Dental Articles Chicago

Antibiotics and Dental Treatment

Your mouth has bacteria that can get into your bloodstream. For most people, these bacteria don’t cause a problem. But there is concern that for some people, bacteria in the bloodstream can cause an infection elsewhere in the body. That’s why your physician or dentist may advise you to take an antibiotic before some dental […]

Your child’s first dental visit

What is the focus of your child’s beautiful SMILE? Strong, healthy teeth!Baby teeth-also called primary teeth-are important in the growth and development of a child. Baby teeth can help your child chew foods and speak. They also hold space in the jaws for adult teeth that are growing under the gums. Babies are born without […]

Baby teeth: when they come in, when they fall out

A healthy mouth is part of a child’s overall health. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and smile. Your child’s teeth also help give his or her face its shape and keep space in the jaw for adult teeth. A baby’s teeth start to come in when the baby is about […]

Why do I need a bridge?

A bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face. Before you get a bridge, your dentist wants you to know more about the steps involved. He or she can advise which […]

Treating gum disease

Your gum disease treatment will depend on several factors, including your personal health history and the stage of your gum disease. This page covers: Professional Cleaning Deep Cleaning – Scaling and Root Planing Periodontal Surgery Bone Graft Surgery and Guided Tissue Regeneration Keeping your teeth and gums healthy after treatment Professional Cleaning In the very […]

Tooth decay in baby teeth

Tooth Decay in Baby Teeth Did you know that tooth decay is the most common long-term childhood disease? Children of any age can get tooth decay, even babies and toddlers. And tooth decay is five times more common than asthma. The good news is that tooth decay can be prevented! What causes tooth decay? Bacteria […]

Healthy mouth, healthy body – making the connection

Your mouth is a window into the health of your body Insight about your overall health can sometimes be seen in your mouth. In fact, periodontal (perry-oh-DON-tal) – or gum – disease is common in people with chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes. This page explains the connection between your oral health and your overall health. […]

Get the facts about mouth and throat cancer

Did you know that your dentist screens you for cancer at every visit? Oral cancers can be deadly diseases. Each year in the United States, roughly 45,000 new cases of mouth and throat cancer are diagnosed, and about 13% of people die within the same year they are diagnosed. Treatment may be more successful with […]

TMD – Temporomandibular disorders

Do you have frequent headaches, earaches, tender jaw muscles or a dull, aching facial pain? Does your jaw lock or stray to one side when you open your mouth? These aches and pains may be related to the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular (tem-PORO-man-DIB-u-lar) joint or “TMJ,” and the muscles that work to move the […]

Mouth sores and spots

Mouth sores can be painful, annoying and unsightly. Some appear inside the mouth – on the gums, tongue, lips, cheeks or palate (roof of the mouth). Others, like cold sores, can appear outside the mouth, such as on and around the lips, under the nose and on the chin. Mouth sores can be caused by […]

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