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Health Safety Tips from Dr. Galvez

Dr. Galvez is back with health safety tips on proper face masks use, hand washing methods, glove removal techniques & other ways to stay safe in your daily lives when you go out so that you don’t get contaminated & be protected.

 

Proper Hand Washing Techniques – Health Safety

Hand washing is a crucial part of staying safe and reducing the spread of Covid-19. It’s important to wash your hands regularly and especially before putting on a face mask. Many people wash their hands incorrectly, but once you know how to, the correct method is simple to follow. Here are Dr. Galvez’s ten steps for washing your hands properly:

Step One: Use your elbow to turn on the faucet and wet your hands.

Step Two: Apply one or two pumps of antibacterial soap.

Step Three: Rub your hands together, then open your fingers and rub between them.

Step Four: Wash your thumbs.

Step Five: Open your fingers and wash the back of your fingers and hands.

Step Six: Repeat the cleaning motions for roughly the amount of time it takes to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice.

Step Seven (optional): If you have long nails, it can be beneficial to use a nail brush, as a lot of bacteria can build up beneath them. Run the brush repeatedly over your nails, being as thorough as possible.

Step Eight: Once your hands are really clean, rinse them with water.

Step Nine: Dry your hands with a paper or cloth towel.

Step Ten: After brushing, or if your skin feels dry, apply lotion. Lotion will help to stop your skin from cracking.

Proper Face Mask Usage

When contaminated saliva droplets come into contract with the eyes, nose, and mouth, it can cause the virus to spread from person to person. Due to this, it’s important to cover these areas when leaving home.

Just wearing a face mask isn’t enough – you need to wear it correctly!

Standard Face Mask:

  1. Tie your hair back if you have long hair.
  2. Check the mask for holes or damage.
  3. Ensure that the metal bar is at the top.
  4. Place the straps behind each ear.
  5. Press down on the metal bar until it shows the shape of your nose
  6. Make sure the bottom of the mask is covering your chin.

Respirator Mask:

  1. Tie your hair back if you have long hair.
  2. Put the mask under your chin and pull the loops over your head.
  3. Position one loop near the top of your head and the second near the bottom.
  4. Press the metal bar until it shows the shape of your nose.

Once you return home, remove the mask carefully, pulling it over the ears and away from your face by the straps. As the outside of the mask may be contaminated, be careful when removing it and throw it in the trash immediately.

While a mask protects the mouth and nose, it doesn’t do anything to protect your eyes. For better protection, wear glasses when outside your house. These can be prescription glasses, or glasses with fake lenses that you can purchase without a prescription.

In addition to wearing glasses and a face mask, going out with a cap or hoodie on will help to stop the virus attaching to your hair, and provide you with even more protection.

Making Your Own Face Mask

If you don’t own a face mask, then don’t worry! Dr. Galvez has an excellent method for making your own simple and effective face mask with just a bandana and three pieces of paper!

  1. Fold the bandana into a triangle.
  2. Place three pieces of paper (stacked) into the middle of the folded bandana.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with the bandana (with the tip of the triangle facing downwards).
  4. Wrap the bandana around your head and bring the ends to the front.
  5. Tie the ends of the bandana under your chin.
  6. As before, wear a pair of glasses and a hoodie/cap when leaving the house.
  7. Once you return home, dispose of the paper, and put your bandana in the wash straight away.

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Good Clothes Hygiene – Health Safety

If you have to leave the house, then one of the most beneficial things you can do is keep a good distance from others and go out with a plan – if you’re going to the store, take a list!

Another great tip is to choose one room – like your garage or laundry room – to remove and store your clothes and mask when you get home; if you don’t have much space, you can use a box.

Once you return home, throw all your contaminated clothing items in the box, your laundry basket, or a bag if you do laundry elsewhere. This area is also ideal to store your shoes. Remember that everything you wear outside may be contaminated!

Glove Removal

Much like face masks, many people don’t understand how to use gloves correctly. It’s essential to remember that the outer surface of the glove could be contaminated, so always remove your gloves in the following way:

  1. Flip your hands so your palms are facing.
  2. Grab the top of each glove at the wrist.
  3. Simultaneously pull the gloves down your hands.
  4. Throw the gloves in the bin, being sure to only touch the inside.

Never touch your mouth or eat anything while wearing gloves!

Beautiful Smiles Dental Center – Open to Attend to Dental Emergencies by Appointment!

Dental Health & Safety is our Top Priority

We support the government’s initiative in fighting COVID-19 by implementing new protocols like limiting the number of patients that enter the building & allowing high-risk patients a special time for appointments. As always, we adhere and exceed all OSHA and CDC recommendations to ensure we provide you with the safest and most comfortable environment during your dental visits.

Fully benefit from our expert dental team – we want you to stay safe and be healthy! We are at your service when you need us most & look forward to your call. For dental emergencies in Gurnee, Waukegan, & the Park City IL area, contact Beautiful Smiles Dental Center today!



Dear Patients,

We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. These unprecedented times have been challenging for all of us and we wanted to provide you an update about our office moving forward.

The health and well being of our patients has always been the main priority at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center, and that will never change.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Dental Society have informed us to resume all dental care, including elective procedures, starting May 11th.

Up until today we were open for only urgent treatment, but we are now cleared to continue providing routine care. We believe the best way to prevent emergencies such as pain or infections is with consistent dental care.

