Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Hickory Hills, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
July 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Plaque and tartar continually form on your teeth and stress your gum tissue. Your dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, helps his patients prevent dangerous periodontal disease. In his Westmont, IL, office, he checks gums and individualizes care to keep both soft and hard tissues healthy for life.

What is gum disease?

It's an infection and inflammatory process caused by oral bacteria. These germs live in plaque and tartar, the biofilms on and between your teeth, decaying enamel and degrading gums. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains periodontitis is a top reason why people lose their teeth.

Detecting and treating gum disease

Early on, you may not know you have gum problems. Mild gingivitis may have no symptoms at all or merely present as some bleeding when you brush your teeth.

However, over time, the periodontal disease becomes evident to both patient and dentist upon examination in his Westmont, IL, office. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Separating, loose teeth
  • Changing dental bite
  • Gum pockets, or sulci, deeper than three millimeters (as measured with a small metal probe)
  • Dark, receding gum tissue
  • Obvious, and sensitive, tooth roots
  • Pus at the gum line and between teeth
  • Continual bad breath

Once detected, Dr. Mrugala will advise therapies to correct the issue. Your care plan could include:

  • A deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar
  • Antibiotic therapy to quell the infection
  • Laser gum therapy or gum grafting


To keep your gums healthy, be sure to:

  • Eat a diet low in carbohydrates and high in fiber--fruits, vegetables, whole grains.
  • Drink water rather than sugary drinks.
  • Brush twice a day.
  • Floss around teeth daily.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Watch how much alcohol you drink.
  • Wear a bite guard to protect against teeth clenching and grinding.
  • Get a six-month check-up and cleaning with Dr. Mrugala.

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that early gum disease is reversible. So, doing a careful oral hygiene routine each day every day wards off this destructive problem.

How can we assist you?

In their Westmont and Hickory Hills offices, Dr. Frederic Mrugala and his team desire the healthiest possible smiles for all of their patients. They'll help you improve your gum care at home. Call us for your routine cleaning and exam today. In Westmont, IL, phone (630) 963-8680, and in Hickory Hills, call (708) 598-8363.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Gum disease occurs when bacteria grows on and under the gums. Gum disease is progressive, which means that if it’s not properly treated by our Hickory Hills, IL, dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, it could lead to tooth loss, severe gum damage, and even damage to the jawbone. Here’s what you should know about gum disease and its warning signs:

Gum Disease Has Stages

When the gums are inflamed this is known as gingivitis. If our Hickory Hills, IL, family dentist detects gingivitis during your next checkup, the good news is that it can be reversed by just improving your oral care routine and lifestyle. Of course, if gingivitis isn’t properly cared for, it can turn into periodontitis, or gum disease.

You May Not Experience Any Symptoms

It is possible to have gum disease and not realize it. The goal of our dental team is to prevent cavities and gum disease from happening to you in the first place. This is why six-month dental visits are important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. We can pinpoint inflammation and pockets of infection within the gums that you may not even notice. By catching problems early, we can prevent gingivitis from turning into full-blown gum disease.

Be Able to Recognize the Warning Signs

Sometimes your gums may let you know that something isn’t right, and when they do, it’s important that you pay attention. Some early signs of gum disease will start out subtle, and they may include,

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Gums that are sensitive or tender to the touch

As gum disease progresses you may notice,

  • Receding gum line
  • Gaps between teeth and gums
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in your bite

Our dentist, Dr. Mrugala, and his team provide dental treatment and care to families and individuals of all ages living in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL. If you are noticing changes in your gums, it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup with us. Call us at (630) 963-8680 (Westmont) or (708) 598-8363 (Hickory Hills).

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
March 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Why experience an oral health problem if you can prevent it? At Dr. Frederic Mrugala's dental practice in Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL, your dentist creates a program of preventive care which supports healthy teeth and gums for life. Your smile can thrive!

Preventive dentistry is important

Your oral health impacts every area of your life--how you look and feel, your self-confidence, how clearly you speak, and even your overall well-being. In other words, your smile is very valuable. Your Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL, dentist and his team offer a variety of services which avoids dental decay and gum disease and strengthens tooth enamel from childhood through the senior years.

The American Dental Association (ADA) advises twice yearly check-ups and hygienic cleanings with your family dentist. Combined with diligent oral hygiene practices (brushing and flossing), a tooth-friendly diet and staying hydrated, these in-office services bolster long-lasting smiles.

