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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!

Make an appointment for the New Year!

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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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 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.

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.

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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.

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 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

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Brush Up on Your Brushing Facts!

Brush Up on Your Brushing Facts!

Telling our patients to brush their teeth is usually easier said than done. However, it’s an important part of maintaining oral hygiene and good health. We are often asked about types of toothbrushes and toothpastes, how often one should brush, how much toothpaste to use, and whether flossing is just as important. Here are our answers to your questions from Plainfield Dental Care about preventative dentistry. Happy brushing!

How often and for how long should I brush my teeth?

In order to effectively brush your teeth, you should brush at least twice a day and for 2 minutes each time you brush. These days, electric toothbrushes usually come with a built in timer, but if you are using a manual toothbrush, it’s a good idea to keep a timer on hand. For children, it’s important that parents time them while brushing. Hum a tune with them or make  a game out of it!

Are there certain brushing techniques that I should use?

The best angle to brush at is 45 degrees. At this angle, you can then brush in circular Plainfield Dental Care: Brush Up on Your Brushing Factsmotions. Don’t push too hard-just firmly enough so that you are able to reach between your teeth as well. Start at the gumline, and work your way down onto the teeth, brushing a few at a time, so that you are reaching each one. Brush the inside and the outside, on chewing surface and even your tongue!

What is the best kind of toothbrush to use and how often should I replace it?

The American Dental Association’s emblem is strategically placed on certain toothbrushes that are considered the best kind to use. When you see this emblem, you can trust that it is a good toothbrush, as it has been approved by dentists! As a general rule, use a toothbrush that can support a firm grip, with a brush that’s small enough to reach all areas of your mouth and has soft bristles. Make sure to change your toothbrush (or brush head if you use an electric brush) every two to three months, or after an illness.

What kind of toothpaste should I use and how much of it each time?

We often recommend that our patients use a toothpaste that contains flouride. Plainfield Dental Care: Brush Up on Your Brushing FactsFlouride strengthens enamel, making it less likely to decay. Many people drink water that contains flouride, but a toothpaste with flouride is sufficient. If your toothpaste contains flouride, we do not mind which brand, flavor or formula you use. Similarly to toothbrushes, the American Dental Association puts their emblem on toothpastes that are approved by them. Only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is required when brushing your teeth!

Why do we have to floss if we’re just brushing?

Flossing removes plaque in between the teeth, often where it’s difficult for the bristles of your toothbrush to reach. We recommend flossing for two to three minutes every day, using an up and down motion that reaches below the gumline. If you aren’t sure how to floss, have your dentist teach you!

For more questions about brushing (or flossing!), give us a call at 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.

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 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544

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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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