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By Bolingbrook Dental Care
January 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out the do’s and don’ts so you can best prepare for your upcoming oral surgery in Bolingbrook.

Oral SurgeryIf you’ve just scheduled your upcoming oral surgery in Bolingbrook then you probably have a lot of questions and thoughts swimming through your head. Before you stress yourself out over your procedure, your Bolingbrook dentist offers up some advice on what you should and shouldn’t do before your oral surgery so you can feel a little more at ease.

Setup a Consultation

Before any surgery we will want to sit down and discuss your upcoming procedure. During this time we will discuss what medications you can and can’t take prior to your procedure. We will also discuss any concerns you may have about your procedure and talk you through the entire process, making sure to address any questions you have. Also, we will discuss your sedation options to find the proper sedative to make your procedure pain-free.

The Night Before

The night before your oral surgery you need to make a plan as to who is going to drive you to and from the surgery. You won’t be able to drive yourself. Even if you’ve had surgery in the past you never know what new side effects you may experience from the anesthesia. So play it safe and bring someone along to drive you home after your procedure.

You may also need to refrain from eating the night before. We will give you specific details about when you need to stop eating (we usually recommend that you don’t eat any food after midnight). However, if you have certain health conditions like diabetes, we will discuss with you whether you can eat breakfast before surgery. We will also ask you to stop taking certain medications the night before, unless they are safe for your surgery.

Plan Your Diet

After surgery you will only want to stick to soft foods to prevent irritation. Also, you will want to stay away from foods that are spicy or acidic, which can also affect the gums. Opt for nutritional shakes like Ensure that will give you the nutrients you need without worrying about chewing. This will be particularly helpful if you’ve just had a tooth extraction. Also, refrain from drinking through a straw until your mouth has completely healed. Using a straw creates a vacuum inside of your mouth, which puts pressure on the stitches and can cause excess bleeding.

Call Bolingbrook Dental Care Today!

Of course you may still have questions about your upcoming procedure, and your Bolingbrook dentist is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call us any time before or after your oral surgery if you have any concerns or questions. Our goal is always to make this procedure as easy as possible for you.

Are you a patient of Bolingbrook Dental Care? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
August 14, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cavity   Sugar Free   Cavities   Oral Health  
Did you know that sugar free products could actually lead to tooth decay? Sugar substitutes have become very popular this day and age. When you go to the grocery store, you notice that the shelves are stocked full of sugar free products that supposedly reduce the possibility of tooth decay and weight gain. This includes diet soda, sugar free candy, and more. But few people realize that there is a relationship between sugar substitutes and dental health, and we here at Bolingbrook Dental Care want you to know the facts, not the myths. Sugar Free Dental Myths
 
Most current sugar-free products contain one or more of these three substitutes:
  • Sorbitol
  • Mannitol
  • Saccharine
These sugar substitutes can make cavities on your teeth in no time. Many companies claim that sugar-free also means cavity free. This is simply not true. Knowing the facts is what we want you to know. So, how does tooth decay happen from sugar substitutes? Listed below is the usual process in tooth decay from the sugar-free products that you will find in your local grocery store.
  • Carbohydrates and sugars become stuck to the tooth enamel and stay there if the teeth aren’t brushed.
  • Bacteria recognize the sugars as a potential food source and begin to feed upon it.
  • The bacterium begins to multiply as it ingests the sugar, expanding in numbers very quickly.
  • As the bacteria continue to feed, they convert the sugar into acid waste.
  • The acid waste begins to eat away at the enamel and causes tooth decay!

This process has proven to take place both with sugar substitutes as well as with ordinary sugar.

Lowering Your Risk of Cavities

While lessening your intake of artificial sweeteners, as well as regular sugar, there are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of cavities. Visiting our office for your regular appointments allows us to keep your mouth healthy, as well as catch any cavities early before other health problems can occur. We also recommend the following steps for staying on top of your dental health:
  • Brushing with fluoride toothpaste after eating and drinking
  • Rinse your mouth
  • Visit the dentist regularly
  • Consider dental sealants
  • Drink tap water with fluoride
  • Avoid frequent snacking and sipping
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods
  • Consider fluoride treatments
To learn more about cavity prevention, or to schedule a oral health cleaning, contact our office today!