Fun and Fascinating Dental Facts from Northwest Chicago Suburbs Cosmetic Dentist

FactsHappy Friday!  It’s the end of another week, and you may have some fun summer weekend plans. If you’re watching that clock tick away, and trying to fill the few hours left of work, perhaps we can entertain (and educate you) for just a few minutes. Your Northwest Chicago suburbs cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, would like to share some fun and/or interesting facts about dentistry.

Interesting Dental Facts from Dr. Engelberg

Fact #1: Smiling Habits Vary Amongst Gender and Age Who do you think smiles more? Men, women, or children? If you guessed that kids flash their grins more freely with their carefree lifestyles, you are correct. Children smile roughly 400 times every day. Women trail behind, smiling on an average of 62 times every day. That’s still a lot better than their male counterparts, who only tend to smile about eight times in a 24 hour period. (more…)

Elk Grove Cosmetic Dentist Answers Same-day Crown Questions

SmilingGroupWhen you’re starving and short on time, fast food is a huge temptation. Within a few minutes, you can pull up, order, pay, and have food-in-hand without even getting out of your car. And the food is relatively inexpensive. What’s a better overall deal than that? Yet, we instinctively know (and if not, we’re told time and again by the media, medical talk shows, literature, family and friends) that regular fast food is simply not the best laid plan for our long term health. Fast? Yes. A recipe for longevity, health, and satisfaction? Probably not.

This is a fitting parallel to one-visit crowns. Why take a minimum of two visits for a custom-fitted porcelain dental crown when you can have one in a single appointment? Unfortunately, just as with fast food, the advantages come along with disadvantages. Dr. Brent Engelberg, your Elk Grove cosmetic dentist will answer some of his patient’s most frequently asked questions about CEREC and E4D.

FAQs About One-Visit Crowns

Q1. What does CEREC stand for?

A1. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. E4D is another similar CAD/CAM system for providing patients crowns in a single visit.

Q2. What does a one-visit crown entail?

A2. CEREC and E4D are computer design tools and milling machines for dental crowns, all rolled into one. By eliminating the need to send your specifications to a ceramist, the dentist can measure, prepare, and fabricate your dental crown without you ever having to leave the office. (more…)

Are Whitening Toothpastes Safe for Cosmetically Altered Teeth?

Toothpaste on BrushIn our last blog, we discussed proper oral hygiene for people with cosmetic dental work. In the annals of history, people did not have access to mass-marketed dental products. They creatively gnawed on sticks in order to fray the edges into a sort of natural toothbrush. Naturally, even with shorter life spans, most people in those days were not able to keep all of their teeth for their entire lives. Fortunately, we now have great modern toothbrushes in every shape, size, strength, and color. Of course, you can scrub all you want with a naked toothbrush, but that will not clean your teeth nearly as well as when you introduce the brush bristles to a nice dollop of dentifrice, AKA toothpaste. Your Schaumburg cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will warn you against the over-abrasiveness of sometimes tempting whitening toothpastes.

So Many Toothpaste Options

Have you taken the time to count your toothpaste options at any supermarket or drugstore? Probably not. However, it would not be (more…)

Palatine Cosmetic Dentist Offers Oral Hygiene Tips for Cosmetic Dental Work

FlosserIf you undergo cosmetic dental work, there is no better time to ensure that your at-home dental self-care habits are up to par. The basics are simple: brushing and flossing. However, many people don’t realize that they should floss before brushing their teeth. This way, the debris that is dislodged won’t remain in your mouth. For something like oral hygiene which should be practiced at least twice-a-day, many people need a brush up to ensure that they’re using the right tools in the right ways. Palatine cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will offer you more tips on keeping teeth clean, whether they are natural, or cosmetically attained.

Flossing Your Teeth

So you think you know how to floss? Well, you may be right on, but many people don’t know the ins and outs of proper and effective flossing. It’s important that you have awareness of the fact that your teeth are curved so that you make full contact between the floss and surfaces of your teeth. For this reason, while floss threaders are better than no flossing at all, they will not allow you to curve the flossing material sufficiently. To remove plaque and food particles with floss, do not simply push floss straight down to the gumline. Guide floss between teeth to remove debris, and follow up with a good tooth brushing.

Brushing Your Teeth

Two times each day is the minimum amount that you should brush your teeth. Even better would be after every meal. Your Palatine cosmetic dentist recommends a soft bristled toothbrush.  The technique that is best for your teeth is called the “Modified Bass (more…)