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Children and Thumb Sucking

November 21, 2022

Thumb sucking is natural for children. Sucking on pacifiers, thumbs, fingers, or other objects can make babies feel more secure and happy. Young children may also suck their thumb to help them fall asleep.   Can Thumb Sucking Affect a Child’s Teeth? After a child’s permanent teeth come in, thumb sucking may cause problems with …

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Good Nutrition Can Improve Your Oral Health

October 25, 2022

Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is essential to a healthy smile, but did you know what you eat can affect your oral health? Your food and drink choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Eating nutrient-rich foods promotes healthy teeth and gums. A balanced diet that includes protein, fruits, …

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Is Invisalign Better than Traditional Braces

September 18, 2022

Invisalign aligners are a popular alternative for adults who have mild to moderate crooked, crowded, or spacing between the teeth. They are smooth, custom-made plastic trays worn over your teeth. Many patients prefer them to traditional metal braces for a variety of reasons. Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system, backed by more than …

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Cosmetic Dental Bonding vs. Veneers

August 29, 2022

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both common cosmetic dental treatments. They can treat the gaps between your teeth, shortened teeth, discoloration, and damage to a tooth. Porcelain Veneers and Dental Bonding in Downers Grove, IL Patients with damaged and/or stained teeth can benefit from both porcelain veneers and dental bonding. But which option is …

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Gum Abscess and Treatment

July 19, 2022

If your gums are swollen or bleeding, or you experience pain in your jaw, you may have a gum abscess. This condition will require a trip to the dentist so you can get treatment as soon as possible and relieve the pain. What Is a Gum Abscess? A gum abscess is an infection with pus …

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Is it Better to Have a Dentist Whiten Your Teeth?

June 28, 2022

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic treatment for people who want to brighten their smile. Are you wondering which is better to whiten your teeth at home or at the dentist’s office? There are many benefits of choosing to have a dentist over using an at-home kit to do it yourself. At-home teeth whitening …

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What You Need to Know about Lip Cancer

May 19, 2022

Lip cancer is a type of mouth cancer and if caught early it can be treated. With an early diagnosis, the chances of survival are nine out of ten. Signs and symptoms of lip cancer include: Open sores Changes to the skin on the lips A red patch that is crusty, itchy, or bleeds Lumps …

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What Is Dental Plaque?

April 21, 2022

Dental plaque is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth and can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque contains bacteria, which following a meal or snack containing sugar can release acids that attack tooth enamel. It begins forming on the teeth 4-12 hours after brushing. This is why it is so important …

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Your Mouth and Your Overall Health

March 29, 2022

Did you know that your mouth, teeth, and gums can affect your overall health? Bacteria can cause disease and your mouth is the entry point to your digestive system and respiratory tract. Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can cause infections, such as tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease. According to the CDC, more than 40% …

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Digital Dental X-Rays vs. Film X-Rays

February 22, 2022

While conventional dental x-rays (film) are considered safe and emit low levels of radiation, advanced technology in the dental field offers a safer option for patients. We know some patients are concerned about exposure and their safety. Digital dental x-rays expose you to far lower levels of radiation. In fact, they produce up to 90% …

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