Gum Health: An Early Warning System

The relationship between your bones, gums, and teeth is collaboration at its best. When all three work in harmony, life is good. Any challenge can be confronted and mastered, if you have your health. But when this harmony is disturbed, the structure of your lifestyle is undermined.
As you age, your gums and teeth will reflect both what happens to you, and how you react. Those who understand oral health will start with understanding the gums. Because without strong gums, healthy teeth will be the victims of instability.
Patients often wonder why we poke around so much. We take intricate measurements of your gums to evaluate. We hear often that we are more thorough than our patients have ever experienced! The threats to gum health are displayed by the most minute changes. The numbers that we call out during our routine evaluations sound mysterious, but are the early-warning signals that save potential pain, time, and expense. We wish to show you how to keep your teeth and gums at their best.
Periodontitis is a gum disease that affects the periodontium, or the tissues that surround your teeth. The bone and tissue should fit tightly. But if there is loss, or a diminishing of this bone and tissue, dangerous pockets can form that are difficult to clean. They allow bacteria to grow and increase the chance for infection. A pocket reduction will solve the immediate threat, and prevent any further deterioration.
The threat begins with the microorganisms and bacteria that grow on the surface of the tooth. The body fights against these organisms by the tissue receding, and next, the bone. Periodontitis is diagnosed by examining the gum tissue with a probe and by evaluating x-rays to see bone loss. Gingival sulcus is the space between a tooth and the surrounding tissue. In gum disease, this pocket is deepened. Sadly, this condition causes the greatest loss of teeth for adults.
Age and wear increases these pockets. So to best slow deterioration, to keep gums and bone as a great foundation for the teeth so cared for, visit us regularly:
1. Track the fit of your gums, and detect gingivitis before it turns into periodontitis. During a periodontal exam, we examine the depth of space between your tooth and gum, examine the color and texture of your gums, and also see how much plaque build-up is present.
2. Receive Periodontal charting during check-ups, which is the process of organizing your teeth and gum health. Ideal pocket depth is less than 4 mm, which means no risk for periodontal disease.
3. Know what is normal for you. Each person has a different skin tone and condition for health. Observe your own mouth to know quickly any variations.
4. Brush correctly. Some patients damage their gums by continually pushing upon them so they recede by wear. Let us show you the best techniques to keep the teeth clean without any repetitive threats that happen with the best intensions!
5. Floss regularly to keep the space between your teeth clean, and to exercise your gum tissue. Like a muscle, the right exercise strengthens, whereas the wrong, or careless activity, will weaken. A few simple maintenance techniques will make all the difference!
6. Obtain treatment early for any issues that do arise. Gums are like an early-warning system for problems that only escalate in seriousness, and do not go away. Though the body is an amazing healer, when it comes to gums, help is needed, especially the longer you live.


Everyone has gum concerns, especially as the years pass. If you are young, the habits that you form now will pay off greatly for an enjoyable future! If you are older, consider the condition of your gums as indicative of your journey. Taking care of this very special collaboration continues to be your health guide like a map to where you most wish to go.

