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By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
July 09, 2018
Category: Dental Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Good hygiene habitsImproving your oral health starts with examining your oral hygiene routine. LaGrange, IL, dentist Dr. James Maragos provides the services you and your family need to protect your oral health, including regular examinations, dental cleanings and treatments to repair and restore your teeth.

What are the basics of a good oral hygiene routine?

You'll improve your oral hygiene routine if you follow these tips:

  • Don't take a break from brushing. It can be tempting to skip an evening or morning brushing session if you're tired or you sleep late. Unfortunately, waiting too long to brush can increase the amount of plaque on your teeth. Sticky plaque interacts with the sugars in foods to create a very strong acid that attacks and damages your teeth. Removing plaque regularly helps you avoid painful cavities.
  • Brush longer. Extending your brushing time is a simple way to improve your oral hygiene. You'll be more likely to completely remove plaque if you brush for at least two minutes.
  • Stock up on floss. People can find lots of creative reasons to avoid flossing, including a lack of flossing supplies. The next time you shop at a store, buy several containers of floss. If you don't like string or tape floss, buy interdental brushes, flossing picks or a water-based flosser instead. No matter what tool you use for flossing, be sure to floss at least once each day.
  • Visit the dentist every six months. Regular dental visits will help keep plaque under control and improve your appearance by getting rid of surface stains. Cleanings remove plaque from hard-to-reach places and target plaque, a hard deposit that's a factor in gum disease.

Protect your oral health with regular dental exams. Call LaGrange, IL, dentist Dr. James Maragos at (708) 352-7358 to schedule your appointment.

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
May 29, 2018
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Fillings  

Tooth-Colored Fillings Restore Your Smile

Need a dental filling? You're not alone. Most people need a dental filling at some point in their lives. Tooth-colored fillings are used to restore decayed or damaged teeth. Dr. James Maragos in LaGrange, IL offers a complete range of dental services. Read on to find out how tooth-colored fillings can restore your smile. 

1. Improve Your Smile- Tooth-colored fillings can improve the appearance of your smile. Amalgam dental fillings are less popular than tooth-colored fillings because of their silvery appearance. Once your dentist completes your tooth-colored filling, it will look natural and won't be noticeable when you speak.

2. Restore Decayed Teeth- Dental cavities, also called tooth decay, are holes in the teeth. Causes of dental cavities include drinking sugary beverages, frequent snacking, and poor oral hygiene. Untreated dental cavities can cause infection, tooth pain and tooth loss. Tooth-colored fillings are routinely used to repair teeth that have cavities. 

3. Repair Fractured Teeth- Breaking a tooth is a common phenomenon. A sports injury, accident, or chewing something hard can cause a tooth to chip or crack. Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth. A tooth-colored filling will make your broken tooth look whole and healthy again. 

4. Fix Worn-Down Teeth- Some of the factors that can lead to worn-down teeth are eating foods that have a high acid content, tooth grinding, and brushing aggressively. Tooth-colored fillings are used to fix worn-down teeth. Tooth-colored fillings essentially replace tooth enamel.

5. Restore Function of Teeth- Tooth-colored dental fillings can be used on either your front or back teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are incredibly strong and they will restore full function of your weakened or damaged teeth. Tooth-colored dental fillings are strong enough to withstand normal biting and chewing forces. 

If you need a filling, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. James Maragos at 708-352-7358 today to schedule a dental appointment in LaGrange, IL. We want all of our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great, too.

By Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S.
August 16, 2016
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Sports Drinks  

What your dentist in LaGrange wants you to know this football season

Football season is a great time of the year, but it’s also a time when you might start drinking more sports drinks to replenish your electrolytes and quench your thirst. You might not even be thinking about what those sports drinks are doing to your smile. Dr. James M. FootballMaragos, your dentist in LaGrange, Illinois wants you to know about sports drinks and your teeth.

Be sure to check the label on your sports drinks to find out the amount of sugar you are drinking. There is a wide range of sugar amounts in sports drinks, and it pays to purchase the drinks with the lowest sugar contents. Consider:

  • 20 ounces of Powerade contains over 7 teaspoons of sugar
  • 32 ounces of Gatorade contains 14 teaspoons of sugar
  • 20 ounces of Vitamin Water contains over 7 teaspoons of sugar

Compare these totals to:

  • 20 ounces of low sugar Powerade has one teaspoon of sugar
  • 16 ounces of Propel (Gatorade’s lower sugar brand) has one and a half teaspoons of sugar

Your dentist in LaGrange wants you to know the sugar in sports drinks mixes with the bacteria in your mouth and creates bacterial acid. This acid is strong enough to eat through your tooth enamel into the softer tooth layers underneath, resulting in tooth decay. Now, you have a cavity that needs to be filled.

You can decrease the damage of sugar on your teeth by taking a few simple steps. After drinking a sports drink, you should try and rinse your mouth with water, to get the sugar residue off of your teeth. You should even try to brush your teeth, however, that isn’t usually possible on the football field, so place a toothbrush in your gym locker for use after practice.

There are other steps you can take to decrease the effect of sugar on your teeth. Your dentist in LaGrange wants you to:

  • Try mixing your sports drink with water to decrease sugar content
  • Drink sports drinks with a straw to keep sugar off of your teeth
  • Drink quickly, don’t bathe your teeth in sugar by sipping your drink

Even diet, non-sugar sports drinks have acid, which softens the teeth. When combined with grinding, it can cause loss of tooth structure. So rinsing with water after drinking any sports drink is necessary.

So enjoy football season, but don’t let sports drinks take over your teeth and your smile. Take control of how much sugar you are drinking, and you will have a lifetime of beautiful smiles. For more information on how you can protect your smile, call Dr. James M. Maragos, your dentist in LaGrange, Illinois. Call today and get ready to enjoy football season!

By James M. Maragos, D.D.S.
April 15, 2016
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Dental Routine  

What you need to do to maintain your dental health

If you neglect your mouth, chances are good that you will develop a dental problem like decay or periodontal disease, or both. But it isn’t just your mouth that is affected. Your oral health contributes greatly to your health overall. Dr. James Maragos, your family dentist in Dental HealthLaGrange, Illinois, wants you to know the importance of a dental routine.

The goal of your dental routine should be to regularly free your mouth of plaque because plaque sticks to your teeth and contains harmful bacteria. These bacteria cause both tooth decay and bone loss associated with periodontal disease.

Your dental routine should include:

Brushing after meals and before bedtime- a manual toothbrush is a fine tool, but electric or sonic toothbrushes may clean better and may be easier to use

Flossing at least once per day- either using a piece of floss or floss threaders or other floss devices

Let’s not forget that regular visits to your dentist should be part of your dental routine. Ideally, you should visit the dentist every six months for professional dental cleanings, and yearly for an exam and x-rays. If you have periodontal disease or are prone to tooth decay, you should visit Dr. Maragos every three to four months.

Dr. Maragos wants you to know that regular care both at home and at his office will keep you in great dental shape. Be preventive to avoid dental problems. If you do develop a dental problem, don’t wait to get treatment. If you do, your small dental problem could turn into a bigger issue, potentially resulting in tooth loss!

Your dental routine and regular dental maintenance are vital to your health. If you want help with your dental routine, you owe it to yourself to call Dr. James Maragos, your family dentist in LaGrange, Illinois. He can help you maintain your dental health, so call today and get on track toward a smile-filled future!



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