Fitting In A Whitening Treatment Before Summer Ends

A child enjoying time away from school can feel that summer is unfairly short. While our relationship to this season can change in adulthood, it can be easy to feel that these warm, sunny days are awfully brief. Even as we approach fall, you can be happy to know that you still have time to make great cosmetic improvements to your smile this summer! At our St. Louis, MO dental practice, we can help you flash a dazzling smile after a teeth-whitening treatment. You can meet with Dr. Johnson to pick up a custom whitening kit to use at home, or we can perform an in-office whitening treatment that can be completed in one appointment! (more…)

Is It Time To Start Cutting Back On Soft Drinks?

If you are having a hard time protecting your teeth against decay, you may connect the problem to your efforts to brush and floss. Improvements may be important in regards to your daily oral care routine, but there are other aspects of your daily life that could be affecting your well-being. Your typical diet – particularly your drink preferences – could have more impact on your dental health than you realize. One reason people struggle to stay cavity-free is because they drink soft drinks too often. Your St. Louis, MO dentist’s office can help you fight tooth decay when it forms. In between appointments, make sure you take smart steps to improve your ongoing defense against cavities! (more…)

Making Time For Pediatric Care During The Summer

The summer break is a great opportunity to spend time with your kids, and enjoy family activities. While those activities can include fun trips, and little mini-vacations to local spots, you should also make time for your kids’ health needs. Summer is a great time to set up pediatric dental exams with your St. Louis, MO dentist’s office. Dr. Johnson can help kids of all ages maintain healthy smiles, and everyone at our practice is committed to making our youngest patients feel welcomed, and safe. These visits do more than just give feedback on the state of a child’s smile – they are also great opportunities to teach kids about the value of dental care.

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Invisalign Aligners Provide An Alternative To Metal Braces

When you think about the process of correcting gaps, overlaps, and other problems related to poor dental alignment, you may assume that metal braces are needed. These traditional appliances can make important corrections possible, and lead to both cosmetic and oral health benefits. However, people can be wary of starting treatment because they are uncomfortable with the idea of having these permanent, hard to ignore appliances put in place. You can be happy to learn that with Invisalign aligners, you can see real orthodontic results without relying on fixed braces! You can meet with your St. Louis, MO dentist, Dr. Johnson, and learn how Invisalign can help you. (more…)

Drinking More Water Can Be Good For Your Oral Health

You should be taking the time to properly brush and floss, and you should make semiannual dental checkups part of your overall smile care practices. This familiar advice is important to follow, but there are other preventive dental health tips you should know. For example, you can help your teeth and gums by drinking more water. This helps you when you drink water as a replacement for soft drinks and other potentially harmful beverages at meals. Being hydrated is also important because it becomes easier to produce saliva, which helps you deal with oral bacteria. Your St. Louis, MO dentist can offer guidance if you worry that your approach to preventing oral health trouble is not effective enough. (more…)

How Long Has It Been Since Your Last Dental Cleaning?

When you brush and floss your teeth, you take care of oral bacteria, food particles, and even built-up plaque that can cling to your enamel. What you should know is that any tartar accumulations on your smile are NOT being removed by these at-home cleaning sessions. Tartar can persist on your teeth, and increase your risk for experiencing tooth decay and gum disease. You may be unable to remove it on your own, but this substance can be managed during a professional dental cleaning. Your St. Louis, MO dentist’s office can offer a cleaning, as well as a thorough oral health review, during every routine dental visit. (more…)

Arranging A Treatment To Improve The Color Of Your Smile

Brushing and flossing regularly are important actions to take if you want to defend your teeth against cavities. Unfortunately, a smile care routine that effectively defends you against tooth decay and gum disease may still allow stains to gather on your enamel. If you are looking for an effective solution, bring the matter up with your St. Louis, MO dentist, Dr. Johnson. A professional whitening treatment can remove stubborn stains, and change the way you look. You can also discuss other cosmetic dental treatments. The right procedure can help with wear and tear, misshapen teeth, and even forms of discoloration that are difficult to address through the use of whitening agents. (more…)

Make Plans To Show Off A Great Smile For The Summer!

Summer brings warm weather, sunny skies, and plenty of motivation to go out and enjoy both. While these warm months are fast approaching, you may not realize that there is still time to greet the season with a more attractive smile! Your St. Louis, MO dentist’s office is ready to meet with people interested in cosmetic dental work. You can schedule a teeth whitening treatment, or work to correct flaws with the shape or size of teeth, before you start engaging in summer fun.   (more…)

Invisalign Can Be Your Smile-Friendly Braces Alternative

Fixing problems with gaps, awkward overlaps, and other dental alignment issues can lead to exciting cosmetic changes for your smile. The challenge for some patients is accepting the need to use an orthodontic appliance to make those corrections to their crooked teeth. If you have been uneasy about correcting your smile in the past, you may be interested in what Invisalign can offer you. Rather than having a fixed, conspicuous appliance put in place, you can use removable aligners. These custom aligners are designed with a clear material that makes them difficult to notice, so you can feel more confident when you have them in place. Your St. Louis, MO dentist can meet with you to discuss Invisalign treatment, and how it can help. (more…)

Better Snacks And Meals Can Help You Avoid Smile Troubles

You can keep up with effective brushing and flossing habits, only to work against those habits by choosing unhealthy snacks and meals. It’s true that clearing away oral bacteria and food debris by brushing and flossing twice a day is helpful. Unfortunately, people sometimes fail to account for how much harm bacteria can do during the day, especially when they consume higher amounts of sugar. Your St. Louis, MO dentist’s office can do more than just protect your smile with routine examinations and cleanings. If you are struggling to fight tooth decay, Dr. Johnson can point to lifestyle changes, like dietary improvements, that can help you keep your smile in better shape! (more…)