Offered preventive services

Dr. Mrugala delivers these important treatments:

  • Professional cleanings to remove sticky plaque and hard tartar
  • Complete oral examinations to check for cavities, gum disease, dental bite, and more
  • Digital X-ray imaging to assess bone and root structure and reveal hidden decay
  • Oral cancer screening, quick comfortable exams which look for the early stages of this deadly disease
  • Check of dental bite and jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)
  • Assessment of existing dental crowns and fillings
  • Bite guards for bruxism (repeated teeth clenching and grinding)
  • Mouth guards for athletics
  • Plastic sealants, painted on coatings which protect the chewing surfaces of grooved molars from decay for up to 10 years
  • Fluoride treatments, easily applied varnishes which strengthen tooth enamel and protect against dental sensitivity

What happens in your mouth

It impacts the rest of your body. In particular, gum disease is inflammatory in nature. This inflammation and its associated bacteria are linked to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, dementia, stroke, diabetes, and more. In other words, if your mouth is healthy, the rest of you should follow suit.

Let us help

Your dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, and his hard-working staff enjoy seeing their patients have the healthiest smile possible. If it's time for your six-month visit, contact their Westmont or Hickory Hills, IL, offices for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you! Phone (630) 963-8680 for the Westmont location, or for Hickory Hills, call (708) 598-8363.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
June 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Good Oral HygieneWhen you have good oral hygiene habits, the results show up when you visit the dentist. Healthy teeth are white, whole, strong, and free from plaque. The gums are pink and firm. If your past dental visits haven’t been the best, learn how you can improve your dental hygiene habits and make an appointment with Dr. Frederic Mrugala at his office in Hickory Hills or Westmont, IL, for a thorough cleaning.

Your Oral Hygiene
Keeping your mouth clean will increase the chance that you will be able to keep your teeth healthy throughout your life. The oral cavity is a haven for bacteria because it’s dark, moist, and often contains traces of food particles. It’s important to keep a healthy balance of good versus bad bacteria in your mouth to avoid oral diseases, like decayed teeth, abscesses, gum disease, and mouth sores.

Signs of Poor Oral Hygiene
Failing to care for your teeth and gums can create an array of avoidable oral health problems in the future. Problems that can be very expensive and time-consuming to fix. See if you have any of the following signs of poor oral hygiene so that you can start making better choices:

  • Eroded, chipped, or broken tooth enamel.
  • Holes and spots on the teeth.
  • Hardened tartar surrounding the gumline.
  • Red, swollen gums.
  • Bad breath.

Tips for Better Oral Hygiene
Don’t be discouraged if you find that you have poor oral hygiene. You and your Hickory Hills or Westmont, IL, dentist can work together to fix that. These tips will help you get on the right track with your dental health:

  • Brush at least once in the morning, and once after your last meal of the day.
  • Floss before bedtime and after meals.
  • Gargle or brush with hydrogen peroxide to quickly disinfect the mouth and help debride sores in the mouth.
  • Reduce your consumption of sugar and eat healthy snacks, like pears, apples, low-sugar yogurt, and cheese.

Doing Your Part for Good Dental Health
Your dentist is committed to helping you improve your dental health, but it’s mostly up to you. Keep up with good oral hygiene habits and be sure to see your dentist at least two times per year for cleanings. Call (708) 598-8363 for the Hickory Hills office or (630) 963-8680 for the Westmont, IL, office today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Frederic Mrugala.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
October 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

Find out the many reasons you may be dealing with jaw discomfort or pain.jaw pain, tmj

Pain should never be the norm, so if you are noticing achy, painful jaws on more days than not then you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, is here to provide information about common conditions and problems that could be leading to your symptoms and what should be done about it.

Some of these conditions are more common than others. It’s important that you don’t try to diagnose and treat yourself without first visiting our Westmont and Hickory Hills general dentist for a proper evaluation. Here are some things that could be responsible for your jaw pain:

TMJ Disorder

This is a fairly common condition that affects how the jaw joint functions. As a result of this dysfunction, you may experience pain and stiffness when opening or moving your jaws. You may find that opening your mouth too wide can also result in the jaw locking up or clicking. Luckily, TMJ disorders often go away on their own and managing symptoms can easily be done through simple measures such as:

  • Icing the jaw for 10 minutes at a time
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Performing jaw exercises each day
  • Getting a custom night guard to protect teeth from grinding and clenching
  • Reduce stress

Teeth Grinding

Are you someone who grinds their teeth in the middle of the night? If so, this bad habit not only puts a lot of pressure and wear on teeth but it can also cause issues with the jaw. Teeth grinding may happen if you are stressed or you may do it while you are asleep.

To prevent teeth grinding from causing dental or jaw issues it’s a good idea to talk to our Westmont and Hickory Hills family dentist about whether a night guard might help reduce your jaw discomfort and protect your teeth while you sleep. If stress is the culprit, it’s important to find an outlet to reduce your stress (e.g. meditation; yoga; therapy).

In some situations, a condition that doesn’t directly involve the jaws can still lead to referred pain. This could happen if you have gum disease, a deep cavity or abscessed tooth. While the jaws aren’t impacted the pain can still radiate to the jawbone.

We offer comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL. Whether you are trying to get jaw pain under control or you just need to schedule your routine cleaning, call us today to schedule your next visit.