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Oral Hygiene Basics IN Matteson, IL

Why Oral Hygiene Basics Matter

At Progressive Dental & Associates, we help patients throughout Matteson, IL to stay in excellent oral health. With a focus on preventative care, Dr. Durr takes the time to get to know each of our patients, creating a plan for lifelong oral health. With only one set of permanent adult teeth, it is important to care for them and be proactive in taking the steps to prevent cavities, infections, and gum disease. We recommend that you visit our 60443 dental office for a teeth cleaning twice a year so that we can remove plaque buildup and tartar, keeping your mouth healthy and clean
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Selecting The Right Mouthwash

When you use mouthwash, it is important to be sure that it is sugar-free. We also recommend using mouthwash that contains fluoride since this will help to kill any lingering bacteria while strengthening your teeth. Carry a bottle of mouthwash with you and rinse your mouth with it after meals, drinking a soda, coffee, etc.
As a Matteson, IL dentist office, we understand that it is difficult to brush more than a couple of times per day. Rinsing your mouth, however, is relatively easy, and everyone has time for it. Taking this simple step can help to reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.
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How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

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As a Matteson dentist, we know that how you brush your teeth is just as important as how often you brush them. It is important that you use a soft toothbrush that will not irritate your gums or cause the enamel on your teeth to erode. Many people make the mistake of thinking that a hard toothbrush is necessary for keeping teeth clean, but this is not the case. As long as you brush correctly a soft toothbrush will work equally well without damaging your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth in a circular pattern, starting at the gum line and working your way towards the center of your mouth. This will move food particles, bacteria, and plaque away from your gum line. Brush your teeth in quadrants and be sure to brush each section for at least thirty seconds. While brushing you should apply even pressure but not be too aggressive. You should also use fluoride toothpaste since this will provide additional protection from cavities. We recommend that you brush three times a day – morning, after lunch, and before bed. This will keep your mouth clean without causing irritation from over-brushing. Additionally, be sure to buy a new toothbrush every three months or sooner if your bristles are frayed or your toothbrush is stained or smelling.

Food and Drinks That You Should Avoid

Limit Sugary Beverages

To maintain good oral hygiene, it is important to avoid or limit the consumption of sugary beverages such as soda, juice, and energy drinks. These drinks contain high amounts of sugar that can contribute to tooth decay and cavities.

Reduce Acidic Foods

Acidic foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, and vinegar-based dressings can erode tooth enamel over time. It is advisable to consume these foods in moderation and rinse your mouth with water afterward to help minimize the acid’s impact on your teeth.

Sugary Snacks and Desserts

Candies, cookies, cakes, and other sugary snacks are not only bad for your overall health but also harmful to your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and produce acid that can lead to tooth decay. Opt for healthier snack options like fruits, vegetables, and nuts instead.

Sticky and Chewy Foods

Sticky and chewy foods like caramel, taffy, and gummy candies can cling to your teeth, increasing the risk of cavities. These foods are harder to clean off the tooth surfaces, allowing bacteria to thrive. It’s best to avoid or minimize the consumption of such foods.

Limit Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea, especially when consumed with added sugar or sweeteners, can stain your teeth and contribute to the buildup of plaque. If you do indulge in these beverages, it’s a good practice to rinse your mouth with water afterward or consider using a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.

Alcohol and Tobacco

Excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco, can have severe detrimental effects on your oral hygiene. They increase the risk of gum disease, tooth discoloration, bad breath, and oral cancer.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

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Dr. Durr plays a vital role in preventing tooth decay by assisting patients in maintaining clean and healthy teeth. Tooth decay typically begins when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is left on the teeth. The acid produced by these bacteria starts to erode the enamel. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings help remove plaque, thereby preventing tooth decay.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene at Home

Brushing your teeth and flossing after meals helps remove food particles and plaque from the teeth. If you don’t have access to a toothbrush, rinsing your mouth with water can help eliminate loose food particles and reduce the amount of sugar on your teeth. A healthy diet is also essential since the food you consume directly affects your teeth and oral health.

Flossing is Essential For Your Teeth and Gums

At Progressive Dental & Associates, we remind our patients that it is critical to floss on a daily basis. If you live in the 60443 area and have not been to the dentist lately, we invite you to schedule an appointment so that we can clean your teeth and remove the plaque and bacteria from hard to reach places. Afterwards, it is up to you to floss on a daily basis to remove food particles and plaque from in between your teeth. If they remain in place, you can develop gum disease which is both uncomfortable and dangerous to your oral and overall health.
Gum disease occurs when plaque forms underneath the gum line and not flossing can lead to this. If you do not particularly enjoy flossing, buy a plastic flossing tool that you can hold and throw away once done. This makes it easier to get the job done.
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What You Should Know About Getting a Fluoride Treatment

At Progressive Dental & Associates, we are a family dentist office that uses fluoride on a regular basis. We recommend that all of our youth patients under the age of eighteen have a fluoride treatment, at least once a year. Statistically, these treatments reduce the risk of getting cavities by 30%. This is significant considering that tooth decay is one of the primary reasons children miss days from school. Adults can also benefit from receiving a fluoride treatment and if you would like to find out if it is right for you, call (708) 980-0110 to schedule an appointment. The treatment itself only takes a couple of minutes. The fluoride is applied directly to the teeth. It has no odor or smell and after a few minutes, patients are free to leave. It is one of the easiest ways to prevent cavities.

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Dr. Robert D. Durr graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Durr attends countless hours of continuing education at post-doctoral symposiums all over the country every year. Dr. Durr is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and member of DOCS. Since he began practicing dentistry, he has kept up-to-date on many of the latest products, procedures and dental technology, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care possible.

Testimonials From Our Patients

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Patty Cahue
December 12, 2023
I highly recommend Dr Durr at Preogressive Dental in Matteson, he and his Staff are kind and caring. Dr Durr is very gentle when caring for your teeth. He also explains what the plan of care is before he treats you and is letting you what he is doing as he goes!! His assistant is there making sure you are ok at all time.. I love the office staff!!
Andrea Wiley
November 28, 2023
Dr. Durr office took care of my problem right away. They were very prompt and showed exceptional care. I appreciate all the I tentativeness on my teeth. Thank you so much ☺️
Romaine C
November 9, 2023
The service was really great!! They all definitely made me feel comfortable about the procedure that I was going to be getting done. The staff was amazing! I definitely recommend them!!
Michael Usher
October 24, 2023
Always great service. Every time I come best Dentist office in the city. I would tell you to come by, but I don’t want you to know about my hidden jewels Progressive Dental
Edwina Thomas-Bull
October 23, 2023
I am doing this review for my husband Robert. He says that his experience was awesome! The assistants are awesome & the dentist was fantastic. He says makes him more comfortable thinking about any future visits he may have since he’s always apprehensive & nervous about dental visits. Great place he says
Andrea Siegmeyer
October 3, 2023
Staff was very friendly and professional. Dr. Durr was kind and gentle. Did not feel rushed and he answered all of my questions. He even asked permission to touch my teeth because I told him I was having pain. No dentist has ever done that. I am an extremely fearful patient and I felt comfortable and cared for during my visit. Thank you!
Donna G
September 26, 2023
I’ve had a good experience working with the Progressive Team. The office is very clean, the staff is polite and very prompt, the longest I’ve waited was maybe 5 minutes. So you can beat that.
September 11, 2023
Today was my first visit to the dental office. I must say, everyone from the reception desk to the exam room were exceptionally nice and helpful. Dr. Durr was excellent and answered all of my questions.

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