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How Different Eating Disorders Impact Your Oral Health

November 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 11:34 am
A woman with anorexia, one of several possible eating disorders

Often enough, people only focus on the fatal aspects of eating disorders. That’s only natural — the highest priority is protecting a sick person’s life, after all. However, it’s essential to know that these mental illnesses also harm oral health. Taken too far, they can and will severely damage your teeth and gums. To emphasize this point, a Chicago dental practice is here with the facts. Read on to learn how disordered eating affects your smile and what your dentist can do to help.


Which Medications Cause Tooth Decay?

November 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 10:43 am
A man with dental decay caused by certain medications

Like most people, you may think dental decay only stems from a poor diet. After all, a lot of oral care emphasizes cleaning teeth and avoiding bad foods. However, did you know some medications can decay your pearly whites too? If you’re not careful, a drug you take for an illness could trigger cavities, dry mouth, or worse. To prove this claim, your Chicago dentist is here with proof. Read on to learn which medications cause tooth decay and how to protect your mouth from them.


Which Toothpaste Should You Use for Your Veneers?

October 27, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 8:57 pm
Senior man with veneers holding a toothbrush with toothpaste on it

When you hear “porcelain,” you might think of a priceless vase; it’s beautiful and enduring but must be handled with care. Your veneers are the same way. They’re gorgeous and can last for a very long time, but you have to maintain them properly. One important part of that is selecting the right toothpaste, as some of them can do damage to your restoration. Here is a guide to the kinds of toothpaste you should be using for your veneers.


Veneers vs Lumineers— Which One Should You Choose?

October 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 8:51 pm
Man being fitted for Lumineers at dentist's office

People love home renovation shows. One thing that becomes clear when you watch them is that, when it comes to renovating your home, the material is everything. The difference between tile and linoleum floors, carpet or hardwood, granite or marble, is critical. The same applies to cosmetic dentistry; the best materials make a huge difference. That’s what makes choosing between veneers and Lumineers so difficult. If you’re facing this choice now, here’s a guide that can help you.


Can You Still Have Coffee with Veneers?

August 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 11:02 pm
Cup of coffee

Do you like to start your morning with a hot (or iced) coffee? According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), about 62% of Americans drink coffee every single day! For some, the day can’t start correctly without it. However, what if you have veneers? Can you still enjoy your morning brew, or will you need to opt for something else to get an extra boost of energy? Continue reading to learn more.


4 Rare Tooth Disorders You Probably Haven’t Heard About

August 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 6:09 pm
Woman covering mouth

You know all about the dangers of cavities and gum disease, but they can both be prevented with an excellent oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits. However, there is a world of other rare tooth conditions out there that not too many people are aware of. While they are uncommon, many of them can still be treated by a dental professional. Read on to learn more about these conditions and how they can affect your smile.


Dental Bonding: Is It Right for You?

July 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 9:50 pm
woman smiling while getting dental bonding in Chicago

Don’t like what you see when you smile in the mirror? You’re not alone. Many people are unhappy with their teeth for several different reasons like staining, discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, and misalignment. The good news is there’s a solution for all your dental imperfections – cosmetic dentistry! While researching your options, you’ll quickly realize that dental bonding is one of the fastest and most affordable choices. Read on for a basic guide to help you decide whether or not this service is right for you.


How are Dating and Dental Health Related?

June 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 12:44 pm
Laughing couple smiling

Bad dates can be the result of all sorts of things. Maybe you and the other person have opposing personalities, interests, or priorities. However, it could also be that poor oral hygiene is getting in the way. Recent research has discovered the link between dating and dental health, including how it helps or hurts your chances in romance.

To help you learn whether your mouth is the issue, here’s a summary of the dating-dental link and how to make it work for you.


5 Tips for Getting Rid of Coffee Breath

May 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 9:33 am
Person smelling bad coffee breath

Like most working adults, you may drink some coffee throughout your day. Depending on its blend, the beverage can be a tasty and energizing way to stay alert. However, you’ve probably experienced one of its side-effects firsthand: coffee breath. Why does a drink so crucial for so many make your mouth so smelly?

Well, your local dentist is here with the answer. Read on to learn why coffee breath occurs and what you can do to end it.


How to Protect Oral Health During Exercise

April 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — udpdentistry @ 2:41 pm
Smiling woman exercising outdoors

Many athletes have great smiles to go with their strong bodies, but that’s not always the case. Stories often go around of sports injuries resulting in lost teeth, damaged jaws, or worse.  You also sometimes meet people who’re physically fit whose teeth are crooked, stained or blackened. Does this mean that, unless you’re a Hollywood star, you have to choose between a healthy smile and a healthy body?

Nope! It’s entirely possible to have both — to have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. With the right change in habits, exercise and dental care can get along just fine. To see how, here is a list of tips from Chicago dentists on how to protect your mouth while pursuing fitness.

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