Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time for Florissant youth. On the upside, the last of the permanent teeth come in providing young men and women with their “adult smile.” Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be corrected with orthodontia, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.

On the downside, some youth take up habits that are dangerous to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and how it influences lifelong oral health. Some young Florissant men and women develop teenage tooth decay that can cause recurring dental dilemmas in later years.

Unfortunately, eating disorders are far too common among teenagers. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly advise parents to intervene immediately and seek appropriate medical care if they suspect their teen has an eating disorder.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many young men and women decrease their calcium intake—a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.

Moreover, adolescents that use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely detrimental. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time normally cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS advises Missouri parents to make sure their teenagers receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Martin Buchheit can identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following critical guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high-risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

To schedule an extensive teen dental examination and cleaning, call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 205-933-0323. The team of friendly dental professionals at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS is passionate about oral health for Florissant children and teens.

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/

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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Think Twice Before Using Mail-Order Aligners

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We get it. It sounds simple. It sounds affordable. It sounds convenient.

You order a kit online. It is delivered to your door. You take an impression of your teeth in the comfort of your home. Or you stop by the clinic and have the impression taken. The company sends you clear aligners to straighten your teeth. And it costs a lot less than orthodontist-supervised Invisalign!

In 2013, SmileDirect Club became the first company to offer self-directed teeth straightening. The fact that they are being sued by customers all over the U.S. should tell you something.

Everything that’s wrong with at-home aligner systems

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have released warnings about the perils of direct-to-consumer orthodontics.

“Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which if not done correctly could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.” American Association of Orthodontists

SmileDirectClub was the first company to offer DIY aligners. They provide custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They tout an average cost savings of over 50% of the price of traditional aligners administered by an orthodontist. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.

All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your orthodontist creates the scan in their office.

With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” to get a scan. SmileDirect advertises that there are SmileShops in every U.S. state. They also provide the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.

You can send a selfie of your teeth. Think about that. Selfies are for vacations. Are they a substitute for the skill of a specialist who attended dental school and several years of orthodontics training?

Is it worth the risk?

Don’t take chances with your smile. Many orthodontists have patients whose self-directed treatment completely messed up their teeth. Some of these individuals end up losing some of their teeth because of mail-ordering treatment gone wrong.

 

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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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 You Have A Thumbsucking Toddler?

Open Bite For years, Florissant parents have been warned that thumb-sucking can cause future dental issues for their thumb-loving toddlers.

One of these issues is a type of malocclusion called an open bite.

What is an open bite?

An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward; often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed.

In most cases, an open bite is linked to thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.

What is tongue thrusting?

Tongue thrusting refers to an abnormal swallowing action. The tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed totally when swallowing.

What can cause tongue thrusting?

A tongue-thrusting habit can arise due to conditions other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats, and anything that makes swallowing difficult can result in tongue-thrusting practices.

Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we diagnose bite issues in young Florissant dental patients such as underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites.

If dental treatment is started early in a child’s life, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented.

Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 205-933-0323 to schedule a dental examination for your toddler.

If you do not have dental plan insurance, speak with us about financing options.

Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS offers comprehensive dental care in the greater St. Louis area. Because our friendly staff puts our young patients at ease, your child can grow up without fearing visits to their Florissant family dentist.

 

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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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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Hi kids, adults, and golden-agers in Florissant. No matter what age you are, as long as you have teeth, dental exams are an important practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful! (If you don’t have any teeth, meet with us about dentures and dental implants.)

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we have an excellent office and friendly team of professionals to make your exams something you’ll look forward to.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are truly one of the best practices for preventative care. At each check-up, our experienced and well-trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive a thorough analysis. They will be inspected for any decay, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is indispensable so you can make certain that they don’t turn into larger problems.

Scheduling twice-yearly exams with Martin Buchheit at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS will ensure you avoid extreme dental troubles.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving rapidly, so it’s important to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check-up is detailed and comprehensive. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. With technology like our advanced dental x-rays, nothing will get past Dr. Buchheit. If a problem is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be created.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Buchheit will detail what is necessary for moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make certain that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

 

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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When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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Malocclusion is the dental term for crooked teeth. When you consider all the different ways teeth can be aligned, it is not surprising that malocclusion manifests itself in numerous forms. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, it’s a treatable condition.

The number of configurations may surprise you:

When teeth slant forward, it is called upper protrusion, but you may have heard this described, unkindly, as “buck teeth.”

An overbite transpires when the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. An underbite is the reverse—the upper front teeth close farther back than the lower front teeth. An open bite refers to a bite in which the upper don’t overlap the lower teeth. This can occur on the whole bite or just one side.

Tooth rotation is one of the most common types of malocclusion. Rotated teeth appear as if they are twisting out of place. Tooth rotation can create the illusion of uneven coloring because of the way light reflects off the face of teeth.

