Bayberry Dental Care

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Reduce TMJ Pain with a Soft Food Diet

The temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down, side to side, and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS of Bayberry Dental Care can help diagnose and provide relief if you are suffering from TMD symptoms.


Soft foods give your jaw and temporomandibular joints the opportunity to rest and heal. Some excellent (and healthy) foods to eat include cooked vegetables and fruits, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, smoothies, soup, and yogurt. If you must eat food that requires a heavy amount of chewing, we recommended chopping it up into small pieces. If you have a sweet tooth, soft cakes, cobblers, and cheesecake are good things to choose from.


If you have questions or concerns regarding TMJ/TMD, please give us a call. To learn about the 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.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dental Anxiety

Visiting the dentist is not always a calm task, which is why some people tend to avoid the dental office like a plague. If the idea of going to the dentist for a procedure brings on feelings of fear or anxiety, Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS of Bayberry Dental Care wants to help take the edge off. There are different types of sedation options we provide and they will be administered depending on the severity of the patient’s fright.


It’s common to feel anxious before a dental appointment. You may lose sleep the night before, or you may experience an increased feeling of nervousness while waiting in the office. One of the most important factors in overcoming dental anxiety is communicating with Dr. Falsey before, during, and after your appointment. If dental anxiety is left untreated, it can lead to oral health problems which will only require more dental treatment.


If you have questions or concerns regarding sedation options, please give us a call. To learn about the 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.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Vertical Dimension Loss

When people lose teeth, it’s in their best interest to get them replaced right away. At Bayberry Dental Care in Tinley Park, we provide people with implants and prosthetic crowns. Not only do these new teeth improve the appearance of a patient’s smile and their bite function, they also prevent the loss of vertical dimension.


Vertical dimension loss is a phrase used when describing how the size of dental crowns relates to the overall proportion of the face. People whose teeth get worn down or are missing suffer from lack of vertical dimension. As a result, they are prone to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) and all the pain in the jaw, neck, and head that come with it. Their mouths also have a scrunched-up appearance, resulting in wrinkles around their nose and upper lip.


At its worst extreme, vertical dimension loss is related to bite collapse. In the absence of some teeth, the others take on more biting force than they are capable of withstanding and get pushed over. People who have long suffered from lack of vertical dimension require complex rehabilitation, but in people whose loss was recent, new crowns and implants can prevent the jaws from becoming misshapen. If your teeth are damaged or lost, don’t wait to get them replaced.


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 Bayberry Dental Care and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

White Spots on Teeth

As experts in general and cosmetic dentistry, we at Bayberry Dental Care don’t want our patients to get surprised by tooth decay. Many people might suspect there’s something odd about the chalky white spots that sometimes show up on their teeth. But they may not have known that those white spots are also called incipient lesions because they are the beginnings of dental infections.


Tooth decay is the result of acid produced by bacteria. Where there is a lot of food debris, bacteria feed and multiply. This results in more acid getting trapped in gum pockets and in plaque, the sticky covering of the teeth. As acid erodes the minerals in enamel, the enamel will take on a bright, glazed appearance. A similar effect occurs in people who have acid reflux, but it is usually limited to the upper back teeth. Decay from infections is likelier to occur around orthodontic brackets, near the gum line, and on the sides of the teeth.


It only takes about thirty days for a white spot to form, so patients should take them as a sign they need to improve their brushing. If they are unsure what to do, our hygienists can provide assistance. We can also determine whether an infection has been killed and whether it is appropriate to cover a white spot with a veneer.


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 Bayberry Dental Care and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cosmetic Dentistry

If your smile is far from perfect, Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS of Bayberry Dental Care has a solution to turn that around. Cosmetic dental services will improve the appearance of your smile through veneers, whitening, bonding, and more. If your teeth are stained, worn, chipped, cracked, or misaligned, schedule a consultation with Dr. Falsey to discuss your treatment options.


While traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile as a whole. Cosmetic dental services not only enhance aesthetics, they also help restore function. Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth.


If you have questions or concerns regarding cosmetic dental services, please give us a call. To learn about the 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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pediatric Dental Care

It is important that your child has a positive experience at the dentist during his or her early years so that he or she does not develop an ongoing fear of oral health. At Bayberry Dental Care, Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS, and her team make sure to put your child at ease so that they will enjoy their dental visits for years to come.


Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first six months of life. By age six or seven years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which are eventually replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. During a routine exam, Dr. Falsey will assess the teeth and gums, provide early assessment for orthodontic treatment, and provide preventive dental care services, including cleaning and fluoride treatments.


If you have questions or concerns regarding pediatric dental services, please give us a call. To learn about the 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, July 4, 2018

Drinking Water for Oral Health

Drinking water is important for your health at all ages.  We’ve seen adult patients at Bayberry Dental Care that are guilty of not drinking enough water, so we know it can be tough to monitor if kids are getting enough too.  The doctors and staff of Bayberry Dental Care want to encourage you and the kids in your family stay hydrated and healthy!


We all know kids love drinking juice and soda, but we forget that these beverages leave unwanted sugar behind on the teeth.  The type of bacteria that causes cavities feeds on sugar, and produces acid that wears away enamel. Enamel is not replaceable, so it’s important to take care of it even from a young age.  When kids drink juice or soda, it is helpful just to drink some water afterwards to dilute acids and wash away food particles and residue. You and your children should be drinking at least eight 8oz glasses of water each day.  Drinking tap water with fluoride is important to help prevent cavities.  If you’re worried that your children may not be drinking enough water, come see us to discuss tips that might help them drink more!


Visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information on our practice and services. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300.