5 Dangers of Sugar & Dental Cleaning Offer


The 5 dangers of sugar that don't just damage teeth; they compromise your health

Sugary treats don’t just damage teeth; they compromise your health

It’s common knowledge that sugar isn’t good for your teeth and can lead to cavities and tooth loss, but there’s many more reasons to overcome a sugar craving. 76 reasons, to be exact, are found in the book Lick the Sugar Habit, by Nancy Appleton, PhD.  If you’d like to end your relationship with sugar but need a little more incentive than knowing it’s not good for you, here’s 5 Dangers of Sugar from the list of 76:

5 Dangers of Sugar

1. Sugar can cause acidic saliva, tooth decay, and periodontal disease (which often leads to tooth loss).
2. Sugar causes food allergies (food allergies cause everything from skin rashes to indigestion to asthma).
3. Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
4. Sugar can increase your body’s fluid retention (Hello?? Water weight anyone?).
5. Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.


If you’ve been consuming sugary foods or drinks and haven’t had a cleaning in over six months, call by December 30th to schedule your Cleaning, 5 Point Dental Exam & X-Rays for just $87. That’s over $200 in savings. CALL 314-576-3000.*

*This Limited Time Fee will be honored as long as you call by March 31, 2016 to reserve an appointment thru June 30, 2016.

Are Your Teeth Shrinking From Stress?


jaw clenching can shorten teeth over time

jaw clenching can shorten teeth over time

Daytime clenching and nighttime grinding will erode the height of your teeth over time. Most patients we see are not even aware of these habits. Typically, the grinding and clenching is caused by stress.

This article has some great tips to help relieve stress, however the first step is becoming aware of the habit.

Some additional reasons for clenching could include:

An unknown TMJ condition.

If you have clenching or grinding or even unexplained headaches, give us a call. Dr. Pete has treated such conditions for over 30 years.

Call 314-576-3000.







Tired or Just Not Feeling Well?

When it comes to your health, your teeth and gums are like the indicator lights on your car dashboard. That’s why getting regular exams is critical.

Your Dental Exam Might Hold Some Clues

Did you know that your teeth, gums and tongue are like indicator lights on your car dashboard? When you get regular exams and cleanings, any “indicator lights” pointing to infection, decay or other unwanted conditions can be detected and even halted in their tracks.

If Your Mouth Could Talk

Cleaning infected gums early helps prevent infection from spreading throughout your body. But it’s not just your gums that “talk:” tongue, cheeks and lips can reflect undetected systemic conditions that could be causing you to not feel well.

The Inflammation Connection

Medical studies are connecting Inflammation with everything from heart disease and diabetes to Alzheimer’s and arthritis. Some medical experts say it underlies all chronic diseases. Called “systemic inflammation,” it’s not the kind that causes redness, heat, swelling and pain when you’re injured. That’s the type of inflammation that lets you know your immune system is working. The type we’re discussing here is systemic inflammation and described well in this excerpt from womenshealth.com:

“But there’s another kind of inflammation that means something else entirely: chronic inflammation—a slow, silent disturbance that never shuts off. You can’t feel it. You can’t be tested for it. Yet it has become a medical hot topic: More and more research shows that chronic inflammation is involved in heavy-hitting illnesses.”

When it comes to your dental health, managing local inflammation can prevent it from spreading: “…..treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions….” www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.top2.htm

Your 5 Point Dental Exam Twice a Year

is the complement to your annual wellness exam. In addition to catching decay early, it’s vital to detecting inflammation, such as a swollen tongue or puffy gums that bleed when probed. Your tongue, throat, cheeks and lips are also examined for signs of Oral Cancer.

And, of course, there’s that GREAT feeling of having your teeth and gums squeaky clean and sparkling!

Mindful Eating: Even Google’s Into It

Your Natural Teeth Provide a Function Matrix for Chewing and Looking Your Best

Mindful Eating Means Being Conscious About Your Food

Could Your Eating Habits Be Causing Your Dental Problems?

Often patients come in with chipped teeth or premature wear on the teeth that could very well be caused by the way they’re eating. Hitting the teeth on the fork when putting food in the mouth or  chomping down too hard when chewing are two prime examples.

A new way of dieting that doesn’t involve changing your food choices is gaining popularity. It may slow the wear and tear on your teeth as well.

It’s called “mindful eating” or “hyperconscious eating” and books about this have garnered attention from the NY Times to Oprah Magazine.

Dr. Lilian Cheung, a Harvard nutritionist studying hyperconscious eating asked team members at Harvard
Pilgrim Health Care to spend quality time with a chocolate covered almond. The idea is that mindful
eating is not about giving up food, it’s about experiencing it more intensely.
“I think the fundamental problem is that we go unconscious when we eat,” says Dr. Jan Chozen
Bays, a pediatrician and Zen teacher in Oregon and the author of “Mindful Eating: A Guide to
Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food.” “Mindfulness is an ability we all possess
and can cultivate,” says Bays. She describes mindfulness as “deliberately paying attention” or
“awareness without judgment or criticism.”
The new trend has seeped into the corporate culture, with Google headquarters leading the way
with a “mindful lunch hour.” In some circles, the eating is done in silence rather than talking,
laughing, watching tv, tweeting, etc. 

Anti-Aging Dentistry Defined

Dr Pete & Martha and Friends Yvonne & Ken Are Grateful for Good Health

Dr Pete & Martha, Along with Friends Yvonne & Ken, Are Grateful for Good Health.

Alignment and Balance Can Help Prevent “Dental Aging.”
Have You Noticed Any of These Telltale Signs of Imbalance?

  • Thinning of your lips.
  • Wrinkles or sagging around your mouth and jaw.
  • A wearing down of your teeth causing your chin to get closer to your nose.
  • You avoid chewing on one side of your mouth.
  • You have missing or cracked teeth.
  • You don’t smile for pictures anymore.
  • You noticed facial pain with increased pressure in your head and sinuses.
  • You put your hand over your mouth when you smile.
  • You notice your smile is getting crooked as teeth wear down unevenly.
  • You’ve had an increase in root canals, especially on one side of your mouth.
  • You have neck and low back pain that creates inactivity.

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If you’re over the age of forty and have considered cosmetic dental work, you’ll want to know some of the principles behind Anti-Aging Dentistry, also known as Midlife DentistryYour head, neck and jaw need to be in balance in order for cosmetic dental work to rest on a sound structure. This will save you from redoing procedures.

As you age your teeth wear down, often causing an uneven bite. This can lead to unexplained pain in the head and neck area. If not addressed, you may seek medical treatment for pain caused by this dental condition.

Your teeth and gums are part of an interrelated structure that includes your head, neck and jaw. Anti-aging dentistry or Midlife Dentistry, is a comprehensive program that ensures your chewing function feels natural when your work is complete. Along with appearance, your concern with any cosmetic dental work, should also be balance. That way, your treatment is done correctly the first time and can last longer.

Dr. Pete’s 30+ years of experience and training  ensures your cosmetic dental work will last, integrates with your own natural chewing function, and doesn’t create a structural imbalance leading to pain.

3D Imaging Allows for More Precise Placement of Dental Implants

3D Imaging Allows
for More Precise Placement of Dental Implants

The Latest In Imaging Technology

At Artistic Dentistry, we update your smile using the latest technology as well as Dr Pete’s more than 30+ years experience and training in nearly every dental procedure.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, schedule your
Super-Thorough Cleaning, 5-Point Dental Exam and X-Rays for just $116 – a savings of over $200. 

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News: St Louis Ranks Among Lowest in Nation for Dental Health

MSN Health News reported in the first quarter of 2011 that St Louis is the most dentally challenged city in the country. Other sources don’t rank St Louis quite that poorly, but a little research corroborated what could be a legitimate reason to educate our residents more on the importance of dental care and its relationship to overall health.

Missouri ranks third for consumption of cola and all that sugar and artificial coloring can wreak havoc on your teeth. When you combine the soda consumption with the fact that Missouri ranks #46 for dental visits (meaning among the lowest in the nation), you can understand how the overall dental condition of Missouri-ans is poor.

The best first step in any dental improvement program is to increase checkups. The regular cleanings alone will improve gum health and the regular dental exams can detect problems before they become expensive or painful to address.

What Do I Eat To Enhance My Overall Health and Well Being?

One website I like to visit is www.mercola.com. This is one of the most visited websites online, with traffic surpassing even that of the American Medical Society. Set aside everything you’ve heard about low fat and low carb. If you really want to get healthy, I recommend these tips from Dr. Mercola’s site:

First, decide to get healthier.

That has to include becoming more knowledgeable about food, nutrition and exercise. Realize that you are in control of your own health.

Second, make forty percent of your daily intake fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Cut out the sugar and start to reduce carbohydrates like breads and pasta and processed foods. Add a tablespoon a day of flax seed oil. When you get up in the morning, drink a hot cup of water with lemon squeezed into it. If you do just those things for two weeks, you’ll notice a difference in how you feel. Losing weight will just be a side benefit.

Bad Breath? Keep Your Gums In Good Health

Have you ever had someone with bad breath talk to you up close? Have you had the thought “Gawd, I hope MY breath doesn’t smell like that?” And if it did … would anyone tell you? [Read more…]

An Overlooked Cause of Obesity?

Have you ever opened a bag of chips and then eaten the entire thing without planning to? What could create a seemingly insatiable appetite? Is it normal to continue eating after your stomach has signaled it’s no longer hungry?

John Erb, author of The Slow Poisoning of America and a research assistant at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies.

No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them. In hundreds of studies presented in medical journals, researchers routinely administer MSG to newborn rats and mice to induce obesity. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing them to become obese. They then use these animals as experimental subjects for research on anything from diabetes to weight loss.

MSG-laced food products are found in any kitchen: Campbell’s soups, Hostess Doritos, Lays flavored potato
chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the ‘healthy low fat’ ones.

According to The Glutamate Association, a lobby group sponsored by food manufacturers’ , the reason MSG is added to food is to encourage people to eat more. Their home page singles out the elderly as most benefited by MSG-laced food, since taste diminishes in the elderly and MSG causes them to eat more.

Interestingly, several attempts have been made to pass a bill in Congress that would prevent lawsuits from obese people against food manufacturers or retailers like McDonalds. Called the “Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act” also known as the “Cheeseburger Bill” it has twice been passed by the House and turned down by the Senate. Opponents make the analogy to the tobacco industry, which eventually was held accountable for creating disease in its customers.

Are Today’s Kids Overstimulated? MSG is also considered an “excitotoxin,” which is a substance added to food and beverages that stimulates neurons. Glutamate is the active ingredient in MSG. It is a neurotransmitter found mainly in the brain and spinal cord. Glutamate can cause neurons to become extremely excited and, if the dose is large enough, the cells will die.

In his book, Excitotoxins: the Taste that Kills, author Russell Blaylock relays the discoveries of neuroscientist Dr. John Olney. In 1948, Dr. Olney was working out of the Dept of Psychiatry at Washington University here in St Louis. He discovered that MSG caused widespread destruction of neurons. At the time of his report of findings, baby foods contained high levels of msg. His reports were ignored by medical journals, but after he and other doctors testified before congress as to their findings, MSG was voluntarily removed from baby foods in 1969.

While one can argue if an obese individual can blame his condition on McDonalds, it is interesting to note the
rise in childhood obesity with the prevalence of msg in our foods and the shift from home cooked meals to
fast food meals.

A Simpler Lifestyle is Healthier and Lowers Dental Costs

Simpler Food Is Healthier

After treating patients for thirty-five years, I’ve noticed a definite connection between dental health and lifestyle. Dental health affects overall health and vice-versa.

Interested in saving on dental costs in the long run? Simplify your lifestyle by eating more meals prepared with unprocessed ingredients. It will have a profound effect on your overall health as well.

Americans today consume far more of their daily calories from carbohydrates than they did 30 years ago. In fact, soft drinks have now replaced white bread as the leading source of calorie consumption in America.

A 64 oz “Big Gulp” has an average of 800 calories and zero, none, nada nutritional value. That’s right…empty calories. The average adult requires 1600 to 2400 calories a day and a large soda averages 800 of these…supplying nothing to the body that it needs.

Your consumption of carbohydrates, whether in the form of high fructose corn syrup, grain or sugars, will determine whether or not you’re able to manage your weight and maintain optimal health.

If you’re overweight or your health is suffering, make a U-turn in your health by eliminating grains, sugars and foods containing high fructose corn syrup. If you rely on restaurant food for most of your meals, you’re likely slashing decades from your lifespan and increasing the likelihood of having to rely on expensive and potentially toxic drugs to treat the symptoms that will result from not eating healthy.

What to do?

Return to your kitchen and embrace good old-fashioned home cooking.

Return to a diet of simple foods. Restrict your grocery shopping to the perimeter of the grocery store, which gives you produce, dairy and meats. The processed foods are in the middle.

Restrict your intake of processed food to only 10% and get the rest from simple ingredients.

Purchase only meats and fowl raised without hormones, or antibiotics. These additives get into your system and affect your overall health. When you select your own ingredients, you control the calories.

The benefits of making the changes mentioned above include:

  • More energy
  • Added years to your lifespan
  • Reducing risks of cancer, heart disease and arthritis.

Much of the information for this articles was taken from Dr. Mercola’s site.