Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right—just ONE. Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong.  This myth is totally false—and Dr. Fili at Dubuque Periodontics is here to tell you the truth. Read more ›

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Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

So, you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Dubuque periodontist Dr. James Fili is an experienced practice you can trust to help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile.

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Lemon Juice – The Good, The Bad & The Sour

In a great tale of opposites, lemon juice can be both acidic and basic, or alkaline. Read below to find out why Dubuque periodontist Dr. James Fili is talking about this, and what can mean for your oral and overall health.

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Is It Ever Too Late for Dental Work?

Let’s be honest. If you are like most people, you’ve probably put off going to the dentist at one time or another. Some of us have even avoided seeing a dentist for years at a time. Research shows one in three Americans avoids going to the dentist regularly. As the time spent away from Dubuque dentist Dr. James Fili‘s chair adds up, so does the cost of potential dental work.

You start to feel and even see that your teeth are not in good shape. Plaque and tartar buildup, toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold, bleeding gums, deep, dark stains, perhaps even loose, clearly decaying teeth. Either way, by the time you get to this point you are probably wondering – is it too late to see the dentist? Here’s what Dr. Fili has to say when it comes to oral health:

It is never too late to seek dental care!

No matter how old you are, what condition your teeth are in, or how long you’ve been avoiding a trip to Dubuque Periodontics,  there is something we can do to help. Even if you are missing all your teeth, we can still help restore your oral health, smile, and quality of life. Going to the dentist- even when there is nothing wrong- is the key to three important parts of your oral health:

  • Diagnosis and early treatment of any issues – Dr. Fili can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and even signs of oral cancer before they become serious. Preventative care is truly the best medicine when it comes to your smile. That’s why most insurance carriers cover the bulk of costs for X-rays, bi-annual cleanings, and checkups.
  • Keeping dental care costs down — one of the main reasons people avoid the dentist is for fear of the cost. The longer you wait, the more expensive it gets, and the more time you will have to spend in your Dubuque dentist’s chair.
  • Maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile! Dubuque Periodontics puts your oral health needs first, so we really mean it when we say don’t hesitate to ask us any questions! We offer everything from simple fillings to full mouth rehabilitation services and we’ll work with the needs of you and your family to give you the healthy, radiant smile you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

 

 

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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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