We consider preventive dentistry to be the foundation of oral health. Combined with daily brushing and flossing, it is the key to keeping your smile for life. We recommend that patients visit us at least every six months for exams and cleanings. During these appointments, Dr. Stolle or Dr. Westphal will evaluate your oral health, diagnose any outstanding dental issues, and discuss proper at-home hygiene methods.
A healthy smile can’t start early enough, so we begin to care for young ones when they reach age three, teaching them the value of optimal oral health. If your child has tooth or gum problems before then, please come see us. For apprehensive children, we recommend Happy Visits, which familiarize your children with our team and office before an official checkup. When your child sees us for the first time, Dr. Stolle or Dr. Westphal will check for proper development and signs of tooth decay. Eventually, we’ll ask to see him or her for regular hygiene visits.
If you have pain in your neck and shoulders, earaches, headaches, or facial tenderness and pain, you may suffer from TMJ disorder. Common to many Americans, TMJ disorder can result when the jaw joints undergo additional stress, possibly from anxiety, fatigue, or an improper bite. We can evaluate you for TMJ disorder during a regular checkup. In most cases, TMJ disorder and unconscious grinding can be resolved with a custom nightguard.
Interrupted sleep can leave you feeling tired and irritable, even after devoting plenty of time to sleep. Research shows that sleep apnea, a condition in which the patient actually stops breathing several times throughout the night, can often be remedied with a non-surgical dental appliance. Best of all, this conservative approach can also stop snoring! Visit our St. Charles or St. Louis office to determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea. This condition has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, so don’t delay!