11th Annual Patient Appreciation Party

11th Annual Patient Appreciation Party

Thank you to all who were able to join us at our Patient Appreciation Party!
A big thank you to all who were able to join us for our 11th Annual Patient Appreciation Party! We hope you had a great time and had a chance to mingle with other patients.

We can’t thank you enough for the support and the written comments we received during the party. Hope you enjoy some of the photos taken by our wonderful photographer, Theresa.

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Thank you!

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How to Fight Excessive Dry Mouth: Mount Prospect Dentist Explains

How to Fight Excessive Dry Mouth: Mount Prospect Dentist Explains

There are health problems that many people ignore without a second thought. From migraines to acid reflux, we all have symptoms that we classify as “normal” or passable.

One of the health problems that I see patients shrug off is excessive dry mouth, medically known as xerostomia. At first, this may seem like a small problem that may just be a symptom of a hot day or acute dehydration, but what many patients here in Des Plaines and Mount Prospect may not know is that excessive dry mouth can have major dental health consequences if not addressed.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

Before I get into what you can do to treat dry mouth, let me discuss what causes it. Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva produced by the salivary glands to keep the mouth wet.

The reasons for poor salivary gland function can vary. Causes include:

  • Medication: Hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs can include dry mouth as a side effect. Some common medications that often cause dry mouth include antihistamin es, decongestants, medications used to treat ADHD, and pain medications. If you are experiencing chronic dry mouth, check the side effects of any medication you are taking.
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Use: Drinking, smoking, and using chewing tobacco are three big causes of dry mouth.
  • Cancer Therapy: Chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatment can cause major damage to salivary glands and prevent them from producing enough saliva.
  • Nerve Damage: Nerve damage in the head and neck in particular can contribute to dry mouth.
  • Health Conditions: This category is fairly broad, but it includes diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune diseases, HIV or AIDS, and snoring.
  • Recreational Drug Use: Marijuana, stimulants, and methamphetamine can cause xerostomia.
  • Snoring: Snoring, as well as breathing with your mouth open, are also significant causes of dry mouth.

How to relieve xerostomia and why it’s important

Your mouth needs saliva; it’s important for maintaining the health of your teeth and mouth. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay because it washes away bacteria and food. It also assists in swallowing.

Chronic dry mouth is an issue that should be addressed immediately.
Xerostomia (dry mouth) can lead to significant health problems, including:

  • Dental caries and increased plaque
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Inflammation of the gums and mucosa
  • Difficulty speaking, eating, and swallowing
  • Painful tongue and taste disorders
  • Burning and stinging sensations in the mouth
  • Difficulty wearing dentures due to lack of lubrication from saliva

Relieving the symptoms of chronic dry mouth is possible

  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Suck on sugar-free hard candies
  • Avoid mouthwash containing alcohol
  • Drink water throughout the day
  • Quit tobacco use
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Get a humidifier to add water vapor to your room while you sleep
  • Try to breathe through your nose
  • Use clinical treatments such as Neutrasal

“What option is best for me?”

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For many patients, the cause of their dry mouth is a required medication. In a situation like this, I like to suggest NeutraSal, a prescription rinse treatment that mimics saliva.

Why I recommend NeutraSal

NeutraSal is proven to relieve symptoms and supports overall dental health.

  • Reduces discomfort caused by dryness in the mouth
  • Lowers the mucus accumulation in the mouth

NeutraSal comes in single-use packets of powder that you mix in water to create an oral rinse. Depending on the situation of your dry mouth, I may prescribe you to rinse 2 or more times a day.

We believe… you should seek treatment for dry mouth, don’t just ignore it

Chronic Dry Mouth Workshop – Details TBD

Dry mouth is a condition that must be solved on a case-by-case basis. By being informed and knowing what treatments are available, you can make lifestyle modifications or share with us your concerns.

I plan to host a workshop dedicated to patients currently with xerostomia sometime in March. Details are still in the works for the date, time and place. If you’re interested in attending, please stay tuned on our Facebook or our Instagram for the event details.

In the meantime, I’ll be glad to discuss with you any lifestyle modifications you can do to decrease the dryness in your mouth or if NeutraSal is right for you.

Make an appointment at our Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dental clinic online or call us today.

Dr.Thomas Meyer, DDS, MICCMO – Dentist Mount Prospect

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Halloween Dental Survival Candy Guide

Halloween Dental Survival Candy Guide

With Halloween fast approaching, there’s no denying that costumes and decorations are exciting, but candy and sugary treats can wreak havoc on our teeth. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.

