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By William H. Peterson, D.M.D.
January 17, 2018
Category: Oral Health

How preventive care from your dentist in Clayton can save your smilepreventative dentistry

You practice preventive care at home when you brush and floss, but is brushing and flossing enough to maintain your dental health? Not really, because you still need the services of a dentist and dental hygienist to keep your smile in top shape. Dr. William Peterson in Clayton, MO wants to share why preventive care is important for dental health.

Poor dental health starts with plaque accumulation. That’s because the plaque that covers your teeth contains millions of bad bacteria. These bacteria produce toxins which can infect your gums and damage your teeth and your supporting bone.

Brushing and flossing help to remove the plaque and bacteria before they can do damage. So if you are brushing and flossing regularly, good for you! However, you still need regular professional cleanings, dental examinations and x-rays.

You can’t do it all when it comes to taking care of your smile because many oral health issues can go undetected for years. You need professional preventive care to closely monitor the health of your gums, teeth and jawbone.

Your dental professionals will:

  • Thoroughly clean your teeth every six months to maintain the health of your gums; both hard deposits (calculus or tartar) and soft deposits (plaque) are removed and your teeth are polished to a brilliant shine.
  • Take x-rays at least yearly to monitor the health of your teeth and supporting bone
  • Do a comprehensive dental examination at least yearly to check for dental decay, evidence of gum disease or periodontal disease

Preventive care is vital to protecting your oral and dental health. Brushing and flossing are great, but you also need to partner with an expert like Dr. Peterson. For more information about preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services call Dr. Peterson in Clayton, MO today!

By William H. Peterson, D.M.D.
May 20, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:

"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"

And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:

“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”

Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.

For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.

While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.

Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.

Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.