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Invisalign Sidney Ohio

Are you interested in having straighter, more aesthetically pleasing, and healthier teeth? If so, you may be a candidate for Invisalign from Dr. Van Treese, DDS in Sidney, OH.

You probably know what Invisalign is. It is a system of trays that works to correct your smile in a more sightly and comfortable way than traditional braces. Invisalign trays are worn successively over a period of time to slowly shift your teeth and correct the imperfections in your smile. 

Invisalign Sidney Ohio

Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional braces. These advantages include, but are not limited to, the following:

Trays that are removable

As you could probably guess, traditional braces are in your mouth every hour of every day until your treatment is complete. This means that they limit what you can eat and drink. After all, you don’t want to eat something that will break your wires or brackets, or affect their ability to work properly. With Invisalign, you can simply take your trays out when you go to eat, eat whatever you want, and then replace your trays afterward. Dr. Van Treese strongly recommends brushing thoroughly after meals, if possible. 

More comfortable than braces 

Traditional braces fill your mouth with rubber bands, brackets, and wires. All of these things can poke and bother your cheeks, lips, and mouth. Invisalign does not require any metal and bands to be placed in your mouth, just a tray that is molded to fit over your teeth. 

Less noticeable during every day life

This advantage is especially important to adults who want straighter teeth. Invisalign trays are translucent and are very hard to see during every day life. This means that, as you go about your day, people will hardly be able to tell, if at all, that you are wearing an Invisalign tray. Sadly, the same cannot be said about traditional braces!

Improves your ability to maintain good oral hygiene

Think about everything that is put into your mouth when you receive traditional braces. Wires, bands, brackets, and more. What do all of these things do? They make it much more difficult to brush and floss your teeth in the correct manner. Additionally, these objects offer germs and bacteria a place to harbor and build up on your teeth. This could be bad news for you, as these germs and bacteria may start causing oral health issues.   

Do you have an interest in receiving Invisalign treatment?

If you are interested in Invisalign, you should know that treatment is not as expensive as many people make it out to be. Typically, Invisalign treatment will not be much more expensive, if more expensive at all, than traditional braces. 

If you have any additional questions, or would like to receive a consultation, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Van Treese. 

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.

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.

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.

Need A Dentist Appointment?

If you are in need of a dentist appointment, feel free to contact us today! We are always welcoming new smiling faces.

Chewing Gum

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.

Need a Dentist?

Do you need a filling, a professional cleaning or a consultation? Contact our office in Sidney today to schedule a visit with Dr. Van Treese.

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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!

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.

Teeth Whitening

In our previous blog post, Dr. Van Treese discussed many of the common causes of tooth discoloration. It is important to know why your teeth are discolored so you know what kind of treatment will work for you.

Teeth Whitening

Below, Dr. Van Treese, located at 2627 Broadway Ave., outlines the many options available for teeth whitening.

  • At-Home Systems: An at home system from Dr. Van Treese will make use of custom-made trays to fit your teeth. Your custom-made trays will be filled with a whitening product and worn overnight, or for hours at a time. Dr. Van Treese recommends using the system for seven to ten days to achieve optimal results.
  • Whitening Products Available in Stores: Products like toothpastes, strips, and mouthwashes available in stores will whiten your teeth, but not by much. This is due to a lack of bleaching agent present in the product. These products can lighten your teeth by just one shade. In comparison, the at-home system available at Dr. Van Treese’s office will lighten your teeth by three to eight shades.  
  • OTC Products: Unlike products available on the shelves, these products do contain a bleaching product like hydrogen peroxide. However, the bleaching product that is contained is in much smaller amounts than an at-home system.
  • Veneers/Crowns: As we stated above, teeth discolored by trauma or medications will not respond to products that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide. These products will offer you a chance to have bright white teeth no matter what the cause.

With the many options available for teeth whitening, it is imperative to consult your dentist as to what option will work best for you. Your dentist will be able to properly evaluate your teeth through a thorough exam, and determine what will offer you the best results. 

One common side effect of teeth whitening to be aware of is tooth sensitivity. Your tooth sensitivity should subside after your procedure is completed. If your sensitivity becomes too intense, you can suspend your treatment and restart once the sensitivity has subsided.

Contact Us Today For More Information

Want to whiten your teeth? Dr. Van Treese, DDS, in Sidney is always welcoming new patients, and wants to give you the smile you desire. Contact us today at 937-492-6984.  

Cosmetic dentistry is a rapidly growing part of the dental industry. Cosmetic dentistry is geared towards creating positive enhancements to the appearance of your smile and boosting your self-esteem. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, these procedures should also improve the overall health, wellness, and functionality of your smile. The most commonly requested cosmetic procedure is whitening.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the shade of your teeth over a period of time. As we age, our teeth naturally become discolored and are no longer pearly white. Common causes of discoloration include:

  • Age: As we grow older, our enamel breaks down and exposes more of our dentin, which gives our teeth a darker, more yellow appearance.
  • Food and Beverages: Popular beverage choices like coffee and tea contain acid and dark pigments. These pigments remain on our teeth in microscopic ridges. Foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Remember, if it would stain a white shirt, it will probably stain your teeth.
  • Tobacco Products: Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products alike can cause an increase in plaque and tartar build up, which, in turn, lead to tooth discoloration.
  • Medicines: Many medications that we are required to take, especially as we age, commonly cause discoloration.
  • Trauma: If you tooth gets hit, or is injured, it can become discolored.

Understanding the cause of your tooth discoloration is imperative in determining your treatment plan. The reason for this, is that certain causes will not respond to teeth whitening products and will require a different approach. As an example, if your teeth are discolored due to trauma or the medications you take, they will not respond to a whitening product that contains a bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide. In addition to medications and trauma, any fillings, bondings, crowns, or bridges will not respond to a bleaching agent.

In our next blog article, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH will discuss different types of teeth whitening options that are available in the market place.