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Dentist in Lake Forest | Bad Breath Remedies

January 29, 2019

Lake Forest Dentist

According to the American Dental Association, 50 percent of adults experience bad breath at some point in their life. Although some causes are harmless, other causes may be signaling something more serious. Below are three common causes of bad breath, accompanied by the best remedy for each cause.

Cause of Bad Breath: Food

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”? Many foods and spices, such as onions, garlic, and coffee, leave a lingering odor on your breath.

Nothing rids your breath of odor like brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing also keeps your mouth free from bacteria, preventing any infections. Mouthwash is a great backup solution. Although the use of mouthwash is only a temporary fix for bad breath, it too works to remove potentially harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Cause of Bad Breath: Dry Mouth

Does it feel like you just can’t quench your thirst? Dry mouth is due to your mouth not producing enough saliva. It is often a symptom of medications, salivary gland problems, or breathing through your mouth.

Foods that require more chewing can increase saliva production. Healthy foods such as carrots and apples are great choices. Another alternative is to chew sugar-free gum.

Cause of Bad Breath: Medical Conditions

Bacteria and infections in the mouth can cause bad breath. Bad breath may also be a sign of conditions affecting the sinuses, liver, or kidneys, as well as a sign of acid reflux or diabetes.

By visiting our office regularly, our team is able to detect any problems or infections, and stop them before they become serious.

Schedule your visit to our office today. Contact our team.

825 S. Waukegan
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone: (847) 234-4800

60045 Dentist | Digital X-Rays

January 17, 2019

Lake Forest Dentist

X-rays, or radiographs, have long been used in dentistry. Traditional film x-rays are a safe and effective part of your dental care, but they do require a small amount of radiation. In our office, we utilize digital x-ray technology that provides the benefits of film imaging but uses up to 80% less radiation. With our advanced digital radiographs, we can view your teeth and surrounding structures with remarkable accuracy.

Unlike traditional x-rays, digital x-rays require no wait time for film to develop. Instead, the images are available on the computer screen within seconds. These images can then be enhanced and enlarged for more accurate diagnosis. Digital x-rays can be stored, printed, or even transmitted electronically to a specialist or laboratory, if needed.

Intraoral x-rays create an image of the teeth, bone, and tissues inside the mouth. This image can be used for prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment planning, depending on the need. X-ray images can be used to identify or diagnose potential oral health issues that may not be fully visible to the naked eye. Some of these may include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cracks or fractures
  • Impacted teeth
  • Tooth root infection
  • Bone loss
  • Cysts, tumors, or other abnormal growths

How often you need dental x-rays will change over your lifetime. Healthy adults may only need radiographs taken every 2-3 years. Children and teens often need more frequent imaging to monitor the growth and alignment of their teeth. However, there are several additional factors that can influence how often digital x-rays are recommended. Some of these include:

  • Multiple dental restorations
  • Periodontal disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Tobacco use
  • Orthodontics
  • Root canal therapy

Your safety is our primary concern. Before having a digital x-ray taken in our office, let us know if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have had a dental x-ray in another office within the past year
  • You are or may be pregnant
  • You have any questions or concerns about x-rays

For more information on how our digital x-rays benefit you, contact our office.

825 S. Waukegan
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone: (847) 234-4800

Does Invisalign Really Work?

April 3, 2018

Man in dental chair giving thumbs upIn short, yes it does. However, no treatment is right for every patient. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, read this post. We’ll walk you through some of the basics. If you’re ready to find out whether or not Invisalign is the best treatment to meet your unique needs, find an Invisalign provider in Lake Forest to schedule your Invisalign consultation. During a consultation appointment, your dentist will examine your smile and help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.
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How Do Porcelain Veneers Close the Gaps in My Teeth?

July 28, 2017

Cropped shot of a gorgeous young woman on a couchPatients often refer to porcelain veneers as instant orthodontics because they can quickly transform even the most flawed teeth into a perfectly straight, evenly spaced, and brilliantly white smile. If you’re looking to close gaps in teeth, conceal stains, or correct other cosmetic concerns, it might be time to consider porcelain veneers. One of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services, porcelain veneers can be used to improve the whole smile in just two short visits. Contact us to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Campbell and Schmidt Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Our Vernon Hills dentists will examine your smile, discuss your desired end goal, and help you create a personalized treatment plan that delivers your desired smile within your schedule and budget.
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