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Address: 1112 Rickard Road Suite A Springfield IL US 62704

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DO YOU SPEND A LOT of time worrying about how to keep your child’s teeth cavity-free?  Teaching them to brush and floss are critical steps towards ensuring that they can take good care of their teeth for life.  Once those permanent teeth come in, there is something we can do at the dental practice that will give them even more protection against tooth decay- applying dental sealants.
 

Bacteria Versus Your Child’s Teeth

The reason it is so critical to teach our children good oral health habits at an early age is that 40 percent of children develop cavities by the time they start school because of poor oral hygiene and consuming sugary snacks and drinks.  Every human mouth contains numerous species of bacteria that excrete acid onto our teeth when we consume sugar, and this acid wears away at our enamel and leads to tooth decay.

Brushing, flossing and limiting our sugar intake are all important ways we can keep that bacteria in check.  But even when we do all these things, there are crevices in our teeth where bacteria can hide, and these can be difficult to reach with a toothbrush.  That is where sealants come in to play!

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a protective tooth-colored material we place on the chewing surfaces of teeth to "seal them off" from plaque and bacteria that can cause cavities.  Dentists started using sealants in the 1960s, and they have been popular ever since.

Typically, sealants are applied to the molars because these teeth are the ones that do the most chewing and have those deep crevices where bacteria can hide.  The sealant will fill in and cover any crevices on the tooth to act as a shield from the bacteria.  What makes them even better is that the sealant application process is quick and painless!
 

When Should Your Child Get Sealants?

The best time to bring your child in for dental sealants is when their adult molars erupt, which is usually around age six.  The sooner they sealants are in place, the less opportunity the oral bacteria will have to build up in the crevices of the molars.  However, sealants are still beneficial when applied later.  Older children and even adults can get them and have their teeth protected too!

Schedule Your Child’s Next Appointment Today!

Whether your child needs sealants or just a normal twice-yearly dental cleaning, do not hesitate to schedule their next appointment!  If you have any concerns with the way your child is brushing, flossing or with how the food they eat might be affecting their teeth, be sure to let us know so that we can help.

Our top priority is protecting your child’s smile!

 

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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October 02, 2018
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MOVING TO A NEW AREA comes with a long to-do list, and one important item on it is finding the right dentist.  There are a few factors to take into account when choosing a dentist in order to make sure they are a good fit for you and your family.
 

Why Decide Now?

Dental care should be about preventing problems before they have a chance to get worse, not waiting until they have become an emergency.  That means it is important to find a dentist ahead of time so that you can start making regular checkup appointments to keep your teeth healthy.

Another benefit to choosing your dentist ahead of time is that the pressure is off!  You do not have to rush and take a risk with a practice nobody can vouch for.  If you start early, you will have plenty of time to make sure you have only the best dentist for your needs.

Our Top 5 Tips For Choosing A Dentist

You might have other items you would include on your own list, but these are five we feel are particularly important for any patient.  Still, it is up to you to decide which items on the list are a higher priority for you!

  1. Location.  A crucial thing you should be looking at is if the office is within a reasonable distance from your home.  How far are you willing to drive twice a year for your checkups? Answer that question for yourself, then choose from dentists within that range.
  2. Reputation.  Once you have decided how far you are willing to travel for your appointments, research your local dentists to find the ones with great reputations.  You can check their Google reviews and Yelp pages for quick information, but you can also ask your friends, coworkers, and neighbors for recommendations.
  3. Cost.  While the quality of the dental care should always be high on the priority list, cost is an important consideration as well.  Determine your household’s dental care budget, research dental insurance options, and remember that good preventative dental care now will always be cheaper than dental repair work down the road!
  4. Specialization.  Are you looking for a family dental practice, or do you need a pediatric dentist for your kids?  This will make a difference in your final choice.  If you know you need more complicated work than a regular cleaning or filling, you might want to learn about nearby periodontists or endodontists as well.
  5. Comfort.  Even if a dentist meets all four of the other requirements, it may not mean so much to you if you cannot relax while you are in their office.  This is why it is a good idea to go in beforehand to get a feel for the team and the overall environment of the practice.  A good dentist will always look after your comfort!
     

We Look Forward To Meeting You!

If you still are not sure how to find the best dentist for you, we can help!  Come visit our practice and we will answer any questions you may have.  We want to make sure every new member of our community has their dental health needs looked after.  In the meantime, keep up your daily brushing and flossing habits!

Help us help you keep your smile healthy for life!

 

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WE ALL KNOW WHAT it is like to have a cold, with a nose so stuffy that you cannot breathe through it.  At times like that, we breathe through our mouths instead, and that is pretty much how it should work.  Mouth-breathing is an emergency backup, not the default.  There are many negative effects of mouth-breathing full-time, particularly if the habit begins in childhood.

Why Does Mouth-Breathing Become A Habit?

Many things can lead to a mouth-breathing habit.  A small child might get a cold and then simply continue breathing through his mouth when his nose clears.  A problem with bite alignment can make it difficult to keep the mouth closed.  Persistent allergies, overlarge tonsils, or a deviated septum could make nose-breathing difficult or impossible most of the time.  Fortunately, these problems can often be solved by orthodontic treatment or surgery.

Why Mouth-Breathing Is A Problem

In the short term, mouth-breathing leads to a variety of issues, including:

  • Dry mouth: mouth-breathing dries out the mouth, removing the first defense against oral bacteria.  This can lead to consequences such as chronic bad breath and tooth decay.
  • Lack of energy: getting less oxygen by breathing through the mouth will result in poor sleep quality and lowered energy levels overall.  For kids, this means difficulty paying attention in school, and for adults, work productivity can suffer.

The negative effects of mouth-breathing do not stop in the short-term.  They can actually be life-altering, particularly when the habit begins in childhood and goes unchecked.

  • Facial structure: mouth-breathing can actually lead the bones of the face to develop differently, yielding flat features, drooping eyes, a narrow jaw and dental arch, and a small chin.
  • Sleep apnea: the risk of sleep apnea goes up with mouth-breathing, and this can make it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep.
  • Orthodontic treatment: the narrowed dental arch of a chronic mouth-breather rarely has enough room for the full set of adult teeth, and this will require orthodontic treatment to correct.

The Benefits Of Nose-Breathing

Breathing through the nose does not just help you avoid the effects of mouth-breathing; it comes with additional benefits too!  Here are just a few of them:

  • The nose acts as an air filter, delivering clean air to the lungs and reducing the amount of allergens that get in.
  • Nose-breathing produces nitric oxide, which helps with oxygen absorption and sterilizes the air.
  • Nose-breathing strengthens the immune system by activating immunoglobulin production.

Need Help Building Healthier Breathing Habits?

If you or your child has a mouth-breathing habit, it can be tricky to break, especially if the cause is a physical obstruction that requires treatment.  Schedule a dental exam right away so the cause can be detected and you can get on the road to healthier breathing and all the benefits that come with it!

We love our wonderful patients!

 

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September 18, 2018
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THE EXCITEMENT OF LOSING a tooth and waiting for the Tooth Fairy to come is something almost every child looks forward to, but how can parents make sure this rite of passage lives up to the hype?  If you have been looking for ways to improve your Tooth Fairy game, we have a few ideas you could try!

The Tooth Fairy’s Origins

The idea of a fairy who quietly swaps a child’s tooth for money or a small gift overnight is not a very old one, but there have been traditions associated with children losing their first tooth since the time of the Vikings, when the teeth were often buried to ensure a happy life for the child or considered good luck in battle.  These days, many cultures have the Tooth Fairy or a Tooth Mouse, but exactly how the tradition operates varies from household to household.

