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Brighten Your Summer Smile Raffle

Posted on June 06, 2017

Dr. Bob’s Family Dental offers professional teeth whitening (bleaching) to brighten a patient’s smile.  Our teeth bleaching system is a predictable and cost effective way to  lighten your teeth.

We utilize models taken of your mouth to fabricate thin flexible retainer trays that fit comfortably over your teeth. Bleaching gel is placed into the trays, and the trays are worn a minimum of 2 hours a day (up to overnight) for 2-6 weeks. After each bleach application, you then apply protective MI paste to your teeth using your toothbrush. Bleaching touch up can be done by repeating the above steps for one week about every six months.

The cost of the professional tray system is $240 and includes: mouth impressions and models, upper and lower bleach trays, a tube of either 16% or 21% bleach gel, a tube of MI paste, and a storage case.

This summer we will provide to one patient per month, a complimentary whitening system. (June, July, August)  To participate in the raffle, simply Like or Follow “Dr Bob’s Family Dental” on Facebook.  (Link) To be eligible, a patient must be current with their dental check-ups and have no active tooth decay.

 

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Check Your Bottled Water

Posted on May 01, 2017

At Dr. Bob’s Family Dental, we try to educate our patients about the dangers of consuming excessive acidic foods and beverages, and their potential to cause an increase in both tooth erosion and decay. We usually discuss beverages such as Soda Pop, Fruit juices, Sports Drinks, Alcohol, Tea, and Coffee.

But many people do not realize that many brands of bottled water are also very acidic, with Ph values below 7.0. For comparison, your body has a relatively neutral Ph around 7.0-7.4. Lower Ph numbers represent higher acidity. Check out the Ph levels of some popular brands of bottled water.

Vitamin Water 3.5
Propel Zero (Gatoraide) 3.5
Propel Fitness Water 3.6

Aquafina (made by Pepsi) 4.0
Dasani (made by Coke) 4.0
Perrier 4.5

Ethos (Starbucks) 4.5
Smart Water 5.0
Ice Age Glacial Water 4.5

Poland Springs Water 5.0
Pure American Water 5.5
Dannon Spring Water 5.5

Ice Mountain 6.0
Crystal Geyser 6.0
Great Value (Walmart) 6.0

(values taken from a study by the American Dental Hygienists Association)

It has been suggested that an excessively acidic diet can affect a person’s general health. In the mouth, it has been demonstrated that this acidity does increase both the amount of tooth erosion and decay. Numerous studies have shown tap water to be better in quality, Ph, and cost versus many types of bottled water.

Tap Water (from Lake Michigan) 7.5-8.0
Well Water (Northern Illinois) 7.5-8.0

We will be happy to discuss the risks of an acidic diet at your next check-up at Dr. Bob’s Family Dental.

We are often asked “What is the best age to stop a child from using a bottle, pacifier, or thumb sucking?” Before I answer, I would like to discuss why stopping is important.

When a child learns to swallow correctly, their tongue presses against the roof of the mouth. The resulting pressure from the tongue acts like a retainer to widen the dental arch and to help form a more open airway. When a child uses a bottle, pacifier, or continues to suck their thumb, their tongue is incorrectly trained to thrust forward. Children who swallow in this fashion, will show narrower dental arches, more tooth malocclusion, constricted airways, and increased occurrence of sleep apnea.

It is recommended that use of a bottle should be stopped by 12 months of age. If a child is not receptive, simply cut off the end of the bottle nipple and it will act more like a straw.

Pacifier use should stop by 18 months of age. The tip of the pacifier could also be cut, but a more effective way is to simply get rid of the pacifier. The child might cry for a couple of days, but they will quickly adjust. Ear plugs for the parents might be useful.

Thumb sucking is more of a challenge. There are many products to aid in stopping, such as gloves to cover the thumb, paint-on flavorings, bandage type wraps, or even orthodontic retainers. It may be more difficult to stop thumb sucking at such an early age, but the sooner they stop the better.

If you have any questions, please ask at your next appointment at Dr. Bob’s Family Dental.

