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Morning Breath: What Causes It and How to Prevent It

November 29, 2022

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women pinching nose because of morning breath

Morning breath – we’ve all had it at some point in our life. For some of us, it’s a frequent occurrence that happens as often as every day. While it certainly can be embarrassing, it’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Fortunately, there are many ways you can prevent and treat this all too familiar odor. Read on to learn what causes morning breath and how you can wake up feeling fresher and smelling nicer.


The Dangers of Mouth Breathing

November 17, 2022

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person mouth breathing while sleeping

Has your nose ever been stuffy to the point where you can’t breathe through it? It often happens when you have a bad cold. As a result, you may choose to breathe through your mouth instead. While that may seem like a harmless alternative, it can negatively affect your oral health. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about mouth breathing and how it can harm your smile.


Tips to Combat Common Winter Mouth Issues

November 10, 2022

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woman smiling in the snow

Leaves are changing color, temperatures are dropping, and days are getting shorter. Do you know what that means? We’ve officially made it to the winter season! Many people look forward to this cold time of year, excited to bundle up and play in the snow. However, you shouldn’t forget to prioritize your oral health during this time. Cooler temperatures can lead to winter mouth issues like tooth sensitivity and chapped lips. Below, you’ll learn a few helpful tips to combat those problems and maintain a healthier mouth!


Are You Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard? Here’s How You Can Tell

October 28, 2022

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Patient looking at frayed toothbrush

Do you go into autopilot the moment you pick up your toothbrush? Sadly, this can result in unhealthy habits, like applying too much pressure. Since this can lead to everything from sensitive teeth to receding gums, it’s crucial that you aren’t brushing your teeth too hard. Keep reading to learn the #1 sign that you are as well as the proper technique.


An Inside Look at the Importance of Gum Health

October 21, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorizeddrkics @ 9:27 pm
Smiling woman showing her healthy gums

When it comes to oral health, teeth often steal the spotlight. So, it’s not surprising that many patients think brushing is all that’s needed to keep their smile happy and healthy! In reality, that’s not the case. In fact, roughly 50% of Americans struggle with some form of gum disease. As a result, there’s no time like the present to implement some new best practices designed to prioritize your gum health. Read on to learn a few!


4 Ways Visiting Your Dentist Saves You Money

October 7, 2022

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Man smiling in dentist's treatment chair during checkup

If the holidays being just around the corner has left you feeling a little pinch in your wallet, you’re not alone. However, the answer is not to cancel your upcoming dental appointment. In fact, visiting your dentist routinely can actually save you money in the short and long term! To learn how, keep reading.


Here’s How Desensitizing Toothpastes Work

October 1, 2022

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Woman applying desensitizing toothpaste to toothbrush

Do you struggle with sensitive teeth that make it difficult to enjoy things like warm coffee or ice cream without wincing? Then your friends and family may have recommended desensitizing toothpaste! As the name suggests, it’s designed specifically for patients who are struggling with sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. But how does it work? And when do you know it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist? Keep reading to find out!


Wondering If You Can Get Fluoride Treatments as an Adult? Read This!

September 30, 2022

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Closeup of man in gray shirt wondering

Fluoride is well-known in the world of dentistry for being exceptionally good a preventing tooth decay. That’s why you’ll find it in everything from toothpaste to mouthwash! In fact, you may have had fluoride treatments growing up to help protect your smile from cavities. But are these treatments something that should continue into adulthood? Keep reading to learn the answer!


4 Things You May Not Know About Veneers (But Should!)

September 23, 2022

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Friends smiling while shopping outside

Do you want to transform your smile, but are unsure if veneers are right for you? Many patients find themselves in a similar boat as they determine which cosmetic dental treatment is the best for their specific dental needs, lifestyle, budget, and smile goals. So, if you’re currently on the fence about this popular smile-enhancing treatment, keep reading to learn four important facts about veneers.


Happy 20th Anniversary

September 16, 2022

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Happy 20th Anniversary! This September marks our 20th year of serving patients in Arlington Heights and surrounding communities.  What a journey it has been and continues to be!

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