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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

How Old Should a Child Be Before They Can Go To The Dentist?

August 15th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)

The answer to this question is quite simple…. as soon as they can comfortably sit in a dental chair by themselves or lay back on a parent’s lap. Dental schools often state a magic age of 3 years old. However, this has absolutely no scientific foundation.

Unfortunately, many parents wait until their child has a toothache or an obvious cavity before bringing them to the dentist. This creates a situation in which one of the first experiences a child has with a dentist involves invasive and threatening procedures. It takes approximately seven good experiences to repair the psychological damage of one bad experience in a dental office. It should be clear that it would be better for the child’s psychological development to have several fun and enjoyable dental experiences before having to have any type of invasive procedures performed.

In our Sidney, Ohio office, we encourage all young mothers, or even expecting mothers, to bring their infants in with them to their own dental appointments. This enables the child to become familiar with our office, sounds, and attire in a non-threatening manner. I’ll usually perform a brief examination of an infant’s mouth and palate at no charge for our patients of record to introduce him or her to dental care sensations and to check early on for developmental problems such as cleft palate. Oral hygiene instructions and dietary counseling can also be presented to the parents at these early appointments as well. The earlier a child is introduced to dental care, the better.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH. We are always welcoming new patients to our practice.

For tips on helping your child overcome their fears of the dentist, visit Parents.com.

Summer Dental Health Part 3

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

If your child has not been to the dentist and is due for a cleaning, now be a great time to schedule an appointment.

Having a dental exam and cleaning shortly before school starts is a great way to head back to school with a clean smile. If there are any issues, fixing them before your child goes back to school is much easier as well.

Having a healthy mouth is essential to living a healthy life. Besides brushing and flossing, regular trips to the dentist are essential. You should go at least every six months for a cleaning and exam.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese, click here. We are always welcoming new patients and would be happy to help keep your mouth healthy!

Why Mouthguards Are Important to Our Dental Health

July 19th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)

If you or your child is involved in sports, then you probably know how important mouthguards are.

Mouthguards tend to be viewed as only protecting your teeth. However, they protect more than just that. Mouthguards protect an athletes lips, jaw, tongue, and face from impact.

Parents should know that there are not many sports or recreational activities that shouldn’t be played without a mouthguard. Sports such as basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, skateboarding, skiing, racquetball and many more should be performed with a mouthguard.

We want all of our patients and their families to live a life free of dental health issues. Besides proper hygiene and routine check-ups, protecting your teeth and mouth from injury is an essential part of keeping a healthy smile.

Summer Dental Health Part 2

July 5th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)

Summer isn’t complete without spending plenty of time with friends and family. The next time you have guests over, Dr. Van Treese has some simple tips to make sure nobody leaves with a dental health issue!

  • Keep you and your guests hydrated. Water is not only crucial for keeping harmful bacteria from damaging your teeth and gums; the summer heat can be very dangerous if you’re not careful.
  • Don’t chew on ice cubes. Chewing on ice cubes can do a lot of damage to your teeth.
  • Avoid purchasing sugary snacks, and instead, buy something that is good for your overall and dental health. Things such as vegetable trays and fruit are great for a summer party.
  • Don’t use a toothpick to remove stuck food. Toothpicks can easily poke your gums. Instead, purchase a pack of dental picks that you and your guests can use if needed.

If you’re in the Sidney, OH area and need a dental check-up or have any questions, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese today!

When Do I Need to Go to the Dentist?

June 19th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)

Visiting the dentist every six months is a great way to keep a healthy mouth, but are these cleanings the only time I should go?

Below, Dr. Van Treese gives a couple of other instances where a trip to the dentist is necessary.

One or more of your teeth are sensitive or hurt

If you ever experience sensitivity or pain in your mouth, be sure to speak with your dentist. These feelings may be signs of other dental health issues that you do not want to ignore.

Does your mouth feel dry?

Lack of saliva is an issue that can increase our chances of getting a cavity.

Are there problems with your gums?

Besides your teeth, if there are any issues with your gums, you should speak to your dentist or contact a periodontist. Some things to watch for include bleeding, bright red or inflamed gums.

Anything out of the ordinary

Whether it’s a bump in your mouth or even a sore jaw, anything that doesn’t seem right should be addressed with your dentist. If there is an issue, you don’t want to ignore it and make it worse.

If you would like to read more reasons why you should see the dentist, this article is a good reference.

We welcome anyone to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH.

Summer Dental Health Part 1

June 5th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)

Don’t let dental health issues disrupt your summer activities!

