August 16, 2013
Category: Health
Tags: Health   dentist   oak park   smile   cavitites   bacteria   teeth   brush   cleaning   exam  

Recently the American Dental Association did a survey to see if typical Americans knew some basic facts about dental health. Here are some of the questions - play along and see how you do!

  • What type of bristles should you have on your toothbrush - soft, medium, or hard?

Most people choose medium or hard, but the fact is soft bristles are best! Medium or hard can actually damage your sensitive gum tissue and wear your teeth!

  • Sugar causes cavities - true or false?

Practically everyone answered "true" to this one, but the answer is actually "false!" But you may feel like it's a trick question. Cavities are caused by bacteria, but the problem-causing organisms feed on sugar that is stuck to your teeth! We recommend limiting sweets and soft drinks, especially the sticky kind!

  • Does the American Dental Association recommend brushing your teeth for sixty seconds after every meal, or for two minutes twice per day?

Again, most people got this one wrong! The ADA suggest twice per day for two minutes. Of course, if you want to throw in a few extra brushing sessions each day we won't object - especially bfore you come to visit us!

  • True or false - it is normal for your gums to bleed while brushing or flossing.

Okay - this one is a little scary. 35% of respondents answered "true" - but the answer is definitely false! Think about it - what would you do if your nose bled every time you sneezed, or your arm bled when you scratched it? Bleeding is a sign of gum disease or infection, and is certainly not normal or healthy!

So how did you do? Hopefully this little quiz was fun, and maybe you even learned something!

At Dr. Blankshain's office, we are here to answer any questions you may have, no matter how basic! Give us a call at 773-745-5555 and we will be glad to help you - or to set up an appointment for a dental examination, cleaning, to look at any dental problem you may be having, or even to brighten up your smile. Whatever it is - we can help!

We all hear about foods that are bad for your teeth! Sticky sweets and sugar-laden sodas can wreak havoc with your pearly whites. But did you know there are also foods that are good for your teeth and gums? Here is a list of dentally healthy thigns to chomp on!

1. Cheese. Maybe there's a reason that when we "say cheese" it's time to smile! With high levels of phosphate and calcium, cheese promotes healthy teeth, balances the oral ph, and can destroy bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease.

2. Dairy products Other than cheese, milk and yogurt are rich in calcium and low in acidity - both positive things for your teeth and gums.

3. Green tea. This delicious drink is an anti-oxidant soup which prevents plaque from accumulating on your teeth, reducing cavities and bad breath. Just take it easy on the added sugar and honey!

4. Kiwi. Most fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, and eating them raw can give your gums a good, healthy massage as well. Kiwis are exceptionally high in C, which can increase the collagen in your gums and make them stronger.

5. Onions. Sure - raw onions can make your breath pretty smelly. But the sulfur compounds that contribute to temporary bad breath also kill dangerous bacteria that harm the teeth. Brush, floss, and rinse after you eat them, or better yet - make sure your kissing partner eats them, too!

6. Celery. Eat plenty of celery and you may not have to stalk your dentist as much! Raw celery massages your gums, and can increase the production of healthy saliva.

7. Sesame seeds. These little wonders actually can scrape plaque from your teeth and are packed with tooth-strengthening calcium. The bleached white flour bagel they are often attached to - that's a different story.

8. Sweet potatoes. These beauties are loaded with Vitamin A, and are especially good for babies whose teeth are developing. An orange nose is an added bonus!

9. Shiitake mushrooms. Believe it or not, these tasty fungi often found in Asian foods contain a sugar that prevents plaque from forming on your teeth.

10. Water. There's a reason water is called "the gift of life," and you would be hard pressed to find a healthy foods list without it. Dentally speaking, water keeps your mouth hydrated, cleans and rinses yoru teeth and gums, stimulates saliva production, and can dislodge trapped food particles.

As great as these foods are, there is much more to healthy teeth and gums than loading up on celery, cheese, and water! If it is time for your regular dental examination and cleaning, or if you have any questions at all about your dental healthy, we are here for you! Please give us a call at 773-745-5555.


