Dental Professionals

Virtual Dental Visits are Here!

Online dental consults are now live at Dental Professionals!

Click here to request a video consult.

Telemedicine, or in this case teledentistry, is the technology that allows your doctor or dentist to remotely provide an exam for you wherever you are in the world. Essentially, you chat with your provider over live video—it’s similar to using Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, or Zoom. All you need is a device or computer with a camera. At Dental Professionals, we are proud to now provide this service.

Dental Consult Online

About our system:

  1. It’s user friendly and intuitive—no training or special web skills needed.
  2. It’s HIPAA-compliant so your information is secure.
  3. It allows you to upload photos.
  4. It’s powered by the professional version of Zoom, so the controls are already familiar to many.
  5. It works from your phone, tablet, or desktop computer with camera.
  6. You can request that other people be present as well (spouse, children, etc.)—they can join from their own device and participate in the discussion too!

 

What appointment types can be scheduled this way?

  1. Emergency exams (especially when coming into the office is difficult or impractical)
  2. Follow-up visits (for example, a follow-up after implant surgery)
  3. Cosmetic dental consultations
  4. Gummy smile consultations
  5. Second opinions (for certain situations)
  6. Treatment conferences (i.e. discuss details of recommended treatment)

Notably, most dental insurance companies cover a teledental visit the same way they would cover an in-office visit.  Every plan is different, so check with your insurance provider if you have questions specific to your situation.

 

How does it work?

  1. After you request an appointment, our team will contact you to schedule.
  2. You will receive an invite via email or text, as well as reminders.
  3. Prior to your appointment, the link in the email or text brings you to a virtual reception room.
  4. If you don’t have Zoom installed on your device, the program prompts you and completes this (note, you don’t have to do anything in Zoom—the program all runs on its own).
  5. In the reception room, you can sign the short consent form and have the option to upload photos
  6. At your appointment time, your doctor initiates the visit!

 

You can request a video consult here:  dentalprofessionals.com/patient-information/virtual-appointment-request/

You can also request a video consult by calling or emailing either of our office locations. We’d love to see you in person but are excited to offer this convenient option to save you time and possibly avoid unnecessary trips to the office!

The Best Dental Floss for Every Type of Patient—According to Dentists and Hygienists

Newsflash: all floss is not created equal. That’s why our doctors and hygienists have spent years testing out virtually every product out there, learning which products help our patients and their personalized needs because not everyone needs the same product. Here, our team lays out the best dental floss for every type of patient and mouth. We’re not paid by any companies to promote these products. We just want each of you to find what works best for your mouth and help you stay as healthy as possible. And c’mon, we’re dentists: we love floss.

But first, why do we need floss in the first place?

It’s simple—dentists all agree that patients who floss regularly have healthier gums.  They have less bleeding, bone loss, and inflammation.  Dr. Paul Katz sums it up nicely: “Over the years, I’ve frequently asked patients with healthy gums what they do to keep them so perfect. Besides visiting us at Dental Professionals, they all floss regularly! It didn’t matter so much which type of floss they used, it was the fact that they used it!”  That said, different mouths can get an extra benefit being paired with the ideal floss. That’s what we aim to help you do here.

The 10 Best Dental Floss Choices for Every Purpose

Cocofloss Product

1. The Hygienist Favorite Dental Floss: Cocofloss

Multiple hygienists on the Dental Professionals team raved about this product and use it themselves as their go-to floss at home.  Made from coconut, the texture is thick and fibrous. Zhanna likes that it doesn’t shred and loves the variety of flavors, saying “it comes in mint, different fruit flavors, chocolate, and even gelato.” The team agrees that the flavors are pleasant but not overpowering.  Daniella says Cocofloss is her “absolute favorite.  I’ve tried several brands but always come back to Cocofloss.”  Cocofloss offers subscriptions for easy refills. The only negatives mentioned were that due to the thickness, it can be difficult to use in very tight contacts between teeth, as well as that it is not easily found in stores. It’s also cruelty-, paraben-, SLS- and PFAS-free!