But as your Des Plaines and Mount Prospect dentist, I understand it’s Halloween. Kids especially need to satisfy their sweet tooth. That’s why we put together this Halloween survival guide to help you and your little ones navigate through this sugar laden holiday.

How Halloween Candy Damages Your Teeth

Sugar is sticky. On our teeth, it becomes a tasty meal for bacteria. Bacteria eat sugar and turn it into a mildly acidic substance.

Over time, this creates a horrible environment for your teeth. That’s when cavities start to develop. Even without the sugar, some candies can still break teeth or cause damage.

However, not all sugar is created equal. You can still enjoy candy here-and-there without risking damage to your teeth. Just keep in mind which types of candy to avoid, and we can help you make it to Thanksgiving without any problems.

Sorting out the Truth on Treats- the good, the bad and the ugly

Chocolate

dark-chocolateLuckily for chocolate lovers: the darker, the better.

The cacao compound found in chocolate, CBH, hardens your tooth enamel, making your teeth more resistant to cavities and sensitivity. It’s best to look for dark chocolate with 75% cacao content or higher and with less than 6-8 grams of sugar per serving.

I’d say dark chocolate is one of the best candy options for Trick or Treat during Halloween.

Candy Bars with Nuts

If a candy bar has nuts, it already has more nutritional value than most others. Nuts contain high levels of protein, vitamin E, and other nutrients.

But what about teeth?

Nuts can help break up the sticky portions of candy bars. This means less sugar makes it onto your teeth. They also help scrub the sugar from your teeth. Although, a candy bar with nuts is no excuse to avoid post-candy brushing.

Gummy Candy

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Gummy candy is also very sticky and difficult to clean off from our teeth no matter how well we brush.

Sugar from gummy candy works its way into the deep crevices on our teeth which leads to increased risk for cavities and long-term damage. No one wants a toothache the night before Thanksgiving.

Hard Candy and Lollipops

First of all, hard candies can break your teeth. This fact alone makes them one of the worst candies to have kicking around after Halloween.

Hard candies and lollipops sit in our mouths for a long time giving the sugar plenty of time to settle onto our teeth. It’s tempting to consume these candies compulsively while sugar and bacteria wreak havoc.

I suggest brushing your teeth and flossing as soon as possible after eating hard candy or lollipops to avoid acid damage.

Sour Coated Candy

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Their acidic property accelerates the damage caused by bacteria which can make your teeth more vulnerable.

Gummy candy with a sour coating? That’s probably the worst candy for your teeth. Avoid sour candy as much as possible.

Extra candy? Drop them off at our Packages4Patriots Candy Buy Back!

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Every year we work with Packages4Patriots to collect uneaten, unopened Halloween candy for our US troops.

We will be collecting candy the week of Halloween during regular business hours. Children are welcome to drop off candy anytime in exchange for $1 per pound and a goody bag including a toothbrush and toothpaste! Any candy donations from adults who would like to find a good home for their unused candy this Halloween will gratefully be accepted as well.

All collected candy will be given to Packages4Patriots who puts together care packages around the holidays and throughout the year to send to the men and women overseas bringing smiles to those who have set out to protect our country!

This program has been very successful in the past year and we hope that 2017 is the best yet!

Let us know if you have questions regarding our Dental Halloween Survival Guide or Halloween Candy Buy Back!

Dr. Tom Meyer, DDS, FICCMO
dentist Mount Prospect, dentist Des Plaines

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Seniors with Missing Teeth: Solutions and How it Impacts Their Overall Health

Seniors with Missing Teeth: Solutions and How it Impacts Their Overall Health

As we get older, our bodies aren’t as strong as they used to be. It isn’t uncommon to receive diagnoses of osteoporosis, heart disease, arthritis, or even experience tooth loss.

Some people assume that a missing tooth or two is common, something that we’ll all have to deal with eventually. A few people even believe they’ll be in full dentures by the time they reach a certain age, simply because others in their family may have experienced that.

But does it have to be that way? Is there a solution for people with missing teeth?

Dental Implants- an ideal solution for a missing Tooth

Thankfully- the answer is yes! Dental implants are playing a vital role in the health of my patients. Those with implants have healthier dentition, as well as stronger facial bone support.

Dental implants are pretty amazing. They are so strong and stable in the jaw bone that people who have them feel like they’re talking and chewing with their original teeth.

How do dental implants work?

3 reasons why dental implants are the best choice to replace missing teeth

1. First, the implant post, made of an incredibly strong metal that is bio-compatible with human bone, is placed into the jaw bone. Once placed, the metal implant integrates into the jaw bone, which means that the bone grows around and fuses to the implant post.

