Your daily oral hygiene routine goes a long way toward keeping your smile strong, healthy, and attractive. But, the truth is that your at-home dental care efforts don’t need to stop there.

One aspect of your life that can have a profound impact on your oral health is your diet. By making some small tweaks to your diet, you can help you smile resist infection and damage. Keep reading to learn more from our Lincoln Park dentists.

The first thing to consider is what foods and drinks you should minimize/avoid. Many people have heard that sugar is bad for your teeth. But, it’s not just because sugar is “unhealthy,” it’s also because sugar actually feeds the harmful oral bacteria that live in your mouth. As soon as these oral bacteria get a little sugar, they go into a frenzy: growing and multiplying.

Acidic substances are likewise potentially harmful. Many of the foods and drinks that we consume every day contain an appreciable amount of acid: coffee, red wine, soda, and fruit juices, for example. The problem with acidic substances is that they temporarily weaken your dental enamel, thus leaving it susceptible to damage.

While it may be tempting to brush your teeth right after eating or drinking something acidic, it’s actually best to wait for 20 to 30 minutes, until your enamel has hardened again. Brushing too early can actually lead to enamel thinning over time.

In general, when consuming something that isn’t good for your smile, it’s always a good idea to drink some water, or rinse your mouth with water right after. This prompts your body to produce saliva, and saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel.

As always, our Lincoln Park dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have about caring for your smile at home, as well as professional care. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team by phone, or through our Contact Us page!

If you have ever considered improving the appearance of your smile using cosmetic dentistry, then you may have already heard about dental veneers. This type of treatment is efficient, comfortable, and transformative.

Today, our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists are here to answer some questions about veneers. We hope that you find this information helpful as you continue your journey toward your dream smile!

What are veneers made of?

Dental veneers are crafted from porcelain. This is an ideal material because porcelain is strong and stable, so, although dental veneers are only as thin as a contact lens, they are still durable and capable of standing up to daily wear and tear. Additionally, porcelain mimics the appearance of natural enamel, and thus helps to create a seamless, natural aesthetic result.

How does veneer treatment work?

The first step in the treatment process is a dental assessment; at this point our dental team will check your smile for signs of damage. If you do have ongoing infections or damage, we may need to correct these issues before moving forward.

Then, we’ll prep your tooth, and reduce some of your natural dental structure in order to make room your veneer. We’ll then take an impression of your prepped tooth—it is from this impression that your restoration is made.

Once your dental veneer is complete, you’ll come back into the office so that we can fit and place it. We’ll bond the veneer to the relevant tooth, and cure the bonding so that it forms a strong and stable connection with your tooth. At this point, you’re all done! You’ll enjoy a tooth that looks attractive and that functions optimally.

If any of this information seems confusing or intimidating, please feel free to reach out to our Lincoln Park cosmetic dentists for additional information and guidance. We really are here to help!

Every day, you take the time to care for your smile, and clean it thoroughly. But, are you doing everything you can to get the most out of your at-home oral hygiene routine? This short article is going to help you answer this question. Our Lincoln Park dentists are here with some tips on how to effectively clean your smile, and care for your teeth day to day. Let’s get started!

So, most patients already know that they need to brush their teeth at least twice a day. The best time to do this is in the morning, after you wake up, and at night, right before your go to bed.

Here’s one thing that few patients do, and many people don’t even realize that they’re supposed to do: you really should brush your teeth for at least two minutes every time you brush. Try setting a timer or listening to a two-minute-long song to keep track; you may be surprised at just how long two minutes really is.

In order to protect the health of your smile for the long-term, you also want to pay attention to how much pressure you’re applying as you clean your teeth. Brushing too firmly can actually lead to dental damage, like enamel thinning and gum tissue recession. In that same vein, make sure that you’re using a toothbrush with appropriately soft or firm bristles for your dental needs; most patients will actually do well with a soft bristled brush.

The ADA also recommends that patients floss between their teeth every day. In general, the optimal time to do this is at night, right before you brush your smile. This allows you to dislodge compacted plaque and bacteria before promptly brushing it away.

As always, our Lincoln Park dentists are here to give you any additional information or recommendations that you may need. Give us a call to schedule a consultation with our team—we look forward to seeing you!

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