6979 Chippewa
St. Louis, MO 63109
tel: 314-644-0440

Vaping

The use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, has become increasingly popular as an alternative to smoking cigarettes.  While the smoke may be less offensive than cigarettes, the smoke from electronic cigarettes still contains nicotine and carries the associated known health risks.  Electronic cigarettes are not useful in smoking cessation, but are in fact an alternative to regular cigarettes.

The Center for Disease Control found that in the past year the number of high school students who have used electronic cigarettes has doubled.  This is partly due to the ease of purchase of electronic cigarettes compared to trying to purchase regular cigarettes.

Much more research and study is currently being done regarding the use of electronic cigarettes.

 

Oral Inflammation and Health

Groundbreaking research emerges daily on the importance of oral health and overall health.

This year the American Heart Association shows the direct connection between oral pathogens (associated with gum disease, infected teeth, or decayed teeth) and acute heart attacks.  It tells us that as many as half of all heart attacks are triggered by these pathogens.  Oral bacteria were found in every heart attack thrombus(clot).

In addition in a study of more than a half a million participants,  it was shown that periodontal (gum) disease is an important risk factor for stroke. Most importantly, it showed that periodontal treatment reduced risk for stroke.

Please let us know if you have any questions concerning these studies and would like an appointment for an evaluation.

Consumers score a “D” on knowledge of oral health

The American Dental Association recently conducted an online survey of consumers across the U.S. about consumer’s knowledge of oral health and hygiene.

Scores ranged from a high of 85 percent to a low of 29 percent.  The survey concluded that:

*   those consumers who are caregivers with children at home scored higher

*  women scored 4 percent higher than men

*  consumer knowledge on the following was pretty good:  what is gingivitis? (95 percent correct); your mouth changes when you get older (93 percent correct); pregnant women should pay extra attention to their dental health (92 percent correct).

*  On the other hand, consumer knowledge was not so good on whether one should brush after every meal (10 percent correct); whether sugar causes cavities (19 percent correct); and at what age a child should have their first visit to a dentist (25 percent correct).

Regarding physical attractiveness, a nice smile outweighed skin, eyes, hair, and build or figure as the most important attribute.

To take an abbreviated and interactive version of the ADA survey go to “MouthHealthy.org” and test your “Dental IQ”.

Here at St. Louis Hills Dental Group,  we continue to say “SMILE MORE LIVE MORE”.   If we can help you in any way let us know.

 

 

St Louis dental implants

Before implants came into widespread acceptance, the treatment of choice that was available to make the best out of a bad situation was mostly root amputation or hemi section. Osseo integrated implants are being used in many areas of dentistry. St Louis dental implants are essential to meet the patients’ functional and aesthetic needs. It has had a major impact in periodontal practice. Teeth that have severe attachment loss to severe bone loss cannot regain natural periodontal form, function and appearance. Dental implants provide the opportunity to replace the missing teeth. St Louis Hills Dental Group dental implants have given a good long term success rate in the treatment of both edentulous and partially edentulous patients.

Sometimes young patients with congenitally absent teeth or traumatic tooth loss require ridge augmentation before the placement of dental implants. Immediate implantation after the extractions of molar teeth have been done that shows good results. This approach prevents initial bone loss, reduced treatment time and cost, better soft tissue aesthetics and preserves the bone around the extracted site. Care is taken to preserve the buccal cortical plate during extraction of the tooth. The dentists in St Louis Hills Dental group are skilled to study the bone confines through the soft tissue and then move ahead with the St Louis dental implants.

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