Going, Going, Gone

“Going, going, gone,” are words that no one wants to hear regarding dental health that could have been salvaged if only proper and timely dental care had been received? The most obvious way dental health can suffer without adequate dental visits is tooth loss. No one looks good with missing teeth. While other dental issues may not be as visible, they are no less problematic. Toothaches are hard to ignore for a reason; they indicate underlying issues that will only worsen with neglect and may require much more extensive and expensive dental work. Diseased gums, for example, can make it easier for tooth decay to occur over more of the tooth. Moreover, recent research indicates that gum disease is also linked to chronic diseases including dementia, heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Schedule a dental visit today to keep your teeth and your health...

Teeth Cleaning When Pregnant

There are many things that a pregnant woman has to do before her baby arrives. Women have to attend many doctor’s appointments, deal with cravings and prepare the nursery. You will also have to get your teeth cleaned while you are pregnant. Pregnant women are more likely to develop tooth decay for many reasons. Women typically consume more carbohydrates while they are pregnant due to morning sickness. They also have a harder time brushing and flossing. Additionally, gum bleeding is more common during pregnancy. If possible you should schedule an appointment before you get pregnant. Should you need any dental procedures done, try to do it before you conceive. A healthy mouth will decrease your risk of giving birth prematurely. Dental treatments are not ideal for pregnant women during the first trimester. Non-emergency visits should be scheduled during the second trimester. You can schedule a dental appointment in the third trimester, but you should not schedule it during the late third trimester. This can increase your chances of delivering prematurely. You have to be meticulous about your health during pregnancy. This includes your dental health. You should get your teeth cleaned as well as brush and floss regularly while you are...

Dental care is more than brushing your teeth

Proper care of Your Toothbrush Almost as important as caring for your teeth by brushing them is caring for your toothbrush itself. It is recommended to buy and replace your toothbrush about every three months, more often if the brush part starts deteriorating. There have been studies recently to show which microorganisms can be transferred from your mouth to your toothbrush and vice versa. Toothbrushes can harbor germs other than the ones from your mouth, they can also hold germs from their surroundings. This is why it is important to keep them in a well-sanitized place. It is also a good idea to sanitize your toothbrush as soon as you get it out of the package because toothbrush companies are not required to sell toothbrushes in sterile packaging. This means your new toothbrush could have bacteria and microorganisms on it before you even open it. Human bodies are designed to fight off bacteria and infections, but when compromised the body has a harder time defending itself against these organisms. Currently, there is not enough data to say for sure that the microbodies and germs that can grow on your toothbrush can affect your health poorly or cause oral infections or diseases. However, studies are still being done on how to eliminate or greatly reduce the bacteria and spread of it. Even though we can’t be sure if the bacteria growing on our toothbrushes affects us in a negative way, it is better to be safe than sorry. Ala Dean Attar DMD is an experienced and gentle Libertyville dentist who is accepting new...

What Special Oral Health Issues Should I Know About as a Senior?

Our teeth are susceptible to damage as we age. Seniors have to deal with unique issues, including dentures, medications that affect oral health and other general matters. Regular checkups with our dentist and physician can ensure we know what to do to tackle challenges in this arena. Decay and cavities on root surfaces are common among older adults. It’s important to brush with fluoride toothpaste, to floss daily and to see the dentist regularly. Let your dentist know if you have heart disease, diabetes or cancer, as they impact oral health. Gums can naturally recede, exposing areas not protected by enamel. This can create sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. If you experience sensitivity, use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If the issue continues, it could be indicative of other conditions. Dry mouth can result from medications or certain disorders. Untreated, it can damage teeth. Dentures require unique care. Follow instructions diligently and get annual checkups. If you are looking for a new Libertyville dentist, give us a call today...

Periodontal Diseases and Dental Caries

Periodontal disease has become a major concern for those researching dental health. Researchers must examine evidence from studies, and they must glean possible ideas concerning improvement in the area of mouth health from this evidence as well. Dental caries, otherwise known as cavities, are studied quite often. Results of these studies can be found in the journal titled “Oral Health and Dental Management.” The authors of these studies must be commended for the excellent quality of their work concerning periodontitis. Lately, studies of salivary production have become more prevalent. In fact, researchers are broadening their studies of salivary diagnostics in order to monitor diseases of the mouth. It has been suggested that serum may not be as effective as saliva concerning diagnosis. Many articles concerning salivary studies are sure to be forthcoming in “Oral Health and Dental...

Whip Your Dental Diet into Shape

When it comes to your health and well-being, you are what you eat. We may eat with our eyes first, but according to the American Dental Association, your teeth and gums are much more than simply tools for eating. Excellent oral hygiene plays a key role in regards to your overall physical health. To maintain proper nutrition, you need to eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Diets high in refined sugar and carbohydrates can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. As a matter of fact, if your diet is missing vital nutrients, you may have a difficult time warding off infections. Below is a list of healthy foods to keep your body and teeth in top condition. Nutritional Guidelines Individual nutritional needs will vary depending on your age, gender and level of physical fitness, but in general, everyone’s diet should include the following: Adequate servings of fruits and vegetables. If you crave sugar, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a piece of fruit. Sugar found in fruit is very different than refined sugar found in cakes or cookies. At mealtime, aim to cover at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal and whole wheat bread should also be part of your daily intake. If you love dairy, then we have good news for you. Cheese and yogurt are excellent choices when it comes to proper nutrition. Cheese is rich in calcium and protein, while yogurt is high in probiotics, all of which help to strengthen your teeth and crowd out bad bacteria in...