Posts for: April, 2018
The classic movie Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, still brings back sweet memories of childhood to people everywhere. Recently, the news broke that a remake of the beloved 1971 film is in now development in Hollywood. But at a reunion of the original cast members a few years ago, child star Denise Nickerson revealed that her role as gum-chewing Violet Beauregard caused a problem: she ended up with 13 cavities as a result of having to chew gum constantly during the filming!
It should come as no surprise that indulging in sugary treats can lead to cavities: The sugar in your diet feeds harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and other dental problems. Yet lots of kids (not to mention the child inside many adults) still crave the satisfaction that gum, candy and other sweets can bring. Is there any way to enjoy sweet treats and minimize the consequences to your oral health?
First, let’s point out that there are lots of healthy alternatives to sugary snacks. Fresh vegetables, fruits and cheeses are delicious options that are far healthier for you and your kids. Presenting a variety of appealing choices—like colorful cut-up carrots, bite-sized cheese bits and luscious-looking fruits and berries can make it easier (and more fun) to eat healthy foods. And getting kids off the sugar habit is a great way to help them avoid many health problems in the future.
For those who enjoy chewing gum, sugarless gum is a good option. In fact, chewing sugarless gum increases the flow of healthful saliva in the mouth, which can help neutralize the bacteria-produced acids that cause cavities. Gums that have the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance have passed clinical tests for safety and effectiveness.
But if you do allow sugary snacks, there are still a few ways to minimize the potential damage. Restrict the consumption of sweets to around mealtimes, so the mouth isn’t constantly inundated with sugar. Drink plenty of water to encourage saliva flow, and avoid sugary and acidic beverages like soda (even diet soda) and “sports” or “energy” drinks. Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. And don’t forget to visit our office regularly for routine checkups and cleanings. It’s the best way to get a “golden ticket” to good oral health.
If you would like more information about sugar, cavities and oral health, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Nutrition & Oral Health” and “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Same day crowns offer a quicker way to restore or protect a damaged tooth. Streamwood, IL, Dentist Dr. Christopher Schneider of Streamwood Smiles answers a few commonly asked questions about this restoration option.
How is it possible to receive a crown in one visit?
Same-day crowns are created in our Streamwood office, not a dental laboratory that serves many dentists in the area. Because you don't have to wait for a lab to produce your restoration, you'll only need to visit the office once.
What will happen during my appointment?
At the beginning of your visit, your tooth will be shaped to ensure that the crown can slide over it easily. Shaping is followed by a digital impression of your mouth with a scanner. Unlike messy putty impressions used for porcelain crowns, digital impressions only take seconds and don't require any putty.
Once your impression is transmitted to our computer, we'll use computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) techniques to design your new crown. After the design is complete, it will be sent instantly to our in-office milling machine.
The milling machine creates your new crown by removing layers from a small ceramic block. Thanks to CAD/CAM technology, it's possible to create a crown that fits your mouth perfectly in just about 30 minutes. Although same day crowns fit very well, a few minor adjustments may be needed to improve the fit and feel of the crown. Cementing your crown to your tooth is the final step in the process.
Are same day crowns as effective as porcelain crowns?
Same day crowns are incredibly durable and designed to weather normal wear and tear just like porcelain crowns. They offer an excellent way to protect and restore teeth or even change their appearance.
Do same day crowns offer any special benefits?
Same day crowns not only save time, but allow you to avoid temporary crowns. Temporary crowns are worn while you wait for your permanent porcelain crown to be finished and require you to avoid foods that can damage them.
Over time, the porcelain finish of a porcelain-fused-to-metal can wear away, avoiding an unattractive metal surface. Because ceramic crowns contain no metal, the appearance of your crown will never change.
Are you interested in learning if same day crowns are a good option for you? Call Streamwood, IL, Dentist Dr. Christopher Schneider of Streamwood Smiles at (630) 289-7111 to schedule an appointment.