We celebrated Dental Hygiene Month at Stephens Dentistry!

on November 3, 2022

In addition to Halloween, October was also designated as Dental Hygiene Month, a time when we celebrate the fantastic work done by dental hygienists. It’s a time to raise public awareness of the hygienic practices that are needed to maintain our oral health.

What Our Hygienists Do

At Stephens Dentistry our hygienists play a vital role in treating our patients and representing our dental office. Just some of the services they perform include:

  • Promoting overall oral health and oral hygiene education
  • Periodontal scaling and root planing
  • Detection of cavities and gum disease
  • Performing teeth whitening
  • Applying fluoride treatment

A recent national survey found that the overwhelming majority of dental hygienists were satisfied with their careers, and at Stephens Dentistry we’re more than satisfied with our team of outstanding hygienists. Thank you to Lauren, Grace, Florcy, Vanessa, and Teresa!

We want to express our gratitude for the fantastic dental services each of them provides at Stephens Dentistry. That’s ultimately why we are grateful for all the work our dental hygienists complete within our practice and caring for our patients most of all.

Welcome The Newest Additions To Our Team

Dental Hygiene Month is also an appropriate time to introduce and welcome the newest dentists added to our team at Stephens Dentistry: Dr. Marcos Montoya and Dr. Rares Raibulet.

Dr. Marcos Montoya

Dr. Montoya smiles at the camera.

A native of Glenview, Dr. Montoya grew up in a medical family: his mother is an internist and his aunt is a dentist. While pursuing his undergraduate studies in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Illinois at Champaign, he decided to shadow his aunt at her Chicago dental practice. While there he discovered a love for the “vibe” of dentistry and the excitement of working in a dental practice where you can get to know the patients you’re treating.

That new-found love of dentistry led him to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and as a member of our team at Stephens Dentistry Dr. Montoya enjoys providing total patient care, with an emphasis on nutrition, pain management, and sleep. He fervently believes that our bodies have tremendous healing capacity when healthy nutrition is coupled with a consistent sleep pattern.

Dr. Montoya and his wife Magali have two beautiful daughters, Sofia and Olivia, and in addition to his dental practice he has a passion for ice hockey which he has played since age five. Despite the demands of his professional life, he plays the game every week and also makes time to coach younger hockey players as well.

Dr. Rares Raibulet

Dr. Raibulet smiles at the camera.

Dr. Raibulet was born in Romania but grew up in Indianapolis and now loves his new home in the Chicagoland area. He did his undergraduate studies at Indiana University-Purdue University and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove.

Dr. Raibulet’s attention to detail applies not only to his skills and technique but also to his “bedside manner.” His commitment to his dental practice is evident through the great amount of time he has devoted to continuing education to expand his knowledge and skills in cosmetic dentistry, implant placement, oral surgery, and root canal therapy.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Raibulet and his wife Nedina and their daughter Liv enjoy traveling, trying new culinary experiences, sampling new coffee shops, and spending quality time with their families.

Along with Dr. Robert B. Stephens – or Dr. Bob as he is known to his patients – our dentists at Stephens Dentistry are dedicated to providing the very highest quality dental care to our patients, in a caring and nurturing atmosphere.

It’s an honor to welcome the new hires to be part of the team at Stephens Dentistry. Congratulations on joining our team and we look forward to working with you for years to come!

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While October is Dental Hygiene Month, dental care is a year-round process. In addition to your twice-daily brushing and flossing routine, regular cleanings and dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health.

If it’s been some time since your last cleaning and checkup, contact us at Stephens Dentistry to schedule an appointment. To ease any anxiety you might have regarding a dental visit, we offer a tranquil and judgment-free approach so you can have the best dental experience possible.

We look forward to serving you and doing all we can to promote your dental health. Please contact our front desk to schedule your next appointment.

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Dental Veneers – Beware the Dangers of Turkey Teeth

on October 18, 2022

Dental veneers can hide your uneven or crooked teeth, and offer you the possibility of having that bright, beautiful “Hollywood smile.”

