By Impressive Smiles
April 11, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Nutrition  
oral healthThe month of March is National Nutrition Month, which means we want to pay extra attention to what you eat this month so that you can continue to utilize the same healthy measures throughout the year. The foods we consume not only lead to a fitter physique and a healthier heart; they also affect the health of our teeth and gums. The more often you eat and the longer foods stay in your mouth, the more damage that occurs.  
Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids, and the acids then begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process.  Fortunately, practicing healthy eating habits and maintaining good oral hygiene can help keep teeth strong and gums healthy. As a general dentist in Arlington Heights, Dr. Meena Barsoum works to help you understand how nutrition can affect your oral health.

Beware of Acid Erosion

There are many foods and drinks that contribute to acid erosion and can have harmful effects on the health of your teeth, especially sodas, orange juice and lemonade. Acid erosion happens when foods or drinks with a low PH level (more acidic) are consumed. That acid can linger in your mouth, taking the minerals away and softening the surface of your teeth. This makes your teeth more susceptible to damage and often leads to increased sensitivity and the need for professional treatment.
While you don’t have to completely avoid your glass of orange juice every morning, you should try to avoid acidic foods and drinks between meals when your mouth isn’t producing a lot of saliva which protects the teeth. Instead, conclude each meal by eating cheese or drinking milk as this will help reduce the acid in your mouth.

Tips for Healthy Eating

  • Drink plenty of water to keep mouth moist will help ward off tooth decay, wash away food and neutralize plaque
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods from the five major food groups
  • Cut down on snacking in between meals
  • Limit snacks and drinks that are high in sugar
  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Visit your Westchester dentist for regular check ups
  • If you must snack, choose nutritious foods, such as cheese, raw vegetables, or a firm fruit.

How Often Should I Eat?

According to Arlington Heights general dentist, Dr. Barsoum, when teeth are repeatedly exposed to foods and beverages, the chance for decay greatly increases. Eliminating foods high in starch or sugar won’t always be possible, so try to eat them during meals rather than between meals.
To reduce the time teeth are exposed to these factors, it's important to:
  • Avoid continuous snacking and sipping of drinks;
  • Allow time between meals for saliva to neutralize acids and repair the teeth
  • Avoid brushing teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods, drinks, citrus fruits and juices
  • Avoid eating right before bedtime
While choosing healthy foods and drinks are good ways to prevent tooth decay, daily oral hygiene should still remain an integral part for achieving healthy teeth and gums. Remove plaque by brushing and flossing after every meal, and visit Dr. Meena Barsoum, a dentist in Arlington Heights who offers dental implants, for regular checkups and cleaning as he can detect signs of early decay.
dental implants While competing in various sports it is important to take extra precautions to protect your teeth against harmful injuries that could damage or knock out your teeth.  If you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, implants are an appropriate solution to restoring your ability to chew food, improve speech and facial appearance.  Dental implants are an alternative to partial and full dentures or bridges.  Working like a tooth, an implant offers more comfort and stability than dentures. 

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery in Arlington Heights after your dental implant procedure depends on a number of factors, including the various procedures required to complete your treatment.  It is generally recognized that once an implant has been placed, maintaining diligent oral hygiene habits is necessary to ensure the proper fusing of the implant and bone structure. 
Failure to brush and floss is the leading cause of implant failure.  Additionally, infection can occur if the implant and surrounding areas are not properly cleaned.  Smoking highly contributes to failure rates with dental implants and should be avoided at all costs after your implant procedures. 
With proper care, an implant restoration can remain in place for more than 40 years.  Maintain proper oral hygiene and you can smile proudly for years to come.  If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, contact Dr. Meena Barsoum, our Arlington Heights, IL dentist, for further treatment and consultation.  With the availability of dental implants in Arlington Heights from Impressive Smiles Dental, you no longer have to live with missing teeth.
Invisalign Arlington Heights ILFor patients who want to straighten their teeth without the use of conventional, metal braces, Invisalign is a top choice.  Invisalign consists of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that will give you the beautiful smile you have always desired. 
The thought of wearing traditional, metal braces that are bulky and cause oral hygiene to be more difficult, may be keeping you from achieving the smile you desire.  With advances in technology, you no longer need to worry about traditional, metal braces as the only solution to straightening your smile. 
The solution to a straighter smile without going through the potential embarrassment of wearing metal braces is through the use of Invisalign in Arlington Heights—the clear alternative to a straighter smile.  Invisalign is one of the most well established invisible braces for straightening your teeth without anyone noticing.  No longer do you need to use traditional wire braces to straighten your teeth.

Dr. Meena Barsoum Explains Benefits of Invisalign for Arlington Heights Patients

For patients of Dr. Barsoum in Arlington Heights, Invisalign treatment is very discrete, allowing you to continue with your every-day activities without anyone noticing you are undergoing treatment for your teeth.  As opposed to traditional metal braces, Invisalign braces are more comfortable, less abrasive and do not react with your gum tissue.
In addition, you are able to eat normally and clean your teeth without any hassle.  One of the main complaints from patients with wire braces is that food can get trapped or stuck behind the wires and bands, creating a difficulty to clean.  With Invisalign you can remove your aligners to eat the food you choose, in addition to being able to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would without braces. 
Not all cases of misaligned and crooked teeth can be treated with Invisalign.  It is up to Dr. Meena Barsoum, your dentist in Arlington Heights, to determine the best process for straightening your teeth.  Remember, severe cases may still need to be corrected using traditional wire braces.
Contact Dr. Barsoum in Arlington Heights about Invisalign to learn if you are a candidate for this discrete straightening procedure.
By Impressive Smiles
March 03, 2012
Category: Oral Health

Did you know that Americans spend nearly 3 billion dollars each year on fresh breath remedies including gum, mints and mouthrinses to address their fears of halitosis (bad breath)? This simple fact clearly reveals that Americans are obsessed with having pleasant breath. Some other interesting statistics on this subject include:

  • 60% of women and 50% of men say they use breath freshening products like candy, chewing gum and sprays
  • 50% of middle-aged and older adults have bad breath
  • 25% of the population has chronic bad breath
  • 20 to 25% of adults have bad breath due to their smoking habits

However, the best way to determine what is causing your bad breath is to have a thorough dental exam followed by a professional cleaning. The first important step of this process begins when we obtain a thorough medical history. This includes asking you questions so that we can:

  • Identify your chief complaint and whether or not your bad breath is noticed by others or just a concern you have
  • Learn about your medical history as well as what medications (prescription and over-the-counter), supplements, and vitamins you are currently taking
  • Learn about your dietary history to see if pungent foods such as garlic and onions are foods you often eat that are contributing to the problem
  • Conduct a psychosocial assessment to learn if you suffer from depression, anxiety, sleep or work problems
  • Identify personal habits such as smoking cigarettes, cigars or a pipe that contribute to your bad breath

To learn more about the causes and treatments for halitosis, read the Dear Doctor article, “Bad Breath — More Than Just Embarrassing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule a consultation for an examination, cleaning and treatment plan.

By Impressive Smiles
March 01, 2012
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral piercings  

Tongue and other piercings are a current fad or trend, but can often lead to unforeseen problems.

Piercing the tongue and installing a metal ornament called a tongue bolt commonly leads to chipped teeth, sensitivity, and pain. More frequently, it can cause problems with the gums, such as recession, inflammation, infection, bone loss, and even nerve damage.

In one case reported by the American Medical Association, a teenager suffered 20 to 30 daily electrical shocks in many areas of her face after having her tongue pierced and installing a tongue bolt. A neurologist found that the bolt irritated the nerves to her tongue, causing the symptoms. After the bolt was removed, the shocks and symptoms ceased and her tongue healed.

Having the bolts placed may be painful. The tongue is rich in nerves and blood vessels and a lot of bleeding can occur, which can be difficult to stop. Think about how painful it is when you bite your tongue or lip accidentally. And tongue and lip bolts are not generally placed by health professionals or under sterile conditions.

If you are considering getting an oral piercing, make an appointment with us to discuss all the possible ramifications before you make the decision to go ahead. If you already have an oral piercing, be sure to come in for frequent checkups.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about oral piercings. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article on “Body Piercings and Teeth: The dangers of tongue and lip piercing.”

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