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It's hard to believe but it's already the middle of November. Which means there are only 2 more months left to "Show The Love" this year.

As you know, 6 months ago I made a promise to award my patient who refers the most new patients to our practice by the end of the year, with a free laser whitening treatment. Or, the winning patient can extend this offer to a person of his or her choice. And I can't wait to award this to the winning patient.

But the truth is this really isn't about contests (although who doesn’t want to win something valuable?). It’s about having earned your trust and confidence.

That's why referrals are the ultimate compliment. They show us that because you trust us with your dental health needs, you can feel absolutely confident recommending us to your friends, family or co-workers.

So, the next time someone asks, “do you like your dentist?” just smile, and say, “Sure I do. Here’s Dr. Center’s number, (847) 677-0080.

We believe they will thank you, and of course, we will too.


Unless the person sleeping next to you is 3ft tall and has a long white beard, there’s nothing especially cute about snoring. In fact, snoring, for the person who snores as well as for the person who has to hear it, can indicate a serious health condition. 

What is snoring actually? When you fall into a deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth (soft palate), tongue and throat all relax, and can partially block your airway, causing them to vibrate when air passes over them.

What can be done about it? Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A custom-fit oral sleep appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like an orthodontic retainer. Basically, it helps maintain a more open airway.

The result? More airflow, less noise, better breathing. And better sleeping for you and the person next to you.

If you or your partner snores, please make an appointment to come in. I’ll discuss treatment options, and together we’ll determine if an oral appliance is the right therapy to get you back to a quiet, peaceful sleep . . . and leave the snoring to the 7 Dwarfs.



I should tell you that I came into Dr. Center’s office reluctantly, at last giving in to have a crown replaced.

So, like a lot of us, I’m not usually first in line when it comes to visiting my dentist.

Partly it was my schedule, and partly it was just wishful thinking that the crown would magically repair itself. After months of procrastinating, I went online to Dr. Center’s new (and pretty cool) website to schedule the appointment.

I was fully prepared for the usual mouthful of fingers, implements, suction tubing and whatnot, along with the dreadful whirring of the drill.

But everything took me by surprise.

First, his office. It’s really changed to reveal Dr. Center’s interesting, and adventurous personality: a framed cycling poster and autographed jersey, two photos from his safari in Africa, and an actual racing bicycle front fork complete with tire. I could almost hear the shouts of “Allez” from the Tour de France.

This is not what I remembered, but I liked it.

Next, the chair. Here again I was pleasantly surprised by what was about to happen. Dr. Center explained to me that with his new Sonos music system I could listen to any music from my smart phone during the procedure. In fact, he could quickly compile a procedure-long playlist for me to hear without interruption. It almost had me thinking I was sitting in Starbucks, instead of the dentist’s chair.

(Ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but hey, music of my choice . . . this is different).

So, as I reclined in his chair, Bob Dylan in my ears, and the anesthetic doing its thing, I realized that this was actually going to be pretty relaxing. No computer, phone calls, emails, or the nasty weather to interrupt.

In truth, I found an island of calm in a most unlikely place: the dentist’s chair.

This realization that a dental procedure could not only fix my teeth, but my mood, made me realize how closely both are connected. So I asked myself the obvious question: Why not make the time to take better care of my teeth and my “self”?

And the only reasonable answer I could come up with is I should and I will.

One of the things I most appreciate about Dr. Center is his mix of who he is and what he does, and how both complement the other. As his website says, “It takes a healthy mouth to bite into life.”

He lives that philosophy and I’ve come around to believe it too.

Thank you Dr. Center.




This Holiday Season give the gift certain to deliver the biggest smile. Give our Holiday Laser Whitening SMILE Gift Card.  Another tie, a fruitcake, or a snowflake sweater won't have your loved one's beaming like the gift of a sparkling white smile.

Purchase your gift cards before December 20th and receive a "very special thank you" from us. Call our office at: 847-677-0080 for all the details. It promises to be this year's brightest gift idea.


A few months ago, (actually 8) we started a brand new service. We call it, The Brush Up” because that’s exactly what it is. A quicker but a bit less thorough cleaning, when a full one isn’t really needed.

It all came about because many of you mentioned there were times when you felt your teeth could use a cleaning, but you didn’t want to pay for, or sit through, a full cleaning when only a “brush up” was necessary.

So that was the birth of the Brush Up.

It’s the perfect way to refresh in-between full cleanings, or when a special occasion -- like a wedding, graduation, or important meeting -- calls for some quick professional cleaning.

Come in for a Brush Up and we’ll have you in and out in about 20 minutes. To schedule yours, just click on, Contact Us, below.

The Brush Up is just one of the new services I am introducing this year to help you stay healthy, smiling and taking satisfying bites out of life.

