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From Dental Health to Overall Health (3/31/2020) - WHEN WE THINK of being healthy, how much are we thinking about oral health? Just because we go to our dentists for oral health concerns and physicians for overall health concerns, it doesn’t mean there’s no connection between the two. The Mouth Is the Bridge Between Body and World If the eyes are the window to
5 Weird and Fun Mouth Facts (3/31/2020) - HOW MUCH DO you know about your mouth? Prepare to know a lot more, because we’re about to share a bunch of strange and fascinating mouth trivia. Let’s get started! #1: Our sense of taste needs saliva to work! We have approximately 10,000 taste buds in our mouths, most of which are on our tongues, but they
What Are All Those X-Rays For? (3/31/2020) - JUST ABOUT ANYONE who’s been to the dentist has had dental X-rays taken, but how much do you know about the role they play in dental care? Let’s take a quick look at the different types of dental X-rays and what we use them for. Seeing Inside Your Teeth: The Value of X-Rays One of the
Stress and Our Mouths (3/31/2020) - MENTAL WELL-BEING or lack thereof can often have an impact on physical health. Among those impacts are the ways that oral health can be affected by stress, and we want to make sure our patients are aware of the connection so they have more tools to fight back. Grinding Your Teeth? Stress May Be Behind It.
What Makes Teeth Sensitive? (2/9/2020) - IF YOU CAN’T REALLY enjoy ice cream because every bite sends a nasty jolt through your teeth, then you know what it’s like to deal with tooth sensitivity. You aren’t alone in that; at least one in eight people in the U.S. has sensitive teeth, including kids. So why does this happen to so many of
Sleep Apnea, Jaws, and Gums (2/9/2020) - IN JUST THE UNITED STATES, sleep apnea affects over 18 million adults and up to 20 percent of children who habitually snore. Sleep apnea is a disorder involving brief, repeated interruptions to normal breathing during sleep. In addition to being potentially life-threatening, this disorder can be very harmful to oral health. The Different Types of Sleep
What Are Tongue Ties and Lip Ties? (2/9/2020) - BEING “TONGUE-TIED” is a common expression in the English language, but it’s also a real medical condition. Being lip-tied is another, and both are caused by thin pieces of tissue called frenula. One frenulum connects the upper lip to the upper gums, and another connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. We have other
Oral Health and Eating Disorders (2/9/2020) - OUR BODIES NEED a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in order to function effectively, all the way to the cellular level. Eating enough food and the right types of food is crucial to stay healthy, and this is a big part of what makes eating disorders such a dangerous problem. Not only is it
Spotlight on Men’s Oral Health (2/9/2020) - WE SHOULD ALL BE taking good care of our teeth and gums, but did you know that this can mean different things for men than for women? That’s right: one of the ways men and women are different is their oral health, which is why we’re giving guys some tips for how to keep those handsome
The Hazards of Oral Piercings (1/4/2020) - FROM CLOTHING TO HAIRSTYLE to cosmetics to accessories, our personal style is how we portray who we are, and this can include piercings. However, where clothing and hairstyles are very rarely health risks (we hope), the same isn’t true of piercings. Oral piercings, specifically, pose several risks to healthy teeth and gums. Risks of Tongue and
Fluoride and Cavity Prevention (1/4/2020) - IF YOU LOOK AT ANY tube of toothpaste with the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, you’ll see fluoride listed as the active ingredient. Trace amounts of fluoride are also added to the drinking water in many communities to further promote strong and healthy teeth. But what is fluoride and how does it work? A Brief
What to Do When a Toothache Strikes (1/4/2020) - TOOTHACHES CAN HAPPEN for a number of reasons. It’s important to know what to do about them, because they don’t always happen when the dentist’s office is open. Do you have a plan for how to deal with an after-hours toothache? Major Causes of Toothaches Tooth decay is the main culprit behind a painful tooth, but
Cold and Flu Season and Oral Health (1/4/2020) - COMING DOWN WITH the flu is never any fun, but it’s still no time to let up on your oral hygiene routine. The same applies if you get a cold. With flu and cold season starting up, we thought this was a good time to share some tips for maintaining good oral health through one of
Spotlight on Women’s Oral Health (1/4/2020) - WHEN YOU THINK of the differences between men and women, oral health concerns probably don’t appear high on the list. In reality, men and women face very different challenges with maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Women have a few advantages that men don’t while struggling with being more at risk for certain issues. Oral Health Conditions
How To Prepare For A Dental Emergency (11/27/2019) - EMERGENCIES ARE SO MUCH easier to deal with if we’ve prepared for them in advance, and that includes dental emergencies. You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for something like an unexpected tooth injury or dental health issue. It’s true that a dental emergency isn’t quite the same as a food shortage or
Charcoal Toothpaste: Science Versus Fads (11/27/2019) - IF GIVEN THE CHANCE to change something about their smiles, most people would choose to have whiter teeth, and quite a few are willing to try just about anything for it, including something as counterintuitive as scrubbing them with toothpaste made of charcoal. The History of Charcoal as a Remedy The activated charcoal-based dental and skin
Gum Recession: Minimizing Your Risks (11/27/2019) - THE EXPRESSION “getting long in the tooth” refers to gum recession, but this oral health problem isn’t necessarily connected to age. Gum recession is when the edge of the gingival tissue moves away from the crown of the tooth, exposing the root. The reason we tend to think of it as an age-related problem is that it tends
Animal Teeth Olympics (11/27/2019) - TEETH ARE OUR PASSION, and while we spend most of our time focusing on human teeth, sometimes it’s fun to take a look at the truly amazing teeth of the animal kingdom. So today we’re going to hold the olympics of animal teeth, to see which critters win the gold for biggest, strongest, hardest, and most
How Smoking Affects Oral Health (11/27/2019) - WE’VE ALL HEARD over and over how smoking can adversely impact health, with the most infamous example being lung cancer. But smoking doesn’t only harm the lungs; it damages every single system in the body, and it also damages oral health. Smoking Increases the Risk of Oral Cancer Like we said before, lung cancer tends to
The Impact of Diabetes on Teeth and Gums (11/27/2019) - ONE OF THE MOST common complications of diabetes is gum disease, and that isn’t the only way diabetes is hard on teeth and gums. Diabetes and oral health have a close relationship. If the diabetes isn’t carefully controlled, it will be much harder to maintain good oral health, and vice versa. What Does Blood Sugar Have
Conquering Dental Anxiety (11/27/2019) - EVEN THOUGH WE know, logically, that going to the dentist is a safe, normal, and important part of staying healthy, many of us don’t find it particularly fun to lie flat on our backs while someone pokes around our teeth and gums. For some people, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills them with anxiety,
Sugar, Its Many Aliases, and Your Teeth (10/29/2019) - WHAT COMES TO MIND when you hear the word “sugar”? Probably your favorite type of candy or dessert, maybe your favorite soda. You probably didn’t picture barbecue sauce, granola bars, flavored yogurt, or fruit juice, but all of these and plenty more foods you wouldn’t suspect are loaded with sugar. That isn’t great news for our
How To Prepare For A Dental Emergency (9/18/2019) - EMERGENCIES ARE SO MUCH easier to deal with if we’ve prepared for them in advance, and that includes dental emergencies. You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for something like an unexpected tooth injury or dental health issue. It’s true that a dental emergency isn’t quite the same as a food shortage or
Daily Habits That Harm Our Teeth (9/11/2019) - OUR TOOTH ENAMEL holds the distinction of being the hardest substance in our bodies — even harder than bone! But don’t take that to mean our teeth are invincible. As hard as enamel is, it’s also somewhat brittle, so we should be careful to avoid daily habits that attack that weak point. Two of the most
Dentures Through History (9/11/2019) - TOOTH LOSS HAS BEEN a problem people have had to deal with all throughout history, and false teeth have been a solution since at least 2500 B.C. Dentures Through The Ages The oldest known false teeth were discovered in Mexico, made of wolf teeth. Millennia later, around 700 B.C., the ancient Etruscans would use gold bands or
The Ways Medicine Affects Oral Health (9/11/2019) - EVERY MEDICATION COMES with a list of potential side effects. Sometimes those side effects include a negative impact on oral health. The Chemistry Of Medicine And The Mouth Certain medications and vitamins can be pretty hard on our teeth, even for the short time they’re in our mouths. As adults, we swallow most of our medicines
