Root Cause: Don’t Mistake the Solution for the Problem

Root canals are often blamed for pain, but they’re not the real culprit. It’s time to celebrate them instead.  May is “Save Your Tooth Month,” according to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). On top of that, the second week of May is Root Canal Awareness Week and Wednesday, May 12 is Root Canal Awareness […]

Change Your Toothbrush, Change the World

Let’s Honor Earth Day/Week/Month by Considering Toothbrush Recycling Options to Help Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Dental Hygiene April is Earth Month, and that got us thinking about the legacy we leave. We usually think about the legacy of healthy patients, clean teeth, and confident smiles. But it didn’t take us long to realize that […]

Palos Heights Family Dental Staff Q&A: Hygienist Gayle Joyce

How Well Do You Really Know Your Dental Hygienist? We’ve Got the Scoop on Gayle Joyce. You’ve been getting to know your dentists a bit better over the past few months in our Staff Q&A blog posts. Now, it’s time to learn more about our wonderful hygienists! As always, we channeled our inner journalists to […]

What’s the Difference Between a Dental Hygienist and a Dental Assistant?

We have both dental hygienists and dental assistants on our staff. Do you know the difference between them? We’ll help clear up the confusion. You know there are several different people doing different jobs in our practice, but have you ever stopped to wonder about the differences? Most people know what the dentist does, but […]

Who Wants to be a Dentist, Dental Assistant, or Hygienist?

Women! Recognizing and celebrating the women dentists, dental assistants, and hygienists of Palos Heights Family Dental during women’s history month. March is Women’s History Month. It’s also the time when we celebrate National Dentist Day (March 6), Dental Assistants Week (March 7-13), and look forward to Dental Hygienist Week (April 7-14). Is that a coincidence? […]

Dentists Go to Back to School

Dr. Nina and Dr. Saba Visit with Students for National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month Dr. Nina Arora and Dr. Saba Sheikh went back to school in February for National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month. The dentists visited virtually to talk about dental health, alligator teeth, and more with kids in 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-grade […]

In the News: 12 Medications That Cause Dry Mouth (and How to Treat It)

Dr. Umang Patel was recently quoted in the article, “12 Medications That Cause Dry Mouth (and How to Treat It),” published on Here’s an excerpt from the article from Dr. Umang Patel: “It’s important to keep your appointments every six months with your dentist if you are experiencing dry mouth because it can cause tooth decay,” […]

Celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month in Palos Heights

Get In On the  February Fun We’re looking forward to February! There is so much to discover and do. If you’re like us, you might be wondering whether the Groundhog will see his shadow or who will agree to be your Valentine. The shortest month is full of fun holidays. Did you know that February […]