When the upper and lower palate are offset to the point where the upper teeth close onto the wrong side of the lower teeth, it is labeled a cross bite.

In some rare cases – called transposition – teeth erupt in spots where other teeth should be. For example, a canine (pointed tooth) comes in where an incisor (front biting tooth) should be. Can you imagine trying to chew if your teeth have been playing musical chairs?

Many people with crooked teeth are too self-conscious to smile, but aesthetics are not the only issue at play. Crooked teeth can increase the chance of tooth decay, tooth damage, and TMD temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Children with crooked teeth may have difficulty learning how to speak, and if they can’t chew meat and raw vegetables correctly, they may miss out on needed nutrients due to a limited diet.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide clear braces by Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. We also offer 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

 


Crooked Teeth? Clear Braces in Florissant

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Malocclusion is the dental term for a bad bite: that is, the way your top and bottom teeth come together. At Koch Park Dental in Florissnt, we can correct malocclusion without resorting to unsightly metal braces.

The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of overbites and underbites, but the two arches can be misaligned in other ways. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related issues. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient may have difficulty chewing and speaking, and be susceptible to headaches, hearing problems, jaw pain, and gum disease.

The domino effect of these troubles can get pretty serious. Chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. These issues can also impact a patient’s emotional well-being and ability to do their job.

Malocclusion can be effectively treated with orthodontics. One of the latest advances in orthodontics are clear braces from Invisalign. They look like an athlete’s mouth guard and can be removed at mealtime and when you brush your teeth. Because they are clear, they are not very noticeable when you’re searing them.

Invisalign clear braces are a big step forward in orthodontics. To find out if you are a good candidate for them, call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant to schedule a consultation. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Dental Health Questions in St. Louis? We Have Answers

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Everyone should want to take care of their teeth. However, many of us in St. Louis need a place to review basic principles of dental health and get unbiased information about modern dentistry.

The Koch Park Dental blog is an excellent source of valuable oral care information.

Many of our patients have concerns and questions about their oral care. That’s why this website provides information on such issues as:

Cosmetic Dentistry
Restorative Dentistry
Clear Braces
Gum Disease
Dentures
Dental Implants

We hope that this information will help you make informed decisions about your dental health in the greater St. Louis area, and any general dentistry procedures you may be considering. Call Koch Park Dental to learn more, or to schedule an appointment.

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Multi-Procedure Dental Visits Save Time

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For straight teeth in the St. Louis area, look no further than Koch Park Dental, where Dr. Martin L. Buchheit and his team deliver quality dental care in a safe and fun environment.

If you are planning extensive cosmetic dental work, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once, or spread it out one procedure at a time. Here are some things to think about:

Time
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing is speedier than in it used to be. Still, some procedures such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants may require a period of healing.

It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest dental visits possible. You should also consider how your dental visits and any healing periods will affect your employment and family life. You will have less down time if you receive several procedures at once.

Aesthetic Results
While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, multiple porcelain veneer restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Sedation Dentistry
When you come in for a smile analysis, we can discuss oral sedation dentistry. Many cosmetic dental patients benefit from this safe and effective solution for pain and anxiety management. Conscious sedation is especially useful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Cost
In the long run, it is more affordable to do multiple procedures at once. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we are able to complete several procedures in one visit. We understand that complete smile transformations are a significant investment. We would be happy to discuss financing options.

Dental services at Koch Park Dental also include teeth whitening and Invisalign clear braces. Call us at 314-837-7744 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Clear Braces – Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Florissant Adults

Clear Braces - Nearly Invisible Teeth Straightening for Florissant Adults If you want to straighten your teeth or correct a bite problem, you have more orthodontic options in St. Louis than ever before. The current menu of orthodontic treatments requires a whole new glossary. Here are some of the common orthodontia terms heard around St. Charles and Florissant.

Lingual Braces and Invisible Braces
These are sometimes described as ‘braces behind the teeth’. These braces can be just as effective at realigning adult teeth as the traditional ‘metal and wires’ kind but are almost completely hidden. Many Florissant adults and teens who straighten their teeth choose this type of orthodontia. To find out if lingual braces are the best type for your teeth, lifestyle and budget, schedule an orthodontic consultation at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS by calling 314-837-7744. We can help you determine which type of adults braces system is right for you and your smile.

Traditional and Clear Retainers
Once a St. Louis clear braces or traditional braces patient has completed treatment, retainers must be worn regularly to keep the beautiful straight teeth in their corrected position. There are several types of retainers available for Florissant cosmetic dental patients. The time-tested Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them from shifting. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in the upper mouth (palate) or lower mouth.

Clear retainers are newer on the Maryland Heights orthodontic scene. They cover the teeth like a see-through glove and do not need metal bows or clasps. Some Chesterfield retainer wearers believe clear retainers are more comfortable than Hawley retainers.

You don’t need to live with a mouth full of metal to get the beautiful teeth you are seeking. Let us help you develop a custom treatment plan for your smile.