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Symptoms of Oral Cancer

April 29th, 2014 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)

According to the ADA, nearly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year. Regular oral cancer examinations are the best way to detect oral cancer early on.

The ADA states that if symptoms do not disappear within 2 weeks, make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Signs and symptoms to look for include:

  • Irritation that won’t go away
  • Red or white patches
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Visit the ADA’s website to read more about oral cancer. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more dental health tips.

My main priority is to provide the best possible dental care for the people of Sidney and all surrounding areas. Along with providing excellent care, I make it my priority to educate my patients so they can better understand the dangers of things like gum disease.

Gum Disease, also known as Periodontal Disease, can be very damaging to both your mouth as well as the rest of your body. Many are aware of the dangers of Periodontal Disease but not many know why it is so threatening. The most common forms of Gum Disease: Periodontitis (gingivitis plus bone loss around the teeth) and Gingivitis (red, bleeding and/or puffy gums) are caused by an accumulation of plaque and tartar around your teeth. Plaque and tartar contain bacteria that release toxins which irritate your gums. These toxins cause inflammatory responses in the body, which leads the body to, in essence, attack itself. This causes the gums to separate from the teeth and bone and form pockets that can become easily infected by the bacteria in your mouth. This can cause the bone structure of your mouth to deteriorate. If not treated, the pockets between your gums caused by this condition can grow larger, important gum tissue and bone is destroyed, and the condition can lead to tooth loss.

The best defense against gum disease is prevention and early detection, and of course, treatment to arrest the disease process when it occurs. Give our office a call to get an oral cancer screening. For more information on how to prevent gum disease, visit the American Academy of Periodontology or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

One of the most common questions from my patients in Sidney is how they can whiten their teeth and brighten their smile. Our teeth are composed of enamel, which acts as a protective barrier that prevents cavities and tooth decay. Enamel also give your teeth their white color. Certain products we consume can break down the enamel in our teeth and cause stains. This can be caused by the acidity levels or by artificial food colorings.

Rule of thumb: If it can stain your carpet, it can stain your teeth.

Darkly pigmented beverages such as coffee, tea and cola can greatly discolor your teeth. Microscopic ridges on each tooth can catch residue from these beverages, which can cause discoloration. Cola also contains high levels of acidity, which can actually break down the enamel in your teeth. The food coloring in several processed foods that we eat can also cause staining as well. This includes fruit juices, popsicles and even ketchup. Visit Supersmile for more examples of foods that can stain your teeth.

Maintaining regular brushing and flossing is the best way to eliminate discoloration and keep your smile bright. Call our office  to set up your next teeth whitening. For more tips on how to maintain proper oral hygiene, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Oral health and overall health are linked in several ways that many people do not realize. At the office of Dr. Jeff Van Treese, it’s very important to us that we help our patients in Shelby County live healthy lives. Although junk food can be a treat every so often, these foods can lead to severe oral health problems that can effect the rest of your body.

Large amounts of sugar can lead to cavities and increases your risk for gum disease. Gum disease, along with weakening your bone structure, can also cause a systemic inflammatory response which can increase risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions.

Sugar is found in excess in fizzy soft drinks and confectionaries. This makes them high in calories and low in nutritional value. Candies, sodas, flavored waters, energy drinks, and sports drinks are also filled with high fructose corn syrup which is unhealthy for your teeth and bad for your body. Even “diet” drinks have high acid levels that contribute to the breakdown of your enamel. Limiting your consumption of these food items can greatly increase your oral and overall health.

Visit the American Dental Association for more information on oral health. Call our office to schedule your next visit!

The Invisalign Process

March 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)

We have previously talked about how Invisalign is comfortable and effective way to help straighten your teeth without the use of conventional braces. Several of our patients in Sidney have been asking us just how we go about creating your custom Invisalign mouthpieces.

In-order to create Invisalign that will work the most effectively with your teeth, we start by taking pictures, X-Rays and impressions of your teeth. This helps to determine how the treatment will guide your teeth. We use this information to great a set of custom mouthpieces that will be worn 20-22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. After the treatment is complete, you will need to visit us every six weeks to monitor the progress of your treatment.

We are holding an Invisalign Open House on March 25th so you can find out if Invisalign is right for you. Call our office in Sidney for more information. For more information on Invisalign, visit their website.

Google Nexus 7 Giveaway

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)

At the office of Dr. Jeffrey R. Van Treese DDS, we strive to make every trip to the dentist fun and memorable for the entire family. We believe that the people of Shelby County should be rewarded for making excellent dental health a priority in their lives. To honor our patients, we are holding a drawing for a free Google Nexus 7 at our office in Sidney. Next time you come in for your regularly scheduled whitening, ask one of our staff members how you can enter. The winner will be chosen at the end of March.

We are also holding a giveaway for a $25 Walmart gift card for for the kids in our No Cavities Club as well as a contest for a free in-office whitening on our Facebook page. Follow our Facebook page for more information on all of our promotions. We are also on Twitter and Google+  as well.

Benefits of Invisalign

January 13th, 2014 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)










Braces can often be a dirty word when it comes to straightening your teeth. Although effective, they are cumbersome, highly noticeable and uncomfortable. This is why the office of Dr. Jeff Van Treese endorses Invisalign as an alternate method of straightening our patient’s teeth.

Invisalign consists of a pair of custom-made aligners that fit over your teeth. These clear aligning trays gently shift your teeth into place and simply need to be replaced every two weeks until your treatment is complete. Invisalign is virtually invisible and easy to remove. They are also made of comfortable plastic instead of metal so they will not irritate your mouth. For more information on Invisalign, visit their website.

Not sure if Invisalign is right for you? We are holding an Invisalign Open House in our Sidney office on March 25th. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Panoramic X-Rays

December 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)

As a dentist, I understand how important it is for the people of Shelby County to have the best possible oral health. Sometimes a simple dental check-up does not identify certain problems with your teeth such as impacted molars or TMJ disorders. This is where dental X-Rays are useful.

Since we are so dedicated to making sure the people of Sidney have access to top notch dental care with state-of-the-art technology, our office has recently invested in a new Panoramic X-Ray machine and cephalometric machine Panoramic X-Rays are a specific type of Extraoral X-Ray that is able to show the upper and lower jaw areas in a single X-Ray.

Along with detecting impactions, Panoramic X-Rays can also assist in screening for oral disease as well as tooth growth among children. During your next appointment, ask about setting up a dental X-Ray today. For more information on Dental X-Rays, head over to

About Dr. Van Treese

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)

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. 2014 marks his 27th 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 bringfree 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