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…)

The Valued Versatility of a Dental Crown

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Woman Smiling After Getting a Dental Crown O'Fallon ILDental crowns have been used for decades – and they are still one of the most popular dental restorations used across the world. They’ve gained their favor and widespread use due to their versatility. Crowns can be used to improve the structure and function of a tooth as well as its appearance. This is why crowns are often considered as a cosmetic investment as well as a restorative one. They can even serve as replacements for missing teeth!

Today’s dental crowns are more durable and natural-looking than ever before. While a wide range of materials can be used to fabricate a crown, most dentists prefer porcelain crowns. These provide durability and stain-resistance and they mimic the translucence of a natural tooth. Most of all, modern dental crowns can be tailored to fit your smile. Detailed measurements of your mouth and gums are acquired so that your crown can be customized in color, shape and size to blend seamlessly within your smile. (more…)

Root Canal Therapy: Heroic Not Horrific

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Woman in Dentist Chair Awaiting a Dental Procedure O'Fallon ILThere’s no doubt that root canals have gotten a bad reputation in dental care. This is unfortunate. While root canals have long been misperceived as a painful and dreaded dental procedures, this endodontic therapy is actually quite heroic. Root canals save dying teeth – and that deserves some positive recognition! (more…)

Benefits of Metal-Free Fillings

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Woman Discussing Dental Procedure with Dentist O' Fallon IL Approximately 91 percent of U.S. adults aged 20–64 had dental caries in permanent teeth in 2011–2012, according to CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. While we would love to discuss ways to prevent dental decay, it is also important to talk about how we repair these cavities once they’ve formed. Your options for repairing a decayed tooth is not what they were several years ago. Amalgam (metal) fillings used to be the standard of care, but dentists are now using a much more preferred filling material. Composite resin, known for its “tooth colored” properties has replaced the traditional silver filling for both children and adults. (more…)

Smile Makeover Versus Full-Mouth Reconstruction

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Up Close Pic of Young Couple SmilingWhile most people come to the dentist for a single procedure, there are times in which multiple dental services are needed at one time or in subsequent stages. You may be familiar with the terms “smile makeover” and “full-mouth reconstruction,” as these are two of the most extensive dental services offered at most practices. Both a smile makeover and a full-mouth reconstruction are designed to make multiple changes to a person’s smile. However, they have some distinct differences as well. (more…)

Is Your Child’s Snack Good For Their Teeth?

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Child in Dentist Chair O'Fallon ILSnacking is commonplace for kids. In fact, children of all ages like to graze throughout the day. Since their bodies are growing, it is no wonder they feel the need to fuel up more frequently than adults. Are you giving your children healthy snack options? What is good for their body may not always be good for their teeth.

Here are three quick questions to ask yourself when your child utters those familiar words, “I’m hungry. Can I have a snack?”: (more…)

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

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Healthy Teeth and Gums O'Fallon, IL Did you know that by taking care of your mouth, you are also protecting your heart? While the details and evidence are still being pursued, the research showing the correlation between gum disease and heart disease is quite strong. To understand this, it’s important to learn the shared effects that periodontitis (gum disease) and heart disease have on the body.

Inflammation: Gum disease begins with an inflammatory process within the gum tissues. When determining a patient’s risk for heart attack, a physician can look at the level of CRP (or C-reactive proteins) in the blood. High amounts of these inflammatory proteins are present in those with gum disease as well as those with heart disease. (more…)

The Power of a Smile: What’s Holding You Back?

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O'Fallon IL Smile MakeoversDo you know the power behind a smile? Studies have shown the remarkable impact that a smile can have on your personal well-being, your social acceptance, your health and so much more. In fact, social scientists have uncovered research studies that show that genuine smiles help you deal with negative emotions better, recover from grief more easily and be happier overall. Smiles portray positivity and warmth and can even boost your immune system and lower your stress levels. So what is holding you back from smiling more and gaining these powerful benefits? For many, it is the way their smile looks that makes them smile less or even hide their smile.

If you aren’t tapping into the power of your smile due to teeth imperfections, cosmetic dentistry can help. It may not be as time-consuming, painful or costly as you may think. In fact, a large majority of cosmetic dental procedures can be performed in 1 to 2 office visits. With the use of sedation dentistry and modern office amenities, your smile enhancement can feel more like a trip to the spa than the dentist. (more…)

Reasons Adults Choose Invisalign

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Dentist near Belleville IL Offering InvisalignInvisalign is a revolutionary smile-straightening treatment that continues to gain popularity with adults. Instead of metal braces, adults can wear a series of clear, nearly invisible aligners to comfortably move their teeth into ideal position over a set period of time. Invisalign ranks high in effectiveness as well as patient satisfaction.

Here are some top reasons you may choose Invisalign as an adult for your crooked or imperfect smile:

You had braces as a child or teen, but didn’t wear your retainer. Unfortunately, a large number of orthodontic patients forgo wearing their retainer as early as 12 to 18 months after their braces come off. This commonly results in shifting teeth and a return of orthodontic concerns as an adult. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to wear metal braces again. Those who wore braces in the past and need corrective treatment now can achieve excellent results with Invisalign. However, you should know that after treatment, you will need to be diligent about wearing a retainer to maintain your straight smile. (more…)