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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, http://www.chernoffdds.com/

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, http://www.chernoffdds.com/

Your Dentist Can Save Your Life

Your Dentist Can Save Your Life

Hard to believe, but an annual checkup at the dentist can mean the difference between life and death. The statistics are alarming, and more alarming is that they have not changed in the last decade. Oral cancer is deadly. Yet, if caught early, it is survivable. Your dentist is your first line of defense.
Although you can watch for symptoms, often there are none. Oral cancer may not be painful and frequently is not easy to detect.
Sadly, according to the American Dental Association, only 20% of adults over 40 years old are screened for cancer by their dentists. Yet this prevention solution is so simple and fast, it only needs a ten minute examination once a year!
In participation with Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we offer all of our patients 50% off the screening fee—approximately a $35 savings. 
We provide both a clinical examination, and offer the new Vizilite test that increases the accuracy of early detection. Please see our article Oral Cancer”  that describes symptoms, what to expect in the examination, and what you can do to protect yourself.

We hope to see you this month and ensure that you will not be one of the 50,000 this year that will face this silent and sneaky killer.

Please also see our related website articles:
Oral Cancer” —survival statistics are alarming, but screening assures long-term health through early detection.
What Every Patient Should Know” —dental symptoms can be early warnings of greater health risks.
Diagnosis” —evaluation, solutions, and consultation, that support dental treatment direction.
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Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

The American Dental Association is sponsoring Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April—encouraging all dentists to increase the low percentage of patients that receive oral cancer screening. A brief guide to symptoms and the easy examination are featured this month:

Hard to believe, but an annual checkup at the dentist can mean the difference between life and death. The statistics are alarming, and more alarming is that they have not changed in the last decade. Oral cancer is deadly. Yet, if caught early, it is survivable. Your dentist is your first line of defense.

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
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Instrumental Innovation

Dental science races ahead with new materials, instruments, and techniques. But most adults still experience anticipation anxiety before making dental appointments. Perception lags behind reality, as the reasons for such reluctance have actually evaporated! Our series on innovation continues with facing the most feared, yet least understood, aspect.

FEATURE: “The Worst is Over”

Advancement in instrument technology can sooth your deepest dental visit fears. Perhaps it is the sensation of the drill that is your most dreaded. Dr. Chernoff describes how such perceptions will change based on new developments. He proves that the anxiety about drill sound or vibration is much worse than reality. He can transform your trepidation about procedure as he transforms your oral health; Dr. Chernoff provides the latest in techniques, skills, and understanding.

If the drill is your biggest dread, and you are in need of dentistry, rest assured that not only is the worst over, the unpleasantness barely exists. Modern technology is moving in leaps and bounds with some of the most important advances in the dental drill.

Dr. Chernoff beams with pride as he describes the advances in drill technology. He recites the manufacturers’ names, the way patients might recite movie titles! Dr. Chernoff describes how “today’s advanced precise instruments are 100 times faster than their previous generation! They have speed and features of air and light that allow the drill to perform like a warm knife in butter.”

When a fear is not addressed, it remains a fear. When the cause is revealed and solved, the fear goes away. Most adults at one time or another experience dental anxiety: and the biggest reluctance is to face the dreaded drill. The sound, the vibrations, the sensations, are remembrances of past hours in the chair. It seemed like it would never end, and finally, the cavity was filled and the satisfaction of hoping not to do it again was overwhelming.

That perception may have been earned in the past, but today the situation should be the opposite! With major advances in high speed drills, accurate and pin-pointed application, greatly minimizes. The inconvenience and pain repercussions of NOT getting the tooth repaired is far worse, and that difficulty will have implications for the rest of your life!

Other articles on dental advancements:

Exemplary X-rays

Imaging technology leads the innovations that have transformed dentistry. The development of X-rays launched a quiet revolution. Then, imaging innovation took another leap when it evolved from film to digital capability. With increased diagnostic accuracy and treatment precision, Dr. Chernoff describes how this impacts those needing dental services. This is one of the factors to help alleviate dental anxiety.

Every bright healthy smile is supported by technology which is on the forefront of medicine. Each development increases the accuracy of diagnosis and speeds the dental treatment time.

