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Let’s Bond: Answers To Your Questions About Dental Bonding

What do you believe makes a person look approachable and friendly? Many people would answer, “A smile!” If you are less than thrilled with the condition of your own smile ‐ but aren’t ready to consider drastic cosmetic procedures ‐ you may be interested in dental bonding! What does dental bonding involve? Bonding involves applying a tooth‐colored resin material to teeth to fix chips, cracks, or other minor imperfections. The surface of the tooth is... Continue Reading

Fluoride and Sealants: They’re Not Just For Kids Anymore

Elgin, IL Dentist

You’re very diligent about brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. You even make sure you see Smile for Life Dental at least twice a year for your checkup and cleaning! Then one day, Dr. Lodding or Dr. Schuiling tells you you have a cavity! How could this happen? Believe it or not, the ​CDC Reports that 91% of individuals over the age of 20 have had cavities at some point in their adult lives. Cavities... Continue Reading

Get Oral Cancer In Check with your Elgin Dentist

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As your Elgin dentist, Dr. Lodding is committed to the health and well‐being of the mouths in our community! As you already know, regular cleanings and checkups are vitally important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, in addition to fighting plaque, regular checkups can also help you and your family fight oral cancer. There are an estimated 35,000 cases of oral cancers diagnosed in the United States every year. On average, 60 percent of... Continue Reading

Floss With Finesse: 5 Flossing Tips

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  It may look like a simple piece of string, but dental floss is so much more! It’s a proven ally in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and helps give your overall health a boost. Do you floss daily? What techniques help you get the most out of your flossing experience, without injury to your gums? Your Dentist in Elgin, Dr. Lodding  has complied a checklist to see if your flossing habits are up-to-par with the... Continue Reading

Restoration Reality Check with your Elgin dentist: Avoiding Replacement Could Cost You

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One of the questions we get asked frequently is: Why do I need to replace my filling (or crown)? I thought it would last forever? As much as we would love to be able to promise that to you, we can’t project planning app. Even with the highest quality materials and techniques, which of course Dr. Lodding uses, fillings and/or crowns (also called restorations) aren’t permanent. Why? Well, for the same reason why your natural... Continue Reading

Help Your Kids Play It Safe This Spring With a Sports Mouth Guard

Spring sports season is here! Are your athletes ready to play it safe? True or false: Youth football and hockey players have the highest number of dental‐related facial injuries. False. Mouth guards have been mandatory for football, ice hockey, and lacrosse for decades, so the number of facial injuries in these sports has declined dramatically. The majority of mouth injuries actually occur in other popular sports, including basketball, baseball, and gymnastics. According to a study... Continue Reading

How We Put Your Dental Fears to Rest at Smile for Life Dental

Let’s be real here: We know that visiting the dentist can be something that makes many patients nervous. Research shows that 20% of individuals who experience severe anxiety will only go to the dentist if absolutely necessary. However, regular dental checkups are vital not only because they keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they can also help protect and maintain your overall health and well-being. Dr. Lodding is sensitive to the fears and concerns... Continue Reading

What’s Living In Your Mouth…and What’s It Doing To Your Heart?

What’s living in your mouth? Why is it there? It’s 11:30 at night. You’ve worked another long day. The kids are finally asleep. All you want is to crawl into bed and close your eyes. Brushing and flossing your teeth seems like a daunting task. You’re sure it’ll be ok to skip it tonight as you drift off to sleep. It may seem innocent enough, those times you skip brushing, flossing or scheduling your regular... Continue Reading

Easing TMJ Pain in 5 Important Steps

Elgin Dentist

When the muscles, tendons and bones that make up your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are relaxed and in balance, your jaw opens and closes with ease. Daily activities such as speaking, biting, chewing, and laughing become possible, even enjoyable. For those suffering from TMJ disorder however, the pain and dysfunction experienced in the jaw joint and related muscles are nothing to smile about. What can you do to ease TMJ pain without making things worse? Thankfully... Continue Reading

How to Conquer Your Dental Phobia

Phobia: (noun) A marked and persistent fear of a clearly defined object or situation. In this case, fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. People may go through great lengths to avoid being confronted by their fears or phobias. It may be similar to post-traumatic stress caused by previous traumatic dental experiences. Dentist Chicago | Sedation dentistry is a perfect start for facing your fears! • It RELAXES you • It helps you OVERCOME... Continue Reading