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About Jeffery R Van Treese DDS

Dr. Van Treese graduated from Miami University, OH in 1982 and went on to Ohio State University where he graduated from the dental school in 1986. He served a general practice residency in 1987 and then came to Sidney to start his dental practice. 2012 marks his 25th year as a dentist in Sidney. He has been married to Libby since 1981 and they have four young adult children. The whole family is active in Tournament Water Skiing and they have won several national awards. They have one dog and three cats. Dr. Van Treese is very active in his church, where he is a Board member and past chairman of the Sidney First Methodist Church Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA with additional responsibilities to the YMCA Foundation Board. Dr. Van Treese was very active in helping to bring free dental care to the uninsured and under-insured to the Shelby County area by working with the free medical clinic Compassionate Care. He is just beginning a term on the Compassionate Care Board of Directors. He and some of our team members regularly volunteer their time to this great cause. For the past several years, he has been the local chairman for the Give Kids a Smile program, which is a national event held every February to bring free dental care to children who are uninsured. Many dental offices in our area participate in helping the children of Shelby and Miami County to begin on a journey towards great oral health for a lifetime. Continuing education is critical to providing the best care possible to our family of patients, and Dr. Van Treese not only takes many courses every year, he provides many opportunities for his team members to do the same. Recent courses he has taken include: Bruxism – New Treatments for Tooth Grinders Mini Implants for Complete and Partial Dentures Sleep Medicine and Dental Treatments Invisalign Orthodontics Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy Root Canals

Properly Store and Clean Your Toothbrush

February 5th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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The way you store your toothbrush is almost just as important as the way you brush your teeth.

Properly taking care of your toothbrush is something we tend to overlook, but the next time you finish brushing your teeth, be sure to keep these tips in mind:

After you brush
After you brush your teeth, be sure to rinse off your toothbrush with water and allow it to air-dry. If you store your brush in a small, closed area or cover it up, microorganisms may be able to grow on your brush because of the moisture.

Replacing your brush
Every 3-4 months you should switch your brush to a new one. Your toothbrush begins to wear and may not be cleaning your teeth as effectively if you use the same one for long periods of time. If you notice bristles beginning to wear, replace the brush at that time, even if it is sooner than 3 months.

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Who can use your toothbrush?
Never share your toothbrush. It is an easy way to spread germs and it can increase your chances of an infection.

Besides at-home hygiene, the best way to keep a healthy smile is through regular trips to the dentist. If you are due for a cleaning or have any concerns about your teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH today.

Why Flossing is Important to Your Dental Health

January 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Gum Disease | News | Oral Health | Tooth decay - (0 Comments)
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If you are not flossing every day, plaque and bacteria can begin to build up, causing a number of issues including cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.

Many people think that brushing your teeth is enough, but brushing only reaches so much of your tooth. Flossing can get in between your gums and between your teeth where your brush does not reach.

If you do not floss, the bacteria around your gums and between your teeth increase the chances of you developing decay and cavities. Gum disease is another issue that can occur, as we mentioned above. When plaque is allowed to build up around your gums it can begin to mineralize and create tartar. Only a dental professional can remove tartar from your gums through a specific procedure called “scaling and root planing.”

In order to protect your gums and teeth, brushing and floss twice per day is important. If you want to be sure you are flossing correctly, be sure to view this link from Colgate.

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Are you due for a dental appointment? Besides brushing and flossing, going to the dentist on a routine basis is an important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese today.

New Year’s Resolution for Your Oral Health

January 8th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)

With 2018 in full swing, it is time to start working on your new resolutions. Many people focus on exercising, their diet or spending more time with friends and family, but have you thought about your dental health?

Your dental health and overall health are connected and keeping a proper dental hygiene routine only takes a few minutes of your day! We want all of our patients to keep a healthy smile for 2018, and, to help you begin, we want to offer some tips on how to care for your teeth and gums.

Brushing Isn’t Enough

In order to keep your gums and teeth healthy, brushing is not enough; you need to floss as well. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that brushing misses. If this bacteria is not removed, it can harm your teeth and gums, causing things such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Examine Your Diet

You should make an effort to cut back on sugary foods and drinks. These products have a negative impact, not only your dental health but your overall health as well. Some foods to include in your diet would be dairy products and fibrous foods. The ADA has also found that chewing sugarless gum after meals may help fight against cavities.

