Are You At Risk for Oral Cancer?


Oral cancer occurs when cellular growth in your mouth begins to mutate, causing your cells to grow much faster than normal. It can develop anywhere inside the mouth, including your tongue, gums, cheeks, and throat. In the US, there are anywhere between 49,000 to more than 53,000 new cases each year, with oral cancer making … Continued

Bacteria in Your Mouth: The Good (and the Bad)


Here’s a shocking statistic: we have more than 700 species of bacteria that live inside our mouths. If that makes you feel uncomfortable, you’re certainly not alone! But there are good and bad bacteria living all throughout your body, not just in your mouth. The fact is that not all bacteria is bad: in fact, … Continued

Flossing 101: Best Practices (and What You Should Never Do)


If you’ve ever sat in a dentist’s chair, you already know that flossing is important. It’s one of the most commonly recommended at-home dental care tips, and for good reason. Flossing is a great way to promote healthier gums and stronger teeth, but it’s one of the least favorite oral hygiene routines. Only 30 percent … Continued

Easy Ways to Promote Better Oral Hygiene at Home


Adjusting to the “new normal” has brought a lot of new and challenging adjustments to our day-to-day lives. For some, the biggest challenge is adapting to fewer child care options; for others, it’s creating a home office. And for all of us, it’s learning how to stay connected without being physically present. Even in the … Continued

COVID-19 and Your Dental Care: What You Need to Know


Last month, Illinois lawmakers announced a stay-at-home order. The order requires citizens to cease most social gatherings and limit errands to the essentials until at least April 30. This is meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 – a novel coronavirus that has infected nearly 2 million people globally. The Illinois State Dental Society Board … Continued