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…)
Most patients don’t have vast knowledge of dentistry. That’s what you rely on your dentist for, right? There can be a lot of confusing dental terms. You may be familiar with some, but have never heard of others. Some procedures may even get confused with others. Knowledge is power as you pursue good dental health. Your Glencoe dentist, Dr. Brent A. Engelberg, will provide you with an overview of several restorative procedures that sometimes have a cosmetic spin.
When you go to the dentist for a regular checkup, you will always be examined for tooth decay, also known as cavities. If you should present with some level of decay, your dentist will want you to schedule an appointment to remove the infected and decaying portion of your tooth. You can’t go about your life with a gaping hole in your tooth, and you need to protect the roots from future bacterial infestation. For this reason, your tooth will be filled with either silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite-resin. The latter material is most often chosen these days by patients and dentists alike, because of aesthetics and functionality. (more…)