Posts for: January, 2017

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   nutrition  

You've no doubt heard about certain foods and beverages that increase your risk for dental disease. These foods, often high in added sugar or acid, can lead to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.

But have you heard about foods with the opposite effect — actually protecting your teeth against disease? Many of these dental-friendly foods are plant-based and fibrous: they stimulate saliva production, one of the mouth's best disease-fighting weapons.

But there are also some foods you might not expect to make the good list for dental health. Here are 3 surprising foods that could help you fight dental disease.

Cheese. We've long recognized milk as important to dental health — but cultured dairy products like cheese are also good for teeth. Cheese stimulates saliva, which neutralizes acid and replenishes the enamel's mineral content. Cheese also contains decay-stopping minerals like calcium, phosphorous and casein. And although milk cheese contains the sugar lactose, this particular type triggers less acid production than other sugars.

Black & green teas. You may have heard about the staining effect of tea, and avoided it as a result. But both forms of tea are also rich in antioxidants, substances that protect us against disease, including in the mouth. Black tea also contains fluoride, which strengthens enamel against cavities. If you drink tea, of course, you should exercise diligent hygiene to reduce any staining effect.

Chocolate. Yes, you read that right, chocolate: unrefined cocoa to be exact, which contains a number of compounds that resist decay. Ah, but there's a catch — chocolate in the form of your favorite candy bar usually contains high amounts of sugar. Sweetened chocolate, then, is a mixed bag of decay-resistive compounds and decay-promoting sugar. To get the benefit you'll have to partake of this favorite food of the Aztecs in a more raw, less sweetened form.

Of course, there's no single wonder food that prevents tooth decay. Your best approach is a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and quality protein while limiting sugar-added and acidic foods. And don't forget daily brushing and flossing, coupled with regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups. Having a comprehensive dental care plan will help ensure your teeth remain healthy and disease-free.

If you would like more information on food choices and 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 “Nutrition & Oral Health.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Good news: you don't have to give up on a tooth just because it's damaged. A dentist at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, dental crownsmay be able to strengthen and reinforce it with a dental crown. A crown is a restorative device that can be installed in just a couple of dentist appointments. It may be all you need to get your smile back to its full function.

What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a piece of porcelain or composite resin material that is formed to fit over a naturally rooted tooth. It's designed to mimic the appearance of a human tooth in color, shape and size. This artificial tooth covering is extremely durable and resistant to damage or staining. It will last for five to 15 years (or longer with regular maintenance) before it needs to be replaced.

Examples of Tooth Damage That Can Be Fixed with Crowns
Teeth can become damaged in a number of ways. Here are a few common cases that can be treated by a Naperville dentist:

- A tooth that has been broken or chipped due to an injury.
- A root canal (during this procedure, the dentist must open the tooth enamel to remove diseased pulp).
- Intrinsic discoloration that happens at the inner layers of the tooth due to medication or injury.
- Tooth damage from grinding and clenching due to stress or while sleeping.
- Enamel erosion due to consuming acidic foods and beverages.

Getting a Tooth Crowned
Dentists often call crowns "caps" because putting one over a tooth is a little like putting a cap on a bottle. At the first appointment the tooth will be prepared to receive the crown. The enamel will be removed to turn the tooth into what is called an abutment. During that appointment a mold will be taken of the tooth so that a permanent crown can be created. At the final appointment the custom crown is bonded to the abutment using a strong dental cement.

A Stronger Smile in Just Two Appointments
The sooner you get your dental crown the better to keep your smile healthy and strong. Call Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, at (630) 357-2332 today for your initial appointment.

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   bacteria  

Bacteria are bad… right? They can cause diseases like pneumonia, strep throat, and tooth decay. They are the reason we wash our hands with soap (or antibacterial gels) and cook (or refrigerate) our food. Yet it turns out that bacteria are also necessary to keep our bodies healthy — and new research is showing just how important these tiny microorganisms are to our well-being. Here are five facts you should know about bacteria.

The bacteria in our bodies outnumber our cells by a factor of 10 to 1. An estimated 100 trillion bacteria live inside the average human — but because they’re so small, they make up only 1-3 percent of our body mass.

The collection of bacteria we harbor is called our “microbiome.” Like the groundbreaking study of human DNA called the Human Genome Project, recent research is leading to a “map” of our bacterial makeup. This revolutionary study is called — you guessed it — the Human Microbiome Project.

