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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 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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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.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

(815)676-0906

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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

(815)676-0906

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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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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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Are You at Risk for Tooth Erosion?

Are You at Risk for Tooth Erosion?

Tooth erosion is the loss of tooth structure caused by the weakening of dental enamel, which is the thin, outer layer of hard tissue that helps maintain the tooth’s structure and shape. Unfortunately, when the enamel is weakened, it exposes the underlying dentin, causing your teeth to appear yellow. At Plainfield Dental Care, we offer several treatments that can treat tooth erosion, however, it’s often easier to avoid tooth erosion in the first place.Plainfield Dental Care: Are You at Risk for Tooth Erosion?

Tooth erosion may occur when the acids in the foods and beverages you eat and drink, weaken the enamel on your teeth. Acid can come from many sources, including the following:

  • Drinking carbonated or fruit drinks;
  • Eating sour foods or candies;
  • Low saliva volume;
  • Acid reflux disease;
  • Bulimia or binge drinking; and
  • Wear and tear from brushing your teeth to vigorously or grinding your teeth at night.

Tooth erosion from acid can lead to serious dental problems. When your tooth enamel erodes, your teeth become more vulnerable to cavities and decay, and you may begin noticing the following symptoms:

  • Severe sensitivity or tooth pain when consuming hot, cold, or sugary foods or drinks;
  • Tooth discoloration;
  • Rounded teeth;
  • Transparent teeth;
  • Visible cracks in teeth; and
  • Cupping, or dents, that show up on the biting or chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Aside from visiting Plainfield Dental Care so that we can treat your oral health needs, there are a few more things you can do to prevent tooth erosion:

  • Reduce or eliminate your consumption of carbonated and sugary drinks.
  • Use a straw when consuming acidic drinks so that the liquid is pushed to the back of your mouth.
  • Eat acidic foods only during meal times to minimize the amount of time the acid makes contact with your teeth.
  • After consuming acidic food or drinks, rinse with water to neutralize the acids.
  • Chew sugar-free gum to produce more saliva.
  • Brush with a soft toothbrush and be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride.

Beautiful young woman teeth. Isolated over  white background.It’s important to know that the majority of dental problems, such as tooth erosion, do not become visible or painful until they are advanced. A regular cleaning, twice a year, by the Plainfield Dental Care team is the best way to prevent and treat any potential dental problems.

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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Plainfield Dental Care Gives Patients Gift of Time and Smiles with CEREC-Single Visit Crowns

Plainfield Dental Care Gives Patients Gift of Time and Smiles with CEREC-Single Visit Crowns

New technology creates natural-looking fillings and crowns in a single visit.

Dr. Vlad Ferdkoff of Plainfield Dental Care announces the availability of tooth-colored fillings and crowns, formed to exact tooth dimensions in a single office visit. The new approach to tooth restoration is made possible by innovative CEREC® CAD/CAM technology that designs and mills a custom ceramic restoration in less than 10 minutes. See the full video explaining the product here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTzkM6BE41s

“We are pleased to offer our patients the most convenient and esthetically pleasing tooth restoration process available today,” said Dr. Ferdkoff, owner of Plainfield Dental Care. “Time is increasingly precious, and we recognize that most people don’t see the dentist office as a favorite past time. Using the CEREC equipment we can provide a great looking smile to our patients in a single visit, letting them get back to the more important things in life.”Plainfield Dental Care: Plainfield Dental Care Gives Patients Gift of Time and Smiles with CEREC-Single Visit Crowns

CEREC is comprised of a Bluecam which features a blue LED light source, a medical grade computer and a milling machine, all located on site at the Plainfield Dental Care office. The system allows Dr. Ferdkoff to repair a damaged tooth in about one hour using tooth-colored ceramic restorations. The camera takes an optical impression of the damaged tooth, eliminating the need for cumbersome and uncomfortable impression molds, and uploads the image to the computer. Once in the system, Dr. Ferdkoff uses 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software to design the restoration. Then the CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) system takes over to automatically create the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the new custom-crafted restoration is bonded to the remaining healthy tooth tissue of the damaged tooth.

Restorations created using CEREC technology offer dental patients a long-lasting, esthetic alternative to silver or plastic fillings, crowns and veneers. Better yet, the patient can receive this smile-altering care in a shorter period of time. Traditional approaches often required a return appointment after the patient waited for the restoration to be manufactured in a separate lab. On-site milling eliminates the wait. CEREC restorations are as durable as traditionally fabricated restorations and are similar to patients’ natural dentition in form and function.

“This equipment greatly enhances the efficiency, accuracy and visual appeal of the restorations we can provide,” said Dr. Ferdkoff. “Patients will benefit from more timely and more comfortable care that puts them back on track quickly. We are optimistic that the availability of CEREC restorations will help some patients overcome their fears when they see how fast and painless the treatment process can be. We believe everyone should have access to their best smile, and CEREC will make that possible for more people.”

CEREC has more than two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective, with more than 25 million performed worldwide.

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

Follow Plainfield Dental Care on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+Plainfielddentalcare/

 

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