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December 15, 2017

Your Teeth and Gums Don’t Have to Pay the Price

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during the holidays can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. You can prevent an emergency dental visit if you follow these tips from Dr. David Schaefer.

Below are a few things you should stay away from during the holidays to keep your teeth and gums safe.

Stay away from Hard Candy

Keep the canes on the tree and the hard butterscotch candies on the shelf at the store. Hard candies are a double-edged sword as they are loaded with sugar, which erodes the enamel on your teeth, and they can break or crack a tooth if you bite down.

Gummy Bears and Sticky Candy

Gummy bears, licorice, saltwater taffy and any other sticky candy can pull out your fillings and wreck havoc for dental sealants. According to Dr. Schaefer, sticky candy is also hard to remove and can stay in the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth.

Pies, Cookies and Cakes Oh My!

Your Great Aunt Martha’s pecan pie may be as delicious as your own sugar cookies, but those delicious treats can cause problems for your teeth and gums. If you must indulge rinse after as starchy foods can get caught in the grooves and fissure at the back of your teeth. Add sugar to the mix and your teeth will suffer for it.

Dried Fruit

That yummy dried fruit platter that arrives at your front door every year can cause issues with your teeth. Sticky figs, dates, and apricots are loaded with sugar, and just like gummy bears can stay on your teeth, even after brushing.

You don’t have to schedule an emergency dental visit with Dr. Schaefer if you watch what you eat and see your dentist twice a year.

Schedule your bi-annual dental appointment with Dr. David Schaefer 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.

December 15, 2016

Preventing Cavities ~ Timing Could Be Everything

Preventing cavities is imperative, but it’s not just what you eat that increases your risk of tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, how often you enjoy a meal is equally as important as what you put in your mouth. Have Grandma’s sugar cookies with a meal and you will be doing your teeth a big favor.

According to your Dr. David Schaefer, when you eat your meals can have long term effects on your oral health and in preventing cavities. Learning how the food you eat, and when you eat it affects your teeth and gums is your first step to a healthier mouth.

Immediate Changes

The minute you eat certain foods your mouth will begin to produce acids. Those acids will begin the cavity process.

So What Happens

All carbohydrates will eventually become simple sugars breaking down into fructose, lactose and maltose. Carbohydrates that ferment will break down in your mouth. Other foods will not break down until they get to the digestive tract.

Fermentable carbs join forces with the bacteria to create acids that will decay your teeth. Obviously cakes, cookies, candy and soft drinks are at the top of the list when it comes to the worlds most sugary foods, but other foods such as cereal, bananas, crackers and bread can also wreck havoc on your teeth.

Certain types of bacteria in your mouth will use the sugar you just enjoyed producing acid that will begin to dissolve the minerals inside the tooth eating away the enamel known as demineralization. Remineralization occurs when the teeth regain their minerals with the help of saliva. Fluoride and certain foods such as cucumbers and celery can also help with remineralization as can cheese and certain dairy products.

This holiday season watch what you eat and remember to keep an eye on, “When,” you eat as well when it comes to preventing cavities, and don’t forget to schedule your annual dental checkup with Dr. Schaefer today.

Happy Holidays from the team from Dr. David Schaefer and the team from Schaefer Dental!

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.

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.

July 15, 2015

Don’t Use your Teeth for That!

Most people are aware that teeth are meant for biting and chewing, but unfortunately, there are some folks who use their teeth for a multitude of things. Those things, including chewing on pen caps, can cause serious damage to teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association explains that good oral health habits, such as brushing twice, flossing once each day, seeing your dentist regularly and a enjoying a healthy diet are all part of taking good care of your teeth and gums, but what you do when you are not eating, brushing or flossing can cause real problems.

You use your teeth to chew and tear food, however, there are quite a few people who have forgotten or simply neglect what they should or shouldn’t be using their teeth for.

Although it may sound ridiculous, there are plenty of folks who have attempted to open a glass bottle, or even a plastic one, with their teeth. This party trick could end up with a trip to your emergency dentist. Although teeth are just as strong as bones, you should never use them to open a bottle. Your teeth may not chip the first time you attempt this, but they will eventually. Grab the bottle opener and try something else for your next party trick.

That bag of potato chips can be annoying to open, especially if you have been struggling for a second or two. It may be tempting to open the bag up with your teeth, but if you do, you could injure yourself. Paper cuts and cuts on your gums can happen because of the sharp edges on the package. The same goes for any type of package. Grab a pair of scissors or a knife and leave your teeth alone.

