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Sones Family Dental, LLC

21 Glen Ed Professional Park

Glen Carbon, IL 62034


21 Glen Ed Professional Park
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
United States

(618) 656-0608

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Being aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, is the key to early detection and ensuring the best possible outcome of treatment should you be diagnosed.

In fact, when breast cancer is detected in the earliest stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. The best plan of action to ensure early detection is to give yourself regular breast exams, contact your doctor should you discover any abnormalities, stay on top of your annual health exams and have mammograms done as often as recommended by your primary care physician. Raising awareness is also a key to prevention and early detection.

Halloween Dental Tips for a Healthy Mouth

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Tips to keep your mouth healthy during Halloween:

Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals, helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.

Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Candy that stays in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth. The stickier the candy, the longer it takes to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Clean between teeth daily with floss. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

The Importance of Oral Health

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You've been told by your dentist plenty of times that brushing and flossing every day are important in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know your oral hygiene habits can help prevent other diseases as well?

If not kept at reasonable levels by proper oral care, the bacteria in your mouth can travel to other parts of your body, and may lead to cardiovascular diseases like endocarditis. Conversely, conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis can put your teeth and gums at risk for infections. Maintaining your oral health through regular dental appointments is important in keeping your whole body healthy.

Call our office today to schedule your next appointment at 618-656-0608

Soda vs. Our Teeth

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With summer around the corner, we will be tempted to grab a cold soda on the hot days. We are going to discuss the effects of soda on our teeth and what you can do to prevent damage!

How is Soda Bad for Our Teeth?

Anytime you consume a sugary beverage, the sugar sticks to your teeth. Though, it’s not the sugar that harms us- it’s the bacteria! The bacteria living in our mouths LOVE sugar. When the bacteria eat this sugar, it excretes acid that eats away at the enamel on your teeth.

In addition to the sugar, the carbonation also poses a big threat. In order to make it a soda, carbonation needs to be added. This is done by the inclusion of acid. The three most common acids found in soda are citric, phosphoric, and carbonic. As mentioned previously, acid eats away at our enamel, which can lead to tooth decay.

What You Can Do to Help…

  1. Avoid Sugary Drinks as Much as Possible. We understand that not everyone is willing and able to cut out soda and other sugary drinks completely, but drinking them in moderation would definitely help.

  2. Use a Straw. By using a straw, it helps to limit the amount of soda that actually comes in contact with your teeth.

  3. Drink Water. Drink water AFTER you drink a soda. This will help to rinse some of the sugar off of your teeth.

  4. Brush Your Teeth. Brushing your teeth shortly after consuming a sugary drink is the best way to protect yourself against harm. The longer that sugar sits on your teeth, the worse it could get.

In the battle of Soda vs. Our Teeth, we think it is safe to say that soda definitely would win. It is important to be safe and cautious when drinking sugary drinks. The best way to insure you have no decay and cavities is to schedule an appointment with your dentist every 6 months!

Oral Cancer Awareness Week

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April 7-14, 2019 is Oral Cancer Awareness Week. Read the following to learn how to get tested.

Did you know that 110,00 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States? The leading causes of these new diagnoses are tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and the HPV virus.

While oral cancer is not totally preventable, here are some things you can do help:

  • Drink in moderation

  • Limit Tobacco usage

  • Wear lip balm with added sunscreen

  • Make sure your dentures fit properly (to avoid irritation)

  • Visit your dentist every 6 months to allow for early detection and treatment

Oral cancer can be a scary thing, but preventative care is key. Schedule yours and your loved ones next dental exam today.

The 8 Worst Halloween Candies for your Teeth!

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Parents! The Halloween season is fast approaching! Children love to come home on Halloween night and dig into their bag of candy. We all know that candy is bad for our teeth, but are some better than others? Read below to find out the top 8 worst candy for yours and your child’s teeth!

  1. Candy Corn

    This holiday favorite is LOADED with sugar. Just one handful of these bad boys has more sugar than a half of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!

  2. Tootsie Rolls

    They’re sticky and sweet little rolls of sugar. Just 6 pieces has 23g of sugar!

  3. Caramel Squares

    These squares are basically just all sticky sugar.

  4. Jawbreakers

    Aside from the fact that they can easily crack a tooth, they have 36g of sugar per half-inch of candy! WOW!

  5. Sour Patch Kids

  6. Starbursts

    These babies are high in sugar and the gelatin makes them stick to your teeth!

  7. Fun Dip

  8. Snickers

    One Snickers bar has 27g of sugar!