Arnold K. Chernoff, DDS,

The Boost and Advantage of a Whiter Smile

Nothing impresses more than a dazzling smile. Many choose to whiten teeth for special occasions like weddings or job seeking. Others have jobs dealing with the public where first impressions are critical. After all, we don’t see ourselves except in the mirror. But we know how we feel, and we know how people react to us.
Confidence attracts. Those who feel good, and radiate a positive attitude, have more choices in business and romance, thus with greater chances for success. It is impossible to feel good about ourselves if we are ashamed to smile—or if we feel that our smile does not enhance either our expression or the impression we make. After all, we smile for two reasons: to show our enjoyment and to engage the other person. Having white teeth will inspire us to both smile more, as well as feel the reaction of those rewarded with our dazzling smile. White teeth says conscientious, healthy, prosperous—qualities people want around them—qualities we wish not only to project, but to live.
Though the condition of our teeth is not a reflection of our intelligence, or even competence, others perceive that it is. We are judged even unconsciously by others. If our smile delights, we set the positive tone for communication.
We’ve written a lot in this blog about the health aspects of keeping teeth and gums cared for. Oral health is a barometer of total health. But we can’t underestimate the psychological side of how our smile affects our confidence. It is more important than the outfit, than the handshake (unless too wimpy), than the hairstyle (unless outrageous), than any opening phrases we may say (unless obnoxious). If we want to make a great impression, we have to feel our best.
To whiten teeth is a simple process that takes from one week to three months, depending on the technique. Some patients are more sensitive to the various treatments than others. New advances increase both the duration and the comfort of the process. In our office, we are certified in traditional treatment, as well as employing the state-of-the-art. For example, KöR Whitening takes just a few weeks of wearing a molded tray at night to hold the whitening gel. In their new method, oxygen from the gel is absorbed deep into the tooth, dissolving the stain molecules. Once receiving the treatment, easy home maintenance, any staining food will have no effect. The results are permanent.
This is a small time investment for such a big result in our attitude. If we wish to feel and perform at our best in any pursuit, if we deal with others, we can always use advantages within our grasp. Whitening our teeth is an easy one to accomplish—something that can have a major impact upon our relationships and businesses—by a small effort.

Arnold K. Chernoff, DDS,

Dental Care in Evanston


 Understand your own oral health needs.
“Your oral health depends on many factors, including your diet [what you eat], the type and amount of saliva in your mouth, habits, your overall health and your oral hygiene routine,” Dr. Albert said. Changes in our overall health often create changes in our oral health. “For example, many medications, including more than 300 common drugs, can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, resulting in dry mouth,” he said. “They also can make your saliva ropy or thicker in consistency. Women who are pregnant experience oral changes. This often includes inflammation of the gums, which is called pregnancy gingivitis. Patients with asthma often breathe through their mouths, particularly when sleeping, which can result in dry mouth and increased plaque formation and gingivitis.”

 Commit to a daily oral health routine.
Set a regular time to form good habits. Everyone is in a hurry, so habit-forming must be a conscious effort to establish. But once we have a momentum, committing to the confidence gained, for only around five minutes per day, the long-term results are dramatic.

  Eat a balanced diet.
Limit snacks, particularly those high in simple sugars. When we eat, particles of food lodged around teeth provide fuel for bacteria. The bacteria produces acid every time we eat. The more often we eat and the longer food stays in our mouths, the more time bacteria has to produce acids that begin the decay process. Repeated acid attacks break down the enamel surface of our teeth, which leads to cavities. If you must snack, brush your teeth, or chew sugarless gum afterward. A balanced diet is also important. Deficiencies in minerals and vitamins can also affect your oral health, as well as your general health.

 Brush regularly with fluoride.
Everyone should brush at least twice a day, preferably three times, or after every meal. Include fluoride to strengthen developing teeth in children and to help prevent decay in adults and children. Toothpastes and mouthwashes are good sources of fluoride. Your dentist can prescribe stronger concentrations of fluoride through gels or rinses if you need it.

 Floss at least twice a day to remove plaque, in addition to brushing.
Millions of bacteria live in our mouths and feed off of food left on our teeth. Food particles lodged between teeth and caught in the gums surrounding teeth can not be removed completely by brushing alone. As bacteria flourish, they produce an acid that eats into tooth enamel and a sulfur compound that creates bad breath. Left alone, bacteria grows in a sticky mesh of mucus and debris called “plaque.” This plaque not only fosters enamel decay and cavities, but also irritates the gums, causing periodontal diseases. Flossing breaks up the colonies of bacteria sticking to our teeth. Follow with a dental rinse as a good way to swish and spit bacteria away. Flossing helps keep our teeth clean, and breath fresh, between visits to our dental hygienists for “professional plaque removal.”

