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Why Referrals/Reviews are so Important to a Dental Practice

September 28th, 2017

What is a referral or review? A referral is when a current patient tells a friend or family member that they should go to a particular dental practice for their oral care. They usually say how wonderful we are and how much they love coming to us. Patients don't think about referring their dentist during regular every day life, so sometimes we need to ask them for referrals. We also have an incentive program for patients who are kind enough to send the people they care about to us. There is no better compliment than a referral to our practice.

The next best compliment to our practice is an online review. A review is when a patient takes the time to go online to tell the public about a dental practice so others will know more about that practice. There are many ways to review us online......Google, Facebook, Healthgrades are to name a few. You can even do a video testimonial!! The nice thing about an online referral is it reaches a potentially larger audience which very much helps a dental practice.

Whether you choose to refer us or to do an online review, we very much and truly appreciate it. It helps us grow our practice which will allow us to always offer our patients the very best of care and service.

Gail Benuska, Front Office
Grimley Family Dental

Alternatives to Traditional Dental Floss by Laura, RDH

July 27th, 2017

I often hear from patients that they don't like to floss or just find it difficult to do. Then, they feel guilty when, once again, they are coming into the office without making flossing a daily habit. But, there are other ways to clean between the teeth. I will tell you some of my favorites.
One option is floss holders. These can be either inexpensive disposable floss picks or a slightly more expensive option of a Listerine Access flosser. This has a handle similar to a manual toothbrush with a replaceable u-shaped floss head. This makes it easier to reach back teeth.
You can also try brush picks.  These are like a toothpick with a tiny bottle brush on the end to go between the teeth and sweep away the plaque. Rubber tip stimulators also help to massage the gums and dislodge food particles that get caught between the teeth.
If you are a gadget person, there are two options: the Philips Air Flosser and the Waterpik Water Flosser. Both help by removing the plaque and bacteria between the teeth. Waterpik recently was named the first and only powered interdental product to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
So...try these products and find the one that works for you. I hope to see you all soon for your next cleaning without the guilt 
Laura Lindsay, RDH
Jeffrey M. Grimley, DDS

You vs. Acid

June 23rd, 2017

With the summer months upon us causing our lives to quickly fill up with places to go and things to eat, we want to help you protect yourself against the effects acid can have on your teeth. Today’s technology with smart phones and Google make it much easier for us to make healthier choices. I feel the best form of protection against acid damage is to educate yourself about what you put into your body. Do you remember in high school lab class where you tested different liquids on litmus paper to record different levels of acidity? Unbeknownst to us at the time, they were really teaching us something useful! Acid is dangerous and damaging!

Many drinks have acidic properties, but there are easy was to combat the acid’s effects. Although good for you, fruit juices and whole fruits, such as blackberries, cherries, lemons, even peaches, contain acid but can be easily neutralized with a glass of water. Drinks like red wines and coffees contain natural acids from the grapes and beans but also can increase your body’s internal acidic levels. Adding an acid neutralizer into your coffee such as milk or creamer can decrease the natural acidic level. Having 1 glass of water with every glass of wine not only will help you stay hydrated, but protect your teeth as well. Soft drinks/carbonated drinks can also increase the acid produced by your body causing problems with more than just your teeth! Rinsing with water after these drinks will help rebalance the pH in your mouth, but they should still be consumed in moderation.

Acidic foods can also be counteracted by pairing the acidic food with an alkaline (non-acidic) food. Many salad dressings have vinegar in them which can cause acid wear to your enamel. Luckily, pairing these dressings with vegetables like lettuce neutralize the effects to your teeth. Nothing tastes better in the height of the summer like a fresh picked tomato…but keep in mind the acid content in this delicious FRUIT! Pasta or bread is a great food to pair with tomatoes to override the acid damage. Pickles or any cured foods (preserved in vinegar) are slightly more acidic than they were in their “previous lives”. These foods should also be eaten in moderation to not only protect your teeth but to protect your whole body health as well. A new controversial acid that we are now consuming can be found in food/beverage sweeteners. These products, although have a low PH, can cause an elevated acidic reaction in women’s bodies increasing the chance of other organ damage.

So while you’re out and about this summer living life to the fullest, remember to put on that sun block and neutralize those acids!!

Amy Davidson, Dental Assistant

Grimley Family Dental

More Adults Are Opting for Invisalign®

June 23rd, 2017

These days it's becoming more and more common to see adults at our Naperville, IL office getting their teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners — that is, if you can see them! Treatment with Invisalign is effective and aesthetically pleasing for all ages, but adults have certainly taken to them.

For some it may be to overcome the stigma that "braces are just for kids," but for others it may be the displeasing appearance and discomfort of traditional braces. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, from 1994 to 2010 the number of adults 18 and older getting braces increased by 58 percent, from 680,000 to 1.1 million annually. Many of these adults opt for Invisalign because of how discreet they are and since they don't need to avoid any foods or make dietary changes like you do with traditional braces.

The benefits of getting your teeth into proper alignment are many, and so are the advantages of Invisalign. By following your individual course of Invisalign treatment, you can expect to enjoy the following benefits over traditional braces:

  • The total treatment time is more precise with Invisalign since your treatment is modeled by a computer, as compared to traditional braces where it is really just an estimate.
  • You'll need to make fewer trips to our Naperville, IL office since you can change your trays on your own every few weeks or as prescribed.
  • There's less risk to the health of your tooth enamel since there is no need to place brackets on your teeth.
  • Invisalign aligners are clear and practically invisible, so most people won't even know you're wearing them!

If you're interested in Invisalign treatment, please let Dr. Jeffrey Grimley know. We'd be happy to help you on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile!