Your family dentists at Granville Dental in Granville, IL and serving the serving Oglesby, LaSalle and Peru areas, are passionate about preventive care, and they need your help. As a parent, you play a key role in teaching your children proper dental care. At your family dental visit, Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe will outline ways you can make oral health care fun for your kids.
Avoiding tooth decay
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 20 percent of elementary school children have one or more untreated dental cavities. Accordingly, oral health care must start after when the first baby tooth arrives. Yes, toxic plaque and the bacteria it contains targets that new little tooth.
So, parents, brush (using small circular strokes) young teeth with a soft, baby-sized brush and a smear of non-fluoride toothpaste. Start using fluoride toothpaste when your child is three to four years old.
As your child matures, supervise and model those important brushing and flossing habits. Floss too, to keep ahead of plaque and tartar.
Additionally, model and promote healthy eating:
- Offer fruits and vegetables and high grain cereals and breads.
- Push water, as good hydration increases saliva and washes tooth surfaces clean (most municipal water supplies contain fluoride to optimize anti-cavity protection).
- Reduce all sugars and carbohydrates.
- Make sure your child gets dairy products daily. They provide important calcium and protein and also buffer the acids which other foods contain.
Other things you should teach
1. Young athletes must wear their mouth guards consistently when playing sports.
2. Good habits bring tangible rewards. In other words, set up a sticker chart or other reward system for consistent brushing and flossing.
3. Use a timer on your phone to ensure your child is brushing for a full two minutes. Or, play a short, happy song while he or she brushes.
About dental visits
Every member of your family should visit Granville Dental in Granville semi-annually. Your hygienist will perform a thorough and refreshing cleaning and take X-rays. Your family dentist will do a complete oral exam, looking for decay and gum disease, proper dental bite and jaw development, and more.
At Granville Dental, Dr. Fiedler and Dr. Dawe, and their team are experts in helping kids enjoy their office visits. Our treatment rooms are comfortable, bright, and kid-friendly. And your dentist offers easy preventive treatments, such as fluoride varnishes and plastic sealants, to protect young teeth even more.
Parents, encourage your kids to think that trips to the dental office can be fun. At Granville Dental, your dedicated team makes sure that they are.
It starts at home
Parents are their children's first and best teachers. At Granville Dental in Granville, IL, and serving Oglesby, LaSalle and Peru, IL, Dr. Fiedler and Dr. Dawe are here to help you and your family have great-looking, long-lasting smiles. Call us today for your next dental visit or if you have any concern whatsoever about your child's oral health. Phone (815) 339-6888.
How your family dentists can help you have a brilliant smile
Dental stains can ruin your smile by making your smile appear dull and uninteresting. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to prevent dental stains, and your dentists can help. Here at Granville Dental in Granville, IL, Dr. Robert Dawe and Dr. Evan Fiedler are family dentists that proudly serve residents of Peru, Granville, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and Lasalle, IL, and they can help your smile too.
Prioritize your oral health
Tobacco use, whether it’s smoking cigarettes or using smokeless tobacco, is one of the main reasons why you might have dental stains. Given the number of health problems that they cause as well, you should quit using these products.
Drinking coffee or black tea can also give you dark stains on your teeth. Ideally, you should cut down or eliminate these beverages from your diet. If you do have to drink coffee or tea, brush your teeth afterwards if you can, or at least rinse your mouth out with water.
You can also try these simple tips:
- Switch to white or green tea instead of black tea or coffee
- Avoid dark berries and cherries and switch to green grapes instead
- Switch to white wine instead of drinking red
- Limit tomato sauce because of its acidity and pigment
You can also try a wide variety of over-the-counter whitening products including whitening toothpaste and whitening strips. Make sure they have the American Dental Association Seal of Approval. This ensures you are using a safe, effective product, not one that will make your teeth sensitive.
Your dentist can help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile in the most effective way possible, with a professional teeth whitening treatment. To find out more about professional teeth whitening solutions, call your family dentists, Dr. Robert Dawe and Dr. Evan Fiedler of Granville Dental. They proudly serve residents of Peru, Granville, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and Lasalle, Illinois: (815) 339-6888
Dental crowns are needed when a person's teeth are weak or severely stained. Drs. Robert Dawe and Evan Fiedler of Granville Dental serves patients with crowns in several areas: Granville, Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and La Salle, IL.
What are dental crowns?
Crowns are synthetic caps, made of porcelain-like material, that when placed on top of a tooth restores function and appearance. Crowns are custom made so they look just like your natural teeth. The crown will have the same color, shape, and length of other teeth to properly blend in and rejuvenate your smile.
When are dental crowns needed?
Crowns are a restorative and aesthetic procedure. The family dentists in Granville, IL, and serving Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, La Salle, and Oglesby, IL, can provide crowns and fix issues like:
- Crowns protect sensitive teeth that have undergone serious procedures like a root canal or dental implant.
- In cases of extreme tooth decay, your family dentist removes large portions of the tooth and crowns are used to reinforce the weakened tooth.
- Crowns are also used for other procedures like attaching bridges
- Crowns cover cracked, fractured, and chipped teeth to protect them from further damage and improve the appearance of your smile.
- If there's a loose tooth filling, then a crown can prevent that filling from becoming completely dislodged.
- Severely discolored and stained teeth aren't an attractive look but crowns do a great job of hiding those imperfections.
Caring for Crowns
Good quality crowns last up to eight years or longer if properly care for. They don't require special treatment, just the proper oral regimen. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss every night before bed.
If you have a bad habit of grinding your teeth, tell your family dentist so that they can provide you with a retainer. Additionally, avoid eating hard food that may break your crowns.
Dental crowns are a great solution and preventative measure. Drs. Robert Dawe and Evan Fiedler of Granville Dental provide patients with crowns in several areas like Granville, Peru, Spring Valley, Princeton, Oglesby, and La Salle, IL. If you have any questions, just call Granville Dental at (815) 339-6888 today!
Learn more about dental implants and how they could replace your missing teeth.
If you are currently dealing with tooth loss, then Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe here at Granville Dental, LLC in Granville, IL, can talk to you about your treatment options. Today, one of the most popular choices are restorative dental implants. Read on to learn more about dental implants and whether they could be right for you!
What is a dental implant?
While we don’t see the roots of our teeth, they are still necessary for general tooth support and overall oral health. Therefore, when a tooth falls out or is extracted, the implant is designed to replace the missing tooth roots. An implant is a metal titanium post that is placed within the jawbone where over the course of 3-6 months the bone and implant will naturally fuse together. Once this occurs, the implant is designed to last decades.
Who is a good candidate for restorative dental implants?
No matter if you are missing one, two, several or an entire row of teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Those dealing with tooth loss caused by gum disease, cavities, or injury can all benefit from implants, for they fill the gaps in your smile with the next best thing to real teeth.
Implants both act and feel like a natural tooth. Even current denture wearers can talk to our cosmetic dentist about receiving dental implants, which can support your dentures and ensure that they don’t move or shift around when talking or eating.
Since you will need to undergo surgery in order to receive a dental implant, our dentist will need to make sure that you are in good health. This means going through your medical history and determining if there are any preexisting or chronic health problems that could impact your recovery process or treatment.
We will also perform an oral exam and take X-rays to check the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. It’s important that we check the health of your jawbone to make sure that it is strong enough to support an implant.
Interested? Give us a call
If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth in Granville, IL, then it’s time to talk with a dentist you trust to find out if restorative dental implants are right for you. Schedule a consultation with Granville Dental today by calling (815) 339-6888.
Preventative care is extremely important when it comes to your child's teeth. Choosing family dentists like Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe in Granville, IL, and serving Oglesby, IL, is the first step to ensuring your child's teeth are protected against decay and gum disease. Sealants, a liquid coating applied onto chewing surfaces of teeth, are effective in preventing cavities.
"Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by 'sealing out' plaque and food," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The most important or most susceptible areas to decay and cavities are pits and grooves in teeth. And while brushing, flossing, using fluoride-containing, and maintaining a healthy diet may help reduce the chances that your child will develop a cavity, sealants provide teeth with that added barrier that prevents bacteria from infiltrating teeth through those accessible crevices, and breaking down teeth.
Sealants, which were actually were developed about 50 years ago, became more common in the 1970's. Today, sealants are a common dental practice for adults and young children.
Those hard-to-reach molars and children's difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene while so young, makes their teeth targets for bacteria.
Your dentist serving Granville and Oglesby, IL, applies dental sealants in a few simple steps:
- Your family dentist first cleans the surface of your teeth.
- Then he etches, roughens, the tooth surface using a chemical substance. This allows the sealant to adhere more properly on the tooth surface.
- After applying the sealant, a special light source is directed on the sealant to harden it.
- The process is repeated again and need re-application every five to 10 years.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental sealants for your child, please don't hesitate to reach out to your Granville, IL, family dentists, serving Oglesby, IL, Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe , today!
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