Your teeth are much more fragile than they might seem. If you aren’t careful to avoid unwise oral care habits, you can end up doing serious damage to your smile. If you’ve had restoration work done in the past, these bad habits can be especially destructive. Here are some common habits that you should try to steer clear of if you want to protect your teeth:
Drinking Too Many Sugary Beverages
When you drink a sugary beverage such as soda or even juice, some of the sugar is likely to remain on your teeth. As the bacteria in your mouth consume the sugar, they leave behind acids that gradually erode the enamel of your teeth. Over time, the acids can lead to tooth decay. While regular brushing will help to reduce your risk of cavities, it’s also important to cut back on your sugar consumption if you want to maintain good oral health.
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard
Everybody knows that you’re supposed to brush your teeth at least twice a day. But if you brush too hard, you might end up counteracting the positive effects of brushing by wearing down your enamel, which weakens your teeth. Brushing too hard can even lead to gum recession, which makes you more vulnerable to periodontal disease. To avoid this, buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush using a gentle, circular motion.
Brushing Right After Eating
Many people have heard that they should brush immediately after they eat, but that’s not exactly true. In fact, brushing too quickly after you eat food with acids in it can actually do damage to your enamel. To be safe, you should always wait at least 30 minutes after eating most types of food before brushing. However, it’s still fine to floss right after eating.
Whether you require treatment for sleep apnea, scaling and root planning to treat periodontal disease, or restorative procedures for misaligned teeth, you can find the exceptional dental care you deserve at University Associates in Dentistry. To request a consultation at our office in Chicago, call (312) 704-5511.
If you’re in need of dental implants, you can count on University Associates in Dentistry for state-of-the-art care. UAD is one of the few dental providers in the U.S. that offers Trefoil implants from Nobel Biocare, an innovative system that allows your dentist to replace lower teeth in a single visit. The procedure is quick, convenient, and dependable. Our implants are placed by Dr. Russell Baer and Dr. Stuart Schelkopf, who together have more than 25+ years working experience with dental implant technology. Dr. Baer is the Academic Director of the Chicago Center for Advanced Dentistry, and he has published widely about developments in the field of implant dentistry. UAD uses local anesthetics to help to ensure our patients’ comfort during their visit with us.
UAD has been serving the Chicago community for more than 25 years. Our team has the instruments and expertise necessary to handle all your dental needs in one location. To set up a free consultation for your implant procedure , call us today at (312) 704-5511.
Thanks to CEREC , your next visit to your dentist’s office for cosmetic work can be faster, simpler, and more comfortable than ever before. CEREC, which stands for ceramic reconstruction, is a technique that allows for digital creation of your new dental prosthesis. It can be used to create full dental crowns, partial crowns, or even dental veneers. The procedure can be done in-office, and it generally takes about an hour. To learn more about CEREC, be sure to check out this video.
University Associates in Dentistry is proud to offer CEREC and a wide array of other state-of-the-art dental techniques to our patients. If you have any questions for our staff or would like to schedule an appointment at our Chicago office, call (312) 704-5511.
CEREC has not only changed how dentists think about the way they approach dental care—it’s also changed the way that many patients feel about it. CEREC technology has made it possible for a patient to visit the dentist and leave the same day with a complete tooth restoration. Here is what you need to know about CEREC:
What is CEREC technology?
CEREC is an innovative type of dental software that enables dentists to prepare, create, and place entire ceramic tooth restorations for patients within the same visit. In addition to crowns and veneers, CEREC can be used to provide a material for fillings.
What are the benefits of CEREC technology?
Using CEREC has many significant advantages for patients. Since it allows for restorations to be done in one visit, it makes the treatment process speedier and more convenient. You won’t have to wait months for your implant post to heal—you can start using your replacement tooth right away. The procedure provides for strong, long-lasting tooth restorations that closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
How does the CEREC procedure work?
When you’re treated at your dentist’s office using CEREC, your dentist will begin by taking a three-dimensional image of your teeth using a special scanner. Then, he or she will use the CEREC software to design a special restoration that is precisely fitted to your teeth. After that, your dentist will create the tooth restoration right in the office. Then, your new permanent crown will be attached.
If you want to feel proud of your smile again, University Associates in Dentistry can help. Our experienced cosmetic dentists, Dr. Martin Marcus and Dr. Lauren Zalay, can provide you with the innovative treatments and capable care you need. UAD’s dental team has more than a quarter-century of experience helping our patients in Chicago. If you’d like to arrange a consultation, contact us today at (312) 704-5511.
Some animals, such as sharks and manatees, can actually regrow their own teeth. Wouldn’t it be nice if humans could do the same thing? As this fascinating video reveals, today’s scientists are hard at work finding ways to regenerate teeth that have been damaged by decay. Eventually, this method might well replace the current methods of amalgam fillings. To learn more, watch the full clip.
At University Associates in Dentistry, our first priority is the comfort and health of our patients. We offer a full range of comprehensive services, from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry to dental implants to periodontics. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our Chicago office, call (312) 704-5511.
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