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By Lynch Dental Center
December 17, 2020
Category: Oral Health
DontEatMotorizedCornontheCobandOtherDentalSafetyTips

We're all tempted occasionally to use our teeth in ways that might risk damage. Hopefully, though, you've never considered anything close to what singer, songwriter and now social media persona Jason Derulo recently tried in a TikTok video—attempting to eat corn on the cob spinning on a power drill. The end result seemed to be a couple of broken front teeth, although many of his followers suspected an elaborate prank.

Prank or not, subjecting your teeth to “motorized corn”—or a host of other less extreme actions or habits—is not a good thing, especially if you have veneers, crowns or other dental work. Although teeth can withstand a lot, they're not invincible.

Here, then, are four things you should do to help ensure your teeth stay healthy, functional and intact.

Clean your teeth daily. Strong teeth are healthy teeth, so you want to do all you can to prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Besides semi-annual dental cleanings, the most important thing you can do is to brush and floss your teeth daily. These hygiene tasks help remove dental plaque, a thin biofilm that is the biggest culprit in dental disease that could weaken teeth and make them more susceptible to injury.

Avoid biting on hard objects. Teeth's primary purpose is to break down food for digestion, not to break open nuts or perform similar tasks. You should also avoid habitual chewing on hard objects like pencils, nails or ice to relieve stress. And, you may need to be careful eating apples or other foods with hard surfaces if you have veneers or composite bonding on your teeth.

Wear a sports mouthguard. If you or a family member are regularly involved with sports like basketball, baseball/softball or football (even informally), you can protect your teeth from facial blows by wearing an athletic mouthguard. Although you can obtain a retail variety in most stores selling sporting goods, a custom-made guard by a dentist offers the best protection and comfort.

Visit your dentist regularly. As mentioned before, semi-annual dental cleanings help remove hidden plaque and tartar and further minimize your risk of disease. Regular dental visits also give us a chance to examine your mouth for any signs of decay or gum disease, and to check on your dental health overall. Optimizing your dental health plays a key part in preventing dental damage.

You should expect an unpleasant outcome involving your teeth with power tools. But a lot less could still damage them: To fully protect your dental health, be sure you practice daily oral care, avoid tooth contact with hard objects and wear a mouthguard for high-risk physical activities.

If you would like more information on caring for your cosmetic dental work, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”

By Lynch Dental Center
December 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Crowns and bridges are among the common treatment options in your dentist's arsenal to help repair your incomplete smile. They are devices, referred to as appliances in the industry, that are typically used to correct the absence of a tooth or to return a damaged one to full use. It all begins with a visit and a checkup, so reach out to your local dentists in Chicago and River Forest, IL, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch of the Lynch Dental Center.

Crowns

Crowns have a variety of uses in dentistry, but the easiest way to understand them is to think of them as caps because that is how they are implemented. They can be used to cover a tooth that is misshaped or discolored, whether because of injury, decay, or wear. They can also be used on a tooth that has received root canal treatment.

Its use however isn't simply to cover up the offending tooth, to make it simply look like your natural ones, but also to reinforce it and give it back its function.

Before a crown can be cemented into place, the tooth must be reshaped and reduced in size. This is done because it is meant to be a permanent fix, it must fit properly and have enough mass of its own to replace your tooth.

Because it often must be made in a lab your dentist may fit you for a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready.

Bridges

Bridgework's main role is that of filling gaps in your smile. If you've lost one or multiple teeth your dentist may recommend the treatment.

The way this is typically accomplished is by preparing the teeth adjacent to the gap so that each can accept a crown, these will serve as anchors for the new tooth. The final bridge will be a single piece composed of two crowns and a replacement tooth bridged in between these.

Crowns and Bridges in Chicago and River Forest, IL

If you have teeth that are worn or chipped, or an unsightly gap, know that you have options to return your natural smile. So make an appointment today, get in contact with the professionals of the Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, by dialing (312) 263-3235 and (708) 366-6411 respectively.

By Lynch Dental Center
December 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

Our smile is frequently our first impression, but imperfections often cause us to hide it. The good news is it isn't too late to try to correct these, and thanks to Invisalign you may be able to accomplish this without the need for unsightly traditional braces. To find out if you're a candidate for the treatment get in contact with your local dentists, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch of the Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL.

Diet and Discipline

Invisalign clear aligners fit over your teeth like a mouthguard, although they are not nearly as bulky. They are made of thin and clear, but very durable, plastic. So many may not even notice that you are correcting your smile. That is until they see the final results. Which often takes between 12 and 18 months to achieve.

