How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

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Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can affect the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the harmful material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will develop.

Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related dilemmas. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal problems.

Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will arise, eventually causing tooth loss.

It is crucial to practice preventive dental care daily at home and have regular visits to the dentist. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays, along with the vital knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. It is also very important to see your dentist ASAP if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you see any other changes.

Thanks for visiting our blog. For more specifics about inflammation or periodontal disease, give us a call at 205-933-0323.

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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Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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There is no doubt that a healthy, pleasing smile positively impacts one’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. A beautiful healthy smile also impacts our personal relationships. When we smile, we appear (and feel!) younger and more attractive.

Research has shown that smiling also helps reduce stress, increase productivity, and express empathy.

But if you are troubled by dental problems, then you may feel insecure about your smile. A smile makeover is a solution to your issues.

When you visit Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, you will find Dr. Buchheit to be very empathetic about how you feel about your teeth. Together the two of you make a plan to help you gain the beautiful smile that you have been missing in your life.

One question to consider before going in is: What changes do you want to see in your smile?

There is no need to feel helpless. There is always a solution. Straightening teeth, fixing chips, replacing missing teeth, re-shaping teeth, and bleaching teeth are only some of the changes that Dr. Buchheit can perform. If you have a problem, your dentist will help you find a solution.

If you are worried about the cost of a smile makeover, remember there is a way to make it happen. When you and your dentist decide on your smile makeover plan, budgeting becomes part of it. Together, you will figure out how to perform your smile makeover in a timely, reasonably priced manner.

If you feel that a smile makeover can improve your life, book an appointment with Dr. Buchheit at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant by calling 314-837-7744. We will give you the dazzling smile that you can be proud of.

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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5 Critical Things To Know About Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is inflammation or infection of the gums. For the most part, periodontal disease is preventable. This condition is so widespread in the US that it has been called a ‘health crisis’ by the ADA. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be treated.

  1. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss.
  2. Practicing proper dental hygiene and having 6-month dental exams are the best way to prevent periodontal disease.
  3. Periodontal disease can occur without the presence of tooth decay.
  4. Almost half of all 30+ adults in the US have periodontal disease.
  5. In some cases, periodontal disease creates no noticeable symptoms.

Risk factors for periodontal disease include tobacco use, substandard oral hygiene (especially failing to floss), genetics, teeth grinding, inflammatory conditions, and poor nutrition.

Even if you don’t feel any pain in your mouth, it is important to see your dentist regularly. To schedule a periodontal disease exam, call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS today at 314-837-7744 or visit http://www.kochparkdental.net/about-us/.

“Periodontal Disease Affects Nearly Half of the U.S. Population,” American Dental Association, June 15, 2015, http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/periodontal-disease-affects-nearly-half-us-population, accessed June 6, 2017

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314-837-7744

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2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit of Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their Florissant dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional issues. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with acute decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these issues need to be addressed before the smile transformation is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to repair all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 314-837-7744.

I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

 

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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5 Tips For Treating Mouth Sores

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Hi. I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit. When my patients get mouth sores, I guide them to evaluate what they’re eating and make some changes. By following these tips, you too can avoid the discomfort of eating and help to increase the speed of healing.

1. Eat soft or pureed foods. Don’t worry, you won’t have to eat baby food—plenty of adult dishes fit the bill:

cream soups
yogurt
hot cereal
mashed potatoes
puddings

2. Keep your meals bland for a while. I know it’s humdrum, but watch out for overly spicy, tart, salty or acidic foods while you have a mouth sore.

3. Also, keep it cool. Only eat dishes served at room temperature or chilled.

4. Use a straw so that whatever you are drinking can avoid the mouth sore altogether.

5. Try to moisten dry foods. You can add sauces, dressings, and gravies to your meals.

I hope that these suggestions will help you the next time you suffer from a mouth sore. If you are looking for a dentist in the St. Louis area, consider my practice, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. We have been serving Florissant since 1987.

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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4 Smile Boosters

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Hi, my name is Dr. Martin Buchheit. My dental practice, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, has been serving the Florissant, Missouri area since 1987. Today in my St. Louis dental blog, I would like to highlight four ways you can improve your smile.

1. Teeth Whitening is quick and non-invasive. External tooth whitening occurs when teeth whitening agents bleach the teeth directly. This can be done in your home or in the office of your dentist.

2. Dental Implants are another common procedure that many Florissant residents seek. A dental implant is secured into the jawbone to replace the roots of a lost tooth. A natural-looking crown is affixed to the implant. Along with improving the appearance and restoring tooth function, the dental implant does double-duty by helping to preserve bone support.

3. Dental Bonding can be done with various materials such as porcelain and composite resins. With recent advances in cosmetic dental services, these materials can more precisely replicate natural tooth structure and natural appearance. This procedure is commonly used to correct chipped or cracked teeth.

4. Periodontal Plastic Surgery is an exceptional solution for gum recession and cosmetic irregularities. You can remove a “gummy smile” or remedy an uneven gum line.

I hope this post has helped you to get better acquainted with some highly effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. A combination of procedures can be used to give Florissant dental patients a complete smile redesign.

To schedule an appointment at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, give us a call at 314-837-7744.

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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Is My Child Too Young For Braces?

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It can be difficult to know when your son or daughter might need braces to straighten their teeth, especially because teeth can fall out over a period of years. Oftentimes, not all adult teeth will grow straight and braces will be required to adjust them properly. The ideal time period for your child to get braces is between ages 8 and 14 when almost all of their adult teeth have grown in. It is not uncommon for a child to have all of their permanent teeth before age 8, in which case you can consider getting them braces earlier.

