Preventative care visits are an important part in maintaining your child's oral health. For proper tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay, fluoride is important. Tooth decay may still be a problem for many children because of their eating habits, particularly if they eat lots of sweets. This makes pediatric dentistry in Carol Stream and Elgin, Illinois from Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates that much more crucial. Regular dental examinations at a young age helps prevent future dental problems from happening at all.
Why is Pediatric Dentistry Important?
Fluoride is especially important as it helps to break down harmful bacteria that can lead to cavities or tooth decay. When there is fluoride in the mouth, it can harden the enamel and make it resistant to this bacteria. It can even help repair small cavities from forming at all. Dr. Katris can apply fluoride directly to the teeth. This pediatric dental procedure in Elgin is a great preventative procedure for children of all ages. It sits for a few minutes and has great results.
Dental sealants are another preventive measure that can be taken. The sealants help protect your child's teeth from decay, particularly the back teeth, that have rough surfaces that can trap food particles and bacteria. Children's teeth are also not as resistant as adult teeth to decay.
Regular dental exams and cleaning at an early age teach your child to trust their dentist and to get into a routine they will follow for a lifetime. To learn more about pediatric dentistry in Carol Stream and Elgin, Illinois from Carol Stream and Elgin Dental Associates, schedule an examination and cleaning today by calling (847) 888-8282 for our Elgin location and (630) 289-8899 for our Carol Stream location.We are ready and willing to help treat your child and keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!
A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your ????? dentist for the answers you need.
What is a cavity?
Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in sizes and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.
What causes cavities?
A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.
The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.
What are the symptoms?
Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- A black stain on your tooth
- A hole in your tooth
If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:
Chronic or severe dental pain
- An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
- Pain or problems chewing food
- An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth
If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.
Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today.
THANKSGIVING IS HERE!
Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food, it’s about expressing gratitude. We’re so grateful for each of you—our valued patients and friends. Because of you, we’re excited to come into work each day. Thank you for your kindness and the trust you place in our practice. Not only is it a time to share good company, it’s a time to share good food!
It’s Time To Share Our Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes!
Each family has their own signature dish they serve this time of year. Today, we’d like to share some of our team member’s favorites!
Liz, Shenika and Maribel agree, their favorite dish is the mashed potatoes. From Maribel's words: “I love mashed potatoes! They are bad for your body but good for your soul!”
Amber just couldn't decide between two favorites; "It's probably a tie between stuffing and sweet potato casserole!"
Ann Marie prefers sweeter options, her favorite are pumpkin pie and corn bread.
Jackie's favorite is dish made by a special person; "Mine is always the stuffed mushrooms my grandma makes."
Vicky, Cristina and Anel agree, the best dish for Thanksgiving is definitely the Ham!
Denise likes the stuffing and Jessica prefers a savory piece of roast beef.
Elvira's favorite is the main Entre, the center piece, the Turkey!
Dr. Katris’ favorite is a special recipe that he would like to share with all of us.
Roasted Bourbon Sweet Potatoes quartered
3-4 sweet potatoes
1/4 stick of butter
3 TBSP coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup bourbon
1/3 Tsp salt
Preheat oven to 425degrees
Mix all ingredients in a 9 X 11 Pyrex or Pan
Roast for 45 min or until golden brown and Enjoy!
Have A Happy Thanksgiving!
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Carol Stream and Elgin area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatment, practical dental health advice and updates from our staff.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. As always, feel free to contact us with any dental questions or concerns.
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