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The Link Between Gum Disease & Erectile Dysfunction

The Link Between Gum Disease & Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is more common in men treated for gum disease, Reuters Health reports.

According to a new analysis of existing studies, chronic bacterial infection of the gums, also known as periodontitis, is not only a major cause of tooth loss for adults. but has also been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and general inflammation. Both can be tied to stroke and hardening of the arteries, which, in turn, have been associated with erectile dysfunction (ED).

The review authors looked at data from five studies that were published between 2009 and 2014 and covered over 213,000 participants aged 20 to 80. According to one of the studies reviewed, erectile dysfunction was 2.28 times more common for men with periodontitis than for men without it, while a study from 2013 found that treating periodontitis improves erectile dysfunction symptom.

Overall, the analysis, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, concluded that ED was was more common among men being treated for chronic periodontitis, particularly in those younger than 40 and older than 59.

Even though the review authors state that further epidemiological studies may be needed to better estimate, it might be beneficial to “inform patients with chronic periodontitis about its association with ED,”  said senior author Dr. Zhigang Zhao of The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University in China.

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Summer Dental Habits You Should Break

Summer Dental Habits You Should Break

There are a few bad, oral health habits that may have come into play during the summer months. Let’s take a look at five that you may have acquired this summer and options for how we can help you at Plainfield Dental Care.

Frequent snacking

While occasional snack breaks help keep energy levels stable, frequent snacking can make enamel more susceptible to tooth decay. Each time a person eats, it takes 20 – 30 minutes for saliva to neutralize the pH levels in the mouth. During this time, enamel is weakened and open to attack. Make an appointment for a comprehensive dental exam to check your teeth for signs of any decay, the removal of plaque and for a teeth cleaning.   

Chewing ice

Ice and summer go hand-in-hand, resulting in a number of dental incidents. Chewing on ice can chip or crack a tooth and it can also irritate the soft tissues in the mouth. Contact us today to discuss the right options for you.

Sugary drinks

Summer is full of cold sodas and sports drinks to quench thirst. The problem is that these drinks are full of sugar, which puts you at risk of tooth decay. If this happened, stop in and discuss CEREC same day crowns.

Inconsistent routine

It’s easy to forget about daily routines when traveling during the summer or spending a long day outside. It might be tempting to go to bed without brushing teeth or flossing but this can lead to cavities. Do you think you might have a cavity? At Plainfield Dental Care we can take care all of your dental fillings needs.

Playing sports without a mouth guard

The carefree days of summer may mean playing sports and doing activities without all of the safety gear they normally wear. The teeth and mouth are then wide open for an accident, including chipped or broken teeth as well as even losing a tooth. Did this happen to you this summer? Let us know and we’ll let you know how we can help.

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Plainfield Dental Care’s Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Teeth

Plainfield Dental Care’s Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Teeth

A new year means a fresh start and with 2016 just around the corner you may have started planning out your goals for the next year. At Plainfield Dental Care, we want 2016 to be the best year for you and your oral health. Here are five new year’s resolutions to consider this year.

Brush and Floss DailyPlainfield Dental Care's Top 5 New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Teeth

Brushing and flossing daily is vital for oral health. During the day, plaque from bacteria builds up on the teeth. The plaque from bacteria secrete acids that over time weaken the teeth and promote tooth decay. We recommend that you brush for two minutes twice a day and floss once a day. This will help keep harmful bacteria and plaque at bay, freshen breath, and whiten your smile.

Make Water Your Beverage of Choice

The benefits that proper hydration has for your body are just as true for your teeth. A healthy mouth should be non-acidic, or neutral with a pH of 7.0 or above. Acidity weakens the teeth, and minimizing the amount of contact your teeth have with acidity will promote a healthier mouth. Drink water with meals to rinse harmful foods from the surface of your teeth and rebalance the pH of your mouth. Sipping on water instead of juice or coffee between meals will hydrate the mouth tissue and keep acidity at a normal level.

