Johnsburg dentists say you only need a little bit of toothpaste

Johnsburg dentists, how much tooth paste should I useJohnsburg dentists say you only need a little bit of toothpaste.  Have you ever wondered how much toothpaste you should use?  Well, the Johnsburg dentists at The McHenry Dentist agree with the American Dental Association.  You only need a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste on your tooth brush.

The staff at The McHenry Dentist suggest that you supervise your children while they are brushing their teeth.  You want to coach them so they develop good habits by using the right amount of toothpaste.  Encourage them to brush for 2 minutes at least twice a day.

Johnsburg dentists say water is the clear choice

Johnsburg Dentists, water

Johnsburg dentists, Dr. Laura Adams and Dr. Tom Kaczynski, say that water is the clear choice for dental and physical health.

According to WebMD, “The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks — day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids.

Our Johnsburg dentists agree with the American Dental Association’s statement “Simply by drinking water, children and adults can benefit from fluoridation’s cavity protection whether they are at home, work or school.”    Drinking tap water with fluoride can reduce the occurrence of cavities by 20 – 40%.

Water also helps your body by fueling your muscles, by replenishing fluids lost naturally during the day, by keeping your kidneys in good working order and by keeping your skin looking good!  (If you are dehydrated, your skin will look dry and wrinkled.)

Ask our Johnsburg dentists at The McHenry Dentist about drinking water every day for better dental health and for a more healthy lifestyle.

Johnsburg dentists say nutrition and dental health are connected

Johnsburg dentists, connection between nutrition and dental healthJohnsburg dentists, Dr. Laura Adams and Dr. Tom Kaczynski, say there is a strong connection between good nutrition and dental health.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Eating a healthy balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy products and whole grains that provide essential nutrients for optimum oral health and overall health.

Encourage your children to choose healthy snacks instead of sugary candy.  Drinking carbonated beverages with sugar washes teeth in acid and sugar which increases the risk of dental caries.  The acid wears away the teeth (erosion) and the sugar leads to an accumulation of plaque which causes dental caries.

Johnsburg Dentists says “Try the Waterflosser”

Johnsburg dentists, water flosserHaving trouble flossing?  Well, Waterpik just came out with a new product called the Waterflosser.  As you know, your toothbrush can’t clean between the teeth.  This new pulsating water jet will spray the food particles and plaque right off your teeth.   Your Johnsburg dentists say, “Try the new Water flosser by Waterpik”.  This new Water Flosser was demonstrated at the Chicago Midwinter Dental meeting in February 2014 at McCormick Place.

Why use the Water flosser?

* Use of the Water Flosser is based in research. There have been more than 50 clinical research studies done in 25 university and independent research facilities according to Waterpik.
* It works!  The Waterpik removes more than 90% of the plaque on your teeth.
* It cleans between the teeth and washes the area below the gums.
* It’s easy to use.

Johnsburg dentists say “You still have to floss”

If you are already flossing once a day, don’t stop!  But consider adding the use of the Water Flosser after you brush & floss to increase the effectiveness of your dental cleaning.  If you cannot floss, the Waterpik® Water Flosser is a great alternative.

Watch a video about the Water flosser.  Click on:  Water Flosser Patient Education Video

Should my child use a fluoride rinse?

McHenry Dentists, fluoride rinsesFluoride in mouth wash can help protect your child’s teeth from cavities.  The American Dental Association (ADA) has awarded several oral rinses their ADA Seal of Acceptance.  These products were found to be effective in helping to prevent and reduce tooth decay, when used as directed.

The McHenry Dentists recommend fluoride rinses that have the ADA Seal.  Fluoride rinses, when used with regular brushing and flossing, will help prevent cavities.

How do fluoride rinses work?

Rinsing with a fluoride mouth wash helps to strengthen the outer surface of teeth called enamel.  This fluoride fortified enamel will help prevent cavities from forming.

When should a child use a fluoride rinse?

Fluoride rinses are not recommended for children under age 6.    Follow the directions on the label or the directions given by the staff at The McHenry Dentist.

Which fluoride rinse should I buy?

Here is a list of Oral Rinses with Fluoride that bear the ADA Seal of Acceptance.  You can purchase these fluoride rinses at your local drug store, department store or grocery store.

ACT Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

Colgate® Phos-Flur® Ortho Defense

Crest Pro-Health FOR ME Rinse

Inspector Hector Tooth Protector Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

Crest Kid’s Crest Anti-Cavity Fluoride Rinse

Listerine Smart Rinse

Swan Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper Fluoride Rinse

Tom’s of Maine Alcohol-free/Natural Children’s Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

CVS Kids’ Anticavity Fluoride Rinse 

Equate Kids’ Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

H.E. Buddy Bubble Gum Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

Hill Country Essentials Mint Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

Publix Kids Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

Meijer Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

Rite Aid Mint Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

ShopRite Anticavity Fluoride Rinse For Kids

Sunmark Mint Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

UP & UP Fluoride Mouth Rinse Anticavity

Western Family Anticavity Fluoride Rinse Kids


App for Kids – new toothbrushing game launched in January 2014

App for kids tooth brushingThe Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives created a new gaming app for kids called  “Toothsavers”

This is a FREE app for android and Apple devices.   The app uses fairy tale characters to encourage kids to brush their teeth.  It also provides morning and evening reminders to kids and parents to brush.  The game is for kids ages 3 – 6.  The app is only available in English.

Click here to read more about this new app for kids and then download the app from your android store or your Apple store.

How do I choose a toothpaste for my child?

ADA Seal, The McHenry DentistLook for the ADA Seal.  Choosing the right toothpaste for your child can be challenging because there are so many options on the store shelf.  The American Dental Association (ADA) has made it easy for us.  The ADA puts its Seal of Acceptance on a toothpaste after it has passed their criteria for safety and effectiveness.  There are a variety of toothpastes for kids that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Johnsburg dentists at The McHenry Dentist recommend that you purchase toothpastes for your children that have this ADA Seal Of Acceptance on the box or toothpaste label.   It means that the toothpaste you give your children is safe and has the right amount of fluoride to help fortify their teeth whatever flavor your child chooses.  Here is a link to a one minute video about the ADA Seal of Acceptance.


You should be able to find these products and many others with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the shelves of your favorite store:

  • Colgate
  • Crest
  • Aim
  • Aquafresh
  • Plak Smacker
  • Tom’s



Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with a new toothbrush!

Johnsburg dental office, Children's Dental Health Month, McHenry dentistCelebrate Children’s Dental Health Month by buying each of your children a new toothbrush.   The staff at The McHenry Dentist, your Johnsburg dental office, recommends that you change to a new toothbrush every 3 – 4 months or when the bristles become frayed or worn.  The McHenry Dentist always recommends you purchase a soft bristle toothbrush for you and your family members.  Don’t forget to brush 2 times a day!

How often should I visit the dentist?

McHenry dentistThe McHenry Dentist recommends that adults visit a dentist every 6 months.  People who have gum disease may need to visit the dentist more often.   Regular dental visits will help maintain your dental health and allow the dentist to identify problems early if they occur.

During this 6 month visit, you will have a dental examination and your teeth will be cleaned.  The dentist may also recommend that you have dental x-rays or a deep scaling and root planing.

We opened The McHenry Dentist in August.  If you visited our practice in August, it’s time for your dental examination and cleaning.  Call for your dental appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!