Common Toothbrush Mistakes To Avoid (8/15/2019) - MAINTAINING GOOD DENTAL health isn’t just about the quantity of your brushing — it’s also about the quality. There are several mistakes many of us make when brushing our teeth, whether because we’re using the wrong tools or because we’re using the right tools the wrong way. 1. Keeping A Toothbrush Too Long How long has
You’ll Be Smiling Again With Dental Implants (8/8/2019) - TOOTH DECAY, ACCIDENTS, and sports-related injuries are a few of the most common causes of tooth loss, but thanks to modern dentistry, we don’t need to live with a gap in our smiles. Among the most effective ways to fill in the gaps are dental implants. Implants Versus False Teeth Dentures (whether partial or full) are
How Clean Is Your Tongue? (8/8/2019) - “BRUSH YOUR TEETH for two full minutes twice a day and floss your teeth once a day.” You’ve probably lost count of how many times you’ve heard that, but how often have you heard that you should be cleaning your tongue every day too? The Difference A Clean Tongue Makes More bacteria likes to live on
Smile To Improve Your Day — And Your Health! (8/8/2019) - “IT TAKES MORE MUSCLES to frown than to smile,” the old cliché goes, so you should smile more to conserve energy. Well, it turns out the cliché is false. Smiling takes at least ten muscles, while as few as six are required for a frown. A better expression would be “smile to burn more calories,” but
What Are Those White Spots On My Teeth? (8/8/2019) - THERE ARE A LOT of things that can leave stains on our teeth, and stains can come in many different colors. You could see yellow stains, brown stains, or even the temporary stain from eating brightly colored candy, but what about when the stain is white? Where do those white spots come from, and is there
How Does Swimming Affect Teeth? (8/8/2019) - HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED any extra sensitivity in your teeth after a fun afternoon swimming? You aren’t imagining things, though it usually takes more than just one trip to the local pool before there are any effects. But what does swimming have to do with tooth sensitivity? The Effects Of Chlorine On Tooth Enamel When you
Dental Scaling And Root Planing: The Basics (8/8/2019) - ROUTINE PROFESSIONAL DENTAL cleanings by your dental hygienist include scaling, or the careful removal of plaque and tartar from around the gumline. Tartar in particular can only be removed at a professional cleaning, as brushing and flossing alone can’t do the trick. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, your teeth may need an even
Too Few Or Too Many Adult Teeth? (7/2/2019) - DEPENDING ON HOW MANY wisdom teeth come in and whether or not they have to be removed, most adults have 28-32 adult teeth. There are a few outliers in either direction, however. Some people have fewer teeth than they should (called hypodontia or congenitally missing teeth), while others have one or more extra (called hyperdontia or
Repeat After Us: Teeth Are Not Tools (7/2/2019) - OUR TEETH ARE pretty amazing, and there’s a lot they can do. They chew our food, they provide structural support for the lower third of our faces, they help us speak clearly, and they give us our beautiful smiles. However, many people also find other uses for their teeth, which can be very dangerous. Teeth are
Don’t Take A Vacation From Oral Hygiene! (7/2/2019) - WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SUMMER comes the season of family vacations and exciting trips to new places. We’re as excited for it as our patients, but before everyone leaves to explore parts unknown, we want to give you a few tips and reminders about taking care of your teeth while you’re away from home. Before You
The Dangers Of Chronic Teeth Grinding (6/5/2019) - GRINDING OUR TEETH briefly when we’re nervous or frustrated is pretty normal. When the grinding doesn’t stop, however, it can do a lot of damage, whether it happens during the day or while we’re asleep. This kind of chronic grinding is called bruxism. What Causes Teeth Grinding? While daytime bruxism can be the result of stress and sleep
Plaque, Tartar, And Your Teeth (6/5/2019) - PLAQUE AND TARTAR are two words that you probably hear a lot when you come in for a dental cleaning. You might already know that they cause tooth decay and gum disease, but do you know what they are? Let’s take a closer look at these two substances that are a constant threat to our oral
Taking Care Of Your Pet’s Teeth (5/27/2019) - IT’S EASY TO ASSUME that our pets don’t need dental care like we do. After all, wild animals can’t exactly brush their teeth, and that doesn’t seem to be a problem for them. However, it turns out that our pets’ teeth have a very different situation than the teeth of wild animals, and they do need
It’s Time To Kick That Ice-Chewing Habit (5/27/2019) - CHEWING ICE MIGHT SEEM refreshing in the moment, but it’s not doing any favors for your teeth in the long run. Today we’re going to take a look at why ice chewing is such a common habit despite the dangers it poses, as well as what someone with this habit can do to stop. Compulsive Ice
A Closer Look At Our Teeth (4/28/2019) - WE USE OUR TEETH all day, every day, for chewing, talking, and flashing big smiles at friends and family, but what are the structures that allow our teeth to do so much? Let’s take a look at what our teeth are made of. Layer 1: Tooth Enamel The portion of each tooth that we can see
Our Favorite Quotes About Smiling (4/28/2019) - WORKING IN THE DENTAL health business, one of our favorite things to see is our patients’ smiles. So today, we thought we’d celebrate those happy faces by sharing some of our favorite quotes about smiling! Smile For Yourself “Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” –Kenneth
Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive? (4/28/2019) - IS A SIMPLE SPOONFUL of ice cream enough to make you cringe because of the pain in your teeth? Do you have to be careful when you drink hot coffee that none of it touches your chompers? If you know the feeling, then you’re one of millions who experience tooth sensitivity. Let’s take a closer look
Temporomandibular Disorders (4/8/2019) - OUR JAWS DO A LOT of work throughout the day, opening and closing over and over so that we can do ordinary things like talk, eat, and yawn. Ideally, all of the anatomy involved functions as it should and we can perform these tasks without trouble, but many people struggle with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders because
Canker Sores: Causes And Treatment (3/17/2019) - HAVE YOU EVER TRIED to enjoy one of your favorite foods, but that angry, swollen lump on your gums or the inside of your cheek kept stinging and hurting? Then you know what it’s like to have a canker sore. These sores are round ulcers that can develop on the inside of the lips and cheeks,
Kissing And Cavities (3/3/2019) - WE HOPE ALL OF our patients are excited for Valentine’s Day! We also hope the topic we’re about to discuss won’t spoil the romantic mood, but we need to talk about what kissing does to oral bacteria. The Bacteria In Our Mouths Our mouths are home to many species of microscopic organisms. Most of them are
Root Canal Myths: Busted (3/3/2019) - HAVE YOU EVER HEARD someone begin a sentence “I’d rather have a root canal than…”? The negative portrayal of root canal treatment in our culture isn’t just a cliché; it’s a myth! That’s why we’re using this post to knock down some of the most common root canal myths out there. Myth 1: “Root Canal Treatment
The Effects Of Pregnancy On Oral Health (3/3/2019) - YOU CAN ALWAYS expect your body to go through a lot of changes when you’re expecting, but did you know that some of those changes are to your oral health? The changing hormone levels of pregnancy actually put expecting mothers at greater risk of developing a variety of oral health issues, including gum disease, enamel erosion,
Straight Teeth: Not Just About Looks (3/3/2019) - THE MOST OBVIOUS impact of orthodontic treatment is a straighter, more attractive smile. While it is true that we tend to perceive people with properly aligned teeth as happier and more successful, the benefits aren’t just superficial. Clearer Speech Do you remember the lisp you had between losing your two front teeth and the adult ones
Nitrous Oxide: Having A Gas At The Dentist (2/3/2019) - MOST OF US HAVE at least heard of laughing gas, the whimsically-nicknamed sedation method used by dentists, even if we haven’t had it ourselves. But what exactly is laughing gas, and why is it so closely associated with dentistry? Nitrous Oxide From Discovery To Dentistry Laughing gas is a colorless, odorless gas. It consists of two
Sleep Apnea And Dental Health (2/3/2019) - OVER 18 MILLION ADULTS in the US alone, as well as up to 20 percent of habitually snoring children, have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that results in brief but repeated interruptions to normal breathing during sleep. Not only is this a potentially life-threatening disorder, it also has a significant impact on oral health. The
