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Take Steps To Protect Your Smile This Halloween With Help From Our Elmhurst Dentists

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

For many of us, this time of year comes with an influx of sugary sweets and candies in our homes. Indulging is always fun! But our Elmhurst dentists are here with some simple tips to help you safeguard your smile at the same time. It’s all about making smart choices and making a plan before temptation strikes! Keep reading to learn more…

Minimize the candy at hand

One easy way to protect your smile is to eliminate the mindless candy consumption of which we are all guilty. Make it a tradition to, post trick-or-treating, sort through your candy, keeping only your favorites. There are often organizations around town that will happily take your donated treats.

Set specific times to indulge

Another way to cut down on automatic/mindless snacking is to schedule in specific times to enjoy sweets. Because oral bacteria only remain active and feeding on sugars for about 20 to 30 minutes after you eat, you are actually helping your smile by indulging all at once, rather than continuously.

Increase your water consumption

Water is always good for your smile, because it promotes healthy saliva production. Saliva works to neutralize bacteria and re-mineralize enamel. Along with sipping H2O, try to get into the habit of vigorously rinsing your mouth after meals and snacks.

If you have any more questions about how sugar affects your smile, and what you can do about it, please don’t hesitate to give our Elmhurst dentists a call. You can also use the Contact Us page on our website, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We hope you have a fun, safe, and trick-free Halloween!

Get The Facts On Dental Enamel From Our Elmhurst Family Dentists

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Did you know that every one of your teeth is comprised of different layers? As you might imagine, the deeper you go into a tooth, the more sensitive and vulnerable the dental structure is.

Dental enamel is the outermost layer of any tooth, and as such, it serves as a protective layer. However, enamel is by no means unbreakable. Keep reading to learn more from our Elmhurst dentists

A number of different issues can thin and weaken enamel:

 

  • Bruxism: this condition is characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. Bruxism can manifest during the day or at night while the patient is asleep.

 

  • Abrasive substances: if you habitually chomp on hard candies or ice, this can create micro-cracks in your dental enamel. Over time, these weak spots can become wider and deeper, while accumulating dental debris and bacteria.

 

  • Sugary and acidic treats: acidic substances temporarily weaken dental enamel, and leave it susceptible to damage. Additionally, oral bacteria produce acids as they feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. All of these things contribute to dental enamel de-mineralization.

 

As your dental enamel is diminished you may notice

 

  • Increased dental sensitivity: dentin and dental pulp are more sensitive than dental enamel. So, as your enamel becomes more porous, you’ll likely experience more tooth sensitivity than normal.

 

  • Yellow or dull looking teeth: because dentin is yellower than healthy enamel, your entire tooth can start to look discolored as more dentin is able to show through the thin enamel layer that covers it.

 

  • More cavities: thin dental enamel is not as effective as healthy enamel at protecting the inner tooth from bacteria. Thus, as your enamel becomes weaker, you’ll likely experience an increase in cavity development and dental damage.

 

No matter what your teeth look like today, our Elmhurst dentists can help you achieve a smile that you’ll love to show off in the future. The best way to get started is to schedule a personal consultation with our dental team—give us a call or use the Contact Us page to reach out!

 

Our Elmhurst Dentist Helps You Maintain Oral Health This Cold And Flu Season

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

A lucky few of us will make it through this winter without contracting the flu or a cold, but, for the rest of us, our Elmhurst dentists have put together this short review on ways to protect your smile when you’re not feeling your best.

When you’re ill, you may notice:

Dehydration

It is very common to become dehydrated when you’re ill, especially if you are vomiting. Keep water handy, and take small sips when you can. Even if you aren’t able to keep anything down, try to gently rinse your mouth out with water throughout the day; this keeps your oral tissues moist, and supports healthy saliva production.

Post-Nasal Drip

When you are dealing with a head cold you may notice that your throat hurts or feels itchy, and that you are experiencing hard-to-treat bad breath: these are all signs of post-nasal drip. When your sinuses are full, mucus will actually trickle down into the back of your throat.

To combat post-nasal drip, make sure that you’re drinking enough water, and rinse your smile regularly. You may benefit from gargling warm salt water to alleviate discomfort. Talk to your doctor if your throat begins to hurt more intensely and acutely, as this could be a sign of strep rather than a common cold.

Vomiting

When you throw up food, whether due to the flu, food poisoning, sickness etc., the acids in your stomach come along. Protect your smile by rinsing your mouth with water, warm salt water, or a medicated oral rinse. Take special care not to brush your teeth for 20 to 30 minutes after vomiting, as your enamel may be softer and more fragile during this period; it’s better to rinse first and brush later.

Don’t let a short-term illness create long-term issues for your smile. Give our Elmhurst dentists a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation with our team. 


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