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Summer Foods for Healthy Teeth
Summer is right around the corner! We’re getting warmed up, so it’s time to have some of your favorite foods and drinks. In between, make sure that your snacks and indulgences are safe for your smile. Below, our Fairview Heights dentist shares summertime foods that are tasty, full of flavor, and healthy for your teeth and gums.
 
Fruits
The summer brings some of the most refreshing, delicious fruits, many of which are beneficial for your smile. Don’t forget – while these fruits are nutritious in many ways, they are also acidic and have the ability to break down your enamel if you’re eating them too much and too often. When you’re enjoying these fruits, pair them with minimal-acidic foods like almonds and wash them down with a glass of water.
 
While apples are commonly picked in the fall, there are variations that grow in the summer. Apples increase saliva production, which wash away bacteria and food particles built up between your teeth and other hard-to-reach places. The harder texture of the apples also enhances your gums, as well.
 
Other great fruits to enjoy are strawberries and peaches. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, which minimize inflammation and produce a protein that combats periodontal (gum) disease. Peaches naturally contain fluoride, which enables the remineralization and reconstruction of enamel while also strengthening your existing enamel. They are also filled with vitamin C and calcium to strengthen your teeth.
 
Cheese
Seasonal cheeses, much like vegetables and fruits, have beneficial ingredients for your smile. Choices like feta cheese, goat cheese, ricotta, and mozzarella contain calcium and protein that reinforce your teeth and bones. They also stimulate the production of saliva, which assists in cleaning the bacteria and food particle build-up in your mouth.
 
Meats and Fish
Grilling is a favorite pastime in the summer, so be sure to include some of the healthier options for your smile! Lean meats like turkey and chicken and fatty fishes are rich in protein and contain phosphorus, which assist in fortifying your jaw and teeth. Combine that with delicious sides like leafy greens (compromised with vitamin A that produces enamel) and even a side of beans, which are high in fiber, and you’ve got a smile-friendly meal!
 
Looking for other summertime foods that will strengthen your smile? Simply give our Fairview Heights dentist a call at (618) 622-1800 and we’ll happily help!
 
Smile Transformation Options
When you’re looking to transform your smile, there’s no better place to go to than our office. Our Fairview Heights dentist provides numerous cosmetic services that give you the new look you’ve been dreaming of, no matter how big or small. While many people think of a complete smile makeover when they think of cosmetic dentistry, there are small, yet notable changes that we’re capable of creating to drastically improve the way you feel about your smile. Dive deeper with us below!
 
Inlays and Onlays
Also known as indirect fillings, this cosmetic service is used when a tooth has mild to moderate decay and there isn’t enough of a tooth structure to support a filling. While this is also seen as a restorative procedure, applying these inlays and onlays restore the shape of your teeth and gives you confidence to laugh out loud without fear of showing any damaged teeth.
 
Composite Bonding
With the help of cosmetic bonding, we repair decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth utilizing a helpful material that closely resembles your enamel. It gives your restored smile a natural look, boosting your self-esteem and strengthening your teeth. We remove the tooth decay and apply the composite material onto the surface of your tooth, sculpting into the right place to mimic the size and shape of your surrounding teeth.
 
Dental Veneers
As one of the most popular cosmetic services around the world, dental veneers completely transform the way your smile looks with no actual surgery involved. Each veneer that is placed on the surface of your natural tooth is created for your smile and your smile only. Your smile is unique and will always be treated as such with our team.
 
Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is another extremely popular cosmetic service, so much so that you can buy teeth whitening kits at the store. There are numerous brands of teeth whitening to buy online or over-the-counter, beginning your journey towards a brighter smile in the comfort of your own home.
 
If you find that the store products aren’t giving you the smile you were hoping for, we have the solution. All the box whitening products only have one setting of whitening your smile, which may not work as well for you as it does someone else. Thankfully, our whitening service is personally created for your smile and your smile only! Everyone’s smile is unique, which means they should be treated as such.
 
Dental Implants
This is the biggest smile makeover procedure around, giving patients a completely new smile for them to share with friends and family, even themselves in the mirror! If you’ve experienced tooth loss, there is still a way for your smile to recover. We surgically insert a small titanium screw into the jaw at the site of your missing tooth, which acts as the tooth to hold the custom-created crown in place.
 
