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

Protect Your Smile with Proper Brushing and Flossing

Visiting the dentist twice a year is not enough to make sure your smile stays healthy and beautiful. You also need to consistently care for your teeth at home by using proper brushing and flossing techniques. Many adults are surprised to learn that their typical at-home hygiene routine is lacking. At your regular preventive appointments, Dr. Art Carpenter and our team in Kenilworth, IL, can provide tips for better hygienic habits. In general, patients should brush twice a day and floss at least once. We have compiled some general information about brushing and flossing. However, if you have a dental restoration or another unique need, we can help you find products and methods to protect your smile. 

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Flossing each day is one of the simplest ways to deter gum disease.

Finding the Right Products

With so many types of oral hygiene products available, it can be difficult to know which ones are right for you. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends:

  • A soft-bristled brush that fits comfortably in your mouth
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss of any kind

It is important to replace your toothbrush whenever the bristles become worn, which usually occurs about every two months. If you have trouble flossing, you may find a holder, pick, or stick makes the process easier. 

If you are concerned about any aspect of your oral health or brushing and flossing techniques, you can schedule an appointment with our team to learn more.

We also recommend using a rinse after you finish brushing and flossing to remove loosened plaque and particles. A member of our team can discuss the different hygienic tools available to you and help you choose the right ones for your needs.

Build Better Brushing Habits

One of the keys to brushing properly is taking your time. You should brush twice each day for at least two full minutes. You may want to set a timer or invest in an electric toothbrush that has a timer built in. When brushing your teeth, you should:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. 
  • Use enough pressure to feel the bristles between your teeth without squishing them.
  • Brush all surfaces of your teeth several times, using short, circular movements.
  • Make sure to brush the chewing surfaces directly.
  • Move your brush frequently to reach every tooth.
  • Watch yourself in the mirror as you brush.

Remember to brush your tongue as well once you finish brushing your teeth. Bacteria can remain on the surface of your tongue, causing bad breath and other concerns. 

Efficient Flossing Techniques

When you brush your teeth, you can only reach the external surfaces, leaving the spaces between teeth vulnerable to decay and gum disease. Flossing is the most effective way to remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth. When flossing, you should:

  • Start with about 18” of floss.
  • Wind most of the floss around your fingers, leaving about an inch of floss between your hands.
  • Guide floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  • Gently curve the floss into a “C” when you reach the gum line.
  • Hold floss against each tooth and gently scrape the sides, moving the floss away from your gums as you do so.
  • Floss between every tooth, including the very back ones.

If you have gone some time without flossing, you may notice some soreness or bleeding. It typically takes about a week to remove all the built-up bacteria so your gums feel healthy and clean again. 

Learn More about Proper Oral Hygiene

At our practice, Dr. Carpenter offers a range of preventive dentistry services, including help with your hygienic techniques. If you are concerned about any aspect of your oral health or brushing and flossing techniques, you can schedule an appointment with our team to learn more. Contact our office online or call (847) 251-5004 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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