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Schedule Your Dental Appointment

Although proper dental hygiene and your diet are both important, setting routine dental visits is a necessary and important aspect of keeping a healthy smile. Your dentist can find issues that you may not even notice. In the early stages of many dental issues, patients may not be aware that there is an issue at all. Your dentist will be able to find and treat these issues before they become more severe.

Do You Want to Improve Your Dental Health for 2018?

If you are committed to remaining healthy, don’t ignore your teeth and gums. Be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH to start your new year off right!

Tips for Easing Dental Anxiety

December 26th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Gum Disease | News | Tooth decay - (0 Comments)
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Going to the dentist can cause some anxiety, especially if you are going in for a procedure, but there are some individuals that have severe anxiety or even a phobia of visiting the dentist for any reason.

It is estimated that anywhere between 9-15% of US adults do not schedule dental appointments due to their extreme fear. When you avoid the dentist, the chances of dental diseases, including gum disease and decay, increases. Even when these issues do arise, people who have severe dental anxiety still avoid the dentist leaving them in pain and with other health issues.

If you are fearful about scheduling an appointment with the dentist, we want to offer some tips that can help you ease your anxiety while you are at the dentist’s office.

Concentrate on Your Breathing
A great tip for easing your fears is through breathing exercises. When the dentist begins the procedure or cleaning, just focus on your breathing. Focusing on your breathing will help keep your mind from racing during your visit.

Bring a Family Member or Friend
Bringing someone you are close with to your visit may help put you at ease.

Listen to Music
Bring a pair of headphones with you to your next visit. Like focusing on your breathing, listening to music will help you focus and keep you from hearing any of the outside noises that may be occurring.

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Are you fearful or anxious about going to the dentist?

If you have avoided scheduling an appointment with dentist due to fear, feel free to speak with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH. Avoiding dental health issues or not receiving routine cleanings can result in more serious issues.

Health and Wellness | Sleep Apnea: OSA and CSA

December 12th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Sleep Apnea - (0 Comments)
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Previously, Dr. Van Treese explained the causes of snoring and the potential side effects that snoring can have on someone.

Sleep apnea is one of the major causes of snoring and is actually a common disease that millions of Americans deal with. Sleep apnea causes an individual to stop breathing for a few seconds during the night. When you stop breathing, your brain wakes you up to get you breathing again.

If you leave sleep apnea untreated, there are a number of other health issues that you may experience. There are two types of sleep apnea, which include Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA).

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA occurs when an individuals airway is partially or completely obstructed. When this obstruction occurs your brain does not receive enough blood flow, triggering your brain to wake you up.

Signs of OSA:
Daytime tiredness
Headaches when you wake up
Snoring
Restless sleeping

Causes of OSA:
Alcohol
Smoking
Oversized tonsils
Age
Obesity

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA):
Compared to OSA, CSA results when your brain fails to send signals to your body to breathe. OSA is considered to be more of physical issues, and CSA is considered more of communication/mental problem.

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Signs of CSA:
Chronic fatigue
Trouble concentrating
Frequent changes in mood
Waking up short of breath

Causes of CSA:
Medications
Parkinson’s disease
Heart disease

Do you suffer from sleep apnea?

If you think you experience sleep apnea or show any signs of sleep apnea, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH to help you find relief.

Snoring is More Than an Annoying Sound – Part 1

November 27th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health | Sleep Apnea - (0 Comments)
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Snoring occurs when air passes through the throat and causes your soft tissue to vibrate. Snoring can affect everyone, but generally overweight males are affected by it the most. Occasional snoring is usually not a sign of trouble, but frequent snorers may be at risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). 50% of frequent snorers have OSA.

Individuals that snore frequently are at a higher risk of carotid atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing of the arteries in the neck because of fatty deposits, and this increases the chances of stroke.

Risk of stroke doubles in men who experience mild sleep apnea, and triples for men who experience moderate to severe sleep apnea.

Snoring is not something that should be ignored. If you are a snorer, you may be at risk of OSA. A simple screening test that measures your oxygen levels and pulse during the night can help determine if a sleep study to test for OSA is necessary.

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Do you snore?

If you live in the Sidney, OH area and snore, consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Van Treese. He will be able to suggest a treatment that is right for you to help your snoring.

Oral Cancer: What are the Common Warning Signs? Pt. 2

November 13th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Cancer | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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When we last left you, we had discussed two oral cancer screening options. This week, we would like to discuss what some of the early warning signs of oral cancer are. It is important to remember that oral cancer is easily treatable when caught in the early stages.

