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When people think of dental damage they often think about dental traumas and accidents. Undoubtedly, many people develop dental problems because of sporting or vehicular accidents, for example, but the truth is that the leading causes of dental damage are much more prosaic and ubiquitous.

Today our Saint Louis dentists are helping you combat some of the everyday causes of dental damage. Here are some simple things that you can do as part of your daily routine to protect your smile.

1. Drink plenty of water

Water is your smile’s best friend. When you drink water, you stay hydrated, and you empower your body to produce plenty of saliva. Saliva helps to re-mineralize enamel and neutralize harmful oral bacteria. You can also use water to rinse your smile after eating, so as to dislodge food particles and plaque from your smile.

2. Consume sugar smartly

We all know that sugar is harmful for your oral health. When you do indulge in sugary treats, do it in such a way as to minimize the harm done to your smile. Consume sugary in short sitting, rather than snacking or sipping through the day. Rinse your smile with water directly after consumption so that sugar is not able to sit on your smile.

3. Beware of acidic substances

Many foods and drinks that we love contain a lot of acid, and acid weakens dental enamel over time. Fruit juices, soft drinks, wine, and whole citrus fruits, for example, all have high acid levels. Again, rinsing your smile can help to minimize the effect of dietary acid. Additionally, make sure that you wait at least 20 to 30 minutes after eating/drinking to brush your teeth; your dental enamel is actually weaker directly after acid exposure, so brushing during this time period may inadvertently buff away tooth structure.

Caring for your smile every day takes more than just brushing and flossing. Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to give you any more information that you may need—just give us a call to schedule a personal consultation!

Tooth replacement treatment is a highly individualized and customized. No two smiles are exactly the same, so our Saint Louis dentists provide tooth replacement options that are versatile and can be personalized to suit the individual patient.

Implant Smiles All-on-Four treatment is highly effective and aesthetically pleasing. This treatment allows our dental team to replace a number of missing teeth—sometimes an entire smile—with just one treatment solution.

So how does it work?

Implant Smiles utilizes dental implant technology to permanently replace missing teeth. Our dentist places titanium implant roots in strategically chosen spots along the patient’s gum line. These implant roots will serve as the foundation for the patient’s rebuilt smile. Side note: did you know that implant roots are made of titanium because titanium is able to osseointegrate and bond to natural bone tissue? This means that over time your implant roots will actually help to support your existing jawbone tissue.

Once the dental implant roots are in place, it is time for our dentist to secure a dental restoration to these roots. Just a few implant roots are capable of supporting larger dental prostheses like dentures. In many cases, we are able to anchor a prosthesis on the same day that we insert your implant roots; this may not be your final implant smile, we often wait until your bone and gum tissues have healed post-implant-insertion before placing your final prosthesis.

One of the most amazing things about Implant Smiles is that the replacement teeth are customized to suit the patient’s needs and appearance. The shapes, sizes, and shades of your replacement teeth will look natural and attractive for you, as an individual.

Feel free to look around our site to learn more about all that Implant Smiles has to offer. And, remember, you can always call our Saint Louis Implant Smile dentists to schedule a personal consultation and get all of the information that you need!

Dental fear and anxiety keep too many people from getting the dental treatments that they need to stay well. Our Saint Louis dentists understand that anxiety is a common problem among dental patients of many ages. That is why we make it such a priority to help people overcome dentistry-related stress and trepidation.

One treatment that is increasingly popular, and impressively effective, is oral conscious sedation. Keep reading to get more information about this exciting sedation option!

Q: What does oral conscious sedation do?

A: Oral conscious sedation makes you feel calm, comfortable, and untroubled in the dentist’s chair. You are never actually unconscious during treatment, but because oral conscious sedation has amnesiac qualities, you will not remember the treatment process once the sedative wears off.

Q: How is oral conscious sedation administered?

A: One reason that so many people love this treatment is that it is completely needle-free and face-mask-free. In order to benefit from oral conscious sedation, you will take a dentist-prescribed pill about an hour before you come in for treatment (someone will need to transport you to the office, as you will be under the effects of medication!). The sedative wears off on its own post-treatment.

Q: What kind of patients use oral conscious sedation?

A: Oral conscious sedation is helpful for all kinds of dental patients—those undergoing extensive or multi-phased treatment, those who suffer from dental anxiety, and those who want to get more dental treatments completed in a shorter period of time. Before our team recommends oral conscious sedation for you we will assess your current health status, talk about your history of dental sedation, and discuss your dental goals.

If you think that sedation dentistry may be able to help you, our Saint Louis sedation dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and guide you through your treatment options. Give us a call to schedule a consultation!

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