In case you’re not familiar with them, a veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain placed over the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance and/or protect them from further damage.

Because most cosmetic dental procedures like this can be quite expensive, some patients will seek veneers from a non-medical specialist. While this might initially cut the price of this cosmetic dental procedure, there are plenty of horrific and expensive stories that explain why this is a bad idea.

A woman smiles as she gets a porcelain veneer to match her discolored tooth.

Veneers gone wrong – Let the patient beware

Before we discuss veneers and how important the preparation process is, it’s essential to understand the difference between a veneer and a crown. Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth for cosmetic effect, while a crown is thicker than a veneer, it goes over the entire tooth to restore or protect it, and crowns tend to be more permanent than veneers.

In addition to understanding the difference between veneers and crowns, it’s also extremely important to know that proper veneer preparation and application takes time and extensive medical training to do. Not every dentist is a “veneer specialist” with the training and experience necessary to place veneers successfully on your teeth, but they should be able to recommend you to one who can.

Please be cautious of the medical or dental background of someone who claims to be a Veneer Specialist outside of a clinical setting.

You should be particularly wary of the cut-rate treatment offered in foreign countries.

Many social media platforms are awash with pictures of people who have gone abroad – traveling to Turkey or other countries with inexpensive cosmetic dentistry procedures for inexpensive dental treatment that sometimes ends in disaster.

The usual dental procedure is to grind the front teeth down to peg-like points, producing what is referred to as “Turkey teeth”, and these are then covered with crowns, not veneers.

Those who have undergone this procedure often put their smiling pictures on social media platforms, proudly showing off their so-called “veneers” that are actually crowns that have been placed with little to no treatment of the teeth.

Unfortunately, these procedures are often done so hastily and sloppily performed, that the end result can be ill-fitting crowns, intense pain, serious infections, gum disease and potentially, the loss of your teeth.

You can go here to read the account of a woman in the UK who suffered unrelenting pain, an extremely serious infection, and the expense of three trips to Turkey. Eventually the woman’s bad veneer experience finally came to an end when she was fitted with a set of crowns that were more durable.

Unfortunately, it cost her the security of her original tooth structure and a huge financial burden.

Veneer Specialists at Stephens Dentistry in Evanston

Achieving the perfect smile can be done without damaging your oral health or wallet.

If you need veneers to improve the appearance of your smile, you can lay your concerns aside when you come to Stephens Dentistry. We’re proud to be one of the top practices for porcelain veneers in Evanston, IL. With us, you will receive the very finest care that modern dental science has to offer.

We create the very highest quality veneers using our CEREC® milling machine or the use of one of our top rated dental laboratories. Using our scanner, our dentists will take a digital impression of your teeth. This impression is used to design your custom-made veneers, milled from a single block of eMax, providing you with the strongest restorations available.

Don’t run the risk of developing ultra thin “Turkey teeth” by seeking a cheaper, non dental option.

For the very best and safest in dental veneers, schedule an appointment with the board certified and cosmetic dentists of Stephens Dentistry. If needed, we’ll be glad to provide payment options to fit your budget.

We want to give you that perfect “Hollywood smile” while also protecting the surface of your teeth and gums. Contact Stephens Dentistry to schedule a free consultation with our experienced dentists today!

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Are Probiotics Good For Your Teeth?

on September 15, 2022

Most of us know that probiotics – the bacteria and yeasts that are good for you – benefit our digestive tract, but what other beneficial effects do they have?

While the Food and Drug Administration has not officially placed its stamp of approval on the use of probiotics to promote oral health, several recent studies indicate that these good bacteria and yeasts can be good for our teeth and gums.

The Benefits of Probiotics For Your Oral Health

While probiotics work by being ingested in targeting your gut health, they can also affect your oral hygiene and health. Unlike harmful bacteria that can lead to illnesses, infection, and decay, probiotics help keep your gut balanced with healthy bacteria.

Listed below are a few ways in which probiotics might promote better oral hygiene and oral health.