Relief For A Burned Mouth (2/3/2019) - HAVE YOU EVER SAT down to a plate of lasagna from your favorite Italian place and immediately taken a huge bite without waiting for it to cool down? Or taken a swig of hot chocolate too fast? Maybe it wasn’t lasagna or hot chocolate for you, but we’ve all burned our tongues on foods or drinks
The Top 3 Best Drinks For Your Teeth (1/14/2019) - MANY OF THE THINGS we drink are actually pretty bad for our teeth, especially soda, fruit juice, and coffee. What options does that leave for the dental health conscious to quench their thirst? Fortunately, there are a few drinks that are much less likely to cause stains or contribute to enamel erosion and decay, which makes
An Intro To Veneers (1/6/2019) - MANY OF US ARE unhappy with the way our smiles look. Maybe our teeth aren’t as white as we’d like, they have unusual shapes, or they’ve suffered some damage like chipping or fractures. Veneers are a great, long-lasting solution we can use to fix these problems and get the smiles of our dreams. How Do Veneers
Bad Oral Health Fads (12/28/2018) - FADS AREN’T ALWAYS ABOUT hairstyles and slang; they can also be about the way we take care of our bodies, including our teeth. It’s important to be able to tell the difference between something that is popular and something that has the support of the dental health community. That’s why we’re going to take a critical
The Top 3 Worst Drinks For Your Teeth (12/16/2018) - ONE OF LIFE’S CRUELEST ironies is that so many of the foods and drinks we enjoy the most aren’t good for us at all. Naturally, as dental professionals, we’re particularly concerned about the ones that are bad for our teeth. That’s why we’re giving our patients a heads up about the three drinks that have the
What To Look For In A Toothbrush (12/2/2018) - ON THE SURFACE, a toothbrush seems like just another item on the grocery list, but choosing the best one for you can be tricky. There are several factors to take into account, such as bristle softness, grip feel, head size, and whether to stick with manual or go electric. That’s why we’re here to help make
Reasons To Be Thankful For The Dentist (12/2/2018) - WE’RE ALMOST AT the end of another year, and one of the best parts of the holiday season is getting some time to take stock of all the things we’re grateful for. From our families to our careers, our homes to our country, those lists can be pretty long, and one more great thing to add
Interceptive Orthodontics: The Basics (11/18/2018) - WHEN WE PICTURE SOMEONE with braces, we usually picture a teenager with a mouthful of colorful brackets. What we don’t typically picture is orthodontic appliances on younger children. However, interceptive orthodontics can reduce the need for tooth extraction and jaw surgery, correct certain problems as they appear, encourage better facial development, shorten the length of orthodontic
The Hidden Sugars In Our Food (11/11/2018) - WHEN WE THINK OF SUGARY FOOD, we usually picture things like candy, cake, pie, ice cream, and soda, but there is sugar hiding in many of the foods we buy at the grocery store — even foods we don’t think of as sweet! This is bad news for our oral health, because the harmful bacteria in
The Impact Of Smoking On Oral Health (11/11/2018) - YOU’RE PROBABLY FAMILIAR with some of the ways smoking impacts our health, particularly lung cancer. However, that’s not where the damage ends. Smoking can harm every part of the body, including our oral health. And the problems don’t end with stained teeth and bad breath. Gum Disease Gum disease begins as an inflammation of the gums,
Side-Effects: Medications And Oral Health (10/22/2018) - MEDICAL PROBLEMS ARE things none of us ask for but many of us have, and with medical problems come medications. Unfortunately, along with medications come side-effects, and these often have a negative impact on oral health. The Delicate Balance Of Our Mouths Our oral health does best when our mouths can stay close to a neutral
The Dangers Of DIY Teeth Whitening (10/22/2018) - A GOOD-LOOKING SMILE with white, even teeth is a major confidence booster and really helps make a good first impression, whether you’re going on a date or sitting down for a job interview. The widespread desire for whiter teeth in today’s society, combined with internet culture, has given rise to a number of popular do-it-yourself teeth
In Case Of Dental Emergency (10/22/2018) - WHEN WE THINK OF an emergency, we probably don’t imagine it could have something to do with our teeth. However, any chip, crack, or toothache should be treated as a priority, because even if they seem like minor issues, they can lead to much worse (and more expensive) problems down the line. Know Where To Go
Making Halloween Healthy For Your Teeth (10/22/2018) - HALLOWEEN IS ONE OF the most highly anticipated holidays of the year, and it’s almost here! This holiday sees kids, teens, and even adults consuming far more sugar than they would any other time, coming in second only to Easter. The problem with this is that sugar is the favorite food of the harmful bacteria living
4 Animals With Unusual Teeth (9/23/2018) - ANIMALS MIGHT NOT BE as concerned with maintaining their oral health and hygiene as we are, but that doesn’t stop some of them from having very interesting teeth! Like our teeth are adapted to an omnivorous diet, animal teeth are adapted to the foods they eat. In some cases, the results can get pretty strange. Today,
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth The Healthy Way (9/23/2018) - EVERYONE LOVES A good sweet snack once in a while, but unfortunately, that includes the bacteria in our mouths. Those little germs’ favorite food in the world is sugary treats, and the more sugar they get, the more they put our teeth at risk of tooth decay. So how can you satisfy your sweet tooth without
Taking Care Of Your Toothbrush (9/9/2018) - WE ALL USE TOOTHBRUSHES to take care of our teeth, but what are we doing to take care of our toothbrushes? It’s critical that our toothbrushes remain in good condition so they can do their jobs of keeping our teeth healthy, which is why we’re dedicating a blog post to giving our patients tips on toothbrush
How A Nail Biting Habit Affects The Teeth (9/9/2018) - NAIL BITING IS A HABIT shared by between a quarter and a third of children and nearly half of teenagers. Compulsive behaviors don’t always have negative effects on a person’s physical health, but this one definitely does. In addition to leaving the nails torn and uneven and doing damage to the nail beds, nail biting can lead
State of the Art Topics and Techniques in Implant Prosthetics for Private Practice (8/26/2018) - ​PROGRAM This scientifically based fast moving presentation designed for private practice will cover state of the art Topics, Tips and Techniques in Implant Prosthetics. A systematic approach to ideal Esthetic treatment of single teeth and fully edentulous patients will be presented emphasizing long-term biologic stability, predictability and improved profitability. This program is designed for the
Choosing The Right Dentist For You (8/19/2018) - MOVING TO A NEW AREA comes with a long to-do list, and one important item on it is finding the right dentist. There are a few factors to take into account when choosing a dentist in order to make sure they’re a good fit for you and your family. Why Decide Now? Dental care should be
The Negative Effects Of Mouth-Breathing (8/13/2018) - WE ALL KNOW WHAT it’s like to have a cold, with a nose so stuffy that you can’t breathe through it. At times like that, we breathe through our mouths instead, and that’s pretty much how it should work. Mouth-breathing is an emergency backup, not the default. There are many negative effects of mouth-breathing full-time, particularly
Swimming And Oral Health (8/13/2018) - HERE’S NOTHING BETTER than a swim in the pool to cool down during the hot summer months. Before we dive in, we should be aware of how our time in the pool can impact our oral health. That’s right: the chlorine in swimming pools doesn’t just cause dry skin and eye irritation, it can also have
Smile For Your Health! (8/13/2018) - THERE ARE SO MANY things that can make us smile, from seeing an old friend to watching a good movie to randomly remembering a great joke we heard years ago. Well, we’re about to give you another reason to smile: it’s good for your health! That’s right, smiling has actual health benefits, so prepare to flash
Good Tooth Brushing Technique (8/13/2018) - BRUSHING OUR TEETH is something we can get so used to doing that we don’t really think about it, but are we doing it the right way? It can be easy to get into some bad tooth-brushing habits, and the result can be that your teeth aren’t getting cleaned properly and you could be doing damage
Fighting Back Against Oral Bacteria (7/4/2018) - A BATTLE IS CONSTANTLY raging inside your mouth for the fate of your teeth. The only one who can turn the tide and make sure your teeth win this battle is you. The Defenders And The Attackers Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. It’s like the castle walls, protecting the softer dentin
All About Baby Teeth (7/4/2018) - A BABY’S FIRST TOOTH is a major milestone, and a child losing their first tooth is another! As parents, it’s important for us to know what to expect when it comes to our children’s baby teeth, from when they come in to when they lose them, and how to take good care of them in between.
