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Posts for: January, 2018

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
January 29, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

Getting to the dentist for regular preventive care is essential for ongoing oral health. But despite the fact that the American Dental family dentistAssociation (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend a check up and professional dental cleaning every six months, many people struggle to get to the dentist - until something goes wrong. If you have a family, coordinating regular appointments for everyone can seem downright impossible. But a family dentist makes it easier for everyone in your household to get the care they need by providing comprehensive dental care and services in one practice for patients of all ages. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson and Dr. Jodi Johnson offer family dentistry services in St. Louis, MO, for pediatric and adult patients.

Family Dentistry in St. Louis, MO

Everyone's dental needs are different, and some people require more care and follow up treatment than others. A typical family may have young children and teenagers who need braces or a filling for a cavity, as well as adults with dental needs ranging from root canal therapy to gum disease treatment. Family dentists offer the same treatment options and services as a general dentist, but they treat patients of all ages in one practice.

Some of the typical services offer at a family dental practice include:

  • Preventive care (check ups and dental cleanings, sealants)
  • Cosmetic dentistry (teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, bonding)
  • Crowns and bridgework
  • Orthodontics
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extractions
  • Oral surgery

Family dentists offer convenient and personalized care for generations of patients. Because many dental conditions like gum disease can be genetic and run in families, working with a family dentist can help catch and treat potential problems early.

Find a Dentist in St. Louis, MO

For more information about the benefits of taking care of your family's dental needs in one place, contact our office by calling (314) 427-7400 to schedule an appointment today.

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
January 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.

But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?

Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.

More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.

Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.

Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants 101.”

By Jeffery J. Johnson & Jodi B. Johnson DDS
January 05, 2018
Category: Oral Health

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?

For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.

Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.

Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:

  • It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
  • A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
  • Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!

Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!

If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.