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By The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center
October 22, 2015
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat:

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

By The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center
October 07, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   diabetes  

Today, dental implants are an increasingly popular option for replacing lost teeth — an issue faced by many older Americans. It’s not hard to see why these high-tech prosthetic teeth are preferred: They look, “feel” and function just like natural teeth… and with proper care they can last the rest of your life. Unfortunately, many people who could benefit from implants also face an additional health problem: diabetes, a metabolic disease that can affect many different parts of the body, sometimes severely.  Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to nerve and tissue damage, and may adversely impact your oral health. So if you have diabetes, does it mean you won’t be able to get dental implants? 

The short answer is no — but there are some considerations that diabetics (and their health care providers) need to keep in mind. For example, it has been demonstrated that wounds in diabetics tend to heal more slowly, and are more prone to infection than those in non-diabetics. Also, people with diabetes sometimes experience a chronic inflammatory response, which can eventually lead to tissue damage or other problems.

Because the placement of dental implants requires minor surgery, dentists and researchers have questioned whether people with diabetes are good candidates for implants. Now there’s encouraging news: Several recent studies have come to the conclusion that many diabetics can indeed undergo an implant procedure without undue risk.

One key consideration is how well an individual can control his or her blood glucose levels. Researchers have found that diabetics with good blood glucose control, those with poor glucose control, and non-diabetics all have similar implant success rates (above 95%). However, in diabetics with poor glucose control, more time may be needed for the jawbone to heal in the area where the implant procedure was done. That doesn’t by any means rule out the placement of a dental implant — but it does mean that special considerations apply to individuals in this situation.

So if you are considering an implant procedure but have trouble controlling your blood glucose levels, ask us how we can help. Just remember that in most cases, having diabetes doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. If you have additional questions, contact us or schedule an appointment.

By The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center
October 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Find out if your dental problems could be telling you that it’s time to have your tooth removed.

No one wants to think about it, but there might come a time in which a tooth has become so severely damaged that the only option is to get a tooth extraction. Ignoring the problem or leaving it untreated will only make matters worse. If you experience any of these Tooth Extractionsymptoms then it’s time to see your Lincolnwood dentist Dr. Robert Silvers right away.

Impacted Tooth

This is often the case with wisdom teeth, that third set of molars that comes in around your teen years. When these teeth are impacted it means that they never fully erupt from the gums. This can put you at an increased risk for developing infection or decay. This is one of the reasons why your dentist in Lincolnwood will often recommend having wisdom teeth removed.

To Make Room

If the jaw isn’t large enough there won’t always be enough room for all your teeth. This usually results in overcrowding. Sometimes we will remove a tooth to make room and to improve tooth alignment. This usually occurs prior to orthodontic treatment.

Severely Damaged Tooth

Unfortunately, this happens. Sometimes a tooth is so damaged or weakened by trauma, infection or decay that even root canal therapy and a dental crown aren’t enough. In these instances, the only option is to get a tooth extraction and then discuss your tooth replacement options.

How do you know whether you’ll need to get a tooth extraction? The first step is for your Lincolnwood dentist to perform a dental exam. If we recommend that you have a tooth extraction it’s important to schedule it as soon as possible. Postponing your procedure will only cause more problems for your smile and aggravate your symptoms.

During your visit, we may also X-ray the area in order to decide which treatment will be best for you. We will discuss your detailed medical history and it’s important that you let us know what medications and supplements you are taking so we can avoid any complications.

Don’t put off necessary dental work. Protect your smile by scheduling your next visit with The Cosmetic and Implant Dental Center.