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Not all dental restorations are created equal. If you truly want to achieve attractive results that will stand up to the tests of time, then it is imperative that you pursue customized crowns. Every restoration that comes out of our Saint Louis dental office is personalized to suit the patient’s needs. Keep reading to learn more about the restorative process, and what you can expect!

When a tooth is damaged, either due to infection or physical trauma, you will probably require a dental crown to restore the tooth’s appearance and functionality. These restorations stay in place permanently, and you’ll be able to treat them just like your natural teeth.  

It is so important to have your restoration designed to suit your needs:

In terms of aesthetics, our team will use your natural teeth as guides as we craft your crown. Some people have rounder edges to their teeth, while others have sharper angles to their dental enamel. We use your existing smile as the blueprint when making your crown. Likewise, your restoration will be shaded to blend with your real enamel.

It is also crucial that your crown is custom-fit to work harmoniously with adjacent teeth. When a restoration is not refined and properly placed, your whole smile can be thrown out of alignment. A poorly fitting crown may lead to premature enamel deterioration as well as TMJ dysfunction. 

Our Saint Louis dentists use high-quality, customizable ceramic to repair damaged smiles. This material mimics the appearance of natural dental enamel, and has been shown to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life.

No matter what the current state of your smile, our team can help you achieve lasting oral health and a smile that shines.  Give us a call to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation!

Ready to take your smile to the next level this year? Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help. Keep reading to get an idea of some things to consider as you make 2020 dental plans… 

Toothbrush

As you are making long-term goals for you smile, now may be the perfect time to replace your toothbrush with a fresh one. The ADA actually recommends that you swap out your brush every three to four months. Another thing to look out for: make sure the bristles in your brush aren’t too firm, as this can actually cause your enamel to thin faster.

Oral Hygiene At Home

Your daily oral hygiene routine is crucial when it comes to keeping your smile attractive and healthy. If you feel like brushing twice a day and flossing at night isn’t doing enough, then you may benefit from adding a mouth rinse or special oral hygiene tool, like a Waterpik into your routine. Your dentist is there to help you refine your at-home dental care.

Diet

As you make decisions on what to eat and drink throughout the day, keep in mind that oral bacteria use sugars and refined carbohydrates for fuel to grow. Additionally, acidic substances lead to tooth de-mineralization; you want to consume these foods and drinks in moderation, and avoid sipping or snacking on them throughout the day.

Professional Care

As you make your plans for the new year, get your semi-annual dental cleanings on the books right now. Keeping up with professional cleanings will help you minimize cavity and gum disease development, as well as dental discoloration. These appointments also allow our team to spot signs of emerging oral health problems before they become serious.

Even if it has been years since you have undergone dental treatment, 2020 can be your year to get back on track. Contact our Saint Louis dentists by calling our office or submitting an inquiry through our Contact Us page.  

Bad breath can sink almost any social situation, be it a date, a business meeting, or party. For some of us, bad breath is a chronic issue, and surprisingly difficult to treat. That’s why our Saint Louis dentists are here to help! We’ve put together 3 suggestions for you on how to beat bad breath for good. 

Schedule Water Breaks

The first thing you can do is to schedule specific times in your day for water breaks. One of the primary causes of chronic bad breath is dry mouth. Bacteria are able to thrive in a mouth that lacks saliva. When you drink water, you flush away any dental debris and bacterial film, and you prompt saliva production—double win!

Pick the Right Breath Freshening Products

Here’s the deal: oral bacteria go into a feeding frenzy whenever you introduce sugars into your mouth. So, if you’re using gums, mints, or rinses that include sugar, you’re may actually be making the underlying cause of your bad breath worse. Look for sugar-free formulations for a bad breath quick fix.

Develop Post-Meal Habits

Oral bacteria are most active and feeding for about 20 to 30 minutes after you eat or drink anything other than water. During this critical period, make it a habit to rinse your mouth vigorously with water. It will also help to eat or drink during specific, time-limited period of the day, rather than snacking or sipping continuously. We really want to limit the amount of time that oral bacteria are active on your teeth and gums.

One of the best things that you can do to conquer bad breath is to seek treatment for underlying dental issues like cavities and gum disease. Once you give your smile a clean slate, you’ll find it is much easier to kiss bad breath goodbye. Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help, so just give us a call to schedule a consultation!

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