The Challenge of Healthy After School Snacks

  • November 14, 2019

The rush through the door after a day a school is usually followed by one key question: What snacks do we have? Your focus is likely on healthy lunchbox ideas for kids. Limiting access to sugary sweets and drinks is just as important for snack time as well. Encouraging


Halloween Means It’s Time for “Operation Gratitude”

  • November 7, 2019

For more than five years, Shorewood Family Dental Care, a general dentist near Joliet, has been proud to participate in “Operation Gratitude.” Every Halloween, our patients generously donate between 175 to 250 pounds of candy. This year was just as successful. We have a few


Back to Basics: Tips for Brushing Your Teeth

  • November 7, 2019

Taking good care of your teeth is a generally accepted good health practice. Most people know that to avoid cavities, prevent gum disease and keep breath fresh, they should brush two times per day. Yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in the United States, about 32 percent


Chipped A Tooth? Now What?

  • November 1, 2019

Did you know tooth enamel is harder than steel? The surface that protects your teeth is composed of 96 percent mineral, which is the highest percentage of any body tissue. When we bite down, teeth can exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure. Yet, we know teeth are susceptible to


Is a Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Worth the Investment?

  • October 23, 2019

They’re sleek, efficient and at a price point of anywhere from about $50 to $200 depending on the model, quite an investment. So, does the Sonicare electric toothbrush live up to the hype? In a word, yes. Here’s why. Taking care of your oral health is important not only for your teeth, but


What if I’m Too Scared to Go to the Dentist?

  • October 14, 2019

Dentophobia. It’s a big word for a common fear – going to the dentist. For some people, it is a general sense of unease about sitting down in the treatment chair and letting the dental hygienist and dentist clean and examine their teeth. For others, the feelings are more intense


Types of Dental Implants: Why Quality Matters

  • October 7, 2019

Can you imagine what it would be like to lose one or more teeth and have no options to replace them? Teeth are so important to how humans function that work arounds for missing teeth have been around for centuries. While the first dental implants that resemble what we are familiar with today


Halloween Fun: Candy That is Braces Friendly

  • October 1, 2019

When October rolls around it seems that candy and sugary treats are everywhere in anticipation of Halloween. The tenth month of the year also happens to be National Orthodontic Health Month, 30 days devoted to learning more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment and tips to protect braces and other appliances used


5 Tips to Protect Baby Teeth

  • September 23, 2019

Some of the greatest joys of raising a baby come with the passing of all the firsts: steps, words and teeth. The emergence of teeth usually happens at around six months and may leave you wondering about proper kids dental care. Long before you start searching for a


How to Protect Your Teeth from Acid Reflux

  • September 19, 2019

That burning sensation in your chest caused by acid reflux is doing more than keeping you awake at night. It is common for stomach acid to shoot upward through your esophagus instead of staying in your digestive tract. In turn, this can end up in your mouth