Invisalign

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Have you ever thought of straightening your teeth, but do not like the idea of metal braces? Invisalign may be just the answer you’ve been looking for!

Invisalign is a proven method to achieve the appearance you desire during and after your treatment. Invisalign is series of clear trays that are worn over a period of time that ranges from 3 months to 1 year. Length of treatment will vary by individual treatment needs.

Interested, but unsure about what it look like after or how long it will take? We suggest by starting with a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. We can take all the necessary information and provide you with a digital preview of your case with a computer generation of what your final outcome will look like AND how long it will take to achieve your desired results.

After that, you will have monthly checkup appointments with our office to check on how your treatment is progressing and to deliver your new aligners.

So, stop wondering what it would be like to have a straighter smile, call us and make your consultation today!

Children’s Dental Health Month

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The month of February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Every February, we, in the dental profession like to stress the importance of taking the initiative in your child’s oral hygiene.

Before your child even shows their first tooth, you should be considering their dental hygiene. Wiping the gums with a warm wash cloth after they’re done eating is a good habit to start. Also, make sure that you are not sending your baby to bed with a bottle full or milk or juice. This can cause “bottle rot” and wreak havoc on your child’s teeth.

Your child should start regular dental checkups and cleaning around age 3. This is a great way for your child to get in a routine about coming to the dentist. It’s easier to start habits and routines earlier in life. Also, encourage children to follow a wakeup and bedtime brushing routine.

As with most children, accidents are bound to happen. If they happen to bump their mouths or teeth, we encourage you to call the office to make an appointment. The dentist can evaluate your child to make sure no serious damage has been done or that any problems with their incoming teeth have been affected. If a tooth falls out, remove any debris immediately and place the tooth back in. If unable to do so, place the tooth in salt water or milk. Do not put the tooth in water.

Gateway to Better Health

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You may put off going to the dentist for lots of reasons, but putting off this simple appointment could cause damage to your overall health.

Brushing two times a day and flossing regularly are just the first step in your dental health care. Keeping your semi- annual checkup and cleaning appointments with the dentist are imperative to make sure that the state of your oral health is stable.

Poor dental health can not only cause some costly dental treatments, but can also affect the rest of your body. Heart disease, mouth cancer, diabetes, gum disease, tooth loss, bad breath dental decay, lung conditions and strokes are just some of the problems that are associated with neglecting your oral health.

Start the New Year off right! Make an appointment with your dentist, make sure you are doing everything you can to stay healthy.

Happy Holidays

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2014 has also blessed some of our staff with engagements and others with new babies to add to their families! We are happy to look back on 2014 with pride as it has been a great year for us all.

We would like to wish all of our patients, family and friends a very happy holidays. We hope the holidays bring joy to you and your families. Thank you again for your continued support. We strive to continue to provide you with outstanding care and customer service.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Sweet Tooth

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If you are like most people, it’s hard to turn down the leftover Halloween candy. At first, it starts as just a sweet addition to your lunch. Then, it becomes a go to after work treat. The next thing you know, you are on the couch catching up on your favorite TV show with the whole trick or treat bag in your lap.

While there is nothing wrong with a little indulgence, these sugary temptations can take a serious toll on your teeth. Some candies can be less harmful than others.

Here is some advice with some of the candy you may be enjoying:

Chewy/sticky candy can get stuck in the deep crevices of the teeth  This can make it very difficult for  your toothbrush to wash them away which will lead to tooth decay.

Sour candies are highly acidic and can wear down tooth enamel. If you find yourself snacking on sour treats, wait about 30 minutes before you brush your teeth.   Otherwise, you are just brushing the acid into the tooth’s surface. The safer option is to swish with water and then wait 10 minutes to brush.

We hope you enjoyed your Halloween and hope these tips help you through the rest of the holiday season!  

Wisdom Teeth Worries?

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Wisdom teeth are one of those things that people always seem to have questions about. They can be annoying, painful or sometimes unnoticed.

Wisdom teeth are the 3rd molars in the mouth that usually erupt between the ages of 17-25. Here are some common things to look for that can let you know when it is time to see the dentist and discuss getting those suckers out!

Tenderness in the gum tissue behind the last teeth

 

Swelling of the gums and/or cheek

 

Pain when biting down

 

Food consistently getting stuck behind your last teeth

 

Shifting of the front teeth

 

The thing about wisdom teeth is that you should take care of them on YOUR terms. Ignoring minor symptoms can lead to major problems occurring at an unexpected time, like on vacation or before an important event. You do not want to wait until you have an infection that makes you look like you have a golf ball in your cheek. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have any questions regarding your wisdom teeth, give us a call and we will be happy to make an appointment for you!


Welcome Dr. Heather!

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This season, we are happy to announce and welcome Dr. Heather Hruskocy to the SLoop Dental team!

Dr. Heather is a graduate of Southern Illinois University’s Dental Program and a native to the Chicagoland area. She is excited to be working with our office. Dr. Allen is looking forward to having another dentist on staff to expand our schedule and accommodate more patients.

Dr. Heather is a big Chicago Bears fan, White Sox and a huge animal lover…she fits right in! We have loved getting to know her the past few weeks and we know our patients will too.

We are very excited to have Dr. Heather on staff and look forward to the new dynamic at the office.

Welcome to SLoop Dental, Dr. Heather!

Summer of Festivals

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Chicagoans wait an exceptionally long winter to have less than 100 days of summer. The city does not waste a single day of the beautiful weather with events happening around the clock.


The beauty of having the city broken down into different neighborhoods is that each neighborhood gets the chance to throw their own “block party”. Usually, these events are free or the option to make a donation. South Loop’s own street festival will be coming our way Saturday August 23rd with The Bash on Wabash. The Bash is a great way to meet and greet with some local businesses, try some food and enjoy some live music!

If you feel like you want to brighten that smile for all of those festival selfies, call us up and we can schedule you for a teeth cleaning or whitening! We are here to help! Take advantage of some of our new patient specials that can be found on our website.

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Happy Summer! J

FIFA Fever

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U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

The World Cup has brought some, not so typical, soccer fever to the states! Fans all over the country have shown their support through viewing parties at parks, restaurants and bars.

Chicago has rallied around this team so much that the city has allowed viewing parties at Grant Park for the last couple matches. The fans have come out in overwhelming masses that the city decided to move the viewing party to Soldier Field!

With a country that is so obsessed with football, baseball and hockey, it’s nice to see the US Soccer team getting some serious support from Chi-Town and fans across the country!

Whether you’re a bandwagon fan, or have been a soccer fanatic since day one, sport your red, white and blue and cheer the US to victory! Even though we have been eliminated, this team has made huge strides for soccer fans in America!

GOAAAAL!

White Wedding

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Wedding season is upon us and with lots to prepare and plan before the big day, it is always important to make sure your smile is the best it can be!

Most of our patients ask us about their options for teeth whitening for their big life events, especially weddings. We always suggest is to start with a visit to the office for a semi annual cleaning and check up. Next, we can set you up with an appointment for an in-office whitening session. The session lasts about 90 minutes from start to finish. You will see immediate results.

After your in-office session, we always recommend you use a whitening toothpaste to help the results last longer. Our office likes Opalescence whitening toothpaste.

If you want to continue your whitening treatment at home, you can have whitening trays made. This process is pretty simple and can be done in the office. Whitening gel can be purchased with your new trays and used at your convenience.

If you have any questions about our whitening process or need to make an appointment, do not hesitate to call the office. We are here to help!

Congrats to all of our recently married and engaged patients!