Oral Health at Total Care Dental - Bridgeton Bridgeton, Missouri

Oral Health

To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene every day:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
  • Avoid tobacco use.

Also, contact your dentist at 314-739-3300 as soon as an oral health problem arises. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

Cold Sore Treatment

Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas.

Symptoms of Cold Sores:

  • Pain around the mouth
  • Fever and sore throat
  • Swollen neck glands

Causes of Cold Sore Outbreaks:

  • Stress
  • Chapped Lips
  • Extreme sunlight exposure
  • Physical exhaustion or illness

Even though no cure exists for the cold sore virus, Total Care Dental - Bridgeton can provide you with antiviral medication to control the outbreaks and relieve any pain or irritation you are experiencing. You can also avoid developing cold sores by avoiding sharing utensils and drinking cups with others that may be infected.

For advice and treatment of cold sores, call Total Care Dental - Bridgeton at 314-739-3300.

Fluoride

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Gentle Professional Cleanings

Everyone over the age of four or five should visit their dentist for professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. It's a procedure for the removal of tartar that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach during routine toothbrushing. Professional cleaning includes an examination of your teeth and gums, tooth scaling (removal of plaque) and tooth polishing. It involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. At Total Care Dental - Bridgeton, we provide comfortable, gentle hygiene cleanings. If we find a cause for concern, we may recommend a deep gum cleaning to remove tartar below the gum line, smooth out surfaces where plaque builds up and eliminate bacterial infection.

Important Reasons to Get Professional Cleanings

  • To detect possible health risks, such as oral cancer and gum disease
  • To prevent tooth loss
  • To maintain good physical health
  • To eliminate bad breath
  • To have a brighter, whiter smile

The Teeth Cleaning Process

  • Physical exam, using a small mirror to check teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis or other concerns
  • Removal of plaque and tartar, using a scaler
  • Gritty toothpaste cleaning, using a high-powered electric brush
  • Expert flossing by the dental hygienist
  • Rinsing, to get rid of any debris
  • Applying fluoride treatment, to help fight against cavities for several months

Regular, professional teeth cleaning is vital to maintaining your oral health. Call Total Care Dental - Bridgeton at 314-739-3300 today.

Night Guards

If you're experiencing chronic headaches and migraines because of involuntary nighttime teeth clenching, let Total Care Dental - Bridgeton help you with a night guard. A night guard is a thin, transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth.  Night guards have also proven to be an effective remedy for patients who are suffering from the effects of grinding and clenching their teeth while sleeping.

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Oral Cancer Screening

The dental community is the first line of defense in early detection of oral cancer. The goal of oral cancer screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage — when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured. When found at the early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80-90% survival rate. Early detection is imperative!

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Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is caused by bacteria in plaque. If not consistently removed, this bacteria builds up, infecting your teeth, gums and eventually the bone that supports your teeth, a common cause of tooth loss. Gum disease has three stages of progression: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis; the longer the disease has to advance, the more damage it causes. With advancements in detection and treatment, Total Care Dental - Bridgeton can discover periodontal disease early and begin treatment before complicated issues arise.

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Sealants

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Sleep Apnea

Struggling with snoring and sleeplessness? Call your dentist. Snoring and sleep disturbances are often signs of obstructive sleep apnea, and your oral health could be to blame. The condition causes repeated breathing interruptions throughout the night; the pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 or more times per hour. They happen because the airway is obstructed.

The first sign of sleep apnea is often tooth grinding (bruxism). Dentists look for worn tooth surfaces, a sign that a patient grinds his or her teeth. Grinding is just one oral health sign of sleep apnea. A small jaw, a tongue with scalloped edges or redness in the throat (caused by snoring a lot, which is another symptom of sleep apnea) are also signs.

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Smoking Cessation

Congratulations! Just by clicking on this page, you’ve made your first step toward overcoming your nicotine addiction. At Total Care Dental - Bridgeton, we're here to assist and support you. We'll discuss your goals, educate you on smoking cessation methods and present the treatment options available to help you quit smoking for good.

If you have experienced cosmetic problems associated with tobacco use, ask us about the treatment options available that counter the effects of tobacco use on your appearance, such as whitening agents, porcelain veneers, and crowns.

Make an appointment today by calling us at 314-739-3300 and make a positive impact on your oral and overall health!