Mini Residency (7/4/2018) - We are excited to announce the start of our new, much anticipated Mini Residency Program with five established dates. Attached you will find a breakdown of the program’s content. It will be five sessions with session #’s 2 and 3 on consecutive days.Our speaker will be Dr. Victor Martel which some of you have already
Grinding Bruxism To A Halt (6/24/2018) - GRINDING OR CLENCHING YOUR teeth is a pretty normal thing to do when you’re annoyed or stressed, and that’s nothing to worry about. However, if you grind your teeth on a more regular basis, whether asleep or awake, it can become a serious problem. This kind of chronic teeth-grinding is known as bruxism. Why Does Bruxism
Your Next Dental Appointment (6/24/2018) - GOING TO THE DENTIST is something we should all be doing twice a year every year. If you’re already in the habit of coming in for regular cleanings, that’s wonderful! If not, here’s what you can expect from a typical cleaning appointment. Your Check-Up When visiting the dentist for a check-up, there are a few things
GETTING WISE ABOUT WISDOM TEETH (6/5/2018) - WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL is a major rite of passage for many in their late teens and early twenties. They post images of their swollen cheeks on social media, share videos of themselves acting loopy from the anesthetics on YouTube, and enjoy an excuse to drink as many smoothies as possible. But why do we have these
Getting Your Smile Back With Dental Implants (6/5/2018) - SPORTS INJURIES, ACCIDENTS, and tooth decay are just a few of the reasons we might lose a tooth. Thanks to modern dentistry, however, we don’t need to settle for having a gap in our smiles for the rest of our lives. There are a few ways to fill that gap, and one of them is with
What Makes Our Smiles Unique (5/30/2018) - EVERY PERSON IS BORN with their own unique smile. Some smile with all of their teeth, some only show the top row, and some don’t show their teeth at all, and a smile can come in all shapes and sizes and still be genuine. We can also end up with smiles that look a lot like
Mini Residency Program (5/15/2018) - We are excited to announce the start of our new, much anticipated Mini Residency Program with five established dates. Attached you will find a breakdown of the program’s content. It will be five sessions with session #’s 2 and 3 on consecutive days.Our speaker will be Dr. Victor Martel which some of you have already
The Battle Against Bad Breath (5/15/2018) - THERE’S NOTHING WORSE than being in the middle of a social situation and suddenly realizing you have bad breath. Whether it’s a first date or a job interview, having bad breath can steal away a person’s confidence and ruin a wonderful moment. But why does this happen? How Bad Breath Works Sometimes bad breath is the
Don’t Forget To Clean That Tongue! (5/10/2018) - YOU HEAR ALL THE TIME about the importance of brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, and you hear almost as often about the importance of daily flossing. What you probably don’t hear a lot is that, if we want to maintain good oral health and hygiene, it’s also important for us to clean
Weight Loss And Oral Health (5/10/2018) - MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH is a goal we should all be striving to achieve each and every day. Not only does this help us to feel like our best selves; having good oral health is reduces our risk of developing a variety of conditions and diseases! Brushing, flossing, tongue-cleaning, and regular dental visits are all crucial ways
Supernumerary Teeth (5/10/2018) - MOST PEOPLE WILL develop a total of twenty baby teeth that are gradually replaced by a total of thirty-two adult teeth. Sometimes those teeth don’t all appear, a condition called hypodontia. In even rarer cases, all the normal teeth will be present, plus at least one extra! These extra teeth are supernumerary teeth, and the condition is
Night Guards For Teeth Grinding (4/22/2018) - HAVE YOU EVER woken up with a sore jaw, tooth pain, or a headache? These are common symptoms of sleep bruxism, or teeth-grinding. The American Dental Association estimates that 10-15 percent of adults struggle with sleep bruxism, and children can experience it too. Because it happens during sleep, it can be difficult to control or stop. One way
Five Types Of Dental Fillings (4/22/2018) - IT’S NEVER A GREAT feeling when the dentist tells you that you have a cavity, especially when you’ve been diligently brushing and flossing to keep your teeth healthy. The next step after a cavity is discovered is typically a dental filling. Fillings come in several different materials that have their own advantages and disadvantages, so let’s take
The Different Types Of Teeth (4/8/2018) - YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED that your teeth aren’t all the same shape, but do you know the reason? Humans have four different types of teeth, and they each serve specific purposes, both in helping us chew and in giving us our beautiful smiles! Types Of Teeth And What They Do The reason we need so many different types
Fighting Back Against Oral Cancer (4/8/2018) - ORAL CANCER IS A SUBJECT we’d all prefer not to have to think about, but it’s critical to have a basic understanding of risk factors and symptoms. More than 50,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with oral cancer last year, and that number is expected to rise. That’s why, in honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month,
Seasonal Allergies And Your Oral Health (3/26/2018) - SPRING IS IN THE AIR…and that means so are allergies. Seasonal allergies affect millions of people every year, but did you know that they can also affect oral health? Why Do We Get Seasonal Allergies? While there are plenty of allergens that can make us sneeze year round, such as dust and pet dander, seasonal
(3/18/2018) - TEETH ARE A LOT more complicated than they might seem from the outside, which is why we’re using this post to provide a brief dental anatomy lesson. Now let’s dive right into the structure of a tooth! The easiest way to do this will be to divide that anatomy into two main categories: the crown and
An Eating Disorder’s Impact On Oral Health (3/11/2018) - THE FOOD WE EAT provides our bodies with the building blocks to maintain healthy cells, tissues, and organs and the energy to work, learn, and do the activities we love. It is crucial that we eat enough food (and preferably the right kinds) in order to keep everything working properly, which is why eating disorders are
Your Pet’s Dental Health (3/4/2018) - YOU MIGHT BE TEMPTED to think that because wild animals can’t do much for their dental hygiene, pets like dogs and cats don’t need dental care either. In reality, keeping your pet’s teeth healthy will help them have a longer, healthier, and happier life! Why Do Pets Need Dental Care? Our pets need dental care for
Congenitally Missing Teeth (3/4/2018) - IT’S ONE THING TO lose a tooth, whether through poor oral hygiene, accident, or oral surgery. A tooth not growing in where it should is something else. Between 2-4 percent of the population will have at least one tooth missing from their adult set. This condition is called congenitally missing teeth or hypodontia. In the much
Rising Above the Competition: An Online Marketing Roadmap (2/19/2018) - Your patients are living, working and playing online. When a prospective patient seeks the Internet looking for a dentist, do they find you or your competition? Today, it is not enough to just have a practice website.It is not enough to just be on Facebook. It is not enough to have a handful of online
Is Your Frenulum Holding You Back? (2/19/2018) - YOU’VE HEARD OF being tongue-tied, but what about lip-tied? Both are actually legitimate medical conditions, and the culprits are pieces of tissue in our mouths called frenula. Tongue Ties And Lip Ties We all have a frenulum (or frenum) that connects our upper lips to our upper gums, one that connects our lower lips to our lower
WHY STRAIGHT TEETH? (2/11/2018) - TO SOME, IT MIGHT seem like the benefits of having straight teeth are purely cosmetic. And those benefits certainly do exist. Studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other important benefits as well. Consequences Of Crooked Teeth
The Big Scoop On Tooth Sensitivity (1/28/2018) - DO YOU GET a painful jolt through your teeth every time you try to enjoy a bite of ice cream or a sip of fresh coffee? If you do, then you’re familiar with the woes of tooth sensitivity, and you’re not alone. More than half of adults between the ages of 20 and 50 experience some degree of
Saliva: Oral Health’s MVP (1/21/2018) - SALIVA IS SUCH an ordinary thing that you probably haven’t given it much thought, but it’s actually as important to the healthy function of our mouths as oil is to a working car engine. Saliva is an essential component of our ability to eat, taste our favorite foods, and speak, it’s crucial to a healthy immune