Prevention of plaque and tooth decay

Our mouths are loaded with bacteria, both good and bad. Streptococcus mutans, a certain type of bad bacteria, turns sugar into lactic acid in the mouth and creates an acidic environment contributing to the development of plaque and tooth decay.

On the other hand, a common probiotic in the digestive system, Bifidobacterium, has been found to prevent tooth decay by reducing the number of Strep bacteria in the mouth. A good balance between these two types of bacteria could slow down or prevent decay that can lead to a filling, tooth repair, or root canal.

Managing the symptoms of gingivitis and gum inflammation

Gingivitis is a common gum (periodontal) disease known for symptoms such as sensitive teeth and sore, swollen, and bleeding gums. A recent study of individuals with gum disease found that those receiving a supplement containing Lactobacillus reuteri probiotic displayed few symptoms and had less plaque than those participants in the study who were given a placebo. A similar study found that participants taking supplements containing the bacteria Lactobacillus brevis had a marked decrease in oral inflammation.

Prevention of halitosis

Bad breath is often caused by an imbalance of harmful bacteria in the mouth and gut. Several studies seem to indicate that daily doses of Lactobacillus brevis substantially reduced the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Possible prevention of oral cancer

A study conducted in 2013 found that a bacteria known as Lactobacillus salivarius reduced oral cancer in rats, but additional research needs to be done to see if it would be equally effective in humans. It’s important to note that while ingestive probiotics is beneficial, it shouldn’t be your only source of protection and prevention against disease. You should also maintain a balanced diet, brush your teeth at least twice daily and visit a dental professional for routine checkups.

Sources of Probiotics

Probiotics occur naturally in a number of foods, including yogurt, cultured cottage cheese, buttermilk, kefir, and tempeh. They’re also found in fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kimchi. You can also consume prebiotics that enhance the absorption of probiotics in your gut. Common prebiotics include onions, artichokes, garlic, and raw asparagus and leeks.

If you think you’re not getting enough probiotics through your diet, numerous supplements are available in the form of pills, capsules, and powders. Before taking any supplements, however, be sure to consult with your primary care physician.

Stephens Dentistry – Your Evanston Dental Clinic

To sum up, probiotics can play a role in your dental health, but you also need daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleanings and checkups. At Stephens Dentistry we are dedicated to helping you maintain your oral health with our variety of services that include preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care.

Don’t neglect your dental health. Contact Stephens Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

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How to Make Flossing Easier

on July 21, 2022

We all know how important flossing is for preventing gum disease, but we don’t always do it as much as we should. It can be seen as a mundane, boring, or even painful task. However, if you floss the right way with the right methods, it can actually be enjoyable as opposed to a chore! Follow these tips and tricks for having a more enjoyable flossing experience each night and morning.

Choose the Right Type of Floss

Did you know that there are many different types of floss? Picking the right one for you can make flossing much more enjoyable. Waxed floss is most commonly used, and it’s made of nylon material. The wax allows the floss to be stronger, which means it most likely won’t break or shred apart. It also helps the floss glide between the teeth more smoothly. However, since the wax makes the floss thicker, it’s not ideal for those with little to no gaps in their teeth.

Unwaxed floss has no wax or chemicals, which also means it has no artificial flavoring. It’s better for those who have smaller gaps in their teeth, since unwaxed floss is much thinner. However, since it is thinner, it’s more prone to shredding apart while flossing.

PTFE floss is made of a material known as polytetrafluorethylene, which is a strong material that won’t shred or break while you use it. Since it’s smooth, it’s easy to use in between tight gaps or crowded teeth.

Super floss is a special type of floss that is best for individuals with bridges, braces, or wide gaps in their teeth. Super floss comes in different types: regular, spongy floss, and with a stiff end threader. The threader allows you to use the floss under and over bridges, brackets, and other dental fixtures.

Use Enough Floss

Don’t skimp out on the amount of floss you use. If you use a piece that’s too short, not only will flossing not be as effective, but it will keep slipping out of your fingers, which will make for a much more frustrating process. You should use about 12-18 inches of floss. Wrap the dental floss around the middle finger of each hand with a couple of inches in between your hands.

