Post-Menopausal Women Need More Dental Checkups

May is National Women’s Health Month, and Dr. Postol wants to make sure all postmenopausal women in Ballwin are aware of a new study from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic that affects how they care for their teeth.

Post-Menopausal Women

The study was conducted by comparing women who took bone-strengthening bisphosphonate therapies for osteoporosis with those who did not take the medicine. While they originally set out to investigate the effects these drugs have on jaw bone deterioration, researchers ended up with findings that related to all post-menopausal women. (more…)

The Number One Cause of Oral Cancer

Every single day, more than 16 people die from oral cancer. Every day, of every year. And every day eight more people are diagnosed with some form of this pervasive disease.

Oral cancer certainly isn’t going to disappear unless we do something about it, so our Ballwin office has vowed to educate all of our patients on human papillomavirus (HPV), the number one cause of this disease. (more…)

Which Easter Candy Dr. Postol Wants You to Eat

Not all easter candy is created equal. Some kinds of candy are much worse for your teeth than other kinds, and some can even damage your expensive dental work. Dr. Postol definitely doesn’t want you to have to make an appointment because a jawbreaker broke off your crown and you need it replaced!

While we certainly don’t advise Ballwin residents to eat a huge candy bar with every meal, we know how delicious sweet treats are, and we’re not going to tell you to stay away from them altogether. Here at our Ballwin office, we just want you to make informed decisions about your oral hygiene and nutrition choices, so that you can have a happy and healthy mouth!

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Do You Need Braces?

You probably think that your teeth are straight enough, that their appearance doesn’t really bother you enough to shell out a ton of money just to have them look like railroad tracks. What you might not be considering is that straightness is not just about appearance, but also about maintaining the health and structure of your mouth.

Getting braces as an adult is usually about aligning your teeth and bite properly, which Dr. Postol might refer to as your “occlusion.” Most people have at least small issues with their alignment,

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Fixing Coffee Stains

Coffee is delicious and the caffeine can be the only thing that gets you through the day. We understand! This post isn’t to tell you to quit drinking coffee, but to inform you about the effect it has on your teeth.

We want all St. Louis residents to know how to protect and maintain the health and beauty of their teeth, especially if they don’t have to drastically change their lifestyle. Dr. Postol’s office is here to help you!

Why does coffee stain teeth?

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Brush Your Teeth to Save Your Heart

Did you know that untreated bacteria in your mouth can escape into your bloodstream and cause issues in your heart? Big issues too, like increasing your risk of heart attack!

This February, Dr. Postol is working with doctors and dentists around the country to celebrate American Heart Month, hoping raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Our office wants everyone in St. Louis and Ballwin to have both a healthy heart and a healthy mouth.

Jailbreak Bacteria

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How to Have Fresh Valentine’s Breath

Don’t let bad breath, or even just worrying about whether or not you have it, ruin your night this Valentine’s Day. Our Ballwin office wants you to have fresh, healthy breath, every day of the year, and we know how important this holiday can be.

In our last post, we talked about how dry mouth causes bad breath, and this time we want to give Ballwin residents ways to make their mouths smell great. A regular oral hygiene routine is always the best option, but if you are somewhere that makes brushing and flossing impractical, there are a number of other options available.

Mouthwash

Dr. Postol recommends that you use a mouthwash as part of your daily teeth-cleaning system, and you can also rinse your mouth anytime you feel a bout of bad breath coming on. You have to be very careful when selecting a mouth rinse, however: many are simply cosmetic, briefly covering up smells without getting at the root of the problem.

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Dry Mouth and Valentine’s Day Don’t Mix

Although it may seem strange, saliva actually helps prevent bad breath because it contains chemicals that kill odor-causing bacteria. If you have dry mouth this Valentine’s Day, your breath may not be as fresh as you want it to be.

Not to worry! Our Ballwin office is here to explain dry mouth, its causes and how to fix it. We want all of our dental patients to have a perfect Valentine’s Day, however they choose to spend it, and a great way to start is with fresh, healthy breath!

Dry Mouth = Bad Breath

There are many things that could contribute to a dry mouth, such as how long it has been since you’ve eaten or drank, what you last ate or drank, the amount of physical activity you’ve participated in, or even what time of day it is. (more…)