As we age, our teeth are destined to succumb to stains and dulling. This inevitability can happen much earlier, and to a much higher degree, with patients that have staining from medications such as tetracycline. Unfortunately, unlike the yellowing from coffee, tobacco, and dark colored foods, staining from medication is intrinsic (inside the dentin of your teeth). How does this happen, and how can you deal with it if it has happened to you? Your Wilmette cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will answer those questions.
Tetracycline is a very effective antibiotic. Unfortunately, through trial and error, it was discovered that when taken by pregnant women, this medication could have disastrous effects on the developing teeth of the fetus. Though these issues are not seen until primary teeth began to erupt, the discoloration is generally significant. The staining usually begins as yellow in color. As the teeth are exposed to light over time, the yellow can begin to darken to a brown color. Many people with this type of staining have brown teeth in front because they are exposed the most to light when they smile. The same staining can happen when children under the age of 8-years-old take tetracycline. (more…)
Bad breath can be a challenging problem because often times, you can’t really tell just how bad yours is? Perhaps the look on someone’s face when you talk close to them is a tell-tale clue, but unless a friend or acquaintance is blunt enough to tell you that your breath smells awful, you might be guessing based on the way your mouth feels. If you have a friend or family member who you’re comfortable enough to ask, and can rely on an honest answer from them, that will be your most reliable bad breath test. Once you’ve established that halitosis is an issue, you should make an appointment with your Northern Chicago suburbs cosmetic dentist, Dr. Engelberg, to find out if there is an underlying dental issue. In the meantime, read on to learn more about bad breath.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Most cases of bad breath are due to something in the mouth, though occasionally digestive system issues are the culprit. Most often, bad breath is the result of nothing more serious than bacteria and food particles. Plaque, a sticky bio-film based from bacteria, is (more…)
Are you a “smiley” person, or do you avoid smiling because of embarrassment over the way your teeth look? When you aren’t comfortable smiling, you are going to lead a much more guarded life. Smiles express so much beyond happiness. In fact, certain smiles can be a cover for someone that is lying and deceiving. Rolling Meadows cosmetic dentist, Dr. Engelberg, will speak more about different types of smiles.
Smiles are so versatile, and can happen for a multitude of reasons. The obvious is when you are happy, and you can identify this smile because it generally takes place during a joyous time, and accompanies an organic feeling. An attentive smile is more of an expression to show the person that’s talking to you that you are plugged in and listening to them. Not as pleasant would be an embarrassed smile. You’ve probably experienced this one when you do something unintentionally mortifying, such as tripping and falling, or even just saying something that has you sticking your foot in your mouth. (more…)
Your dentist might advise you to stay away from too many cookies, cakes, and even breads. These high sugar/high carbohydrate edible treats can contribute to a battle with tooth decay. However, there is one ingredient in most baked goods that can actually add a small amount of shine to a dull, yellow, stained smile: baking soda. You’ve probably seen, or even tried toothpaste infused with baking soda in your local grocery or drugstore. Your Vernon Hills dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will explain how applying baking soda directly to teeth can actually act as a homemade solution to deal with minor stains on teeth, or maintain professional teeth whitening.
All About Baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate, AKA baking soda, is most known as a main ingredient in most baked good recipes. Baking soda melds with acid-containing ingredients that create gas bubbles to make certain recipes rise to fluffy perfection. Without this chemical reaction, your cookies would look more like little pancakes, and your cakes would sink down in the middle while they were baking. (more…)