Sports can lead to tooth problems

Four Ways People Abuse Their Teeth

Your teeth take a lot of punishment throughout your life, but people routinely do things that unnecessarily add stress and higher chances of tooth decay. These are totally avoidable, but many people think their teeth are invincible. We see them come in with chips, breaks and cavities that didn’t need to happen. Your Teeth Are…

bruxism or teeth grinding in adults and children

Teeth Grinding: Why It’s Harmful and What You Can Do

Do you often wake up with a headache or a sore jaw, but don’t know why? You’re likely dealing with bruxism, or the more common name, teeth grinding. While seemingly innocuous at first glance, teeth grinding can cause serious problems if not taken care of quickly. The problem is most people don’t even know they’re…

don't ignore a toothache

Don’t Ignore Tooth Pain and Call Your Dentist

Toothaches are common and can be caused by many different things from the mundane to the dangerous. They can be a slight annoyance or a mind-splitting pain, but if you get them it’s best to contact the dentist and take care of it. While they may seem innocuous, tooth pain can be a sign of…

Signs You Need A Dentist Appointment

Top 5 Signs You Need To See A Dentist

Along with regular dental checkups, there are times when it’s important to see the dentist. The signs may seem small or you may not want to admit that you have a tooth problem, but the impact of waiting could be a much more painful and costly procedure.  Here are five signs that that your tooth…

Don’t Let Fear Stand In Your Way Of Dental Services

Don’t Let Fear Stand In Your Way Of Dental Services

It’s not uncommon to have a measure of fear and trepidation when going to the dentist, but for some the fear can be almost paralyzing. They know they need dental help and either never call or make an appointment and cancel at the last minute. Dr. Ed and the staff at Lifetime of Smiles want…

Diabetes and your teeth

Does Diabetes Impact Your Teeth?

Diabetes is a disease running rampant through our society and along with a myriad of health effects from blindness to organ failure, people often forget that it can impact your teeth as well. Diabetes is when your body is unable to process sugar effectively and is associated with insulin resistance. The most common type of…

Right age for braces

When is the Right Age for Braces?

When you notice a child’s teeth coming in crooked or just want to make sure everything will look good and straight as they grow, you might consider getting the child braces. Many people are unsure when they should start seriously talking about braces. Let Dr. Ed and A Lifetime of Smiles shed a little light…

all on four dental implant

Dentures Don’t Need To Be A Source of Embarrassment

Dentures have never been portrayed as a positive in popular culture. They’re usually associated with the elderly who either take them out or they fall out. Dentures are an important part of dentistry and can be needed at any age. There’s no reason to be embarrassed of denture implants because odds are some people you…

Top 5 healthy dental habits

Five Healthy Dental Habits For The Illinois Valley

Nobody wants dental problems, and you can decrease the risk by taking care of your pearly whites. You want a smile that you can be proud of your entire life and that means making sure you’re doing these five healthy dental habits. Brush Your Teeth Our parents told us from childhood to brush our teeth…

chocolate and Illinois Valley dental health

The Truth About Chocolate And Your Teeth

Thousands of pounds of candy are handed out in the Illinois Valley every Halloween and young children, and adults, eagerly scarf it down until their bellies ache. We’ve long been told that chocolate is bad for your teeth and is a leading cause of cavities, but how true is that old adage. It has nuggets…