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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

Family brushing their teeth together near 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.

Diagram of internal tooth structure at Bridgeton Dentist officeMany 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.

Dental patient putting toothpaste on tooth brush at dentist office near Maryland HeightsWe 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 Bridgeton dentist office to schedule your next dental cleaning and talk to your dental hygienist!

Close up of patient flossing their teeth at dentist in Bridgeton MOMany 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 teeth 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!

Schedule a Periodontal Exam in Bridgeton, MO!

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 at (314) 291-9000 to schedule your next dental exam with Dr. Burgdorf.

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