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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

Oral Cancer: Signs of a Serious Health Issue

September 18th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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Smoking cigarettes or using another form of tobacco is extremely dangerous for your oral and overall health. Oral cancer is an extremely prevalent disease with over 40,000 people diagnosed in 2012. Even if you have not used tobacco products during your life, you should still be aware of oral cancer. It is reported that a quarter of all oral cancer cases appear in individuals who have never smoked or used tobacco.

While oral cancer is extremely common and dangerous, it is relatively easy to treat if caught in its early stages. The best way to catch oral cancer early on is to look for signs and symptoms at home and receive routine dental check-ups.

Below are several symptoms you can look for at home:

  • Patches of red, white, or red and white spots in your mouth
  • Bleeding that cannot be attributed to gum disease or any other diseases
  • Pain in your throat/your throat feeling restricted
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Numbness and other sensations in your mouth

In addition to looking for the above, it is critical to maintain your oral wellness visits. During a check-up at your dentist’s office, you may receive an oral cancer screening. This, along with your dental hygienist and dentist looking in your mouth, will allow you to identify and seek treatment before too much development has occurred. If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should schedule a dental appointment ASAP.

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If you have been a smoker or have used another type of tobacco product, we recommend visiting your dentist on more frequent occasions. Frequent visits will keep you healthy and safe.

Are you concerned about oral cancer?

If you are worried about oral cancer and live in the Sidney, OH area, we welcome you to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Van Treese wants everyone to receive the best care possible and maintain a healthy mouth. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Oral Hygiene: Can I Get Rid of Tooth Decay?

September 5th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health | Tooth decay - (0 Comments)
Cavities Sidney Ohio

Nobody wants to go to the dentist with a mouth full of tooth decay and cavities. You know why? This means more chair time, more drilling, and way less fun.

When you hear “cavity” at the dentist’s office, that means you need a restoration (filling, crown, etc.). This is never good news for you… Restorations mean a lot more time spent with a drill in your mouth to fix the problem. No one likes to have a drill in their mouth. Even worse than receiving a filling or crown, is letting the tooth decay develop further. If you do this, you will lose the tooth, damage your gums and jaw bone, and require even more invasive procedures like implants.

Many of our patients ask us the best way to prevent cavities from ever developing so they can avoid restorations, drills, and spending time in the dental chair. For starters, it is critical to brush and floss as recommended by your dentist. If you are not doing these two things, you can almost be guaranteed that cavities are in your very near future. If you are doing these things, but have still developed cavities, there are a few more things you can try to avoid cavities.

First, use dental products that contain fluoride. In addition, drink tap water on a regular basis. Why tap water? Water fluoridation. Fluoride works to remineralize your teeth throughout the day.

Another option to protect your teeth are dental sealants. Sealants should not replace a fluoride treatment, brushing, or flossing. However, sealants can offer an additional layer of protection for your teeth and tooth enamel. This can keep acids and sugars off of your teeth.

Next, you should chew gum. Yes, that’s right chew gum…as long as it contains xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that actually works as an anti-sugar. Xylitol can help to keep your pearly whites in pristine condition. Additionally, gum increases salivary flow which will naturally decrease tooth decay.

Lastly, eat and drink more products that contain casein and calcium. These things are mainly found in dairy products. Casein and calcium, like fluoride, will help to remineralize your teeth and keep them strong.

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Are you looking for a good dentist in the Sidney, OH area?

Feel free to schedule an appointment today at our office in Sidney. Dr. Van Treese always welcomes patients with smiling faces to his office.

Can a Dental Emergency Send You to the ER

August 21st, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
Dental Emergency

Have you ever had, or heard of, a dental emergency? The most common dental emergencies include having a tooth knocked out, cracking a tooth, biting down too hard on your tongue or cheek, or severe toothaches from infections or cavities.

Whether you sustain a blow to the face/mouth or have been ignoring a toothache for some time and it has finally become unbearable, can a dental emergency cause enough pain to send you to the ER? The answer to this question is yes, a dental emergency can cause an ER trip. In fact, 10% of all ER trips come as a result of a dental emergency or dental pain. Of the 10% of ER trips related to dental pain, 80% of those could have been avoided by maintaining routine appointments with your dentist.

Dental Emergency

If you do have a dental emergency, you should contact your dentist’s office ASAP. Even if it is after hours, your dentist will likely have an emergency phone number you can contact. Going to the emergency room should be a last resort when it comes to dental pain. The reason for this is that most emergency rooms are not equipped with proper dental equipment of a dentist to treat your afflictions properly. If you go to the ER and don’t follow up with your dentist about your dental emergency, chances are that you will end up back in the ER for your pain. If you keep doing this, the expenses are going to add up!