At Dr. Jeff Blankshain's office, we cannot even tell you how many times we've heard people say things like...

"I've been meaning to make an appointment but I just haven't gotten around to it."

With that in mind, here are some of the most frequent excuses people have for not visiting the dentist.

  •  Going to the dentist is too expensive!

Acutally, the opposite is true!  While quality health care certainly can be costly, the investment in preventive dental procedures such as cleanings, exams and necessary x-rays can save thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in more extensive treatment later.  The sooner you go, the less it will cost!

  • I'm not in any pain so I don't need to go!

Even if you take fantastic care of your teeth and gums, waiting until you have pain means you waited too long!  Early cavities and gum disease are painless.  Waiting for symptoms can lead to complicated expensive treatment and even tooth loss!

At Dr. Jeff Blankshain's office, we value the importance of regular dental examinations and preventitive cleanings.  Our goal is to make your dental treatment as comfortable and cost-effective as possible, and to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or would you like to make an appointment, please give us a call at 773-745-5555.  We're here for you!

And if you aren't making any of these excuses, please feel free to forward this to someone who is.  You'll be doing them a huge favor!

At Dr. Jeff Blankshain's office we get all kinds of questions, and two that we hear very frequently are:

"Will it hurt?"


"How much will it cost?"

The great news is - the answers to both of those questions will make you very happy!

Will it hurt?

Unlike the old days, modern dental care is easy, quick and typically pain-free.

Current dental anesthetics (which used to be called "Novocaine") are extremely effective and do an excellent job thoroughly "deadening" the area which we will be treating.  At our practice we take extra care to make sure that your are comfortably numb before starting any procedure.

If at any time you are feeling any discomfort, please let us know so that we may stop whatever we are doing and make sure that you are having the best dental experience possible.  We firmly believe that everything we do for our patients should be a positive experience, and our advanced training and caring attitude make it happen.  These days, dental appointments should be totally stress-free!

How much will it cost?

There is no question about it - quality health care can be a sizeable investment.  But there is no better investment than your own health, and this is not an area to be "penny wise and pound foolish."

But whether you are seeing us for a "cleaning and checkup" or an entire smile makeover, we want to make sure that you are comfortable with the financial aspect of dentistry and that your investment is comfortable for you.

Even though we use the highest quality materials and most advanced techniques, at Dr. Jeff Blankshain's office we are dedicated to keeping our fees reasonable.

Our talented and caring business team will be glad to discuss the best financial options for you and help you to obtain an optimum level of dental health.  We want to make sure that you understand everything in order to take the stress out of the cost of dental care.

Also, we will work closely with your insurance to maximize benefits, and should you choose, offer a variety of payment options such as 12 months interest free financing.

When it comes to all aspects of your dental care, at Dr. Jeff Blankshain's office we are truly dedicated to your comfort.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 773-745-5555.  We can help you!

March 05, 2013
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According to a recent study done by The American Dental Association, the feature that others find most attractive is not our hair, eyes, or body - it's our smile!!

So don't worry about trying to compete with the latest supermodel or those impossible-to-beat images we see on every billboard and magazine ad.  Just flash your pearly whites and smile!!

But there's more to it than that.  Anti-aging expert Dr. Mark Stibich has come up with some fantastic reasons to smile.  Here are just a few of them.

  • Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile.  Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood for the better.

  • Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling they lighten up the room and make things happier.  Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

  • Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed.  When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile.  The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

  • Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling helps the immune system to work better.  When you smile, immune function improves, possibly because you are more relaxed.  Prevent the flu and cold by smiling.

  • Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin, making us feel great.  Smiling is a natural drug.

  • Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger.  Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better.

There is no doubt about it - smiling is something we should be extremely thankful for.  At Dr. Jeff Blankshain's office it is our mission to give our patients something to smile about!

If you're not happy with your smile, call us right away at 773-745-5555.  We would love to help!!

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