The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and many more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays. Dr. James Fili uses dental X-rays to see the whole picture, in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and beautiful. If you are a Dubuque resident with questions about how X-rays work, read on, and don’t hesitate to call Dubuque Periodontics with any concerns. Read more ›
Originally created for people that can’t consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Dubuque in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. James Fili wants you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health, so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Dubuque Periodontics. Read more ›
There is a good chance you have heard Dr. James Fili or someone else at Dubuque Periodontics mention the term ‘bruxism’ and discuss the problems it can cause for your oral health. At the office, we talk about a lot of technical dental stuff that doesn’t necessarily concern our Dubuque patients, but bruxism is something we definitely want you to know about. Stress and bruxism go hand in hand, and we are going to tell you exactly what that means and how it affects your health.
Alright, we know you are on the edge your seat! What is bruxism and why does it concern you? Well, how often do you find yourself clenching your jaw or notice others doing just that? Bruxism is a common condition characterized by jaw clenching and the grinding of teeth. It is perfectly normal to clench your jaw and grind your teeth from time to time, but it can be very damaging if it gets to be a regular habit. The biggest issue with bruxism is that people are rarely aware that they suffer from this condition, and left unchecked, it can cause a number of painful and inconvenient side-effects. Read more ›
Do you have a spouse or loved one that complains about your snoring? Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Do you find that you are always exhausted during the day and just can’t seem to ever catch up on sleep? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of many Dubuque residents suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. James Fili wants you to know you are not alone, there is a solution, and wants to help you get the restful sleep you deserve. Read on to learn about what sleep apnea is and how we can treat it. If you have any questions, our team at Dubuque Periodontics is happy to answer them. Feel free to give us a call!
Sleep Apnea and Your Health
Getting restful sleep every night is a crucial part of your daily health. Although snoring may seem harmless, it is actually an indication that your breathing is obstructed, and may be a sign of sleep apnea. However, it’s important to note that if you snore occasionally, it does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea. If the soft tissues of the mouth and throat become too relaxed (this happens involuntarily), they can form an obstruction and restrict airflow. The result is snoring, difficulty breathing at night, frequent urination during the night, and poor quality of sleep. Some research has even shown that sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack.
If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, Dubuque Periodontics recommends a visit to Dr. James Fili. Most importantly, don’t give up on a good night’s sleep! The most common treatments available include:
- 1) CPAP Machines: Through the use of a face mask worn during sleep, continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) is applied to keep the airway unobstructed. Although some Dubuque residents find this treatment to be effective, others have a difficult time sleeping with a bulky mask on.
- 2) Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT): If you are looking for a solution that doesn’t require a cumbersome machine, Dr. James Fili can fit you with a special device that shifts the jaw slightly forward, opening the airway, and allowing for peaceful sleep.
If you would like to find out more about oral appliance therapy or come in for a free consultation, give us a call at Dubuque Periodontics at 563-557-7569. We can help you get your “zzzzz’s” back!
First things first, put your worries away! We are not about to tell you that your coffee drinking days are over. We know that each shot of caffeine is crucial and we cherish our coffee, too! Here at Dubuque Periodontics, we want to educate you on what causes coffee stains and what you can do to fight them.
It’s no secret how Dubuque residents feel about their coffee, and we’re not about to get in the way of that love. However, we will help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful with tips that won’t drastically affect your lifestyle. Dr. James Fili and the rest of us at Dubuque Periodontics are your oral health allies!
So let’s start off with the basics. What makes coffee stain your teeth?
Coffee is the one of the biggest offenders when it comes to stained teeth in Dubuque, and the discoloration can be so bad it mimics cigarette stains. So what’s the secret? What can you do to keep your teeth shiny, but still get your caffeine fix? Read more ›
You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?
For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.
Many foods can be troublesome after dental surgery or extensive dental work. Ask Dr. James Fili for his recommendation about specific foods and for how long you should avoid them. Dubuque Periodontics in Dubuque can be an especially helpful resource for patients navigating what to eat after dental restoration services. Read more ›
Don’t be Afraid of the Dentist!
We at Dubuque Periodontics know that some Dubuque folks avoid the dentist’s chair like the plague. According to studies at the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington, as much as 8% of Americans are too afraid to go to dentists and 20% are too anxious to visit a dentist for anything other than an emergency. Dr. James Fili understands that dental anxiety prevents a lot of people from getting the care they need, so we’ve designed our entire practice around your comfort. Read on to find out about how we can help!
Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist
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If you have started taking a new medication recently, chances are your doctor told you that a side-effect would be dry mouth. This side-effect is common with many prescriptions, and it now affects nearly half of everyone over the age of 65. Dr. James Fili wants to continue educating his patients and their loved ones about this condition and how you can get dry mouth treatment in Dubuque.
What is dry mouth?
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Have you ever heard someone say, “It was worse than a root canal?” Most of us in Dubuque are used to hearing root canals compared some genuinely unpleasant circumstances, but Dr. James Fili would like set the record straight and talk about how root canals can do some serious dental good. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to give Dubuque Periodontics a call.
Root Canals Save Teeth
Here it comes, the question on everyone’s mind – why on Earth would you want a root canal?! There is one thing all dentists in Dubuque and beyond will agree on – saving your natural teeth is always the best option. There are many ways that Dr. Fili can replace missing or damaged teeth, but nothing is as good as the real thing. If you have a tooth with inflamed or infected pulp, a root canal, or endodontic treatment, can get rid of infection and save it. Thus, root canals are preferable to extraction. Here are some more advantages of endodontic treatment: Read more ›
A Bottle of Red or a Bottle of White?
According to Billy Joel, “it all depends on your appetite.” If you are enjoying a juicy steak, a bottle of pinot noir or cabernet might be just the ticket. On the other hand, you should probably reach for a sauvignon blanc if you’ve got a plate of tilapia with butter sauce in front of you. But which wine pairs best with teeth?
We’ve all heard that red wine will cause stained teeth, but Dr. James Fili would like to set the record straight, so Dubuque residents can make informed choices. New research has shown that red wine protects your teeth and white wine may damage them. If you’re concerned with stains on your teeth, call Dubuque Periodontics today to discuss teeth whitening in Dubuque.
Red to the rescue
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