Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kid's Korner


Question of the day
(from “Open Wide” by Laurie Keller) 

Sally Incisor writes:

“Primary teeth are also called baby teeth because that's what they are — little, bratty baby teeth. They all wiggled around so much that they fell right out of the mouth until there were none of them left. Permanent teeth will be there for a lot longer because they don't wiggle around at all. Why are baby teeth there in the first place? Babies don't even need teeth.  You never see them eating corn on the cob  or anything like that.”

Thank you, Sally. Nice job!

But actually, babies DO need teeth. Baby teeth are VERY important for several reasons: 

1. They help develop the face and jaw.

 2. They help babies chew when they start to eat more solid food. 

3. And baby teeth guide your  permanent teeth into proper  position, and kept the mouth  healthy and clean. 


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Friday, June 21, 2013

2013 Oral Cancer Statistics (From the National Cancer Institute)





2013 Oral Cancer Statistics
(From the National Cancer Institute)

41,380 Estimated New Cases
7,890 Estimated Deaths
95% of oral cancers occur in people over the age of 40.


Early detection can increase 5 year survival rates to 83% compared to 32% for oral cancers that are detected later and have spread.



If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our dental team directly at office@wilmettedental.com.






Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Gum Disease and Oral Cancer



Could gum disease increase the risk of oral cancer?  


According to researchers, the answer is yes.  With the caveat that more research needs to be done in order to conclusively link the two, scientists recently presented a study that suggests that people with periodontitis have a higher incidence of oral cancer than those who do not.  

Those patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer had a significantly higher number of missing teeth and alveolar bone loss -- both key indicators of periodontal disease.

A thorough oral cancer screening is done at every Wilmette Dental exam.  If you have questions or concerns about your oral cancer risk, talk with Dr. Neuhaus.



If you are looking for a dental practice with deep roots in -- and a long history on -- Chicago's North Shore, Wilmette Dental is accepting new patients.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at www.wilmettedental.com.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Clean that Toothbrush


Think your toothbrush is clean? Think again.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, rinsing a toothbrush after each use (as most of us do), isn't enough to adequately get rid of the “yuck.”

The American Dental Association (ADA) offers tips on keeping your toothbrush clean:

  • Don’t keep your toothbrush in a cabinet or cover it with a protector.  It’s best to let air get to the bristles so they dry between brushings.  Keeping bristles damp promotes the growth of bacteria.
  • Don’t let your toothbrush come into contact with someone else’s.
  • Give your toothbrush a good washing after brushing.  Hold the brush under running water for about 10 seconds while rubbing your thumb over it.  
  • Pour a little mouthwash over your brush -- the alcohol in the mouthwash will eliminate most of the bacteria.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If it’s electric, replace the head every four to six months. If you notice the ends of the bristles bending, then it’s time to replace your toothbrush.  

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our dental team directly at office@wilmettedental.com.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

L.A. Floss Capital...Chicago At Bottom



Congratulations Los Angeles...you were named the No. 1 city in the US. for flossing, according to a survey commissioned by DenTek.  Nearly 45% of those surveyed in the City of Angels say they floss at least once a day.  Other cities that rank high on the floss meter are Boston, Detroit, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta.


And who ranks among the worst?  Chicago!  (Dr. Neuhaus, however, knows that his patients are the exception.)  Other cities that need to up their flossing include Cleveland, Seattle, Dallas, and San Francisco.

The survey also asked respondents why they flossed:

37%:  Overall health
25%: Recommended by dentist
19%: To protect their dental investments



If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, please consider Wilmette Dental, a North Shore tradition in family dentistry for more than 30 years.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at www.wilmettedental.com.