All About Sensitive Teeth

sensitiveAlmost all of us have experienced the annoyance and pain associated with tooth sensitivity. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry estimates that 40 million American adults have sensitive teeth. That’s quite a lot of people who suffer from those unexpected zings of nerve pain every day. So many, in fact, that your dentist in Wicker Park wants to talk all about sensitive teeth in this week’s blog. 

Top Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

What exactly is going on when our teeth feel sensitive? Tooth sensitivity is ultimately caused by enamel erosion, which can leave the inner workings of the teeth, including the nerves, exposed to the elements. However, there are a variety of things that can cause enamel erosion, which makes each situation of sensitive teeth unique to the individual. Let’s take a look at some of the top causes of enamel erosion and, therefore, sensitivity.   

Brushing Too Hard – Even though it’s important to brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day, it’s equally important to do so properly. Many patients think that the harder they brush the cleaner their teeth will get. But that’s just not the case. Scrubbing too hard can damage that important protective layer of enamel and cause sensitivity. 

Grinding Your Teeth – Similarly to brushing too hard, grinding your teeth puts a lot of pressure on the enamel and can easily wear it away. Tooth grinding can also cause chips or cracks to occur which can also increase the likelihood of someone experiencing sensitive teeth. 

Gum Disease – A lot, if not most, tooth sensitivity starts and occurs at the gum line. When plaque buildup is not removed and good oral hygiene is not maintained, bacteria get up under the gums which, if not treated, will lead to gum disease. Gum disease can most definitely cause sensitivity and other problems. 

How to Treat Tooth Sensitivity

It’s important to note that sensitive teeth isn’t something you should treat at home long term. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist in Wicker Park to find the best treatment for your sensitive teeth. However, there are things you can do to help reduce sensitivity or avoid it in the first place. 

Easy on the Hot and Cold Foods

Many times tooth sensitivity is made worse when exposed to hot or cold foods or drinks. We encourage you to try to avoid foods or drinks at these extreme temperatures to help keep sensitivity at bay. Also, another surprising culprit is acidic foods and drinks. Enjoy these in moderation and avoid them if you find they make your sensitivity worse. 

Brush With a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

Everyone should be using a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush their teeth as they’re easier on tooth enamel. Stiffer bristles can easily damage enamel and contribute to sensitivity.  

Pick Toothpaste for Sensitivity 

Consider switching your toothpaste to one specially formulated for sensitive teeth. Be sure to look for one that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This means the product has been tested and its advertising claims validated. 

Tooth sensitivity is nothing to take lightly, and nobody should have to live with the surprising zaps of pain or avoid their favorite foods long-term. If you have sensitive teeth, call your dentist in Wicker Park to schedule an appointment today.

Can I Safely Whiten My Smile On My Own?

smiling girlIn today’s digital age, we’re constantly exposed to products and DIY tips to do anything, including whitening your smile. While we understand that the desire to get a brighter grin is a very real thing for many of our patients, your dentist in Wicker Park wants to educate you on some of the dangers lurking behind some of the most popular DIY smile whitening trends.

Over-The-Counter Whitening Pens & Strips

There are so many over-the-counter whitening products available to us that it can be overwhelming. While many of these products can work to whiten your teeth, they don’t come without their risks. Whitening pens and whitening strips, for example, can temporarily transform your smile, but their results can oftentimes be less than ideal. Since neither whitening pens nor whitening strips are custom-made, there’s a greater chance that they won’t reach all areas of the teeth and the results can end up looking uneven or streaky. But there’s another reason your dentist in Wicker Park may be concerned with you using these treatments. Many times the whitening solution in whitening pens and strips can soak into your gum tissue and cause irritation.

All-Natural Smile Whitening 

A popular smile whitening trend that seems to be taking the internet by storm is the use of all-natural whitening remedies. Don’t let the term “all-natural” lead you into thinking that all of these solutions are safe and recommended. The truth is, there is danger behind some of the popular all-natural whitening tricks.

Lemon Juice 
We’ve seen an increase in people claiming that there are smile whitening benefits of applying lemon juice or a mixture of lemon juice and other natural ingredients directly to teeth. While it’s true that lemon juice may slightly whiten teeth temporarily, it’s not recommended. Lemon juice is highly acidic and acid is a big no-no when it comes to protecting the integrity of tooth enamel. Too much acid, especially when it’s applied directly onto teeth, can easily damage tooth enamel and lead to increased tooth sensitivity, and a higher risk for decay and cavities.

