Sunday, February 11, 2018

Why We Take X-Rays

Why We Take X-Rays

1) Look for Decay Between Teeth
     sometimes it is not visible to the naked eye

2) Check for Bone Loss
     an x-ray will show the degree of bone loss associated with bone       loss

3) Check for Decay Under Fillings
     an x-ray is the only way to see this type of decay

4) Look for Infection at the tip of the Root
     if you have an infection near the bone, an x-ray will confirm this

5) Examine the Area Before Procedures
     gives denstis a full view of teeth and bone

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children's Dental Health Month.

Here area few tips to remember about your chldren's teeth

1) Brush and floss twice a day 

If your child is under age 8, you should be asssting the child in this.
Infants should be using a very small amount of a non fluoridated children's toothpaste. At about age 2 you can use a fluoridated toothpase with a RICE sized amount of paste on the brush.when a child is able to spt, you can go to a PEA sized amount of toothpaste.

2) Watch the intakeof sweets especially between meals.

3) Never put a baby down witha bottle of liquid other than water.

4) Encourage children to develop other security methods than finger sucking and pacifiers when possible.

These objects in themouth for long periods of time will alter thes hape of the mouth considerably leading to malocclusions whtich can be very hard to correct.

5) As soon as the first tooth arrives, begin taking the child to the dentist to help cement a positive relationship and encourage proper nutrition and hygiene habits.

6) Children should see the dentist twice a year.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

6200 Children Will Die Today

Childhood hunger related illnesses kill a child every 1 1/2 seconds around the world!

This tragedy is preventable.
This past weekend, our office served at a food packaging and distribution site called "Feed My Starving Children"
We at Crystal Lake Dental Associates are dedicated to serving our local community as well as the larger world community . As such, we have participated in a Free Dental Service day at our office, collecting for the Crystal Lake Food Bank Bank, and collecting Toys for Tots. We were looking for other ways to serve and one of our team members suggested doing a shift at Feed My Starving Children. I had never heard of this organization before, but we decided to get involved. 
As I researched the organization, I became convinced that it was a great cause.

Last Friday, we served at a scheduled shift making up food packs and boxing them for shipment to Iraq. The entire shift was very well organized and our seven person team was able to box up almost seven hundred meals in a very short time. The time went very fast and the teamwork and enthusiasm was fantastic. 

Feed My Starving Children is a wornderful organization. They are very good at being efficient and cost conscious. Their meals are designed for maximum nutrition for children. This organization ships food all over the world partnering with other humanitarian organizations.

 If tis sounds like something you individually or with a group would like to get involved with, you can go to their website at WWW, and get details on either working a shift of food packing, or donating funds for the purchase and shipping of food wrldwide. you will be a blessing to starving childrel and will feel quite blessed for the opportunity to serve.

Have a wonderful day!
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Monday, January 8, 2018

5 ways to ruin your teeth (besides not brushing and flossing)


 1) problem: Chipped, worn, broken, and loose teeth.

Causes: if you biteing on or chew hard objects like finger nails, ice, hard candy, bones, pens, pencils tongue and lip rings, or any metal object. In addition picking your teeth and gums with hard objects, as well as clenching or grinding your teeth. Trauma to teeth from sports and not wearing mouth guard.

Soution: Obviously do not put hard objects in your mouth (that is what dental professionals are for), also wear a mouthguard or biteplane if you are a clencher/grinder or are playing sports where you may be hit in the mouth.

2) problem: Cavities and abscessed teeth.

Causes:  Eating or sucking on lots of sticky sweet items like jelly beans, raisins, taffy, any     hard candies, sugar cough drops fro long periods.
Solution: These items should be eaten in small quantities and never parked in the cheek. Eating them at meal time can also be helpful. frequent brushing and flossing with fluoride will help.

3) Problem: Cavities and gum disease 

Causes:  A dry mouth from any medication that dries out your mouth, habitually breathing through your mouth due to nasal obstructions.
Solution:  If your airway is restricted, chronically, a consultation with an ENT specialist is needed to correct that problem. If your are taking medications that dry the mouth (over 3,000 medications are known to do this), frequent drinking and rinsing with water of a hydrationg mouth rinse will help.

4) Problem: Acid eroding your enamel (dissolving your teeth)

Cause: Eating and drinking having high acid content like citrus, vinegar, soda pop, also untreated acid reflux, or excessive vomiting
Solution: Restricting high acid content foods and rinsing with water or milk after consuming will help. It is advisable not to brush right away as your teeth need time to remineralize. If you have Acid reflux (GERD), treatment and medication can help with a reduction in stomach acid. Also acid reflux may be a symptom of sleep apnea.

5) Problem: Discolored teeth 

Causes:  from eating and drinking darkly stained foods like red wine, grape juice, coffee, tea, cola, stain from smoking.
Solution: Refraining from these food choices or going smokeless can help prevent staining. S
ome tooth whitening toothpastes or applications can help greatly as well as a good cleaning from your dentist.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

8 reasons you should consider a dental implant

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1 Does Not Involve Neighboring Teeth
   All other tooth replacement options involve either drilling on other teeth for fixed bridges and some removable partial dentures or using the other teeth for retention of removable appliances. Neighboring teeth may develop decay and fracture more easily or require root canal treatment in time.Dental Implants use a root shaped titanium screw that goes in the same area as the missing tooth root.

2 Stimulates Bone Development

     Whenever a tooth is lost, the bone begins to shrink as it no longer is stimulated by the tooth root during chewing. In fact the bone is stimulated negatively by chewing as pressure causes bone resorption. This bone loss can cause an unsightly situation and make restoring the area more difficult. Dental implants stimulate the bone through chewing.

3 Very Strong

     Dental implants are made from a Titanium allow and are extremely strong.

4 Keeps Teeth From Shifting

     A restored dental implant is both a place holder and a working partner. This keeps teeth from shifting out of place which can lead to food trapping,  cavities, and gum disease.

5 Helps Distribute Chewing Force

     Most people have between 28 and 32 teeth that distribute chewing forces evenly through the mouth. The back teeth do the majority of the power chewing while the front teeth are more involved in tearing food, but the entire set of teeth work in harmony. When teeth are missing theirs creates problems in speech, esthetics and harmony of the biting and chewing of food. In addition, missing teeth can lead to muscle imbalance and TMJ problems

6 Non-allergenic Materials

     Then titanium alloy implant, and Titanium alloy abutment, and Zirconium restorative materials we use contain no nickel or other allergenic materials.

7 Looks Natural

     Properly placed dental implant crowns can be undetectable in your smile.

8 Cost Effective

     Constant innovation and competition in the dental implant industry is helping to lower the cost of dental implants dramatically. Implant parts have come down in cost up to 800% in some cases allowing doctors to keep the cost down for the patient In addition, the innovations in implant design are shortening the treatment time and improving the result.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

7 GREAT Ways to Spread Christmas Cheer

Toys for Tots

1) Toys for Tots:

Toys for needy children are collected at drop-off locations all over the country. This organization is run by the United States Marine Core Reserve. This year we are partnering with Toys for Tots as a drop off location. If we can collect  toys by December 18th, Dr. Neal gets a pie in the face. The event will be on video for the world to see. Tune back in to see.

2) AngelTREE:

AngelTREE is a program donating toys to children who have a parent in prison during the holidays. You can pick a child to sponsor, or go to the website to make a donation. This is a Christian Organization.
Christmas Spirit Foundation

3) Christmas Spirit Foundation:

This organization provides hundreds of Christmas trees each year to troops stationed overseas who won't be home for Christmas and also delivers trees to military bases for members of the military and their families to receive a free Christmas tree. You can go to the Website to make a donation.

