By Randall Oaks Dental
January 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   Periodontitis  

Gum disease is a serious medical condition that can lead to tooth loss. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing your teeth, and visiting your dentist every six months are good ways to keep your teeth in excellent shape. Visiting your dentist in Carpentersville, IL will help you learn more ways to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Dr. Dan Adamo and his experienced staff can help. Keep reading to learn more about signs of gum disease that you shouldn't ignore.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is an infection that attacks the soft tissue around your teeth. If left untreated, this infection attacks the bone that supports your teeth too. According to the American Dental Association, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

Signs of Gum Disease

When you have gum disease, you will experience a variety of symptoms. If your gums are swollen and red, you might have gum disease. Sometimes your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth. This is another red flag. Visit your dentist and get the treatment you need to get back to healthy teeth and gums.

These aren't the only signs of gum disease. Other symptoms include:

  • loose teeth
  • pain when you chew food
  • teeth that seem like they are growing longer
  • teeth sensitivity
  • bad breath that never goes away

Treatment of Gum Disease

When your dentist in Carpentersville, IL diagnoses you with gum disease, he or she will provide the appropriate treatment for your unique situation. This may include deep teeth cleaning where special tools are used to remove plaque and tartar from your tooth enamel.

The dentist may also choose to provide you with an antibiotic to eliminate the infection inside your gums. These kinds of antibiotics are administered through rinses or gels. Your dentist might also prescribe an oral antibiotic to completely kill the infection in your gums.

If you have advanced gum disease, your dentist may recommend dental surgery. Surgery may help rebuild bone or tissue through grafting. Some surgery may involve lifting the gums so the dentist can effectively clean and reshape your tooth roots.

Schedule Your Appointment

Has it been a while since you've visited the dentist in Carpentersville, IL? Maybe you're worried you have gum disease. If so, it's time to give Dr. Dan Adamo and his staff a call. Schedule an appointment with Randall Oaks Dental by calling 224-484-8221.

By Randall Oaks Dental
January 17, 2021
Category: Oral Health
KeepYourChildsFluorideIntakeataSafebutEffectiveLevel

Fluoride is an important part of your child's dental development. But if children take in too much of this important mineral, they could experience enamel fluorosis, a condition in which teeth become discolored with dark streaking or mottling.

That's why it's important to keep fluoride levels within safe bounds, especially for children under the age of 9. To do that, here's a look at the most common sources for fluoride your child may take in and how you can moderate them.

Toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpaste is an effective way for your child to receive the benefits of fluoride. But to make sure they're not getting too much, apply only a smear of toothpaste to the brush for infants. When they get a little older you can increase that to a pea-sized amount on the end of the brush. You should also train your child not to swallow toothpaste.

Drinking water. Most water systems add tiny amounts of fluoride to drinking water. To find out how much your water provider adds visit “My Water's Fluoride” (//nccd.cdc.gov/doh_mwf/Default/Default.aspx) online. If it's more than the government's recommendation of 0.70 parts of fluoride per million parts of water, you may want ask your dentist if you should limit your child's consumption of fluoridated drinking water.

Infant formula. Many parents choose bottle-feeding their baby with infant formula rather than breastfeed. If you use the powdered form and mix it with tap water that's fluoridated, your baby could be ingesting more of the mineral. If breastfeeding isn't an option, try using the premixed formula, which normally contains lower levels of fluoride. If you use powdered formula, mix it with bottled water labeled “de-ionized,” “purified,” “demineralized” or “distilled.”

It might seem like the better strategy for preventing fluorosis is to avoid fluoride altogether. But that can increase the risk of tooth decay, a far more destructive outcome for your child's teeth than the appearance problems caused by fluorosis. The better way is to consult with your dentist on keeping your child's intake within recognized limits to safely receive fluoride's benefits of stronger, healthier teeth.

If you would like more information on fluoride and your baby's dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Development and Infant Formula.”

By Randall Oaks Dental
January 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  
KeepaLidonSugarThisHolidayforHealthierTeethandGums

During this time of year, many of us dust off traditional family recipes and make our favorite holiday treats. There is, however, a small price to pay for all that nostalgic goodness in the shape of a few extra pounds to deal with in the new year. We may also be increasing the risk for something even more unpleasant: tooth decay.

The main cause, of course, is a certain carbohydrate integral to many holiday goodies: sugar.  We humans love it, but so do oral bacteria that readily devour any sugar lingering in our mouth after eating. This fuels bacterial reproduction, which in turn increases the production of acid that softens tooth enamel.

There are a number of strategies you can follow to reduce this effect. You can remove sugar completely from your holiday preparations—and risk family and friends “voting you off the island.” Or, you can try these tips for easing the impact of holiday sugar on your dental health.