This method will allow you to use a clean section of floss between every tooth so you’re not reusing the same piece. Having it tightly wound around your fingers (but not too tight!) will give you more control and precision. This will allow you to target visual food particles and remove more plaque along the gum line.

Be Gentle

Flossing harder doesn’t mean you’re flossing more effectively – in fact, if you floss too aggressively, you can damage your gums. Your gums are extremely sensitive, so if you floss too hard and hurt them, you may associate flossing with pain. However, it should never be painful and you should be as gentle as you can be while still targeting plaque.

Try a Water Flosser

If you can’t seem to stick to a consistent flossing routine, try using a waterpik (also known as a water flosser) to switch it up. This is an appliance that shoots out a highly pressurized stream of water to clean the gums and teeth of plaque and buildup. It also gets rid of any food stuck in between the teeth. Waterpiks tend to not remove as much plaque as regular floss, so try a combination of both.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

To make sure you’re flossing effectively and your gums are healthy, schedule your appointment with Stephens Dentistry today. If you’re wondering, “are dentists supposed to floss your teeth?” The answer is yes they are! They will thoroughly floss your teeth while showing you the appropriate method.

The team at Stephens Dentistry is dedicated to ensuring you have all the tools you need for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime! Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.

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Are You Supposed to Brush Your Tongue? | Evanston Dentist

on June 19, 2022

When we go to brush our teeth, we typically think of exactly that… brushing our teeth and our gums. However, did you know that it’s also important to brush your tongue? Our tongues typically are forgotten during our oral care routine, however it’s important to take care of it so your overall oral health is as pristine as possible.

Following are some of the reasons why you should be brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth.

Gets Rid of Bad Breath

The tongue is a host for tons of bacteria. Eating, drinking, smoking, dry mouth, certain medications, and poor oral health can all contribute to bacteria growth, which then leads to bad breath. Brushing your tongue will get rid of all that bacteria, hence making your breath smell much better.

Makes Food Taste Better

Your tastebuds lay on your tongue, and they allow you to taste food. If your tongue is covered in bacteria your tastebuds won’t be able to fully work, making food not taste as good and stunting saliva production. Having a clean tongue means better working tastebuds, which also aid in digestion and ensure that you can taste the full range of flavors in your food.

Helps Prevent Cavities

Although cavities can’t grow on your tongue, brushing it will still aid in preventing them on your teeth. The bacteria we discussed that lives on your tongue is detrimental to your mouth, and by brushing it off, there will be less plaque forming in your mouth, and that plaque is what leads to cavities, gum disease, and other oral issues.

Boosts Immune System

The first point of anything that enters your mouth is, you guessed it – your tongue. That’s why there’s such a strong correlation between what touches your tongue and your immune system. If there’s a lot of built up bacteria on your tongue, then that bacteria will be absorbed and quickly make its way into other parts of your body, causing sickness.

However, if you brush your tongue and regularly remove all that bacteria, then you’re killing it off before it has the chance to spread to other parts of your body. If you’re sick, it’s extra important that you brush your tongue more because coughing and sneezing causes bacteria to build up even more.

Contact Our Evanston Dental Center Today

The best way to ensure your oral health is up to par with where it should be is to schedule an appointment with our dental professionals. Our team has years of experience caring for patients just like you. We aim to give you the most positive dental experience possible so you can have a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles.

To receive comprehensive dental services from one of our dental professionals, give our friendly staff a call today!

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Night Guard?

on May 12, 2022

Night guards have ample benefits. If your dentist recommends you receive one, it’s most likely for good reason – it can help you prevent grinding and preserve the functionality of your teeth. However, for it to be effective, it’s important to take good care of it. Following are some ways you can ensure your night guard stays clean and well-kept for as long as you have it.

Brush it Every Day

After taking your night guard out, lightly rinse it to get any plaque off and brush it with a toothbrush. You may use the same brush that you brush your teeth with or use a separate one. This will get rid of any additional plaque, bacteria, or little particles stuck on it.

