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By Today's Dentistry
August 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Man FlossingYour Chicago, IL, dentists can help, especially when it comes to giving advice about good oral hygiene habits. You are susceptible to tooth infections if you don't take proper care of your oral hygiene.

Your teeth are in danger when you don't take proper care of them. Here are a few things that may damage your teeth:

  • Trauma to your teeth may be due to several things, such as playing a sport and sustaining an injury, or even a car accident that lead to cracks and chips in teeth.
  • Poor oral or dental regimen, leading to cavities, which breaks down enamel, the protective layer covering your teeth, and exposes sensitive layers of teeth.

Caring for Your Teeth

  • Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash, or drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay and help repair teeth
  • Flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums over time
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas

Procedures

If your teeth suffer from an accident or cavities, you may benefit from one of these procedures:

  • Dental Implants: If you lose a tooth due to decay, or trauma, then a dental implant will replace missing tooth roots and prevent your jawbone from weakening.
  • Root Canal: If your tooth develops an infection or becomes inflamed in the pulp of the tooth, a tissue consisting of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerve cells, a root canal may be necessary.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call your Chicago, IL, dentist, Dr. Mark Gamalinda, at (773) 334-1801.

By Today's Dentistry
July 19, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits  

Do you visit the dentist as often as you should? Regular dental visits are essential for a healthy smile. Chicago, IL, dentist Dr. Mark dental visitsGamalinda offers a range of dental services and treatments designed to maximize his patients' oral health.

When should I make time for dental visits?

Following these recommendations regarding the timing of visits can help you decrease your risk of cavities and gum disease:

  • Every Six Months: Visiting the dentist every six months is a simple way to help maintain good oral health. During these checkups, cavities, gum disease, loose fillings, dying nerves, cracks in teeth and other issues can be diagnosed. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid more serious problems that can occur if you neglect to address dental problems. Your twice-yearly visits also include dental cleanings. The cleanings remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, which can help reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.
  • Immediately: Call your Chicago dentist right away if you experience a dental emergency. Common dental emergencies include knocked out teeth, loose teeth, fractured teeth, dental abscesses and facial lacerations.
  • As Soon As Possible: Let the dentist know if you experience a toothache, cracked or chipped tooth, tooth sensitivity, a lump in your mouth, white or red patches in the mouth, or a loose filling, veneer, crown, bridge or dental implant. Don't wait until your regular checkup to bring these problems to your dentist's attention. When you call, the staff can set up a convenient appointment time to examine your mouth and teeth and discuss your symptoms.

Are you ready to schedule your next visit? Call Chicago, IL, dentist Dr. Mark Gamalinda at (773) 334-1801 to make an appointment.

By Today's Dentistry
August 23, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Your daily habits could decrease your chances of developing decay or gum disease.oral hygiene

While everyone can agree that it’s important to give your teeth and gums the proper care they deserve, some people have no idea how to really go about it. Yes, most people understand the importance of brushing and flossing but don’t realize that technique matters or that other factors play into their oral health. From the office of our Chicago, IL dentist Dr. Mark Gamalinda, find out what could really protect your smile from issues.

Quit Smoking

Whether you are an occasional smoker or heavy cigarette user, tobacco products of any kind can wreak havoc on your smile. While there are many studies that discuss the health issues involved in smoking you may not realize that smoking can also cause a host of oral health problems, from chronic bad breath and decay to gum disease, infection, reduced healing and even oral cancer. If you want to really improve your oral health then it’s time to talk to our Chicago general dentist about ways to ditch the habit.

Your Diet

Just as what you eat affects your general health it can also affect your oral health, as well. If you eat a diet that is rich in sugar, starches and processed foods, sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices then chances are very good that you will deal with decay, gum disease and enamel erosion. If you want to keep teeth, gums and bones healthy and strong, then you’ll want to eat more vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy.

Swap Out Toothbrush Heads

Your toothbrush isn’t meant to last forever, but most people put off buying a new toothbrush. However, frayed bristles can be too harsh for enamel and can lead to scratches or excessive wear and tear. The best thing you can do is replace your toothbrush head once you notice the bristles starting to splay out (usually about every three to four months). You should also replace your toothbrush head after an illness since the bristles can harbor bacteria.

Don’t forget that your trip to the dentist every six months is important for a healthy smile. If it’s time for your upcoming cleaning, then call Today’s Dentistry in Chicago, IL.