Posts for: January, 2018
The human body’s immune system has amazing defensive capabilities. Without it a common cold or small wound could turn deadly.
One of the more important processes of the immune system is inflammation, the body’s ability to isolate diseased or injured tissue from unaffected tissue. Ironically, though, this vital component of the healing process could actually cause harm if it becomes chronic.
This often happens with periodontal (gum) disease, an infection of the gums caused by bacterial plaque built up on teeth due to inadequate hygiene, which in turn triggers inflammation. The infection is often fueled by plaque, however, and can become difficult for the body to overcome on its own. A kind of trench warfare sets in between the body and the infection, resulting in continuing inflammation that can damage gum tissues. Untreated, the damage may eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In treating gum disease, our main goal is to stop the infection (and hence the inflammation) by aggressively removing plaque and calculus (tartar). Without plaque the infection diminishes, the inflammation subsides and the gums can begin to heal. This reduces the danger to teeth and bone and hopefully averts their loss.
But there’s another benefit of this treatment that could impact other inflammatory conditions in the body. Because all the body’s organic systems are interrelated, what occurs in one part affects another especially if it involves inflammation.
It’s now theorized that reducing gum inflammation could lessen inflammation in other parts of the body. Likewise, treating other conditions like high blood pressure and other risk factors for inflammatory diseases could lower your risk of gum disease and boost the effectiveness of treatment.
The real key is to improve and maintain your overall health, including your teeth and gums. Practice daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque, and visit your dentist regularly for more thorough cleanings. And see your dentist at the first sign of possible gum problems like bleeding, redness or swelling. You’ll not only be helping your mouth you could also be helping the rest of your body enjoy better health.
If you would like more information on the relationship between gum disease and other systemic conditions, 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 “The Link between Heart & Gum Diseases.”
Do you have a misaligned smile? Millions of people around the world have straightened their smiles discreetly with Invisalign. Perhaps it's time you joined them! Dr. Jordan Simonovich of North Creek Dental Care of Naperville, which is located in Naperville, IL, offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign to his patients. Here are five reasons to consider Invisalign.
1. Correct Dental Problems
Invisalign corrects the same problems as metal braces, including a crossbite, an overbite, overcrowded teeth, an underbite, gapped teeth, protruding teeth, and crooked teeth.
2. Invisalign is Comfortable
One of the advantages of Invisalign treatment is the minimal impact it has on the quality of your people's lives. Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear, so you will be able to wear them all day without much effort. While traditional braces are effective in repositioning the teeth, metal brackets and wires can be uncomfortable to wear.
3. Invisalign is Removable
With metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods, like nuts and popcorn, because they can become stuck in your braces. Invisalign moves your teeth using a series of custom-made, removable aligners. With Invisalign, you will be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want.
4. Improve Oral Health
Misaligned teeth can have a negative impact on your oral health. It is very difficult to clean between teeth that are misaligned, increasing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign can improve your oral health. One of the benefits of Invisalign treatment is the ability to remove your aligners to floss and brush your teeth.
5. Invisalign is Nearly Invisible
Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces. Many people love the fact that Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and that they work with their lifestyle. Consult with your Invisalign dentist in Naperville, IL, Dr. Simonovich to find out if Invisalign is right for you.
Give yourself a smile you love. Say yes to Invisalign! Call North Creek Dental Care of Naperville at (630) 983-9877 today to schedule a consultation in Naperville, IL. Invisalign won't just improve your appearance; it will also change your life for the better.
In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.
When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”
Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.
There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.
By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.
So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.
If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.