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Get Oral Cancer In Check with your Elgin Dentist

Elgin Dentist

As your Elgin dentist, Dr. Lodding is committed to the health and well‐being of the mouths in our community! As you already know, regular cleanings and checkups are vitally important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, in addition to fighting plaque, regular checkups can also help you and your family fight oral cancer. There are an estimated 35,000 cases of oral cancers diagnosed in the United States every year. On average, 60 percent of... 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

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

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

Should I Be Concerned if I Have Gums That Bleed?

Do you equate a healthy, attractive smile with teeth that are dazzling white and cavity free. Absolutely! Yet, while these are undoubtedly major factors, the condition and health of your gums is another part you shouldn’t overlook. As your dentist in Elgin, Dr. Dean Lodding wants you to know your gums play an important role in the health of your smile and are also linked to your overall well-being. What Your Gums are Telling You... 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

Dental Implants: Counting the Cost of a Healthy Smile

When it comes to addressing tooth loss, dental implants have grown in popularity over the years. Perhaps, though, there's one factor that's holding you back from choosing this highly-effective dental procedure—the cost in comparison to other traditional solutions. The Dental Implant Dilemma A dental implant involves surgically placing a titanium screw in the jawbone, and then attaching a specially designed crown to the post. The result is a completely natural looking tooth that can last... Continue Reading

How to Stay in the Best Oral Health at 40+ Years Old

For anyone out there who is over 40 years old, you know your teeth may not be as perfect as they used to be. Normal wear over the years is expected, but it's not too late to improve your oral health and keep your teeth in great shape for years to come. Part of this is learning what issues to watch out for and knowing the best proper habits for dental care. Once you know... Continue Reading