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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.

dental anxiety Sidney, OH dentist

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.

Bad Breath Sidney, OH

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.

Bad Breath Sidney, OH

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.

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

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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.

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.

Gum Disease

Do you have healthy gums, or not? You may not have the slightest clue about the health of your gums—but you should. In Dr. Van Treese’s last blog article, he introduced the importance of healthy gums, and what other health issues can stem from gum disease.

Gum Disease

Knowing the health of your gums is not always easy, especially when you don’t maintain routine visits to the dentist. Unfortunately, gum disease does not show many signs or symptoms, and is often referred to as a “silent disease.” 

A couple signs of gum disease that you can look for include:

  • Your gums bleeding while you brush or floss.
  • Your gums appearing bright red and puffy.

If you think you might have gum disease, or do not know for sure if you do or not, you may want to consider visiting your dentist. Your dentist has special tools that can determine the health of your gums, if you have gum disease, how developed your gum disease may be, and what a successful treatment plan would be. 

Below, Dr. Van Treese offers a few tips to keeping your gums healthy. Please note that these practices should not replace your routine dental appointments and professional cleanings. 

  • Brush your gums twice a day. While you are brushing your teeth, remember to gently brush your gums as well. Brushing your gums can help to remove bacteria that is on your gums and along your gum line.
  • Brush your top teeth from the top down and your bottom teeth from the bottom up. This brushing technique will help to free up and bacteria or plaque that may be sitting on your gum line. 
  • Remember to floss. When your dentist asks you about your flossing habits, it is not for fun. It is because flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. 

Your dentist is well equipped to examine your mouth and determine the health of your gums. Your dentist may also put together a treatment plan to restore your gums to health. This treatment plan may require the work of a periodontist as well. 

Good oral hygiene practices include visiting your dentist, and keeping your teeth in good condition, right? Right! But it also includes a bit more. 

Keeping your teeth in good condition is just half the battle of maintaining good oral health. Your gums, and what lies underneath your gums, are also important to your oral health. 

If you do not take proper care of your gums—which includes flossing daily and gently brushing them—you may develop gum disease. Gum disease, is often silent, so you may not even know you have it, but it can lead to many other health problems.

Gum disease can cause the following health conditions:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Tooth loss
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • And more

To see a list of warning signs for gum disease, click here

If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Treese at our office in Sidney, OH. Dr. Van Treese can examine your gums and put together a treatment plan to restore them to health.

Dr. Van Treese, DDS and his entire team in Sidney, OH take great pride in maintaining the oral health of our patients. Unfortunately, a common oral disease that many people suffer from is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause a lot of harm to your mouth, but can also lead to disease like diabetes. One thing to know about gum disease, is that you may not know that you are suffering from it, as it is often “silent.” So, you should add periodontal disease to the list of reasons why you should maintain routine oral wellness visits. If you are suffering from gum disease, it is important to receive treatment. Gum disease typically responds to treatment very well and can easily be reversed. Recently, we learned a little bit more about gum disease as well.

A study at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), located in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, found a potential connection between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease. The study conducted at CWRU required the participation of 40 people who suffered from both periodontal disease and RA. In this study, half of the participants received deep cleanings and half the participants did not. Over the course of the study—in six weeks to be exact—the participants who received deep cleanings were suffering from less pain, less swelling, and less joint discomfort than those who did not receive deep cleanings. The reason believed for this, is that the bacteria throughout your mouth may cause additional inflammation, and enhances RA progress (similar to diabetes). If you are suffering from periodontal disease or rheumatoid arthritis, you may want to consider receiving a deep cleaning.

If you are looking for a dentist to treat your periodontal disease, we welcome you to contact us today. Dr. Van Treese is always welcoming new patients, and wants to help improve your oral and overall health.

Oral Wellness Visit

In the last several years, we have seen many advances in dental products and technology. While these advances are great, it leaves many of my patients asking if they still need to visit the dentist two times per year.

