Dentist in Bloomingdale Shares How to Prevent Gingivitis in Teens

Dr. Steven Yuan, dentist in Bloomingdale, shares tips for preventing gingivitis in teenagers–one of the age groups most vulnerable to poor oral health.

Sunny beaches, warm weather, and sports: with the exciting opportunity to catch up on outdoor activities during the spring, dental hygiene can fall by the wayside for some teenagers. The 13-17 year old age group is particularly vulnerable to gingivitis due to increased sugar consumption and decreased oral care maintenance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about one in four teenagers drink soda daily, and a Gallup poll reports that only 13% of teenagers floss their teeth daily. Dr. Steven Yuan, Bloomingdale dentist, recommends that parents remind their teenage children to maintain proper dental hygiene to prevent gingivitis-causing bacteria and other dental complications.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild, inflammatory gum disease that can cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into an advanced form of gum disease, damaging the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. Advanced periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage such as loose teeth and receding gums; periodontitis has also been linked to heart disease and high or low blood sugar levels. It is imperative to treat gum disease at its earliest stages, when treatment is simple and inexpensive, than to wait until it advances to the point that complicated surgical procedures are necessary.

Symptoms of gingivitis include:

• Swollen, irritated gums
• Tender, sensitive gums
• Gums have a red appearance
• Bleeding gums when flossing or brushing teeth

Gingivitis Prevention in Teens

Lack of proper oral hygiene habits in teens is often due to stress or fatigue, so parents should encourage their teenagers to manage stress and get at least 8 hours of sleep. Also, teenagers should be reminded that a proper brushing and flossing session will only take a few minutes—two for brushing and one for flossing. Some additional gingivitis prevention tips for teens include:

• Don’t brush too roughly. Teenagers should use soft-bristled toothbrushes and brush using short, gentle motions. The toothbrush should be angled at 45 degrees to better reach all tooth surfaces.
• Choose water over sugary drinks. A single can of soda may contain as much as 39 grams of sugar. Fruit juices don’t fare much better—many fruit juices have at least 25 grams of sugar in one serving. Sugar aids in the growth of plaque, which becomes more and more difficult to remove as it grows in thickness and hardness.
• Floss your teeth at least once a day (no exceptions!). Flossing helps keep plaque at bay and cleans tooth surfaces that your toothbrush cannot reach. It is advised to floss before bed to remove debris buildup from earlier in the day. You should use quality floss that “glides” in between your teeth rather than “snapping.” Some new products, such as air flossers or water flossers, may also help make flossing a little more fun.
• Visit your dentist every six months. A professional dental cleaning removes hardened, gingivitis-causing plaque. Once the cleaning is completed, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they are free of cavities and diseases.
• Look for the word “antigingivitis” on the label of your toothpaste. Antigingivitis toothpastes are specifically designed to fight gingivitis-causing bacteria on the surfaces of your teeth.

Clue Dental Marketing manages public relations for Dr. Steven Yuan, Bloomingdale dentist and owner of Aesthetic Dental LLC (http://www.drstevenyuan.com). Dr. Yuan is an experienced dentist in Bloomingdale who provides orthodontic treatment, teeth whitening in Bloomingdale, dental implant restoration, veneers, root canal therapy, TMJ headache treatment, Invisalign, and other family-friendly dental services.

How to Relax in the Dental Chair: A Guide to Overcoming Dental Phobia

Does the thought of a dental cleaning make your palms sweat? When you’re in the dental chair, do you try to envision yourself on a desert island 1,000 miles away from the dental office? If so, you are not alone—many Americans suffer from dental phobias ranging from mild to the extreme. It is natural to be wary of unfamiliar metallic instruments scraping your teeth, but you must not let that deter you from making your regular visits to the dentist. For patients who suffer from dental phobias, the following tips have been found to turn a stressful dental appointment into a comfortable one:

Tell your dentist about your fears – Many dentists are aware that some patients suffer from dental phobias. You should let your dentist know about your dental phobia so they can better accommodate you. They may agree to give you step-by-step explanations of the procedures they’re performing to give you a better sense of control, recommend relaxation techniques, or be more conscious of the dental language they use around you.

