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

Fluoride Treatments Protect and Strengthen Your Teeth

Dr. Art Carpenter offers fluoride treatments in their Kenilworth, IL, office to protect your teeth from cavities and decay. Fluoride treatment can repair and strengthen your dental enamel by replenishing oral mineral levels in a fast, comfortable procedure. This simple preventive measure can help you avoid more serious oral health issues requiring costly and extensive treatment. 

Repair and Protect Enamel

When bacteria collects on the teeth, it eventually becomes plaque. Plaque sticks to your teeth and produces acids that cause demineralization. Enamel is the hard, clear coating that covers your teeth, and it can be severely weakened and damaged by demineralization. If left untreated, this leads to tooth decay and cavities. Several other factors can also contribute to enamel loss such as tobacco use, acidic foods and beverages, and genetics.

In order to boost your levels of dental minerals and prevent cavities, you should maintain a regular fluoride intake. Although fluoride can be found in certain foods and most public water supplies, a professional fluoride treatment can provide stronger protection.  

benefits of fluroide treatments
Professional fluoride treatment is a preventive measure that can reduce your risk of needing costly and invasive treatment.

Quick and Comfortable Treatment

Often, a fluoride treatment can be administered during a regular checkup. Prior to the procedure, your dentist will clean your teeth and remove any substances that might create a barrier between your enamel and the fluoride. Once your teeth are clean and dry, we will administer the fluoride, typically either as a varnish or in a dental tray. Fluoride application takes only a few minutes. Following the procedure, you will be asked to refrain from eating and drinking for at least 30 minutes. This helps the fluoride remain in contact with your teeth without being washed away. If you smoke, you should also refrain at this time, although it is highly advisable to cease the habit altogether if you wish to achieve and maintain the best possible oral and overall health.

Once your first fluoride treatment is complete, we may recommend periodic follow-up treatments based on your oral health status. 

Fluoride Treatment for Children 

Children are especially good candidates for fluoride treatments. Along with teenagers, children are more prone to the effects of demineralization because they often indulge in sugary foods, and may not have mastered their brushing and flossing techniques. Patients with braces are also more susceptible to demineralization because bacteria can become trapped under their hardware. Protecting developing teeth can ensure a stronger, healthier adult smile. 

Preventative Benefits 

Although a fluoride treatment can be administered to restore a small degree of enamel loss, it is also an excellent way to prevent compromised enamel altogether. Professional fluoride treatments provide added protection for your teeth and make them more resistant against acidic foods that cause bacteria buildup and enamel erosion. Scheduling regular fluoride treatments is a simple and effective way to protect your teeth against cavities and and tooth decay.

Schedule Treatment Today

Whether you are experiencing a small degree of enamel degradation, or if you simply wish to protect yourself from future oral health problems, a fluoride treatment can help. Call our office at (847) 251-5004 or contact us online to schedule your fluoride treatment. 

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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