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By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
November 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  
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Brushing and flossing every day are important for preventing dental disease. The object is to remove as much bacterial plaque, the thin biofilm most responsible for disease, from your teeth and gums as possible.

But how do you know your hygiene efforts are that effective? You can of course do the “tongue test” รข?? feel your teeth with your tongue after brushing and flossing and see if they feel smooth and “squeaky” clean. We can also give you a “report card” at your regular cleaning appointment. There is, however, a more precise way you can find out at home by using a plaque disclosing agent.

A plaque disclosing agent is a formulation that when applied to the teeth will temporarily dye any bacterial plaque present a distinct color. While dental hygienists occasionally apply them, they’re also available over the counter for use at home. They’re usually found in a solution, tablet or swab form in various flavors.

To use the product you first brush and floss, then swish the disclosing liquid around in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out (or chew the tablet or apply the swab as directed). The agent will react with any remaining plaque and dye it a bright color. There are even two-tone agents available that can differentiate between old and new plaque and dye them different colors.

Examining your teeth in a mirror will give you a good idea where you need to concentrate your attention when brushing and flossing. If, for example, you see dyed plaque more along the gum line and less in other places, then that’s where you should focus your hygiene efforts.

While the dye will eventually wear off on its own, you should take the opportunity to brush and floss again to remove any remaining dyed plaque. Not only does this provide a more thorough cleaning at that moment, you’ll also get a better sense of how “thoroughness” feels for future brushing and flossing.

It’s always good to know how well you’re doing with your dental hygiene efforts. A plaque disclosing agent can give you just the right feedback to help you improve.

If you would like more information on proper oral hygiene habits, 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 “Plaque Disclosing Agents.”


By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

In the past, if your dentist suggested a crown for your damaged or weakened tooth, there was a good chance that you would need to dental crownsschedule two separate appointments to allow time for your dentist and the laboratory to collaborate to create your custom-made restoration. However, you can now cut out the long laboratory waiting times and minimize your amount of dental visits with same-day crowns. Find out more about same-day crowns and what they can do for you with Dr. Jeffery Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson in St. Louis, MO.

What are same-day crowns? 
Same-day crowns use CAD/CAM technology to eliminate the laboratory step usually required for traditional porcelain dental restorations. This technology allows your dentist to design, create, and place a dental crown in a single day rather than several separate appointments. The process uses a system with a wand, which takes a 3D model of the mouth, a computer program, where your dentist designs the crown, and a machine, which carves the crown out of a block of ceramic.

The Benefits of Same-Day Crowns 
Same-day crowns are made using quality materials, ensuring the crown is durable and can hold up to everyday use. The system used for same-day crowns eliminates the laboratory step, also eliminating the fees associated with it and the time it takes for a laboratory to create the crown by hand. The time saved also means no need to take an extra appointment’s worth of time off work or school.

Same-Day Crowns in St. Louis, MO
Crowns can restore a broken or damaged tooth, allowing you to eat and speak with ease, all while looking great. Crowns are made from porcelain, a material which closely mimics the natural teeth’s color and light-reflecting properties, ensuring a natural, subtle appearance.

For more information on same-day crowns, please contact Dr. Jeffery Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson in St. Louis, MO. Call (314) 427-7400 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!


By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
November 06, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”