Bayberry Dental Care

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tooth Sensitivity in Children

As a practice that serves entire families, Bayberry Dental Care regularly uncovers the causes of tooth sensitivity in children. The reasons why children get toothaches differ somewhat from the reasons commonly seen in adults and it’s important when making a diagnosis to try to get them to be as specific as possible about what they are experiencing.


It may be that there is no problem at all. New teeth are often sensitive when they first erupt through the gum line and for a while afterward while they are first exposed to the air. This soreness will dissipate in time. However, since children are the demographic which most often gets cavities (also known as caries), a cavity is the most obvious problem to look for. Children can easily develop cavities by not brushing properly, but improper brushing itself can cause sensitivity if it damages the gums.


Another possible cause of dental pain is a sinus infection. This most commonly affects the upper back teeth. Children with diabetes are also at a high risk of developing gum disease, and gum recession leaves teeth’s roots exposed. Lastly, the misalignments common in children’s teeth often cause them to engage in tooth grinding, which erodes the teeth and causes jaw pain.


Kathleen M. Falsey, D.D.S., operates Bayberry Dental Care at 8014 West 171st St, Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477. To schedule an appointment, call 708-802-8300 or visit BayberryDentalCare.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Restorative Crowns

Dental crowns are a restorative option for teeth that have a significant amount of decay or are at risk of being chipped.  Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS uses crowns to repair patient smiles and restore function to the mouth.  When a tooth needs a crown, the process can be completed in as little as two visits.


To prepare a tooth for a crown, your dentist will remove the decay from the tooth, and may reshape the remaining tooth to ensure a great fit for the new crown. Once the tooth has been prepared, your dentist will take an impression of the area.  This impression is sent to a dental lab where the crown is fabricated.  Ask us about temporary options to wear while your new crown is being made.  On your final visit, the crown will be cemented into place by your dentist.  The crown fits over the tooth like a little cap, and completely covers the tooth.  It will blend right into your natural smile and can last a lifetime!


To learn more about crowns and all the services we provide, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Dental Sealants for Pediatric Patients

Dental sealants are the best defense against early tooth decay.  Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS applies sealants for pediatric patients to preserve the teeth and tooth enamel, and get them on track for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.  Most tooth decay in children and teenagers occurs on the chewing surfaces of molars, and sealants protect these surfaces so food and bacteria won’t get trapped in the pits and grooves.


Molars first appear around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14.


Sealants work best when applied to the molars when they first come in to protect them early.  A dentist applies sealants to surfaces of these molars just like paint. The plastic resin fills any pits and grooves on the surface and then hardens.  Then the surface is protected from bits of food being stuck so bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay.  With a sealant, tooth enamel is also protected from plaque and acids.  Sealants can effectively prevent cavities for up to ten years and can be reapplied if necessary.


To learn more about dental sealants and all the services we provide, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Periodontitis

Periodontal disease comes in four stages. We’ve previously mentioned how gingivitis develops and told you how this condition can be prevented, but now it’s time to talk about periodontitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, it will advance to this second stage of periodontal disease. Periodontitis is not only an inflammation of the gums; it causes destruction to the support structures of the teeth. Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS of Bayberry Dental Care hopes the status of your oral health never reaches this point, but she’s here to treat it if it does.  


In all cases, periodontitis is caused by plaque. When the teeth are not properly cleaned by thorough brushing and flossing, a hard deposit called tartar will form on the tooth. As these bacteria progress deeper into the gums, pockets will form and cause the bacteria to multiply. This can eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated right away. There are a number of factors that increase your risk of periodontitis, such as smoking, stress, and other oral –systemic diseases such as diabetes. If you notice any signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, please contact us immediately to correct the problem.


If you have questions or concerns about periodontal disease, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gingivitis

When you visit Bayberry Dental Care for a routine cleaning, one of the first things Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS looks for is gingivitis. If your gums are bright red or bleed easily when she is brushing and flossing your teeth, she may suggest some oral hygiene reinforcement.  Gingivitis – the earliest stage of gum disease – is reversible, but prevention is more important. If plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, your gums will suffer the consequences.


The primary cause of gingivitis is plaque buildup due to a poor oral hygiene routine. When plaque is not adequately removed, it causes an accumulation of tartar which only Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS and her team of hygienists is able to eliminate.  Gingivitis prevention begins at home by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and regularly rinsing your mouth with an ADA approved antiseptic mouthwash.


If you have questions or concerns about periodontal disease, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Childhood Bad Breath

At Bayberry Dental Care, Dr. Kathleen Falsey runs an office that is friendly to children. Like everyone else, children sometimes suffer from bad breath, but a lack of brushing may not be the only reason for this.


When teaching children to brush, it’s important to teach them that their tongues need brushing as much as their teeth. Bacteria find a welcoming environment on the tongue, as well as in the tonsils, and build-up in these areas produces a bad smell. Nasal drip also increases bacteria growth. While adults are probably aware that a sinus infection causes nasal drip, they may not know that a foreign object stuck in the child’s nose can have the same result. Mouth sores can also contribute to bad breath.


Besides infections, dry mouth is another cause of bad breath. Children can easily become dehydrated during play, but dry mouth is also a common side-effect of medications. Some medications for ADHD and anxiety are known to cause bad breath. Children who breathe through their mouths tend to dry out a lot. And, of course, dry mouth itself puts a patient at greater risk for infections.


Kathleen M. Falsey, D.D.S., operates Bayberry Dental Care at 8014 West 171st St, Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477. To schedule an appointment, call 708-802-8300 or visit BayberryDentalCare.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Acid Reflux and Tooth Sensitivity

We want patients at Bayberry Dental Care to know how to prevent every threat to their oral health. Acid reflux may not be something people primarily associate with toothaches, but it’s actually one of the more common causes of sensitivity.


The hydrochloric acid produced in the stomach is extremely corrosive. A sphincter usually keeps it where it belongs, but when it escapes up the esophagus, a patient is said to suffer from acid reflux or “heartburn,” and when it escapes twice or more in a week, the patient has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Hydrochloric acid wearing away tooth enamel isn’t just painful; it also damages the teeth’s appearance and puts them at risk for infection. As enamel thins, the greyish-yellowish inner layer of the tooth becomes more visible, and if that decays too, bacteria could enter the tooth’s pulp.


There is no way to regrow enamel, but Dr. Falsey is experienced in several kinds of tooth restorations, including white fillings and artificial crowns following root canals. Patients can reduce their risk of acid reflux by avoiding acidic foods such as citrus juice and tomatoes, as well as fried food, alcohol, caffeine, and chocolate.


Kathleen M. Falsey, D.D.S., operates Bayberry Dental Care at 8014 West 171st St, Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477. To schedule an appointment, call 708-802-8300 or visit BayberryDentalCare.com and fill out a contact sheet.