9 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

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Unfortunately, gum disease is very common. But completely preventable.

Here are some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will only need to visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Not major treatment.

1. Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Remove the bits of food Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough. Scrubbing your gums aggressively can be painful and is a BIG don’t.

2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it far less complicated to insert the floss between teeth. But get over your aversion to flossing, unless you want decay or gingivitis (gum disease).

3. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouth rinse can prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath. (But they can worsen dry mouth which can cause other problems.)

4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A nutritious diet provides the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.

5. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may bring about periodontitis (advanced gum disease) or oral cancer. While you’re at it, avoid E-cigs and vapors.

6. Be aware that certain medications can also threaten a healthy smile. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and heart medicines. If your medications are affecting your dental health, talk to Dr. Buchheit.

7. Exercise preventive care and schedule regular exams — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.

8. Talk to your dentist about oral health issues such as old, broken fillings, or crowded teeth.

9. If you grind your teeth, talk with Dr. Buchheit about ways to protect your teeth.

Listed above are nine simple ways to ensure your teeth don’t decay, or worse, fall out completely. It’s vital to brush your teeth in the morning and at night. Bonus points for brushing and/or rinsing after lunch. Daily dental hygiene also keeps your breath fresh. Your friends, family, and co-workers will appreciate that.

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 Cavity Basics

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The desire to prevent tooth decay is one of the main reasons men and women visit their dentists

Today we are going to discuss 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities are also called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged on the hard surface, tiny openings ensue. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist today to request an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among youngsters, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right, avoid frequent snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Florissant area, give Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around St. Louis 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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Urgent Care Dentist vs. Cosmetic Dentist

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Today’s message is for anyone who has a broken dental crown. First off, you REALLY need to have it replaced. That said, you may be wondering which variety of dentist should replace it.

We advise that you contact the dentist who placed the crown. If you have moved or don’t remember where you got it, we invite you to consider Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS.

Why an urgent care dentist instead of a cosmetic dentist?

Urgent care dentists treat dental emergencies. But a dental emergency rarely requires only one procedure. Most necessitate a cosmetic restoration once the initial problem is taken care of. For example, a knocked-out tooth, a broken tooth, a chipped tooth, and most root canals all require restoration as the final step.

An urgent care specialist is dental jack-of-all-trades.

Urgent care dentists provide restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry. In other words, an urgent care dentist has extensive experience with cosmetic procedures. Some even offer dental implant procedures.

What do you do when your dental crown breaks or comes off?

Don’t swallow it! Carefully take it out of your mouth. If you accidentally swallow it, you will have some extra problems we won’t discuss in this article.

Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. We will schedule you an appointment right away and advise you on whether you should use temporary cement to re-attach the crown. Your tooth is weakened, so avoid substances that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy.

The dental professionals at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS have been replacing crowns since 1987. If you have a broken crown, give us a call.

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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What’s The Latest With Veneers?

Florissant Prepless Veneers One of the breakthroughs in cosmetic dentistry is prepless veneers. Though thousands of smile restoration patients who have received conventional veneers are happy with the results, some dental patients have delayed this procedure because they do not want to give up a healthy tooth structure.

Veneers Have Advanced

Prepless veneers are a more conservative procedure for transforming smiles. New prep-less veneers at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS are remarkably thin shells which adhere to the face of teeth and require no removal of tooth enamel. Most prep-less veneers are about the thickness of two pieces of paper. Because the color is built into the veneers (instead of being applied after fabrication), they look like your natural teeth—only better!

The Skilled Lab Technicians Behind the Scenes

Our experienced ceramists are adept artists. They create each custom veneer with the perfect shape, color, and thickness for your new smile. Another great feature of the Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS prep-less veneers application procedure is that it requires no anesthesia or drilling.

If you are self-conscious about misaligned, discolored, or broken teeth, prep-less veneers may be a smile restoration solution that you can feel good about. Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS to learn more about prep-less veneers. It may be your answer to smile!

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 My Child Visit Our Florissant Dentist?

When Should My Child Visit Our Dentist?

Many parents in the St. Louis area wonder when it is right for their child to see the dentist for the first time.

What does the ADA say?

The American Dental Association recommends that kids visit the dentist around their first birthday, a little earlier than some parents may anticipate.

Early visits with St. Charles, Maryland Heights, and Chesterfield dental professionals help ensure that children are getting every advantage when it comes to oral health.

When do I start brushing my child’s teeth?

When your child gets his first tooth, it is time to brush. Parents should use non-fluoride toothpaste until the child is two years old. Then, use only a tiny dab. Young children often swallow toothpaste while brushing. If a child ingests too much fluoride, teeth can become stained.

Prevent dental anxiety

It’s also important that kids are comfortable with the dentist’s office. If they go for regular checkups and cleanings, children will be more likely to avoid a fear of the dentist. If they don’t visit a dentist until they have a dental problem that is causing pain, they are more likely to associate the dentist with pain and fear. Just as well-child check-ups, dental exams, and cleanings should be routine or every child.

What does the dentist do at the check-up if my child doesn’t have a cavity?

The goal is to make sure your child never gets a cavity. In these early visits, St. Louis area pediatric dentists usually clean the child’s teeth, apply fluoride, and assess any oral health risks that may be present, such as baby bottle tooth decay. This condition can be avoided by having your child transition from bottle to cup at an early age.

When your child gets their rear molars, your pediatric dentist will discuss dental sealants. These are some of the best ways to keep your child’s teeth cavity-free.

Martin Buchheit wants to help Florissant families raise healthy, happy kids. Keep your child’s smile healthy, St. Louis!

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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What If My Dental Crown Cracks, Comes Loose, or Comes Off?

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Quite often, people get stressed out if their dental crown moves or comes off completely.

This is understandable.

It may have shifted or come off while brushing, flossing, or even simply eating.

If this has happened to you, don’t stress! Here is what to do if your crown comes off.

There are three steps:

1. First things first, find your crown if it has come off entirely. If you think you may have accidentally swallowed it, it’s not the end of the world. This is fairly common. You will need to have a new one made. Whereas the original may be reattached if you find it in your mouth. As long as it’s not broken.

2. The second thing you need to do is call your dentist. If you’re still going to the same dental office that originally put it in, they might put it back free of charge. Especially if you got the crown recently.

If you have moved, or don’t currently have a dentist, give us a call. We’ll reattach it for a reasonable cost.

Remember these two important things:

  • Even if we didn’t administer the crown procedure, we can re-attach it for you.
  • If the crown is broken, we can fabricate a replacement crown in one visit.

3. What if your crown comes off after business hours or on the weekend?

You can glue it back on while waiting for an appointment. This will protect the exposed tooth. Remember, the tooth is not as durable as an uncrowned tooth.

To reattach it, we counsel using denture adhesive. You can find it at a drugstore.

Follow the instructions for use on the adhesive. To make certain it sets, softly bites down on the crown while the adhesive is still wet. Be extra wary while waiting for your appointment. Eat soft foods so you don’t damage the tooth.

 

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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Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

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If you are afraid of the dentist and have not had a check-up in years, today’s post is for you. Good news! Dentistry in the Florissant area and around Missouri is nothing like it was when you were a kid. (Even if you’re still a kid, we invite you to keep reading.)

There Is No Reason to Avoid Dental Visits
First off, if you need dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry allows you to sleep during the procedure. There are several levels of sedation – you can remain conscious or take a trip to la-la land. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin Buchheit for more important details about sleep dentistry.

If you have a bad memory of hurting for days after a procedure, relax. Improved painkillers, lasers, and advanced techniques have reduced the pain experienced by Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS patients. If you need extensive treatment, we will create a pain management plan to ensure that you remain comfortable.

You Won’t Be Here All Day
Dr. Buchheit can perform procedures much quicker with today’s extremely precise dental instruments. Healing times for oral surgery are also much shorter.

You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile, sore gums, stained teeth, or a toothache. We can take care of all your dental problems. We will help restore your oral health to improve your quality of life and prevent dental problems from affecting other parts of your body.

Today’s Florissant dentistry is not your father’s dentistry. We invite you to discover why you shouldn’t avoid the dentist any longer.

We look forward to meeting you. Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS today 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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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People that are plagued with dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common diagnosable mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on an airplane or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of getting into a vicious cycle of decreasing oral health.

Fear causes the person to forego dental checkups for years. When a minor dental dilemma (like a tiny cavity) progresses until it reaches a nerve and leads to pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the needed therapy is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The procedure reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four individuals. Are you one of them?

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we want to help nervous patients successfully overcome or at least manage their apprehension so they can withstand twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the only method to protect teeth and gums.

If you haven’t had a dental checkup in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can meet with Dr. Buchheit about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, there is hope. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to schedule a consultation 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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What is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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What is the recovery time for a permanent tooth implant procedure?

There isn’t a standard timeline because there are many variables involved.

Each patient’s treatment plan is unique.

Here are some variables that affect the recovery time for a dental implant procedure.

  1. Is a tooth extraction required?
  2. Will I need to have a bone graft (and/or sinus lift) before getting the implant?
  3. Will I receive anesthesia during the procedure?

Tooth extraction

If you need a non-viable tooth pulled, it may be possible to receive a dental implant on the same day. As long as you have enough strong, healthy jawbone in which to anchor the implant.

Bone graft

As soon as a tooth is taken out, the bone begins to recede. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement procedure that prevents or (greatly reduces) bone deterioration.

