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3 Quirky Facts About Dr. Belke

If you don’t know, maybe you should ask somebody…Dr.Belke is Chicago’s Gold Coast go-to dentist!!!

We are excited to have her featuring on Fox news TOMORROW at 8:45am as she relays expert advice on how mom’s can get through the Halloween rush as cavity-free as possible! Set your DVR’s with us as we listen to the tips that might save you a ton of hassle come November and December.

In the meantime, please learn 3 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr.Belke

1. She’s a Nutritionist turned Dentist.

No! We don’t charge extra for the nutrition advice. 😉 She does know a thing or two about how to kick those sugar cravings.

2. Her last name “Belke” actually means:

The name Belke is German: possibly a habitational name for someone from Belkau in eastern Germany (near Stendal).North German: from Middle Low German belke ‘beam’, ‘rafter’, hence a nickname for an exceptionally tall person. Altered spelling of German Boehlke, Bölke. EG; HN also derives this from Sorbian bely ‘white’.

3. Loves to Travel and Read

Dr. Belke has traveled to several different countries and her favorite book is “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell.

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Smart Ways to Avoid the Sugar Craze on Halloween
How do you Halloween?

Halloween parties are no longer for adults. Parents are becoming more savvy about the effects sugar has on their children. For more reason then one, parents are choosing to celebrate this sugar high holiday for one day only.

It used to be the norm that kids trick or treated on Halloween and for several weeks after, rode sugar highs causing parents great grief. Now, there are indications that sugar assist in, childhood obesity, diabetes, tooth decay and behavioral issues, so, parents are cutting down on the amount of sugary treats they allow their children to consume.

Our very own Dr. Belke, a dentist and licensed nutritionist, says,” Celebrating Halloween, should be like every other holiday, let them look forward to the fun of Halloween, then remind them the rest of the year there will not be crazy binging on candy treats.” Why this approach, sugar does not only affect your blood sugar and mood, it also causes tooth decay when proper oral health procedures aren’t in place. Most of America’s children fail when it comes to brushing their teeth. Look at it this way, celebrating Halloween for weeks could mean hundreds of dollars in dental procedures.

Here are some Halloween Oral Health Tips From Dr. Belke

Eat candy shortly after meals. Eating produces saliva which contains acids that help rinse away the build up residue.

Choose candy carefully. Dr. Belke states chocolates are the best choice! Try to avoid hard candies that stay in your mouth for a long period of time, these candies subject teeth to decay.

Drink lot’s of water. Rinse that mouth out!

Sticky candies are your mouths worse nightmare. Sticky foods can damage your teeth by staying on your teeth longer promoting bacteria.

This is a perfect time to introduce an electric toothbrush. Most kids are not brushing their teeth for the recommended 3 minutes. They become more enthusiastic when it comes to operating an electric toothbrush and brush longer.
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Halloween is next weekend, here is our choice for best couple costume.
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Did you know these ingredients were lurking in your candy? Our very own Dr. Belke, will be featured on FOX NEWS Chicago on October 27th. She will be discussing the healthiest way to take care of your teeth during Halloween!!!

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Benefits of Pumpkins, they're more than just Jack-o-lanterns.


If pumpkins were movie stars, the months of October and November would be their prime time! From jack-o-lanterns for Halloween to Pumpkin Spice Starbucks latte’s to pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is easy to factor in a little pumpkin goodness everyday. Guess what, it’s not just the holidays that bring so much fun to our lives – there are even better health benefits! Your UDA Chicago Gold Coast dentist, Dr. Belke, wants to remind everyone of the dental benefits that eating pumpkin can bring.

Pumpkins: A Powerful Source of Zinc + Magnesium

Zinc your teeth:

Both pumpkins and their seeds are high in zinc. One of the health benefits that zinc provides is strong teeth. A lack of zinc in the diet can lead to a wide range of serious health issues, including poor oral and dental health. Other problems associated with zinc deficiency include weakened bones, a loss of hair, and anemia. Consuming pumpkins and other sources of zinc will help teeth stay strong for many years to come.

Magnesium benefits:Magnesium works with calcium to promote strong enamel growth in teeth. Magnesium is also a key element in bone production, the immune system, and even keeping the heart in rhythm. Only one ounce of pumpkin seeds provides over 1/3 the daily recommendation of magnesium.

Other Amazing Benefits of Pumpkin Throughout the Body

Pumpkins provide healthy benefits all over the body, even beyond the teeth and gums. Pumpkins are high in fiber, which helps promote weight loss. They are a rich source of beta carotene, which is an important part in the fighting of several types of cancers. Sufferers of arthritis and hypertension can also benefit from the delicious health benefits of pumpkins. Pumpkins are full of potassium, which can lower blood pressure, and also has arthritis-relieving anti-inflammatory. It is extraordinary that this one super-fruit can provide so many different health benefits to so many different parts of the body.

Fighting tooth decay has rarely been so delicious!

If you are in need of any of our comprehensive family dental services in the Gold Coast or any of our other 6 locations, contact our UDA Chicago Gold Coast office by calling 312-337-0004. We are happy to serve patients in the Gold Coast, Loop, West Loop, River North areas of Chicago. Our patients come from the surrounding towns of Evanston, Lakeview, Edgewater, Wrigleyville areas.

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Having trouble getting your child to go to the dentist?

The dentist is a scary place for most adults so persuading your child to go is literally like pulling teeth. However, childhood checkups create good oral hygiene habits that can reduce the cost of costly cavities or dental decay later.

Here are 3 ways to have your child leaping into the dental chair. leaping-frog-frog

1. Get them in there early
The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. It’s best that the first visit starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible. Right before the first appointment allow your child to role play.

2. Give them a front row seat
Allow your child to observe your next checkup. Seeing you have your teeth examined and cleaned will give them comfort. At the visit, encourage them to ask the dentist questions so a positive relationshipis built. When leaving make sure you grab a few stickers, toothbrush and floss from the front desk.

3. The Tooth Fairy, her story must be told.
Kindly explain, teeth and their health are important; if your teeth are decayed the tooth fairy won’t pay. The tooth fairy knows which teeth have been seen by the dentist. Not going to see the dentist regularly may cause the tooth fairy to skip over that tooth.

When 30 million American Adults are afraid of seeing the dentist we really cannot be surprised that children are terrified. The tools, the noises, the smells, the dentist office sets off alarms to all of our senses. Parents, keep up with your dental appointments; showing your child how brave you are, is the best way to calm their fears.
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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

People choose cosmetic dental procedures for various reasons – to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or just improve their overall appearance. For these and many other reasons, cosmetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession and one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry. For example, tooth-whitening procedures have tripled over the past five years.

Common cosmetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshaped, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. It also can be used to change the overall shape of teeth – from teeth that are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

Cosmetic fillings — Alternative, natural-looking materials to conventional silver-colored fillings made from porcelain and composite resins, which are colored to match natural tooth enamel.

Whitening/Bleaching — Procedures that reverse the effects of such things as aging, food and tobacco stains, and medication use.

Veneers — Special thin laminates, called veneers, used to cover stains, correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth, and close unsightly gaps between teeth.

Bonding — A tooth-colored material that looks like the enamel of your teeth and used to improve the color of a tooth, or close unsightly gaps.

Cosmetic contouring and reshaping – A relatively simple procedure that can correct crooked, chipped, cracked, and even overlapping teeth.

Crowns — Synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain that can be placed on the top of a tooth to restore its function and appearance, attach bridges, cover implants, or prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse.

Crown lengthening — Performed to reshape gums and bone tissue, and often used to correct a “gummy” smile.

Bridges — Natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth and restore the natural contour of your teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants.

Specialty dentures – Lightweight dentures that mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Most dentures are made from a combination of metals and synthetic material such as acrylic resin, and can be either partial or complete sets.

Excessive or uneven gums – Gum lifts or soft tissue grafts can be used to even gum lines, or cover an exposed root.

Ridge augmentation — A procedure that can shore up dents and other abnormalities in your gum line.

Grafts — Small pieces of tissue taken from other areas such as the palate and surgically implanted to correct severe gum disease, cover exposed roots, stop bone loss and gum recession, and even reduce pain-causing root sensitivity.

Replacement of lost gum tissue— Gum tissue can be augmented or replaced by a variety of means, including soft tissue grafts.

Implants — Synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are sometimes a viable alternative to partial dentures.
#udachicago #chicago #dentist #dentistry #dental #chicagoland

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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

People choose cosmetic dental procedures for various reasons – to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or just improve their overall appearance. For these and many other reasons, cosmetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession and one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry. For example, tooth-whitening procedures have tripled over the past five years.

Common cosmetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshaped, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. It also can be used to change the overall shape of teeth – from teeth that are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

Cosmetic fillings — Alternative, natural-looking materials to conventional silver-colored fillings made from porcelain and composite resins, which are colored to match natural tooth enamel.

Whitening/Bleaching — Procedures that reverse the effects of such things as aging, food and tobacco stains, and medication use.

Veneers — Special thin laminates, called veneers, used to cover stains, correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth, and close unsightly gaps between teeth.

Bonding — A tooth-colored material that looks like the enamel of your teeth and used to improve the color of a tooth, or close unsightly gaps.

Cosmetic contouring and reshaping – A relatively simple procedure that can correct crooked, chipped, cracked, and even overlapping teeth.

Crowns — Synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain that can be placed on the top of a tooth to restore its function and appearance, attach bridges, cover implants, or prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse.

Crown lengthening — Performed to reshape gums and bone tissue, and often used to correct a “gummy” smile.

Bridges — Natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth and restore the natural contour of your teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants.

Specialty dentures – Lightweight dentures that mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Most dentures are made from a combination of metals and synthetic material such as acrylic resin, and can be either partial or complete sets.

Excessive or uneven gums – Gum lifts or soft tissue grafts can be used to even gum lines, or cover an exposed root.

Ridge augmentation — A procedure that can shore up dents and other abnormalities in your gum line.

Grafts — Small pieces of tissue taken from other areas such as the palate and surgically implanted to correct severe gum disease, cover exposed roots, stop bone loss and gum recession, and even reduce pain-causing root sensitivity.

Replacement of lost gum tissue— Gum tissue can be augmented or replaced by a variety of means, including soft tissue grafts.

Implants — Synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are sometimes a viable alternative to partial dentures.
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