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Our Saint Louis dentists help dental patients of all ages get the professional care that they need, and perfect their at-home oral hygiene routines. The American Dental Association has a number of recommendations for dental patients, regarding how to best care for their smiles, and our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you understand how to best implement these guidelines in your own life.

Let’s start by talking about how you can effectively care for your smile at home. You have the chance, every day, to limit the amount of bacterial plaque and tartar that is able to attack your healthy oral tissues.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss your teeth at least once a day in order to get the most benefit. And keep in mind that it matters when you brush and floss. You want to brush your teeth in the morning and in the evening before bed. And, the best time to floss your teeth is at night right before you brush; this allows you to disrupt accumulated plaque before your brush it away.

Another important component of your oral hygiene routine is the professional cleaning. The American Dental Association’s general recommendation is that dental patients come in for cleanings two times a year, at about six month intervals. Your dentist will let you know if you need to complete professional cleanings more frequently—this is sometimes the case with patients who are suffering from diabetes, or patients who are fighting chronic gum disease and oral infections.

The American Dental Association gives these basic recommendations so that you and your dental team can then build off of them and perfect your oral hygiene protocol. Ready to get started optimizing your smile? Call our team to touch base and learn more? Our Saint Louis dentists are here for you!

When Tricia came in to talk to our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists, she was clearly dissatisfied with the appearance of her smile. Tricia was suffering from a very specific cosmetic problem, tetracycline staining. Her teeth were stained with deep dark streaks, and because these were tetracycline stains, they were not responsive to conventional teeth whitening treatments.

 

Tricia was preparing for her wedding, and she was determined to improve the appearance of her smile before she walked down the aisle. Luckily for her, our Saint Louis dental office proudly offers cosmetic options for patients with tough-to-treat tetracycline stains. We walked Tricia through her options, and helped her transform her smile before her big day.

 

As the name suggests, tetracycline stains are caused by the antibiotic tetracycline. When children with developing adult use this antibiotic, their teeth can form dark stains that are actually calcified in the tooth. Because the discoloration is interior rather than external, conventional bleaching treatments are not effective.

 

Over the years Tricia had tried a number of over the counter whitening treatments to enhance her smile, with no success. We explained that due to the nature of her discoloration, dental veneers might be the cosmetic solution for her.

 

Dental veneers are made of thin layers of porcelain. They are affixed to existing teeth to change the shape, size, or color of the tooth. Dental veneers are invaluable for tetracycline stained teeth, because they cover the entire visible surface area of the tooth. Dental veneers look white and natural, so your smile can appear stain-free and stunning.

 

Tricia was thrilled with her dental veneers; her smile looked clean, fresh, and luminous. And most importantly, she had a smile she really wanted to show off on her wedding day! If you, like Tricia, are living with dental stains that you can’t stand, give our Saint Louis dental office a call—we’re here to help you!

Our Saint Louis dentists believe that in order to maintain healthy smiles, our patients need to really understand the dental difficulties they will face every day at home. We already know that junk food, like sugary snacks can hurt your teeth, however, there is another equally common threat to teeth—acid erosion.

 

Acid erosion occurs when dental enamel weakens and softens due to exposure to acidic substances. Acid erosion can progress undetected for a long-time, slowly degrading dental enamel and leaving your teeth prone to cavities. So how can you tell if you’re suffering from acid erosion? Patients battling acid erosion will often notice that their teeth are more sensitive than they used to be. Additionally, you may find that your teeth are more prone to cavities than they were before. However, in order to monitor the progression of your acid erosion, and perhaps in order to identify it in the first place, you’ll need to discuss your concerns with your dentist during your semi-annul professional dental cleanings.

 

Although acid erosion is sometimes unavoidable, there are certain simple steps that you can take to minimize the likelihood of dental erosion.

 

This first thing to remember is that acid erosion occurs when acidic substances are allowed to sit on the teeth and penetrate the dental enamel. To help avoid this try:

 

-drinking acidic substances with a straw

-rinsing your teeth with water after consuming acidic foods or drinks

-refraining from brushing your teeth vigorously after drinking or eating acid, as your teeth may still be in a weakened state.

 

Working with your dentist, you can manage the effects of dental erosion and maintain healthy teeth for years to come. Give our Saint Louis dental office a call if you have questions or you’d like to schedule an appointment. As always we’re here to help!

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