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St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd.

 516 E. Main Street
 St. Charles, IL 60174
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Hookahs are water pipes that combine tobacco with various flavors. The hookah itself closely resembles a musical instrument combined with a candlestick. It has a water bowl, body, head and a hose that connects to the water bowl. Hookahs have grown in popularity over the past few years, due to the popular belief that smoking hookahs have negligible negative effect on your health next to cigarettes, and the fact that they can be used socially in hookah bars.

Why Smoking is Dangerous to Your Oral Health:

Oral Health

All in good fun? Not likely. Your St. Charles dentist wants you to know that all forms of smoking are dangerous to your health, no matter how they are marketed to you. Hookah smoking actually carries the same carcinogenic risks as cigarette smoking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to inhaling the carcinogens found in tobacco, hookah smoke also contains benzene. This is because benzene is found in the charcoal in the hookah bowl that ignites the bowl’s tobacco mixture.

Benzene is associated with increased risk for leukemia and cancers. The compound is also present in car exhaust fumes.

In addition to smoking a hookah at hookah bars, new products are being released using hookah smoke and flavors. These include steam stones and electronic hookah pens. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not have information as to the dangers of these products. However, they still contain potentially harmful carcinogens.

Hookah smoking is of particular concern because of its popularity with young people. An estimated 22 to 40 percent of college students have used a hookah in the past year, according to the CDC. Early hookah use could contribute to a greater risk for cancer, including oral cancers, later on in life.

Call St. Charles Family Dentistry Today!

At our St. Charles’ dentists’ office, we not only keep your teeth clean, we also work to prevent and detect oral cancers. By reducing your possibly cancer-causing behaviors, including cigarette and hookah smoking, you can protect your oral health.

For more information on healthy habits for your teeth, please call our St. Charles dentist’s office at (630) 377-3131.

Are you a patient of St. Charles Family Dentistry? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

The quest for straight, even teeth has been one people have pursued for thousands of years. Archaeologists excavating Greek tombs have found dental bridges and even mouth guards designed to straighten the teeth and conceal missing teeth as well. These relics date all the way back to 1000 B.C.
 
As you can imagine, there have been quite a few advancements in the thousand-plus years since these first orthodontic inventions. Many years later, in the 1770s, the first models and research for what closely resembles modern-day braces emerged. This included the ideas that teeth could be pulled to prevent misalignment and how wires could be used to direct misaligned teeth. Some key inventions that moved the practice of orthodontia forward during the 18th century included:
  • 1843: Gum elastics were first used to correct bite alignments.
  • 1850: Rubber bands were cut from rubber tubing for orthodontic use.
  • Late 1800s: Eugene Solomon Talbot used X-rays for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.
Different From Dr. Lipskis’ St. Charles Orthodontics
Today’s orthodontic treatments at Dr. Lipskis’ St. Charles dentist office look a lot different from the braces created even a century ago. Braces created in the 1900’s were made from all sorts of materials, including gold, copper, platinum and even wood (now that would make for an interesting look. People at the turn of the century even had 18-karat gold braces on their teeth, which definitely presented an extra cost.
 
One of the biggest challenges for orthodontists several decades ago was not finding the right materials to make braces, but actually the right adhesive to get them to stay in place. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when adhesive formulas that were strong enough to stay on the teeth, yet ultimately be removed, were created.
 
A number of innovations were created that have advanced Dr. Lipskis’ ability to straighten your teeth and align your bite. Even NASA has gotten involved in creating new technology for braces. The organization created heat-activated wires that can easily shape and retain their teeth-moving capabilities longer than traditional metal wires.
 
As orthodontic inventions continue to progress in St. Charles, Dr. Lipskis can discuss the latest available treatments that mean you wear braces for shorter time periods, yet experience beautiful results.
By St. Charles Family Dentistry
December 11, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental Implants St Charles IL“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, my two front teeth.” Who doesn’t love a good Christmas song? It lifts our Christmas spirit, and we get excited for hot cocoa, presents and spending time with family. But we are sure you will agree with us when we say that missing two front teeth wouldn’t be something you would be singing about.
 
A missing tooth can make you feel self conscious, and we don’t want a missing tooth to put a damper on your holiday festivities. So, why not look forward to getting dental implants? While a complete implant procedure can’t be performed before Christmas, it can be a present to think about for the New Year! There are many advantages to getting dental implants.
 

Dental Implant Benefits

In St. Charles, dental implants are a popular dental request. It offers multiple benefits—some you can’t get with other options, such as dentures and bridges. Check out the list below, and see if you don’t jump for joy.
  • Mimics natural tooth – your family and friends won’t notice the difference between the implanted tooth and the surrounding teeth, as long as you don’t tell them. We can keep a secret!
  • Slip resistant – an implant is safely secured in the jawbone. No slip of the teeth or tongue. Eat and speak with confidence.
  • Permanent placement – you don’t need to buy denture solution or anything like that. Dental implants are permanently placed in the jawbone.
  • High-success rate – the body accepts biocompatible material, so your body will be less likely to reject the implant and synthetic tooth.
 
All you need to do is properly care for your teeth and gums because a healthy mouth will allow the implants to last a long time, even a lifetime.
 
For dental implants in St. Charles, talk to your St. Charles dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry. We are excited for Christmas! How about you? Let us know in the comments. We appreciate the feedback.