Baking Soda
Another popular all-natural smile whitening trend that’s been around for quite some time is baking soda. Again, like lemon juice, baking soda or toothpastes that contain baking soda may temporarily whiten teeth, but due to its abrasive nature it can also damage tooth enamel. Once tooth enamel is gone, there’s no way to get it back and teeth are left exposed to bad bacteria and are at risk for larger oral health concerns long-term.

Activated Charcoal
Yet another all-natural whitening treatment is activated charcoal. Supporters of activated charcoal promise that it will easily and effectively pull impurities and stains out of the teeth, resulting in a whiter appearance. However, charcoal is also abrasive and poses the same risks as baking soda. It can wear away and damage tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities. What’s more is that teeth may begin to appear more discolored as we lose enamel.

Just because there are many ways you can whiten your teeth on your own – it doesn’t necessarily mean you should utilize them. Before you consider a DIY approach to smile whitening, talk with your dentist in Wicker Park to better understand safe and effective options.

How to Care for Your Dentures

lab tech with dentureIf you’re missing your teeth, getting dentures can restore your smile and your confidence. Dentures are a popular choice among patients and are a relatively simple way to give those who have lost their teeth a reason to smile. But just like natural teeth, dentures require proper care. Your Wicker Park dentist is here to help guide you through the right way to care for your dentures. 

How to Properly Care for Dentures

Even though dentures are not natural teeth, that doesn’t mean they don’t still need a little TLC in order to keep them clean and fitting comfortably. 

  • Use Care When Handling. Dentures can be pretty fragile, so the first step to caring for them is to make sure you use care when handling them and cleaning them. Also, make sure to store your dentures in a safe place where they won’t easily get knocked on the floor. Being gentle with your dentures can reduce the risk of damage or the need for repairs. 
  • Rinse Them After Eating. Remove your dentures and thoroughly rinse them following every meal to remove any loose food particles. If leftover food is left lingering around it can contribute to bad breath and even gum disease. 
  • Brush Your Dentures & Your Mouth. It’s important to brush both your dentures and your mouth at least once daily to remove any bacteria buildup. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a denture cleaner to thoroughly cleanse your denture and remove any excess adhesive. As for your mouth, also use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub any natural teeth and your tongue.
  • Soak Your Dentures Every Night. In order to keep their shape and comfortably fit your mouth, dentures need to stay moist. After you remove your dentures and clean them at night, place them in a glass of water with a denture solution to soak. Your dentist in Wicker Park will be able to recommend a solution that’s best for you. 
  • Rinse Again in the Morning. You should thoroughly rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth after soaking, especially if you use a denture-soaking solution. While these solutions are good for denture care, they can lead to illness or burns if not rinsed off of a denture before it’s reinserted. 
  • See Your Dentist in Wicker Park. Seeing your dentist as often as recommended is key to keeping your dentures fitting well. Your dental team may also professionally clean your dentures for an ultra-thorough clean.  

Dentures are an investment in your smile, and you want to take proper care of them so they last a long time and the rest of your mouth stays healthy. If dentures aren’t cared for properly, plaque can build up and cause additional tooth loss, bad breath, and even gum disease

If you’re missing some teeth and think dentures may be right for you, call our dental office in Wicker Park to schedule a consultation. We’ll work with you to find the best tooth replacement option for you. 

Fun Things You May Not Know About Spit

cheek swab testIt’s true, we just used the words ‘fun’ and ‘spit’ in the same sentence. We’re not crazy, and we understand that many people don’t associate something typically considered gross to be fun. But to your dentist in Wicker Park, spit is a rather fascinating and helpful part of your oral and overall health. Let us explain. 

25,000 Quarts of What?

In your lifetime, you’ll produce an average of 25,000 quarts of spit. That’s enough saliva to fill a standard size swimming pool. But why do we need so much spit? We’re glad you asked. 

