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Archive for February, 2015

Dentistry Myths: Only Children Get Cavities

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

dentist Wicker ParkMost dental decay does occur in children, teens, and young adults. But cavities occur for a reason: namely a lack of proper oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for preventative treatment could reduce dental decay overall. But we have to do our part in prevention.

If an adult does not adhere to a regimented oral hygiene program, dental decay (among other potential problems) can occur:

Brushing a minimum of twice each day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel is critical to healthy teeth and gums.

Flossing daily to remove food and debris that the tooth brush does not effectively reach not only helps to control plaque build-up, but the gum tissue is stimulated when flossing is performed correctly and consistently.

Services available by our dental team have evolved in recent decades to aid in decay prevention including sealants, fluoride treatments, and education.

Sealants can be applied to teeth unaffected by dental decay. A sealant is a protective coating that penetrates the grooves and pits in the chewing surfaces of teeth that seals out harmful bacteria in the areas most prone to cavities. Sealants can wear down or chip so our dentists may need to reapply them to offer the optimum protection from decay.

Fluoride is a nutrient that is crucial to dental health; it has been added to the water supply throughout most U.S. communities, but due to the consumption of bottled water many patients lack sufficient fluoride to aid in their dental health. Fluoride treatments are available from our dentists and are recommended for patients of all ages that may lack sufficient fluoride. In addition many tooth pastes, gels, and dental rinses contain fluoride.

Cavities occur when dental enamel is breached often due to excess bacteria that stick to teeth. Sugars in foods and drinks allow bacteria to adhere to dental enamel leading to plaque build-up. Plaque build-up leads to problems like dental decay, gingivitis, or gum disease. Curtailing sugary snacks and beverages is important for children and adults.

Our dentists have the tools to educate you on the best ways to prevent dental decay. This instruction applies to children, teens, and adults alike. In addition to the preventative measures you can take, being proactive in teaching your children how to care for their teeth will likely stay with them throughout their entire life.

To set up a consultation or appointment with our skilled dental team at Ora Dental Studio, call us today!

Caring for Your Teeth While Traveling or on the Go

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

dentist 60654Vacations, holidays, or a busy schedule do not excuse you from your daily dental obligations. There are many aids that allow you to maintain oral health; however, dental problems like decay, trauma, or broken teeth do not always cooperate. When dental problems do occur, our dentists can provide relief so you can continue on your way.

Maintaining an excellent daily hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing coupled with visits to your dental provider every six months should lay the groundwork for healthy teeth and gums. But when the unthinkable happens when away from home, there are options:

When the unthinkable happens when away from home, there are options…

  1. During a hotel stay, if an oral problem erupts, the concierge or desk clerk often has a list of providers that can be seen.
  2. During the night, a 24 hour drug store often has a pharmacist on staff that may have ideas to offer support until your dentist can be consulted.
  3. For severe conditions, the emergency room of the local hospital has a response team prepared to help.
  4. A tooth ache can ruin much deserved time off. If visiting family or friends away from home, get a recommendation from your host as to who to consult.
  5. Passing through an unfamiliar area where you don’t know anyone? The local Chamber of Commerce can be a wonderful asset. And if this is not a viable solution, contact your own home town dentist for a referral. Although your dentist might not know anyone personally in your location, your dental provider will have suggestions on your best solution.

Preparation and prevention are better options than having to react to problems on the run. But even the most diligent patient can be faced with a dental difficulty when away from home.

The best options for prevention include daily brushing with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel. Flossing daily helps to remove debris that your tooth brush doesn’t reach.

A visit to one of our dentists every six months and taking advantage of the services aimed at prevention can help curb dental problems throughout the year. Our team will remove plaque that has built up since your previous visit; stain will be removed; teeth will be polished to look their best; and a dental exam will be performed to spot potential or current problems that can be dealt with on the spot.

Contact Ora Dental Studio today to schedule your next appointment.

Tips on How to Cope with Sensitive Teeth

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

dentist 60603Understanding why you are experiencing teeth sensitivity may help to create new lifestyle habits that will naturally contribute to relief. Our dentists are the logical first step to realizing what you can be doing to help curb that zinging sensation you feel when your teeth are exposed to heat, cold, or sweets.

Gum recession leads to multiple dental problems from sensitivity to gum disease, and even aesthetic issues. Premature gum recession and dental wear and tear can be caused by how you brush and the tools you use.

Brushing at least twice per day is critical to oral health. But you should be using a soft bristle tooth brush. And scrubbing too hard is no more effective in removing plaque than what can be achieved with even, comfortable pressure. An electronic tooth brush is an ideal solution as the tooth brush does all the work … the patient just guides the brush to cover all areas of the mouth. Another advantage to using an electronic tooth brush is most come with built-in timers that promote brushing the recommended two minutes each time you brush.

A fluoridated tooth paste or gel designed for sensitive teeth is a great solution. Consistent use is key. Until sensitivity is under control, rubbing this specialized toothpaste on problem gum areas before bed provides added relief.

Dental decay or broken teeth can expose nerve endings leading to sensitivity. Our dentists should be consulted to repair either of these conditions.

Teeth grinding and clenching can result in dental wear and tear, enamel reduction, and broken teeth. Very often wearing a mouth guard can provide a solution to the often subconscious act of teeth grinding. A custom fitted apparatus fabricated by your dental provider is optimum.  A generic mouth guard often does not provide a comfortable fit, and if it doesn’t feel good it likely won’t be worn.

A more permanent solution to exposed dentition can be achieved utilizing dental bonding. Tooth colored composite resin is fashioned to provide a cover for areas needing protection. Not only does this aid in relieving sensitivity, there is aesthetic value as well. Teeth appear natural eliminating exposed areas where gum tissue has pulled away from the tooth.

A fluoride varnish or dental sealers may provide additional relief for tooth sensitivity … a consultation with one of our dentists will provide many options for support.

Call our team at Ora Dental Studio today to schedule your visit.