X-rays are the best way to see inside the bone and teeth. Many conditions can not be treated effectively without using this tool. The technology was first applied to dentistry around 1902 when one image took about 25 minutes! The speed increased, but basically stayed the same for 80 years: the dentist placed a small negative X-ray on a light box to evaluate. A series of X-rays was needed to cover the entire mouth, and the detail was marginal.

About thirty years ago, a French dentist, Dr. Francis Mouyen, introduced the use of digital radiography to produce filmless dental images. Developments in software expanded accuracy to a level not dreamed of! When analyzing, the dentist can now consider different angles, views, and varying amounts of detail. Records are easily shared, compiled, and stored. This quiet revolution has made a major difference in the quality of dental services.

Because X-rays increase diagnostic efficiency, treatment is more accurate. This is one of the ways that today’s dentistry improves the patient experience, and eases dental anxiety.

When making a big decision, most adults start with a Google search. Choosing a dentist is a big decision, as it necessitates a long-term relationship that affects health, well-being, and appearance. We are judged by our smiles. And we judge the professionals that nurture that smile by first checking on the internet for who is available, and what is said about them.
In the last few years, a greater and greater percentage of our new patients find us by research of homework on the web. Google ratings matter to help searchers find resources, keywords direct the needy, and reviews become decision-making tools.
The importance of what reviewers say actually does not represent the total reality of patient opinions. Many happy patients have busy lives and don’t take the time to write reviews. Though it only takes a few minutes to do, it takes a mindset to realize its importance—both for matching other patients with good resources, and for the survival of those good resources.
Many who actively write reviews are social media participants. They enjoy the reviewer community and realize the value of such contribution. The more dental offices depend on this resource for new patients, the more sensitive dentists and potential patients become to how it influences.
Your opinion matters and creates a ripple effect. When you write a review, you help another with dental needs become matched to a good resource. With the prevalence of corporate dental offices, the individual practitioner, who gives personal care, becomes more treasured. And you ensure that the personalized dental team is always there for you. It is a triple-win because our dental practice can sustain a healthy momentum, the searcher discovers a provider to last, and you can voice your experience while helping others. As dental professionals, we find our greatest gratification in improving lives through our care, skill, and judgement. Your response also influences our focus. Thank you if you have written a review. If not, please contribute here with:
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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 towards overall health.
Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
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Options for Several Missing Teeth

The Implant Series continues with solutions for restoring or replacing several lost teeth. Restoring implies a return to normal chewing. Repairing is a permanent replacement requiring the least amount of maintenance. There are many options between, and one to fit every situation. From a single missing tooth replaced by an individual implant to several missing teeth replaced by a cluster of crowns, the goal is always the same: a return to normalcy. If a tooth or teeth are missing, the sooner the solution, the healthier your other teeth and jaw will remain. Having several missing teeth is urgent as your lifestyle is impaired.

FEATURE: “Restore or Replace Several Teeth? Solutions from Bridge to Implants” The choices available for replacing or restoring missing teeth need not be confusing. Several factors will dictate appropriate options. From temporary to permanent, innovation in process and materials make each solution accessible. Losing several teeth at once will weaken the jaw the longer it remains unsupported. Here is a quick primer in the four major treatments for a group of lost teeth. Let us help you scale choices to your circumstances. The best solution is the right solution for you.

When several teeth are missing, the effects on your life radiate outward into diet, social life, and overall health. Restorations can miraculously return chewing to normalcy, inspire dinners with friends, and provide overall well being. Missing teeth do not have to inhibit lifestyle or accelerate into further problems.

There are four major options that are recommended for missing teeth:

1. a partial denture that fills the gap and anchors to remaining natural teeth

2. a permanent bridge that utilizes natural supporting teeth

3. several implants that anchor a permanent bridge

4. an implant to replace each missing tooth for the most permanent solution.

 The gap created from several missing teeth can be filled by a dental bridge. Supported by remaining natural teeth, a bridge places stress on them as anchors. Eventually, they may be lost, which can lead to more complications.

A more effective option is to replace the missing teeth with implants which will anchor the bridge. This distributes the pressure evenly and further supports the surrounding teeth. It offers not only a more functional solution short-term, but also preserves the condition of your oral health long-term.

The longest-term solution is to replace each missing tooth with an implant. Healthy bone can anchor them, allowing them to behave as if natural.

Factors for choosing solutions for missing teeth:

• health of remaining teeth and gums (similar factors for an individual missing tooth)

• condition of bone to support implants

• any bone augmentation or grafting needed

• location of the missing teeth in relation to sinus or nerve centers

• costs for implants versus a permanent bridge or a partial denture

procedure time for implants takes a few months with a series of short dental appointments. A traditional bridge takes less time.

The best solution for each patient will be different, depending on these circumstances. Those with implant success find that the replacement teeth look natural and perform normally. Maintenance is similar to caring for natural teeth. With the convenience and comfort, implants are the most successful option known to efficiently handle a common dental loss.

MORE ABOUT IMPLANT INNOVATIONS:
“Replace to Restore: Implant Innovation” There is no better way to ensure the long life of your teeth than by replacing any that are missing. If a tooth is victim to misfortune of accident or damage, the other teeth become more threatened. Many patients don’t realize that underlying damage can’t be seen. Once the other teeth do show symptoms of stress, much damage has occurred. Implant solutions offer full functionality. Implant technology, on the forefront of dental developments, continues to improve. The major barriers for solutions to protect your teeth are evaporating. But consider now any factors that prevent your dental loss from continuing. The decision that you make on tooth replacement will affect the rest of your life.
Surprising Side-Effects of a Lost Tooth Sadly, most adults contend with losing a tooth, and related difficulties, some time in life (hopefully more later than earlier). Yet few really understand what it means to their health. Learn about the consequences and remedies in this overview so that when it does happen, you will be equipped with information to make the best remedy choices, and keep any complications simple.
Implant Technology— A Miracle in Dentistry
Perhaps the greatest modern dental miracle is implant technology. Lost teeth, not only impair your health, but also undermine your confidence. Most typically, implants are the best option when the tooth can’t be saved, By replacing it with an implant, complete functionality is restored. Natural appearance transforms the loss into normalcy….

 

Implant Options Expand—What a Difference a Day Makes! “Smile in a Day” condenses implant treatment to be more efficient and comfortable for patients. Consider the advantages and if this option is right for you. Most of the in-chair treatment does happen in one day, and you leave the office with a beautiful smile.

FROM THE PATIENTS: Insights into Dental Implants: Patients Share Experiences

Never has replacing damaged teeth been more painless or effective! You can achieve a proud smile and full functionality to repair any loss. Learn from the experiences of those who have achieved success with dental implants.

Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
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Impact of Innovation

Advancements of technology have dramatically improved the dental patient experience in the last few decades. For older patients who can remember dentistry in the 60’s, so much has changed to make treatment more comfortable, faster, and almost painless. Social perceptions, unfortunately, lag behind these advancements. Dental anxiety is a serious inhibition in many adults that holds them back from receiving heath-enriching care. Many developments can eliminate this anxiety, which is part of our commitment—to make a visit to the dentist easy.
Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
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A Longer Vision for Missing Teeth

In our series on dental implants, we have explored what happens when a tooth is missing in “Surprising Side-Effects of a Lost Tooth.” In this next installment, “Replace to Restore: Implant Innovation,” we explore the most functional of replacement solutions with the single tooth implant. Dr. Chernoff is dedicated to state-of-the art treatment with years of dedication, advanced study, and practical experience.
FEATURE: An Investment in Health
“Replace to Restore: Implant Innovation” There is no better way to ensure the long life of your teeth than by replacing any that are missing. If a tooth is victim to misfortune of accident or damage, the other teeth become more threatened. Many patients don’t realize that underlying damage can’t be seen. Once the other teeth do show symptoms of stress, much damage has occurred. Implant solutions offer full functionality. Implant technology, on the forefront of dental developments, continues to improve. The major barriers for solutions to protect your teeth are evaporating. But consider now any factors that prevent your dental loss from continuing. The decision that you make on tooth replacement will affect the rest of your life.

MORE ABOUT IMPLANT INNOVATIONS:

Surprising Side-Effects of a Lost Tooth Sadly, most adults contend with losing a tooth, and related difficulties, some time in life (hopefully more later than earlier). Yet few really understand what it means to their health. Learn about the consequences and remedies in this overview so that when it does happen, you will be equipped with information to make the best remedy choices, and keep any complications simple.
Implant Technology— A Miracle in Dentistry
Perhaps the greatest modern dental miracle is implant technology. Lost teeth, not only impair your health, but also undermine your confidence. Most typically, implants are the best option when the tooth can’t be saved, By replacing it with an implant, complete functionality is restored. Natural appearance transforms the loss into normalcy….

 

Implant Options Expand—What a Difference a Day Makes! “Smile in a Day” condenses implant treatment to be more efficient and comfortable for patients. Consider the advantages and if this option is right for you. Most of the in-chair treatment does happen in one day, and you leave the office with a beautiful smile.
Dr. Arnold K. Chernoff DDS
Office: 847-475-4080

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Keep minor annoyances minor

Only a few very lucky people have no tooth decay. Most have to deal with cavities at some point, even with diligent dental care habits. In this series of articles that address oral awareness, cavities are explored as minor problems that become major threats. No two cavities are like and each requires a treatment plan to keep the minor problem from becoming major. Not all cavities are alike and require different approaches.

The cavity, a slow growing dental demon, is the most common threat to tooth health. It begins as an annoyance that can be easy to ignore. Several dental advancements make dealing with it easy and fast, without any pain or discomfort. A quick overview of the various kinds and advancements in approaches will help you know how to keep the dental demons away.

Each tooth has its own biography. It bravely starts out strong, white, pristine. It will share the challenges of fighting stress, wear, and decay like its neighboring teeth, but will do it uniquely. Until too stressed, it will quietly do its job of chewing and supporting its neighboring teeth, and is easy to take for granted. But when in danger, the tooth will send out pain signals of distress, demanding immediate attention.

No two cavities are alike, just as no two teeth are alike, and no two people are alike. Even with diligent home and professional care, some people are  more prone to cavities and decay than other. And, there can be ramifications to decay that you can’t even see, and may later cause the loss of the tooth. Cavities do not get smaller or go away, and if one tooth has a cavity unattended, it can also spread to an adjacent tooth.

Though a filling can last many years, it has a lifespan and will eventually wear out too. Many factors contribute to its demise:

• Chips or cracks in the filling will leave the tooth less protected to new areas of decay.

• Decay may leak under a crown. This is particularly dangerous if the decay is close to the nerve. A tooth with a crown has already received traumatic stress by being reduced to accommodate the crown. The crown will make the tooth functional for many years, but decay is relentless and patient.

Cavities may seem a minor annoyance when small, but they are really very large threats to overall health. Like most illness, the quicker caught, the easier and faster the cure.

There are several new technological developments that make dealing with cavities even more painless and efficient:

• Improved restorations (composites that are more durable than silver, bond more to the tooth, and match the tooth color)

• Isodry mouthpiece to make treatment comfortable for you as well as increase accuracy and speed in procedure.

• High speed water drill makes the process faster, quieter, and less stressful for the patient and the tooth.

• Improved anesthetics make receiving treatment painless and effects highly localized.

Cavities as minor annoyances, can remain minor if handled immediately. Most are slow to grow and fast to eliminate with a painless procedure. Your dentist can guide you into the best direction for treatment and materials. Your periodic checkups can best protect you from the annoyance, expense, time, and complications for what may seem just a minor cavity. This will keep your precious teeth from threatening trouble.

Please enjoy these related articles:

  • Tooth Decay” —educational video with clear and concise descriptions.
  • Inlays & Onlays” —porcelain inlays bond onto teeth to repair minor cracks or chips.
  • Restorative Overview” —repair options for damaged teeth and gums, with a guide for health solutions.
  • What is the Value of One Tooth?” —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

  • Eight Steps to Dental Health” —of all the activities for ensuring health, dental diligence is the least time-consuming. Keep your teeth for a lifetime with only eight simple steps in a daily routine.

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, according to David A. Albert, D.D.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of clinical dentistry at the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. To keep our teeth and mouth healthy, follow:

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!

  • 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

GUIDE TO PATIENT CONCERNS:
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.

Small time investment with major dividends.

Healthy people tend to take their teeth for granted. It is easy to maintain oral health by spending five minutes a day flossing and brushing. But teeth and gums offer more health knowledge than just as instruments for chewing food. They provide an early warning system for the most serious of illnesses. “Chernoffisms” are a collection of quotations from ‘Dr. C’ that inspire patients to do their dental diligence.