The CDC, ADA and OSHA have guided us regarding strict infection control measures to keep our staff and patients safe. We have implemented all the recommended changes with additional measures at our office. We will certainly adhere to these protocols to ensure a safe space at our practice.

We want to welcome you all back to Beautiful Smiles Dental Center. We can’t wait to see you!

Please let us know if you have any questions and we would be more than happy to answer all of them. You can reach us at (847) 249-5700, or email us at beautifulsmilesdentalcenter@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued trust in our office,

Dr Galvez and the team at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center

 

ADDRESS:

355 S Greenleaf St STE E, Park City, IL

PHONE:

(847) 249-5700

Dr Milagros Gálvez


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Schedule Online Meetings with Dr. Galvez – Available Now!

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center have decided to temporarily close our doors. We perfectly understand that dental problems do not just take a break during these difficult times, but for the safety of our staff and our clients, for the time being, we are taking action and doing our part to support the quarantine and flatten the curve. Beautiful Smiles Dental Center upholds a strong code, and that is to never leave a patient behind. Though for right now, we cannot see you in person, don’t think that is going to stop us from trying our absolute best to keep on providing you with the care that you deserve, it will just be in a different way.

Keep on reading to see exactly what we are doing to help you with any dental issues that you may be having…

Staying at home can be difficult, especially when you feel like you need to get out or have a specific problem. However, we all need to do our part in making sure that this virus doesn’t keep on spreading so that we can get back to our normal healthy lives and continue doing the things we love.

We never want to stop providing our services and are always looking at different options to reach out to our patients in a way that is easy and accessible for them. At Beautiful Smiles, we hate seeing our patients in discomfort, and that is why we are going to do our best in giving professional help from the comfort of your home.

TeleDentistry: Virtual Online Meetings, How it Works…

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Dr. Galvez is now offering online meetings where we can give you the recommended advice to help ease any pain or dental problems that you are going through.

This means that we are now going to be offering online consultations so that while you stay at home, you can remain comfortable and happy while we get through this pandemic together! All you need is a list of your concerns and an internet connection, it is that easy.

Virtual Dentistry Consultation Meetings: Have Your Dental Questions Ready & Book Now!

To better serve the public; our very own Dr. Galvez has now set up a schedule for online consultations available for all past and new patients. Ask Dr. Galvez your oral questions!

Simply select an available day and time and start your journey to getting the professional advice that you deserve. Each virtual online meeting consists of a 30 minute, one-on-one, dentistry consultation. Book with Dr. Galvez HERE to schedule your appointment.

Dental Care – How We Can Help Now

During your appointment with Dr. Galvez, you will have a one on one session where you can explain precisely what is bothering you. Depending on your exact dental problem and where it is located, Dr. Galvez will give you the best possible advice that she can given the current extenuating circumstances. Don’t worry, feel free to get close to the camera and show those pearly whites so that we can get a decent idea of what exactly the problem is and what you can do to be more comfortable.

Beautiful Smiles Dental would enjoy nothing more than to continue seeing your beautiful smiles every day in-person, but right now, online consultations are the best that we can do to continue providing information and care to our patients.

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Though we cannot fix any problems directly over the camera (even though we really wish we could) these online consultations do provide numerous benefits, such as:

➢ Providing tips that help ease those suffering from dental pain

➢ Answering any questions and or concerns that you may have

➢ A personal one on one call with a highly trained professional

➢ An appointment that works around your schedule

➢ Getting a head start on booking your appointment for when we return to the clinic

Get Dental Advice From Your Home Today with with Dr. Galvez at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center

As we continue through these unprecedented times, all we can do is stand together. Though these days can seem to be difficult, especially when dealing with dental pain, we are always going to be in your corner giving you the best possible care that we can while you are at home. We miss all of our patients and we sincerely hope that everyone is and continues to be healthy and safe as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Remember, for any dental needs; you can count on everyone here at Beautiful Smiles to always be there for you when you need it most. Serving you is of the utmost importance, so book your consultation today.

 

 

 


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What to do when a Dental Emergency Occurs

Imagine this, you have an important event, meeting, or you have just had a severe dental accident, and you need dental treatment ASAP, but you don’t know what to do or who to call, we have a feeling we know just exactly what you need and where you need to go!

You can never predict a dental accident, it can happen anywhere at any time, and usually, it’s the time that is the most inconvenient, when you are working, eating, in the middle of the night when you are just trying to get a good night rest, or exactly when it seems like you already have everything else to do in the world! 

First Things First, What is a Dental Emergency?

Now you may be wondering what exactly “qualifies for a dental emergency¨, does it have to be something that is a medical crisis and could have possible long-lasting effects? Though a dental emergency doesn’t have a specific description, generally, emergencies arise when you have had an accident of some kind or if previous dental treatments are causing new and recurring problems.

The most common dental emergencies that people are faced with are:

  • Breaking or chipping a tooth
  • Loss of teeth
  • Tooth knockout
  • Injury to the soft tissue around your mouth or tongue
  • Losing a crown or a filling

What To Do During a Dental Emergency

First Step: Relax

We totally understand that any dental accident can be scary and painful, but the best thing you can do is relax so that you can move on to the next step.

Call the experts

In some dental emergencies, the time you take to get the help you need can be crucial. Who are you going to call? Well, Beautiful Smiles Dental Care, of course!

Explain what’s going on

As soon as you call us, we will quickly discuss exactly what’s going on and what the problem is. We will then arrange for you to see one of the best emergency dentists in Gurnee, IL, as soon as possible!

