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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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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.

Dr. Van Treese, DDS and his entire team in Sidney, OH take great pride in maintaining the oral health of our patients. Unfortunately, a common oral disease that many people suffer from is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause a lot of harm to your mouth, but can also lead to disease like diabetes. One thing to know about gum disease, is that you may not know that you are suffering from it, as it is often “silent.” So, you should add periodontal disease to the list of reasons why you should maintain routine oral wellness visits. If you are suffering from gum disease, it is important to receive treatment. Gum disease typically responds to treatment very well and can easily be reversed. Recently, we learned a little bit more about gum disease as well.

A study at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), located in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, found a potential connection between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease. The study conducted at CWRU required the participation of 40 people who suffered from both periodontal disease and RA. In this study, half of the participants received deep cleanings and half the participants did not. Over the course of the study—in six weeks to be exact—the participants who received deep cleanings were suffering from less pain, less swelling, and less joint discomfort than those who did not receive deep cleanings. The reason believed for this, is that the bacteria throughout your mouth may cause additional inflammation, and enhances RA progress (similar to diabetes). If you are suffering from periodontal disease or rheumatoid arthritis, you may want to consider receiving a deep cleaning.

If you are looking for a dentist to treat your periodontal disease, we welcome you to contact us today. Dr. Van Treese is always welcoming new patients, and wants to help improve your oral and overall health.

Healthy Living

Dr. Van Treese, DDS and his entire team want to wish you a happy and healthy new year. We know that many people resolve to be healthier in the new year. If this is the case for you, we want to offer some help. Below, Dr. Van Treese lists a few hints to help you get on the right track in the new year!

Tip #1: Eat Breakfast

Breakfast is imperative to a good start to the day. Saying it’s the most important meal of the day isn’t just to sell more eggs and bacon. Eating breakfast will give you more energy during the morning and keep you from overeating at lunch, which causes that afternoon “crash.”

Healthy Living

Tip #2: Lose Weight

More than one in three Americans are considered to be obese. If you are one of these people, you should try to start getting your weight under control. What is important is finding an activity you love doing (walking, running, biking, rowing, playing basketball, weight lifting, etc.) and stick to it. Additionally, you should start watching your calorie intake more carefully. You don’t need to do some glamorous diet to lose weight. The formula is simply: burn more calories than you take in and give it time!  

Tip #3: Sleep More

Do you often find yourself lacking energy, or in a bad mood? A key factor in reversing this is to get a full eight hours of sleep every night. By doing this, you should see a boost in energy, an improvement in your mood and many other health benefits. In addition to getting more sleep, start exercising. Exercising causes a release of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. Combining sleep and exercise should result in a drastic increase in energy and a boost in your mood.

Dr. Van Treese hopes that these hints will help you lead a healthier and more fulfilling life in 2017! Another tip for a healthier life is to visit the dentist in 2017. Remember: good overall health begins with good oral health. If you are in the Sidney, OH area and are in need of a dentist, we are always welcoming new patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Oral Wellness Visit

In the last several years, we have seen many advances in dental products and technology. While these advances are great, it leaves many of my patients asking if they still need to visit the dentist two times per year.

Oral Wellness Visit

Typically, the answer to this question is still yes. There are several reasons why your routine check-ups are still necessary, including the following:

– Your dentist can check for problems, and spot them, before you notice or feel them develop.

– Your dentist can spot tooth decay before it becomes serious. Decay usually does not become visible or painful until it is more advanced. If spotted early, you can begin receiving fluoride treatments or start using products that contain fluoride.

– A routine check-up is a lot more than just a cleaning. There are many other exams your dentist can do, like cancer screenings, to ensure you’re staying healthy.

With this in mind, there are people who may be able to take more time in between visits. If you have taken great care of your gums and teeth, and have gone years without any oral health issues, you might fall into this group. If you think this is the case for you, consult your dentist at your next check-up to determine what schedule will give you the best results.    

On the other hand, however, there is a group of people who should consider visiting the dentist more than twice per year. If you suffer from gum disease, frequent tooth decay, or suffer from excessive plaque and tartar build-up, you might want to consider visiting the dentist more often. Doing so will keep your mouth more healthy, cause you less pain, and save you time and money in the long run.

Need to schedule a dentist appointment? Haven’t been to the dentist in a while? Feel free to reach out to Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH to set up an appointment. Dr. Van Treese is always welcoming new patients, and wants you to have a happy and healthy smile.

Cavities Sidney, OH

Maintaining good oral health is not as easy as simply brushing your teeth when you wake up and go to bed. Of course, we also know that flossing, using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist all play an important role in keep your mouth healthy. However, you may not have known that your dietary choices also play a big role in your dental health. So, next time you go to grab a snack, be careful with what you choose.

Below, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH offers several foods and drinks that may be damaging your teeth as you consume them.

Food

Sticky Candies: The mixture of sugar and stickiness makes these candies a disaster for the health of your teeth.

Examples: Skittles, toffee, taffy, gummy bears, jelly beans, etc.

Hard Candies: Whether you chew on them or let them melt in your mouth, hard candies are bad news.

Option 1 – Chewing on the hard candy. Unfortunately, this can cause you to damage the enamel of your teeth and can cause a dental emergency in some cases.

Option 2 – Letting the candy melt in your mouth. This is dangerous to the health of your teeth, as it fills your mouth with sugars and syrups for long periods of time. 

Examples: Jolly Ranchers, Candy Canes, Ring Pops, Life Savers, etc.

Citrus Fruits: Acid is one of your teeth’s greatest enemies. Acid can cause your tooth enamel to erode and put you at higher risk of developing cavities.

Examples: Lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, etc.

Foods that contain starch: If a food contains a high amount of starch, it can easily get stuck in your teeth. After eating foods with starch, you should try to floss and rinse your mouth out.

Examples: Potato chips, pretzels, cereals, crackers, etc.

Beverages

Soda/pop: Your dentist will probably tell you that soda is the most important thing to avoid in maintaining great oral health. The harm from soda is due to the acid content and high sugar content. The acid in soda wears your tooth’s enamel down and the sugar assaults your teeth.Cavities Sidney, OH

Adult beverages: Alcohol causes your body to dehydrate. Dehydration then leads to dry mouth, which leads to cavities and gum disease. Saliva is one of the most important defenses we have against mouth diseases, and it is important to keep your saliva flowing.

Coffee: Similar to alcohol, caffeine dehydrates the body. Unfortunately, what makes coffee even worse than alcohol is all the extra sugar that we add to our favorite morning drink. Additionally, coffee is a big contributor to tooth discoloration.

Sports drinks: While these are great when you are exercising, drinking them in excess can be harmful to your dental health. Sports drinks usually contain a lot of sugar and food coloring, which can cause tooth discoloration.

Dr. Van Treese hopes that the list above can help you have a healthier mouth. If you are in need of a dental checkup, feel free to contact us today at our office in Sidney, OH.