Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Three Great Reasons to Floss Your Teeth by Koch Park Dental - Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

Flossing is a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. But it’s essential to your dental health, so it’s no wonder our team at Koch Park Dental in Florissant is constantly reminding our patients to ‘brush and floss!’

Flossing is essential. You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen, and for two vital reasons:

1. Bad Breath

Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our ‘appearance,’ and we are all aware of how that can affect our relationships.

When we meet new people, meet with others in close quarters, or greet a partner, bad breath is on our mind. We worry about how bad breath affects first impressions.

It makes sense, then, that bad breath would be one of the things you might worry about.

Flossing is a great way to help you avoid bad breath.

Flossing helps prohibit plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.

To limit your chances of being caught with bad breath, floss every day.

2. Cavities

When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, tooth decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.

Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and cleans away plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse.

Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we guarantee that flossing is critical to your dental health! We recommend flossing every time you brush. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. 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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Think A Missing Back Tooth Is No Big Deal?

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Most people are uncomfortable with a missing tooth in the front of their mouth. It isn’t fair, but a gaping hole in a smile has negative connotations for adults in most social circles. At Koch Park Dental in Florrisant, we have a solution.

A person who loses a front tooth usually makes a plan for a dental restoration ASAP. And few dental patients forego a temporary denture while awaiting a permanent restoration.

When a person loses a back tooth, on the other hand, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right? I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider the extraction the final step.

This attitude is unfortunate. There can be serious consequences if you’re missing a back tooth.

Bone Recession

Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we don’t often consider its condition. The health of our jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health. When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root (as well as the visible part), it maintains the health of the bone. In so doing, it also protects the bone for the adjacent teeth.

The jawbone is the foundation of the lower face. If it shrinks and recedes, everything that sits on top of it will follow suit. An individual with bone recession will eventually get that “sunken in” look that can make them look a lot older than they really are. A permanent dental implant, unlike a dental bridge, maintains the structure of the face.

Shifting Teeth

Another risk is shifting teeth. If teeth adjacent to the extraction site start moving, it can generate a domino effect. The unopposed tooth on the opposite arch can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption).

In addition to esthetic ramifications, teeth that are displaced in danger of periodontal disease, decay, TMJ pain, or bite problems. There will also be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions—compromising their strength as well.

A Smart Investment In Oral Health (And You’ll Look Better, Too!)

Investing in a dental implant could be far less expensive than treating the dental problems mentioned previously. To find out more about them call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant. We also offer general 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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Why Is Dry Mouth Risky For Your Teeth?

Why Is Dry Mouth Dangerous For Florissant Dental Patients?In this blog post from Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we are going to talk about dry mouth, an unpleasant condition that can actually affect your dental health.

Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a common issue, especially among older adults. However, individuals of all ages experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.

Sometimes dry mouth is caused by a disease or infection, but it is also a common side effect of prescription medications.

Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are just some of the drugs that can cause dry mouth. It is common for allergy-prone people to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the hay fever season.

Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is needed to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive dental caries can arise in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.

If dry mouth is a problem for you, don’t put your dental health at risk. Call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

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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Bad Breath Q & A

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This post from Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO offers some answers to common questions about bad breath.

Q. I brush twice a day, but my wife says my breath is still repulsive. Shouldn’t twice be enough?
A. Time to start flossing. Bacteria can propagate and stink in hidden crevices that can only floss can reach. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can review other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and gives off a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can cause noxious breath. Antihistamines can reduce post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth wet, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can cause bad breath?
A. As addressed before, any condition that reduces saliva production can cause halitosis. It is also a common side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my breath become intolerable when I went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones are probably the culprit. Ketones are generated when the body digests fat—which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, sounds like you weren’t cheating!

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO, we provide general dentistry and specialties 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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Do You Have The Most Common Dental Problem?

St. Louis Teeth WhiteningAt Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we repair decayed teeth with fillings and other restorations to create smiles that are both healthy and beautiful. Recent advances in techniques and materials have made the impossible not only possible, but affordable for as well.

Decay is the most common dental problem and the second most common disease in the nation (number one is the common cold). If you have one or more teeth with decay, it’s time to take care of them.

Fillings, inlays, onlays and crowns are used to restore teeth for our St. Louis cosmetic dental patients. Even the most basic procedure – filling a cavity – has evolved. There are several types of new materials available including porcelain and composite resin. Each has specific strengths and aesthetic considerations. Patients who replace silver amalgam with tooth-colored fillings love getting the metal out of their smile.

Inlays and onlays are more extensive restorations. There are two types: direct or indirect. Direct inlays and onlays are applied in one visit. Indirect inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab. They usually require a second visit but the results are well worth the extra trip.

When a patient has a tooth that cannot be restored with an inlay or an onlay, a natural-looking crown is the answer. At Koch Park Dental we create crowns that blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Let us show you some photos of patients who have received smile makeovers – you will not see any “Chiclet” crowns that stick out like a sore thumb.

