Blog Archive

The Link Between Oral Health and Your Overall Health Feb 4th, 2020

Gum disease — also known as periodontal disease — is one of the most common issues Dr. Hannah Baek sees here at Healthy Smile Dental. This condition develops when the bacteria builds up on your teeth, causing an infection in your gum tissue. What many people don’t realize is that...

Resolve to Smile Brighter This Year with ZOOM!® Jan 5th, 2020

When it comes to first impressions, your smile makes a difference. Stained, discolored or dull teeth can impact your confidence and have an effect on your career and social life. Teeth whitening is an excellent option for men and women looking to restore their natural bright smile.  The sheer amount...

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers Dec 1st, 2019

When you think of dental veneers, you probably think of a bright, beautiful smile. But the aesthetic value isn’t the only reason to get porcelain veneers. Hannah Baek, DDS, at Healthy Smile Dental uses veneers to correct a number of common dental problems. What are dental veneers? Dental veneers are...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Nov 1st, 2019

Having straight teeth gives you a great smile, but it also keeps your mouth healthy. Misaligned teeth can lead to several different health problems and make simple things, like chewing, more difficult.  Since straight teeth can help prevent certain dental complications, it’s important to correct them. Dr. Hannah Baek of...

Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth Oct 1st, 2019

A missing tooth might feel like no big deal, especially if the tooth wasn’t that visible to begin with. Each tooth plays an important role in your dental health, however, and ignoring one that’s missing can lead to bothersome and potentially serious problems. In case you’re missing one or more...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign Trays Sep 3rd, 2019

Clear Invisalign® braces work to straighten your smile secretly. This effective alternative to braces adjusts your teeth without being visible to other people. If you can keep your trays clean and odor-free, no one will know that you have braces! At Healthy Smile Dental, Hannah Baek, DDS, can get you...

How to Extend the Results of Teeth Whitening Aug 1st, 2019

In the United States, dentists perform teeth whitening procedures more than just about any other cosmetic procedure, and it's no secret why the treatment is so popular. Having a sparkling smile improves your self-esteem, benefiting you in all sorts of ways, from the personal to the professional.  At Healthy Smile...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures Jul 1st, 2019

Whether you’re getting complete or partial dentures, there’s an adjustment period when you start wearing them. You also need to learn how to properly care for them. These sometimes-removable plates look like real teeth, and while they may feel strange at first, and you may have some mouth issues, we...

Tired of Living with Crooked Teeth? Here's Why You should Consider Invisalign Jun 1st, 2019

Crooked teeth, over or underbites, and gaps can pose many problems — physically and emotionally. Having a crooked smile can affect your well-being, and if you’re experiencing this issue, why haven’t you corrected it yet? Maybe the idea of braces frightens you. If you’re part of the Woodridge, Illinois, community,...

3 Ways Veneers Can Help You Build Confidence in Your Smile May 2nd, 2019

Having beautiful teeth is an important part of feeling attractive and confident, especially in today’s digital media and social media culture. If you take a lot of photos, you probably would like to be able to smile big and bright, showing off your teeth. Many people, however, develop stains and...

Why Regular Dental Checkups Are So Vital To Your Oral Health Apr 3rd, 2019

Regular visits with your dentist do more than just keep your teeth fresh and white. They are the first line of defense in your oral health arsenal. At Healthy Smiles Dental, Dr. Hannah Baek is on a search-and-destroy mission to stop dental issues before they become serious to your mouth...

What Qualifies As A Dental Emergency? Mar 5th, 2019

Most dental problems don’t require immediate attention. In fact, dental issues like cavities or the early signs of gingivitis aren’t even discovered until your regular checkup. Most of the time, dental issues that don’t cause you pain or problems can wait to be treated. There is the occasion, however, when...

5 Symptoms that May Indicate You Need a Root Canal Feb 6th, 2019

According to the American Association of Endodontists, Americans undergo more than 15 million root canals each year. It’s such a common treatment that dentists collectively perform more than 41,000 root canals per day. If you don’t know what symptoms indicate that you need a root canal, then you may never...

How Dental Implants Can Help Give You a Flawless Smile Jan 10th, 2019

There’s so much to love about dental implants, they’re often the obvious choice for replacing missing teeth. At Healthy Smile Dental in Woodbridge, Illinois, Dr. Hannah Baek offers the convenience and durability of dental implants for men and women who need to replace a single tooth or several. Because a...

Here's How To Avoid Dental Emergencies Dec 11th, 2018

If you’ve ever had a dental emergency, such as severe tooth pain or a tooth that’s been knocked out by a ball, you know how important it is to see the dentist right away. Going without treatment can lead to infections and other serious health consequences. And while insurance may...

