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For many Americans, coffee is a vital part of the morning routine: wake up, get your bearings, recharge with a cup of coffee. Sounds great! 

However, there are some things to know about how coffee affects your smile. Our O’Fallon dentists are here to tell you about how you can take steps to maintain your smile, while enjoying your daily cup of java. Keep reading to learn more!

The number one complaint our dentists hear from patients about coffee is that it stains dental enamel. It is true that, when your teeth are exposed to coffee over a long period of time, the dental enamel can begin to accumulate color deposits.

One good way to minimize this unwanted side effect is to use a straw to drink your coffee. Using a straw allows you to largely bypass your dental enamel, so that you don’t totally coat your smile in coffee. Another beneficial, and easy, step is to rinse your mouth with water once you’re done with your coffee. Don’t let coffee sit on your smile for longer than necessary!

You’ll also want to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day in addition to your coffee. This will help you stay hydrated, and produce plenty of saliva, so that you’re less likely to end up battling chronic bad breath.

If you’re someone who experiences dental sensitivity when sipping a hot coffee, this could be a sign that your dental enamel is thin or compromised. Talk to your dentist about strategies to minimize sensitivity, as well as well treatments that can fortify your enamel.

Our O’Fallon dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need about caring for your smile, in general, and coffee consumption, in particular. Give our team a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!

You do everything you can to keep your smile healthy; you brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly as recommended. These efforts are hugely important, but, unfortunately, sometimes dental damage can pop up anyway.

The good news is that, as a patient, you can keep your eyes open for signs of damage and infection, so that you can get the timely treatment that you need. With that in mind, our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you learn more about how emerging oral infections may manifest. Let’s get started!

One of the first clues that you may be dealing with an oral infection is chronic bad breath. The oral bacteria that cause infections also release unpleasant odors when they grow and multiply. So, if you have trouble freshening your smile no matter how diligently you clean your teeth and gums, you may be dealing with a cavity or periodontal disease.

There are also visible changes that can be red flags that infection is present. If part of your tooth, for example, starts to look dark—brown or gray—this may indicate that the enamel is infected. Infected gum tissue may appear red and swollen.

As infections progress, you may develop pain and sensitivity around the compromised dental tissue. Tooth pain occurs because the inner nerves and dental tissues, which reside in the inner core of the tooth, are exposed and irritated. Your gums will also become sensitive as the tissue swells and becomes prone to bleeding.

The best thing that you can do is to reach out for treatment as soon as you notice any of these changes to your smile. Prompt treatment will help you minimize the damage sustained due to these infections. Please feel free to reach out to our O’Fallon dentists for more information and to schedule a personal consultation!

Restorative dentistry will allow you to improve your smile and regain optimal oral health. In our O’Fallon dental office, we customize crowns and restorations to meet our patients’ needs. Keep reading to learn more!

It all begins with a thorough dental assessment. We’ll take a look at your smile, to determine how and why your tooth became damaged in the first place. Once we’ve pinpointed the underlying cause of your oral health problems, we can help you craft a treatment plan that meets your needs, exactly.

If you can benefit from a dental crown or restoration, our dentist will look to your natural teeth for general guidelines on how it should be designed. We take into account:

The shape of your crown: depending on whether your existing teeth or more angular or rounded, we will craft your restoration accordingly. If you take a look at your smile in the mirror, you’ll probably start to get a good idea of your tooth shape.

It’s also crucial that your crown is appropriately sized for your overall smile. A poorly sized restoration can throw off the balance of your entire smile. Over time, this issue can lead to premature dental damage as well as TMJ dysfunction.

Then, considering aesthetics, we’ll shade your crown so that it blends with your existing teeth. Keep in mind that if you want to lighten your natural teeth as well, it’s best to do this before having your crown placed. This allows our team to match your restoration to your newly whitened enamel. Porcelain restorations cannot be whitened with topical whitening treatments.

As you can see, there are many considerations to keep in mind when undergoing restorative dental treatment. As always, our O’Fallon dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help you schedule your personal consultation. Give us a call to get started!

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