930 North York Rd, Suite 120
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. James J. Hogg, D.D.S.
120 Oakbrook Ctr
Oak Brook, IL, 60523-1806
Endo & Perio Assoc
18130 Halsted St
Homewood, IL, 60430-2507
Dr. Michael Higgins, D.D.S. DMD PC
600 N North Ct
Palatine , IL, 60067
BIG CITY DENTAL
3712 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL, 60613-3719
A family dentist is a general dentist who can meet the dental care needs of patients of all ages. Family dentistry encompasses a lot, including pediatric dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental work like fillings, crowns and bridges.
Family dentists fill different roles for different family members: a children's dentist for the little ones, a braces dentist for teens, a restorative dentist for adults, a denture dentist for older people, even working as a wisdom teeth dentist or root canal dentist if the situation requires.
Dental hygiene and tooth cleaning are also an important part of any family dental practice. The dental hygienist will give your mouth a thorough cleaning twice a year, and then the dentist will perform an oral exam to look for any dental health problems, dental work that needs to be repaired, etc.
Finding a family dentist with whom everyone in the family is comfortable is one of the best things you can do for the oral health - and overall health! - of your entire family.
Q. Why is it important that women be concerned with their oral health?
A. For many women, oral health changes throughout the different stages of their life, due to surges in sex hormone levels. The dentist may request to see the patient more frequently during hormonal surges.
Q. Gum disease tends to run in my family. What's the best way to prevent and treat it?
A. To prevent periodontal disease, dentists recommend the basics to all their patients: Brush at least twice a day, and floss once a day to remove plaque. Most people should see a dentist twice a year. Because of family history, some women may need to brush and see their dentist more often. There are also new medications that help fight gum disease. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved an oral drug, Periostat, which may improve tooth attachment and stop tissue destruction. Two other new products, Atridox (an antibiotic) and PerioChip (an antibacterial), are applied to the gums by your dentist. These medications are to be used in conjunction with traditional gum disease treatments, such as scaling and root planing.
Q. What problems occur for girls during puberty?
A. The surge in hormones that occurs during puberty may cause swollen gums, especially during menstruation. Herpes-type lesions and ulcers also can develop. They also may experience sensitive gums that react more to irritants.
Q. What gum problems may occur during menstruation?
A. Women may experience red, swollen, tender gums (gingivitis) a few days prior to their menstrual period because of increased levels of progesterone in their bodies. These changes occur because of an exaggerated gingival (gum) response to bacterial plaque and generally resolve toward the end of the menstrual period or shortly thereafter. To combat these symptoms, a dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings, fastidious home care, and possibly an anti-microbial mouth rinse or special toothpaste.
Q. Can women develop cold sores related to the menstruation cycle?
A. Yes, a few days before menstruation begins, some women may experience an activation of cold sores (herpes labialis). These sores occur on the lips and usually heal by themselves within 10 to 14 days. A dentist and/or physician may prescribe a topical medication for treatment.