 If you use tobacco, in any form, quit.
Smoking or using smokeless tobacco increases your risk of oral cancer, gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth decay. Using tobacco also contributes to bad breath and stains on your teeth. If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, your dentist or dental hygienist can show you where lesions are most likely to appear.

 Examine your mouth regularly.
Even if we visit our dentists regularly, we are in the best positions to notice changes in our mouths. Your dentist sees you only a few times a year, but you can examine your mouth weekly to look for changes that might be of concern. These changes could include swollen gums, chipped teeth, discolored teeth, sores or lesions. A regular examination is particularly important for tobacco users, who are at increased risk of developing oral cancer.

 Visit the dental office regularly.
You and your dentist should talk about the frequency of regular visits. We each need a different blend of oral and dental care, for no two people have mouths the same.

With these easy maintenance steps, regular checkups, and knowing what to watch for, we can ensure that our teeth remain strong as we age. It takes so little for such a beneficial long-term investment!

  • “Teeth as Best Friends” —they are depended upon to help our well being. But, like any healthy relationship, they do need attention.

Until something happens, most of us take our teeth for granted. We may not always remember to brush and floss. We often procrastinate visits to the dentist. Teeth can be easy to ignore because problems don’t develop quickly. Rarely are there true emergencies. Like a best friend, they are always there to help our well being. Like a best friend, we depend on them when we need them. But, also like a best friend, they do need attention. They have needs as well.

The most common reasons a patient visits my dental office include concerns for:

  1. Appearance/cosmetic
  2. Function
  3. Health & well-being
  4. Quality of life and pain management


People can be judged by their friends. And we can be judged by our teeth. A glamorously dressed woman, immaculate and fashionable, can ruin the whole effect if her smile displays bad teeth! More importantly, we only feel as good overall as the condition of our teeth. When we smile, we immediately think of how our teeth look. When we bite into an apple, we know instantly the condition of our abilities. More lasting than hairstyles, our teeth may be the single biggest indication of self-concept. 

It is human nature to race forward based on the reliability of friends and tools. Teeth truly are both. Whatever investment of time and attention we give to them pays us back every moment of our days. These trusted friends deserve our care through extending this trust into our healthcare. By maintaining our teeth in a preventative manner, we ensure they are always there when we need them.

By working collaboratively with my team, we foster an atmosphere of educational and perceptive dentistry. Each patient has a story to tell through teeth. With focused and individualized care, patients can make the best decisions for their overall health. Regular visits allow us to check teeth for decay, support gum health, and catch any abnormalities that may arise. With plaque and tartar removed, when teeth are polished, this is one of the best feelings to have.

Because our teeth are such a major aspect to our quality of life, my team gets to know each patient. I consider family backgrounds, medical/dental histories, and can advise on any decisions that need to be made. There are always choices in how to be proactive or cautious and the treatment solutions. Plans are tailored preferences.

The open communication that we develop during your appointment will enable the best decisions for whether to be aggressive or moderate. Once values are identified, these choices become much easier.

Trust, communication, and honesty between patient and dentist creates the most nurturing and efficient treatment progress. Thoughtfulness, awareness, comfort, and dependability are important values that we, as patients, must embody to best help ourselves. We are vastly rewarded for our diligence. To smile confidently and proudly is one of life’s delights.
Arnold K. Chernoff, DDS

Being healthy in today’s society is time consuming and expensive without shortcuts. Diet, exercise, and healthcare all demand attention. One of the fastest and easiest ways to maintain overall health can start with oral health.

Teeth Whitening in Evanston

Do you need teeth whitening in Evanston?

A beautiful smile is important for feeling confident and comfortable in social and professional interactions. If you are less than satisfied with dull, stained, or yellowish teeth, there is a simple cosmetic solution that will restore their pearly white quality. At Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, we offer teeth whitening in Evanston to give you a marvelous smile you’ll be proud to share with the world.

Teeth Whitening in Evanston

Persistent exposure to certain highly pigmented foods, beverages, and tobacco use, and the process of aging can wear down the enamel of your teeth and cause your smile to take on a stained or yellowish hue. If you’ve considered ways to whiten your teeth in the past, you’ve most likely encountered the plethora of over-the-counter whitening options available at any grocery store or pharmacy. However, these products vary greatly in their price, method of use, and effectiveness. In addition, many of these products have been discovered to contain abrasive ingredients that can be harmful to your teeth. By far, the safest and most effective way to achieve a whiter smile is through a professional teeth whitening treatment. At Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, our friendly highly-skilled professional staff will be glad to help you design a personalized smile makeover plan that meets your unique goals and expectations. Striving to provide our patients with high-quality and flexible dental healthcare options, we offer our teeth whitening Evanston in two convenient forms. Our in-office procedure takes as little as an hour to complete and can leave your teeth up to 8 shades brighter. For patients who want to whiten their teeth from the comfort of home, we can prepare a customized kit that can be worn day or night to achieve the same excellent results, a bit more gradually.

If you’re considering any cosmetic procedure to enhance your smile, please make your consultation appointment at the practice of Arnold K. Chernoff DDS. Our helpful staff will be glad to discuss our teeth whitening in Evanston, and the comprehensive range of cosmetic dental options we provide.


636 Church Street
Evanston, Il 60201
(847) 282-4771

Evanston Dentist

Do you need a dentist in Evanston?

Evanston Dentist

A metaphor for understanding the relationship between your teeth and gums could be that of a building and the foundation that supports it. The beautifully constructed above-ground portion is the architecture people marvel at, similarly to the popular reception of pearly white teeth lighting up a dazzling smile. A strong foundation supports the weight and grace of the building, as your gums play the vital role of supporting your teeth and amazing smile. At Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, we’ve become a leading Evanston dentist by providing our patients with access to state-of-the-art care. We offer the most advanced and effective periodontal treatments to keep your gums healthy for many years to come!

According to a statement released by the American Dental Association, gum disease and cavities are almost entirely preventable with a proactive approach to dental care. At Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, it’s our goal to help patients maintain the health and appearance of their smiles. Our caring staff believes prevention is the best protection. At every checkup, we’ll assess your gums for any sign of the onset of gingivitis before it advances to a more advanced stage of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, with irritated and bleeding gums being among the primary symptoms. If left untreated, it can progress into a more serious infection known as periodontitis, eventually resulting in tooth and bone loss. As a leading Evanston dentist, our comprehensive therapy plan can arrest gum disease, and to the extent possible, reverse and restore dental health. For mild cases, a stronger oral hygiene regimen coupled with professional cleanings will suffice but for more serious cases, Dr. Chernoff may recommend treatment with antibiotics, and, perhaps scaling and root planning treatments.

At Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, we want to help your family maintain optimal levels of oral health. Essential to that goal is providing state-of-the-art treatments to keep your gums healthy. Call your trusted Evanston dentist today to schedule an appointment.


636 Church Street
Evanston, Il 60201
(847) 282-4771

60201 Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentist in 60201

Are you looking for a fast smile makeover that doesn’t involve extensive dental procedures? If an easy way to correct stained, chipped, cracked, crooked or missing teeth sounds appealing to you, then our team at Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, has the perfect solution!  Snap-On-Smiles is an innovative appliance that’s simply worn over your teeth to produce a brand-new smile. It’s incredibly convenient to obtain and as a leading 60201 cosmetic dentist, we’re confident you’ll be pleased with our work!

60201 Cosmetic Dentist

At Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, we consider it a privilege to serve the dental needs of our beloved city of Evanston, IL.  We practice a unique approach to dentistry that focuses on the importance of the caregiver-patient relationship. As a leading 60201 cosmetic dentist, Dr. Arnold Chernoff believes that with clear channels of communication, he can gain a better understanding of his patients’ expectations and concerns so he can draft an effective treatment plan. Snap-On-Smiles works exactly as it sounds, a custom fabricated appliance, similar to a retainer, and crafted of hi-tech dental resin, that can be placed over your upper and lower archs of teeth by snapping them into place. It’s one of the most convenient cosmetic options we offer, requiring only two short, painless visits to our office. During your first visit, you’ll select the shade and style of your new smile. We’ll then take an impression of your teeth that will be used to fabricate your Snap-On-Smile. When your Snap-On-Smile returns from the design laboratory in two to three weeks, your new smile is ready. No drilling, extractions, or whitening chemicals necessary! The entire process is quick, easy, and painless.

At Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, we’ve established ourselves as a leading 60201 cosmetic dentist by providing every patient with the highest levels of personalized care. Allow us to help you enhance your appearance with Snap-On-Smiles. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.


636 Church Street
Evanston, Il 60201
(847) 282-4771


Evanston Dental Office

Dental Office in Evanston

A dental emergency can be an alarming experience. It’s often painful and in some cases, accompanied by unsightly consequences that can make it uncomfortable or embarrassing to go to work or socialize. At Arnold Chernoff DDS, compassionate care is the defining value of our Evanston dental office, where we strive to accommodate patients in urgent need with flexible scheduling options.  During a dental emergency, we know that your number one priority is getting your dental problem corrected. Our staff will make every effort to get you in for treatment as immediately as possible.

A dental emergency may leave you feeling a bit rattled, so when you walk into our Evanston dental office expect to be put at ease and made comfortable by our warm and friendly staff. At Arnold Chernoff DDS, we strive to provide every patient with the individualized attention they deserve.  Prompt, professional, personalized care is our specialty so you can be assured our skilled practitioner will assess your dental emergency, make the proper diagnosis and determine the best course of action to alleviate your symptoms and restore your smile to mint condition. Whether it’s a broken or lost tooth, crown, bridge, or denture, we take any issue compromising your oral health seriously. Our state-of the-art facility is outfitted with the latest dental technology ensuring there is no problem too big or small for our capable team to handle. At Arnold Chernoff DDS, we care if you feel comfortable with the appearance of your smile so we treat any issue compromising the aesthetic appeal of your teeth with the same level of urgency as any other dental emergency.

When you choose Arnold Chernoff DDS, you are choosing among the best in the field of dentistry. That’s due to the skill and experience of our team, the innovative technology at our disposal, and most important, because of our compassionate approach to dental care. We take the time to build a trusting rapport with every patient so we can provide the best dental care possible; in an emergency, that really matters. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.


636 Church Street
Evanston, Il 60201
(847) 282-4771

Evanston Implant Dentist

Implant Dentist in Evanston

Are you looking for a skilled Evanston implant dentist to help make your smile whole again? Whether the result of decay or poor dental health, missing teeth can detract from your overall appearance and make you feel subconscious about your smile. However, the consequences can extend beyond your outward appearance; your oral health could face some complications as well. That’s why it’s important to seek the attention of a specialist immediately. At Arnold Chernoff DDS, we offer some of the latest treatments in restorative dentistry. Our high-quality dental implants are a reliable and effective way to reestablish the appearance and functionality of your smile.

Evanston Implant Dentist

At Arnold Chernoff DDS, we practice a unique approach to dentistry that emphasizes the importance of the caregiver-patient relationship. We believe that a clear line of communication is the best way to deliver top-notch dental work. Our attentive staff will address your questions and concerns so you receive the individualized attention you deserve. As one of the greatest innovations in dental technology for the past 40 years, dental implants are the most effective restorative treatment in replicating the look, function, and feel of natural teeth. This is owed largely to their revolutionary design. The implant’s structure resembles the roots on a tooth, so once embedded in the jawbone, it serves as a firm foundation for a crown, bridge, or even denture. While implants have a success rate of 98%, the highest of any implanted surgical device, they might not be the right treatment for everyone. As a leading Evanston implant dentist, we’ll conduct a thorough assessment of your oral health to help determine if implants will work for you. But don’t worry if they won’t, we offer an extensive selection of restorative options that can return your smile to mint condition in no time!

At Arnold Chernoff DDS, we’ve established ourselves as a leading Evanston implant dentist by providing every patient with the highest levels of personalized care. For any of your family’s dental needs, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.


636 Church Street
Evanston, Il 60201
(847) 282-4771

Evanston Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentist in Evanston

Are you looking for a reliable Evanston cosmetic dentist to perform your smile makeover? At the practice of Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, we expertly combine art and dentistry to offer individualized treatments that will enhance the radiance of your smile. Our practice is home to the renowned Dr. Chernoff, who has spent the past 30 years proudly serving the dental needs of his beloved Evanston and North Shore communities. Dr. Chernoff practices a unique approach to dentistry that emphasizes the importance of a patient’s relationship with their care-giver. By gaining a thorough understanding of his patient’s cosmetic goals, he believes he can offer personalized treatments that will surpass expectations.

Evanston Cosmetic Dentist

At our practice, we do our utmost to provide every patient with a dental experience that is pleasant and stress-free. We take our responsibility to our patients seriously; we take the time to be sure every patient is fully informed about dental treatments and procedures and thoroughly address all questions and concerns at every appointment. At your consultation, our attentive staff will help you explore our extensive selection of cosmetic treatment options to help determine which best meets your unique needs and cosmetically enhanced goals. As a leading Evanston cosmetic dentist, we stay at the forefront of the innovations and developments in equipment, technology and techniques. At our state-of-the-art facility, Dr. Chernoff and his team employ the latest equipment and techniques to create head-turning smiles. If you’re looking to dazzle with a Hollywood smile, our premium porcelain dental veneers are a great option. Or, if you’re looking for a quick avenue to a brighter, whiter smile, our professional whitening service may be ideal for you. We offer many other premier cosmetic treatments as well, including inlays and onlays, composite bonding, and beautifully fabricated crowns that will blend seamlessly with your smile.

At Arnold K. Chernoff DDS, we’ve established ourselves as a leading Evanston cosmetic dentist by consistently providing our patients with personalized, quality dental. Let us help improve the appearance of your teeth and boost your confidence! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.


636 Church Street
Evanston, Il 60201
(847) 282-4771

Evanston Dentist

Dentist in Evanston

While good oral hygiene habits form the basis of effective dental care, they alone are not enough to maintain optimal levels of oral health. To keep your smile vibrant and happy, it’s important to schedule bi-annual checkups with your trusted Evanston dentist, Arnold Chernoff DDS. We believe the importance of preventive care cannot be over emphasized; any concern about your oral health can be detected early in its development when most successfully treatable. At our office, we offer an extensive selection of screening services to thoroughly assess any issues that may threaten or be compromising your oral health.

Evanston Dentist

It may be tempting to skip a routine check-up here and there, especially when you feel fine. But dental problems could be developing underneath the surface and by the time symptoms show, a more extensive procedure that could have been avoided, may have become necessary. With regularly scheduled exams, these issues could be detected early in their onset, when they’re most easily treatable. As a premier Evanston dentist, our state-of-the-art facility is outfitted with the latest equipment and technology and at Arnold Chernoff DDS, compassionate care is fundamental to the relationship dentistry we practice, so you can always expect to receive the individualized attention you deserve. With our preventive approach to dentistry we provide comprehensive dental exams and arrange a thorough professional teeth cleanings with every check-up. A professional exam and teeth cleaning bi-annually is the necessary complement to your good at-home brushing and flossing dental hygiene regimen. Only a professional teeth cleaning can ensure that the crevices and hard to reach places in your mouth are completely cleaned of embedded food particles and developing plaque to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

When you choose to entrust the health of your smile to Arnold Chernoff DDS, you can rest assured you are choosing a leading Evanston dentist.  Our unique approach to dentistry with a focus on patient-dentist relationship has led us to build a warm and trust rapport with everyone who comes through our doors.  Personalized care is our specialty making us an excellent choice for the whole family so give us a call today to set up an appointment.


636 Church Street
Evanston, Il 60201
(847) 282-4771