Women’s Oral Health Concerns (1/14/2018) - ALTHOUGH MEN AND WOMEN have a lot in common, there are quite a few differences when it comes to oral health. Women have some advantages men lack, but also some disadvantages men don’t have to worry about. Let’s take a look at the main ones. TMJ And Sjögren’s Syndrome Women account for 90 percent of people suffering from TMJ (temporomandibular
Men’s Oral Health Tips (12/12/2017) - MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH is crucial for everyone, but that can mean different things for men than for women. That’s why we’ve put together a list of concerns men should particularly watch out for, as well as some tips for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy! Brush That Charming Smile! Many women say a
Alternative Ways To Get Calcium In Your Diet (12/4/2017) - CALCIUM AND MILK go together like fluoride and toothpaste. Without the former, it can be hard to find the latter. And, like fluoride, calcium is essential to our oral health. How Calcium Benefits Your Oral Health We all know that calcium is the main component of our teeth and jaw bones, but our mouths are also
Smoking And Children’s Oral Health (11/26/2017) - AS PARENTS, IT IS CRITICAL to make sure our children and teenagers aren’t picking up a habit as harmful as smoking. The disease we usually think of when we hear “health risks of smoking” is lung cancer, but the damage smoking can cause isn’t limited to the lungs. A smoking habit can do a lot of
Preparing Your Smile For The Big Day (11/12/2017) - YOU’VE DREAMED OF THIS day your whole life. You have the ring and the fiancé, the planning is going well, and you’re down to the last few details. Bridals are coming up, and then the wedding itself. You realize there’s something you need to do before you have hundreds of pictures taken of you: perfect your
How Diabetes Affects Oral Health (11/5/2017) - THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION estimates that 23.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes (whether it be type 1, type 2, or gestational). At least another 7 million remain undiagnosed, and that doesn’t include the additional millions who are considered pre-diabetic. But what does diabetes have to do with oral health? Unfortunately, quite a lot. Diabetes And Gum
Managing That Halloween Sweet Tooth (10/29/2017) - HALLOWEEN IS OUR favorite spooky time of year, but when it comes to sugar’s effects on teeth, all that candy can be downright scary. The reason sugar is bad for our teeth is that it feeds harmful oral bacteria that excrete acid, and the acid erodes enamel and leads to tooth decay. So how can we keep our
The Art and Science of Anterior Implants (10/22/2017) - NORWOOD PARK PERIODONTICS is hosting a seminar on The Art and Science of Anterior Implants With speaker  Victor A. Martel, DMD PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Implant dentistry is a part of our everyday practice today. There are numerous challenges when restoring an implant in the esthetic zone. The goal of this course is to aid the practitioner in achieving predictable and beautiful implant restoration
(10/22/2017) - BACK IN THE GOOD old days before the 1930s, toothbrush bristles were made of animal hair. We’re pretty happy to live in the era of nylon bristles, but how can we tell which toothbrush will be best for our teeth and gums? How hard should the bristles be? Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones? Soft Versus
DIY Teeth Whitening Trends: Fact Or Fiction? (10/15/2017) - TRENDS IMPACT JUST about every aspect of life, from slang and fashion to which toys are collectibles this year and which fad diet everyone’s aunt is doing. Most trends are harmless symptoms of an ever-evolving society and culture, but when they affect the ways we take care of ourselves, they can become serious. In recent years,
Kids’ Dental Health 101 (10/8/2017) - WE ALL REMEMBER what it was like to lose our first tooth and become “one of the big kids.” Children grow up fast, but the time of greatest change for their teeth is the transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth. If your own children are in or approaching that phase of childhood, there are a
Nail Biting And Oral Health (10/1/2017) - WE CALL SUSPENSEFUL BOOKS “nail-biters,” but the habit of nail biting itself has less exciting connotations.The most obvious consequence is torn, uneven nails, and in particularly severe cases, nails that become dramatically shortened and deformed over time. This alone would be enough of a reason to discourage the habit, but far more insidious are the effects
Chocolate And Your Teeth (10/1/2017) - UNDER MOST CIRCUMSTANCES, dentists are not fans of candy. The sugar in candy is the favorite food of bacteria that cause tooth decay. However, when it comes to chocolate, certain types may actually be good for oral health! To be clear, this is not a blog post in which we give you a free pass to
The Coolest Teeth In The Animal Kingdom (9/17/2017) - MOST OF US already know that sharks constantly grow new teeth, venomous snakes use their fangs like syringes full of poison, and elephants have enormous tusks. As lovers of teeth of all shapes and sizes, today we’d like to take a moment to spotlight a few lesser known bizarre teeth out there in the wild. Crabeater
Dentures Then And Now (9/11/2017) -     AS RECENTLY AS 2012, one fifth of American adults over sixty-five had lost all of their natural teeth. Whether the tooth loss is from age or other causes, it is a problem dentists have been dealing with for thousands of years. Dentures Have Ancient Roots False teeth have been around in some form
Cause, Effect, And Prevention Of Dry Mouth (8/27/2017) - HAVE YOU EVER woken up with your mouth feeling like a barren desert? Then you’ve probably experienced dry mouth, although it can be even more severe, making it difficult to speak or even eat. Dry mouth affects a tenth of the population, but why is it such a problem, why does it happen, and what can we
POSE & POST (8/6/2017) - IT’S TIME TO POSE AND POST! We know how much fun our patients have taking a selfie to show off their brand new smile, so we decided to step things up a notch—we want you to strike a pose! Whether you want to break out your kung fu skills, “walk like an Egyptian,” or do
4 Ways Smiling Improves Our Health! (7/30/2017) - WE’VE ALL HEARD the old cliché that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, so you should smile to conserve energy! That’s actually false. It takes a minimum of ten muscles to smile but only a minimum of six to frown, so the expression should really be “smile to burn calories!” But smiling will do
The Effects Of Thumb Sucking And Pacifiers (7/23/2017) - BEING A PARENT, though wonderfully rewarding, can also be stressful and full of uncertainties, especially when it’s your first child and everything is new and overwhelming. Our practice might not be able to take away all of the uncertainties, but we can certainly help you out when it comes to pacifiers and thumb sucking and
Swimmer’s Ear? More Like Swimmer’s Tooth! (7/16/2017) - HAVE YOUR TEETH ever felt extra sensitive after a swim at the pool? That’s no coincidence, although it can take quite a lot of swimming before the effects become noticeable. What is it about the water in swimming pools that damages teeth? Chlorine: Good For Sanitation, Bad For Teeth That’s right: the same chemical that
Protecting Your Smile From White Spots (7/4/2017) - WHITE SPOTS APPEAR on our teeth for a variety of reasons. Although not all of them are harmful to our oral health, they still prevent our smile from truly shining through. Today we want to share with you some of the most common reasons these white spots appear, and what treatment is available to remove them and
Vacation Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy! (6/30/2017) - SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE and you know what that means–family vacations, impromptu getaways and fun trips! Just like you, we couldn’t be more excited. As dental professionals, however, we want to make sure that when you leave on vacation, you don’t leave your oral hygiene behind. Follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy and bright,
The Daily Grind Of Bruxism (6/19/2017) - MOST PEOPLE GRIND OR CLENCH their teeth briefly when annoyed or in a tense situation. That level of teeth-grinding isn’t really something to worry about. It’s when you do it far more frequently, often without even realizing it (you might even do it in your sleep!), that it can potentially become a serious problem. The medical
