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Baton Rouge Spa Services: 5 Interesting Facts About Botox


Baton Rouge Spa Services: 5 Interesting Facts About BotoxBotox is a great alternative to surgically sculpting the shape of your face. The extremely tiny needle injects the Botox serum wherever facial muscles should be relaxed (think: around the mouth, across the forehead and between the eyebrows). The Botox trend is a growing sensation nowadays, but not in the ways you might think.

Botox offers numerous benefits with very limited side effects. It’s one of the safest and most common cosmetic treatments for eliminating wrinkles. But it’s more than just cosmetic. Botox injections contain a variety of medicinal properties that can relieve certain health-related issues, too.

 Here are a few interesting facts about Botox that could benefit you!


Treats excessive sweating

            If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from excessive sweating, consider Botox for a potentially permanent solution. A simple injection into the sweat glands under your skin can temporarily block the chemical signals that cause excessive perspiration for about 6-8 months. Talk to your dermatologist to see if this is the right treatment for you.

Cures migraines

            In 2010, the FDA approved Botox as a treatment for chronic migraine headaches. However, it’s unclear as to why Botox actually cures the chronic pain. Multiple injections are given at intervals of about 12 weeks, but can relieve migraine symptoms for up to three months. Those who experience chronic migraine headaches over 15 days a month are likely candidates for Botox treatment, but should first consult with a headache specialist.

Prevents new wrinkles from forming

            More people in their late 20’s and early 30’s are using Botox even though they are still wrinkle free. Botox is a preventative measure when getting injections while the skin is unfrowned. Studies show that when used as a preventative measure, patients can see a significant increase in wrinkle prevention and can also avoid future forehead lines.

 Not just for women

            When Botox was initially offered as a cosmetic treatment, majority of the customers were women. According to a new study in the Cosmetic Journal, there’s been a dramatic increase (about 250%!) in the last decade in the number of men who are now enjoying the benefits of Botox. The study states that rise is because of the diminishing stigma associated with cosmetic produces.

 Botox at the dentist

Banish wrinkles while having your teeth cleaned? Yes please! Many dentists are now offering Botox to their patients alongside their existing dental services. Botox can also treat TMJ by relaxing the master muscles.  It can even be used as a treatment for bladders at the urologist. 

While this sounds odd, dentists are experts on the entire facial layout, as well as the muscle and nerve systems. Not to mention, dentists are especially good at giving tiny, precise numbing injections.   

Dr. Russo is very well known for her Botox results and has many happy female and male patients that she sees every 3 months to keep them looking young.  She also does private parties for small groups of people at a discounted unit rate.  Always look for her advertisements on the website for upcoming parties. 

The next Botox and Facial Peel party will be November 16th at 4:00.  I you are interested in the details or receiving information on the location please contact the office.

The Smile Spa offers a variety of dental and spa services. For more information or to make an appointment, click here.


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Baton Rouge Dentists: What to do if You Break a Tooth


Baton Rouge Dentists: What to do if You Break a ToothIn the event of a broken tooth, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Without immediate treatment, a broken tooth can easily become infected, often leading to total loss of the tooth.

There are many ways in which a tooth can break. A tooth is most commonly broken by direct contact to the face, commonly seen in the event of a car accident or in various sports like football, soccer, volleyball or baseball. Biting down hard on something can also lead to a break in the tooth.

The most common symptoms and signs of a broken tooth are:

  • Pain – The pain is usually immediate, but can sometimes go unnoticed if the break is minor.

  • Visibility – A break in the tooth can normally be seen by the naked eye. However, sometimes the break can be extremely fine and easily go unnoticed.

  • Sensitivity – The broken tooth will give a sharp, unpleasant sensation when you consume hot or cold food.  

Treatment for a broken tooth depends upon the extent of the damage.

  • Minor cracks are common and can often go unnoticed. They can usually be buffed out or filled with a composite material.

  • Major cracks require more intensive care. A composite filling can usually repair the crack, however more complicated procedures like crown placements may be necessary.

  • A split in the tooth will most likely require extraction of the tooth. 

A broken tooth can be easily prevented, but sometimes it happens out of our control.

  • Avoid chewing on hard foods, especially if you have, or think you might have, cavities.

  • Always wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports.

  • Check old fillings regularly; they can cause increased susceptibility to cracks and breaks.

If you broke a tooth but can’t visit your dentist immediately, it’s important to follow specific self-care measures to prevent your broken tooth from further damage.

  • If you are experiencing any pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen.

  • Disinfect your mouth by rinsing with salt water.

  • Eat soft foods and avoid biting down on the broken tooth.

If you can see your dentist immediately, keep the broken part in saliva or milk until you arrive at the office. These substances are the best way to temporarily keep the microstructure of the tooth intact, making it easier for your dentist to repair the damage.

It’s extremely important to see your dentist immediately after breaking a tooth. For more information or to make an appointment, click here.


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Baton Rouge Dentistry: What to Do After Your Wisdom Teeth Are Removed


Baton Rouge Dentistry: What to Do After Your Wisdom Teeth Are RemovedAny time you have a medical procedure done it is important to know how you will feel and how your body should react afterwards.  This is especially if you are having your wisdom teeth extracted.  This procedure can create a lot of questions.  Questions about how to prepare, what to expect during and what to expect once the extraction has been performed can help ensure you the operation goes as smoothly as possible.

Here are few questions and tips about how to care for your mouth after having your wisdom teeth removed:

How long will it take to recover?

It typically takes two weeks for the healing process to take place.  A full recovery is expected after a full month. 

How can you handle swelling after the procedure?

Wrap a clean cloth around some ice and apply on the outside of your cheek.  Keep it there for 10 minutes, remove for 20 minutes and repeat.

What are some warning signs that you should contact your doctor?

If you notice bleeding after a whole day or after a week still have significant pain, you should contact your dentist.

How should you treat bleeding?

Some bleeding is common after the extraction.  With a clean piece of gauze, position it in the location of the extraction and gently bite down to keep it in place.

How soon can you rinse your mouth?

You shouldn’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours after your extraction.  Once that time period has passed and the bleeding has stopped you can begin to rinse your mouth with warm water.  If you let salt dissolve in the water it can disinfect your mouth.

Be mindful of the types of food and drinks you choose

While your mouth heals it is important to change some of your eating and drinking habits.  Beverages like milk, water, tea and juice are good.  Hot beverages can be very uncomfortable and irritate the extraction site.  Softer foods are also good.  Mashed potatoes, jello, pudding and ice cream are all good choices.  Also, colder foods will help reduce swelling.

These are only a few questions and tips that can help when the time comes to have your wisdom teeth removed.  If you think you need to have your wisdom teeth removed and we can refer you to an oral surgeon.  It is important to know that the extraction is performed under anesthesia and should only be done by a trusted, experience surgeon.  For all of your other dental needs visit the local experts in a relaxing, spa-like environment.  The Smile Spa offers the best in dental care all in a soothing atmosphere.  For more information and to make an appointment, click here.


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Baton Rouge Children’s Dentistry: 3 Things to Know About Their Teeth


Baton Rouge Children’s Dentistry: 3 Things to Know About Your Kid’s TeethWe want our kids to have the best.  Nice clothes, a great education and anything else to make their childhood as good as possible.  A major component of our endeavor as parents is health.  Checkups, shots, skinned knees and vitamins are all parts of our calendar and daily routine.  Taking care of our children’s teeth is also near the top of this list.  Here are three facts about children’s teeth to help keep their mouths as healthy as the rest of them.

1.)    Children’s toothpaste & toothbrushes:  As soon as your son or daughter turns two, pediatric fluoride toothpaste can be used.  When they are old enough to gargle and spit they can step up to a toothpaste with a higher fluoride content.  

A soft bristled baby tooth brush can be introduced as early as one year.  You can also use a damp cloth to clean your baby’s gums (and any teeth) as soon as they are born. 

2.)    Check-ups:  With regular visits to the dentist, it is very possible for children to avoid cavities, along with regular brushing habits.  Typically seeing a dentist twice a year is recommended.  You can get a good idea of how your children’s oral health with develop by considering you and your spouse’s dental history.

3.)    Tooth decay:  Pediatric dental disease, also referred to as childhood tooth decay, is the number one chronic childhood illness.  If left untreated, this condition can have devastating effects on every facet of your child’s life.  From inhibited cognitive and social skills to lowered growth, function and self-esteem, this preventable disease and consequences can be avoided with good brushing habits and regular dental visits.

There are a lot of things to keep track of when it comes to your kids.  A very important one is their teeth.  When it’s time for your child to visit the dentist or if it’s been a little while since they had a check-up, the Smile Spa offers a relaxing a caring atmosphere.  For more information and to make an appointment, click here.


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The Truth About Baton Rouge Dental Insurance


The Truth About Baton Rouge Dental InsuranceFor many of us, we only think about it a couple of times a year when we make appointments for ourselves or our loved ones.  Occasionally we’ll notice the small amount deducted from each paycheck, but don’t give it much of a second thought.  Aside from our regular check-ups, the details of our dental insurance, how it works and what it actually is can be a bit of a mystery. 

We’ve recently discussed wellness and covered procedures.  This third installment focused on dental insurance reveals the truth about what you need to know.  To read this latest article from, click here.

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Baton Rouge Dentistry: Dental Work While You’re Pregnant


Baton Rouge Dentistry: Dental Work While You’re PregnantExpecting a baby is one of the most exciting and busy times of your life.  Shopping for baby furniture, picking out bedding, paint colors, clothes, toys, bottles and more are consistently being added to ever growing to-do list.  Extra doctor’s appointments, sleepless nights thinking of all that needs to be done and what the future will hold can make those nine months seem like a whirlwind.  With all of this planning it can be easy for you to forget about visiting your dentist.

This can happen for a couple of reasons.  We already mentioned the laundry list of to-dos.  It has also is a concern about how safe it is to have dental work while pregnant.  This seems to be a common question for moms-to-be.  The answer is simple, not only is routine and preventative dental care during pregnancy safe, it is highly recommended.  Optimal dental health during pregnancy is highly important not only for the health of the mother, but also the unborn baby. 

Are there any treatments to avoid while pregnant?

As we said earlier, routine treatments like: examinations, cleanings, cavities, periodontal and root canals, are all safe.  Some elective procedures like cosmetic dentistry or tooth whitening can safely be delayed until after delivery.  Any treatment that requires local anesthetics are also considered safe during your pregnancy.

When is the best time to have dental work during pregnancy?

The second trimester is the ideal period to have any dental work performed.  During your first trimester, anything beyond routine cleanings should be avoided due to the incredible amount of fetal development that occurs at this time.  You can also keep your dental appointments that fall in your third trimester, however that time spent in the dental chair could be much less comfortable than usual.

So there you have it, one more thing to cross off of your list before baby arrives.  Again, not only is it safe to have your routine dental work done while you expect, but it is recommended for both of you.  As you take time out of your shopping, planning and thinking, why not enjoy a spa-like atmosphere?  Dr. Russo’s Smile Spa offers the best dental care will providing a relaxing environment.  To schedule an appointment, click here.

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Baton Rouge Dental Insurance and Covered Procedures


Baton Rouge Dental Insurance and Covered ProceduresWe recently discussed the ins and outs of dental insurance and how it should be viewed by patients.  This leads us into another very important conversation; today’s topic: Covered Procedures.  Unfortunately there is tendency for patients to assume that if a necessary or recommended action results in an out-of-pocket expense, it isn’t actually needed. 

The truth is that there are so many different scenarios that can impact your oral health and they can require a variety of treatments, treatments that could be out of the scope of your insurance’s “covered procedures”.  In a follow up article at, they explain the dangers of only acting within your policy’s covered procedures.  Read the article here.

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Baton Rouge Dental Work: Protecting Your Smile This Summer


Baton Rouge Dental Work: Protecting Your Smile This SummerThe kids are out of school, the fireworks have been watched and the beach trip is booked, that can only mean one thing, summer is here.  Aside from keeping the kids busy and the grass green, your smile should be another concern at the top of your list.  Summertime can pose some unique threats to your pearly whites.  Here are a few tips to keep your smile safe.


This poolside staple is incredibly important for your skin, but besides your shoulders, neck and back, your lips need protection too.  Lip balm or gloss with SPF protection should be a part of your daily routine.  Overexposure to the sun can damage the lips and eventually lead to oral cancer.  A minimum SPF rating of 15 is suggested.

