Dealing with and Treating Bad Breath

Going to the dentist every six months and brushing daily help keep your mouth healthy. However, some people, no matter how diligent they are, still have oral health issues. One of the most common is chronic halitosis, or bad breath. This can be embarrassing and inconvenient. Fortunately, they are some simple home remedies that can relieve this problem. Drink More Water Drinking more water is one...
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The Dangers of Oral Piercing

Oral Piercing, like tattoos, are becoming more and more popular. People like them in part, because they are a form of self-expression. As piercings become more widespread you may assume it is safe with very low risk. However, piercing of the lips, tongue and cheeks presents some potential dangers that must be considered before having a procedure. The main reason for the danger is because the mo...
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Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Whether or not to have wisdom teeth extracted in a common question in the field of dentistry. The short answer is that if your third molars are not causing pain or crowding, no.  On the other hand, if they are impacted or crowding other teeth, then yes. Wisdom teeth generally grow in one of two ways - they will grow in like regular teeth or they will grow in and become impacted. Impacted wisdom...
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The Proper Size and Type of Toothbrush

Most people are aware of the importance of brushing. It is one of the most important habits to keep teeth and gums healthy. Several types of toothpastes and mouthwashes are available in any drugstore or supermarket. However, when it comes to brushing, most people do not spend enough time looking for the proper toothbrush to suit their needs. Most dentists recommend looking for certain attribute...
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When is the Right Time to Consider Switching Dentists?

Altering a professional relationship can be very difficult. One that involves your health can be particularly stressful. However, if you are unhappy with your current dental care, it might be time for a change. Luckily there are many options when changing or choosing a dentist in the Chicagoland area. So how do you know if the time is right to start looking for a new dentist? Some of the most c...
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Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

Almost everyone has experienced that unexpected jolt of pain when drinking a very hot cup of coffee or a cold bottle of soda. The discomfort can be intense and last anywhere from a few seconds to several hours. This particular sensation is fairly common. It may mean you have a problem with sensitive teeth. Usually the dentin is covered by enamel, but over time this coating can erode, and become...
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Why Do We Grind Our Teeth?

Some people are surprised to learn the majority of adults grind their teeth. When this happens on an occasional basis it does not usually cause any harm. However, if you find yourself grinding your pearly whites regularly you should look into the issue a bit further. Over time, constant grinding of teeth, medically know as bruxism, can result in damaged teeth and lead to other dental health compli...
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Dealing with TMJ Issues

Most people have heard of the TMJ joint but are not aware of its function or location.  What exactly is TMJ? The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located at the base of the skull in front of the ear and connects the lower jaw with the upper jawbone. However, unlike the majority of other joints in the body, the TMJ is very different in its structure. The joint itself is composed of a rounded protru...
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Dealing with TMJ Issues

Most people have heard of the TMJ joint but are not aware of its function or location.  What exactly is TMJ? The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located at the base of the skull in front of the ear and connects the lower jaw with the upper jawbone. However, unlike the majority of other joints in the body, the TMJ is very different in its structure. The joint itself is composed of a rounded protru...
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See Scott Malik, DDS for Periodontal Therapy and Healthy Gums

Good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing is very important in maintaining a healthy smile.  The good news is if we are diligent with our oral hygiene and see our dentist regularly, we will be able to keep our natural teeth for life. Therefore, it it clear to see the importance of cleaning our teeth and the structures that surround them -  the gums and supporting bone. Gum disease can thr...
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