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LIsterine Reach Dental Floss

2. Classic-Brand Favorite: Johnson & Johnson Listerine Floss (formerly Reach Floss)

If one of our hygienist’s favorite floss wasn’t Cocofloss, then it was Listerine Floss, by Johnson and Johnson (formerly called Reach Dental Floss). Carrie, a Dental Professionals hygienist of 22 years, uses this as her personal floss, saying she feels “the lighter wax coating wipes plaque off better.” Ator, who’s been with our team for over 10 years as a hygienist, said of Listerine Floss: “I like how it stretches. It’s one of my favorites!”

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Glide Dental Floss

3. The Best Dental Floss for Tight Contacts: Oral-B Glide Pro Health

Glide is a well-known floss for a reason—it easily slides between teeth due to a very smooth texture.  It is effective at plaque removal, gently stimulates gums, and features a light layer of natural wax to help with grip.

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Oral-B Superfloss

4. The Best Dental Floss for Braces or Bridges: Superfloss

Superfloss is an essential tool for patients with traditional braces, bonded wire retainers, and/or bridges replacing missing teeth. Each piece of Superfloss has three different parts—a stiff end for easy threading, a thicker spongy section, and a section of “regular” floss. The pieces are pre-measured and come in multi-packs.  We even use these in the office for these same patients—there really is nothing better!

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boka dental floss

5. Best Dental Gluten-Free & Vegan Floss: Boka Floss

Boka Floss is made with vegetable wax, as well as being PTFE-free (i.e. Teflon-free) and petroleum-free.  Our hygienist Elizabeth loves it, saying it provides a “thorough, satisfying clean.” Similar to brands like Quip (which I don’t actually recommend) or Cocofloss, Boka offers subscriptions on top of one-time purchases so you never run out.

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6. The Best Dental Floss for Overachievers: Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss

Italian-made Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss comes in a biodegradable container, is lightly waxed with vegetable and bee’s wax, and is gluten-, PTFE- and BPA-free. It even promises to remove up to 55% more plaque than regular waxed or PTFE flosses—we told you it was for overachievers.  Dr. Jacobs notes that “internal studies on plaque removal differences between brands must be taken with a grain of salt, but Dr. Tung’s has been very effective for our patients who’ve tried it.”

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7. The Best Clean Dental Floss: Risewell Floss

There are endless choices when one searches for natural or chemical-free flosses. These three (Boka, Dr. Tung and Risewell) flosses, however, have been researched and critically tested by our team, winning their approval. Risewell is especially unique as it offers a hydroxyapatite-infused dental floss, designed to help remineralize the surfaces between teeth, which is an important part of preventing tooth decay from dietary acid. It features vegan wax and is also PTFE- and petroleum-free.

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8. The Best Soft Pick: The Humble Co. Floss Picks

For our patients who prefer soft picks, our hygienist Elizabeth recommends floss picks from The Humble Co. These picks are double threaded for better plaque removal, made of eco-friendly corn starch, and come in two shapes for better access.

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9. Best for People Who Don’t Want to (or Can’t) Floss: The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator

In our practice, we so strongly believe in the effectiveness of oral irrigators that ALL patients who undergo Perio 360 gum disease treatment are given one. Amazingly, we’ve also discovered that the significant number of patients who, for various reasons, just cannot integrate flossing into their daily routine almost unanimously like oral irrigators. Hydro Floss irrigators are what we primarily recommend, as they use magnets to ionize water—which studies show decreases plaque and calculus accumulation.

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10. The Best Compact Irrigator Option: The Cordless Waterpik Water Flosser

Similar to the Hydro Floss, this product is great for patients who aren’t able to integrate regular flossing into their lives. Waterpik offers a few versions of this product, but this one is specifically great for folks who maybe aren’t in the same place every night or don’t have too much counter space.

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But which floss do the dentists at Dental Professional prefer? 

Dr. Katz: “Myself, I use unflavored waxed floss, because it doesn’t break as easily as un-waxed. My wife also uses waxed floss, but she likes the flavored (mint) type.

Dr. Jacobs: “I use Glide Pro-Health (Oral-B brand).  It’s smooth during use and easy to find in stores (you can buy it in bulk at Costco) I also use a Hydrofloss oral irrigator—even after brushing and flossing, it’s amazing what you can ‘power-wash’ out of your teeth.”

