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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

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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

The Whole Unconventional Truth about Dentistry

What do your parents and your Elgin dentist have in common? a) They both are expert health-care providers. b) They both are surprisingly cool and modern. c) They both love you dearly and want what’s best for you.   Depending on the type of parents you have, all 3 answers could be right. However, we’ll be politically correct and bet our money on answer C.   True, we are expert health-care providers, and we are... Continue Reading

The Summer Super-Mom’s Top 5 Tips!

Summer is a often a wonderful season spent enjoying the company of friends and family in the sun. Of course, those of us with kids know how busy it can be as well. To help those mothers and parents out there stay on their game and make this summer the best ever, we asked the Super-Mom for some help. Here are 5 Secrets of the Summer Super-Mom, courtesy of the dentist Elgin trusts, Dr. Dean... Continue Reading

3 Smile Deficiencies Resolved by Porcelain Veneers

If there are aspects of your smile that you're less than thrilled with, consider the highly popular dental solution of porcelain veneers. What makes them such a great option? Veneers can effectively address various concerns with your teeth, and can dramatically transform your somewhat mediocre smile into one with some serious pizzazz. Consider three undesirable smile-inhibitors, and how they can be resolved by porcelain veneers.   Smile Deficiency #1 Gaps and Spaces — Unevenly spaced... Continue Reading

Are You Safe, or Will You Be Sorry?

You're familiar with the saying, "It's better to be safe than sorry." But do you actually live by it? We all know we should be playing it safe, especially when it comes to our health, but sometimes it's easy to forget why we need to be safe, and we end up being sorry. Let us remind you why you want to be safe and not sorry when it comes to your oral health. Play It Safe... While your... Continue Reading