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August 15, 2018

Are Your Dieting Habits Ruining Your Teeth and Gums?

Your teeth and gums could pay the price if you are constantly searching for the perfect weight loss treatment.

Trying every new fad diet may be doing wonders for your waistline, but it isn’t helping your teeth and gums any.

According to Dr. David Schaefer, constant dieting can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Even so-called healthy diets can be an issue for your oral health.

Below are some diets to watch out for if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Low-Fat Diets

Eating diets that are low in fat will interfere with fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are extremely important for teeth, gums, and overall health. Vitamin D helps your body absorb much needed calcium for strong bones and teeth. If you aren’t getting enough Vitamin D, the enamel on your teeth and your jawbone will begin to break down.

Dr. Schaefer explains that diets that include a healthy amount of fat also produce dopamine. The chemical neurotransmitter improves mood. If you lack Omega-3 fatty acids, stress and anxiety levels will increase as well. This can lead to TMD or tooth grinding. Low fat products are also high in sugar increasing your risk of cavities.

Keto Diets

Although there hasn’t been any evidence that the Keto diet causes tooth decay or gum disease, it will cause chronic bad breath. If you or someone you know has breath that smells like old fruit or fingernail polish remover with acetone, they are in ketosis. When the body is in ketosis, it is burning fat, not carbohydrates.

You can rid your mouth of halitosis by chewing on fresh mint. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to include a small amount of carbs in your diet, as this will sweeten your breath. High ketone levels can also cause high acidic blood levels, which could damage your heart, cause fatigue, or make you burn muscle and not fat.

Low Calorie Diets

Cutting calories is a great way to trim your waistline, but if you are reducing your food intake depleting your body of much needed nutrients your teeth and gums will pay the price. Because a low calorie diet depletes the body of vitamins and minerals, malnutrition could be an issue. According to your dentist in Missouri, malnutrition can cause a weak jawbone leading to tooth loss. Soft enamel and a vulnerability to gum disease can also occur from a diet lacking in vitamins and minerals.

Other diets to be aware of include the Fruit Detox diet, which can cause malnutrition and enamel damage thanks to the high acidic and sugar levels in most fruits. Diet pills are also risky as they can cause dry mouth. If your salivary glands cannot produce, you will be more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Before you start another diet, contact your doctor and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Independence. It really will make a difference to your overall health.

Schedule an appointment today.

July 15, 2018

Old Dental Restorations Arent Worth Bragging About

You may brag about your 25-year old dental restorations, but are they really worth boasting about? Your silver amalgam fillings and crowns have been with you for decades, but are they really good for your teeth? According to Dr. David Schaefer, no, they are not.

Why Old Dental Restorations are Bad for You

Your old fillings, dental crowns, and even root canals can harbor tooth decay. What’s worse is that even digital pictures and x-rays can’t pick up the dental caries. Those black lines around the rim of your x-rays could mean decay.

Decay is loaded with bad bacteria that will eat away at the gum line causing gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. Any dental restoration that is five years or older should be checked by your dentist in Missouri on a regular basis.

Does Decay Under Old Dental Restorations Cause Pain?

In most cases, there will not be discomfort. You may experience some sensitivity at best. If you are in pain, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist in Missouri. Leaving decay to its own devices can affect your overall health.

If you notice any pain at all, even if it isn’t at the restoration site, tooth decay could still be present. The only way to determine if you have decay is to schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental.

How To Tell if You Have Decay

If you have old fillings, crowns or root canals the best way to check for decay is to look for dark spots in and around the tooth. If you notice darkening in the middle of your root canal, it could be an issue.

A dentist should check any visible chips or cracks. Using modern dental technology, Dr. Schaefer can determine if your old dental restorations need to be replaced.

Stop boasting about your old dental restorations and call for a dental checkup today.

August 15, 2017

Dental Checkups for Kids and Teens

If your kids have started school, or about to, and you neglected, or just plain forgot about dental checkups for your kids, call Dr. David Schaefer and schedule a dental exam for your children and your teens. Regular dental checkups, Dr. Schaefer recommends twice a year for healthy children and teens will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Scheduling regular checkups can also help Dr. Schaefer keep any eye on your kids and teens bite. If a problem is detected, your kids or teens may be referred to an orthodontist for a further evaluation.

