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Chronic, untreated gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile—both its appearance and its health and longevity. That is why our Saint Louis gum disease dentists have compiled this information about steps that you can take to minimize your risk of developing oral tissue infections. We hope that this helps you make a personalized plan to protect your smile. Let’s get started! 

How Does Gum Disease Develop?

In order to adequately protect your smile, it is important to understand how gum disease develops in the first place. When we say “gum disease” we are talking about a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. Sometimes this occurs because an untreated infection has spread from your teeth to your oral tissues. However, infections can also start off in your oral tissues and then spread throughout your smile from there.

Minimizing gum disease related damage is all about supporting healthy tissue and making it difficult for oral bacteria to thrive in your mouth.

How Can I Protect My Smile? 

You can take concrete steps to support your oral health, and your gum tissues, specifically:

  • Drink water throughout the day
  • Consume sugars sparingly
  • Rinse your mouth after eating or drinking anything other than water
  • Brush and floss as recommended by your dental team
  • Choose sugar-free mints, cough drops, and gum
  • Add a mouth rinse into your routine to kill harmful bacteria
  • Complete professional cleanings as often as is appropriate (for most patients this means twice a year) 

Another thing to keep in mind is that patients who are managing diabetes are at an increased risk of dealing with gum disease. When you experience fluctuations in blood glucose levels you provide bacteria with an ideal environment, and make it harder for your immune system to do its job. So, it is critical that patients with diabetes receive adequate care. 

As always our Saint Louis dentists are happy to provide you with any additional information you may need about gum disease, or daily oral hygiene practices in general. We look forward to speaking with you! 

When you are building a restorative treatment plan, there are many factors to consider. Our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are here to help you assess your treatment options, and prioritize factors that are very important to you. Keep reading to learn more!


No matter what treatment you ultimately go with, our Saint Louis dentists will customize the visible portion of your restoration to blend with your natural smile. We actually use your existing teeth as guides; they’ll help us perfect the shape, size, and shade of your “new tooth.” 

Day-To-Day Life

Because dental implants are permanently embedded in the patient’s jawbone tissue, they are not removable. You’ll care for them and clean them just as you clean your natural teeth. Patients additionally love implant technology, because they can eat their favorite foods without worry, knowing that their dental restorations will stay in place.

Long-term Dental Health

The thing that sets dental implant technology apart from other restorative options is that implant treatments include titanium implant root that extends into the patient’s jawbone. Why titanium? Well, titanium has the ability to bond with natural jawbone tissue. So, once your implant root is in place, it will become fully incorporated into your maxillofacial structure 

Having a replacement tooth root from your dental implant will help you maintain oral health and avoid jawbone tissue deterioration. The stability of the dental implant also works to keep your adjacent teeth from shifting along your gum line.

No matter what your smile looks like today, our Saint Louis Dental Implant Dentists are here to help restore your smile so that you can enjoy it for years to come. Get started by calling our dental team to schedule a personal consultation. Once we are able to assess your oral health, we can give you a better idea of what type of treatment will meet all of your needs.  

Although most patients brush their teeth every day, few of us are really optimizing our routines, so that our smiles stay as clean and healthy as possible. That’s why our Saint Louis dentists have put together this short article; we’re here to help you take your brushing routine from basic to brilliant!

First, let’s consider when, specifically you are brushing your smile. The general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that you brush twice a day, specifically in the morning before you start your day and right before you go to bed. In the morning, you will be giving your smile a clean slate for the day, and before bed you need to clear away all of the plaque and dental debris that has accumulated throughout the day.

The next thing to think about is whether your current toothbrush is right for you. The brush needs to be small enough to reach your back molars. Additionally, the bristles of the brush should be as soft as possible, so as to minimize the risk of enamel deterioration. Your dentist can help you make the right decision if you are unsure about bristle strength.

Finally, make sure that you are swapping your old brushes for new ones on a regular schedule—every three months or so. Toothbrushes become vastly less effective as time goes on, and they may actually harbor bacteria and other contaminants. We all fall into ruts sometimes, and forget to replace dental tools, so try setting a reminder on your phone or make a note of it on your calendar to take the guesswork out of it. 

So, what do you think? By implementing just a few small changes into your routine, you can go a long way toward protecting your smile for the future. Get started by giving our Saint Louis dental office a call to schedule a personal consultation! 

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