Posts for category: Oral Health
Wondering why you should visit us twice a year for checkups?
If you thought you might want to skip out on visiting the dentist this year, think again. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, many people didn’t get the professional dental care they needed last year. Of course, some people may assume that if they aren’t experiencing pain and other issues that they don’t need to come in for checkups. However, this simply isn’t true. By turning to your Granville, IL, family dentists, Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe, twice a year we can protect your smile from serious dental problems. Here’s why these visits are so important:
Prevent Serious Dental Problems
Just as you would want your doctor to tell you that your blood sugar is elevated so you can find simple ways to manage it rather than just waiting until you develop diabetes, you also don’t want to wait until you develop gum disease or decay to finally turn to your Granville, IL, family dentists for care. By coming in twice a year for quick, painless cleanings and checkups we can remove plaque and tartar buildup to prevent gum disease and decay from happening to you.
Detect Problems Early
While the goal should always be to preserve your natural smile and keep it healthy through proper home care and by visiting us twice a year, we know that sometimes problems still arise. Keeping up with your routine checkups makes it much easier for us to catch early signs of gum disease and decay when they aren’t serious. By catching these issues early, we can help reverse or even prevent them from getting worse and requiring treatment. Just another reason you may want to think twice about skipping out on visiting us.
Get Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is on the rise, particularly with younger adults due to an increase in HPV infection rates. While you may notice oral changes, most people won’t notice symptoms of oral cancer until it progresses. By turning to our dental team twice a year we can catch minor issues such as growths, lesions, and other tissue changes that you might not have noticed. These screenings are completely painless and only take a minute or two, but could save your life!
With an office in Granville, IL, Dr. Fiedler and Dr. Dawe of Granville Dental are proud to serve the Oglesby, LaSalle, and Peru, IL, areas. If you are on the hunt for a dentist that can provide you and your family with the gentle, compassionate care your smiles deserve, then call us today at (815) 339-6888.
Dealing with a problem tooth? Here’s what might be going on.
There is little else as annoying and uncomfortable as a toothache. The problem is that if the toothache isn’t properly treated, whatever is causing you pain will often get worse. This is why all toothaches require treatment. Don’t worry; our Granville, IL, family dentists Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe can help you get the care you need to handle and treat your aching, throbbing tooth.
If you’re dealing with a toothache it’s going to be difficult to figure out what’s causing it without turning to our family dentist here at our Granville, IL, for an oral exam. During your exam will be able to determine if your toothache is caused by,
- An infection
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Gum disease
- Bite problems or a malocclusion (“bad bite”)
- Trauma or injury to the tooth
- Something lodged between your teeth
- A broken or fallen out filling or crown
If you notice dental pain of any kind it’s important that you see your dentist right away. Even minor pain shouldn’t be brushed off. Since infections, cavities and gum disease (the common causes of a toothache) require urgent care, the sooner you seek medical attention from your dentist the better. Other signs that may accompany your toothache include,
- Tooth sensitivity
- Swollen gums around the tooth
- Bad breath
- An abscess (an infected bump that appears on the gums)
- Pain that’s made worse by chewing or biting
Make a note of these other symptoms and let your dentist know the symptoms you are experiencing, which can provide helpful insight into what might be going on.
Are you looking for a family dentist in Granville, IL, who can provide you with immediate dental care? The team at Granville Dental is proud to provide comprehensive dental care including emergency care to those living in Oglesby, LaSalle and Peru, IL. Dealing with a toothache? Call us at (815) 339-6888.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a result of a build-up of harmful bacteria found in plaque residue. As the bacteria grow, the gums become inflamed and begin to recede from the teeth. If periodontal disease is not treated in its early stages, it can result in tooth loss. If you live in Granville, you can prevent periodontal disease by visiting dentists Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe at Granville Dental. As well as Granville, they serve the surrounding Oglesby, LaSalle and Peru areas.
How to Prevent Periodontal Disease
Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented. Following these daily habits will help.
- Brushing your teeth: Brushing your teeth at least three times each day after meals removed trapped particles of food from your teeth and gums. Brushing your tongue and gums also reduces bacteria.
- Flossing: You should floss at least once each day to remove plaque and food particles that your brush can’t reach.
- Rinse with mouthwash: Using a dentist-recommended mouthwash will reduce plaque and bacteria further and will keep your breath fresh.
- See a dentist: Regular dental check-ups can ensure that you have no early signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If your Granville dentist spots signs, he can treat them before they develop into a serious oral health issue. During your dental check-up, you can also be screened for signs of oral cancer.
You should contact Granville Dental straight away if you notice any signs of gum disease such as:
- Inflamed or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Discolored gums
If you would like to find more about preventing periodontal disease you can reach Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe of Granville Dental at (815) 339-6888. They proudly serve residents of Oglesby, LaSalle and Peru, Illinois.
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