Look for ways to reduce sugar. Just because you're not throwing the sugar bowl out the window doesn't mean you have to go all out using it. Instead, try to modify older recipes (or look for newer versions) to decrease the amount of sugar in candies and baked goods. You may also consider alternative sweeteners like sucralose that tolerate high baking temperatures.

Balance savory with sweet. Not all holiday treats need to be sweet—you can add items that take advantage of more savory seasonings. For example, try offering up popcorn with a sprinkling of cinnamon or other holiday spice, or a creative assortment of cheeses (which in turn promote saliva flow to neutralize acid).

Combine treats with mealtimes. Continuous snacking may be part of the holiday tradition, but it can also raise the risk for tooth decay. Acidity increases when we eat, but saliva normally neutralizes it within thirty minutes to an hour. However, saliva can get overwhelmed during continuous snacking, resulting in longer periods of high acidity that damages tooth enamel. Instead, try to combine snack times with mealtimes.

Don't neglect your oral hygiene. Even though things can get hectic during the holidays, make a point of keeping up daily brushing and flossing. Regular hygiene keeps dental plaque, a thin film of harmful bacteria and food particles (including sugar), from building up on your teeth. Reducing plaque lowers your overall decay risk. Attention to oral health through your day-to-day dental hygiene routine along with regular professional cleanings and checkups is the best thing you can do to avoid dental disease.

The holidays should be a joyous time for you and your family. They can also be a healthy time for your teeth and gums, if you minimize the role of sugar in your holiday treats.

If you would like more information about boosting your dental health, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Nutrition & Oral Health” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”

By Randall Oaks Dental
December 28, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant   bridgework  
CouldaDentalBridgeBeaBetterChoiceThanImplants

What a difference forty years can make: Dental bridges once occupied the top spot for choices to replace missing teeth until the arrival of dental implants in the 1980s. Today, dental implants are the gold standard for dental restoration.

But although bridgework may have lost “first chair” in the orchestra of restorations, it's still a viable option. In fact, it can be the best option in certain situations.

Bridges consist of a series of porcelain crowns fused together like fence pickets. The center crowns, known as the pontics, “bridge” the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. The crowns on each end, the abutment teeth, crown the natural teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge.

Bridges are effective and durable, but with a major downside: To accommodate the abutment crowns, we must reduce the size of the natural teeth to which they'll be attached. This alteration can weaken those teeth's structure and require them from then on to have some form of restoration. They're also at higher risk for tooth decay.

Implants, on the other hand, don't require this alteration, and may also be more durable than bridges. Why then consider a bridge?

Price can be a factor: Implants may be more expensive, especially involving multiple teeth. Keep in mind, though, that this only compares the initial cost: Because implants have a 95% or more ten-year success rate, with further evidence they could potentially last for decades, they may actually cost less in the long-run than bridge restorations that have a higher chance of being replaced sooner.

But the prime reason is that some dental situations aren't suitable for dental implants. For instance, implants require a certain amount of bone for proper placement, so people with extensive bone loss may not be able to acquire them. Health conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or a compromised immune system can also complicate implant installation. A bridge in these cases may represent a better alternative.

With the help of your dentist, you'll need to consider your individual situation, dental and financial, in deciding between an implant or a bridge. And, if a dental bridge is your best option, it will be a solid choice for restoring your missing teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on various dental restoration methods, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Randall Oaks Dental
December 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Pain  

If dental pain is making it uncomfortable to eat, hard to sleep, or interrupting your day, dentist Dan Adamo of Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL can help you find relief.

Tooth pain can have many causes and range in intensity from mild to severe. Your dentist can help pinpoint the catalyst of your discomfort and find a solution that leaves you smiling.

Sensitivity

If you experience sensitivity in your teeth when drinking or eating hot or cold foods, you may have minor decay or receding gums, which cause the root surface to be exposed. In the short term, try using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, brush gently, and avoid consuming items that trigger sensitivity. Consult with your dentist at our Carpentersville, IL office if the sensitivity persists.

Pain when biting

Intense pain when biting into hard food could indicate severe decay or damage to the tooth or pulp. Make sure to visit your dentist right away, as a root canal or other dental procedure may be necessary to fix the damaged tooth.

Constant pain and swollen gums

A throbbing tooth and sensitive gums could be the result of an abscessed tooth. This is a serious issue that can result in an infection to the tissue and even your jawbone and requires attention from your dentist. Ask your provider at our Carpentersville, IL office to suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever to take if you can't be seen right away.

Achy jaw and tooth pressure

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, pressure and aching could be the result of a sinus infection. A physician can evaluate you for a sinus condition and suggest appropriate medication.

In the absence of cold symptoms, these sensations might be caused by teeth grinding. Your dentist can provide guidance or prescriptions for halting this habit, such as taking anti-anxiety medications or muscle relaxants or having targeted botox injections.

Don't continue to suffer from tooth pain. Schedule an appointment with your dentist at our Carpentersville, IL office today by calling 224-484-8221.





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