If teeth at the implant site have been gone for a while, the bone may have regressed. Bone can also be weakened or destroyed with a severe infection.

A key determination is whether an implant patient needs bone augmentation.

In a bone grafting procedure, an oral surgeon or dentist packs bone material into the area where the implant will be placed.

If the implant will be placed in the upper arch, you may need a sinus lift treatment. When bone matter diminishes in parts of the upper jaw, it may cause the floor of the sinus cavity to fall into the space created.

A sinus lift procedure is done in conjunction with a bone graft. The goal is to raise the floor of the sinus cavity to make room for the additional bone material.

After the bone graft, you need to wait until the new bone has integrated with the existing bone. This will create a strong and stable foundation for the implant.

Recovery after a bone graft procedure

Day of procedure: Though bone grafting requires oral surgery, don’t let the term “surgery” give the impression that it has a long recovery time. The site will be sore, but most patients can take care of it with Ibuprofen or aspirin.

It doesn’t take much longer than filling a cavity. Most patients can return to work the next day.

If swelling or pain increases a few days after the procedure, contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS.

After a bone graft, how long until I can get my implant?

The fusing process can take several months. You don’t want to rush this because successful implantation requires a sturdy foundation.

Recovery after implant placement

Just as with the bone graft procedure, the implant placement procedure can be completed in less than two hours. If you elect to have IV sedation, however, you will need to wait until the effects of the sedation have worn off.

You will probably experience the following post-procedure:

  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Swelling and/or bruising of the gums and cheeks

These effects should subside after a few days. Ice packs used on the outside of the face can reduce swelling. Call our office if these symptoms persist.

NOTE: It is not necessary for a permanent tooth implant recipient to be unconscious for the dental procedure. A local painkiller is usually sufficient. However, individuals with dental anxiety may elect stronger sedation.

Healing abutment

Your dentist may attach a temporary healing abutment to the post during the initial surgery. A healing abutment is sometimes described as a ‘healing cuff’ or ‘healing cap.’

Make sure you practice daily oral hygiene but be extra careful when cleaning around the surgical site.

It’s important to follow all post-procedure instructions. And be sure to make the recommended follow-up visits.

Smoking can make it harder to heal from any type of oral surgery.

After a tooth implant has had time to fuse with the bone, you will have an appointment to attach the abutment.

Attaching the abutment

This is a fairly quick treatment. Your dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue at the implant site to expose the post. Then the abutment is attached. Your dentist may place the prosthesis (artificial tooth crown, dental bridge, or denture/partial denture) at the same time. Or your dentist may wait until your gums have healed.

Permanent dental implants can give you a beautiful new smile. To keep it beautiful and avoid further issues (like decay or an infection):

  • Practice proper oral hygiene—keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Don’t chew on hard foods or other items
  • If you grind your teeth, pursue treatment.
  • Have a twice-yearly dental exam and cleaning

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant, we restore missing teeth with tooth implants. Dental implant placement studies have found a five-year success rate of 98%.

 

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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Are Oral Rinses Necessary For Kids’ Dental Health?

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Despite parents’ best efforts at keeping kids’ teeth healthy, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS treats tooth decay in young patients typically.

Brushing may not be enough

Most of these little ones report that they brush their teeth every day. Clearly, they either aren’t brushing as often as they think they are. Or they’re not doing it correctly.

Besides brushing, what else can parents do to protect little ones from tooth decay?

Here are 5 vital tools for preventing cavities in youth.

  1. Oral Anti-cavity Rinses
  2. Flossing
  3. Sealants
  4. Fluoride Supplements
  5. Professional dental cleanings

In today’s post, we focus on oral rinses.

What is children’s oral rinse?

Though they look like mouthwash, oral rinses are designed to prevent cavities. They contain fluoride.

How does a child use an oral anti-cavity rinse?

Oral rinses work best when young kids and teenagers swish and spit after they brush and floss. Instead of “gargling” like you do with mouthwash, you “swish” and spit them out.

During the day, teeth are assaulted by acids and sugar in foods and beverages. These substances soften enamel. Fluoride strengthens enamel.

The rinse should be the last liquid to make contact with teeth before bed. This helps tooth enamel re-mineralize during sleep.

Oral rinses and fluoride supplements have different purposes

Is your youngster taking fluoride supplements? Does that mean an oral rinse is unnecessary? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming. A fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in.

How do I choose an oral rinse for my child?

Make sure you select one specifically created for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash may not contain fluoride and they probably contain alcohol.

If you have toddlers, keep oral rinses locked away or otherwise inaccessible. Though they are safe when used as directed for older children (or when supervised for younger children), a toddler may be tempted to drink them. They are not supposed to be swallowed. Fluoride poisoning is dangerous.

 

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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