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Helping your child build good habits in their oral care routine is just as important as teaching them proper hygiene or to eat their veggies.child brushing However, children are infamous for being stubborn and picky. Luckily, Dr. Courtney Villari at Ovation Dental Care in River Forest, IL can help you learn some easy tips and tricks to make brushing fun for your little one to keep their teeth healthy and clean.

Making Brushing Fun

  • Flavored Toothpaste: Children’s toothpaste often comes in fun flavors kids love like bubblegum or strawberry. This tasty toothpaste can make brushing a treat.
  • Singing Toothbrushes: Available from many grocery or drug stores, toothbrushes which sing a song as the child brushes can also make brushing fun. The song usually lasts the recommended two minutes required for effectively cleaning the teeth.
  • Games: Creating a game to play or a dance to perform during brushing time can help liven up a process which may seem boring for a child.

Forming Good Habits Early
Good oral care habits begin before your child cuts their first tooth. Parents should wipe down babies’ gums after each meal with a soft, damp cloth. Your child should begin brushing their teeth twice daily as soon as their first tooth appears. When the teeth grow close enough together to touch, parents should instill good flossing habits in their children. Floss your child’s teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles from the teeth.

Your child should see their River Forest dentist for regular checkups by the time they get their first tooth or turn one year old, depending on which comes first. Seeing the dentist for regular examinations and cleanings at least once every six months greatly reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

For more information on children’s dentistry or making brushing fun, please contact Dr. Villari at Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL. Call (708) 689-0419 to schedule your child’s regular dental examination and cleaning with Dr. Villari today!

By Ovation Dental
February 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Painless Dentistry  

If you feel anxious even thinking about sitting in the dentist’s chair, you are not alone. However, did you know there is a way to face your fear and have your dental work done painlessly? Painless dentistry is available for all levels of anxiety. Your River Forest, IL dentist, Dr. Courtney Villari at Ovation Dental, can help you quell your anxiety and get the dental work you need.Sedation Dentistry

What is sedation dentistry? 
Many patients are scared of the dentist, whether due to the dental drill or just the environment. Sedation dentistry uses the help of medication administered to an anxious patient to allow them to relax and go through their procedure comfortably. While often called “sleep” dentistry, sedation dentistry usually does not involve the patient being asleep at all. Your River Forest dentist administers the sedation medication in the form of oral tablets, an IV or inhaled gas.

What are the different levels of sedation dentistry?

  • Minimal sedation: Minimal sedation, the lowest level of sedation dentistry, allows the patient to relax while being completely awake and alert.
  • Moderate sedation: Moderate sedation relaxes the patient a little more. Your words may slur and you probably will not remember some or all parts of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation: During deep sedation, the patient might be asleep, but is awakened easily.
  • General anesthesia: The heaviest form of sedation dentistry, general anesthesia puts the patient completely to sleep and they remain asleep until the anesthesia wears off.

The different levels of sedation depend on your personal anxiety levels, pain threshold and the extent of the dental work you require. While there is always a risk when undergoing anesthesia, sedation dentistry is generally very safe with high success rates. People with certain conditions should not undergo sedation dentistry. Consult with your dentist to determine if and which level of sedation dentistry is right for you.

For more information on painless or sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Courtney Villari, DDS at Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL. Call (708) 689-0419 to schedule your appointment today!

By Ovation Dental
November 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Brushing  

Like coloring inside the lines and sharing arts and crafts supplies with our classmates, brushing our teeth correctly is something most Tips for brushingof us learn in the halcyon days of pre-school. Or is it? While most of us (hopefully) spend some quality time with the toothbrush at least once a day through the course of our lives, the reality is that obtaining the optimal clean for our teeth consists of a little technique beyond a few basic horizontal strokes between rinses.

Following a few basic steps can help to ensure that you are making the most out of every tooth brushing and flossing session.

Schedule Regular Dental Screenings and Check Ups

Ever wonder how your dentist always seems to know when you’ve been skipping the floss, no matter how good your teeth seem to look to the naked eye? The same can go for brushing. Skipping the floss and poor brushing techniques will lead to bacterial and plaque buildup between the teeth and underneath the gum line that will ultimately show up on your gums by way of inflammation and gingivitis (early gum disease). Talk to your dentist about the best toothbrush model and size for your teeth and gums, and get some tips on the best brushing techniques.

Technique Technique Technique

While brushing the teeth straight across may seem effective, using this method can fail to get in between the teeth and under the gum line, where the food and plaque buildup that you’re targeting with the brush are going to hide. A gentle, circular motion (think of how an electric toothbrush moves) will help the bristles of the brush reach the difficult to reach spots between each tooth.

Get Back

Most people don’t think about brushing the back of the teeth, but a gentle scrub of the back of the teeth can help to target food particles that rinsing and regular brushing might miss.

Don’t Forget the Gums

A (very gentle) brush of the gums can also help to remove buildup that regular brushing can leave behind.

Dental Care in River Forest, IL

To learn more about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact Ovation Dental today at (708) 689-0419 to request a consultation for a dental check up and oral cancer screening.

By Ovation Dentistry
June 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Removal Dentures  
You have several options when it comes to choosing removable dentures. 
Wearing dentures is no longer a one-size-fits-all situation. Your River Forest, Illinois dentist offers several options to choose from. Each type can be removed for cleaning, but different circumstances call for different sizes and fixtures. Dr. Courtney Villari wants to introduce her patients to the variety of dentures offered at Ovation Dental:Dentures
Complete dentures
Complete or full dentures are traditionally what people think of when they are considering dentures at their River Forest dentist. They are designed for people who have not retained any of their natural teeth. Complete dentures are made of porcelain or ceramic crowns - the replacement teeth - attached to a pinkish colored plastic tray. They fit over the top and/or bottom gum ridges and are affixed with a combination of natural suction and adhesive material. They have to be taken out at night and after meals to clear away any remaining adhesive and food debris.
Partial dentures
If you still have some of your natural teeth, Dr. Villari may recommend partial dentures. These are similar to complete dentures, but made to fit in smaller spaces with attachments that hold them onto the teeth on either side of the spaces.

Implant-supported dentures

These restorations look like complete or partial dentures, but they have fixtures that attach to dental implants. Dr. Villari surgically implants metal posts under the gum line to support the dentures and eliminate the need for denture paste. The dentures essentially "snap" into place over the implants and can be removed and replaced by the patient with ease. This is an excellent option for people who have enough remaining bone in their gum ridges to support the implants. 

Expense and convenience also factor into what kind of dentures are best for you. Regardless of you need, Ovation Dental offers the best materials and expertise available today. Call the office to set up a consultation with Dr. Courtney Villari at her River Forest office if you'd like to learn more about your removable denture options.

By Ovation Dental
February 20, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Contouring  

This non-invasive cosmetic procedure could give you the smile you want.

No matter how cautious we try to be it can be frustrating when we still have to deal with a chipped tooth or severe dental stain. While these little imperfections might not seem like a big deal comparatively, over time they can make your smile look unappealing.Smile If you are looking to fix minor imperfections or oddly shaped teeth you won’t need multiple visits and invasive treatments to get the look you want. Some patients can easily opt for tooth contouring to get a better looking smile in River Forest, IL.

What is dental contouring?

Sometimes referred to as tooth reshaping, this cosmetic treatment changes the shape and size of the tooth by removing some tooth enamel. Even just shaving off a couple millimeters of enamel can actually change a smile completely. Dental contouring is sometimes combined with dental bonding, which uses a tooth-colored resin to mold and reshape the tooth to improve minor imperfections.

What can tooth contouring fix?

If you are dealing with small chips in the teeth, or oddly shaped or excessively pointy teeth, then tooth contouring can help. Since this procedure is non-invasive it can’t fix major dental issues, however it can improve the look of your smile by reshaping teeth.

How is tooth contouring performed?

Your River Forest, IL dentist uses dental instruments and abrasion to remove the enamel from your teeth. We will first mark the spot to be altered, then use a sanding tool to remove the imperfection and improve the tooth’s overall appearance. Once this is complete we will polish and buff the tooth to smooth it down.

What are the benefits of tooth contouring?

This is a conservative way to change the look of your teeth without invasive or expensive procedures. In fact, this is one of the least expensive ways to cosmetically treat your smile. Furthermore, the fact that anesthesia isn’t needed and the procedure is painless is a major plus for most patients.

Also by fixing issues like small overlaps between teeth, we can lower the chances of developing decay in these harder-to-clean areas. Therefore, tooth contouring actually promotes a healthier smile.

If you are interested in tooth contouring then call your River Forest, IL dentist at Ovation Dental to schedule your next dental visit.