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Is Teeth Whitening Safe?


Is teeth whitening safe? Many people want to make their smile a bit brighter and reduce the look of stains on their teeth. But oftentimes, you may question whether or not it is safe to whiten your teeth. Well, good news! The American Dental Association considers teeth whitening safe. But now that you know that…

What are Veneers?


What are Veneers? Veneers are thin shells that cover the front of your teeth that help to improve the appearance of your teeth. They can be adjusted by size, shape, color, and length to help give your mouth a natural look to your teeth. Types of Veneers The two most popular options are the porcelain…

Choose a Local Dentist!


Are you looking for a new dentist in the Southern Illinois area? You probably want one that is affordable, close to home, and a dentist with lots of experience. There are many more reasons why a locally owned dentist office is far more superior than a dental franchise. We created a list of these reasons…

Teeth Brushing 101


Teeth Brushing 101 Have you ever wondered if you are brushing your teeth the right way? Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that can help step up your teeth brushing game! When brushing your teeth, what comes first? Brushing, flossing, or mouthwash? Most Dentists recommend brushing your teeth after…

What should I do if my child chips a tooth?


Every parent knows accidents happen and our children are physically affected. Dental accidents in children almost always involve front teeth. When a front tooth breaks we immediately ask the age of the child. Younger children with baby teeth often have a tooth chip or loosen, while older children fracture teeth and sometimes, unfortunately, knock them…

Floss Like A Boss – Making Flossing a Habit


How often do you floss? The recommended amount is once a day, but for most we are all guilty of getting our daily flossing in minutes before we head to our dental appointments. As much as we think flossing is a hassle, it’s beneficial to our health. Did you know using floss with toothbrushing is…

I Brush My Teeth with Sugar (Hello Xylitol)


When an article with that title showed up in one of my dental magazines I was thinking the same as you are now: What’s the gimmick? The article was written by a dentist and the title is accurate! Twice a day, the author-dentist puts a quarter teaspoon measure of granulated sugar in his mouth, swishes…

Dental Health Can Influence General Health


In the past ten years, interesting research has been published linking gum disease with several other inflammatory conditions. It is our goal to help you understand how your dental health effects other areas of your body. Maintaining a healthy mouth could potentially help you slow down the progression of other conditions you may be struggling…