Spit is an extremely important part of a healthy mouth as it helps remove food particles that may linger around after a meal. This is key to protecting teeth against dangerous bacteria that just love to feed on leftovers. The more spit we produce, the more food is rinsed away, and the better protected your teeth are. Spit’s superpowers don’t end there. Saliva can also help neutralize plaque acid, which can protect your pearly whites from decay

Not Enough

There are times when you may not be producing enough spit. If this is the case, you probably feel as if your mouth is always dry, no matter what you do. Don’t ignore this symptom – call your Wicker Park dentist as soon as you can. A dry mouth is a serious problem that can increase the risk of decay since there’s not enough saliva to wash away food and bacteria and neutralize acids. Talk with your dentist to find out what may be causing your dry mouth and work together to find the best solution.  

Spit and Overall Health

Spit’s benefits reach beyond oral health alone. Spit can help find bone marrow donor matches to help those with blood cancers. Unfortunately, the prevalence of blood cancers is extremely high, and every three minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer. This makes bone marrow really important. But patients can’t use just any bone marrow. There has to be a match. BeTheMatch.org is an organization that encourages people to join the bone marrow registry by simply swabbing the inside of the cheek and submitting it to their library where they’ll scan the registry to help find matches for patients.  Who knew something so simple could help save a life?

Even though your dentist in Wicker Park may be more used to spit than you are, and while it may be a little gross, try to remember just how important it is for oral health and how it can help someone battling a very serious and very scary disease.  

Diabetes & Your Teeth

world diabetes dayIt may seem strange to hear your dentist in Wicker Park talk about a disease that doesn’t seem to affect your oral health. But the truth is, many diseases, including diabetes, can negatively affect your teeth. In fact, diabetes can increase the likelihood of gum disease, dry mouth, and other oral health problems. For this World Diabetes Day (November 14), we want to do our part to raise awareness of the importance of dental care for those with diabetes by sharing three ways to reduce the risk of oral health complications related to diabetes. 

The Truth is in the Numbers

Nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes, and of those, an estimated 8.1 million aren’t even diagnosed. But those aren’t the only numbers we’re concerned about. As any diabetic knows, checking blood glucose levels often is an important part of making sure their diabetes is under control. But keeping those numbers stable can also help reduce the risk of oral health complications related to diabetes. If blood glucose is elevated, there is an increased risk of losing teeth or developing gum disease. Gum disease is a serious infection in the gum tissue and, like other infections, can also cause blood sugar to rise and make diabetes difficult to control.

Diet is Everything

Besides checking blood sugar levels regularly, diabetics are used to being careful about what they eat. This is certainly a habit your dentist in Wicker Park can get behind! Of course, limiting sugary snacks or sweets is always a recommendation, but it’s also important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to not only help maintain blood sugar but also for your overall and oral health. Choose raw veggies or fresh fruits and whole grains whenever possible. Your medical doctor can also help develop a meal plan that will work for you and your body. 

Don’t Forget About Oral Hygiene

We would be missing a key detail about maintaining good oral health if we didn’t talk about the importance of oral hygiene, whether you’re diabetic or not. A healthy mouth starts with a good oral hygiene routine at home. This means brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once a day to remove plaque and bacteria from teeth, under the gums, and the tongue. But even the most dedicated at-home oral hygiene routine will only go so far. Seeing your dentist in Wicker Park at least twice a year for professional cleanings is also key to a healthy mouth. These appointments are important for everyone, but especially for those with diabetes. 

Our dental office in Wicker Park believes in doing everything we can to keep our patients healthy, including talking about and raising awareness of diseases that originate in other parts of the body. After all, oral health can be negatively affected by many of these diseases. 

Want to do your part to raise awareness for diabetes this November? Wear blue on November 14, schedule an appointment with your doctor if you suspect you have diabetes, and, as always, remember to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly. 

The Top 3 Reasons Not to Be Afraid of Your Dentist

young woman in dental chairSpookiness is in the air this month as we move closer to all things Halloween. But there’s one place you should never be shivering and quivering to visit, and that’s seeing your dentist in Wicker Park

Sure, going to the dentist isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, but it’s certainly not the “FrightFest” our brains sometimes make it out to be. There are three BIG reasons why you should feel pretty darn good about going into your dental visit and even better about yourself when you leave.

