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Could chewing gum actually be good for your oral health?

Chewing Gum

Truth is, it depends what kind of gum you are chewing.

If the gum is full of sugar, forget about it. But, if the gum you are chewing is sugar-free, it can actually have many benefits to your oral health. After all, in our last blog article, we learned the sugar-free chewing gum can defend against bad breath.

Gum chewing has been oft criticized by many people over the years. You have probably heard from many places that it would damage your teeth. However, sugar-free gum can actually do the exact opposite. Sugar-free gum offers you some defense against tooth decay, dry mouth, and bad breath.

If you struggle to produce saliva, chewing can be important in stimulating your salivary glands. That is why foods like carrots and celery are great for saliva production. Saliva is important because it neutralizes the acids in your mouth, eliminates bad breath, and is a natural defense against cavities.

Specifically, you should look for gum that contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that works against cavity-causing-sugars. Xylitol is not found in all sugar-free gum, so be careful which brand you choose.

If you suffer from frequent headaches or TMD, you should try to avoid chewing gum. Chewing gum will introduce additional stress on your TMJ. If you believe you are suffering from TMD, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist sooner rather than later.

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Although junk food can be a treat every so often, these foods can lead to severe oral health problems that in turn can effect the rest of your body.

Although junk food can be a treat every so often, these foods can lead to severe oral health problems that in turn can effect the rest of your body.

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

As we all know, large amounts of sugar can cause cavities and increases your risk for gum disease. And in turn, gum disease can also cause a systemic inflammatory response which can increase risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions as well as weaken your bone structure?

Confectionaries and fizzy soft drinks contain excess amounts of sugar. Candies, sodas, flavored waters, energy drinks, and sports drinks are also loaded with high fructose corn syrup which is unhealthy for your teeth and bad for your body. This makes them very high in calories and low in nutritional value.

Also beware of “diet” drinks which have high acid levels that contribute to the breakdown of your tooth enamel. You can greatly increase your oral and overall health by simply limiting your consumption of these food items

Visit the American Dental Association for more information on proper oral health.

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Tartar build up caused by plaque is believed to be the number one cause for gum disease, but what other risk factors are involved?

Here are a few of the other factors that could increase your risk of periodontal disease:

  • file00088232176Heredity-genetics can play a role in the likelihood of gum disease. Those with a family history should have regular visits to try and get ahead of it.
  • Poor oral habits-poor care of teeth and gums can play a large role in developing periodontal disease.
  • Diabetes-a link between diabetes and gum disease has been found in studies.
  • Medications-Medication can be a contributor to gum disease.
  • Hormonal ChangesPregnancy, menopause and other hormonal changes could be factors in developing gum disease.
  • Age-age plays a role in developing gum disease.
  • These factors and others (substance abuse, tobacco use, poor fitting dental work, bit changes, poor nutrition, etc…) can increase your risk of periodontal disease.

Even with all of the risk factors involved, prevention is still the best way to avoid periodontitis.

Contact us today at our convenient Sidney dental office to set up your comfort cleaning and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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Todays market has so many different anti-snoring devices available. Finding the right solution for your snoring can seem like a daunting task. Many of these devices are unproven or work by keeping you awake at night. Fortunately, there are plenty of proven techniques that can help you eliminate snoring.

Find the cause of your snoring

Keep a sleep diary to monitor your snoring patterns. Note the different ways you sleep and snore.

  • Closed-mouth snoring may indicate a problem with your tongue.
  • Open-mouth snoring may be related to the tissues in your throat.
  • Snoring when sleeping on your back is probably mild snoring—improved sleep habits and lifestyle changes may be effective cures.
  • Snoring in all sleep positions can mean your snoring is more severe and may require a more comprehensive treatment.

Lifestyle changes to stop snoring

  • Lose weight: Even if you lose a small amount of weight, you can reduce fatty tissue that cause you to snore in the back of your throat.
  • Exercise: Working out to tone your arms, legs, and abs leads to toning the muscles in your throat.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking leads to a higher chance of snoring. Smoking causes the airways to be blocked, also irritating the membranes in the nose and throat.
  • Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives: Especially before bedtime! They relax the muscles in the throat causing interference of breathing. If you take any prescription medication, talk with your doctor as some encourage a deeper sleep which can make snoring worse.
  • Establish regular sleep patterns: Having a bedtime ritual and sticking to it helps you sleep better and often minimizes snoring.

If you have tried self-help solution and do not have any success, Medial treatments could be the answer. Consult your physician or dentist.  They offer different solutions that can help!

Jeffery R. Van Treese, D.D.S. has been providing comprehensive dentistry and caring for patients in Sidney since 1987. His practice is located at 2627 Broadway Avenue in Sidney. For a free consultation, he may be reached at 937-492- 6984 or Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


 Teeth are held firmly in place by the gums, bone and ligaments.  Healthy gums fit tightly against the teeth. Gum disease is an infection that  affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film that forms on the surface of the teeth, which contains  bacteria that can irritate the gums.  Inflamed gums begin to pull away from the teeth and form “pockets” that allow more collection of harmful  bacteria, leading to gingivitis. Your dentist or hygienist uses an instrument to gently measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth.   Healthy gums measure 1-3 millimeters and do not bleed, while infected pockets have deeper measurements and may bleed.

 However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress to advanced periodontitis.  With time, as the plaque and tartar build up along the  gumline, the soft tissues that support the tooth begin to break down.  As the disease progresses, the bacteria will attack and may destroy the  bone support and the teeth may become loose and need to be removed. 

 The good news is periodontal disease does respond well to treatment.When the disease is detected in its early stage, a professional dental  cleaning will remove the plaque and bacteria.  Your hygienist can also give you helpful advice for improving your home care.  Patients with  advanced gum disease require a special cleaning, called scaling and root planing, or periodontal cleaning, where the dentist or hygienist  carefully removes plaque, tartar and bacteria down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket.  This “deep cleaning” allows the tissues to heal and reattach to the tooth.  This procedure may take more than one visit.  At follow up visits, pocket measurements will chart the success of the periodontal cleaning.

If you would like more information on gum disease and gingivitis, please visit the American Academy of Periodontology.

If you would like a checkup, please visit our general dentistry office in Sidney, Ohio!