Bayberry Dental Care

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Show Off That Smile

With instant photo sharing taking over the internet, you always want to be camera ready. At Bayberry Dental Care we can improve your smile with cosmetic services such as teeth whitening. Using our take home whitening trays, you can whiten you have the convenience of making your pearly whites white in the comfort of your own home so that you can take that perfect selfie.  However, if there is any reason you can’t go the cosmetic route at this moment, we will provide you with these tips that will help you rock the photogenic smile you already have.

  • Be natural – when it’s picture time, smile gently. That way, your face looks relaxed. Your mouth opens slightly, and your lower lip matches the curve of your upper teeth.

  • Check your teeth and gums – getting your smile camera-ready sometimes calls for a little behind the scenes prep work. If your pearly whites have yellowed with age, try an over-the-counter whitening product or pay us a visit! Also, don’t forget about taking care of your gums. They play a critical role in your nice smile. So keep them in good shape by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a mouthwash every day.

  • Practice – your perfect smile may not happen overnight, but if you have a big photo event like a wedding or a graduation coming up, it doesn’t hurt to try out your grin in front of the mirror!

If you have questions about our whitening services, please give us a call. To learn about other services we provide at our practice, visit 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, April 20, 2016

The Purpose Teeth Serve

Your teeth are not in your mouth for the sole purpose of looking attractive in pictures. If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, poor oral hygiene can lead to other health problems in the future. This is why it’s important to visit our staff at Bayberry Dental Care twice a year for oral checkups. If you’ve ever wondered why all of your teeth are different shapes and sizes, Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS would like to explain further. Read on to learn about the different types of teeth and the purpose they serve in your mouth! 

  • Incisors – located at the front of the mouth, these teeth have a sharp biting surface and are used for cutting or shearing food into small chewable pieces.

  • Canines – located at the ‘corners’ of the dental arches, these teeth have a sharp pointed biting surface. Their function is to grip and tear food.

  • Premolars – Unlike incisors and canines, these teeth have a flat biting surface. Their function is to tear and crush food.

  • Molars – The molars are the largest teeth in the mouth and they too have a large flat biting surface. The function of these is perhaps the strongest of all as they chew, crush, and grind food.

If you have questions about your teeth, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit 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, April 14, 2016

Fight Bad Breath

Bad breath is embarrassing and it can it be frustrating to deal with if it’s a frequent problem for you. Here at Bayberry Dental Care in Tinley Park, IL, we want to offer our patients advice on how to get rid of bad breath and how to keep it away.

Bad breath is caused by bacteria. In order to fight the odor, you need to fight the bacteria. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to brush and floss. In addition, brush your tongue, inner cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Replace your toothbrush every two or three months to ensure you are not introducing more bacteria into your mouth.

Bacteria also thrive in dry mouth conditions, so be sure to stay hydrated. Drink your daily recommended amount of water and avoid alcoholic drinks and caffeinated drinks, as these dry out your mouth. If you need the caffeine for an energy boost, try green tea. The properties of green tea actually fight odor-causing bacteria, so it keeps you hydrated and fights bad breath. Also, if you use a mouthwash, look for one that does not have alcohol in it.

If you have a dry mouth or bad breath in a pinch, chew mint leaves, parsley, or lemon rinds. The greens neutralize odors and the citrus in lemons stimulates saliva.

Fighting bad breath is not only good news for any close encounters, but eliminating bacteria also creates healthier teeth and gums. For more dental health resources, visit our website, To schedule an appointment in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at (708) 802-8300. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Oral Care for Kids

Baby teeth are vital to a child for reasons that range from development to speech. It is important to take care of them from when they first appear until they fall out. Bayberry Dental Care of Tinley Park, IL wants to give parents a dental care timeline and give reminders on how to take care of their child’s oral health.

Kids should start seeing the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears. They should be seen by the age of one if they have not grown in their first tooth by then. Baby teeth are what create the spots for permanent teeth, so it is important to keep them healthy while they are around. Baby teeth should be brushed with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste is especially important during the cavity-prone years between the ages of six and fourteen. During this time, dental sealants may be a big help, as well.  

When it comes to flossing it should be done as soon as two teeth touch. Cavities are actually more likely to occur between teeth, so this is an important step to remember. You will also be setting up your child for a great flossing routine of their own when they are old enough.  

To schedule your child’s routine cleaning and examination at Bayberry Dental Care in Tinley Park, IL, call our office at (708) 802-8300. More information can be found on our website,