Reason #1 – You’re Going to Be Healthier

Forget looking (and feeling) like those zombies on TV; when you see your Wicker Park dentist regularly for checkups, you’re setting yourself up for success. You’ll enjoy your natural smile for even longer, without the need for restorations such as fillings or crowns. You’re going to look younger, and you should rest easier knowing that your entire body is healthy thanks to your regular trips to the dentist.

Reason #2 – We’re Too Nice to Be Scary

Everything we do for you, every visit with us, revolves around your comfort. From the moment you come to see us for the very first time, to every followup visit after that, you’re going to feel it. There’s a sense of calm and relaxation in everything we do. You’ll feel assured and soothed, maybe even pampered during your dental visits. (That doesn’t sound scary at all!)

Reason #3 – Not Getting The Care You Need is Worse

Going to the dentist for checkups and cleanings with your dental hygienist is easy compared to what can happen if you put off taking care of your teeth. The next thing you know, you could be in pain or left with a tooth that has been damaged or is coming loose. Letting problems go undetected can turn into more serious dental issues down the road such as:

– Periodontal or gum disease with red, bleeding gums

– Loosening or shifting in your teeth

– Teeth that fall out

– Receding gums 

– Noticeable lousy breath or dry mouth

There are plenty of reasons to have a good scare this Halloween season, but coming to our Wicker Park dental office shouldn’t be one of them. There are so many ways we can help you feel more relaxed during your visits with us. Please take some time to schedule a consultation where we can sit down and listen, one-on-one, to your concerns about any fear you may have about seeing the dentist. We’re excited to show you how fantastic it feels to overcome your dental fears and take care of your smile and your body. Talk to us today and find out how we can help you worry less and be stress-free about dentistry.

How to Stop Your Cravings for Sweets (Just in Time for the Holidays)

bowl of chocolatesWe know it’s October, and we don’t really want to talk about it, but the holidays will soon be here. We already know one of the biggest fall favorites is Halloween, coming at the end of this month. Your dentist in Wicker Park knows that this is the time of year when it seems like every store is overflowing with sugary sweets and delectable treats. Just one look at that bag of Snickers and your mouth is watering.

Stopping your cravings dead in their tracks is the best way to avoid overdoing it with sweets. After all, we know that sugar is the biggest culprit when it comes to cavities and decay – two things we always want to avoid. Let’s take a quick look at some easy ways you can stop your sweet cravings and help your smile stay healthy.

Distractions, Distractions, Distractions

When you’re battling a craving for candy or cakes, one of the biggest tools you can use is distractions. There’s gotta be something powerful enough to take your mind off of consuming all that unhealthy sugar. Why not give these suggestions a try?

1) Meditate for at least ten minutes to clear your mind.

2) Open the door and take a nice, brisk walk outside.

3) Take a shower or a hot bath.

4) Try getting lost in a good book or TV show (no sugary snacks allowed).

The point here is to find something to take your mind off of the fact that it wants unhealthy, sugar-filled snacks. After all, it’s your brain that’s responsible for these types of cravings, not your body. Your brain wants to feel the happiness surge of dopamine related to eating sweet treats.

Make Your Own “Sweet” Combinations

You might find this hard to believe, but there are healthy options out there that can satisfy the most serious sweet tooth. Sure, they’re not the same as a gooey, salted caramel brownie bite, but you’re better off eating healthy now, so that you’re not in trouble with your teeth or your overall health down the road. Create something that’s going to end your craving with a healthy, even helpful outcome. 

Are you a self-confessed chocolate-lover? Your Wicker Park dentist suggests trying fruit dipped in chocolate or creating a unique trail mix complete with nuts and your favorite chocolate chips. If you do this instead of eating candy, you’re a true snack rockstar who’s learned how to satisfy cravings while also getting healthy nutrients your body needs. Now, that’s sweet!

Stop Stressing and Sleep Right

This one is important for when the holidays really kick into gear later this fall. When you’re stressed or not getting enough sleep, your whole body (even your mouth) will suffer. Studies show that we change what kinds of foods we purchase when we’re overly tired, too! Researchers found that an increase in hormone levels contributed to us wanting to buy foods that are high in calories and sugar. Both our bodies and brains crave the rewards of unhealthy foods when we get less than seven hours of sleep each night. When you’re feeling tired or rundown, it’s easy to gravitate towards foods that are not-so-healthy and filled with sugar. Getting the right amount of rest should help ward off cravings, restore your clarity, and the ability to make healthy diet choices.

