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If you are already brushing and flossing your teeth, and keeping up with your regular routine of professional cleanings, but you’re still looking to improve your oral health, then it might be time to take a look at your diet. Although we may not realize it, everything that we eat and drink can affect our smiles. Keep reading to learn more from our Saint Louis dentists.

The key to optimizing your oral health through diet is to limit harmful substances, and load up on health-boosting alternatives.

Sugar is one of the most detrimental substances when it comes to oral health. The bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath actually feed on sugar. So, when you reach for that soda or candy bar, you’re giving harmful oral bacteria more fuel to grow and multiply.

Acidic substances are likewise potentially problematic. When dental enamel is exposed to acid, it becomes temporarily weakened. During this period of time, the enamel can become damaged, or thin. Enamel remains weakened for about twenty to thirty minutes after you finish eating or drinking; during this time try not to brush your teeth, as the bristles may be too abrasive.

Drinking plenty of water, and rinsing your mouth with water after exposing your teeth to these substances, can help to minimize the damage that sugars and acids can do. Rinsing your mouth minimizes the amount of time that sugar/acid is allowed to sit on your enamel. And, when you drink water, you jump-start saliva production in your mouth. Because saliva helps to neutralize bacteria and re-mineralize dental enamel, it’s important that you stay well hydrated.

Keep these things in mind when you’re eating and drinking each day; you may be surprised at how impactful making a few simple tweaks can be.

To learn more about how foods and drinks affect oral health, or to schedule a personal consultation with our Saint Louis dentists, please call or office! You can also use the Contact Us page on our website to submit a question for our team, and we’ll get back to you promptly.

If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentistry treatment that really works, and that delivers results quickly, the LUMINEERS may be the perfect solution for you. Today, our Saint Louis LUMINEER dentists are giving you some more information about what this treatment can do, and how it works—let’s get started! 

The basic premise of LUMINEER treatment is quite simple: our dentist uses thin porcelain restorations to cover the patient’s natural dental surface. The result is a tooth that appears blemish free and attractive. You might choose to LUMINEERS if you want to: 

  • Improve the appearance of slightly misaligned teeth
  • Cover dark or stained enamel with a white and bright finish
  • Close gaps between your teeth
  • Lengthen the appearance of short teeth
  • Cover damaged or irregularly textured enamel

One reason that so many people choose LUMINEERS is that this treatment process can be completed in a short period of time. You’ll come in for an initial appointment, during which our dentist will prep your tooth, and take an impression. We’ll then use this impression to create your LUMINEERS. Once the LUMINEERS are made, you’ll come back in, and we will fit them to your smile, and bond them permanently in place.

Because LUMINEERS are so thin, we likely won’t have to shave away much of your natural dental structure in order to ensure a good fit. In this way, LUMINEERS are less invasive than traditional veneers; in fact, the treatment is reversible for many patients.

You have many options when it comes to improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry. If you want to learn more about these treatment, or LUMINEERS specifically, please feel free to reach out to our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists for more information. You can give us a call at the office, or use the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry for our team.

As dental technology continues to advance, our dental team is able to do more, and patients are able to get the treatments they, quickly and conveniently. One tool that has transformed the dentistry experience for many patients is sedation dentistry.

Our Saint Louis sedation dentists use relaxation treatments to help our patients stay calm and comfortable in the dentist’s chair. We want you to have a positive experience during your appointment; for some people, sedation treatment is necessary in order to meet that goal.

So, when do we utilize sedation treatment? Well, the truth is that sedation services are always customized to fit our individual patients’ needs, so there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question. There are, however, here are some guidelines regarding the use of sedation:

When the patient suffers from debilitating dental anxiety: there are some people for whom the mere thought of going to the dentist is panic-inducing. If you are someone who has avoided dental care due to fear or anxiety, sedation may be able to help you. 

For invasive or physically taxing procedures: patients who are undergoing dental surgery are prime candidates for sedation treatment. Not only does sedation keep you comfortable during treatment, it also helps to prevent your body from tensing up and fighting the procedures.

To help our team get more done, faster: when a patient is sedated, he or she does not become fatigued as quickly in the dentist’s chair. This means that our dentists can complete more treatments in one appointment, greatly improving the expediency and convenience of treatment for you!

When you meet with our Saint Louis sedation dentists, we’ll talk to you about your sedation needs, and assess whether sedation is appropriate for your situation. It’s easy to get started; just give our office a call to schedule a personal consultation.

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