A lot of families take some time to go on vacation during the summer. If you’re planning a trip, here are a couple of things to remember:

  • Make sure you pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and anything else you need to care for your mouth.
  • Keep up with your dental hygiene routine.
  • Schedule a trip to the dentist before your trip.

Your Children’s Dental Health
Many of you parents out there have kids that are old enough to stay at home during their summer break. It is a good idea to keep the kitchen stocked with mouth-healthy snacks and avoid buying sugary foods and drinks.

The health of your mouth has an impact on your overall health. Feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH today.

3 Simple Ways to Fight Against Gingivitis

May 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Gum Disease | News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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Gingivitis, which occurs when bacteria builds-up around the gum line, is an early sign of gum disease. It is important that you see a dentist if you show any signs of gingivitis, but keeping your mouth healthy and avoiding issues such as gingivitis is easy!

Floss Your Teeth

It is important to floss at least once per day. Flossing is able to reach areas of your teeth and gums that your toothbrush can’t.

Brush Your Teeth

We’re sure you’re aware of the importance of brushing your teeth two times per day. When you’re brushing, remember the following:

  • Don’t aggressively brush your teeth
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
  • Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper
  • Brush the entire tooth, this includes the chewing surface, inner and outer layer of the teeth

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Go to the Dentist

Even though taking care of your mouth at home is necessary, you also need to schedule trips to the dentist. These visits are not only for a cleaning, but your dentist will also look for any signs of dental health issues and discuss what needs to be done.

If you are due for a cleaning or have any questions about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH.

Is This Drink Harming Your Dental Health?

May 14th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Gum Disease | News | Tooth decay - (0 Comments)
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Soda is a popular drink, but this drink can be especially harmful to your dental health.

You are probably aware of the negative health effects that soda has on our bodies, such as an increased risk of diabetes and obesity, but soda is also harmful to our mouth. Soda is especially bad for our teeth for two reasons, sugar, and acid.

Sugar
We know that too much sugar is not good for our body. When we consume sugar, it mixes with bacteria in our mouth and forms a harmful mix that can cause decay and gum disease.

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Acid
Even if you buy sugar-free soda, your mouth is still at risk of developing dental problems. Sugar-free soda contains acid that takes a toll on our tooth enamel.

Parents should be extra safe and monitor their child’s soda consumption. Children are more at risk of dental health issues because their tooth enamel is not fully developed. The best beverage for our mouth and for keeping us hydrated is water. If you do have an occasional soda, you should drink water with it to neutralize the acids.

Dental health issues can be easily avoided when you practice proper dental hygiene, have a balanced diet and schedule routine trips to the dentist. If you’re in need of a professional cleaning or have any questions about the health of your teeth or gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with us Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH.

Why is Dental Plaque Harmful?

April 17th, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in Gum Disease | News - (0 Comments)
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When you allow plaque to form and stay in your mouth for an extended amount of time it can easily lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Although plaque forms naturally on our teeth each day, proper brushing and flossing, as well as routine trips to the dentist, can clean it away. When the plaque builds up and forms tartar, only a dentist can remove it.

Tartar attacks underneath the gum line and can damage the bones that surround a tooth. Only a dentist can remove the tartar by performing a scaling and root planing procedure. If left untreated, tooth loss and gum disease are more likely.

The best way to avoid dental health issues associated with plaque and tartar are:
• Brush two times per day
• Try not to eat or drink things that are sugary, sticky or starchy
• Floss at least once per day
• Schedule routine visits to the dentist

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Be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese if you’re due for a cleaning or have any concerns about the health of your mouth.

How to Care for Your Dental Health When You’re Sick

April 2nd, 2018 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News | Oral Health - (0 Comments)
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It can be difficult to think about your dental health when you’re sick, but it’s important to remember that, even if you’re sick, you need to continue keeping your mouth healthy.

Here are a couple things to keep in mind the next time you feel under the weather.

Choose Sugar-Free Cough Drops
It’s important to buy sugar-free cough drops. Since cough drops are meant to stay in your mouth for long periods of time, the sugar also stays in your mouth longer.

Drink Water
Dry mouth may be a side-effect of medicine. If this is the case for you, you’ll need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Saliva helps wash away harmful bacteria, so, if your medicine is causing your mouth to dry out, be sure to drink water to keep harmful bacteria from attacking your teeth and gums.

Change Your Toothbrush
Flu germs can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours. Although the chances of catching the flu from using your toothbrush are small, if you want to be extra careful you may want to get a new toothbrush when you’re feeling better.

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Besides at-home care, scheduling routine visits to the dentist is one of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy and detect any signs of dental health issues. If you are due for a cleaning or have any questions, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese.