Fall 2017

This fall, your cosmetic dentist in Chicago IL has gathered some of the most interesting topics in dentistry for your enjoyment. If there's something you would like to see more of or if you are interested in more information regarding any of the following topics, please feel free to call us at (773) 643-6006.

Foods For Strong Teeth

Our diet can have a tremendous impact on the growth and health of our teeth. While you may have read many different things about foods that are bad for your teeth, there are also some that can help keep your smile happy and strong! Here five foods that will leave your teeth and gums looking and feeling great.

#1. Fish
Fish is great for your body for many different reasons. It’s an excellent choice if you’re currently wearing braces, as it’s also soft and not likely to stick on your teeth. Fish is rich in vitamin D and helps your bones stay strong and healthy. If your bones become too weak, the more extreme cases might result in tooth loss. Bone health is just as essential to oral health as it is for the rest of your body!

#2. Kale
Even though kale might get stuck in your teeth, it’s very rich in vitamin C. Having your daily dose of vitamin C can be helpful in controlling inflammation in the gums. This is partly due to the fact that vitamin C plays an essential role in the immune system, which fights off free radicals that might cause your gums to become inflamed. 

#3. Yogurt (Pure with no sugar added)
Natural yogurt can have a very positive impact on your teeth. However, it’s important to find a brand that has no additional sugars added to the product, as sugar promotes cavities and allows cavity-causing bacteria to flourish. Pure yogurt is full of calcium that’s great for your bones just like vitamin D. 

#4. Celery
Celery is almost like nature’s toothbrush. It’s mostly water, which adds to its natural cleaning properties. Additionally, the stringy, tough texture helps to scrape off debris and buildup on teeth. Adding extra water to your diet, in general, has a lot of positive effects on every part of your body from your nails to your brain! 

#5. Green Tea
Green tea is an excellent way to detox your body. Tea contains polyphenols that can help reduce inflammation and control or prevent infections. If you’re prone to gum disease or gum infections, green tea is a great addition to your diet. Better yet, it even contains a bit of caffeine to give you a healthy boost during the day!

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Choosing an Effective Toothbrush

A toothbrush is an essential tool for keeping the teeth clean. With so many sizes, styles and shapes available to purchase, choosing the right one can be slightly confusing. Here are some tips to help you make the best decision.

Tips for Choosing an Effective Toothbrush

Here are some things to look for when choosing your toothbrush.


Most dentists are going to tell you that the soft-bristled options are your best bet. They remove plaque and debris from the teeth along with the gum line. 


The smaller sized heads are also preferable because they will reach into all areas of the mouth. This is especially helpful when brushing the back teeth. Overall, you will want to pick whichever shape and size toothbrush is going to be most comfortable to you. This will help you to brush more and for longer periods of time.

Are Powered Toothbrushes a Good Option?

For some people, purchasing a powered toothbrush might be a better option. It can effectively clean teeth especially for those who have trouble brushing or suffer from limited dexterity.
Powered toothbrushes can provide an easy experience and tend to be fun, but they aren’t necessary for clean teeth. Regular toothbrushes are just as effective and tend to cost less.

Toothbrushes for Children

When purchasing a toothbrush for a child, you want to choose one with soft, nylon bristles. As an infant, the toothbrush should be small and grow with them as they get older. The toothbrush should easily fit inside the mouth. It should also be capable of brushing one to two teeth at a time. The toothbrush must also be long enough that all the teeth can be easily brushed.

Keep Your Toothbrush Healthy

Once you’ve found the right toothbrush, take steps to keep it in good condition. You can do this by:

Cleaning the toothbrush under warm water after each use.
Allowing the brush to air dry after use
Storing the toothbrush in an upright position
Replacing the toothbrush every three months or as soon as the bristles begin to wear

Dr. Kaufman, your dentist in Chicago, can help recommend the best toothbrush for you. To schedule your next appointment, please call (773) 643-6006.


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