The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Fili can offer Dubuque patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Dubuque Periodontics, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet.

The History of Fillings

Once upon a time, the choices for dental restoration materials were limited. Records dating back as far as 659 A.D. tell us that amalgams (mixtures of silver, mercury, tin, and/or copper) have been used widely for more than 1300 years. There have been a number of scientific disputes (referred to as the amalgam war) over the health concerns of using mercury, but the American Dental Association has always defended the safety of amalgam fillings. Until recently, amalgam fillings were favored because of their strength, resilience, and relative ease of preparation and placement. In spite of their positive qualities, amalgams have three main drawbacks:

  • They are not aesthetically pleasing, may corrode or stain teeth
  • They require the removal of some healthy tooth structure
  • They expand and contract, which can cause teeth to crack

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Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Dubuque, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year; it’s not uncommon to see lips suffering from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Dubuque Periodontics we keep abreast of the oral health needs of Dubuque, so here are a few tips from Dr. Fili about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave! Read more ›

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Why Wisdom Teeth are Not So Wise

Most Dubuque folks have had some exposure to the concept of wisdom teeth. Perhaps you have had yours removed, are considering a removal, or Dr. Fili has just shown you an X-Ray with the infamous third molars creeping into view. It’s common to hear patients ask how they are removed, but we rarely hear people talking about the reasons for getting rid of wisdom teeth. Today, we at Dubuque Periodontics are going to explain what wisdom teeth are, why they don’t deserve to stay in your mouth, and how we can help! As always, feel free to call us with any questions or concerns. Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Patient Care

If You’re Avoiding the Dentist

We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist.

Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life with the hygienist while your mouth is being propped open by a tiny plastic jack. (Yes, we think about that too!)

Dubuque dentist, Dr. Fili, and our staff are happy to help you prioritize your dental health, which is why we go to great lengths to remove any barrier that might keep you from stepping through our doors. Read more ›

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Diabetes and Oral Health: What Your Dentist Sees

It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including the mouth.  Almost 26 million children and adults in the U.S. suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Dubuque dentist Dr. James Fili wants you to know the side effects diabetes can have on oral health.

When diabetics experience high glucose levels, those elevated sugars can help bacteria thrive, which causes major problems for their teeth.  Because of the risks, it’s important for diabetics to take especially good care of their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths or other special oral care needs.  Common dental conditions associated with diabetes include tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infections, and delayed healing.  If you are diabetic, it is paramount that you share that information with your dentist.

Diabetics, like all other people, should be vigilant about regular brushing and flossing habits. In addition, they need to:

  • Watch for signs or symptoms of oral disease and report them to their dentist
  • Remind Dubuque Periodontics of your diabetes at each visit
  • Maintain your blood glucose at normal levels whenever possible

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Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. Dr. Fili wants all Dubuque residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

Why should I stop chewing ice?

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Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu altogether. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Fili at Dubuque Periodontics wants Dubuque residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet-tooth safely.

How does it work?

Dark chocolate is known to contain high levels of antioxidants, which work with our bodies to fight bacteria and disease. Dark chocolate can contain up to four times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea! High levels of antioxidants found in saliva have been proven to help fight periodontal, or gum disease, and slow tooth decay.

What about the sugar?

Yes, chocolate does contain sugar, which is bad for your teeth. However, that is why we are recommending dark chocolate, which has lower amounts of sugar, and higher levels of cocoa (at least 70%). The high levels of antibacterial compounds found in dark chocolate actually counteract the effects of the sugars, making it a safe option for a sweet-tooth. In fact, studies have found one of these compounds to be more effective in fighting cavities than fluoride!

So I can skip my nightly brushing if I have dark chocolate for dessert?

Absolutely…NOT! Even dark chocolate contains some sugar, and while some of its magical compounds help combat the effects of tooth decay, there is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing (at least twice per day) and regular checkups (every 6 months). Hopefully, however, we’ve helped rid Dubuque residents of their fear, guilt, and aversion when it comes to chocolate and oral health. Chocolate lovers rejoice!

For more questions concerning your oral health and the effects of your favorite foods or beverages, please give us a call or stop by Dubuque Periodontics, Dr. Fili will be happy to talk with you.

 Sources

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2661448/Want-whiter-teeth-Munch-dark-chocolate-cheese-strawberries-says-leading-dentist.html

http://www.jeffersondentalclinics.com/blog.html/2014/07/07/is-chocolate-good-or-bad-for-your-teeth/

http://www.tworiverspedo.com/blog/chocolate-teeth/

http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/dark-chocolate-good-for-teeth.htm

http://askthedentist.com/chocolate-good-for-teeth/

http://www.aobjournal.com/article/S0003-9969(00)00042-X/abstract?cc=y

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Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Bleeding Gums

One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Fili would like everyone in Dubuque to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums- should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? The truth about bleeding gums is they are a sign of infection and/or irritation and can lead to serious problems that go way beyond your mouth if left untreated. Please read this article and educate yourself on how to keep your family’s teeth and gums safe. Read more ›

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A Guide to Cavity Prevention

Imagine this – you have come to see Dr. Fili for a cleaning and routine check-up. The cleaning goes well, but then Dr. Fili tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong, since you have been brushing and flossing regularly. Read more ›

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Dubuque smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. James Fili and the expert hygienists at Dubuque Periodontics. If you have any questions or would like to test your skills in person, feel free to give us a call!

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouthwash

Before we get to talking technique, we need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. You’re going to need a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and floss. Pick whatever floss is most comfortable for you and any toothpaste that you like, provided it has fluoride. Mouthwash is not required, but some Dubuque folks really like the extra oral health boost you get from a good swish and gargle. Read more ›

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