When Should I Transition My Teen to a General Dentist?

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Pediatric dentists have specialized training to treat infants, young children and teenagers. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, our office is designed for children. We use special dental tools created for smaller mouths. Dr. Buchheit is trained in children’s psychology. We know how to be patient with children with short attention spans. We help children of all ages feel safe and comfortable during dental visits.

When should my child transition from a pediatric dentist to a general dentist?

Some parents transition their son or daughter to a general dentist as soon as all their child’s permanent teeth come in. Other parents have their children see Dr. Buchheit until their late teens.

Some children hit their early teen years and want to go to an “adult” dentist. It’s smart to let your child guide the decision. It’s vital that they feel comfortable at the dentist’s. If your child starts feeling like they are too old to see a pediatric dentist, that’s okay.

We understand the oral health needs of your teenager

Remember that the team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS is willing and able to address adolescent dental needs. We are happy to continue treating your teen through their adolescent years. In addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouthguards, and wisdom teeth removal.

What dental issues should I be watching for during adolescence?

Regardless of whether your teen continues to visit our practice for treatment, pay attention to their nutrition needs as they enter their teen years. As children become more independent, they start making more of their own food choices. If you visit any Florissant-area middle school or high school during lunch, you will notice that many Missouri teens drink soda and energy drinks. Many of those teens drank milk during elementary school. Make sure your teen gets enough calcium to keep their teeth strong. Understand that vaping and smoking takes a toll on physical and dental health.

Your dentist is an indispensable member of your healthcare team

Your dentist can help you understand how their diet and lifestyle impact their oral health. If your son or daughter struggles with an eating disorder, a dentist can address any related dental issues. If your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment, your dentist can monitor their teeth closely during a time when it’s more difficult to keep teeth clean and free of tooth decay

We value our patient relationships and want to treat your son or daughter as long as they feel comfortable at our office. Regardless of when you transition your teen to a general dentist, make sure they continue to see a dentist at least twice a year. Continue to monitor their oral hygiene practices and set a good example. Watch out for destructive habits. Make sure they wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.

The team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS has been serving families in the St. Louis area since 1987. We value the relationships we have developed with our patients and their families. If you are looking for an experienced, caring pediatric dentist in the Florissant area, give us a call to schedule a consultation.

 

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Protect Your Enamel, Protect Your Teeth

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Your enamel is uniquely suited to safeguard your teeth. If you keep your tooth enamel healthy, you will avoid many dental ailments. You won’t get cavities. Your teeth will be less likely to chip or crack. You will avoid many causes of tooth stains.

It’s best to form enamel-healthy habits when you’re young.

Teach your youngster to protect their tooth enamel. There is a multitude of collateral health benefits as well.

For Healthy Tooth Enamel, Avoid The Following

Frequently Eating Sticky Food

Gummy candy, protein bars, and dried fruit can break teeth.

Chewing On Hard Foods

For example, Beef jerky and hard or stale bread.

Grinding Teeth

If you grind your teeth, talk about it with your dentist. It can cause headaches, tooth damage, and gum recession. An appliance can protect your enamel.

Drinking Anything Besides Water Frequently

If your teeth are awash in carbonated beverages (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks habitually, your enamel will suffer from the acids and sugar.

Playing Sports Without a Mouthguard

Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist are more comfortable than the boil-and-bite type.

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Innovative Orthodontic Treatment For Confident Smiles

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Many dental patients have experienced a boost in self-confidence with orthodontic treatment at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant.

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping men and women dramatically improve their smile and overall morale.

We Offer The Latest Orthodontic Treatments

We provide the latest orthodontic treatments to correct dental problems and imperfections.

We work with patients to create personalized treatment plans. We can tailor a treatment plan to fit your budget.

It’s Not Just About A Pretty Smile

Orthodontic treatment can relieve pain, correct bite dilemmas, and prevent future problems. Orthodontia is an investment in yourself that you will enjoy every day.

A Healthy Smile That Boosts Self-Confidence

Are you looking for the top orthodontist in Florissant for your child? When necessary, Dr. Buchheit uses two-phase treatment for little ones.

Two-phase treatment begins before all of the permanent teeth erupt. This proactive approach achieves the best long-term results. It may also shorten the overall course of treatment. Best of all, it’s less invasive for your son or daughter. Bring your child in for an orthodontic consultation and exam before they turn seven years-old.

If you have ever wondered what unprecedented orthodontic treatment can do for you or your child, call us today.

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.

 

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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Hiccups In Your Dental Routine

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The most common times people stop to brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. Common concerns that come with this routine involve hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion.

Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. Many St. Louis families face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, some have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule usually disrupts regular dental maintenance.

Many St. Charles workers have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of Florissant’s job market and the greater variety in shift schedules we see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion and often sleep takes priority over consistent brushing – either morning or night.

The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth without vigilant attention.

Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish with water immediately after consuming acidic foods to reduce the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.

Dr. Martin Buchheit’s hygiene staff at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS has been assisting Missouri families since 1987 to prevent hiccups in their dental routines. See how we demonstrate professional and educated instruction at http://www.kochparkdental.net/about-us/.

Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS provides more than just cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry. In addition to Invisalign, restorative dentistry, dental implants, and root canals there is hygiene education, teeth whitening and cleanings to be discussed. Sure, the cost of cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers, invisalign braces and dental bridges can all seem confusing. The key is to stay on top of the critical habits that you can control. We can help you make sense of the other stuff.

Regular checkups are important for catching decay, infection or other troubles early so let us make an appointment for your next preventative visit and keep those hiccups from causing permanent damage. Call us at 314-837-7744 to schedule!

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

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Take 5: Straight Talk About Braces

invisible braces FlorissantHello, I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. I support healthy oral hygiene and regular, consistent check-ups. Hygiene for braces is a bit different.

Here are five important concerns to keep in mind with braces:

1. Be Careful What You Eat

Sweets and extra food jammed into tight spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the braces in your mouth. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, anything that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky sweets like gum and caramel can damage the braces in your mouth.

2. Consider a Mouthguard

Sports are the center of life for many Florissant families. We’re an active community. I love that. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.

3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires deliberate brushing and flossing. In the past, two minutes of quality brushing was acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. What’s another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of?

4. Check the Mirrors
Humans are exceptional at noticing flaws. Check your smile often in a mirror to stay free of food particles.

5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, hope it helps.

I’ve been treating patients in St. Louis, Maryland Heights, St. Charles and beyond since 1987. You name it – cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry—we do it.

Meet with me today and we can go over the possibilities and simple options to meet your needs. Can’t wait to see you!

 

 

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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Malocclusion is the dental term for crooked teeth. When you consider all the different ways teeth can be aligned, it is not surprising that malocclusion manifests itself in numerous forms. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, it’s a treatable condition.

The number of configurations may surprise you:

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this described, unkindly, as “buck teeth.”

An overbite transpires when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can occur on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most common types of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are offset to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is labeled a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth can increase the chance of tooth decay, tooth damage, and TMD temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Children with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables correctly, they may miss out on needed nutrients due to a limited diet.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide clear braces by Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033