John J. Kelly, DDS Your Smile | Your Health Fri, Dec 4, 2020
Fri, Dec 4, 2020

33°F

GREAT SMILES!

Call us today at
(773) 631-6844
Thank you!

EASY TO FIND!

5350 West Devon Av
Chicago, IL 60646
Get details!

SURF ON OVER!

Visit our website
for more info.
Do it today!

A Few Clouds

33°F

1°C

FOR GREAT SMILES!

Call us today at  
773-631-6844
 

EASY TO FIND!

5350 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646
Get details!

A Few Clouds

33°F

1°C

FOR GREAT SMILES

Request a visit online or
Call 773.631.6844
Do it today!

WE’RE EASY TO FIND!

5350 W. Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646
Dental office details!

IN THIS ISSUE

I Am Not Tired. Really!

I Am Not Tired. Really!

Unexplained tiredness always needs investigation. Sleep apnea or other sleep disorder, diabetes, anemia, celiac disease and mental health problems are among the issues that can present as exhaustion. Read more about it.

read more
I Am Not Tired. Really!

I Am Not Tired. Really!

Unexplained tiredness always needs investigation. Sleep apnea or other sleep disorder, diabetes, anemia, celiac disease and mental health problems are among the issues that can present as exhaustion. Read more about it.

read more
How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

When your teeth have flaws that make you self-conscious, you’re probably hesitant to smile. Maybe you have large gaps between teeth or chipped a tooth in an accident. Cosmetic dentistry can fix these little flaws and restore your confidence to smile.

read more
How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Smile

When your teeth have flaws that make you self-conscious, you’re probably hesitant to smile. Maybe you have large gaps between teeth or chipped a tooth in an accident. Cosmetic dentistry can fix these little flaws and restore your confidence to smile.

read more

our little video

ARVE Error: Mode: lazyload not available (ARVE Pro not active?), switching to normal mode

More Good Stuff

What You Should Know About Dry Socket

What You Should Know About Dry Socket

If you recently have had a tooth removed, your dentist may have mentioned a potentially painful condition, known as dry socket.

Here is a brief overview of what dry socket is, the causes, and how it can be treated.

What the heck is dry socket?



Blood typically fills the void in the bone immediately after a tooth is extracted. The blood clots and seals the gum wound. In time, the blood will absorb the calcium in the nearby bone of the jaw and turn into the bone itself. However, there are times when the clot falls out of the wound and the protection it provided the bone and nerve in the gums is lost. Food and other foreign objects such as bacteria can become implanted into the open wound and lead to infection. Infection will cause the wound to become inflamed and sore.

Treating Dry Socket

Your dentist will usually prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation and discomfort at first, but if the pain doesn’t get relieved to your satisfaction, you might get prescribed a corticosteroid.

The dentist will clean out the wound to remove all the debris that has gathered in it to eliminate the cause of the infection. The dentist will usually use a plastic curved tip syringe filled with sterile water to flush out the wound. The dentist will also vacuum out the wound to remove any remaining debris.

The wound will then be filled with a piece of gauze covered in a medicated paste that promotes healing. The gauze will have to be replaced every few days to avoid a bacterial buildup in the socket. You will usually have to return the dentist once or twice a week to have the bandage changed.

Happy ending…

You should experience immediate pain relief once the medicated gauze has been placed in your socket. Soft tissue will fill the socket within a few weeks, and the dry socket condition should disappear. Once dry socket has been eliminated, the dentist will continue any remaining oral treatment.

Now you know what dry socket is, there’s no need to panic!  Ask your dental practitioner for more info about dry socket.

The Benefits of Sonic Toothbrushes for Healthy, Attractive Teeth

The Benefits of Sonic Toothbrushes for Healthy, Attractive Teeth

No one argues about the importance of a good dental hygiene routine for protecting your teeth.

This includes thorough brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and many dentists recommend an electric toothbrush to help you do this most effectively.

However, it’s possible to use the latest technology to take your efforts one step further, and that’s by using a device known as a sonic toothbrush.

What is a Sonic Toothbrush?

They may sound like something out of science fiction, but sonic toothbrushes are very similar to ordinary electric ones, although far more effective to use. Normal powered toothbrushes vibrate at a rate of between 2-5k brushes per second, which is plenty fast enough for dislodging plaque, tartar, and other debris from your teeth – but sonic toothbrushes vibrate at a much higher speed. Their frequencies can reach well into the audible range, which gives them their “sonic” description. It’s not unusual for sonic brushes to work five to seven times faster than standard types, pulsing at a rate of 15,000 times a second or even more. This has two highly beneficial effects.