Avoid Processed Foods

The food you fuel your body with reflects directly on your oral health. Processed foods are high in sugar and starch, which turn into harmful sugar more quickly than whole foods. Sugar makes the mouth more acidic, accelerating decay. Try replacing processed foods with whole foods such as fruits, veggies, and grains. These foods have more fiber and crunch, naturally cleansing your teeth as you eat.

Quit Using Tobacco Products

Tobacco can cause cavities, tooth discoloration, gum recession, gum disease, and throat, lung and oral cancer. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers. Giving up tobacco products will substantially improve your health and reduce the chance of tooth loss.

See Your Dentist Every Six Months

Six months seems like a short time, but a lot can change with your teeth in that time. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned will remove tartar buildup that cannot be removed at home. In addition, going in for regular check-ups will ensure your dentist will catch any dental problems you may have early on. Seeing your dentist at least twice a year will make certain you and your mouth are happy and healthy.

This year make your oral health a priority. Improve your diet, keep yourself hydrated, give up tobacco, and keep your teeth clean. If you are ready for a biannual check-up, give Plainfield Dental Care a call and make an appointment. We would love to help get you on the right track for 2016!

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Plainfield, IL 60544


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3 Reasons to be Thankful for Your Dental Health, by Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

3 Reasons to be Thankful for Your Dental Health, by Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

November 26th this year marks Thanksgiving, the day in which we gather with family and friends and express our gratitude for each other and all that we have. This year, Dr. Ferdkoff and Plainfield Dental Care would like you to also give thanks to your dental health. With gratitude in mind, here are 3 reasons why you should be thankful that you’ve practiced good oral hygiene, just like the dentist recommended!

  1. Be Thankful for a Healthy Mouth: Brushing your teeth twice per day, 3 Reasons to be Thankful for Your Dental Health, by Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Carecombined with daily flossing and regular rinsing in between meals, are three of the best ways to have a healthy mouth. Using other dental aids such as tongue cleaners, fluoride and any medicated rinses, are also a major factor. We know that these habits can take some time to perfect, but your overall health will benefit along with your beautiful, healthy smile.
  2. Give Thanks for No Tooth & Gum Sensitivities or Pain: Taking care of your teeth and gums allows you to fully experience and enjoy everything from hot and cold drinks and foods to some sweet treats (in moderation of course!) throughout the Holiday season! Appreciating your clean and strong teeth will keep you on track and healthy throughout the season and the rest of your lifetime.
  3. Say Thank You for Your Bright Smile: A beautiful, healthy smile is the ultimate goal at Plainfield Dental Care. Regular visits to the dentist at least twice per year, in conjunction with good at-home dental care, is the only way to preserve the smile that you have cared for all this time. Your pearly whites can stay both pearly and white with these regular visits, and with the Holiday Season here, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to show everyone that dazzling smile!

Need to visit the dentist before you give thanks this Thanksgiving? Make an appointment today!

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

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Plainfield, IL 60544


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4 Bad Habits that Could Cause Dental Problems by Dr Ferdkoff Of Plainfield Dental Care

4 Bad Habits that Could Cause Dental Problems by Dr Ferdkoff Of Plainfield Dental Care

At Plainfield Dental Care, we often come across damaged teeth that are the result of not only bad oral health, a result of common and frequent bad habits. Everyday habits that we think seem innocent could actually be harming us. We’ve developed a list of those habits to be aware of and hopefully stop!

