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Posts for: December, 2014

By Ovation Dental
December 19, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Decay  

A new finding in Morocco's Grotte des Pigeons reveals that tooth decay is far from a new problem. Relics found dating back 15,000 years from people in the Pleistocene era found significant incidences of tooth decay. And we're willing to bet not one of them had a toothbrush or toothpaste handy to fend off decay like our River Forest dentist patients do.

What is most interesting about this find is that previously, archaeological discoveries found only mild to moderate tooth decay. Most skeletons had at most decay in less than 20 percent of their teeth. This was certainly not the profound tooth decay the skeletons in the Grotte des Pigeons exhibited. An estimated 94 percent of the skeletons had tooth decay as well as painful dental abscesses. Major ouch.

Archaeologists hypothesize the major contributing factor to all this decay was what causes many people's tooth decay today: What they eat. The people of the Grotte des Pigeons ate diets high in carbohydrates, especially a sticky, sweet acorn that tended to stick to their teeth. This could attract decay-causing sugars. Also, the people ate wild oats and legumes, which contain carbohydrates. The people's unique diet is likely what led to their problematic teeth.

Flash-forward to today where many of our River Forest dentist patients eat similar diets and tooth decay remains a problem nationwide. An estimated 92 percent of adults ages 20 to 64 in the United States have some form of tooth decay. By avoiding snacking all day and limiting intake of sugary and high-carbohydrate foods, you don't have to end up like the people of the Grotte des Pigeons.

For more information on how we help to keep our River Forest, IL dentist patients free from tooth decay, please call (708) 689-0419.

 

By River Forest, IL Dentist - Ovation Dental
December 17, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

RIVER FOREST, IL—The Bureau of Labor Statistics postulates that the ongoing research regarding oral health’s impact on general health will only increase the demand for preventive dental services. With this increase in dental services comes the demand for more professionals in the industry. One River Forest dental practice recently experienced such a demand and hired a new dental assistant to join their team.

Ovation Dental is a comprehensive dental practice located in River Forest, IL, and this seven-team practice recently welcomed a new dental assistant to their team: Angelica. Angelica is currently a student at Dominican University where she studies social work. The Ovation Dental team describes her as energetic and caring, and they are happy to welcome her as the newest addition to their growing medical team.

As with most dental assistants, Angelica is in charge of several important office tasks including ensuring that patients are comfortable prior to treatment, assisting in procedures by handing the dentist her instruments, instructing patients on proper oral care, scheduling appointments, working with patient billing and payment, and also keeping a medical record of each patient’s dental treatments. Dental Assistants are responsible for everything ranging from patient care to recordkeeping.

With the increase in patients, Ovation Dental new they would need to add another dedicated member to its team to help make office visits easier on patients. Ovation Dental is excited to have Angelica on board to offer her knowledgeable services to their patients.

To find out more about Ovation Dental, visit its website: http://www.villaridds.com. For questions, or to schedule an appointment, call their River Forest office at (708) 689-0419.

About Ovation Dental: Ovation Dental is owned and operated by Dr. Courtney Villari, DDS. An Oak Park native, Dr. Villari earned her DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago Dental School. Dr. Villari also provides dental supplies to homeless shelters and visits local schools annually to teach children about the importance of oral hygiene. Dr. Villari has completed continuing education courses in a variety of dental procedures, from dental implants to oral surgery.

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Dr. Courtney Villari, DDS

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River Forest, IL 60305

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By Ovation Dental
December 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Girl Brushing Her TeethBrushing your teeth is one of the best ways to prevent dental problems; however, because you’ve been doing it since childhood it’s easy to think that you’ve got the hang out it. Despite this, you could be pleasantly surprised to find out that you may not be brushing your teeth as effectively as you once thought. Your River Forest dentist gives you the scoop on what could be negatively impacting your tooth-brushing regime.
 

1. The wrong toothbrush

 
Take a good hard look at your toothbrush. After all, your brushing is only as good as the instrument you’re using. You want to opt for a toothbrush that has soft, rounded bristles, not ones that are short or choppy. A bad toothbrush not only does a poor job of effectively cleaning your teeth, but can also damage the surface of your teeth.
 
While you’re already examining your toothbrush also check to see if it’s time to replace it. Most toothbrushes start to fray at around the 3-month mark (and sometimes sooner). If you notice that the bristles have begun to fan out, it’s time to toss that one in the trash and promptly get a new toothbrush.
 

2. Only brushing back and forth

 
We sometimes find that the majority of brushing mistakes are due to poor technique. If you are only brushing back and forth, you aren’t giving your teeth the proper cleaning they need. You should always brush in a circular motion and only focus on a section of your smile at a time, that way you can really give your smile a thorough brushing.
 
Also, angle the brush about 45 degrees toward the gum line so you can effectively clean under the gums, where plaque can hide.
 

3. Aggressive brushing

 
You might liken cleaning your teeth to cleaning any other surface: the harder you scrub the more dirt and grim you’ll remove. While it seems like a good idea in theory, brushing too vigorously can actually do serious damage, including wearing down your tooth’s healthy enamel. Very little pressure should actually be applied while brushing. Using an electric toothbrush can be advantageous as it can help you figure out how much pressure to apply.
 

4. Rushing through your routine

 
Sure out schedules get hectic, but it doesn’t mean you should skimp out on your oral health. While many people will tell us that they brush for at least one to two minutes, sadly the majority may only be brushing for 30 seconds. If you don’t think you’re brushing long enough, then it’s time to set yourself a timer. Test yourself to see if you’re setting aside enough time for your smile.
 
Did you learn something new about your oral hygiene? Maybe it wasn’t quite up to par with what you expected. Try to incorporate these tips into your daily regime and you’ll notice a difference. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, don’t hesitate to give us a call.