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Our Saint Louis dentists hear many questions from concerned dental patients about whether or not it is important to use mouthwash or mouth rinses. As with most thing in dentistry, the answer depends on your unique situation: the state of your smile and your oral health goals. Today we are reviewing some helpful information about incorporating rinses into your daily oral hygiene routine.

When it comes to rinsing your smile, there is one habit that can benefit pretty much every dental patient. If you find that you are struggling to maintain a fresh and clean mouth throughout the day, try to start rinsing your mouth with water after you eat and/or drink something other than water. Just take a moment to vigorously swish clean water around your mouth so as to dislodge dental debris and promote saliva production.

If you are looking for a specially-formulated mouth rinse, talk to your dental team about what kinds of ingredients are appropriate for your smile. Some mouthwashes, for example, contain fluoride, which helps enamel re-mineralize and stay strong. Another consideration is whether or not to use a mouth rinse that contains alcohol; alcohol helps to freshen your mouth, but some patients find it drying. There are also mouth rinses that have ant-plaque and oxidizing properties.

In general, the best time to use a mouthwash is as the final step in your oral hygiene routine. First you floss, then you brush, and then you use a mouthwash to rinse away any debris and coat your mouth with any oral-health-enhancing ingredients.

If you have questions about adding a mouth rinse into your daily oral hygiene routine, you can always contact our Saint Louis dentists to get more information and schedule a consultation. Together we can help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for years to come!

Dental enamel is designed to be strong, resilient, and fairly non-porous. However, dental enamel isn’t indestructible! The more you can do to preserve the strength and health of your enamel, the more you will help your smile in the long-term. So, today, our Saint Louis dentists are sharing information about how and why dental enamel thins. We hope that this information empowers you to make healthy decisions for your smile.

Acidic Substances

You may have already heard about acid erosion—there are an increasing number of products on the market that are designed to combat this dental health problems. Your dental enamel may start to erode prematurely if it is consistently exposed to acidic foods and drinks. Many very popular foods and beverages are considered acidic: coffee, wine, soft drinks, citrus fruits, fruit juices, and more. Try rinsing your mouth with water after exposing your teeth to acid, and make sure to wait at least 20 to 30 minutes to brush your teeth after consumption, as your enamel will be softer.

Bruxism

Bruxism is a surprisingly common oral health problem, characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. The pressure that bruxism—tooth on tooth—pressure puts on your dental enamel will cause it to thin, and develop small cracks and chips over time. You may, as a result, become more prone to developing cavities as well as dental sensitivity. If you find that you are grinding or clenching your teeth, talk to your dentist about things that you can minimize your dental grinding, and to protect your smile from damage.

As always, our Saint Louis dentist are here to help you make the best decisions for your teeth, so that you can protect the integrity of your smile for years to come. Please reach out to our dental team by phone or through the Contact Us page on our website to get started!

Tooth loss is one of the most serious oral health problems in the world of dentistry. When you lose a tooth prematurely, your oral health becomes compromised in a number of ways. Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you get the restorative treatments that you need in order to reclaim an attractive smile, and avoid secondary oral health issues related to tooth loss.

Today, we are going to be talking about one of the state-of-the-art tooth replacement options that we offer in our office: Implant Smiles.

Implant Smiles is a restorative system that is designed to replace missing teeth in a short period of time. This treatment is suitable for many types of dental patients, and is customizable to the patient. If you are missing a number of consecutive teeth, Implant Smiles allows you to repair your smile quickly and completely.

The key to Implant Smiles is the revolutionary titanium implant root. Our dentist will implant a few of implant roots in strategic spots along your jawline. Once these are in place, we can attach a dental prosthetic on top. For example, we are able to stabilize dentures with implant roots, so that your denture will not slip or slide around.

When you choose Implant Smiles:

· Your replacement teeth are permanent; once your dental prosthetic is secured, it is not removable, and will stay in place 24/7.

· Your dental prosthetic will be exceptionally stable and natural looking

· You’ll be able to care for your replacement teeth with a simple and straightforward oral hygiene routine, just like the one you use now

Implant Smiles has greatly improved the patient experience and treatment outcomes for many people suffering from tooth loss. Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are here to give you any more information you need—give us a call!

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