Your implants look, act, and feel just like your natural teeth. They’re also cared for in the same way! Be sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day, to ensure the strength of your implants. You’ll visit our Fairview Heights dentist for checkups and routine maintenance, but your confidence will be through the roof with this incredibly new smile.
 
If you’re considering one of these cosmetic services, call our office today at (618) 622-1800! Your smile deserves to be the best it possibly can be and we’re here to make that happen. Contact our team and we’ll assist in picking the best date and time for your consultation. 
 
Keep Your Teeth Healthy at Home
A well-structured routine helps you get through your day faster and more efficiently. It’s beneficial your well-being, which includes your smile! Our Fairview Heights family dentist provides helpful ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy in between your bi-annual visits below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Our goal is to keep your smile strong.
 
Don’t Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth
To keep your teeth bright and healthy, it’s important to brush them twice a day, every day. Ideally, you’re brushing your teeth every morning and every night. While it’s easy to remember to brush in the morning, you may be exhausted at night and just want to fall right into bed. That’s where routine comes in! Create a nighttime routine, which includes brushing your teeth, to ensure you’re protecting your smile. Be sure to include flossing in this routine, too.
 
Without brushing your teeth at night, you’re allowing the bacteria and food particles built up from the day continue to linger and cause harm to your oral health even longer as you sleep. If you don’t remove or get rid of these harmful bacteria, you’re at a higher risk for cavities, dental decay, and other dental issues.
 
Be Sure You’re Brushing Properly
As you remember to brush twice a day, every day, it’s also important to recall the right way to brush your teeth. Dental professionals like our Fairview Heights family dentist say to brush for at least two minutes. This allows you to reach every area of your mouth, even the tough-to-reach places. Spend 30 seconds brushing each “quadrant” of your mouth to ensure a proper cleaning.
 
When you’re brushing your teeth, be gentle. Brushing your teeth faster and harder won’t guarantee a better cleaning – in fact, it’s the opposite! If you brush too hard, you’re weakening your enamel (the surface of your teeth) and risking your nerves to exposure and sensitivity. If you don’t brush for the recommended two minutes, you’re not giving your teeth the proper cleaning they deserve, allowing the harmful bacteria to continue damaging your mouth.
 
Use the Right Toothpaste
It’s certainly overwhelming to stand in the store and stare at the wall of toothpastes! How do you know what’s best? How do you know what your smile needs? Thankfully, that’s why we’re here. During your next appointment at our practice, be sure to ask us what toothpaste is best for your smile. We’ll even give you a sample!
 
Fluoride is one of the most beneficial ingredients in toothpastes to clean your teeth. This is a leading defense in tooth decay; not only does it fight back against bacteria, but it strengthens your enamel and creates a protective barrier on the surface of your teeth to make it even harder for bacteria to get in.
 
Don’t be Afraid to Floss
Flossing, although one of the most important steps in your dental routine, is also one of the most neglected. Flossing guarantees you’re reaching the spots that your toothbrush can’t clean, and without this task, you’re at a higher risk for cavities and dental decay. When you floss, you’re stimulating the gums, reducing plaque build-up, and lowering inflammation in those tiny spots.
 
If you’ve brushed your teeth and seen some red, flossing is even more of a necessity. Your gums are extremely vulnerable at this point and you’re at a higher risk for gum disease. While flossing is seen as difficult, there are numerous ways to ensure these areas between your teeth are getting cleaned. Ask us about the best tools that will work for your individual smile.
 
Have any other questions about improving your dental routine at home? Our Fairview Heights family dentist is here to help! Call our office at (618) 622-1800 and we’ll answer any questions you have, as well as schedule your next appointment for your dental cleaning.
 
Maintain Dental Care Routine at Home
During the six months in between your routine dental appointments, we want to ensure you’re taking care of your teeth and gums to the best of your ability. We know how important your smile is in relation to your appearance and confidence, which is why we want you to thrive in every way possible when you’re not visiting our office. With these helpful tips from our dentist in Fairview Heights, your smile will shine all day, every day, and stay healthy, too!
 
Brushing Your Teeth
When you brush your teeth, remember to brush for at least two minutes. This gives you time to reach all areas of your mouth and provide a thorough cleaning. We recommend brushing each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds, which tackles a great cleaning and hits the two-minute mark.
 
