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Periodontal Disease

Yes, that’s right, your teeth are similar to icebergs. That is, like icebergs, what you see is much smaller than what is below the surface (in your teeth’s case, it is the surface of your gums and not the surface of water). This means, in order to maintain proper dental health, you need to take care of your gums! 

Periodontal Disease

What happens if you don’t maintain the health of your gums?

Most of you probably know about gum disease—after all, almost 3 out of every 4 people suffer with some form of it. If you are not aware of gum disease, it is the consequence of not properly caring for your gums. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused when plaque, tartar, and bacteria are not brushed away from where your teeth and gums meet by proper brushing and flossing. 

In early stages, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis, and is easily treated and cured. However, should your gum disease continue to develop, it will not be treated as easily, and, like diseases like diabetes, it cannot be fully cured. Once gum disease has developed, it can cause many other overall and oral health issues. In your mouth alone, gum disease can cause you to lose teeth, lose jaw bone mass, and bad breath (halitosis). 

If you are suffering from gum disease, there is treatment available for you. Dr. Van Treese and his team are equipped to properly diagnose your case and put together a treatment plan to give you the best results. However, we prefer that gum disease never develops in the first place.

Below are a few ways to prevent gum disease from developing:

1) Brush and floss

This seems obvious for your oral health, but, make sure you are gently brushing your gums, flossing as directed, and brushing for a full two minutes.

2) Rinse with mouthwash

Mouthwash can help to remove troublesome food that is stuck between your teeth and throughout your mouth. These food particles, if not removed, can cause bacteria and plaque buildup. 

3) Maintain regular oral wellness visits

Gum disease is extremely common. Receiving regular dental appointments is the best way to treat your oral health issues before they become serious.

Do you have gum disease?

Whether you have gum disease, or want to determine if you do or not, Dr. Van Treese and his team are here to help. If you would like to schedule an appointment at our office in Sidney, OH, simply contact us today! We are always welcoming new and return patients to our office.

Healthy Breakfast Foods

Is breakfast really more important than all the other meals?

Yes, because breakfast sets the tone for your day, and affects all your other meals and how they affect your health. Dr. Van Treese, in Sidney, OH, has your best overall health in mind. Therefore, Dr. Van Treese wants to ensure that you know exactly what makes breakfast so important. 

Healthy Breakfast Foods

One common mistake people make is skipping breakfast in order to lose more weight. Skipping breakfast will actually have the reverse affect on your weight loss goals. This is because skipping breakfast will slow your metabolism, and you will tend to overeat at lunch.

Secondly, eating breakfast will boost your energy and your mood. Many people will skip breakfast and drink caffeine in the morning to wake up. However, the carbohydrates you consume at breakfast time will result in a natural boost of energy. Additionally, if you eat breakfast, as stated above, you will not eat too much at lunch time, and avoid that after lunch “crash.” 

Last, but certainly not least, breakfast is an excellent provider of many key vitamins and nutrients. Fruits contain many vitamins, fibers, and acids that will boost your health and immune system. Additionally, many breakfast foods, like oatmeal, will help to lower your cholesterol. 

What’s the best food to eat for breakfast? 

You can see a complete list of best foods to eat for breakfast, here. Dr. Van Treese personally recommends eating yogurt and fruit for breakfast! Yogurt contains both calcium and casein; both beneficial in maintaining healthy and strong teeth.

Need A Dentist Appointment?

If you are in need of a dentist appointment, feel free to contact us today! We are always welcoming new smiling faces.

Chewing Gum

Could chewing gum actually be good for your oral health?

Chewing Gum

Truth is, it depends what kind of gum you are chewing.

If the gum is full of sugar, forget about it. But, if the gum you are chewing is sugar-free, it can actually have many benefits to your oral health. After all, in our last blog article, we learned the sugar-free chewing gum can defend against bad breath.

Gum chewing has been oft criticized by many people over the years. You have probably heard from many places that it would damage your teeth. However, sugar-free gum can actually do the exact opposite. Sugar-free gum offers you some defense against tooth decay, dry mouth, and bad breath.

If you struggle to produce saliva, chewing can be important in stimulating your salivary glands. That is why foods like carrots and celery are great for saliva production. Saliva is important because it neutralizes the acids in your mouth, eliminates bad breath, and is a natural defense against cavities.

Specifically, you should look for gum that contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that works against cavity-causing-sugars. Xylitol is not found in all sugar-free gum, so be careful which brand you choose.

If you suffer from frequent headaches or TMD, you should try to avoid chewing gum. Chewing gum will introduce additional stress on your TMJ. If you believe you are suffering from TMD, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist sooner rather than later.

Need a Dentist?

Do you need a filling, a professional cleaning or a consultation? Contact our office in Sidney today to schedule a visit with Dr. Van Treese.

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