Oral Health Tips to Include in Your Routine

Oral Health Tips

When it comes to oral health, it is imperative that you follow a good oral hygiene routine that will keep your teeth and gums healthy, however, there are some other oral health tips to consider if you want to keep your smile.

The Right Brush-Choosing the right toothbrush is imperative and one of the most important oral health tips to remember. Choose a soft bristled toothbrush that is easy to hold. If you have arthritis and have trouble brushing, try a mechanical or powered toothbrush. Swap out your brush every three months or when the bristles are worn.

Floss Everyday-Flossing is the only way to remove food particles, debris, and plaque from your teeth and gums. Floss before you brush to remove food particles that you may miss if you floss after you brush. Talk to Dr. Ivan if you need a flossing refresher course. Remember, you are only half-finished if you don’t floss.

Sugary Foods-Skip the sweet stuff and opt for fresh veggies or nuts for snacks. Tooth decay is chronic in both adults and children, with sugary foods being the main culprit. Sugars are eaten up by oral bacteria releasing tooth-attacking acids. This weakens the enamel on your teeth and will cause cavities.

Regular Dental Checkups-It is imperative that you schedule regular dental appointments with Dr. Ivan. Twice yearly checkups, or more if you suffer from diabetes, will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. During your checkup ask for an oral cancer screening and make sure you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

Stop Bad Oral Health Habits-Tobacco products, too much alcohol and chewing on pencils, ice, and your fingernails can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Oral piercing can also cause damage to your mouth. If you play sports without a mouthguard, talk to Dr. Ivan about a custom-made mouth protector.

Drink Lots of Water-Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day will keep your mouth moist. Mouth dryness will increase plaque accumulation putting you at risk for gum disease and tooth decay. People who take medications should drink more water to stay hydrated. Water helps your salivary glands while buffering acid that can damage your teeth. Water also helps with digestion and can help protect your teeth from dental caries.

If you can’t remember the last time you had a dental checkup, or would like some additional oral health tips, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan today.

Breaking News: Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi Joins the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist

Ivan Valcarenghi Chicago Cosmetic DentistElmhurst, IL: Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry, has joined the American Academy Of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), a “brother” organization to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Dentists are on the front line to evaluate, screen and treat patients for the potentially life-threatening problem of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sleep disorder in which there is airway blockage. Subsequent health problems, such as increased hypertension, stroke and even death can occur.

Signs and symptoms can be subtle, such as snoring, excessive daytime yawning and sleepiness, easily falling asleep once inactive, decreased productivity, and impaired judgment, or more profound symptoms such as hypertension, stroke and even death can result. Patients may exhibit restless movements (Restless Leg Syndrome), moderate to severe snoring, periods of breathing cessation followed by gasping for air.

Dentists, in coordination with sleep specialists, whom are trained to help patients with this serious health risk can help patients obtain preliminary evaluation and even home testing as well as can offer oral appliance treatment for slight or moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. For any questions, please call Dr. Valcarenghi at 630-834-8088 or visit www.drivansmiles.com.

Restoring Smiles with Veneers

Cosmetic Dentist in Chicago, ILAbout 1 in 4 adults in the United States feels embarrassed by the look of their smile. Our dental office is proud to offer porcelain dental veneers to new and existing patients. Our doctor has the training and experience to provide porcelain veneers to patients who wish to restore a whiter, healthier, more even look to their smile.

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic and restorative dental solution that are designed to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Veneers create an immediate improvement in the appearance of a smile. They are a minimally invasive treatment option and can be more cost-effective than many other cosmetic improvement options.

Patients  whose teeth are healthy, but are chipped, cracked, crooked, or mildly stained can benefit from veneers. Patients whose teeth are uneven or have gaps may also find veneers are a great solution for improving the look of their smile.

We offer custom-crafted porcelain veneers that are fitted precisely to cover the front surface of the tooth. Because porcelain is a semi-translucent material, the tooth continues to have a natural healthy appearance with the veneer in place. Veneers are chosen with care to match the natural teeth around them, to ensure optimal aesthetic results.

Once placed, porcelain veneers are a strong, stain-resistant, and long-lasting cosmetic dental solution. However, porcelain dental veneers need ongoing dental care, just like natural teeth. They should be brushed and flossed regularly and normal dental exam and cleaning schedules should be maintained. When cared for properly, veneers can last a lifetime.

There are some additional factors to consider before choosing veneers. First, it is common to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages for a few days following the placement of veneers. This is generally mild and unlikely to last more than about a week.

Second, while porcelain is a strong and durable material, it is recommended to avoid activity that will put great stress on the veneers, such as chewing excessively hard foods or using the teeth to attempt to open a nut or bottle. Finally, any patient who has issues with bruxism (grinding) should discuss this with our doctor before deciding whether to have dental veneers placed.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with our expert dentist, contact our office today. We’re here to give you a smile that you can show with pride.