No two people have exactly the same microbiome. But in general, the bacteria that live in a particular spot on the body (the mouth, for example) play the same roles in different individuals. Research has also shown that a healthy microbiome looks very different from a diseased microbiome.

In terms of bacteria, the mouth is one of the best-understood areas of the body. It has long been known that tooth decay can result when “bad” oral bacteria begin to outnumber their “good” counterparts. Now we are gaining a better understanding of how certain lifestyle factors — like cigarette smoking — may influence the bacterial balance in the mouth.

Understanding the microbiome may lead to new treatments for disease. Researchers hope that one day, certain serious diseases could be controlled by bacterial “transplants” that re-balance an individual’s microbiome. Maintaining a healthy microbiome could also help prevent many diseases.

So by all means, don’t stop brushing your teeth or washing your hands — this helps control bacteria that could harm you — but do remember that not all bacteria are harmful. One day, an infusion of bacteria might just cure your illness.

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: saliva  

For over a century now, health providers have depended on blood and urine samples to diagnose many forms of disease. Very soon, though, we may routinely use a different bodily fluid that's easier and cheaper to collect: saliva.

Secreted by six hundred or more glands in the mouth, saliva performs a number of important functions for digestion and overall oral health. Saliva lubricates the mouth to make food easier to swallow. Its enzymes begin the digestion process breaking down food even before we swallow. It also helps wash out food particles that could build up as plaque on the teeth and harbor disease-causing bacteria.

In terms of dental health, its greatest role is as a neutralizer of food acid. It's natural after we eat for the acid levels in the mouth to rise above normal. If acid remains in contact with enamel for an extended period of time it can soften the enamel's minerals and make it easier for them to erode. Within thirty minutes to an hour after eating, saliva neutralizes acid and restores the mouth's normal pH level. Saliva also contains calcium and phosphate materials, which helps restore some of the minerals the enamel may have lost from the acid contact.

But we're discovering saliva can do even more: we can now use it as an indicator for certain conditions in the body. Like blood or urine, saliva contains molecules that can serve as biological markers for different types of disease. By employing devices calibrated to detect these markers, we can use saliva to uncover cancer, diabetes or other systemic conditions.

As these particular devices are manufactured and become more available, the use of saliva for disease diagnosis will rise. In the future, you may not need a trip to the bathroom or wince at a needle stick — a swab of your saliva will do!

If you would like more information on saliva's role in your 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 “Saliva: How it is Used to Diagnose Disease.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
January 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you interested in professional teeth whitening? Find out if it’s the right cosmetic treatment for you.

Do you love your smile but hate your stains? As we get older a dull, yellowing smile can be pretty common. Fortunately, our Naperville, IL cosmetic dentist, Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi, makes it easy to revive your smile and make it brilliant again in no time with professional teeth whitening. Over-the-counter whitening products have nothing on our powerful whitening system.

If you want to whiten your smile fast there is no better way to do that then to get professional teeth whitening. Sure, there are definitely other methods but they don’t offer the same high-quality bleaching gels that we can. Since our Naperville dentist is highly trained to whiten smiles we are able to get a whitening gel that has the strongest concentration of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide (the most common active ingredients) available.

So, are you wondering whether you are right for professional teeth whitening treatment? While most people with healthy smiles are great candidates for teeth whitening, there are some other factors that we will need to consider first before we determine whether this is the right cosmetic dentistry for you:

Your stains: If you have yellow stains these are the best stains for our whitening system to treat. External stains caused by aging, foods, drinks and smoking can achieve great results with whitening. Of course, not all stains will respond as well. Internal stains caused by excessive fluoride, certain medications or trauma will not be right for teeth whitening.

Tooth sensitivity: If you experience sensitivity on a regular basis it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a bad candidate for teeth whitening, but it will certainly be something that you will want to discuss with us beforehand. We can recommend certain products to use prior to your treatment to reduce your chances of sensitivity during and after treatment.

Habits: After you bring radiance back into your smile the last thing you want to do is ruin the results. Those who smoke, those with poor oral hygiene and those who have a diet rich in stain-producing foods and drinks may want to strongly consider changing these habits after their whitening treatment. This way you can enjoy your results for up to a year or more.

Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL is dedicated to giving you the best smile you can possibly have. By choosing cosmetic dentistry you too can have a vibrant, beautiful smile that you can’t wait to show off.

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1567 N Aurora Road, Ste 143
Naperville, IL 60563
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