We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as much fun losing teeth as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (not counting wisdom teeth). Dr. Fili wants everyone in Dubuque to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please contact Dubuque Periodontics with any questions or concerns. Read more ›
Dentistry is serious medicine, and daily oral hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too – not to mention fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of interesting dental facts out there! Dubuque Periodontics in Dubuque treats our patients professionally and joyfully—our team thinks teeth are cool. Take Dr. Fili’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth. Read more ›
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fluoridation of drinking water is ranked among the ten greatest public health achievements of 20th century America. However, a quick search of the internet tells us that fluoride can actually be toxic if ingested in large enough quantities.
So which is true? Do the health benefits outweigh the negatives of fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water? At Dubuque Periodontics, we know that Dubuque folks care a great deal about their health, so we’ve put this article together to examine the facts and help you come to your own decision. Read more ›
At Dubuque Periodontics, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Fili wants every Dubuque patient to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. Read more ›
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 ›
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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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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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 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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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 ›