3 Tips To Make Brushing Count

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At Chesterfield Smile Designs, having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered—from which toothpaste to buy to proper tools and techniques—is our business. We are all about educating our patients for better dental health.

1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Gentle brushing will obtain the same results as hard bristle brushing without the abrasive damage to gums and gum line. There is never a good reason to use hard or medium bristle toothbrushes. Better yet, wet the soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are soft and pliant before brushing.

2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing

Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces and gently massage the gums. Be sure to pay attention to the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow cavities to begin. Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants the toothbrush couldn’t coax out and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.

3 Times a Day

Brushing after every meal should remain the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve amazing dental hygiene, brushing is priority one. There are as many toothpaste choices out there as you have teeth; without consistent brushing and flossing, those teeth are facing sure destruction. Don’t misunderstand, toothpaste is essential. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath and a myriad of other side jobs. But after every meal, gently removing food debris prevents breakdown on precious tooth surfaces. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of build-buildup

Here at Chesterfield Smile Designs we provide our patients with general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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Is Mouthwash A Must?

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If you’ve ever walked the oral care aisles of any drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but at Chesterfield Smile Designs we remind you to ask yourself, will they help meet your dental health needs?

Many individuals wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two critical habits that have the most significant effect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash necessary?

When our dental patients ask about mouthwash, we tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise on the label. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same effect.

Men and women with bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the trouble. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the problem because they can cause dry mouth—a condition that can contribute to bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are typically more efficient for freshening breath. These products are typically called fluoride rinses.

If you have persistent bad breath, you should have your teeth evaluated for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to confirm the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, pick a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

At Chesterfield Smile Designs, serving the greater St. Louis area, your dental health matters. We provide quality dental care that includes general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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White Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings in St. Louis

At Chesterfield Smile Designs in Chesterfield MO, we believe that the best fillings are no fillings. But we know that cavities happen. When they do, dental fillings are in order.

A dental filling is used to repair decayed or damaged tooth surfaces. Most people have a few fillings in their mouth. By now, dentists have been filling cavities for generations, and the most common type are amalgam fillings, or composite filings, made from a combination of metals – the ubiquitous silver fillings.

As common as they are, more and more people are electing to have their cavities filled with white fillings that match the color of their teeth. These fillings are made of a composite resin and are durable, and resistant to fracture. They’re especially good in small to medium-sized fillings.

When you choose white fillings, we match the shade of the composite material to your natural teeth. Once the decay is removed, we fill it with the composite material and shape it, then harden it with a special curing light.

White fillings from Chesterfield Smile Design are almost impossible to see. They can last for many years. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. Scheduler an appointment with us today.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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The Importance of Six Month Checkups

When you leave Chesterfield Smile Designs after a cleaning and checkup, our front desk always makes sure to schedule your next appointment with us, six months down the road. Is that really necessary? Isn’t having the dentist look inside your mouth once a year enough?

The short answer is: no. An unfortunate reality of dental health is that it doesn’t take very long for new problems to appear, and the sooner we identify and treat them, the better. You don’t want to give a cavity an extra six months to eat away at the enamel of your teeth.

We understand that no one really likes going to the dentist. Even when you’re confident that your teeth are in great shape, do you really want to sit for an hour while a hygienist pokes and scrapes your teeth and gum line?

But as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin said that more than two hundred years ago, and it’s as true now as it was in his day. If you don’t have cleanings and checkups on a regular basis, you’re gambling with your dental health – and that can result in other health complications.

By now, we think you get the point. But here are three very good reasons to see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tarter. Even brushing and flossing twice a day won’t get everything. There are areas that simply won’t be reached. Plaque and tartar has a way of settling into those areas, and should be removed frequently.
  • Bad habits. When you see us on a regular basis, we have the chance to identify new problems that may appear. Additional stress in life may lead to teeth grinding or jaw clenching; the early stages of gum disease, not noticeable six months ago, may be plain to see. No matter the issue, early detection and early treatment are the best ways to treat it.
  • Oral cancer check. You don’t have to be a smoker to get oral cancer, although tobacco use increases your risk. Once again, the sooner it is found, the better the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

During those six months between cleanings and checkups, remember to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Chesterfield Smile Designs provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

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Smart Brushing Beats Aggressive Brushing

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Most people brush their teeth (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush incorrectly but don’t realize it. In this post from Chesterfield Smile Designs, we’d like to remind the greater St. Louis area to brush properly.

One of the most common errors—especially for teenagers—is quick, aggressive teeth cleaning with a hard bristle toothbrush. There is a certain logic to this; when you want to clean smooth surfaces like bathroom tiles, you scrub with a hard brush, right? The trouble is that teeth and soft tissue have different characteristics. While enamel is strong, the soft tissues in the mouth are not designed for intense scouring.

Effects of Quick, Hard Brushing:

  • Tooth decay caused by bits of food left between teeth
  • Damage to teeth through abrasion
  • Weakened enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gums receding or pulling away from teeth
  • Damage to existing dental work
  • Tartar build-up

The friendly dental hygienists at Chesterfield Smile Designs  teach patients the proper way to brush teeth. With a slow, deliberate two minutes twice daily, you can take control of your dental hygiene, improve your oral health, and curtail the risk of future problems.

