Dentistry Blog

The Importance of Senior Dental Care

Dental care is important for everyone, but the elderly often have special needs that can affect the condition of their teeth and gums. Even seniors with good oral health practices may have to take steps beyond regular brushing and flossing. The need for extra care may be obvious if you wear partial or complete dentures, but may also be true if you suffer from such chronic illnesses as diabetes or heart disease. Cavities and tooth decay are more prevalent among seniors, and receding gums can also be a problem as you age. A dry mouth condition resulting from certain ailments or the use of medications is another common disorder among the elderly. You may be able to cope with some of these problems by using a fluoride-based and desensitizing toothpaste. However, some issues may require professional assistance. This is why it is important to coordinate the actions of your dentist and your physician. Working together, they can help you maintain good dental and general health. If you are looking for a new Lincoln Park dentist, give us a call today at (312)... read more

Gum Disease Symptoms

Many people are uncertain about if they have gum disease and wonder what early warning signs to look for. Obviously going to a dentist first will reveal this quickly, but if you are someone who wants to wait and see then look for some signs and symptoms that might elucidate if you need to be worried or not. If your gums are red, swollen, or sensitive, or if they bleed regularly like when you brush your teeth, this could be a signal that you need to go to your dentist. Your gums may also recede or become inflamed, so watch for any changes in gum structure. Recurring bad breath or loose, sensitive teeth are also symptoms to be alert for. If you have any concerns about gum disease, then visit your dentist soon. Don’t wait until it’s too late to take action because that could only make it... read more

Little Known Cause Of Bad Breath And Other Health Conditions

A healthy digestive system is essential for optimal health. There are trillions of beneficial bacteria inside of your gut that influences several of the functions in your body, including the immune system. It is estimated that 80 percent of the immune system is inside of your gut. The ratio of bad and good bacteria is an important indicator of your health. Your gut should be made up of 15 percent bad bacteria and 85 percent good. An imbalance of good and bad bacteria, including body odor and bad breath. You are more vulnerable to bad breath if your gut flora is less than optimal. If your breath has a fishy smell, then this can be an indication of diabetes. Fruity-smelling breath can be an indication of diabetes. That is why maintaining the right balance of good and bad bacteria is essential for your health. There are steps you have to take to achieve this, but you have to understand how your diet affects the health of your... read more

New ADA Standard for Teeth Whitening Products

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently approved a new standard for external tooth bleaching products. Standard No. 136, developed by the ADA, regulates testing methods and general requirements for products that chemically lighten the teeth. This is great news for dental professionals who also specialize in teeth whitening. Dr. Clifton Carey, a translational research director for the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, believes that this development is crucial. Today, the general public uses tooth whitening products more than they ever have before, so it is vitally important that such products are regulated for safety. What exactly does “safe” mean? Standard No. 136 requires bleaching agents to be non-toxic, and to contain usage instructions. Products must not soften or erode the enamel, or cause damage to the soft tissues of the mouth. “These requirements are based on the best evidence available,” Carey clarified. Carey is also a member of a working group for the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products, the organization that developed this new standard. Over the course of several years, dental manufacturers, professionals, researchers, and other experts worked together in the group. According to Carey, the working group’s goal was to establish safety guidelines so that consumers do not face hazardous risk when they use whitening products. The Council on Scientific Affairs will likely incorporate these new safety guidelines into the ADA Seal of Acceptance program’s current requirements. To receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance, manufacturers must submit safety information in congruence with ANSI/ADA Standard No. 136. Additionally, they must provide evidence of the product’s... read more

Studies in Oral Health

Over the past several years, gum disease has become a common occurrence, which is causing concern throughout the dental community.  Due to the rise in periodontal diseases researchers have made it an important focus of dental studies. In Oral Health and Dental Management, we present a range of research, from both India and the United States, which tackles all areas related to cavities and other periodontal diseases. One of the most compelling developments over the past few years has been in salivary studies, specifically in the advantages of using saliva samples to diagnosis oral disease, both local and systemic. These studies will be an exciting focus in our upcoming issue of “Oral Health and Dental Management.” Lincoln Park Smiles is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art dentist in Lincoln... read more

