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3 Ways Tobacco Use Affects Oral Health

Tobacco and Oral Health | Springfield Dentist
Everyone knows by now that smoking is bad for your health and can lead to conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease. The impact of tobacco use on oral health goes beyond just the main health problems we hear about every day. Tobacco contains a number of chemicals and carcinogens that create a perfect storm for certain oral health conditions.Tobacco Increases Oral Cancer RiskOral cancer is a particularly deadly form of cancer and smoking or chewing tobacco can increase that risk, especially when combined with alcohol use. Dr. Ruggless and our team perform regular oral cancer screenings at your periodic exams to rule out any suspicious lesions. Your dentist ...

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Cosmetic Issues We Can Solve with Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding Springfield | Illinois Dentist
Dental bonding is gaining in popularity due largely to patients wanting a more conservative treatment to correct simple flaws with their teeth. Treatments such as porcelain veneers are a great way to make dramatic changes for teeth that have severe damage, discoloration, or wear. What about smaller chips and gaps?Dental bonding adds to your existing tooth structure with minimal preparation to the surface of your teeth. What this means for patients is that they can maintain their healthy tooth structure and still alter the appearance of their teeth with highly esthetic composite material.Composite looks natural because it is made of a combination of colored plastic and microscopic glass particles. ...

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Do You Need a Crown or Bridge?

Dental Crowns and Implants | Springfield IL Dentist
Finding the proper dental restoration for your smile will require a trip to the dentist to get the most accurate information possible. Each dental restoration serves a specific purpose, and the one that will work best for you depends on your dental conditions.Here are some guidelines that can help you determine if you need a crown or a bridge:The Purpose of a Dental CrownDental crowns are for protection and stabilization of a damaged tooth. Opting to place a dental crown on a damaged tooth can prolong the life of your tooth and reduce pain and sensitivity.At Ruggless Dental, we use crowns to correct:DecayFracturesWearCracksWhen choosing a material for your dental ...

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5 Self-Care Tips Following a Root Canal

Root Canals | Springfield IL Dentist
Having a root canal can save a tooth from requiring an extraction by removing bacteria and infection from inside your tooth. We offer comfortable root canals here in our Springfield dental office. Opting for a root canal instead of an extraction can dramatically extend the life of your tooth.The proper care is essential to keeping your root canal tooth healthy. Here are s self-care tips to help you take care of yourself.Take the Proper Pain MedicationRoot canal treatment relieves pain, but you may still have some discomfort immediately following treatment as your body takes over the healing process. In most cases, over-the-counter pain medication will be enough to keep ...

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3 Potential Dental Emergencies That You Shouldn't Ignore

Emergency Dentistry Springfield | Ruggless Dental
You know your body better than anyone, and when you encounter a change in your oral health, you might wonder whether you could let it go for a little longer or if you should have it treated right away by scheduling an emergency dental exam.When in doubt, you are always welcome to contact Ruggless Dental. Our team can help determine if an emergency dental exam is necessary and get you the answers you want.3 Dental Emergencies You Should Never Ignore#1 – Tooth PainIf dental pain occurs, it is always time to give us a call. Prompt action may mean the difference between being able to save your tooth ...

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Are You a Candidate for Dental Bonding?

Dental Bonding Springfield | Dr. Shane Ruggless
Dental bonding is a quick and non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your smile. Dental bonding uses composite resin, the same material we use for fillings, to add to your existing tooth structure, changing the shape of your tooth or repairing it after a chip.Composite resin comes in a wide variety of shades so we can match it precisely to your natural teeth. Composite is incredibly durable and will last for many years, barring secondary decay or teeth grinding.Are You a Good Candidate for Bonding?Do you want to make small improvements to your teeth?If you have a narrow gap or small chips, you might benefit from dental bonding. ...

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National Nutrition Month and Your Oral Health

National Nutrition Month | Ruggless Dental
How Nutrition Affects Your Oral HealthMarch is National Nutrition Month and a great time to discuss all the ways that your diet can affect the health of your teeth. You have probably grown up hearing that calcium and vitamin D are the keys to success when relating the foods we eat to the health of your teeth.The truth is that dental nutrition goes much further than that!Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables!As with your overall health, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can promote good teeth by providing proper nutrition to fuel the rest of your body. Because eating raw fruits and vegetables stimulates the production of saliva, you get ...

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