The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on Americans’ personal health — and not just due to the virus’ respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurological symptoms. A large part of the reason why COVID has impacted personal wellness is due to the fact that patients have delayed their visits to medical professionals due to fear of contracting the virus. According to a 2020 report published by the CDC, “an estimated 41% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care including urgent or emergency care (12%) and routine care (32%).” Such delays have disproportionally affected dentists with the WHO stating that “75 percent of survey respondents reported dental services have been completely or partially disrupted because of the coronavirus.” Continue reading “Oral Care During COVID: What You Can Do From Home”
Botox has been primarily used as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles and lines on the face. However, the botulinum toxin that Botox is derived from actually has a long history of medically therapeutic uses.
Largely due to its minimally invasive nature, the use of Botox in dentistry is expanding to treat dental conditions like high lip lines, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Bruxism, dentures no longer fitting due to shifting jaw muscles, and more. Continue reading to find out the requirements a dental practice must meet in order to use Botox.
A healthy, dazzling smile is important for kids and adults. But what if your child’s teeth are yellow or stained? Is it ok to use whitening products on your child’s teeth? Here is what you need to know to keep your child’s smile safe and beautiful. Continue reading “Is It Safe to Whiten your Children’s Teeth?”
Ask individuals to explain which procedures qualify as cosmetic dentistry, and you might be surprised by the breadth of answers you’d get. Some would highlight surgical procedures such as tooth implants or gum lifts. Others might draw attention to relatively simple treatments such whitening or straightening. Continue reading “What Is Cosmetic Dentistry and How Can Westend Help?”
Receding gums tend to sneak up on you. Few dental patients simply wake up one morning and notice a frighteningly long length of tooth extruding from their mouths. Instead, year after year of changing bodies and sometimes poor habits take their toll. Gaps start to form where healthy tissue once was, and cumulative health impacts slowly start to add up. But what exactly is gum recession? How many people deal with it? And what steps can you take to treat and prevent its insidious onset? Continue reading “Understanding Gum Recession”
Pregnancy is an exhilarating time, filled with excitement and preparation for your new baby. Taking care of our teeth while pregnant can often be the very last thing on our minds and most of us have no idea just how important it is! Both for you and the new baby, maintaining optimum oral health during pregnancy is a must! Continue reading “Dental Care During Pregnancy”
The time, care, and money you invest in your Invisalign aligners will pay off over a lifetime. For best results, you need to take care of your teeth and your aligners daily. Some patients are careless with their Invisalign trays, resulting in expensive replacements or a less than desired experience. Here are some tips for caring for your Invisalign trays to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Continue reading “Proper Care for Your Invisalign Retainer”
You have probably heard that fluoride is beneficial to building strong teeth and preventing cavities, but you may not understand how it works or when to use it. Within this article, we’ll explore the benefits of fluoride and how to use it to improve your family’s oral health. Continue reading “Should You Opt-In or Out of Fluoride Treatments?”
Most adults want perfectly aligned teeth, but they are hesitant to commit to years of wearing metal braces. Westend dental is your Chicago dentist to ask about questions concerning using the Invisalign system to align your teeth. Invisalign offers an excellent solution without changing the overall appearance of the face in the meantime. Continue reading “Invisalign 101 – The Easy Way to a Perfect Smile”
A good daily mouth care routine is necessary for your dental health. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing daily, and using mouthwash is a healthy habit for most people. But is mouthwash necessary? The answer is a qualified yes — and no. The American Dental Association states that “use of mouthwash (also called mouthrinse) may be a helpful addition to the daily oral hygiene routine for some people.”
Let’s start by exploring what mouthwash does for you and when you should use it. Continue reading “Is Mouthwash Necessary?”