Dental Check Up ? How Often?

When is the last time you had a general dentistry check-up? Most people need a dental check-up every six months. If you have an increased risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months.

Welcome to Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

Martin Buchheit, DDS, of Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant is accepting new patients. If you do not currently have a dentist in St Louis MO or are not satisfied with your provider, we invite you to learn about our practice and meet our team. We are convinced that you will like what you find. Many patients entrust us with their dental health and we appreciate the relationships we have with them.

Give us a call at 314-837-7744 to make an appointment. You can also visit our website at http://www.kochparkdental.net/ for more information about our services.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene behaviors, or experience medical conditions that affect your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is important to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked without delay.

I evaluate many factors to determine the status of your dental health and the outlook for your future. I want you to have the healthiest teeth possible so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life. The philosophy ‘”Ignore it and it will go away,” does not apply to a tooth or gum problem.

Call 314-837-7744 to schedule a check-up. We hope to hear from you soon.

 

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 Sealant Q & A

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Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove. Most St. Louis pediatric dentists and family dentists offer sealants to their patients.

A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can reduce the risk of decay by 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. Your dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is speedy, manageable and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. Your dentist will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to your Florissant dentist about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still essential to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.


Eruption Charts: Not As Scary As They Sound

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Hello St. Louis! Thanks for visiting the Florissant dental blog. Today we’re talking about eruption charts and what they are used for.

First, an eruption chart is simply a listing of the different types of teeth in the mouth and when, on average, they come out, or ‘erupt’, from the gums. A primary teeth eruption chart will also tell you when to expect the different teeth to be lost.

Dentists in the Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, and St. Charles area use these charts to compare the development of their patients’ teeth to the average times in the population.

Hi. I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit, an experienced Florissant family and cosmetic dentist. The friendly staff here at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about eruption times, children’s braces, dental sealants, athletic mouthguards as well as questions about teeth whitening and Chesterfield dental implants.

Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS is a full-service dental office. Some of the services we offer are:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign
dental crowns
root canals
restorative dentistry

Give us a call today at 314-837-7744 and we can discuss these services as well as smile makeovers.

Dr. Martin Buchheit
Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS
2149 Charbonier Rd.
Florissant, Missouri
314-837-7744
https://www.kochparkdental.net/about-us/


Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry In Florissant

Florissant Cosmetic Dentistry Hello, I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit. Welcome to my Florissant cosmetic dentistry blog. Today’s article focuses on the difference between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

General dentists in Florissant are dedicated to preventing and treating oral disease such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will assess the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Florissant cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some Florissant dentists, like myself, offer both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a Florissant dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to prevent decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several of restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, my friendly team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures. We treat St. Louis area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many people were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly Florissant patients have crowns that are twice as old as our hygienists.)

Experienced Florissant dental professionals who perform pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the St. Louis area, I invite you to come into Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant, We are located at 2149 Charbonier Rd.. To schedule an oral examination or smile makeover consultation, call 314-837-7744.

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2149 Charbonier Rd.
Florissant, Missouri 63033

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What Can Fluoride Do For You, Chesterfield?

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Hello, and welcome to the Florissant Dental Blog. Today we will be answering questions about fluoride: “What is it, exactly, and why is it so beneficial to your dental health?”

Fluoride is a mineral, plain and simple. Fluoride occurs naturally in different foods as well as in water. Fluoride is also added to many of the oral care products sold in Maryland Heights, St. Louis, and St. Charles stores. This makes it possible for you to apply fluoride to your teeth when you brush your teeth or use mouth rinses.

And why would you want to put fluoride on your teeth? Because it will help to prevent tooth decay, of course! Fluoride does this by giving the teeth increased resistance against the acid attacks brought on by plaque bacteria as well as sugar in the mouth.

Fluoride is especially important for kids. Between the ages of 6 months and 16 years old, both the primary and the permanent teeth come in, therefore fluoride exposure is extremely beneficial. But, stay tuned, adults: the benefits of topical fluoride are available to you as well!

This miracle mineral is also applied to teeth during routine cleanings at Chesterfield and Florissant dental offices.

