When Brushing Is A Battle: Tips For Florissant Parents

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Some parents believe that their child’s primary teeth are less important than their secondary teeth. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we assure you: that is absolutely incorrect.

The thinking goes like this: “They’re going to fall out anyway, right? We’ll get serious about dental health when their adult teeth come in.”

The factts are this: a child’s baby teeth are just as important to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as permanent teeth.

The twenty baby teeth set the stage for a beautiful smile. Taking care of them is essential!

When Brushing Is A Battle

A child’s dislike is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some young children. Sometimes parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older.

We urge you to keep trying. Here are some recommendations for toothbrushing tantrums.

Go Easy On The Toothpaste

If toothpaste is the problem, brush with a smaller amount or even without it at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing decay. Toothpaste is not required for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If you are concerned that your child isn’t getting enough, talk to Martin Buchheit about fluoride supplements.

Let Your Child Pick Their Toothbrush

Take your child to the store and have him or her elect a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so he or she has some control in picking which one to use each time Let your child do the brushing first, then review and brush the areas that might have been missed.

Make Brushing Family Fun

Brush together as a family. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Make it fun.

Baby Steps At First

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly prolong the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some kids. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the essential first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some Missouri parents have had success with setting a timer.

Remember The Reinforcement

Compliment your child on their fantastic effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to preserve a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their beautiful smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are important parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be passionate about a habit that will impact their health throughout their life.

Talk To Us About Sealants

If your child continues to struggle with brushing, you may consider sealants. Sealants are useful protective barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. A sealant aids in preventing food particles from lodging in difficult places to brush including the pits and grooves in the rear molars. They are not a substitute for brushing, but that added barrier can help.

At Koch Park Dental in Florrisant, the dental health of each of our patients is important. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup 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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Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we hope you never suffer a serious dental emergency. It’s essential, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and other oral problems.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment ASAP with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your child falls on concrete and knocks out a front tooth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest dental office or ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

Baby tooth or permanent tooth? If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. If you can, reinsert the tooth into its socket. This may not be possible with younger children.

Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your dentist or nearest emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After scheduling an appointment with your Florissant dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take OTC pain medication.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your dentist can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal beneficial information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is a side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For emergency dental care in the greater St. Louis area, call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant. We also provide a full range of general dentistry services, and specialties like dental implants. Make 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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Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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Millions of Americans have lost one or more of their natural teeth. By one count, nearly seventy percent of adults have lost at least one. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant we offer several options to those patients interested in tooth replacement.

1. Dentures are not the only choice for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a preferable option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has critical implications. Dental implants can prevent bone recession that typically occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can furnish patients the near-normal ability to chew and speak.

2. There is more than one type of denture. Most people are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be fixed in the mouth or detachable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The essential factor is whether you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment natural bone in some patients.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice correct oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no natural teeth left, it’s indispensable that you have twice-yearly dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. We will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

At Koch Park Dental in Florrisant, we offer conventional dentures and also practice implant dentistry. Call our office to 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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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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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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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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