Step 4: See the professionals and get the care you need

Probably the most vital step; now is the time to let our experts work their magic and get you back to your usual self showing off that beautiful smile we know you have!

 Tricks to Pain Relief

Like we said earlier, dental emergencies don’t wait for you to be nice, comfortable, and ready for them. There are a few things you can do to get rid of some of the pain you are, unfortunately, feeling!

Use An Ice pack

The cold from the ice pack can reduce any kind of swelling where the accident has occurred! If you don’t have an ice pack, any cold compress will help!

Pain Medication

Any over the counter pain medication that you may have in your home may help will do the perfect trick relieve any discomfort! But be cautious and follow the instructions, taking more does not make more it hurt any less.

Salt Water Solution

Best for serious toothaches, swish warm and salty water around in your mouth. The best mix is 1/2 teaspoon table salt to 8 ounces of water. But make sure that you spit it out and never swallow the solution.

Tooth / Teeth Loss

Losing a tooth is something special in and of itself because of the process and steps you need to take so that you can fully preserve the tooth, but you need to act fast.

  1. Search for every piece of the tooth; you need to find any fragments that have come off from the tooth.
  2. Pick up the tooth by the crown; when grabbing the tooth, never pick it up by the root, always by the chewing surface.
  3. Clean it; if it is dirty, you need to wash it, but gently. Slowly rinse the tooth with warm water, a saline solution, or milk. Remember, with care.
  4. Put the tooth back in the socket, and as soon as possible; by holding the crown, gently push it in with your fingers. Hold it in place with your fingers.
  5. Keep it moist, whether it is by the saliva in your mouth or, now, this may sound weird… in milk. Never in water, the cells from the root will swell up and burst.
  6. See a dentist in no longer than 30 minutes; though it is possible to save a tooth if it has been outside of the mouth for an hour or so, it has a much higher chance at being salvaged if you see a dentist within the first 30 minutes!

The best thing to do if you, one of your friends, or loved ones experience a dental crisis is to keep calm and follow these steps. Beautiful Smiles professional emergency Dentists are on call for when any problem arises. No time is too early, too late, or too inconvenient, trust in Beautiful Smiles Dental Clinic to help your dental needs when you need it the most!

Same-Day Crowns in Gurnee, IL

Are you tired of waiting weeks upon weeks for your new crowns? Tired of booking multiple appointments where you have to take time away from your day to make sure that your new crowns are fitted correctly? Well, with the modern and innovative same-day crowns at Beautiful Smiles, your new crowns can be shaped, prepped, crafted, and fitted, all in one appointment!

  • Results that are designed to last
  • Effective
  • Guaranteed comfort
  • A natural look

Contact the experts at Beautiful Smiles and see for yourself just how incredible this innovative dental service is!

Emergency Tooth Extractions in Gurnee IL

Though the decision to extract a tooth isn’t always the first option, sometimes it is necessary! Due to several different reasons, tooth extraction is performed to prevent infection, chronic tooth pain, and discomfort, or to help the development of your teeth, among others.

The specialists at Beautiful Smiles will analyze your particular situation very carefully to see if an emergency tooth extraction is necessary. Sometimes tooth extractions treatment is recommended for:

  • Where a tooth has been severely broken
  • If a tooth has suffered from severe decay
  • If a tooth is at great risk of infection
  • When baby teeth do not fall out as they are supposed to
  • Where gum disease has severely affected a tooth

These are just a few reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary, if you think that you may need a tooth extraction in Gurnee, Waukegan, or Park City IL contact the emergency dental specialists at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center!

Beautiful Smiles Emergency Dental Services in Gurnee, IL 

Time is of the essence when it comes to any and every kind of dental emergency, and you need a dental clinic that can help you when you need it! Each emergency is unique in its own way, and the professional staff and emergency dentists in Gurnee, IL at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center are highly trained experts who will stop at nothing to get down to the ROOT cause of your problem and figure out the best treatment.

If you or any of your loved ones have a dental emergency in the areas of Gurnee, Waukegan, or Park City IL, don’t hesitate for one second to call Beautiful Smiles and get the care you deserve when you need it! We at Beautiful Smiles strive to give you care of the highest quality! Keep your smile beautiful and contact us at 847.243.6724 if you are in need of dental emergency care!



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Top 10 Dental Care Tips

A date can be the perfect opportunity to create amazing memories with your significant other. To impress your date at the start of the night with a radiant smile and leave a lasting impression with a perfect goodnight kiss, we have the dental care tips you need.

Check out our top ten ways to show your teeth and gums some extra love and attention, for the perfect date this year:

1. Brush Your Teeth Thoroughly Every Morning and Evening.

Bad breath is the third wheel that you definitely don’t want tagging along on your date! For a bright smile and fresh breath, be sure to brush your teeth (including the gum line) twice a day to get rid of plaque. To avoid bad breath when you don’t have access to a toothbrush, steer clear of smelly foods, like garlic and onions.

2. Floss Every Day

Flossing is another essential for fresh breath and healthy teeth and gums, as it cleans areas of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t get to. When you regularly floss your teeth, you remove plaque, prevent tooth decay and ensure that your kisses are clean and fresh!

3. Freshen Your Breath with Gum or Mouthwash

Another top tip for date-ready breath is to rinse your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash or chew a piece of sugar-free gum. Both practices are brilliant for eliminating strong or unpleasant smells from food and stimulating saliva. Chewing sugar-free gum regularly can even reduce your chances of tooth decay.

