Dental Care

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The Lowdown on Gum Disease in Peru IL

Was your toothbrush tinged a little red when you brushed your teeth last? While you may have simply brushed too hard, it’s possible you’re in the beginning stages of gum disease. Gum disease in Peru IL is no laughing matter. There are connections between gingivitis and periodontitis and diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more. If…

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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Children’s teeth are new and you wouldn’t expect them to develop cavities so early, but the reality is that almost half of all children develop some type of tooth decay by the age of 5. Children’s teeth are fragile and easily impacted by cavities and tooth decay. It doesn’t help if parents inadvertently help that…

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Is the Tooth Worth Saving or Should You Get an Extraction?

You like your teeth. You’ve had them for most of your life and you’ve become quite attached to them…literally. When a tooth is cracked or if an abscess develops, then it can lead to severe pain, but you don’t always have to do an extraction. It’s important to save your teeth if you can, so…

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How Pediatric Dentistry Differs from Adult Dentistry

When it comes to dentistry, the needs of a child are far different than those of an adult. It’s not only about their teeth, but also emotional wellbeing and you need a dentist that can handle both. A Lifetime of Smiles can take care of children and adults because we’ve had years of experience in…

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Ways to Cut Sugar To Keep Your Perfect Smile

It’s no secret that sugar is the biggest enemy of healthy teeth. Heavy sugar intake can lead to tooth decay, bacterial infections and a host of other problems. It seems that sugar is in every aspect of our food from cakes to bread, but there are ways to reduce the sugar intake for your family…

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Straight Talk – The Medical Benefits of Braces Beyond A Perfect Smile

When people choose to get braces, it’s because their teeth are crooked and they want a better smile. While a beautiful smile is wonderful, there are other reasons why it’s important to get braces to align your teeth. There are medical issues associated with crooked or misaligned teeth that can be alleviated or eliminated by…

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Teeth on a Plane: Tooth Pain with Air Travel

You’re sitting in your seat looking at the tarmac when the pain taxis down the runway and takes off. You feel the usual rush as the plan accelerates and begins to climb. You also begin to feel an ache in your mouth that gets worse and worse the higher the plane travels. Believe it or…

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Helping Children Through Teething

Teething is a natural part of growth in babies, but many new parents are caught off guard. When the first tooth pops through is the beginning of a journey that will last their entire life. Once teeth start filling in, they’re on their way to solid foods and that’ when the fun begins. The biggest…

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Are You Dealing With Sensitive Teeth?

It’s been a long week and you’re ready to sit down with a point of your favorite ice cream. You’ve put the spoonful of blissful food into your mouth and begin to savor the flavor and then BAM! Pain begins shooting through your teeth and jaw because you forgot about your sensitive teeth. It may…

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How to Deal With Tooth Pain in Peru IL

When you’ve got a toothache, it can be hard to do much of anything. The pain can be localized to tooth or spread out into the jaw and even cause headaches and earaches. In addition to being painful, the pain could be caused by an infection that can be life threatening. If you’re from Peru…

Make Dental Care A New Year's Resolution

Make Dental Care One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Dr. Ed and the staff at A Lifetime of Smiles does their best to make your dental experience as comfortable as possible, but we understand it’s not your favorite thing to do. Too many people don’t have regular dental checkups because of fear, worries about money and other reasons. As we embark on 2019, make…

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Cold and Flu Remedies Can Impact Tooth Health

When cold and flu hit your home, it can be miserable. Fever, sniffles and other issues are common problems and the first thing you do is grab those over the counter medications and herbal remedies. You know it won’t do much for the actual illness, but if you’re lucky, it will relieve the symptoms. These…