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!
These thin porcelain shells can go a long way to transforming the look of your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry has certainly come a long way over the years. Now your Naperville dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Rachel George and Dr. Tabasam Akbar, can give you the healthier, straighter and whiter smile you want without invasive procedures. If you are looking to improve your smile’s appearance, it is time you discovered dental veneers.
These thin tooth-colored shells are a great way to improve the overall look, shape and size of your teeth without the need for invasive cosmetic dentistry. Plus, these veneers also provide protection and strength to tooth enamel.
In order to get dental veneers, your Naperville family dentists will need to examine your smile to make sure that these cosmetic restorations are the best option. Before you come into our office, think about the smile goals you want to achieve through cosmetic dentistry.
Veneers are a great option for those looking to mask these dental flaws:
- Misshapen teeth
- Cracks and chips
- Teeth that are crooked
- Overlapping teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Teeth that are too short
- Teeth that are worn down
While veneers won’t be able to hide severe malocclusions, crookedness or other alignment issues, this procedure can be a great way to fix minor to moderate dental problems without needing orthodontics or more invasive procedures.
Getting Dental Veneers
Unlike dental crowns, porcelain veneers require less tooth preparation. This means a lot less tooth enamel is removed than with dental crowns. And most of the time the teeth can be shaved down without even needing anesthesia (a major perk!).
Veneers are only bonded to the front part of the tooth using a special resin. The resin is applied between the veneer and the front surface of the tooth, where the resin is the hardened using a dental laser. All veneers are custom-made to fit your smile and to offer a realistic color so that no one even knows you are wearing veneers.
Dental veneers have revamped countless smiles and yours could be next. Call Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL to schedule your cosmetic consultation. We are here to serve you!
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!
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It isn’t always easy to tell when your mouth is having issues that your Naperville, IL dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth and Dr. Sarah Janowski at Dental Pointe, need to address. It can be even harder to tell if the issues you are having require oral surgery. Below are some of the reasons someone may have to undergo surgery and what signs you should look out for.
Whether you’ve already lost a tooth or you have a tooth so badly damaged our Naperville, IL general dentists recommend you have it extracted, you will need to consider a tooth replacement. While not all restorations require surgery, if you are looking for a restoration that could last the rest of your life, you may want to consider dental implants.
These strong titanium screws are placed into the jawbone where they serve as artificial tooth roots to hold a dental crown, bridge, or dentures in place. If you have one or more missing teeth, you’ll want to talk to us about whether implants are right for you.
Insufficient Bone Density
Maybe you want to get dental implants, but unfortunately, you’ve lost a significant amount of jawbone density since losing your tooth. Even though this situation may be frustrating, our Naperville, IL restorative dentists have a solution.
Before placing your implant, we will perform a simple bone grafting procedure in which we will build up or add bone to the jaw--using your own natural bone from another area of the body (usually in the mouth) or through a donor. Once the grafted bone has fused with your jawbone we will be able to place your implant. Bone grafting can take anywhere from three to four months to complete.
When your third and final molars come in (usually between your late teens and early twenties), they can cause some pain and discomfort. Many patients won’t be able to keep their wisdom teeth. Sometimes wisdom teeth will only partially erupt through the gums, making this area more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Wisdom teeth can also grow in crooked and put pressure on healthy teeth, causing further damage. If you are dealing with swelling, pain, fever, or other signs of an infection around your wisdom teeth, it’s time to talk to us about an extraction.
These are only some of the reasons why you may need oral surgery, so it’s important to turn to Dental Pointe if you have any dental concerns. Our Naperville, IL dental office is open six days a week to provide full comprehensive services to everyone in your family. Whether you have questions about an upcoming procedure or you are experiencing any of these signs above, give us a call today.
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