4. Book a Professional Teeth Cleaning

Brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and chewing gum are all important parts of your daily dental hygiene routine, but for the best results ahead of the big day, it’s worth booking a professional cleaning. A professional cleaning is a real treat for your teeth; a hygienist will examine your mouth, remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line, and perform a deep clean with amazing results.

5. Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening Treatment

To really feel confident in your smile during your special date, consider professional teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a highly effective way to make dull and discolored teeth radiant once more. You can turn back the clock on caffeine stains, discoloration from smoking and damage from poor oral hygiene to dazzle your date with a beautiful smile – all in a single session that lasts less than an hour!

6. Be Checked/Treated for Gum Disease

Did you know that around 64.7 million Americans have gum disease? Gum disease may not destroy your date, but it could put a dampener on your evening by affecting the look of your smile and the freshness of your breath. There are many great treatments for gum disease, like scaling and root planning, along with options for restorative treatments that’ll help you to improve your smile for the perfect date. Contact Beautiful Smiles Dental Center for advice about identifying and managing gum disease.

 7. Get Your Cavities Treated

If you’re dreaming of sharing a romantic kiss with your significant other, you should get any cavities treated as soon as possible! Cavity-causing bacteria can quickly spread when you kiss and share utensils, so make sure to visit a dentist for treatment and maintain a good dental hygiene routine if you suspect that you have a cavity.

8. Visit Beautiful Smiles Dental Center Every Six Months

One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to visit your local dentist on a regular basis. Booking an appointment at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Gurnee, IL around every six months, or more frequently if you’re predisposed to gum disease or have fillings, dentures, crowns or bridges, is essential to keep a close eye on your dental health.

9. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is essential for good health, including when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. Water keeps your gums hydrated, protects and strengthens your teeth, stops your mouth getting dry and reduces your risk of developing bad breath. To avoid a potentially dry and smelly kiss at the end of your date, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.

10. Stop Using Tobacco Products

Smoking is one of the most damaging habits for your teeth and gums. Not only does smoking stain your teeth and affect the freshness of your breath, but it increases your risk of developing dental diseases. For an experience to remember and better long-term dental health, giving up smoking is a great tip to take on board.

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Smile, laugh, and live every day – to the fullest with confidence in your dental health, by booking a routine checkup at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center today!

 

 

 



Ways to Enhance your Smile in 2020

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Studies have shown that more than a staggering 33% of Americans are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Not having a smile that you feel comfortable sharing can have a negative impact on your life – many people believe that a more beautiful smile will lead to a better social life, love life and professional life.

 

If you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, then you can do something about it! We’re going to explore four incredible ways to enhance your smile in 2020, so you can kick off a brand-new decade with a smile that fills you with happiness and confidence.

 

Here’s how the expert team at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Gurnee IL can help you to transform your smile this year:

Cosmetic Dentistry in Gurnee IL

Cosmetic dentistry could be the answer to achieving that breath-taking smile that you’ve been dreaming of. This type of dentistry is all about correcting and improving smiles to help people fall back in love with one of their most defining facial features.

There are many treatments that fall under the bracket of cosmetic dentistry, some of which we’ll cover later in this article. These treatments can address all manner of common dental complaints, including gaps between teeth, discoloration, chips and uneven teeth.

Using modern technology and techniques, the Gurnee dentists at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center can help you to achieve a flawless smile with treatments such as:

  • BondingA composite material that’s attached to the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance after damage or due to discoloration.
  • FillingsMade from porcelain or composite, fillings improve aesthetic appearance and restore the shape and function of teeth after damage.
  • Onlays & InlaysNatural-looking indirect fillings used to fill cavities when a more durable material than that of traditional fillings is required.
  • Dental CrownsA cap designed to repair and protect damaged teeth, while restoring a natural-looking appearance.
  • Teeth WhiteningA highly popular treatment that involves the professional removal of stains to make teeth more radiant.

Where the shape, size, position, alignment or color of a person’s teeth isn’t perfect, cosmetic dentistry can be the solution. You can discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry treatment by contacting Beautiful Smiles Dental Center – a leading choice for modern cosmetic dental treatments in Gurnee IL.

Invisalign Dentist in Gurnee

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Another fantastic cosmetic treatment is Invisalign. Invisalign is very similar in principle to traditional metal braces, but thanks to modern advancements in dental technology, this corrective treatment is virtually invisible!

An Invisalign Dentist in Gurnee IL can treat a range of problems that make people unhappy with the appearance of their teeth, such as crossbite, gaps, crowded teeth and open bite. Treatment involves wearing a series of aligners that are designed to reshape teeth over the course of around 12 months.

The unique design of Invisalign aligners means they cause only minimal disruption during use – they’re barely noticeable and won’t irritate your mouth in any way. The comfort, low maintenance, removability and effectiveness of Invisalign braces make them a popular choice for adults looking to enhance their smiles.

With 3D technology, you can get an idea of the end results before you even begin Invisalign treatment at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center!

Dental Implants in Gurnee IL

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If you dream of a picture-perfect smile in 2020, then how about considering dental implants in Gurnee IL? Dental implants are one of the best treatments available to restore a person’s smile after a disease or accident that resulted in the loss of one or more of their teeth.