Dr Bob’s 2017 Mission Trip to Honduras

Posted on March 14, 2017

Dr Bob was honored to be a member of the 2017 Medical Mission Team serving the mountainous town and remote villages of La Esperanza, Honduras. Dr Bob and 7 other Illinois Dentists joined the Honduras Medical Mission group from Moultrie, Georgia.  Together, the 35 member mission team was able to provide essential medical treatment as well as both restorative and surgical dental care.

The trip started on Friday, where the group of Illinois volunteers flew to Atlanta to join the Medical Team. Supplies were sorted and packed for the flight to Honduras. Early Saturday morning, shuttle buses were taken to the airport. Following the 3.5 hour flight, a 4 hour bus ride was taken to the town of LaEsperanza.  On Sunday, the dental clinic was set up and organized.

The Dental clinic was open Monday through Friday and was staffed each day by four of our Dentists and numerous volunteers. The additional dentists as well as the remote medical team traveled to outlying smaller villages on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Late Friday afternoon, the clinic was dismantled. The equipment and supplies were cleaned, broken down, and repacked for the return trip home. After an early Saturday morning bus ride to the airport, and flights to Atlanta and then Chicago, the Illinois group returned home late Saturday night.

The team consisted of many incredible volunteers, who paid for their expenses, supplies, and equipment rentals. The amazing group was lead by Dr. Seth Berl and his wife Linda, who have coordinated the mission for the last 14th years. They are truly an inspiration to all. Dr Bob noted that “It was an honor to serve along side such generous, caring, and devoted team members” and that “the mission would not be possible without all he support from our family and friends at home”.  To see more pics, please view our office Facebook page “Dr Bob’s Family Dental”.

Dr Bob was honored to participate in the 2017 El Nino Rey Dental mission trip to serve the town of Teozintla, Mexico.  This years 15 member team included 5 dentists, 1 hygienist, 8 volunteers, and Father Matt Foley, the founder of El Nino Rey.  Each year, a village is selected for the Dental clinic so as to best cover this region of Guerrero.

Getting There

To reach this year’s destination of Teozintla, a flight was taken from Chicago to Houston, then on to Acapulco.  Once through Mexican Customs, a 3.5 hour bus ride to Quechultenengo was taken.  Saturday night was spent in a rented house where the team organized supplies and equipment.  Early Sunday morning two supply trucks were loaded with the clinic equipment and supplies.  The team, along with two Federales guards, rode the trucks on the mostly rough rock and dust roads for a 2.5 hour journey to the village of Teozintla.

The Clinic

Once in Teozintla, the trucks were quickly unloaded and the Dental clinic set up.  After a short lunch break, the clinic opened.  Patients were treated Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until  7:00 P.M.   On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, patients were seen from 9:00A.M. until 8:00 P.M.  On Thursday, the final clinic day, patients were treated from 8:00A.M. until noon.

In total, 332 patients were treated, providing 207 cleanings, 526 fillings, and 446 extractions.  A large amount of tooth decay in children was observed.  This is caused by the increased consumption of sugary soda drinks and candy.  Many villages have small business store fronts stocking many sugary treats.  The kids now have easy access to these treats.  Educating the parents and children on prevention is a priority.

Return Trip

Thursday afternoon, the clinic was broken down, packed and reloaded on the trucks.  The afternoon return trip to Quachul was followed by an effort to reorganize, inventory, and clean all supplies and equipment.  On Friday morning, the bus was taken back to Acapulco for one day of R and R.  The team returned home late Saturday night after a long stop over at the Houston airport.

Some Details

Volunteers sleep on the floor using air mattresses , take bucket showers, and eat authentic food cooked by our local contacts.  Only bottled water is used.  There are No toilet seats in the village, so standing is the norm.  Generators are used to run our equipment.   Volunteers pay for all travel costs and accommodations.    Supplies are brought from the USA using green and gray travel crates.  The team was awakened late Sunday night with a 4.8 Magnitude earthquake that shook the clinic building. Scorpions are a common site.

This was Dr. Bob’s 7th El Nino Rey Trip, but first to Teozintla.  Please enjoy some of the pictures that were taken.  Visit Dr Bob’s Family Dental Facebook page for more photos.

