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Not all dental treatments require a huge time commitment; there are many effective aesthetic options that require only one appointment to deliver full results. Today our Saint Louis dentists are going to be reviewing a few of these popular treatments, so let’s get started!

Comprehensive Cleaning

If it has been awhile since you have been in to see your dentist, your treatment process will begin with a thorough cleaning and oral health assessment. Many people are surprised at just how much better their smiles look and feel once our team has cleared accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. 

Dental Bonding

Using composite resin, our dental team is able to repair dental damage, lengthen teeth, close gaps in your smile, and completely resurface unsightly enamel. We’ll apply moldable composite resin to your natural tooth structure, and then cure it so that it hardens and bonds to your tooth. This entire process is completed in just one appointment.

Gum Contouring

If your gums are uneven or partially covering your smile, our team can shape and refine the tissue to enhance the aesthetics of your smile overall. The goal is to have all of your teeth appear proportionate and balanced with one another. 

Dental Whitening

Remove stains from your tooth structure using our team’s effective topical whitening formulation. The treatments we provide are much more effective than over-the-counter options; many people achieve dramatic results after just one or two whitening sessions.

As always, our Saint Louis dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to call our office to speak to our team, or use the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry, and we will get back to you shortly. We look forward to talking with you! 

When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, knowledge is power. When you understand the things that put your smile at risk, you can make better decisions to protect your oral health. Keep reading to learn more from our Saint Louis dentists 

Skipping water as you start your day

Get your day started the right way by re-hydrating your body and your smile. You want to jump-start saliva production before you consume anything acidic or sugary, like coffee or cereal.

Using the wrong toothbrush

Upgrading your toothbrush can help you keep your smile cleaner, longer, while minimizing dental discoloration. You want to make sure that the head of your toothbrush is small enough to reach your back molars and clean hard-to-reach gum tissue. Pay attention also the type of bristle on your toothbrush; using bristles that are too firm can actually lead to enamel and gum tissue damage. 

Picking at your smile with pointy tools

Try to avoid using metal or wooden toothpicks to clean between your teeth. Refresh your smile with floss or by using a mouth rinse instead!

Skimping on brushing time

Many patients are surprised to learn that the American Dental Association says that we should be brushing for two minutes every time that we brush. It can be hard to gauge how long to brush; try setting a timer or listing to a two-minute-long song to keep track. 

Not addressing dry mouth at night

During the night, your body loses a lot of water, and this can create an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive in your mouth. Chronic dry mouth is linked to halitosis, gum disease, and cavity development. So, if you are experiencing dry mouth during the night you may need to consume more water or use a mouth rinse before bed.

Our Saint Louis dentists can give you additional, personalized recommendations after your personal consultation—give us a call to learn more! 

Temporary bad breath happens to everyone, and while it isn’t exactly a welcome addition to your day, it usually isn’t anything to worry about. If, however, you find that you are dealing with bad breath on a regular basis, and that it seems hard to keep your breath fresh, it may be time to talk to your dentist. 

Keep reading to learn more from our Saint Louis dentists about steps you can take to conquer hard-to-treat bad breath. 

An important thing to keep in mind is that chronic bad breath is often linked to oral health issues; harmful oral bacteria produce unpleasant odors as they proliferate and grow. So, getting a handle on bad breath is really about restoring oral health.

Improving your at-home oral hygiene routine

Because bacterial plaque develops in your mouth all day, every day, it is crucial that your daily dental care is robust enough to keep it from building up too much. The general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that you brush your smile morning and night, and floss every night.

Increase water consumption

Your body produces saliva in order to neutralize bacteria and re-mineralize dental enamel. If you are not drinking enough water, however, you may develop dry mouth, and bad breath as a result. 

Treat existing oral health conditions

If you have already developed cavities or gum disease, you probably won’t experience lasting relief from bad breath until these infections are treated by a professional. 

Take a look at your diet

Limiting your consumption of sugary and acidic substances will make it harder for bacteria to thrive in your mouth. When you do indulge, get into the habit of rinsing your smile with water as soon as you’re done.   

Simple steps can really make a big difference over time. Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to give you more information and guidance; get started by contacting our team for a personal consultation. 

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