Posts for category: Oral Health

By River Forest Dental Studio
January 16, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Dentures have come a long way since George Washington's time. Today, they're more comfortable, more secure and more lifelike than our first president's famous hippopotamus ivory appliance.

But one thing hasn't changed: Dentures still require regular care and cleaning. And one of the best things you can do for both your dentures and your health is to take them out at night when you go to bed.

Modern dentures are often so comfortable to wear, it's easy to forget you have them in your mouth. But setting a daily habit of taking them out when you turn in for the night will help you avoid a few potential problems.

For one, wearing dentures 24/7 can increase your risk for both oral and general diseases. Constant denture wear can cause greater accumulations of dental plaque, a thin biofilm responsible for gum disease and inflammation. The increase in bacteria could also make you more susceptible to pneumonia and other diseases.

Wearing your dentures non-stop can also worsen bone loss, a common problem associated with dentures. Normally, the biting forces generated when we chew stimulate bone growth in the jaw. A person loses much of this stimulation when they lose teeth, resulting in gradual bone loss.

Dentures can't replace this lost stimulation, and the pressure they exert on the jaw's bony ridges they rest upon can accelerate the process of bone loss. In time, any bone loss could affect the denture's fit as the bone beneath them gradually shrinks. By taking them out at night, you can help slow the pace of bone loss.

In addition to giving them and your mouth a rest at night, be sure you're also keeping your dentures clean: Take them out and rinse them off after meals and brush them with a small amount of antibacterial soap (not toothpaste) at least once a day. And don't forget to brush your gums and tongue every day with a soft toothbrush (different from your denture brush) to further reduce dental plaque.

If you would like more information on denture care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleeping in Dentures.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
January 13, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Are you ambivalent about visiting your dentist? In River Forest, IL, Dr. Gina Piccioni, and Dr. John Hartmann, and their professional team make dental visits comfortable and beneficial. So, don't put off coming to River Forest Dental Studio.

Why visit the dentist?

There are many compelling reasons to visit your dentist in River Forest. In fact, Dr. Piccioni and Dr. Hartmann follow the American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines for preventive dental care: see your dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and check-up.

That's really one of the most important reasons to visit River Forest Dental Studio. A hygienic cleaning removes deleterious plaque and tartar, the root causes of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, both your hygienist and your dentist perform several important checks to detect oral health problems before they develop into complex issues that impact overall well-being.

Other compelling signs you should visit us

1. You have pain in your mouth. Whether it's a tooth, your gums, or your jaw, oral pain is abnormal and will only worsen if ignored. It may take the form of a toothache, sore, puffy gums, dental sensitivity to heat and cold, or TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction).

2. You have a dental emergency. Examples are an avulsed tooth, throbbing toothache, lost filling, or broken denture. Don't hesitate to call your dentist in River Forest for a first-aid recommendation and appointment as needed.

3. You have an oral sore which will not heal. This may mean nothing, or it could signify oral cancer, a malignancy often associated with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Detected in its earliest form, oral cancer can be cured, says the Oral Cancer Foundation.

4. You feel embarrassed when you smile because of missing teeth, gaps, stains, and other obvious aesthetic defects. At River Forest Dental Studio in River Forest, our dentists transform smiles with the latest and most effective cosmetic dentistry treatments.

5. You have a chronic health problem, such as diabetes, are pregnant, or are receiving cancer treatment. These conditions can compromise your oral health. So, check-in with us every six months or more often as your dentist recommends.

Find out more

At River Forest Dental Studio, Dr. Piccioni and Dr. Hartmann want all their patients to have healthy, attractive smiles. So, why not call their River Forest, IL, office to arrange your routine cleaning and check-up? Phone us at (708) 366-6760.

By River Forest Dental Studio
December 17, 2020
Category: Oral Health

This year's Carol Burnett Award, presented at the Golden Globes, goes to Ellen DeGeneres for her “outstanding contributions to the television medium on or off the screen.” This is the latest in a long list of honors for the comedienne, talk show host and activist that includes Emmys, Grammys and Teen Choice Awards. And one not quite as well-known: a 2004 “Flossy” award.

DeGeneres received this honor from the National Flossing Council in recognition of her passionate promotion of oral hygiene, particularly flossing. She wrote about its virtues in her 2003 book, The Funny Thing Is…., saying, among other things, “Don't even think for a second that you can get away with not flossing.”

DeGeneres's motivational cheerleading for flossing is helpful and necessary because, well, many of us just don't like doing it. It requires more manual dexterity than its more popular sibling, brushing. And the tendency for the floss to gunk up with plaque residue for some is simply unpleasant.

Mainly, though, many folks think brushing is enough. Not so fast, according to dental professionals. While brushing removes disease-causing bacterial plaque from broad tooth surfaces, it can't effectively get into the spaces between teeth. It takes flossing to clear plaque from these more difficult areas.

But don't fret: There are ways to make flossing an easier—and more pleasant—task.

