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Top 5 Tips for Preventing Childhood Cavities

Taking steps to prevent cavities in your child’s early development is the best way to start good oral health habits that continue throughout life. Educating them on proper daily oral hygiene, the importance of a nutritious diet, and other factors that are good for their oral health can go a long way toward minimizing the risk of cavities and other teeth and gum concerns. Our dentists at Smile for Life Dental place a high emphasis... Continue Reading

Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

Gums that bleed while flossing can be due to a number of issues; however, if it is a common occurrence, it may likely be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease. To be sure, bleeding gums while flossing and performing daily oral hygiene routines could be caused by factors other than gum disease. These include a vitamin deficiency, a reaction to certain medications, ill-fitting dentures, or even the fact that you may have just started flossing... Continue Reading

How to Get Rid of a Tooth Infection

A tooth infection can endanger your oral health and your general health. Caused by a buildup of bacteria that affects the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues inside the tooth’s pulp, a tooth infection can result from severe decay, an untreated cavity, a fracture in the enamel, or even just poor oral hygiene routines. Some of the symptoms of a tooth infection include extreme pain and/or pressure in the tooth, an abscess that creates a... Continue Reading

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

In-Office BOTOX® Injections for TMJ Disorder and Facial Rejuvenation

Smile for Life Dental recently welcomed a skilled new dentist to our team, Dr. Gabrielle Chevance, who is extensively trained in administering BOTOX® injections and other injectable options. Dr. Chevance offers BOTOX® injections for the treatment of TMJ Disorder, as well as for patients who would like to reduce signs of facial aging and achieve a more youthful appearance. These procedures can be performed right here at our office, without the need to refer you... Continue Reading

Use Your 2015 Dental Benefits Before They’re Gone!

It’s almost the end of October – benefit from your benefits before the year runs out! Now is the time for you to plan to complete any proposed dental treatment prior to the end of the year. Please contact our Elgin dentist office if you have any of the following: Unused insurance benefits. Unused flexible spending funds. Proposed treatment for which payment would contribute to medical tax deductions. At Smile for Life Dental, our goal is... Continue Reading

Is Your Toothbrush Making You Sick?

The flu-bug is going around, and your immune system may not be the one to blame. Did you know your toothbrush is just as guilty to make you sick? The “Lighting Rod” for Dangerous Viruses This is where changing your toothbrush regularly becomes vital. When a toothbrush becomes contaminated, it can carry many diseases, including: Influenza Bacteria from E. Coli Strep Germs What can be done? Many worldwide dentists advise to: Never share your toothbrush... 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

Oral Health and Throat Cancer—Is There a Link?

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According to a recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research, your chances of developing throat cancer may be linked to the quality of your oral health. Researchers in Houston analyzed data collected from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and reported infection from the oral human papillomavirus (HPV)—a main cause of throat cancer—could be related to gum disease and other conditions brought on by poor oral health. What is throat cancer? Throat... Continue Reading