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No one knows your smile, and that state of your health in general, better than you do. One of the key things that our Saint Louis dentists always encourage patients to do is to monitor and record any changes that may occur in their mouths and bodies in general. When you make a habit of keeping track of oral health changes, you can let your dentist know about issues right away—before they become serious.

It is with this mind that our dentists have put together this list of common sleep apnea symptoms. Take a look at this list, and then let your dentist know if you have started to notice any of these problems in your own daily life.

A quick reminder: sleep apnea is a condition in which a patient’s airway becomes blocked by oral tissues as he or she sleeps. This prevents the patient from breathing normally, and thus deprives the person of oxygen. In order to restore healthy oxygen levels, the person will wake up suddenly to kick start the breathing process.

So what might you notice if you suffer from sleep apnea?

1. General fatigue—sleep apnea prevents you from getting the restful sleep that you need, so you’ll probably feel tired during the day.

2. Headaches—sleep apnea patients are prone to headaches—especially in the morning and at night—due to sleep deprivation as well as muscle tension.

3. Loud snoring—this is hallmark sign of sleep apnea.

4. Concentration problems—if you find that you feel foggy during the day, or that you have memory problems, it could be related to sleep apnea.

If you notice these issue popping up in your own life, please do not wait to seek treatment. Our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists have the treatments you need to stay well.

Tooth loss is an aesthetic and functional oral health problem. What are patients who are suffering from tooth loss to do?

There are a variety of tooth replacement options available to patients today. There are treatments for patients who have lost one tooth as well as treatments for people with empty jaw lines (and treatments for everyone in between!).

Today we are going to be talking about restorative option for patients who have lost many successive teeth. This treatment option is the denture. Let’s learn more about how dentures work.

Every denture has a base, which is molded to fit the patient’s gum tissue. On top of this base are replacement teeth. The teeth are permanently bonded to the base. In our Saint Louis dentist office we craft the denture to reflect your natural smile, and complement your appearance.

One type of denture is the removable denture. This prosthetic sits on top of your gum tissue, and is held firmly in place with dental adhesive. Because the denture base is designed to fit your gum tissue, the denture will feel natural during the day. You will take the denture out at night and to clean it.

Another restorative option is the fixed denture. This type of denture is actually permanently held in place along the patient’s gum line by small dental implant roots. After our dental team places a few implant roots in certain spots along your jaw, we will attach your denture to these roots. Fixed dentures—as the name implies—stay in place all the time.

No matter what your treatment preference, please seek some sort of restorative, tooth-replacement treatment in a timely manner. It is crucial to both the appearance and the health of your smile that you see a dentist promptly.

As always, our Saint Louis dentures dentists are here to walk you through this process—give us a call!

Here’s the thing about cosmetic dentistry: it’s useless unless you pair it with a healthy smile. It just doesn’t make sense to use cosmetic tools to achieve an aesthetic result, while leaving underlying oral health issues untreated.

That is why our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists help our patients achieve and maintain healthy teeth. First of all, your smile will simply look better when it is healthy. Second of all, once your smile is healthy, you can benefit from all types of cosmetic treatments!

So what can you do to protect your teeth?

1. Follow all of your dentist’s oral hygiene recommendations

This means keeping up your schedule of professional dental cleanings (most people should undergo professional cleanings every six months). It also means brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinse in accordance with your dentist’s directions.

2. Look out for bruxism, and seek treatment ASAP

Bruxism is the name we use to describe chronic dental grinding and clenching. One of the problems with bruxism is that the pressure exerted on your teeth due to dental grinding can wear down your teeth and cause micro-chips in your dental enamel. If you think that you may be suffering from bruxism, please seek treatment from your dentist—they can help you avoid this damage!

3. Use protective mouth gear when necessary

This is such an easy step to implement! If you are going to engage in a contact our extreme sport, please wear the appropriate protective mouth gear. Many dental traumas are easily preventable, thanks to modern protective mouth guards.

Our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists are here to give you all of the information and dental tips that you need in order to achieve oral health success. So give us a call to schedule your personal consultation with our dental team—we look forward to meeting with you!

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