Remember: the vast majority of dental emergencies can be completely avoided by maintaining your routine visits to your dentist. Tooth decay often leads to infection, discomfort, and an eventual trip to the ER. However, tooth decay is almost completely avoidable through good hygiene care at home and your dental appointments.

Are you in need of a dentist to avoid a dental emergency?

If you are in the Sidney, OH area and need to visit a dentist, feel free to schedule a visit today! Dr. Van Treese and his team are always welcoming new patients to their office who are serious about maintaining good dental health!

Is Gum Disease and Gingivitis the Same?

August 9th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Gum Disease | News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
Gum Disease

Often you hear the terms gum disease and gingivitis, and they are used almost interchangeably. In addition to gum disease and gingivitis, you may also hear the terms periodontitis, periodontal disease or pyorrhea.

You might be confused if all of these things are the same, or if they are different, but similar, diseases.

If your mouth is working in the correct manner, your teeth are held in place by your gums, jaw bone, and ligaments. However, if you are not careful with your hygiene care, you may start to experience a build up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and along your gum line. As plaque and tartar build up, it causes your gums to inflame and recede away from your teeth. After your gums recede, tiny pockets are created where additional plaque, tartar, and bacteria can gather. This is the first stage of gum disease and is commonly referred to as gingivitis.

Gum Disease

ALSO READ: Take Care of Your Tooth Enamel

If you have developed gingivitis, it is imperative to receive treatment. If you do not receive treatment, your gingivitis can advance into a more serious form of gum disease, often referred to as periodontitis. The bacteria, plaque, and tartar that sits along your gum line and the newly created pockets will begin to break down your gums and jaw bone. Eventually, this will lead to teeth that loosen and will eventually need to be removed.

So, in conclusion, gingivitis is more of a stage of gum disease than anything else. However, no matter which terms is used, gum disease, gingivitis, periodontal disease, or periodontitis, you NEED to receive treatment!

Do you have gum disease?

If you are in the Sidney, OH area, have gum disease, and want to receive treatment, Dr. Van Treese welcomes you to his office. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or click here.

Oral Health | Keeping Your Mouth Healthy With Braces

July 24th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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Many of Dr. Van Treese’s young patients in the Sidney, OH area are undergoing some sort of orthodontic treatment. While receiving orthodontic treatment will improve the cosmetics of your smile, the functionality of your mouth, and your long-term health, it can have adverse effects on your current oral health. The reason for these adverse effects is that braces add a lot of bulk to your mouth, and make removing plaque, tartar, food particles, and germs from your mouth more difficult.

Below, Dr. Van Treese offers 4 tips on how to keep your mouth healthy while going through your treatment. While it is harder to keep your mouth clean, it is not impossible!

Use an electric toothbrush

Usually, if you use proper technique, you can remove plaque and tartar from your mouth with no issues at all. However, when you add brackets and wires into your mouth, things get a little more difficult. To counteract all this bulk, you should use an electric toothbrush for more effective brushing and removal or food debris, plaque, and tartar!

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Just add toothpaste

Hygiene technique still matters

We touched on technique briefly above. However, Dr. Van Treese wants to stress the importance of using the correct technique when doing your dental hygiene. Proper technique includes brushing the correct way for two minutes at a time and flossing as directed.

Flossing is important

With all the clunky metal in your mouth, flossing becomes much more difficult. However, it is still important to floss your teeth to keep them fully healthy.

Remineralize your teeth

Your teeth demineralize (and remineralize) every single day. By introducing more minerals into your mouth, you will keep your teeth strong and resist more cavities. To consume more minerals, you should choose dental products that contain fluoride, drink more tap water, and consume more dairy products. 

Are you in need of professional cleaning in Sidney, OH?

Dr. Van Treese wants your oral health to be in great condition. If you are in the Sidney, OH area or Shelby County, we welcome you to schedule an appointment.

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Cosmetic Dentistry | What are Veneers?

July 10th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Cosmetic Dentistry | Dental Veneers | News - (0 Comments)
Porcelain Veneers

You can ask almost anyone, and they will tell you that they wish they could improve the appearance of their smile. Some people want whiter teeth, others want teeth that are longer, or to have that chipped tooth repaired. No matter what you want done, whitened teeth, a chipped tooth fixed, a gap closed, or a tooth lengthened, porcelain veneers can be the solution to your cosmetic issue!

You may be wondering what a porcelain veneer is, exactly. Veneers are thin shells that are made of porcelain and are adhered to the front surface of your teeth. Veneers can be designed by your dentist to be the shape, size, and color that you desire for your smile. A veneer is one of the easiest and least invasive ways to drastically improve the cosmetic appeal of your smile. 

