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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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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What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?

What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?

Plainfield Dental Care has created a list of dental emergencies to make it easier for you to decide whether or not you have one. It’s important to note that any trauma to your mouth or teeth will likely require emergency dental care. Trauma includes severe pain or broken teeth. To provide further clarity on dental emergencies, the following will provide some guidelines.

  1. Fractured tooth: The amount of damage to the tooth and the amount of pain associated with the injuryPlainfield Dental Care: What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency? will determine whether or not this is an emergency. If damage is minor, it may be urgent without qualifying as an emergency. Contact Plainfield Dental Care if you are unsure.
  2. Lost/knocked out tooth: This is an emergency as there is usually a lot of blood associated with these incidents. Control bleeding with a cold compress. In some cases it’s possible to replant the tooth, but within a 30 minute window. If you have the tooth, transport it in cold milk, and do not let the root of the tooth dry out.
  3. Extruded tooth: This is an emergency, as the tooth has been forced out of its normal position. Don’t try to force the tooth back into position. Give us a call instead.
  4. Broken jaw/facial fracture: This is an emergency and requires a call to 911 and a trip to the hospital. Make sure the person is able to breathe.
  5. Heat sensitivity: This is an emergency dependent on the other circumstances. If this sensation has been building up for awhile, then it may qualify as urgent without being an emergency. If there is a fever, pus or swelling involved, treat it as an emergency.
  6. Cold sensitivity: This is not an emergency, as it is not uncommon and can be due to a number of reasons. Nonetheless, you should book an appointment with us so that we can diagnose and treat it for you.

Remember, when in doubt, give us a call!

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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Plainfield, IL 60544

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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.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

(815)676-0906

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