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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 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.

Oral Cancer Sidney Ohio

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.

Oral Cancer Sidney Ohio

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

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 Sidney

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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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.

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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Halitosis

How many people suffer from chronic halitosis (bad breath) in the US?

The answer to this question is: Somewhere between 35% and 45% of the total population, or 80 million people.

Halitosis

Halitosis, better known as bad breath, is triggered by anaerobic bacteria that excretes sulfur compounds. In layman’s terms, bad breath is typically caused by bacteria and food particles that are not removed from your mouth during routine brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash.

The best way to prevent bad breath is to practice GREAT oral hygiene habits and keep your dental visits routine. At your routine visits, plaque, tartar, and bacteria that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing will be removed.

To avoid bad breath, try the following:

  • Brushing twice per day with proper form (don’t forget your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth)
  • Consider using a tongue scraper
  • Floss every day
  • Use mouth wash
  • If you are a tobacco user, stop using
  • Stay hydrated, dry mouth can cause bad breath
  • Improve your diet (eat more carrots, celery, and apples)
  • Chew sugarless chewing gum

Schedule an Appointment

Do you need to schedule a dental appointment? Remember, they are imperative in eliminating bad breath.

Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH, serving patients from all around Shelby County, is always welcoming new patients. So, if you are new to the office, or an existing patient, schedule your appointment today!