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5 Reasons Why Dental Implants Are So Popular

5 Reasons Why Dental Implants Are So Popular

Dental implants are a popular option for many people to restore your confidence to eat, speak, and enjoy life.  The next best thing to real teeth is a dental implant or multiple implants to bring back your healthy smile.  Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth so you can be confident in your

Eat Fruits and Veggies For A Healthy Smile

Eat Fruits and Veggies For A Healthy Smile

Healthy prevention is the best medicine for your smile and dental health is more important than you may realize for overall health. What you eat plays a big role in this. The foods you choose, when and how often you eat them not only affect your general health, but also the health of your teeth and gums. The good news is tooth decay is entirely preventable with good dental hygiene, regular dental visits – and healthy eating habits.

Tips for Good Oral Hygiene and Healthy Smiles

Tips for Good Oral Hygiene and Healthy Smiles

For a healthy smile, we all should practice good oral hygiene every day. Brushing after meals, using antimicrobial mouthwash, and flossing helps to prevent tooth decay. Oral hygienists at UIC College of Dentistry are experts in helping you take control of your oral health.

Periodontal Disease Treatment at UIC

Periodontal Disease Treatment at UIC

Periodontal (gum) disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontists at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry are experts in treating periodontal disease through a a full range of periodontics care.

Ask the Expert: What is Oral Cancer?

Ask the Expert: What is Oral Cancer?

In this edition of Ask the Expert, we talked with two of our experts about oral cancer, including the importance of early detection, it’s connection to our overall health, and how we’re advancing research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer.

The True Story of Why You Get Cavities, According to a Billion Microbes

The True Story of Why You Get Cavities, According to a Billion Microbes

Most bacteria in our bodies are harmless; some are even beneficial. Then there are the bacteria that cause oral diseases such as tooth decay, or cavities, and periodontal disease. These bacteria cause big problems because there are so many of these little recycling machines.

An Educational Approach to Cavity Prevention

An Educational Approach to Cavity Prevention

One of the best ways we’ve found to prevent cavities is by educating our patients to take control of their oral health. Sure, it takes a little longer, but it’s well worth it, and our patients appreciate the personalized approach.

Thinking About Another Sweet Gulp? Think Again

Thinking About Another Sweet Gulp? Think Again

Dental cavities, together with other dental problems, are linked to children's dental health, school performance, and psychosocial well-being. For instance, kids with dental problems are more likely to miss school and not perform as well in school. Sweetened drinks contribute to these dental problems. Here's why sugary drinks are not good for your teeth and gums.

What Older Adults Need to Know About Oral Health

What Older Adults Need to Know About Oral Health

Tooth decay is not just a problem for children. It can happen as long as you have natural teeth. And as we age, other specific conditions begin to affect oral health such as dry mouth or loss of taste. These changes can negatively impact oral health and overall quality of life. Here are some things to be aware of and how regular dentist checkups can help.

4 Ways Drinking Water Improves Your Smile

4 Ways Drinking Water Improves Your Smile

Drinking more water has a number of practical benefits which help improve oral health. Staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. And--drinking water really helps your teeth stay health – especially if it’s fluoridated. Here are 4 reasons why drinking more fluoridated water improves oral health.