Are Water Flossers an alternative to Normal Floss?

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Should water picks be used instead of flossing?

Water picks are one of the newest ways on the market to fight off plaque. But we wonder, even with the water pick, do we still have to floss daily? READ BELOW TO FIND OUT.

A water pick is a great tool for improving oral health while you are in treatment from your orthodontist or dentist. Studies have shown that water flossers Do Not perform well enough on their own to keep your mouth and gums clean and bacteria free. Water picks are not capable of removing plaque from your teeth as effectively as regular dental floss can. Though water flossers may rinse the sticky bacteria, flossing with dental floss is proven more effective because the floss scrapes the bacteria off of your teeth.

So please, don't ditch the floss completely. Remember, you should floss at least once a day!

6 Tips to Get Over your Fear of the Dentist

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Tell your dentist about your fears.

It’s not uncommon for patients with dental anxiety to be so embarrassed that they don’t even share it with the number one person who needs to know. Remember, though, that your dentist has very likely encountered dental phobias before with other patients. Telling your dentist about your phobia will ensure that they can take the appropriate steps to accommodate your needs.

Get to know your dentist.

For many people, one of the most frightening parts of visiting the dentist is the thought of a scary, masked figure looming over them. However, it’s important to remember that underneath the white coat, your dentist is a real human being, just like everyone else. It may be a good idea to schedule an appointment simply to meet your dentist, discuss your fears, and get to know him or her. Recognizing your dentist as a real person will help you feel calmer when you see them beneath their medical mask.

Familiarize yourself with the tools.

It’s human nature to be afraid of sharp, pointy things—especially when they’re going in your mouth! Ask your dentist if it’s possible to hold each tool before your procedure so you can familiarize yourself with it. A good dentist will be understanding of your phobia and happy to explain what each tool is used for. You can also read up on various dental instruments online.

Establish a signal.

Before your procedure, set up a signal with your dentist, such as raising your hand, which will tell him or her to stop immediately. Being able to communicate any discomfort to your dentist will help calm your anxiety.

Remember that times have changed.

The world of dentistry is rapidly changing. If you fear the dentist due to a traumatizing incident you experienced as a child, remember that your early dental visits happened before many advancements in pain-free dentistry. New dental products and procedures are being developed every day, and you may be afraid of a procedure that isn’t even performed anymore.

5 Tips for a Healthy Mouth this Summer!

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Summer is back in full swing-warm weather, outdoor activities, all the goodness of this time of year. Even in the midst of all our summer activities, we can’t forget the importance of oral health. Follow along with us as we share with you 5 summer tips for healthy teeth!

Tip #1: Drink Water

For most, this sounds simple. Our bodies are made up of 60% water. With temperatures rising, it’s good to replenish the water that we are sweating out; but water is actually really good for our teeth, too. First, it fights against dry mouth. When your saliva runs low, you’re more at risk for tooth decay. Drinking water is the best solution to dry mouth. Drinking water also helps to keep your mouth clean with every sip. It helps to wash away bacteria that could lead to cavities. The takeaway from all this? Drink A LOT water this summer.

Tip #2: Choose Tap

We just learned that drinking water is very good for our oral health. Here’s the kick, tap water is even better! Tap water contains a mineral called fluoride, which is very good for our teeth. Fluoridated water helps to protect against caries (teeth erosion) and cavities. Experts say that drinking water that contains fluoride is actually the best and most cost efficient ways to protect your teeth against caries.

Tip #3: Skip the Bubbles

I think it’s safe to assume that most of us know that soda is bad for us. The amount of sugar in soda is so high that it can lead to cavities and even diabetes after time. The caffeine in soda has been linked to causing cancer. The phosphoric acid in soda eats at the lining in your stomach and can even lead to osteoporosis. It also causes dehydration, which can lead to dry mouth. All of these things are really bad, but it’s even worse on your teeth. The high levels of acid and sugar in soda is a recipe for disaster for your teeth. They strip away the enamel on your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. If the last three weeks have taught us anything, it’s that water is the go-to drink this summer.

Tip #4: Use a Straw

If you just can’t stay away from carbonated drinks, use a straw. By drinking out of a straw rather than sipping, it limits the contact your teeth will have with the acidity and sugar. Also, drinking through a straw creates a vacuum, which actually helps you consume the drink faster. Faster is better when it comes to soda because that means less time to be on your teeth.