Filling In The Gaps: Dental Implant Basics (6/12/2017) - DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE permanent false teeth designed to look just like your other teeth. They’re a popular alternative to dentures or bridges, and the American Dental Association considers them to be “one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.” How Do They Work? Unlike dentures and bridges, which don’t feel or look
The Way You Eat Fruit Matters For Your Teeth (6/1/2017) - FRUIT IS AN ESSENTIAL element of a well-balanced, healthy diet. It is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and eating it on a regular basis helps boost your immune system and reduces your risk of illness and chronic disease. There are a lot of ways people get their fruit, however, and when it comes
Want To Get Rid Of Bad Breath? (5/30/2017) - WE ALL KNOW THAT FEELING… you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of that bad taste in your
Wisdom Teeth: What You Need To Know (5/16/2017) - GETTING YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED is such a common procedure these days that it’s almost a rite of passage among teenagers. But why do some of us have to get them out anyway, and why do we even have them in the first place? In today’s blog post we’re going to answer these and a few
Oral Health & Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand (5/2/2017) - A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is the best prevention for illness and chronic disease. It can also be just as effective as any medicine a doctor could prescribe. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, or simply live more healthily, the good choices you’re making not only do wonders for your body and overall health, but they also have
Ever Wonder How Teeth Whitening Works? (4/25/2017) - IT IS NOT UNCOMMON for your teeth to lose their luster over time, which is why so many people are interested in whitening them! Teeth Get Yellow For A Number Of Reasons Teeth becoming yellow over time is as normal as graying hair–it is a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our tooth
4 Fun Apps To Improve Your Oral Hygiene (4/20/2017) - OUR SMARTPHONES are never farther than an arm’s length away and help us do everything from track our calendars to track our calories. Today, we want to show you the wonders they can do for our daily hygiene routines with the help of these apps! Dental Expert We may only see you twice a year, but
The Battle Inside Our Mouths (4/11/2017) - EVERY DAY INSIDE YOUR MOUTH, there is an epic battle of good versus evil being waged over the ultimate prize: your teeth! And guess what… only YOU can protect them from the destructive forces that seek to harm them. The Good Guys And The Bad Guys Because tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the
Get Screened For Oral Cancer (4/6/2017) - WHEN PEOPLE GO TO THE DENTIST, it’s generally because they have a toothache, they need some dental work done, or they want to get their teeth cleaned. But this month being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we want to emphasize more than ever how important regular, twice-yearly dental exams are. Of course your dentist will make sure
Common Misconceptions About Gum Disease (3/30/2017) - WE BELIEVE the more educated our patients are about dental health issues, the better they’ll be able to prevent them. We often warn of periodontal disease and the detrimental effects it has on the mouth and body. But there are also many common misconceptions about gum disease. To help you better understand it, we’ve decided to
Ready To Floss Like A Boss? (3/27/2017) - DAILY FLOSSING is a key part of our oral hygiene routine. Although brushing twice a day is a good start to keeping our smile clean, even the most talented tooth brusher can’t reach those hard-to-reach spaces between teeth! That’s where flossing comes in. Regular Flossing Improves Your Oral Health Flossing can be a hard habit to establish.
Seasonal Allergies? Take Care Of Your Smile (3/22/2017) - SPRING IS ON THE HORIZON and we couldn’t be more excited! Chirping birds, blooming flowers, and warmer weather are just a few of the things we look forward to when spring comes around. We have to admit though, there is one thing about the season that’s not particularly appealing, and that’s allergies. Be Aware Of These
How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health (3/14/2017) - PREGNANCY AFFECTS NEARLY every aspect of your life–your lifestyle, your diet, your health, and much more! Your mouth is no exception to the changes your body may experience during pregnancy. During this special time, you’ll need to pay particular attention to your oral health for both your sake and your growing baby’s. You May Be More
New Surgical, Restorative, and Regenerative Options for the Straumann Dental Implant System (3/7/2017) - NORWOOD PARK PERIODONTICS is hosting a seminar on New Surgical, Restorative, and Regenerative Options for the Straumann Dental Implant System  With speakers Dr. Gary Hosters & Steve Barrett   *Allograft ring *CAD/CAM bone block *2.9mm implant *PURE Ceramic implant *Straumann iOS scanner  April 6, 2017  6:00-8:30PM CUCINA BIAGIO 7319 W Lawrence Ave., Harwood Heights, IL
3 Tips To Keep Teeth Clean Between Meals (3/7/2017) - WE UNDERSTAND HOW BUSY life can get–between work, school, sports, and having a social and family life, it can be hard to find time for your dental health. Because we know how precious your time is, we’ve decided to compile a list of quick, easy tips to keep your teeth clean in between meals and on
How Eating Disorders Can Affect Oral Health (2/28/2017) - DO YOU OR DOES SOMEONE you love have an eating disorder? This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. To help spread awareness about eating disorders and their effect on oral and overall health, share this post with your friends and family who may benefit from it. Be Aware Of The Dental Complications We all know
Smile-Friendly After School Snacks (2/22/2017) - AS MANY PARENTS KNOW when your child comes home from school, they often run straight for the pantry! We understand that kids can be a bit hungry after a long day in the classroom and we want to help you provide snacks that won’t only fill their bellies, but will benefit their smile as well! Try
Are Your Teeth Sensitive? Here’s Why (2/14/2017) - DO YOU EVER cringe when you watch someone bite into ice cream? Are you sometimes fearful of that first sip of hot soup or drink of tea? You’re not alone. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints we hear about! Teeth Feel Sensitive When Nerves Are Exposed  On the outside of each tooth is
Advances in Digital & CAD/CAM Dentistry  (2/9/2017) - NORWOOD PARK PERIODONTICS is hosting a seminar on Advances in Digital and CAD/CAM Dentistry With speaker Dr. Bryan Harris Variobase abutments in everyday practice Anterior esthetics Digital workflow March 9, 2017  6:00-8:30PM CUCINA BIAGIO 7319 W Lawrence Ave., Harwood Heights, IL 60607 Tuition : $25.00 Tuition can be paid over the phone with a CC
Preparing For Your Child’s First Dental Visit (2/1/2017) - SEEING A BABY’S FIRST SMILE is a wonderful moment in a new parent’s life–that little grin leaves a lasting impression! Visiting the dentist early ensures that your child’s smile remains happy and healthy. First Tooth Pop In? Time To Schedule Their Appointment! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental appointment once
It’s Time To Love Your Smile! (1/31/2017) - EACH SMILE IS beautiful and unique—and so are you! We want our patients to be proud of their smiles, so we’re launching a fun campaign to help you express your appreciation for you grin. After all, as cartoonist Tom Wilson once said, “a smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” During your next
A Brief History Of Dental Floss (1/24/2017) - TODAY, FLOSSING IS A staple of oral hygiene and health. But have you ever wondered when we started flossing? You might be surprised by the answer.  Flossing Is An Older Concept Than You Might Think While we don’t know the exact beginnings of flossing, it looks like as long as food has been getting stuck in our
How Your Oral And Overall Health Are Linked (1/18/2017) - WE’VE SAID IT BEFORE AND WE’LL SAY IT AGAIN… taking care of your teeth and mouth is more than just about cosmetics, it’s about your health! When you think of being healthy, your mouth probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But your oral and overall health are more intertwined than you think. Your
Is Chewing Gum Good Or Bad For Your Teeth? (1/10/2017) - DID YOU KNOW that the average American consumes 1.8 pounds of gum each year? With so much gum going into our mouths it’s important to know how chewing gum affects our dental health. You may have heard that it’s both good and bad for your teeth… so what’s the real answer? Read on to find out!
