Team Members Share Their 2017 Dental Resolutions

Team Members Share Their 2017 Dental Resolutions

We can hardly believe that another year has passed, but we’re extremely excited for what 2017 has in store. We would love for you to get an insider’s look at what some of our team members are planning for the New Year.

Recently at our Des Plaines dental clinic, four of our lovely team members recorded a video outlining their New Year’s resolutions. Today, we will break down their goals and see why they’ve decided to strive for these particular dental resolutions.

4 MDG Team Members Share Their 2017 Dental Resolutions

We hope that by sharing these resolutions, the patients of our Des Plaines – Mount Prospect IL dental clinic will be inspired to make some dental resolutions of their own.

1. Kelly’s Dental Resolution: Mixing Oral Hygiene & Gratitude

“My dental resolution is to take 2 to 3 minutes during the day that I’m doing my rotary toothbrush and just be mindful of something that I’m grateful for…in the morning something I look forward to, and in the evening something that was good or grateful that happened during the day. So during the 2-3 mins I’m doing my rotary tooth brush, I’m going to take time out, destress and just be mindful of what I’m grateful for. Happy New Year!”

The resolution: Kelly’s main resolution is to reduce her stress. One of the ways she is going to do this is by doing some gratitude exercises while using her electric toothbrush. People tend to get bored while brushing their teeth, some multitask and others turn right to social media. For some reason, when we start brushing our teeth two to three minutes can seem like a lifetime. Kelly has a great idea: utilize those minutes by reflecting on what you’re thankful for and what you hope to achieve during the day.

Why this resolution is so important: Focusing on gratitude and staying positive relieves stress. This is important for everyone, but especially for people dealing with TMJ disorders. Stress causes tense muscles which can lead to horrible pain and headaches. Reducing stress means reduced pain.

2. Michele’s Dental Resolution: Cut Down On the Diet Soda

“My dental resolution for the year is to cut down on the diet soda that I drink – which is super acidic and not very good to my teeth.”

The resolution: Besides slowing down and finding the fun in each day, Michele is going to cut down on diet soda.

Why this resolution is so important: Most people recognize why it’s important to reduce sugary soda consumption: decay. Is diet soda a better alternative? Actually, it’s not. Soda of all kinds is extremely acidic. Acid causes erosion and leads to decay.

In fact, the Huffington Post published an article detailing a study that compared the effects of diet soda versus methamphetamines on the teeth. The study showed that it was difficult to distinguish the difference between “meth mouth” and “soda mouth.”

So, what should people drink? The best option is always going to be water. However, we understand that there are a lot of people who find water pretty boring. We recommend trying infusions of fresh cucumber slices or mint leaves. These taste great and won’t damage the teeth.

3. Mary’s Dental Resolution: Promote Overall Health by Removing Mercury Fillings

“After working at Meyer Dental Group for a year now and seeing the damage that mercury fillings can do to the tooth structure, my goal or new year’s resolution for 2017 is to have all my mercury fillings taken out and put white, tooth colored fillings so I can be my healthiest, this year for 2017.”

The resolution: Mary understands the damage mercury fillings can do to her teeth and overall health. That’s why she is going to have her old fillings replaced with tooth colored fillings.

Why this resolution is so important: Mercury is highly toxic. Even the World Health Organization recommends that dentists avoid using mercury fillings because of the damaging effect it has on the brain, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs. Every time a person chews or grinds their teeth who have silver fillings, a little bit of mercury is released into their bloodstream. To prevent the damaging effects of mercury, we only use tooth colored, composite filling materials in our Mount Prospect IL dentist office.

4. Shannon’s Dental Resolution: Protect Enamel by Reducing Coffee

“My dental new year resolution for 2017, is to decrease the amount of coffee that I drink on a daily basis. Not only does coffee stain the enamel of your teeth but it also can cause erosion, which can lead to sensitivity. So by decreasing the amount of coffee I drink on a daily basis, I will have healthier teeth, a brighter smile, and stronger enamel. Happy New Year!”

The resolution: Shannon wants super strong enamel and a beautiful, bright smile. The best way to do this: cut down on coffee.

Why this resolution is so important: The tannins in coffee are sticky and adhere to the teeth, staining the enamel. According to, it only takes one cup of coffee each day to stain the teeth. Coffee is also acidic that it can cause enamel erosion resulting in more sensitive teeth.

How Your Des Plaines IL Dentist Can Help You Achieve Your 2017 Dental Resolutions

We were completely inspired by our Des Plaines – Mount Prospect dental clinic team, and we thank them for sharing their goals with us. We’re sure that hearing these women discuss their goals will move you to set some dental resolutions, too, like seeing your Des Plaines – Mount Prospect IL dentist, Dr. Tom Meyer regularly.
Dental clinic des plaines share their New Year's ResolutionsWhatever your goals may be, at Meyer Dental we’re positive that we can help you achieve them. Contact us for a dental examination. We will create a comprehensive treatment plan to help you reach all of your 2017 dental resolutions.

We would love to help you reach your dental goals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Together we can make 2017 your best dental year ever!

How Regular Teeth Cleanings can Actually Save you Time and Money

How Regular Teeth Cleanings can Actually Save you Time and Money

We Believe that … Regular visits with a dental hygienist can help you save money and your oral health!

If it’s been a while since your last checkup, don’t wait to make an appointment. Bi-yearly teeth cleanings could save you trouble in the long run!

Coming in for a checkup just twice a year is a preventative measure against serious health issues. They can be costly to resolve if they are not dealt with early on. Good oral hygiene and bi-annual teeth cleanings will help you financially by making sure no serious problems arise in the first place.

What Regular Visits and Teeth Cleanings can do for You

Having good dental hygiene comes with a wide range of benefits, and we at Meyer Dental Group want to help you achieve optimal oral health.

A bi-annual checkup is the perfect way to make sure your smile remains healthy. During this check-up you can receive an expert teeth cleaning from a skilled dental hygienist to achieve a high level of cleanliness.  Professional cleanings can get rid of built up plaque and tartar that you wouldn’t be able to clean yourself with a tooth brush. These cleanings can help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and other problems that can pop up from poor dental hygiene.  This could save you the time and cost of getting fillings or having other procedures done.

We can also offer you diagnostic tests with our arsenal of advanced dental technology. These tests are an excellent way to ensure you do not have any serious health concerns. For example, diagnostic testing such as DIAGNODent laser therapy and digital x-rays can help us catch oral cancer  before it becomes a serious risk and expense. It’s always better to discover it sooner rather than later.

Let Us Help you be Healthy and Happy

At Meyer Dental Group, we are dedicated to maintaining the oral hygiene of you and your family. Bi-annual checkups can keep you healthy long term, saving you the time and cost of needing to correct health issues. We care about your overall health as well as your teeth. Make an appointment with us today and our skilled dental team will provide you with the care you need to achieve a brilliant smile!

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Health benefits of cosmetic dental treatments in Des Plaines

Health benefits of cosmetic dental treatments in Des Plaines


Cosmetic dentistry is a widely discussed topic these days, and with good reason. It’s difficult not to notice how quickly and drastically it can improve your smile, and having a more beautiful appearance can certainly help to give you a boost of confidence.

Your Des Plaines dentist also wants you to know about some of the important health benefits. Cosmetic dental treatments can help to:

1. Reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease

Choosing to straighten crooked teeth with braces can do more than make your teeth look nicer. Tightly squeezed together teeth are often difficult to clean and create ideal nooks and crannies for plaque and bacteria to hide in, even when there is consistent oral hygiene.

2. Prevent a misaligned bite

Life happens and sometimes that means missing teeth. Whether your dentist had to remove one or more teeth, or you experienced some other trauma/injury, any missing teeth should be replaced.

When a gap is left anywhere along your gum line, the neighboring teeth can begin to drift into the open space. This shifting can change the alignment of your bite and cause other problems for your teeth and your overall health. This includes tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, and TMJ, a painful jaw joint disorder. Your dentist has many excellent and natural-looking options to replace missing teeth, including:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants

3. Treat TMJ

TMJ disorders often result from dental issues, such as a bad bite caused by missing or crooked teeth. Over time, this misaligned bite can put pressure on the jaw joints. Without treatment, you may begin to feel pain in the joints or hear a clicking noise when you chew, talk or yawn.

Fortunately, your dentist can treat the individual dental issues that caused your jaw misalignment. Overtime, these procedures work to correct your bite, realign your jaw and allow your jaw muscles to relax and heal. A dental approach helps to reduce or even resolve the pain for many TMJ sufferers. TMJ treatment may include:

  • Orthotics
  • Braces
  • Bridges, crowns and implants

Where can you learn more?

We believe a great smile makes a difference. If you are live in Des Plaines, and want to find a cosmetic dentist that believes in providing premium dental care, contact Dr. Meyer to arrange for a consultation.


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