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What Is Oil Pulling?

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What is oil pulling, you ask? It is actually an old folk remedy that originated from India. It is said to help protect your mouth and teeth from harmful bacteria. Likewise, some say the oil pulling method might be an alternative to standard modern products (such as mouthwash) that are used to protect your tooth enamel and prevent cavities. You may have heard of this if you are someone who is heavily invested in their dental health. But does it work? Some people have speculated that its benefits and easy use are simply too good to be true. And you … Continue reading

What Does a Dentist Do?

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What does a dentist do? I’m glad you asked! Let’s start from the beginning. Like most health-care professionals, dentists are required to obtain a degree from one of the many colleges accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). Most are required to get their bachelor’s degree before heading off to dental school. I personally graduated in 1984 from the University of Illinois. Of course, in the years since, I have continued my education with literally thousands of extra learning hours. The day in the life of a dentist is moderately predictable… mainly because Big Smile Dental maintains a pretty organized … Continue reading

Does Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening ACTUALLY Work?

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Let’s cut to the chase. Does activated charcoal teeth whitening ACTUALLY work? The short answer is yes. And no. As incredibly frustrating as that answer may be, trust me, there is a reason behind it. I’m sure most of you are aware of this phenomenon that has been trending on social media. The ads were hard to miss, with videos of influencers brushing their teeth with what looks like ground coffee. And I have to admit, the “after” results of using this black powder looked promising. This charcoal has actually been used in traditional medicine since the 1800s. Its absorbent … Continue reading

5 Signs of Tooth Decay

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Tooth decay is a common plight that many of my patients at Big Smile Dental face. However, the signs of tooth decay often go ignored, especially when the issue isn’t visual. Naturally, you would expect a decaying tooth to having holes or yellow discoloration, but those or only some of the underlying indicators of a tooth problem. Something as simple as a toothache could be a precursor to a much more serious problem. And if you aren’t following up on these issues with your dentist, the decay can lead to cracked teeth, cavities, and even major health issues such as … Continue reading

Foods That Should Be Avoided With Veneers


Big Dental Smile specializes in veneers. One question that I get from every patient is, “What foods should be avoided with veneers?” Permanent veneers are made out of fine porcelain material that is strong, durable, and stain-resistant. That means that this list of foods to avoid is going to be pretty short. So when I say the word “avoid” I mean it in a very loose term. A more effective title for this blog might be “Foods That You Should Be Careful With and Maybe Kinda Take a Break From When You First Get Your Veneers”. But considering the fact … Continue reading

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Invisalign

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Invisalign has become a household name and has worked up a reputation as the leading alternative to braces. You’ll recognize it as the clear, plastic retainer that somehow magically straightens your teeth without any metal hardware. But one of the things you didn’t know about Invisalign is that its popularity derives from many sources. So brace yourselves because I’m about to clue you in on  5 amazing, incredible, and downright interesting facts that you didn’t know about Invisalign. RELATED: How Does Invisalign Work? Process Explained by Dr. Siegel 5. It Can Improve Your Health I’m not going to bore you … Continue reading

How Do You Treat Gum Recession?

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There are several routes you can take to treat your gum recession. But before we get into those, it’s important to know what causes receding gums and how you can ultimately prevent it from happening. The first signs of gum recession will be subtle. You won’t just have a more exposed tooth overnight. It can start with things as simple as swollen bleeding gums, bad breath or loose teeth. It’s even possible to no symptoms. You might start to feel tenderness on your gum and may even begin to see some redness. Don’t wait until the last minute to treat … Continue reading

How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

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We are in full-force holiday season, which means you need to be thinking about how to maintain beautiful and healthy teeth! Okay… I know that your dental regime is the last thing on your mind this time of year. Between holiday shopping, cooking, and family members coming into town, who has time to visit the dentist? Our glutenous inhibition gets the better of us during the holiday season, which also means you’ll be putting your teeth against the brunt of more sugary and acidic treats than usual. This is exactly why you need to make sure you work on that … Continue reading

Teeth Whitening Tips for Coffee Lovers

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Listen, I understand the obsession for coffee. It wakes you up in the morning, gives you that extra pep in your step, and it just tastes good. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of this glorious beverage is that it can stain your teeth and give you a nasty yellow layer that just doesn’t look pretty. That is why I am very proactive with my teeth whitening services. I’m not saying that teeth whitening for coffee drinkers are necessary, but it’s definitely something to consider if you are a two-to-three cups of day kind of coffee drinker. The obsession will … Continue reading

Will Invisalign Improve My Jawline?


Many of my patients are eager to try Invisalign as a subtle way to straighten their teeth. But one other question I get asked a lot is, “Will Invisalign improve my jawline?” Invisalign helps to realign your teeth in the same way that traditional metal braces do. And while the Invisalign process is relatively the same, some people will be concerned that Invisalign can’t do as much as braces. With braces, you can have your jaw or overbite corrected with the use of rubber bands; a tactic that clearly isn’t available with clear aligners. At Big Smile Dental, we make … Continue reading

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