2. After a few months, once the bone and implant have fused, I expose the top of the implant. It shows through the gum just a bit – enough for a dental crown to securely fit on top of it.

3. This dental crown looks, fits, and feels like a real tooth. Patients can floss normally and eat any food they want.

Missing Teeth: How It Impacts Senior Health

All of this talk about implants makes them sound like a wonderful investment – which they are! But some people wonder if dental implants are more of a luxury than a necessity. Do they really need to be concerned with replacing missing teeth?

Definitely! Missing teeth can have an adverse effect on a person’s oral health as well as their general health.

1. Jaw Bone Recession

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The teeth act as an anchor for the jaw bone. Without teeth, the jaw has nothing to support. So, it slowly begins to recede. You may have noticed this with people who have worn full dentures for many years. Their jaw bone – particularly the mandible, or the lower jaw – is very thin.

Jaw bone recession doesn’t just happen when people lose all their teeth. It can and will happen with one missing tooth.

The recession won’t necessarily affect the entire jaw bone, but it will affect the bone around the missing tooth. It’s really easy for people with one missing tooth to experience bone loss and gum disease around adjacent teeth. If not properly cared for at home and with the assistance of a dental professional, the problem could escalate and more teeth could be lost.

2. Loss of Vital Nutrients

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But missing teeth don’t just affect the mouth – there are general health consequences as well.

The digestive process begins in the mouth. Enzymes in our mouth begin breaking down the food we eat. Chewing breaks the food down even more.
When a person loses a tooth, chewing becomes more difficult. The more teeth that are missing, the more difficult proper chewing becomes. Denture wearers find it even harder to eat because their dentures can become loose and uncomfortable.

Overtime, those who can’t chew their food properly will end up losing out on vital nutrients. Some have even lost interest in eating altogether, which compounds the nutrient problem.

But when patients replace missing teeth with dental implants or invest in implant supported dentures, chewing is easier and nutrients are more likely to be absorbed.

How dental implants can benefit those with dentures

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, almost 28% of seniors are fully edentulous. That’s quite a few people who are dealing with dentures, and one of the reasons why so many people think that losing a teeth or ending up with dentures later in life is something that is common to most people.
For those who already live with dentures, I want to encourage you to consider implant dentures.

Implant developers have created what’s known as implant supported dentures. This means that fully edentulous seniors can now be candidates for implants.

How implant dentures work

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1. We start with implant surgery. Four to six implants are placed on your upper arch and four to six are placed in the lower jaw bone as well.

2.The dentures have clips that fit onto the implants. They snap into place, like a snap-button shirt.

Not only do these dentures keep the bone strong, they keep the dentures secure. Eating is much easier and the dentures won’t become loose or fall out. It’s an ideal long-term solution for denture wearers.

Consider Restoring Your Missing Teeth with Implants

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, I urge you to consider getting dental implants from my Meyer Dental Group Des Plaines dental office. Dental implants will help keep your jaw bone healthy and allow you to chew foods thoroughly – an absolute must for proper digestion.

I invite you to come in for a complimentary consultation. Together, we can find the best solution for your dental needs.

Are you interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants? Contact my Des Plaines dental office for more information about this procedure.

Look, feel, eat better with dentures! Des Plaines Dentures Workshop

Look, feel, eat better with dentures! Des Plaines Dentures Workshop

Wednesday, August 30th
10-11:30 am at Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines IL 60016

We believe that… properly fitted dentures should give you the same confidence you had with your natural smile.

At our Dentures Workshop, I will explain how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ can give you the confidence with a youthful appearance and teeth that let you talk, eat, laugh, and smile knowing they are secure.

This amazing breakthrough in denture technology not only improves the fit and function of your dentures, it also helps make you look younger by supporting your face like your natural teeth;
reducing lines and wrinkles across your face.

In addition, I will talk about the marriage of properly fitting dentures and dental implants, as well as how you can enjoy a higher quality of life.

Traditional Dentures vs. The Denture Fountain of Youth™

What’s wrong with traditional dentures?

dental-implants-tom-meyer-dentist-des-plaines-chicagoTraditional dentures can have a tendency of making people look older. For some, they are the answer to missing teeth. But for the advantages they offer (i.e. biting and chewing), dentures lack one important quality. They do not stimulate the jawbone. They offer no help to reduce the look of aging.

Essentially, the jaw ignores traditional dentures and continues to regress. The result of jaw bone resorption is the “sunken” appearance of the mouth and the chin.