Oral Wellness Visit

Typically, the answer to this question is still yes. There are several reasons why your routine check-ups are still necessary, including the following:

– Your dentist can check for problems, and spot them, before you notice or feel them develop.

– Your dentist can spot tooth decay before it becomes serious. Decay usually does not become visible or painful until it is more advanced. If spotted early, you can begin receiving fluoride treatments or start using products that contain fluoride.

– A routine check-up is a lot more than just a cleaning. There are many other exams your dentist can do, like cancer screenings, to ensure you’re staying healthy.

With this in mind, there are people who may be able to take more time in between visits. If you have taken great care of your gums and teeth, and have gone years without any oral health issues, you might fall into this group. If you think this is the case for you, consult your dentist at your next check-up to determine what schedule will give you the best results.    

On the other hand, however, there is a group of people who should consider visiting the dentist more than twice per year. If you suffer from gum disease, frequent tooth decay, or suffer from excessive plaque and tartar build-up, you might want to consider visiting the dentist more often. Doing so will keep your mouth more healthy, cause you less pain, and save you time and money in the long run.

Need to schedule a dentist appointment? Haven’t been to the dentist in a while? Feel free to reach out to Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH to set up an appointment. Dr. Van Treese is always welcoming new patients, and wants you to have a happy and healthy smile.

Cavities Sidney, OH

Maintaining good oral health is not as easy as simply brushing your teeth when you wake up and go to bed. Of course, we also know that flossing, using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist all play an important role in keep your mouth healthy. However, you may not have known that your dietary choices also play a big role in your dental health. So, next time you go to grab a snack, be careful with what you choose.

Below, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH offers several foods and drinks that may be damaging your teeth as you consume them.

Food

Sticky Candies: The mixture of sugar and stickiness makes these candies a disaster for the health of your teeth.

Examples: Skittles, toffee, taffy, gummy bears, jelly beans, etc.

Hard Candies: Whether you chew on them or let them melt in your mouth, hard candies are bad news.

Option 1 – Chewing on the hard candy. Unfortunately, this can cause you to damage the enamel of your teeth and can cause a dental emergency in some cases.

Option 2 – Letting the candy melt in your mouth. This is dangerous to the health of your teeth, as it fills your mouth with sugars and syrups for long periods of time. 

Examples: Jolly Ranchers, Candy Canes, Ring Pops, Life Savers, etc.

Citrus Fruits: Acid is one of your teeth’s greatest enemies. Acid can cause your tooth enamel to erode and put you at higher risk of developing cavities.

Examples: Lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, etc.

Foods that contain starch: If a food contains a high amount of starch, it can easily get stuck in your teeth. After eating foods with starch, you should try to floss and rinse your mouth out.

Examples: Potato chips, pretzels, cereals, crackers, etc.

Beverages

Soda/pop: Your dentist will probably tell you that soda is the most important thing to avoid in maintaining great oral health. The harm from soda is due to the acid content and high sugar content. The acid in soda wears your tooth’s enamel down and the sugar assaults your teeth.Cavities Sidney, OH

Adult beverages: Alcohol causes your body to dehydrate. Dehydration then leads to dry mouth, which leads to cavities and gum disease. Saliva is one of the most important defenses we have against mouth diseases, and it is important to keep your saliva flowing.

Coffee: Similar to alcohol, caffeine dehydrates the body. Unfortunately, what makes coffee even worse than alcohol is all the extra sugar that we add to our favorite morning drink. Additionally, coffee is a big contributor to tooth discoloration.

Sports drinks: While these are great when you are exercising, drinking them in excess can be harmful to your dental health. Sports drinks usually contain a lot of sugar and food coloring, which can cause tooth discoloration.

Dr. Van Treese hopes that the list above can help you have a healthier mouth. If you are in need of a dental checkup, feel free to contact us today at our office in Sidney, OH.