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Medication Can Lead To Xerostomia in Women

January 16th, 2018

Xerostomia, otherwise known as dry mouth, can be a side effect of many common medications. Drugs used for blood pressure, birth control, antidepressants, or cancer treatments may cause the dry mouth problems you’re experiencing. When you have dry mouth, you’re more likely to experience tooth decay and an increased risk of developing periodontal disease. Medication can sometimes be the cause of dry mouth in women, and lead to an increased amount of cavities.

You may not develop a cavity for years, but suddenly find more than one when you’re on medication for several months. This is due to there being less saliva in your mouth, which normally prevents bacteria from flourishing. When there is a lack of saliva flow, your mouth will be more likely to host tooth decay and be more prone to gum disease.

You may not notice it, but birth control can lead to inflammation of the gums and bleeding because of dry mouth. The condition can also emerge if you’ve undergone cancer treatments such as radiation, because your saliva glands may be damaged in the process.

Boosting saliva production is critical for treating xerostomia. Many over-the-counter saliva products are designed to help manage dry mouth. For women with severe cases of dry mouth and decay, we may recommend in-home fluoride treatments that offer extra enamel protection. This can come in the form of fluoride trays, prescription toothpaste, or a special fluoride rinse.

Other ways to relieve dry mouth include chewing sugar-free gum, limiting caffeine intake, avoiding mouthwashes that contain alcohol, sipping water regularly, using a humidifier at night, and stopping all tobacco use.

If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of dry mouth, contact our Hoffman Estates, IL office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dalessandro. It’s wise to take medications that have been prescribed by your doctor, but it’s also smart to watch for any side effects. If you think a medication is causing you to have dry mouth, let’s figure out how to manage your symptoms as a team!

Why You Should Avoid Energy and Sports Drinks

January 9th, 2018

In a world where everything moves so quickly and teens and young adults find themselves pulling “all-nighters” or working long hours, energy drinks have grabbed the spotlight. You’ll have one (or three) and suddenly you have the drive you need to keep going.

The same can be said for sports drinks. It’s common for people to have one even when they’re not engaged in any strenuous physical activity, which is what they were designed for. People will drink them simply because they’ve grown to love the taste.

Although they might taste great and boost your energy, there’s a serious down side to consuming energy and sports drinks on a steady basis. Studies have shown that these drinks contain so much acid that they start to destroy your teeth after just five days of consistent use.

The acid in these drinks destroys your tooth enamel, which makes your teeth more vulnerable to bacteria. This can progress to staining, tooth decay, and hypersensitivity.

That’s why Dr. Dalessandro and our team want to encourage you to try to limit the amount of sports and energy drinks you consume. If you do enjoy either or both of these drinks, you should make it a habit to rinse your mouth with water immediately after consumption, and brush your teeth about an hour later, after the period when acid has a softening effect on your enamel has passed.

If you feel like you’re already experiencing the side effects of heavy energy and sports drink consumption, visit our Hoffman Estates, IL office, and our team can provide solutions for how to prevent further damage from occurring. It’s never too late to change a bad habit!

Smile, the New Year is Almost Here!

December 26th, 2017

We’ve been celebrating the new year for a really, really long time. It goes way back, but it started formally in 1582, when Pope George XIII made January 1st the official holiday for ushering in the new year. The idea was to yell, cheer, and blow horns to scare away all the evil spirits of the previous year with the hope that the new one would be filled with happiness and opportunity.

While scaring away evil spirits isn’t what’s on our mind these days, we still ring in the New Year by cheering and hollering with friends and family. It’s a time to set new goals, refocus on old ones, and look forward to all the surprises the coming year will bring.

Whether you’re saying hello to the New Year snuggled up at home on your couch in the Hoffman Estates, IL area or by gathering your friends for a social celebration, here are some tips to help ensure you welcome this new chapter with a smile.

Tips for a great New Year’s Eve celebration from Dalessandro Implants & Periodontics

  • Stay safe. This one’s vital, because nothing puts a damper on your party like an emergency trip to the hospital. Stay responsible and try to plan ahead, whether that means taking a taxi, staying with a friend, or recruiting a designated driver. Do what you have to do to keep yourself and everyone around you safe.
  • Spend time with the people you love most. The way we see it, the whole point of the holiday season is to cherish your family and friends. Regardless of what you’re doing, make sure there’s something for everyone. It’s essential to do something the whole group will enjoy!
  • Smile! Whether you get all dressed to go out or have a quiet gathering with family and friends, make sure you accessorize with a smile. There’s always something to smile about!

We can all agree that change can be scary sometimes, but ringing in the New Year is an observance we all welcome with open arms. We hope you’ll enjoy this transitional holiday in a fun, healthy, and safe way. You have endless possibilities ahead of you!

From Dr. Dalessandro, have a fantastic New Year!

Fall at Dr. Dalessandro’s Office

October 16th, 2017

We love to celebrate fall because it brings not only the start of the holiday season but also a lot of exciting things in the office!

For those of you who have been to the office around this time of year before, you’ll notice our wooden turkey is back and so are its tail feathers err, suckers. Who doesn’t love a turkey that comes bearing sweets? Speaking of sweets, ‘tis the season for pumpkin everything! Unfortunately Dr. Dalessandro isn’t a pumpkin kind of guy, but everyone else in the office is. In fact, we love pumpkin so much we once hosted a team lunch made up entirely of pumpkin flavored foods! This year we’re also looking forward to our taco salad bar Halloween tradition. We still aren’t quite sure how this got started, but we will never say no to tacos!

We’ve got a few awesome new additions to the office, too. Our new hygienist, Christie, recently joined the team and we’re so excited for you to meet her! In fact, if you schedule a periodontal maintenance appointment to meet Christie you’ll receive 10% off when you mention this blog. We also just updated our cone beam CT scanner. After 10 years with our first generation scanner, it was just time for an upgrade. Lastly, we’ve implemented a new laser to supplement the four other lasers we currently have. This new one is specifically for bio-stimulation to encourage quicker healing following a surgical process.

Lastly, we hope you’re all enjoying the sweet treats that this season can bring. If you’re looking for a warm cup of coffee as the weather begins to get cooler, we highly recommend The Mug Coffee in Rolling Meadows. It’s a warm, inviting place with the perfect specialty drinks to enjoy a pastry with! Just don’t forget to brush and floss afterwards. Happy fall, everyone!

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