• What Exactly is in Toothpaste?

    People have been finding ways to clean their teeth for as long as they’ve had teeth, but toothpaste as we know it is a relatively new innovation. If you’re like most people, you probably have a favorite brand of toothpaste, but it’s also probable that you’ve never given too much thought as to what’s in it. Even if you have taken time to read the ingredients on the label, you may not know what those ingredients are. Watch this video, and you’ll get an overview of what’s in the toothpaste you use.

    The video does a great job at explaining what’s in toothpaste, and even offers a recipe for homemade toothpaste, but there are a few things it doesn’t address. One important note about toothpaste is that it is possible to be allergic to it. Toothpaste includes many ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, including flavorings, preservatives, and even fluoride. If you’re allergic, you might experience mouth swelling, canker sores, cracking at the corners of the mouth, dry, chapped lips, gum irritation, or an upset stomach. You may also experience a rash or peeling skin around the mouth, or lips that are scaly and itchy. A toothpaste allergy can be confirmed by a patch test, so if you think you may be allergic, talk to your doctor.

    If you are allergic to something found in toothpaste, it’s good to identify the exact allergen so that you can seek out a toothpaste that doesn’t contain that particular ingredient. You might have better luck with a different flavor of toothpaste, or a toothpaste from a brand that specializes in natural products. Of course you can also make your own toothpaste, using ingredients such as coconut oil and baking soda.

    The right toothpaste can help keep your mouth healthy, and so can regular dental checkups. At your appointment at University Associates in Dentistry, ask your dentist about the best type of toothpaste for you.  You can make a dentist appointment in Chicago by calling (312) 704-5511, or visit our website for more information or to set up a complimentary consultation.

     

  • Examining the Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

    When you think of cosmetic dentistry, what comes to mind? Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic procedure, but there are several other popular procedures, including dental implants, porcelain veneers and crowns, shaping, and bonding, that can improve your smile and your overall look. Cosmetic dentistry is versatile and can correct various flaws such as stains, misshapen or small teeth, chips, cracks, gapped teeth, and even ragged gum looks. Beyond making you look better, though, cosmetic dentistry offers many benefits.

    • Cosmetic dentistry can boost your confidence. You’ll look younger and more attractive after your cosmetic dental procedure, and that can help you to feel more confident when interacting with others. This can make it easier to succeed in both social and business situations.
    • Your career prospects may improve after cosmetic dentistry. A beautiful smile makes a strong first impression, allowing you to put your best foot forward in every situation. You may not rely on your looks to advance in your career, but when you look better and feel more confident, you’re more likely to take on greater responsibility and show leadership skills. No matter what your field may be, a confident demeanor can help you in all aspects as you move forward.
    • Some cosmetic dentistry procedures can strengthen your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is performed in a way that doesn’t just improve the appearance of your teeth, but can actually make them stronger, by reinforcing weak spots or hairline fractures. Stronger teeth make it easier to eat your favorite foods and are less likely to be vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.
    • Caring for your teeth can boost your overall health. Fixing a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth doesn’t just restore your smile, it also protects against further dental damage. A healthy mouth reduces your risk of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, and pancreatic and oral cancer. Poor oral health can cause headaches and joint pain, but having your smile perfected through cosmetic dentistry gives you added incentive to care for that smile and improve your health.

    If you’re ready to improve your life with cosmetic dentistry, it’s time to make an appointment at University Associates in Dentistry. Under the direction of Dr. Martin Marcus and Dr. Russell Baer, Dr Stuart Schelkopf and Dr Lauren Zalay, the UAD dental team provides outstanding restorative aesthetic dentistry that can make a big difference in the way you look and feel. You can call (312) 704-5511 to make a dental appointment in Chicago, or visit our website for more information or to set up a complimentary consultation.

     

  • The Economic Value of a Beautiful Smile

    A beautiful smile can boost your confidence and even improve your relationships, because you’re willing to smile more when you feel good about your teeth. However, did you know that there are economic advantages to having a beautiful smile as well? You may be surprised to learn how a visit to the dentist could end up benefitting you financially. Here is a look at some of the economic advantages of having a beautiful smile.

    The Smile to Cash Exchange Rate

    Researchers in the UK have managed to attach an actual price value to every smile you give. According to the results of their study, every smile you give is worth one-third of a penny in value to you. That may sound small, but when you consider the number of times in which you are likely to smile in a day, then you will see that it can add up quickly. Conversely, every time you hide your grin because you don’t like your teeth, you are actually losing money. However, there is a caveat. You can’t fake smile your way to wealth. The smiles have to be genuine to have value.

    Work Opportunities

    A great smile can definitely increase your bottom line, as long as you show off your grin at the office. Having a warm and confident smile during job interviews makes you more likely to get the job. Greeting clients with a smile and using your smile to build friendly relationships with your co-workers are both great ways to land more deals, get more promotions, and come out ahead in wage negotiations.

    Social Capital

    Your smile is one tool you can use to generate social capital, and social capital can often be converted into financial opportunities. For example, if you are starting a business and are looking for investors or if you’re trying to ensure someone makes an offer on your house instead of your neighbor’s, social capital can be as good as money in the bank.

    Cash in on the benefits of a good smile by making an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Chicago at University Associates in Dentistry. We offer veneers, dental implants, and many more treatments to help you look and feel your best. For more information about our cosmetic dentistry services, call (312) 704-5511.

  • How Teeth whitening Brightens Your Smile

    You don’t need a background in cosmetic dentistry to have some idea of what teeth whitening treatment does. When it comes to brightening your smile, there are a few routes you can take. Watch this video on teeth whitening to learn more.

    Teeth whitening can be done in your dental office or at home, and it can be done in a few different ways. If you want to get the best results possible, it’s a good idea to work with your cosmetic dentistry practice. The purpose of teeth whitening products is to break down chromogens in order to remove extrinsic and intrinsic stains from the teeth.

    Please feel free to contact University Associates in Dentistry with any questions you might have about teeth whitening in Chicago. Cosmetic dentistry solutions like porcelain veneers and teeth whitening are just a few of the procedures we offer. Call us at (312) 704-5511 today.