Tip #5: Drink Tea

Tea has so many positive health benefits. It contains antioxidants that can improve brain function, increase weight loss, and can prevent cancer. Tea is also great for your teeth! It contains bacteria that suppress the rate at which bad mouth germs grow. This slows down the process of cavities and tooth decay.

You’re ready to have a healthy mouth this summer! Have a happy and healthy summer from all of us here at Sones Family Dental!

5 Tips for Cold and Flu Season

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As we head into the most brutal part of winter, cold and flu season is among us. This list will give you 5 ways to better prepare and conquer cold and flu season.

1. Brush Well and Often

Your oral health is a big contributor to your overall health. Remember to keep brushing and flossing regularly.

2. Drink a lot of Liquid

Make sure to stay hydrated because you body will need extra fluid to fight off any infections or bacteria. Dry mouth also becomes a big problem when you do not consume enough liquid, and can lead to cavities and even gum disease. This cold and flu season, load up on water, soup, and sugar-free juice to keep your mouth and body happy and healthy. 

3. Toss the Brush

If you become sick, throw away your old toothbrush once your back to normal. It is important to replace your toothbrush because it can harbor bad bacteria that can easily make you sick again.

4. Gargle with Salt Water

Gargling with warm water and salt can help to cut down on the bacteria in your mouth and helps to eliminate the bacteria that causes sore throats. 

5. Choose Sugar-free Medicine 

If you do become sick and receive medication for it, ask for sugar-free medication. Many cough drops and cough syrups are loaded with sugar to make them taste better. Having sugary cough drops in your mouth for so long can do some real damage to your teeth and gums.

I hope you learned some helpful tips for staying happy and healthy this cold and flu season! 

3 Sugar-free Christmas Treats to Try This Year

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Christmas would not be complete without an enticing dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on the highly fattening and very unhealthy sugar to satisfy your cravings. This could help to provide your teeth with an escape from the all the sugar that comes with the holiday season.

1. Sugar-free Gingerbread Men

You may be thinking, how can you make gingerbread men without brown sugar? Use erythritol instead of sugar and almond flour to give it that sweetness that makes the cookie so good. 

2. Sugar-free Peanut Butter Cups

Make them how you normal would, but replace the ingredients with sugar-free ones! Try using sugar-free cocoa powder and sugar-free vanilla extract to get all the chocolatey-goodness with none of the guilt.

3. Sugar-free Eggnog 

It wouldn't be Christmas without a little eggnog! Try replacing the egg with cashew soaked in milk for that same consistency of sweet, sugary eggnog.

The holiday season doesn't have to be bland for all those who cannot eat sugar or those who choose not to. Try some of the recipes; your teeth will thank you!

3 Ways to Protect Your Sensitive Teeth

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57% of patients deal with sensitive teeth, so don't think you're alone in this. Combating sensitive teeth could be as easy as following these 3 simple steps. Follow along to see 3 different things you could try to reduce your sensitivity!

1. Strengthen your enemal

Your enamel is your tooth's first defense against plaque and decay. Try using a fluoride-rich toothpaste to help strengthen your enamel and combat sensitivity.  

2. Preventative care

Sensitive teeth could be a sign of tooth decay. Make sure you are keeping up with your regular dentist appointments so that hopefully, your problems can be detected and taken care of as soon as possible.

3. Skip whitening

 If you are someone who loves to whiten their teeth at home, you may need to tap the brakes here. At home whitening kits often contain chemicals that break down enamel and the nerves in your teeth. Try stirring clear of foods and beverages that will stain your teeth and try professional whitening services instead.

4 Ways to Keep your New Year's Resolutions!

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Research suggests approximately 40 percent of U.S. adults will resolve to change their lives in some way come January 1.It's no secret that most new year's resolutions don't make it to February. This list will give you some helpful hints to staying on track all year long. 

1. Write down your goals

When you physically write something down, you have a 46% better chance of remembering to it. Also, writing it down is a way to solidify something in your brain. Try making a vision board for 2018. Put pictures of what you want to accomplish and have fun with it!

2. Track your progress

If you're trying to lose weight or just live a healthier life style, write down how many calories you're taking in. Or, write down whenever you do exercise. Or, start a weight-loss log. Progress is progress, no matter how little or how much. Remember that. 

3. Be held accountable

Having an accountability partner is a great way to stay on track! Letting someone else know what you wish to accomplish and having them hold you accountable is sometimes the best way to reach your goals.

4. Have fun

Some people just dive head in and don't let themselves enjoy life, and then end up ditching their resolutions.  It is good to transform yourself into a better person, but don't beat yourself for slipping a little. We're only human, and we like to enjoy yourselves. 


