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Dental Checkup – General Dentistry Tips

Keep Your Teeth Healthy

There are many new products nowadays to help you maintain good oral hygiene, which is the key to preventing tooth decay. When a tooth decays, it starts to break down, causing a cavity and can eventually die. But it is never too late to start looking after your teeth. It is particularly important when you’ve had treatment such as a root canal filling, crown, or extraction to start immediately on a good routine of keeping this area as clean as the rest of your teeth.

Practice good oral hygiene

 Good hygiene will help prevent infection in the treated areas. Ask your dentist for clarification if you’re unsure how soon you should resume your normal routine. Most dentists advise using an electric toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste. The fluoride is present in very small quantities in toothpaste, and it helps to strengthen tooth enamel. If you are unsure about this or prefer to use an ordinary toothbrush, ask your dentist for their advice on the best way to go about it. For instance, he or she will probably suggest techniques for brushing and replacing the manual brush regularly. Modern oral hygiene should also include cleaning between the teeth as well as brushing. There are a number of ways this can be done. One way is to use tiny inter-dental disposable brushes. It is likely your dentist will have some of these in the surgery and will be happy to show you how to use them – just ask.

Go for regular dental checkups

 Unfortunately, most of us don’t go to the dentist when everything is fine with our teeth. Usually, it is because something is wrong and probably painful. If your dentist recommends a particular treatment, you can ask them to explain exactly why you need it and what it entails. Trust between the patient and dentist is important to make the experience as stress-free as possible, so you should feel free to have things explained to you clearly.

 To keep your teeth in tip-top condition, the American Dental Association recommends that you have a checkup twice a year. This is also an opportunity to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist who has a number of tools at her/his disposal to thoroughly clean and polish your teeth. This is usually a refreshing rather than a painful process. But ask your dentist if they recommend this, as in some cases less or more often it may be advisable. For many people going to the dentist is something they dread or put off for too long. If you go regularly, not only will you give your dentist the chance to catch problems early on, but you can also get to know him or her, which makes it easier to relax. Regular visits to the dentist can also have a beneficial effect on your general wellbeing. Studies have shown that poor dental health is connected to a number of other conditions, including some kinds of heart disease.

 A dentist can also recommend what medication you should take for any pain. It is important that your dentist asks you some questions of their own before treating you. These should include questions about your general health, any medication you’re taking, and also ladies if you’re pregnant. This is particularly important if any X-rays are going to be taken, as X rays can be harmful to an unborn child, and a special apron should be used to protect your abdomen during the X-ray.

 Avoid smoking

 We know smoking is bad for our general health, but it’s important to realize how much smoking can also damage your teeth and gums. Smoking dries out your mouth, inhibiting the production of saliva, which makes it more likely to produce potentially harmful bacteria. According to the American Dental Association, smoking is one of the main causes of periodontal diseases, which causes gums to become inflamed, which can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss.

 Stay generally healthy

 Your overall health will likely impact the health of your teeth, mouth, and gums, so it is important to discuss any concerns you may have in this regard. For example, anyone who is diabetic may have dental problems. If your immune system is compromised, you are more likely to succumb to bacterial infections. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused by a bacterial infection. A serious case can lead to gum receding, and it is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. If you are worried about this, you should ask your dentist to advise you.

How You Can Prepare For A Visit To The Dentist 

Sometimes a trip to the dentist is when we start to overthink how much we have actually been following our regular oral care routine. We wonder, have we done enough? Is there time to make up for everything I missed? Well we are here to tell you to take a breath, here are a few things that you can do to prepare for your checkup.  

Don’t over brush

Yes, that date is coming up soon, and though there is no problem at all with brushing regularly, excessively brushing your teeth before your appointment can actually make it ten times harder for the dentist to identify any issues. This, in turn, prevents your dentist from giving you the proper care and advice. 

Tell the truth 

You may feel a bit ashamed for not keeping up with your dental hygiene as much as you should have been doing, but lying about it will only make things worse. Your dentist needs to know everything so that they can properly diagnose any problems and future treatments that you may need. This will promote the life of your smile while also preventing you from any future pain that dental problems could bring you in the future. 

