Category Archives: Preventive Health

Read our Prevent Health category for information on dental health information for people living in Illinois.

Composite teeth fillings

There are three types of dental filings.  In our opinion, composite filling are the best looking.  They are also the most expensive but in our opinion the best type to get through your dental insurance plan.  The are the most natural looking dental filing material.  These types of dental filing last for about eight years.  Some last as long as ten years.  Composite filings require a special bonding equipment.  The result is a stronger and more durable tooth.


If you suspect or have been told by your dentists that you need a root canal, you will probably be referred to a Endodontic clinic or a dentist who specializes in the area.  These dentist have state of the art equipment and have learned special techniques to deal with root canals.  They also have access to sophisticated surgical microscopes which helps them in the process.  Its not fun getting a root canal but with the advances in technology, its not as bad as you think and in most cases far more beneficial and enjoyable after its been done because of the pain and discomfort that you experience prior to the procedure.  The University of Illinois at Chicago is one university in Illinois that has been educating future dentists and endodontist with a high degree of skill.

Why our teeth change color

Our teeth changes color because the internal portion of our teeth normally darkens over time.  What we eat, drink and smoke can also contribute to the change of color.  Our teeth can get stained from smoking, drinking dark coffee, teas and wine.  Certain medications can also cause the color of your teeth to change.  That is why it is important to regular visit your dentist and get regular cleaning cause it can help.  That is why tooth cleaning is covered under all dental insurance plan as a preventive measure.

Miswak Chewing Stick

Did you know that a portion of the world uses Miswak or Siwak daily to brush their teeth.  That’s right, a majority of the people from Muslim countries uses it daily.  Studies have found that Miskwak is better than toothpaste for preventing gum disease.  The miswak is obtained from the twigs of the Arak tree.  The important benefits of Miswak is that: (1) it kills gums disease causing bacteria; (2) fights plaque; (3) fights against caries; (4) removes bad breath and odor from mouth; (4) creates a fragrance in the mount; (5) effectively clean between teeth due to its parallel bristles; and (6) increases salivation and inhibits dry mouths.

The Chicago Wrigley Company made a study on Miswak and found that mints laced with Miswak extract were 20 times more effective in killing bacteria than ordinary mints.

We are not advocating that you stop using toothpaste, you are only bringing this up as an alternative and specifically for those who need to fight gum disease.  This is something that isn’t always mention by your dental help provider or by your dental insurance company.