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Can a Root Canal Be Prevented?

Most of us in the Illinois Valley, and pretty much everywhere, have heard of a root canal and associate it as something we don’t ever want to deal with. The truth is, a root canal can be relatively painless and very beneficial in terms of saving your natural teeth and avoiding the need for a…

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Laser Dentistry vs. Traditional Dentistry

For many, the idea of scalpels and drills going anywhere near their mouths produces a ton of anxiety and often delays taking necessary action to address ongoing dental issues that need attention. To compound that, the prolonged recovery time, discomfort, stitches and risk for infections associated with traditional dentistry understandably causes many to forgo short-term…

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The Lowdown on Gum Disease in Peru IL

Was your toothbrush tinged a little red when you brushed your teeth last? While you may have simply brushed too hard, it’s possible you’re in the beginning stages of gum disease. Gum disease in Peru IL is no laughing matter. There are connections between gingivitis and periodontitis and diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more. If…

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Should I Clean My Tongue?

You probably take your time cleaning your teeth every day but do you ever think about your tongue. The tongue is vital to speech and swallowing, but it should also be part of your overall dental plan. When you clean your mouth, you just can’t think about your teeth. You also need to think about…

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Taking Care Of Your Teeth With Braces

If you’re required to have normal braces instead of something like Invisalign, then you need to take extra special care of your teeth and orthodontics to prevent cavities, gum disease and other problems from forming. Having braces doesn’t give you a pass on your regular dental care. In fact, it makes it more involved, but…

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Oral Piercings: A Dentist’s Perspective

They seem to be all the rage right now. People love the way piercings look in their tongue, lips, and cheeks. While it can look great after the initial pain of getting them, but dentists aren’t too fond of them for various reasons. While we certainly don’t want to tell anyone how to live their…

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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Children’s teeth are new and you wouldn’t expect them to develop cavities so early, but the reality is that almost half of all children develop some type of tooth decay by the age of 5. Children’s teeth are fragile and easily impacted by cavities and tooth decay. It doesn’t help if parents inadvertently help that…

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Is the Tooth Worth Saving or Should You Get an Extraction?

You like your teeth. You’ve had them for most of your life and you’ve become quite attached to them…literally. When a tooth is cracked or if an abscess develops, then it can lead to severe pain, but you don’t always have to do an extraction. It’s important to save your teeth if you can, so…

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Oral Hygiene Tips for Back to School

It’s that time of year again when the lazy days of summer are replaced with reading, math and science classes. You’re scrambling to get school supplies, haircuts and a million little things that just keep adding up. Don’t forget about making oral hygiene a priority because many families get lax during the summer months because…

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How Pediatric Dentistry Differs from Adult Dentistry

When it comes to dentistry, the needs of a child are far different than those of an adult. It’s not only about their teeth, but also emotional wellbeing and you need a dentist that can handle both. A Lifetime of Smiles can take care of children and adults because we’ve had years of experience in…