Are Your Teeth Safe From Coffee Stains?

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 ›

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Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

Soft_Food_Recipes (1)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 ›

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Forget Your Fears with Sedation Dentistry

SedationDon’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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Are Your Prescriptions Causing Dry Mouth? Dry Mouth Treatment Available!

Scripts__Dry_MouthIf 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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I’d Rather Have a Root Canal

Root_Canal (1)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 ›

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Red vs. White Wine – Teeth Whitening Assassins!

Red_v_White_Wine (1)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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Smile: It’s Good For You!

SmilingYour smile is more powerful than you may know. Scientists have studied many aspects of smiling, such as how it affects your brain, your health, and your overall experience of life. Even the situation you’re in and the people around you are influenced by your smile. The findings may surprise you. Or, if you’re someone who smiles often, they may just confirm what you already know.

Dr. James Fili in Dubuque loves a good smile and wants to help you smile more. Read on to let us convince you to smile more and to maintain that smile with a healthy dental routine.

Smiling & Your Health

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History of Oral Hygiene – How the Pilgrims beat Gingivitis

Pilgrims (1)With modern advances in dental medicine and the careful attention that Dubuque residents pay to their dental hygiene, it is hard to imagine what life for teeth was like when the pilgrims first landed on these shores. We at Dubuque Periodontics would like to share with you how our roots took care of their roots, so we can appreciate just how far dental care has come in the hundreds of years since.

How did the Pilgrims take care of their teeth?

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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

Sealants (1)If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Dubuque children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Dubuque Periodontics, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. James Fili can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like schedule a consultation, please give us a call.

Kids and Cavities

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Periodontal Disease in Pets

Pet_PerioIf you’re a regular visitor of our blog, you know that we love talking to Dubuque folks about the importance of good home dental hygiene and regular visits to Dr. James Fili. Preventive dental medicine adds years of good oral health and beautiful smiles to your family’s lives. But did you know that your pets can also benefit from oral hygiene care?

Fun facts about our furry friends: Read more ›

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