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The ingredients that are included in your oral hygiene products are there for a reason. Oral hygiene products are more effective than ever before precisely because manufacturers have been able to refine their formulas and combine the most useful ingredients together. Keep reading to learn more from our O’Fallon dentists about how various ingredients benefit your smile.

Fluoride

This is a big one! Fluoride is a key ingredient in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, and for good reason. This natural mineral actually helps to strengthen teeth and re-mineralize dental enamel. Fluoride has been shown to reduce instances of cavity development and dental damage. One key caveat: children who are young enough to swallow toothpaste should not use toothpastes with fluoride, as they may develop dental fluorosis.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate

This is a type of detergent that is regularly included in toothpastes. When you see your toothpaste foam and suds up as you clean your smile, this is sodium laurel sulfate going to work! Oral hygiene detergents help you clean your smile effectively, and minimize plaque.

Abrasive Agents

Many toothpastes also include a few abrasive agents to help buff away plaque. Your toothpaste may use dehydrated silica gels, aluminum oxides, and/or calcium carbonate to help you manually dislodge stubborn plaque and dental debris. Modern abrasive agents are rough enough to disturb plaque, while being safe for your dental enamel and oral tissues.

Flavorings

There are many different flavor options for patients today. The key thing to know about flavoring agents is that they should not include sugar, as this ramps up oral bacteria production. Ingredients like saccharine and sorbitol improve the flavor or toothpastes and mouthwashes without coating your mouth in sugar.

Do you have a question about an ingredient that we didn’t cover today? If so, please feel free to reach out to our O’Fallon dentists by calling our office or using the Contact Us page on our website!

More and more people are coming to our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists in order to find relief from this damaging condition. We know that sleep apnea can severely affect every aspect of your life; that is why we work so hard to provide effective and user-friendly solutions for chronic sleep apnea.

When you first develop sleep apnea, you may start to notice a number of inconvenient changes to your sense of health and wellbeing. For example, you could become prone to suffering from headaches, especially in the morning and before falling asleep. Because sleep apnea interrupts your healthy sleep cycle, you may also find that you’re battling fatigue and concentration problems throughout the day. One of the most telling symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea is persistent and loud snoring—your snoring may be so loud that it disturbs your sleep and wakes others.

The thing about sleep apnea is that it rarely resolves itself autonomously, and without treatment, this condition can intensify and lead to more serious health complications. Sleep apnea causes your blood oxygen levels to drop precipitously in the night. Long-term, untreated sleep apnea may increase your risk of suffering from a host of whole-body health issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is often associated, for example, with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Chronic sleep apnea also increases the patient’s risk of suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, and liver problems.

Traditional CPAP machines are effective for many patients, but not all. Our sleep apnea team provides treatment alternatives to cumbersome CPAP machinery. Custom-fit mouthpieces, for example, can move the patient’s lower jaw into healthy position and keep the airway clear as he or she sleeps. Our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists have found that many patients prefer these mouthpieces, and that they generally have higher rates of patient compliance.

Don’t leave sleep apnea untreated! Our dental team is here to help—give us a call to learn more about treatment options and to schedule a consultation.

Because tooth loss affects many aspects of your life—your daily routine, your appearance, your oral health—choosing a tooth replacement option is a very important and personal process. Our O’Fallon restorative dentists are here to provide you with all of the information that you need in order to make the right decision for your smile, specifically.

Today we are going through a quick overview of four of the most popular tooth replacement treatments offered in our office. Let’s get started!

The first option we’re talking about is the traditional denture. A denture is a dental prosthetic that replaces multiple consecutive teeth. In our office we customize dentures to look and feel natural for the wearer; these are not one-size-fit all prosthetics!

If you are looking for a more permanent tooth replacement treatment, you may be interested in dental implants. Dental implants are stand-alone replacement teeth—each one has a titanium root that extends into the jawbone, as well as a natural-looking restoration. Once the dental implant is inserted, it stays in place 24/7 and is not removable.

There is actually a variant of the conventional that is slightly smaller—this is called a mini dental implant. Mini dental implant roots are much thinner than conventional implant roots, which means that they can fit into smaller spaces, and they do not require as much post-treatment recovery time as standard implants do.

In many ways, implant-stabilized dentures combine the respective benefits of dentures and dental implants. This treatment involves our dentist anchoring a full denture in your mouth with just a few dental implant roots. This option is sometimes called “all-on-four” treatment because we can usually anchor a full denture (or all of your replacement teeth) on just four implant roots.

As you can see, there are a number of different restorative treatments available to help you reclaim your smile after tooth loss. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our O’Fallon dentists if you need additional information!

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