Nothing can ruin your day quite like a cold sore. It seems like they only show up at the worst possible times and they are always embarrassing. Unfortunately, the fear of cold sores fuels the wealth of misinformation about them and many people end up believing the myths that float around. We at St. Louis Dentistry wrote this article to clear up all the confusion and give Ballwin, MO residents the facts.
What are cold sores?
If you are a Ballwin, MO resident looking to upgrade your smile by getting rid of crooked teeth, you may be surprised to find out how many options there are. Malocclusion (an uneven bite) is very common among teens and adults, but Dr. Postol has a number of treatments available that can have your smile looking perfectly aligned in as little as six months. St. Louis Dentistry is dedicated to spreading the word about traditional and modern orthodontic options, so read on to find out how you can get your dream smile.
Sometimes we forget how much peril everyday life puts our teeth in. Taking a bite out of a fresh apple, playing pretty much any sport, chewing ice, or just a healthy dose of clumsiness can result in a chipped, broken, knocked out, or loose tooth. We at St. Louis Dentistry have treated numerous tooth injuries in Ballwin, MO, and Dr. Postol is an expert in fixing broken teeth. We know that it can be very scary and there are plenty of myths flying around, so we wrote this article as a guide for you to use in times of tooth injury and general tooth crisis. As always, feel free to call us at St. Louis Dentistry and we will walk you through the steps or answer any questions you may have.
Have you ever heard of gingivitis? It seems that most commercials about toothbrushes or toothpaste mention gingivitis, but they rarely mention why it’s important to stop it. Well, it’s time to find out! Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, or periodontal disease, an infection of the gums that can cause everything from irritation and redness, to lost teeth and blood clots. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Dr. Postol cares about the dental health of Ballwin, MO residents, so here’s some information on what gum disease is and how to prevent it.
Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease
There is a good chance you have heard Dr. Postol or someone else at St. Louis Dentistry mention the term ‘bruxism’ and discuss the problems it can cause for your oral health. At the office, we talk about a lot of technical dental stuff that doesn’t necessarily concern our Ballwin, MO patients, but bruxism is something we definitely want you to know about. Stress and bruxism go hand in hand, and we are going to tell you exactly what that means and how it affects your health.
When it comes to ridiculous thoughts on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Ballwin, MO, so Dr. Postol would like to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point, but do make sure to give us a call at St. Louis Dentistry if you have any questions.
1) If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush them
What do you give the person who has everything? A brighter smile!
You can only get someone a tie as a gift so many times until that idea gets worn out. And, you know they really don’t actually eat those fruitcakes you give them every year. So, what do you give someone who seems to have it all? Why not a gift certificate for dental services? A practical gift, a dental gift certificate can be use for treatment, teeth whitening, a shiny new power toothbrush or whatever other dental services or products they may need. Dr. Postol would love to help all Ballwin, MO residents give the gift of a great smile to a loved one. Contact St. Louis Dentistry for gift certificates or to set up an appointment today!
Give yourself or someone you love the gift of a brighter smile this holiday season. Call us today to get your gift certificates. They’ll love their gift because it will help them improve their smile.
It’s hard not to forget the joy of leaving a tooth under your pillow at night and waking up to find money from the tooth fairy. Some of us even stayed up way beyond our bedtime in hopes of getting a glimpse of the magical benefactor. These days, kids are cashing in for more than ever! St. Louis Dentistry loves to talk about all things teeth, so read on to find out how Ballwin, MO kids are making bank in the tooth market.
The Tooth Exchange is Booming
Did you know the average temperatures in St. Louis during winter is in the low 20s?
Dr. Postol and staff are assisting the St. Louis Homeless Winter Outreach Program to keep the homeless warm this winter season. St. Louis’ weather can be so harsh and unforgiving during the holiday season that we are collecting blankets and socks to donate.
The St. Louis Winter Outreach Program helps keep our fellow St. Louisans warm and cozy during this fast approaching winter season. Starting today, you can drop off new and gently used blankets and socks at our office. These items will help provide warmth to those in need through these cold months that are upon us. We will be collecting these items until December 20th, 2013 at 1pm.
For every donation made, Dr. Postol will donate a matching blanket to make this ‘ dental cover up ’ a huge success for the St. Louis Homeless Winter Outreach. For those who are unable to make it to the stores, we will also take monetary donations and do the shopping for you. Please help us warm up our city by donating to a great cause for the greater good. For questions or directions to the office please call us at 636-394-6044.
Why does coffee stain teeth?
Coffee is one of the leading causes of stained teeth in our area, and the discoloration can be as unsightly as those from tobacco. So why does coffee stain?
Protect Your Teeth from Coffee Stains
The most effective and easiest way to protect your teeth is to rinse with water when you finish your cup of coffee. Water is a great, healthy drink anyway, and using it to follow coffee helps rid the caustic chemicals from your mouth.