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Research to Fight Periodontal Disease

Research to Fight Periodontal Disease

Did you know that half of American adults suffer from periodontal (gum) disease? Our periodontists can help you take these preventive steps for good oral health and reduce your risk for periodontal disease.

Why is Oral Health Important for Men?

Why is Oral Health Important for Men?

Men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health and, according to surveys and studies, their oral health is equally ignored. Good oral health recently has been linked with longevity. Yet, one of the most common factors associated with infrequent dental checkups is just being male.

Functional Foods for Healthy Teeth

Functional Foods for Healthy Teeth

Dr. Wu’s lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry focuses on plant-derived compounds and functional foods and beverages such as cranberries, tea and milk that benefit oral health, keep teeth healthy and reduce bad breath.

Advances in Dental Sleep Medicine

Advances in Dental Sleep Medicine

Dentists pioneered the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring in adults. An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only during sleep. It fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer.

Daily Care for Teeth and Gums

Daily Care for Teeth and Gums

Plaque is a sticky layer of material containing bacteria that accumulates on teeth, including where toothbrushes can't reach. Many of the foods you eat cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids.