October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Dental Hygiene Month

October is here and fall has officially begun, bringing with it Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to raise awareness for both and help to prevent problems by monitoring your health and being mindful of your lifestyle choices. Whether you are... Read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to... Read more »

Enamel-Friendly Foods for Your Teeth

When it comes to protecting your teeth, your first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities is tooth enamel, as it is the outermost covering that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job as the hardest substance in your body.... Read more »

How Routine Dental Checkups Help Your Smile in the Long Run

When you come in for dental exams and we have cleaned your teeth and gum line and removed any hardened plaque, our dentist can look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases which... Read more »

Check In With Your Dentist Every Six Months

Do you check in with your dentist every six months? If not, it’s time to make an appointment! Your dental visits are more than just an hour or so out of your daily life. They are checkups to clean and correct any dental damage that may be happening in your... Read more »

Toothbrush Sanitiation Techniques to Remember

Your toothbrush is the tool you use to remove plaque from your teeth and keep bacteria from overrunning your mouth. So, it stands to reason that the germs from your mouth will remain on it unless and until you do something to clean it. Most of the time you need... Read more »

Emergency Dental Care Tips

Regardless of the severity, knowing what to do in a dental emergency can do quite a bit to help maintain your smile’s integrity. From small cracks or chips in teeth to knocked-out teeth, holes in your lips or tongue, and other problems, there’s no shortage of possible dental emergencies. The... Read more »

How Dental Sealants Serve Back Teeth

Your teeth have a specific shape and strength that enables them to bite and chew food. In fact, you may see that your back teeth, or your molars and premolars, have ridges called cusps that turn food into digestion-appropriate mulch. In addition to aiding digestion, though, these cusps can ensnare... Read more »

Foods That Help Your Teeth Stay Healthy

We all know some foods can help our body stay healthy. However, did you know some foods can help your teeth stay healthy too? Healthy foods are essential for healthy teeth, which is why our dentist, Dr. Chris Ostendorf with Ostendorf Family Dentistry in Stewartsville, Missouri, is here to explain... Read more »

Build Your Best Smile with Gum Disease Care

If you are routinely suffering from issues associated with poor oral health, it could be a sign of oral health conditions such as gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Gum disease can arise in many forms and can progress over a period of many stages in years. Thus, always... Read more »