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Happy Valentine’s Day

Vol. 3 / Feb. 12, 2018

National Children’s Dental health month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This is a great month to take time to learn about the significance of good oral health for children. Oral health is no less important for children than it is for adults. This month, start the routine of helping your children learn healthy mouth habits!

Healthy Habits Start With Mom and Dad

Below is a timeline of what your children need from you for great oral health!

4 to 24 Months:

During this time your baby is all gums and will slowly begin getting baby teeth. Remove plaque and germs that cause tooth decay by wiping the gums with a soft washcloth after feeding.

As soon as those cute little baby teeth start to come in, it is time to start brushing. Parents should brush the teeth 2 times per day with water and a soft bristled tooth brush- even if there are only a few of those teeny teeth!

2-4 Years:

When your child gets to the age where they understand not to swallow toothpaste, it is safe to begin using a pea-sized amount of children’s fluoride toothpaste to brush their teeth. Do this as you would your own teeth- 2 times per day for 2 minutes.

Breaking the habits of thumb-sucking and pacifier use by age 4 is crucial! These habits can affect the spacing of teeth and cause issues later in life.

As for coming into the dentist, Dr. Lonergan suggests bringing your child in for their first visit at age 3. Before age 3, it is always an option to bring your child with you to your dental appointments to get them used to our office.

5-7 Years:

This is the time when your kids should start to become independent brushers. Reinforce brushing in the morning and before bed.

When it comes to the proper tools for brushing, finding your child a toothbrush that is made to clean those back molars is a great idea for getting to those hard-to-reach areas. As for toothpaste, use a child-safe fluoride toothpaste and remind them not to swallow it while brushing!

As soon as two teeth touch, you can begin teaching flossing techniques. Floss holders are great for children until they get the dexterity to do it on their own!

“Oral health is no less important for children than it is for adults.”

Sweet tooth

Valentine’s Day is filled with chocolate and sweets. Your teeth and gums don’t enjoy these fun treats as much as your taste buds do.

After enjoying those sugar filled snacks be sure to brush. If you can’t brush immediately after, rinse with mouthwash or water for the time being!

Letting that sugar sit on your teeth is a call for a cavity!



We are wishing each of you a happy Valentine’s day!


February 14, 2018
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happy new year

January 11, 2018 / Vol. 1

new year, new smile

Happy New Year to all of you! This time of the year often brings reflection and hopes for the next 12 months. New Year’s resolutions are typically related to our personal health. For many it is losing weight, eating healthier, or getting more sleep. This year with the health resolutions, let’s add in oral health! Good oral health impacts far more than most people realize.

Steps to Excellent Oral Health

What steps can you take this year to achieve good oral health?


You’ve heard this before! That’s because brushing two times per day for two minutes is the most important part of oral health. You should use short, gentle strokes, and concentrate on cleaning all surfaces of each tooth. Also, don’t forget to change your brush when it starts showing wear, or every three months, whichever comes first!

Quit smoking

The negative effects that smoking has on your body are commonly known so this may be a New Year’s resolution for many already! The Center for Disease Control has found that your risk for gum disease is doubled if you are a smoker. You could make this the year that you stop smoking!


A study done by the American Dental Association reported that only 4 out of 10 Americans floss at least once a day and 20% never floss. Keep in mind that it was also found that 23% of Americans lie about flossing to their dentist… Flossing may not give you the immediate fresh breath feeling but the benefits are hard to deny!

Watch what you eat and drink

Some foods and drinks are great for your teeth and others can stain them and damage your enamel. Try to limit acidic and sugary foods and drinks to a minimum. Fibrous foods and dairy can help to maintain your healthy smile. When drinking staining liquids like red wine, tea, and coffee remember to brush or give your mouth a good rinse with water after consumption!

Come in and see us

Routine cleanings are an easy step to ensure a healthy mouth! The dentist may not be your favorite place to visit every 6 months but it’s a great way to avoid needing dental work like fillings and crowns. Let’s aim for prevention vs. treatment in 2018!

"Brushing two times per day for two minutes is the most important part of oral health"

What will these healthy habits do for you?

Whiter teeth

Brushing your teeth after eating, along with getting routine cleanings, will help eliminate stains and keep your smile looking bright white. Toothpastes have mild abrasives in them that help to remove stains and debris. Routine professional cleanings help to get your gums and teeth in tip top shape. With strong, white teeth you can feel confident smiling big!

Prevent gum disease
Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is caused by plaque build-up around your teeth. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and causes bleeding and irritation. Plaque can be cleaned off by brushing, flossing, rinsing, and routine cleanings.

Save money

Prevention is far friendlier to the wallet than cure. If you are ignoring the importance of oral health the outcome is never a good one. If you are brushing, flossing, rinsing, and coming in for your routine cleanings, your oral health future looks bright! Healthy teeth means less issues that can result in procudures like crowns, extractions, and fillings.

Heart health

The bacteria in your mouth can make its way into your bloodstream. This bacteria can increase your chance of a heart attack. Keep that bacteria at bay with excellent oral health habits.

Prevent or minimize diabetes

Gum disease can make it hard to control your blood glucose. People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease just as gum disease has the potential to contribute to development or progression of diabetes. Taking care of your gums may be more vital than you think!

Healthy Pregnancy

It has been proven that gum disease can increase the chance of both low birth weight and premature birth. Delayed contraception and impotance can also be caused by gum disease. Having good oral health is an important part in having a healthy pregnancy!

The gist

Taking care of your teeth and gums by giving your mouth the attention it deserves can reduce your risk for many things that you would never assume! Heart disease, having a stroke, diabetes, Alzheimers, lung infections, kidney problems, infertility, and preterm birth are all important considerations when you’re deciding to brush or to come in for that cleaning.

Keep your mouth, health, and wallet happy by routine cleanings and healthy at home habits!

New year, New insurance?

For many dental insurance plans the new fiscal year begins on January 1st. This is important to keep in mind for your next appointment in the new year. If you have new dental insurance please give us a call with your updated information or you can bring it with you to your next appointment and let us know it will need to be updated. If you have any questions regarding your dental insurance plans, new or old, please don’t hesisitate to call us!

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May your smiles be merry and white

Vol. 12 / December 14, 2017


Happy holidays

This time of the year is a favorite at Chatham Dental Center. The fun festivities, family time, and decorating makes our hearts happy. If you’ve been into our office this month, you have seen that our holiday spirits are high!

2017 has been an exciting year for us and we have all of our wonderful patients to thank for that. We are eternally grateful for your compliments, suggestions, and referrals. To know you are recommending our office to family and friends is the greatest compliment of all.

All of us here at Chatham Dental are wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays this year. Between the shopping, family gatherings, final exams, kids back home, and finishing up work for the holiday break things can get overwhelming. We hope everyone is able to have peace and rest during this holiday season.

Don’t forget we are closed from December 21st until after the New Year. Our door will be opened bright and early on January 2nd.  

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!


Give the gift of healthy smiles

This year give the gift that keeps on giving all year long. No, we don’t mean the jelly of the month club, we mean healthy and white smiles! We offer gift cards here at Chatham Dental and they are great for using toward teeth whitening services.

Philips Zoom NiteWhite is the whitening product that we offer at Chatham Dental Center. Your first appointment will consist of an assistant taking impressions for your personalized whitening trays. When those are fitted you will be sent home with your whitening kit of 6 tubes of whitening paste. You put a touch of the paste in your trays, put them in, and let it do all the work! You will receive ultimate whitening in just a few weeks!

For under $200 you will receive your personal whitening trays and 6 tubes of whitening paste for you or a loved one! Give the gift of pearly whites this year!

All of us here at Chatham Dental Center are wishing you and your family a happy holiday!


New year, New insurance?

For many dental insurance plans the new fiscal year begins on January 1st. This is important to keep in mind for your next appointment in the new year. If you have new dental insurance please give us a call with your updated information or you can bring it with you to your next appointment and let us know it will need to be updated. If you have any questions regarding your dental insurance plans, new or old, please don’t hesisitate to call us!

We can’t wait to see you in the new year!
Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Vol. 11 / November 8, 2017


Now that we’ve set our clocks back and the leaves have fallen we know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This time of the year brings reflection on all that we are thankful for. The staff at Chatham Dental Center wants to thank you, our patients and community, for all of your support this year! We would not be the practice we are without you!

Tips to keep your teeth sparkling during the holiday season

Not in the time or place to brush? Follow these quick tips this winter!

Stay hydrated

If you find yourself drawn to drinks like coffee and red wine be sure to drink water after you’re done. Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming stain-prone beverages can help fight staining! This will also help rinse out food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath.

The two P’s

Parsley and peppermint. Parsley contains chlorophyll which is a known breath deodorizer and a drop of peppermint oil in your water can keep your breath fresh for hours!

Back to basics

The holidays are a great time to use the goody bags we send with you when leaving our office after a cleaning. The travel size mouthwash and floss are wonderful to have close by to use after a holiday meal or in between parties. A few seconds of oral TLC can help keep your breath fresh and your teeth healthy through all your winter activities!

We hope all of our patients and their families have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

The key for good oral health this winter?

Make sure you come in and see us! Have you had your second cleaning for the year? If you’re not sure, give us a call! Between parties, family in town, traveling, and cooking it’s important to not forget to schedule your second cleaning of 2017. Also, keep in mind that most insurance plans start over at the beginning of the new year so make sure you’ve got your two cleanings and any dental work done before your fiscal year ends!

Welcome, Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our new Patient Relations Coordinator, Brooke Ray. Brooke recently returned to Chatham after living in Nebraska for 3 years. In Nebraska, Brooke studied Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Go Huskers! After receiving her bachelors degree, she worked in Omaha in digital advertising at the local newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald.

Brooke was born and raised in Chatham and is excited to be back in her hometown. She celebrated her move home by getting a new goldendoodle puppy, Winston, and we will happily consider him as part of our Chatham Dental team as well! When she’s not playing with her new puppy, Brooke loves to spend time with her family and friends, watch football, read, and sew.

Welcome to our team, Brooke!


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Welcome to the Blog of Chatham Dental Center!

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Chatham, IL area, we're excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatment, practical dental health advice and updates from Dr. Timothy Lonergan, DMD and his staff.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.

As always, feel free to contact us with any dental questions or concerns.

--The Chatham Dental Center Team

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Timothy Lonergan, DMD

Timothy Lonergan, DMD graduated from SIU School of Dental Medicine and has been practicing in Chatham for 32 years.

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