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To Inspire Dental Diligence

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.

To help you with the basic knowledge needed to keep your oral health at its best, we publish a series of helpful tips in short articles. These give you a simple guide to reveal options, save time, money, and effort. They help you easily do your dental diligence and we hope you find them helpful.

NEW FEATURE: What is the Value of One Tooth?

Unfortunate events give perspective to what has the most value. Scott Smith explains his realizations gained from hard experience.

“Comparisons give instant perspective. Coming home with bad news, I dragged my feet into the house, only to discover my wife sitting in the kitchen with a face sadder than mine! She cried, ‘This morning I lost my diamond ring!’ And she preceded to describe the sequence of events.
Once she calmed, I could then declare my own misfortune: ‘I cracked a tooth and it split to its base. I ran to Dr. Chernoff’s Evanston office, where he eased my pain, but gave me some bad news.’ Her tears dried up instantly when I told her that I lost the tooth.
Suddenly, our discussion shifted to value—which is the greater loss? Without hesitation, I concluded, ‘My loss is much bigger than yours. Dr. C explained to me all the ramifications of one lost tooth: my alignment will shift making my bite off, causing uneven chewing, receding gums, loss of bone, aging my face faster, and ultimately will affect my self image. A tooth is far more valuable than a diamond!’” —Scott Smith, Evanston, IL
Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080

 

Easy Explanations that Inspire Dental Diligence

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.

To help you with the basic knowledge needed to keep your oral health at its best, we publish a series of helpful tips in short articles. These give you a simple guide to reveal options, save time, money, and effort. They help you easily do your dental diligence and we hope you find them helpful.

EIGHT SIMPLE STEPS TO DENTAL HEALTH

STEP 1: 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.”

STEP 2: 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.

STEP 3:  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.

STEP 4: 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.

STEP 5: 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.”

STEP 6: 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.

STEP 7: 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.

STEP 8: 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!

Take care of your oral health to keep your whole body at its best. Visit our centrally located Evanston, Illinois, dental office with convenient hours to fit your schedule.

Arnold K. Chernoff, DDS, http://www.chernoffdds.com/

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Chernoffisms Launched

“Chernoffisms” are easy-to-remember sayings that support dental hygiene habits. I have collected these through the years, yet still come up with new ones. Having them illustrated will also help to make them memorable. Hopefully, you find these as motivational as I intend them! May you find your best care to optimum oral health! —Dr. Arnold Chernoff
 
 
Chernoffism #1 ——————————–
“To smile confidently and proudly is one of life’s greatest delights.”
Dental diligence is vastly rewarding. In the moments of first impressions, a confident smile can transform a good experience to a great one.
Chernoffism #2——————————–
“Bones, gums, and teeth work in harmony as a very special collaboration. It is one guide to your total health.”
Gums provide the best early warning system for when help is needed. Every mouth needs assistance to stay healthy, as this is often where we show stress or imbalance first. 
Chernoffism #3——————————–
“Take care of your oral health to keep your whole body at its best.”
Every mouth is as unique as its owner. Every mouth needs help to keep at its best. Whatever can happen in wear and tear to our mouths as we live full lives, has a solution that can preserve full functionality.
Chernoffism #4——————————–
“By maintaining your teeth, you ensure they are always there when you need them.” 
Threats to oral longevity are insidious, and develop slowly, almost unnoticed. The only way to combat is through awareness and developing maintenance habits.
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Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS

Office: 847-475-4080

 

Dental Diligence Defined

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.

To help you with the basic knowledge needed to keep your oral health at its best, we publish a series of helpful tips in short articles. These give you a simple guide to reveal options, save time, money, and effort. They help you easily do your dental diligence and we hope you find them helpful.

NEW FEATURE: Eight Steps to Dental Health

Of all the activities for ensuring health, dental diligence is the least time-consuming. Some people assume they will lose their teeth as they age, but that doesn’t have to happen. To keep our teeth for a lifetime only takes eight simple steps, from forming a daily routine, knowing what to watch for, and developing a relationship with your dentist for greatest efficiency.

EIGHT SIMPLE STEPS TO DENTAL HEALTH

STEP 1: 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.”

STEP 2: 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.

STEP 3:  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.

STEP 4: 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.

STEP 5: 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.”

STEP 6: 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.

STEP 7: 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.

STEP 8: 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!

Take care of your oral health to keep your whole body at its best. Visit our centrally located Evanston, Illinois, dental office with convenient hours to fit your schedule.

Located conveniently, our comfortable Evanston dental office provides comprehensive care with personal attention and conscientiousness. We will help you discover the best options for your dental needs, and combine state-of-the-art treatments with a warm, family-oriented, environment. Dedicated to preventative oral health and restorative dental techniques, we help you with your dental diligence. It is your easiest way to overall health.
Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080

 

The Importance of Relationship Dentistry

Medicine and Dentistry are currently going through significant changes – and I am concerned with the resulting quality of patient care.

The trend now is for dentists to join a PPO insurance network. The insurance company is then responsible for determining what dental procedures the patient is eligible for. This should be the responsibility of the dentist not an insurance administrator.  I believe this leads to inadequate dental care for the patient and interferes with the doctor patient relationship.. For example, many insurance companies restrict patients to two cleanings per year when the patient would benefit from more frequent care due having periodontal issues.

I am committed to serving my patients and providing the highest standard of care, while continuing to advance the doctor-patient relationship.We believe in relationship dentistry. What does this mean exactly?

— Our office is dedicated to learning as much about each and every one of our patient as we can. We want to know your dental goals, circumstances, and concerns.

— Trust is extremely important in this relationship. We will take the time to establish repertoire and listen to you.– Together, we will develop a treatment plan which is appropriate for each individual patient. Usually we can develop a plan which is completed in phases so you are not overwhelmed – emotionally or financially. If you prefer to accomplish your treatment as fast as possible, we can be very accommodating.

Ultimately, relationship dentistry takes time and commitment from both patient and doctor..

The insurance companies tend to  interfere with and complicate this form of practice. In summary, if you want your dentistry completed with as little out-of-pocket expense as possible and the insurance company controlling what your dental care will be and how much it should cost, then you may want to consider a dental office that is part of an insurance network.

If you are concerned with establishing a relationship with your dentist more than what procedures will be covered by your insurance than we just might be the office for you.

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