October is Dental Hygiene Month

Celebrate Dental Hygiene Month by giving everyone in your family a new toothbrush!

Are you wondering when you should change your toothbrush?

Here are some indicators that it is time for a new toothbrush.
1. The McHenry Dentist and the American Dental Association suggest that you change your toothbrush or your electric toothbrush head every 3 – 4 months.
2. Change your toothbrush after you have had a bad cold or the flu.
3. Change your toothbrush if your toothbrush bristles become frayed and/or worn. When bristles become frayed and worn they decrease their effectiveness.


Time To Use Your 2017 Dental Insurance Benefits!

Dekamore Dental accepts patients with dental insuranceThe end of the year will be here before we know it. Unfortunately, dental insurance benefits do expire each year on December 31st.

You can save time and money if you take care of your cavity, broken filling or cleaning early. We can help to prevent more costly treatment down the road, if we take care of your dental needs early. Please call The McHenry Dentist at (815) 363-0103 so we can help you maximize your remaining dental benefits before the end of the year. If you do not have any pending treatment, this is a great time to upgrade your smile and invest in cosmetic procedures before the holidays.

Make sure to utilize your dental insurance benefits or flexible spending dollars before they expire!  We have appointments available Monday – Saturday.

September is Better Breakfast Month

Fast ideas for a healthy breakfast | The McHenry DentistSeptember is Better Breakfast Month. Celebrate by eating a healthy breakfast low in sugar.

Here are some ideas for a fast and healthy breakfast that the team at The McHenry Dentist adapted from options presented by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Read their entire article….

  • Add fresh fruit, whole-grain cereal or granola to low-fat yogurt. Serve it with some orange juice.
  • Make a fresh fruit and low-fat milk smoothie.  Just mix frozen strawberries, a banana, low-fat or fat free milk with ice and blend for a 30-second smoothie.
  • Add dried cranberries or other dried fruit and almonds to quick-cooking or microwave oatmeal.
  • Prepare a fresh veggie omelet.
  • Pack your breakfast to go with a banana or an apple and trail mix you make the night before or the week before.  Mix whole grain cereal or granola, almonds or Pistachios and your favorite mix of dried fruits like raisins, cherries, apricots, pineapple or mango).   Store your trail mix to single serving sandwich bags.

Adding more fruit to your breakfast is a great way to incorporate low sugar alternatives to your diet.

PS>> Don’t forget to brush your teeth after breakfast and you are good to go!

Eat Healthy! Celebrate More Matters Month

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.  The staff at The McHenry Dentist in Johnsburg encourages everyone in the family to eat a healthy diet complete with plenty of vegetables and fruits.  Eating fruits and vegetables have many benefits:

  • Lowers your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Maintains or helps you reach a healthy weight
  • Keeps your body strong and active
  • It is a healthy alternative to snacks with sugar.  Snacks with sugar and drinks with added sugars lead to tooth decay (cavities) too!

Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:

  • Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for healthy for after school snacks.
  • Make and serve fresh fruit smoothies.
  • Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.

Celebrate More Matters Month with The McHenry Dentist and share more fruits and veggies at your family table!

How to motivate your child to brush for 2 minutes

The staff at McHenry Dentists and the American Dental Association recommend that children brush twice a day for two minutes.  Here is a fun video that your kids can watch while they brush their teeth.  Every 30 seconds, the animated tooth brush changes position signaling to your child that it is time to switch to a new area of the mouth.


How to live with dry mouth (xerostomia) symptoms

dry mouth, the McHenry DentistThe McHenry Dentists say “there are at least 3 ways to combat the symptoms of dry mouth or xerostomia. They include:

1. saliva stimulation
2. saliva replacement
3. medications”


The McHenry Dentist agrees with the The American Dental Association that found chewing sugarless gum helps increase saliva flow.  Read the entire article….

The act of chewing stimulates saliva flow.  The additional saliva flow will also help to neutralize and wash away food particles and acids that can break down enamel causing dental caries (cavities).

Here is a list of sugarless chewing gums with the American Dental Association Seal:

  • Dentyne Ice Sugarless Gum
  • ICE BREAKERS ICE CUBES Sugar Free Chewing Gum
  • Stride Sugarless Gum
  • Trident® Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Extra Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Orbit for Kids Sugarfree Gum
  • Wrigley’s Orbit Sugarfree Gum

Call The McHenry Dentist if you would like to discuss your issues with dry mouth to find the right solutions to help you combat the symptoms of dry mouth.

What causes dry mouth?

McHenry dentists, dry mouthOur McHenry dentists see a variety of  patients who complain of dry mouth (xerostomia).

What causes dry mouth?

Medications:  Many common medications decrease saliva.  These medications include:   cold remedies,  antihistamines. anti-depressants, some beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and diuretics.

Disease:  Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, arthritis, HIV, anemia or stroke.

Chemotherapy:  Patients who are treated for head and neck cancer report a decrease in saliva.   Their saliva glands may be affected by the chemotherapy.

Lifestyle Habits:  Smoking and using chewing tobacco affect saliva production.

If you would like to learn more, click here to watch a video by the American Dental Association on dry mouth.