Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe that the most crucial aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we agree. However, many people find that trying out a few different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire.

Let’s consider some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is typically made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less expensive, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is often referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is helpful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the layout of a wide, flat ribbon. Many people find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to ask your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this critical habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, your dental health is important. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Smart Brushing Beats Aggressive Brushing

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Most our patients at Koch Park Dental brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are some who don’t do a very good job of it, and put their dental health at risk.

They may pride themselves on their diligence, but frequency does not make up for an incorrect approach. One of the most common errors—especially for teenagers—is speedy, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush.

There is a certain logic to this technique. When you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The trouble is that teeth and soft tissue have different characteristics. While enamel is durable, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.

If you use hard bristles against possible cavity makers, froth at the mouth, speed through those 30 inches of tooth surface, and spit everything out in less than a minute, this message is for you.

Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing
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  • Tooth decay caused by bits of food left between teeth
  • Damage to teeth through abrasion
  • Weakened enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • receding gums
  • Damage to existing dental work
  • Tartar build-up

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant we encourage proper brushing. If you have any doubts about your technique, just ask, and we’ll give you some tips. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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How To Beat Plaque

Plaque is that sticky, filmy stuff that forms on teeth. It is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. For the best dental health, the team at Koch Park Dental in Florissant reminds all of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day.

Plaque forms when foods with sugars and starches are not brushed away. The bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth thrive on these sugars and starches, and produce acids. Over time these acids destroy tooth enamel, leaving you with a cavity. Or maybe two.

Plaque is mostly colorless. When it isn’t brushed away, it leaves you with that rough or fuzzy feeling on the surface of your teeth.

Take Care Of Your Teeth!

You probably know where this short article is headed: keep your teeth clean! That means brushing and flossing.

  • Brush at least twice each day, for two minutes.
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • Be sure to get along the gumline, that place where your teeth and gums meet.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Floss between the teeth to get bacteria and food debris.
  • Ask us whether dental sealants are a good idea for you.

Plaque is always going to be there. But brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can keep it under control, and greatly reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. If it hardens into tartar it can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

Having your teeth cleaned and examined at Koch Park Dental in Florissant should be part of your strategy for beating plaque and having a beautiful, healthy smile. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment!

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Koch Park Dental Teeth Whitening News

Koch Park Dental - Martin L. Buchheit, DDS Dental News For Florissant MissouriTeeth whitening treatments have advanced significantly. The team at Koch Park Dental in Florissant is trained on the latest, safest and most effective products and systems. If you need up-to-date details on teeth whitening, give our office a call.

Everyone, it seems, would like to have teeth that are whiter. The good news is that it has never been easier to achieve. All you need to do is take a look at all the whitening products that are available in any grocery store and you’ll see what we mean. From whitening toothpastes to strips and other products, there is a lot to choose from.

While most of the commercially available products do an adequate job whitening your teeth, they cannot compare to professional teeth whitening. And who wants to settle for adequate, anyway?

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, teeth whitning is just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we use to improve smiles. Schedule an appointment to find out what we can do for you!

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Get The Royal Treatment At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

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At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we  treat you like royalty, providing the exceptional dental care you deserve. Get discolored teeth brightened and chipped teeth repaired. Receive one important procedure or full smile makeovers.

They say that cosmetic dentistry is part science and part art. That is a short-and-sweet definition for what we do. We use sound dental techniques to bring positive changes to the smiles of our patients.

It isn’t about vanity. Cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. Even the smallest improvement can boost your self-confidence. We have many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even missing.

General dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry complements the dental health of each patient. We consider the shape, alignment, color and condition of the teeth, and the facial shape and coloring of each patient. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear. Cosmetic dentistry from Koch Park Dental in Florissant restores your smile to its youthful appearance. We also treat issues like sleep apnea. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Go Back In Time

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So you’ve lost some teeth and now are reluctant to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and take back that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants from Koch Park Dental in Florissant, you can!

For most patients, a dental implant is the ideal replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. They feel so natural that implant recipients forget they ever lost a tooth in the first place.

A dental implant is anchored into the jawbone with a durable metal post. It doesn’t slide around like dentures, and unlike a dental bridge, it protects healthy jawbone and prevents bone recession. After the post is totally enmeshed with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and beautiful crown are firmly attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the treatment at once.

If you’ve lost multiple teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures.

Another way to go back in time is to lighten your teeth to the sparkling color they were when you were a teenager. There are several different types of tooth whitening systems, from same-day procedures to at-home treatments. Again, talk to Dr. Buchheit about your goals and budget.

