Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease: The Facts

PDA blog_perio POSTOLHave 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

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Bruxism: Why am I Grinding my Teeth?

Stress & BruxismThere 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.

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5 Common Dental Myths Debunked

PDA blog_Dental Myths POSTOLWhen 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

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Give the Gift of a Brighter Smile this Holiday Season

Dental Gift BoxesWhat 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.

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The Tooth Fairy is More Generous than Ever!

PDA blog_tooth fairy POSTOLIt’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

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The Great Dental Cover Up

donationsDid 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.

 

Protect Your Teeth from Coffee Stains

Coffee StainsWhy 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.

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Oral Health & Your Diet – Teeth Friendly Foods

Food & Dental HealthKeep Your Mouth Healthy with These Foods

Hello Ballwin, MO residents! As you know, Dr. Postol and St. Louis Dentistry are committed to helping you maintain the best oral health and we’ve got some tips for you. It is common to hear about what not to eat, but today we are going to tell you about a few foods that will keep your mouth in top shape and how they do it.

Fruits and Vegetables are Your Teeth’s Best Friends

We’ve all heard about the dangers of plaque, bacteria, cavities, and stains, but did you know that some of our favorite fruit and veggie friends can help fight them off?

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Ice Chewing: Why You Should Kick the Habit

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We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. Dr. Postol wants all Ballwin, MO residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

Why should I stop chewing ice?

Ice is hard. So hard, in fact, that pitting it against your teeth regularly will most certainly result in damage to your enamel. If you have pagophagia (the fancy name for ice cravings), it’s likely that Dr. Postol will need to perform enamel restoration treatments, which are pricey and can be quite uncomfortable.

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Cavities – They’re Not the End of the World

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Why do I have cavities?

It’s the word that people fear when they go to the dentist for their check-ups: Cavities. You brush twice a day and floss so why did your dentist give you a failing grade on the big oral health test? Here’s an interesting fact many in Ballwin, MO don’t know: cavities are a very common disorder, second only to the common cold, in fact. Still not making you feel better? Let’s take a look at the facts:

What is a dental cavity?

Dental Cavities are a result of tooth decay.  Decay is the deterioration of the tooth structure; both the enamel and the dentin can be affected.

What causes a tooth cavity?

Cavities start to form on teeth when the bacterium in your mouth changes the food you eat into acid.  This acid, combined with saliva and the remaining food particles in your mouth form plaque, which sticks to your teeth if not washed or brushed out.  Plaque begins to form within 20 minutes of eating.  It is this plaque that damages your teeth’s enamel, and eats away at it, forming a cavity.

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