When you’re brushing your teeth every morning and night, hold your toothbrush at an angle – about 45 degrees – where the bristles are pointed towards your gums. With this technique, you’re able to get those food particles and bacterial build-up that want to linger on or in between your teeth.
 
As you’re brushing, move your toothbrush in a circular motion instead of brushing back and forth. With this technique, you’re reaching all the surfaces of your teeth while also jostling and loosening up those stubborn food pieces. Of course, don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day, every day!
 
Flossing Your Teeth
We recommend flossing your teeth at least once a day. This includes flossing in between every tooth, including the ones in the back. We understand that they’re a bit harder to reach, but don’t hesitate to ask our TOWN dentist for helpful tips or tools to use so you can cover each area.
 
As you’re flossing, follow the curve of your teeth to avoid damaging your gums. If you used an aggressive up-and-down motion, you’re likely to add too much pressure, which may cause bleeding. You’ll want to cover as much space as you can reach with your floss, so we encourage you to check out instructional videos provided by the American Dental Association and other reputable organizations to take care of your smile.
 
Additional Oral Hygiene Tips
While mouthwash isn’t for everyone, it’s still an effective tool to cleanse your mouth. There are different available types of mouthwash, ranging from cosmetic to therapeutic. Overusing mouthwash can weaken the surface of your teeth (commonly known as the enamel) and give bacteria access to the nerves of your gums and teeth. Ask us about the best mouthwash for your oral health.
 
As you’re cleaning your tongue, put a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush and continue the circular motions like you would on your teeth. There are also tongue scrapers available, where you’ll gently drag the curved area to clean the surface. If you’re interested in learning more about available tongue scrapers, don’t hesitate to ask.
 
Of course, a healthy balanced diet is an important factor to a healthy smile. There are fruits and vegetables that are both good for your overall health and your dental health. Celery, carrots, apples and strawberries are all great foods to include in your diet for a stronger smile!
 
When you’re visiting our dentist in Fairview Heights for your routine dental appointment, be sure to schedule your next appointment while you’re there – you won’t have to worry about it in the future and we’ll contact you for a reminder once your next visit approaches. Call our office at (618) 622-1800 and we’ll assist in any questions or concerns you may have about your daily dental routine.
 
Celebrate Children's Dental Health Month!
February often comes with handmade valentines, chocolate, candy, and flowers, but did you know it should also come with a dental checkup? February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. That means it is the perfect time to bring your kids in for their annual dental cleaning and checkup to make sure their smile is healthy and happy! Your Fairview Heights dentist is dedicated to helping children throughout the community have beautiful and healthy smiles. Call our office today to schedule your child’s next visit! 
 
Schedule Their Next Visit
Call your Fairview Heights dentist today to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning. No matter how good of a job your child does taking care of their teeth, no smile is complete without a professional dental cleaning. Brushing and flossing daily is essential, but it is not enough to combat plaque and tartar, at least not completely. Brushing twice per day and flossing at night can help prevent the buildup of plaque, but it can’t remove tartar. Tartar is created on the surface of your teeth when plaque hardens onto the surface. If not removed, tartar can cause cavities and bacterial infections. Your child needs to visit their Fairview Heights dentist every six months to have this tartar scaled off of their teeth so that their smile can stay healthy.
 
Get Them New Dental Tools
An easy way to encourage a healthy smile is to get your child some new tools to help care for their smile! A new toothbrush or toothpaste can be an excellent motivator when it comes to dental hygiene. A toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months for it to remain effective. Children’s toothbrushes come in a variety of colors and sometimes even have characters from their favorite shows! Bring your child to the store to help them choose a toothbrush they can be excited about using! This can help motivate them to brush more often and for longer periods of time. 
 
Bond Through Dental Care Activities
One way to help improve your child’s smile is to make their dental care routine more fun! There are several ways to help your child enjoy the process of caring for their teeth. Some ideas include playing music, a rewards calendar with small prizes, or even just making tooth brushing time a bonding activity. One of the best ways to model good brushing technique is to brush your teeth with them. Your Fairview Heights dentist may also have activity sheets for your child to complete that can encourage good brushing habits. Ask your Fairview Heights dentist if they have any recommendations for making your child’s dental hygiene routine more fun!
 
