• How to Rebuild Your Gut Health After Taking Antibiotics

    Antibiotics are a great way to eliminate certain infections, but they do have a downside. After taking antibiotics, many people experience stomach aches. What’s even worse is that just taking one round of antibiotics can destroy your gut flora, or healthy bacteria, for one to two years. Luckily there are plenty of foods you can eat during and after taking antibiotics to rebuild your gut health.

    Food-Based Probiotics

    Probiotics work to restore the good gut bacteria that is eliminated by the use of antibiotics. You can take advantage of Activia and other similar yogurt products, although they don’t provide a high enough dosage of probiotics. You can purchase live organism probiotics in the refrigerated section of a healthy grocery store such as Sprouts or Trader Joe’s. Other products to try include Kombucha tea and goat’s milk kefir.

    Fermented Foods

    In addition to food-based probiotics, there are plenty of fermented foods that you can eat to restore your healthy gut bacteria after taking antibiotics. The most popular fermented foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickled vegetables. Not everyone enjoys these foods, so you can opt to take what are called “gut shots” which will be located in the same refrigerated section of your local healthy grocery store.

    Supplements

    In addition to foods, there are plenty of supplements to help you restore your healthy gut flora after needing to take a round of antibiotics. Some efficient supplements include L-Glutamine, milk thistle (taken as a tea or pill), and collagen.

    Other Foods

    Bone broths are a great way to restore your healthy gut bacteria and there are some delicious recipes available online. You can also try more natural antibiotics including oregano oil. Eating your vegetables is always recommended, and they can also help you out by restoring healthy gut bacteria. Starches and high-fiber foods are also good to eat. In addition to adding to your diet, you should also restrict certain foods including those high in sugar as well as grapefruit or grapefruit juice.

    At University Associates in Dentistry, we sometimes prescribe antibiotics to patients who are in pain from an infection. We want you to be informed about how to properly recover from a round of these antibiotics by actively restoring your healthy gut bacteria. We’re here for all your dental needs, so give us a call today at (312) 704-5511 to schedule an appointment.

  • What is Dental Contouring?

    If you’re interested in getting your smile and self-confidence back, dental contouring may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Dental contouring is also referred to as tooth reshaping or enameloplasty and is used to correct minor imperfections including slightly misshapen teeth. Keep reading to learn more about this procedure and whether or not it’s right for you.

    The procedure starts by your dentist using tools to gently remove some of the enamel from your teeth which allows the shape or length to be changed. After the contouring takes place, your teeth are polished to make them look amazing. After that, your smile will be as good as new!

    Unlike some procedures, dental contouring provides immediate results that you can see in the mirror from day one. Most often, the procedure takes about a half an hour or less which means you’re in and out in no time at all. There is no pain associated with dental contouring because your enamel contains no nerves. Dental contouring is permanent, so you won’t have to get the procedure performed again in the future.

    Once the procedure has been performed, you’ll need to be extra careful about protecting your remaining enamel. While dental contouring is a great option for many people, it’s only used to repair minor cosmetic issues, so larger problems will require other forms of treatment. Removing imperfections in your teeth through dental contouring can also lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease by reducing plaque and tartar buildup.

    Dental contouring is a great way to improve your smile. It’s quick and effective as well as painless, so there aren’t many reasons not to consider it. If you’re interested in dental contouring in Chicago, contact University Associates in Dentistry by calling (312) 704-5511. We would be happy to provide you with a free initial consultation to find out if dental contouring is right for you.

  • How Can I Prevent Cavities?

    No one wants cavities, but do you know exactly what they are, how you get them, and how you can avoid them? Cavities are caused by tooth decay, or damage to your tooth. That tooth decay impacts both the outer coating called enamel and the inner layer called dentin. Tooth decay occurs when foods stay on your teeth. Your mouth uses bacteria to turn those foods into acids, and those acids combined with the bacteria, food debris, and your saliva form plaque. That plaque clings to your teeth and dissolves their enamel which creates holes which we call cavities.

    Now that you know what cavities are and how they form, let’s take a look at who gets cavities and how they can be avoided. It’s not true that only children get cavities. They also happen to older adults including seniors. You might be able to tell that you have cavities because of the pain they cause, but that’s not always the case.

    The only way to know if you have cavities for sure is to get regular dental checkups. Your dentist will examine your teeth to see if you do have any cavities, and then will begin treatment if you do. Your dentist will most likely remove the decayed part of your tooth using a drill. The hole will then be filled in with a filling. Crowns can also be used for more advanced tooth decay. A root canal may be needed in certain circumstances.

    Once you have a cavity, it needs to be treated, but how can you reduce your chances of getting one in the first place? A common misconception is that cavities only occur when you eat too many sweets and don’t brush your teeth enough. It’s true that sugar can eat away at your teeth a little quicker than more healthy foods, but it’s not the only culprit. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is important, but when it comes to preventing cavities, flossing is more important. That’s because flossing gets rid of those tiny food particles in between your teeth that lead to cavities.

    Some of the best ways to prevent cavities from forming are brushing, flossing, not overdoing it with sugar consumption, and getting regular dental checkups. To schedule that all-important appointment with University Associates in Dentistry, give us a call today at (312) 704-5511.