However, it’s important to note that you should not use toothpaste when brushing it. Toothpaste can be abrasive so it could scratch or bend the night guard. The pressure from the bristles should be enough to clean it.

Store it in a Case

Whenever you’re not wearing it, it’s important to keep your night guard in a case. After rinsing and brushing it, before putting it in the case, let it completely dry by laying it out for about 30 minutes on a clean cloth. This will prevent rapid bacteria growth.

Keeping your night guard in a case protects it from many different things. If you leave it out on the counter in the bathroom, it’s exposed to humidity, which can cause it to warp and become misshapen. If you have pets or young children, they may get their hands (or paws) on it and chew or break them. If they’re not covered, they are also exposed to dirt, dust, and debris from the air.

Deep Clean it

About every week or so, you should give your night guard a deep clean. There are a few different options for doing this, one of which is buying a denture cleaner. You’ll place your night guard in a bowl of water and drop the cleaner tablet in, which will dissolve and clean your night guard. You can also do an at-home version of this, which is by mixing vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together and letting it soak for about 30 minutes.

Make sure to read all instructions on the denture cleaning and for any homemade solutions, as soaking it too long can bend and warp your night guard. Also never soak your it in any liquid that has alcohol, because that’s sure to ruin the material.

Contact Us Today

Custom fit night guards are a great solution to bruxism, which is excessive teeth grinding. If you suffer from teeth grinding and clenching and haven’t found a solution, we encourage you to come into our office for an evaluation.

We offer a full range of general dental services, including preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services. Give our friendly staff a call today for superior dental care and a lifetime of healthy smiles!

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What Happens During a General Dentist Appointment?

on April 13, 2022

You know that you’re supposed to go to the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up, but what actually happens at those appointments? Why are they so important? They serve a greater purpose than you may think, which is why we are so adamant about you making your appointments! Read on to find out all the things that will happen during a general cleaning and why they’re so important.

Thorough Cleaning

While having a thorough dental cleaning routine at home is important, your Evanston dentist will be able to clean your teeth to a more effective level because of their special tools. Using a medical-grade pic, they scrape off any plaque and tartar that’s built up on the teeth, above and below the gum line, between the teeth, and on the back of the teeth.

They will also floss and show you how to floss correctly if it looks like your gums could use a little extra. They will finish off by using a tooth polisher with an abrasive paste to make sure there’s no residue leftover and to smooth your teeth so it’s harder for plaque to collect on them. After the polish, your mouth will feel fresh and clean with smooth, bright teeth!

Examination for Any Issues

Either before or after the cleaning, the hygienist will do a thorough inspection to ensure there are no outstanding issues with your mouth and gum health. Even if you’re not in pain and don’t think anything is wrong, it’s possible for them to find issues that can be prevented and treated. Some dental issues they will be on the lookout for include signs of gum disease, oral cancer, cavities, wisdom teeth, and even diabetes.

These checks must be done by a professional who knows what to look out for. After the hygienist examines you, the dentist will come in for a second look.


X-rays are usually taken once a year; they show any issues below the mouth’s surface that aren’t visible to the naked eye. An x-ray will show your teeth, their roots below the gum line, and your jawbones. X-rays can show issues such as dental decay, jaw bone loss, changes in overall bone structure, abscesses, tooth shifting, and nerve damage. They are able to provide this important insight to the dentists that they wouldn’t otherwise have.

Fluoride Application

While you may not get a fluoride treatment at every appointment, the dentist will recommend you receive them as they see fit based on your tooth health. Fluoride is a natural mineral, and it helps build strong teeth and bones. It’s an extremely effective method for preventing cavities, as it strengthens enamel and helps keep plaque and decay from forming.

While you can receive fluoride from at-home methods such as from toothpaste and mouthwash, the fluoride received in-office is much stronger. Fluoride is a clear paste that’s painted on your teeth quickly and easily.

