Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bad News on Children’s Oral Health

The declining state of oral health among youngsters age five and under is being called a “public health crisis” by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

Early childhood caries (cavities) is now the most common chronic early childhood disease in the U.S.  The rate of dental decay among children ages two to five has increased dramatically, and by age five, a whopping 60% of all children in the U.S. will have had caries.

Poor children age nine and younger are at highest risk, with low-economy youngsters being twice as likely to have cavities as those in higher economic groups -- and the decay is more likely to go untreated.  The result is painful teeth that can ultimately affect a child’s ability to sleep, pay attention in school -- and even attend school.  Dental decay also makes children more vulnerable to various other infections, including the ears, sinuses and even the brain.

But for any child, regardless of economic background, early dental care is paramount to overall health.  One of the key reasons for this childhood epidemic of cavities is not seeing a dentist early enough.  The AAPD recommends that children get their first dental exam as soon as their first tooth appears -- but no later than their first birthday.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, 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, December 10, 2014

Interesting Factoid...

According to USA Today, what do people notice first when they meet someone?



 
47% Smile
31% Eyes
11% Smell
7% Cloths

4% Hair




Wilmette Dental has been providing dental care at the 4th and Linden location for over 35 years.  We wish to thank you for your trust and confidence, and the opportunity to help you and your family achieve a healthy smile, which will last a lifetime. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our dental team directly at office@wilmettedental.com.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Folic Acid…A Cocktail-Loving Girl’s Best Friend

Women who enjoy a cocktail - and also consume high volumes of folic acid found in vitamin B - are less likely to suffer from mouth cancer, according to a Columbia Medical University study that recorded the diets of 87,000 nurses over three decades.

Women in the study who drank a high volume of alcohol and had a low folic acid intake were 3 times more likely to develop mouth cancer than women who also drank high volumes of alcohol but consumed large amounts of folic acid in their diet.

Alcohol consumption is one of the major risks for mouth cancer, and those who drink to excess are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease.  This study marks the first time that folic acid intake has been shown to affect the risk of the disease.

Folic acid, or vitamin B9, is essential to a woman’s health by helping to make and maintain new cells.  Folic acid is found in vegetables and is often added to bread products.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

A Sparkling Holiday Smile

 
What’s the best accessory for this season’s holiday parties? A bright, beautiful and healthy smile! With wonderful breakthroughs in aesthetic dentistry, a terrific smile is possible for just about everyone.

Most procedures are minimally invasive, quick (great results can usually be accomplished in just a few office visits), and affordable.

Here is a quick look at the ways Dr. Neuhaus can make any smile sparkle:

● Whiten stained and discolored teeth
● Restore alignment and add symmetry to uneven or misshapen teeth
● Correct gaps and chips
● Plump out lines around the mouth
● Add volume and fullness to the smile

If you’re curious to see how you might benefit from aesthetic dentistry, Dr. Neuhaus can show you a computerized image of what your new smile could look like.


Wilmette Dental has been providing dental care at the 4th and Linden location for over 35 years.  We wish to thank you for your trust and confidence, and the opportunity to help you and your family achieve a healthy smile, which will last a lifetime. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our dental team directly at office@wilmettedental.com

Friday, November 21, 2014

Keeping Fido’s Teeth Healthy


Have a dog age three or older?  If so, chances are your pet already has problem teeth.  According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 % of dogs three and older have some form of periodontal disease.  As your pet ages, this can result in infection, bad breath and even tooth loss.

Manually brushing Fido’s teeth can be difficult.  To solve that problem, the pet care market is now booming with dental cleansing treats and chews that promise to reduce tartar and clean teeth by simply letting your pooch enjoy a good nosh.  But do these treats actually work?

The answer is a guarded “yes.”  While manually brushing your dog’s teeth is still the best, giving Fido a dental chew is better than absolutely nothing.  Most dog dental chew treats are made to microscopically rub against the teeth and remove debris.  Long-lasting chew treats - and things like rubber, nylon or rawhide chew toys, offer the most cleansing benefit.

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 40 years.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at www.wilmettedental.com.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tips for a Photogenic Smile

With everyone snapping smartphone photos these days, it’s good to know a few tricks for being in front of the camera! Here are a few tips for being your photogenic best:

● Keep your smile natural. Strike a smile you can hold comfortably for a few moments.
Smiling gently gives your face a relaxed look. Open your mouth slightly, and allow your
lower lip to match the curve of your upper teeth. Your cheeks will rise a bit, but not too much.

● Maintain good posture. Don’t slouch or lower your head too much. Instead, turn your head slightly and drop your chin a bit so you’re not front on with the camera.

● Be proud of “you.” Nothing makes a photo look better than an air of confidence...a twinkle in the eye. Enjoy being in front of the camera, and as they say on the runway, “work it!”

If you think your smile could use a little enhancing, be sure to talk with Dr. Neuhaus about the many easy and affordable options available for whitening and correcting problem teeth. Dr. Neuhaus can even show you a computer enhancement of your smile.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, 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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dental Floss ... A Tooth's Best Friend


Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth. Here are a few fun facts from Wilmette Dental on the marvels of floss -- an amazing dental care tool:

A Little floss does a BIG job.  In fact, don't floss and you miss cleaning a whopping 35% of your tooth surfaces -- even if you're thoroughly brushing your teeth.

About three million miles of dental floss are purchased each year in the U.S.  Yet only about 12% of Americans floss daily, and nearly half don't floss at all!

Dental floss was introduced in 1815, and was originally made of silk.  In 1898, the Johnson and Johnson Corporation received the first patent ever for dental floss.

Floss has earned a reputation for some rather unconventional uses.  Some of these unique floss applications include cheesecake cutting, picture hanging, making fishing lines, and crafting kite string.  It's also been rumored that dental floss has been woven together by prison inmates to create escape rope.

Floss, admittedly, can be a bit tricky to use.  The staff at Wilmette Dental is happy to show you easy ways to make this important tool a regular -- and quick -- part of your daily oral care routine.










Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Eat Your Way To A Healthy Smile


How you eat can be just as important as what you eat when it comes to maintaining a great-looking smile.  Wilmette Dental offers a few simple tips that can help help keep your smile its healthy best.

Eat carbs at mealtime.  Carbs such as as breads and chips break down into sugar that can increase the growth of oral bacteria.  But, when you eat carbs with larger amounts of food (as you would during a full meal rather than just a snack), you produce a much larger amount of saliva.  That saliva helps wash away the food particles that attract nasty oral bacteria.

Sip with a straw.  Most sodas, sports drinks and juices contain acid, which can erode tooth enamel. Sipping those types of beverages through a straw that's positioned at the back of the mouth limits their contact with teeth.

Follow a meal or snack with tea.  Tea contains polyphenol, an antioxidant plant compound that prevents tooth-decaying plaque from adhering to teeth.

Take your calcium.  Dietary calcium from cheese, milk and yogurt strengthens the alveolar bone in the jaw -- and that's the bone that helps hold teeth in place!

Increase Vitamin C.  This powerhouse vitamin helps keep teeth and gums healthy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Want To Be Influential? Have A Winning Smile!

Some of the world's most successful people have a key trait in common:  a great smile!

This comes from a study by Spanish researchers who looked at pictures of smiling faces from Time magazine's annual list of the most 100 influential people from 2006 to 2010.  They found that there were strong consistencies in the kind of smile each individual possessed.

According to the researchers, the smiles of some of the world's most prominent people revealed common standards, regardless of occupation or gender.  And, these smile commonalities are believed to play a decisive role in the overall facial expressions of these individuals.

The most important aesthetic of a winning smile, say researchers, is balance -- "...the overall harmony of the face."  This takes into account general dental features including teeth form, position and color, as well as the dimensions of the soft tissue.  An ideal smile, then, is having straight, bright teeth that complement the overall face in size, color and position.

At Wilmette Dental, we're experts at crafting beautiful smiles.  And, with Wilmette Dental's computer technology, we can provide patients with a preview of how their smiles can be enhanced.

If you are looking for a dental practice with 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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bad Breath? Brush That Tongue!

Just about everyone has bad breath at one time or another. Not-so-fresh breath is actually called "halitosis," and it is estimated that about 65% of the population suffers from the condition.  The cause often is not actually the breath, but the bacteria that flourish on the tongue.

One of the best ways to sweeten breath is to clean the tongue!

Tongue cleansing should be a routine procedure done as part of brushing and flossing teeth.  To clean the tongue, scrape it two or three times daily -- it only takes a few seconds, but can produce wonderful smelling results. Scraping can be done with a toothbrush or an inexpensive tongue scraper available at most pharmacies.

In addition to nicer smelling breath (often as much as 75% to 80% better), a clean tongue may also improve taste acuity.  And, with all of the wonderful summer treats to enjoy, it's important to keep taste buds in tiptop shape!

