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Which Toothpaste is Right for You?

toothpasteTo start, any toothpaste you buy should have fluoride because it prevents dental decay.

From there, it may be a challenge to pick your toothpaste because there are many types in any given drugstore! Every person has different needs at wants. What you need to figure out is what you want out of your toothpaste.

Do you want a brighter smile? If so, opt for whitening toothpaste which contains peroxide to give your smile a boost.

Are your teeth sensitive? There are quite a few toothpastes that work to desensitize your teeth. The brands with sodium nitrate will help keep your enamel strong.

Does normal toothpaste irritate your mouth? Herbal toothpaste caters to people who have problems with regular toothpaste. It also appeals to people living green.

Once you fine the tooth you need, remember to keep a regular routine. Brush after every meal, and floss daily!

Anxious About Going to the Dentist?

Evanston Dentist AnxietyLots of people are anxious about going to the dentist.  There are many different reasons why some people are anxious, including the fear of finding a cavity, worrying about the effectiveness of localized anesthetic and feeling like the dentist is rushed or is neglecting your concerns. Other factors include anticipation of pain, the cost of the procedure, past experiences and even the sterile smell of the dental office. Interrupting the normal day’s routine to visit the dentist also is a factor in general anxiety. If not addressed, dental anxiety can lead to unnecessary oral health problems as a result of avoiding the dentist, which in turn can end up leading to much more time spent in the dental chair when treatment is the only option.

If you are looking for a dentist, ask friends and relatives for recommendations. A glowing review from someone you trust about a dentist can significantly reduce anxiety.   Most of our new patients are referred by friends and family.

If you are seeing a new dentist for the first time, schedule an appointment for a visit.  It’s almost like a first date.  Take the opportunity to ask this dentist a few questions, and be sure to Happy patientaddress your concerns. You’ll find that Dr. Marinic takes the time to speak with you about your concerns and is very understanding when it comes to addressing your fears.

Do I Really Need to Wear an Athletic Mouthguard?

Athletic mouthguardAn athletic mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn during athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma.

Custom-fabricated mouthguards are essential for preventing athletic oral/facial injuries, such as broken teeth and jaw fractures. Mouthguards should be worn when participating in activities such as basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts, skateboarding and bicycling(especially mountain biking or BMX). Don’t forget the winter sports such as hockey, skiing and ice skating.

You should wear a mouthguard anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or with hard surfaces. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Inc., dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports-related activities.

What kind of mouthguard do I need?

There are three types of mouthguards. The stock mouthguard is the least expensive and offers the least protection. This mouthguard requires the user to close their jaw to hold it in place so it may interfere with speech and breathing. This type of device is acceptable for facial protection.

How mouthguards help to protect athletesThe mouth-formed mouthguard is softened in hot water, placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth by using a finger or tongue and sometimes biting pressure. This provides some degree of protection but it usually will be bulky and have a loose fit. This is the most convenient for children since they are growing and their mouth changes rapidly.

A custom-made mouthguard made by your dentist is the best choice for the best protection, fit and comfort. Since it is made from a model of your teeth it stays is place and is the least bulky of all the options.

Common Habits Can Chip your Teeth!

Woman biting her nailsThough enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it can be damaged.   Using your teeth to open bottles, tear tape, open packages or biting fishing lines can chip your teeth.  Biting your nails or chewing on pencils can also damage your teeth.

Woman opening a package wih her teeth

 

Beware of chomping on seeds, popcorn kernels or even ice.   Your teeth are for chewing food. They are not tools.

 

Woman opening a bottle with her teeth

 

So the next time you hear your mom say “don’t use your teeth to open the bottle,” thank her for the reminder.

Is Work Stressing Your Jaw?

Is work stressing you out?   Are you worried about getting your taxes done?  Are there too many things on your to-do list and not enough time in the day to get them done?   Too much stress can lead to tooth grinding or clenching, and eventually temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or jaw pain.

TMD Pain Cycle

 

Overworking your jaw muscles can cause TMD.  Often people don’t even realize they are clenching or grinding.  It may happen at night while you are sleeping, or even during the day.

 

Night guard

 

A night guard can help relieve the symptoms and protect your teeth.  Over a short period of time, the habit is not detrimental.  However, if it is not treated, it can lead to TMD or even cracked tooth syndrome.

 

Headaches and Jaw Pain? Check Your Posture.

Man sitting with poor posture

Did you know that poor posture places the spine in a position that can cause stress to the jaw joint?    When a person slouches or hunches over, the lower jaw shifts forward, causing the upper and lower teeth to not fit together correctly.  This in turn causes the skull to shift back on the spinal column.

This shift can place stress on muscles, joints and bones.  Without proper treatment, it can create pain and inflammations in muscles and joints when you open and close your mouth.

Most people agree good posture is important, but they don’t realize their posture can affect their oral health.   If someone’s posture is unbalanced, it can change the position of the facial muscles causing the bumps and grooves on the upper and lower teeth to not fit properly.

Night guard

For most people a night guard helps reduce facial pain by allowing the teeth to move to a more natural position. In addition, the night guard will help prevent any future damage to teeth.

Feeling Anxious? Join the Majority

Anxious patientPatients become anxious about going to the dentist for different reasons.  This may include fear of receiving local anesthetic or concerns about the effectiveness of the anesthesia.  Negative past experiences also may play a large role in a patient’s anxiety, as well as financial concerns.

What can I do to relieve dental anxiety?

In general, avoid caffeine before a dental appointment to make you lessLying down listening with headphones anxious.  Eating high-protein foods also produces a calming effect, unlike sugary foods.  During the procedure, focus on breathing regularly and slowly. When they are nervous, some people tend to hold their breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of anxiety.  We always recommend that our patients bring their favorite music to listen to during procedures. 

Knowledge is the greatest defense against anxiety.  If you have specific fears, talk to Dr. Marinic about them. Dr. Marinic can go a long way to dispel any negative or frightening images you may have.

Are there medications that can help me relax?

Taking a pillDr. Marinic can prescribe and administer medications to help patients relax during the appointment.  Talk to him about your concerns and ask him about the possibility of using dental sedation.

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications to allow you to relax and feel sleepy during a dental visit or procedure.  However, sedation is not pain medication, so you may still require local anesthesia, depending upon the treatment. 

There are a variety of sedation dentistry methods.  The most common types IV sedation dentistryare inhaled sedation, which involves breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen, and oral sedatives, which are medications taken by mouth. Another type of dental sedation is intravenous (IV) sedation, which is provided by dentists with specialized training in IV sedation.

Sedation is safe when administered by dentists who are trained in its use. However, as with any medication, sedation involves a certain amount of risk.  It is important to talk to your dentist about these risks.

What should I do if I am seeing a new dentist?

Dr. Marinic talking to patientIf you are seeing Dr. Marinic for the first time, schedule an appointment for a visit.  This initial visit doesn’t require a cleaning or treatment, just conversation and a tour of the office. Take the opportunity to ask Dr. Marinic and his team questions and address your concerns.  You’ll find that a dentist who takes the time to speak with you about your anxiety will understand when it comes to addressing your other concerns.

Dentures – Are they Efficient?

What is a denture?

DenturesA denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjoining tissues.  Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting position.  Complete dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional denture is placed in the mouth after all of the teeth have been removed and the extraction sites have healed.  An immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed.

Who needs a denture?

Did you know that the chewing efficiency for people with dentures is Old man no teethapproximately 30% from those with all their teeth?  Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth.  So the efficiency has gone from 0% with no teeth to 30% with dentures. 

A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles.  A denture can greatly enhance a patient’s facial appearance and smile.

How do you get a denture?

Wax try inThe denture process takes about one month.  There are usually five or more appointments needed to complete the process. The process includes the initial diagnosis; the making of an impression and wax bite to determine the dimensions and proper jaw position; a “try-in” to assure proper color, shape, and fit; placement of the final denture; and any minor adjustments. New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new “teeth,” Soft foodbecause even the best-fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. Your normal speaking ability usually resumes shortly after final denture placement.  In addition, in order to become accustomed to chewing with the new denture, it is often recommended that you start with soft, easy-to-chew foods.  To ensure proper fit, see Dr. Marinic on a regular basis.

How do you care for a denture?

  • Remove and brush the denture daily with a denture cleanser or toothpaste and a brush designed specifically for cleaning dentures.
  • Avoid using boiling water to sterilize the denture, because hot water can cause the denture to lose its shape.
  • If you wear a partial denture, remove it before brushing your natural teeth.
  • When you’re not wearing the denture, soak it in denture cleanser or water.
  • To avoid misplacing your denture, store it in the same place after removal.

Should a denture be worn at night?

While you may be advised to wear your denture almost continually during the first two weeks—even while you sleep—under normal Dentures in glasscircumstances, it is considered best to remove it at night.  Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest, and permits for normal stimulation and cleansing of the mouth by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of the gums.

Are there any alternatives to dentures?

Dentures are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has little or noimplant-overdenture teeth.  Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place.  Implants and bridges may more closely resemble the “feel” of real teeth, but they tend to be more expensive than dentures.  The chewing efficiency for implant retained dentures goes up to 60% and for implant supported dentures up to 90%.  Not everyone is a candidate for implants and bridges, however.  Talk to Dr. Marinic to learn more.

