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Posts for: July, 2017


  1. Chomping on ice - this can chip away at fragile tooth enamel. It can also crack teeth already
    weakened from restoration work.
  2. Putting teeth through a temperature roller coaster - Eating hot and then cold foods won't damage
    teeth, but can cause sensitivity with this combo as the hot temp expands your tooth enamel and
    the cold temp contracts it. Keep in mind that a shooting or sharp pain while eating or drinking
    is a sign of a much greater problem such as a cracked tooth or advanced decay—this isn't
    something you should ignore.  
  3. Chewing pencils - This can cause stress fractures to your teeth
  4. Reaching for certain drinks – Sports drinks, soda and wine can stick to your teeth and
    erode enamel.
  5. Avoid sticky candies and dried fruit - These can not only dislodge fillings but they can
    get stuck in and around your teeth which makes them even more likely to cause decay.
  6. Aiming for the whitest smile - Over bleaching and over whitening can end up being
    quite damaging to our teeth. It can lead to enamel loss and therefore prompt permanent
    tooth sensitivity.
  7. Using your teeth to rip things open - It's tempting to use your teeth to nibble your nails,
    rip price tags off clothing, or open a bag of chips, but you're putting your teeth at risk.
    You can chip your teeth doing this.
  8. Not using proper tongue “posture” - By keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth,
    you'll discover that you don't clench as much. In fact, if your tongue rests properly it can
    help you relax your jaw
  9. Grinding at night – grinding and clenching your teeth can lead to serious misalignment
    of your teeth and even tooth lose. You may need to wear a mouth guard at night.
  10. Opting for the hardest tooth brush - the goal is to use a soft brush since a rough brush
    may prompt abrasion or damage your gums and can literally wear away at the tooth
    surface and destroy tooth enamel and gum tissue creating extreme tooth sensitivity.
  11. Chewing bubble gum - If you're a gum chewer always opt for a sugar-free variety
    and reap the benefits.  Your mouth will produce more saliva, a natural defense against
    the acid that eats away at tooth enamel.
  12. Brushing right after meals - our teeth are weakest immediately after eating, especially
    if the meal includes acidic foods and drinks. Since it can take 30 to 45 minutes for the
    saliva to re-mineralize and harden the tooth enamel again, wait a bit before brushing your teeth.
  13. Skipping the water - It's not just good for your overall health, but drinking plenty of
    water throughout the day helps your teeth stay hydrated too. We use 1.5 liters of saliva daily.
    Drinking plain old water is the simplest way to help replenish it. Tip: If you're going to drink
    water with lemon, rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards to try and wash away the acidity
    from your teeth.
  14. Daily Juicing - Juicing is an excellent way to load up on nutrients from fruits and vegetables,
    but freshly pressed juices are typically loaded with sugar which can lead to tooth decay and
    erosion. Try to stick to juices made mostly of vegetables, which contain less sugar
  15. Vaping - Despite the lack of tar, this popularized alternative to cigarette smoking still has
    incredibly harmful effects on the mouth as nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which, in short,
    restricts blood flow to the gums and can kill the gum tissue causing noticeable tissue and
    bone loss in the mouth and around the teeth. 

Now that school is just about a month away from starting (High School District 155 starts one week earlier this year so their finals are before Winter Break!) and most college kids are off to school by mid-August, don't forget to CALL US TODAY to schedule you and your family! 

Also, those of you with Kindergarten, 2nd, or 6th Graders remember you need to have the Dental Examination form for your respective school according to Illinois State law completed by October 15th (most schools want the forms turned in before school starts).  We have extra forms here so don't worry if you forget to bring them to your child's appointment.

We wish you a wonderful summer filled with glorious sunsets and fabulous sun rises!  

Cancer treatments can affect all parts of your body, including your mouth.  Also your oral health can make a difference in how your cancer treatment proceeds.  An unhealthy mouth can increase the risk of developing oral adverse effects, often called side effects, to cancer therapies and can even interefere with treatment.   

Steps you can take to maintain a healthy mouth include: 

1) Brushing your teeth twice a day with flouride toothpaste.
2) Cleaning between your teeth every day with dental floss.
3) Stop the use of tobacco products
4) Rising your mouth after vomiting with one fourth teaspoon of baking soda in cup of warm water.  
5) Moistening dry mouth by drinking water, sucking on ice, chewing sugar free fum or sucking on sugar fee candies.  
6) Avoiding mouth rinses that contain alcohol.
7) Talk with your dentist about any problems you're having with your mouth during your treatment and give him/her the name and telephone number of the doctor treating your cancer.  Together they can help limit the oral problems that may arise during cancer treatment.