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More and more patients are becoming interested in how their eating and drinking habits may be affecting their smiles. We’re here to help you optimize your oral health in every way, and that includes being thoughtful about your diet. So, keep reading to learn more from our O’Fallon dentists about what types of foods and drinks to look out for.

The primary culprit when it comes to harmful foods and drinks is sugar. The oral bacteria that live in your mouth feed on sugar, so when you consume a sweet treat, these bacteria go into a frenzy. The more they are able to feed, the faster they are able to grow and multiply. And, when you eat something sugary that is also sticky, so it gets caught between your teeth, the bacteria can stay active even longer. It’s a good idea to limit the amount of sugar you consume, and to only indulge in short intervals, rather than continuously throughout the day. You can also get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after consuming something sweet.

Another threat to your oral health is acid. Acidic beverages like soda, fruit juice, coffee, and red wine, all temporarily soften dental enamel. During this period of time, which lasts for about twenty minutes to a half hour, your enamel is at risk of thinning and damage.

Whenever you consume something acidic, try to drink some water, and rinse your mouth with water. Also, be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking to brush your teeth, as brushing during this period of time may inadvertently wear away enamel.

If you’re looking for a way to boost your oral health, it may be time to look at your diet, and make some small adjustments. As always, our O’Fallon dentists are here to give you additional information and guidance, so just give us a call to get started!

 

So many of our cosmetic dentistry patients are looking for a reliable, fast, and long-lasting solution to aesthetic dental problems; that’s where LUMINEERS come in. With LUMINEERS patients are able to achieve true smile transformations in a very short period of time. Want to learn more about how this treatment works? Keep reading for information from our O’Fallon LUMINEERS dentist:

Q: What are LUMINEERS made of?

A: LUMINEERS are made of a specific type of porcelain called Cerinate porcelain. This material is very strong, which means that LUMINEERS can be thin, even thinner than traditional veneers, and still be durable enough to stand up to day to day wear and tear.

Q: How long does LUMINEER treatment take?
A: Generally, the entire treatment process can be completed in two or three dental appointments. In the first phase of treatment, our team will prep your teeth and take a mold of the teeth that we’re treating. Then, once the LUMINEERS are crafted, you’ll come back in to have them fitted and attached.

Q: What do LUMINEERS look like?

A: Once your LUMINEERS are in place, they will look just like natural teeth. A LUMINEER covers the entirety of the visible portion of the existing tooth, so it will completely transform the appearance of the relevant tooth. LUMINEERS are made of porcelain specifically because porcelain mimics the appearance of real enamel; the end aesthetic result is seamless.

Many people choose to pursue LUMINEER treatment because they are able to address a number of aesthetic issues at once using LUMINEERS. If you want to correct dental damage, close gaps between teeth, lengthen short enamel, or cover discoloration, then LUMINEERS might be right for you.

The best way to get started is to call our O’Fallon LUMINEER dentists for more information and to schedule a personal consultation!

Sedation dentistry has transformed what our O’Fallon dentists are able to do, and how quickly we’re able to do it. Sedation has also greatly improved the patient’s treatment experience in a number of ways.

Our dental team has seen first-hand how powerful this tool can be. In general, sedation treatment helps patients stay calm through treatment, and comfortable in the dentist’s chair. With sedation, you can have the positive dental experience you want, while getting the treatment you need.

Sedation treatment is tailored and customized to suit the individual patient’s needs. The best way to figure out whether sedation can help you, is to schedule a consultation with our dental team. However, here are some general guidelines and situations in which sedation can be helpful:

Easing patients into invasive procedures: if you are having extensive restorative or cosmetic work done, sedation can help you stay comfortable, and minimize your risk of requiring a lengthy post-treatment recovery period.

Helping anxious patients: certain people are so afraid of dental treatment that they can’t even make it into our office for their appointments. Sedation treatment can help these people face dental care confidently. Oral conscious sedation, for example, begins to work before you even get to our office, so you’ll be ready for treatment. 

Shortening treatment timelines: if you are undergoing a series of treatments, sedation may be able to shorten your treatment timeline. Because sedated patients do not become tense and fatigued as quickly in the dentist’s chair, our dental team can get more done in a shorter period of time.

If you want to learn more about sedation treatment, or figure out whether sedation is appropriate in your situation, you can contact our O’Fallon sedation dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you!

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