How Sonic Brushes Outperform Traditional Electric Models

Firstly, this extra vibration speed means the toothbrush bristles move faster across the surface of your teeth, increasing efficiency and removing more material for the same time spent brushing. However, it’s the second benefit that’s more interesting, and really sets sonic brushes apart from their less-advanced cousins.

Good Vibrations

The high-speed vibrations of the toothbrush head cause matching pressure waves in the air immediately surrounding it. These waves are basically sound waves, but at a higher frequency than the usual buzzing of an ordinary electric toothbrush.

These waves rapidly shake the surrounding plaque without actually touching it, loosening it from the tooth enamel, and making it much easier to dislodge and brush off. The pressure waves also disrupt and slow down the growth of bacteria living on your teeth, helping to keep their levels under control far more efficiently than ordinary brushing.


We are not endorsing any specific brand of sonic toothbrush, but just as an example, here is a demonstration/instruction on the use of a Philips Sonicare Toothbrush…




Importantly, these effects also reach down into the cracks and crevices between your teeth, which ordinary brushing can often skim over rather than cleaning deeply. Studies show that this improves brushing efficiency by up to 65% compared to conventional powered brushes.

Why Better Brushing Matters

The enhanced brushing and cleaning ability of sonic toothbrushes offers many benefits…

  • Lower levels of plaque and tartar
  • Slower bacteria growth, meaning less decay
  • Reduced chances of excess bacteria causing gum disease
  • A cleaner-feeling mouth, and sweeter-smelling breath
  • Reduced progression and depth of staining

A sonic toothbrush is no silver bullet for dental health, and it’s definitely not going to be more effective if you let it sit on the shelf. However, as an extra string to your dental-care bow, many experts agree, sonic brushes are well worth the slightly higher cost compared to ordinary electric models.

Ask your dentist or orthodontist about the advantages of sonic toothbrushes!

What You Should Know About Dry Socket

What You Should Know About Dry Socket

If you recently have had a tooth removed, your dentist may have mentioned a potentially painful condition, known as dry socket.

Here is a brief overview of what dry socket is, the causes, and how it can be treated.

What the heck is dry socket?



Blood typically fills the void in the bone immediately after a tooth is extracted. The blood clots and seals the gum wound. In time, the blood will absorb the calcium in the nearby bone of the jaw and turn into the bone itself. However, there are times when the clot falls out of the wound and the protection it provided the bone and nerve in the gums is lost. Food and other foreign objects such as bacteria can become implanted into the open wound and lead to infection. Infection will cause the wound to become inflamed and sore.

Treating Dry Socket

Your dentist will usually prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation and discomfort at first, but if the pain doesn’t get relieved to your satisfaction, you might get prescribed a corticosteroid.

The dentist will clean out the wound to remove all the debris that has gathered in it to eliminate the cause of the infection. The dentist will usually use a plastic curved tip syringe filled with sterile water to flush out the wound. The dentist will also vacuum out the wound to remove any remaining debris.

The wound will then be filled with a piece of gauze covered in a medicated paste that promotes healing. The gauze will have to be replaced every few days to avoid a bacterial buildup in the socket. You will usually have to return the dentist once or twice a week to have the bandage changed.

Happy ending…

You should experience immediate pain relief once the medicated gauze has been placed in your socket. Soft tissue will fill the socket within a few weeks, and the dry socket condition should disappear. Once dry socket has been eliminated, the dentist will continue any remaining oral treatment.

Now you know what dry socket is, there’s no need to panic!  Ask your dental practitioner for more info about dry socket.

TIMES TO SMILE

John J. Kelly, DDS

It's Friday 7:48 AMWe’re currently closed, but please do contact us online, or leave a message. Thank you!

Monday8:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Thursday7:00 AM — 4:00 PM
FridayClosed
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU

PATIENT CORNER

MEET DR. JOHN J. KELLY

Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

FREE VIRTUAL DENTAL CONSULT!

Virtual Dental Consultation
Click here to find out more!

TIMES TO SMILE

John J. Kelly, DDS

It's Friday 7:48 AMWe’re currently closed, but please do contact us online, or leave a message. Thank you!

Monday8:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Wednesday7:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Thursday7:00 AM — 4:00 PM
FridayClosed
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

MEET DR. JOHN J. KELLY

Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

PATIENT CORNER

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU

Call Now Button