Ice Chewing a Sign of Serious Health Problems

Ice Chewing, anemiaSome people (whether or not they admit it) just love ice chewing. They can get it from their freezer at home or fill up a cup at the cafeteria or just about anywhere, as long as they can fulfill their craving for that crunchy frozen water. If you’ve ever done this, you probably had a parent, teacher or friend tell you that it was bad for you and you were going to ruin your teeth. This is definitely true and Dr. Postol, your St. Louis Dentist, will tell you so, because the hard material chips away at the enamel on your teeth and can cause you to need expensive and painful restoration treatments. However, it turns out that this isn’t the only way ice chewing is bad for your health.


Tips for Fresh Breath

X- Fresh BreathBad breath is a problem that everyone has to deal with at some point. It’s impossible to keep our mouths smelling fresh and clean all day, every day, especially when there are delicious things to have like coffee or cheeseburgers with extra onions, pickles and mushrooms.

Dr. Postol is here to help! The best way to keep bad breath at bay is to figure out when you have it, why you have it, and how to fix it. We hope this blog post will help you in all of those areas, but if you still have questions please to hesitate to ask at your next St. Louis Dental appointment!


White or Red Wine?

White wine #1The age old debate over white or red wine has covered hundreds of years and thousands of topics. Which tastes better? Which is more sophisticated? Which has less calories? Which has more health benefits? Now, a number of new studies are adding another topic to the controversy: which one is better for your teeth?

White or Red?

Everyone in Ballwin knows that drinking red wine can leave unsightly stains your teeth, but a recent study shows that white wine may actually be a worse culprit. Scientists at the New York University College of Dentistry studied the effects on tooth whiteness, and found that although red wine discolors, white wine actually dissolves a microlayer of tooth, making it rougher and more vulnerable. If this is followed with staining drinks such as coffee and tea, or acidic foods such as citrus fruits, the resulting damage could be harmful to the health of your mouth.


What Is Acid Erosion?

X- Acid ErosionYou’ve probably seen a lot of toothpaste commercials that talk about acid erosion, but they don’t always explain everything. What is causing acid erosion? Do your teeth have acid erosion? What can you do to stop it?

Dr. Postol and our office are here to answer any questions you may have about acid erosion. We hope to give everyone in Ballwin the chance to prevent acid erosion before it starts, and diagnose and treat the damage already in their mouths. We want your teeth to be as healthy as possible, so at your next visit with our St. Louis Dental staff be sure to bring up any issues you have with your mouth!


Teeth that Light Up a Room…in the Dark!

We’ve all seen glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, little kids shoes that light up when they walk, and even belts with flashing lights on them. But light up teeth? Two designers in Japan are doing just that to advertise a winter sale at their clothing store, Laforet Harajuku.

Now, we’re not just talking about those 25 cent plastic vampire fangs that you can get at Halloween that are supposed to glow in the dark. These “fronts” contain light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that you affix to your teeth which then glow and blink in different colors when you open your mouth. In fact, they are so bright that you can see them even with your mouth closed. What a great addition to the holiday festivities!

Their ad campaign features a group of girls walking around a city in the dark, wearing these LED smiles and acting as if nothing were strange. Frankly, it’s kind of creepy, like a pack of robots slowly coming towards you. The mouthpieces are also a little cumbersome, because you still have to carry a type of battery pack that is attached by wires that hang out of the side of your mouth.

For now, the technology is not commercially available, and the designers, Motoi Ishibashi and Daito Manabe, say they have no plans to make them so at this time. Further testing will have to be done before they can be sold on a large scale, and they will have to prove that the mouthpieces are not harmful to your teeth or general health in any way. Maybe someday you too can have light-up teeth!

In the mean time, Dr. Postol has several more realistic and wallet friendly options to help any and everyone in Ballwin get teeth that light up a room.  Give St. Louis Dentistry a call to schedule a consultation today!

Get Our Newsletter Online!

newsletter onlineWe here at St. Louis Dentistry are excited to announce that you can now download the latest copy of our newsletter from right here on our website!  Our current newsletter features great information about the natural lifespan of your teeth and how we can help you keep them healthy at all stages!

Each newsletter online, and in print, is filled with fun facts and important information to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking its very best!  We’re not meaning to brag, but it really is a must read for everyone looking to maintain their oral health.

Take a look at the newsletter and give us a call to schedule your next appointment today!  We look forward to helping your teeth grow happily and healthy!


Whiter Teeth in Five Minutes!

Dr. Postol has a tip to give you whiter teeth in less than five minutes, just in time for your family Christmas pictures. How do we do it? With lipstick! (Sorry men, you’re out of luck this time!) The right shade of lipstick can make your teeth look whiter and brighter, and help your natural, healthy beauty shine through.