  1. Using Your Teeth as a Tool: We are often guilty of ripping off tags and opening bags with our teeth. After all, they are sharp and sturdy! However, it’s best to use an actual tool, like scissors or a knife in place of our teeth. Prepare yourself so that you are better equipped in the future to open and remove items with actual tools instead of your teeth.4 Bad Habits that Could Cause Dental Problems by Dr Ferdkoff Of Plainfield Dental Care
  2. Biting Your Nails: Not only is nail biting unhygienic (think of the debris you often find under your nails), but it is also detrimental to your teeth. Similar to using your teeth as a tool, biting your hard, tough nails can also harm the teeth. Kick the bad habit by getting a manicure or using specific nail polish that prevents and deters nail biting.
  3. Chewing Ice: While it may seem refreshing, chewing ice put unnecessary pressure on your teeth. If chewing is something that you must do, try chewing gum. This way, you’re not only cleaning your teeth, but you’re avoiding potential harm to your teeth by chewing something softer-and sweeter!
  4. Using Toothpicks Incorrectly: Using a toothpick after you eat is in fact a good way to remove plaque and leftover food. However, frequent and over-aggressive use of toothpicks can be harmful. We recommend using toothpicks sparingly and gently after you eat. At the end of the day, flossing and brushing are the best ways to clean your teeth and mouth!

Do you have a bad habit that may be harming your teeth? Book an appointment at Plainfield Dental Care so that we can help you become aware of the habit and correct it!

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544


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Back to School Dental Tips for Your Children from Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

Back to School Dental Tips for Your Children from Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

It’s the end of August, which means children are heading back to school. With new school clothes and new school supplies, it’s important to make sure your children are equipped with the tools and guidance needed for a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene. At Plainfield Dental Care, as we are underway with our “back to school” dental appointments, we’ve outlined our best back to school dental tips for your children.

  1. Plainfield Dental Care: Back to School Dental Tips for Your ChildrenMake sure your children have had their “back to school” dental appointments. These appointments are just as important as back to school immunizations and physical assessments and should be part of your back to school preparations. Parents and teachers may not be aware of any dental problems in children, so regular checkups are preventative in diagnosing any potential problems.
  2. Make sure your children have a regular routine of brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least twice a day. When you’re out shopping for your back to school needs like notebooks and backpacks, head to the dental aisle to ensure you have everything you need there as well. Stock up on toothbrushes and remember to change your child’s toothbrush at least once per season or after an illness.
  3. Make sure your children are heading back to school with healthy lunches and snacks. Grains, milk, cheese, yogurts, fruits and vegetables are all beneficial to not only their dental health but their overall wellbeing! Cut back on sugary foods and beverages. If your child is given a school lunch in the school cafeteria, review healthy food items with them before their first day.
  4. Make sure your child wearing a properly fitted mouthguard if they are involved in after-school sports. It’s even a good idea for them to bring a mouthguard to school in case they need it for gym class or recess. Playground activities and athletics are the leading cause of mouth injuries in children, so it’s imperative to equip them with proper safety equipment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other infectious disease. Dental issues and diseases are not only painful and dangerous for children, but they can also lead to difficulty in playing, learning, speaking and eating. Be preventative as you head back to school this year, and keep your dental health in mind by avoiding unnecessary dental fillings!

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544


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The Top 5 Causes of Bad Breath

The Top 5 Causes of Bad Breath

While it is an embarrassing subject, bad breath affects many of us. Often we have clients looking for the best mints or gum, in order to mask their oral health issues. However, we like to help find the cause of the problem so that you can treat it at the source. Also known as halitosis, bad breath is often the result of bacteria building up in the mouth. It is commonly caused by the following:

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene: Are you brushing and flossing regularly? If not, this can lead to bad Plainfield Dental Care: The Top 5 Causes of Bad Breathbreath because of trapped food particles, which will lead to bacteria growth.
  2. Gum Disease: If you still have bad breath after brushing and flossing, you may have gum disease. It is also caused by the build-up of plaque and bacteria. Come and see us right away if you think gum disease could be behind your bad breath symptoms, as it could cause even worse problems.
  3. Dentures: If you don’t brush and floss your dentures, the same bacteria can build up on these teeth as well.
  4. Dry Mouth: Do you suffer from dry mouth? It inhibits the production of saliva, which is important in clearing away bacteria and neutralizing acids. If there is less saliva in your mouth, bacteria can grow.
  5. Cavities: Cavities are the result of tooth decay, which can cause a bad odor. Bacteria in the mouth can destroy the tooth enamel and cause this.

