Dentist in Bloomingdale Shares 5 Ways to Keep Your Children’s Teeth Cavity-free During the Summer

Dr. Steven Yuan, dentist in Bloomingdale, shares five pediatric dental care tips to keep your child’s teeth cavity-free during the summer.

Melting ice cream, frozen lemonade, and barbecue chicken: while seemingly classic childhood summertime staples, did you know that each item on this list can contain more than 25 grams of sugar per serving? Combined with the lax dental hygiene habits the routinelessness of summer may present, the warmest season can also be the worst for pediatric cavities. However, there is hope for parents struggling to prevent cavities in their children: studies have shown that forming healthy dental habits at a young age will help children have healthy teeth for life. By following the simple tips below, you can significantly reduce your children’s chances of developing cavities.

1. Make tooth brushing fun!
Purchasing toothbrushes that light up or have your child’s favorite cartoon characters on them is a good way to make a daily routine fun. Bubblegum or fruit-flavored toothpastes also encourage children to brush their teeth, eliminating the “stinging” feeling of minty toothpastes. Make sure that the toothpastes you purchase for your child list that fluoride is included.

2. Limit summertime sweets
Cold desserts and sugary drinks can lead to plaque buildup, making it much more difficult for your child to remove bacteria through tooth brushing. Some summertime foods may also contain a surprising generous amount of sugar—such as ketchup and barbecue sauces—so it is recommended that you read the nutrition facts before purchasing food.

3. Schedule biannual dental cleanings and exams
Dental cleanings remove calcified plaque that is impossible to get rid of through tooth brushing and flossing alone. Dental exams allow dentists to catch potential dental problems in their earliest stages, preventing expensive, complicated dental work down the line. During your child’s dental exam, your dentist will also check to ensure that the teeth are properly developing.

4. Wash hands after outdoor activities (especially before eating!)
Outdoor bacteria can spread to the teeth and gums for children who have a habit of sticking unwashed fingers in their mouths. Make sure your child washes his or her hands after going outside, especially before eating a meal. The hygienic practice of washing hands before a meal goes a long way in not only preventing illnesses, but also preventing dental cavities.

5. Avoid chewing ice cubes
While a seemingly harmless activity, frequent ice cube chewing can lead to dental fractures and weakened enamel. Additionally, craving ice cubes may be symptoms of iron deficiency or obsessive-compulsive disorder. If your child is craving ice cubes, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with your pediatrician to check for mineral deficiencies. You can also replace ice cubes with fresh fruits and veggies if your children want something to munch on.

About the Author, Dr. Steven Yuan, D.D.S.

At Aesthetic Dental LLC, Dr. Steven Yuan and his team of dental professionals offer high quality dental treatment in a comfortable environment. Dr. Yuan, Bloomingdale dentist, treats TMJ headaches and provides root canal therapy, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, dental implants and teeth whitening. Please visithttp://www.drstevenyuan.com to learn more about Dr. Yuan’s family dentistry services.

Roselle and Schaumburg Dentist Recognized by International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Dr. Brainard G. Llanes, dentist in Schaumburg and Roselle, has recently been certified a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Dr. Brainard G. Llanes, Schaumburg and Roselle dentist and owner of Modern Essence Dentistry, has been named a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). He was recognized at the ICOI Spring Symposium on April 28th in Toronto, Canada.

During the Spring Symposium awards ceremony, the ICOI board of directors certified that Dr. Llanes has successfully completed the requirements for an ICOI Fellowship. They added that he has demonstrated an exceptional interest in the advancement of implant dentistry.

The ICOI is an award-winning dental implants association of general dentists, specialists, researchers, faculty members, and pre- and post-doctoral graduate dental students. The ICOI provides dental implant training and credentialing. Only the most accomplished association members are recognized for their outstanding achievements.

“It is an honor to be named a fellow of the ICOI,” said Dr. Llanes, Roselle and Schaumburg dentist. “I have always been dedicated to educating myself about the latest dental implant advancements and techniques, and I am proud to be recognized for my work. I endeavor to stay up-to-date in the dental field so I can better serve my patients.”

Dr. Llanes, dentist in Schaumburg and Roselle, frequently attends seminars and lectures on the latest dental topics. In addition to being named a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Llanes is a member of the American Dental Association and Illinois State Dental Society. He was also recognized in “American’s Top Dentists” and “TopDoc Chicago.”

About Modern Essence Dentistry:

Modern Essence Dentistry provides teeth whitening, dental implants, dental veneers, root canal therapy, bridges, dentures and child-friendly dental procedures in addition to cleanings, exams and fillings. In order to establish a comfortable dental environment, Modern Essence Dentistry offers patients waiting room amenities, such as cable television, personal handheld radios with headphones, blankets and complimentary beverages. The Modern Essence Dentistry staff is experienced with treating patients of all ages, and they welcome families to visit the office. Visit http://www.modernessencedentistry.com to learn more about the Modern Essence Dentistry staff and the procedures they provide. Modern Essence Dentistry is conveniently located by Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, and Medinah, IL and is located in Roselle Towne Square near Subway and Strike X Bowling Alley.

Dental Implants in Bolingbrook versus Dentures in Bolingbrook

Losing teeth can be a stressful experience. You might feel rushed to make a tooth replacement decision, and dentures could seem like an easy, fast answer. But before making any decisions, Bolingbrook’s Lily Cache Dental wants you to know the facts about dentures, including that they contribute to bone loss and can increase the risk of periodontal disease. Read on for more information about dentures and how dental implants might be the better option.

  • When first receiving dentures, many people report that the appliances feel like a chunk of plastic sitting in their mouths. They are foreign objects, and your body treats them as such.
  • Dentures can also irritate the interior of the mouth, including the lips and gums.
  • For many people, dentures can be displaced while eating. Many oral health professionals recommend that those with dentures refrain from tearing food with their front teeth and use a sideways chewing motion with the back teeth.
  • People who have no teeth lose an average of 1/3 millimeters of jawbone per year. The rate of deterioration increases with dentures because they are not anchored into the jaw like implants are.
  • Because of bone loss, Dr. Suzy Azalea, Bolingbrook dentist, recommends that dentures be replaced every five to seven years. This cost, on top of regular adjustments, can add up significantly.
  • Dentures cause an increase in the saliva flow.
  • People who first receive dentures report difficulty speaking as normal, and some even suffer from their dentures causing clicking and whistling noises.
  • Fungal infections, such as thrush, are common in dentures if they are not removed and cleaned regularly.
  • Some people report experiencing frequent gagging from dentures.
  • Dentures require vigorous care, which includes scrubbing them twice a day and soaking them overnight. And because dentures are fragile, dropping them might crack them.
  • If you can’t get rid of stubborn stains yourself, the dentures must be cleaned by a dentist, costing you time and money.

Dental implants in Bolingbrook are a permanent solution to dentures that look, feel and function exactly like your original teeth. Once you receive implants, you’re done—no adjustments, no replacements and no checkups other than your normal dentist visits. With implants, you might forget that you even lost teeth, because they restore:

  • Function: You’ll be able to eat and drink without feeling pain, and you won’t have to adjust your diet and chewing patterns.
  • Health: Implants are embedded into the jaw, thus preventing gum recession, bone loss, sore spots and other irritations. You’ll also be able to speak as you always have.
  • Confidence: Implants are natural looking and can be made to even improve upon your original smile in shape and color.

Call Dr. Azalea today to learn more how you can benefit from full dental implants.

About Suzy Azalea, D.M.D.

Dr. Suzy Azalea graduated from the Southern Illinois School of Dentistry in 1998. After graduating from dental school, she became a founding member of the American Oral Systemic Health Association. Dr. Azalea began practicing dentistry in Nashville, TN and then moved back to Illinois to open Lily Cache Dental. To learn more about Dr. Azalea, visit http://www.lcdentalimplants.com.