Maintaining Healthy Teeth During The Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, and you may have several plans in your calendar to spend time with friends and family. Many of us will enjoy gatherings before and after Christmas, and it is safe to assume that treats will be plentiful. Unfortunately, these goodies can be hard to resist, even though we know they can be bad for our teeth. How can you make sure you control your risk for tooth decay through the holidays? Moderation can be key, and an effective oral care regimen can be particularly important during the holidays. At your next routine dental checkup, your St. Louis, MO dentist can provide a careful review to see if your smile is still in good health, or if it could benefit from restorative help. (more…)

3 Suggestions To Help You Love Your Smile In 2019

The new year can offer a new start in many respects. While oral health care is often a matter of consistent good behaviors, you can certainly make conscious plans to enjoy your best smile for 2019. If you are someone who wants to address cosmetic dental concerns, the right procedure can make a big difference in how you look. If you want to make sure you keep your teeth healthy, take care to thoroughly clean your teeth, and have routine dental exams arranged. Your St. Louis, MO dentist can provide quality care for your smile, and help you stay free of problems. (more…)

Should I Check In On My Kids While They Brush And Floss?

Once your kids are old enough to brush and floss their teeth on their own, you may worry that they are not taking this responsibility seriously. One reason young patients can have more oral health troubles than adults is that they are less aware of how (or why) they should take care of their teeth. There are steps you can take to help them understand the importance of a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing with them can create opportunities for you to set a good example, and talk about why these actions matter. Of course, you are not the only one who can offer guidance. Your St. Louis, MO dentist can take time to talk to kids about the need to avoid problems like tooth decay during routine pediatric dental visits. (more…)

Protecting Your Smile With A Daily Flossing Routine

Should you feel comfortable with your current oral health care routine? If you fail to floss on a regular basis, you might be more vulnerable to common problems like tooth decay and gum disease than you realize. When you floss, you target the spaces between teeth that are difficult to care for by brushing alone. As close together as they are, your teeth still leave plenty of room for bacteria to accumulate. Keeping up with a flossing routine is one of several steps you should take. A smart diet, an effective oral care strategy, and regular dental checkups with your St. Louis, MO dentist can help you limit potential threats. (more…)

Want To Make Big Smile Changes? Ask About Veneers!

If you have an interest in cosmetic dental work, you may have an image in your mind for how you want your smile to look. You can be surprised at how many improvements you can make when porcelain veneers address your esthetic concerns. You can rely on your veneers to hide problems with superficial damages, as well as concerns about the shape or color of certain teeth. Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can talk to you about the possible improvements from receiving veneers. Because they are designed to remain in good condition over many years, you can be excited to show off lasting improvements! (more…)

Keeping Up With Good Smile Habits While Traveling

Your routine will understandably see a shake-up while you travel. In some respects, a brief change can certainly be a good thing. However, you should strive to keep up with good oral health habits while you travel, just as you should at home. Effective daily care helps you prevent the accumulation of plaque on your teeth, and the change from plaque to calculus. You can count on quality care every time you see your St. Louis, MO dentist, which includes a professional cleaning of your teeth. In between those appointments, you should make your best effort to protect your smile…even when you find yourself somewhere new. (more…)

2019 Is Near – Have You Used This Year’s Dental Benefits?

As we enter the final months of 2018, your mind may be trained firmly on the holidays. The end of the current year provides us with opportunities to see family, enjoy time off from work, and prepare for the next year. It can also be your last chance to take advantage of the dental benefits you enjoy. Your St. Louis, MO dentist’s office is ready to meet with you if you need to arrange dental care before the end of the year. In addition to providing routine dental care during checkups, Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can help you address any problems that are currently affecting your oral health. (more…)

Well Baby Exams Can Make Future Checkups Easier

Once a baby’s teeth start to arrive, you need to take steps to keep those teeth healthy. Within six months of their first tooth’s arrival, parents should bring their child in for a “well baby exam.” Your St. Louis, MO dentist, Dr. Johnson-G’Sell, can welcome her youngest patients for this initial appointment, which focuses on helping them feel comfortable in new surroundings. This early meeting creates a chance to look over your child’s development, while also creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere for them. By the time they turn three, they can start to enjoy care in the form of routine dental exams and cleanings, which help to keep them safe from oral health problems. (more…)

Quiz: Life During Invisalign Treatment

One exciting perk you can enjoy during Invisalign treatment is the ability to correct alignment flaws without drawing attention to your orthodontic appliance. When patients are concerned that metal braces are the only option open to them, they can worry about the impact this treatment will have on how they look. With Invisalign aligners, you fix problems with gaps and spacing by using removable, clear plastic aligners. This approach can offer more convenience in your daily life, and you can reduce the number of appointments you need through the duration of treatment. If you want to see how Invisalign can help you, your St. Louis, MO dentist’s office can talk with you about starting your treatment. (more…)

The Trouble With Tea (And Coffee)

Teas typically contain less caffeine than the usual cup of coffee, and your favorite beverage can be ideal for unwinding during an afternoon break. Unsweetened tea can be refreshing, while keeping your sugar intake low. With all that said, there is one concern you should hold onto when it comes to drinking tea – you may be affecting the color of your smile. Too many cups of tea, or coffee, can result in a buildup of staining particles in your enamel, which can ultimately dull your smile. Your St. Louis, MO dentist’s office can help you address this with a professional whitening treatment. If you want to avoid future stains, moderation and consistent preventive dental care are both important. (more…)