4 Tips For A Younger Looking Smile (1/3/2017) - THERE ARE COUNTLESS methods we use to try and turn back the clock on our appearance. Whether it’s hip wardrobes and hairstyles or costly cosmetic surgeries, people go to great lengths to recapture the look and feeling of their youth. Despite all of these anti-aging fads and gimmicks, studies show your smile can do more to make
Some Of History’s Fun And Bizarre Dental Stories (12/28/2016) - HISTORY IS FULL of outrageous tales about teeth! How many of these dental facts have you heard before? The Dental Woes That Won the Battle Of Yorktown? During the Revolutionary War, George Washington wrote a letter to his dentist requesting some dental cleaning tools to be sent to New York, noting that the American forces wouldn’t be in
Make Flossing A Priority For Your Child (12/23/2016) - IS FLOSSING A PART of your child’s oral hygiene routine? Daily flossing is just as important for a child’s dental health as it is for an adult’s. As parents, you play a major role in helping your children learn to floss correctly and understand its importance from a young age. Remember, Baby Teeth Matter Flossing should begin
Baby Teeth Myths—Busted! (12/13/2016) - YOU MIGHT THINK that baby teeth don’t matter because “they’re just going to fall out anyway,” but think again! There are a lot of myths about baby teeth out there, so we’re going to set the record straight: here’s a list of the top four baby teeth myths, BUSTED! Myth #1: Baby Teeth Aren’t Important Although baby teeth
How Much Calcium Do We Actually Need? (12/1/2016) - WE’VE ALL HEARD calcium builds strong bones and is key to preventing osteoporosis. But did you know taking in the right amount of calcium also has a huge effect on our oral health? Calcium Benefits Our Oral Health Does calcium really make a difference in our oral health? The answer is yes! Even before we’re born, we begin
Smoking Puts Your Oral Health At Risk (11/15/2016) - DID YOU KNOW that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States? It’s well known that smoking can lead to a number of lung-related diseases but in reality, the negative effects of smoking can be seen in almost every part of the body, especially the mouth. Smoking Compromises Your Oral Health Among other
Take Care Of Your Tooth Enamel (11/8/2016) - TOOTH ENAMEL IS THE hardest substance in the human body. But don’t let that fool you–it’s far from invincible. In fact, there are things you may be doing on a regular basis that weaken your enamel, which could lead to more frequent cavities, tooth discoloration and sensitivity. Tooth Enamel Acts As A Protective Barrier The enamel
Make Your Game Day Snacks More Smile-Friendly (11/1/2016) - MANY FAMILIES AND FRIENDS gather together on a weekly basis to watch their favorite teams go head to head. And while people come to watch the game, we all know what they’re really there for… the food! Traditional game day snacks may be delicious–think wings, sliders, nachos, pizza–but they are certainly not the healthiest for our
Love Pumpkin? Your Smile Does Too (10/25/2016) - ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR everything pumpkin. As the poster child of fall, pumpkin doesn’t just star in our autumnal decorations, it shows up on our menus too. And as far as we’re concerned, that’s a good thing. Pumpkin is great for your oral and overall health! Pumpkin: Fall’s Superfood We’re glad pumpkin has so many health
What Parents Need To Know About Thumb Sucking (10/18/2016) - THUMB SUCKING IS NORMAL for infants, but many parents wonder about its effect on their child’s future dental health. As a parent, you may have questions such as, “When should I be worried about thumb sucking?” or, “What will happen if my child continues to suck their thumb?” Because thumb sucking is so widespread–it’s estimated that about 75
The Spooky Truth About Sugar (10/11/2016) - MONSTERS AND GHOSTS AND SUGAR, OH MY! Wait… sugar? That’s right. The scariest thing you’ll encounter this Halloween may just be sweets. Here are some hair-raising statistics about Halloween candy consumption: Americans purchase around 600 million pounds–or 2 billion dollars worth–of candy each year for Halloween. Kids consume up to 7,000 calories on Halloween and
Trick Or Treat! Our Team Is Ready For Halloween! (10/6/2016) - MAKING A HALLOWEEN COSTUME is one of the best opportunities to exercise your imagination and let your creativity shine! Whether you dress up as a movie monster, comic book character, or just something funny, we love seeing costume ideas come to life. This year, we want to share with you some of our favorite costumes! Our Favorite Halloween
Have You Gotten Screened For Oral Cancer Lately? (9/20/2016) - THROUGHOUT LIFE PEOPLE get regular prostate exams, mammograms and colonoscopies. These preventative health care exams are extremely important for detecting any abnormalities–including cancer–early, so they can be treated as soon as possible. These exams save lives. So do oral cancer screenings. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand that a regular oral cancer screening is just as important
Why Does Food Taste Funny After Brushing? (9/13/2016) - HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why certain foods taste unpleasant after brushing your teeth in the morning? Most of us have experienced that bitter sensation a time or two, but what exactly causes it? Your Mint Toothpaste Flavor Isn’t To Blame It’s a common misconception that mint-flavored toothpaste causes the unpleasant taste when eating that first
Dental Implants for the Savvy Staff – October 13, 2016 (9/8/2016) - Program Description: The dental administrative and clinical team can contribute significantly during implant therapy, helping to ensure smooth treatment for patients as well as the surgical and referring offices.  Attendees will learn how to prepare and preserve the clinical environment through proper cleaning and sterilization protocols, properly identify and anticipate necessary instruments and components for the next
Just Keep Flossing (8/30/2016) - There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of #GumDisease, including the buildup of plaque bacteria beneath the gum line. Because the development of periodontal disease is slow in nature, studies that examine the efficacy of daily flossing are best conducted over a number of years, detailing how an individual’s daily habits
Bacterial Assessment (8/1/2016) - For more advanced cases antibiotic therapy might be recommended. In order to identify the specific bacteria associated with your periodontal infection and prescribe the proper antibiotic, a bacterial assessment might be ordered by your dental professional.   Norwood Park Periodontics uses revolutionary salivary diagnostic testing by Oral DNA Labs to provide the detailed information necessary to
Norwood Park Perio Picnic (7/7/2016) - Norwood Park Periodontics is having its First Annual Picnic for all referring doctors, staff members and their families. There will be food, beverages, games, face painting and ice cream! The face painter will be there from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. We encourage you to bring your kids. Don’t miss out on the fun!   RSVP HERE:
Summer Time (6/23/2016) - Summer is here and it is time to be more conscientious about sun exposure. But help may be on the way. The May 19 issue of the journal Molecular Cell published that scientists at USC Keek School of Medicine have recently discovered a sunscreen gene. This gene may protect against melanoma, the most dangerous and deadly
So You Missed The ITI World Congress in Chicago… (5/18/2016) -   Join him for the cliff note version: *Post -extraction bone morphology and its implant ramifications *Graft material choices relative to number of defect walls *Short and narrow implant wisdom *Perimplantitis and treatment modalities *Implant cementation June 23, 2016  5:30-8:00 PM Norwood Park Periodontics and Implants 5212 N Leclaire Ave Chicago, IL 60630 Tuition –
Dental Implants for the Savvy Staff (5/9/2016) - Program Description The dental administrative and clinical team can contribute significantly during implant therapy, helping to ensure smooth treatment for patients as well as the surgical and referring offices.  Attendees will learn how to prepare and preserve the clinical environment through proper cleaning and sterilization protocols, properly identify and anticipate necessary instruments and components for the next
Understanding Your Dental Benefits (4/28/2016) - If you have dental benefits, please provide our administrative team with the information prior to your appointment. Our office will call your dental benefits for an explanation benefits in order to maximize your reimbursement.  Our dental benefits specialist will submit your dental claims and provide supporting documentation.  
