As the weather turns colder, many of us start sniffling and coughing. When you catch a cold or the flu, it can feel like the barrage of difficult symptoms puts your whole life on hold. As you reach for your trusty go-to cold treatment, you probably know what side effects to expect. However, do you know how it will impact your oral health? You could accidentally stain your teeth, increase your risk of cavities, and worsen gum disease as you treat your sickness! Here’s how you can keep both you and your teeth healthy this cold and flu season.
OakBrook Dental Blog
December 7, 2019
Imagine you’re going about your normal day, when you bite down and hear an unusually loud crunch. Did you just crack your tooth? You rush to a mirror and look at your teeth, but you don’t any damage or even feel any pain. Your teeth are very durable, but they’re not unbreakable. It’s estimated that there are more than 200,000 cases of cracked teeth every year, and they’re not always visible or painful. Every cracked tooth needs to be treated right away before disease and infection set in and cause serious harm. Read on to learn everything you need to know about cracked teeth, like what causes them, how to spot them, and how to treat them.
November 26, 2019
Millions of Americans get their dental insurance benefits from a private employer. However, all too often, these very same people do not make the most of their dental benefits, despite the fact that a small portion of their paycheck is going towards it every month out of the year. If you haven’t been to the dentist yet this year, it’s important that you understand what’s at stake, especially before the new year is up. To learn how you can benefit from using your dental insurance and which treatments you should consider, keep reading!
October 24, 2019
Since October is National Dental Hygiene Month, there’s no better time to learn about how you can spruce up your morning and nightly routine. With new dental discoveries and advancements being made daily, it’s always a good idea to consider whether there are more efficient or new ways to keep your mouth sparkling. Read on to find out how the most common oral health problems develop and what you can do to stop them. (more…)
September 2, 2019
Each year, for various reasons, millions of Americans opt to have one or more teeth taken out. In fact, according to the American Public Health Association, 10 million wisdom teeth alone are removed in the United States each year. The days immediately following a tooth extraction are a critical period for the healing process. If certain precautions are not taken, you could wind up with an uncomfortable case of dry socket! Whether you had a tooth extracted due to decay or removed impacted wisdom teeth, follow the tips below to prevent painful complications.
August 20, 2019
Brushing with braces can be a hassle because you have to maneuver around brackets and wires. You’re excited to achieve a beautiful lifelong smile, but you’re worried about developing cavities in the process. Creating an effective oral hygiene routine while you’re living with your braces is one of the best ways to keep your smile healthy so you don’t have to worry about dealing with additional problems. Enjoy a cavity-free smile during and post-braces treatment by following these five tips when brushing.
July 16, 2019
Nearly everyone wants to have a straighter smile, but a lot of us don’t want to deal with the restrictions and awkwardness that come with braces. Luckily, there is another option – Invisalign, the set of clear plastic aligners that gradually and subtly straighten your teeth. Simply wear these aligners for 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Want to learn more? Keep reading as we answer some Invisalign FAQs.
May 7, 2019
Tooth decay is extremely common; in fact, a 2012 study by the National Center for Health Statistics found that 91% of adults ages 20 to 64 had at least one cavity. Unfortunately, this is more than just a minor annoyance; if left unchecked, a hole in your tooth can lead to even greater damage – and the result could ultimately be a gap in your smile. Here’s what you need to know about the five stages of tooth decay and why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
May 6, 2019
As a parent, your day-to-day schedule can be incredibly busy. Between meal prep, transportation, cleaning, and then hopefully a moment to yourself, it’s hard to find a time to fit in your child’s dental appointment. You don’t want to take them out of school but that seems like the only time in your schedule when you could make it happen. However, there are some surprising advantages to booking summer dental visits for your son or daughter. Keep reading to learn how to save yourself some time and hassle by taking your kids to the dentist this summer.
April 5, 2019
Each year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. While middle-aged men are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease, more and more cases are appearing in individuals under the age of 40. From bad habits such as smoking and poor nutrition to health-related conditions like HPV and GERD, it is easy to see why your dentist stresses the importance of early detection. Read on to find out more about oral cancer awareness in McKinney and how often you should be checked.