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By Louis Sertich, DMD
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Good Oral HygieneGood oral hygiene starts at home and preferably very early in life. Unfortunately many Americans wait until there is a major problem with their dental health before taking on better hygiene habits. 26 percent of Americans have untreated dental caries according to the The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Nearly 50 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease according to the CDC. Reduce your chance of having these outcomes by taking better care of your teeth and gums, which includes regular visits to a general dentist at Merrillville Dental Center in Merrillville, IN. 

What Is Considered Good Oral Hygiene?
Good oral hygiene is keeping your mouth as free from bad bacteria and plaque as possible. While everyone has bad bacteria in their mouths, it is possible to keep it controlled and in balance. Habits that help control bad bacteria include daily brushing and flossing, using peroxide rinses, and eating the right foods.

Why Oral Hygiene Matters
Your teeth are important digestive tools that you use to process solid foods. You also need your teeth to talk normally. Prioritizing good oral hygiene will increase the chances that you'll keep your teeth for life. Oral hygiene is also important from an aesthetic standpoint. Better looking teeth make you more confident about smiling, increasing your sense of self-esteem.

Tips for Improving Your Dental Health
You have the power to turn your dental health around with the help of your Merrillville, IN general dentist. If you feel that you have been slacking on your at-home oral hygiene, here are a few tips to get you motivated:

- Place a timer on your bathroom sink and set it for two minutes every time you brush (at least twice per day). 
- Examine your toothbrush to make sure it is fresh and has the ability to reach places in your mouth that are hard to access.
- Keep containers of floss in your bedroom, bathroom, and wherever you relax during the day. The more frequently you floss, the less likely plaque will have a chance to form and harden.

Maintain a Relationship with Your Dentist
One of the best ways to promote good dental health is to see your general dentist for regular cleanings. Call (219) 755-0045 today to set up an appointment with Dr. Louis Sertich or Dr. Timothy Kamp in Merrillville, IN.

By Louis Sertich, DMD
June 06, 2018
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Dental Cleanings  

Professional Teeth CleaningIt's time for your cleaning and check-up at Merrillville Dental Center. While it's certainly a good experience--the hygienists and dentists are gentle and courteous--you wonder how necessary it is. Frankly, the incidence of tooth decay in the US has declined over the past 50 years, due in large part to professional cleanings and the services they provide, says the Centers for Disease Control. Learn what a cleaning and check-up with your general dentists Dr. Louis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp in Merrillville, IN, involves and why it's so important.

Every six-months

That's how often Dr.Louis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp, your general dentists in Merrillville, IN, want to see all their patients. Combined with twice-a-day brushing, once-a-day flossing and a tooth-friendly diet, preventive care stops the assaults of tooth decay and gum disease. These two maladies are the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States, says the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and largely, they're preventable.

Why? Well, careful tooth scaling removes bacteria-filled residues leftover from what we eat and drink. The bacteria--chiefly a strain of Streptococcus--give off corrosive acids which decay teeth and inflame gum tissue. In particular, gum disease, or periodontitis, seems linked to larger health problems. All in all, having the cleanest possible teeth and gums is a real boon to overall well-being.

Other benefits of dental cleanings

Would you like dental stains removed and your teeth polished? Well, a thorough hygienic cleaning and exam does all that and more as your hygienist takes digital X-rays as needed to check for decay between teeth. Also, she measures and charts the spaces between your teeth and gums--that is, gum pocket depth, an indicator of periodontal health. She recommends better ways to brush and floss, and as needed, applies topical fluoride treatments as an extra layer of protection against tooth decay.

Both your hygienist and your dentist do a simple oral cancer screening on all adult patients. As Dr. Sertich or Dr. Kamp perform your dental examination, they look for signs of decay and gum disease, checks dental alignment and assesses the condition of crowns and fillings. Finally, he'll offer you a complete treatment plan to address any needed restorations and to include your cosmetic goals as well (teeth whitening, bonding to repair chips or other issues).

Keep ahead

Yes, your oral health can change, but with six-month cleanings and exams at Merrillville Dental Center, you can have a beautiful smile that lasts. If it's time for your cleaning, call our office at (219) 755-0045. We have convenient hours Monday through Saturday.

By Louis Sertich, DMD
May 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how these common dental restorations can enhance your smile.restorative dentistry

Are you dealing with a damaged or missing tooth? If you said “yes” then you’ve come to the right place. Our Merrillville, IN, general dentists, Dr. Louis Sertich and Dr. Timothy Kamp, are here to help restore your smile and prevent issues from getting worse. Find out if crowns and bridges are just the things you’ve been looking for.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns, one of the most popular and commonly used dental restorations, are often made from a durable tooth-colored material such as porcelain and fabricated to look just like the crown of a tooth. When you see this restoration you’ll immediately notice that while it is shaped just like a tooth it is hollow, which allows it to fit completely over a weak, damaged, or unattractive tooth.

