COVID-19 Update and Letter From The Practice

Our Offices Are Now Open

As we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we have updated our preventative measures to protect patients and staff.

View the: Enhanced Patient Protection Plan or call the office at (847) 251-5004  for more information.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and not been overly stressed with all the challenges we have all had over the last two months. Fortunately none of us or our families have had their health directly effected by COVID - 19. For those of you that have had any deaths or sickness in your family and friends we empathize with your pain or loss. For those of you that have had your livelihood and business effected and felt the humiliation and frustration of being told the hard work you have done to further your career and support yourself and your family is considered an extremely insulting term “non essential” we understand your frustration. What we are going through is not the “new normal” it is what we have to endure for now but we are all starting the road back to normalcy that we all crave.

We are considered essential healthcare business so we have been open and have seen many of you. We were only open to see patients with pain, infection, swelling and trauma. Under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health we are now clear to resume a full range of dental services. We will highlight temporary changes on the included overview page. We will have a backlog of patients for awhile so if you were one of the hundreds of our guests who had their appointments cancelled with no future appointment made we will be contacting you.

I realize more than ever that all of us at the office miss everyone dearly and it has been difficult not using the talents we have been given to serve you. I just turned 50 and now I definitely realize I am nowhere near retirement and not close to being ready. For now dropping into our office to talk, read magazines, grabbing a cup of coffee is not possible. Hugs and handshakes are gone for now too but we will not live in a dehumanized society void of human touch forever.

Since we are a small boutique dental office we are uniquely qualified to thrive during the shadow of COVID - 19. We are not a clinic so we do not see multiple patients at once and we have private enclosed treatment rooms. As a dentist I have always practiced under universal precautions so the steps we have always had the proper protocol in place but we are enhancing and taken further precautions above and beyond what the Center for Disease Control recommends. Your safety and our dedicated staff’s safety is and always will be our top priority.

It is understandable if some of you still have concerns or health issues that cause you concern. Feel free to ask any questions about our cleanliness and enhanced infection control protocols. Common sense guideline have always been in place such as if you are sick or with a fever do not come to the office. I cannot think of another step we can take to ensure your safety and the staff’s safety and to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID - 19. Your health and safety is of utmost concern and is in excellent hands. No one at our office would have it any other way. Just as with previous financial crises some of you may have had your business decimated or income negatively effected. As our valued guests please do not hesitate or be embarrassed to seek treatment or receive care. Please discuss that with us. We will take care of you! It is an honor to take care of everyone and look forward to seeing everyone back at the office. Stay healthy!

Art, Cynde, Courtney, Oksana, Geila and Kim

Find a Lasting Solution for Chronic Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, can stem from a variety of causes and often responds to simple self-care techniques. However, chronic bad breath can be frustrating and embarrassing. At our Kenilworth, IL, practice, Dr. Art Carpenter offers a range of treatments for bad breath. We can help determine the particular cause and provide a solution tailored to your unique needs. From simple lifestyle changes to more extensive treatment options, we can help resolve your bad breath to improve your confidence and quality of life. 

Illustration of bacteria buildup on gumline
A buildup of bacteria can often contribute to chronic bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath?

There are several factors which can contribute to chronic halitosis. Dental habits, health issues, and the foods you eat can all play a part in causing bad breath. A simple, and usually temporary, cause of bad breath is food. The digestion process begins in your mouth and when you eat food with strong odors, such as garlic or onions, these smells can linger until the food completely passes through your body. Other potential causes of bad breath include:

  • Tobacco products
  • Dry mouth
  • Certain medications
  • Infections, such as tooth decay or gum disease
  • Mouth, nose, and throat conditions
  • Diseases, such as acid reflux and metabolic disorders

Poor dental hygiene is another common culprit. Daily brushing and flossing remove food particles from your teeth, gums, and tongue. When you do not brush or floss properly, these particles remain and can lead to persistent odors.

When to See a Doctor

If you have bad breath, the first thing you should do is review your oral hygiene habits. Improving your hygiene routine can dramatically improve halitosis. However, if your bad breath persists, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Carpenter. We can evaluate your oral health and determine the underlying cause of your condition. 

Your Treatment Options for Halitosis

In some cases, Dr. Carpenter may recommend some simple changes to your daily habits. Small changes to your brushing or flossing techniques or the products you use may make a substantial difference. For example, certain mouthwashes and types of toothpaste can kill odor-causing bacteria and produce better-smelling breath.

Addressing gum disease or decay can often eliminate the source of bad breath for a cleaner, healthier, and odor-free smile. 

If an oral health condition, such as a cavity or gum disease, is at the root of your halitosis, we can provide treatment for these concerns. Antibacterial treatments, dental fillings, and periodontal care are all potential treatments for chronic bad breath. Addressing infection or decay can often eliminate the source of bad breath for a cleaner, healthier, and odor-free smile. If Dr. Carpenter suspects that your bad breath is related to a more serious health concern, he may recommend visiting your primary care provider for additional screening or tests. 

Preventing Bad Breath

There are several easy steps you can take to prevent bad breath from returning, such as:

  • Developing a good oral health routine
  • Receiving regular exams and cleanings
  • Stopping the use of tobacco products
  • Drinking plenty of water each day
  • Enjoying sugar-free gum or candies

You can also try keeping a log of the foods you eat, as well as making a list of the medications you take regularly. Dr. Carpenter can use this information to identify potential causes of your halitosis. 

Find Out More Today

Chronic bad breath is an embarrassing condition which can affect many aspects of your life. Learn more about the causes and potential treatments for this condition by contacting our office online or calling (847) 251-5004 to speak with a member of our team today. 

Art Carpenter, DDS, LTD

Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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"We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!"

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