Contact Us Today For Teeth Cleaning in Evanston, IL

If it’s been more than six months since your last dental check-up, we highly encourage you to call us and make an appointment today! Our staff is extremely thorough and will take the time to complete every necessary step for you to achieve optimum oral health. Stephens Dentistry is different because we are truly dedicated to each and every patient’s health, and will always go the extra mile so you have a positive dental experience.

Our state-of-the-art facility treats patients of all ages, and our general dentistry dental procedures will allow you to have a lifetime of healthy smiles. We look forward to seeing you in the office!

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Foods That are Good For Your Teeth

on March 3, 2022

We all know that there are many foods that aren’t great for your teeth; some of these include sugary treats, sodas, wine, acidic foods, and chewy candies. However, did you know there are certain foods that actually strengthen your teeth and are good for your overall oral health? Keep reading to find out what some of these are so you can have a tooth-friendly diet.


It’s a little-known fact that cheese is actually one of the best choices for healthy teeth! It has many benefits, the first of which is that it’s rather low in sugar but high in calcium. Calcium helps keep your bones strong, including your teeth. It also has casein- a protein that fortifies your bone density. Cheese also has a high phosphate content, which helps preserve your tooth enamel.

Chewing cheese also increases saliva production, and that’s beneficial because saliva washes away bacteria in the mouth and decreases acidity levels.


Not only are nuts healthy for your overall health, but for your oral health as well. They’re full of beneficial components such as phosphorus and calcium. Other nuts that have tooth-healthy nutrients include:

  • Peanuts: calcium and vitamin D
  • Almonds: calcium
  • Cashews: stimulate saliva production
  • Walnuts: fiber, iron, thiamine, magnesium, niacin, vitamin B6, zinc, potassium, and more

Almonds and cashews are even better because they can help fight bacteria.

Leafy Vegetables

You now have a whole new reason to eat your greens! Spinach, kale, cabbage, microgreens, and watercress are a few popular ones. They have a multitude of vitamins and minerals, which are also known to produce saliva and strengthen your enamel. They’re also high in other nutrients such as B vitamins, folic acid, and calcium for ultimately healthy teeth. Yet green vegetables aren’t the only ones you should have in your diet- carrots are known to be a cavity-fighting vegetable, because chewing on them mimics the benefits of a toothbrush cleaning your teeth. Not only does the crunching and munching massage your gums, but carrots have keratin, which kills plaque, and Vitamin A, which strengthens enamel.

Salmon and Fatty Meats

Salmon is a fatty fish that’s high in omega-3s and vitamin D, which both help your body absorb calcium for your teeth. It also has a good amount of phosphorus, which helps protect tooth enamel.

Black and Green Tea

While teas have the potential of staining your teeth if you consume an abundance of them, black and green tea are actually good for them because they contain polyphenols, which kill off bacteria that cause plaque. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and then leave behind acids that destroy tooth enamel. Since tea minimizes those dangerous acids, it’s a great drink to have after a meal.

Contact Our Family Dentist in Evanston

Eating tooth-healthy foods and having a healthy oral routine at home is a large part of keeping your mouth healthy. However, you can’t achieve optimal oral health without visiting a dentist twice a year. Stephens Dentistry upholds the highest standards of care in dentistry and we can guarantee you’ll be satisfied with our level of detail. Give our practice a call today to schedule your appointment!

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Benefits of Fluoride Treatment | Family Dentist in Evanston

on March 3, 2022

What is Fluoride Treatment?

At your routine dental cleaning appointment, you’ll most likely receive a brush-on fluoride treatment. While you know this is a routine part of your check-up, you may not know the purpose of the treatment. Fluoride can be put on in many ways, including through brushing on varnish, as a foam painted on, or on a tray. It’s a mineral that makes teeth stronger and helps prevent cavities.

So what are the benefits of receiving a fluoride treatment at your next dental appointment?

Higher Strength Than At-Home Treatments

While it’s beneficial to use products with fluoride such as mouthwashes or toothpastes, fluoride treatments done in a dental office have a much higher concentration of fluoride. This allows for maximum benefits in a faster amount of time. This type of treatment is only available at a medical office and cannot usually be done at home, unless under the direct supervision of a dentist.

