If My Child Doesn’t Have Crooked Teeth, Do They Still Need An Orthodontic Exam?

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If my child doesn’t appear to have crooked teeth, should I still have them evaluated by an orthodontist?

Yes. Even if you don’t see any signs that your child will need braces. It’s vital to have an exam and X-rays to know exactly how tooth development is progressing.

When should a child be examined by an orthodontist?

We recommend bringing little ones by the age of seven.

If my son or daughter has gaps between their baby teeth, should I be worried?

Young children have gaps temporarily as their baby teeth gradually fall out and permanent teeth gradually come in. Having gaps in baby teeth doesn’t necessarily mean your youngster will have gaps in their permanent teeth. However, it’s essential to have your child examined by an orthodontist before the age of seven.

If my youngster has a gap between the two front permanent teeth, do they need braces?

A gap between the two front permanent teeth is a very common issue. It can be caused by pacifier use or thumbsucking as a baby. If teeth are unusually small, it may create gaps between them as the jaw develops. In adults, gum disease or missing teeth can lead to gaps.

The tissue that is located between the inside of the upper lip and the gum above the upper front teeth is called the labial frenum. If the labial frenum is especially large, it can create a gap between the top middle teeth.

A gap can be corrected with braces or cosmetic dentistry. It depends on the cause of the gap, the size of the gap, and whether there are bite problems.

If my child has a gap between their two top middle teeth, will it eventually close up?

In a child, the gap between the two top middle teeth may close up. Or it might get larger. Schedule an exam and consultation at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

 

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 Kids Get Periodontal Disease?

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Most Florissant parents are concerned about cavities. And rightly so. Tooth decay in children is a serious and widespread health condition.

What about kids’ gum disease? Are kids at risk for an oral ailment that is common in the adult population?

Short answer: yes.

Let’s discuss it.

Children and adolescents are at risk of gum disease and the more advanced form called periodontal disease.

What causes gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Gum disease (gingivitis) and periodontal disease are caused by plaque buildup.

Food particles mixed with saliva produce a sticky film called plaque. Plaque produces bacteria. If it is not removed regularly with brushing and flossing, the bacteria multiply. The plaque builds up on the teeth.

The gums respond to the bacteria by becoming sore and inflamed. Plaque buildup hardens into calculus. Calculus cannot be removed by a toothbrush or dental floss. Calculus can be removed during a professional dental cleaning.

The American Academy of Periodontology recognizes three kinds of gum disease in children and teenagers:

  1. Chronic gingivitis
  2. Aggressive periodontitis
  3. Generalized aggressive periodontitis

Chronic gingivitis

This is the most prevalent type of gum disease in children. The gums swell, turn red, and may bleed. Gingivitis is usually caused by substandard dental hygiene. Proper oral hygiene includes daily brushing and flossing.

Gingivitis can be prevented or reversed with daily oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle. If the child doesn’t practice proper dental hygiene, however, the condition can become more severe.

Aggressive periodontitis

Aggressive periodontitis results in bone loss. It may affect only the first molars and incisors. It rarely occurs before puberty. Surprisingly, children with this type of the disease may have minimal plaque or calculus.

Generalized aggressive periodontitis

This type, though less common, is most likely to occur at the onset of puberty. It may be present throughout the entire mouth. It leads to severe gum inflammation. There are significant amounts of plaque and calculus.

If left untreated, the bone loss becomes so acute the teeth become loose. Then the child is at risk of tooth loss.

4 key findings about gum and periodontal disease in youngsters:

  1. Children and teenagers who are generally healthy can have gum disease.
  2. Hormonal fluctuation that transpires with puberty increases the risk of periodontal disease. Researchers believe hormonal changes decrease the ability of the immune system to resist the bacteria in dental plaque.
  3. Epidemiologic studies indicate that gum disease of varying severity is nearly universal in children and adolescents.
  4. Periodontal disease is more likely to occur in youth ages 12-17 than those younger than 12.

Signs of periodontal disease:

  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
  • Unusually large spaces between teeth
  • Pus between the gums and teeth
  • Changes in bite alignment

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we treat all pediatric oral conditions including gingivitis and periodontal disease. Twice-yearly dental cleanings and examinations are important. If you are looking for an experienced, friendly pediatric dentist, we invite you to call us today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=90&contentid=p01865

https://www.aapd.org/research/oral-health-policies–recommendations/periodontal-diseases-of-children-and-adolescents/

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63031

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How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

At gum disease treatment FlorissantKoch Park Dental in Florissant, we actively promote dental health in all our patients. That includes watching out for any signs of gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss.