Imagine yourself in the dental chair beforehand – One common technique that is used for conquering dental phobias is a visualization exercise. When you have an upcoming appointment, take the time to sit in a comfortable, quiet room in your house and walk through a dental visit in your head. If you reach a part of the dental appointment that is uncomfortable for you to imagine, start over from the beginning and keep replaying the dental visit until you grow accustomed to every part. Sometimes, fear stems from the unfamiliar, so the repetition of this exercise can help desensitize you to your fears.
Listen to relaxing music before your appointment – Studies have shown that listening to relaxing music can help ease pain or discomfort. You can listen to music in your car on the way to the appointment or bring an mp3 player to your dentist’s waiting room. Some dentists even offer CD players or handheld radios to patients in the waiting room.

Get a feel for the dental equipment – If your fear revolves around dental tools, ask your dentist if you could look at the tools they’ll be using before they start the cleaning, exam, or treatment. Once you have familiarized yourself with the tools, you may find that they’re not as intimidating as you thought. You can also ask your dentist to explain how they’ll use the tools so that you’re not surprised by them.

In extreme cases, sedation dentistry can help – Sometimes, patients have tried every relaxation technique possible to conquer their dental fear with no improvement. In those extreme cases, you may want to think about trying sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry comes in many forms, ranging from prescribed oral medications to IV sedation. If you are experiencing a high level of dental anxiety, talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry.

About Dr. Suzy Azalea:

Clue Dental Marketing manages public relations for Dr. Suzy Azalea of Lily Cache Dental. Dr. Azalea is a Bolingbrook dentist who welcomes patients of all ages. If you are seeking a sedation dentist in Downers Grove, Darien, Romeoville, and Willowbrook, Dr. Azalea provides sedation dentistry in Bolingbrook. Lily Cache Dental is also a premier provider of dental implants in Downers Grove, Bolingbrook and surrounding areas. To learn more about Dr. Azalea, visit http://www.lcdentalimplants.com.

Hinsdale Pediatric Dentist Invites Patients to Connect on Pinterest

Dr. Miranda Albert, pediatric dentist in Hinsdale, announces the launch of the Brush Pediatric Dentistry Pinterest page.

Dr. Miranda Albert, pediatric dentist in Hinsdale, has announced that Brush Pediatric Dentistry now has a Pinterest page online. Pinterest is the fastest growing social media website in history due to its unique nature: users can “pin” images to online bulletin boards, sharing photos with users who have similar interests.

Introduced to Pinterest by a patient who is a contributor to the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Patch, Kristi Gilbert (http://hinsdale.patch.com/columns/new-mom-in-town), Dr. Miranda Albert has found a unique way to connect on the popular website. She was one of the attendees of the recent Hinsdale Pinterest Party that was hosted by Mrs. Gilbert and featured on CBS This Morning (http://hinsdale.patch.com/articles/video-cbs-news-pintere…).

Dr. Miranda Albert believes that as Pinterest brings communities together, it is the perfect social media platform for her dental practice. “While the bio page on our dental website is a great way for patients to learn about my education and achievements, Pinterest is an extension of that, allowing our patients to get to know us on a more personal level. Besides being a pediatric dentist, I am also a devoted mom and wife. I am a real person with preferences and things I get excited about, such as ideas for my kids, fashion, home décor, and recipes,” stated Dr. Miranda Albert.

Pinterest browsers are encouraged to “re-pin” the images from Brush’s 12 image boards. As of now, the Brush Pediatric Dentistry Pinterest page has 176 Pins, featuring a board for each staff member to pin their “Pinterests,” tooth-fairy tips, children’s fashion, organizational ideas, and more for moms and dads. Children will delight in the photos of bright-colored toys, kid-friendly crafts, and delicious-yet-healthy sweet treats. Parents can get a feel for the human side of the practice as well as pick up some visual inspiration.

Pinterest users can visit the Brush Pinterest page at http://pinterest.com/brushforkids/ to start browsing and sharing their Pins. Nonusers can still view all of the Pins to get a feel for Brush Pediatric Dentistry’s unique pediatric dental style.

Brush Pediatric Dentistry, the adorable dental office located in the heart of Hinsdale, is always keeping up with technology for the sake of educating kids and parents. Dr. Miranda Albert is one of the first dentists to use Pinterest as a way to connect with patients. “Brush is not just a dental office. We are part of a community. We LOVE our jobs and our patients; our office is our second home,” states Briana Kuta, Brush staff member. “The Brush Pinterest page is a great way for the office staff to show off our personalities and share our common interests with the community.“

The dedication that Dr. Miranda Albert, pediatric dentist in Hinsdale, shows to her patients and the surrounding communities of Western Springs, La Grange, Willowbrook, Downers Grove, and Burr Ridge has made Brush Pediatric Dentistry one of the leading pediatric dental providers in DuPage County. Dr. Miranda Albert provides quality, anxiety-free pediatric dental care for infants, children, and teenagers. To learn more about Brush Pediatric Dentistry, visit http://www.BrushforKids.com or call (630) 504-2223.