3 Interesting Facts About Veneers That You May Not Know Nov 19th, 2018

BUPA - an international insurance provider and healthcare company - conducted a recent study about how people feel about their teeth. The results indicate that nearly a third of all people don’t even like to smile when a photograph is being taken for social media because they’re unhappy. That’s a...

How to Decide Which Cosmetic Fix is Right for Your Mouth Oct 17th, 2018

Cosmetic dentistry offers many different solutions to common dental issues that cause you to be less than happy with your smile. Chipped, discolored, or misaligned teeth can be made new again through cosmetic dental procedures. Depending on what you need, a cosmetic dental procedure is a safe and effective way...

5 Reasons Invisalign Is the Best Teeth Straightening Option Sep 13th, 2018

More and more adults are opting for teeth straightening, and why not? Your beautiful smile can make quite a first impression. Straight pearly whites can give you a mighty confidence boost. No more smiling or laughing behind your hand, attempting to cover up your less-than-perfect smile. People who want straighter...

Seeking a Fresh New Look? Veneers Could Be the Answer Aug 17th, 2018

While the perfect white smile may be society’s ideal, few people are born with the goods. Food stains, damage, genetics, and time can all take their toll on your teeth. While orthodontics can straighten minor alignment issues — fillings and bonding address some types of damage, and whitening adds back...

Eight Unexpected Ways Oral Hygiene Impacts Your Health Jul 25th, 2018

Despite advances in oral care, Americans aren’t taking the best care of their teeth and gums. Over 92% of American adults ages 20-64 have cavities and nearly 30% have untreated tooth decay. Adopting good oral health habits -- like brushing and flossing, visiting your dentist regularly, eating crunchy fruits and...

What Causes Bad Breath Jun 18th, 2018

What Causes Bad BreathBad breath is one of those sensitive topics that no one likes to talk about. After all, who wants to admit that the awful smell in the car is actually coming from your mouth? Or worse yet, who wants to tell someone that they seriously need a...

10 Tips for Overcoming Dental Anxiety May 15th, 2018

Few if any individuals would say that going to the dentist is fun. Most people recognize it as a necessary task to check off their to-do list every six months.Did you know that maintaining your oral health is necessary for maintaining your overall health? Excessive decay and gum disease can...

6 Reasons Veneers May Be Right for You Apr 24th, 2018

If you’re researching your options for restoring or enhancing your smile, you may want to consider the benefits of veneers.Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain or composite resin shells that your dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. The procedure is minimally invasive and an effective way to significantly improve your...

Tips to Avoid Six Common Brushing Mistakes Mar 29th, 2018

As a kid, if you actually remembered to brush your teeth twice a day (or an adult reminded you), you were in good shape. But as an adult who wants to keep your teeth healthy and avoid complicated dental procedures, brushing technique becomes rather important.You only get one set of...

What to Do If Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out? Feb 13th, 2018

Losing a tooth unexpectedly can be frightening, but did you know Dr. Hannah Baek may be able to replant it? A lost tooth that is properly protected can often be saved so that it functions normally again. By learning the how-tos of lost tooth protection, you can successfully preserve your...

10 Best Foods For Healthy Teeth and Gums Jan 30th, 2018

You already know the basics of good oral hygiene for a healthy smile. You brush and floss regularly, maybe even use a high-quality rinse for whiter teeth and fresh breath. You’ve been pretty good about scheduling dentist visits too.When it comes to the foods you eat, it’s easy to think...

Dental Emergencies 101: Your Step by Step Guide Dec 18th, 2017

Dental Emergencies 101: Your Step by Step Guide Dental emergencies happen. When they do, Healthy Smile Dental is ready to help with a same-day appointment. Knowing what to do and what not to do in a dental emergency can make the difference between losing and saving a tooth. Dr. Hannah...

What’s the Difference Between In-Office and At-Home Teeth Whitening? Nov 2nd, 2017

“Show us your pearly whites!” For some people, this simple request is enough to make them smile – really smile from ear to ear. But we aren’t all fortunate enough to have movie star smiles, so some of us are a bit more reserved in photos, maybe even purposely keeping...

Be Prepared for the Daily Routine of Wearing Invisalign Oct 3rd, 2017

Be Prepared for the Daily Routine of Wearing InvisalignIf you want straighter teeth – and who doesn’t? – then you basically have two options. You could get traditional braces and have a mess of metal and wires glued to your teeth and poking and prodding at your gums and cheeks...

Thinking about getting Invisalign? Here's what to expect. Aug 29th, 2017

Thinking about getting Invisalign? Here's what to expect.Used to be that you didn’t have many options if your teeth weren’t straight. You either got metal braces or you just kind of dealt with the aesthetic and dental health problems associated with crooked teeth your whole life. That was pretty much...

Dr Hannah Baek says “You don’t have to live with loose fitting dentures” Jun 6th, 2014

Dr Hannah Baek has the solutions for loose fitting dentures. There are now a variety of treatment options for patients looking for relief for loose fitting dentures. The first step is to visit Healthy Smile Dental PC so the dentists can examine your mouth. Overtime, the bone and tissue supporting...

Woodridge dentist wishes you a Happy Easter Apr 14th, 2014

Woodridge dentist, Dr Hannah Baek and her staffwish each and every one a veryHappy Easter holiday!

Woodridge dentist says drinking water prevents tooth decay Mar 24th, 2014

Woodridge dentist, Dr Hannah Baek, says she recommends that her patients drink water every day to help prevent tooth decay. Drinking tap water with fluoride can decrease the chance of getting tooth decay by 20 – 40%.Dr Hannah Baek, your Woodridge dentist, agrees with the position of the ADA. “The...

March is National Nutrition Month Mar 13th, 2014

Celebrate National Nutrition Month by eating a diet that is high in calcium. Dr. Hannah Baek believes that there is a strong connection between what you eat and your dental health. For instance, if you or your children drink calcium-fortified juices, milk and other dairy products like yogurt and cottage...

How do I choose a fluoride rinse for my kids? Mar 6th, 2014

Fluoride in mouth wash can help protect your child’s teeth from cavities.  The American Dental Association (ADA) has awarded several oral rinses their ADA Seal of Acceptance.  These products were found to be effective in helping to prevent and reduce tooth decay, when used as directed.Dr Hannah Baek, Woodridge dentist, recommends...

60% of all kids get a cavity before age 5 Mar 1st, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) reported that 60% of all US children had cavities before age 5. Dr. Hannah Baek, your Woodridge dentist, follows the recommendations of the AAPD. She believes that children should visit the dentist before age 1. ”We would like to work with you to...

Dental App for kids – new tooth brushing game just launched Feb 18th, 2014

The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives created a new dental app for kids called ”Toothsavers”This is a FREE app for android and Apple devices. The dental app uses fairy tale characters to get kids to brush their teeth. They have 2 minutes to complete the...

What toothpaste should I buy for my kids? Feb 11th, 2014

uy the one with the ADA Seal! There are so many toothpastes on the shelf for kids, it is hard to know which one to buy. They all taste good, but you might wonder which one works the best.The American Dental Association (ADA) has made it easy for us. The...

Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with a new toothbrush! Feb 3rd, 2014

Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month by buying each of your children a new toothbrush. Dr Hannah Baek, Woodridge dentist, recommends that you change to a new toothbrush every 3 – 4 months or when the bristles become frayed or worn. Our Woodridge dentist always recommends that you purchase a soft...

How often should you visit the dentist? Jan 27th, 2014

Dr Hannah Baek at Healthy Smile Dental, your Woodridge dentist, recommends that adults visit a dentist every 6 months. Patients who are showing the signs and symptoms of gum disease may need to visit the dentist more often. Regular dental visits will help maintain your dental health and allow Dr...

Woodridge Dentist Open Sundays Jan 20th, 2014

Dr. Hannah Baek is open on Sundays. Dr Baek wants dentistry to be accessible. ”So many of our patients work Monday – Saturday, being open on Sundays allows adults and children to receive dental care without missing work or school.”This Woodridge dental office is also open on weekdays and evenings...

Our Woodridge Dentist says “Flossing Prevents Cavities” Jan 13th, 2014

You can prevent cavities between your teeth by flossing just once a day! Dr Hannah Baek, Woodridge dentist, recommends flossing your teeth to remove plaque build-up between your teeth. Your toothbrush bristles are too large to clean away the food debris and plaque between your teeth. Using floss once a...

New Year’s Resolutions Jan 6th, 2014

Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions at the start of a new year. Why not add dental health to the list! Begin the year with a fresh start. Call Healthy Smile Dental in Woodridge for your dental check-up and cleaning.Remember, Healthy Smile Dental takes most dental insurance plans. Check-ups...

Happy New Year from Dr Hannah Baek Jan 1st, 2014

The staff at Healthy Smile Dental would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year.

Healthy Smile Dental – Happy Holidays Dec 24th, 2013

Dr Hannah Baek and staff at Healthy Smile Dental would like to wish you and your family a joyous holiday season.

Healthy Smile Dental just installed their new sign Dec 11th, 2013

Healthy Smile Dental just installed their new outside sign. What do you think? We are now open to new patients. Call us for your appointment.