How much do you know about gu  disease? Try our quiz.

1. Which of the following are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Overbite
c. Diabetes
d. Genetic make-up

2. Which of the following are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that seem to be longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bad breath
d. Sore gums

3. Which of the items below are possible health concerns linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

4. What percentage of individuals age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

5. Which of the following treatments are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

Answers
1. All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.
2. All of the above. Note: some patients don’t experience any symptoms.
3. a,b,d.
4. c.
5. a,b,c.

Gum disease is seriousy business, but fortunately it usually responds well to treatment. The earlier it’s caught, the better, so if you haven’t been to Koch Park Dental in Florissant for a while, pick up the phone and schedule an appointment. We also provide dental implants, and treat conditions like sleep apnea. Call 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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Swollen Gums?

If Your Gums Are Swollen And Sore, Call Koch Park Dental - Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

If you are experiencing inflamed gums or an aching tooth, you’re are not alone. About one third of U.S. adults are affected by tooth decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and gum disease plagues one in seven people age 35 to 40. Don’t ignore these symptoms, call Koch Park Dental in Florissant for  treatment.

At Koch Park Dental we take gum disease seriously, because left untreated it can lead to loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. You will know you have it if your gums bleed easily and look red and swollen. If this condition is not reversed it can lead to periodontitis. With this condition your gums become loose and separate from the teeth forming cavities that can become infected. This can spread to the bone supporting the tooth. If this is damaged, the tooth can be lost.

At Koch Park Dental we recommend daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings to help combat gingivitis. Our team has been treating gum disease and other dental problems for Missouri patients since 1987.

If you want your teeth to feel fresh and bright, come in for a cleaning and check-up. Don’t become a statistic, prevent gingivitis by treating your teeth and gums with the TLC they deserve. (After all, they work pretty hard for you day in and day out.)

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant we treat gum disease, and provide dental implants. We also treat issues like sleep apnea. 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

 

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Koch Park Dental Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

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Hearing that you have periodontal disease or “gum disease” can be upsetting. Here at Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing gum disease. If you discover that you already have it, don’t despair. We can help.

Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums
Swollen, tender gums
Receding gums
Bad breath that won’t go away
Loose adult teeth
Sensitive teeth

Whether you are just being diagnosed, working to undo problems of the past, or trying to prevent gum disease for the future, we have answers.

Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease

Brush at least two times a day – morning and night
Brush with fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day
Visit us for regular check-ups and cleanings
Use a fluoride rinse before brushing
Avoid between-meal snacking
Avoid tobacco products

Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

Scaling
Root planing
Antibiotics
Surgery

Gum disease can sneak up on you. Regular check-ups and consistent, thorough oral hygiene is vital for preventing the pain and health issues associated with periodontal disease. It can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is clearly best.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we’re equipped to care for all of your dental needs, including 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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Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease

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Here is some important news for anyone who cares about their dental health: periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a primary cause of tooth loss among adults. There is also evidence that it is linked to heart disease. Koch Park Dental in Florissant provides gum disease treatment.

What warning signs should you be looking for?

  1. Gums that bleed frequently
  2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
  4. Gums that are loosening from the teeth
  5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

We hope you aren’t noticing any of these things. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not enough—make sure you floss daily.

Regular check-ups at Koch Park Dental is another critical weapon in the fight against gum disease.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and beautiful smile. In addition to gum disease treatment, we provide 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

 

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Clean, Beautiful Teeth: General Dentistry in Florissant

 

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide full service, general dentistry to each of our patients. Our goal is keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and your smile as beautiful as it can be.

If it’s been a while since you had teeth cleaning, give us a call to schedule one. You should have your teeth cleaned professionally every six months. Even if you brush and floss twice a day, the simple fact is that this isn’t enough. Plaque is extremely sticky, and can harden into tartar, especially in those hard-to-reach places. Everyone should have tartar removed by a skilled hygienist.

In addition to removing built-up gunk, a cleaning involves inspecting your gums. We’ll look for any inflammation and other signs of gum disease. As with most things, early detection is best for successful treatment.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we’ll keep your smile clean and beautiful. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and treatment for issues such as sleep apnea. 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