Essential Oils for Oral Health

Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need.  As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest, and some may hurt you if applied directly to your skin. Essential oils are distilled from plants and usually sold singularly with one ingredient per bottle, although you can also find oil blend products. Dubuque dentist Dr. James Fili wants to make sure you know that, as with other supplements, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the safety or efficacy of essential oils.

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Diet Soda and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to hear the truth among all the other health-conscious noise. Dubuque residents are frequently misinformed and misled about the health benefits of trends such as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today, Dr. Fili would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please contact us at Dubuque Periodontics. Read more ›

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Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

Claiming to achieve everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a dental hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash. Read more ›

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Are You Singing the Toothache Blues?

Are you or a loved one suffering from the toothache blues? Don’t wait around in pain for the problem to resolve itself. Although we do enjoy spending quality time with our patients at Dubuque Periodontics, we don’t want any Dubuque residents to have to undergo unnecessary dental procedures. A toothache can indicate a much more serious problem that should be addressed immediately – but there are a few things you can do in the meantime for temporary relief from toothache pain. Read more ›

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Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your Dubuque dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Dubuque residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Fili to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Fili at Dubuque Periodontics would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!

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Keeping Health History Updated May Help Save Your Teeth

Keeping your health history updated with Dr. Fili may help save your teeth. Although you may think of general health and dental health as two completely unrelated categories, they are much more connected than the average person suspects. Just as the information you share with your general practitioner assists them in keeping you healthy, Dr. Fili depends on your input for optimum dental health. Read more ›

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4 Facts about Dental Implants

Many Dubuque residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile needs to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today, Dr. Fili would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us at Dubuque Periodontics a call.

Implants function just like real teeth

If you are looking for a solution that will preserve and improve the health of your mouth, implants are the way to go. Although dentures and bridges can help simulate the function of real teeth, they do not stimulate the jawbone. Implants are placed directly into the jawbone, just like the root of a tooth. As a result, they can put a stop to painful, damaging reabsorption, so that you never have to deal with that “sunken in” look. On top of that, implants are sturdier than any other form of dental appliance.

Implants stabilize other appliances

If you already have bridges, crowns, or dentures and are considering implants, listen to this – implants add stability to other appliances. Because they are rooted in the jawbone like real teeth, they serve as excellent support systems for appliances and help to maintain the natural structure of your face.

Implants can last a lifetime

It is common to hear about dental appliances needing to be adjusted, fixed or replaced altogether. Dubuque residents with dentures, bridges, and/or crowns may find that they can wear out and require attention. However, implants have the potential to last as long as you take care of them. There is no way to be certain, but the odds are in your favor. If cared for with good dental hygiene and regular visits to Dr. Fili, your implant will likely stick with you forever.

Dr. Fili is an expert in dental implants.

If your smile is haunted by a missing tooth, we at Dubuque Periodontics can help! Give us a call to find out how you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Dubuque Periodontics
1082 Cedar Cross Rd. Suite 2
Dubuque, IA 52003
563-538-1003

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Baby Dentistry: Teething & Other Joys

It’s easy to think that baby teeth aren’t that important. They make their grand entrance (however painfully) and leave your baby’s mouth soon thereafter. But your baby’s oral health is very important, both in the present and to set the stage for a lifetime of health. Today Dubuque Periodontics would like to talk about those tiny teeth and how to care for them. Dr. Fili is a professional dentist who cares for baby teeth and pediatric oral health. Read more ›

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DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

If you are looking for a dentist in Dubuque, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50.

Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Dubuque Periodontics, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Fili. Read more ›

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Prevention vs. Treatment of Oral Health

The World Health Organization defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Sadly, in our fast-paced culture, many of us settle for less-than-healthy or even truly sick conditions every day. We allow ourselves to be tired, achy, stressed and in pain more often than not. Why? Because it’s hard to prioritize our long-term health in a world of so many immediate needs competing for our attention. But long-term health is actually the most important need of all. Without our health, we won’t truly be able to enjoy life or contribute to a greater good.

Dr. Fili offers a few points on how to seek wellness and prevent oral health problems before they even start. Read more ›

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