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What to expect when you need emergency dental care
A day at the park, a good meal, a friendly game of basketball after work… It’s all fun and games until someone loses a tooth! We understand. Nothing can bring your day, and your life, to a sudden halt quite like a dental injury. You are in pain, possibly bleeding, and teeth are damaged or gone. You know you need help, and you need it fast. Yet, you might be wondering where to turn for emergency dental care in Dolton, IL and just what your dentist will do for you.

Patients of all ages trust their oral health to Dr. Dietrich and the team of oyawa danne nathi nisa thama aduranne natte for quality, affordable care, delivered with compassion. In any emergency, call us right away. Every situation is different, but our priorities are always the same. We strive to get you out of pain immediately, and restore your smile using gentle techniques.

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Diabetes and dental problems
World Diabetes Day, supported by the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization, is observed on November 14. It has been commemorated since the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating the date in 2007. Health organizations in all corners of the world host various events on this day to raise awareness about this non-communicable disease.

Diabetes has an impact on almost every part and organ of the body including on the mouth. Poor control of diabetes places such people at greater risk for dental problems. The disease reduces the blood supply to the gums. Therefore, diabetics are more likely to suffer from infections of the gums and bones that hold the teeth in place. They are also more at risk of less saliva production and dry mouth, which leads to plaque buildup and increased oral bacterial activity, which is aggravated by the higher levels of glucose in the saliva.

Symptoms to watch out for:
  • Bleeding or sore gums
  • Frequent infections
  • Persistent bad breath
Most of these problems can be avoided or minimized with good blood sugar control and proper dental care including visiting your dentist at least once every six months. Make sure that your dentist knows that you are diabetic.

Encouraging your child to make healthy choices helps them develop good nutritional habits. Enjoying treats is also ok, just encourage moderation and brushing/flossing afterward.
Fall seasonal foods that are great for teeth
There are many reasons why we love the fall season; the nip in the air, the reddish-golden hues in the trees, and school restarting for children. This season has its own share of delicious food and drinks, however most of them are not very healthy, especially on teeth. But there are a few fall foods, which are, in fact, quite good for us. Here are some:

Apples – ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’; the health properties of apples are well-known, and eating it raw, and natural is said to be the most beneficial. Apples contain high amounts of sugar, fiber and water. Their crunchy texture helps the mouth produce more saliva which contains bacteria-neutralizing agents that protect teeth from decay. Chewing crunchy foods helps scrub and clean in between teeth.

Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds – This seasonal veggie is full of nutrients like vitamins and minerals (zinc, magnesium, Vitamins A, C and beta-carotene), which boost oral health.

Most nuts and seeds including pumpkin seeds are high in protein and vitamins while being low in sugar. They also contain nutrients like fiber, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. Since tooth enamel comprises calcium and phosphorus, eating these foods will help keep teeth healthy and strong.

Cranberries – The seasonal snack contains polyphenols that repel bacteria, and prevents sugar-causing bacteria molecules from forming a sticky layer on teeth, which results in decay. They also encourage healthy oral bacteria to thrive. However, only unprocessed cranberries or cranberry juice with no added sugars should be consumed.
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