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Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.

By Corley Family Dental
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

In terms of the most effective way to remove harmful plaque from the teeth or gums, brushing is the way to go. Getting these substances oral hygieneoff quickly will help prevent bacteria interacting with the foods you eat from turning into acids that can lead to future cavities. A good oral hygiene regimen will help keep your teeth looking their best for a long period of time. Decatur, IL general dentistry from Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley focuses on preventative dental care that keeps your oral health the best as long as possible.

About Oral Hygiene

Dr. Corley suggests brushing the teeth at least two times daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a circular brushing motion continuously. Brush the tongue too in order to remove harmful bacteria that can stay trapped in the mouth. Replace your toothbrush every few months. General dentistry in Decatur can prevent future dental issues alongside a regular oral hygiene routine at home.

In terms of flossing, at least once daily is recommended. Flossing is helpful at removing plaque from places that a toothbrush can’t reach. This is considered a great preventative care method against plaque. It also helps to prevent cavities and gum disease as well as improves blood circulation to the gums themselves. Dr. Corley can teach you the loop or spool method to properly floss.

General dentistry in Decatur, IL focuses on the regular maintenance of the teeth and gums in patients of all ages. Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley can teach their patients the right way to take care of their teeth and gums at home so to prevent future and painful dental issues from occurring later on. Preventative dental exams and cleanings (at least once every six months) can help reduce the chance of these things from happening. In order to schedule an appointment at Corley Family Dental, call our office at 217-330-6217.


Your gums not only help hold your teeth securely in place, they also help protect them. They're also part of your smile — when healthy and proportionally sized, they provide a beautiful frame for your teeth.

But if they become weakened by periodontal (gum) disease, they can detach and begin to shrink back or recede from the teeth. Not only will your smile be less attractive, but you could eventually lose teeth and some of the underlying bone.

Treating gum recession begins with treating the gum disease that caused it. The primary goal is to remove the source of the disease, a thin film of food particles and bacteria called dental plaque, from all tooth and gum surfaces. This may take several sessions, but eventually the infected gums should begin showing signs of health.

If the recession has been severe, however, we may have to assist their healing by grafting donor tissue to the recession site. Not only does this provide cover for exposed tooth surfaces, it also provides a “scaffold” for new tissue growth to build upon.

There are two basic surgical approaches to gum tissue grafting. One is called free gingival grafting in which we first completely remove a thin layer of surface skin from the mouth palate or a similar site with tissue similar to the gums. We then attach the removed skin to the recession site where it and the donor site will usually heal in a predictable manner.

The other approach is called connective tissue grafting and is often necessary when there's extensive root exposure. The tissue is usually taken from below the surface of the patient's own palate and then attached to the recession site where it's covered by the surrounding adjacent tissue. Called a pedicle or flap, this covering of tissue provides a blood supply that will continue to nourish the graft.

Both of these techniques, but especially the latter, require extensive training and micro-surgical experience. The end result is nothing less than stunning — the tissues further rejuvenate and re-attach to the teeth. The teeth regain their protection and health — and you'll regain your beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on treating gum recession, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”


Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Corley Family Dental
May 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Even if you are dedicated to good oral hygiene, these routine cleanings are still necessary.oral hygiene

You may think you are just the best when it comes it caring for your smile. Your teeth may look great and your smile may feel fantastic. You may floss every chance you get and you never forget to replace your toothbrush. All of these habits are amazing and can go a long way to improving your oral health, but this still doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit our Decatur, IL, dentists Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley every six months for routine cleanings.

Why are these visits so important?

There are many reasons, despite maintaining good oral health, why you should visit our Decatur, IL, general dentist every six months for routine care. Sure, your smile may feel fantastic. You may not be worried about any issues at all, but you could be surprised to find that not all problems cause symptoms. Here are some reasons you should be visiting our office:

Ward Off Cavities

Cavities are one of the most common dental issues we see, and while getting a dental filling isn’t a serious or invasive procedure it’s always best if you can avoid any dental treatment, if possible. We want you to have healthy teeth for as long as possible. When you come into our office for cleanings we can check for spots that many have decay but haven’t turned into cavities yet. From there we can continue to monitor it and teach you ways to improve your oral health to prevent decay from getting worse.

Get a Cleaner Smile

Even if you maintain great oral health there is always going to be a moment during that six-month span where your routine falls flat. You may forget to floss your teeth before bed or you may not brush in the morning before heading to work. We’re all human and these situations happen. Of course, these six-month visits ensure that we remove plaque and tartar buildup to get your smile healthy and to prevent gum disease and cavities.

Get a Brighter Smile

If you love your morning cup of Joe or you’re a smoker than one of the surefire ways to keep your smile looking brighter and more refreshed is to come in every six months for cleanings. If you are a smoker you also pose other risks to your oral health, so coming in more regularly may actually be best. Talk to us about how often you should be coming in for cleanings and routine care.

Save Your Money

Whenever people think about going to the doctors they often worry about money. Of course, getting preventive dental care could mean that you save money in the long run. By paying for a simple cleaning twice a year you could avoid getting dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy and other more expensive procedures in the near future.

If you need to schedule your upcoming dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, today. We will work with your busy schedule to get you on the books as soon as possible.

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