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What Getting Older Means for Your Oral Health

As we get older, it’s even more important to take good care of our oral health. After all, we have just one set of teeth—and they need to last us a lifetime.According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation, about three-quarters of adults over age 60 are missing some of their teeth. Another alarming statistic: Almost 25 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have gum disease, which can lead to more tooth loss. It’s also important to note that those who have poor oral health are at increased risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.As you age, it’s even more important to ...

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Steps We Take to Help Your Child Feel Comfortable Getting Dental Care

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Bringing your son or daughter to the dentist can be a scary proposition—both for parent and child. No parent likes to see their child upset or frightened.Parents also know the importance of taking their children to the dentist from an early age. What can be done to ensure that your child is comfortable at the dentist? We take the following steps to make sure pediatric dentistry is a positive experience at your Elk Grove Village dentist.Seeing Children at a Very Young AgeThe earlier your child visits the dentist, the better. Even kids as young as one year can take a spin in the dental chair to help them grow accustomed ...

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Can I Get Good Results from Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products?

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There is no shortage of teeth whitening systems and products available at your local drugstore. But just how well do these whitening toothpastes, strips, rinses, and gels work? Can you get decent results from teeth whitening products that are not purchased from your Elk Grove Village dentist?Let’s take a look at what you might expect.Whitening ToothpasteAll toothpastes contain mild abrasives, so any type you use will help in removing surface stains. Those that are specifically designed for whitening usually include additional ingredients to assist in stain removal, but none contain bleach or the carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide found in professional whitening products. Using a whitening toothpaste regularly will likely ...

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How Dental Insurance Is Different

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If you’ve ever needed dental work done by your Elk Grove Village family dentist, you might have expected your dental insurance to cover it. But you likely soon learned that dental insurance doesn’t work the same way as medical insurance.Dentistry In HistoryThe fact is that dental insurance is different from medical insurance, and it always has been. The reason goes back to dentistry prior to the 1800s when teeth were treated by the same person who cut your hair. Yes, you read that right: the barber.It might seem crazy, but according to Michael Tischler, DDS, of Dentistry Today, there was a decided disconnect between dentistry and medicine until ...

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Will Extracting My Wisdom Teeth Hurt?

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Wisdom teeth are the large molars that come in during the teenage years at the very back of the mouth. Our ancestors used these teeth for a diet that consisted of leaves, roots, nuts, and meat, so they needed them for proper chewing. Today, we no longer require these teeth and they often cause more problems than they are worth.Wisdom teeth often grow in incorrectly, leading to impaction or crowding of the existing teeth. It’s usually best to extract them—and the sooner the better.Dr. Advani is experienced at extracting wisdom teeth, whether they are fully erupted or still below the surface of the gums. Modern sedation will ensure your ...

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3 Recommendations to Improve Dental Implant Longevity

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If you are missing one or more teeth and have considered dental implants as tooth replacements, you might be wondering how long you can expect them to last. Your implant dentist in Elk Grove Village will probably tell you that dental implants can last quite a long time—15 or 20 years, and even beyond that with proper care.There are things you can do to help ensure the longevity of your dental implants.Avoid Smoking or Using Tobacco ProductsSmoking is an unhealthy habit that takes a toll on your entire body, and that includes dental implants. Smoking inhibits the blood supply to your gums and osseointegration of the implants into the gums ...

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The Effects of Tobacco on Oral Health

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Most people know that tobacco has a negative impact on overall health, but many do not realize just how bad it is for one’s oral health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, half of all smoking adults in this country suffer from gum disease. Since gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults, it’s important that tobacco users be aware of the damage they are potentially inflicting on themselves.What Tobacco Use Does to the BodyThe Centers for Disease Control supports medical claims that smoking and all tobacco use weakens the body’s ability to fight off infection. Smoking limits the growth of blood vessels, which ...

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