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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
March 21, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

A beautiful smile and healthy gums begin with good oral hygiene, and every good oral hygiene routine begins with brushing your teeth oral hygieneafter meals and flossing every day. But even if you are covering the basics, there are a few more steps to ensuring the healthiest teeth and gums at every age. The dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry in Illinois recommend that you start with a checkup and professional dental cleaning to make sure that you are getting the most out of your oral hygiene routine at home, and to catch problems early enough to prevent potentially serious damage like cavities and gum disease.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Prevention in St. Charles, IL

If you're already brushing and flossing daily as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), you're one step ahead of the game. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria is the most important step in preventing tooth decay and tartar and plaque build-up, which can eventually lead to gum (periodontal) disease if left untreated.

To get the most out of your oral hygiene routine and protect your teeth and gums at home in between dentist appointments, follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Schedule a dental exam and cleaning every six months
  • Work on your brushing technique (place brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, and make sure to thoroughly brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of each tooth)
  • Change your brush on a regular basis
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks, and opt for fruit and vegetables instead
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Gently clean your tongue and gums as well as your teeth

Find a Dentist in St. Charles, IL

There are many practical steps that you can start taking today to improve your oral health. To get started, contact St. Charles Family Dentistry by calling (630) 377-3131 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, or Dr. Dana Lipskis today.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
October 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Don’t let jaw pain and stiffness become the norm for you.jaw pain

Does it often feel like your jaws tire easily? Do you hear a popping or clicking noise often when opening your mouth? Do you find that your jaws cause you pain and discomfort, particularly when first waking up in the morning? If so, then our St. Charles, IL, family dentists Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis have the answers you’ve been looking for.

What could be causing my jaw pain?

While there are certainly quite a few issues that could be to blame, in a lot of cases jaw pain is the result of a condition known as TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint and this joint is responsible for connecting the jaws to the skull. This joint is responsible for all jaw movements from speaking to chewing. Of course, if you are dealing with localized pain is this region then it could be due to a dysfunction with the TMJ.

What causes TMJ disorder?

It isn’t always possible to pinpoint the root cause of TMJ disorder; however, there are many factors that could put someone at risk for this problem. Common causes include bad habits such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, a jaw misalignment, arthritis, anxiety/stress or an injury to the jaw.

How should I treat my TMJ disorder?

First and foremost, it’s important to determine whether your symptoms are truly due to a TMJ disorder or if there is something else going on. The cause of your symptoms will determine exactly what treatment options are right for you. In most cases, TMJ disorder will go away by itself. Of course, the best thing you can do is manage your symptoms in the meantime to reduce its impact on your daily life. Common conservative treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
  • Stretching and strengthening jaw exercises
  • Cutting food into easy, bite-sized pieces
  • Find outlets to reduce stress (e.g. meditation; yoga)

In more serious cases a dental splint may be recommended by our St. Charles, IL, dentists to improve the alignment of the jaws. With the proper care, most people will see these symptoms reduced.

Are you dealing with jaw pain in St. Charles, IL? If so, let St. Charles Family Dentistry get the bottom of your symptoms. Call our office today to schedule an evaluation.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
February 24, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing   oral hygiene  

Your general dentist is concerned with your overall dental health. One question you’ll likely hear when you go in for a visit is “are you flossingflossing?” That’s because flossing is an important part of keeping all of your teeth rooted and healthy for a lifetime. Learn why flossing is just as important as brushing in between your dentist appointments at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL.

Concerns About Gum Disease
Gum disease affects as many as 47% of Americans. It is a dental issue that is often responsible for tooth loss when it isn't treated in its early stages (gingivitis). At its advanced stages (periodontitis), the gums begin to bleed, become tender and eventually recede from the teeth. This happens when food and sugar particles gather around the gumline for long periods of time, creating a haven for bad bacteria. Many Americans would avoid gum disease altogether if they'd only commit to flossing every night to remove leftover food.

Why Is Flossing Important?
Every time you eat, food and liquid matter can become lodged around the base of your teeth. You can’t always reach it with a standard toothbrush. The longer that matter stays there, the more likely that plaque will develop, which eventually turns into hardened calculus that only your St. Charles general dentist can completely remove. The harmful bacteria in calculus begins to irritate and inflame the gums, resulting in gum disease. In short, flossing is important because it helps you keep your teeth.

