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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


(815)676-0906

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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

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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

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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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Taking Care of Your Toddler’s Oral Health

Taking Care of Your Toddler’s Oral Health

At Plainfield Dental Care, we are often asked by new parents when it’s appropriate to bring in their babies to see a dentist, when they should begin brushing, and other questions regarding the wellness of their child’s teeth. Here we’ve outlined 3 important oral health tips for your toddlers!

  1. Start oral health early. Not only does this decrease the chances of your child having oral health issues, but it also decreases the costs associated with oral health. In a recent study, it was determined that parents who had their children see a dentist by age 5 saved over 40% in dental care costs within a 5-year period. We recommend you have your child visit us by their first birthday!Plainfield Dental Care: Taking Care of Your Toddler's Oral Health
  2. Teach good dental habits early. Brushing is a habit that children have to develop at an early age, otherwise is does not become a regular pattern in their lives. Even before your baby has teeth, you can brush their gums or clean the gums with a soft toothbrush. When they develop teeth, make sure to brush them twice per day, and you can begin flossing once two teeth touch each other. Give us a call for techniques and schedules!
  3. Control the use of baby bottles and sippy cups. If you have to put your child to bed with a bottle, make sure that it contains only water. Sugary substances from milk and juice in a bottle can cling to your toddler’s teeth, which will just foster bacteria growth. Sippy cups act similarly. If your child is using a sippy cup too often, and it’s filled with a substance other than water, this can cause decay as well.

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

(815)676-0906

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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.

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 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

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Why You Need Regular Dental Checkups

Why You Need Regular Dental Checkups

You may brush your teeth and floss twice a day, but regular dental checkups at Plainfield Dental Care are not about diagnosing problems and reacting to them. It’s about taking preventative measures against cavities, gum disease and several other potential oral health problems. You should really visit Plainfield Dental Care at least twice per year. It’s so important to your oral health and overall health as well.

Unfortunately, we’ve heard all of the excuses: lack of money or dental insurance, busy
schedules, little concern for potential oral health programs, and even fear of the dentist! No matter the excuse, these regular dental checkups at Plainfield Dental Care help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. We check in on the health of your entire mouth-not just your teeth. We also check the status of old fillings and restorations as these can wear over time.

We cannot emphasize enough that a majority of major dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are already damaging and advanced. Unfortunately at this point, they are extremely painful and expensive to treat. A trip to Plainfield Dental Care twice per year is the best way to stay up to date on your oral health, achieve a deep clean and ultimately prevent any potential oral problems down the line.

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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Healthy Teeth for Life: 5 Tips for Your Family

Healthy Teeth for Life: 5 Tips for Your Family

Tis the season…to keep your teeth and gums healthy! During the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, it’s easy to neglect your oral health. At Plainfield Dental Care, your family’s oral care is our first priority. Here we have outlined 5 tips that can be useful in maintaining good oral health and preventing any problems for your family down the line.

  1. Children should brush at the first sign of teeth. Even with great strides in oral health, 25% of children show signs of tooth decay before they turn 5 years old. Furthermore, 50% of children between the ages of 12 and 15 have cavities! Teeth appear in babies usually around 6 months, and this is when you should begin a good oral health regimen. Give Plainfield Dental Care a call for regimen specifics!
  2. Your child’s permanent molars become visible at around 6. Sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to prevent decay on these surfaces. They are one of the most effective methods of preventing decay on the surfaces where they are placed, especially in children. Sealants are available at Plainfield Dental Care. For more information, click here: http://plainfielddentalcare.com/service/teeth-sealants/Plainfield Dental Care: Healthy Teeth for Life: 5 Tips for Your Family
  3. Fluoride is okay to use in small amounts. Fluoride strengthens enamel, making it less likely to decay. About 75% of Americans drink water that is fluoridated. Additionally, many toothpastes and mouth rinses contain fluoride. In young children, only a small amount of fluoride should be used (a pea-sized dab) on a toothbrush. Too much can cause white spots to appear on teeth. If you have any questions about fluoride, give us a call! We’ll be glad to help.
  4. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss at least once a day! 75% of teenagers experience bleeding gums. Aside from brushing and flossing, remember to change your toothbrush at least once per season. For more basic tips, talk to one of our dentists at Plainfield Dental Care. We’re here to help!
  5. At any age, a healthy diet and lifestyle is essential to healthy teeth and gums. A well balanced diet of whole foods, with limited sugar intake, can improve your oral health and even prevent potential oral issues. In regards to a healthy lifestyle, tobacco use is not only bad for your general health, but it can potentially lead to oral cancer and gum disease. Consider quitting if you smoke or chew tobacco.

The single best tip we can give you is to book an appointment with us! In a routine visit, our dentists will remove excess plaque buildup for a good deep cleaning. We will also be able to detect signs of oral cancer, wear and tear from tooth grinding, signs of gum disease, and potential interactions with any medications you require. With these tips, you and your family will be on your way to living a long and healthy life with good oral hygiene!

About Plainfield Dental Care

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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