Educational Collaboration in Sleep Medicine

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Elmhurst, IL & Chico, Ca. Elmhurst Dentist, Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, and his brother, Chico, Ca. pulmonologist and respiratory critical care physician, Dr. Gerard Valcarenghi have established their charitable statement for their consulting and educational collaboration in Sleep medicine.  It is as follows: There are many worthwhile causes, in fact too many to support them all. So we have chosen to concentrate our resources toward helping children.  As you know, Dr. Ivan loves to sing and loves a great vocalist.  He spent several years in the Spirito! Men’s chorus which also supports the two other children’s choirs of Bravura and Regazze.  Dr.’s Ivan and Gerard believe children are the future and we have an obligation to helping them and ensuring they have all they need including health and nurturing for their future.  Two particular health problems that are close to our hearts and seriously affect children is JD, or Juvenile Diabetes and CF, Cystic Fibrosis, and we support these and their parent organization of JDRF and the ALA, or American Lung Association.  Both these diseases used to mean young morbidity, but with research and advances, these patients are living longer, better lives.  There will be a cure for JD very soon. CF is a heart breaking genetic condition and one that Dr. Gerard, as a respiratory critical care doctor and pulmonologist, is intimately involved in treating, which requires patients to have their lungs cleared of fluids on a regular bases.  Breathing is the essence of living, the first thing we learn as part of the abc’s of saving lives, and not being able to breathe well seriously threatens life.  We need more research and resources to find a cure for CF.,

Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). 

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Elmhurst, IL, Chico, Ca.  Gerard Valcarenghi, MD, MPH, a specialist in pulmonary medicine and respiratory critical care, and Ivan Valcarenghi, DDS, FWCM, cosmetic & neuromuscular dentistry, have joined hands to educate professionals and the public regarding the dangers and health problems associated with snoring, sleep disordered breathing (SDB), and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  It is estimated that only 50% of the 40 million people whom are adversely affected, have been diagnosed.  The American Academy Of Sleep Medicine ( and the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine ( have determined that dentistry, specifically oral sleep appliances in addition to traditional methods of treatment with Bi or CPAP are effective in treating snoring, OSA, and SDB’s. Dentists also have the advantage of seeing more patients and are an excellent gateway to helping patients.  Heart disease, traffic and motor vehicle fatalities, endocrine disorders and even stroke have all been associated with SDB’s.  As brothers, Dr. Gerard & Dr. Ivan feel this is an opportunity to bridge the health gap between the professions and will cooperate and collaborate to help professionals institute sleep medicine into dental and medical practices as well as to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with sleep disordered breathing.  For more information, please contact: and

Plaque: Your Teeth’s Number One Enemy

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Cosmetic Dentist Elmhurst ILWhen buying a toothbrush, toothpaste, or coming in to our office, you often hear the word “plaque” associated with the health of your teeth. Plaque is one of the main reasons why it is so important to keep up with a daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing two times each day for at least two minutes, and flossing regularly as well. Here’s what you need to know about plaque and what it can do to your smile.

What is Plaque?

If you haven’t brushed your teeth in a while, you might feel a film-like, sticky buildup on your teeth. This is plaque, a bacteria layer that grips onto your teeth. There isn’t anything you can do to stop plaque from forming, but brushing and flossing as well as keeping up with regular dental visits are your best defenses for cleaning plaque off your teeth.

What Plaque Does to Your Teeth & Mouth

Without regular brushing and cleaning, plaque builds up and multiplies. As plaque is left untreated, it hardens to form tartar (also known as calculus). Plaque also leads to decay, as it produces an acid that damages your teeth. When you come into our office for a dental examination, we thoroughly clean your teeth to ensure that any buildup is taken care of. Tartar can cause staining on your teeth if left untreated. Plaque is the leading cause of gingivitis, causing your gums to swell and become red or bloody.

What You Can Do

The most important steps of keeping plaque in check is to stick to a daily brushing routine. This means brushing twice each day, for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once daily. Plaque occurs naturally, and when you come into our office for a complete examination, we work with you to clean off any buildup. Maintaining regular visits to our office is one way to ensure tartar buildup is minimized and managed. It is particularly important that you are brushing your teeth all the way to the gum, because the gum line is an area that is prone to plaque buildup. Brush gently, as vigorous brushing will only do more damage than good, especially to your gums.

Sticking to your daily brushing and flossing routine will help keep your teeth free of plaque buildup. Make sure you are brushing in the morning and before bed. If you don’t brush before bed, bacteria and plaque will build up throughout the night. Schedule a visit to our office so our experienced, professional dental team can clean your teeth, giving you a smile you can be proud of.

For more tips on keeping your teeth healthy or to schedule your next visit, please contact our office.

Gaining Wisdom on Wisdom Teeth

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Elmhurst Cosmetic DentistWisdom teeth are the last new teeth that will enter your mouth. Most patients have some form of complications resulting from their wisdom teeth. Did you know that your wisdom teeth can impact your overall health? Here’s what you need to be aware of regarding your wisdom teeth.

The Basics

Typically, your wisdom teeth will come in between the ages of 17 and 25. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), as many as 90% of patients have an impacted wisdom tooth. An Impacted tooth is unable to properly grow through your gums because of a lack of space.

What This Means for You

An impacted wisdom tooth is something you should talk to our doctor about. Impacted teeth can cause infection and damage to surrounding teeth. It is extremely important these issues are addressed early on. Your wisdom teeth are hard to clean in the back of your mouth. An infected tooth not receiving the proper care can be a breeding ground for bacteria leading to infection and gum disease.

Wisdom Teeth & Your Overall Health

An infection of your wisdom teeth can lead to oral diseases, but it can also lead to further, more serious complications as well. THE AAOMS explains that oral bacteria that gets into your bloodstream can lead to heart, kidney, and other organ infections. That’s right, your teeth can impact your overall health!

The Importance of Examinations

You might not notice any pain or discomfort around your wisdom teeth, but that does not necessarily mean they are healthy. Even wisdom teeth that fit properly can be the target of a future infection. It is essential to keep up with regular examinations so that our trained, experienced team can take a close look at your wisdom teeth.

What You Can Do

We cannot overstate the importance of regular oral examinations. Our doctor can help assess your wisdom teeth and whether they will need to be removed. Wisdom teeth can have a significant impact on your oral health and your overall health, so we recommend staying vigilant with your daily oral hygiene routine.

For more questions about wisdom teeth or to schedule your examination, please contact our office.