According to the American Dental Association, regular dental checkups for kids and teens can also detect any other oral abnormities. If you follow the Schaefer Dental Blog, you will know that oral cancer can be caught and even cured if detected early on.During the checkup, your kids and teens teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay and gum disease. If gum disease is present, Schaefer Dental may recommend root planing and scaling. If cavities are present, a simple filling may be all that is needed, however, if the cavity is too deep and has damaged the pulp root canal therapy may be necessary. Scheduling twice-yearly dental appointments with Schaefer Dental can help prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease.

If your child or teen has been complaining about oral pain, but is cavity and gum disease free, it may have something to do with his or her bite. Dr. Schaefer and his team will be able to determine if your children or teens require orthodontic treatment.

Scheduling regular dental appointments with Schaefer Dental is a necessary part of life, and if you haven’t made your checkups, call or click. Schaefer Dental can determine if your kids and teens have dental problems and get them back on the road to healthy teeth and gums.

Call or click now.

February 15, 2017

Straighter Teeth in Less Time with Invisalign®

Having a beautiful smile really is possible, and when you schedule an appointment with a preferred Invisalign® dentist, you can be one-step closer to achieving the perfect toothy grin that you have always dreamed of having and best of all, it won’t take two years to complete your treatment program.

Invisalign® is the clear alternative to braces, and if you have always wanted straight teeth, Dr. David Schaefer, your Independence MO dentist, can help.

With Invisalign®, you no longer have to resort to wearing bulky metal braces that can be uncomfortable and downright unattractive. Metal braces have changed, but are still more cumbersome than Invisalign®.

Invisible braces have revolutionized the world of orthodontics using trays that are custom made. After wearing a series of plastic aligners your teeth with begin to shift into their proper position giving you that Hollywood Smile that has been eluding you for years.

Manufactured out of the highest-grade polyurethane resin, Invisalign® is nearly invisible and extremely comfortable. With reduced enamel wear, Invisalign® really is a great option if you are considering braces.

When you wear the aligners, without metal wires and brackets, your teeth will gradually begin to shift based on the movement that Dr. Schaefer has planned for you.

Every week, or depending on your progress, your Dentist in Independence will give you a new set of Invisalign® aligners that will not interfere with your daily life. In fact, friends, family members, and complete strangers will have no idea that you are in the process of having your teeth straightened.

Because your aligners are removed when you eat, you can enjoy the foods you like without restrictions. Metal braces often prevent you from eating certain types of food and can be quite troublesome.

Brushing and flossing is easy with Invisalign® and because they are removable, you can clean your teeth as you normally do.

Dr. Schaefer recommends wearing your new aligners 20 to 22 hours every day. Throughout your entire Invisalign® treatment, you will see your dentist for regular checkups every six weeks depending on your particular treatment protocol.

Schedule a no obligation consultation with your Independence, MO Dentist who can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. Call or click today.

January 15, 2017

Precise Laser Dentistry Independence, MO

Laser dentistry in Independence, MO could be the answer if you have been avoiding the dentist because of the drill. Laser dentistry is the painless way to repair cavities and even help with gingivitis.

Dr. David A. Schaefer in Independence, MO is trained to provide you with a painless dental solution that offers patients less pain and can even help reduce post procedural infections.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Laser dentistry in Independence, MO is used for gum treatments, and if your gums are too long, and your dentist has suggested surgery, talk to Dr. Schaefer about laser dentistry for your gums. With laser dentistry, the procedure is quick and efficient as it pinpoints the incision, and best of all, your gums are less susceptible to infection as the area is cauterized during the procedure. There is also evidence that laser dentistry offers patients a shorter recovery time.

Restorative Dentistry

Because laser dentistry in Independence, MO is so powerful, Dr. Schaefer uses it to get rid of tooth decay for both dental fillings and root canal therapy. Dental lasers are able to penetrate the enamel successfully while cleaning out the bacteria. That means no more drilling, which can be uncomfortable to say the least.

Gum Disease Therapy

Laser dentistry is so precise, that Dr. Schaefer uses it for gum disease therapy. The diseased tissue can be cut away with laser dentistry getting rid of the bacteria in the periodontal pockets. Laser dentistry in Independence, MO is usually reserved for patients who have progressed to the more serious periodontal disease. If you have gingivitis, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling for healing.

Thanks to laser dentistry in Independence, MO, you don’t have to avoid the dentist. Call or click and schedule a no obligation laser dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today and have the smile you deserve tomorrow. Call or click now.

September 15, 2016

Men and Womens Oral Health Differences

Men and Women’s oral health can be described in one word, different. One would assume because a man and woman’s mouth look exactly the same, lips, tongue, cheeks, teeth and gums, that oral health would be the same, but there are some differences. Just like means and women’s bodies differ, so do men and women’s mouths.

Dr. David Schaefer explains that noth men and women are susceptible to oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath; however, the biggest men and women’s oral health differences lie in the female anatomy.

Unlike men, women go through life changes. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause affect all women and have a profound effect on oral health, and although men are less likely to look after their teeth and gums, research indicates that men don’t floss, as often, they don’t have to be concerned about women’s life changes and oral health.

Women need to brush at least twice each day. Floss daily or more if you need to. Make sure you use a good oral rinse and schedule regular checkups with your dentist. If you notice anything suspicious, get to the office as soon as you can. Research shows that oral cancer has a higher cure rate if detected early. During your regular checkups, ask your dentist to do an oral cancer screening.

Puberty

Puberty brings on the sex hormones and in girls and that means swollen gums. If you or someone you know is going through puberty watch for red and bleeding gums.

Menstruation

Some women suffer from Menstruation Gingivitis. This condition causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums a week before a period begins and usually stops after it starts.

Pregnancy

The only thing that changes in a man when his partner is pregnant is his stress levels. He may gain some weight and, “Pretend,” that he is expecting, but he won’t experience the gingivitis that occurs in a high percentage of pregnant women. If you are pregnant, pay close attention to your teeth and gums and if you notice any swelling or bleeding call your dentist. If left untreated, gingivitis and periodontal disease can cause premature and low weight births.

Post menopause

Women deal with serious hormonal fluctuations during post menopause including dry mouth, burning sensations and a change in taste. When women are in post menopause it can affect oral health. Schedule frequent dental appointments if you are affected by post menopause.

Both men and women need to take good care of their teeth and gums. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

August 15, 2016

Gum Disease Can Remain Silent

Gum disease affects the tissues that support and surround your teeth and is one of the main causes of adult tooth loss, and because it is usually painless, you may not even know that you have it.

A film of bacteria, also known as plaque, causes gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease. Brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day along with regular dental checkups can help prevent gum disease.

Gum Disease Warning Signs

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gums that are starting to pull away from your teeth
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Bite changes
  • Denture fit changes
  • Pain when chewing

Although poor oral hygiene is one of the main causes of gum disease, some other factors can increase the risk. According to your dentist, those factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Tobacco use
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Crooked teeth that are difficult to clean
  • Diabetes
  • Medications including cancer therapy drugs, steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, oral contraceptives and calcium channel blockers

Early Gum Disease

Colgate explains that gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. If you have it, your gums may bleed easy, become swollen or red. During this stage, your gum disease is reversible and can usually be eliminated with a professional dental cleaning or a root planing and scaling procedure.

Advanced Gum Disease

Periodontal disease affects nearly 50 percent of people over the age of 30 in the U.S. If left untreated it will lead to tissue and bone loss. The more severe the disease the more chance you have of losing your teeth. Although it slowly gets worse, there could be times when it progresses rapidly.

Aggressive periodontal disease is highly destructive and can occur in people who have good overall health. Common features of advanced periodontitis include a rapid loss of bone and tissue that could occur in the entire mouth.

The Mouth and Body Connection

Although studies are ongoing, recent research is indicating a connection between periodontal disease and systemic diseases. While there is no conclusive link, severe periodontitis could be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

You may have gum disease, especially if you can’t remember the last time you saw your dentist. Regular dental appointments can catch gingivitis before it advances to periodontal disease.

Don’t wait until it gets worse. Call or click and schedule a thorough dental examination with your dentist today.

July 15, 2016

Professional Tooth Whitening for Dramatic Results

Professional tooth whitening is the most popular and affordable cosmetic dental procedure, and if you have always thought your smile could use a boost, call and schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental who can determine if you are a good candidate for tooth whitening.

Your local pharmacy is filled with dozens of over the counter tooth whitening products, but those gels, pastes, strips, and mouth rinses will never do as good a job as professional tooth whitening will.

According to the American Dental Association, over the counter whitening bleaches do not have the same amount of hydrogen peroxide as professional tooth whitening products and will not give you the same results.

If your dentist has given you the okay for professional tooth whitening, if you have tooth decay or gum disease that will need to be taken care of first, you will be fitted for a custom set of thin plastic bleaching trays and bleaching solution. The custom fitted trays allow the gel to penetrate deep into the tooth helping to get rid of stains while strengthening your teeth. Your dentist recommends whitening each day for about 2 weeks to achieve the desired result.

Tooth whitening works great on yellow or stained teeth, but will not work on dental restorations such as cosmetic veneers, dental crowns, dental bonding, or dental implants.

After you have completed your tooth whitening procedure, your dentist may want to combine other cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, braces, or crown and bridge therapy. Your dentist may even suggest dental implants if you have one or more missing teeth.

Having a beautiful smile boosts your self-confidence while improving your self-esteem. People who like to show off a healthy grin are more inclined to be outgoing and happy with the way they look and feel.

If you would like more information regarding tooth whitening or any other cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental today.

June 15, 2016

What You May Not Know about your Teeth

When it comes to teeth and gums, most people are aware that practicing good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice, flossing once each day, a good healthy diet and regular checkups with your dentist are imperative, but according to Colgate there are a few things that you may not know about your teeth and gums.

  • Kid’s teeth are soft until around the age of 10.
  • A tooth that already has a crown can still have a cavity.
  • Your gum tissue is just as important as teeth.
  • Some prescription and over the counter drugs can increase the risk of cavities.
  • Some water filters that are used at home or the office will remove fluoride.
  • Most bottled water does not contain fluoride.
  • More than 19 percent of children between 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
  • Allergies can cause tooth clenching or grinding.
  • Dried fruit and sticky candy are just as bad for your teeth.
  • Tooth enamel will not repair itself, although the cementum and dentin, the substances that surround your teeth might.
  • Your mouth harbors 300 different types of bacteria.
  • Chewing sugarless gum after you eat can help you remove food particles. Of course, you still need to brush, but if you can’t do so right away after a meal, sugarless gum will help keep your teeth clean.
  • Cavities don’t always cause pain until they have hit the nerve and the root in your tooth. Schedule regular checkups to prevent dental caries or detect them early enough to prevent large fillings or root canals.
  • Bone recession can cause tooth loss even without any decay present.
  • A recent study at Harvard University stimulated tooth growth in rats and human dental tissue using low-powered lasers to activate stem cells.

If you would like more information regarding your teeth and gums, or would like to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a checkup,

May 15, 2016

Five Bad Oral Health Habits

Healthy oral health habits including brushing twice and flossing once each day, however, your dentist explains that there are a few oral health habits that you should avoid.

Cough Drops

Just like hard candies, cough drops are loaded with sugar. Sucking on the hard lozenges will coat your teeth and react with the plaque and bacteria. The sugar will convert to acid and eat away the enamel on your teeth. If you must suck on a cough drop, make sure you brush and rinse well afterwards.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as an Opener

Using your teeth to open packaging, an envelope, or even worse, a bottle, may seem like a convenient thing to do, but this bad habit will make your dentist cringe. Using a tooth or teeth as a tool could cause chips and cracks. If you open a bottle with your teeth, you could even break a tooth. Keep a pair of scissors and a bottle opener handy instead of using your teeth.

Snacking

If you are one of those people who enjoy snacking all day, you could be damaging your teeth. Your dentist explains that snacking will produce less saliva than an entire meal. Snacking leaves bits of food in your teeth unless you rinse right away. If you snack all of the time, you could be setting yourself up for tooth decay. If you must snack, avoid starchy and sugary treats and go for celery or carrot sticks.

Oral Piercings

It may seem cool to have your tongue or lip pierced, but those studs and hoops can cause damage to your teeth. If you accidentally bite down on a stud in your mouth, you could chip or crack a tooth. If you play with the jewelry your gums may also become irritated, which could lead to gum disease.

Tobacco

Everyone knows the dangers of tobacco use, however, smoking and chewing tobacco can also cause stains, and chronic bad breathe and tooth loss. People who use tobacco products, yes, even a hookah pipe are also three times more likely to get oral cancer.

You were meant to have your teeth for life and can if you practice good oral health habits including brushing twice, flossing once each day and regular appointments with your dentist you may be one of the lucky ones. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

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