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In dentistry, as in most things in life, it is always better to notice and address problems as the first emerge. The sooner that you are able to treat a dental problem, the better your long term prognosis!

For this reason, our Saint Louis dentists want to help our patients learn about the signs of dental damage; that way, our patients gain the ability to monitor their own smiles between professional dental appointments.

Here are some common oral health changes that may point to dental problems:

Sensitive and bleeding gum tissue: if you notice that your gums look swollen, that they are painful, or that they are prone to bleeding, these issues could be sign of emerging periodontal disease

Persistent bad breath: it is also very common for people with dental problems to experience hard-to-treat bad breath. As oral bacteria take root in your smile, they release bad odors. So if you are noticing that your mouth never really feels “fresh,” reach out to your dental team

Gaps in your gum tissue: as oral infections set in, you may notice that your gum tissue actually starts to pull away from your teeth and jawbones. These gaps in your gum tissue are called “periodontal pockets,” and they are a sign that your gum tissue is being damaged by a chronic infection

Visible changes to your smile: if you do notice spots or dark deposits developing on your smile, these might be related to dental damage. It is always best to have your oral health provider check them out just to be sure

Do you have more questions for our Saint Louis dental team? If so, please feel free to give us a call for more information—we are here to help in any way we can!

You probably already know that your diet can have a huge effect on the state of your smile. However, you may not have the particulars on how you can make good dietary decisions for your smile. That is why, today, our Saint Louis dentists are going to be talking about how different types of foods and drinks can affect your oral health.

First, let’s talk about the types of substances that can harm your smile. These are the things that you want to minimize or eliminate out of your daily life:

· Sugary and carbohydrate-rich substances serve as food for harmful oral bacteria. When you indulge in these foods and drinks, oral bacteria production increases.

· Acidic foods and drinks, like fruit juices and many whole citrus fruits, lead to acid erosion. It can be helpful to rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic things.

· All tobacco products are harmful to your smile.

There are also some things that can help you smile:

· Water is your smile’s best friend! Drink plenty of water throughout the day in order to stay hydrated—this allows your body to produce plenty of oral-health-boosting saliva.

· Crunchy, water-rich, vegetables can also help you minimize plaque throughout the day. As you chew on these veggies, you actually scrape plaque from your dental surfaces.

· There are also a number of foods that can combat the production and proliferation of harmful oral bacteria. Garlic and cocoa, have been shown to have oral health boosting effects.

Making good dietary decisions for your smile can make a big difference to the health of your smile in the long-term. Our Saint Louis dentists can provide you with any additional information and guidance that you need to make your own oral health decisions. Give us call to schedule a consultation with our helpful dental team!

If your smile is starting to look a little (or a lot) damaged, our Saint Louis dental team can help you overcome these dental issues, and reclaim a healthy and whole smile. In today’s short article we are talking about the various treatments that we use to help our patients rebuild and repair their smiles. Keep reading to learn more about your restorative dentistry options.

Cracked and Chipped Enamel

Let’s start by talking about how we treat dental cracks and chips—both of these problems are very common among dental patients of many ages. If you start to notice cracks and chips in your teeth, our team can help you by:

· Applying dental resin to cover and fill in these issues (this called dental bonding)

· Covering the enamel with porcelain veneers/LUMINEERS

· Placing a tooth-colored dental crown to repair a broken tooth

Discoloration

You could also notice that your smile looks dark or dull. This may be because your teeth have accumulated environmental stains—from foods, drinks, and tobacco—over time. Your teeth may also change color because your tooth is damaged.

Depending on the root cause of your discoloration our dental team may:

· Use professional whitening treatment to minimize existing dental stains. These topical whitening formulations are comfortable, effective, and fast.

· Cover your enamel with a full cosmetic restoration, like a veneer, or with dental resin through dental bonding. Both of these treatments allow our team to customize the shade of the resin or porcelain that we use.

Missing Teeth

To fill those holes in your smile, our dental team may recommend dental implants, which are stand-alone replacement teeth. We may also help you rebuild your smile using dentures or bridges. When you come in to speak to our dental team, we’ll help you determine the best way to move forward for your smile.

We have the treatment options that you need in order to regain oral health and stunning smile again! Give our Saint Louis dentists a call to get started.

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