Dr. Finkel: “I use one of the many samples I always have coming into the office—it’s not so much which floss, but ensuring flossing happens at all.  Given a choice, I use a medium thickness, unwaxed floss.”

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Perio 360 – Saving Lives through Oral Health

Dr. Amy Doneen of the BaleDoneen Method just published another wonderful piece on the critical importance of gum health and oral health. This is probably one of the best lay summaries of the risks that infected gums pose to HALF OF ADULTS over 30 years old. It’s a quick read, so definitely check it out.

The good news, at Dental Professionals we have been carrying out the bacterial testing she recommends for over three years! It’s a key part of our Perio 360 protocol.

The Lifesaving Importance of Getting Dental Care at Least Twice a Year

Best Dentists in Chicago

Chicago Magazine – Dental Professionals Selected as Among Best Dentists 2018

We are proud to announce that, just as in 2017, each of the doctors at Dental Professionals has been selected by their peers as among the most outstanding dentists and specialists in Chicago.  Chicago Magazine works to survey thousands of licensed dentists in the area and find out which in their field they trust to take care of their family and friends’ dental needs.  It’s an honor to again be on this list. 

Below you can see our featured write-up from 2017’s Top Dentists issue:

 

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A Dentist’s Review of the Quip Toothbrush

Above: screenshot from Quip homepage

With the success of subscription shaving supplies, it was only a matter of time before a similar sales model was tried for oral health. A number of companies are attempting this, the most visible of which is Quip.

I personally see Quip ads all over my Facebook newsfeed and elsewhere online. This may be targeted marketing, as my searches tend dental, but I hear from non-dentite friends that they see them too.

Curious, I recently got my hands on a Quip brush and tried it out for a weekend. Full disclosure, I am a dedicated Sonicare user of 10+ years. As a fourth generation dentist, at some point I’ve had just about every make of manual brush, as well as an Oral-B electric brush in the past.

The Positive: Appearance. The design of Quip is quite attractive. The brush is comfortable to hold and pretty to look at. The suction feature is slick – not sticky when you touch it, but easily grips to my mirror or other smooth surface. The travel cover idea is nice too. Unfortunately…that’s really the only remarkable feature of Quip—it’s a nice looking toothbrush.

Negative 1: Function. Touted as an electric brush, Quip is essentially a manual brush that happens to gently vibrate a little. For manual brushers, it adds little effect, and for Sonic brushers, the “hold the brush in place and let it do the work method” does not work. It’s confusing really. Of course, these small vibrations feel better to some users (versus the Sonic brushes) because they are so delicate, but unfortunately delicate isn’t as effective in cleaning. Also, the bristle design is ineffective at reaching the distal (very back) side of the very back teeth.

Negative 2: Subscription. While it seems there are some loopholes, you are essentially paying a relatively high price to get average toothpaste and replacement brush tips every three months. You must also change the AAA battery on a similar schedule. Quip touts the lack of a rechargeable battery as a positive—I do not. A charged Sonicare easily makes it through a week or more of travel and doesn’t require buying, installing, and disposing of batteries.

Summary: If you have money to burn and want a glorified manual toothbrush, Quip may be for you. If you want the most effective cleaning and don’t need another subscription beyond Prime and Netflix, try a Sonicare (doesn’t need to be the highest end model…they all use the same technology). Or better yet, at your next dental visit, ask your provider  for what they feel would be best brush for your specific needs.

My advice? Don’t get quipped.

-Dr. Jacobs

Here are a couple images of a Quip brush (green stripe) next to a Sonicare DiamondClean:

 

For more information, or to judge for yourself:

Quip:  https://www.getquip.com/

Sonicare:  https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-pe/electric-toothbrushes

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Our New and Improved Website!

As of yesterday, our new site is live.  We will be continuing to fill-in-the-blanks over the coming weeks, but are excited about a number of new features:

  1. mobile friendly – now easier to call us and navigate the site
  2. ADA compliant – you’ll see access to these unique features (like higher contrast and enlarged font size) at the bottom left of the website
  3. online patient registration – simple, HIPAA compliant, and saves you time at the office
  4. online specialist referral – others dentists and specialists can now refer you to our practice with a quick, secure portal
  5. appointment request module

 

We’d love your feedback and suggestions for continued improvement.

Happy browsing!