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  • Is your child a mouth breather?
    Have you ever watched to see if your child is breathing through his or her mouth? Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose may lead to trouble for youngsters. Read more
  • Interproximal Cavities: The Inside Story
    Time to brush! So, you make sure you gently brush the plaque off the outside surfaces of your teeth. You want to present a gleaming smile to the world, after Read more
  • Osteoporosis and Oral Health
    Today, the doctor and our team at Paula S. Fillak, DMD, Ltd. thought we would examine the relationship between osteoporosis and oral health, since 40 million Americans have osteoporosis or Read more
  • Going Green for the New Year
    Does your list of New Year’s resolutions for the coming months include reducing your ecological footprint? If so, let’s ring in the year with some basic—and some innovative—dental ideas to Read more
  • It's a Wrap: Ending the year with a smile!
    People have been ushering in the New Year for centuries but it became an official holiday in 1582 when Pope George XIII declared January 1st to be the day on Read more
  • Oral Health Problems: An indicator of overall health problems?
    If you are like many people, you might think of your oral health as separate from your overall health. After all, most dental coverage plans are distinct from health care Read more
  • Happy Gums, Happy Heart!
    Medical doctors and dental health professionals, like the doctor, have debated over the connection (or lack thereof) between gum disease and heart disease. While there still is no unanimous consensus Read more
  • Make Tooth Brushing Fun
    The best brushing routine for parent and child is two minutes of gentle brushing in the morning and two in the evening. But if the longest four minutes of your Read more
  • I drink a lot of coffee. Could it be hurting my smile?
    At Paula S. Fillak, DMD, Ltd., we know most of our patients enjoy a cup of coffee or two throughout the day. But what many of you don’t know is Read more
  • Thanksgiving Trivia
    At Paula S. Fillak, DMD, Ltd. we love learning trivia and interesting facts about Thanksgiving! This year, the doctor wanted to share some trivia that might help you feel a Read more
  • Detergent Foods: Clean your teeth while you eat!
    Did you know that there are certain foods you can eat which help to clean your teeth? We call them "detergent foods." In dentistry we look at the impact of Read more
  • Should I use mouthwash?
    Mouthwashes are commonly used as a part of a daily oral care regimen. Not only do they freshen breath, but some are capable of improving dental health too. Using a Read more
  • Getting Ready for Winter
    Winter Is Coming. Okay, that sounded a lot more dramatic in a popular fantasy series. But here in the real world, winter is coming as well, so let’s look at some Read more
  • Halloween: Candy, costumes, and more!
    All Hallows' Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a yearly event celebrated on October 31, and one that is anticipated by the young and young at heart all over Read more
  • Xerostomia: What does that mean anyway?
    Does your mouth always feel like it’s dry? If it does you may be suffering from xerostomia. Xerostomia is defined as dry mouth resulting from reduced or absent saliva flow. Read more
  • Need Another Reason to Stop Biting Your Nails?
    Painful nails and cuticles, ruined manicures, reluctance to shake hands—there are so many good reasons to overcome the nail biting habit. But did you know that biting your nails is Read more