Dr. Scott Malik is Your Top Choice for Pediatric Dentistry

Taking good care of your teeth should begin very early in life. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a dentist as soon as their first birthday. Being vigilant about oral care early on in life has many advantages. For example, dental problems can be detected or prevented earlier, before becoming larger issues. You can also establish good dental habits and bu...
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Gum Disease and Periodontal Therapy

Just because we are getting older does not mean we will eventually lose our teeth. With regular professional cleanings and oral exams, there is a very good possibility a person may be able to retain their natural teeth for life. This means not just taking care of the actual teeth, but also the gums and tooth-supporting bone. Gum disease is a bacterial infection. This type of bacteria may caus...
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Take Good Care of Yourself Following a Dental Procedure

After undergoing any type of dental procedure it is very important to follow instructions from your dentist. As a patient, your goal is to ensure proper healing and avoid complications. Whether you just had a root canal, a crown or bridge inserted or an extraction, you need to be extra vigilant regarding your health.  Following your procedure your dental team should give you complete instruc...
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A Healthy Mouth is Important for Overall Good Health

Good oral health habits not only promote a winning smile, but also may help contribute to a person’s overall health. Proper hygiene leads to many positive results, including  the prevention of  bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth for many years. Research has also found a relationship between a healthy mouth a decreased risk of certain medical disorde...
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What Exactly Are Dental Veneers?

Most people have heard of the term “veneers” when speaking of dental procedures but are not sure of their precise definition or use. Simply stated, dental veneers are just thin pieces of ivory colored porcelain that are cemented to the front surfaces of a patient’s teeth.  Veneers are useful because they can aid in solving many physical and aesthetic dental issues. It is very important to ke...
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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 s...
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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 particul...
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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 hab...
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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...
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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 t...
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