What to Expect When You Haven’t Seen The Dentist in Awhile

Has it been a few months or a few years since you’ve seen a dentist? It’s OK. Really! Going to the dentist, no matter how long it’s been since your last checkup, should never be a discomforting or unnerving experience. My dental office in Highland Park will make sure you feel comfortable and at home… Read more »

6 Surprising Foods That Can Damage Teeth

At our dental office in Highland Park, you’ll hear us talk a lot about the importance of regular dental cleanings at least every six months as well as having a healthy at-home oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. But besides keeping your teeth clean, there’s another way you… Read more »

Different Types of Dental X-Rays

We get asked a lot of questions at our dental office in Highland Park, and we don’t mind answering them one bit! We believe that the more our patients know, the healthier their smiles will be. One of our more frequent requests is for more information on dental x-rays – why we use them, different… Read more »

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Nobody likes talking about any type of cancer. It’s a scary epidemic that continues to take the lives of thousands each and every year. Oral cancer, specifically, is a fairly common type of cancer in the United States with over 45,000 cases diagnosed every year. Of those diagnosed, about 9,700 will lose their battles with… Read more »

“Why Don’t I Get Numb at The Dentist?”

Sometimes we get asked why certain patients have more difficulty getting numb before a dental procedure than other people. At our dental office in Highland Park, we wish we could provide one, solid answer as to why this happens. But the truth is, the reason can vary from person to person, and even from dentist… Read more »

Dr. Francis Bugaj is merging with the The Smile Group!

To My Wonderful Patients & Friends: I am very pleased to announce the merger of my practice with The Smile Group at Highland Park.  This year marks 42 years that I have been in practice and this merger means continuing and expanding your access to high quality dental care. Effective April 18th 2017, I will… Read more »

Common Dental Emergencies & What to Do About Them

Nobody ever wants to experience an emergency of any kind, and dental emergencies can be particularly concerning and confusing. What’s the right thing to do? What shouldn’t you do? Don’t worry, our dental office in Highland Park is here to help. Different Emergencies Require Different Care Not all dental emergencies should be handled the same… Read more »

How to Become a Dentist

At our Highland Park dental office, we love what we do and we find our jobs rewarding. We get to help our patients’ mouths stay healthy, which can directly affect their overall well being, and we even get to see some dramatic smile transformations and change lives. We’d go as far as to say it’s… Read more »


Oral Health

Top 7 Ways to Show Your Smile Some Love

At our dental offices in Highland Park and Chicago Heights, we love helping our patients get a smile they’re proud of. But visits to our office twice a year are only part of what you can do to make sure you’re showing your smile the love it needs to stay healthy. If you want to… Read more »


Oral Health

The Oral Health and Heart Health Connection

Our Highland Park and Chicago Heights dental offices’ philosophy of patient care revolves around keeping our patients healthy, and not just in their mouths. Many whole-body concerns are associated with oral health problems, including heart disease. This February, in celebration of Heart Health Month, we’d like to educate our patients on the oral health and… Read more »