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Posts for: August, 2019

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
August 15, 2019
Category: Oral Health
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How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.

Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”

How does she get her two young sons to do it?

Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”

As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:

Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!

Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.

The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.

Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.

For more information about oral hygiene, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read the interview with Mayim Bialik in the latest issue of Dear Doctor magazine.


By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
August 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Decayed teeth, loose fillings, smile gaps—they're all serious oral health problems. To rebuild smiles, your dentists in La Grange, IL, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos offer porcelain crowns and fixed bridgework. These strengthen and beautify weak teeth while spanning gaps. These dental prosthetics are realistic, durable, and highly functional, giving patients just like you smiles that really work.

What is a dental crown?

It's a tooth-shaped cap which covers a tooth from the gum line up. Made from lifelike and long-lasting porcelain, a crown blends in with the rest of your smile and preserves your weak or ailing tooth.

A complete oral examination and digital x-rays help your La Grange dentist determine if you would benefit from a porcelain crown. Here are the situations which may be resolved with a crown:

  • Deep decay
  • Multiple fillings
  • Dental abscess (tooth is first treated with root canal therapy)
  • Large fracture or chip from thinned tooth structure or oral injury
  • Odd tooth shape or length

Dental crowns are custom-made according to oral impressions. Expect your crown procedure to take two dental appointments.

What is a fixed bridgework?

Bridgework does just what its name implies—it bridges or spans a smile gap consisting of one or more teeth. Pontic, or artificial teeth, attach to adjoining natural teeth with dental crowns. Custom-made to blend in with your smile and to facilitate natural biting, chewing, and speaking, your new bridgework eliminates the embarrassment, poor oral function, and misalignment that tooth loss creates. A durable bridge keeps your remaining teeth from moving toward the gap, giving you a complete smile.

Maintaining porcelain crowns and bridges

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that these lifelike restorations require routine at-home maintenance—brushing and flossing at least once a day. Don’t forget your six-month examinations and cleanings with Dr. Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos. Good care keeps your new smile bright and clean! A daily dental hygiene routine prevents plaque and tartar build-up at the gum line. While your crown or bridge cannot decay, periodontal disease remains a danger; so preventive dental care is key to a long-lasting smile.

Your renewed smile

Don't suffer from gaps and failing teeth. Instead, improve your smile and self-confidence with beautiful crowns and bridges from Dr. Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos. Call the office in La Grange, IL, for an appointment or to learn more. Phone (708) 354-1335.


By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
August 05, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   tooth decay  
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The Millennials, those born around the turn of the Millennium in 2000, are entering adulthood. Like any generation, they have their collective promise—and problems. An example of the latter seems to involve their teeth: an estimated one in three people between the ages of 18 and 34 have some form of tooth decay.

If a recent survey is correct, that may be a result of poor oral hygiene practices. The absence of a consistent, daily habit of brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing dental plaque is the number one cause for dental disease. But a survey of 2,000 millennials found only three in ten brushed their teeth at least once a day with many often skipping brushing for two or more days a time.

Interestingly, more than half of the survey also reported an aversion to dental visits. That will likely need to change if these trends in poor hygiene continue, as aging millennials will eventually need extensive treatment for tooth decay and its close counterpart periodontal (gum) disease to save their teeth. Dental professionals recommend a different dental care track: stop dental disease before it develops. And the key to that is a simple but powerful daily brushing and flossing routine.

This routine should involve brushing teeth up to twice and flossing at least once a day. Brushing should be done with gentle strokes, but include all exposed tooth surfaces (about two minutes to perform a thorough job). Flossing is less popular than brushing, but it’s essential for removing plaque between teeth your brush can’t reach. To make it easier, you can use pre-threaded floss or a water flosser that removes plaque with a stream of water.

To round out your prevention strategy, you should see a dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings of hardened plaque deposits (calculus), as well as overall monitoring of your dental health. And if dental visits make you anxious, your dental professional has a number of ways to help you relax.

One thing’s for sure: like any other generation, millennials prize both good health and an attractive smile. Adopting a solid oral hygiene lifestyle will do the most to achieve both.

If you would like more information on practicing effective oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.