I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit and I have a full-service dental practice in Florissant. Helping my dental patients maintain optimal dental health is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want through cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

My practice, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS has been serving the Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, and St. Charles area since 1987, and we would like you to be our next satisfied patient. Please contact us at 314-837-7744 so we can make an appointment for you.

Dr. Martin Buchheit
Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS
2149 Charbonier Rd.
Florissant, Missouri
314-837-7744
https://www.kochparkdental.net/about-us/

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment, accessed on September 18, 2013


Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many St. Louis women experience an increase in dental problems during pregnancy. This article contains important information for expectant Florissant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

Dr. Martin Buchheit recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning performed by one of the skilled dental hygienists at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes. The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today by calling 314-837-7744. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.

If you receive dental treatment at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Dr. Martin Buchheit that you are expecting. This will affect decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to decay. If you are eating many small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition and lifestyle affect your baby. It is essential that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your St. Louis Ob/Gyn can give you specific recommendations for your age, height, weight and medical conditions.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.


Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS In Florissant Wants You To Be Healthy And Happy

Koch Park Dental - Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant Cares For Teeth Dentists in Florissant are dedicated to your oral health and care about the condition of your teeth. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we recognize that your teeth help you both eat and speak. You use your teeth to tear, scrape, and chew food, as well as to form words with your tongue.

Healthy teeth and gums are an important component of complete physical and mental health. An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrasment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The team of dental professonals at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant, Missouri, wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your energy in any way.

We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which many people around Florissant often call ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. An average healthy mouth for a Florissant resident has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.

Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth known as ‘permanent teeth‘ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6 for most Florissant residents, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.

Many adults in the city of Florissant have their wisdom teeth pulled out because these teeth can be problematic to your oral health, such as crowding a mouth. Other adults in the Florissant keep these teeth because they are not causing problems. If you are concerned about the state of your wisdom teeth you can visit our local Florissant office and we can help you make this critical decision.

Caring for all of your teeth – whether you are young and have 20 primary teeth or are an adult and have 28 to 32 permanent teeth – is necessary for total fitness. Let your Florissant dentist help keep you healthy and happy.


10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

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1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition. If you have already experienced dental complications related to diabetes, schedule a consultation with Martin Buchheit.
8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. Martin Buchheit can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
9. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury. Many Florissant dentists offer custom mouthguards that fit perfectly.
10. If you are looking for an excellent dentist in the Florissant area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin Buchheit at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we provide gentle, quality care for children and adults. Talk to us about preventative, restorative, cosmetic, or children’s dentistry. We look forward to serving you.

Martin Buchheit
Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS
2149 Charbonier Rd.
Florissant, Missouri 63033
314-837-7744
https://www.kochparkdental.net/about-us/


Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any Florissant mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Florissant resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality for St. Louis, Hazelwood, Maryland Heights, and St. Charles folks. We encourage anyone in the St. Louis area who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our Florissant cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign, root canals, restorative dentistry and any number of other dental services.

Martin Buchheit has been serving the Florissant area since 1987. Call 314-837-7744 to schedule a consultation.

Martin Buchheit
Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS
2149 Charbonier Rd.
Florissant, Missouri 63033
https://www.kochparkdental.net/about-us/


“Get Your Teeth In Shape, St. Louis!”

Get Your Teeth In Shape, St. Louis!

These days St. Louis residents are more conscious of their health than ever. Many of us are trying to stay active, eat a balanced diet, and better manage stress. When you feel healthy, attractive, and happy, you smile more often. You want your smile to compliment and enhance your physical and mental condition. Here at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we want to make sure that those in the Hazelwood, Maryland Heights, and St. Louis area have healthy, attractive teeth.

Eating right is a great step toward optimal oral health in the 63033 zip code area. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients will support dental health at every age. And, of course, water is always the beverage of choice for those who want healthy teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential healthy habits for your mouth. Also, regular check-ups and cleanings with your St. Louis dentist are a must.

Another way to get those teeth looking beautiful is by undergoing some routine cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you want to close spaces between the teeth, improve your gumline, or repair chips or cracks in the teeth, then dental bonding, gum recontouring, crowns, or porcelain veneers might be what you’re looking for.

I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit, a gentle, friendly Florissant dentist. I have been taking excellent care of St. Louis smiles since 1987. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at 314-837-7744.