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  • Does chronic stress impact periodontal health?
    Many studies over the past several years have focused on this question. Since we will all face stressful situations during our life, it is a good question to ask. This Read more
  • Lip Service
    When you think of the doctor, you naturally think of your teeth. But your dental professional is concerned with more than the teeth, as important as they are. All aspects Read more
  • Getting Ready for Summer Sports
    With the warmer and longer days here, we know many of our patients at Carol A. Cunningham, DDS will be much more active in the summer. Though most of our Read more
  • Electric or Manual Toothbrush: Why It Does (and Doesn't) Matter
    You live in the golden age of toothbrushes. Until a few decades people used twigs or brushes made from animal hair to clean their teeth: not very soft and none Read more
  • Memorial Day
    Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service. Originally known as Read more
  • Why You Should Avoid Energy and Sports Drinks
    In a world where everything moves so quickly and teens and young adults find themselves pulling “all-nighters” or working long hours, energy drinks have grabbed the spotlight. You’ll have one Read more
  • The Best DH in Baseball
    Oh, wait—did you think we meant Designated Hitter? Oh, no, we’re not getting into that debate! What we want to talk about is the best Dental Habits you can practice Read more
  • How effective is whitening toothpaste?
    The American Dental Association encourages you to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to prevent dental problems such as tooth decay, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and gingivitis. Beyond Read more
  • Pregnancy and Oral Care
    Pregnancy involves a lot of alterations in your health. Carol A. Cunningham, DDS is here to help you understand the oral health aspects of your pregnancy. As you may already know, Read more
  • Every Day is Earth Day
    During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a 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
  • April is National Facial Protection Month
    The Importance of Facial Protection Americans from all walks of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Read more
  • I’ve lost a filling; now what?
    Dental fillings usually protect our teeth, but sometimes they need to be protected, too. If you lose a filling, contact our DECATUR, Illinois office immediately and let us advise you Read more
  • Sippy Cups
    What a milestone! The transition from bottle to sippy cup is one of baby’s first steps toward toddler independence. And like all first journeys, some helpful guideposts come in handy. Read more
  • St. Patrick's Day
    On March 17, everyone has a little Irish in them. St. Patrick’s Day is a joyous celebration of Irish heritage. The holiday originated as a commemoration of Saint Patrick, who Read more
  • Good Nutrition Leads to Healthy Mouths
    At Carol A. Cunningham, DDS, we know the most common oral health diseases are tooth decay and periodontal disease (or gum disease), and both are among the easiest to prevent. Read more