Just like when you’re a sleepless zombie, being crazy stressed is just as bad for your diet. Excess stress leads to cravings for things that we know aren’t good for our oral and overall health. Fighting these urges when you’re stressed and tired can be a big battle. Remember to relax and do your best to stay mindful and in the moment each day.

If you liked what you read here and want to know more, call or email our dental office in Wicker Park. We’re happy to help you feel and look your very best, starting with a healthy smile.

Make The Connection to Your Oral and Overall Health

wellness conceptAs research continues and more scientific advancements happen each year, there is mounting evidence that your oral and overall health are connected. Your dentist in Wicker Park is here to tell you this is 100 percent true. This gives a whole new reasoning to why it’s super important to brush, floss, and see your dental hygienist regularly. Having teeth and a mouth that are healthy means that the rest of your body can stay healthy, too. It works both ways, though… if you’ve got issues with your teeth or gums, you could increase your risk for more severe health issues elsewhere in your body.

Let’s dig a little deeper to learn more about this powerful connection that you can’t afford to ignore…

Think of Your Mouth as a Window

That’s right. Picture your mouth as a window, giving us a glimpse of what’s going on in other parts of your body. This is key when doctors are trying to detect early signs of systemic diseases. These kinds of diseases are dangerous to your entire body, not just a specific part. The Academy of General Dentistry says that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases produce symptoms in the mouth. People with AIDS or diabetes often find one of the first symptoms appear in the form of a lesion in the mouth or problems with their teeth or gums. 

Don’t Turn Your Back on Plaque

Did you know that there can be more than 500 types of bacteria in your mouth right now? They like to form plaque on your teeth. This colorless, yet sticky film sticks to your dental enamel and can even lead to health problems. When plaque and harmful bacteria build up in your mouth and around your gum line, this can sometimes lead to periodontal disease or gingivitis. 

Your Wicker Park dentist will tell you that gum disease can lead to infections in your mouth. The bacteria from these infections can sometimes end up in your bloodstream. This is where the research comes into play that we talked about earlier. Scientists are starting to find evidence in their research that oral infections can be associated with health issues such as:

– Diabetes

Cardiovascular disease

– Preterm births

– Pneumonia

– Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

What You Should Do to Protect Yourself and Your Smile

We’re always going to fight against bacteria and plaque to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Because now we know that if your mouth is healthy, the rest of your body can stay in good shape too. You see why it’s so critical to protect your oral health so that your overall health doesn’t suffer. Make sure to:

– Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. (Don’t forget to floss! This is super important for getting bacteria out from in between teeth that your brush didn’t catch.)

– Use mouthwash to remove any unwanted or trapped food particles.

– Keep sugary foods and drinks to a minimum

– Eat a diet rich with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and proteins.

– Replace your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles begin to break down.

– Avoid tobacco use in its many forms available today.

The biggest and most important step you can take to protect your smile and your overall health is to keep regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings with our dental office in Wicker Park. If you notice a change in your teeth or your gum health, always give us a call as soon as you can. Remember that taking care of your teeth today is an investment in your overall health for tomorrow. 

I Lost A Filling! What Do I Do Now?

woman gets dental fillingIf there’s one thing your dentist in Wicker Park will tell you after losing a filling, it’s don’t panic. We know that having a dental restoration come loose or fall out can be annoying, and even a bit painful. If you’ve lost a filling, you’re probably trying to figure out what you should do now.

We’ve put together some essential things that we tell our patients, and we think they’ll help you too. Read on!

First Things First: Call Us!

If you haven’t done so already, it’s extremely important that you call your Wicker Park dentist as soon as you can. We’ll do our best to get you into the office as soon as possible. You won’t want to wait to have your damaged tooth looked at. The longer you wait, the more susceptible you are to pain or running the risk of further damaging your tooth. Come see us! We’ll help you feel better and fix your smile.

Pay Attention to Your Filling

If your filling is loose, don’t let it sit in your mouth. By doing so, you run the risk of swallowing your dental restoration and even choking. No one wants that! If your filling fell out completely, try and save it. You can bring it to your dental appointment. The dentist can assess the damage and see if your restoration is salvageable, or if you need a new filling altogether. 

