You have probably heard of diabetes, but did you know that it affects more than seven million people and they aren’t even aware of it? According to the American Diabetes Association, three people will be diagnosed with diabetes during the minute it takes to read this paragraph. If diabetes hasn’t touched your life, you may think you’re safe, but Dr. Kevin Postol wants all Ballwin and St. Louis residents to know what it is, how to diagnose it, and how to protect yourself. Your health is important to us at the office of Kevin F. Postol, DDS, so please read this article to find out how diabetes can harm your body AND your mouth.
Diabetes: an American Epidemic
If you are looking for a dentist in Ballwin, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees: DDSs and DMDs. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other or maybe they are split 50/50. Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is and how it will affect your dental care. We at the office of Kevin F. Postol, DDS love to spread the news about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Kevin Postol.
The Difference between DDS and DMD
Have you ever considered that you may one day have dry mouth? Well as it turns out, 1 in 10 Americans take at least three prescription drugs per day, and dry mouth is among the most common side effects of medication. As a result, close to 50% of Americans aged 65 or older experience dry mouth. Even if this condition hasn’t affected you or your family personally, Dr. Kevin Postol wants you to understand why dry mouth is a real health concern and what to do about it.
Dry Mouth: the Facts
Expectant and new mothers in this day and age have a lot to think about. There are plenty of commonly known substances, practices, infections, and conditions that can adversely affect the health of your baby, but we’d like to tell you about the lesser known dangers to your baby.
Dr. Kevin Postol wants you to know that research has shown a significant connection between the oral health of mothers and the health of their babies throughout pregnancy and infancy. We at the office of Kevin F. Postol, DDS know that mothers will do everything in their power to keep their children healthy, and that’s why we are asking Ballwin mothers to make a commitment to their own health. Read on to find out how and why!
How can Gum Disease Affect My Baby?
There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at St. Louis Dentistry talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. Kevin Postol knows that folks in Ballwin and St. Louis like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to things that might end up in your mouth. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!
Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures, Oh My!
Dr. Kevin Postol is not the type of dentist that will tell St. Louis residents they can’t ever eat candy. In fact, none of us at St. Louis Dentistry will tell you that, because we all love candy. Everyone loves candy! However, we also love teeth, and you can’t eat any more candy if your teeth fall out. The best way to keep your mouth healthy and still get your candy fix is to eat the right kind of candy in moderation, and maintain a stellar oral hygiene routine. Your St. Louis dental hygienist will tell you how.
Not All Candies are Created Equal
Most Ballwin and St. Louis residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile has to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today, Dr. Kevin Postol would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants. Here are some facts about dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us at St. Louis Dentistry a call.
1) Implants function just like real teeth.
A Bottle of Red or a Bottle of White?
According to Billy Joel, “it all depends on your appetite.” If you are enjoying a juicy steak, a bottle of pinot noir or cabernet might be just the ticket. On the other hand, you should probably reach for a sauvignon blanc if you’ve got a plate of tilapia with butter sauce in front of you. But which wine pairs best with teeth?
Dr. Kevin Postol and all of us at St. Louis Dentistry would like to take this opportunity to talk about oral cancer, the lives that are lost to it, and what it could mean for you and your family. Oral cancer is one of the only cancers that is actually becoming more common, and we want our Ballwin patients to know what it is and how to protect themselves.
Oral cancer refers to mouth cancer, tongue cancer, throat cancer, tonsil cancer, and a number of others. This year alone, more than 5,000 people will lose the battle to some form of oral cancer. Dr. Postol is teaming up with the entire healthcare community to beat this disease by teaching people everywhere about how to spot it and maintain low risk.
Everybody knows that morning breath, or halitosis, is particularly awful. Maybe your spouse, partner, or some other member of your family has informed you that your mouth is toxic in the AM. It is likely that you have noticed it yourself! Either way, St. Louis Dentistry wants to bring an end to this suffering! There is hope; with the right information you have a good chance of not getting kicked out of bed to go and brush your teeth. We wrote this article to serve as your guide in the fight to eliminate halitosis in Ballwin forever!
Let’s face it: No One is safe from morning breath
Morning breath is not picky. If you sleep (and obviously you do), then at some point you will discover how much different your breath is once you wake up. It’s almost as if your mouth is conspiring against you while you rest. Even short naps can turn your breath rancid.
What is to be done about it?!