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Are You a Woman with Gum Disease? You Need to Know about This New Study

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Modern women have a number of complex concerns when it comes to staying healthy and enjoying increased vitality as they age. Since people are living longer and staying socially and professionally active beyond middle age, staying tuned-in to the latest information can give you the necessary knowledge to maintain optimum health.

Though more men suffer from periodontal disease than women – 38% as opposed to 70% – women seem to have more risks associated with it. Until recently, a link to breast cancer was a lone risk factor in the cancer category for women who suffer from gum disease, but a recent study broadens that risk to include gallbladder cancer, esophageal cancer, ...

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Want Healthier Teeth? Avoid These Drinks.

Drinks to Avoid | Dental Health Springfield IL

We all know that sugary foods can cause decay, but we also consume beverages that put our teeth at risk every day. Beverages can not only cause decay but also stain teeth rapidly, making your smile looker darker and more aged than it needs to be.

Dark Sodas Like Coke and Pepsi

Dark sodas like Coke and Pepsi are full of sugar – far more than you might actually realize. Not only that, but they are also highly acidic. The sugar-acid combination is the worst case scenario for teeth because it accelerates the decay process.

Bacteria feed on sugar, but it actually the acid by-product they produce that softens enamel and causes cavities. ...

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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 Risk

Oral 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 Crown

Dental 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:

  • Decay
  • Fractures
  • Wear
  • Cracks

When 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 Medication

Root 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 Pain

If 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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