If you have any of the above issues or notice any other problems within your oral health, come visit us at Plainfield Dental Care. Chronic bad breath is something that we can help you treat and prevent!

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

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Give Your Mouth a Deep Refreshing Cleaning

Give Your Mouth a Deep Refreshing Cleaning

It’s summertime in Chicagoland, and it’s time to be out and about on the beaches, at pools, golf clubs, tennis courts, al fresco restaurants and more! While you’re feeling great on the outside, it’s time to feel great on the inside as well. If there’s anytime to give your mouth a deep refreshing clean, it’s now! Here are some steps you can take to do just that.

  1. Over this summer, take some time to brush your entire mouth. Many of us only brush Plainfield Dental Care - Give Your Mouth a Deep Refreshing Cleaningthe front and back of our teeth, when actually bacteria can be found everywhere in the mouth. Gently brush the roof of your mouth, your tongue and the insides of your cheeks.
  2. Tongue scrapers can actually remove a lot more plaque from the tongue than brushing alone. Inexpensive and easy to use, tongue scrapers can be found in many convenience stores. To use it, gently scrape your tongue with a few strokes.
  3. Consider upgrading your toothbrush to an electronic toothbrush. Studies have shown that they can be more effective than manual toothbrushes in that they remove more plaque and reduce the chances of gingivitis. Many even come in with built in timers to give you a full 2 minutes of brushing time.

Summer is the perfect time to give your mouth a deep refreshing clean! Hopefully you will be out in the sun and smiling as much as we will.

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

(815)676-0906

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What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is viral, contagious disease that can cause a rash in the mouth, hands and feet of an infant or young child. In rare cases, adults can be affected by this illness too. It’s characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the feet and hands, and it is most commonly caused by a bacterium that lives in the human digestive tract. It can spread by unwashed hands.

What are the symptoms of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?Plainfield Dental Care: What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

Symptoms of HFMD can include the following:

  • Fever;
  • Sore throat;
  • Poor appetite; and
  • Not feeling well.

A couple of days after the fever starts, sores may begin to develop in the mouth. A skin rash may follow on the palms of hands and soles of feet. However, some may only experience the sores and others may only experience the rash.

How can we prevent Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

Right now, there is not a vaccines for HFMD. However, steps can be taken to ensure that your child is protected and catching the disease is reduced. These include:

  • Making sure your child washes their hands often;
  • Thoroughly cleaning toys, objects and surfaces; and
  • Making sure your child avoids close contact with others who are infected.

Usually parents should not be very concerned if their child becomes diagnosed with HFMD. Nearly all children infected with HFMD recover within 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. When in doubt, visit us at Plainfield Dental Care or contact your pediatrician.

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

(815)676-0906

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Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants in One Day

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants in One Day

Are you missing teeth? You might want to consider restoring your smile (and not to mention your confidence) with dental implants. Not only do one day dental implants improve your smile and overall appearance, they offer a permanent solution to missing teeth that look and even feel like your own.

Dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots that are made of titanium and secured into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implant and then provides a strong foundation for a crown. The dentist will take an impression of your bite to ensure that the crown not only fits properly, but also so that it looks natural to your mouth and the color of your teeth.Plainfield Dental Care: Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants in 1 Day

The treatment is especially best for those with dentures. As the goal of most patients who wear dentures is to be able to go back to a time when they had fixed teeth, this makes dental implants in one day of the most exciting options in dentistry. Instead of waiting months to heal, these dental implants can be immediately loaded, instead of waiting months to heal. Furthermore, the fixed provisional bridge can be completed within a day.

Plainfield Dental Care is a leader in delivering the life-changing AO4 procedure for those patients who are looking for these same day dental implants. Unlike other approaches that can use six, eight, or even more implants per arch, and often involve bone grafting, we use this proven technique that involves only four specially placed implants, usually without bone grafts or other ancillary surgical procedures. This also means lower costs and reduced healing time. The success rate of AO4 is superior to more traditional approaches and is designed to last a life time.

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

(815)676-0906

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