4 Dental Christmas Sweaters That Make Us Smile

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If you're attending a Christmas Sweater party, looking for a dental-related gift, or just trying to stay warm this winter, check out these fun holiday sweaters!


This shirt inspires us to floss, which is important to remember this holiday season!                                                                                      $39.95 from Papboutique                                         


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Simple, yet representational of both Christmas and Dentistry!                $18.95 from Foavy

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This tee is great because who doesn't love teeth made to look like reindeer?!                                                                                          $23.99 from Teespring

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This tee is cute enough to make anyone smile!                                        $27.99 from teespring

4 options for choosing a toothbrush

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1. Bristle firmness

Soft-bristle brushes are recommended by dentist. Unless your dentist suggest otherwise, look for the brushes labeled "soft" on the package.

2. Bristle shape

Look at the ends of the bristles on your toothbrush. Are they rounded or blunt? This small detail may seem obsolete, but it makes the world of difference to your gums. Pick a toothbrush that has rounded bristles- they are less likely to damage you gum tissue. 

3. Handle design

Comfort is key here. Choose a handle that feels good to you.  When picking a toothbrush for your child, however, remember that brushes with large handles are usually easier for children to hold on to.

4. Electric toothbrushes

Electronic toothbrushes work just as well as manual ones, just as long as they are used properly. These types of brushes could be particularly useful to people who have a hard time reaching all angles of their mouth or brushing for two minutes with a manual toothbrush.


Consider these options and consult with your dentist about which toothbrush is right for you. 

3 ways to have a good Thanksgiving

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1. Be you

On this holiday, so many people try to portray themselves as the person they think others want them to be. This leaves many people feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or not good enough. Just be yourself, and your family and friends will notice. The best way to be truly happy is to just be yourself! 

2. Focus on the good

Often times when we want things to be perfect, something goes wrong, leaving us to focus on the negative. Today is a day to give thanks, so try focusing on all the good things this holiday season.

3. Laugh and smile often

Holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family that you may not see all the time. Enjoy the time with loved ones, and soak up all the happiness this holiday has to offer.


Happy Thanksgiving from Sones Family Dental!

5 options for choosing a toothpaste

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1. Anti-cavity

Today, almost all toothpaste options contain fluoride- the anti-cavity substance. Fluoride helps to prevent decay and to strengthen tooth enamel.

2. Anti-gingivitis

Unsure if you suffer from gingivitis? If your gums suffer from redness and bleeding, then you may have it. Going to your dentist is the best way to diagnose and treat this mild form of gum disease. If you do suffer from it, or are trying to prevent yourself from having it, trying using this toothpaste. This toothpaste is made to help reduce the oral bacteria that causes it and to actively stop it at the source.

3. Desensitizing

Have you ever taken a sip of hot coffee or a bit of ice cream and automatically felt sharp, shooting pain in your teeth or gums? If you simply have sensitive teeth, and no underlying issue, this type of toothpaste may help. This toothpaste helps to reduce pain by blocking the tooth's pain signals to the nerves. In doing so, your teeth could become less bothered by extreme temperatures. 

4. Tartar-control

As the name suggests, this toothpaste aids in the prevention of tartar buildup- AKA hardened plaque. Even though a professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove all existing tartar and bacteria, this toothpaste is helpful in slowing the buildup of new tartar.

5. Whitening

Whitening toothpaste contains special chemicals made to remove surface stains on your teeth. 


No matter what toothpaste option you choose, be sure to consult with your dentist to check if it is the right fit for you. 

4 reasons why you should smile every day

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1. Smiling can help reduce stress. 

If we're all honest with ourselves, we all have stress in our lives that needs to be reduced. One easy way to do that is to smile! People who smile more often experience a substantial reduction in heart rate and quicker stress recovery. 

2. Smiling can boost productivity.

Putting a smile on your face at work has proven to be very beneficial. Researchers have found that happiness has a profound effect on workplace moral and productivity. 

3. Smiling can make you seem more trustworthy.

Psychologically, researchers have found that a person who is smiling appears to be more trustworthy than a person who is frowning or has a neutral expression, So, if you're needing to close that deal or land that job, try smiling. It might just work. 

4. Smiling can make you more approachable. 

When dealing with customers, smiling could be most beneficial to you. Studies have shown that workers who smile often lead their customers and partners to think that they are more likable and more competent.  


By choosing to smile, happy changes start to occur automatically, both internally and externally.

Great power lies in a random smile, so long as you choose to share it with the world.