Sherman Oaks Dental

Dr. Bryan Weyneth

1100 N. Sherman Ave., Suite 103
Naperville, IL 60563

What is Sedation Dentistry?

We’ve treated many patients who come to us with intense fears about dentistry. The thought of sitting in a dental chair makes them incredibly anxious, to the point where they’ve avoided the dentist for years. This is most common in children and teenagers, who are often forced to go to the dentist by their parents. However, dental anxiety can affect anyone. 

Of course, you must visit the dentist at least two times per year for regular checkups. This allows Dr. Weyneth to discover any problems as they develop, meaning we can take action and stop massive issues from happening in your mouth. So, those of you with dental anxiety will be pleased to know there’s a way to make your experience more bearable; sedation dentistry. 

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Put simply, sedation dentistry involves using different medications to help patients feel more relaxed in the dental chair. This can range from mild to more extreme sedatives that let you drift off and forget you’re even at the dentist! 

We offer sedation dentistry in Naperville for anyone that needs it. Over the years, we’ve seen patients that only need a slight bit of sedation and ones that require general anesthetic to completely knock them out during a procedure. It all depends on the level of fear and the procedure in question. 

How Is Sedation Dentistry Performed?

Different dentists may call upon different techniques to perform sedation dentistry. Some use IV sedation, which involves injecting the drug through a vein. It works quickly, and the level of sedation can be adjusted throughout the treatment. 

At our practice, we commonly use nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas. You will be given a mask that covers your nose and lets you inhale the gas. The properties of nitrous oxide make it perfect for sedation as it relaxes the patient almost right away. But, it also has the benefit of not lasting very long. We can adjust the amount given to ensure it lasts the whole appointment, but then it will wear off after a while when you’re done. So, you can often drive home even after you’ve been sedated with laughing gas. 

What Are The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

We find sedation dentistry highly beneficial as it takes the fear factor away from dentistry. You’ll no longer be afraid to visit the dentist, which means you get the treatment you need. We’ve seen loads of patients who have gone years without any treatment or checkups. The result is a mouth full of tooth decay and other oral health issues. The same goes for anybody with children who are scared of the dentist; we can use sedation dentistry to ensure they still get checkups and receive treatment. 

Contact Sherman Oaks To Learn More About Sedation Dentistry In Naperville

If you’re interested in sedation dentistry – either for yourself or a family member – then feel free to schedule an appointment with us today, and you can receive anxiety-free dental treatment at last!

Vaping & Oral Health

As vaping becomes a popular way to use tobacco, the concern for damaging effects on your health is also rising. Although overall smoking rates are steadily declining, the use of e-cigarettes is rapidly increasing. It is estimated that one in five high school students use tobacco products. From 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use has increased 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students. When it comes to oral health, the argument can be made that vaping could be as dangerous, if not more dangerous than traditional cigarettes.

What Is Vaping?

Vaping is use of an e-cigarette which typically contains either the drug tobacco or THC. Vaping works by heating a liquid which generates an aerosol that the user inhales, thus the term “vaping” comes from the vaporized liquid. The liquid is made up of propylene glycol, glycerin, flavorings, water and the drug nicotine or THC.

Why Is Vaping Harmful To Oral Health?

The first danger of vaping is its carrier ingredient; Propylene Glycol. PG is used primarily in the production of processed foods. It is colorless and odorless with a slightly sweet taste. When used orally, PG is toxic to enamel and soft tissue. PG also causes dry mouth, which we know can greatly increase the likelihood of cavity growth and gum disease.

Another hidden danger of vaping is the combination of vegetable glycerin with flavorings. Vegetable glycerin was once thought not to cause cavities, but studies have shown that when coupled with flavorings, vegetable glycerin can cause a fourfold increase of microbial adhesions on enamel and a twofold increase in forming a biofilm on teeth. In other words, e-liquid allows cavity-causing liquid to adhere to a softened tooth which can rapidly cause decay.

Nicotine is a very addictive, harmful component of e-cigarettes. Nicotine has long proven itself to be bad for oral health. Years of studies have shown nicotine to decrease gingival blood flow. Nicotine also negatively effects gum growth because of the way it impacts immune cells and tissue regeneration.

Lithium batteries used in vaping pens are also a concern. There have been reports of explosions causing extensive mouth damage and even death. Lithium batteries can over heat and explode, leaving one with severe disfigurations due to soft tissue injury.

Supporters of vaping believe e-cigarettes can be a helpful step for long-time traditional cigarette users in their quest to quit smoking. The concern lies in the amount of people who have never tried cigarettes or nicotine who are trying e-cigarettes, especially at a young age.

If you have used e-cigarettes and are concerned about your oral health please schedule an appointment with Sherman Oaks today.

5 Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

Is mouthwash necessary?

It used to be that if you needed a filling, you had to get a silver filling. If you’re over the age of 35, you probably remember this, and you may even still have traditional metal fillings. These fillings can sometimes be problematic, because not only have some contained some mercury, but they’re also known for wearing down. They require a considerable portion of the tooth to be worn away so that they can be placed. They also can expand or contract, creating cracks and pain in your teeth. In the worst cases, they even could turn black. Bacteria can also sneak in through the cracks and put the tooth’s core at risk of suffering from decay and infection.

Tooth-colored fillings are white fillings that match the natural appearance of your teeth. When it comes to filling a cavity or making minor cosmetic changes, such as fixing a cracked tooth, we know you’ll agree that tooth-colored fillings are a great solution! Dr. Weyneth can fix up your smile to make it brighter and healthier!

When you get your tooth-colored fillings in Naperville, from cosmetic dentist Dr. Weyneth, the tough composite will look natural and provide a strong layer of defense against bacteria. Five additional benefits of our tooth colored fillings include:

  1. They’re easy to repair! Unlike silver fillings, if something happens to go wrong with tooth-colored fillings, we don’t need to undo the whole treatment to remedy it. Fixes aren’t as time consuming and uncomfortable to the patient like it used to be with silver fillings.
  2. The procedure causes only minimal dis-comfort. We go to a lot of effort to make you comfortable during your visit, and we’re confident in our ability to make this a positive experience for you. Mild dis-comfort is common which is why we encourage you to let us know how you feel while we work on your mouth.
  3. Fillings attach to the teeth with a chemical reaction. They do not require any kind of complicated adhesives, screws or surgeries to be used. This is one of the main reasons that the procedure is so simple.
  4. Now Wearing Down of Bone. Because tooth-colored fillings go on top of the teeth, no wearing down on the bone structure is necessary. The treatment is extremely non-invasive.
  5. Creates A Beautiful Smile! And perhaps best of all, fixing up cracks or chips in your teeth with tooth-colored fillings can make your teeth look great! You’ll enjoy a boost of self-confidence as you start afresh with a clean, healthy-looking smile. No silver included!

If you need to replace your old fillings or perhaps have a cavity that needs to be repair then schedule an appointment today with Sherman Oaks Dental where we will help give you the smile you deserve!

How to Help Your Kids Ration Halloween Candy

Even if your kids haven’t already been reminding you every single day, you know how excited they are for that Halloween night. They’re so excited to go trick-or-treating, they can hardly stand it. And you know how it’s going to be trying to get them to sit down and eat dinner before – they’ll be so ready to put their costumes on and get going that pretty much nothing you say can persuade them to sit down and eat that lasagna. When the moment finally comes, you help them out the door and spend the night giving candy out to trick or treaters.

Later that night, the kids come home, pillow cases absolutely stuffed with candy. Only when they lay it out on the floor and want to show you do you realize just how much they’ve gotten – each one of their candy piles is practically a mountain on the carpet. And of course they’re so proud of themselves for having gotten it all for themselves.

And that is when you realize how incredibly hard it’s going to be to keep them from eating so much of it that they make themselves sick. What do you do?

You’ll find that this all goes best if it’s planned out before hand, before the emotional-charge and the sugar-rush of the night makes cooperating with your kids a battle. But also, Halloween comes only once a year, so why not let them have a little fun? Most parents who set reasonable expectations with their kids while also allowing them to enjoy the festivities find that it isn’t too much of a struggle.

There are a number of different rules you can use in this situation. The most obvious is perhaps just setting the expectation that they can only have four or 5 pieces of candy a day. You can also incentivize them to do the other things they need to do throughout the week by telling them that they can only have their candy after they’ve done their chores, or homework, or whatever it is you’re struggling to get them to do. Or perhaps, you explain to them from the beginning that half of whatever they bring home is going to go to the family “candy bowl” – a stash that you can easier control.

As a family dentist in Naperville, we also want to remind you to make sure that with all of this candy your kids are eating, you be sure to help you kids floss and brush their teeth frequently! Make sure the sugar doesn’t have the chance to create cavities! Sugar has a way of accelerating the growth of plaque and bacteria in the mouth, so the importance of oral hygiene becomes especially critical in the Halloween season.

Our goal to aid you in maintaining both health and harmony in your home. Schedule an appointment with us and your family to ensure you have a healthy happy smile. All of us hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Tips for Success with Invisalign

Logo of Invisalign, the invisible braces for adults and teens. available at Sherman Oaks in Naperville, Illinois

Want straighter teeth but don’t like the idea of wearing braces with metal brackets? Consider Invisalign! As the name suggests, Invisalign is a practically invisible alignment method for your teeth. Whereas traditional braces rely on metal wires and brackets to hold things together and reshape your smile, Invisalign solves the same issue but with clear, plastic aligners that fit around the exterior of your teeth, arranging them to be straighter and straighter with each successive aligner.

Whether you’re planning on receiving this treatment or you’ve already received it, we hope that the following tips can make your experience as easy and pleasant as possible! We want to offer the some of the best experiences with Invisalign in Naperville.

  • Clean your aligner regularly in order to prevent bacteria and mold from forming inside of it. As you can imagine, any place as dark, warm and moist as a mouth can make a great habitat for unwanted bacteria. For your own health (as well as to keep your retainer from smelling bad) make it a habit to wash it out regularly. Likely the easiest way to accomplish this is to buy some denture-cleaner from your local store and let the aligner soak in it for a few minutes each night as you get ready for bed.

  • Carry a miniature toothbrush with you. This practice may sound strange, but trust us, when you’ve just eaten a meal and the time comes for you to put the aligner back on, you’re not going to be happy putting it in if you’ve got traces of food caked among your teeth. Storing random flecks and crumbs in your aligner all day will taste terrible and make your breath smell even worse.

  • Update and change your aligners on time. We want you to get your smile straightened and the Invisalign process completed just as quickly as you do! In order to do this, make it a priority to schedule regular appointments and hold yourself to them. Depending on the condition of your teeth and your sensitivity, you may also consider speaking with your dentist to adjust the time you spend with each successive aligner. Because mouths tend to vary in their needs of different intensities of treatments, it may be worth it for you to customize the amount of time you spend with each aligner so that you obtain maximum efficiency and comfort.  

If you are interested in getting started with Invisalign liners to straighten your smile, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

There are a lot of “firsts” in a child’s first few years of life. Their first vaccines. Their first steps. The first time they stay in their bed without your assistance. The list could go on and on. Most of these “firsts” are harmless and are necessary for your child to grow and learn. Going to the dentist for the first time shouldn’t be any different. It is a necessary part of growth and the benefits of having your child see a dentist early on in life are many. Here are some ideas to help you prepare their first appointment at Sherman Oaks Dental your Naperville family dentist.

  • Having a Dental Home. Life is full of chaos. We are always running around from activity to activity with our kids. Change happens and that is expected and good for us. However wouldn’t it be nice to be able to count on having a reliable dental home. This is especially important for your children. Going to the dentist can be scary for anyone, especially children who have no idea what to expect. Having a family dentist in Naperville in place can bring great comfort to your child. Knowing that they are visiting an office that is concerned with their needs can make a possible scary experience in to an excellent, positive one.

