Preventative Dentistry: What can I do Between Visits?

5 Tips for Good, Preventative Dentistry at Home

Between regular dental visits, it is essential to maintain your oral health. Preventative oral care does not only happen at your dentist’s office. In fact, the majority of your dental care will occur at home, between visits. 

Here are a few things to know about preventative dentistry at home:

Brushing and Flossing is Key. It seems basic enough, but maintaining a daily brushing and flossing routine at home is the best way to prevent further dental problems from developing. If you need help with your technique, talk to your dentist to see how you can better care for your teeth on a daily basis.

Maintaining a healthy diet is important for overall dental health. Eating nutrient-rich foods can help build strong bones and tissues while preventing dental problems from occurring down the road. It is also important avoid foods high in sugars, which can encourage tooth decay and gum disease.

Start at-home preventative care early on. Brushing and flossing should be taught to infants as soon as they develop teeth. By ingraining this daily routine into young minds, it helps set them up for a lifetime of strong and healthy teeth. This will also make their first dental visits easier and help reduce any anxiety that may develop over visiting the dentist in the future.

Ensuring that older children and teens have good brushing habits is essential. Remind them that spending 2 minutes brushing twice a day increases their dental health exponentially.

Stopping smoking can greatly improve your oral health. Not only does smoking cause teeth to turn yellow, but it can lead to gum and periodontal diseases. Gum disease causes the weakening of gums and can eventually lead to the loss of teeth in affected areas. 

Overall health and dental health are related. There are many ways in which health problems can cause and be caused by poor dental health. By maintaining a regular exercise routine, minimizing drinking and keeping any other health problems at bay; you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.

If you need help establishing your at-home oral care routine, or have questions about preventative dentistry, call Dr. VanderMolen at (217) 546-3333 and schedule a visit. The friendly staff at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield – Your preventative dental care specialists!

Sedation Dentistry: Saving Your Precious Time

Many dental patients are afraid of going to the dentist because of they’re scared of possible injections, pain, anxiety, or long, tiring appointments required to complete some dental procedures. They can be especially fearful when multiple dental treatments are required to complete a specific treatment plan. As a result, many simply neglect their dental health instead of going through with their appointments.

Fortunately, with sedation dentistry, many of these problems caused by fear and anxiety can been solved. Sedation dentistry focuses on helping the patient feel comfortable and relaxed so that whatever treatments are recommended, even multiple treatments, can be completed within a single appointment to the dental office.

If you are one of these people that suffers from dental phobias, find it difficult to miss a lot of work, or are a busy parent, you can maximize your appointment time with sedation dentistry.

If you are afraid of dental injections, pain during treatment, or noise of the machines found in most dental offices and have been neglecting your teeth, you no longer have to fear. Sedation dentistry can calm your fears and concerns. Dr. VanderMolen will sedate you in his dental office and you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the whole dental procedure. Many patients even say they don’t remember their visit at all!

No mater your reasons for neglecting your oral health, you shouldn’t neglect your teeth simply because you are afraid of going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry can solve all your concerns. Make an appointment by calling Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at (217) 546-3333.

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Periodontal Disease: 5 Essential Facts You Should Know

What do you need to know about Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a very common oral problem faced by almost 75% of the world’s population in varying degrees of severity. Most of the forms of periodontal disease are easily preventable with appropriate oral hygiene measures.

  1. Do Not Ignore Bleeding Gums When Brushing!

The earliest sign of periodontal disease is swollen gums with bleeding while brushing. Soft food deposits that are not brushed out accumulate around the teeth and within the gums to cause irritation and swelling. Swollen gums bleed easily from the bristles of a toothbrush while brushing.

  1. Periodontal Disease Can Lead to Tooth Loss

Weak and swollen gums are the initial signs of bone loss. Once the gums get weakened, the underlying bone starts to disintegrate, thereby causing loose teeth due to inadequate support. If left untreated, you may lose even a healthy tooth that doesn’t have any decay to periodontal disease.

  1. Most Cases of Bad Breath are Related to Periodontal Disease

Bad breath can have serious effects on one’s self-confidence and social interactions. Periodontal disease has been reported as one of the most common causes of bad breath. Accumulation of food deposits and their further hardening causes the formation of tartar. This tartar irritates the surrounding gums and initiates the destructive stages of periodontal disease. The bacteria that causes bad breath thrives comfortably on teeth covered with tartar. A good oral hygiene regimen and periodontal treatments can reverse these issues and help eliminate many cases of bad breath.

  1. Periodontal Disease May Be Related To Various Systemic Diseases

According to recent studies, periodontal disease has shown a close association with systemic diseases like diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer’s disease, or cardiovascular disorders. While having a healthy mouth certainly no guarantee of good health the early detection and prevention of periodontal disease will definitely give your body the best chance to maintain good health.

  1. Periodontal Disease Can Be Reversed and Prevented!

Periodontal disease is a serious condition, but it can be treated with appropriate curative measures like scaling and root planing. With the help of routine dental check-ups, the disease can be diagnosed and treated at its initial stages, preventing excessive damage to both gums and teeth.

Regular Preventative Dentistry check-ups, at least twice a year, can help prevent Periodontal Disease from occurring. Together with your dentist, you can determine whether your oral hygiene practices are adequate enough to keep your gums and teeth healthy, and can catch any signs of trouble before they become larger issues.

Is it time for a dental checkup for you and your family? Make an appointment by calling Dr. VanderMolen at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield today at (217) 546-3333. 

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Restorative Dentistry for an Improved Smile

Repairing missing, broken, or damaged teeth

Restorative Dentistry, performed by Dr. Matt VanderMolen, focuses on repairing teeth that are missing or have become damaged or broken. The purpose of restorative dentistry is to bring the teeth back to a healthier condition while at the same time, also improving the smile. There are many procedures offered by Advanced Dental Care of Springfield that qualify as restorative dentistry and two of the most popular  cosmetic dental procedures include dental implants and dental crowns.

Dental implants are permanent, artificial teeth that are made to look and function exactly like a natural tooth. The implants are anchored directly onto the jawbone to ensure they are sturdy and strong. Dr. VanderMolen will carefully examine the teeth to determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants and he will then customize the implants for each individual patient. The end result is ultimately healthier gums, teeth, and a beautiful smile to be proud of.

Dental crowns are used to repair teeth that have been damaged but are not missing. A dental crown is used to replace cracked or damaged teeth and is designed to match the color of the natural tooth. The crown is placed over the tooth with cement to ensure longevity and strength. Dental crowns can be easily placed onto the teeth and will instantly improve their appearance and the strength.

To restore your natural teeth and improve your smile, contact Advanced Dental Care at (217) 546-3333 to discuss the Restorative Dentistry procedures that are right for you. Come see us today and be on the way to the beautiful smile you have been longing for.

5 Important Facts about Cosmetic Fillings

No longer do you have to worry about unsightly metal fillings! Cosmetic, tooth-colored fillings are now readily available to keep your smile looking natural thanks to materials that mimic the tooth’s natural color and translucency, making them practically undetectable.

Here are 5 important facts about Cosmetic Fillings that make them a great option for replacing unsightly metal fillings:

  1. Tooth-Colored Fillings Offer Superior Aesthetic Properties

Tooth colored fillings are composed of a composite resin which can easily be matched to your natural tooth color and as a result the filling is almost seamless, making it virtually undetectable on all teeth. Thanks to the fact that most people won’t be able to tell you have cosmetic fillings; these fillings are often preferred over the traditional, unsightly, metal fillings.

  1. Cosmetic Fillings Chemically Bond To The Tooth

For silver amalgam fillings, the tooth has to be cut and shaped to ensure the filling remains intact within the cavity. Improper tooth preparation can lead to the filling being dislodged. In comparison, with cosmetic fillings little tooth preparation is required because it bonds to the tooth chemically. This means the natural tooth structure is preserved, resulting in a stronger, healthier tooth.

  1. The Physical Properties Of The Resin Are Close To Those Of Natural Teeth

One of the problems with metal fillings is that it is rigid and not very pliable. This can cause problems such as breakage of the tooth or filling itself. The composite resin used in cosmetic fillings on the other hand, flexes like a natural tooth does. As a result, there are fewer chances for the disintegration or breaking of the filling. Overall, when the physical properties of the filling match those of the tooth, the expected longevity, and durability of the filling increases.

  1. Cosmetic Fillings Are Versatile In Utility

As with traditional metal fillings, cosmetic fillings are used to fill cavities in both front and back teeth. However, because of their natural, tooth colored appearance, they can also be used to treat chipped teeth or correct gaps in teeth. They can also be used to conceal pits or discolorations on the teeth.

  1. No Negative Effects On The Body

Today’s composite resins used in cosmetic fillings are completely safe and produce no harmful effects on the surrounding tissues. While there is considerable debate as to the safety of traditional amalgam, metal fillings, most cosmetic fillings are biocompatible and as a result, there is no fear of toxicity.

Are you looking to replace unsightly metal fillings with natural-looking cosmetic fillings? Call Dr. VanderMolen and Advanced Dental Care at (217) 546-3333 for an appointment today! Click here for more information on all the services available at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield.