5 Spooky Facts About Dental History

Brushing your teeth daily in the old days wasn’t a normal thing. Taking care of your teeth was either unheard of or no one knew enough about it to have good dental health. Some of the early dental practices are so unusual they are spooky! To celebrate Halloween, here are a 5 spooky facts about dental history.5 spooky facts about dental history

  1. Brushing Regularly

    Brushing teeth daily was not a common occurrence. It wasn’t until after World War 2 that people started picking up this habit. The military required soldiers to brush their teeth twice a day, and so they brought this habit home after the war. Thank goodness they did too. Brushing twice daily is so important. It’s a habit, that if taught early and correctly, can lead to a lifetime of good dental health.

  2. Superstitions

    Some old wives tales make a little more sense than others. Like “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But a belief during medieval Germany was that the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey. Not as believable as the other is it? If you have a toothache, don’t kiss a donkey! Contact one of the best dentists in Ballwin to help take the pain away.

  3. George Washington’s Teeth

    Another tall tale is that George Washington had wooden dentures. This is totally untrue. They were actually made from human, cow and horse teeth, and ivory. Today, dentures are made pretty sturdy. They are made out of porcelain or acrylic resin, not other people’s teeth. Contact our office today to find out more about this service we provide!

  4. Ancient Cosmetic Dentistry

    About 2,500 years ago, the Mayans took cosmetic dentistry to a whole new level. They used advanced tools to actually make their teeth into new and unusual shapes. They even bejeweled their teeth. If you want to make your teeth look beautiful and sparkly, may we suggest teeth whitening, or even porcelain veneers? Try staying away from the bejeweled look. Your Ballwin cosmetic dentist has different options for you to choose from if you’re looking to turn that ordinary smile into extraordinary.

  5. THe Origin of Cotton Candy

    Cotton candy is a sweet favorite adored by adults and children alike. At times it even reminds us adults of our childhood. Did you know the cotton candy making machine was co-invented by a dentist? Before it was called cotton candy, it was called “fairy floss.” Be sure and brush your teeth after having cotton candy and all the other sweets you will be indulging on this time of year. Enjoy it all in moderation and have a fun and spooky Halloween!

If you have any questions about the dental services we offer, schedule an appointment today! We look forward to seeing you.

5 Ways to Pack a Healthy Lunch

Packing yourself a lunch every day is hard work! Choosing the wrong kind of food can be detrimental to your dental and overall health. But, your Ballwin family dentist has 5 tips for packing a healthier lunch. Read on to learn more!

5 ways to pack a healthier lunch

  1. Prioritize Your Health

    Motivation is the key to keep your health goals in focus. Each of us has a different way of finding motivation. When you find yours, remind yourself of it every day. This will help you to have more control over any health goal, including packing your own lunch.

  2. Include Healthy Food You Like

    When trying to eat healthier, the main thing you want to focus on is increasing the number of fruits and veggies you eat. Add a serving of protein and whole grains to a fruit and veggies based lunch, and you’ve got yourself a healthy lunch that will keep you full for hours. Make sure when you do this that you are picking healthy foods that you enjoy.

  3. Preparation is the Key to Success

    Prepare some large batches of salad, soup, or another healthy recipe on Sundays to pack into containers for your week. Refrigerate the containers, and in the mornings you can just grab a container on your way out the door. This will help you to avoid purchasing items throughout the day that are loaded with extra sugar, carbs and low nutritional value.

  4. Make Enough Dinner for Leftovers

    If you make a large healthy dinner pack some away in a container and refrigerate it for the next day. Then you already have a lunch that’s ready to go.

  5. Don’t Forget the Water

    Invest in a quality reusable water bottle that you like. Drink water at lunch time, as well as throughout the day, to stay hydrated. Avoid sugary sodas, teas, or juices. These items pack on the calories and the sugar is horrible for your teeth.

Prevention is the best medicine for your smile. Veneers, crowns and whitening at your Ballwin cosmetic dentist can make your teeth stronger and brighter. But, you can save pain and money by brushing, flossing, and eating right. Eating a large amount of any food or drink that is loaded with sugar is just plain unhealthy for our teeth. Eating healthy food and drinking water will help strengthen your teeth, make your mouth feel and look amazing and make that smile last a long time. If you have any questions about your diet or would like to see what we can do for you, schedule an appointment with one of the best dentists in Ballwin! We’re excited to meet you.

5 Natural Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

Sometimes, bad breath is temporary and intermittent, like after eating garlic or onions, or drinking coffee or alcohol. At other times, bad breath is indicative of underlying health problems, like dental cavities, gum disease, or a bacterial imbalance in your gut. These pre-conditions may cause halitosis.stop bad breath with 5 easy ways

Halitosis is the emanation of a foul odor from the mouth, caused by buildup of sulphide producing bacteria. This condition is not a medical emergency, but 25% to 30% of the world suffer with this embarrassing problem.

While your Ballwin family dentist is happy to help with chronic bad breath – especially if it may indicate other dental concerns- there may be some home remedies that could clear the problem up for you.

How to Prevent Bad Breath

Try ideas like these:

  • Stay Hydrated

    The healthy, “good” bacteria in your mouth that fights disease, helps digestion and doesn’t give you bad breath likes a moist environment. Keep yourself hydrated to keep this good bacteria happy and thriving. You might even consider swishing water around in your mouth like mouthwash. This is especially helpful to freshen “morning breath,” after you’ve gone for a whole night without hydrating.

  • Brush After Every Meal

    Your Ballwin cosmetic dentist would recommend this for freshening your breath, AND livening your smile. It will quickly eliminate the severest of foul smelling food buildup, and protect your teeth from harmful compounds.

  • Replace Your Toothbrush

    The harmful bacteria that wants control of your body can be found anywhere – especially on your old toothbrush. No matter how well you wash it, once you’ve used a toothbrush enough, it will begin storing bacteria and pathogens of all kinds. You should replace your toothbrush approximately every two months, and even more frequently if it quickly frays or discolors.

  • Chew Lemon or Orange Rind

    The rind is the thin, colorful bit of the peel, separate from the bitter white membrane beneath. First, the rind tastes good. Second, the citric acid stimulates your salivary glands, which fight bad breath. Third, there are additional health benefits associated with orange rinds.

  • Chew Cloves, Fennel Seeds, or Star Anise

    These spices are naturally antiseptic, so they kill off the bad bacteria that cause halitosis. Plus, like orange and lemon rinds, they taste good!

Lastly, if you are still worried about chronic bad breath, please come visit Dr. Postol! Dr Postol is happy to help with any issue, no matter how severe or mild, to help you gain the self-confidence you deserve and feel more comfortable with your mouth. Schedule an an appointment today!

5 Foods That Can Whiten Your Teeth

Dr. Kevin Postol and his team are excited to let you in on a few of mother nature’s secrets that can help whiten your teeth. There are wonderfully natural ways to counter day to day staining, and they can be delicious! As a family dentistry in Ballwin, we know it’s important to find fun and simple ways to help you and your kids take care of their teeth.

How Can Food Whiten My Teeth?

5 foods that can whiten your teeth

Many of our patients come to us looking for the best cosmetic dentist in the Ballwin area for teeth whitening. While we are proud to be able to offer excellent cosmetic dentistry services, we also want you to be able to keep up that bright white smile in between whitenings! For kids who don’t regularly get professional whitenings, it’s even more essential to maintain those pearly whites. Some raw vegetables and fresh fruits contain important ingredients that can naturally whiten your teeth. Don’t believe us? Try them for yourself.

  1. Citrus!

    Eating tart fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, oranges, nectarines, and pineapples may cause the mouth to produce more saliva. Saliva is our mouths natural anti-bacterial agent, and it does its best to minimize bacterial build up. Beware of using lemons directly on teeth though, too much acidity can wear away enamel.

  2. Watermelon!

    These fruits may stain your shirt, but they will whiten teeth! Watermelon has one of the highest percentages of malic acid. Malic acid is strong enough to clean your teeth without damaging your enamel. A few other malic acid rich fruits are strawberries, apricots, mangoes, peaches, and pears! As if you needed more excuses to eat more of these delicious fruits!

  3. Veggies!

    Carrots, celery, and broccoli are just party platter snacks, they also act like natural stain removers by increasing saliva production as well as providing high fiber roughage that scrubs the hard to get to places in your mouth. The high levels of iron found within broccoli also shields enamel from stains.

  4. Nuts!

    Nuts and seeds are an essential part of any healthy diet and are a high-quality source of plant-based protein, healthy fats, and easily digestible fiber. Eating them might also help keep your teeth healthy. Aside from being an easy and portable snack, nuts and seeds are slightly abrasive, to loosen plaque on your teeth. Almonds, for instance, are a particularly tooth-friendly food, thanks to their high levels of calcium, and low sugar content.

  5. Dairy!

    Milk, cheese, and yogurt contain high amounts of lactic acid. A study posted in the journal, Dentistry, found that “kids who ate yogurt four times per week had less tooth decay than kids who didn’t eat yogurt.” It is suspected that proteins in various dairy products bind to enamel and strengthens them, making them more resistant to strong acids that eat through the enamel and cause cavities. Hard cheeses are preferable to soft cheeses thanks to their abrasive qualities. You’re welcome!

Get Teeth Whitening in Ballwin

We hope you have fun using and sharing our natural teeth whitening secrets! They may not get you the immediate results of professional teeth whitening products—but they are cheap and natural, and that should leave you smiling. If you’ve got an important event coming up or you just want to look your best and have a smile you’re proud of, call our family friendly staff today to schedule an in-office cleaning and teeth whitening in Ballwin!

Introducing the TRIOS IntraOral Scanner!

At our Ballwin family dentistry, we aim to provide exceptional dental care. That goes for service, knowledge, AND the technology we use. We stay on the cutting edge of the latest procedures and technology. We want our patients to have the most accurate information possible and our new TRIOS IntraOral Scanner does just that. It’s the latest and greatest machine used to view and scan a patient’s teeth. This is great news for both patients and dentists, and here’s why:
TRIOS IntraOral Scanner, used by your Ballwin family and cosmetic dentist.

  • Enhanced Comfort

    The 3Shape TRIOS® is a wireless handheld device that allows for freedom of movement and ultimate comfort for the patient. It’s like we’re holding a toothbrush in your mouth! This small intraoral scanner can be gently moved around while transferring digital pictures to the screen. We’ll move it around each surface of your teeth and jaw, and you’ll see the real-time digital impression appear on the screen. It’s that easy!

  • Speed and Accuracy

    Using a TRIOS Scanner is much faster than taking dental impressions, and more accurate. The digital impressions capture high resolution images of your teeth and mouth that are in full color and very realistic. This helps you and the dentist see exactly what’s happening and where. No hidden corners or shaded areas; just bright and accurate digital impressions.

  • Interactive

    The TRIOS Scanner also captures bites in real time, giving us a detailed view of different bite positions and occlusal contacts. Our understanding of your bite is enhanced with contacts highlighted. After we’ve scanned both upper and lower jaws, we scan a small part of the bite. Then, we put your whole jaw together on the screen to identify any bite or jaw problems.

  • Impressive

    We’re sure you’ll be impressed with the 3Shape TRIOS® because of its ease of use, which makes your trip to your Ballwin family dentist more comfortable and fun than ever! The physical dental impressions took a lot of your precious time. But now, the Trios Scanner can have your digital impressions done in under a minute!

Come see your Ballwin cosmetic dentist today and let our office show you how easy and fun it is to use the 3Shape TRIOS®. We think you’ll be impressed!

Introducing the iCAT 3D Imaging System

When it comes to your teeth, the smallest detail can mean big things. A tiny piece of food can lead to a large cavity. A little grinding of your teeth at night can lead to huge problems. Dr. Kevin Postol and his team at your Ballwin family dentistry are excited to announce the arrival of their new iCAT 3D Imaging System.

What is the iCAT?

The iCAT company has been a trusted provider of dental equipment for over 25 years. They provide specialists to help set up, demonstrate and teach the new technology to the team. So by the time you go in for a check up, your family dentist is already an expert. Not only do these specialists assist with the initial set up, they also help with upgrades and improvements, so there is no need to replace the whole machine. This means you as a patient will be provided with accurate and excellent results the first time, everytime.

What are the benefits of using the iCAT 3D?

Older X-ray machines only provide a two-dimensional scan, highlighting the teeth and other bones. Your dentist literally has to fill in the gaps to find out what is wrong. Other scanners provide a 360 degree view of the mouth but often take a big picture of the whole area instead of focusing on tiny details that may be causing problems.

This new machine will help your Ballwin family dentist identify problem areas, diagnose, and plan for better solutions. The iCAT scanner takes a high resolution 3D scan of any problem area and provides a more accurate layout for planning and caring for your dental needs.

Why should I try the iCAT 3D Imaging?

There are many people who suffer from snoring, grinding teeth, or some other cosmetic/dental impairment. You can fix these problems by using a mouthguard, retainer, or surgical implants. However, these options can be time consuming and costly. Using an iCAT 3D scanner, the process is faster, easier, and more accurate. The more information your dentist has the more comfortable you will be with the results.

Another benefit of using the iCAT 3D scanner is the newer technology provides less radiation than the conventional X-ray machines. Radiation can be harmful in large doses, so providing a service with less radiation is a benefit to you, your family, and your dentist.

Dr. Kevin Postol and his team are now able to provide better care to families using their newiCAT 3D scanner. Set up an appointment today for you and your family to get faster and more comfortable results for any cosmetic or preventive need you might have.

The Mouth-Body Connection

When we think about improving our overall health, most of us don’t think about oral health first. Maybe not even second or at all! Dr. Postol and our amazing team are considered one of the best family dentists in Ballwin because we don’t just look at and treat symptoms. We care about your overall and long-term health.Your Ballwin family dentist explains the mouth-body connection.

Gum disease treatment in Ballwin is a core part of our dental care. We believe that your dental health has a direct effect on your overall health. There is overwhelming research that shows how many of our chronic illness are directly related to our oral health.

Just how much of a difference can treating gum disease and general oral health make? Some doctors say that good dental health can add as many as six years to your lifespan! Not only can taking care of your teeth and gums add years to your life, it can significantly improve the quality of those years as well.

How Does This Apply To Me?

According to the Center for Disease Control, “One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent.” With those percentages, there’s definitely room for improvement.

More About the Mouth-Body Connection

A few of the most common ways that bacteria enter the body is by; simply swallowing saliva, especially first thing in the morning. Our mouths are also naturally very absorbent. The mucous membrane absorbs nutrients and bacteria alike. Lastly, when tartar builds up on the gum line, the natural blood barrier is weakened, allowing bacteria to enter into the bloodstream.

These are just a few of the many ways that harmful oral bacteria is being shown to affect our bodies with a variety of health issues including; heart disease, strokes, diabetes, respiratory problems, pregnancy complications, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and even memory loss.

What Can I Do?

Fortunately for all of us, Periodontic medicine is proving to us that we have far more control over our overall health than we previously realized. Given that those with a severe Periodontal disease are 40% more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, preventing oral disease can make a lasting and significant impact on our lives.

At Kevin F. Postol, DDS, we provide gingivitis and gum disease treatment. If your gums bleed while you are brushing and flossing, give us a call to make an appointment. Our friendly staff will be happy to help.

What Happens at a Dental Cleaning?

Heading to the dentist for your first dental cleaning and checkup? It can be confusing and kind of scary if you don’t know exactly what to expect. Kevin Postol, DDS wants to demystify the dental cleaning process for you! Your Ballwin family dentist wants to make your experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Here’s what you can expect from a simple dental cleaning from one of the best dentists in Ballwin, Missouri!Get regular dental cleanings from your Ballwin family dentist.

Even if you follow a daily brushing and flossing routine, we still recommend that you come in for a checkup and cleaning twice a year. Regular dental cleanings keep your mouth looking healthy and free of cavities. Not only that, they can help prevent (or detect!) any kind of gum disease or oral cancers. Visit your Ballwin family dentist, Dr. Kevin Postol, for a quality dental cleaning today!

What Can I Expect from a Dental Cleaning?

Before your appointment begins, a dental hygienist will ask you about your overall and oral health. We ask these questions to make sure we give you the kind of care that you need! Typically, we will take dental X-rays to check for any issues. Because the cleaning is so hands on, if you have a gag-reflex sensitivity, let one of us know so we can make the process more comfortable for you.

Next, we will use a scaler (a metal instrument with a small blade on the end) to scrape away tartar below your gum line. We can remove tartar and check for bleeding or swollen gums, as this may be a sign of gum disease. A regular toothbrush doesn’t remove plaque and tartar like our tools do! Then, we’ll rinse away the plaque or tartar, and we will finish by polishing your teeth with a slightly abrasive toothpaste, and finishing off with flossing.

Once your teeth are clean, Dr. Kevin Postol will examine your mouth. He’s looking for areas of disease or decay. He’ll check the size of your gum pockets, and evaluate your jaw and teeth for bruxism (teeth grinding) or any issues with TMJ.

Dr. Kevin Postol is one of the best dentists in Ballwin, Missouri! If you are ready to take charge of your dental health, make an appointment for a dental cleaning at our offices! Call (636) 238-3197 to make your appointment today!

Why Should I Go to an Implant Dentist in Ballwin?

Get dental implants in ballwin, MO from a certified implant dentistOur smile is one of the first things people notice and it can say a lot about a person. We try our best to take care of that smile but sometimes life just gets in the way. Oral health problems, trauma, injuries and illnesses all can cause tooth loss. It’s discouraging and can really negatively impact the way we see ourselves. Fortunately we have a team that is here to help and dental implants in Ballwin, MO can be the answer you have been searching for if you have lost one or more of your teeth.

Not everybody can perform a successful dental implant procedure or surgery. It is true that it is actually legal for any licensed dentist to put in dental implant; but their experience and skill in placing dental implants matter. Dr. Postol has several years of experience placing dental implants, and can help you get your smile back!

Experience Matters

When it comes to a successful dental implant, your dentist’s experience matters. Dr. Postol has several years of experience treating patients from all walks of life, with different dental needs. When you’re sitting in his dental chair, you can be sure he will deliver excellent care. When you get dental implants in Ballwin, you can expect Dr. Postol’s experience to help you get the smile you want.

Experienced Implant Dentist in Ballwin

Dr. Postol, our implant dentist in Ballwin, MO, is experienced and always puts his patients first. He works closely with his team to bring you the most comfortable experience as possible. He is a member of several dental associations and is continually learning and striving to better his skills. You can trust and have confidence in our service of dental implants in Ballwin, MO.

Our dentists and staff will work hard to make your experience an excellent one! You can feel good in knowing that you are with a team who cares about you and your experience and results. Our Ballwin Implant Dentist has the training and background you are looking for. Contact our office today!

Why do Dental Implants Have a High Success Rate?

If you have missing or broken teeth, you may be thinking of getting dental implants! But you probably have a few Dental implants have a high success rate because of a implant dentist's qualifications.pressing questions regarding the success rate of such a procedure. Believe it or not, dental implants have a success rate of over 95%, and they are well designed to last a lifetime when placed by an experienced periodontists, or an implant surgeon.If you are looking for one of the best cosmetic dentists in Ballwin, Dr. Kevin Postol comes highly trained, and highly regarded. Dr. Postol is committed to making sure his patients learn to love their smiles again.

Why are Dental Implants So Successful?

Dental implants have been a treatment in the dental industry since the 1950s. Because the treatment has been around for so long, modern dentists have practically perfected the craft! Using the best treatment procedures, dental implants are a relatively low-risk procedure, nowadays. With a success rate of over 95%, dental implants are also:

  • A reliable and effective solution for tooth loss.
  • All natural looking. They look (and feel!) just like a real tooth would!
  • Easy to adapt to. Implants do not require a change in oral care or eating habits.
  • Expensive but extremely long lasting! When cared for properly, a dental implant can last a lifetime! Bridges and dentures may only last up to a decade at a time.
  • A less noticeable option to dentures. Patients with implants can chew and talk without any other denture-related issues.

Dental implants are one of the most effective ways to repair (or hide) missing or broken teeth. In fact, dentists everywhere say that the success rate for dental implants is only expected to increase, instead of decreasing like the success of other dental procedures. If you feel like you may be a good candidate for the procedure, contact our offices in Ballwin, Missouri today.

Dr. Postol is one of the best around for dental implants in Ballwin, MO and is excited to determine if the surgery is a good fit for you and your dental health. A St. Louis native, Dr. Postol has served the public for 24 years and is always learning new dental techniques to best treat his patients, and it is obvious in his treatment methods and office technology.