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can correct that following defects:

  • Discoloration that cannot be corrected via a teeth whitening system (e.g. discolored teeth from prescription medication)
  • A gap between teeth that you want closed
  • A tooth that is chipped 
  • A tooth that is not long enough or appears too short

What are the advantages of receiving a porcelain veneer?

  • Veneers keep your teeth looking natural
  • Your gums are tolerant of porcelain
  • You determine the shape, size, and color of your veneer
  • Porcelain resists staining from foods and drinks
  • The procedure is minimally invasive 

Do you live in the Sidney, Ohio area and want to learn more about veneers? Dr. Van Treese and his team want to see you! Our team is always welcoming new patients who have a desire to improve their smile and oral health. To schedule an appointment, click here

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Orthodontics | What are Advantages of Invisalign?

June 27th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Cosmetic denistry | News - (0 Comments)
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Are you interested in having straighter, more aesthetically pleasing, and healthier teeth? If so, you may be a candidate for Invisalign from Dr. Van Treese, DDS in Sidney, OH.

You probably know what Invisalign is. It is a system of trays that works to correct your smile in a more sightly and comfortable way than traditional braces. Invisalign trays are worn successively over a period of time to slowly shift your teeth and correct the imperfections in your smile. 

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Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional braces. These advantages include, but are not limited to, the following:

Trays that are removable

As you could probably guess, traditional braces are in your mouth every hour of every day until your treatment is complete. This means that they limit what you can eat and drink. After all, you don’t want to eat something that will break your wires or brackets, or affect their ability to work properly. With Invisalign, you can simply take your trays out when you go to eat, eat whatever you want, and then replace your trays afterward. Dr. Van Treese strongly recommends brushing thoroughly after meals, if possible. 

More comfortable than braces 

Traditional braces fill your mouth with rubber bands, brackets, and wires. All of these things can poke and bother your cheeks, lips, and mouth. Invisalign does not require any metal and bands to be placed in your mouth, just a tray that is molded to fit over your teeth. 

Less noticeable during every day life

This advantage is especially important to adults who want straighter teeth. Invisalign trays are translucent and are very hard to see during every day life. This means that, as you go about your day, people will hardly be able to tell, if at all, that you are wearing an Invisalign tray. Sadly, the same cannot be said about traditional braces!

Improves your ability to maintain good oral hygiene

Think about everything that is put into your mouth when you receive traditional braces. Wires, bands, brackets, and more. What do all of these things do? They make it much more difficult to brush and floss your teeth in the correct manner. Additionally, these objects offer germs and bacteria a place to harbor and build up on your teeth. This could be bad news for you, as these germs and bacteria may start causing oral health issues.   

Do you have an interest in receiving Invisalign treatment?

If you are interested in Invisalign, you should know that treatment is not as expensive as many people make it out to be. Typically, Invisalign treatment will not be much more expensive, if more expensive at all, than traditional braces. 

If you have any additional questions, or would like to receive a consultation, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Van Treese. 

Oral Health | Take Care of Your Tooth Enamel

June 12th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)

Did you know that your tooth enamel is the hardest part of your body? Doesn’t that make you glad that it is protecting your pearly whites? However, while hard, your tooth enamel is actually very fragile, and needs to be treated with care. 

Tooth Enamel

There are many poor habits that people develop that can cause damage to your enamel. These habits include chewing on pens or pencils, chewing on the ice after their beverage is gone, and biting on their fingernails. In addition to these things, certain foods eat can damage your enamel. These foods include acidic fruits, popcorn (if you bite into a kernel), drinks that contain acid, and more! Lastly, if you have jewelry in your mouth, like a tongue piercing, it can cause cracking or chipping of your enamel, and can collect bacteria that damages your mouth.

Unfortunately, along with your habits and diet, there are some certain dental conditions that can cause damage to your tooth enamel. The most common dental condition that damages your enamel is bruxism. Bruxism, also known as grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, is a problem that causes tooth enable to wear away. Unfortunately, as your enamel gets damaged, your teeth begin experiencing issues like tooth decay which will require a restoration

What is the best way to protect your tooth enamel?

When you buy your oral hygiene products, always look for products that contain fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and rebuild enamel. In addition to your hygiene products, drinking more tap water will strengthen your enamel. Tap water contains fluoride, just like some dental hygiene products.

In need of a dentist in the Sidney, OH area?

We are always welcoming new patients who are serious about their oral health. Give us a call at 937-492-6984 to schedule an appointment.

Gum Disease | What Do Your Teeth Have In Common With Icebergs?

May 30th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Gum Disease | News - (0 Comments)
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.

This Is Why Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Oral Health | Tooth decay - (0 Comments)
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.

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