Show Them The Plaque
One way you can teach your child about the dangers of plaque is by having them try a plaque-disclosing tablet. This is a simple and safe way to highlight the plaque on your child’s teeth. This tablet can help your child see where they may be missing when they brush and floss. 
 
New Year, New Smile! This Year’s Smile Goals
The start of a new year is the perfect time to commit to some new goals. This year, start to consider some dental health resolutions to add to your self-care routine. Whether it’s flossing daily or even whitening your smile, take this opportunity to examine your own dental health. Check out these suggestions below to get some ideas on how you can improve your oral health this year.
 
Consistent Dental Care is Key
When determining your dental health goals, let’s start with the basics: brushing and flossing. While this may seem like common sense, you should be consistently caring for your smile daily. Sometimes it may be easier to just go to bed without brushing your teeth, or to skip flossing if you feel like you don’t need it, but don’t underestimate the power of plaque! The difference between a healthy smile and a smile with gum disease is consistency. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. 
 
Floss once per day before you go to bed to remove any food debris and bacteria from between your teeth. Plaque is always hiding in your smile, even if you don’t feel it. If plaque sits in place, it hardens and becomes tartar. Over time, tartar can be extremely damaging to your teeth and gums. Be consistent with your dental care to ensure that you have a healthy smile!
 
Choose the Right Snacks
Choose healthy foods and drinks to protect your smile from damage. Anything that is too acidic or contains too much sugar can break down your enamel. Weakening of the enamel can lead to cavities and dental disease, so it’s best to avoid harmful foods altogether. Instead, try chewing on some crunchy vegetables like carrots or cucumbers. These types of foods can help keep your teeth and gums clean and may wash away some plaque in between brushing. Of course, eating vegetables is helpful for your dental health, but it is no replacement for actual dental care. Still brush regularly and visit your dentist every six months. 
 
Visit the Dentist Regularly
You should be visiting our office every six months for a professional dental cleaning and checkup. If you can’t remember the last time you visited, give us a call! No matter how well you care for your smile, you can’t remove tartar without the help of a dental health professional. Tartar must be removed through the process of scaling; which your dental hygienist does every time you visit them for a cleaning. Every smile is unique, so it’s important to understand the needs of your teeth and gums.
 
While gum disease is often common in people with poor oral hygiene, it can still occur due to genetics or even due to medications or pregnancy. While you’re here, ask us for some tips on how to care for your individual smile.
 
Improve Your Smile
If you’ve always been self-conscious of your smile for any reason, it’s possible that one of your goals could be to correct this issue! Whether you have crooked teeth, discoloration, or even gaps in your smile, we can guide you on treatments that can give you the smile of your dreams! Don’t keep pushing off your smile goals until next year, tackle your insecurities head on. Ask our team how we can help you improve the appearance of your smile. Whether you need braces or teeth whitening, the smile you’ve always wanted is within reach!
 
 
Dental Habits to Break in the New Year
As the year comes to an end, resolutions are on the front of everyone’s mind and what they can do to make personal improvements in 2020. Resolutions can range from exercise to diet to therapy, all of which have their own benefits for every individual. When you’re looking to make improvements to your overall health, don’t forget about your smile. Below, our Fairview Heights dentist dives into dangerous and harmful habits we encourage you to break to get your dental health back on track.
 
Nail Biting
A common nervous habit, people bite their nails when they’re anxious or dealing with something stressful. If you continue to bite your nails, you could easily chip a tooth or have a negative impact on your jaw. Don’t hesitate to ask us what some tips are to avoid biting your nails, like fidgeting toys or types of nail polishes.
 
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard
When you brush your teeth, remember to be gentle with your smile. Brushing aggressively doesn’t mean you’re getting a more efficient cleaning. In fact, you’re causing more damage to your smile than you realize! Instead of efficiently cleaning the surface of your teeth, you’re damaging the enamel. As it weakens, you’ll deal with dental sensitivity when drinking and enjoying hot and cold foods and drinks. Find a new toothbrush with soft bristles and, instead of “scrubbing” your teeth, “massage” them in gentle circles with the bristles to reach every area while providing a proper cleaning.
 
Grinding Your Teeth and Clenching Your Jaw
This stress-induced habit can easily crack and chip your teeth, as well as cause a lot of tension and discomfort in your jaw. It’s important to realize when it’s happening, since this action is seen as unconscious, and to react immediately to relax your jaw. Don’t be afraid to ask us about relaxation exercises, as well.
 
Constant Snacking
A common habit, due to either nerves or just to kill time, is snacking. There are countless delicious snacks available and we understand how hard it is to avoid them! But if you’re constantly putting your teeth to work, especially with harmful snacks like chips, candies, and cookies, your smile will quickly weaken. You’re at a higher risk for cavities and decay, so be sure to seriously cut back on the snacking and try to eat more balanced meals to keep you fuller for longer.
 
Do you have any other harmful dental habits you’re looking to break in 2020? Give our Fairview Heights dentist a call at (618) 622-1800 and we’ll happily set you up for a bright and shiny new year!
 
Thanksgiving Food & Dental Health
Thanksgiving is here! This holiday is filled with loved ones, both family and friends, as you enjoy and cherish the quality time this time of year. As you sit around the table full of delicious foods and drinks, we only ask you to keep your dental health in mind. Some of your favorite Thanksgiving meals are also the most harmful to your teeth, gums, and overall dental health, so our Fairview Heights family dentist wants to ensure your smile is the best it can be during this busy season.
 
Below, we’ll dive into the Thanksgiving items that are best to avoid, as well as some of the other tasty options that are beneficial for your smile! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask us.
 
Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid
 
Stuffing
A common, delicious staple in a Thanksgiving meal, stuffing is made in all kinds of varieties. Unfortunately, the main ingredient is starch, which is full of sugary carbohydrates that can cling to your teeth. This is more difficult to get away from your teeth, so if it hangs around for too long, you’ll have built-up bacteria in your mouth that leads to cavities. It’s important to drink water after enjoying stuffing as to not allow the bacteria to linger.
 
Alcohol
Sometimes, nothing is better than catching up with friends and family you haven’t seen in a long time! Enjoying a glass of wine or a beer during this time is perfectly fine but be sure to keep an eye on the amount of consumption. Alcohol dehydrates you, which reduces saliva production, and breaks down the enamel on your teeth that is protecting the nerves in the dentin. In between a glass of beer or wine, enjoy a refreshing water!
 
Desserts
This time of year may be the only time you’ll get to enjoy your favorite dessert, but moderation is important! Sweets like apple pie, ice cream, brownies, and cookies are all dangerous for your dental health, and could easily give you a few cavities if you’ve been in indulging far more than usual during the holidays. Be sure to wash your desserts down with water and enjoy them sparingly.
 
Thanksgiving Food to Enjoy
 
Turkey
Thank goodness! The main course of your Thanksgiving meal can be enjoyed without worrying about your smile! There’s no starch or sugar, and turkey also contains a significant amount of vitamin D, which encourages strength for your enamel. Just be sure to watch the additional gravy added on top!
 
Vegetables
While this is no surprise, there are numerous enjoyable sides to enjoy during your Thanksgiving dinner. Vegetables like carrots, celery, corn, green beans are all beneficial in their own way and simply tasty!
 
Pumpkin Pie
Don’t worry – desserts aren’t completely banned from your Thanksgiving meal! Pumpkin pie has a lot of beneficial calcium, as well as some vitamin C. Be careful of the amount of ice cream and whipped cream you put on top, though!
 
If you’re overdue for a dental cleaning, be sure to schedule an appointment with our Fairview Heights family dentist before the rest of your year’s schedule is full. Give us a call today and our front desk staff will assist you in picking the best date and time for your cleaning, exam, and x-ray.
 
Tips for a Healthy Smile This Halloween
With Halloween quickly approaching, it is important to remember your dental care routine so that your smile stays healthy this spooky season! Sugar can be bad for your teeth, so maintaining a healthy routine is essential to combat all that Halloween candy. Read below for some helpful tips to keep your smile healthy and bright all Halloween long!
 
Be Mindful of Types of Candy
One of the first ways to protect your dental and oral health is to know which types of candies would be more harmful to your teeth. This can give you the opportunity to choose between candy and find the least harmful option for your teeth and gums.
 
The Most Harmful Candy:
 
Hard candy - candy that is hard and difficult to chew can lead to tooth breakage. Sucking on hard candy also requires people to keep sugar in their mouth for a longer duration of time. It is best to avoid hard candies as much as possible.
 