How to Floss Properly
When flossing, unravel a long piece of thread so that you can properly clean each quadrant of the mouth. Gently pull the floss upward from the base of the gumline between each tooth, paying attention to each surface. Try to avoid using the same part of the floss on different parts of the mouth to avoid transferring particles (which may contain bacteria) to other places.

Flossing is Important and So Are Regular Dental Visits
Flossing is one crucial part of a complete at-home oral care routine. In addition to flossing and brushing regularly, the American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits at intervals suggested by your general dentist. Call (630) 377-3131 today to schedule an appointment at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL. It’s a family dentistry that’s committed to making a “profound positive impact upon people’s lives.”

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you have missing teeth, replacing them could benefit your oral and general health. Unfortunately, many people falsely believe that the tooth loss repairgaps in their smile are permanent. There are options for missing teeth, including several important reconstructive dentistry procedures. Learn more about tooth replacement options and which could be the best for you with St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL.

What are my tooth replacement options?

  • Dental Bridges: Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by using a prosthetic dental restoration which bridges the gap between two healthy teeth. A dental laboratory customizes the bridge specifically for you and your mouth, allowing it to blend into your smile. A permanent bridge uses a dental crown on either side to attach to the healthy teeth surrounding your gap while a removable bridge uses metal clasps.
  • Dentures: Dentures can replace most or all of your teeth in one fell swoop. Dentures are usually one of the most affordable options for tooth replacement. Full dentures replace all of the teeth on an arch. Partial dentures allow any remaining healthy teeth to fit through the denture. This not only keeps the denture in place, but stimulates the healthy teeth to keep them from shifting or the bone in which they lie from atrophying.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants use a surgical procedure to permanently replace your missing teeth. Your dentist implants the fixture, a small metal post, into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth. The fixture integrates into the bone to become a permanent part of your smile. After this process, known medically as osseointegration, your dentist affixes a porcelain dental prosthetic called a crown to the fixture to complete the implant.

Tooth Replacement in St. Charles
Not everyone is a good candidate for these tooth replacement options. For example, in order to successfully place a dental implant, it requires enough jawbone to sturdily hold it in place. Missing teeth cause tooth atrophy, or the breakdown of the bone, meaning good candidates should have minimal atrophy. A dental bridge requires two healthy teeth on either side of a gap. If you feel as though you would benefit from tooth replacement, your dentist can help you choose the best option for you. All of your options will require a strong at-home oral care routine to keep your teeth healthy and clean.

For more information on tooth loss or filling in your gaps, please contact Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL. Call (630) 377-3131 to schedule your appointment today!

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
May 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition  

Brushing and flossing your teeth is certainly important for maintaining your dental health, but is there more you could be doing to keep healthy dietyour teeth in good condition? Your St. Charles, IL family dentists--Drs. Lynn Lipskis, Dana Lipskis and Edmund Lipskis--have some suggestions for how their patients can tailor your diet to keep your teeth bright, shiny and clean.

Calcium-rich foods

You probably know that calcium is essential for strengthening the skeletal system. Because teeth have a similar makeup to bones, calcium is an excellent way to maintain your dental health. Not only does calcium bolster the structure of the teeth, but it also keeps the jawbone healthy and strong. You can introduce calcium into your everyday diet by making sure you have a dairy product included in each meal: cheese, milk or yogurt can easily be added to your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Leafy, green vegetables can also boost your calcium intake. Your St. Charles family dentist suggests kale, broccoli, spinach or soybeans as an extra calcium source.

Fruits and vegetables

In addition to the numerous health benefits that come from eating fruits and vegetables, they're also an asset to your teeth. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, raw carrots or celery encourages the production of saliva, which is helpful in removing bacteria and food particles from the teeth, especially if you're not immediately able to brush your teeth after a meal. Your St. Charles family dentist finds that patients who regularly enjoy raw vegetables as part of a balanced and healthful diet have a lower risk of developing cavities than those who don't.

Almonds

These crunchy kernels offer both the advantages of the foods listed above. Almonds are high in calcium, yet low in sugar, making them an excellent snack. Their consistency also offers the same benefits as crunchy vegetables, stimulating saliva production and preventing cavities.

If you have any further questions or concerns about your teeth, we encourage you to give your St. Charles, IL family dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry a call to set up an appointment today!