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Is Chocolate Bad for My Teeth

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Halloween is quickly approaching which means you will likely be consuming more chocolate and candy than usual. This may leave you wondering if chocolate is bad for your teeth. Learn more about chocolate and your oral health with this guide from Tim Loughran Dentistry.    Is Chocolate Bad? Lucky for you (and us!), chocolate is…

How to Help Pediatric Dentistry Anxiety

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Tim Loughran Dentistry, located in Herrin, Illinois, is a dental practice that is here to serve patients of all ages. We’ve been providing Southern Illinois family dentistry since the 1980s. While we are here to serve the entire family, we recognize that some age groups experience more dental anxiety than others.    Many children are…

Can I Get Dental X-Rays While Pregnant?

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Pregnancy is an exciting, scary, and emotional time that often leaves you with more questions than answers at times. However, Herrin dentistry, Tim Loughran Dentistry, wants to help ease the minds of expectant mothers and answer some questions. Dental care while pregnant is still just as important, and let Dr. Loughran tell you why.  …

Chipped Teeth: Tips from an Emergency Dentist

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So you’ve chipped your tooth and you don’t know what to do. Don’t worry! It’s natural to be stressed or anxious about a dental emergency. However, luckily for you, Dr. Tim Loughran of Tim Loughran Dentistry has put together this handy guide to help you learn what to do in the event of a chipped…

What Does Smoking Do To Your Teeth

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Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are an estimated 34.1 million smokers in the United States as of 2019? This means that nearly 14 people out of 100 of age adults are current smokers. This is not an insignificant amount of people who are now at risk for…

Best Age to Get Braces

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Many parents are eager to ask their children’s dentist what the best time to get braces is. Why is this question important? Well, if you get braces too early, you will most likely need further treatment later in life. If you get them too late, they will have to be worn for a much longer…

What Happens When You Eat Without Teeth or Dentures

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Losing teeth is a very common occurrence in life, and senior dental care is only increasing in demand. What commonly occurs with patients that have lost teeth and have yet to acquire dentures or another form of dental implants, is an attempt to eat without dentures. However, eating without teeth or another form of substitute…

How Do Sugary Drinks Affect my Toddler’s Teeth?

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While it is true that baby teeth do eventually fall out, tooth decay is a dental health issue that can cause issues and prove itself to be problematic. So, what causes tooth decay in our toddlers and young children? One of the most obvious causes are the drinks that we give them, such as soda…

Wisdom Teeth: How do I know if they need to be removed?

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That tricky third set of molars, otherwise known as wisdom teeth, often leads to a lot of pain and trouble when they come in. Because of the way our jaws have adapted, the jaw has shrunk and leaves less space for wisdom teeth, leading to many people having to get theirs removed. What are the…

Dental Issues: How to Prevent Them

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Your smile can light up any room you walk into, and we’re sure you want to keep it that way. That’s why we’ve created a list of ways to prevent common dental issues! Strategies to Prevent Dental Issues Brush your teeth daily: This is a super simple way to keep your teeth healthy and keep…