Downers Grove Dentist (630) 629-6299
2932 Finley Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Marcia Basciano DDS,
Arif Samee, DDS,
Robert Peterson, DMD

Practicing Biocompatible Dentistry Since 1983

Month: July 2016

Downers Grove Dentist | Dr. Marcia Basciano is SMART Certified

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Marcia Basciano SMART Certified Dentist
Marcia Basciano, DDS, Downers Grove, IL dentist, has become certified in SMART – the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. She has the distinction of being the first Illinois member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) to earn this certification. Dr. Basciano has an ongoing commitment to continuing education, particularly in the field of biocompatible dentistry. SMART Certification adds yet another service she can provide to benefit her patients.

Amalgam fillings have been in use for many years. While they are generally strong and long-lasting, they may wear or break, requiring them to be replaced. Additionally, in some cases, the tooth structure beneath an amalgam filling may decay, requiring the removal of the filling for the decay to be treated. If you have a mercury amalgam filling that needs to be removed or replaced, contact our office for an appointment. Dr. Basciano will protect your health by using her SMART training to remove your amalgam filling safely and completely.

Mercury amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, contain as much as 50% mercury and can be highly dangerous to remove without proper training. Mercury exposure can occur through improper removal of amalgam fillings or through other sources, such as eating fish. When mercury is allowed to build-up in the body over time, it can lead to tissue damage to the brain, the kidneys, and other vital organs.

Simply drilling out a mercury amalgam filling can release high levels of mercury vapors and particles that could be inhaled. This is potentially harmful to you and your dental team alike. By using SMART, Dr. Basciano is able to remove your mercury amalgam fillings without endangering your health or that of the dental team.

SMART refers to both the safety standards and technique established by the IAOMT for the safe removal of mercury amalgam fillings. SMART requires specialized coursework covering the dangers of mercury and the proper methods of its safe removal. Moreover, the SMART curriculum provides instruction in the rigorous standards necessary for the safety of patients, doctors, and other dental personnel.

If you are concerned about the condition of your old mercury amalgam fillings, contact our office to have Dr. Basciano check them for wear or cracks. If you need a mercury amalgam filling removed, Dr. Basciano’s SMART certification makes her the clear choice for safe filling removal. Additionally, our practice has been providing safe alternatives to mercury amalgam fillings since 1983. Contact our office for an appointment.

Downers Grove Dentist | How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

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Dentist in Downers GroveThe food children eat affects their long term oral health. Some foods have nutrients teeth need. Others are full of acids and sugars that are harmful to teeth. With so many unhealthy food choices being marketed to children every day, it is vital that you take a stand. Offer fun, healthy snacks and model the better food choices you want your kids to make.

Offer healthy snack choices. Kids should have a well-balanced and nutritional diet. This not only promotes overall health but also helps build a strong healthy smile. Nutrition is an important part of oral health. Teaching your kids about eating healthy and limiting sugary foods will help foster a balanced diet from an early age. This will form habits that will result in a lifetime of strong teeth and better health overall.

Have fun with snacks. Promote a nutritious diet by getting creative with snack choices. If you show your kids that healthy snacks are fun, they will be more likely to eat them. Apple slices with peanut butter, fruit smoothies, and yogurt with granola or fruit are great examples of fun, yet healthy combinations. Remember to avoid soda and sugary drinks. These can leave sugars on teeth and can increase the risk of plaque and tooth decay. Water is always the best solution! Eating a well-balanced lunch and dinner is important as well. Make sure to add a variety of fruits and vegetables to every meal so that your kids become accustomed to them.

Be a good role model. Children learn habits by following the example set by their parents. Send your kids the right message by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables yourself. Avoid sugary snacks that can cause cavities or gum disease. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene in front of your kids. If you brush and floss after meals and snacks, your kids will follow the example. Consider brushing together with your child to reinforce good brushing skills and habits. Make sure to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime. If it is possible, try to encourage your child to brush after lunch or after sweet snacks.

Follow up. Don’t forget it is also very important to have regular dental appointments for your child, and model healthy habits by seeing your own dentist regularly. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us for more ideas on how to promote healthy snacking for great long term dental health!


Dentist Downers Grove | The Periodontal Disease – Diabetes Connection

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Dentist in Downers GroveNearly 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Almost 65 million Americans have periodontal disease. Recent studies have suggested that there is a two-way connection between diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease. Patients with gum disease have increased risk of other diabetic complications and patients with diabetes are more prone to developing gum disease.

Gum disease causes inflammation in the body, which can make controlling blood sugar more difficult for diabetic patients. Severe periodontal disease has even been shown to increase blood sugar, making it more difficult to maintain or regain good blood sugar control. In addition, when blood sugar is elevated, patients experience increased risks of additional diabetic complications.

Patients with diabetes are more prone to infections in general. This is especially true for patients whose diabetes is not well controlled. Diabetic patients with poor blood sugar control are more likely to develop gum disease than patients whose diabetes is well controlled. Less controlled diabetic patients will generally have a more severe case of gum disease and are likely to lose more teeth from gum disease, as well.

Besides blood sugar control, diabetes includes a number of other health complications. Diabetic patients are more prone to other oral health issues, such as dry mouth or thrush (a fungal infection of the mouth). Reduced saliva production or infection in the mouth can increase risks of developing periodontal disease as well.

Smoking can escalate these risks even further. Studies have shown that smokers are 5 times more likely than non-smokers to develop gum disease, overall. Diabetic smokers age 45 or older have been found to be 20 times more likely to develop severe gum disease.

Fortunately, when diabetes and blood sugar are well-controlled, the risks of periodontal disease and other oral health complications are no different than for patients without diabetes. If you are diabetic, it is important to work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar under control as much as possible to avoid these added health complications.

Be sure to let us know if you have diabetes and how well-controlled it is. We may need to discuss your medication schedule when planning treatments or to postpone a treatment if your blood sugar is not controlled. Keep in mind that healing from treatment can take longer for diabetic patients, even when blood sugar is well-controlled.

If you have questions or concerns about your risk of periodontal disease with diabetes, contact our office for more information.