Ask us for help. As we said before, flossing does take some hand dexterity and coordination to perform. You may also wonder if you're doing it effectively. We can provide training and tips on how to be a more effective flosser at your next visit.

Practice, practice, practice. You probably think nothing of riding a bicycle, and yet it probably took you weeks or months as a kid to become proficient. Similarly, your first attempts at flossing might feel awkward, but you'll improve with practice, so don't give up.

Brush before you floss. Most people floss before brushing, but if you tend to encounter a lot of soft plaque debris that makes flossing “icky” for you, then try brushing first to clear a good portion of it out of the way before you floss. Just be aware, most professionals believe that flossing first is better because it loosens up debris between teeth so the bubbles from the toothpaste can carry it away. But any flossing is better than no flossing!

Try flossing tools. For some people, floss picks, small pre-threaded tools you can use with one hand, seem easier to maneuver than regular floss thread. If you have issues with manual dexterity, an oral irrigator can make the task easier: This handheld device uses a stream of pressurized water to loosen and flush away plaque between teeth.

So, follow Ellen DeGeneres's advice she gave Tulane University graduates during a commencement speech: “Remember to exfoliate, moisturize, exercise…and floss.” The latter, along with brushing, will certainly help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you would like more information about best oral hygiene practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Daily Oral Hygiene.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
December 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Fluoride is an important part of your child's dental development. But if children take in too much of this important mineral, they could experience enamel fluorosis, a condition in which teeth become discolored with dark streaking or mottling.

That's why it's important to keep fluoride levels within safe bounds, especially for children under the age of 9. To do that, here's a look at the most common sources for fluoride your child may take in and how you can moderate them.

Toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpaste is an effective way for your child to receive the benefits of fluoride. But to make sure they're not getting too much, apply only a smear of toothpaste to the brush for infants. When they get a little older you can increase that to a pea-sized amount on the end of the brush. You should also train your child not to swallow toothpaste.

Drinking water. Most water systems add tiny amounts of fluoride to drinking water. To find out how much your water provider adds visit “My Water's Fluoride” (// online. If it's more than the government's recommendation of 0.70 parts of fluoride per million parts of water, you may want ask your dentist if you should limit your child's consumption of fluoridated drinking water.

Infant formula. Many parents choose bottle-feeding their baby with infant formula rather than breastfeed. If you use the powdered form and mix it with tap water that's fluoridated, your baby could be ingesting more of the mineral. If breastfeeding isn't an option, try using the premixed formula, which normally contains lower levels of fluoride. If you use powdered formula, mix it with bottled water labeled “de-ionized,” “purified,” “demineralized” or “distilled.”

It might seem like the better strategy for preventing fluorosis is to avoid fluoride altogether. But that can increase the risk of tooth decay, a far more destructive outcome for your child's teeth than the appearance problems caused by fluorosis. The better way is to consult with your dentist on keeping your child's intake within recognized limits to safely receive fluoride's benefits of stronger, healthier teeth.

If you would like more information on fluoride and your baby's dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Development and Infant Formula.”

By River Forest Dental Studio
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in River Forest, Illinois can help your smile
Did you know that cosmetic dentistry can make your smile more appealing? It’s true! In fact, the world of cosmetic dentistry has revolutionized the way people feel about going to the dentist. Now, thanks to the latest tools, techniques, and dental materials, you can have a beautiful smile easily and quickly.

Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John G. Hartmann at River Forest Dental Studio in River Forest, Illinois offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular different types of cosmetic dentistry:

Many people have chosen professional teeth whitening, as a way to achieve a whiter, brighter, younger-looking smile. Professional teeth whitening allows you to whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades, and your fantastic results can last up to 5 years too! Unlike many over-the-counter teeth whitening products, professional teeth whitening has been tested and approved by the American Dental Association, so you know it’s safe.

Another type of cosmetic dentistry provides restorative benefits to repair chips, cracks, and tooth wear, and makes your smile more attractive; it’s cosmetic bonding! This procedure uses composite, a versatile liquid filling material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, so it blends with your smile. In fact, it’s virtually undetectable when completed. The composite is sculpted into place as a liquid and then hardened with ultraviolet light. The result is a strong, beautiful restorative treatment that adds to the beauty of your smile.

Porcelain veneer treatment is yet another type of cosmetic dentistry procedure. Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. It’s a versatile procedure that can hide large cracks, chips, tooth wear, and areas of lost tooth structure. You can have an outstanding smile in as little as two to three appointments, including a consultation appointment.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry services you can think about. If your smile isn't all it could be, cosmetic dentistry can give you a smile you will love. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry and what it can do for your smile, call Dr. Gina Piccioni and Dr. John G. Hartmann of River Forest Dental Studio in River Forest, Illinois at (708) 366-6760. Call today!

Gina Piccioni, D.M.D. and John G. Hartmann, D.D.S.

River Forest, IL Dentist

River Forest Dental Studio