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October 15, 2014
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It's our favorite month of the year here at McNicholas Dental - National Dental Hygiene Month!!

To celebrate, every weekday in October at 3 PM, we'll post a new fact or tip about your teeth and dental hygiene on our Facebook page - Be sure to like the page and share any tips you think your friends might want to know about!

Here's a sneak peak of our tip for today:

National Dental Hygiene Month, Fact #10:

Eat dairy products: Dairy products are great sources of calcium and phosphorus, the two most important minerals for the health of your teeth. Calcium and phosphorus help to remineralise the teeth which means that more calcium and phosphorus is going into the teeth, rather than leaving.

Non-fat and low-fat milk, yogurt or cottage cheese are your best bets. Cheese contains calcium and phosphorus, too, but there’s another reason it’s considered good for your teeth. Eating cheese stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps to wash away food particles.

Keep up with us on Facebook to learn more!! 


August 05, 2014
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Happy August! Our Patient Appreciation Contest for August-September has begun and this is an exciting one!! 

To celebrate the kids being back to school, come in for a cleaning and fill out an entry form to win a $50 gift card to Cooper's Hawk! (You don't have to be a parent or student to enter.) If you're due for your 6-month cleaning, give us a call to schedule today (773)779-1983!

Winner will be drawn on September 30th!

July 22, 2014
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Parents many times struggle to get their kids to help around the house. Well here's a brilliant idea on how to combine the excitement over losing a tooth and the tooth fairy coming, with cleaning up their bedrooms!

Let us know if you have any other tricks of the trade!

July 09, 2014
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We are officially one month in to our June/July Patient Appreciation Contest! We have quite a few entries already. Just come into the office for a cleaning/check-up and you can fill out an entry form!

Good luck!! Winner will be drawn on July 31st!

May 27, 2014
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For those canker sore sufferers around us, here are the reasons why they happen and what to do to reduce them!

The top 5 reasons why people get canker sores

"Canker sores can happen to anyone, at any age. Although simple canker sores are mostly common in the age group of 10 to 20, complex canker sores can happen at any age. Complex canker sores are rare but people with a history of simple canker sores are prone to them.

Scientifically, there is still an open and unsettled debate as to what precisely causes canker sores. Unlike most other dental or oral problems, canker sores do not have a surefire specific cause. There are many arguments and speculations. While there can be some rare factors for an individual, these five reasons are the most common and widespread causes of canker sores among all and sundry.

1. Vitamin deficiency
Most problems of the skin and outermost layers of the human body in areas such as the inside of the mouth are owing to vitamin deficiencies. In case of canker sores, the specific vitamin is B-12. Kids require more vitamins than adults because they are consistently growing and the body keeps demanding more vitamins. Also, kids are the most averse to vitamins. Fruits and vegetables are not typically a dear favorite of the young guns. Thus, vitamin B-12 deficiency is rather common among kids. If this is the cause of canker sores, then taking vitamin capsules or applying the contents of vitamin B-12 capsules directly to areas where sores have developed can offer quick and painless results.

2. Nutritional deficiency
It has been noted in several studies that canker sores are either caused or triggered further when there is a deficiency of folic acid, zinc, or iron in the human body. Deficiencies of calcium can also cause canker sores, but more than causing them, calcium deficiency can worsen the situation. Healthy eating is the best solution to such a nutritional deficiency.

3. Stress/injury
Stress on the tissues or any type of injury in the mouth can cause canker sores. Since the sores are actually tiny ulcers, they can be caused by any kind of hard brushing or eating something that can cause bruises or lead to tissue inflammation in the mouth. Also, many people suffer from injuries from dental equipment such as braces. Using harsh mouthwashes or oral products that can damage the outermost layering of the mouth can also lead to canker sores. Poorly fitted dentures, brushing too roughly, not keeping the mouth clean, or using any harsh product can lead to stress or injury of the tissues and that may cause canker sores!

4. Fruits and vegetables
Ironically, some fruits that are considered to be very healthy due to their nutrients are actually not desirable when one has canker sores. Many citrus fruits are highly acidic and can cause or worsen canker sores. While it is not entirely accurate to state that fruits such as oranges, lemons, or pineapples can in and of themselves cause canker sores, they can when there is already some stress on the tissues and the surfaces inside the mouth are prone to burn or react to the acidic nature of the fruits. Strawberries, figs, tomatoes, and apples are some of the foods that should be avoided if one has canker sores.

5. Poor immune system
People who have a poor immune system are more prone to canker sores. It is difficult to find a specific correlation of immune system with canker sores and pinpoint what exactly is in one’s immunity that triggers canker sores, but the fact that the immune system cannot prevent or repair it quickly is reason enough to consider it to be a contributing factor. Besides, there is evidence that gastrointestinal problems and other diseases contribute to or cause canker sores."

-Dr. Patrick Crawford, Kenosha, WI; 

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Dr. Robert McNicholas

Dr. Robert McNicholas grew up on the South Side of Chicago. After graduation from Brother Rice High School, he recieved a B.S. degree in Biology from Loyola University.

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