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Parenting brings many difficult tasks. From the time you are changing diapers to the time you are teaching your children how to drive, you are constantly challenged. One of the most difficult challenges parents face is getting their kids to properly brush their teeth. Unfortunately, kids do not understand how valuable their teeth are and what neglecting them will do to their oral and overall health.

Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH, understands the struggle it can be to get kids to brush their teeth. Because of this, Dr. Van Treese offers some helpful hints:

Hint #1: Set a brushing schedule for your children. If you make brushing a part of their daily routine it will become a habit. The sense of brushing their teeth should not be optional, but something that is a part of their every day.Family Dentistry

Hint #2: Your children have a special connection with their stuffed animals or blanket. These things go everywhere with them; they take them in the car, to bed, and to grandma and grandpa’s house. These objects give your children a sense a security and comfort. If you allow your children to bring these things to brush their teeth, they will be more comfortable. Additionally, having their stuffed animals with them while brushing will pique their imagination resulting in more brushing time.

Hint #3: Give your children the choice of which toothpaste to use. Children receive very few opportunities to make decisions on their own. If you let your children choose which toothpaste they will use, it will give them a sense of pride in the decision. Please watch your children brush in order to ensure they are using a good amount of toothpaste. A little dab will do.

Hint #4: Let your children use an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush will help your child for a couple of reasons. First, due to the poor brushing form children use, an electric toothbrush will make up for this and ensure their teeth are being cleaned properly. Secondly, children tend to be interested in an electric toothbrush and will use them longer than a “boring” manual brush.

Hint #5: Choose a song your child loves and designate it for brushing time. If your child gets to hear a song they love every time they brush, they will be more inclined to brush more often and look forward to this time.

If you have any questions about your children’s brushing habits or dental health, please feel free to contact us. If you are in the Sidney, OH area and would like to schedule a dentist appointment for you children, feel free to contact us.


In our last blog post, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH shared some vital information about dentures. Dr. Van Treese discussed what types of dentures are available as well as who might be a candidate for dentures. If you are in need of dentures, and believe you are a candidate, below is some information about the procedure you might want to know.Dentures

The total duration of receiving dentures will usually last several weeks and will require a few visits. Below is an outline of what you can expect:

– First, Dr. Van Treese will take an impression of your teeth and mouth. These impressions will be used to accurately manufacture your custom-made denture.
– Next, you will be required to attend some visits to make sure the denture is going to be a good fit.
– If you need to have teeth extracted, they will be removed at this time.
– Dr. Van Treese will place a temporary denture for your comfort until your custom-made denture is complete.
– Finally, after your custom-made denture is ready, your temporary denture will be removed and your permanent denture will be placed.

After your procedure is complete, you may experience at increase in salivary flow, some tenderness throughout your mouth, and trouble eating and talking. Luckily, these side effects are nothing serious and will subside after you get used to your new dentures.

Interested in receiving dentures? Dr. Van Treese is always welcoming new patients. Contact us today to set up your visit!

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Dentures are a popular replacement for missing teeth. Dentures are a removable dental appliance that are customized for your comfort and needs. Made to look like your natural teeth, dentures are an excellent cosmetic or functional replacement if you have lost all, or some of your teeth. Some reasons your teeth loosen or fall out can be found here.

When considering dentures, it is important to think about the different options available. These options are outlined below:Dentures Sidney Dentist

Partial denture – A partial denture is used in situations where some of your real teeth can be saved, and your jawbone can be preserved. A partial denture fits over your remaining teeth and use the gums, jawbone, and remaining teeth as support.

Conventional (complete) – In the case that you do not have any teeth remaining, or your teeth are not healthy enough to restore and need to be removed, a conventional denture may be utilized. A conventional denture is custom-made and will be placed after your gums and tissues have healed. Sometimes this process can take several months to complete.

Immediate (complete) – Like conventional dentures, immediate dentures are used in cases where the patient has no remaining healthy teeth. Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are placed the same day as teeth are removed. You do not have to spend any time without teeth. However, there are many alterations and changes that may need to occur as your gums and tissues heal.

Overdentures (complete or partial) – Designed for either complete or partial dentures, overdentures replace some or all of your teeth and are connected to dental implants. Overdentures replace the need for denture adhesives.

Due to the durable material that dentures are made of, they will last for many years if properly maintained. However, over the course of time, they may need to be altered or restored in order to fix damage from normal wear and tear.

Candidates for dentures include:

– People who have lost all, or many, teeth within their smile.
– People who want to improve the cosmetics and functionality of their teeth and smile.
– People who want to ease the process of talking, chewing, eating, or digesting their food.

If you have an interest in receiving dentures, Dr. Van Treese will discuss the process of receiving dentures in his next blog article. If you are in the Sidney, OH area and would like to schedule an appointment, or learn more about dentures, feel free to contact us at 937-492-6984.