Have you ever wished your smile looked like it did before you had any tooth decay? (Many of us can’t remember that far back!) Talk to us about tooth-colored fillings. White fillings match your teeth, and significantly improve your smile without crowns.

Perhaps you have chipped a tooth. We have numerous solutions to correct that trouble as well. Talk to us about your goals for your smile.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we look forward to formulating a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. In addition to dental implants, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call today!

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Gently Now (Protect Your Gums When You Brush)

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Everyone wants nice, pearly whites, so we should brush our teeth more, right? At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we think only issue with that is many people brush too aggressively, leading to receding gums.  You don’t want that.

Gum recession is when your gum line exposes too much of your teeth, or in severe cases, your tooth root. It results in a pocket of space between your teeth and gum line.  Decay-causing bacteria can grow and fester in that pocket. This leads to serious issues down the line. Even tooth loss.

Longer or Harder?

A common misconception is the idea that if you want to brighten your teeth, you should scrub them really hard.

The best way to get pearly whites (and prevent decay) is to brush longer, not harder. Gently brush your teeth until they’re squeaky clean. Run your tongue over them. Doesn’t that feel great?

When you are finished brushing, it’s time to floss. Be sure to get the floss down into the pocket between the gum and teeth.

Why?

Brushing longer, not harder, is the key. When you brush your teeth swiftly, you may not be getting all the bits of food off. You don’t want the bits of food to turn into plaque.

If you truly want whiter teeth, be certain you brush your teeth in a slow, circular motion for as close to five minutes as you can. Methodically go over each tooth on every surface. Plus your tongue. If five minutes is impossible, make sure you brush for at least two minutes. Set a timer on your phone. Play your favorite two-minute song.

Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. That way, you get all the recent gunk off and your teeth get a little bit whiter each time you brush. And the fluoride helps your teeth remineralize after eating or drinking enamel-weakening acidic foods and beverages.

Let’s Review

If you’re not careful, the way you brush your teeth can lead to gum recession. Gum recession can (and most likely will) cause a space to form between your teeth and gum line. This pocket collects bacteria. Bacteria causes tooth decay. Plus, if the gums continue to recede, the tooth can become loose.

Next, we discussed the appropriate motion and duration to brush your teeth. Finally, we went over the reasoning behind why all the aforementioned things are so important. Remember, you want a slow, circular motion for two to five minutes.

If your gums are already showing signs of recession, don’t despair. Pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with Koch Park Dental in Florissant. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

St. Louis Oral DentistryThis dental health message from Koch Park Dental in Florissant is about xylitol.

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. It is used in certain brands of chewing gum as an alternative sweetener. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually beneficial for your teeth.

Numerous clinical studies have established that xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that initiates tooth decay. It also minimizes plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of my patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For those who cope with frequent dry mouth, xylitol gum or mints can stimulate saliva production while protecting against tooth decay.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental troubles before they start. We offer general dentistry, and special services like dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These celebrations usually involve a lot of photographs and, of course, you want to look attractive. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry from Koch Park Dental in Florrisant.

Here are five cosmetic dental procedures that can usually be performed in one office visit.

1. Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a celebrated treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the terrific results they furnish. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or fix a misshapen tooth.

2. Gum Contouring
Perhaps your teeth are remarkable and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and perfect your smile. Book a consultation with Dr. Buchheit today for a thorough examination and experienced advice regarding your gumline.

3. Enamel Shaping
Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the characteristics of a smile even if all the other teeth have a winning appearance. We can reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.

4. Bonding
Dental bonding just gets better and better as additional materials are developed. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to correct teeth with cosmetic and structural problems. The newest prep methods are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.

5. Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like a terrific white smile to give you ultimate confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment that will bless you with increased self-esteem every day. At Koch Park Dental in Florrisant, we look forward to getting your smile ready for all those hugs, laughs, and, of course, pictures. We also offer dental implants and other services. Call today!

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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This message from Koch Park Dental in Florissant is for people with serious dental issues.

If you have missing spaces in your smile due to decay, injury or any other reason, there is hope. If your existing teeth are stained, decayed, or cracked, there is hope. If your teeth have always been misshapen, or crooked, there is hope. Cosmetic dentistry can fix all of those problems.

If you are missing one or more of your teeth, denteal implants are a state-of-the-art solution. In practical terms, the great thing about implants is that they function like a natural tooth. A titanium post – the actual implant – fuses to the patient’s jaw, and integrates with the bone so well that the body seldom recognizes them as a foreign object. Rejection is rare.

Conventional dentures may be more affordable than implant-anchored dentures. But because they are removable, most patients find that traditional dentures can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from Koch Park Dental in Florissant are the closest thing to getting back a natural tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation today. We also provide general dentistry, and many other services. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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