How to Get a Picture-Perfect Wedding Smile

The first thing Larry Dougherty noticed about his dental school classmate Ana Paula Ferraz was her long, jet black hair. As Ana got to know Larry, she fell in love with his kindness and sense of humor.

After dental school, it was “I do” for the couple. Ana and Larry married in a small, 60-person wedding at an old estate home in Miami. One of their most special guests – the couple’s rat terrier Chi Chi, in full top-hat regalia – even rode to the wedding with Larry in the limo. “It was perfect,” Ana says. “We couldn’t stop smiling.” And they haven’t stopped since. Today, dentists Ana and Larry run their own practice and have some “been there, done that” advice to share for anyone getting ready to celebrate a wedding.
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3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles

Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:  read more

Healthy Habits

Want to avoid cavities? Brushing twice a day with toothpaste, flossing once a day, and limiting sugary snacks and beverages is how you do it. It’s simple but sometimes life gets busy and you might be tempted to skip it. Don’t. A bright smile makes you feel good inside and out. Make sure to see your dentist regularly, too.  read more

3 Things All Athletes Should Do for Their Teeth

Child playing minor hockey in the arena

Helmet? Check. Knee pads? Check. Mouthguard? Check! Mouthguards usually cover your upper teeth and protect your teeth, lips, tongue, face and jaw against injuries, so they need to be part of your uniform in any sport you play. read more

8 Non-Dairy, Calcium-Rich Foods for Your Teeth

Caring for your teeth means more than brushing and cleaning between them every day. It also means paying attention to the foods you eat.

One of the most important nutrients for healthy teeth is calcium. Calcium strengthens the hard outer shell of your tooth called enamel, which is your teeth’s defense against erosion and cavities. To protect your teeth and get the 1,000-2,000 mg daily recommended amount of calcium, many people turn to dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt.  read more

St. Louis Magazine-Top Dentist 2017

St. Louis Magazine is the smart, sophisticated guide to your city. The April 2017 issue of the St. Louis Magazine is once again recognizing Top Individuals in the Health Community in the St. Louis area. Dr. Michael K Brown is again being recognized among the Top Dentist’s in our community for the 8th Consecutive year. Congratulations, Dr. Brown, for your recognition of being a top dentist in our community.

Click here to view the Top Dentists for 2017

Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing—the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health.  read more

 

My Child Has a Toothache. Should I Call the Dentist?

“Growing pains” are part of childhood, and teething can be the cause of some discomfort in your child’s mouth. ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell reveals one thing to check for before taking your child to the dentist for a toothache. read more

When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?

It’s never too early to care for your son or daughter’s teeth. ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell discusses how you can keep your child’s smile healthy from the start.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Watch the video “10 Things to Know About Your Tot’s Teeth” — click here