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Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS
Bridgeton MO Dentist
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Care

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We believe deeply in the power of information and education. Not only do we take the time to discuss every procedure with our patients and teach you about your dental health, but we are also dedicated to constantly increasing our own knowledge through continuing education courses to stay on top of the latest techniques and improvements in the dental field. This allows us to consistently provide you with the exceptional dental services and procedures that you deserve.

Your questions are always welcome; don’t ever hesitate to ask us anything about your care, our practice, or dentistry in general! We’ve collected some of the most common questions we are asked, and you can check to see if your question is answered here.

If your question is not addressed here or if you’d like more information, just give us a call at 314-291-9000, or send us an email using our convenient online form and someone will quickly get back to you.
 

Preventive Care

Dentist Bridgeton MORoutine examinations and cleanings, along with a quality home-care routine, are key to preventive dental care, the foundation of our practice.

We recommend visiting our office at least every six months so that we can diagnose and treat any issues while they are small. However, certain gum conditions, including periodontitis, require that we see you more often, usually every three to four months.

Regular Dental Cleanings in 63044

Large dental problems often start out as small problems – a tiny surface cavity or minor gingivitis. By catching these problems when they are just starting out, we can treat them using simple, conservative measures and prevent them from developing further, which can create serious and painful conditions. We’d much rather repair a tooth with a small filling than have to perform a root canal or even extract the tooth.

Cleanings are just as important as examinations. Visiting our office for a cleaning with your hygienist is like getting a fresh start each time. It’s easy to miss small areas of plaque with even excellent brushing habits, and over time, these areas of plaque calcify into deposits of tartar, which can only be removed with professional instruments. If these deposits are left on the teeth, the results may be cavities and gum disease.

Call our office today to schedule a cleaning with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf. 

Family brushing their teeth together | Bridgeton Dentist OfficeThe minimum you should brush your teeth is twice daily – in the morning and before you go to bed. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every snack and meal, but we understand that this is not always practical.

Brushing your teeth regularly is important for a few reasons

Why We Need to Brush Our Teeth

  • It removes the traces of sugar that remain in your mouth after eating that bacteria like to feed on.
  • It removes the film of plaque before it can harden into tartar.
  • It removes surface staining before it can settle in.
  • It keeps your breath fresh.

How You Brush Matters

Of course, how you brush is just as important as when you brush! Brushing with the proper technique will help you get the most benefit from this crucial self-care routine.

Use a soft-bristled brush (to avoid damaging the enamel) and a toothpaste with fluoride. Dr. Burgdorf or your dental hygienist will be happy to provide a recommendation for you.

If you have any questions about the actual technique of brushing, talk to your dental hygienist. You don’t have to be embarrassed. It’s a common question and many people didn’t learn to brush correctly. Our skilled hygienists will be happy to give you hands-on guidance in good brushing technique.
 

Patient in Chair | Bridgeton MO Dentist Yes! We are a private dental office that just happens to be located in the medical office building of DePaul’s East Building. We are gladly accepting new patients from Maryland Heights and Bridgeton, MO, as well as the neighboring communities of St. Ann, Hazelwood and St. Louis. We are excited to offer the best in dental care for the area, and we would love to help you with all of your dental needs!

Contact Our Dentist Office in Bridgeton, MO

Feel free to contact our office today to schedule your first appointment, or to ask us any questions that you haven't found answers for online. Our team of experienced dental professionals will help you through the process, and we look forward to assisting you in achieving the smile you've always wanted!

Diagram of Internal Tooth | Dentist in Bridgeton MOMany different conditions can cause sensitivity to cold, sweets, brushing, and so forth. Gum recession, which exposes the more sensitive root surface of the tooth, is often the culprit and is caused by periodontal disease. But cavities, cracked teeth, and tooth grinding/clenching can also cause sensitivity.

If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, it is best that Dr. Burgdorf examines your teeth to diagnose the cause and recommend the best way to reduce and/or eliminate the sensitivity so you can enjoy your ice cream again.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Sometimes, all it takes to reduce the sensitivity you are experiencing is replacing your regular toothpaste with one designed for sensitive teeth. If this appears to be true in your case, Dr. Burgdorf will recommend a good quality brand.

If gum recession appears to be an issue, we will begin by treating your periodontal disease. In its earliest stages, gum disease can often be reversed simply by improving your home-care routine (although gum recession is usually only correctable with surgery). If your periodontal disease is in a more advanced stage, we will provide treatment to stabilize the disease and prevent further damage.

If your tooth is damaged in some way, we will provide the appropriate treatment. A filling may be in order or a crown to cover and protect the tooth.

Don’t let sensitive teeth get in your way. Call our Bridgeton dentist office to schedule an examination today.
 

Best Toothpaste to Use | Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDSWe understand that our patients are bombarded with TV commercials and other ads from companies claiming to have the “best” toothpaste available. The truth is that most toothpaste is very similar. Any toothpaste with fluoride will help prevent cavities. In some instances, we will prescribe a toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride should a patient’s needs require it, and some patients may benefit from toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth.

Regardless of which toothpaste you choose, it’s important to take the time to brush at least twice daily using an excellent technique. Check with your dental hygienist for an explanation and hands-on demonstration. Additionally, you should brush for two to three minutes. You can time this by humming a song or even setting a timer on your phone!

Don't Forget About Your Toothbrush

It’s also important to choose an appropriate toothbrush. Although different bristle angles are available, it ultimately comes down to technique. You want to make sure that you choose soft bristles over hard bristles, however. Hard bristles can damage your enamel and even your gum tissue.

It’s also possible to brush your teeth too hard. Doing this wears down the enamel, injures the gum tissue, and contributes to sensitivity. Gentle brushing for two to three minutes with fluoride toothpaste using a good technique not only gets your teeth clean but avoids damage.

Call our office to schedule your teeth cleaning and talk to your dental hygienist!

Flossing Causing Bleeding | Bridgeton MO Dentist Many patients dismiss a little blood in the sink while they are brushing as normal. The truth is that your gums should never bleed, and if yours are, you should schedule an appointment for a periodontal evaluation so that we can determine if gum disease is the culprit behind your bleeding gums.

Gums also bleed as a result of inflammation, which is caused by plaque at or near the gumline. If it’s been a while since you’ve flossed your teeth or you’re not keeping up with your brushing, your gums will bleed when provoked. But don’t worry, after a thorough cleaning by our hygienist and diligent flossing at home, your gums will “toughen up” and no longer bleed when you floss.

This does not mean, however, that you should “scrub” your gums in an attempt to toughen them. Brushing too hard or with a firm-bristled toothbrush can also provoke bleeding. One of our skilled dental hygienists will be happy to discuss your brushing technique with you to make sure you are getting the most benefit out of this valuable routine – and not unintentionally doing damage to your enamel and your gums!

Give Your Bridgeton Dentist A Call

If you continually experience bleeding gums, it could be a sign of a more serious condition like gum disease, or even something else. Please call our Bridgeton dental office today to schedule your evaluation.

 

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