Professional and even recreational sporting activities can get rough. Even individual sports such as skateboarding, surfing, and gymnastics can be dangerous to your teeth and gums. Your dentist recommends that you schedule an appointment for a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth if you participate in any type of sporting activity. Mouth protectors are especially helpful if a fist or tennis racquet should connect with your mouth or jaw. Without a custom-made mouthguard, you could end up knocking a tooth out.

One of the worst things that you can do to your teeth is chew on ice. Ice is meant for your mouth, but should never be chewed. Chewing and chomping on ice will eventually chip your teeth, or cause problems for your fillings.

If you would like more information regarding what you should and shouldn’t put in your mouth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

March 15, 2015

Dental Veneers for a Brand New Smile

If you are afraid to flash your pearly whites because of crooked, misshaped, cracked or chipped teeth, your dentist may be able to help with affordable cosmetic dental restoration techniques that really will turn your frown upside down. Invisible braces, dental bonding, dental implants, tooth colored fillings and dental veneers are just a few of the procedures that your dentist may recommend to help improve your smile.

A beautiful smile is the first thing people see when they meet you, and if your smile is less than appealing it could affect your self-esteem. In a recent study, a nice smile was what people found most attractive when it came to members of the opposite sex.

According to the American Dental Association, Dental Veneers also called dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers are custom made to fit over the top of your teeth. Made from tooth colored materials Dental Veneers are wafer thin and are bonded directly to the front of your teeth in order to change the length, size, shape, or color.

Dental Veneers can be manufactured out of resin composite materials or porcelain. Porcelain Veneers are designed to resist staining better than resin and actually mimic the reflecting properties of natural light much like your own teeth. Resin veneers are much thinner and require less removal of the surface of your natural tooth. Your dentist will be able to determine what type of Dental Veneer is best for your particular situation.

Dental Veneers usually require three trips to your dentist, which includes a consultation, preparation, and application.

After your initial consultation, your dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth for the Dental Veneer removing about a ½ millimeter of the enamel on the surface of your tooth. Once an impression has been made, it will be sent to a dental lab. This usually takes one to two weeks. If your teeth are unsightly, temporary Dental Veneers may be placed.

When your Dental Veneers are ready to go your dentist will temporarily place the veneer to examine for color and fit. Once satisfied, your Dental Veneers will be permanently bonded to your natural tooth or teeth. After bonding, a special light or laser will be used to harden or cure the veneer. Because of the enamel removal, porcelain veneers are permanent.

For more information regarding Dental Veneers or any other cosmetic dental restoration procedure, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

January 15, 2015

Tips for a More Appealing Smile

An attractive smile not only boosts your self-confidence but can also make you more appealing to others. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of those who responded felt that an attractive smile made the person more appealing.

Of course, your dentist explains that good oral health goes beyond your smile. Your mouth is literally the gateway to your entire body meaning that the condition of your teeth and gums will affect your overall health.

Brushing regularly is the first step when it comes to good oral health as it helps remove the bacteria loving food particles, freshens breath, and cleans your teeth. Use a fluoride toothpaste recommended by the American Dental Association and be sure to brush at least two minutes twice each day. If you have a tough time, consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a built in timer.

Flossing once a day helps to remove the bacteria that your toothbrush can’t get to. Flossing helps prevent gum disease and when you floss before bedtime, you are helping your mouth become less vulnerable to bacteria. When you sleep, your mouth produces less saliva making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Only your dentist can spot gum disease in its earliest stages. Schedule twice-yearly cleanings and checkups with your dentist. If you are more prone to cavities and gingivitis or periodontal disease, consider seeing your dentist quarterly. In addition, if you have diabetes, cancer or other immune disorders, ask your dentist how often you should schedule appointments.

Examine your mouth regularly checking for any irregularities. If you have a sore that just won’t heal, bleeding or sensitive gums schedule an appointment with your dentist as quickly as possible.

Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin C can help boost your immune system. Because your teeth are mostly made up of calcium, dairy foods and other calcium rich foods such as kale and sardines can keep your tooth enamel strong. In addition, vitamin C can help prevent gingivitis as it helps keep your gums healthy.

Avoid sticky and sugary foods and keep starchy foods to a minimum as they can stick to the crevices in your teeth. Bacteria will feed off the sugars while releasing cavity-causing acids. If you must indulge, rinse or brush as soon as you can.

Kick the habit and you are less likely to be diagnosed with gum disease. Your teeth will be noticeable whiter and your breath won’t scare others away if you give up tobacco products.

Your dentist also recommends tooth whitening, dental veneers, and other cosmetic restoration procedures for a healthier and more attractive smile.

For more information regarding cosmetic dental restorations or a total mouth makeover, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055