Posts for: May, 2017
Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:
"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"
And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:
“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”
Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.
For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.
While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.
Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.
Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.
Understanding the different dental procedures offered by your dentist can help you determine which treatments are best for you, what to expect when you see your dentist and help put your mind at ease during your procedure. Find out about some common dental procedures like veneers and dentures with Dr. Charles Crowl and Dr. Kathryn Bachinski at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.
Dental veneers are an important cosmetic procedure in improving the appearance of your smile and helping you feel great about the way you look. The process for veneers usually requires at least two dental appointments. The first appointment will consist of your dentist preparing your teeth to receive the veneers and taking an impression of your mouth to aid in the design process. Your second appointment will occur after your dentist receives the final restorations from the dental laboratory. At this appointment, your dentist will fit and attach each veneer to your tooth.
Dentures can also change the appearance of your teeth but focus more on the functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause the bone underneath the gum tissue to atrophy, causing sagging facial muscles and premature aging. Dentures help to fill out the smile, restoring the mouth’s bite to allow eating, chewing and speaking and giving you a smile you love. Traditional dentures fit into the mouth and use gravity or suction to stay in place. Other options, like implant-supported dentures, use dental implant technology to integrate into the mouth permanently, holding the denture in place and eliminating the need to remove the denture for cleanings or overnight.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Bolingbrook, IL
The key to keeping any dental procedure healthy and functional is committing to a strong, at-home dental care routine in between regular, twice-yearly dental examinations and cleanings. These two elements can keep your teeth and restorations healthy and clean for years to come. Brush twice daily and floss at least once. If necessary, use any special tools your dentist recommends to further clean your teeth. See your dentist at least every six months to ensure that problems with your smile are caught early and that a dental hygienist removes any plaque and tartar from your teeth to prevent tooth decay.
For more information on these procedures and ore, please contact Dr. Crowl and Dr. Bachinski at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. Call (630) 759-0077 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Primary (baby) teeth might not last long, but their impact can last a lifetime. Their first set of teeth not only allows young children to eat solid foods, but also guide permanent teeth to form and erupt in the proper position.
Unfortunately, primary teeth aren't immune to tooth decay. If the decay is extensive, the tooth may not last as long as it should. Its absence will increase the chances the permanent teeth won't come in correctly, which could create a poor bite (malocclusion) that's costly to correct.
If a primary tooth is already missing, we can try to prevent a malocclusion by installing a “space appliance.” This keeps nearby teeth from drifting into the empty space intended for the permanent tooth. The best approach, though, is to try to save a primary tooth from premature loss.
We can often do this in much the same way as we would with a permanent tooth — by removing decayed material and filling the prepared space. We can also perform preventive applications like topical fluoride or sealants that strengthen or protect the tooth.
It becomes more complicated, though, if the pulp, the interior of the tooth, becomes decayed. The preferred treatment for this in a permanent adult tooth is a root canal treatment. But with a primary tooth we must also consider the permanent tooth forming below it in the jaw and its proximity to the primary tooth. We need to adapt our treatment for the least likely damage to the permanent tooth.
For example, it may be best to remove as much decayed structure as possible without entering the pulp and then apply an antibacterial agent to the area, a procedure known as an indirect pulp treatment. We might also remove only parts of the pulp, if we determine the rest of the pulp tissue appears healthy. We would then dress the wound and seal the tooth from further infection.
Whatever procedure we use will depend on the extent of decay. As we said before, our number one concern is the permanent tooth beneath the primary. By focusing on the health of both we can help make sure the permanent one comes in the right way.
If you would like more information on caring for children's primary teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment for Children's Teeth.”