Give Your Damaged Tooth Some TLC

Your tooth that’s missing a filling might need some extra attention. We recommend trying to brush your tooth gently. This will make sure that any harmful bacteria don’t hang around and make a home there. We don’t want that! It could cause your tooth to further decay and be more prone to falling out. Rinse your mouth with water to thoroughly remove any food debris every time you eat. If you’d like, you can also mix one cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt. This helps relieve pain, while also cleaning your damaged tooth. 

Watch What You Eat (And Drink)

When your filling falls out, it leaves your damaged tooth exposed. This means certain foods and drinks could wreak havoc on it while you’re waiting to visit the dentist. Don’t bite down on hard foods or candies. They could break your tooth! Watch out for tooth sensitivity to foods and drinks that are hot or cold. A filling-less tooth can be susceptible to both temperatures and textures. It’s a good idea to eat soft foods (something like mashed potatoes) or try soups and broths.  

Manage Your Pain and Discomfort

If you don’t have any issues or interactions with over-the-counter pain medications, you can take one of them to help manage your pain and discomfort. Like we said before, it’s not uncommon for a tooth that’s lost a filling to be at least a little sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Don’t worry about trying to put your filling back in with dental cement from the drugstore. They’re messy and can damage your tooth even more. 

We hope you’ve learned a little bit about what to do if you’re missing a filling. Come to our Wicker Park dental office, and we’ll get your smile whole and healthy again. If you have any questions between now and your appointment, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re happy to help you, and your smile, feel better!

Vaping and Oral Health

e-cigVaping seems to be almost everywhere nowadays — on TV commercials, print advertisements, and radio spots. Sometimes the ads even claim that vaping is a healthier, safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. But how much of that is true? At our dental office in Wicker Park, we looked into vaping and just how ‘safe’ this safer alternative is. Let’s see what we found. 

Whole Body Concerns

Vapes, or e-cigarettes, have been in the U.S. since 2007, but their popularity seems to have increased rapidly over the past few years. Because of this dramatic surge in popularity, science and research regarding these devices is a little behind. But recent studies show us that maybe vaping isn’t as safe as we may have thought. Vaping may be linked to an increased risk of pneumonia, rapid heart rate, congestive heart failure, and stroke. So while we may have once believed vaping was a safer alternative to smoking, that simply may not be the case. 

Oral Health Concerns

More research on how vaping affects oral health is needed, but more and more studies continue to find that there are certain risks involved, including: 

Dry Mouth 

Many vape liquids include the ingredient propylene glycol, which is known to cause dry mouth. Dry mouth, if not treated, can greatly increase the risk of decay, cavities, and gum disease. Not to mention, dry mouth can also cause some serious chronic bad breath, which can be a challenge to overcome. 

Inflamed Gums

A 2016 research study found a potential link between vaping and gum disease. To be more specific, vape juice caused an inflammatory response in the gum tissue that can put you at risk for gum disease. 

Cell Damage

Vaping may also destroy cells’ DNA and inhibit their ability to divide a grow. Basically, vaping can kill cells and cause bad breath, bone loss, tooth loss, and gum disease. 

Focus on Quitting

Even though some people may have started vaping to help them quit smoking, there’s conflicting research regarding its effectiveness.  For example, one study found that e-cigarettes helped current smokers reduce the number of cigarettes they smoked by about half, while another suggested that smokers who use e-cigs are 59% less likely to quit. Instead of trading one habit for another, try to focus on proven ways to break away from nicotine once and for all. Consider:  

  • Work on limiting the number of cigarettes you smoke a day, and decrease over time. 
  • Try quitting without the use of nicotine replacements — fair warning, this can be extremely difficult.
  • Find different ways people have quit. You never know what may work for you. The American Lung Association is a great resource for smokers who want to quit. 

Finding what works for you may take time, but don’t give up. Quitting greatly reduces your risk of health problems caused by smoking and vaping.

If you are a smoker or use e-cigarettes, make sure you always see your dentist in Wicker Park every six months to keep a proactive eye on your oral health and so that any problems such as oral cancer or gum disease can be caught early.   

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Monica Urda, DDS
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Chicago, IL 60622
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