How Your Diet Is Affecting Your Teeth, Gums, and General Health

Your diet might have more of an impact on your oral health than you ever believed. Not only do your teeth begin the digestion process; they are also impacted by all of the foods and beverages that come into contact with them. In many cases, medical conditions such as acid reflux, diabetes, and cancer are first noticed by a dentist. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a healthy diet should include: Fresh Produce: Every healthy diet should be centered on fresh fruits and vegetables. Lean Protein Sources: Some of the healthiest protein sources include fish, skinless poultry, eggs, beans, legumes, and lean protein. Grains: As an alternative to processed grains, you might want to consider brown rice, steel cut oatmeal, and wheat bread. Take Control of Your Health No two patients are alike. That’s why it is so important for everyone to build a strong foundation with their diet and schedule regular visits with their dentist. During these checkups, your dentist can help you come up with a diet that will help you meet all your nutritional needs while protecting your teeth and... read more

Dieting Tips to Make You Smile

Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you. Equally as important as making a good impression, is the condition of your oral health. Here are some tips to keep your mouth happy and healthy.   If you use tobacco, now is the time to quit. Smoking and chewing tobacco have been linked to gum disease, tooth loss, and staining. Have a stick of gum. Avoid the sugary brands that rot your teeth, but try and chew a stick of gum with xylitol between meals. Chewing gum between meals keeps your teeth free of food that can get stuck, (which causes plaque), and keeps your jaw muscles nice and loose. Avoid large amounts of acidic food and drink, such as alcohol, coffee, and citrus fruits. The acid contained in these foods can erode tooth enamel and eventually weaken the tooth itself over time. A diet rich in calcium can help to strengthen your teeth. The tooth is a bone, and bones need calcium and vitamin D to be strong and... read more

Good Foods for Dental Health

Have you been looking for foods that taste great and are also good for your teeth? Congratulations! You’ve come to the right place. Read on to discover great healthy eating tips. Because fluoride strengthens teeth against acids, fluoridated water is the number one beverage when it comes to maintaining dental health. A 2012 poll reported that approximately 75% of American homes have access to fluoridated water, making it a snap to keep your teeth in prime condition. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, are naturally low in sugar, making them great for oral health. The protein and calcium contained in these products offer strengthening properties for your teeth. Because fruits and vegetables are high in water and fiber, the sugars they contain are efficiently balanced. Chewing these foods helps stimulate the release of salvia, which contains natural antioxidants. Because nuts are a low-sugar source of protein, they are great for dental... read more

Early Childhood Caries

You might guess that the most common chronic childhood illness is asthma or diabetes. Actually, it’s Early Childhood Caries or ECC. Chronic tooth decay in children is a disease that far outranks other illnesses by at least five times. An ever increasing body of knowledge continues to establish links between oral and overall health. Notable examples linking one’s oral health to overall health and wellness include: cardiovascular disease, oral cancer, aspiration pneumonia, pregnancy complications, and other health issues. Many people focus on preventing and treating tooth decay when dealing with children’s oral health care needs. Tooth decay is important to address, but it is also part of a bigger picture. Children’s overall oral health is really the essential focus for healthy living. We recognize that early education can help set up children for a lifetime of good habits and good health. If you would like to know more about these connections, please let us know at  It’s important to develop good oral health habits early, particularly in light of the Oral Systemic... read more

New Guidance from American Dental Association on Routine Dental Visits

Recently released guidance from the American Dental Association (ADA) has shed some new light on how often patients ought to be seeing their dentist. According to the ADA, patients should follow a schedule determined by their own practitioner in order to maintain the best possible oral health. This recommendation follows on the heels of research printed in the Journal of Dental Research which emphasized the point that dental care visit schedules need to be crafted on an individual basis, taking existing oral health and dental history into consideration. The study, found in the June 10 edition of the journal, was conducted by University of Michigan researchers who reviewed the risks faced by patients both with and without certain key periodontal disease risk factors. In the end, it was determined that high-risk patient populations stood to benefit from frequent visits to the dentist, while those without substantial risk could visit less frequently. Ultimately, the study revealed that personalized treatment decisions made in collaboration with a dentist are the best way to identify risk factors and determine appropriate care and maintenance... read more