  • Schedule Early. Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth. Tooth decay in those first teeth could mean a higher risk of decay in permanent teeth in adulthood. Tooth decay can be a result of children falling asleep with their bottles and needs to be addressed right away. It is very important to schedule your child’s first visit at an early age; between 1-3 years.

 

  • Set a Good Example. Children are so impressionable. They watch us do everything and often form habits based on things we are teaching them through our example. It’s important for parents to set a good example for their children. When they see you brushing usually they want to as well. Make sure you have good dental habits in place for yourself. This will not only benefit you but your children as well. If you have dental fears it’s important to try and not relay these on to your children as they may also develop fears.

 

 

  • Prepare at Home. Before your child’s first visit tell them what is coming up. Do not let the drive up to the dentist office be the first time they are hearing about it. They are smarter than we think and it helps them to know what to expect. Read books to them about going to the dentist. The library and bookstore has a great selection to help you with this. Another thing that could help is taking your child in to the office and let them meet the staff. If you have the courage to, you could even let them watch you get a dental check-up. Also talk to them about what to expect on their first visit, making sure to answer their questions in a loving way and staying positive.

 

What to expect on the first visit

Although each visit can be a little bit different based on the needs of each child, here is some general information of what you and your child can expect on the first visit.

You can expect Dr. Weyneth or a dental hygienist to:

  • Review your child’s history
  • Respond to your questions and concerns
  • Talk with you and your child about their overall oral health
  • A gentle teeth cleaning if the child permits it  
  • Show you how to clean your child’s teeth
  • Give specific advice about home dental care including diet and recommended toothpaste
  • Tell you what to expect as your child grows
  • Suggest a schedule for follow-up care

It is important that you ask any questions that you may have. If your child has a hard time on their first visit, don’t worry. This is perfectly normal. The important thing is to keep bringing them back regularly. Make the next appointment before you even leave the office. Eventually it will become easier and can even be a delightful experience for both of you.

The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other medical issues. Youngsters with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.

It is important to find a dental practice that is comfortable for you and your child. A friendly place that is familiar and has the needs of your little one in mind. At Sherman Oaks Family Dental we care about you and your family.

We can help to make the first dental visit a comfortable and pleasant one. We will happily answer any questions you may have and help you to make this a good experience for your little one. Call our friendly office today to schedule an appointment.

 

Top 10 Things Your Dentist Wants You To Know

At Sherman Oaks dental, we’ve been taking care of smiles for over 20 years! We have a state-of-the-art dental office specializing in treatments like dental implants, dental crowns, and cosmetic dentistry in Naperville. Our professional and experienced team is committed to making sure you feel great about your smile again. Here are just a few things we want you to know about your dental health:

Here are the top 10 things your Naperville family dentist wants you to know.

  1. Dental Health Affects All Areas of Your Health

    Did you know that the state of your dental health says a whole lot about other areas of your health as well? If you commit to making sure your teeth and gums are healthy, you’ll have a healthier cardiovascular system, as well!

  2. Bleeding Gums Can Mean Trouble

    Sure, everyone flosses (or brushes!) too hard on occasion resulting in bleeding or sensitive gums. However, if you notice that your gums are bleeding regularly, you should call our Naperville family dental office as soon as possible. Bleeding gums are often a sign of gum disease.

  3. Chewing Gum Can Help

    Seriously! Chewing gum with the ingredient xylitol after every meal is been proven to prevent cavities in patients of all ages!

  4. Avoid Soft Drinks

    Soft drinks are known to erode tooth enamel, causing teeth to weaken. It can be tough to give up soda, so make sure you remember to brush after indulging in one to keep your teeth healthy.

  5. Dental X-Rays are Not Harmful to Your Health

    One of the most common concerns of our patients is that dental X-rays give off a harmful dosage of radiation. In fact, dental x-rays provide such a low dosage of radiation that there is no need to be concerned. Dental x-rays often catch a variety of dental issues before it is too late for treatment, making them too important to skip!

  6. Floss Every Day

    We know that flossing is a hard habit to form, but it’s an important one to pick up! Floss once a day (pick a time that is convenient for your schedule) and make it a habit. Flossing is important because it removes cavity-causing food and plaque particles from in between your teeth.

  7. Regular Dental Care Goes a Long Way

    Visiting our Naperville office for regular dental cleanings and exams can keep your teeth healthy for years to come. Regular checkups allow us to pick up on any minor problems before they become major.

  8. Eat Healthy!

    Your regular doctor stresses the importance of a healthy diet, and so does our Naperville team of cosmetic (and general!) dentistry. Eating whole-grain and fiber rich foods do a lot in making sure your teeth are strong and healthy.

  9. Chipped Teeth are More Vulnerable to Decay

    Whether it happened playing your favorite sport, or while munching on some popcorn; if you have a chipped tooth, it becomes even more susceptible to cavities and decay. Visit our Naperville family dentist for a repair option that works best for you.

  10. Teach Your Kids!

    Dental decay is an extremely common childhood illness. In fact, dental decay effects about five percent more children than asthma. Keep your kids protected and healthy by teaching them proper brushing and flossing techniques at a young age. Kids also need regular dental screenings to make sure they stay healthy! The earlier you teach your kids, the more likely it is to stick!

Make your dental care a top priority by calling Sherman Oaks family dental at (630) 369-5225. You can also schedule an appointment with us online. We’ll make sure you fall in love with your smile again!

Secret Health Food: Pumpkin!

Pumpkins: they're actually really good for you! Here are some recipes your Naperville family dentist recommends.We don’t know about you, but, for us, one of our favorite parts of the year is here. The holiday season from November to the New Year is full of festivities and fun. There is also no shortage of food to be found during this time of year. Because there is so much food to go around, especially during Thanksgiving, it is important to think about ways to make good choices that will have positive impacts on your dental and overall health.

Pumpkin is a Healthy Food

One of the main ingredients used during Thanksgiving and autumn is pumpkin. Who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie or a warm loaf of pumpkin bread? Regardless of what your favorite pumpkin treat is, there is a lot of the ingredient to go around this time of the year.

Did you also know that pumpkin is good for your health in many ways? At Sherman Oaks Dental, we love to educate our patients on foods that are good for your oral hygiene. We want to help our patients make good choices related to their dental health. It’s great to know that pumpkin is a great health good that is also good for teeth. This is because pumpkin is nutrient-dense. Pumpkin has many vitamins and minerals that are great for you. This ingredient is also low in calories.

What are the specific ways pumpkin is good for your health?

The USDA National Nutrient Database has found that 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin has many health benefits. It only has 40 calories and has 1.8g of protein. Also, 1/2 cup of cooked pumpkin has 3g of fiber.

Looking further at the vitamins and minerals in a cup of cooked pumpkin, they found that 100% of the daily intake for Vitamin A can be found in this food. Also, pumpkin contains potassium, manganese, copper, and calcium.

How is pumpkin good for your teeth?

Being full of calcium, pumpkin can help with healthy bones and teeth. Beyond this, pumpkin is full of magnesium which is really good for healthy tooth enamel. Magnesium works like calcium and helps grow enamel that resists tooth decay.

Of course, pumpkin spices and flavors do not give health benefits. So, sadly, that pumpkin spice latte isn’t going to do much for you health wise.

To get you started, here are some pumpkin recipes that your Naperville family dentist recommends:

As always, if you have a question for us or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today! Our Naperville family dentistry is taking new patients!

Challenge: Floss Your Teeth!

Your Naperville family dentist challenges you to floss regularly this month!

When is the last time you flossed your teeth? Be honest. No one is going to know or tell on you. But seriously, we get it. Flossing teeth isn’t always the most fun thing to do in the world. It tends to be something that many people forget to do in their daily oral hygiene routine. Even people who diligently brush their teeth and never miss a morning or night of brushing might go days without flossing. While we know that this is a common thing to forget, at Sherman Oaks Dental, we encourage our patients to make flossing daily a habit. There are many reasons why it is so important to floss daily.

As a Statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Explains,

“Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. Professional cleaning, tooth brushing, and cleaning between teeth (flossing and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes) have been shown to disrupt and remove plaque.”

At Sherman Oaks Dental, we know that flossing is an essential part of keeping your gums and teeth clean. Flossing removes plaque that can lead to gum disease. If you don’t floss regularly, you might notice sensitive gums or even bleeding when you do floss. Buy regularly flossing you can avoid these issues. Flossing can also lead to better smelling breath.

Toothbrushes can’t reach the places on teeth and gums that flossing can. If you don’t like regular string floss, other interdental cleaning products work well. There are many products out there that make flossing simpler and more effective depending on the patient and their preference If you have any questions about the effectiveness of a flossing method, please feel free to ask us questions. We are happy to help!

We Issue a Flossing Challenge!

Our Naperville family dentist issues a challenge to each of our patients to floss each day. This simple, quick habit will lead healthier mouths and smiles. It’s a simple thing to do! It’s just a matter of making flossing a habit.

As your Naperville family dentist, we are here to provide central services to the whole family. Give us a call to schedule an appointment. Our front desk staff are professional and happy to help!

Pack Healthy Lunches for School and Work

The foods you eat have a direct impact on your oral health. How can you make sure you are consuming foods that will reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay? Packing healthy lunches can go a long way toward keeping plaque and bacteria away. Our family dentist in Naperville has some excellent suggestions to help you pack healthier lunches for school or work!Here are some tips from your Naperville Family Dentist on making healthy lunches.

Selecting Fruit

All fruit is good for you right? Wrong! Fruits are high in acid, which can start to eat away at your teeth’s enamel. If you aren’t rinsing your mouth with water or brushing soon after eating the fruit, those acids can lead to stains on the surface areas of the teeth over the years. Pack fruits that will not eat away at your teeth, and will promote healthy gums. Try eating bananas over grapes as they have less sugar and the potassium is more filling than sugary fruits. Apples are a great fruit to consider as their thicker texture you need to bite into can help to “scrub” the teeth. If you like applesauce, your Naperville family dentist recommends you opt for the kind that does not contain sugar to keep cavities at bay!

Finding Vegetables

All fruit is good for you right? Wrong! Fruits are high in acid, which can start to eat away at your teeth’s enamel. If you aren’t rinsing your mouth with water or brushing soon after eating the fruit, those acids can lead to stains on the surface areas of the teeth over the years. Pack fruits that will not eat away at your teeth, and will promote healthy gums. Try eating bananas over grapes as they have less sugar and the potassium is more filling than sugary fruits. Apples are a great fruit to consider as their thicker texture you need to bite into can help to “scrub” the teeth. If you like applesauce, your Naperville family dentist recommends you opt for the kind that does not contain sugar to keep cavities at bay!

Water

Avoid the soda and juice drinks and fill up with water. Water is not only great for your health, it helps to wash bacteria from the mouth, reducing plaque buildup. If you hate the taste of water, flavor it with some lemons, watermelon, raspberries, or mint leaves. Plus, water can help you avoid stains on your teeth from coffee, tea, and soda. If you would like to brighten your smile, however, you are welcome to visit your cosmetic dentist in Naperville.

Whole Grains

Stay healthy by eating 100% whole wheat for your sandwich options. Whole grains paired with healthy aged cheese can be good for your teeth. Dairy does have an impact on tooth development, which is why cheese is beneficial for children as their secondary teeth are still forming.

If you have stains, cracks, and other tooth decay problems, call your family dentist in Naperville today! At Sherman Oaks Family Dental, we are here to help solve all your tooth problems. Learn why Dr. Weyneth is known as one of the best dentists in Naperville. Schedule a consultation today and start your journey toward a healthier, happier smile!

The School Year is Starting, Take Your Kids for a Checkup!

Summer is almost over! It can be hard to face; the days of lounging in the sun by the pool should never have to end. But, like every year, summer ends, and it is time for school again. When school starts back up, it can be a great time to take inventory for your family of what they need to start off the school year.

It's time for a school year checkup with your Naperville family dentist!

Thinking about health and staying up to date on check-ups makes sense during this organizational time of year. Starting school is a great time to check if your family needs to come in to see your Naperville family dentist for checkups and teeth cleanings. Summer is a busy time but also a time with a lot of fun. It can be easy to forget things like going to the dentist with family vacations, summer camps, and the like going on.

See Your Naperville Family Dentist as Summer Wraps Up

We are one of the best dentists in Naperville, providing a variety of services. Along with regular cleanings and check-ups, we can also provide fillings, x-rays, and cosmetic dentistry to Naperville.

If you have a teen about to start high school who is thinking a lot about their appearance these days, we also offer Invisalign. This method of braces is transparent and doesn’t involve any metal wires or elastic bands. This can reduce embarrassment for preteens and teens who need braces and is a great option for both teenagers and adults.

Our Naperville family dentistry commits to giving each of our patients individualized care that they can rely on. We listen to each one of our patients and what their needs and concerns are, so they know they are getting the best dental care possible. All our staff do everything they can to make sure our office is comfortable and welcoming. We also make an environment that helps put kids at ease, and we will work with them to make their experience at our office a good one.

Contact Us To Schedule Your Family Appointments

Our friendly front desk staff are happy to schedule you and your family an appointment before school starts. We are also happy to answer any questions you might have about the services we provide and what to expect.

Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

Learn why you should brush your tongue from one of the best dentists in Naperville.Everyone knows that you should brush your teeth twice a day and focus on flossing. Did you know that an important piece of the oral hygiene equation involves your tongue? With its bumpy texture and lots of microscopic places for bacteria to take shelter, it can harbor millions of microorganisms. If it isn’t cleaned, it can pave the way for problems like bad breath and ongoing periodontal disease. Some of the best dentists in Naperville will tell you why you should be brushing your tongue and what might happen if you don’t.

What Happens When You Don’t Brush Your Tongue

Research shows that one microgram of oral biomass contains around 100 million microbes. As these bacteria feast on the sugars in your mouth left behind after eating and drinking, they multiply and create bacterial acids. These lead to problems like worn enamel, cavities, abscesses, and even oral yeast infections. Unfortunately, bacteria can multiply faster than most people realize, about every five hours. In fact, if you ignore brushing for a full 24 hours, 20 billion oral microbes will become 100 billion microbes! Each emit smelly volatile organic compounds that give you bad breath, duller taste buds, and dental decay. For these reasons, Naperville family dentists recommend cleaning your tongue each time you brush your teeth.

How To Clean Your Tongue

There are two basic ways to clean your tongue to inhibit the growth or oral bacteria: brushing and tongue scraping. To brush, apply a small amount of your normal toothpaste to your toothbrush. Using gentle pressure, brush your tongue back to front. Since the majority of oral bacteria take harbor in the center section of your tongue, focus on that area. Tongue scrapers are also helpful in keeping the tongue clean. They remove the biofilm that develops in a single pass. Tongue scrapers are made from a thin, flexible plastic, and you gently run the scraper down the tongue. Be sure to rinse the scraper between passes.

Visit Sherman Oaks Dental

To make sure that your tongue looks clean and healthy, talk with your famiyl dentist during your routine checkups. Known as one of the best dentists in Naperville, Dr. Weyneth is completely committed to improving your oral health and making your teeth beautiful and healthy. Schedule your next checkup today!

Protect Your Teeth This Summer

Summer is around the corner, and with it comes barbecues, lazy days by the pool, and of course, outdoor sports. While you are enjoying the warm summer sun, you might not be thinking of the effect the summer might have on your teeth. Read on to learn how to protect your teeth from damage this summer, as well as what to do in an emergency.Protect your teeth this summer with these tips from your Naperville Family Dentist!

How To Protect Your Teeth

Wear a Mouth Guard

Whenever you play sports, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. You can pick one up from the store, or you can have one custom made by your family dentist in Naperville. This will protect your teeth from getting chipped, cracked, or even knocked loose. It can also protect from potential injury due to clenching your jaw.

Brush Your Teeth

Summer picnics and hot days often lead to grazing on sugary and starchy foods such as ice cream, soda, and chips. Remember to brush your teeth even when you are out and about, especially after eating sugary foods. If you don’t have a toothbrush handy, rinse your mouth with water or swish some mouthwash around.

Minimize Munching

While you are out on your summertime picnics or barbecues, you may be tempted to munch the day away. Be cautious when snacking, as continuous eating exposes your teeth to decay and erosion. If you don’t take care of your teeth, you might need to make an emergency trip to the dentist.

Remember: Teeth are NOT Tools

Do NOT use your teeth as tools this summer. This includes opening bottles with your teeth, chewing on ice, opening packages, etc. This will damage your teeth over time.

What To Do in an Emergency

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, accidents do happen. If you have an emergency tooth situation this summer, such as a chipped or loose tooth, or even a lost tooth, don’t panic! Follow these simple steps:

  1. Call your Naperville family dentist! They can help talk you through the necessary steps to save your tooth.
  2. Retrieve the tooth or any pieces of the tooth as soon as possible.
  3. Rinse off the tooth if it is dirty, but do not scrub it or remove any tissue.
  4. If possible, try to place the tooth back into the socket (make sure it is facing the right way). If this is not possible, keep the tooth’s root wet by immersing it in milk or water with a little bit of salt.
  5. Stop any bleeding by holding gauze to the area.
  6. Get to a cosmetic dentist in Naperville as soon as possible.

For more information about emergency dental services, check out our emergency services here.

If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth, schedule an appointment at Sherman Oaks Dental, one of the best dentists in Naperville, today!

Your Mouth Is More Than Just Teeth

oral health factsWhen people think about their oral health and visiting the dentist, they think about tooth care. They think about cleanings, fillings, whitening, braces and so on. But, there is more to your mouth than teeth – good oral health includes taking care of your gums and your tongue as well!

Proper Gum Care

Brushing is the first step for healthy gums, as it can help remove food and bacteria on your teeth where they meet the gums. Brushing also stimulates health circulation in the gum tissue. Besides brushing, you should always floss. It’s not just to prevent tooth decay from debris caught under the gum line, but to prevent more serious issues with the gums themselves.

There are several conditions that can occur if you don’t take care of your gums.

  • Gingivitis

    his condition comes from the bacteria found in plaque that attack the gums. If your gums a red and swollen and you often see blood when you spit after brushing, it is likely that you have gingivitis. The first step to fixing the problem is seeing one of the best dentists in Naperville as soon as possible.

  • Periodontal Disease

    If problems from gingivitis persist, you may have more advanced gum disease. This is far from rare; in fact, most adults show signs of gum disease, and about 25 percent of 65- to 74-year-olds have severe cases. When you have periodontal disease, your gums begin to recede, pulling back from the teeth. If left untreated, this can lead to bacteria forming pockets between the teeth and gums. It weakens the bone and ultimately leading to tooth loss. The American Academy of Periodontology provides a wealth of information about periodontal disease.

The danger of tooth loss for elderly patients is very real, especially if they have oseoporosis. Dr. Weyneth and can help you figure out an adequate tooth and gum care regimen and help you keep your gums as healthy as possible.

Proper Tongue Care

Your tongue can be a haven for all kinds of bacteria, and you should give the same kind of care and attention as your teeth and gums.

Your tongue should look pink and healthy, with no red painful bumps or irritation. If your tongue has a white film that you can’t remove, it could be a fungal infection. You can ask your doctor or dentist about an anti-fungal to help clear it up. (This condition is often known as thrush.)

Use this regimen to ensure your tongue is as clean as possible:

  1. Brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. You don’t have to brush hard. You can use your regular brush for your tongue, or you can buy a toothbrush that has a tongue brushing surface on the reverse side.
  2. You can also invest in a tongue cleaner. Use the tongue cleaner gently, and in a downward motion with your tongue stuck out. Draw the scraper down the center to the tip, then do the side of your tongue.
  3. You can use toothpaste on your tongue, to kill bacteria and to make brushing or scraping easier. Try not to swallow excess toothpaste!
  4. Always rinse your mouth completely after brushing and/or scraping your tongue. If there is any residual soreness, for example if you have bitten your tongue, use a mild salt water mixture to swish and spit.
  5. You can use mouthwash for bad breath, but if you have chronic halitosis you should have it checked out, Constant use of mouthwash can dry your tongue out.

Talk With Your Dentist Today

By caring properly for your tongue and gums, you can lengthen the lifespan of your teeth! A healthy mouth leads to healthier teeth and bones. Dr. Bryan Weyneth & Dr. Lydia Sosenko, can give you more information on oral health care. Be sure to schedule an appointment with some of the best dentists in Naperville.

Make Dental Health Your Resolution

Make dental health your New Year's Resolution.

Each year, we make promises to ourselves. The most common New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, and eating healthier. This year, why not focus on a different aspect of your health? This New Year, we encourage you to think about making dental health your resolution. Here are six possible goals involving your dental health.

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, morning and night. Preventative dental care is essential for a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily minimizes cavities and other problems. If you don’t already brush twice a day, make this your New Year’s resolution.
  • Brush for a full 2 minutes at a time. If you already brush and floss your teeth regularly, make your goal to brush your teeth for a full two minutes. Set a timer on your phone, or better yet, download a tooth-brushing app that will give you rewards the more often you brush.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open packages and hold things. We are all guilty of using our teeth as tools from time to time, but this puts unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth, and can even lead to chips and breaks! Teeth are strong, but not indestructible. Make your resolution to use the proper tools instead of your teeth.
  • Cut back on sugar and eat more tooth-healthy foods. Foods high in sugar feed cavity causing bacteria. Cut back on sugar this New Year and switch to tooth-healthy snacks such as carrots, nuts, oranges, and cucumber. Aside from being good for your teeth, cutting back on sugar might help you in some of your other health-related resolutions.
  • Quit using tobacco products. Smoking or chewing tobacco is harmful for your entire body, and it takes quite a toll on your oral health as well. This year, cut tobacco out of your routine.
  • Visit the dentist within the first few weeks of the year. If you haven’t visited your Naperville dentist in a while, now is the time to go! Regular cleanings and checkups are much easier than restorative dental work. Contact us today to set up an appointment at Sherman Oaks Dental.

The Systemic Effects of Sugar

Effects of Sugar

Have you ever thought about what your daily indulgences are doing to your body? Although most people are quick to write off a sugary snack or two, too much sugar has some very real negative consequences for your body, including:

1. Increasing Your Obesity Risk

Sugar is exceptionally high in calories, and Americans eat a lot of the sweet stuff: around 22 teaspoons per day, in fact. In addition to filling your diet with extra calories, sugar also triggers an insulin response that blocks certain hormones in your body that make you feel full, which leads to eating more.

2. Causing “Sugar Crashes”

When sugar surges through your system, you might feel like you have more energy, but that feeling will soon fade. Research has shown that it only takes about thirty minutes to crash after experiencing a “sugar high,” leaving you feeling groggy and unproductive. These massive blood sugar spikes can also be tremendously hard on your body, eventually leading to insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes.