Think twice about whitening your teeth

Feeling self-conscious before your dental appointment is something that is totally normal among patients; unfortunately, more and more dentists are seeing their patients whiten their teeth to give the illusion that there is nothing wrong. Dentists aren’t there to judge; they are there to help. Whitening your teeth before can make for much more painful cleanings at the dentist. Instead, ask your dentist to whiten your teeth AFTER your treatment! 

Stay home if you are sick 

Canceling a dental appointment can be an inconvenience for you, and it can put your schedule in the upcoming weeks out of place, but trust us, you don’t want to go to the dentist when you are sick. This is to protect yourself, other patients, and the dentists. Besides passing on the flu, your gums are more susceptible to damage, especially thorough cleanings. So if you have a dentist’s appointment and you feel a bit under the weather, we’d recommend you stay home!  Overall, there are lots of things you can do to improve your dental health, and it’s important to treat your dentist as a service provider who is there to help and advise you. Medical science is always evolving, and there are always new products and methods of performing dental hygiene to explore. Keep your teeth and your children’s teeth at their best, go for regular checkups, and if you want to know – just ask!

 

Dental Checkup Questions to Ask

Attending a dental checkup is not top of many people’s list of favorite activities, and for some it can feel quite intimidating. It can help you feel more relaxed if you remember that your dentist is a skilled professional who has trained and studied for many years in order to not only treat you when things have gone wrong, but to help you maintain your teeth in the best possible health. Before your appointment, prepare in your mind some questions to put to your dentist before or after the examination. Talking during the examination is usually rather difficult.

 

What Should You Ask Your Dentist?

  • I have heard that sugary drinks like Coke are awful for children’s teeth. Would you also advise that adults avoid them? If so, what is the best alternative?

  • Why do some of my teeth give me pain when I eat ice cream or drink a hot beverage? Is there anything I can do to reduce the discomfort as I really don’t want to give up ice cream?

  • I have noticed my teeth look rather stained and brown. What causes this, and how can I prevent it from happening?

  • What do you recommend as the best way to make my teeth look whiter? There are a lot of treatments I’ve seen advertised which make the teeth look dazzling white, but are these safe?

  • What are the best foods to include in my diet, which will help keep my teeth healthy?

  • I am worried about bad breath. Is using a mouthwash a good idea?

  • I see that fluoride is an ingredient in toothpaste. What is it for, and is it safe to swallow it?

 

Dental Care Tips for Children’s Teeth

 

Dental Care for Children & Kids in Gurnee IL

 

If you have children, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking them to the dentist while they are young – around the age of 1 when they get their first milk teeth. Studies show children can develop their first cavities by the age of two. This helps your dentist catch potential problems that can affect the child’s overall health and wellbeing as more teeth erupt over time. This also has the benefit of allowing young children to get used to going to the dentist without associating it with being a distressing experience.

 As we grow up, dental needs become reliable on how the teeth have been treated from the moment we are kids all the way until we are adults, so keeping up with your children’s dental care is extremely important. Every age is unique and requires different help when it comes to their teeth, every dental service and treatment you receive is important at any age, and keeping up with it helps fight against and prevents future issues.  Not only do early trips to the dentist help the growth and protection of your children’s teeth, but it also establishes a safe and welcoming sense when you tell your kids it’s time to go to the dentist. Often children fear the trip, but early visits give them more confidence and will power to go with you in the future.

Children are constantly growing, and regular checkups are essential when it comes to the growth and health of their teeth.  With an early preventative hygiene plan, we can prevent childhood tooth decay and a lifetime of problems.  You can also ask your dentist for advice on the best way to care for your child’s teeth and encourage them to brush for themselves. Stickers and other rewards are all part of the service.

 


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Ways to Ensure Your Child’s Teeth Develop Correctly

Making healthy choices for your child is part and parcel of being a parent, but when it comes to looking after their teeth there’s far more to it than just brushing daily. Your baby’s teeth begin to develop as buds while still in the womb and you can give them an early boost by ensuring that they receive a good supply of vitamins and minerals.

After they’re born there’s even more to contemplate as decisions which will affect the development of your child’s teeth begin very early in their life. At Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry in Gurnee, IL we can help you to ensure your son or daughter’s teeth develop correctly throughout their childhood. Nothing replaces a regular check-up but our comprehensive guide will provide some useful hints and tips about what you can do at home.

Infant Oral Health 

Your little one may not have many teeth at this stage but that doesn’t mean you can’t start caring for them. Creating a healthy environment for the teeth to erupt prevents early decay and its easier than you might think.

