How to Remove Plaque

One of the leading causes of dental health problems is plaque buildup. Left unchecked, it can turn into tartar, which leads to gingivitis. Obviously, it’s important to remove plaque from your teeth. The following tips are the effective ways Dr. Richard Mantoan recommends you employ to remove plaque. Always floss... Read more »

Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

If you would like to improve the beauty of your smile, consider veneers in Flossmoor, Illinois. Dental veneers are thin shells that are custom made of tooth-colored materials. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve their appearance. What issues to dental veneers fix? Drs. Mantoan,... Read more »

Restoring Teeth with Dental Bridges

Without timely treatment, tooth decay can severely damage a tooth to the point where it must be extracted. Once the space has healed Dr. Richard Mantoan might recommend restoring the tooth’s presence in your mouth by installing a bridge. This is an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of a... Read more »

A Routine Fluoride Treatment Improves the Strength of Your Tooth Enamel

Your tooth enamel gets its strength from dense microscopic mineral crystals. Each day, the natural bacteria in your mouth, as well as the acidic foods and drinks you consume, can degrade the mineral integrity of your tooth enamel. This weakened tooth enamel allows bacteria to exploit the area, forming cavities.... Read more »

A Truly Effective Oral Hygiene Routine is Critical for Maintaining Good Oral Health

Quality oral hygiene products, brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, as well as attending your regular dental checkups at Southland Smiles all play a critical role in maintaining good oral health. When shopping for oral hygiene products, you should only consider those that have earned American Dental Association’s... Read more »

Facts and Myths of the Dental World

We all want to have a healthy life, but did you know there are many things you can do to protect your health, including taking good care of your mouth? Sadly, in today’s society, it can be easy to find inaccurate information, which can be detrimental to your health. To... Read more »

Common Excuses Not to Floss & Their Solutions

Flossing your teeth at least twice a day is very important for your oral health. Dr. Mantoan and Dr. DiBenedetto recommend that you floss your teeth at least once a day. Many people find excuse to not floss as they should. Our dentists have simple solutions for all of the... Read more »

Are You Looking for a Whiter, Brighter Smile?

At Southland Smiles in Flossmoor, Illinois, our skilled dentists Dr. Mantoan and Dr. DiBenedetto, are pleased to offer teeth whitening for our patients who have tooth discoloration.Tooth discoloration can occur from various factors, depending on the cause of the tooth-staining. Extrinsic stains are caused by factors on the outside of... Read more »

Care and Cleaning Considerations for Your New Temporary Crown

The temporary crown cemented over the abutment by Southland Smiles is essentially just a hard plastic cap intended to protect the abutment while we wait for the dental lab to complete your permanent crown. The temporary crown does not effectively restore the full function of the tooth. If your temporary... Read more »

A Brighter Smile for a Better You

Many people don’t really like the smile they see in the mirror. At Southland Smiles, we think that is a shame. Everyone deserves a smile they are proud of. And while some people need more comprehensive solutions, such as veneers or straightening, often a whitening treatment can give you the... Read more »