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Ease Your Anxiety at the Dentist

September 25, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health — Tags: — atriumfamily @ 9:25 pm

Are you like 75 percent of American’s who have some anxiety when visiting the dentist’s office? Worry no more, read on for a few good ways to ease your mind before you sit down in our dental chair.

  1. Tell us!  Please, let Dr. Shane Sudman and his staff know that you are anxious about your appointment.  Tell us on the phone. When making your appointment,  make sure to to tell us so we can make you feel comfortable from your first encounter with us.
  2. Don’t schedule your appointment on a tight schedule.  We know everyone is busy these days, but it is far better to feel calm on your way in.  Try not to schedule anything too pressing right after your visit.
  3. Wear comfortable, breathable clothing.  Nothing too tight or restrictive, or anything that will make you more hot and sweaty.
  4. Breathe. Try to get to our office a few minutes early.  Sit down, look at the fireplace, enjoy our comfy chairs and couch. Enjoy our inviting decor, we like to think of our waiting room more of a living room than a stark dental office.
  5. Remind us of your fears.  We are happy to listen to you and help you through your anxiety.  We know it’s tough to voice what you are feeling. Tell us exactly what you need from us, your expectations can be met if you help our staff understand what you need.
  6. Take deep breaths, and close your eyes.  This may be the only time in your day you get a chance to lay down, and not have to talk to anyone….enjoy it.

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3 Tooth Fairy Ideas. #NationalToothFairyDay (August 22)

August 22, 2016

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day.  Here are 3 clever ideas for you to reference, should you need to help her out in a pinch.  Sometimes she has worked very hard during the day, and is exhausted by the time your little one goes to sleep:)

1. Sparkly money.  Who wouldn’t like to receive money from the Tooth Fairy?  That is what is expected anyway, isn’t it?  Run to the dollar store or your nearest drugstore for a small bit of glitter and glue, and help the Tooth Fairy out! Your little one will be delighted with this treasure find!
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3 Tips to Better Oral Health

July 11, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health — Tags: , — atriumfamily @ 10:53 pm

Everyone knows to brush twice a day,  and to floss.  But here are 3 tips to better oral health.  And, you can start today.

  1.  Change out your toothbrush.  Try changing your toothbrush every 3 months, or sooner if your toothbrush bristles are frayed.  According to the ADA this is a very good practice.
  2.  Reduce your stress.  We know that stress is hard on your mental and physical health, but think about this…when we get stressed out, we tend to bite our nails or grind our teeth or even clench up our mouths.  Try deep breathing.  Just a few deep breaths can help your overall oral health.
  3. Change up your diet.  Stop drinking sugary sodas and sports drinks.  Load up on nutrient rich veggies and fruits.

These 3 tips should kick-start you into better overall oral health.

Root Canals Overview

June 27, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Restorative Dentistry,Root Canals — Tags: — atriumfamily @ 12:00 pm

If you ask any dentist to name a treatment that patients fear and which they should, instead, appreciate and be glad to have available, most would name root canals. How often do we answer a question about an unpleasant task with something like “I’d rather have a root canal?” Yet, root canals are a remarkable procedure that patients of Atrium Family Dental in New Lenox, IL can count on when suffering serious dental decay.
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Gum disease may cause Arthritis

February 4, 2016

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health — atriumfamily @ 4:34 pm

The bacteria responsible for periodontal disease, commonly reffered to as “gum disease” may cause Rheumatoid artheritis according to a research by University of Louisville School of Dentistry Oral Health and Systemic Diseases group researcher Jan Potempa, PhD, DSc. and an international team of researchers from European Union. The scientists have uncovered how the bacterium responsible for periodontal disease Porphyromonas Gingivalis causes faster progression to Ruheumatoid artheritis by increasing bone and cartilege destruction.

P.Gingivalis produces a unique enzyme Peptidylarginine deiminanse (PAD) a type of artheritis enhances Collagen -induced arthiritis, a form of arthiritis similar to RA produced in the lab. PAD alters the residues of certain proteins in to citrulline, and the body recognizes citullinated proteins as intruders, leading to an immune attack. In RA patients the result is a chronic inflammation responsible for the bone and cartilege destruction within joints.

“However the ground breaking conclusion has to be followed up by further research” says Potempa hopeful of finding better treatments and preventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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