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How Do you Design a Smile

Elgin Dentist

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

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

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

Elgin dentist

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

A Patient’s Powerful Story

Taralyn D. first came into Smile for Life Dental with tears streaming down her face. The pain and sensitivity she had been enduring on the left side of her mouth was just too much handle; that, and the sinus infections and migraines that came along with it. “Everyone was super sweet and when I came in, and they were really sympathetic to my problem,” she says. She sought our help and we were more than... Continue Reading

Nigeria Shatters World Record in Tooth Brushing

Do you have a minute? That’s what promoters of the Lagos Tooth Brushing Challenge Project asked thousands of students in about 600 public secondary schools in Lagos, Nigeria. The students’ affirmative responses are landing them in the Guinness Book of World Records. Tooth Brushing World Record In an effort to build positive oral health behaviours among young people and use them to influence a change in older people, the Lagos State Government worked in tandem... Continue Reading

Cosmetic Dentistry: Improving the Quality of Seniors’ Lives

As people get older, there are a number of smile issues that present themselves. Teeth may begin to wear, chip, crack, discolor, stain, experience sensitivity, or need to be removed. However, the fact you're a senior now certainly does not mean your smile is permanently doomed to a life of damage, stains, or missing teeth. Cosmetic Dentistry and Seniors Seniors have every reason to smile when it comes to the modern cosmetic dentistry options available... Continue Reading