4 Reasons to Baby Your Teeth During Pregnancy

You're having a baby! Excitedly, you contacted friends and family to share the life-changing news, but did you also remember to call your Elgin dentist, Dr. Dean Lodding? You might wonder, “What does my dentist have to do with our new addition to the family?” More than you might realize. The Oral Systemic Link An important facet of caring and planning for your new bundle of joy involves maintaining your own health, before and during... Continue Reading

Oral Health and Throat Cancer—Is There a Link?

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According to a recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research, your chances of developing throat cancer may be linked to the quality of your oral health. Researchers in Houston analyzed data collected from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and reported infection from the oral human papillomavirus (HPV)—a main cause of throat cancer—could be related to gum disease and other conditions brought on by poor oral health. What is throat cancer? Throat... Continue Reading

Get a Free Recipe E-Book From the AACD!

Whether you are a Paleo Diet fiend or converted to the Vegetarian Diet, consider some important ingredients that are excellent smile boosters. Free Recipe E-Book The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry whipped up a e-book, featuring healthy recipes for your smile. This book covers all the essential ingredients for delicious meals. “To have a great smile, a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods will be your best ally,” said nutritionist Karen Krchma. “This booklet provides a... Continue Reading

Your Feedback is Important to Us!

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“Enhancing the smiles and lives of my patients is my passion.” These are the words Dr. Dean Lodding and our team live by when it comes to caring for your smile and overall well-being. “Dr. Lodding and his staff are very warm and very professional from the front desk to the back of the office.” – Beckie B. At Smile for Life Dental, our dentists in Elgin are always trying to find new ways to... Continue Reading

Save a Life: Know the Signs of a Stroke

You’ve heard us emphasize the importance of the oral systemic link, which is why we are sharing this important news! You can save a life by knowing the indicators of a stroke. A neurologist can reverse the effects of a stroke if that victim gets to the doctor within 3 hours. The trick is to know the signs!   Identifying a Stroke Please take a minute... Continue Reading

February is American Heart Month

Every year, 600,000 Americans die from heart disease, becoming the number one killer among women and men. Heart disease is known as the “Silent Killer” because of its practically nonexistent symptoms, and many organizations have invested massive research to preventing heart disease. In honor of American Heart Month, we would like to highlight one movement that has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease, saving 330 women’s lives every day—National Wear Red Day.... Continue Reading

Welcome to Our New Website!

Dr. Dean Lodding and our team at Smile for Life are excited to announce the launch of our new website! Our goal was to keep the same warm aesthetic look from our old site, but upgrade the user-experience. Basically, we want to make things easier for you! A Patient-First User Experience. Our website was created with you in mind. Elgin dentist, Dr. Lodding has anticipated your needs to get all your questions answered. We have... Continue Reading

Should I Be Concerned if I Have Gums That Bleed?

Do you equate a healthy, attractive smile with teeth that are dazzling white and cavity free. Absolutely! Yet, while these are undoubtedly major factors, the condition and health of your gums is another part you shouldn’t overlook. As your dentist in Elgin, Dr. Dean Lodding wants you to know your gums play an important role in the health of your smile and are also linked to your overall well-being. What Your Gums are Telling You... Continue Reading

How to Start off the New Year

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How to Start off the New Year with Something to Smile About The commencement of a new year often sparks the desire to make some changes in our lives, and better ourselves. It can include the resolution to stop smoking, enjoy life more fully, lose a few pounds, and spend more time with family and friends. Some of your resolutions will no doubt require greater effort, and self-determination to achieve than others. Whether the goal... Continue Reading