Dental Pointe as soon as possible if you have:
- Severe tooth pain that lasts longer than one or two days
- A fever or an earache
- Swelling in your gums or face
- Pain when you open and close your mouth
- Severe tooth pain which keeps you from your daily activities or keeps you awake
Another cause of a toothache can be a sinus infection, so you might try taking a decongestant to see if you get relief.
More often than not, your toothache must be treated by your dentists at Dental Pointe in Naperville. They will take x-rays and do an examination to determine the cause of your toothache. Chances are good that you may have a cavity or dental infection. Don’t wait to be treated because when you let a toothache go untreated, it can lead to you needing a larger filling, root canal or even a tooth extraction!
If you have a toothache, you should take an over-the-counter pain medication and see your dentists at Dental Pointe as soon as possible. Make sure you have a toothache kit handy along with your dentists’ contact information for emergencies and after-hours service at Dental Pointe. So don’t suffer with your toothache! Call your dentists at Dental Pointe in Naperville, Illinois and get relief from your toothache pain!
Tobacco usage does more than stain your teeth and taint your breath.
The negative effects of tobacco usage are well-documented - a wide variety of life-threatening diseases are associated with cigarettes, cigars, snuff and other tobacco-based products. The gum tissue and teeth are also subject to the problems these chemicals cause. Your Naperville, Illinois dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth and Dr. Sarah Jankowski, want to provide their patients at Dental Pointe with as much information as they can about how tobacco products diminish dental health.
Gum disease and tooth loss
Using tobacco products puts you at risk for a multitude of health conditions, including oral abnormalities. Fifty percent of adults who smoke are thought to have some degree of periodontitis, a chronic gum disease that weakens the gum tissue and can cause teeth to loosen. Tobacco also weakens the body's immune response, so treating gum disease with conventional cleaning methods may not be enough for smokers. The correlation between the tooth loss associated with periodontitis and the fact that smokers are twice as likely to have missing teeth than non-smokers should be fairly obvious.
No such thing as a safe alternative
While cigarettes are the most well-known and highly used tobacco product, other tobacco products like snuff or "dip" are indicated in the formation of mouth cancer. In fact, those who use "smokeless" products have a risk of oral cancer that is 50 times greater than people who have never used them. At the very least, the abrasiveness of these items also wears away the protective enamel on the surface of the teeth. Your Naperville dentist sees patients who have permanent discoloration and sensitivity as a result of using these products.
Benefits to quitting
Have you recently quit smoking or chewing tobacco? Your Naperville dentists, Dr. Seeth and Dr. Jankowski, offer their sincere congratulations! Your body begins its healing process not long after you make the decision to put down the tobacco. If you've noticed that you've still got evidence of your tobacco use from the stains on your teeth, they can often be eradicated in just one in-office whitening treatment at Dental Pointe in Naperville. Call your Naperville dentists today to have your oral health evaluated!
Good oral hygiene starts early in childhood. Even though children lose their first set of teeth, it’s still important to take good care of them to establish good oral health in order to guide the permanent teeth into place. Naperville parents should begin caring for the child’s teeth as soon as they appear.
Baby’s First Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling your child’s first dental appointment by their first birthday. Your dentist will monitor your child’s oral health for signs of early cavities or decay. They will also give you tips on brushing and caring for those small teeth. This early dental visit also helps to get your child used to visiting the dentist so they are less afraid of more involved visits as they get older.
Oral Hygiene and Toddlers
Your child may have the skills to begin brushing their own teeth around the age of three years old with your help. They will need a smaller toothbrush to fit in their mouth. Instruct them to use just a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste. They may not yet understand the importance of tooth-brushing, but with your guidance, they will develop good habits.
Around first grade, your child may have the skills to begin brushing their teeth by themselves. Be sure to remind them to brush in the morning, at night, and after meals. Limit their sugar intake, especially juices and sodas which accelerate tooth decay. If you are concerned about decay, ask your Naperville dentist about dental sealants which can help protect the teeth from bacteria and debris buildup.
Teens and Dentistry
Your teen should have the skills and knowledge to take to brush and floss regularly. But teens are also largely in charge of their own diet so be sure to remind them that sugary sodas and sport drinks can quickly lead to tooth decay. The teenage years often come with the need for braces so have your teen talk their dentist about the best way to brush and floss with brackets and wires.
The caring dentists of Dental Pointe family dentistry in Naperville, IL offer a wide array of services for children including baby’s first dental visit, dental sealants, and braces for teens. Schedule your appointment today to find out how best to care for your child’s teeth and gums.