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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Emergency Dental Care For Young Athletes

The summer sports season has begun, and it's all fun and games -- until someone's tooth is knocked out!

It is estimated that five million teeth will be lost this year among youngsters participating in sports activities. Baseball and basketball rank as the top two biggest mouth-injuring sports activities, and can result in broken, displaced or knocked out teeth -- even broken jaws.

Wearing a sports mouth guard is the best protection against sports related tooth and jaw injuries.  But should the unexpected happen, Wilmette Dental offers a few emergency dental tips for parents on the sidelines who may have to act quickly.

If a child suffers a broken or cracked tooth, see Dr. Neuhaus within 24 hours.  He can repair the tooth and hopefully, prevent permanent damage.  After the first 24 hours, the "window" of medical intervention begins to close, and damage may become much more difficult to mend.

But, if the tooth actually comes out, it's a race against the clock.  A knocked out tooth on a child may actually be re-rooted, but only if it is back in the mouth within 30 minutes.  The tooth should be handled as little as possible, and placed in a cup of milk (yes, milk), which has properties that help protect the root.  If milk isn't quickly available, saline or water can be used as alternatives.  Then, go immediately to either Dr. Neuhaus or to the emergency room.

Get out there and play this summer...but play safely!


If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, Wilmette Dental is accepting new patients.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online.

Monday, May 5, 2014

STRESSED ? YOUR TEETH MAY BE AS WELL !

Stressed out by life?  If so, it's likely that all of that tension is showing up on your teeth in the form of grinding (known as "bruxism").  Dentists are seeing a big spike in dental damage as a result of grinding. In fact, it's estimated that at least one in every 10 individuals has a serious grinding problem. Grinding can cause fractures to teeth -- and that can result in the need for fillings and/or crowns.

Most cases of grinding occur during sleep, although brusixm may also affect people when they are awake. Bruxism is more commonly seen among women in their twenties or thirties (perhaps when the pressures of combining family and career are most demanding). However, dentists also are seeing a sharp rise in the number of teens who are stressed by school and extracurricular activities, and grinding a great deal as a result.

A healthy diet, regular exercise and taking time to do something relaxing and enjoyable may help reduce stress, and thus lower the incidence of bruxism.  In addition, a bite-guard, a plastic device custom made to perfectly fit your teeth, can be worn at night to help protect teeth from the damage of grinding.  Custom fitted bite-guards are comfortable to wear, and create a soft barrier that cushions tooth surfaces during episodes of grinding.

If stress is getting to you -- and your teeth -- give Wilmette Dental a call.  We can help protect your teeth, even when life is "grinding" you down.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Some “tooth facts” about our favorite holiday animals:

Here are some “tooth facts” about our favorite holiday animals:


Reindeer only have front teeth on their bottom jaw. On the top, instead of teeth, they have a bony plate that helps them grind their food. Reindeer are primarily plant eaters. They like reindeer moss, which grows in very cold climates. Reindeer also enjoy eating the leaves of willow and birch trees.


Rabbits have four “incisors,” two on top and two on the bottom. Incisors are large front teeth used to cut into food. They also have “cheek teeth,” which they use to grind their food (and that also gives them a cute, plump face) . Rabbits are “herbivores” which means they eat only plants, such as grasses and vegetables -- especially carrots!


Turkeys have a beak instead of teeth. But just because they don’t have teeth doesn’t mean they don’t eat. Turkeys use their beak to break off food and to pick up pieces of grain. They have strong tongues that they use to guide the food to the back of their throat -- and they swallow.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

An Ancient Dental Health Culprit

In examining ancient human dental problems, scientists have discovered an unusual cause for the erosion of tooth enamel: dust.


By looking at worn tooth surfaces, researchers have found that quartz dust was a significant cause of enamel microwear. In particular, our East African ancestors may have suffered enamel abrasion from dust storms, especially from particles carried in the seasonal winds of the Arabian peninsula.

These results may alter scientists’ understanding of how microwear reflects dietary habits. Our ancestors’ environment (dust storms and droughts) may actually have had as significant an impact on dental health as did their diet.


If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, Wilmette Dental is accepting new patients.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Let’s Talk Wine and Cheese

Just in time for the season of parties, comes news about two buffet table staples: wine and cheese.


If you’re one of Dr. Neuhaus’ many patients who do whitening treatments, be careful of red wine. In fact, if it’s between a coffee beverage or red wine, dental researchers in Sao Paulo, Brazil suggest you choose the coffee. In a study, the scientists looked at human molars exposed to coffee and red wine both during and after whitening treatments.


During the treatments, remineralization of the enamel with artificial saliva and then a subsequent bleaching session was effective in preventing enamel staining. But, once the whitening treatments stopped, both coffee and wine did cause enamel color changes -- and the wine did more damage than did coffee.


When it comes to cheese, go right ahead and enjoy. It seems that consuming cheese and other dairy products may actually help protect teeth against cavities.

According to a study recently published in General Dentistry, people who eat cheese show a rise in plaque pH -- and that’s a good thing. A pH level lower than 5.5 puts a person at risk for tooth erosion. Researchers believe that the rise in pH levels from eating cheese may occur due to increased saliva production, possibly caused by the action of chewing. And, various compounds in cheese may adhere to tooth enamel, further protecting teeth from acid.

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

Friday, February 7, 2014

Whitening ...Fast Facts

  • Whitening has the best risk/benefit of any dental procedure.
  • Nine out of 10 patients can successfully whiten their teeth.
  • More than 300 published articles attest to the safety of dentist dispensed whitening materials.




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.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Oral Bacteria and Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest of all cancers, largely because it is extremely difficult to detect. The disease kills 40,000 Americans annually, and most die within just six months of diagnosis. Now, scientists are looking at a possible link between an oral bacteria and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.


Studying blood samples from more than 800 adults, researchers found that a high antibody level (an immune system response to bacteria) of one of the more infectious periodontal strains of Porphyromonas gingivalis was associated with a twofold risk for pancreatic cancer. P. gingivalis is an oral pathogen that causes inflammation, which can result in the oral bone destruction that is periodontal disease. Scientists have long suspected P. gingivalis as a risk factor for such systemic conditions as diabetes, stroke, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

While more work needs to be done to establish the presence of P. gingivalis antibodies as a risk factor for pancreatic cancer, the evidence is mounting that immune system responses to oral bacteria in general may be a marker for many diseases. In the case of pancreatic cancer, such markers may mean early, life-saving detection rather than almost certain death.

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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dental Cleanings Reduce Healthcare Costs

If you suffer from a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or asthma, having good oral health can actually reduce your overall healthcare costs, according to a recent study by United Healthcare.


The 2013 study compared medical and pharmacy costs of individuals with diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, obstructive pulmonary disease, or kidney disease, with the dental treatment they received to determine if there is a difference in total healthcare costs associated with varying dental treatments. Researchers looked at three years of claims data from more than 130,000 individuals.


The study revealed that those with a chronic condition who received regular preventive dental services, had net dental/medical claims that were on average more than $1,000 lower than those who did not. Regular dental cleanings appear to be most beneficial. People with chronic ailments who received regular hygiene cleanings had the lowest overall healthcare costs, compared to their counterparts who did not.


Among diabetes patients, for example, the average yearly net medical and dental claims were nearly $1,300 lower for those who regularly saw a dentist compared to those who did not. And, the savings was realized even after accounting for the additional cost of the dental care itself.


This is further evidence that dental health has a profound impact on general health...and on your wallet.

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.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dear Patients:

Greetings from all of us at Wilmette Dental. I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and happy.


I am pleased to report that daughter Elise is thoroughly enjoying her sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She complains about the long walking distances (it’s a BIG campus), but in every FaceBook photo we see of her, she is always surrounded by friends and has a huge smile on her face. It doesn’t seem to be all that bad. She is taking a heavy science load this year, and is doing some volunteer work with children (when she’s not walking).


Our drummer boy Christopher is wrapping up his college search. Applications are in, and now the waiting game begins. He actually is interested in dentistry! Perhaps one day, I’ll be able to pass the torch (the drill). It was an excellent marching band season for his school, Glenbrook South. Chris is  drumline captain this year, and his percussion section took 1st Place at the annual St. Rita’s Mustang Band Competition. This was a huge win, and we’re very proud.

Recently, I hosted our Wilmette Dental staff on a trip to New Orleans for the American Dental Association Annual Session. Everyone attended continuing education programs so that we may provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Of course, we also found time for terrific music, delicious Creole cooking and, of course, beignets at Cafe du Monde. It
was a fantastic trip.


We have some interesting articles in this edition of Word of Mouth. I hope you enjoy it. Stay well (and warm).

Dr. Neuhaus

If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, Wilmette Dental is accepting new patients.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online.