Posts for: November, 2015
Preventive dental care benefits people of all ages--from youngsters to senior adults. At Bolingbrook Dental Care, school dental check-ups help parents keep young mouths healthy. Here's what Rani Seeth DDS, Alina Huff DDS, Avanti Sanghavi DDS and Sarah Janowski DMD do during a routine exam and cleaning, and why each aspect of the procedure is so important.
Avoid Big Problems
The American Dental Association recommends routine exams and hygienic cleanings every six months. Timing one of those semi-annual check-ups just before school starts assures parents that children are starting the academic year right.
ADA research shows that more than half of kids between the ages of 5 and 9 have a cavity or filling. Left undetected and untreated, decay, gum disease and bite problems truly affect learning, especially if a child is experiencing dental pain. Serious dental problems lead to absenteeism and poor concentration in the classroom.
So, as the adage says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, semi-annual exams and cleanings catch problems early before they become complex, costly, and detrimental to overall health and well-being.
The dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care include these services in a school dental check-up:
- visual inspection for signs of decay
- periodontal probing to check for gum disease
- bite and jaw development assessment
- x-rays to uncover hidden decay and maturation of adult teeth
The doctor also formulates a treatment plan based on diagnosed needs. She may recommend:
- orthodontic evaluation by age 7
- in-office fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel
- dental sealants applied to the cavity-prone chewing surfaces of young molars
- mouth guards for sports
In addition, your child will get his teeth cleaned and polished by a friendly, gentle hygienist. She will count his or her teeth and remove plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces, between teeth and at the gumline. Professional dental cleanings help prevent decay and gum disease caused by oral bacteria in plaque.
The hygienist teaches young patients proper brushing and flossing techniques--other important tools to keep teeth strong and gums healthy. She emphasizes a healthy diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables, high fiber breads, lean meats, yogurt and milk from the dairy and plenty of fresh water. Water actually stimulates the production of saliva--nature's own tooth and gum cleaner.
Schedule Your Child's Check-up
While winter, spring and summer vacations are great times to get to Bolingbrook Dental Care for a school dental check-up, many convenient appointment times are available. Why not make a phone call to the office today to schedule your child's dental check-up? Phone (630) 739-5500.
Don’t let an infection or serious decay take away your tooth. Preserve your smile with a root canal treatment.
No one wants to get a root canal but there are many scenarios in which your Bolingbrook dentist may recommend it in order to protect the health of your tooth and the rest of your smile. Even though you’ve probably heard a lot of negative things about root canals, we are here to set the record straight about this common procedure.
Why do I need a root canal?
Your Bolingbrook, IL dentist may advise you to have root canal treatment if the pulp, or inside of the tooth, has become inflamed or infected. The dental pulp is the center of the tooth that consists of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. A pulp may become inflamed or infected if:
- There is a deep cavity present
- If you’ve had multiple dental procedures performed on the same tooth (which can weaken the tooth over time)
- You have a fractured or cracked tooth
- The tooth has sustained direct impact or trauma
What happens during a root canal?
This procedure is usually performed in one to three visit and requires us to drill through the harder layers of your tooth to get into the pulp chamber. Once inside, we can gently remove the diseased pulp and then disinfect the inside of the tooth to remove any bacteria, pus or other debris. Once the tooth is thoroughly free of infection we will begin to rebuild the tooth. Most teeth that receive root canal treatment will require a dental crown in order to restore full function back into the weakened tooth. A separate visit will be required in order to place your crown.
Are root canals painful?
This minor treatment is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. While many people find root canals to be intimidating we are here to tell you that it’s really no more difficult than having a tooth filled. Root canals are performed all the time and your Bolingbrook dentist knows what to do to make sure that you don’t feel a thing.
Furthermore, most patients requiring a root canal come into our office with serious dental pain. The purpose of treatment is to offer relief. By going into the tooth and removing the pulp and cleaning the inside of the tooth pain relief is often immediate.
Whether you are experiencing dental pain or you just need to schedule your next cleaning the dental experts at Bolingbrook Dental Care are here to give you that perfect, healthy smile.