Smart Brushing Beats Aggressive Brushing:

  • Plaque is soft enough to scratch off with a fingernail, so brush accordingly with soft bristles
  • Holding the toothbrush at the correct angle achieves a thorough cleaning
  • Proper tooth brushing can prolong that remarkable professional-cleaning feel
  • Flossing is easier without sore, bleeding gums

If you have already damaged your teeth or gums through aggressive or haphazard brushing, it’s important to fix those troubles and get back on track. Protect your dental health! Call us at Chesterfield Smile Designs. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, the team at Chesterfield Smile Designs has to make a choice: whether to attempt saving the tooth with a root canal, or extracting it.

There are several factors that influence this determination. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontitis.

In a root canal (endodontic) procedure, we remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. We use files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

A root canal procedure is just the initial step in the complete tooth restoration process. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown placement. A strong, natural looking crown protects the remaining tooth and functions like a natural tooth.

A root canal is ordinarily the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has acute decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. Teeth with curved roots are more difficult to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Due to the slight risk of failure, some patients question whether they should just get a tooth implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is needed, talk with us about the pros and cons of each procedure. Chesterfield Smile Designs in Chesterfield MO performs root canals, as well as dental implants. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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Our Dental Team Takes Care Of You

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At Chesterfield Smile Designs, each dental professional on our team, from the front desk to the dentist, helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of care. Today’s message will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.

You may think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who puts the bib around my neck,” and you are right. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.

Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at Chesterfield Smile Designs. They assist during all dental procedures, including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.

When a dental patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the necessary procedure. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our comfortable patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.

Whether the patient is receiving teeth whitening, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour smile makeover, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.

Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, make impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have an astute eye for detail and a first-rate memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.

At Chesterfield Smile Designs, our dentist provides everything from general dentistry to dental implants, and the dental assistant is always there – an essential, if unsung, member of the team.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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Why You Should Take Snoring Seriously

Snoring isn’t just an annoyance. It can have serious health consequences, and may be an indicator of sleep apnea. At Chesterfield Smile Designs we provide treatment.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is caused by an a blockage in the airway. The obstruction can be caused by:

  • Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely.
  • Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor.
  • Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children.
  • Long uvula or soft palate
  • Nasal congestion
  • Deviated septum

People who snore may have a condition called sleep apnea—a potentially serious condition in which your breathing lapses while you are snoozing. This can occur hundreds of times at night.

If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also influenced. Failure to get enough restful slumber contributes to a multitude of physical and mental conditions.

Most of us have experienced problems concentrating when we haven’t gotten enough sleep. Did you know that can limit a person’s motor function and reaction time as seriously as intoxication?

Other possible health problems include heart disease, obesity, depression, and diabetes.

If you suspect that you or a loved one suffers from snoring or sleep apnea, we invite you to book an appointment at Chesterfield Smile Designs today. We also offer general dentistry.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile

Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile In Chesterfield

This  blog post from the dentist at Chesterfield Smile Designs is for our valued patients who are overdue for a cleaning and exam.

During dental deep cleanings, our hygienists thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. By scaling and planing, they remove areas where bacteria can easily multiply.

We are devoted to preventative dentistry to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. If you are due for a cleaning, call us today.

After your teeth have been cleaned, we perform a thorough examination. We check for overall tooth and gum health, the presence of cavities, gum pocket depth, bite issues, and signs of oral cancer.

Some people mistakenly believe that they can skip dental visits if they don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. This attitude is risky. Many dental troubles advance silently. When the patient experiences pain, much damage has been done. Gum disease, especially, often progresses unnoticed.

If you perform regular auto maintenance, you understand the wisdom of prevention. Don’t you value your smile far more than your car? Call Chesterfield Smile Designs today to schedule a checkup and cleaning for your irreplaceable smile. We provide general dentistry, and treat conditions such as sleep apnea.

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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Are You Smiling?

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Hello Chesterfield! Welcome to Chesterfield Smile Designs. We have been here serving the St. Louis area since 2015, and are constantly striving to cater to the oral health needs of our patients. We hope that you might be one of these patients soon!

One innovative way that we keep our patients and others informed is by this blog, the Chesterfield Smile Designs blog. We want to keep families informed about how they can have healthy, beautiful smiles.

A central goal of this blog is to encourage everyone to develop more effective oral health habits, such as proper brushing and flossing. We also want to promote the use of quality dental products.

Cosmetic dentistry is another vital topic that we like to address. We offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services. Ask us about dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and sleep apnea treatment. We hope to educate St. Louis residents on what these procedures are and how they can help you to get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.

If you have any questions, please call us. Whether you want to know more about in-office teeth whitening, problems such as dry mouth, dental implants, or invisible braces, we can help.

Call Chesterfield Smile Designs today!

Contact Chesterfield Smile Designs:

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

14377 Woodlake Dr Ste 205
Chesterfield, Missouri
28036

 

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