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Author: Dr. Tim Loughran

Timothy Loughran, DDS, grew up in Centralia. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree, then received his dental education and degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago. Dr. Loughran has been practicing dentistry in Herrin, Illinois since 1982.

Teeth Brushing 101

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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?

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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

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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)

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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

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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…