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Posts for: February, 2014

By Thomas Kemlage DDS
February 25, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC  

What Can CEREC Do For You?

Your smile (i.e., your teeth) is usually the first place where people direct their attention. If you have minor tooth imperfections or issues, hiding your smile isn’t going to make your dental problems go away. In recent years, Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) technology has improved the overall results of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Fenton dentist, Dr. Thomas Kemlage is pleased to offer CEREC services to Fenton patients. CEREC improves dentistry in five ways. Check it out below! CEREC
Covers multiple dental problems: chipped, cracked, loose and discolored teeth.
Esthetically pleasing ceramic material matches your natural teeth.
Restores tooth materials lost to cavities.
Extreme accuracy when applying a CEREC crown or onlay.
Convenient restorations in a single visit.
CEREC gives you one-day crowns, high accuracy to cover the dental margins, solid structure and esthetics that stand above the rest, providing top-notch dentistry for the entire family. If you are in a dental pinch, CEREC is available at Dr. Kemlage’s dental practice.
It doesn’t take away from your time—it’s quality dental care in the areas of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Fenton patients can call (636) 225-1777 to talk to your Fenton, MO dentists, the Drs. Kemlage. Or check out our “CEREC” page right here. Feel free to leave a comment in the section below!

By Thomas Kemlage DDS
February 21, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

Teeth are composed of layers of different types of tissue. The main inner layers — the pulp and dentin — help the teeth respond and adapt to external forces. But they’re vulnerable to decay and quite sensitive to environmental extremes. They are protected from all these by a coating of enamel, made of the hardest material found in the human body.

But while enamel is strong, it’s not invincible — it can soften and dissolve (de-mineralize) if the mouth environment becomes too acidic. While de-mineralization occurs normally whenever the mouth becomes too acidic after eating or drinking, saliva helps neutralize the acid (buffering); in fact, saliva can restore to the enamel some of the calcium and other minerals it has lost (a process called re-mineralization).

If the acidic level remains too high for too long it can overwhelm saliva’s buffering ability and cause permanent mineral loss to the enamel. This erosion leaves teeth more susceptible to decay and disease and could lead to tooth loss. With this in mind, here’s some ways you can help preserve your enamel:

  • Wait about thirty to sixty minutes after eating or drinking to brush your teeth. Counterintuitive as this may sound, it takes about thirty minutes for saliva to restore a normal pH level and re-mineralize the enamel. If you brush within this window of time, you could brush away some of the softened minerals from the enamel.
  • Only brush twice a day. Over-brushing causes undue enamel wear, as well as contributing to receding gums.
  • Take advantage of less acidic or mineral-rich beverages. Drink milk or water most of the time, rather than juices, sodas or sports drinks. The calcium in milk or as an additive to acidic beverages aids in buffering and re-mineralization.
  • Use a straw for acidic beverages. With a straw your teeth avoid direct contact with most of the beverage’s acid, a key factor in de-mineralization.
  • Avoid eating just before bed. Saliva flow decreases significantly when we sleep. If you eat right before bed, there may be less saliva available for buffering and re-mineralization.

Following these tips, along with effective oral hygiene, will go a long way in protecting your teeth’s enamel coating — and preserving your teeth in the long run.

If you would like more information on enamel erosion and how to prevent it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “6 Tips to Help Prevent the Erosion of Tooth Enamel.”

By Thomas F Kemlage DDS
February 21, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Think Twice About the Next Drink You Pick Up this Season

This year, think twice before taking a sip of your coffee, or that refreshingly cold caramel Frappuccino.  Certain drinks can damage and stain your teeth.  Knowing the damaging affects of sports drinks, energy drinks, coffees and Frappuccinos can help you take the next step toward a stunning smile. We have all chosen our favorite sports drink or Frappuccino on a hot summer day, but have you ever thought of how the sugars in these drinks can damage your once alluring smile?  Your Fenton dentist is available to offer you an inside look at some popular sugar drinks you should avoid. 

Sports and Energy Drinks

Sometimes we all need that extra boost of energy or caffeine to help get us through the day.  However, have you ever realized the damaging effects these drinks may have on the appearance and health of your smile? A common misconception is often that energy drinks and sports drinks are healthier than soda for your oral health.  This is not the case.  Energy and sports drinks contain sugars that can potentially erode or thin out the enamel of your teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.  
  • The next time you reach for that energy drink or sports drink, think twice about the need for it.  If you decide to continue to drink it, follow these precautions:
  • Use sports and energy drinks in moderation
  • Also use fruit juices or soft drinks in moderation as they can erode teeth as well
  • Dilute sports drinks with water
  • Drink when cold—warm temperatures speed erosion.  
  • Use a straw if possible to reduce contact between the drink and your teeth
  • Do not brush your teeth immediately after consuming a sports drink—this makes teeth softer and brushing can cause protective enamel loss. 
Rather than choosing sports and energy drinks, your dentist in Fenton recommends that you should consider water as the logical thirst quencher. 

Is Coffee in the Morning Really Necessary?

Coffee and tea are especially tough on your teeth, because tannic acid (the reason why your coffee is so dark) etches into the pits and grooves of tooth enamel and can stain teeth brown.  Consumption of coffee and caffeine typically increases your mental alertness and energy level, but the downside is that it poses a number of negative effects on the appearance and health of your teeth.  Knowing the harm that caffeine can have on your teeth may be just what you need to put an end to your coffee and caffeine consumption. 
Stains from coffee and other sources of caffeine are yellowish marks that appear on your teeth.  Dark-colored beverages such as coffee, hot chocolate, tea and colas leave behind these yellowish marks.  When these drinks stain your teeth, toothpaste and professional cleanings won’t do the trick to remove their unsightly color. These stains can only then be removed with a tooth whitening procedure—whether at home or in your dentist’s office.  Tooth whitening procedures involve soaking your teeth in a gel made of peroxide for some time, which essentially bleaches your teeth to remove the stains.  
The next time you go to order a coffee or Frappuccino, or even grab a sports or energy drink from the local convenience store, think twice.  Talk to your Fenton dentist for more information on how various drinks you may daily consume could be the cause of your stained teeth.