Posts made in May 2018

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Picking a new toothbrush should be an easy task, right? One would think so, but have you ever really looked in the toothbrush aisle? It’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused by all of the choices. Some toothbrushes make big promises, like whitening your teeth, freshening your breath, or even giving it a deep cleaning. The choices seem overwhelming. You just want healthy teeth and gums. Is there one for that? Luckily, there are some toothbrush basics tips from your dentist in Wheeling, IL, that will make your search for the best toothbrush a whole lot easier!

Size: You might think bigger is better, but that’s not always the case. If you have a small mouth, a toothbrush with a big head might make it difficult to angle your toothbrush to brush hard-to-reach areas. Go for something that complements the size of your mouth.

Bristles: The American Dental Association recommends toothbrushes with soft bristles. Avoid using medium- and hard-bristled brushes, as they could actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel.

Cleaning: While the toothbrush is the most important part of dental hygiene, they can also be a hotbed for germs. In order to prevent bacterial growth you should never share your toothbrush. Also, keep your toothbrush stored somewhere open, with airflow. Keeping a toothbrush in a closed, moist environment creates the perfect environment for bacterial growth.

After daily use, your toothbrush can lose its effectiveness and even become a breeding ground for germs, fungus and bacteria. To get the most out of your toothbrush, replace it at least every 1-3 months. And if you recently had a cold or infection, be sure to use a new toothbrush.

The Effects of Teeth Grinding

Has anyone ever told you that you grind your teeth while sleeping? Or does your dentist regularly ask if you notice yourself clenching your teeth frequently? As a result of habit, or doing it while you’re sleeping, many teeth grinders don’t even know they are grinding until there is noticeable damage to their teeth.

Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis teeth can be damaged and you can experience other oral health complications as a result.

The American Sleep Association estimates that 10 percent of all people (and 15 percent of all children) suffer from bruxism. This unconscious condition is triggered by several factors including anxiety, family history, teeth alignment, and caffeine consumption.

Teeth grinding can create numerous problems such as local muscular pain, headaches, loss of tooth structure, gum recession, loose teeth, and shortening of teeth, tooth sensitivity, cracked and broken teeth, and damage to the bone structure of the jaw joint (TMJ syndrome).

When you grind your teeth, the pressure you exert is nearly 10 times that of regular chewing. After years of bruxism, the enamel on your teeth will thin, making your teeth more sensitive to heat and cold. In some cases, bruxism exposes the underlying layers of your teeth, increasing sensitivity and making you at risk for tooth decay.

If you think you are suffering from bruxism, call and make an appointment with us today. A prosthodontist in Wheeling, IL, will examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and excessive wear on your teeth.

Tips for Making Going to the Dentist Easier

Dentist Wheeling ILMany people fear going to the dentist office, so you should not feel alone. Some people do not like the unique sounds or smells they encounter while sitting in the dentist chair. The team at Northwest Implant Dental Spa wants to help ease your discomfort, so we have provided some tips that will hopefully help you.

Think Positive Thoughts- The way you approach a situation can influence the outcome. When you are preparing for a trip to the dentist office, it is not any different. If you are constantly thinking negative thoughts, you are more likely to have a negative experience. Try to think positive thoughts before your dental appointment.

Important for Oral Health- Keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy by going to the dentist at least twice a year. If you skip appointments because you do not like going, your dentist cannot examine your mouth. This means your dentist might not catch something as soon as they could have.

Taking Deep Breaths- From the moment you walk through the doors to sitting in the dental chair, you should be taking deep breaths. This can help you remain calm during the process.

When you are ready to book a dental appointment, you can trust us to be your dentist in Wheeling, IL. Give us a call at (847) 629-4875 to check the availability for an upcoming appointment.

To Bleach or Not To Bleach?

If you’re like many Americans, at some point you’ve considered whitening your teeth. Because let’s face it, for many of us our pearly “whites” are actually more like our pearly “faint yellows.” Age, eating, and drinking habits can and have led to your teeth discoloration. The solution to revitalizing your smile is with teeth whitening applications.

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products offer a convenient way to brighten your smile at home, but using these too aggressively can be dangerous to your oral health. Attaining the perfect smile has become simpler and more affordable with drugstore aisle’s full of whitening bleaches, trays, and strips, but all too often people don’t know when to stop, and their excessive use of whiteners can cause permanent damage to teeth and gums.

Some of the side effects of using over-the-counter teeth whitening products excessively include gum irritation, translucent appearance, loss of tooth enamel, and increased tooth sensitivity. Some of the effects of overusing whitening products, such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation, typically go away when you stop using these products. However, tooth enamel loss is a more serious effect, making it important to avoid this problem.

You aren’t alone in wanting whiter teeth, but doing so safely is important to your oral health. Keep in mind that good daily oral health habits like brushing and flossing and regular checkups and cleanings go far in keeping your smile bright and healthy.

We hope this advice will help in your quest for whiter teeth. You can turn to us for Chicago dental implants, dental exams, mouth reconstruction, and crowns. To schedule an appointment at our office, call us at (847) 629-4875.