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  • How Stress Harms Your Oral Health
    Apr. 5, 2017

    How Stress Harms Your Oral Health

    General oral health

    April is Stress Awareness Month. It's no surprise that the month of April can provoke stress as Tax Day nears. Studies have shown that stress can have harmful effects on our health, but did you know that our mouths can also be affected by stress? Your dentist can detect oral symptoms of stress during regular... More »

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  • Don't Be So Sensitive!
    Apr. 21, 2016

    Don't Be So Sensitive!

    General oral health

    You've likely experienced a little sensitivity when eating, perhaps after enjoying an ice-cold beverage or after biting into something particularly hot. Even breathing in a blast of cold air can sometimes cause discomfort. Why do some people experience sensitivity while others can eat whatever they want? Here are some of the most common causes. Exposed... More »

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  • Three Nervous Habits That Are Harming Your Teeth
    Jun. 19, 2015

    Three Nervous Habits That Are Harming Your Teeth

    General oral health

    We've all got a nervous habit or two, whether it's chewing nails, tapping toes or chomping gum. For the most part, nervous habits are harmless – but there are a few that can be bad news for oral health. Here are three to stop. Nail biting. Nibbling on your nails can stress your teeth and... More »

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  • The Importance of Dental Insurance for Children
    Mar. 25, 2014

    The Importance of Dental Insurance for Children

    Children’s Oral Health

    Many parents don't realize that cavities are nearly 100 percent preventable. Babies are born with a healthy mouth and teeth. So from birth, it's important to establish good oral health habits to reduce cavity-causing bacteria. Unfortunately, the majority of children in Illinois still end up with cavities. Fifty-three percent of Illinois third graders have experienced... More »

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  • Dental Specialist: What is a Periodontist?
    Mar. 18, 2014

    Dental Specialist: What is a Periodontist?

    General oral health

    Your dentist is the first line of defense against oral health foes, but sometimes he or she needs a little help. While a dentist is trained in all oral health diseases, some severe cases require a team of trained dentists. And that's where a periodontist comes in. A periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and... More »

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  • New Year's Celebration – Drinking Harmful for your Health
    Dec. 31, 2013

    New Year's Celebration – Drinking Harmful for your Health

    General oral health

    New Year's Eve is tonight and you might be tempted to down a pint (or more) of beer before the celebration. Before you take your first swig, keep in mind that your frothy beverage might affect your pearly whites. Tooth decay is a big problem related to alcohol consumption because of the sugars and acids... More »

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  • Diabetes and Dental Health
    Nov. 7, 2013

    Diabetes and Dental Health

    General oral health

    It's National Diabetes Month, a month dedicated to bringing awareness to the growing disease. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million Americans have prediabetes. Together, 105 million Americans have either been diagnosed, or are at risk of being diagnosed– that's a third of the country! Why... More »

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  • Dental Emergencies Don't Take Vacations
    Jul. 16, 2013

    Dental Emergencies Don't Take Vacations

    General oral health

    Vacations are supposed to be about relaxing, not panicking, but dental emergencies can crop up anywhere. These setbacks don't discriminate between office cubicles or sandy beaches. Here are 3 of the most common emergencies and what to do until you can get to a dentist. Toothache. First, brush and floss gently, then rinse with warm... More »

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  • Oral and Overall Health
    Jul. 9, 2013

    Oral and Overall Health

    General oral health

    If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your mouth is definitely the window to your health. Since our body functions as one system, it is no wonder how we take care of our mouth has an impact on the rest of our bodies. This infographic highlights just a few ways your mouth... More »

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  • Kick Your Kid's Thumb-Sucking Habits
    Apr. 30, 2013

    Kick Your Kid's Thumb-Sucking Habits

    Children’s Oral Health

    Learned in the womb and perfected as an infant, many children turn to thumb sucking in times of stress. Kids also use this practice in times of boredom, illness, and even at bedtime. This self-soothing technique has helped children gain independence and parents keep their sanity. But when it goes beyond the first few years,... More »

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  • St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Can Harm Your Teeth
    Mar. 14, 2013

    St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Can Harm Your Teeth

    General oral health

    St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and you might soon be tempted to imbibe in a pint of green beer. Before you take your first swig, keep in mind the trouble you might cause in your mouth. Tooth decay is a big problem related to alcohol consumption because of the sugars and acids... More »

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  • Performance and Pain
    Feb. 26, 2013

    Performance and Pain

    General oral health

    I don't know about you, but when I am in a meeting with a throbbing headache, it is hard to stay focused and alert. The pain blurs the information and I tend to bounce in and out of the meeting without ever actually grasping the message. For children, the distraction from tooth pain is the... More »

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