About Dr. Miranda Albert, DDS, MS

Dr. Miranda Albert is a board certified pediatric dentist and earned her dental degree at the University of Michigan. She completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry before she earned a Master of Oral Sciences degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her research focus was infant oral healthcare. After completing her training at UIC, Dr. Miranda Albert became the director of a dental clinic located on the south side of Chicago, helping children with limited access to dental care. She has been practicing pediatric dentistry since 2004 and opened her own practice in 2011. Dr. Miranda Albert recently moved to the area and had her second child about one year before Brush opened its doors. At Brush Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Miranda Albert offers comfortable dental care for young patients, specializing in prevention, early detection, infant and emergency care, and calming dentistry

Schaumburg Dentist Lists 5 Common Dental Hygiene Mistakes People Make

In honor of National Oral Health Month, Dr. Brainard Llanes, dentist in Schaumburg, shares five common dental hygiene mistakes people make.

You may know that you should brush twice a day and floss daily, but do you do so in actuality? According to a 2008 survey sponsored by the American Dental Association, only 49% of Americans stated that they flossed and 10% stated that they never flossed at all. Not only does practicing proper dental hygiene daily prevent gum disease, cavities, and other dental complications that could be painful and expensive to fix in their advanced stages, it can actually lengthen your life! Dr. Mayo of the Mayo Clinic once said, “If a person can take care of their teeth and gums, they can extend their life by at least 10 years.” That is why it is imperative that people nip improper dental hygiene habits in the bud by avoiding common mistakes, according to Dr. Brainard Llanes of Modern Essence Dentistry.

What are the Most Common Dental Hygiene Mistakes?

1. Rushed brushing – A proper tooth brushing session is at least two minutes long. Any shorter than that, and people run the risk of not thoroughly brushing the back of the teeth. Additionally, shorter teeth brushing sessions can cause you to rush, brushing your teeth harder than you should. Brushing too hard can irritate the gums and cause them to bleed. You should be making short back-and-forth motions at a 45 degree angle when you clean your teeth.

2. Incorrect flossing – Just as it’s important not to brush too hard, it is equally important not to “snap” floss to your gums. Snapping floss can injure the gum and cause soreness. You should gently slide the floss between your teeth to get under the gums. To ensure you get to hard-to-reach areas, it is advised that you wrap floss around your middle fingers, not your index fingers, for better control.

3. High sugar and acid intake – A common problem for many people is the presence of cavities despite brushing and flossing properly and not smoking. While there is a genetic component to cavity vulnerability, foods containing large amounts of sugar and acid are also a big factor in tooth decay. Limiting sugar intake and chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help prevent tooth decay in people who are otherwise faithful to a good dental hygiene routine.

4. Smoking – A common staple on every dentist’s no-no list, smoking can seriously harm your gums and teeth (not to mention the rest of your body). Smoking can cause tooth decay, gum disease, receding gums, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Cosmetically speaking, smoking also stains teeth and promotes halitosis. If you wish to quit, talk to your dentist: he or she will be able to provide you with resources and/or possibly connect you to a general physician who can help you quit.

5. Not visiting the dentist regularly – Obtaining a dental cleaning every six months is crucial to your oral hygiene, as only dental practices have the tools necessary to remove hardened plaque buildup. Your dentist will also take the opportunity to examine your teeth and gums and make sure everything is in order. Catching dental problems early on will help you avoid more complicated and expensive procedures in the future.

By eliminating common dental hygiene mistakes, your oral health and overall health will significantly improve, and you may even extend your lifespan. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental hygiene habits, it is important that you communicate with your dentist.

Clue Dental Marketing manages public relations for Dr. Brainard G. Llanes of Modern Essence Dentistry (http://www.modernessencedentistry.com). Dr. Llanes is committed to providing patients with proper patient education at his Roselle dental practice. Dr. Llanes provides family-friendly dentistry in Schaumburg and Roselle, including root canal therapy, dental cleanings and exams, dental veneers, teeth whitening and crowns. For patients looking for a Schaumburg dentist, Modern Essence Dentistry is conveniently located just ten minutes away from Schaumburg.