October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Dental Hygiene Month

October is here and fall has officially begun, bringing with it Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to raise awareness for both and help to prevent problems by monitoring your health and being mindful of your lifestyle choices. Whether you are... Read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to... Read more »

Enamel-Friendly Foods for Your Teeth

When it comes to protecting your teeth, your first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities is tooth enamel, as it is the outermost covering that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job as the hardest substance in your body.... Read more »

How Routine Dental Checkups Help Your Smile in the Long Run

When you come in for dental exams and we have cleaned your teeth and gum line and removed any hardened plaque, our dentist can look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases which... Read more »

Do You Have Dry Mouth?

Everyone has had those moments of extreme stress, fear or panic when their mouth runs dry. However, if your mouth is dry on a regular basis, it is time to see the dentist. A dry mouth is the most obvious symptom of the problem, however, dry mouth can also manifest... Read more »

Your Guide to Veneers

If you’ve ever worked with wood, you’ve likely seen the amazing transformation that occurs when placing a piece of veneer onto a previously rough, unfinished wooden surface. The veneer is perfectly smooth, and completely changes the look and feel of the wood. That same principle applies to dental veneers. If... Read more »

Tasty Foods That Help Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Choosing foods that can improve your oral health can keep your teeth healthy is important. In fact, many foods can promote positive oral health while some foods, like sugar, can hinder it. Luckily, there are multiple good foods to choose from that are both delicious and able to help improve... Read more »

Dentistry in Motion: Contamination Risks

Due to the importance of keeping your smile safe at all times, it is important to eliminate the risk of contamination that can occur from time to time. This can include issues with your cleaning habits, your lifestyle choices, and even your dietary selections. If any aspect of your life... Read more »

A Small Cavity Might Be Treated With a Dental Filling

The exterior tooth enamel layer on each of your teeth provides them with the hardness to efficiently bite and chew food before swallowing. Sometimes trapped bacterial deposits and lingering plaque acids caused by poor oral hygiene practices can gradually start to demineralize tooth enamel. In time a small cavity can... Read more »

A Dental Crown Can Protect A Tooth

Dental crowns have many purposes in the world of dentistry. That is why they are a common form of restoration that can help you keep or achieve positive oral health. To help you learn more about dental crowns, Dr. Ashok Jhanji with Southwest Dental Center in Hometown, Illinois, has provided... Read more »