Cardiovascular Disease and Your Oral Health

Large group of peopleCardiovascular disease is a class of disease that affects the heart and/or blood vessels.  It is estimated that more than 80 million people in the United States have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease.  These forms include

  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary heart disease (acute heart attack and angina pectoris)
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure

Studies have shown that there is a link between cardiovascular disease andImage gum disease periodontal (gum) disease, the chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue.  Forms of gum disease, such as gingivitis (gum inflammation) and periodontitis (bone loss), can be indicators for cardiovascular problems, which is why it is important for individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease to visit Dr. Marinic on a regular basis, practice good oral hygiene, and keep Dr. Marinic informed of any oral and overall health issues.

How are periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease connected?

circulatory systemIt has been suggested that the inflammatory proteins and bacteria associated with gum disease enter a person’s bloodstream and can cause various effects on the cardiovascular system.  A study published in the February 2005 issue of Circulation examined the presence of the bacteria known to cause periodontitis and the thickening of the blood vessel wall typically seen in heart disease.  After examining samples from more than 650 participants, the investigators concluded that the presence of the same bacteria known to cause periodontitis was associated with an increased level of blood vessel thickening.

What can I do to keep my gums and heart healthy?Woman brushing teeth

Practicing proper oral hygiene is essential to maintaining healthy gums.  This includes flossing regularly, brushing twice a day with antibacterial toothpaste, and visiting Dr. Marinic at least every six months.  A healthy diet and regular exercise can help improve both your cardiovascular health and your overall health.

What do my physician and Dr. Marinic need to know?

Pill bottlesIt is important to keep all medical professionals up-to-date on your oral and overall health issues.  Inform your physician if you have been diagnosed with a form of periodontal disease or are experiencing any issues with gum inflammation.

Likewise, inform Dr. Marinic if you have been diagnosed with any form of cardiovascular disease, have experienced any cardiovascular problems, or have a family history of cardiovascular disease.

What other risk factors are associated with cardiovascular disease?

Individuals who are most at risk for cardiovascular disease include:

  • People over the age of 65
  • African-Americans
  • Hispanics
  • Males

While these particular factors cannot be changed, there are some risk factors that you can change through lifestyle management and/or medical treatment to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease. These risk factors include:

  • Smokingsitting on couch
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Stress

If you have any questions, be sure to ask Dr. Marinic or your physician.

Pacifiers – Beware of Their Problems

Baby with pacifierPacifiers can be great for children, especially during their first six months.  In addition to its calming effect, pacifier use in infants can help decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and aid in the development of jaw muscles.  Although pacifier use is generally a healthy habit within the first two years of life, continued or improper use may ultimately have a negative impact on your child’s oral and overall health.

Potential pacifier problemsOlder child with pacifier

Pacifier use typically is acceptable after an infant is 1 month old and has had sufficient time to develop a healthy breast-feeding habit.  However, experts recommend that children stop using pacifiers after age 2, when it becomes more of a habit than a developmental need.  Research shows that continued pacifier use, especially after age 2, often is associated with:

  • Increased risk of middle ear infection
  • Improper growth of the mouth
  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Dental cross bite and/or open bite
  • Development of a thumb-sucking habit

Parents should aim to rid children of their pacifier habit before age 2 to avoid associated emotional and habitual attachments to the objects.

Tips for correct pacifier use

For infants, correct use and care of pacifiers must be considered. Here are a few tips:

  • Purchase orthodontically designed pacifiersOrthodontic pacifier
  • Clean pacifiers regularly
  • Check frequently for cracks or discoloration in the pacifiers’ rubber. Discard if damaged
  • Replace old pacifiers
  • Wash pacifiers prior to first use
  • Do not tie pacifiers around your infant’s neck
  • Offer pacifiers after and between meals, before naps, or at bedtime

Following these basic rules will help ensure your infant’s pacifier use is both safe and healthy.

Proper pacifier cleaning

The shape and materials of pacifiers make them susceptible to colonization by bacterial organisms, including Staphylococcus, which causes staph infections.  To prevent the spread of bacteria and disease, clean your child’s pacifiers at least once a day.

They can bSoap and watere cleaned using mild soap and water.  When cleaning pacifiers, make sure to remove all excess water from the nipple, where it can collect and cause bacterial growth.  Also, pacifiers that are dishwasher safe can be cleaned easily in the dishwasher; just follow the instructions on the pacifier package.

Saying goodbye to the pacifier

For some infants, giving up the pacifier can be difficult, especially if theyMother rocking child become emotionally attached to the habit.  Parents looking to wean their children from the pacifier can begin by offering other alternatives, including:

  • Rocking motions, singing, or music before naps or at bedtime
  • Activities and games
  • Toys

To further help break the pacifier habit, parents also can:

  • Limit pacifier use gradually over time
  • Reduce pacifier satisfaction by piercing the pacifier’s nipple
  • Dip the pacifier in a safe but undesirable flavor, such as white vinegar
  • Go “cold turkey” and refuse to offer the pacifier.

If you have more questions or want more information regarding pacifier use, talk to your child’s pediatrician or Dr. Marinic.