Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bad News on Children’s Oral Health

The declining state of oral health among youngsters age five and under is being called a “public health crisis” by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

Early childhood caries (cavities) is now the most common chronic early childhood disease in the U.S.  The rate of dental decay among children ages two to five has increased dramatically, and by age five, a whopping 60% of all children in the U.S. will have had caries.

Poor children age nine and younger are at highest risk, with low-economy youngsters being twice as likely to have cavities as those in higher economic groups -- and the decay is more likely to go untreated.  The result is painful teeth that can ultimately affect a child’s ability to sleep, pay attention in school -- and even attend school.  Dental decay also makes children more vulnerable to various other infections, including the ears, sinuses and even the brain.

But for any child, regardless of economic background, early dental care is paramount to overall health.  One of the key reasons for this childhood epidemic of cavities is not seeing a dentist early enough.  The AAPD recommends that children get their first dental exam as soon as their first tooth appears -- but no later than their first birthday.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Chicago area, Wilmette Dental is accepting new patients.  Feel free to call our office at 847-251-0085 or request an appointment online at

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Interesting Factoid...

According to USA Today, what do people notice first when they meet someone?

47% Smile
31% Eyes
11% Smell
7% Cloths

4% Hair

Wilmette Dental has been providing dental care at the 4th and Linden location for over 35 years.  We wish to thank you for your trust and confidence, and the opportunity to help you and your family achieve a healthy smile, which will last a lifetime. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our dental team directly at

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Folic Acid…A Cocktail-Loving Girl’s Best Friend

Women who enjoy a cocktail - and also consume high volumes of folic acid found in vitamin B - are less likely to suffer from mouth cancer, according to a Columbia Medical University study that recorded the diets of 87,000 nurses over three decades.

Women in the study who drank a high volume of alcohol and had a low folic acid intake were 3 times more likely to develop mouth cancer than women who also drank high volumes of alcohol but consumed large amounts of folic acid in their diet.

Alcohol consumption is one of the major risks for mouth cancer, and those who drink to excess are 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease.  This study marks the first time that folic acid intake has been shown to affect the risk of the disease.

Folic acid, or vitamin B9, is essential to a woman’s health by helping to make and maintain new cells.  Folic acid is found in vegetables and is often added to bread products.

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