Beware of Pool Chemicals

Whether it’s the neighborhood pool, the hot tub at the condo, or your own backyard oasis, you may be unaware that the chemical level can damage your teeth.  High levels of chlorine and other chemicals can erode your tooth enamel.  On the other hand, the salt water in the gulf can reduce oral bacteria in your mouth.  Brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly can limit any damage swimming may cause.

Remember the Most Important Meal of the Day

Different and busy schedules during the summer months can make breakfast a simple casualty.  Remember, skipping this meal can set off a chain reaction that leads to increased snacking, sometimes on less than healthy items.  Even if you opt for fruit, citrus, which is high in sugar and acid, can be as bad as sugary, unhealthy snacks.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Anyone who has spent more than 5 minutes in south Louisiana in July understands exactly what humidity is.  Not only is hydration important for the health of your entire body, but it also helps to prevent tooth decay.  Drinking water and remaining steadily hydrated throughout the day is a perfect way to keep your oral tissue saturated and teeth clean.  However, just as with snacking, there are good decisions and bad decision on drink choices.  Lemonade, a summertime tradition, is high in sugar and acid and can increase tooth decay and dry mouth.

While these are only a handful of tips that can keep your smile safe all summer, they are good reminders of helpful dental habits for the whole year.  Of course the best dental habit is to visit your dentist for regular cleanings.  While you’re at the dentist, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere?  There is one dental office in Baton Rouge that offers exactly that, Dr. Russo’s Smile Spa.  To make an online appointment and learn more, click here.

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Baton Rouge Teeth Whitening: Foods to Avoid


Baton Rouge Teeth Whitening: Foods to AvoidIt never fails, you spend all morning washing your car.  Waxing, vacuuming, cleaning the windows, wheels and tires.  After a couple hours it looks better than it did on the showroom floor.  Then, like clockwork, the dark skies roll in and lightning cracks in the distance.  All of that work to remove months old brake dust, water spots and dirt only to have it stormed on and wet, dirty roads to drive on.  The same frustration can occur with your teeth. 

Over-the-counter tooth whitening is a 1.4 billion dollar industry.  Over 100 million Americans have whitened their teeth to get a brighter smile.  That is a lot of people, a lot of money and a lot of work to make those pearly whites, pearlier and whiter.  While tooth whitening is a safe, affordable way to enhance your appearance, it needs to be done with the knowledge of not only knowing what can make it less effective, but what can actually cause it to make your teeth worse. 

The rule of thumb (or tooth) is that if what you are planning to eat will stain white linen, it will stain your teeth.  While you are having your teeth whitened or treated, they are especially vulnerable.  Here is a list of foods to avoid while whitening your teeth.

  • Soy Sauce

  • Chili

  • Carrots

  • Popsicles

  • Tomato Sauce

  • Dark Chocolate

  • Cheetos

  • Doritos

  • Blueberries

  • Strawberries

This seems like pretty common sense, but even the most seemingly harmless or healthy option can give your teeth the reflective hue of that food.

Here is a list drinks to avoid while whitening your teeth.

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Soda

  • Tomato Juice

  • Grape Juice

  • Sports Drinks

  • Red Wine

Drinks follow the same rule as food.  If you spill a glass on your white shirt , will it stain?  Not only is there the threat of staining your teeth as they transition to a whiter shade, but the acidic properties of these types of drinks will irritate your already irritated gums and increase sensitivity.

Tooth whitening is great way to improve the appearance of your teeth, but it is very important to know the activities and diet choices that can turn a good thing into a bad thing.  For tooth whitening in a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere right here in Baton Rouge, visit the Smile Spa.  To make an appointment, or for more information, click here.

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Baton Rouge Dental Insurance: Treatment or Wellness?


Baton Rouge Dental Insurance: Treatment or Wellness?Insurance can be an incredibly helpful thing.  The original concept is quite ingenious and it’s been offered almost forever.  In fact, dating back to the 2nd millennia the Chinese and Babylonians actively practiced transferring and distributing monetary risks.  Diluting financial risk is essentially what insurance is for.  It is in place to help you recover or replace something that would otherwise be too expensive outright purchase.  Cars, homes, boats, life.  However, while we see it on our paychecks each week, dental “insurance” doesn’t quite fit under the same umbrella.  A recent article from has started a series about what dental insurance actually is and how it is being used.  To read the article, click here.

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