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The American Dental Association stresses the importance of semi-annual professional dental cleanings. Following your dentist-recommended cleaning schedule will make it less likely that you will suffer from serious oral health issues down the road.

If you have questions about professional cleanings, keep reading for some more information from our Saint Louis dentists!

Q: What happens during a six-month cleaning?

A: Surprisingly, we pack a lot into these appointments! The main thing that happens, of course, is that our dentist cleans accumulated plaque and tartar from your smile—giving you a clean slate. We’ll check your mouth for any signs of dental health issues, and recommend relevant further treatment if we find a problem. We’ll also complete an oral cancer screening.

Q: What if I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time?

A: Our dentists hear from so many adults who have lapsed in their dental care—you are not alone! We strongly encourage you to come in for a thorough cleaning as soon as possible, so that we can help you get your oral hygiene routine back on track. Remember: our dental team is here to help, not to judge!

Q: How long does a professional cleaning take to complete?

A: In general, the entire appointment will be complete in under an hour. Your appointment may take a little longer if you are receiving any additional preventive treatments, or if it has been a long time since you have had your smile cleaned.

Q: Does a cleaning hurt?
A: Modern professional tools and techniques make professional cleanings quicker and more comfortable than ever before. If you are prone to dental pain and sensitivity, please let our dental team know, there are numbing agents that we can use to help keep you comfortable.

Our Saint Louis dentists are here to answer all of your questions—just give our team a call to get started and schedule your professional cleaning.

Your dental enamel is the strongest layer of your tooth—it is hard and pretty non-porous, so that you can chew comfortably. Dental enamel protects more vulnerable tooth layers like the dentin and the dental core (which houses nerves, tissues, and roots). Consequently, it is very important that you take steps to protect and preserve your dental enamel day to day.

Here are some of the habits and substances that can weaken and damage dental enamel:

1. Bruxism

This condition is characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. As you would imagine, this puts an enormous amount of pressure on your dental enamel. Over time, bruxism can lead to cracked and chipped enamel, as well as premature enamel deterioration.

2. Acidic Consumables

Food and drinks with high levels of acid, can lead to enamel demineralization. Citric foods and juices, for example, can be tough on your dental enamel. In order to minimize acid-related damage you should consume these things in moderation, and rinse your mouth with water after eating and drinking, so that you can minimize the amount of time that acidic substances sit on your teeth.

3. Improper Dental Tools

Your dental enamel can also start to thin because you are cleaning your smile with tools and implements that are too abrasive. Most people can effectively clean their teeth with soft-bristled toothbrushes, while medium and firm bristles may be too rough. Using the wrong toothbrush can lead to enamel erosion as well as gum tissue recession.

4. Chewing Hard Substances

If your regularly chew on ice, hard candies, or mints, you may prematurely wear down your dental enamel.

The good news is that there are simple steps that you can take in order to protect your dental enamel, and maintain a healthy smile. Our Saint Louis dentists can give you additional advice and information—just give our office a call to schedule a personal consultation.

If you are one of the many adult dental patients suffering from tooth loss, our Saint Louis restorative dentists are here to help you regain a whole, healthy, and attractive smile again. Today we are going to be giving you more information about one option in particular, All-on-Four treatment. We hope that this short article helps you get a better idea of whether or not implant stabilized dentures are right for you!

What is All-on-Four?

All-on-Four treatment combines dentures and dental implant technology to deliver exceptional results. This treatment allows our dental team permanently ground a full prosthetic in a patient’s jawbone using just a few strategically placed dental implant roots. Often, we can even retrofit existing dentures to work with newly implanted titanium roots.

We call it “All-on-Four” because generally a full denture (or ALL of your replacement teeth) can be placed on just FOUR dental implant roots.

Why do people choose All-on-Four?

There are many benefits of All-on Four treatment:

· Your denture stays in place permanently, and is exceptionally stable

· Eat, smile, and speak naturally

· Keeping consuming your favorite foods and drinks

· Easily care for your smile with your normal oral hygiene routine

· Customized aesthetic results

· Dental implant roots help to support your natural jawbone tissue

All-on-Four treatment is less expensive than replacing all of your teeth with individual dental implants. Many patients choose implant stabilized dentures, because they are looking for a permanent solution, but they are not interested in using stand-alone implants.

So, if you are missing many consecutive teeth, All-on-Four treatment may be the perfect tooth replacement option for you. The best way to find out for sure is to schedule a consultation with our Saint Louis dental team. We can give you all of the additional information that you need about tooth replacement options, and help you weigh the pros and cons of each one.

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