A Few Fun Tooth Fairy Ideas

If you or your children are getting bored with the old dollar-under-the-pillow routine, it might be time to help your Tooth Fairy out.  Try out one or more of these to really bring the magic back:

  • Tooth Fairy pillow: Sew a little pillow big enough to hold the lost tooth!  When the Tooth Fairy comes, she will replace the tooth with whatever item she brings and put it in the same slot the tooth was in.
  • Fairy Dust: Sprinkle a coating of glitter over the Tooth Fairy money to make it seem like it is covered in magical fairy dust!
  • Tooth Fairy note: Leave a signed note from the Tooth Fairy to let your child know they are doing a great job on their oral hygiene and encourage them to keep it up!
  • Tooth box: A good way to make sure the tooth does not become lost is to put it in a cute little box!  Your child can decorate the box to make it even more special, and then the Tooth Fairy can put the reward in the box when she takes the tooth.
  • Tooth Fairy door: If your child’s room does not have a window that opens (or if you want to do it just for fun), you could provide a special door the Tooth Fairy can use!  A simple, fairy sized, door is a great way to make sure she does not get stuck outside!
  • Capturing the Tooth Fairy: Can you catch the Tooth Fairy on camera?  There are websites and editing apps that will help you get this amazing footage.  But remember, the Tooth Fairy is very tricky and might be hard to catch!

Close Colleagues: The Dentist And The Tooth Fairy

A great way to make sure everything is going well with your child’s incoming adult tooth and the rest of their teeth is to bring them in for a check-up and cleaning!  We can also offer more Tooth Fairy ideas and tips on how to handle those loose teeth.  Do not forget to tell us your Tooth Fairy stories!

We cannot wait to hear how things went with the Tooth Fairy!

 

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BRUSHING OUR TEETH is something we can get so used to doing that we do not really think about it, but are we doing it the right way?  It can be easy to get into some bad tooth-brushing habits, and the result can be that your teeth are not getting cleaned properly and you could be doing damage to your gums.  Let us take a moment to go over good brushing technique.
 

What To Avoid When Brushing Your Teeth

A few of the things we should avoid when we brush our teeth are brushing too hard, only brushing up and down or side-to-side, and always starting in the same place.  Brushing too hard can damage our enamel and our gum tissue, which is why we should also avoid hard-bristled brushes.

When we only brush up and down or side-to-side, we tend to miss the spaces between teeth, which allows plaque to build up and leads to tooth decay.  Because brushing our teeth is such a routine thing to do, it can be very easy to do it the same way every time, but when we always start brushing in the same place, we tend to pay unequal attention to the first teeth we brush compared to the last.  Try mixing things up so that your whole mouth can get the same level of attention!

Brushing Your Teeth The Right Way

The first rule of good brushing is one you have likely heard all your life: brush twice a day every day for at least two minutes.  Do whatever you need to do to make brushing your teeth an unskippable part of your morning and evening routines.  You could even play music so you know how long to keep brushing!

However, brushing is not just about quantity; it is also about quality.  For the best cleaning action, hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and focus on the gum line.  Use gentle circular motions to brush the outsides, insides, and chewing surfaces of every tooth. And do not forget to brush or scrape your tongue before you are done!  Like daily flossing, tongue-scraping is another crucial step for getting rid of harmful bacteria (and it will help keep your breath fresh!).

Timing is also important.  Our teeth often feel unpleasant after a meal, but as much as you want to clean them, make sure you wait at least half an hour after eating before you brush.  The acids in our food and produced by oral bacteria soften our enamel right after we eat, and it takes about half an hour for our saliva to restore a neutral pH.  If we brush too soon, we can actually brush away some of our enamel!

Your Dentist Is Your Greatest Resource

If you would like more tips on tooth brushing techniques, just ask us!  We can make sure your oral health routine is on track for keeping your teeth healthy for life.  And do not forget that an essential component of having healthy teeth is scheduling regular dental appointments!

Now set that timer and get brushing!

 

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