We recommend dental patients brush your teeth twice a day and also after meals whenever possible to ensure the best preventive dentistry practices. A soft tooth brush or electric toothbrush is best as a medium or hard toothbrush will wear away your gums faster. When brushing your teeth we always recommend to our dental patients to spend 2 minutes total. On top of that in order to maintain healthy gums, flossing once a night should always take place to ensure your taking care of your dental health. For dental patients with any discoloration in their teeth we also offer cosmetic teeth whitening services to help give you the whitest smile possible.
- 1. Place your toothbrush against your gums at a 45-degree angle. Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
- 2. Brush the outer tooth surfaces.
- 3. Brush the chewing surfaces.
- 4. Use the toe of the brush toclean the inside surface of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke
- 5. Brush your tongue too.
Proper Brushing Technique
Proper Flossing Technique
As a rule of thumb regular cleaning is recommended every 6 months to remove any plaque from hard to reach areas and avoid heavier general dental treatments. If dental patients have neglected their oral hygiene or have not been to the dentist in a long time large amounts of buildup or calculus can form. This can lead to a condition called periodontal disease. With periodontal disease, calculus can cause a loss of bone around your teeth. This may result is loosening of teeth and can cause you to have greater risk for cavities or tooth infections. A deep dental cleaning may be needed to remove all the buildup/calculus and maintain a healthy mouth as a part of preventative dentistry needs.
Moderate Periodontal Disease
Severe Periodontal Disease
Our digital x-rays we will be able to detect any cavities and diagnose the overall health of your mouth and teeth as a preventive dentistry tactic. Our x-rays are digital which is an advantage as the results show up instantly allowing our expert dentists in Chicago to provide timely guidance and as an added benefit give 90% less radiation than regular x-rays.
Many patients grind their teeth at night due to stress. As this is happening teeth can fracture as well as flatten causing them to become smaller. We offer traditional custom mouthguards as well as NTI appliances. NTI appliances are also helpful for patients that snore.