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To Chew or Not To Chew…Gum, that is!

January 18, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry,Health,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — atriumfamily @ 7:04 pm

Do you chew gum?  Do you wonder the oral effects gum has on your mouth and teeth?  Have you ever heard that chewing gum can be good for your teeth?  We are here to tell you the ins and outs of gum chewing. But, by no means will you hear us say, gum chewing can replace regular brushing and flossing.

According to the ADA, the physical act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. If you chew after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Over time, acid can break down tooth enamel, creating the conditions for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

Stop Suffering From Dry Mouth!

July 7, 2015

Dry mouth of “xerostomia” is a dental epidemic.  There are many reasons why people experience this uncomfortable phenomenon.  Although the medical name may sound very serious, the cause is usually less severe.  However, if extreme dry mouth is becoming a daily concern, it is time to contact your dentist.

Xerostamia may be caused by a variety of factors.  These include drinking alcohol, using various substances, smoking, feelings of anxiety or excessive caffeine or sugar consumption. Additionally, many medications come with labels which include dry mouth as a very common side effect. Antihistamines (anti-allergy medicine) and antidepressants commonly cause uncomfortable dry mouth.

Atrium Family Dental Helps Increase Literacy Rates in America

November 18, 2014

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The staff at Atrium Family dental recently attended the MGE Management Experts Benefit Dinner on May 30 in St. Petersburg, FL. We were joined by government officials, community leaders, and leading dental professionals to raise money to provide books for the Improving Youth Literacy Campaign in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs and Youth Programs across America.

We love getting involved with amazing and interesting causes and this one really touched our hearts because it increases literacy in children, something that is very important. It’s shocking to discover the literacy rates across the country and the millions of children and families it affects. If we can do just one little thing to help improve reading in children, we’re happy. After all, it helps to bond families, aids in educational learning, and is a great pastime for many.

A Healthy Heart: Taking Care of your Oral Health

October 23, 2014

Heart disease is the number one cause of death, but did you know that the state of your oral health and your chances of heart disease are linked? The oral health care professionals at Atrium Family Dental in New Lenox want to give you all the facts so you can take preventative measures against heart disease and live a happy, healthy life.

Researchers are finding a common thread between oral health and general health; since your mouth can show the first signs of poor nutrition, many dangerous health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis can be discovered–and treated–early, so book your appointment at Atrium Family Dental as soon as possible.

Infographic on Oral Health

July 24, 2014

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — atriumfamily @ 10:35 am

Check out this dental health infographic brought to you by The Greatist Team.

Infographics are the best way to give you lots of info on a topic in an aesthetically pleasing way, while teaching you at the very same time! Occasionally, toothbrushing and cleaning seem like a routine and it’s hard to understand the true reason for doing them, this infographic will definitely give you a better understanding.

Want to contact Atrium Family Dental? Give us a call at (815) 462-9990 to schedule a visit.