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Flossing is a very important part of any strong oral health routine. Unfortunately, many dental patients fail to take flossing as seriously as they take daily brushing. Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you jump-start your flossing routine, and reap the benefits of this simple but effective oral hygiene step. Keep reading to learn more about how you can floss for maximum effectiveness.

Let’s start by talking about choosing a floss. When you check out your options, you’ll notice that there are many different types of floss available on the market today. When making your decision, simply make sure to choose a type of floss that fits comfortably between your teeth, and that has a flavor that is appealing to you.

Now we’ll take a second to speak about flossing technique. The first thing to do is to tear off a large strip of floss, which you will use for this flossing session only. Wrap the floss around your fingers so that a small portion of it is taut. Move the floss from tooth to tooth, unwinding and winding the floss as you go, so you are using a new portion of the long piece.

As you floss between your teeth, move the floss all the way up and down the length of the tooth—making sure to direct the floss gently into the gum tissue. As you clean between your teeth, also move the floss gently back and forth to disturb as much plaque as possible.

It is very common for people to notice that their gum tissues bleed a little after they start flossing again—this is normal. This should subside over time, as you keep up with your flossing, but let your dentist know if your gum tissue is still bleeding after a long period of time.

Feel free to call our Saint Louis dentists if you need more tips on flossing, or if it’s time to come in for a consultation or cleaning!

The dental products that you use every day—toothpaste, mouthwash, floss—are loaded with ingredients that can help your smile stay healthy and strong. Today our Saint Louis dentists are giving you some more information about some of these commonly utilized ingredients. We hope that this information helps you better understand how oral hygiene products work!

One of the key ingredients in many oral hygiene products is fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral, that has been shown to support oral health. Fluoride helps your dental enamel to remineralize. Additionally, because fluoride strengthens your teeth, it can help to prevent cavities and dental damage.

When you brush your teeth with toothpaste, you’ll notice that the paste foams up and produces cleaning suds. This happens due to detergents! Detergents in toothpaste help you to clear away as much plaque and bacteria as possible. One common detergent is sodium lauryl sulfate.

Calcium carbonate/hydrated aluminum oxides/silica gels are also included in toothpastes in order to ramp up the paste’s cleaning power. These substances are abrasive (in a good way!) so they provide physical cleaning power; as you buff them over your teeth you dislodge and disrupt dental debris and plaque. When included in toothpastes, these substances are specially formulated to be abrasive without being destructive to your enamel.

There are also a number of flavoring ingredients that are used in oral hygiene products. Saccharin and sorbitol, for example, make oral hygiene products taste more palatable. When it comes to choosing a flavor of oral hygiene product, you really just want to make sure that you pick something that works for you—so that you’ll be likely to use it!

If you have additional questions about choosing oral hygiene products, our Saint Louis dentists are happy to help you make a great decision. Give us a call to speak to our team and schedule a consultation!

When you are searching for a tooth replacement option, you want to make sure that you ultimately choose a treatment that meets all of your needs. You want to consider…

· Your desired aesthetic results

· The day-to-day maintenance required

· Long-term oral health benefits or effects

· Treatment timeline

Today our Saint Louis restorative dentists are giving you a quick overview of various treatment types:

Traditional dentures—these dental prosthetics are designed to replace multiple teeth in a row. The base of the prosthetic is molded to fit over the patient’s gum tissue, and the denture can be further stabilized with an adhesive designed for dentures.

Implant-stabilized dentures—modern dental technology allows our team to actually permanently anchor your denture in your jawbone tissue using mini dental implant roots. Implant-stabilized dentures (this treatment is also called all-on-four treatment) stay in place 24/7, and offer the patient increased prosthetic stability.

Dental implant—this stand-alone replacement tooth mimics, as much as possible, the structure of a natural tooth. The dental implant has a titanium root that replaces the missing natural tooth root—this titanium root extends into the patient’s jawbone, and anchors the entire replacement tooth. A natural looking dental restoration is anchored to the titanium root with a connector piece called an abutment. When the dental implant is complete, it looks just like a real tooth, and you can treat it like a regular tooth as well!

Mini dental implants—some dental implants use thinner implant roots than conventional implant roots. These roots may be useful for dental patients with diminished jawbone density, and they are also frequently used for implant-stabilized dentures.

No matter what tooth replacement treatment you ultimately choose, timely treatment can help you avoid many of the long-term complications associated with tooth loss. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Saint Louis dental office for more information or to schedule your consultation!

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