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What to Eat After Teeth Whitening

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After a professional teeth whitening treatment, you’ll naturally want to keep the results of your whiter, brighter smile going for as long as possible. While the effects of teeth whitening won’t be permanent, they can last for extensive periods as long as you take a few precautions, particularly when it comes to the food and beverages you consume after you’ve had the treatment. Knowing the types of food that can be helpful and which ones... Continue Reading

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Even the smallest chip in a tooth can have a noticeable effect on the appearance of your smile. These very common dental conditions can result from traumatic impact, falls, or trying to open a bottle or a package with your teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Dean Lodding and our experienced team of dentists offer numerous treatments that can address chipped teeth and renew the look of your smile with natural-looking results. A chipped tooth can often cause... Continue Reading

How Many Dental Implants Will I Need for My Implant Denture?

An implant denture essentially offers patients a hybrid version of dental implants and custom dentures, reaping the benefits of both of these advanced treatments to provide exemplary missing teeth replacement results. Implant dentures do not require a dental implant for each missing tooth; instead, only a select number of implants will be necessary, and these implants will work to provide a stable and secure basis of support for the custom denture that will be placed... Continue Reading

How Do you Design a Smile

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Do you hate the color, shape, size, or spacing of your teeth? Then you’re in luck! (Well… not luck, but we have the answer that you have been searching for.) The advancements in dentistry have been truly remarkable (triple backflip with one leg remark-able) — especially when it comes to porcelain veneers. Not only have the materials used to make veneers improved tremendously, but also have the abilities and skill sets of the dental professionals... Continue Reading

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

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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

Floss With Finesse: 5 Flossing Tips

Dentist in Elgin

  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

What’s Happening to Granny’s Teeth?

It used to be the voice of your mother or grandparent asking, “Did you remember to brush your teeth?” But with those people advancing in their years, a role reversal may have come about. Whether as a result of stroke, Alzheimer’s, or other health complications, the dental care of your loved ones may now be in your hands, and the question asking up to you.   Forgotten? Whether it’s you or another health care provider... Continue Reading

3 Healthy Foods Surprisingly Bad for Your Teeth

You know how the old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Is that actually true? Probably not, but many times we can mistake this sort of “common knowledge” for being grounded in truth. With that theme in mind, here are 3 foods you probably thought were in the all-clear category for both your general health and your teeth. Surprisingly, they’re not!   So Healthy it Hurts “An orange a day can... Continue Reading

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