Contact us to learn about our other new services, including 4 whitening options and appliances to stop snoring and sleep apnea.


Well, we’re now 2 months into the 6-month referral contest, and in the lead are two of our patients who’ve sent us three patients each! Thank you.

If you remember, in June I announced that as a “thank you” for recommending us to others we would reward the patient who has referred the most new patients to our practice with a free laser whitening treatment.  Or, if your teeth are already sparkling, the winning patient can extend this offer to a person of his or her choice.

But in the end it’s not really about contests (although who doesn’t want to win something valuable?). It’s about having your trust and confidence.

We will always welcome your referrals whether they're friends, relatives or even co-workers. Referrals are the ultimate compliment. They show us that because you trust us with your dental health needs, you can feel absolutely confident recommending us to others. And trust that we’ll provide the same excellent care and attention to anyone you would refer to our practice.

So, remember, the next time someone asks, “Do you like your dentist?” just smile, and say, “Sure, here’s his number, it’s 847-677-0080.”

We believe they will thank you, and of course, we will too.


In my last communication, I talked about Oil Pulling as an unusual, and unproven but interesting, means to whiten your teeth. While I don’t recommend it, I can suggest other ways I can help.

First, whitening strips are a cost-effective treatment, but require you to apply the strips over multiple days.

If you have an important event coming up and are looking to quickly brighten your smile, we can apply a whitening solution to your teeth that stays on for about a half hour.  Think of this treatment as something similar to stopping at the salon for a touch-up before a party.

For  further whitening at home, custom trays can be fabricated for you to wear at home for 45 minutes a day. This allows you to whiten as often as you would like.

Finally, there is laser whitening. This offers the greatest potential for brightening your smile, in the shortest period of time -- typically in a one-hour appointment.

If you would like additional information, or to schedule a whitening consultation, please just call our office.

I’d love to include you in my memoirs, (when I finally write them) entitled, “The Great White Mouths”.



I ran across this old ad recently and it seems that oiling teeth, or “oil pulling” as it’s referred to these days, has suddenly become a hot topic. I vaguely remember hearing about oil pulling, but never really thought much about it. Yet when you Google it, you find numerous blogs and articles, although I didn’t run across any from the scientific community.


Teeth oiling, as this picture indicates, is not a new concept. Actually it long predates this image. Oil pulling is an ancient traditional remedy that has been practiced for centuries in India and southern Asia as a holistic Ayurvedic technique.

Different oils, including sesame, olive, sunflower and coconut have been used. Many ‘oil pullers” claim that coconut oil is best because 50% of the fat in it has lauric acid, which is "well known" for its antimicrobial action.

The process is really quite simple: Several teaspoons to one tablespoon of the oil are swished in the mouth for approximately 20 minutes. “Pulling" the oil through the teeth and oral cavity, is supposed to remove toxins from the saliva as well as harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Other reported multiple oral health benefits of oil pulling, include:

• Teeth whitening

• Overall strengthening of the teeth, gums, and jaws

• Prevention of caries, gingivitis, bad breath, and dryness of the lips, mouth, and throat

• Reducing hypersensitivity

So, with all the information available throughout the media, what do I tell my patients about oil pulling?

First, and most importantly, not enough science has addressed the safety and value of oil pulling.

We do, however, have ample science to prove that routine brushing, flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash improves oral health.

So, why pull when you can brush?

For additional whitening there are a number of treatments I can recommend. In fact, the next post will be on whitening. Be sure to look for it.


Periodically patients will ask if our practice is accepting new patients. The answer is, of course. 

We will always welcome referrals whether they're friends, relatives or even co-workers.  They are the ultimate compliment. Referrals show us that because you trust us with your dental health needs, you can feel confident telling others, and that we’ll provide the same excellent care and attention to anyone you would refer to our practice. 

To show you our appreciation, we would like to reward you for showing yours.  At the end of six months, the patient who has referred the most new patients to our practice will receive a free laser whitening treatment. Or, the winning patient can extend this offer to a person of his or her choice.

So, the next time someone asks if “you like your dentist?” just smile, and say, “Sure, here’s his number.”

We believe they will thank you, and of course, we will too.


Having experienced both, there’s absolutely no argument.

The hippo.

No matter how cute they may look, hippos account for the greatest number of animal attacks in all of Africa; more than lions, elephants or rhino. In fact, the hippo is the 3rd largest land mammal in the world. A male can weigh up to 9,200lbs! Yet they can run nearly 14mph.

Compared to a hippo, or almost anything really, a root canal is pretty painless. In fact it’s far less painful than its cause.

The truth is, root canal treatment doesn't cause pain, it relieves it.

Root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling. In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as "painless" than patients who have not had root canal treatment.

