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Setting Your Child Up for a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

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As parents, you want the best for your child’s oral health. This starts with good preventive care at home as well as regular trips to the dentist. We recommend your child start coming early, and we often recommend young children accompany their parents to appointments just so they can become familiar with the sights and sounds of the dentist office.

At Chesterfield Valley Dental, we offer children’s dentistry at our Chesterfield, MO dental office, as well as a full range of dental services for all members of the family. Make an appointment today if you are due for a checkup!

Good Oral Care Starts Early

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Helping Your Children Maintain Healthy Smiles for Life

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There are many challenges to being a parent, and that includes staying on top of your kids’ oral health. Most parents will tell you that even children who are old enough to brush and floss their teeth effectively are resistant to the process.

Taking your child to see a children’s dentist in Chesterfield Valley, MO such as Dr. Robert Rahm twice a year for examinations and cleanings is one way to help establish good dental health habits. Here are some other ways to help your kids maintain good oral health.

#1—Encourage Proper Brushing and Flossing

It can be tough to make sure your kids are doing an adequate job when it ...

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How to Practice Self-Care After a Tooth Extraction

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We never want to extract a tooth, but in some cases it is necessary. For example, wisdom teeth can often cause problems with the rest of the teeth in your mouth if they are not pulled. In other cases, a tooth that is dead or problematic for another reason needs to be extracted to preserve the health of your other teeth.

If you are facing extraction—particularly those requiring oral surgery—your Chesterfield, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm has the expertise to make the procedure go as smoothly as possible. It’s also important to know how to care for the extraction site once you leave our office to promote fast, healthy healing.

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You Might Need Oral Surgery—And Here’s Why

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The prospect of oral surgery can be daunting, and Chesterfield, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm doesn’t recommend it lightly. There are situations, however, that warrant oral surgery. Here are some of the signs that it might be right for your situation.

Gum Disease

If your gum disease has reached the point where your gums have started to recede, you might need surgery to restore your gum tissue. It’s important to address gum disease; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of all American adults are suffering from gum disease. When it’s caught in its early stages, it is highly treatable. But when it has progressed, surgery might ...

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The Problem with Your Child's Juice Box

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Sending that apple juice box in your child's lunch every day isn't a bad thing, right? After all, apple juice is healthy – isn't it?

Unfortunately, there is a problem with your child's juice box, and here is what you should know.

Juice and Sugar

Many parents are surprised to learn that most fruit juices contain just as much sugar as soda. Fruit juice is typically marketed as "health food," which is misleading for many parents who regularly give their children juice boxes or their babies juice in their bottles.

As a double whammy, citrus juices like orange juice and lemonade are also very acidic, which contributes to the breakdown of tooth enamel and ...

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The Truth Behind 5 Common Dental Misconceptions

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There are a lot of misconceptions floating around about dentists and dentistry. Many of these myths actually keep patients from seeing the dentist on a regular basis, which can lead to bigger problems. Here are some of the common misconceptions we often hear, and your Chesterfield, MO dentist shares the truth.

You Don't Need to Floss If You Are Brushing Twice a Day

Untrue! Brushing consistently twice every day is important, but it doesn't protect your teeth from the decay and cavities that can develop in between your teeth. Only flossing can do this.

I Don't Need to See the Dentist if My Teeth Look and Feel Fine

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When You Floss Be Sure to Do It Right!

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Most people know that they should be flossing every day at least once. But it is estimated that a mere 30 percent of Americans floss their teeth every day, and as many as 32 percent say they don’t floss at all, according to an article published in US News & World Report.

In addition to brushing and visiting a family dentist, flossing is an essential part of your oral health care. A toothbrush is simply not effective in removing food particles that are stuck between teeth. Flossing not only removes food that might be stuck but it also helps get rid of plaque that forms between teeth and ...

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