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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Posts for tag: Oral Hygiene

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 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Good oral hygiene is the key to preventing cavities and gum disease. Dr. Frederic Mrugala, your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL dentist, oral hygieneshares a few essential oral hygiene habits.

Daily brushing and flossing is a must

Failing to brush and floss allows plaque, a sticky, colorless film to accumulate on your teeth. If you ever noticed that your teeth felt a little rough, you've experienced plaque buildup. Plaque is a problem because it contains bacteria that can cause tooth decay. When you're exhausted at the end of the day, it's tempting to skip brushing or flossing. Unfortunately if you do, you'll not only experience additional plaque build up, but will also wake up with worse breath than usual.

Brushing twice a day is an excellent way to remove plaque before it can turn into a hard deposit called tartar. Although you can't see plaque, tartar is visible as a dark yellow or brown substance on your teeth. No matter how much you brush, you can't remove plaque yourself. It's so hard that it can only be removed with special dental instruments. Failing to remove tartar can increase your risk of painful gum disease.

In addition to brushing, it's also important to remove the plaque that forms between your teeth by flossing daily. Special flossing tools can help you reach hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

Healthy foods and beverages help protect your teeth

What you eat affects your smile. Keep your teeth strong by avoiding sugary or carb-heavy foods and choosing fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Soda contains sugars and acids that destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities. Water and milk are the better beverage choices if you want to protect your teeth. If you do indulge in an occasional treat, stay away from gummy and sticky candies that can remain stuck on your teeth for hours.

Regular dental visits help you avoid problems

Visiting your Westmont and Hickory Hills dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. After you plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth during your cleaning, you'll receive a thorough dental examination. If you do have any cavities, it will be much easier to treat them when they are still small and haven't caused much damage.

Has it been a while since your last dental visit? Call Dr. Mrugala, your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL dentist, to schedule your next exam.