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sleep apnea Sidney, OH dentist

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.

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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 exam Sidney, OH

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 screening Sidney, OH

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.

cavity prevention Sidney, OH

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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!

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.