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​Chicago Food Festivals 2017 – Summer’s Not Over

chicago food festivals summer 2017With summer in full swing here in Chicago, the weather is heating up and the crowds are heading outdoors. There’s a lot going on in August, from lazy beach days to outdoor concerts, and food. Lots and lots of food. There’s only 3 more weeks left in August, and the food/street festival season is only getting warmed up. Here are our favorite picks for food/street festivals for the remainder of 2017:

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​Skip The Soda! 7 Safe Beverages For Your Teeth

soda alternativesIt seems that no matter how much information we have about how food and beverages impact our health, we continue to ignore the information and make up our own minds about what we choose to believe based on how it fits into our lifestyles. Take soda, for example. There is a lot of research that points to the fact that drinking soda on a regular basis, or even once in a while, can have a lasting impact on your overall health, not to mention the impact it can have on your teeth and oral health, but people continue to ignore these warnings.

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Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

too old for adult bracesMany adults avoid having their teeth straightened later in life because they fear they are too old to be seen with braces on their teeth. As with many things in life, society has made it acceptable for younger people to get braces, but as people get older, they become self-conscious about having all that metal in their mouths. The irony here is that the adults who could benefit the most from the braces are also probably the most self-conscious about their crooked teeth too. So one has to ask themselves: would I rather be self-conscious about my crooked teeth, or be self-conscious about my braces, which will eventually come off and I’ll have beautiful straight teeth.

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​What To Expect At Your Baby’s First Dentist Appointment

babys first dentist appointmentEnsuring your baby sees a dentist early in life is good practice for setting the stage for good oral health for the rest of your child’s life. Babies are born with all of their primary teeth already in their gums. Babies typically start to teethe between the 6 months of age and one year. While baby teeth erupt at different times for every child, they all catch up to one another by the time they are teenagers and usually have all of their adult teeth by their adolescent years. But before you start thinking about braces and retainers, let’s look at when you should start bringing your baby to the dentist, what you can expect, and how to plan for subsequent follow-up visits with your baby’s dentist.

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​Can Stress Lead to Tooth Loss?

tooth loss stressStress can lead to wide variety of health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and over time, can even lead to severe depression and anxiety.

But can stress actually lead to loss of your teeth?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Yes.

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​Getting Married: How To Prep Your Teeth For The Big Day

wedding teeth whiteningSummer has arrived, and that means it’s time for wedding season! It’s such a magical time of year when couples, young and old, seal their love with a tradition that is as old as time itself. But to get to that moment of starting forever together, the bride and groom have a lot of work to do. There are many details that go in to planning a wedding, and it can be overwhelming when you realize all of the things you need to do in order to prepare for your big day. There’s the venue, the guest list, the food, the photographer, and of course, the cake, but have you given your teeth any thought? You should – your smile is going to be preserved in pictures for the rest of your life. It’s an important detail that often goes overlooked, but here is how you can prep your teeth for your big day so that your smile shines as bright as the sun!

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​5 Tips On How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy In The Chicago Summer

chicago summerSummer is just around the corner! Are you ready to take in all that summer in Chicago has to offer? With all the hustle and bustle of the city, it can be pretty easy to lose your routines, like your oral health. By being conscious about your oral health, you will be more inclined to continue your good habits even though the weather, and the city, are beckoning as the whether begins to warm up. Here are five tips to help you keep your teeth healthy this summer in Chicago!

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​Teeth Whitening Home Remedies: What Works and What Doesn’t

teeth whitening home remediesYour smile is one of the first things people notice about you when you meet them for the first time. If you are self-conscious of your smile, this can limit the quality of your engagements. Some people have learned to cope with stained teeth by simply smiling without showing their teeth, but wouldn’t it better to go through life without worrying about the stains and discoloration on your teeth? Wouldn’t it be better to show your smile to the world and feel good about yourself while doing it?

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​7 Bad Teeth Habits You Need To Break ASAP

bad teeth habitsWhen we think of our health and wellness, we often think about our diets, how much we exercise, what kinds of diseases we have or could get. We don’t give as much thought to our oral health, however, and the state of our oral health (our mouth and teeth) can have a big impact on our overall health. Often times, the reason for poor oral health is because we neglect our teeth. Not the kind of neglect that means skipping brushing and dentist visits, but the kind of neglect that we put our teeth through every day without even realizing it. Here are seven bad teeth habits you need to break right now. Your oral health depends on it!

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Oral Inflammation and What You Can Do About It

gum inflammationYour dentist may be the first person to see early signs of cardiovascular disease. That’s right, the health of your gums and teeth is closely related to the health of your heart. Early signs of concern include bleeding gums, gingivitis, and tooth decay, all of which indicate excess inflammation.

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