The permanent implant – inserted into the jaw – is an effective way to enhance a smile and restore function. The implants don’t corrode, require special maintenance or need to be repaired regularly – they’re a strong and lasting solution for replacing missing teeth.

Dental implants can give you back lost confidence after a tooth extraction, so you won’t ever feel like you have to hide your smile or worry about talking, laughing or eating like normal! While dental implant treatment can take a few months to complete, the comfort and natural look and feel of the implants can have a life-long positive impact on your smile.

Dental Veneers near Gurnee IL

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If Invisalign, dental implants and the other cosmetic treatments we’ve already covered don’t sound right for you, then maybe dental veneers in Gurnee IL are the perfect treatment to enhance your smile this year.

Dental veneers are a very thin layer of either porcelain or composite that’s designed to cover part or all of the outer surface of a tooth. Veneers may be the ideal choice for you if you have discolored teeth or you’re unhappy with their shape or size. Veneers can cover problems with tooth alignment, gaps, chips and cracks caused by everything from persistent grinding to staining and accidents.

Much like dental implants, dental veneers can have a long-term impact on the appearance of your smile. Typically, veneers last for 10 years or more, so you’ll be able to enjoy your new smile at least until the end of the decade! Not only do veneers last for a long time, but they’re resistant to staining, look natural and require only minimally invasive treatment.

Contact Beautiful Smiles Dental Center

Are you ready to start 2020 with a beautiful new smile and the boost in confidence you’re looking for to make this next decade the best of your life? The experienced dental experts at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center are on hand to make your dreams a reality with some of the best cosmetic dental treatments in Gurnee IL.

For more information about dental veneers, Invisalign, dental implants or any of the incredible cosmetic dental treatments that we have available at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center, contact us today. We’re here to give you the best solutions to your dental concerns, whether you require general, restorative or cosmetic dentistry services in Gurnee.

 

 

 



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Dental Root Canals Vs Dental Implants

Tooth extraction is the only alternative to root canal treatment. After a tooth extraction, the patient will either have a denture, bridge or implant fitted to fill the gap left by the extracted tooth. While this process is sometimes beneficial, it’s normally true that a dental root canal treatment:

  • Is more affordable than fitting implants
  • Requires less treatment sessions/shorter procedures
  • Doesn’t rely on additional treatments to other teeth/tissue
  • Preserves natural teeth
  • Treats infection

What the most beneficial treatment will be all depends on the patient; it’s better to discuss all your options with a dentist before having treatment.

Dental Root Canal Treatment Services in Chicago

If the idea of root canal treatment makes you uneasy, you’re not alone. Many people have a fear of the dentist, especially when they require more extensive treatment than a simple dental exam. Root canals are a dreaded treatment for many, but often for unfounded reasons! You may be surprised to learn what’s fact and what’s fiction about this common dental treatment, and just how important it can be for good dental health. It’s time to explore many elements of root canal treatment, debunk some myths and take a closer look at the key treatment advantages, to hopefully put your mind at ease if the time ever comes for you to have root canal treatment in Chicago.

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Root Canal Treatments – What to Expect

Knowing what to expect from any dental treatment you need can make the procedure much less worrying – you may find that a root canal isn’t as scary as you once imagined! A person may require a root canal if one or more of their teeth are infected or seriously decayed. The main aim of the procedure is to remove pulp and nerve tissue from the root canal, which is a cavity inside the tooth. Removing damaged pulp and nerve tissue stops bacteria multiplying and the infection spreading to other tissue.

During the procedure, the dentist will create a hole in the tooth and remove the damaged contents of the root canal. They’ll carefully clean the cavity using specialist files and get rid of any remaining debris. Once the cavity is clean, they’ll seal the tooth with a temporary filling. The procedure may then be followed by restoration work to fit a permanent crown or filling.

Root Canal Treatments – Who’s Involved?

You don’t need to worry about a crowded room during root canal treatment, as the whole procedure normally only requires a dentist/endodontist, dental assistant and sometimes a dental technician – and the patient, of course.

The dentist/endodontist performs the majority of the work on the patient’s teeth during a root canal, which normally takes either one or two appointments. They’ll take x-rays, apply the anesthesia, create the access hole, remove the damaged pulp, clean the cavity and seal it. After the procedure, the dentist will discuss options for restoration and any further dental work the patient needs. A dental assistant can have many responsibilities during a root canal procedure, including assisting the dentist before, during and after the treatment. If a patient requires dental crowns, then a dental technician will normally make them.

Dental Root Canal Treatment Myths

The concern that many patients have about root canal treatment is often the result of having heard one or more of the large number of myths surrounding the procedure. Here are three common myths, and why they shouldn’t have an impact on your decision to have a root canal:

Myth One: Root Canal Treatment Leads to Illnesses

The primary research that suggests root canal treatment can result in illnesses like heart disease and arthritis is around a century old. No modern or valid evidence exists to prove that root canals are the cause of any illnesses or disease.

Myth Two: The Results After a Root Canal Don’t Last

Root canal treatment can be a very long-lasting way to remedy the serious problem of irritated, inflamed and decaying pulp and nerve in a tooth. While it’s true that the treatment sometimes doesn’t last as long as patients expect, this is normally due to the restoration treatment being ineffective, rather than because of the root canal treatment.

Myth Three: Root Canals Are Only Performed on Painful Teeth

A dentist may advise root canal treatment if a person is experiencing severe tooth pain, but also on occasions where the patient is feeling no pain at all. If a dentist discovers that a tooth is dead during an exam, they might suggest root canal treatment in order to prevent infection.

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Who Is Qualified to Perform Dental Root Canal Treatment Services?

For root canal treatment, you’ll either need to visit a dentist or an endodontist, both of whom are fully qualified to perform the procedure. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in endodontic treatment, such as root canals, dental implants, endodontic surgery and endodontic retreatment.

Endodontists have the same training as dentists, plus extra training in diagnosis and treatment for problems that affect the tooth interior. The expert knowledge that endodontists have of dental pulp and their experience performing root canals using cutting-edge technology means that patients are often referred to them for difficult root canal procedures.

Is Dental Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Another common root canal treatment myth is that the treatment is painful. It’s very easy to understand why so many people believe this to be true, as some aspects of the treatment – like drilling the access hole – sound like they would cause a lot of pain.

While once upon a time root canal treatment would have been very painful, modern advancements in dental techniques and resources have virtually eliminated all pain from the procedure. Today, dentists can easily manage pain using anesthesia and the sensations during the procedure are often no more uncomfortable than what you’d experience when having a filling.

Contact Beautiful Smiles Dental Center for Dental Root Canal Treatments in Chicago (Gurnee, IL)

If you would like to learn more about root canal treatment in Chicago or book an appointment with a dentist to discuss whether a root canal is the right choice to relieve your tooth pain, get in touch with Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Gurnee IL.

The dentists at Beautiful Smiles are highly experienced in root canal procedures and are on hand to provide you with advice and an expert diagnosis for your tooth pain. You can contact us by phone or by scheduling an appointment through our website.


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Oral Cancer Exams in Chicago

Oral Cancer Screenings

Cancer is one of the world’s deadliest diseases: per year in the United States, 439.2 people in every 100,000 are diagnosed with a form of cancer, and each year 163.5 people per 100,000 die from the disease. More than 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer alone every single year.

Oral cancer includes cancers of the cheeks, tongue, lips, palate, throat, sinuses, gums, and floor of the mouth. Like other types of cancer, oral cancer can be deadly if it isn’t diagnosed quickly. For a quick diagnosis, oral cancer screenings are of paramount importance.

We’ve going to take a closer look at oral cancer and cancer screenings, to show you the importance of staying one step ahead of oral cancer and getting screened for the potentially deadly disease on a regular basis.

Identify Mouth Cancer Early

Oral cancer screenings are a very simple process where a dentist checks the mouth for any signs that cancer or precancerous signs are present. This exam can also be performed by a doctor.

The main goal and greatest benefit of oral cancer screenings is to identify oral cancer as early as possible. The sooner that cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chances are that it can be cured.

When a dentist identifies the presence of cancer or signs of precancerous lesions, monitoring and treatment can begin immediately. The dentist may request that the patient returns for a second appointment shortly after the screening to check for developments and arrange a biopsy to test for cancer.

Early identification of cancer opens the door to a much greater variety of treatment options, which is much better in every regard for the patient. When oral cancer is diagnosed early, the survival rate is extremely high.

Screenings Starting at High School Age

Oral cancer is most common in people over the age of 55, with the average age of oral cancer diagnosis being 62. Two-thirds of all oral cancer cases are in patients over 55, of which the vast majority are men – the disease is twice as prevalent in males as it is in females.

While oral cancer isn’t common in younger people, it’s still possible to contract oral cancer at a very young age. Around 1 in 8 cases of oral cancer affect people under the age of 50, which is still a large number.

Due to the potential of getting oral cancer early in life, it’s important to attend screenings as soon as they’re available. For high school students, college students and beyond, oral cancer screenings are available and should be attended!

Oropharyngeal Cancer / Throat Cancer

For people who smoke tobacco or have a history of smoking, it’s even more important to attend an oral cancer screening at a local dental clinic. Smoking is one of the factors that can increase the risk of developing oropharyngeal cancer, or throat cancer.

Oropharyngeal cancer develops behind the mouth in the center of the throat (pharynx), where cancer cells will begin to grow in the throat tissue. Signs that a person has oropharyngeal cancer include ear pain, weight loss, soreness, difficulty swallowing and coughing blood.

Cancer screenings are incredibly important for identifying this type of cancer so it can be diagnosed and treated without delay.

Increase in Oral Cancer Cases

Now more than ever before it’s important to visit your local dentist for an oral cancer screening. It’s estimated that 53,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oropharyngeal or oral cancer in the US in 2019, and there will be a total of 10,860 deaths from oral cancer in the same year.

The number of oropharyngeal cancer cases that are connected to HPV infections are rising in the US. There are also increases in the rates of mouth cancer cases elsewhere in the world. In the UK, rates of mouth cancer per 100,000 people rose by 32% for men and 33% for women between 2002 and 2012.

How Often Should You Have an Oral Cancer Screening?

Compared to some other types of cancer, oral cancers have a particularly high death rate. The death rate is thought to be so high because oral cancer is often discovered at a late stage. This is something that regular oral cancer screenings can help to combat.

For oral cancer diagnosed early on, there’s an 84% survival rate over 5 years, compared to an average 5-year survival rate of 65%: these statistics highlight how important it is to visit a dentist regularly for checks.

The recommended regularity of oral cancer screenings is every 3 years, although this increases to every year for people aged 40+. Different dentists may make different recommendations, all depending on the patient. If a person notices any signs of oral cancer during a self exam – which should be conducted around once every month – then they should contact their dentist without delay.