Koch Park Dental in Florissant provides dental fillings and all other general dentistry services. We also offer 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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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Your Dentist

Visit Your Florissant DentistYou smile deserves regular attention. If it’s been a while since you visited Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO for an exam, look at these essential reasons:

  1. Check Up: It’s time, and this is the best way to prohibit dental problems.
  2. Clean Up: Our dental hygienist is ready to give you a super clean smile.
  3. Brush Up: If it has been a while since your last dental visit, it’s probably time to come in for a refresher course on correct dental hygiene.
  4. Avoid Pain: If you have dental pain and have been putting off a trip to the dentist, come in now, because we specialize in relieving dental pain.
  5. Fillings: We can find and fill all your dental cavities in almost no time at all. This will help you avoid more painful troubles down the road, and helps some of those sensitivities to hot and cold.
  6. Prevent Gum Disease: Let us analyze the health of your gums and suggest treatments or practices that are available to help you improve the health of your gums.
  7. A Whiter Smile: We can help. We have tooth whitening options available that will beautify your smile and make your teeth whiter.
  8. Tooth Replacement: If you are missing a tooth, we can help restore your smile with the latest in tooth replacement technology.
  9. Cosmetic Dentistry: Considering making improvements to your smile? We can help you assess the options.
  10. Confidence: Nothing brings you more confidence than a healthy,  smile.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO, we care about the dental health of each of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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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Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

Koch Park Dental - Martin L. Buchheit, DDS Cosmetic Dentistry For Drop-Dead Gorgeous Smiles

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide cosmetic dentistry to create drop-dead gorgeous smiles.

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t juste for movie stars. A gorgeous smile is within reach for everyone. Even a small change to your smile can have a big difference.

Some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available at our Florissant practice include:

  • Teeth whitening, to give you a dazzling white smile
  • Porcelain veneers, to cover any flaws
  • Dental crowns, to repair damaged teeth
  • Dental bonding, to repair chipped or cracked teeth

We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth, and offer dental implants. In addition, our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings in Florissant for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

Cosmetic dentistry from Koch Park Dental in Florissant can make a huge difference in your smile and in your life. We also offer general 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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Which Comes First?

It’s a little bit like the chicken-or-egg question: which should you do first, brush your teeth, or floss them? The answer depends on who you ask. The team at Koch Park Dental in Florissant has an answer. Keep reading!

Some dentists will tell you it’s better to floss first. That way, you loosen plaque, or food debris from between your teeth, and brush it away. Also, you won’t be tempted to skip flossing after you’ve brushed.

On the other hand, some dentists say it’s better to brush first. Then when you floss, you’ll get some toothpaste between your teeth.

According to one survey, there’s about a fifty-fifty split among Americans, with a slight edge going to those who brush first. We think you should do whichever you prefer. Just be sure to do both!

Our recommendations are in line with the American Dental Association:

  • Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day
  • Use a soft-bristle brush, replaced every three months
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line
  • Brush in circular, half-tooth-wide strokes
  • Be sure to get the back teeth
  • Be sure to get in, outer, and top surfaces
  • Don’t forget your tongue!

With flossing, use about eighteen inches of floss, so you’ve got a clean piece for each section

Brushing and flossing are an essential part of your dental health regimen, and so is proper technique. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we encourage you to keep up with this essential practice. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, and specialties like dental implants. 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

 


Crowning Achievements In Dentistry

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This post from Koch Park Dental in Florrisant MO looks at one of the miracles of modern dentistry: the dental restoration.

Let’s pretend you are a biomedical engineer working in the field of dentistry before the introduction of dental restorations. The men and women of your generation who have missing or damaged teeth want to repair or replace them with a man-made substitute. You have been hired to find or create a material that can be used to engineer fillings, crowns, and dental bridges.

Consider the physical and chemical requirements of this incredible substance. It must tolerate forces of 162 pounds per square inch (PSI), hundreds of times a day – day after day, year after year. It must be resistant to cracking and chipping. But there’s a catch regarding its stability; it must not damage the enamel on opposing teeth. This material must also maintain its size and shape and be resistant to shrinking.

It must be bondable to living tooth structure as well as other materials needed for specific appliances. It must be biocompatible with the soft tissues in the mouth as well as tooth enamel, dentin, and bone. It can’t create allergic reactions in the wearers. It must be corrosion-resistant to the chemicals in saliva, foods, and beverages. It must resist infection regardless of ever-present bacteria in the mouth. And it can’t contain toxic chemicals that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.

And we haven’t even discussed the cosmetic properties yet. Ideally, this extraordinary material would be indistinguishable from real-life teeth in color, opacity, and translucence.

Of course, we know that such a material exists because dental restorations have been around for a long time. At this time, there are numerous materials used alone or in combination including porcelain, ceramic, and metals such as gold and silver amalgam. Though the metals are immensely strong and malleable, they don’t meet some patient’s esthetic requirements and are used mainly for back teeth.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup 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

 

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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO, we stay abreast of new discoveries in dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. This blog post focuses on new findings in an intriguing field of research, genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors,” said Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play an essential role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can why you want to pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes critical minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes impact your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the harmful bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The strength of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play an important role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO, we urge all our patients to avoid sugary drinks and foods, and see us for a checkup every six months. We provide a full range of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. We treat serious issues such as sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment 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

 

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