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How to Survive Family Dinners and Even Enjoy Them

  For some families, the holidays are just another reason to get together, eat great food, and have a good time. In this scenario, there's nothing more enjoyable than spending extra time with your loved ones (it's what the holidays are all about after all), BUT for other families, even the closest relatives can get grouchy when they're together for days or even hours at a time.   If your family holiday gatherings cause a... 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

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

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

Putting an End to Avoiding the Dentist

What's holding you back?   You've heard it before: See your dentist every six months for a preventative visit. So why don't you? We think we know what may be holding you back, and we can help with that!   Money doesn't grow on trees. What many don't realize, however, is that there are viable solutions to help limit expenses. This is 2014 and addressing any dental issue, such as a chipped tooth or aches, is well... 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

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