Oral Cancer Screening Process & What to Expect

Oral cancer screenings are a fairly quick and painless procedure that a dentist can perform during a standard dental checkup. The process involves the dentist checking for signs of unusually colored sores and patches, lumps, spots and abnormalities inside the mouth.

The dentist will also check a person’s lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, chin, jaw and the roof and back of their throat. The main goal is to find anything abnormal. Overall, the process should take no more than around 5 minutes.

To help with the examination, a dentist may also use a screening dye which can dye certain cells in the mouth blue or a screening light that highlights abnormal tissue.

Oral Cancer Screenings at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center

You don’t need to travel far or take much time out of your day to have an oral cancer screening, visit Beautiful Smiles Dental Center for the screening.

Beautiful Smiles Dental Center specializes in preventive, cosmetic, and emergency dental services. You can visit our dental practice in Gurnee, IL for oral exams, cancer screenings and all the dental services that you need to maintain a bright and healthy smile.

 


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Dental Hygiene Awareness - Dental Care in Gurnee IL

Dental Hygiene Awareness

It’s time to replace that old toothbrush and restock your mouthwash because October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month! That’s right, oral health is so important that it doesn’t just have a day dedicated to it – World Oral Health Day on March 20th – but an entire month as well.

This October is the perfect time to re-evaluate your dental hygiene regimen and give your teeth and gums a little extra attention. Dental Hygiene Month is for everyone – young and old – to celebrate the importance of a healthy smile and the role that dental hygienists play in keeping your teeth clean.

So, how can you get involved in Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, and why is it so important to spread awareness about great oral hygiene? Let’s find out…

 

What Do I Need to Know About Dental Hygiene Awareness Month?

National Dental Hygiene Month has been around since 2009, but don’t worry if you’re only just hearing about it, there’s never a bad time to improve your dental hygiene regimen!

The awareness month is the result of a partnership between the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA). The idea behind the month is to celebrate dental hygienists and raise awareness about oral hygiene, and in particular, the four daily habits to keep your teeth and gums healthy: brushing, flossing, rinsing, and chewing.

The campaign is both a reminder to look after your smile and a chance to learn more about the correct techniques for keeping your teeth clean, your gums healthy, and your breath fresh. Adults and children alike can get involved in Dental Hygiene Month and learn more about the importance of oral health.

The Four Habits for a Lifetime of Great Oral Health

The four components of excellent oral health form a foundation from which an entire lifetime of healthy teeth can develop. Preventive treatment can greatly reduce your risk of developing all-too-common dental problems, like cavities and gum disease, and help to keep your smile looking picture-perfect.

It couldn’t be any easier to introduce great oral hygiene practices into your daily routine. Here are the four daily habits that Oral Hygiene Awareness Month is all about:

Brushing

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things for great oral health: it gets rid of plaque and reduces the risk of developing cavities and gum disease. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day, once after you’ve finished your breakfast and once before you go to bed. Each brushing session should last for two minutes and it’s important to use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Learning the correct brushing technique is something you only need to do once to ensure that your teeth receive the most benefit from brushing.

Here are the five steps for effective brushing:

  1. Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gums

 

  1. Move the toothbrush in short strokes gently back and forth

 

  1. Brush the outer and chewing surfaces of your teeth

 

  1. Adjust your toothbrush to a vertical position and brush the inner surfaces with small strokes up and down

 

  1. Finish by brushing your tongue to get rid of bacteria

Flossing

You should floss your teeth once a day, ideally before you go to bed. Flossing is crucial for cleaning parts of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t reach. When you floss, you remove plaque and small particles of food that get stuck between your teeth, which helps to lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you don’t remove plaque, over time it’ll harden and become tartar.

Rinsing

For good dental hygiene, mouthwash shouldn’t be used as an alternative to brushing or as an optional extra: you should use good mouthwash to rinse your mouth regularly after you brush and floss your teeth. Brushing and flossing target your teeth, while mouthwash gets rid of bacteria from other areas of your mouth. The mouthwash will help to prevent gum disease and keep your breath fresh.

Chewing

The final of the four pillars of great dental hygiene is chewing gum, but this doesn’t mean chewing just any old gum, it needs to be sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum after you’ve eaten for around 20 minutes is an effective way to remove any debris stuck in your teeth. The chewing action will also stimulate saliva production, which is your body’s natural defense against cavities. More saliva means stronger enamel and greater control over acid buildup.

 

Dental Hygiene Awareness Month Deserves a Place on Your Calendar!

As well as paying close attention to your cleaning regimen, this October is also a fantastic time to book an appointment for a dental checkup at Beautiful Smiles Dental Center; after all, the month is all about celebrating dental hygiene and the work of dental hygienists!

Visiting your dentist regularly is crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Your dentist will check your mouth for signs of problems and give you advice about great dental hygiene techniques to implement at home. You’ll also be able to book professional dental cleaning, which will eliminate the plaque and tartar on your teeth and help to keep your smile in tip top condition.

It’s easy to forget about the importance of keeping your teeth and gums clean amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, the last thing you want is for your dental hygiene regimen to start slipping and open the door for cavities to start creeping in.

Dental Hygiene Awareness Month is a celebration of the incredible work of dental hygienists and an essential reminder to keep up with the big four daily habits for good oral health. The month raises awareness about dental hygiene and regular checkups, not only as a reminder for you, but to promote dental hygiene for children – the earlier children learn how to care for their teeth, the better!

