What is Dry Socket?

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Pain After Tooth Extraction O'Fallon ILDry socket is a very painful dental condition that you won’t have to worry about until you get a tooth extracted. In fact, wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common procedures associated with dry socket. While you will certainly be given a list of instructions for avoiding dry socket after tooth removal, it is important to understand exactly what the condition entails and the risks involved.

While most extraction procedures involve a simple oral surgery and smooth recovery, they do pose the risk of dry socket. Dry socket, also called alveolar osteitis, is a condition that can develop if the blood clot after tooth removal does not form or gets disturbed. This can create significant pain for the patient. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this as well as treat dry socket if the condition occurs. (more…)

Could Flossing Reduce Your Risk for Oral Cancer?

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Dental Procedure O' Fallon ILAre you flossing every day? A staggering number of Americans neglect this important oral hygiene task. Perhaps if more patients understood the cause-and-effect relationship between flossing and health, it would keep them motivated. Flossing helps prevent bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. But did you know that flossing may also protect you against oral cancer?

We know that oral cancer risk factors include alcohol consumption, tobacco use, HPV, sun exposure, genetics and a weakened immune system. However, current research also includes poor oral hygiene as a potential risk factor for mouth cancer. In fact, recent studies have discovered that people who floss at least once a day are invariably less likely to develop oral cancer. The study compared behaviors of individuals who developed oral cancer and those who did not. Researchers saw that people who did not develop cancer went to the dentist once a year and flossed at least once a day. (more…)

Are Lumineers Right For You?

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For a cosmetic dentist, one of the quickest and most effective ways to create a beautiful smile is to use veneers. Veneers are typically shells of porcelain that are bonded on the front surface of the teeth to hide imperfections. This cosmetic dental solution offers remarkable versatility, as veneers can address mild to moderate malocclusion, teeth with unsightly gaps, broken teeth, chipped teeth and even teeth that are extremely discolored. A highlighted advantage is that multiple flaws can be fixed in one procedure – saving time and money for the patient. (more…)

Can You Blame Your Parents for Bad Teeth?

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Family Dentistry O Fallon, ILDo you feel like you need a cavity filled every time you visit the dentist? While we know that tooth decay is largely preventable with proper dental hygiene and routine dental visits, there is also evidence that suggests that genetics can play a role in one’s susceptibility to cavities. If you are diligent in your oral hygiene and still find yourself with frequent cavities, you may be able to blame your parents.
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Why Dental Issues Just Can’t Wait

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Female Dental Patient in Chair O'Fallon, ILLife is full of unexpected problems. While a broken chair in your dining room or noisy garage door are not cause for immediate action, issues within your dental health just can’t wait. In fact, putting off or neglecting dental treatment can lead to far worse problems than you started out with.

Dental problems can come in a variety of forms, from a sudden toothache or jaw symptoms to receding gums or painful sensitivity. Unless you are a certified dentist with an x-ray machine at your home, there’s little chance you’re accurately diagnosing your dental issues on your own. A trip to the dentist is almost always in order. (more…)

3 Signs Your Partner Has Sleep Apnea

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Man in Bed Snoring While SleepingAs you may have already discovered, not everyone sleeps peacefully. There are many sleep conditions that can make a person toss and turn or make noises while they snooze. Among the most serious sleep conditions is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea refers to multiple pauses in breathing throughout the night due to airway obstruction. Unfortunately, untreated sleep apnea can affect more than just your quality of sleep. It can impact your daytime energy, your ability to concentrate and your heart health. (more…)

3 Reasons to Consider Dental Tourism

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Much like its name suggests, dental tourism refers to people traveling somewhere else to undergo a dental procedure. This can include travel from state to state as well as oversees in many cases. The dental procedures people travel for can also vary. While some simple need root canal therapy or a dental filling, others seek more advanced services such as implants, bridges and cosmetic dental procedures. Soft Touch Dentistry is proud to be a frequent home for countless dental tourists each year. Dr. Thompson is a highly sought-after cosmetic dentist who treats patients from across the nation with affordable, top quality dental services.

Why do people pack up and leave their hometowns in order to see a dentist? There are many reasons why the time and expense of the travel are worth it. The following are common motivations for dental tourism: (more…)

8 Reasons You Fear the Dentist

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 Patient Under Sedation Asleep in Dentist Chair O' Fallon, ILAre you scared or anxious about visiting the dentist? You are not alone. Dental phobia is quite common in both children and adults. In fact, there are many reasons why you may be fearful of the dentist. Unfortunately, you can’t just go without professional dental care and expect to retain a healthy smile. While modern dentistry has alleviated many of the preconceptions that suggest dental treatments are painful, many patients still struggle to overcome their deep-seated phobias surrounding dental visits. Fear of pain is just one of the many reasons why dental phobia exists.

Research and surveys have revealed the following as some of the most common reasons why patients skip their dental appointments due to fear: (more…)

Brushing and Flossing: Does Order Matter?

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Whether young or old, brushing and flossing are the daily commandments of proper dental hygiene. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily is the best way to remove plaque and food debris from all surfaces of your teeth, which helps you avoid subsequent cavities, staining, bad breath, gum disease and other dental problems. While the most important thing is that you complete these tasks, there is some debate about which one should come first. Do you brush before you floss? Is that the best way? (more…)

Why Orange Juice and Toothpaste Just Aren’t Friends

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Dentist Conuslting with Patient in the Dental Chair O'Fallon, IL When discussing orange juice and toothpaste together, it is common to hear feedback about how terrible orange juice tastes when drinking it right after brushing your teeth. While this proves true for many people, the reverse relationship is equally disappointing. Just like toothpaste inhibits your ability to enjoy the taste of orange juice, orange juice can sabotage the effectiveness of toothpaste when cleaning your teeth if it is consumed in the reverse order. Here’s a closer look at why toothpaste and orange juice just shouldn’t be used or consumed together – or at least not in the same hour! (more…)