Aaron M. Schertzer DDS PC

5445 Telegraph Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63129
(314) 892 -2120



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American Family Physician reports evidence that periodontitis and tooth decay contribute to problems such as diabetes and lung disease. These conditions change smile longevity, as well. At Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, your family dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, shows his patients ways to maintain smile health. A great smile means a healthier you.

The heart of poor oral health

Believe it or not, most dental and gingival problems stem from bacteria-filled plaque and tartar. These Strep microbes give off corrosive acids that cause decay and gum disease. Even problems such as oral cancer are linked to dangerous microbes—specifically, the Human Papiloma Virus.

Beyond bacteria and viruses, what we eat, drink, and smoke impacts teeth and gums. Sugar, excessive alcohol intake, and tobacco in all forms degrade both hard and soft tissues.

What can you do?

Prevent and maintain. These words are key to oral health. The following tips can assist in preventing a host of problems and maintain the vibrant smile you enjoy for life:

1. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.

2. Floss in between teeth and at the gum line once a day to remove plaque.

3. Visit Dr. Schertzer's office in Oakville, MO, twice a year for an examination and cleaning.

4. Reduce sugar and carb intake. Increase fiber, low-fat protein, and dairy products for the calcium.

5. Stay hydrated with several glasses of water a day. Chewing sugarless gum also increases saliva production, avoiding dry mouth.

6. Wear a mouth guard when playing sports.

7. Wear a night time bite guard if you grind or clench your teeth.

8. Ask your family dentist about fluoride treatments and plastic sealants, simple preventive services that protect teeth against tooth decay.

9. Stop smoking and/or chewing tobacco.

10. Reduce alcohol intake.

Your smile...your health

Take control of both by faithfully following simple preventive measures as advised by your friends at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville. Please call the office to schedule an appointment with your family dentist, Dr. Schertzer: (314) 892-2120.