Marking the month down on your calendar will help to bring oral hygiene to the forefront of your mind once a year and remind you of the importance of looking after your teeth and gums. Contact Beautiful Smiles Dental Center in Gurnee, IL for more information regarding Dental Hygiene & Dental Health Care.



invisalign vs braces

 

Worn by millions of adults and children across America, metal braces are the traditional option to straighten teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are a much more recent advancement and offer a whole new approach to teeth straightening treatment. If you’re looking to improve the appearance of crowded or crooked teeth, close gaps between your teeth, or correct an over or under bite, then you may be wondering: is modern better than traditional or is the classic solution the best option?

 

Let’s take a look at the pros & cons of metal braces vs Invisalign clear aligners, to determine the best solution for improving your smile and dental health.

Traditional Metal Braces: The Pros & Cons

Metal braces were one of the very first types of appliance used for treating misaligned teeth. Braces are comprised of brackets, ligatures (rubber bands), and arch wires; the wires are adjusted regularly to maintain pressure on the teeth and gradually realign them.

The Pros of Metal Braces

  • Good for Complicated Cases – Metal braces are suitable for virtually any treatment, no matter how complicated the case is.
  • Better Results  – As metal braces offer a high level of control over alignment and exert more force, it can be easier to achieve great results. It’s often possible to achieve perfect results with traditional braces.
  • Faster Results – In most cases, metal braces work much faster than Invisalign and there’s no risk that a lack of discipline will slow down the treatment.
  • Durable – Traditional metal braces are very strong, durable, and sturdy.
  • Affordable – Metal braces are one of the most affordable options for correcting misaligned teeth.
  • Customizable – There are many color options for the brackets and ligatures on traditional braces, which can make them more appealing to children.

The Cons of Metal Braces

  • Very Noticeable – Metal braces are not as big as they once were, but they can still be quite noticeable when eating and speaking. Many people dislike the appearance of traditional braces.
  • Oral Hygiene Difficulties – It can take time and practice to learn how to brush and floss your teeth while wearing braces, making it difficult to care for your teeth initially.
  • Hard to Maintain – Traditional metal braces need to be cleaned regularly to maintain the braces and keep your teeth healthy.
  • Less Food & Drink Freedom – Crunchy, chewy, hard, and sticky foods can get stuck in braces and damage them.
  • Discomfort – At first, braces can be difficult to adjust to and may cause discomfort and pain.
  • Regular Dental Appointments – When wearing metal braces, you need to schedule an appointment with a Gurnee orthodontist for adjustments every four to eight weeks.

Invisalign Clear Aligners: The Pros & Cons

Invisalign clear aligners have been around for roughly two decades. Invisalign treatment involves using a series of custom-made trays that gradually move teeth into the correct position.

The Pros of Invisalign Clear Aligners

The Pros of Invisalign Clear Aligners

  • Each Aligner is Customized – Every tray that you’ll require throughout your treatment will be custom-made from thermoplastic material to fit your teeth.
  • Virtually Invisible – Unlike metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are almost completely invisible.
  • Removable – You can remove Invisalign clear aligners for between two and four hours every day. The aligners should be removed when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
  • Comfortable – As there are no sharp parts, Invisalign clear aligners are normally much more comfortable to wear than metal braces. There are also no dietary changes required when wearing Invisalign aligners, as the aligners are removed when eating.
  • Quicker Consultations – Depending on your Invisalign dentist in Gurnee, IL, you may only need to book an appointment every six to ten weeks. While this timeframe is similar to braces, the appointments are often much quicker.
  • Low Maintenance – Invisalign aligners are replaced on a frequent basis and can easily be removed for cleaning, so maintenance is normally quite simple.

The Cons of Invisalign Clear Aligners

  • Not Always Invisible – While the aligners are clear, if you need additional attachments to assist with alignment, they can become more noticeable.
  • Inconvenient – Removing Invisalign clear aligners can be very inconvenient. The aligners have to be removed when consuming anything except water and you must brush your teeth before replacing them.
  • Chance of Failure – The ability to remove the aligners can cause treatment to be unsuccessful or take much longer. Patients who remove their aligners for more than the recommended two to four hours a day may not achieve their desired results.
  • Not Suitable for Complicated Problems – Invisalign clear aligners aren’t as effective as metal braces. For complicated cases, they aren’t always the best treatment.
  • Initial Discomfort – Just like with metal braces, wearing Invisalign clear aligners can be uncomfortable and slightly painful initially. It can take time to grow accustomed to how the aligners feel.
  • Expensive – Invisalign aligners can be more expensive than traditional metal braces, especially if you’ll also require braces to finalize the position of your teeth after Invisalign treatment.

 

Which is Best: Traditional Metal Braces or Invisalign Clear Aligners?

Invisalign clear aligners and traditional metal braces are both great options for straightening teeth, but each option does have a number of drawbacks as well as positives. When it comes to choosing the best option for a patient, a lot can depend on their needs and lifestyle and the extent of correction required.

For more complicated cases and with patients who might struggle with discipline, traditional metal braces are often a better choice. For patients who are concerned about appearance, who don’t want to change their eating habits, and who don’t have the time for long visits to the dentist, Invisalign can be the best option.

Visiting an orthodontist or Invisalign dentist in Gurnee, IL is the best course of action if you’re debating Invisalign clear aligners vs traditional metal braces and which treatment is the perfect match for your goals, lifestyle, and level of discipline.







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