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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

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Diabetes and Dental Care

Diabetes and Dental Care

There are several complications associated with diabetes, such as blindness, limb amputation, heart disease and neuropathy. However, more current research is revealing a possible connection between diabetes and your dental health. Regardless of the type of diabetes, high blood glucose levels can increase the risk of many oral health conditions, such as cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

If you have diabetes, our first recommendation is to visit us at Plainfield Dental Care so that we provide appropriate dental care tips and routines for you. In the meantime, here are some other tips:Plainfield Dental Care: Diabetes and Dental Care

  1. Take control of your diabetes. Your high blood sugar must be managed in accordance with your physician’s instructions. When it’s properly controlled, your risk for developing gingivitis and other oral health issues are reduced.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. Make sure you brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day! Use a toothbrush that is recommended by the American Dental Association, and don’t brush too hard. Flossing helps to remove plaque below the gumline and in between teeth.
  3. Examine your own gums and teeth at home. Bleeding gums, irritated gums and gums that are red or swelling are all signs of gum disease.
  4. Book regular appointments with your dentist. While it’s recommended to visit the dentist every six months without diabetes, it is even more crucial to make these visits if you have the disease.
  5. Inform us that you have diabetes. If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, be sure to let us know as soon as possible, and remind us at every appointment.

We are aware that managing diabetes takes effort, and having proper dental care should be a key part of your diabetes management. To learn more about the link between diabetes and dental health, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (815)676-0906.

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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 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

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Dry Mouth Solutions

Dry Mouth Solutions

In order to cleanse our mouths, digest food, and control bacteria, we need saliva. Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t produce enough saliva, which leads to dry mouth, also known as xerostomia.Plainfield Dental Care: Dry Mouth Solutions

Dry mouth is usually a common side effect of many prescription and non-prescription drugs, medical treatments, certain diseases and infections, and dehydration. At Plainfield Dental Care, we wouldn’t advocate discontinuing pharmaceutical medicines and medical treatments that have been prescribed by a physician, however, we will provide you with some tips that will help increase saliva production.

  • Find an oral rinse approved by the American Dental Association which will help restore mouth moisture.
  • Drink plenty of water, and carry around a bottle of water with you so that you can stay hydrated.
  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy.
  • Breathe through your nose, rather than your mouth, as much as possible.
  • Turn on a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep.
  • Limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages, caffeine and carbonated beverages.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque and maintain good oral health.

Most importantly, visit us at Plainfield Dental Care! We can provide you with a treatment protocol that is perfectly suited for your lifestyle.

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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Have a Toothache? Learn More…

Have a Toothache? Learn More…

Having a toothache is one of the most common reasons for visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, it’s usually a result of tooth decay, which is a result of poor oral care. The pain of toothaches can affect the surrounding teeth and jaw and can be a major distraction and discomfort for someone to endure. At Plainfield Dental Care, we like to get to the root of the problem.

Aside from tooth decay, toothaches can be caused by tooth abscesses, tooth fractures, damaged fillings, teeth grinding (bruxism), or even an infection in the gums or mouth. Tooth pain can throb and feel sharp and constant. In severe cases, it can include swelling, foul-tasting drainage, and even a fever or headache.Plainfield Dental Care: Have a Toothache? Learn more...

It’s time to come to Plainfield Dental Care at the onset of tooth pain. If tooth pain lasts longer than a day, there is usually a problem. If there is a fever accompanied with tooth pain, it is recommended that you book an appointment immediately.

Tooth decay, the leading cause of toothaches, can be prevented by following good oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing regularly with a toothpaste that contains flouride, flossing at least once per day, and visiting Plainfield Dental Care as often as advised by your dentist.

However, for toothaches, there are at home remedies that can be incorporated as well. Over-the-counter pain medications can be used to reduce pain. Avoiding very hot or very cold foods can be helpful as well, as the tooth will be sensitive to them. Even oils such as coconut oil or clove oil can be used for relief too.

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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Travelling this Month? How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Travelling this Month? How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Even though the Holidays are over, many people travel through January and February, especially with Chicago’s winter weather! Travelling can be stressful and chaotic, but Plainfield Dental Care has outlined 5 tips to help you maintain good oral health while enjoying yourself on vacation!

  1. Eat a good breakfast every morning. While this can be applied for good health all around, it especially works for your teeth. By eating items that are good for your teeth, like eggs, yogurt, fruit, and calcium-fortified cereals, you’re giving your teeth and your body a great start to the day! Avoid sugary breakfast items, as bacteria loves sugar.
  2. Drink lots of water. Drinking water is not only good for your body and digestive system while travelling, it is also good for your teeth. By keeping your mouth refreshed with water, you are flushing away bacteria and washing away sugar and any other treats you may indulge on when you are on vacation.Plainfield Dental Care: Travelling this Month? How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy
  3. Keep your toothbrush dry. Wet toothbrushes can grow bacteria, so make sure that when you pack your brush and transport it, it’s dry. Once you arrive at your destination, let it air dry.
  4. Bring portable floss and mouthwash. Floss and mouthwash both come in smaller versions that are airport security friendly. Pack them up so that you can maintain good oral health while vacationing.
  5. Enjoy yourself! Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is mostly caused by stress. In fact, several mouth-related pain and issues are caused by stress. Enjoy your vacation so that your mind and body are stress-free! Travelling should be a pleasant experience where you get to take a break from work other responsibilities. Take advantage of this!

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 Yourself the Gift of Great Teeth!

Give Yourself the Gift of Great Teeth!

Tis the season for giving, and it includes giving to yourself as well! To Plainfield Dental Care, the most important gift you can give to yourself this Holiday season is a beautiful smile. We currently have featured specials all month long, with benefits ranging from free CT scans to discounted exams and Xrays.

However, a beautiful smile relies on preventative measures as well. The holiday season tends to lead people to eat sugary treats and drink alcoholic beverages more than usual. With the added stress of the Holiday hustle and bustle, we tend to see this impact their teeth as well. If all you want this Holiday season is to keep your two front teeth, then this is how you will do it!

Sugary Treats

The bacteria that resides in your mouth thrives on sugar, which increases the chances of developing cavities. Brushing and flossing after these treats is the best preventative method, but if that is not an option, try drinking water or chewing sugar-free gum. These actions boost saliva flow which helps to wash away bacteria.

Alcoholic Beverages

Along the same lines as the sugary treats, sugary drinks can be just as damaging. Plainfield Dental Care: Give Yourself the Gift of Great Teeth!Furthermore, the acidity found in alcoholic beverages, especially wine, can wear away tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is what protects against tooth decay and cavities! Again, brushing and flossing after these beverages is your best option, but drinking water in between beverages will also help to rinse the acid from the teeth.

Stress

Stress from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, wrapping up end-of-year projects at work, and adjusting your schedule to fit in family time can often lead to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Finding ways to alleviate your stress, whether it’s exercise or meditation, can help. You should also visit us at Plainfield Dental Care, so that we can develop a custom night guard for you.

Give yourself the gift of a healthy, beautiful smile this year, and begin the new year feeling confident about your oral health. Beautiful teeth should always be at the top of your wish list, and we can help you achieve that!

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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