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This cold and flu season, our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you properly care for your smile when you’re not feeling your best.

When you’re sick, it can be tough to get through your daily routine; you may be confined to your bed for most of the day. However, taking even some small steps to support your oral health can protect your smile and help you feel better, faster.

If you’re having trouble keeping up with your regular habit of cleaning your smile morning and night, try keeping some floss and mouth rinse next to your bed. You can also make it a point to clean your smile whenever you do happen to be at your sink. Essentially, you want to take any opportunity you can to refresh your mouth.

This is especially true if you have the flu and you have been vomiting. The stomach acid in vomit can damage your oral tissues as well as your teeth. Try to rinse your mouth after such instances, so as to minimize the amount of time that acid is able to sit on your teeth and gums. You don’t want to aggressively brush your teeth right away, as your enamel may be temporarily weakened due to acid exposure.

It’s also important to make sure that the dental tools you’re using are fresh and clean. Do not, for example, re-use sections of floss as you go from tooth to tooth, as this can compound contaminants. You also want to switch out your toothbrush after suffering an illness, because the bristles may harbor harmful bacteria.

As always, our O’Fallon dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have about caring for your smile day in and day out, including while you’re ill. Give us a call to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation with our team!

Patients who suffer from chronic dental sensitivity often end up altering their daily routines in a number of ways in order to avoid discomfort. These patients may limit their diets, and take short-cuts in cleaning their smiles.

Our O’Fallon dentists help patients overcome dental sensitivity, so that they can live unencumbered. Keep reading to get a better idea of what this type of treatment entails… 

The first step is for our dental team to identify the underlying cause of the dental sensitivity you’re experiencing. Sensitivity can occur for a number of reasons, including: 

  • Thinning dental enamel
  • Receding or damaged gum tissue
  • Entrenched oral health problems, like cavities and gum disease
  • Cracked or chipped enamel
  • Bruxism-related pain

Once we understand why you’re dealing with pain and discomfort, we can tailor our treatment recommendations to meet your specific needs. Depending on the cause of your dental sensitivity, you may benefit from: 

  • Incorporating enamel-strengthening treatments into your routine—there are professional treatments available, as well as over-the-counter topical formulations to fight enamel erosion.
  • Addressing periodontal disease—gum disease treatments strengthen gum tissue and help it to heal and regenerate. As gum tissue heals, and periodontal pockets diminish, a patient’s sensitive dental nerves become better protected.
  • Using protective materials to cover enamel—in some cases materials like composite resin are used to shield diminished dental enamel from irritants and fortify the tooth as a whole.
  • Improving bruxism so as to minimize further damage—treatments for bruxism include, orthodontic treatment, customized restorations, and protective oral appliances (which patients wear at night). These treatments reduce tooth-on-tooth grinding that thins enamel over time.

You absolutely do not have to live with a sensitive smile forever; there are treatments available to help you smile, eat, and drink comfortably again. Give our O’Fallon dentists a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation with our team! 

So many people tell our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists the same story: a patient looks in the mirror one day, and just doesn’t recognize the dark or stained smile staring back at them. Dental discoloration is problem that really compounds incrementally over time. We may not notice individual new stains day to day, but definitely notice the end result!

Whitening and refreshing your smile is absolutely achievable, and our dental team can help you find the perfect aesthetic treatment option for your life. Keep reading to learn more about the ways you can combat dental discoloration.

The number one consideration as we start treatment is to determine the underlying cause of the aesthetic changes to your smile. Dental discoloration can develop for a number of reasons including: 

  • Environmental stains due to pigmented foods, drinks, and tobacco products. Tobacco products are especially powerful staining substances.
  • Thinning dental enamel, which allows more of the yellow dentin to shine through to the surface of the patient’s smile.
  • Dental damage that leaves the tooth looking gray or dark; when the inner core of a tooth is damaged, the entire tooth can start to look discolored and dull.

The aesthetic treatment you pursue will depend on the root cause of your aesthetic issue:

  • Professional dental cleanings will refresh smiles darkened due to plaque and tartar build-up
  • Topical whitening treatments minimize entrenched stains, especially those from foods, drinks, and tobacco
  • Dental bonding covers existing enamel with custom-shaded dental resin. The result is a transformed tooth that looks fresh and bright.
  • Individual porcelain veneers are bonded to the patient’s tooth structure to give the tooth a new appearance.

Some patients are able to achieve their aesthetic goals using one of these treatments, while others combine whitening solutions in order to refresh their smiles. Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help you weigh all of your treatment options, so that you can make a sound dental decision.


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