4) Make A Wish:

 There are many ways to help make the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions come true. They partners with many companies during the holidays with promotions. For example, drop off a letter to Santa at any Macy's and the store will donate $1 per letter to Make-A-Wish. Shop at the Disney Store, rent a car, buy a car, book your air travel or have your kids make a Christmas gift wish list at Toys R Us for money to automatically be donated to Make-A-Wish.
My Two Front Teeth

5) My Two Front Teeth:

They and the Family Giving Tree charities joined forces to help more children. To help a child, visit either website to see the children's names, ages, their gift wishes and how much it will cost to give the child that particular present. 
Operation Christmas Child

6) Operation Christmas Child:

What can you pack in a shoe box? Christmas for children around the world. Pack a standard-sized shoe box, pick the child's age group your gifts are appropriate for and fill the box with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, apparel, and a personal note This is a Christian Organization operated by Samaritan's Purse,

Salvation Army

7) Salvation Army:

This Organization has  helpers in front of your favorite stores tinging their bells and next to their famous donation kettle. you can also donate clothes toys and other items to their drop off sites or arrange for pickup. The salvation army assists in many local charitable ways from food programs, to donations of items, clothes, toys and bill paying. you can also donate online. This is a Christian organization.

A more complete article about these organizations can be found here.

This year we are partnering with Toys for Tots as a drop off location. If we can collect  toys by December 18th, Dr. Neal gets a pie in the face. The event will be on video for the world to see. Tune back in to see.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day 9 amazing facts

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One of my hobbies is studying history as well as famous people who shape it.
There is a popular saying about studying history in order to learn from it and not  repeat it’s mistakes. As we celebrate Veterans Day, I thought I would share some interesting facts about the United States and its military history. Before I begin, I want to state that I am not advocating military conflict or war, but just reviewing the situations that our country has faced in the past roughly 240 years.

1)    Veterans Day (Armistice Day) was first celebrated on was November  11 1919 as the annual celebration of the end of World War One.

2)    The Unites States has been involved in about 103  wars since declaring Independence from England.

3)    Approximately 1.35 million American soldiers have been killed in action in these wars.

4)    Listed in descending order are the approximate number of American soldiers killed in various major wars:

War                             Americans killed      dates

a.    Civil War                                 625,000                       1861-1865
b.    World War Two                      405,000                       1941-1945
c.    World War One                      116,000                        1917-1918
d.    Vietnam War                            58,000                        1955-1975
e.    Korean War                              36,000                        1950-1953
f.     Revolutionary War                   25,000                        1775-1783
g.    War of 1812                              20,000                        1812-1815
h.    Mexican-American War          13,000                        1846-1848
i.      Iraq/Afghanistan Wars             6,800                         2001-ongoing
j.      Spanish American War            2,450                          1898

5)    Statistics about World War One:

a.    32 Countries involved
b.    About 10,000,000 soldiers killed
c.    About 25,000,000 total killed
d.    Americans killed were about 4% of the total lost in the war
e.    War lasted 1,568 days
f.     14,700 people died a day

 6)    Statistics about World War Two:

a.    Over 100 countries involved
b.    About 25,000,000 soldiers killed
c.    About 80,000,000 people killed
d.    Russia and China combined lost about 40,000,000 people
e.    Americans killed totaled about .5% of the total lost in the war
f.     War lasted 2,190 days
g.    About 36,000 died a day

 7)    Both world wars combined contributed to the loss of about 100 million people of which 35 million were soldiers.

 8)    26 of our 45 US presidents have served in the military.

 9)    9 of our US presidents were war heroes:

      a. George Washington
b.  Andrew Jackson
c. Zachary Taylor
d. Ulysses S. Grant
e. Theodore Roosevelt
f. Dwight D. Eisenhower
g. John F. Kennedy
h. Gerald Ford
i. George H. W. Bush

All of us at Crystal Lake Dental Associates wish you a happy and safe Veterans Day.

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Born in the Midwest. Married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Attended Maine West High School, Harper Jr College, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois.