Oral Health

Bad Breath

Bad breath is an unpleasant condition that's cause for embarrassment. If you're concerned about bad breath, see your dentist. He or she can help identify the cause and, if it's due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it. Regular checkups will allow your dentist to detect any problems such as periodontal disease, a dry mouth or other disorders. Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental cavities. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eliminating periodontal disease and scheduling regular professional cleanings are essential to reducing bad breath.

If you have an extensive buildup of plaque, an invisible layer of bacteria, your dentist may recommend using a special antimicrobial toothpaste or mouth rinse. Antiseptic and antibacterial mouth rinses and toothpastes can be beneficial in reducing plaque and gingivitis and also have breath freshening properties. Instead of simply masking breath odor, some of these products have been demonstrated to kill the germs that cause bad breath.

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Cold Sore Treatment

Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV–1 and HSV–2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with a red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas.

Symptoms of Cold Sores:

  • Pain around the mouth
  • Fever and sore throat
  • Swollen neck glands

Causes of Cold Sore Outbreaks:

  • Stress
  • Chapped Lips
  • Extreme sunlight exposure
  • Physical exhaustion or illness

Even though no cure exists for the cold sore virus, Mokena Crossings Family Dental can provide you with antiviral medication to control the outbreaks and relieve any pain or irritation you are experiencing. 

Comprehensive Exams

The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice a year for a comprehensive dental exam. Maintaining your oral health is crucial in avoiding pain, tooth loss and expensive restorative dentistry procedures. Mokena Crossings Family Dental will provide a complete checkup to determine any potential problems such as tooth decay, cracks and gum disease. We will also happily replace older, worn-out dental work, such as metal fillings and discolored crowns.

With a comprehensive exam every six months, we can manage small dental problems before they grow into larger, more complicated issues. Untreated cavities can grow rapidly and destroy an entire tooth, a cracked tooth may break off if not discovered and corrected and gum disease can advance if not detected early. Advanced gum disease can cause tooth loss and lead to serious health issues such as oral cancer, which causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Catching these problems early is essential in controlling them.

Fluoride

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Gentle Professional Cleanings

People over the age of four or five should visit their dentist for a professional hygiene cleaning at least twice a year. To maintain oral health, it's very important that you stay up to date on the condition of your teeth so that if problems are detected, they can be treated early to avoid developing more serious issues. At Mokena Crossings Family Dental, we provide comfortable, gentle hygiene cleanings, specifically to detect, deter and prevent gum disease. If we find a cause for concern, we may recommend a deep cleaning to remove tartar below the gum line, smooth out surfaces where plaque builds up and eliminate bacterial infection.

Important Reasons to Get Professional Cleanings

  • To detect possible health risks such as oral cancer and gum disease
  • To prevent tooth loss
  • To maintain good physical health
  • To eliminate bad breath, and to have a brighter, whiter smile

Mouth Guards

Custom sports mouth guards provided by Mokena Crossings Family Dental can be an excellent way to protect your teeth while playing sports. Unlike uncomfortable, bulky traditional boil and bite guards, our customized sports mouth guards offer a comfortable fit and superior protection. The American Dental Association estimates that more than two million teeth are knocked out from sports-related trauma, so our mouth guards can prevent serious injury and save you a lot of pain.

Benefits of Sports Mouth Guards

  • Reduces the risk of concussion from lower jaw impacts while playing sports
  • Sports mouth guards protect teeth from being knocked out or fractured
  • Provides a comfortable fit, allowing for natural breathing and speaking
  • Prevents jaw fractures by acting as a cushion between upper and lower jaw
  • Meets all high school and collegiate sports regulations

Night Guards

If you're experiencing chronic headaches and migraines by involuntary nighttime teeth clenching, let Mokena Crossings Family Dental help you with a night guard. A night guard is a thin transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth.

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Oral Cancer Screening

The dental community is the first line of defense in early detection of oral cancer. The goal of oral cancer screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage — when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured. When found at the early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80-90% survival rate. Early detection is imperative!

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Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is caused by bacteria in plaque.  If not consistently removed, bacteria builds up, infecting your teeth, gums and eventually the bone that supports your teeth - a common cause of tooth loss. This disease has three stages of progression: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis; the longer the disease has to advance, the more damage it causes.  Mokena Crossings Family Dental is here to help.  With advancements in detection and treatment, we can discover periodontal disease early and begin treatment before complicated issues arise.

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Sealants

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Smoking Cessation

Congratulations! Just by clicking on this page, you’ve made your first step toward overcoming your nicotine addiction. At Mokena Crossings Family Dental, we are here to assist you in your journey and support you along the way.

At your next appointment, we will discuss your goals, educate you on smoking cessation methods and present the treatment options available to you to help you quit for good.

If you have experienced cosmetic problems associated with tobacco use, ask us about the treatment options available that counter the effects of tobacco use on your appearance, such as whitening agents, porcelain veneers, and crowns.

Make an appointment today to make a positive impact on your oral and overall health!

TMJ/TMD Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ, TMJD or TMD) cause tenderness and pain in your jaw, face, and head and neck.

These disorders occur as a result of problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint on each side of your head in front of your ears that connects the lower jawbone to your skull.

Possible causes of the disorder are:

  • Injury to the jaw, the joint or muscles of the head and neck such as from a heavy blow or whiplash
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Dislocation of the ball and socket
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress

If you grind your teeth at night, you may need a bite guard or mouth guard to protect your teeth and prevent them from gnashing together.

Certain other causes may also affect your bite, which in turn may require corrective dental treatment. We can improve your bite by balancing the surfaces of your teeth, replacing missing teeth or replacing fillings or crowns.

Maintaining a stable bite is essential to your oral health.

Tooth Sensitivity

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