Gently wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, clean cloth or piece of gauze after feeding to help remove sugars and bacteria from their mouth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends regular intake of high-sugar foods and drinks should be avoided wherever possible, and that if you’re formula-feeding, your baby does not go to bed with a bottle.

As soon as the teeth come through, which is typically between 4-10 months old, you can start using a soft-bristled brush and water to keep them clean. There’s no need to start using toothpaste until your child reaches two years of age.

Baby’s teeth are surprisingly strong and you will find that they like to chew on anything available to help them through teething. Monitor any teething toys very closely to prevent damage to the gums or teeth on sharp or lacerated edges.

It’s a good idea to start bringing your youngster to the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center as soon as their teeth have started coming through. This allows us to check that everything looks OK and it also acclimatizes your youngster to having their teeth checked. Most parents bring their babies in from around 18 months but we’re more than happy to see them earlier if you’ve got any concerns

Dental Care for Toddlers & Young Children

At this stage in your child’s life, some factors will go on to have a big influence on the future development of their teeth.

Brushing their teeth twice a day is important, and you can begin to use a child-friendly toothpaste that’s been designed for use in young children. Many youngsters like to develop a degree of independence but it’s essential for you to continue overseeing their brushing. You’ll need to check their teeth and maybe even go over some areas yourself to make sure that their teeth are properly cleaned. This may make your child a little grumpy but brushing is an important step to get right.

By instilling a rigorous dental care routine at a young age, you will give your child’s teeth the very best chance of developing properly and of staying in good condition. Flossing should be introduced as soon as your child’s teeth fit closely together; this can be any time from age 2. You’ll need to help your child floss as it’s a tricky skill for small fingers to manage; most children can floss themselves from the age of 10 years.

Potential Problems During the Early Years

Some parents use pacifiers with their child to help to soothe them, while other babies manage well without. A lot depends on whether the child needs to satisfy their sucking reflect in order to settle and calm. Even if you don’t use a pacifier, some children suck their thumbs for comfort.

Research suggests that if your child uses a pacifier or sucks their thumb beyond age 2, it can cause crooked or protruding teeth. It’s therefore a good idea to try and help your child find alternative ways to soothe and manage stress. Rewards and positive reinforcement can be excellent strategies to try.

If your child develops teeth which are crooked or stick out, orthodontics will be required later on to straighten them. Your child may look really cute sucking their thumb but the impact it can have on the development of their teeth means this is one habit your child would be better without.

Oral Health for Children Aged 6 years +

The healthy dental routine that you created when your child was younger will be useful as they continue to develop their own self-care skills. It will be particularly vital as their adult teeth start to come through.

Continuing to attend for regular checkups at the Beautiful Smiles Dental Center every six months will be particularly important at this stage. This will allow your dentist to monitor the growth of the adult teeth and identify any problems with position or placement. Early intervention can prevent much more extensive orthodontic treatment at a later stage so dental checks should never be skipped.

Eating a healthy diet during childhood is important for many reasons, including to protect your teeth. Having a good supply of calcium in the diet will help to strengthen teeth and bones; you can find this in milk products including yogurts and cheese. If your child can’t have dairy, broccoli, oranges, soybeans, kale and almonds are all good sources.

High-sugar snacks should be minimized, especially foods such as chewy candy. This can stick into the gaps in the teeth and erode the enamel. Citrus drinks can present a problem too. They may sound healthy but the high sugar content can cause damage to developing teeth. It’s far better to choose water or milk for hydration.

It’s not just the foods which are obviously high in sugars that you should avoid. Simple carbohydrates derived from white flour such as chips, white bread and pasta break down into sugars and stick to the teeth. Switch to wholewheat options and try to pick snacks which have greater nutritional value, such as an apple.

Beautiful Smiles Dental Center Can Help

Dr. Milagros Gálvez, your family dentist in Gurnee, IL is available to attend to your family dentistry needs. Contact Beautiful Smiles Dental Center HERE, give us a call at 847.243.6395 or drop in to see us to book an appointment. Whether it’s your first visit to Beautiful Smiles Dental Center, or whether you’ve been coming here regularly, Dr. Milagros Gálvez is always available to provide advice and help to ensure your child’s teeth develop correctly.







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