Next time your searching for a healthy snack, grab a handful of walnuts. (4/7/2016) - We already know that consuming walnuts is healthy, but a recent study cites even more reasons why walnuts are beneficial to our health. Not only are walnuts high in protein, low in cholesterol, and high in healthy fat, but eating walnut daily can significantly lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). The omega-3 in walnuts can also help
SAVE THE DATE (3/30/2016) - NORWOOD PARK PERIODONTICS STUDY CLUB is hosting a seminar on Integrating CAD/CAM Abutments to Improve Clinical Outcomes Course Description: We will discuss abutment options from CAD/CAM custom, stock (Vario-base) and intermediate abutments (SRA) and there clinical indications. We will also discuss the mechanical stresses of the implant abutment interface and how different restorative materials can
Looking for a Metal-Free Alternative? Look No Further! (2/25/2016) - If you’re looking for a metal-free alternative, look no further! At Norwood Park Periodontics and Implants we offer The Straumann PURE Ceramic Implant. The implant has a natural looking ivory color for a high-end esthetic solution . This specific feature makes the implant look more like a natural tooth and it supports the clinician in cases of
Love on the Rocks (2/11/2016) - The American Academy of Periodontology announced a new campaign to raise awareness of gum health. Love The Gums You’re With this Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is a day filled with love, so why not spread the message about loving your gums during the holiday? Did you know gum disease affects one in two adults? The gums
Love The Gums You’re With (2/4/2016) - Love The Gums You’re With this Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is a day filled with love, so why not spread the message about loving your gums during the holiday?
Video Blog #2 – Need an implant? Contact us TODAY to schedule your FREE CONSULTATION ! (1/28/2016) - Tooth loss is a common problem that most people will face throughout their lifetime for various reasons. Some of these reasons can include but are not limited to : * Severe gum disease * The loss of a single tooth or multiple teeth * Non-restorable decay * Failed root canal If left untreated, these gaps
Dr. Hosters Video Blog #1 : Oral / Systemic Correlation (1/20/2016) - Dr. Hosters will be doing weekly educational video blogs. They will be available on our website, Facebook page, and on Youtube. Tune in to check them out! Here is his very first one, we hope you enjoy.
Dentistry + Technology = Robot Patient (12/29/2015) - As you can imagine, finding human volunteers willing to let first year dental students practice on them isn’t the world’s easiest task. Scientists at Showa University in Tokyo, Japan had first created Showa Hanako over a decade ago. But in recent years, there have been a variety of improvements made to the robot so that
A Tooth Healthy Thanksgiving (11/24/2015) -   Make sure your Thanksgiving meal is something your teeth will be thankful for. Here are some fun facts about the foods you will probably be consuming this Thanksgiving: Source:
SAVE THE DATE (11/5/2015) - NORWOOD PARK PERIODONTICS STUDY CLUB is hosting a seminar on RESTORING DENTAL IMPLANTS: AN EVIDENCE BASED APPROCH TO GUIDE THE CLINICIAN TO BEST PRACTICES Program: Restoring Dental Implants in 2015: An Evidence Based Approach to Guide the Clinician to Best Practices” Restoring Dental Implants is extremely challenging. Understanding options related to crown retention, confirming fit
Secondhand Smoke (10/29/2015) - We constantly hear how secondhand smoke is very harmful to our health.  Many adults have hopefully tried their best to avoid smoking in front of others, and especially in the presence of children.  Studies are conducted often on the effects of secondhand smoke.  Most recently Japanese researchers are linking secondhand smoking with possible tooth decay
Trick or Treat? (10/22/2015) -       With Halloween being just around the corner, eating candy is inevitable this time of year.  We wanted to warn you about the worst Halloween candies before you take your kids trick or treating, dig through their Halloween candy or hand it out. Caramel apples, candy corn, and cookies contain high amounts of
2015 Platinum Implant User Conference (10/1/2015) - Dr. Hosters will be traveling to Jackson Hole, Wyoming this fall for the 2015 Platinum Implant User Conference. This conference will center on the concept of business planning. There will be breakout sessions with his fellow Platinum clinicians to discuss implementing new products and programs for success and practice growth.  On Saturday he will be working on optimizing our online
15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Tongue (9/17/2015) - Can you roll your tongue into a tube shape? We often underappreciate this awesome organ that has many talents.  Check out these fun facts about the tongue! Source:
SAVE THE DATE (9/10/2015) -     NORWOOD PARK PERIODONTICS STUDY CLUB is hosting a seminar on PRECISION, PRODUCTIVITY & PROFITABILITY OF IMPLANT PROTHETICS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE   Course Description: This Scientifically based, fast-moving presentation designed for private practice will cover state of the art topics, tips and tricks, and step-by-step techniques in implant prosthetics. A systematic approach to ideal
What happens when you go two weeks without brushing your teeth? (8/21/2015) - What happens when you go two weeks without brushing your teeth? We promise you it’s not good! Professor Lain Chapple conducted tests at the University of Birmington School of Dentistry. Tests showed that by not brushing your teeth for just two weeks, it can be harmful to your immune system. Tests were done on Dr.
Sweet Tooth VS Foggy Memory (8/6/2015) - You know what they say– you are what you eat. This applies to your brain too!  According to a new study there’s a surprising link between diet and memory.The study was published in the journal JAMA Neurology , shows that there’s a strong association between insulin and a decline in memory function.Scientists studied the brain