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Five Things Your Dentist Wishes You Knew

August 9, 2017

Over the past thirteen years I’ve had the opportunity, through teaching, continuing education and international dental organizations, to meet dentists from all over the world.  I’ve noticed we each have unique reasons for pursuing dentistry and individual talents within our profession.  But, there are some common beliefs we all seem to share. First, we strive…

Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

July 21, 2017

Bad breath is a nuisance.  It can be a barrier in many relationships, and can even cause people to withdraw from social situations.  There are several things you can do to combat bad breath. First, make sure you are brushing for at least two minutes every morning and two minutes every night.  Most people spend…

Sleep Apnea Kills Princess

July 3, 2017

According to the Associated Press, sleep apnea was a contributing factor in the death of Carrie Fisher – known to many as the iconic Princess Leia from Star Wars. Ms. Fisher suffered a heart attack on a transatlantic flight and never fully recovered. Her heart condition was due, in part, to her untreated sleep apnea.  …

ENJOY YOUR TIME OFF WORK HAVING FUN, NOT AT THE DENTIST

June 28, 2017

Most people prize their time off work and want to spend it with their family and friends or on vacation.  It’s very rare to hear someone say they want to spend their time away from work at the dentist.  There are three key things you can do to maximize your time off work and use…

Treat Cold Sores with Dr. Smith’s Dental Laser

June 20, 2017

and never have a cold sore in that area again! Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few…

Embarrassed By Snoring?

May 30, 2017

An oral appliance can improve the quality of your sleep and of your relationships It is estimated that about half of all Americans snore.  Most people feel embarrassed about snoring.  It’s common for people who snore to feel uneasy about sleeping on an airplane, taking family vacations, sharing a hotel room, hunting and camping or…

I Get So Nervous at the Dentist! What Can Help Me Relax?

May 18, 2017

Most people feel anxious when going to the dentist.  Many people need assistance to help relax and have their dental work completed.  Dentistry With TLC offers three different options to help you relax. First, Alpha-Stim Ear Clips are a great way to manage anxiety.  This technology has been available for about 30 years but very…

Is Poor Sleep Making You Fat?

April 25, 2017

Oral Appliance Therapy to treat Sleep Apnea helps people lose weight It’s very common for a person who struggles with poor sleep to also struggle with extra weight.  When we feel sleep deprived we run low on energy.  A natural response to this is to use food to boost our energy during the day.  We…

Regular Soda vs. Diet Soda

April 12, 2017

Is diet soda better for my teeth than regular soda? Many people choose to drink diet soda in an effort to decrease calories and manage their weight.  Some people assume having less sugar in their diet will naturally cut down on tooth decay, too.  In some cases, this is true.  For example, substituting carrots for…

Bleeding Gums – Why Do My Gums Bleed and Where to Get Help

March 30, 2017

If your gums bleed when you brush or when you floss you probably have gum disease.  Gum disease is an infection in your gums.  It is estimated that 80% of Americans have some type of gum disease.  Do not ignore your bleeding gums!  Most people think, “Oh, it’s just a little pink in the sink”…

Can You Die from Sleep Apnea – Death from Sleep Apnea

March 16, 2017

Local 47-Year-Old Mother of Four Dies In Her Sleep A local woman from Jerseyville, Illinois laid down with her kids for an afternoon nap and never woke up. She had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and had a CPAP machine sitting next to her bed. Like many people, she did not like using her…

A 3-D X-ray machine at Dentistry with TLC.

3D Dental X Rays – What Are 3D Dental X Rays

February 22, 2017

Three-dimensional X-rays capture a true 3-D image of the mouth and allow a dentist to study the mouth in slices, similar to a CT scan. Three-dimensional X-rays sometimes referred to as a cone beam, capture images of the teeth and mouth. As a result, patients are able to see and understand their own dental X-rays…

A young girl photographed before and after her Fastbraces treatment.

Q: How are Fastbraces different than regular braces?

February 15, 2017

A: Fastbraces have been tested and proven safe for children and adults for more than 30 years. Fastbraces are not new. However, Fastbraces are relatively new to the St. Louis area. They were developed by an orthodontist in Texas and are very popular in that area of the country. Fastbraces have several unique characteristics that…