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
(708) 598-8363>
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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.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
June 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   gum pain  

How your dentist in Westmont and Hickory Hills can help with gum paingum disease

If you notice your gums hurting all of a sudden, it could be just a minor scrape from a tortilla chip or a burn from hot pizza, or it could be a sign of gum disease. If your gum pain doesn’t go away on its own, it’s time to think about treating your gum disease. Dr. Frederic Mrugala in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL wants to share the facts about gum disease.

In addition to gum pain, there are several other signs and symptoms of gum disease to look for including:

  • Swollen, puffy gum tissue
  • Irritated, red gum tissue
  • Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
  • Frequent bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is caused by millions of harmful bacteria contained in dental plaque. The bacteria produce poisons that can destroy your soft and hard tissues. That’s why it’s vital to remove the plaque as frequently and thoroughly as possible by regular brushing and flossing.

The good news is you can reverse and eliminate gum disease by beginning an excellent program of oral hygiene immediately. Your oral hygiene regimen should include:

  • Brushing after meals and before bed
  • Flossing at least once each day

Your oral hygiene regimen should also include visiting your dentist and hygienist in Westmont or Hickory Hills regularly for professional treatment. It’s important to schedule an exam and x-rays at least once each year. Dr. Mrugala will carefully monitor your gums, supporting bone and teeth. You should also schedule a professional dental cleaning every six months. Your hygienist will remove hard and soft deposits on your teeth and monitor your gums.

Gum disease can progress to periodontal disease if left untreated. Periodontal disease attacks the supporting bone of your teeth and can result in tooth mobility or tooth loss.

Don’t ignore your gum pain because it could be a sign of gum disease. If you think you might have gum disease, it’s time to seek out the help of the experts. Call Dr. Mrugala with offices in Westmont, and Hickory Hills, IL, to help you. Call today!

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
February 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Has it been more than six months since your last dental exam? Regular visits help you keep your smile healthy. Dr. Frederic Mrugala, dental cleaningsyour Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL, dentist, explains how you benefit from your checkups.

Prompt detection of dental and general health issues

During your regular dental visit, you'll receive a thorough exam and X-rays, if necessary. If your dentist detects any cavities or other problems, such as a deteriorating bridge or a cracked tooth, he'll recommend the appropriate treatment. Treating a cavity in its earliest stage prevents tooth decay from damaging your entire tooth or spreading to other teeth.

During the examination, your Hickory Hills and Westmont dentist will also look for conditions that can affect your oral health, such as tumors, cysts or gum disease, or signs of general health problems.

No more plaque and tartar

Dental cleanings, part of every checkup, help reduce plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that coats your teeth. The clear bacterial film is particularly noticeable when you wake up in the morning and may make your teeth feel rough. Plaque combines with sugars in food to form a strong acid that attacks teeth and causes cavities. Brushing and flossing are excellent ways to remove plaque, but it's not always easy to reach every nook and cranny of your mouth. Plaque removal is an important part of the cleaning process.

When plaque remains on your teeth long enough, it turns into tartar, a hard deposit that can cause gum disease. Tartar buildup pushes your gums away from your teeth, which causes pockets to form around the teeth. When bacteria grows in the pockets, a painful infection that can cause bone and tooth loss can occur. Regular visits get rid of tartar before it can cause gum disease.

Protect your oral health with regular dental visits. Call Dr. Mrugala, your Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL, dentist, to schedule your visit.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

If you have ever experienced a dental emergency, you probably know how frightening they can be. However, knowing what to do if you dental emergencyfind yourself in the midst of a dental emergency can help you take fast action and increase your chances of a successful recovery. Find out more about dental emergencies with Dr. Frederic Mrugala in Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL.

Common Dental Emergencies and How To Handle Them

  • Lost Tooth: Losing a tooth can happen for many reasons, but normally occurs due to some kind of trauma or injury. If you find yourself in this scary situation, there are several steps you can take to help your dentist preserve your natural tooth. First, retrieve your tooth and, if necessary, rinse it very gently with water. Hold the tooth only by its crown and never touch its roots or try to scrub off any tissue which it may have still attached. If you can, try to replace the tooth into its socket, but stop if you feel discomfort or pain. House your tooth in a container of milk and bring it with you to your dentist, who you should see as soon as possible.
  • Toothache: Toothaches are a nasty business and can create a high-stress situation. A painful tooth usually means that decay has reached the inside of the tooth and infected its nerve and inner tissues. If you have a sore tooth, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and swish your mouth with warm water mixed with sea salt to help relieve pain and swelling. Schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible to decrease the chance of an abscess.
  • Broken Tooth: Sometimes, a tooth can break during an every day task like eating. Unfortunately, if this occurs, it normally means that decay inside of the tooth has weakened it far enough for it to break. In this case, you should see your dentist as soon as possible for a filling or root canal, even if your tooth has not produced any pain or discomfort. By taking care of the problem sooner than later, you may be able to avoid an inevitable toothache once the decay reaches your tooth’s nerve. If you break a tooth due to trauma or injury, gather the pieces of your tooth and bring them with you to your dentist appointment.
  • Chipped Tooth: A chipped tooth is not normally a dental emergency unless it causes severe pain or has chipped up to or underneath the gumline. In this situation, you should see your Hickory Hills and Westmont dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, gather the pieces of the tooth, if possible, and schedule a dentist’s appointment as soon as you can.

For more information on dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Mrugala in Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mrugala today!