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By [email protected]
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Summer Time Tips  

Summer is HERE and we know your family’s schedule is about to change.  With children being out of school, hanging out at the house, and often on the go with fun summer activities, eating healthy and maintaining good oral hygiene can be a real struggle.  Here are a few tips and tricks to get you through those LONG summer days.  

1. Don’t Forget to Brush

Brushing and flossing twice a day is as important in the summer as it is any other time of the year.  But with summer vacations, camps, and long days at the pool, don’t be surprised if you have to remind your kids to brush and floss more than normal.  Their minds will be occupied on other “fun” activities.  Try and make brushing and flossing something fun or even reward them for remembering on their own.

2. Prevent Dental Emergencies

It wouldn’t be summer without lots of swimming, traveling, visiting the playground, or other outdoor activities.  While these are so much fun, they can unfortunately result in unexpected dental emergencies.  Below are some helpful ways to prevent and remedy a dental accident:

  • Make sure your kids follow the “pool rules.”  According to the Academy of General Dentistry, many of the summer emergencies dentists treat are pool related accidents. Running on slippery pool decks, diving into shallow waters, or bumping the pool ledge with their mouth causes many children to either chip or knock a tooth loose.
  • Know what to do yourself when a tooth is knocked out:  Getting to the dentist right away is important, but there are things you can do to help. 
    • Use cold packs to help reduce swelling and aid with pain, and gauze to stop any bleeding.  Be sure to pick the tooth up by the crown of the tooth, not the root. 
    • Gently rinse the tooth, being careful to not remove any tissue.
    • Place a lost permanent tooth back in the mouth, if your child is capable of holding it in their without swallowing it.  Otherwise, use saline or milk and a small container to keep it moist for the ride to the dentist.         

3. Stock up on Healthy Snacks

The easiest way parents can help children prevent tooth decay and cavities is to monitor their eating habits.  Start by investing in healthy snacks the next time you head to the grocery store.  While it’s easy to get caught up in the junk food isles, a good rule to follow is shopping the perimeter of the store since that is where the healthier food lies.  We understand it’s hard to limit snacking, BUT if you switch those bad, sugary foods out for fruits and veggies you are sure to feel better about your kids snacking all day.  As far as drinks go, we suggest ditching the sugary and acidic sodas, juices, and sport drinks, instead opting for good old H2O.

Cavity-causing organisms feed on sugar and turn it into acid, which attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.  Sticky, chewy foods and candy can linger on teeth throughout the day creating the optimal environment for these organisms.  If children do happen to eat sugary snacks, they should brush and rinse with water as soon as they finish eating it.

4. Schedule that Summer Cleaning

Parents tend to wait to schedule dental checkups until right before school starts.  But to prevent dental problems over summer, book the kids in right when school ends.  This way the kids will have a clean bill of dental health for summer.  The last thing you want is a child suffering from a toothache while trying to enjoy your summer vacation.

5. Protect Your Toothbrush from Germs

While toothbrush covers are great for traveling, your toothbrush needs to “breathe”.  Allow your toothbrush to thoroughly dry before covering (a wet toothbrush promotes bacteria growth), and make sure that your toothbrush cover has holes in it for ventilation.






By [email protected]
June 03, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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Primary teeth from children with autism spectrum disorders contain less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese and more of the neurotoxin lead compared to those from children without ASD, according to a new study published June 1 in the journal Nature Communications

In the study, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden used tooth biomarkers to analyze primary teeth collected from 32 pairs of twins and 12 individual twins enrolled in the Roots of Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Twin Study in Sweden, according to a Mount Sinai news release.

“The differences in metal uptake between children with and without [ASD] were especially notable during the months just before and after the children were born,” according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the study. 

NIEHS said the scientists determined this by “using lasers to map the growth rings in baby teeth generated during different developmental periods.”


“We found significant divergences in metal uptake between ASD-affected children and their healthy siblings, but only during discrete developmental periods,” said Dr. Manish Arora, Ph.D., an environmental scientist and dentist at Mount Sinai. “Specifically, the siblings with ASD had higher uptake of the neurotoxin lead, and reduced uptake of the essential elements manganese and zinc, during late pregnancy and the first few months after birth, as evidenced through analysis of their baby teeth. Furthermore, metal levels at three months after birth were shown to be predictive of the severity of ASD eight to ten years later in life.” 

