It’s easy to think that kids don’t have anything to stress out about. After all, they don’t have to worry about paying bills, going to work, or filing their taxes. You shouldn’t underestimate your child’s level of stress, though. There are plenty of circumstances that can make the young members of your family lose sleep. The stress could even be damaging their oral health! Your family dentist in Arlington Heights is here to give you some key information about the relationship between your child’s stress levels and potential damage to their smile.
Westgate Dental Care Blog
November 28, 2017
November 10, 2017
We hope you and your family had a very happy Thanksgiving! With the feast behind us, we’re right in the thick of the holiday season — and there’s no shortage of photo opportunities this time of year. From work parties to once-a-year reunions and everything else, you’re likely to be flashing your grin a lot over the next month. Are your teeth ready? If you’re anything less than 100% satisfied with your smile, keep reading to find out how a visit to the best dentist in Arlington Heights can help with cosmetic dentistry.
October 11, 2017
As 2017 is beginning to wrap up, it’s now time to use it or lose it! “Use or lose what?” you’re probably asking…your dental insurance benefits! Many dental insurance plans have annual maximums, and if you haven’t met yours yet, that unused money will not roll over to 2018, so now is the best time to schedule an appointment with your family dentist in Arlington Heights so you can save! (more…)
October 3, 2017
One of the most tragic things in the world is to have a child who has been diagnosed with cancer. September is actually Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so your family dentist in Arlington Heights decided to have a fundraiser in order to donate money to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. For every “like” on our Facebook page, we would donate $1, and for every “share,” we would donate $5. We did this for the entire month of September, and thanks to our wonderful patients (and some help from Dr. Kics), we were able to donate $1,000 to UC Comer’s in order to help fund their continual research into innovative cures and treatments for all children’s cancers. We’re so happy that our patients found it in their hearts to support this cause, and it truly brought them and our team together.
In honor of this past September, we’ve decided to share a few facts about children’s cancer and how you can help put a stop to it today. (more…)
September 21, 2017
Being a first-time parent can leave you with many questions. How does this potty training thing work? What foods are okay to eat and at what age should they start eating new things? And of course, you probably have many questions about their dental health.
If you’re unsure about how to care for your little one’s teeth properly or even if you have questions about how their first dental visit will be, your children’s dentist in Arlington Heights is here to help you get the clarity you need.
September 16, 2017
What if you could look at your child’s smile and predict whether their future marriage would be successful or a total failure. Sounds like some psychic mumbo-jumbo, right?
Actually, research conducted at DePauw University found that according to scientists it is possible to predict whose marriages will fail by looking at photographs taken decades earlier. But how? Your cosmetic dentist in Arlington Heights is prepared to dive into how powerful our smiles truly are.
August 15, 2017
We believe it’s safe to say that when you look good, you feel good. When you’re comfortable with your smile, you are more than willing to showcase it. It’s more important than ever to walk confidently in your smile. Society’s desire to put their best smile forward, has greatly affected the dental industry. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has found that there has been an increase in:
- The growth of at-home whitening products.
- Aging baby boomers wanting to look and feel younger.
- The publics fascination with celebrity lifestyles.
With that being said, do you want to improve your smile? Westgate Dental Care can help you put your best smile forward with a confident smile. Let’s look at how porcelain veneers in Arlington Heights can help you reach your goals.
July 11, 2017
IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED TOOTH LOSS, you are not alone. In fact, more than 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth, while 178 million are missing at least one tooth. Here’s the good news: there are Arlington Heights dental implants solutions for you.
Dental Implants Function Much Like Natural Teeth
While there are other tooth replacement options, dental implants have many advantages over other treatments. They are called “implants” because an artificial tooth root is placed, or implanted, in your jawbone. It is then covered by a natural-looking tooth replacement. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that incorporate an artificial root, allowing them to function much like natural teeth.
There Are Many Benefits to Choosing Implants
Here are five major benefits to consider when deciding between dental implants and other tooth restoration options:
#1: Dental implants are convenient and long-lasting.
Unlike dentures, you don’t need to take them out to eat or clean and there’s no need to reapply them with adhesive. Implants also provide a permanent solution to tooth loss–they are built to last a lifetime if they are well taken care of.
#2: Get the look, feel and function of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth so you can look and feel your best. They also function like real teeth, meaning you can bite naturally and eat the foods you love without hesitation. Implants also don’t interfere with speech like some other replacement options.
#3: Oral hygiene isn’t complicated by implants.
You can take care of your teeth as usual, flossing once a day and brushing twice daily. With implants, it’s easy to maintain that bright, beautiful smile!
#4: Implants prevent bone deterioration and loss.
When you lose teeth the jawbone deteriorates, causing your face to appear sunken over time. Implants act as an artificial tooth root, stimulating the jawbone and promoting bone growth. This helps maintain the natural shape of your face and jaw.
#5: Leave your natural teeth unaltered.
Some treatment options, like a dental bridge, require grinding down other healthy teeth to support the bridge. Implants replace lost teeth but do not require any alteration of your existing healthy teeth.
Here’s A Behind-the-scenes Look At How Arlington Heights Dental Implants Are Made
Don’t Let Tooth Loss Keep You From Smiling
You should never let tooth loss keep you from a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have experienced tooth loss, come and talk with us today. We will consult about what tooth restoration options will be best for you, your lifestyle and health.
Our patients’ smiles make it all worthwhile!
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June 18, 2017
Did you know that tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients? Tooth sensitivity can cause sharp pains and discomfort, eventually leading to more pressing dental problems. Most patients will experience it when exposed to hot or cold substances, like in the summer when a patient tries to enjoy a cold ice cream cone, they may not even be able to withstand the shooting pains their teeth experience. But, what causes tooth sensitivity? More importantly, how can Westgate Dental Care help you before you’re frantically searching online for a “dentist near me” in pain?
May 5, 2017
Is your recent high school graduate heading to college this fall? Whether your teen is moving away or planning to attend a local school, it’s vital to set him or her up to succeed – both in school, but also in health matters.
If your teenage son or daughter hasn’t had their wisdom teeth removed yet, you may want to consider having them removed now, before he or she heads to college in the fall. As parents, we certainly don’t want our kids to experience adverse effects later on. Choosing to remove wisdom teeth before college could help your son or daughter avoid missed classes, failing grades, or severe pain!
The wisdom of wisdom teeth extraction now, not later
It’s generally recommended to remove wisdom teeth before the age of 25. Preventive wisdom teeth removal could save your child from future complications or painful symptoms.
If left in place, impacted wisdom teeth could cause many problems, including:
- jaw pain
- sinus pain
- swollen glands
- damage to other teeth
Additionally, wisdom teeth that crowd against other teeth could make it difficult to floss. Food particles can become trapped, leading to cavities or periodontal disease.
Most dental insurance plans cover wisdom teeth extraction between the ages of 18-25. Your dental team can help determine if your plan will cover this for your kids.
If wisdom teeth don’t hurt, why do they need to be removed?
Your teen’s wisdom teeth may not be causing discomfort, but they could still lead to problems in the future. Wisdom teeth could be growing at an awkward angle and could push against their other teeth, causing pain or even damage to healthy teeth.
Another reason preventive wisdom teeth extraction is recommended is to prevent surgical complications. As your child gets older, they increase their risk for problems after the surgery, including bleeding, severe numbness, loss of movement in the jaw, or even fractured teeth. If wisdom teeth are removed when the patient is younger, before the roots are fully formed, he or she will be in a better position to recover easily from oral surgery.
Get your college-bound teen ready to “make the grade” by scheduling his or her wisdom teeth extraction this summer!
Call us to schedule your appointment 847-577-7171.
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