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    5 Critical Oral Cancer Facts

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    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we urge people to come in twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning.  If you avoid checkups because you don’t think you have any tooth decay, perhaps getting an oral cancer screening is a more convincing reason.

    In the last few decades, lung and breast cancer have had a lot of public attention. There is relatively less awareness of oral cancer, even though it claims almost 10,000 lives every year in the United States. If you smoke or have acquired HPV, you have a higher risk for developing oral cancer.

    At Koch Park Dental, we work to increase awareness of oral cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. Here are five essential things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

    • About 80% of men and women with oral cancer use some kind of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
    • 40% of individuals who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer die within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
    • In many cases, it is almost impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce indistinct symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be checked by a dentist or doctor.
    • HPV (the most frequent sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the various strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
    • Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide oral cancer screenings, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

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    Most people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. Some may even know the unique focus of endodontists. But few probably know that the American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties. Today’s post from Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO looks at the specific disciplines within the fascinating world of dentistry and the years in which they were formally recognized by the ADA. (If you want a challenge, see if you can name all nine before you continue reading this post.)

    Endodontics (1983): This area focuses on “the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues.”1 If you need a root canal in Florissant, you may require the services of an endodontist.

    Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (2003): If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.

    Pediatric Dentistry (1995): {edoatroc dentists provide dental care for infants, children and teenagers.

    Periodontics (1992): Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and the surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes.

    Prosthodontics (2003): Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, invisible fillings, and teeth bleaching.

    Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (1991): This specialty concerns “the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It is a science that investigates the causes, processes, and effects of these diseases. The practice of oral pathology includes research and diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations.”1

    Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
    (2001): Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.

    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (1990): Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.

    Dental Public Health (1976): This discipline focuses on preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.

    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO, we provide general dentistry, and specialize in dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    Let Your Smile Show Who You Really Are

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    Consider the power of a smile. A smile communicates your emotions more precisely than words can ever do. The absence of a smile also sends a clear message. But what if you want to smile but the issues with your teeth prevent you? With cosmetic dentistry from Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we can help.

    You may have a warm and engaging personality, but no one can observe that personality without a smile. If you are frequently too embarrassed about your teeth to smile, this post is for you.

    Do you ever consider how your close-lipped facial expressions impact other people’s perceptions of you? Do you think it’s possible that your demeanor causes people to get the wrong impression? Perhaps they think you are shy, distant, timid, or unhappy. These adjectives are probably completely off-base – but without a smile, it’s hard to tell. Especially when people meet you for the first time.

    Do you think your unsightly smile has affected your career? How about your personal relationships? If you are not satisfied with the way your teeth look, you have probably considered cosmetic dentistry.

    This begs the question: “What has prevented you from seeking a smile redesign?” Is it the cost? Fear that it’s going to be painful? Doubts about whether it will really work? Worry that you will have to take work off for several appointments? Maybe you are just too embarrassed to let anyone look in your mouth.

    If you are still reading this post, you may be on the fence regarding this life-changing transformation. You can’t make a wise choice unless you have the essential facts, and we want to provide them to you.

    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide the cosmetic dentistry that can change your smile for the better. We also offer dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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    This post from Koch Park Dental in Florsissant MO focuses on an article that appeared on ScienceDaily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

    “Enhanced dental care included teeth brushing, tongue scraping, removal of calculus, atraumatic restorative treatment of caries, tooth extraction and topical application of chlorhexidine corresponding to each patients’ needs four to five times a week. Comparatively, regular treatment consisted of mechanical cleansing using gauze followed by topical application of chlorhexidine three times a day.”1

    “Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

    If a member of your family has serious health concerns, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of our patients experiences severe health issues, we are happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some manageable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

    Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is essential for everyone. Some patients have an inaccurate view of oral health – they seem to have the notion that it exists autonomously. It is actually interdependent with general physical health.

    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO, we see ourselves as key members of your healthcare team and are dedicated to your physical, mental, and emotional health. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

    1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

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    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    Swollen Gums?

    If Your Gums Are Swollen And Sore, Call Koch Park Dental - Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

    If you are experiencing inflamed gums or an aching tooth, you’re are not alone. About one third of U.S. adults are affected by tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and gum disease plagues one in seven people age 35 to 40. Don’t ignore these symptoms, call Koch Park Dental in Florissant for  treatment.

    At Koch Park Dental we take gum disease seriously, because left untreated it can lead to loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth.

    Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. You will know you have it if your gums bleed easily and look red and swollen. If this condition is not reversed it can lead to periodontitis. With this condition your gums become loose and separate from the teeth forming cavities that can become infected. This can spread to the bone supporting the tooth. If this is damaged, the tooth can be lost.

    At Koch Park Dental we recommend daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings to help combat gingivitis. Our team has been treating gum disease and other dental problems for Missouri patients since 1987.

    If you want your teeth to feel fresh and bright, come in for a cleaning and check-up. Don’t become a statistic, prevent gingivitis by treating your teeth and gums with the TLC they deserve. (After all, they work pretty hard for you day in and day out.)

    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant we treat gum disease, and provide dental implants. We also treat issues like sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    5 Reasons To Schedule A Dental Cleaning Today

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    Regular cleanings at checkups at Koch Park Dental in Florissant are the best things you can do to maintain your dental health. But we’re using this blog post to be a little more specific.

    1. Protect Your Gums

    It’s not only extreme cavities that can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. Gum disease that leads to bone loss is just as harmful. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates pockets of infection between the gums and tooth roots. This leads to periodontitis, gum recession, and eventual bone loss. A professional cleaning eliminates the plaque before it can cause the gums to loosen.

    2. Prevent Cavities

    Even if you brush and floss your teeth morning and night, plaque can build up. We have many patients who are dutiful brushers but are surprised when our hygienist uncovers plaque on their teeth.

    3. Check for Oral Cancer

    The Oral Cancer Foundation relates this unfortunate news: oral cancer claims one life approximately every hour—that’s 48,250 deaths a year.

    4. Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

    Your mouth is not a separate entity from the rest of the body, but many individuals treat it that way. Some get regular preventative services for physical conditions but forget their teeth. Did you know, for example, that there is compelling evidence to suggest that the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes increases with poor oral health?

    5. It May Be Free

    Many dental insurance plans cover twice-yearly dental cleanings. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, cleanings are one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain ideal oral health.

    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide a wide range of services, including general dentistry and dental implants. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    Koch Park Dental Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

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    Hearing that you have periodontal disease or “gum disease” can be upsetting. Here at Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing gum disease. If you discover that you already have it, don’t despair. We can help.

    Symptoms of Gum Disease
    Bleeding gums
    Swollen, tender gums
    Receding gums
    Bad breath that won’t go away
    Loose adult teeth
    Sensitive teeth

    Whether you are just being diagnosed, working to undo problems of the past, or trying to prevent gum disease for the future, we have answers.

    Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease

    Brush at least two times a day – morning and night
    Brush with fluoride toothpaste
    Floss at least once a day
    Visit us for regular check-ups and cleanings
    Use a fluoride rinse before brushing
    Avoid between-meal snacking
    Avoid tobacco products

    Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

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    Gum disease can sneak up on you. Regular check-ups and consistent, thorough oral hygiene is vital for preventing the pain and health issues associated with periodontal disease. It can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is clearly best.

    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we’re equipped to care for all of your dental needs, including issues such as sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment today.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    A Ginormous Cavity?

    Florissant Cosmetic DentistryWhen Koch Park Dental  in Florissant MO repairs a tooth that has dental caries or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. We’re talking tooth-specific locale here.

    If there is a chip, crack, or dental caries on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often created to restore the tooth.

    Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully at Koch Park Dental. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

    At Koch Park Dental the inlays and onlays we place for our patients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. We have the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of dental aesthetics to design the restoration and create an exact match.

    Koch Park Dental inlays and onlays:

    • Are stain resistant
    • Do not cause tooth sensitivity
    • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
    • Strengthen the tooth and protect against further decay or damage

    Call Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO to book a cosmetic dentistry consultation today.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    The Tea And Teeth Question

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    What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea? Why, Denis, of course.

    Lame jokes aside, a common concern for patients is stained teeth. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we can do something about that condition with professional teeth whitening.

    A common cause of tooth staining is dark beverages, including tea.

    Over time, tea can stain the enamel of your teeth. Some discoloration can be brushed and flossed away, but you need to stay on top of it. Daily oral hygiene is important.

    Between cleanings, rinse with water after drinking tea. Be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

    If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, you may want to consider teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening from Koch Park Dental can restore the brightness of your smile.

    At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services that restore and enhance your teeth. To find out more, schedule a consultation with us today.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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    Missing Teeth? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

    Missing Teeth In Florissant? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

    If you have had years of dental problems or are embarrassed by missing teeth, our friendly team at Koch Park Dental in Florissant can help. You could be a candidate for dental implants, or implant supported dentures.

    A removable replacement for missing teeth, dentures can be made in advance and positioned as soon as the natural teeth are removed. Our Koch Park Dental lab creates dentures that look just like natural teeth: attractive, healthy teeth.

    If you still have some healthy, natural teeth, you can benefit from dentures without having your healthy teeth extracted.

    Partial dentures fill in the gaps, replacing missing teeth to complete a smile. Partial dentures can prevent natural teeth from moving. Many Florissant dental practices can complete these procedures in one day.

    Many dental insurance providers cover most or all of the cost of dentures. Call us at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS and we can help you find out if your Missouri dental insurance covers dentures.

    Another alternative for Florissant people with missing teeth is to receive dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone, actually replacing both the root and crown of the tooth. Dental implants have many advantages, such as preventing jaw bone recession which can occur when natural teeth are removed. However, not all Florissant dentistry patients are good candidates for implants.

    Dental implants can also be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is ‘snapped on’ or attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.

    The combination denture/implant smile restoration solution is being used successfully by many Florissant dentists. It is usually more affordable than dental implant replacements for several natural teeth.

    Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, improving your ability to eat and speak. If you are embarrassed to smile or laugh, it’s time to bring back your beautiful smile!

    In addition to dental implants, Koch Park Dental in Florissant provides general dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    2149 Charbonier Rd
    Florissant, Missouri


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