Do you want your smile to sparkle forever? Do you want to see less of your dentist and more of your smile? By practicing proper oral health, you can keep your pearly whites healthy while feeling great about your appearance.
Keeping your mouth clean and free of disease is vital to maintaining oral health. Good dental hygiene can also prevent bad breath and help you maintain your overall health.
To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene every day. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss daily
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Avoid tobacco use
If you have any questions about your oral health call our dentist at 815-320-3870 as soon as an oral health problem arises. At Hickory Creek Family Dentistry we believe that taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
Cold Sore Treatment
Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas.
Custom-fit mouth guards are prescribed and created by a dental professional from thermoplastic material and are based on a detailed mold taken of your mouth and teeth. They can be made for either sports or for nighttime teeth grinding and are created differently depending on the intended use. They're highly personalized, as your dentist can adjust the thickness of the mouth guard, and they're designed to fit perfectly in your mouth with no adjustments needed.
If you’re experiencing chronic headaches and migraines because of involuntary night-time teeth clenching, let Hickory Creek Family Dentistry help you with a night guard. A night guard is a thin, transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth. Night guards have also proven to be an effective remedy for patients who are suffering from the effects of grinding and clenching their teeth while sleeping.