3. Fueling Oral Bacteria

Sugar is the main food source for oral bacteria, which work night and day to dissolve your dental enamel. Excessive sugar consumption can cause massive oral infections, problems with significant oral decay, and even periodontal disease. Contact your Naperville dentist today to find out how your teeth have been affected by sugar. As some of the best dentists in Naperville, our team can help your teeth to recover from sugar-related damage.

4. Leading to Dangerous Illnesses

Sugar consumption is so dangerous to your body’s delicate chemical balance that it can even put you at a higher risk for serious diseases, including kidney disease, cancer, and even liver failure.

5. Contributing to Cognitive Decline

More and more studies have shown that eating excessive sugar can cause brain fog and cognitive decline because of the body’s diminished ability to function properly.

Reducing Your Sugar Levels

To keep your sugar levels in check, try to track how much sugar you are eating on a daily basis. Experts recommend that women should consume no more than around 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, and that men shouldn’t eat more than 9 teaspoons worth of sugar daily. If you do indulge, swish your mouth with plenty of clean water to rinse away sticky residues and bacterial acids. Focus on filling your diet with plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables, which can keep you full while fulfilling some of your sweets cravings. For more help and advice regulating your diet to preserve your dental health, contact Sherman Oaks Dental today!

Bad Breath: Causes and Treatment

iStock_000060650738_XXXLarge_CompressedWe’ve all had bad breath days, and at the most inopportune moments: on a first date, during an interview, or at a wedding. Luckily, bad breath, or halitosis, does not need to haunt these moments, as it is treatable in most cases. However, in order to cure it, you have to first understand what causes it.

Causes of Bad Breath

Poor Dental Health

Not brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis allows food particles to hang out in your mouth, causing not only halitosis but other issues such as gingivitis, cavities, and yeast infections.

Food Choices

Eating foods with strong odors such as garlic or onions often cause bad breath. Additionally, if you let food sit on your teeth after eating, it will start to decompose, emitting an unpleasant odor. If you have an important event later in the day, avoid potent foods and brush your teeth immediately after eating.

Dehydration

One of the most common causes of bad breath is simple dehydration. Your mouth produces saliva to rinse the mouth, neutralize acids, and wash away dead cells. If you do not drink enough water, you mouth cannot produce the right amount of saliva. Unfortunately, there are some diseases that cause chronic dry mouth (know as xerostomia). It may be helpful to chew sugar free gum and drink plenty of water.

Treating Bad Breath

At-Home Methods

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss after eating and before bed
  • Chew sugar free gum or suck on mints
  • Use mouthwash as part of your daily routine
  • Hydrate

Seek Professional Help

If at-home methods do not minimize or eliminate your bad breath, it may be due to infection or more serious conditions, in which case you should visit a Naperville dentist. At Sherman Oaks Dental, we can determine the root cause of your bad breath and treat it as necessary. If you’re looking for the best dentist in Naperville, start with Sherman Oaks for quality service. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Preventing Teeth Stains

Your Naperville Dentist has tips to prevent teeth stain.Discolored or stained teeth can really strike a blow to your confidence. And while whitening treatments are widely available, when it comes to your pearly whites, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are some of the top stain-makers to watch out for.

Coffee and tea

While many of us wake ourselves up with a steaming cup of coffee, this habit isn’t doing our teeth any favors. And experts say that tea stains teeth even worse than coffee does. If you enjoy that hot drink just a couple of times per week, though, your chances of seeing stains are much lower than if you enjoy several cups per day. If you’re worried about staining your teeth, try cutting back.

Wine

Red wine contains a triple threat to your teeth: it’s high in acid, tannins, and chromogens, all of which cause tooth discoloration. Even white wine, though it doesn’t stain teeth with its own color, contains tannins and acids that make teeth more susceptible to other stains.

Tobacco

When you smoke or chew tobacco, nicotine and tar find their way to your teeth, leaching into holes in the enamel and turning the teeth yellowish-brown. To preserve the health of your teeth as well as your whole body, stay away from the stuff. But if it’s too late, don’t worry—tobacco stains sit on the outer layer of the tooth and can usually be removed.

Tomato sauce

The tomatoes in pasta sauce are, of course, bright red and high in acid—a combination that doesn’t bode well for your white smile. But eating dark green vegetables beforehand can actually protect teeth by creating a protective film, so serve up a salad with your spaghetti.

Berries

While they might be good for your body, the deep coloring in berries makes them dangerous for your teeth. Blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranates are among the worst culprits. Make sure to brush your teeth soon after eating berries, or wash them down with a glass of milk, which can neutralize acid.

Soda

Dark-colored sodas contain chromogens that stick to your teeth and turn them yellow. Plus, soda’s combination of sugar and acidity makes it extra dangerous for your teeth, as it can also cause decay.

 

If you’ve already enjoyed a little too much of your favorite food and drink, there’s good news: Sherman Oaks offers cosmetic dentistry in Naperville that can undo years of damage to your teeth. Schedule a consultation today to discuss teeth whitening options.

 

How to Avoid Acid Damage

Acid in sugar can damage your teeth. Everyone knows that sugar can damage your teeth. But do you know how sugar does its damage? The actual culprit isn’t sugar itself, but the acid it produces. When you eat that sugary snack, bacteria in the mouth feed off of the sugars, creating acid that eats away tooth enamel.

Acid can come from a variety of foods besides sugary snacks and candy, including soft drinks (even diet soda), wine, fruit juice, and citrus fruits. Stomach acid entering the mouth, whether through vomiting or acid reflux, can also cause serious tooth damage. If you notice that your teeth are discolored, cracked, or translucent around the edges, you may be seeing signs of tooth erosion. Acid damaged teeth also may start to look rounded, “sand-blasted,” cupped, or dented.

The good news is that your mouth is constantly working to fight acid damage to your teeth. Your saliva contains minerals like calcium and phosphates that naturally help repair your teeth. However, your saliva can’t save your teeth singlehandedly. Here are some things you can do to minimize acid damage.

  • Cut down on sugar and soda. Though it may be hard, reducing your intake of candy, sugary snacks, and soft drinks will pay off in the long run. Try replacing these with dairy products like milk, cheese, or yogurt, which contain calcium and phosphates that strengthen teeth.
  • Use a straw. If you do have an acidic soda or other beverage, drink with a straw to prevent the drink from making contact with your teeth. Never swish the drink.
  • Save acidic foods for mealtimes so you can eat them alongside other foods instead of alone as snacks. This can reduce their contact with your teeth, and other non-acidic foods can help neutralize the acidic ones, as well as encouraging saliva production.
  • Wash your food down with water. Drinking water along with or after an acidic food can help wash it out of your mouth more quickly.
  • Don’t brush right away. Though it might sound counterintuitive, brushing after eating acidic foods can actually increase tooth erosion, since acid softens your enamel and brushing can wear it away even further. Try waiting at least half an hour after consuming something acidic to brush your teeth.
  • Stop stomach acid from entering the mouth. If you have acid reflux or an eating disorder that involves frequent vomiting, seek medical help so that these conditions can be cured and stop interfering with your health.

Regular dental checkups and cleaning are also essential to preventing and catching tooth decay before it progresses too far. For excellent preventive dentistry in Naperville, contact Sherman Oaks Dental and let us help you care for your teeth.

Don’t Ignore Your Gums!

Don't Ignore Your Gums!For a beautiful and healthy smile, it is important to take care of your entire mouth. While teeth definitely need attention too, the rest of the mouth is too often overlooked. Care of the gums and dental bones are important aspects of dental care because these are the structures which support the teeth. Without a strong network of support, even healthy teeth will become compromised over time, leading to degradation and eventually tooth loss. Neglect of the gum tissue in particular can lead to a myriad of dental problems, including periodontitis, or gum disease. The good news is, the earlier it is caught, the more easily it can be corrected.

What are the signs of gum disease?

  • Halitosis, or persistently bad breath
  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot, cold and/or sweets
  • Pain when chewing
  • Gums that appear red or puffy
  • Gums which bleed easily (such as when brushing the teeth)
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gum line

Why does it matter?

What starts out as simple tenderness in the gums can lead to far worse problems in the future if left untreated. As the gum tissue weakens, pockets appear surrounding the teeth, creating an environment for the growth of resilient bacteria. These pockets continue to degrade the gum tissue until the tissue gives way completely and the bone is exposed. But the bacteria don’t stop there. Once the bone is exposed, it too is at a risk of degradation and decay. The bone becomes weakened and deteriorates until there is no longer enough bone to support teeth and the teeth fall out. Once this occurs, it can be difficult to use even false teeth and extensive surgery may be needed in order to fully restore the teeth to functionality again.

If you feel you may be showing the early signs of gum disease, or if another dentist has recommended periodontic treatment, Naperville dental office Sherman Oaks dental has got you covered. Many of our patients agree that we are the best dentist in Naperville, and we have worked hard to earn the loyalty and trust of our patients. We offer many different procedures for the treatment of periodontitis, and would love to work with you to help you discover your particular dental needs.

From preventive measures to surgical procedures, we have the technology, equipment and experience you need to restore and maintain your beautiful smile. Give us a call or click here to schedule your appointment today!

Instructions for Dental Emergencies

Instructions for Dental EmergenciesWhen dental emergencies happen, it’s important to stay calm and take quick action. Even in the most alarming cases—like a knocked-out or loosened tooth—the tooth can often be saved if it is treated within one hour of the injury. Read on to learn what to do in some of the most common dental emergencies.

What if my tooth is knocked out?

  • Don’t touch the root of the tooth (the part that is normally below the gumline). Handle it by the crown (the exposed part of the tooth). Touching the root can damage it and make it more difficult to reattach.
  • Rinse the tooth in milk if possible or clean water, but don’t scrub it or rub it with a rag or shirt hem.
  • Don’t let the tooth dry out. If possible, place it back in the socket to keep it moist. If that is not possible, place it in the mouth between the cheek and gum, or immerse it in a cup of milk.
  • Visit us immediately.

What if my tooth is loosened or forced out of position?

  • Try to gently push the tooth back into its normal alignment, but don’t force it into place.
  • If you are able to get the tooth back in place, bite down gently to keep it from moving.
  • Visit us immediately.

What if my tooth is fractured or chipped?

  • Rinse with warm water to clean the area.
  • Use a cold compress or ice pack to reduce swelling.
  • Don’t use aspirin for pain; it is an anticoagulant and may cause excessive bleeding. Use ibuprofen instead.
  • Visit us as soon as possible and ask about your options. It may cosmetically corrected.

What if I’ve lost a filling or crown?

  • Usually this is not an emergency, though it can be painful because the exposed tooth is often sensitive.
  • If you have lost a crown, put it in a safe place.
  • Make an appointment to see us as soon as possible.

What if I have injured mouth tissue (such as puncture wounds or lacerations to my cheeks, lips, or tongue)?

  • Clean the wound with warm water.
  • Apply pressure to the wound with a moistened piece of gauze to reduce bleeding.
  • If the bleeding does not stop, visit the emergency room. Apply pressure to the wound until you are treated.

Questions about an injured or damaged tooth? Contact your Naperville dentists at Sherman Oaks right away. Remember, immediate action is the key to saving a tooth.

Preventing Toothbrush Abrasion

Prevent toothbrush abrasion with these helpful tips.When you go to brush your teeth, you’re actually brushing two different surfaces. Not only are you scrubbing the enamel of the teeth, which is the hardest substance in the human body; you’re also brushing gum tissue, which isn’t so tough. A good zealous brushing might seem like a smart way to keep your teeth clean, but in reality, overbrushing can lead to toothbrush abrasion, which can create any of the following problems.

Receding gums

When gums are overbrushed for a long period of time, they can begin to wear away, receding from the teeth and exposing more and more of the tooth. At first, this recession may expose a little “notch” at the top of the tooth where the enamel ends and the layer beneath the enamel, called dentin, is exposed. Because this exposed notch is not protected by enamel, it is more susceptible to collecting plaque and forming cavities. It’s also more sensitive and prone to pain. If receding gums progress to a more advanced stage, however, they can actually lose their grip on the root of the tooth and cause tooth loss. Unfortunately, even if overbrushing is corrected, receding gums don’t grow back—they can only be corrected with surgery.

Worn enamel

While it’s not as easy to harm the enamel of your teeth as it is to harm the gums or dentin, it is possible. Overbrushing can wear away the enamel, leading to greater tooth sensitivity, greater risk of tooth decay, and discoloration. And while vigorous brushing and too-hard toothbrushes can certainly be to blame, research also suggests that overuse of toothpaste may lead to increased wear on enamel.

Aesthetic concerns

As the dentin layer below the enamel is exposed—both by receding gums and by worn enamel—teeth begin to take on a yellowed look. This is because, while enamel is white, the dentin beneath it is yellow. So while you may think you’re brightening your pearly whites by brushing them vigorously and often with whitening toothpaste, you may be doing just the opposite.

The good news is that being just a little more conscious of your brushing style can stop toothbrush abrasion. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush lightly, and use a circular motion rather than a forceful horizontal scrubbing motion. And if you have concerns about abrasion, contact your Naperville dentists at Sherman Oaks Dental today.

Brushing and Flossing: Updating Your Technique

Here are some helpful tips for regular brushing and flossingThe foundation for healthy teeth and gums is regular brushing and flossing to eliminate plaque and prevent the formation of tartar. But even if you brush regularly, your oral hygiene regimen may not be as effective as you would expect. Brushing right is just as important as brushing often. Take a moment to review your brushing and flossing techniques, and make sure they live up to the following standards.

Brushing

  • Use a soft-bristled brush. Hard bristles can wear down your enamel and leave your teeth susceptible to decay.
  • Choose a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is essential to keeping your tooth enamel hard, and the small amount that you get in your diet is rarely enough. In addition to regular fluoride treatments from Sherman Oaks, you should ensure that your toothpaste is helping replenish this vital mineral.
  • Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums. This helps the bristles reach underneath your gumline, where plaque is likely to accumulate.
  • Brush in a circular motion rather than side to side. This causes less irritation to the gums, reducing the risk of infection and gum recession.
  • Keep brushing for at least two minutes. Make sure to brush every tooth surface, paying special attention to the chewing surfaces of the molars, where food is most likely to be trapped.
  • Don’t brush too hard. A little firmness is good, but too much force will damage your enamel and irritate your soft tissue.

Flossing

  • Keep a length of dental floss taut between two hands. Loose floss is not as effective.
  • Switch sections of the floss as you proceed so that the same used section is not transferring particles from one tooth to another.
  • Floss between every pair of teeth in your mouth. Even where there are wide gaps, it’s better to be safe than to miss a bit of food or plaque.
  • Clean both sides of each gap by holding the floss first against one tooth, then the other before you move on.
  • Make a c-shape with the floss by pulling it tight against the tooth surface so that it curves.
  • Run the floss up and down the length of the tooth, including sliding it under the gumline.
  • Rinse your mouth after flossing to get rid of the plaque and food you have dislodged.

 

If you have questions or concerns about your dental health, feel free to schedule an appointment! Sherman Oaks is happy to care for your teeth and teach you to do the same.

The Cornerstone of Excellent Dental Health

Teeth require consistent daily care to stay in good health. Brushing and flossing are necessary to keep the plaque which constantly builds in your mouth from hardening into tartar. But personal dental hygiene alone can’t reliably keep teeth in their best shape. To maintain excellent dental health, you need to have regular dental exams and cleanings which will keep your teeth healthy and free of defects.The best way to keep up dental health is proper hygiene and regular professional cleanings.

Thorough cleaning and polishing
However good your brushing technique, it is possible to miss small, difficult-to-reach areas of your teeth. Dr. Weyneth can see what you miss, and clean those areas of your mouth which you have overlooked. It is especially important to address any tartar that may have accumulated on your teeth, as this is too hard to be removed by brushing and can only be addressed in the dentist’s chair. After a thorough cleaning and polishing to remove plaque and tartar, your teeth will be at their brightest.

Treatment with fluoride
The bacteria that reside in your mouth are constantly absorbing fluoride and other minerals from your dental enamel. This allows them to form durable tartar—and also weakens your teeth. To stay healthy, teeth need a constant source of minerals to replenish themselves. While your diet provides many of these minerals, fluoride in particular tends to vanish over time. In order to keep your dental enamel strong, we offer fluoride treatment to replenish the stores that are lost. Regular professional fluoride treatment, in combination with a healthy diet and regular use of fluoride toothpaste, helps guard your teeth against decay and keeps them bright and strong.

Diagnosing unseen decay
Every cavity begins with damage too small and subtle to see. To keep bacteria from getting a foothold on your mouth, Dr. Weyneth uses a DIAGNOdent pen to detect the early stages of tooth decay and gum disease. The DIAGNOdent pen—a small, handheld laser imaging device—is more sensitive than the human eye, and can detect invisible decay to allow for the earliest possible treatment.

Don’t delay
Prompt, regular dental exams are key to keeping your teeth at optimal health. If you are due for an appointment, you can schedule one with us by phone or online. Don’t wait; the sooner we see you, the easier it will be to get you the cleaning and treatment you need.

Your Mouth is the Gateway to your Body

The health of your teeth have a direct correlation to your overall health.Contrary to popular belief, proper dental care is about more than simply brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and your diet and level of physical fitness are directly tied to the health of your teeth. Here are a few health conditions that have been proven to be related to dental decay, and how you can take care of your teeth from the inside out.

Decay

If you aren’t feeling well, your teeth might be at the root of the problem. Conversely, if your teeth are healthy, your body might be in better shape too. Here are a few problems you might find yourself with if you ignore your dental health:

  • Cardiovascular Illnesses: The same dental bacteria that can erode away your oral enamel can seep into your blood and create an inflammatory response in your body. This inflammation can cause cardiovascular illnesses such as endocarditis and heart disease. In fact, some researchers have even found oral bacteria inside of the arterial plaque that causes heart attacks.
  • Diabetes: Since diabetics have a difficult time controlling their blood sugars, and since oral bacteria feeds on these sugars, diabetes has been directly linked with periodontal disease.
  • Cancer: The inflammation that dental disease can cause can harm you more than messing up your blood sugar levels and increasing your chances for a heart attack. Researchers have found that there is strong evidence to support a link between periodontal disease and cancer, since bacteria and inflammation can hurt your body’s ability to fight off other infections.

For these reasons, make your dental health an important part of your overall healthcare regimen. Schedule your dental checkups at the same time you schedule your annual doctor’s well exam.

Dental Care From the Inside-Out

As you go about your daily activities, remember that proper dental care starts from the inside. Your diet can drastically improve your overall health, and keep your teeth strong and beautiful. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Eat A Wide Variety of Fruits and Vegetables: In addition to giving your body healthy doses of vitamins and minerals, crunchy fruits and veggies can also stimulate your dental sockets, which can keep your jawbone healthy and strong.
  • Exercise: Regular exercise can improve circulation throughout your entire body, including your mouth—keeping necessary blood vessels working like they should.
  • Drink Enough Water: In addition to rinsing your teeth clean, drinking enough water can also help your body to run more efficiently. Also, people who are dehydrated tend to suffer from bad breath and aggravated dental decay.

If you have questions about how your dental health could affect your physical health, make an appointment with us today!

 

Never Ignore Tooth Pain

Never ignore tooth pain. Schedule an appointment with the best dentist in Naperville.Toothaches can happen for a variety of reasons; we’ve all experienced the discomfort of one. If you are feeling severe pain from a toothache, it is recommended that you do something about it rather than hope it gets better. By ignoring tooth pain or oral pain, your condition can worsen and cause issues like infections or tooth loss.  Tooth pain is often a symptom of a much larger problem. To assist with pain relief, you can utilize Tylenol, warm salt water rinse, or a cold compress.

Other Types of Oral Pain:

1. Canker Sores: Whether short or long lasting, canker sores are one of the common forms of oral pain. We can assist you with temporary relief in the form of over-the-counter medications or laser treatment.
2. Bleeding: This can be a sign of gum disease, but if bleeding persists, we recommend the use of a tight gauze on the area. If it continues after the gauze is removed, please seek additional help at our offices.
3. Knocked Out or Broken Tooth: If it is a baby tooth, simply stem the bleeding and ensure that there is no bits of tooth remaining (if there are, contact us immediately) in the mouth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, make sure that you recover the tooth, hold it by the crown, rinse it briefly, and try to reinsert into place with a gauze. If this doesn’t work, put the tooth in milk or water and contact us immediately for an emergency appointment in hopes of replacing the tooth.
4. Cut or Bitten Lip, Cheek, or Tongue: If simply bruised, an application of ice can help with the pain. If there is bleeding, utilize pressure with a gauze to stop it. If bleeding persists, seek out help at our office.

Now that you know the importance of never ignoring tooth pain, we hope that you’ll seek out dental help with one of the best dentists in Naperville immediately if you begin to experience oral discomfort. If you’re a new patient to Sherman Oaks, take a moment to see what we have to offer you. If you have questions regarding tooth pain, feel free to contact us for additional information. Those of you who are currently experiencing tooth pain, please get in touch with Sherman Oaks immediately to make an appointment so that we can help with relief from the pain. The dental team at Sherman Oaks is proud to help the Naperville, IL, area with all their dental needs!

 

Gum Disease and Dental Implants

Soft Tissue Laser is used in gum disease treatment in Naperville so you can be ready for dental implants.

A Soft Tissue Laser used in gum disease treatment.

For those of you who have dental implants or are considering them, you might wonder if oral hygiene is as important for your artificial teeth as it is for your natural ones. After all, the dental implants you’ll receive at Sherman Oaks Dental are of the highest quality and durability, and installed by one of the best dentists in Naperville. As it turns out, hygiene is still extremely important for dental implants, since gum disease can affect them just as much as it can affect natural teeth.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissue of the gums that surround and support the teeth. Even in mild cases, it can make gum tissue red, swollen and sensitive, the tissue bleeds easily and can pull away from the teeth. In more severe cases, it causes the degradation and loss of both gum and bone tissue, and as a result teeth can become loose and even fall out. In fact, gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. So how does this affect dental implants? Well, since tooth loss from gum disease is caused by the decay of gum tissue, dental implants are just as vulnerable as natural teeth, since they can become loosened if the gum tissue holding them in place is compromised. The same plaque that causes gum disease can also damage the crown surfaces of dental implants.

How to prevent gum disease

Gum disease is primarily caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and bacterial waste that coats the teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth twice a day for 60-90 seconds each time will help keep plaque at bay and limit the damage it can do to your mouth. Be sure when brushing to carefully clean all the exposed parts of your teeth, especially the hard-to-reach parts where plaque can easily build up. Flossing once a day helps clean plaque out from between the teeth, where gum disease often develops.

Often, gum disease is painless and reveals few symptoms, so regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist are essential for timely diagnosis and preventive measures. Though we do offer dental implant services and gum disease treatment from Sherman Oaks Dental, we prefer to prevent problems from developing in the first place, so come for a visit and let us treat you to our first-class preventive teeth cleaning services. Contact us today!

Does Alcohol In Mouthwash Prevent Gum Disease?

The Lure Of Mouthwash

If you are like most people, you probably have your dental care regimenA mouthwash with alcohol might be doing you more harm than good, according to your Naperville family dentsit. down pat. After brushing for the recommended two minutes and being careful about applying too much pressure, you might carefully navigate wax-covered floss through all of those tiny crevices. To polish your smile and to freshen your breath, you might end with minty mouthwash. After all, who doesn’t want to have a perfectly kissable pout seconds after they finish brushing their teeth? Unfortunately, some mouthwashes are more beneficial than others. However, before we get into the nitty-gritty details about all of your mouthwash options, you need to understand the importance of your spit.

The Role of Saliva

Believe it or not, saliva does a lot more than help you to moisten and swallow your food. In addition to making it possible to ingest those dry crackers, spit also helps to wash food particles away from your teeth and tongue. If you suffer from various medical conditions or take certain medications, those food particles can stay put where they can stink up your mouth. Saliva can also help your gums to stay hydrated and healthy, so they can continue to frame your smile and hold your teeth in place.

In fact, saliva even fights the oral bacteria present in your mouth to fend off decay. As oral bacteria feed off of food particles and multiply, they can release harmful acids that can slowly erode away the enamel of your teeth. When this bacteria makes its way into your tooth, it can burrow out a little crevice, also known as a cavity. If this decay is left unchecked, it can even develop into a full-fledged infection. However, saliva contains elements that can neutralize the acids that bacteria can cause, mitigating the damage.

Why You Should Avoid Alcohol-Based Mouthwashes

Some mouthwashes contain alcohol, which can dry out your mouth. Although most people assume that this alcohol cuts through bacteria and destroys germs in a hurry, it is nearly impossible for a few simple swishes to obliterate all of the bacteria that your mouth contains. Those rogue pathogens left behind have the opportunity to enjoy an arid, spit-free zone where they can set up shop and destroy your teeth and gums.

To prevent gum disease and advanced stages of tooth decay, it is a good idea to shop around for an alcohol free mouthwash. If you have questions about which mouthwash is right for you, ask Dr. Weyneth, one of the best dentists in Naperville, for a recommendation. Call our office to set up an appointment today!

Whole Body Health – Where Medical Care and Dental Care Meet!

How Healthy Are You? Talk to your Naperville family dentist about the connection between your teeth and your health.

How Healthy Are You?

Has your Naperville family dentist ever asked about your medical history or overall health? You may wonder what your grandfather’s heart disease, a history of high blood pressure, or a past experience with gestational diabetes has to do with your dental cleaning.

The answer lies in how your oral and medical health affect each other. There are many health risk factors that increase when dental issues are added to the mix, and your dental health can likewise be affected by your medical history.

At Sherman Oaks Dental, Dr. Bryan Weyneth and Dr. Lydia Sosenko stress the importance of a full medical history from your very first visit, and you can expect staff to ask for updates on a regular basis. Here are just a few indicators that you might need to have a chat with your dentist about what is going on with the rest of your body!

  • Personal or family history of heart attack or cardiovascular disease. If you need some type of extensive dental work, your dentist may decide extra antibiotics in advance of surgery are in order to prevent any kind of infection.
  • Gestational, Type 2, or Type 1 diabetes can cause a variety of oral health issues, the most common being dry mouth. Ask your dentist about safe ways to increase saliva production, and remember to ask for early morning appointments if you cannot eat or drink before a procedure, to avoid a severe drop in blood sugar. Diabetes can also increase your chances of gum disease.
  • Syncope (fainting) is one of the most common issues in the dental office. If you have a history of fainting, make certain your dentist knows so the staff can be aware that you may pass out.
  • Hypertension is another red flag. If you have high blood pressure, inform your dentist, as pending dental procedures can often increase stress from anxiety or fear. Don’t be ashamed to ask for medication to take the edge off.

In the same way that your body’s health can affect your oral health, the reverse is also true. There are many ways in which your dental issues can end up causing problems for your overall health.

  • Infection that starts in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body. This can be particularly dangerous if the bloodstream becomes affected. If you have an infection, it can also cause you to have to delay needed procedures. Taking care of your teeth and having regular cleanings and checkups is the best way to stave off this kind of problem – don’t wait until your tooth hurts to see your dentist!
  • Losing a tooth can also negatively affect your health. Once a single tooth is lost, the structure of the arch is compromised, meaning that teeth on either side of the gap are much more prone to becoming lose and falling out. This can lead to a cascade of tooth loss, which can in turn lead to issues with eating, improper chewing and digestion, and self-esteem issues that go hand in hand with an imperfect smile.
  • Gum disease has been linked to a number of health complications, including osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and even certain kinds of cancer – especially if you are already at risk. A periodontal treatment plan can help lower your risk.

Bottom line – no part of your body is an island, sufficient unto itself, but each is part of the main. Your oral health affects your overall health, and your overall health affects your oral health. Whether you are coming in for a new patient appointment or are an established patient, always keep your dentist informed of your recent and past medical history, and keep your doctor apprised of your dental and oral health issues as well. It’s the best way to keep the mouth/body connection in good shape!

 

Toothpaste and Mouthwash – Is One Kind Better Than Another?

Which Toothpaste and mouthwash Is Right For You and Your Family?

Which Toothpaste Is Right For You and Your Family?

When you walk into your local pharmacy to stock up on dental and oral health supplies, it can be instantly paralyzing to look at the vast wall of products and try to figure out which items are best. There are dozens of brands of toothpaste and mouthwash, and each brand has multiple varieties to choose from.

Is one brand of toothpaste or mouthwash really better than another? Your family dentist in Naperville can help you narrow your choices, and may even recommend a specific brand, but being informed as a consumer and a responsible person is a good place to start.

Toothpaste is designed to make the process of cleaning all surfaces of your teeth, gums, and tongue more effective. It’s important to understand that the mechanics and timing of tooth brushing – how and when you brush your teeth – are usually more important than the substance you use to aid the process!

The usual visual hinted at in commercials as being a huge plus is “foaming”. The images of tiny bubbles working their way into crevices between teeth can be very powerful. But is foam what makes toothpaste work? What about “whitening power” or sensitivity factors?

Dr. Bryan Weyneth wants patients to know – whitening toothpaste does not, in fact, take away stains deep in the enamel. Instead, chemical ingredients help break down stubborn surface stains, and abrasive ingredients help grind them away. Both can damage your enamel. Whitening is best done professionally, for lasting results.

Bubbles also do not really affect the cleaning process. Sensitive mouth toothpaste is really the only type that may make a difference to you – if your teeth and gums require gentle handling, a toothpaste labeled “sensitive could very well help alleviate discomfort (and many a Naperville dentist will recommend such options after procedures like in-office whitening, when sensitivity is heightened.)

Mouthwash is another product with hundreds of varieties and options available. What does mouthwash do? Commercials show mouthwash eradicating bacteria, and again, foaming into hard to reach spots. Some even portray the mouthwash as strengthening teeth with daily use.

These insinuations have an element of truth – liquid rinses can indeed reach places that brush bristles cannot, and fluoride enhanced mouthwashes can help prevent decay – but mouthwash in no way a replacement for brushing your teeth, gums and tongue. Additionally, mouthwashes containing alcohol can dry out your mouth, causing other issues like constant “cottonmouth” and bad breath.

So, what should you look for when you stand in the oral health aisle?

  1. Toothpaste that has a flavor you do not find objectionable (as you are more likely to follow your routine when it is not dreaded due to a dislike of the taste). You may use sensitive formulas, but whitening toothpastes can be disregarded.
  2. Mouthwash that is alcohol free, if possible, and again, a flavor that you don’t dislike. Follow label directions and don’t swallow mouthwash.
  3. Buy floss. Regular old floss you stretch from finger to finger is often best – it will let you get down below the gum line around each tooth and really keep your mouth clean if you follow your Naperville dentist’s directions for proper technique.

Finally, making and showing up for regular dental cleanings from your dentist in Naperville is still a vital part of keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Your home routine is important, but regular exams and cleanings provide extra thoroughness, can catch problems early, and can prevent you from having expensive, painful issues later on. Call us today to schedule your next preventive appointment!

Waiting Until Your Tooth Hurts – The Top 3 Risks

Don't wait until your tooth hurts!

Don’t wait until your tooth hurts!

People tend to put things off when it’s something they really don’t want to do. This can be changing the oil in a car, taking the dog out in a blizzard, failing to patch the roof. After all, what’s the harm? If it’s not causing an issue right now, it isn’t urgent, right?

Of course, when the car engine blows, or the dog makes a mess, the roof springs a leak, you wish you had been more pro-active. The same concept holds true for visiting your dentist. Dr. Brian Weyneth reminds us: “We assume since our teeth don’t hurt, that they are fine – even if there are plenty of reasons we should pick up the phone and schedule that appointment.”  Dr. Lydia Sosenko, echoes his advice “Regular cleanings and checkups are more important than you think. Your oral health is a huge part of your overall health!” Preventive dental care is much better than emergency dental treatment.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Your Teeth and Your Whole Body

Apple Cider VinegarApple Cider Vinegar is an all-natural ingredient. It can help with many health problems and improve total body health.

  • Rubbing apple cider vinegar on teeth, followed by a water rinse can help remove the surface stains on teeth.
  • With the summer season near, there may be times we need to soothe sunburned skin. Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath water. Soak for ten minutes to relieve sunburned skin.
  • Apple cider vinegar is proven to promote weight loss. Ingest two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or add to sixteen ounces of water to help aid in weight loss.
  • Apple cider vinegar regulates the pH level of the body. If the body is too acidic, it can lead to lowered energy level and increased infection.
  • By naturally helping decrease acid reflux or heartburn, apple cider vinegar can help increase energy levels and help fight infection. For immediate heartburn relief, it is recommended to ingest one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water.
  • This great vinegar can also help detoxify the body of toxins. A toxin in excess is yeast or candida. Candida is also contributed to yeast infections, craving sugar, fatigue, and decreased or poor memory.
  • Don’t forget the benefit apple cider vinegar has to our furry friends. Apple cider vinegar can act as a natural flea repellant for our pets. Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water to spray on your pet’s fur.

There are many benefits of using apple cider vinegar to help with health problems. Adopting a daily regimen of ingesting apple cider vinegar can promote good health. Call us today at (630) 369-5225 to see if apple cider vinegar can help your oral hygiene regimen.

Sherman Oaks Dental Naperville, Illinois has been providing family dental care for patients from Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle and Chicago surrounding areas for over two decades.

Don’t Forget to Brush Your Tongue

brush your tongue

Brush your tongue!

Most people know the key to good oral hygiene is to brush your teeth and floss daily. What most people don’t know is that brushing your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth. So brush your tongue!

The tongue has taste buds similar to small finger-like projections that can trap a lot of bacteria. This bacteria trapped on the tongue can lead to bad breath or even worse! If this bacteria is not removed with a toothbrush or tongue scraper, it can lead to other health issues. Since the mouth is the gateway to the body, excess bacteria on the tongue can affect the immune system.

Also, a layer of bacteria can prevent you from tasting your food. Not being able to taste food can lead to bad eating habits and poor digestion. Poor nutrition can lower your immune system and affect your overall health. If you notice a thick layer on your tongue, brush your tongue. A gentle tongue scraper is a better option between the two since it can remove more bacteria than your toothbrush can.

If you have oral hygiene questions or need a recommendation for a good tongue scraper, please call your Naperville dentist at Sherman Oaks Dental Naperville. The number to call is (630) 369-5225.

Why Alcohol Free Mouthwash is Better

Contrary to what many people believe, the alcohol in mouthwash is not beneficial. Mouthwash with a high alcohol content can actually be harmful. The alcohol in mouthwash can dry the mouth. Dry mouth allows the bad bacteria, and bacteria-filled plaque to stick in the mouth and on the teeth. This bacteria can cause cavities, wear on the teeth, gum infections, and bad breath.

Great alcohol free mouthwash is Crest Pro-Health and Listerine Zero. Also, products containing xylitol can help to lubricate the mouth and prevent dry mouth.

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Call Sherman Oaks today to ask which products are best for you (630)369-5225.

What Sweets are Worse to Eat For My Teeth?

What sweets are worse for my teeth

With the holiday season around the corner, we are all going to overindulge!

There are some sweets that are worse for our teeth. Sticky, chewy, sugar coated snacks are worse for the teeth. Even though chocolate is not good for our teeth, it will wash off of the teeth. Caramel and gummy snacks stick to the teeth longer. We do not want any of our patients to miss out on holiday treats, but we just want to help provide a guide in the right snacking direction.

With extra snacking, make sure to keep up with good oral hygiene.

  • Make sure you are brushing twice daily for two minutes each time.
  • Flossing daily helps prevent cavities in-between teeth and prevents gum inflammation.
  • Using mouthwash daily also helps remove loose bacteria from the teeth and gums.

Sherman Oaks is wishing everyone a happy holiday season! Call us to schedule your next appointment for all your dental needs (630)369-5225.

Sherman Oaks Dental, located in Naperville, Illinois has been providing family dental care for patients from Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle and Chicago surrounding areas for over two decades.

Pain FREE Method to Treat Cold & Canker Sores

At Sherman Oaks, we have a new pain-free method of treating cold sores and canker sores. We use a dental laser to stop the progression and pain of cold sores and canker sores. If the lesion is already present, laser therapy can give great pain relief and allow quicker healing time. We encourage our patients to call as soon as they feel a tingling sensation or have familiar feelings that a sore or lesion is erupting. This treatment also helps to prevent future lesions in the same spot. No numbing or anesthesia is needed prior to this treatment. Give Sherman Oaks a call to get out of pain today (630)369-5225.

Sherman Oaks Dental, located in Naperville, Illinois has been providing family dental care for patients from Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle and Chicago surrounding areas for over two decades.

Q & A – How often should I change my toothbrush?

Dental Questions
How often should I change my toothbrush?

Dental Questions A standard manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush brush head should be changed every three months. After three months, the toothbrush bristles become soft and will not effectively remove plaque and food debris. We recommend all patients use a soft bristle brush. Most electric toothbrush heads are only made with soft bristles. For most patients, an electric toothbrush is more beneficial than a manual toothbrush. We most commonly recommend the Sonicare electric toothbrush. In addition, by using the Sonicare electric toothbrush, it is proven to keep your teeth two shades whiter. Ask your hygienist or dentist today which brush would be best for you.

Is Mouthwash Necessary?

Over the years, the focus on oral hygiene has been brushing and flossing.  Recent studies have shown that with daily brushing and flossing, bacteria can still form a film on the gum tissue.  TheIs mouthwash necessary? only way to release the bacteria film is with mouthwash.  We recommend alcohol free mouthwash.  Alcohol in mouthwash dries out the mouth allowing bacteria to multiply.  Great alcohol free mouthwashes are Crest Pro-Health and Breath Rx.  Ask your hygienist or assistant today for a mouthwash recommendation or give us a call – 630-473-3843.

Sherman Oaks Dental, located in Naperville, Illinois has been providing family dental care for patients from Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle and Chicago surrounding areas for over two decades.

Why Gums Bleed

Dental Cleaning checking gumsBleeding gums are unhealthy gums. Bleeding gums are a sign of infection.

At regular exam and cleaning appointments, your hygienist and dentist should be checking your gums.  Your hygienist and dentist should be completing a full periodontal charting at least once yearly.  Periodontal charting is measuring the neck of the gum tissue surrounding each tooth and evaluating the bone support.  A normal healthy pocket surrounding the gums is from one-three millimeters without bleeding.  Bleeding is a sign of gingivitis and gum disease.  If bleeding gums are left untreated, the infection increases and the bone or the support of the tooth decreases.  In addition, the bacteria in the mouth can go through the blood stream.   If there is inflammation in the mouth, it sends an inflammatory process through the rest of the body. Gum infections are connected to heart disease, diabetes, low birth weight babies, and lung infections.

Contact us if you haven’t had a cleaning within the last 6 months 630.369.5225.

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Is That Cold Sore Coming on Again?

Are you tired of treating cold sores with pills or creams? We have a great new alternative for you. We have a new laser treatment that can speed healing in half the time.

Not only can cold sores cause pain and discomfort for several days, they are so noticeable, they can be embarrassing. Although living with cold sores can be a hassle, treating them does not have to be. Remember, they are caused by a virus and are considered a medical condition.

We are happy to announce that having just one laser treatment can speed the healing of these unsightly, uncomfortable sores. It is best to treat the cold sore when you first feel one coming on, usually you feel a tingly sensation. The laser is used on a low power setting, nothing even comes in contact with your lip and the treatment is completed in just a few minutes. You do not feel anything while the laser is being used, but often the tingly sensation is gone right away.

Just ask our Office Administrator, Cathy, she has had this treatment done several times and she can attest to its results. So, if you feel a cold sore coming on, remember to call our office today at 630.369.5225.

Sherman Oaks Dental, located in Naperville, Illinois has been providing family dental care for patients from Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle and Chicago surrounding areas for over two decades.

Using Your Dental and Medical Insurance Benefits Before Year’s End (Part 2)

In our last post we pointed out many reasons why it’s a great idea to get in those last minute medical and dental procedures. Below are specific ideas to help you maximize your health benefits.

In general the best place to start is to go through all your medical and dental billings for the year.  Make sure that you have submitted for reimbursements of all your co-payments, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.  Unsure if you have any remaining benefits? It’s a great idea to call your insurance’s member department and find out specifically how much remains in benefits.

Here are areas to consider. Remember to check specific plans for reimbursement guidelines.

Dental:

  • Cavity treatments– Untreated cavities usually lead to larger more costly treatment.
  • Teeth with ‘stress fracture lies’ often can be treated with dental procedures such as partial one-day crowns or fillings
  • Night guards for grinding
  • Various tooth brightening procedures
  • General exams, cleanings and gum treatments
  • Sealants
  • Snoring treatments—see Medical below
  • Visit  www.NapervilleDentistry.com for more ideas of general dental services

Medical:

  • Are there prescription medications that could be stocked up and billed for?
  • Snoring treatments/ CPAP alternative treatment- if connected with an apnea diagnosis. (Visit www.TiredOfSnoring.com)
  • Any moles that need to be evaluated?
  • Any testing such as mammograms, colonoscopies or other tests to be considered
  • Any vaccinations for future travel, or seasonal
  • Any family history of illnesses that could put you at higher risk which may require blood work or other testing (colon cancer, apnea, heart disease)
  • Does your plan pay for nutritional guidance?
  • Ergonomics based pain such as neck, wrist or other pain from continued computer use
  • Blood work for Celiac disease or nutritional deficiencies
  • Foot problems

Optical

  • A second pair of glasses as a back-up
  • Prescription sun glasses
  • Examination to check candidacy for laser correction treatment
  • Visit health partner (Dr.Sosenko’s husband Dr. Chris Burch’s website) at www.DanadaVisionCenter.com

Also don’t forget to check your plan’s rules. It’s important to check individual plans as to specifically what kind of procedures they may cover, or exclude even after the deductible has been met.  Also some companies allow their employees to spend flex accounts until mid- March or a certain number of weeks after the 1st of the year.  This may allow you to have a few extra weeks to plan for medical and dental treatments.

Sherman Oaks Dental, located in Naperville, Illinois has been providing family dental care for patients from Naperville, Wheaton, Aurora, Lisle and Chicago surrounding areas for over two decades.

by Dr. Lydia Sosenko

Healthy Alternatives to Holiday Comfort Foods

Who said that holiday dishes have to leave us over stuffed?

The holidays are just around the corner and so is the potential for extra holiday pounds. You can still eat your favorite holiday foods but with fewer calories and little or no “bad stuff”.

The typical modern Thanksgiving dinner contains about 2,000-3,000 calories, but it’s not the turkey that’s adding up these numbers. Instead, it comes from butter, cream, and sugar – ingredients that are usually included in every side dish these days.

But, let’s look at the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Each item is actually healthy in its natural state. According to Smithsonian Magazine, there was turkey, corn, venison and perhaps turnips, carrots, onions, garlic, pumpkins, chestnuts and walnuts. The colonists did not have butter and wheat flour to make mashed potatoes or pie crusts, so theirs was a healthy celebration

If we kept our menus the same for the last 392 years, then we could leave the table feeling good and energized not tired and bloated.

So, let me ask you this?

What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes? I’m going to guess that your answer includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, biscuits, gravy, cranberry sauce and potato salad.

What if I said you could still enjoy your holiday favorites in a modified, healthy way? Are you on board? Then keep reading…

Instead of mashed potatoes –have creamy white bean and vegetable mash or creamed cauliflower. You get more protein from the legumes and less fat from the nonexistent butter and cream. (See recipe below)

Instead of biscuits –try whole grain skillet cornbread. (See recipe below). You get fiber from the whole grains instead of nothing from white flour.

Instead of bread filled stuffing  –  add whole grains and fruits such as fig, apple and sage.

Instead of sugary cranberry sauce – skip the sugar and add more fruit.

Instead of the old stand bys – try side dishes such as sautéed brussels sprouts, oven roasted beets and other root vegetables, and honey glazed carrots with garlic.

Go ahead and try something new this holiday season. You might just be pleasantly surprised at how good things taste in their natural state and how good you feel leaving the dinner table.

Broiled citrus and Cranberry Tart (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tangerine, 1 ruby grapefruit, and 1 naval orange – all peeled, pitted, and segmented
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • 1 TBSP raw sugar

Directions:

Heat broiler. Divide fruit among 4 shallow ovenproof ramekins. Sprinkle with sugar. Transfer ramekins to a baking sheet.  Broil, rotating once until golden brown 4-6 minutes.

Per serving: 86cal; 0gfat; 0mg chol; 21g carbs; 2mg sodium; 1g protein; 3g fiber.

Creamy White Bean and Vegetable Mash (serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 lb. Yukon gold* potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups cooked white beans, drained (1 16-oz can)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, celery and carrot until translucent, 6-8 minutes. Add potatoes and white beans and cover with water by 2 inches. Season with salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of cooking water. Mash vegetables, adding reserved water to adjust consistency. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil before serving.

Per serving: 206 cal; 5g fat (1g sat fat); 0mg chol; 41g carbs; 316mg sodium; 9g protein; 8g fiber

The more yellow the potato, the better because they are naturally creamy and sweet (you can keep the skins on, as they are thin, add sweetness and contain more Vitamin A and potassium).

Source: WholeLiving.com

Mashed Garlic Cauliflower (serves 6)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets (about 6 to 7 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, roasted and mashed
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and then drain well and transfer cauliflower to a food processor. Add roasted garlic, olive oil and reserved water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and puree until smooth. (Or, mash cauliflower with a potato masher). Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutritional Info:

Per Serving:110 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 3g protein

Naperville Dentists, Dr. Lydia Sosenko and Dr. Bryan Weyneth, thank Debbie Slutzky for this great blog post!

Debbie Slutzky is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Nutrition and Health Counseling. For more holiday recipes or for more information on how to eat healthy and still enjoy your food, please contact her at Debbie@NutritionAndHealthCounseling.com or 630.470.7634. www.NutritionAndHealthCounseling.com.

When Should You Floss Your Teeth?

Barbara Hartman one of our Dental Hygienist answers the question – When Should You Floss Your Teeth?

Here is what I recommend to patients.  I have not read any scientific data supporting my recommendations, but these are things that seem to help.

  • Floss before brushing and you will less likely to skip doing it.
  • Floss 1 x day.  I think it is good to floss in the evening so that any food particles or plaque can be removed before going to sleep.  While sleeping, we have less saliva and we are not drinking water, etc. so teeth more prone to decay during this time period.
  • Floss shortly after dinner if possible, you will not want to floss when you are very tired. Also, flossing after dinner keeps you from late-night eating.
  • If flossing in the evening just doesn’t work, do it anytime.  The important thing is that you are disrupting the plaque every 24 hours.

Please comment below and let us know when you floss?

Yes, Mom, the Dentist told me it is ok to chew sugarless gum!

Studies show that kids who chew sugarless gum have less cavities! Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva which decreases acidity in the mouth. The act of chewing helps clean plaque build-up.
What types of sugarless gum do our Naperville Dentists recommend?  Look for gum with Xylitol, a natural sweetener that actually has some qualities to protect teeth from cavities.
Be sure to ask your dental hygienist at your next visit to our convenient Naperville office, we would be happy to let you know our favorite gum!

New Help for Insomnia

Many insomniacs also suffer from apnea, but sleep labs rarely address this disorder. While some patients have found assistance through traditional medicinal therapies, cures for insomnia have eluded patients and physicians. More and more people have become aware of the problem and its frequency today. Traditional medicinal therapies have assisted some patients, but every insomnia patient is different. Cognitive therapy based approaches show the most promise for long-term effectiveness. The Personal Health Monitoring Corporation has combined expertise in physiology, behavior, and technology to provide Somnio, an internet-based approach to cognitive/behavioral therapy that shows promise to cure insomnia. Patients provide information and sleep-lab information provides feedback that assists the distance therapist who can then give advice, and monitor changes in sleep patterns. Patients electronically complete sleep diaries and answers to questionnaires driven by their responses. Patients can enter the information from home at their convenience. The process typically involves one session a week for eight weeks. The therapist can then provide information to help a patient improve their sleep environment, sleep patterns, behaviors and discuss challenges and belief patterns. Early results from the program developers report at least an 80% cure rate.
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Naperville Dental Patients ask, “What is the best toothpaste to use?”

by Dr. Lydia Sosenko of Sherman Oaks Dental of Naperville

This question ranks as one of the top 3 questions in the national questionnaire discussed on my last blog. Are all those commercials discussing “most recommended by dentists….” truly a reality?  Well, I often chuckle when I come across commercials advertising toothpastes and rinses, because I often wonder who do they really ask?  I personally have not put in my vote. At the end of our blog we’ll share with you my personal favorite as well as some of our team members’ votes.

Looking from a standpoint as a consumer and a dentist I would agree that the following factors need to be thought of when picking the best toothpaste: good taste, pleasant texture, good thickness-not too runny or too thick, pleasant clean sensation after use and a good protecting factor from cavities and plaque.

Many individuals don’t realize that some toothpastes have all of these factors but can cause increased sensitivity of the teeth, increased chance of canker sores or other gum irritations, and an increase in wear of teeth!

So let’s get to the answer of the question, which toothpaste really is the best? Well, you might not like the answer but there really isn’t any one particular fluoridated toothpaste that is best for everyone.  As a dentist I don’t find much value to any of the ‘added whitening and tartar control factors’.  If you are brushing correctly-(–which is far more crucial in preventing dental problems), tartar control additives are not needed, and no dentists that I know throw a lot of value on the whitening additives.  There simply is no replacement for professional or localized whitening treatments.

An important factor that most consumers are not aware of is that different toothpastes have different levels of abrasiveness or what we call relative dentin abrasivity.  Although increased abrasiveness can be tougher on surface stains caused by tea or smoking, it has minimal or no affect on staining ‘within’ teeth or naturally discolored teeth.  This increase in abrasiveness can cause an increase in sensitivity especially if even the smallest amount of gum recession is evident by stripping the outer layer of these exposed areas.

So here are the questions I or our hygienists would ask before giving you your best toothpaste pick:

  • Are you brushing and flossing correctly?
  • Are you using a manual or electric toothbrush? (More on this on an upcoming blog…)
  • Do you have any gum recession areas?
  • Do you have any sensitive teeth?
  • Do you smoke or have external stains or your teeth?

To decide which toothpaste is best for you, discuss the answers of these questions with your dental care provider. As for us, here are some of our toothpaste favorites at Sherman Oaks Dental:

Dr.Sosenko-“  Colgate Cavity Protection (the original type of pastes or gels without all the extras) – . I have 1 small area of gum recession that gets sensitive with some of the more abrasive toothpastes and it  has a lower level of abrasivity. Love the taste…”

Dr. Weyneth – “Crest products without the tartar control and whitening additives….like the taste and don’t believe in the value of the additives…”

Mary Ellen (Clinical Director)– Colgate Cavity Protection –“ love the taste and don’t need all the extras.”

Barb (Hygienist) – “Colgate Cavity Protection….others make my teeth sensitive or cause my gums to get irritated….”

Cathy- (Office Manager) –“Colgate Total –loves the taste and feels long lasting fresh feeling…”

Lisa (Clinical Assistant) –“Crest Pro-Health Night – like the feeling of the extra scrubbing power of this ‘gritty’ toothpaste..”

Rosa- (Patient Coordinator )”Crest Pro-Health–like the grittiness scrubbing power and clean feel…”

More of our team members’ votes will be posted on our next newsletter as well as a list of common toothpastes and their relative dentin abrasivity indexes which are rarely listed on toothpaste packaging.

Call our Naperville office today, 630 369-5225, and schedule your next gentle cleaning appointment and our general dental team will help you find out which tooth paste is best for you. Our family of patients come from Naperville, Wheaton, Aurora, Lisle, Warrenville, Plainfield and many more suburbs. Come visit us today or visit www.NapervilleDentistry.com for our special internet welcome offer.

Gum Disease: Are you at risk in Naperville, Illinois?

Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe and to save yourself expensive Dental Care early!!!  At Sherman Oaks Dental in Naperville, Illinois, we strive to provide preventive dental treatments.

Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. A local anesthetic may be used to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth. Planing and scaling causes little or no discomfort.  Root planing and scaling is done when gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have hard mineral deposits (tartar) on them.

If you maintain good dental care after the procedure, the progression of gum disease should stop, and your gums will heal and become firm and pink again.  Root planing and scaling is a simple procedure that can be very effective in stopping gum disease. Brush and floss regularly afterward. Without proper dental care, your gum disease may progress. To promote healing, stop all use of tobacco. It decreases your ability to fight infection of your gums and delays healing.

Call our Naperville office today, 630 369-5225, and schedule our next Hygiene Appointment.  We have patients throughout the western Chicagoland suburbs, including Wheaton, Aurora, Lisle, Warrenville, and Plainfield, just to name a few, that come to us for our gentle and caring check-ups.  Try us out today!

Are the Foods You Are Eating Damaging Your Teeth?

Many of today’s popular foods and drinks can lead to enamel loss, caused by their high acid content.  Repeated exposure to acidic foods, drinks and/or acids from the stomach gradually cause your tooth enamel to dissolve.  Soda, fruit, fruit juices, wine and salad dressings are all capable of causing enamel loss.

Signs of acid wear to your tooth enamel:

  • Teeth appear dull and yellow. As enamel loss progresses, so do color changes.
  • Teeth feel more sensitive to cold or hot, acids and sweets.

Soda, fruit juices, energy drinks and sport beverages are the leading causes of enamel loss.  Energy drinks and lemonade cause the most harm of all drinks.  These foods not only contain a large amount of sugar (19 tsps of sugar in a 20 oz. Mountain Dew) but they also contain acid.  The phosphoric and citric acids found in these drinks lower the neutral pH of the mouth and start to dissolve the hard enamel on the teeth.

  • Brewed Tea pH 7.2
  • Brewed Coffee pH 5.51
  • Gatorade pH 2.94
  • Diet soda pH 2.47-3.67
  • Coke pH 2.53
  • Battery Acid pH 1.0

Calcium and phosphorus work together in the body to form healthy teeth and bones.  If you ingest too much phosphorus,pH, your body excretes it along with calcium.  If you do not have adequate calcium intake, the body takes it from your bones. While it is not possible to replace the missing enamel, there are some things that you can do to minimize the damage.

A MODERN DAY MYTH:  Pregnancy does not cause loss of calcium in the teeth and lead to tooth loss.  Pregnant women tend to eat or drink more frequently through their pregnancy and that, along with poor dental habits, can lead to dental problems.

5 Steps to Minimize Enamel Loss in Teeth

  1. Eliminate sodas, sugary and sports drinks.  If a soft drink is consumed, it is best to drink it through a straw, minimizing exposure to the teeth.
  2. Drink your soda with a meal instead of drinking it alone or sipping throughout the day. Each time you drink, you expose your mouth to 20 minutes of an “acid bath” which causes tooth damage. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming an acidic drink or food before you brush your teeth.  The water helps neutralize the acid in the mouth.
  3. Chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva and maintain a healthy Ph level in your mouth.
  4. Brush your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste.  Fluoride has been proven to strengthen the existing tooth structure.  Check with your dentist or dental hygienist to see if they may recommend a prescription strength fluoride toothpaste.
  5. Receive  a professional fluoride treatment at your dentists office.

By changing your diet and habits, using fluorides and other supplements and visiting your dental professionals at Sherman Oaks Dental on a regular basis, we can work together to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

Does the Cold Winter Air Hurt Your Teeth?

Are your teeth Sensitive to Hot and Cold?  You’re not Alone!

At least 45 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sensitive teeth.  It’s one of the most common complaints among dental patients.  The pain can be caused by hot or cold that seeps into microscopic cracks in your teeth.  These cracks are the results of years of expansion and contraction caused by temperature extremes.  In some cases, though, it hot and cold sensitivity is due to a recession of your gums.  As gums recede, the root of your teeth are exposed, and this results in pain in the tooth.  At Sherman Oaks Dental, we can now help solve this gum recession sensitivity!!!

First, come in to our Naperville office and let Dr. Sosenko or Dr. Weyneth take a look at your teeth.  They will first be sure the pain is in fact caused by recession.  Next, they will “paint” on your teeth a desensitizing agent.  This agent will help coat your tooth to allow you to enjoy  hot and cold food and drinks without the pain of exposed roots.

Let us help you live without the pain and discomfort of sensitive teeth.  Our office staff is ready to take your appointment!

Worried About Too Much Halloween Candy?

You can enjoy the sweets you love, just follow these easy tips to keep your smile bright and beautiful!!

10 Easy Ways to Stay Cavity Free (And Eat the Sweets You Love!)

  1. Eat Nutritious snacks, like    fruits and veggies.
  2. Limit snacks that are sugary or sticky sweets that cling to your teeth.
  3. Drink healthy beverages including fluoridated water.
  4. Brush at least 2 times per day, in the morning and before bedtime.  (Brush after sticky, sugary snacks.)
  5. Make sure you brush properly, don’t brush too hard to too fast.
  6. Floss Once a Day.
  7. Visit Sherman Oaks Dental every 6 months for a check-up.
  8. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months, and after you’ve been ill.
  9. Never Share your Toothbrush.
  10. Brush your teeth after taking liquid medicines, some contain a lot of sugar!