Family Dentistry in St. Charles, MO

Plaque

Plaque is a soft, sticky layer of bacteria that forms on the teeth. It is often invisible to the naked eye, but if allowed to build, it will resemble a thick, white coating at the gum line. When plaque is allowed to build on the teeth, it can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.

Many people assume that tooth loss isn’t a big deal; figuring that if they can still eat, then they must be okay. However, losing one tooth can cause a loss of support, which in turn can cause the teeth to drift. This causes a shift in the bite and forces the other teeth in your mouth to carry an additional load, something they may not be able to adapt to. Once one tooth has been lost, more are likely to follow.

If you are missing any teeth, or if you would like to schedule your next appointment, please call Elm Dental Care today.

Preventive Treatment vs. Crisis Treatment

Many people only visit the dentist when they have a problem, a habit that we call “crisis treatment.” While you may think crisis treatment is saving you money, it can actually cost you more in both time and money. Dental problems often don’t have any symptoms or cause pain until they are in the advanced stages, when treatment costs the most.

With regular preventive visits to our St. Charles, MO dental practice, you can avoid these significant problems. We are often able to treat dental decay and other problems before they get costly and out of hand.

Diet and Oral Health

A lack of certain nutrients in the body could make you more likely to be at risk for certain oral infections, including periodontal disease and decay. Having a healthy immune system is absolutely necessary if you want to control periodontal disease. Avoiding large amounts of sugar, especially in a baby bottle while sleeping or in sticky forms, can help improve your oral and overall health. In addition, fluoride supplements can help decrease your risk for tooth decay. These measures, along with your normal home hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, can help prevent dental disease and decay.

Sealants

To further help prevent decay, sealants can be applied to the back teeth. These plastic-like coatings can greatly reduce risk for decay in the back teeth. The ADA recommends having sealants placed on the back teeth as soon as they erupt, which usually occurs between the ages of 6 and 13. The procedure is quick, simple, and pain-free. Call Elm Dental Care today for more information!