Over 42,000 people were expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017,According to the Oral Cancer Foundation. The best way to detect oral cancer is through screenings, but there are some signs you should look for. Having one of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have oral cancer, but they should not be ignored or left untreated.

Early warning signs may include:

– Shifting of your teeth
– Trouble with talking, chewing and eating
– Irritation in your mouth or throat that won’t subside
– Patches in your mouth that are red or white
– Pain or soreness in your mouth, tongue, or lips

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It is important to be aware of common signs that may be linked to oral cancer. The earlier it is detected, the better the chance of curing it. If these issues do not go away after two weeks be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.

For more information on oral health, be sure to visit the American Dental Association’s website.

Have you been screened for oral cancer?

Dr. Van Treese offers head, neck and oral screening tests at his practice in Sidney, OH. If you have never been tested or would like to just make sure everything is okay, be sure to schedule an appointment today.

Oral Cancer Pt. 1 | Screening Options

October 30th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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If caught in the early stages, oral cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. Generally, people do well while they are being treated, and, luckily, catching oral cancer early is possible because of the access to screening options.

There are two main forms of oral cancer screening; one is called OralCDx, and the other is called Vizilite Plus. OralCDx is a test that will detect any abnormal cells in your mouth that have a possibility of forming into cancer cells. The other option, Vizilite Plus, scans the soft tissue in your mouth and will be able to tell if any of the tissue has the chance of progressing into cancer. These screening options are easy to receive on a routine basis. Taking advantage of these tests can help detect a deadly but curable form of cancer.

You can lower your chance of oral cancer by staying away from activities such as tobacco use and drinking. These are two of the most common causes of oral cancer. If you would like to read more about the causes of oral cancer, click here.

Be sure to stay tuned for part 2 where we discuss the common symptoms and signs individuals with oral cancer experience.

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Have you had an oral cancer screening?

If you have never had an oral cancer screening, we suggest scheduling an appointment with Dr. Van Treese at his office in Sidney, OH.

Oral Health: How to Avoid Cavities This Halloween

October 16th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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Halloween is almost here, and, as everyone prepares for the scariest day of the year, dentists also prepare for the scariest day of their year. Halloween is fun for children, but their teeth suffer from the excess candy they tend to eat following Halloween.

This year, we would like to offer you a couple of options to help make sure your children do not do too much harm to their teeth.

Portion out your child’s candy

Once your children return with their bag of candy, you should begin dividing it up into smaller quantities. You can buy small baggies and put a few pieces of candy in each bag, this way they are not eating too much at one time.

Purchase appropriate sized trick-or-treat bags

Many parents let their children use pillowcases to carry their candy. What you may want to try this year is giving them a smaller container to carry their candy in. Any store that provides Halloween items will also include trick-or-treating bags and buckets.

Limit their trick-or-treating to certain areas or a certain time

Another option for parents is to limit the area where your child goes trick-or-treating. This could be making sure they only stay in your neighborhood, or setting the number of streets they can go to. You could also set a curfew on when they should come back home. Every city has their trick-or-treating hours, so be sure to check what times people will be handing out candy.

You want your child to have fun, but you also want to make sure they do not come home with a year’s worth of candy. It is important to remember to have your child brush their teeth before they go to bed after they have had any candy.

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We hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!

Are your teeth in need of a cleaning?

Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH is always welcoming new patients. If you or your children are in need of a cleaning or other dental work, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today.

Bad Breath? Yet Another Reason to Floss – Part 1

October 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Gum Disease | News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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Flossing your teeth is a critically important activity that some do not do regularly, or skip altogether. Here is why you should floss every day:

Halitosis, or more commonly known as “bad breath,” is actually more frequent than most individuals realize. Bad breath is an important dental health issue. Bad breath is more than an uncomfortable social problem—it might be an indicator of disease or illness.

Flossing regularly assists in eliminating the food particles and germs that support foul breath. This makes flossing among the easiest ways to prevent and banish bad breath.

The Importance of Saliva

If your mouth is not producing enough saliva, plaque can begin to build up, causing bad breath.

But what can cause a decrease in saliva production?

Alcohol

Drinks containing alcohol tend to dry out your mouth, so it is important to floss after drinking.

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Being Hungry or Thirsty

It is important that you drink plenty of fluids as well as have a healthy diet. If you have to limit your food intake and eat infrequently for whatever reason, be sure to drink plenty of water to help preserve the level of saliva in your mouth.

Early Morning

When you are sleeping, saliva does not flow. So in the morning, it is especially important to floss in order to remove any plaque.

Do you experience bad breath?

If so, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH.