5 Facts That May Convince You to Floss

January 20, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 10:15 am

When our West Loop dentist asks you how often you floss, how do you answer? If you are like more than half of Americans, you may not regularly floss. In fact, 20 percent of Americans don’t floss at all! Are you part of this statistic? If so, we have some helpful facts that can help you feel more motivated to spend time flossing on a regular basis.

What Does It Do?

If you floss and your body responds by producing swelling, soreness or bleeding, this is your body’s way of attempting to irrigate the food, plaque and bacteria from your system. The natural healing process will become less and less severe the more that you floss.
Consider the five following benefits of flossing to help change your perspective.
-Flossing does roughly 40% of the work when it comes to removing bacteria and plaque from your teeth. Keep in mind that every tooth has five different surfaces that need your attention. By not flossing, you automatically miss two of those surfaces.
-Flossing helps improve the rest of your body’s health. When you have good overall oral health, you help reduce the risk of stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory disease and heart disease.
-Flossing prevents gingivitis. This is the early stage of gum disease during which the gums become easily inflamed, even bleeding. Flossing can help reduce your risk of developing gingivitis.
-Flossing is a cheap activity that requires minimal equipment. It’s an easy way to stay on top of your oral health and it doesn’t take a lot of time.
It will improve your smile, as it leads to better breath, whiter teeth and an overall more confident smile.
Flossing is an amazing outlet for a better smile! Schedule a reservation with our dentist in West Loop and Bloomingdale at your convenience.

Do I Need Dental Care While I’m Pregnant?

January 17, 2020

Filed under: Blog,Community — puredental @ 10:13 am

If you’ve recently become pregnant, congratulations! If you’re feeling overwhelmed about all of the changes that your body is going through, that is completely normal! It’s important that you take the proper steps to care for all parts of your body while you’re pregnant. According to a BMC Oral Health study, 90 percent of women know that gum health is important while pregnant, but only 60 percent take the steps to receive routine oral care while pregnant.

What Changes During Pregnancy?

Women often have more sensitive gums while they are pregnant, as their gums may bleed more often, causing them to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable when visiting our dentist in Bloomingdale or West Loop. Pregnancy also increases the risk of developing certain oral diseases. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs that something more serious is developing while you’re pregnant:
-An increase in bleeding in the gums
-Bad breath
-Pain while eating or chewing
-Deep pockets that develop between the teeth and the gums
-Receding gums
During pregnancy, we recommend that women receive at least three cleanings to make sure that there aren’t any developing problems. Aim to get any major dental work completed before you become pregnant to help keep your mouth healthy.
Our dentist in Bloomingdale and West Loop looks forward to ensuring that you have a healthy mouth during pregnancy. Schedule a reservation with our team to get started.

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