A bridge is an oral prosthetic that is used to replace one or more teeth in a row; however, crowns are a crucial component to a dental bridge, as they are used to support the dental bridge and hold the false tooth or teeth in place. Crowns are placed over healthy neighboring teeth on both sides of the bridge and then the false tooth (also referred to as a pontic) is cemented in between the crowns to fill the gap in your smile.

Who should consider getting crowns and bridges?

You could be a good candidate for getting crowns from our Merrillville dentist if you are dealing with a tooth that is weak or damaged and requires additional support and protection. A tooth that is worn down (often from bad habits like bruxism), decayed, damaged by trauma or had to undergo root canal therapy will most often benefit from a dental crown; however, crowns may also be a great way to cosmetically improve and enhance a tooth that is malformed or discolored.

A dental bridge is a great option if you are missing one or two teeth in a row and are looking for a secure and stable restoration that you can get quickly and easily. While there are certainly other ways to replace missing teeth, if you want a fast solution then a dental bridge might be the best choice.

Are you interested in getting crowns and bridges in Merrillville, IN? Do you want to sit down with a dentist who will be able to help you choose the right restoration to meet your smile needs? If so, then it’s time to turn to the experts at Merrillville Dental Center.

By Louis Sertich, DMD
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Want to beautify your smile? Your Merrillville, IN, can help you! Tooth-colored fillings, crowns, and veneers can make a serious difference cosmetic dentistryand restore confidence.

Tooth-colored Fillings:

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teeth

Dental Crowns:

A dental crown is made out of porcelain or ceramic. Unlike veneers, however, crowns don't just cover the front of your teeth. They're caps that fit over the unattractive, decayed or damaged tooth. Crowns can even be used to replace a missing tooth when your Merrillville dentist installs a dental bridge over your gums.

There are three steps to getting your unsightly tooth capped:

  • Step 1: Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth and begin drilling to file down the tooth. This is done to reshape the tooth so it fits under the crown. If there isn't very much natural tooth to begin with, your dentist will use a filling material to build up whatever exists of the natural tooth.
  • Step 2: A crown is designed at a laboratory using impressions taken of your teeth. The impressions are taken digitally or with the use of a putty-like material and are used as a guide so that laboratory technicians can mold a crown that'll fit perfectly over your tooth.
  • Step 3: The permanent crown is cemented over the tooth using a specific type of cement or resin.


Veneers are used to resurface an individual's teeth, especially if they're damaged.

Here are some things veneers can help with:

  • Stained teeth or discolored, due to poor hygiene, drinking coffee and tea, smoking, chewing tobacco or even antibiotics containing tetracycline.
  • Mishappened teeth like crooked, worn or chipped teeth and irregularly shaped teeth.

For more information, call your Merrillville, IN, dentist today!

By Louis Sertich, DMD
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are dealing with significant tooth loss, we have a simple solution that could help.dentures

Is tooth loss getting you down? Is it affecting everything from your social life to your ability to enjoy your favorite foods? Then it’s time you talked to our Merrillville, IN, dentist about whether dentures could help you achieve that full smile.

So, what are dentures exactly? Chances are pretty good that you know what dentures are but perhaps you aren’t entirely sure how they work. This removable set of artificial teeth sits on a foundation that is made to look just like natural gum tissue. Dentures are designed to sit on the gums and jawbone to help your new teeth stay in place. There are different kinds of dentures available in Merrillville, including:

Partial dentures: These dentures may be removable or fixed in place (also referred to as dental bridges) and are used to replace multiple missing teeth. This is the best option for someone who still has some healthy teeth remaining.

Full dentures: This complete set of dentures uses suction to rest on the gums and bone and they are removable, which means that you should take them out every night before bed. These dentures are ideal for someone dealing with total tooth loss.

Implant-supported dentures: Whether you aren’t exactly happy with your dentures or you really just want a more long-term solution to replacing your missing teeth this may be an ideal alternative for you.

Implants are placed into the jawbone during a simple in-office surgical procedure. The jawbone and tissue are given months to heal and during this time the implant and bone will fuse together to offer a stable and permanent foundation from which to support your dentures.

We know that with any new restoration that it can take some time to get used to your new teeth. The more often you wear your dentures the easier the transitional period will be for you and the faster you’ll get used to wearing them.

If you are someone in Merrillville, IN, who is dealing with tooth loss and wants to get their smile back on track then it’s time you called Merrillville Dental Center. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options to help you. Schedule a consultation with us today!

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