Strengthens Teeth

Fluoride helps strengthen your teeth in many ways. It helps your body use minerals such as phosphate and calcium more efficiently. Your teeth will reabsorb minerals in the fluoride to repair any weak tooth enamel. The fluoride will join the tooth structure while the teeth are developing to strengthen the enamel, and this essentially helps protect the teeth against bacteria and cavities for life.

Fluoride can also:

  • Reduce risks of cavities
  • Slow cavity growth
  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Delay expensive dental work
  • Prolong life of baby teeth

Protects Against High-Risk Patients

Because of the many benefits of fluoride, it’s a great treatment for those who are at a higher risk of tooth decay or erosion. Suffering from dry mouth, weak enamel, having crowns, or having poor overall health puts you at a higher risk for tooth decay. These types of patients would certainly benefit from receiving fluoride treatment.

Contact Us Today

Take control of your dental health by scheduling a dental check-up and asking about a fluoride treatment. Even if you are not a high-risk patient and have not had any dental issues, fluoride can be beneficial because it can keep your teeth strong so you can continue to avoid dental problems. We are able to do fluoride treatment for adults as well as children. Contact our dental office in Evanston, Illinois to receive your next fluoride treatment!

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NightGuard Benefits: How a Custom Dental Night Guard Helps

on February 2, 2022

Nightguards are custom-made, clear acrylic devices worn at night that can help with a wide variety of tooth and jaw problems. They are fitted perfectly to your mouth, and no two are shaped exactly alike. If the dentist recommends for you to receive a nightguard at your appointment, you may be wondering what they’re used for and why you might need them. They have countless benefits that you will experience after receiving one!

Helps With Jaw Pain

The main reason patients are recommended nightguards is for chronic teeth grinding, which is also known as bruxism. While it may seem harmless, teeth grinding can produce a slew of problems over time, including tooth and jaw pain, shifting teeth, headaches, tension, and neck pain.

A nightguard helps you stop grinding your teeth so you may notice an improvement in your jaw pain. Without one, you could develop a jaw disorder such as TMJ.

Provides Better Sleep

Wearing a nightguard can drastically improve your quality of sleep, even when you didn’t realize you were getting mediocre sleep before. Teeth grinding decreases your quality of sleep and can cause pain, therefore interrupting your sleep patterns. If your mouth muscles are tense, your body will most likely be tense, not allowing you to fully relax and fall into a deep sleep. Wearing a nightguard will keep that from happening and you may notice yourself falling into a deeper sleep more easily.

No More Snoring

If you have a snoring problem, nightguards can actually help eliminate it. They make a passage between your jaws, which increases airflow and therefore helps you breathe better. This eliminates snoring as you’ll have a larger passageway for air through your mouth. If you suffer from sleep apnea, the nightguard can help relieve that as well.

Prevents Tooth Damage

Over time, grinding your teeth can greatly impact them. When the top and bottom teeth are clenched together, they wear each other down, and can easily lead to enamel loss. This can lead to dentin loss and the exposure of nerves and blood vessels if it goes on for long enough. When you’re asleep, you don’t have control over your grinding or even know that you’re doing it, so there’s no way for you to prevent it aside from wearing a nightguard.

Prevents Headaches

Teeth grinding doesn’t only cause jaw pain – grinding also very commonly leads to tension headaches. The grinding leads to tension in the jaw, ears, and head, so you may wake up in the middle of the night or in the morning with a dull headache. The only way to reduce that tension and pain is by ceasing to grind your teeth, which can be done with a nightguard.

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If you suffer from teeth grinding or wake up with jaw pain, headaches, and facial tension, you would most likely benefit from a nightguard. The custom-fit night guards fit perfectly in your mouth and around your teeth.

If you already have a nightguard, you can bring it in when you come in for your next appointment so we can clean it and adjust it as needed. If you believe you may need a nightguard or want to learn more about them, contact our Evanston Dentist today.

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