A bit of science: root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, (what we all just call, ‘root canal’) is a dental procedure which becomes necessary for the treatment of tooth infections or tooth fractures affecting the pulp of the tooth. Root canal therapy is called an endodontic (meaning ‘inside the tooth’) treatment, as it involves removing damaged living tissues from inside the tooth and replacing them with a suitable biocompatible material. Thereby not only saving your tooth, but relieving your pain.

Just so you know, the most common pre root canal symptoms are tooth sensitivity to hot or cold, sharp pain when biting or tapping the tooth, or a severe constant toothache in more serious cases. If you are experiencing any of these, call for an appointment to have the tooth examined.

And remember, with today’s anesthetics and modern techniques, root canal treatment is literally pain-free. So let’s all work to reposition the root canal as a benefit, instead of a curse. The alternative is always the hippo.



While there may be no conclusive research proving tooth decay causes heart disease, more and more studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions, including heart disease. 

 And if that’s not enough of a reason to keep your mouth clean, it’s hard to find a better one.

And it’s not all that surprising why they are related.

We are a system. What affects one part of our body is likely to have an affect on another part. That’s why reflexology works, why acupuncture works, why a full stomach helps us think better, and why love makes us more creative.

It’s no different when it comes to our mouth. It’s connected to the rest of us. (And it’s not only because our teeth chew the food that goes to our stomach.)

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth, mainly caused by bacteria from plaque build-up. In some patients who are susceptible to gum disease, the body over-reacts to the bacteria around the gums and causes too much inflammation. In others, the inflammation doesn’t clear up properly. A consequence of the intense gum inflammation is that it also affects the bloodstream, and is believed to slowly damage blood vessels in the heart and brain over a long time period.

But don’t just take my word for it. Dr. Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, states: “The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only one in six people realizes that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke or diabetes. And only one in three is aware of the heart disease link.”

And this from the American Dental Association: “studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions that include heart disease, diabetes and stroke.”

While not as eloquently put as by the British, the ADA clearly makes the point.

 But fear not. The good news is you can actively prevent it.

Start with proper dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth and flossing or using interdental brushes, can prevent and help treat gum disease. And so, improve your overall health, and help reduce the risk of consequent health problems.

Then don’t forget to visit to see me. Not just to listen to my great music, but for regular cleanings and check-ups.

If you want your heart to feel happy, fall in love, go scuba diving or play with your grandchildren. If you also want it be healthy, clean your teeth.









                                                                                       ― Ludwig van Beethoven



                                                                                       Dr. David Center



Have you ever wondered why I play music in my office? And why I choose what I do?

Well, there are a few reasons.

First, I love music. In fact, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t. People may have different tastes, but music is something that we all have in common. Globally and socially. From way, way back in time, to today. And while we may not be able to understand many different languages, we can all pretty much relate to music from anywhere. Music’s just a natural thing.

Secondly, and maybe even more importantly, I believe music helps my patients to relax. Listening to music is far better than listening to the sound of dentistry, even to me.

How can you feel bad listening to “Mony, Mony”, by Tommy James and the Shondells; Percy Sledge singing, “When A Man Loves A Woman”; The Stones’, “Satisfaction”; Dylan doing, “Like a Rolling Stone”; or “Jailhouse Rock”. (Do I even need to name the man who performed this one?)

I am almost inclined to believe that my choice in music is one of the reasons my patients come to me. Someone said to me once, “You can hear elevator music anywhere, but never in you office”.

In addition to that wonderful comment, (thank you), here are a few of the thousands of wonderful quotes about music I found.


“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”



“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there's no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.”

                                                                 Jerry Seinfeld


“All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.”

                                                                 Louis Armstrong



From Plato to Seinfeld, there are thousands of ways to think about music, define it, express how it makes us feel, what its role is, and the place it is has in our lives.

One that really hits home for me came from, Dick Clark. You remember him.

The host of “American Bandstand”, and “Rockin’ New Years Eve from Time’s Square”. Sadly, Clark died a few years ago, but his famous quote about music will live on. At least for me.

Clark said, “Music is the soundtrack of your life.” 

When you stop and think about it, it’s amazing how simple and true it is. Think about music and you hear your life. Think about your life, and music comes to mind. Your music. The songs that defined what you did and who you are. Every step of the way.

So, next time, when you are in my office sitting in the chair, what you hear is in part what I am. Thanks, Dick Clark.

And thanks to all of you for not singing along while I’m drilling.


Oh, one final thought.

Since music is a very personal choice, and you all know my music of choice, please share with me, and others, the kind of music you would like to hear in my office.

Are you a Classical aficionado? A rocker? Is listening to Jazz your ideal way to have your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled? I know some of you out there are Folk Music buffs. Should I be playing Tom Paxton and Pete Seeger? What about all you Frank Sinatra lovers?

Share your preferences with me and I’ll see what I can do to have the music “your way”.