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.”
Is flossing really necessary? So many people skip flossing on occasion or altogether and recent news reports have cast some doubts on the value of flossing. So, we thought it a good time to address this question here. We believe that flossing is a vital step to a healthy mouth and it is often overlooked. Taking a few extra minutes every day to make sure your mouth is completely clean is worth the effort. Continue reading “Flossing Recommendations for a Healthy Mouth”→
Teeth sensitivity can rob you of the enjoyment of so many things. One sip of hot coffee or an iced drink can bring on immediate pain. Sometimes even a breath of air ends with pain. Here is what you need to know about pain relief for sensitive teeth after whitening, other dental procedures, or from tooth damage. Continue reading “Sensitive Teeth 101”→
Located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, just north of downtown Chicago, the Gold Coast is one of the country’s most affluent neighborhoods. Bordered by North Boulevard in the north, Chicago Avenue in the south, Clark Street in the west and Lake Michigan in the east, the Gold Coast neighborhood holds an important piece of Chicago’s history and, as such, has been part of the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. This neighborhood has something for everyone, from historic mansions and classic architecture to specialty boutiques and upscale shopping. Continue reading “Westend Dental Serves Chicago’s Gold Coast”→
Cosmetic Dentistry has come a long way – even in the last ten years. These days, just about anyone can achieve a “Hollywood smile” with the placement of veneers or Lumineers, a name-brand of veneers. Made of a thin and quite natural-looking material, veneers are essentially tiny, porcelain “shells” that are bonded or glued to the top of the teeth to provide a more attractive appearance. Continue reading “Lumineers Vs. Traditional Veneers”→
Oral health is an important component of an overall healthy lifestyle that extends far beyond the mouth. The way that you treat your teeth will affect how your body treats you. People who do not brush, floss, or swish mouthwash frequently can put themselves at risk for serious oral and other health complications later in life. While hotly debated, poor oral health has even been tied to issues that include heart attacks, diabetes and even strokes. Continue reading “The Importance of Oral Health”→
Many adults do not like going to the dentist. However, as anxiety-producing as it can be to sit in that chair, the results of regularly visiting your dentist cannot be beat. It should come as no surprise that the same is true for children.
Ensuring that your kids develop good tooth brushing habits is one of the best preventative measures you can take to ensure the longevity of their teeth. Of course, making sure that your child regularly visits the dentist for check-ups is also an important component of instilling oral health habits to last a lifetime. Here are a few tips to prepare your child for their first visit to the dentist’s office and set them up for success. Continue reading “Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist”→