The Relationship Between Dental Health and Your Heart

It is a bit alarming to hear that greater than 80 percent of Americans have periodontal or gum disease. Making matters worse, often these conditions go undiagnosed. This could be because in many cases the patient's teeth feel fine, so they do not bother to see a dentist. However, it should be noted poor dental health can eventually lead to heart disease. In fact, there is now evidence of two specific links between oral health and heart disease. First, recent studies show that if you have gum...
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Selecting the Proper Toothbrush

Next to bathing and washing, one of the most common things Americans do each day is brushing their teeth. In fact, the average American spends almost 1,000 hours in their lifetime brushing their pearly whites. For optimal results, it is very important to purchase a toothbrush that feels comfortable and works well.  With so many different types of bristles and handles, selecting a particular toothbrush can be more difficult than you might think. It is essential to keep in mind that whate...
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Conditions When Dentures are Needed

The end goal of all patients should be to keep their natural teeth their entire lives. Good oral hygiene and consistent dental visits can go a long way to achieving this result. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are times when retaining our own teeth is no longer possible. Brushing your teeth after meals with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day is essential. These two habits can help to prevent tooth decay and delay the need for dentures as long as possible. However, as...
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When are Dental Fillings Necessary?

Almost everyone is familiar with a dental filing. Most people at some will undergo this procedure. But are there times when fillings are not really necessary? Also, can there be instances when fillings can be delayed or put off entirely? It is a good idea for all dental patients to educate themselves about the basics of fillings. First off, realize fillings are used to cover up and protect a tooth that has a cavity. Cavities are really just small holes that form after a tooth has become ...
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Glenview Dental Care Using Crowns and Bridges

Most dental patients are familiar with the words “crowns” and “bridges”. They come up often when discussing different oral procedures. However, like many other medical terms, a large number of us are unsure as to their precise definition and function. It is a good idea to become a bit more aware of these options before you may need to undergo a procedure. In simple terms, a bridge is a false tooth used to fill in the gap created by a missing tooth. A space between your teeth is not just unsi...
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Handling Dental Emergencies

Dental issues such as an injury to your teeth or gums can be potentially serious. These situations should never be ignored and addressed as soon as possible. Overlooking a dental problem just increases the risk of permanent damage and the possibility for more extensive treatment in the future. So, what should you do during a dental emergency? The first course of action is to rinse your mouth well with warm water. Use floss to dislodge any stuck food or debris. Apply a cold compress like an i...
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Bonding of Teeth in Glenview Performed By Dr. Malik

Many people have heard of the dental term “bonding” but are not exactly sure of its meaning. Simply put, bonding is when tooth colored materials are bonded to the tooth surface. A variety of colored resins are mixed to match the exact shade of your tooth. The resin is applied to your tooth and shaped precisely. Then either a chemical or light process is used to harden the resin in place. Bonding of Teeth is Appropriate in Certain Situations Patients often ask when bonding is appropriate. It is...
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Dr. Scott Malik is Your Choice for Root Canal Therapy in Glenview

Years back, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve it would probably be lost. However, dentistry has greatly improved with state-of-the-art equipment and new procedures. Now, with root canal treatment, that infected tooth can be saved. Root canals are a non-complicated procedure usually requiring one to three appointments. The good news is that a root canal can save your tooth and keep your smile bright and vibrant! A Root Canal Can Save the Life of a Tooth A tooth’s nerve is not a vital fun...
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Pregnancy and Dental Care

Regular checkups along with good dental health habits are very important during pregnancy. Even though many women have no issues, pregnancy can alter some conditions and worsen others. Sometimes completely new problems may develop. Because of this, paying close attention to your oral health during these nine months is essential. Many Reasons to Monitor Oral Health During Pregnancy A woman’s mouth can be affected by hormonal changes during pregnancy. Some patients develop a condition referred t...
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Do Not Fear Getting Dental X-Rays

Many dental patients do not think too much about X-rays and radiation. Other questions regarding flossing, cavities or a root canal usually take precedence. But for those who are concerned about the possible negative effects of X-rays, it is a good idea to become educated. Dental X-Rays are Considered Safe and Useful Dental X-rays are a very useful tool most dentists use to detect suspected problems. How often they need to be taken depend on the patient’s dental health, age and if they are exp...
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