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3 Ways Fillings Stabilize Your Teeth after a Cavity

Dental decay is one of the most common diseases in adults and children. While it is preventable, today’s sugary diets combined with inadequate dental care still means that most people will need a filling in our Gretna, LA dental office at some point during their lives.

Dental fillings stabilize your teeth in a few ways.

Fillings Stop Decay in Its Tracks

When you choose not to treat dental decay, it will continue to break down the tooth. Decay does not heal on its own and will not go away without professional dental treatment.

Dr. Russell Schafer will remove all signs of decay and sterilize the tooth before placing a dental filling. Of course, you ...

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Do You Know What's Causing Your Cavities?

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The existence of cavities has plagued humans since the beginning of history. While we understand some of what causes them, recent research uncovers more about the actual microbes that contribute to decay – primarily, fungus and bacteria. When we eat, microbes form on the teeth, and the food particles left behind from food and drinks feeds the microbes and promotes their reproduction. The plaque that forms in between brushing also provides a nice, moist place for bacteria to live.

When you skip brushing your teeth, it gives the bacteria a chance to reproduce rapidly. When you miss brushing too often, bacteria can soften the enamel of your teeth and cause decay. 

Untreated ...

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3 Tips to Choose the Right Dentist in Gretna

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When searching for a dentist for yourself or your family, it can feel like a big decision, and it is! Your dentist is an important member of your healthcare team. With so many choices, how do you choose someone who will give you the best care and that you can trust?

Here are 3 tips to choose the right dentist in Gretna:

Experience and a Great Reputation

Ask around. Choose your friends who prioritize their dental health and have beautiful smiles. Ask those friends who they trust with their family’s dental care and why they stay with that particular dentist. 

Experience is also important. The number of years in practice may be a factor, ...

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Is It Time for Your Child's First Appointment?

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It’s tough to imagine that your little one-year-old requires a trip to the dental office, but this is an important step in developing a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry backs this recommendation. Early exams rule out any early dental problems, and also give us an opportunity to help your little one grow accustomed to the dental office and all of the funny sounds they will hear while they are with us.

Preventive Children’s Dentistry in Gretna, LA

Dr. Russell Schafer is a general dentist and welcomes families. He takes a particular interest in treating patients who are often overlooked in society – patients with tooth ...

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Chasing Oral Health

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Have you recently made a trip to the dentist and received a clean bill of health, but you feel unhappy with the appearance or comfort of your smile? You are not alone! 

Recently, the American Dental Association updated the definition of oral health to include some less obvious characteristics about your smile.

  • How do you feel about the way it looks?
  • Is it comfortable?
  • Can you eat the foods you love?
  • Do you speak and smile confidently?

The addition of the more subjective aspects of oral health acknowledges that our smiles are an important part of interacting with others each day. They express joy, warmth, and friendship in almost any language across the globe, so feeling ...

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Every Tooth Has a Job

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If you examine your smile closely in the mirror, you probably see that they each have a unique size and shape. This is because each tooth has a purpose that is best served by their structure.

Different Teeth and Their Jobs

Incisors – “The cutters,” or incisors, are the front four teeth that have a sharp edge. These are your lettuce-cutting and sandwich biting teeth.

You can further separate upper incisors into two categories: the centrals and laterals.

Centrals are the teeth right at the center of your top teeth. If you look closely, you will see that sometimes people’s centrals do not line up perfectly with their facial symmetry. This is called the ...

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Keeping your smile happy

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At NOLA Dentures and General dentistry, we take pride in helping our patients love their mouth.  We do not say that lightly.  Your smile is how you present yourself to the world.  We see many patients each month who have not liked their smiles for years as well as plenty who want to keep their smiles great.  While everyone’s plan is different, they are all built into a few different components.  Today I’d like to talk about removing the infection, restoring the teeth, and maintaining the mouth.

Unfortunately, people can’t see the infection in their own mouths very easily.  Most people might feel a slight twinge when eating something cold, see ...

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