So which colors do this? A general rule is to try to stick with those that have blue undertones which will contrast with the yellow tints of your teeth and make them appear brighter and whiter. When looking for a specific color, try in the deeper reds and maroons. Stay away from nudes, peaches, neutral pinks, and frosted lipsticks, which can make your teeth look the same color as the lipstick.

Also important to remember is the sheen of the lipstick. Glossy, wet looks reflect light off your lips, adding depth and making your teeth shine as well. Matte finishes will make your smile look darker, bringing out any stains you may have. Some brands even have specific lines devoted to teeth-whitening lipstick, so check it out the next time you are in the makeup aisle.

How about getting lipstick on your teeth? One way to avoid this is with careful application followed by pouting your lips and poking your finger in your mouth to remove any excess color. Another great way is to keep your teeth as clean as possible so that the lipstick has nothing to cling to. Also, you should avoid activities like smoking, smacking your gum or biting your nails. Believe it or not, smiling keeps the lipstick off your teeth more than a straight face or a frown. So smile more!

If you find the perfect shade of lipstick but are still unhappy with the color of your teeth, talk to Dr. Postol about any number of cosmetic procedures that can give you the smile you deserve. We are here to help you get the beautiful smile you deserve!

Don’t Scare Your Family with Morning Breath this Christmas!

Are you staying at a relative’s house this holiday season? You probably want to avoid wandering downstairs for breakfast and watching your family turn their noses up at your morning breath. Embarrassing! Although, maybe not as bad as your robe falling open… (more…)

Diabetics Must be Vigilant to Prevent Oral Health Problems

be vigilant if you have diabetes.
It’s no secret that diabetes is a health condition that must be treated because of the problems it can cause throughout the body—including in your mouth.  There is a proven link between diabetes and oral health problems.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month—a time to consider the nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. who according to the American Diabetes Association, have diabetes.  St. Louis area dentist Dr. Kevin Postol wants to take some time to consider the effects diabetes can have on oral health.

When people with diabetes experience high glucose levels, those levels could also be helping bacteria thrive—causing major problems for their teeth. Some diabetics have chronic inflammation and infections in their mouths.

Because of the risk, it’s important that diabetics take extra special care of their teeth. People with diabetes have special oral are needs, so it’s vital that you share this information with your dentist.

Common dental conditions associated with diabetes are tooth decay, gum disease, saliva gland dysfunction, infection, delayed healing and more.

Everyone—especially those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, should:

  • Be extra vigilant about brushing and flossing regularly
  • Watch for signs or symptoms of oral disease and report them to your dentist
  • Visit a dentist regularly and tell them that you have diabetes
  • Keep your blood glucose as normal as possible

Some signs and symptoms include:

  • Tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Swollen gums
  • Puss between the teeth when the gums are pressed
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Consistent bad taste in the mouth
  • A bite that feels different
  • Thrush
  • Poor healing
  • Dry mouth

For more information, give us a call to make an appointment and visit this American Diabetes Association FAQ:

Teeth at the First Thanksgiving

What were teeth like at the first Thanksgiving? In honor of the holiday week, here at St. Louis Dental we decided to have some fun and think about what oral hygiene was like hundreds of years ago for those who attended the first Thanksgiving. Wow, has dental technology come a long way since then!

How did the Pilgrims brush their teeth?
Oral hygiene was not so great for the pilgrims. Toothbrushes and toothpaste weren’t really around in England or America, and wouldn’t be for another couple hundred years.

People generally used whatever they could find to get plaque off their teeth, which might be bones, feathers or sticks. Some historians believe they may have even used salt to remove the filmy grime from their teeth.

Dentistry had just begun to develop in England, but the pilgrims were actually living a lot rougher than the average English citizen. They had just spent months on a boat with limited supplies and were now on a new continent where they knew no one and nothing, and had to make due with what they could find.

How did the Native Americans brush their teeth?
The Native Americans probably had better dental habits than the pilgrims, if only because they were used to their surroundings and knew how to find what they needed.

The tribes in the area used a variety of herbs to clean their teeth, such as a handful of sage rubbed in the mouth like a toothbrush. Some tribes actually used a goop made from the cucacua plant that resembled modern-day toothpaste.

Happy Thanksgiving!
So after sharing a big feast together, the pilgrims and Native Americans probably sat back, their bellies full, and picked their teeth with a small stick or the point of their knife. You might have relatives that do the same thing this Thursday, although they might be on a big, comfy couch watching the football game. Things haven’t really changed that much have they?