An Overview of Why The Denture Fountain of Youth™

On the other hand, The Denture Fountain of Youth™…

  1. Reduces bone loss in the jaw due to even distribution of denture forces
  2. Eliminates or greatly reduces denture pain
  3. Reduces signs of aging such as lines, folds, and jowls. It can restore your face’s youthful proportions. It can give you a facelift!
  4. Will let you speak, chew and smile better thanks to the better fit. It’s truly designed to fit a mouth in motion.

At the Workshop

You can come to the Des Plaines Frisbie Center anytime between 10-11:30 a.m. to hear about this denture technology that has already benefited so many people with missing teeth. There will be a short informational presentation starting at about 10:15 AM. Afterwards, there will be a chance for you to ask questions and visit with Dr Meyer and the Meyer Dental Group team. We are happy to discuss dental options for you that tailor to your specific and personalized goals.

 

We will have light breakfast treats and refreshments available for all to enjoy. All attendees will also receive a take home goodie bag which includes a free CT scan coupon and complimentary clinical consultation (valued at $565).

 

See you at the Workshop!

Please RVSP by calling our office at 847-827-6290, or emailing email@meyerdentalgroup.net, or just stop by!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions ahead of time and if there’s a particular question you would like me to cover in the presentation.

Dr. Tom Meyer, D.D.S., F.I.C.C.M.O
Dentist Des Plaines

Invisalign ™ Open House @ Meyer Dental Group

Invisalign ™ Open House @ Meyer Dental Group

Thursday, June 15th- 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Clear braces are more popular than ever, and for good reason! Invisalign™ can effectively correct bite issues, straighten teeth, and close gaps…all while being barely visible. Correcting your bite can improve your dental health as well as your overall health with an added bonus of boosting your self-confidence and giving you a terrific looking smile!

  • What are the costs of Invisalign™?
  • How long does it take?
  • Are they safe?
  • What will my smile look like after treatment?

These questions can all be answered at the Meyer Dental Group Invisalign™ OPEN HOUSE event!

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Every patient who registers in our office will be walked through a series of steps. You can expect to meet with our Invisalign™ specialist and have all of the necessary record taking done by our professional team. You will receive a no-obligation treatment presentation showing you how awesome of a smile you can have should you proceed with Invisalign™ treatment…a $450 savings for you!

Another added bonus for all patients who commit to treatment— complimentary Teeth Whitening at the completion of your Invisalign™ treatment!

Meyer Dental Group is the preferred provider of Invisalign in Des Plaines

Invisalign Des Plaines Open House Details- Register Now!

We will be registering patients for personalized time slots on June 15th between the hours of 5:30 – 8:30 pm. This session will be a wonderful opportunity for you to understand more about the Invisalign™ process, and determine if you are a good candidate for clear braces.

During our Open House, enjoy snacks and cocktails while you learn how to improve your smile with Invisalign™ . We hope you can join us for this very special event opportunity!

What you need to know about Invisalign Clear Braces!

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1. Invisalign Braces Are Almost Invisible

 

What makes clear braces so attractive to adults and teens is that they are nearly invisible. The smooth, clear material is custom made in the lab and designed to fit snugly on your teeth, so there is no discomfort or unsightly metal brackets.

2. Clear braces cause less tenderness

With traditional braces, the wires and bands tighten and put pressure on the teeth, which can cause tenderness after adjustments on both the teeth and gums. Not to mention, wires can occasionally pop out and poke the gums, or brackets can come loose.
Most patients who wear clear braces, like Invisalign™ claim they experience less tenderness. The reason for this is the custom fit of the trays. Should there be any discomfort, trays can be temporarily removed for a short period of time, if needed.

3. Oral hygiene is a breeze

Home care is so much easier with clear braces. All you have to do is remove the trays and brush and floss as before…Not the case at all with traditional metal braces!! This ease of care with Invisalign™ is a great way to ensure proper homecare practices, which leads to fewer cavities and gum issues later down the road!

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4. Investment on clear braces can vary

Your personalized treatment plan will vary on cost depending on the length of process involved, the amount of trays needed to be custom made, and the overall complexity of treatment planned. Our open house event is designed so you will know all the investment costs to you upfront.

Come to our Des Plaines Dental Office Open House for a free consultation- while spots still remain!

In order to take advantage of this Invisalign Des Plaines event opportunity, call ASAP to reserve your spot!  It will be a fun and informative event that will take you through the steps of being able to make a no-obligation decision on whether clear braces can give you the smile of your dreams!  We look forward to seeing you on June 15th so we can answer all of your questions and show you what we can do for you!

Call us at (847) 827-6290 or email Kelly@meyerdentalgroup.net