Use a Red Laser Pen to Treat Canker Sores

Posted on February 10, 2017

Patients who experience Canker Sores and other mouth sores can get frustrated with the poor performance of the salves and liquids available at the pharmacy. Sores can remain painful for one to two weeks. There is now a simple and effective way to treat these sores. The light of a red laser pen applied directly to the sore can help heal the area in one or two days. Research also suggests that this treatment may prevent further sores from re-occurring.

Dr. Bob, Dr. Jackie and our hygienists have been treating patients using a micro-pulsed Deka CO2 laser for over seven years. This CO2 laser allows Dr. Bob’s Family Dental to offer patients some of the most modern and advanced dental treatments available. Dr. Bob explains, that each type of laser has a specific wave length and corresponding tissue reaction. The Red Laser Pen is a diode type laser with a wavelength of 650 nm. This specific wavelength is perfect for treating these re-occurring sores.

How to Use:

Simply place the tip of the laser pen directly against the affected tissue and shine the pen for 20 seconds. You will feel slight warmth from the pen. For best results, try to treat the area when you first feel a sore starting to appear. If it is a larger area, simply move the pen over a bit and repeat. Please be careful not to shine the pointer in your eyes. One application is usually all that is needed.

Laser pens can be purchased through Staples, Office Max, Amazon, etc. Dr. Bob recommends a pointer that uses either AA or AAA batteries. Better quality laser pens are priced $20-30 and should last for years.

Please note, if a sore in your mouth lasts more than two weeks, it is important to have it examined as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Treat Canker Sores With a Laser Pen – (watch movie)

Sharon Welcomes Patients For 25 Years

Posted on January 26, 2017

We would like to thank Sharon for welcoming patients to Dr Bob’s Family Dental for over 25 years. As a member of our reception team, Sharon treats patients in a courteous and professional manner. Her desire to help assist patients with appointments, Insurance, and payments, is greatly appreciated. She is a true asset to our dental team.

Fun Facts When Sharon started in 1992:

  • Bill Clinton was elected president.
  • Mall of America opened in Minnesota.
  • Hurricane Andrew hit southern Florida, releasing several pythons which now thrive in the Everglades.
  • Euro Disney opened in France.
  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated.
  • The TV show Barney & Friends debuted.
  • Jay Leno became the host of the Tonight Show.
  • The Roseanne Show was the highest rated comedy, followed by Home Improvement.
  • I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston was the number one selling single.
  • Billy Cyrus released Achey Breaky Heart.
  • Thelma and Louise won Best Original Screen Play.
  • The Great Chicago Flood of the underground tunnels caused 1.95 Billion dollars of damage.
  • Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won their second championship, on their way to the first “Three Peat.”
  • IBM introduced “Simon”, a touchscreen mobile phone and personal digital assistant considered to be the first smartphone.
  • The Chicago Cubs record was 78W-84L, and “Next Year” was declared.
Sharon Weniger Schaumburg

Dr Bob has always enjoyed building and updating the Dr Bob’s Family Dental website. So when it came time for an update, it was very important that we chose a company that knew the Dr. Bob family and might even be a part of it! That’s where Curtis and Make Your Mark Media come in. Curtis is the husband of Dr. Bob’s hygienist and long time employee Alyssa. Curtis and the Make Your Mark team worked very closely with Dr. Bob and the staff to build a unique site that stayed true to the relaxed environment we take pride in. We’re proud of the site and hope that you are too. We’ve updated it to make contacting us even easier. Including multiple options for submitting your new patient information!

2016 Mission of Mercy

Posted on November 30, 2016

Dr. Bob, Dr. Jackie, and Dr. Jackie’s husband Drew volunteered their time and expertise at the 2016 Mission of Mercy.  This years two day event was located at the Gateway Center in Collinsville Illinois. On July 16th & 17th, Volunteers provided free dental care to needy patients. This was Dr. Bob’s fourth, and Dr. Jackie’s and Drew’s third Mission of Mercy. The clinic was a great success.

Dr. Bob Enjoys Many Types of Wood Working

Posted on November 29, 2016

From furniture making, creating in-laid picture frames and glass front collector cases, and even deck building. But his favorite is wood carving. Dr. Bob creates hand carved holiday decorations and ornaments. Here are some examples of his handy work.

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