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Chicago, listen up! Reassess your healthy oral habits for a brighter, better smile

Healthy Oral Habits

You probably know brushing at least two times a day, along with daily flossing, is a healthy oral habit. However, did you know technique and floss matters? We want you to keep up the good, healthy habits that you have mastered, with some potential adjustments to do even better. Don’t rush it. Brush for at least two minutes. Resist the temptation to shortchange yourself. Consider brushing your teeth in four segments, for 30 seconds each segment. Pick a song you like on your iPhone and brush to it. Better to overdo it time-wise than to underdo it. That said, use … Continue reading

You may be surprised by what cosmetic dentistry can do for you

What cosmetic dentistry can do for you

Are you looking for a brighter and whiter smile? Bleaching or whitening treatments may be a good choice. Veneers, dental bonding, and crowns and fillings that look like natural teeth can fix your chips and cracks, while Invisalign corrects crooked teeth with clear, plastic aligners, so you’re straightening secret is safe with us! Today’s dentistry can also replace missing teeth with dental implants that function just like your natural teeth. Still other treatments correct gummy smiles. These procedures, however, aren’t merely cosmetic, even though looking good certainly influences how you feel. A number of studies in recent years confirm what … Continue reading

Free yourself from the ball and chain of bad breath – there’s an answer for every cause

There are lots of names for it. Stinkbreath. Dog breath. The much more scientific-sounding halitosis. Whatever you may call your bad breath, you know you just want this source of embarrassment and anxiety gone. You can free yourself from bad breath by first understanding the cause. Some foods, such as garlic and onions, are associated with bad breath. It’s the process of digested food working through your bloodsteam to your lungs that ultimately results it the less-than-pleasant odors being given off in your breath. Do you smoke? Add bad breath to the long list of reasons to stop. Tobacco products … Continue reading

Five simple tips on denture care from your dentist in Chicago

So, you’ve got a brand new smile. Great! Now what? Caring for dentures is just as important as caring for natural teeth, but the process is a bit different. Here are five easy tips to help your keep your brand new smile dazzling and healthy: Clean regularly. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria can accumulate on dentures just like they do on natural teeth. Brush thoroughly at least once a day, and rinse well. Overnight soaking formulas can help remove stains, kill odor-causing bacteria, and keep your dentures feeling fresh. This is a convenient option, as most dentures should be removed during sleep … Continue reading

Correcting crooked teeth in Chicago is easier than ever

Correcting Crooked Teeth in Chicago

We think of hidden treasure as being at the bottom of the sea, or buried in the remote wilderness. But you might have a hidden treasure of your own, closer than you think. Gold and diamonds may be valuable, but a truly dazzling smile is priceless. Unfortunately, if your teeth are crooked, your dazzling smile might be disguising itself as something far less attractive. For most people, all it takes is a round with comfortable, discreet Invisalign aligners to straighten up unruly teeth and reveal the gorgeous grin you were meant to have. You’ve probably heard of Invisalign, after all, the … Continue reading

Protect your teeth with mouth guards in Chicago

Protect Teeth with Mouth Guards in Chicago

You probably know that brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are the cornerstones of good oral health. These simple steps, along with healthy habits such as good nutrition and drinking plenty of water, can help your teeth stay healthy and beautiful, possibly for life. However, cavities and gum disease aren’t the only threats to your pearly whites. In fact, you could have the healthiest teeth in the world, and still lose them in the blink of an eye. How? Over five million teeth are knocked out every year, often from sports-related injuries. Stay on guard A knock-out may sound great … Continue reading

Understanding the connection between healthy gums and overall health in Chicago

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of good health. Your quality of life, productivity, longevity, and much more are affected or determined by health. Yet, we tend to not think about it – until we get sick. Since prevention really is the best medicine, it’s wise to understand what can make you sick, and how to avoid it. One important factor that comes as a surprise to many people is gum health. How oral health affects whole health How can a problem with that small amount of tissue surrounding teeth impact your whole body? To answer the question, think for … Continue reading

Oh, that bad, bad breath – understanding the causes of and treatments for Halitosis in Chicago

Bad Breath Causes and Treatments in Chicago

Halitosis. It might sound like an exotic and deadly disease, but it’s actually the medical term for something we all know too well – bad breath. It’s unpleasant, and it can ruin a whispered conversation or romantic moment, but it’s nothing to worry about. Or is it? Bad breath itself is harmless, if a little offensive. But it can be a symptom of something worth worrying over. So, what’s causing your problem, and should you be concerned? Here is everything you always wanted to know about bad breath, but were too embarrassed to ask. You are what you eat (or … Continue reading

Ten ways to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry in Chicago

Improve Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry in Chicago

Here’s a simple question that some people would rather not answer. Do you love your smile? If you answered “no,” don’t worry, it’s fixable. How do we know? Because smiles are our business, and there is no such thing as “beyond repair.” After all, the worst-case scenario for a smile is being without teeth, and even that’s fixable! Yes, you can love your smile, and here are six ways cosmetic dentistry can make that happen: Teeth whitening – This is the fastest, most economical, and most requested cosmetic procedure. Teeth whitening can be accomplished in-office with a single treatment, or at home … Continue reading

Low cost dental care for kids in Chicago doesn’t skimp on personality

Childhood is filled with magical moments that bring a smile to the face. Studies actually suggest that the average kid smiles several hundred times a day. Wouldn’t it be the best thing if the smile could be totally healthy? As a caring Chicago dental team, we love seeing the smiles of our patients. We know, however, that many children feel like doing anything but smiling when they must visit the dentist. At Big Smile Dental, we want to change things Low cost dental care is something Chicago families deserve. The cost of care should not dictate the level of care, … Continue reading

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