With traditional braces, you are bound to a list of approved foods, primarily because of the complicated cleaning involved.

But because clear aligners are removable, you eat and clean your teeth as you normally would. Although you should still follow a tooth-healthy diet and good dental habits. Just as you should wear the aligners daily for the prescribed amount of time. Discipline is a very important aspect of Invisalign treatment to make sure you get the most of it.

Invisalign Treatment in Chicago and River Forest, IL

Invisalign clear aligners work similarly to metal braces. They both gently and slowly shift your teeth into the proper place. Traditionally you would go back to your dentist's office to have your braces adjusted, but with clear aligners, you simply trade in your old aligner for a new one as your smile progresses. It is of course still advised that you visit your dentist every six weeks to evaluate the treatment.

Although Invisalign can treat many dental problems, like over and underbites, crossbites, gapped and crowded teeth, metal braces still have their place. Some of the more severe cases are still best treated through traditional means. Clear aligners are also recommended mainly for older teenagers and adults. It's why it's important to speak with your dentist about which treatment is best for you.

So make an appointment today with your doctors of the Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, by dialing (312) 263-3235 and (708) 366-6411 respectively.

By Lynch Dental Center
December 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
AnOralIrrigatorCouldMakeFlossingEasierforYou

If we were playing word association with the term “oral hygiene,” you'd probably answer “brushing.” And you would be right—brushing cleans tooth surfaces of accumulated bacterial plaque, a thin biofilm most responsible for dental disease.

But brushing is only half of the oral hygiene equation: You also need to remove dental plaque between teeth where brushing can't reach. And, that requires that other practice—flossing.

Unfortunately, brushing is more popular than its hygienic sibling because many people find traditional thread flossing more difficult and messier than brushing. That can make it tempting to skip flossing—but then you're only getting half the benefit of oral hygiene for reducing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease.

There is, however, a way to floss that doesn't involve a roll of thread: oral irrigation. This form of flossing uses a countertop device that directs a pressurized spray of water between teeth through a handheld wand. The directed spray loosens and then flushes away accumulated plaque.

Oral irrigators (also known as water flossers) have been an important tool for decades in dental offices, and have been available for home use since the 1960s. In the last few years, though, the devices have become more compact and easier to use. More importantly, studies have shown they're as effective in removing between-teeth plaque as regular flossing.

These irrigation devices are especially useful for people wearing braces. The attached brackets and wires make it extremely difficult to maneuver flossing thread between teeth. Because of this (as well as similar difficulties in brushing), patients are more susceptible to dental disease while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

But a 2008 study showed that oral irrigators are quite effective for braces wearers in removing between-teeth plaque. It found those who used an irrigator after brushing removed five times the amount of plaque than those that only brushed.

Even if you're not wearing braces, you may still find an oral irrigator to be a useful flossing alternative. Speak with your dentist for recommendations on what to look for in an oral irrigator and tips on how to use it. It could make a positive difference in your dental health.

If you would like more information on how best to keep your teeth and gums clean, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning Between Your Teeth.”

By Lynch Dental Center
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bi-annual Check-up  

A regular six-month check-up is essential if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you are dealing with issues such as gum disease, you may need to visit your dentist more frequently until the issue is resolved. Dr. John P. Lynch, Dr. Sheila E. Lynch, and Dr. Frances E. Lynch are dentists at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest where they provide general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services.

What Happens During Your Check-up?

River Forest dental patients’ check-up appointment is in two stages:

  • The examination: Dr. Lynch will check your teeth for signs of tooth decay and cavities. She may take X-rays to check for any cavities between your teeth. She will also check for plaque and tartar build-up. Next, she will examine your gums by using a special instrument to measure the depth of the pockets between your gums and teeth. You will also be examined for any possible signs of oral cancer.
  • The cleaning: Lynch will use a cleaning process called scaling to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. After scaling, your teeth will be polished to remove surface stains from your teeth. Dr. Lynch will then floss your teeth to remove any particles from between them.

Benefits of a Bi-annual Check-up

  • Keeping your teeth and gums healthy
  • Preventing periodontitis
  • Checking for oral cancer
  • Examining for problems under the surface
  • Preventing oral infections
  • Saving you time and money
  • Protecting your overall health

Improving your oral and overall health is a simple as making an appointment at our dental office. Join us for a check-up at Lynch Dental Center by contacting us today. You can call our River Forest office on (708) 366-6411 or our Chicago office on (312) 263-3235. We look forward to seeing you in the dental chair.