Gummy Candy - caramel, taffy, and gummies are bad for your teeth because they are sticky and can stay stuck to teeth for hours. Anything chewy that can attach to the crevices of your teeth can lead to the deterioration of the enamel.
 
Sour Candy - Sour candies are typically chewy and can get stuck between teeth. This type of candy is also highly acidic and contains a lot of sugar, so they often do twice as much damage as other candies.
 
The Least Harmful Candy:
 
Chocolate - Not only is chocolate the least harmful candy, but some types of chocolate actually contain extra benefits for your smile! Chocolate melts away instead of sticking to the surface of your teeth. That means there is less of a chance that dental decay will occur and the chocolate can easily be washed away by saliva.
 
Sugar-free gum - Some low-calorie sweeteners in sugar-free gum can help rid your mouth of harmful bacteria. This can also help promote saliva which will help keep your teeth clean until you can brush them later on. It should be noted that sugar-free gum is not a suitable replacement for quality dental care. Be sure that teeth are still properly brushed and flossed at the end of the day before going to bed. 
 
End Your Day With Dental Care
It is so important not to skip your regular dental care routine, especially on Halloween after eating all those treats! Before going to bed, be sure to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash to rid your mouth of any harmful bacteria. Don’t forget to scrub your tongue as well, which can be coated with a film of plaque after a day of snacking. Don’t sacrifice your healthy smile this Halloween season!
 
Of course, everything can be enjoyed in moderation, but it is important to keep your dental health in check. Always brush your teeth after consuming Halloween candy and floss to avoid any lingering food debris. Use fluoride toothpaste to help shield your enamel from future bacteria and always try to balance your diet with healthy fruits and veggies. Ask your dentist for more information on how you can maintain your oral health this Halloween!
 
Identify and Prevent Cavities
When you’re told that you have a cavity, all dental professionals will recommend that you have it taken care of as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to busy schedules between work, friends, and family, patients can find it difficult to find the best time to visit our office again to take care of the cavity. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 92% of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Even worse, around 26% of them have untreated dental decay!
 
Below, your Fairview Heights dentist dives into the different classes of cavities, how they damage your teeth, and how our professionals can improve your smile.
 
Class I: This class of tooth decay is visible to our dentist. They’re noticeable on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, like your molars and premolars, as well as decay noted on the front or back surfaces of your front teeth.
Class II: These cavities, while they appear on your molars and premolars, are typically between your teeth and aren’t visible to the human eye.
Class III: This class of decay occurs between your front teeth and are also not visible without the help of x-rays.
Class IV: This type also occurs between your front teeth, but it involves the cutting edges of your teeth.
Class V: These cavities appear on the surface, or behind, either your front or back teeth, near the gumline.
Class VI: This decay is found on the top surfaces of your teeth, either on the edges of your front teeth or on the cusp of your back teeth.
 
Now that you know where these cavities can lie, and how they’re identified, it’s time for you to know the levels of severity and what tooth decay can do to your smile. To further understand, the outer layer of your tooth is made up of calcified enamel, which protects the softer, inner portion that holds the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When this area of your tooth is damaged, you’re at risk for regular tooth aches, dental sensitivity, and other issues.
 
The levels of severity for your tooth decay gives our Fairview Heights dentist a better idea of how to properly treat the cavity. Incipient, moderate, advanced, and severe cavities are all necessary to take care of, but the longer you wait, the more you’re at risk of completely losing the tooth. By maintaining routine visits to our office, you’ll be able to prevent serious complications to your smile and have our professionals assist you.
 
Following these simple steps will help you avoid a lifetime of dental issues! While cavities are common, they’re also the easiest preventable dental disease and should be taken seriously. Use these helpful tips to avoid dental decay:
 
Brush your teeth twice a day – once in the morning, once at night – with a fluoride toothpaste, or another recommended toothpaste from our dentist
Floss at least once a day, preferably after a meal to get rid of any lingering, stubborn food particles
Change up your diet to include more nutritional foods and drinks, removing sugary and sweet things to lessen the damage done to your enamel
 
Looking for more helpful tips, or are you overdue for your routine dental cleaning? Give our Fairview Heights dentist a call today at (618) 622-1800 and we’ll help pick the best date and time for your appointment.
 
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