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Oral Piercings – Are They Worth The Risk?

Oral Piercings Rockford ILOral piercings of the tongue, lips, and cheeks are growing in popularity and acceptance, and are considered a way to express one’s personality in an art form like tattoos. However, did you know the human bite can be more “toxic” than an animal bite? Keeping this in mind, imagine what could happen to your mouth with oral piercings that collect additional food and debris (that breed bacteria and germs) while banging against your teeth over 1500 times a day when you swallow…

The risks are numerous and oral piercings have the potential to wreak havoc on your teeth and gums:Read More

Sensitive Teeth? Find Out Why!

Sensitive Teeth Rockford ILSensitive teeth…Have you ever experienced sensitivity in your teeth when drinking hot coffee or eating ice cream? How about when brushing your teeth? Ever wonder why this happens? Most of the time it is due to enamel wear of teeth. When this happens, the dentin (sensitive part of the tooth) is exposed and left vulnerable to all kinds of painful experiences, depending upon how severe.

When the dentin loses the protection of hard enamel, the nerves under the tooth are less protected, triggering pain whenever it is hit with a hot or cold temperature. So, how do you fix this problem? When even brushing causes intense pain and even damage to sensitive teeth, how are you supposed to keep protected against sensitivity?Read More

Orthodontic Warning Signs

American Association of Orthodontics logoThe American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents understand the early warning signs of an orthodontic problem and recommends kids be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 – 8. Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Well timed intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

There are many different types malocclusions or bite problems that require orthodontic treatment at the orthodontic office of Dr. Dennis J. Flanagan DDS MS. Below is a list of the most common orthodontic problems seen today in children, teens, and adults.

Contact the orthodontic office of Dr. Dennis J. Flanagan DDS MS in Rockford or Winnebago IL to schedule a consultation to determine how we can help you with your orthodontic needs. It is not necessary to have a referral from your general dentist to take advantage of this complimentary service we provide to all our patients.Read More

Baby Teeth Aren’t Falling Out?

Baby Teeth Rockford ILWhen parents visit the orthodontic office of Dennis J. Flanagan DDS MS, it is not uncommon for them to worry if their child’s baby teeth do not fall out on time. Infants rollover, sit, walk, and talk at different stages of their development. The same is true when your child is losing baby teeth. There are some developmental issues which require professional attention, but in general, what should parents expect when their kids start losing baby teeth? Read More