Timeline of a child’s teeth:

  • Between 6 months and 2 years your child’s first set of teeth, or their baby teeth, should begin to grow in
  • Around age 6, your child’s baby teeth should begin to fall out, however, this can occur at later ages as well
  • Baby teeth usually fall out on their own when the adult tooth begins to grow in and take the baby tooth’s place
  • Between ages 8 and 14, your child should have almost all of their adult teeth
  • Between ages 8 and 14 many children will receive their first round of braces to begin to straighten and align their teeth properly
  • Sometimes a child’s tooth development can be advanced or delayed, and this timeline may be shifted slightly according to their development

Is my child too young for braces? 

The answer to whether or not your youngster is too young for braces is subjective. Every child is different and develops their primary and secondary teeth at different times. However, the most important thing when it comes to considering braces for your child is whether your child has the majority of their permanent teeth. If your youngster has most of their adult teeth, at any age, it is time to consider braces.

Dr. Buchheit at  Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS can determine whether or not your child needs braces and advise on the proper orthodontic schedule.

No one is ever too old for braces

Many men and women did not receive the opportunity to get braces in their childhood, and now that they are older they regret it and desire straight teeth. For those adults that did not have braces when they were younger, it is important to remember that it is never too late to get braces and no one is “too old” to have braces. Straight teeth affect an individual’s appearance and serve an important purpose both practically and visually.

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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The Not-So-Obvious Benefits Of A Smile Makeover

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A cosmetic dental smile makeover is transformative for an individual who has been embarrassed by their smile for years. But it’s not just about looking younger and more attractive—though it most certainly will do that. It can improve your life in ways that many individuals do not understand.

How can a smile makeover transform your life?

1. It affects the way you are perceived by others.

An individual who smiles often and easily is usually regarded as an energetic problem solver.

2. It elevates the mood in social conditions.

When you openly smile, it is contagious. It enhances the mood in any setting and eases tension when needed.

3. You will feel more self-assured.

When you quit being preoccupied with making sure you hide your teeth, you have the strength to focus on ways to realize success in personal and professional pursuits.

A smile makeover is an investment in yourself that you will be excited about every day. If you have ever wondered what innovative cosmetic dentistry can do for you, or have some dental issues, call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744 to book a smile makeover 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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Trouble Getting Numb For Dental Treatment?

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Our bodies work differently. Some dental patients don’t react to local anesthetics by getting numb. This is understandably concerning when you need dental treatment. (And the word “concerning” may be a huge understatement!)

It’s important to recognize that bad experiences in the past don’t guarantee that you will never be able to become numb.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we take extra time and care with men and women who have historically had dilemmas getting numb. Various processes used with different medications can overcome numbing factors. We will find the exact combination to make you comfortable.

Let’s examine the possible causes.

What Can Affect How I Respond To Numbing Medication?

A pH Imbalance

Your body’s pH level is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity in the blood and other fluids. Also called acid-base balance, the pH scale goes from 0 to 14. A pH below 7 is acidic. A pH above 7 is alkaline or basic. 7.40 is considered a normal blood pH. Your lungs and kidneys work continually to regulate your pH balance.

When the pH level is abnormal, numbing agents can be less effective. Medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, untreated diabetes, and cancer can affect pH levels.

An Acute Local Infection

This is related to the previous section because an infection changes the pH balance. If a dental patient has an infection in their mouth (sometimes called a hot tooth), it may need to be treated with antibiotics prior to dental treatment.

Active Metabolism

If painkilling medications wear off rapidly, it could be due to an extra-active metabolism. Intensive exercise and caffeine can accelerate your metabolism. It’s best not to overdo either of these immediately before dental treatment.

Differences In Anatomy

When administering local anesthetics, dentists need to locate your nerve(s). But everyone is wired differently and X-rays don’t always give a clear picture of the location of nerves. The size and shape of your jaw and the amount of fat and muscle influence where nerves are located. Some men and women even have an extra nerve where most people have only one.

The Patient Moves During The Injection (We Want To Get On Your Nerves)

We get it. It’s difficult to stay perfectly still when your dentist is putting a needle into your mouth. But you want the painkiller transmitted to the nerve and it’s hard to hit a moving target.

Red Hair

People with red hair and fair skin may need extra painkilling medication. This sounds wacky, but it is backed by science. The gene that produces hair color (Mc1R) also affects the pain receptors in the brain. The MC1R mutation that produces red hair is due to the production of pheomelanin. The presence of pheomelanin can intensify the body’s sensitivity to pain. This is another way people with auburn tresses are unique. But if you are a redhead who has avoided dental visits, please schedule an appointment by calling us at 314-837-7744. We can help you keep your smile as uniquely beautiful as your hair.

Nervousness

Individuals who are extra nervous at the dentist may have trouble getting numb. This could be due to a number of factors. Jaw clenching and holding your breath may change the way the body reacts to painkillers. Extreme anxiety may also influence the perception of pain even though there are no biological changes.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

This rare connective tissue disorder affects a body’s reaction to numbing medication

We Can Overcome These Challenges

Dr. Martin Buchheit takes special care of dental patients who have difficulty getting numb. We use different medications and processes to work around these concerns.

There is no need to avoid dental treatment if you have had difficulty with anesthetics. Come talk to us. We will keep you comfortable during the dental process.

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 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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