NIEHS said researchers also observed lower uptake of manganese in children with ASD, both before and after birth; children with ASD also had lower zinc levels earlier in the womb, but the levels then increased after birth, compared to children without ASD.

NIEHS noted that prior studies relating toxic metals and essential nutrients to autism have faced “key limitations, such as estimating exposure based on blood levels after autism diagnosis rather than before, or not being able to control for differences that could be due to genetic factors.”

“A lot of studies have compared current lead levels in kids that are already diagnosed,” said Cindy Lawler, Ph.D., head of the NIEHS Genes, Environment and Health Branch. “Being able to measure something the children were exposed to long before diagnosis is a major advantage.”

The researchers noted that larger studies are needed to confirm the connection between metal exposure and uptake and ASD.

By [email protected]
May 12, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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There are a few different causes of white spots on the teeth, depending on how long you’ve had them. If the spots have been present since you were a child, you may have experienced a disruption in enamel formation—or enamel hypoplasia —as your teeth grew. White spots can also appear in childhood when kids use—and ingest—too much fluoride toothpaste. This is called hyperfluorosis. Both of these causes are common in childhood, and can cause lasting spots on teeth.

A professional tooth whitening may make the spots less noticeable by removing surrounding stains. Another alternative is composite dental veneers, which are thin shells of tooth-colored, composite resin, that are bonded directly to the tooth giving the appearance of whiter enamel.

However, if the white spots have formed more recently on adult teeth, the culprit may be plaque build-up, which can cause hard, scaly spots near the gum line and make the teeth look discolored. A thorough dental cleaning can help remove this plaque and decrease the discoloration.

Finally, and most concerning, the beginning stages of tooth decay or cavities can sometimes look like white spots. As bacteria produce acids that digest and thin out the tooth enamel, the enamel may begin to look bright white.

White spots caused by decay require examination and treatment by a dentist. The earlier decay is detected, the better your dentist will be able to stop it in its tracks.

Whatever the cause, I would definitely suggest you visit a dentist. He or she will examine the spots, find the underlying cause, and determine what, if any, treatment is needed.

A professional tooth whitening may make the spots less noticeable by removing surrounding stains. Another alternative is composite dental veneers, which are thin shells of tooth-colored, composite resin, that are bonded directly to the tooth giving the appearance of whiter enamel.

By [email protected]
April 30, 2017
Category: Informational
Tags: DDS vs DMD  

If you’re looking to find a dentist you may notice that while most are listed with a “DDS”, some may be listed as “DMD”. They both mean the same thing—your dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. It’s up to the universities to determine what degree is awarded, but both degrees use the same curriculum requirements.

Did you know that the level of education and clinical training required to earn a dental degree is on par with those of medical schools?

Generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school is required to graduate and become a general dentist. Upon completion of their training, dentists must pass both a rigorous national written exam and a state or regional clinical licensing exam in order to practice. In order to keep their licenses, they must meet continuing education requirements for the remainder of their careers so that they may stay up to date on the latest scientific and clinical developments. Additional post-graduate training is required to become a dental specialist, such as an orthodontistperiodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

By [email protected]
April 21, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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We have an exciting project happening in downtown Crystal Lake next week!


A 7th grade Language Arts class, at Bernotas Middle School, has approached Downtown CL
and the City to gain permission to place poems on the sidewalks in downtown Crystal Lake
to celebrate National Poetry Month. The students have been reading and writing poetry all
year, and have several poetry projects underway. Recently, they read an article about
sidewalk poetry in Boston. The poets use stencils and water repellant spray to spray
poems on the sidewalks. The poems only show up when it rains.  


The poets will work downtown in the early afternoon on Monday, April 24th. There will be
adult supervision.  Approximately 25 poems will be applied to the sidewalks.  Locations
are throughout downtown.  The poems would start to wash away in several weeks and
would only be visible when it rains.


In addition, note cards of the original poems will be left at downtown restaurants
and shops so poetry admirers could obtain a copy of the poems, if they choose.  


All of the poems have been submitted for review, and we think you will be very pleased!



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