How to Care for Your Teeth During the Holiday Season
How to Care for Your Teeth During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here! Actually, it seems the season becomes longer every year, with Christmas décor decking the halls of stores starting in September. From October through December, candy, treats, holiday meals and party foods (and adult beverages) are in abundant supply, all tempting us to not only overindulge, but to neglect our oral…

Are Energy Drinks Ruining Your Teeth?
Are Energy Drinks Ruining Your Teeth?

Many people depend on energy drinks to power them through their demanding day. Although popular for their ability to enhance energy levels, physical alertness and performance, energy drinks have come under scrutiny for their adverse effects on health when consumed in excess. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the potential dangers…

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Our most typical concerns about oral health focus on tooth decay and periodontal issues. However, oral cancer is an insidious disease that the American Cancer Society estimates will claim over 11,000 lives this year, and produce about 54,000 new cases diagnosed. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month – a time when dental professionals call attention…

Oral Health and How It Affects Your Overall Health
Oral Health and How It Affects Your Overall Health

Many people think of oral health as somehow separate from overall health. When you consider how we’re taught to focus on preventing cavities and periodontal (gum) disease by brushing and flossing regularly – and visiting the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and examination – it’s easy to see how this division occurs. Of…

What You Need to Know About Dental Care During Pregnancy
What You Need to Know About Dental Care During Pregnancy

As an expectant mom, you have a lot going on – not the least of which are the physical changes you’re experiencing. While you’re scheduling regular visits with your obstetrician to ensure a healthy pregnancy, be sure you also take care of your oral health during this important time! Is it Safe to Visit the…

What Is Occlusal Disease?
What Is Occlusal Disease?

Occlusal disease is a general term that applies to a broad range of conditions that affect a person’s bite. There are several causes, but occlusal disease can often be traced to an unbalanced bite (one side of the mouth bears more pressure during eating), crooked teeth or involuntary teeth grinding/clenching (bruxism). WholeHealth Family Dentistry describes…

Wisdom Teeth Removal: When You Need It and How to Prepare
Wisdom Teeth Removal: When You Need It and How to Prepare

While some dental and oral conditions can be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene, others have a fate determined only by genetics. This is the case for our wisdom teeth and how they grow — or don’t grow — in our mouths as we age. It’s likely you know many people who have had their…

The Effects of Sugary Drinks on Your Smile
The Effects of Sugary Drinks on Your Smile

It’s the eternal debate. Do you call it soda or pop? Here in Chicago, most of us call it pop, but you’re more likely to call it soda if you’re from the South. Just as there are many colloquial terms for soda pop, the effects of those carbonated sugary drinks on your smile also come…

Tooth Extraction
Why Would You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Getting a tooth pulled may sound like a worst-case scenario for those with high anxiety about going to the dentist. However, teeth extractions are a routine procedure for your dentist, and can help improve both your oral and overall health. In this blog post, we cover why you might need a tooth extracted and what…

Signs You Need a Periodontist

Gum disease – otherwise known as periodontal disease – develops from infection in the soft tissue around the teeth and jawbone anchoring the teeth. According to the American Dental Association, 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss.   According to Colgate Professional,…