Smiles for a Lifetime

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.


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.


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. 

Tooth Decay Sidney Dentist

As we age, we tend to experience more health issues. This is no different for the health of your mouth. Unfortunately, due to a decline in saliva production, we develop more cavities and may develop gum disease. Saliva is one of the most important defenses against disease that our mouth has, so if you are experiencing dry mouth (xerostomia), do not ignore it.Tooth Decay Sidney Dentist

Saliva is important because it helps to balance out the acids and bases in your mouth. Saliva protects against enamel erosion, cavities, tooth sensitivity, and gum disease. Saliva is created in your salivary glands which are located under the tongue and in the cheeks. As we age, the aforementioned glands start performing other duties and your saliva creation is compromised. One example of this is fat being stored in our serous salivary glands.

Unfortunately, an increase in fatty tissue is not the only cause of dry mouth. There are other things like medications and medical treatments that will lead to dry mouth. Medications that cause dry mouth include those that treat hypertension, heart disease, and arthritis.

As we age, our bodies are continually changing. Due to this, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH recommends maintaing your routine dental appointments. A helpful hint to help decrease your cavities, is to use dental products that contain fluoride. Fluoride will help to strengthen your teeth, build up your enamel, and protect you from developing cavities.

If you have already developed cavities, Dr. Van Treese offers several restorative options. Restorative options include fillings, crowns, veneers, and more! If you have questions about your teeth, or maybe have been experiencing some tooth sensitivity, feel free to contact us today!

Headaches Sidney Dentist

It is not rare for people to suffer from headaches. Everyone experiences some form of them; whether it be a sharp pain or dull, last for hours or just a few minutes, everyone has been affected. Every day, the medical world discovers a little more about headaches, what causes them, and what treatment options work the best. In some cases, someone may require the help of many health professionals to treat their headaches, including: a physician, a physical therapist, a dentist, and a psychologist.Headaches Sidney Dentist

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who seek help for their headaches and do not see any change. If this has happened to you, or someone you know, you may want to consult your dentist. Often, dentists are trained to treat jaw troubles and headaches. Due to this, if your headaches have not been able to be treated by a medical doctor, and all medical complications have been dismissed, we recommend visiting your dentist. If your dentist does not treat headaches, they may be able to refer you to someone who can.

How can a dentist help you? Many headaches are a result of spasms in your jaw and neck muscles. Due to this, your dentist may be able to prescribe a “night guard” or bite splint that can provide you with some comfort. These splints are acrylic platforms that will offer your jaw a place to rest and keep your jaw from contracting. A big thing that these splints or guards protect against is teeth grinding. It has been found that roughly 80% of people suffer from bruxism (frequent teeth grinding) and develop “tension headaches” due to it.

If you are suffering from headaches, have a discussion with your physician and dentist; chances are you can find some relief. If you are in the Sidney, OH area and would like to consult Dr. Van Treese about your headaches or any other dental health issues, feel free to contact us today.

Wisdom Teeth Sydney OH Dentist

Your wisdom teeth are considered your third molars. They are called your “wisdom teeth” because they tend to grow in as you gain wisdom. Typically, this means they grow in during your late teen years or your early twenties. Unfortunately, these teeth do not have much “wisdom” of their own as they rarely make it into your mouth how they are supposed to. Wisdom Teeth Sydney OH Dentist

Almost everyone has heard about wisdom teeth. Mainly due to the stories they hear when people have them extracted. In the past, dentist used to recommend leaving your wisdom teeth in. The reason for this is that it was thought that, even if they grew in sideways, they had some use in our mouth. However, this has been found to be mostly false. Now, dentists have very few reasons, if any at all, to keep your wisdom teeth.

One thing that dentists do know is that wisdom teeth are incredible hard to take care of for a patient. Due to their positioning in the very back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are hard to clean and susceptible to cavities. Additionally, if your wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause cysts that can weaken your jaw bone and damage your other molars. If your wisdom teeth become partially impacted, they can cause damage to the surrounding gums, bone, and teeth around the wisdom tooth. If left untreated, your wisdom teeth can cause severe infections that are both dangerous and painful.

Most dentists agree that there are no good reasons to keep your wisdom teeth. The two reasons why people do not have their wisdom teeth out are due to fear or an underlying medical condition that prevents the procedure from happening. Dr. Van Treese recommends having your wisdom teeth out at a young age to make the process easier. Due to the invasiveness of the process, the younger you are, the easier the healing process will be. Additionally, if you let the roots continue to form, it may make the process more complicated.

If you have any questions regarding wisdom teeth or the procedure, feel free to contact us today. If you would like to schedule an appointment at our office in Sidney, OH, please call us at 937-492-6984.

Family Dentistry

Parenting brings many difficult tasks. From the time you are changing diapers to the time you are teaching your children how to drive, you are constantly challenged. One of the most difficult challenges parents face is getting their kids to properly brush their teeth. Unfortunately, kids do not understand how valuable their teeth are and what neglecting them will do to their oral and overall health.

Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH, understands the struggle it can be to get kids to brush their teeth. Because of this, Dr. Van Treese offers some helpful hints:

Hint #1: Set a brushing schedule for your children. If you make brushing a part of their daily routine it will become a habit. The sense of brushing their teeth should not be optional, but something that is a part of their every day.Family Dentistry

Hint #2: Your children have a special connection with their stuffed animals or blanket. These things go everywhere with them; they take them in the car, to bed, and to grandma and grandpa’s house. These objects give your children a sense a security and comfort. If you allow your children to bring these things to brush their teeth, they will be more comfortable. Additionally, having their stuffed animals with them while brushing will pique their imagination resulting in more brushing time.

Hint #3: Give your children the choice of which toothpaste to use. Children receive very few opportunities to make decisions on their own. If you let your children choose which toothpaste they will use, it will give them a sense of pride in the decision. Please watch your children brush in order to ensure they are using a good amount of toothpaste. A little dab will do.

Hint #4: Let your children use an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush will help your child for a couple of reasons. First, due to the poor brushing form children use, an electric toothbrush will make up for this and ensure their teeth are being cleaned properly. Secondly, children tend to be interested in an electric toothbrush and will use them longer than a “boring” manual brush.

Hint #5: Choose a song your child loves and designate it for brushing time. If your child gets to hear a song they love every time they brush, they will be more inclined to brush more often and look forward to this time.

If you have any questions about your children’s brushing habits or dental health, please feel free to contact us. If you are in the Sidney, OH area and would like to schedule a dentist appointment for you children, feel free to contact us.


In our last blog post, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH shared some vital information about dentures. Dr. Van Treese discussed what types of dentures are available as well as who might be a candidate for dentures. If you are in need of dentures, and believe you are a candidate, below is some information about the procedure you might want to know.Dentures

The total duration of receiving dentures will usually last several weeks and will require a few visits. Below is an outline of what you can expect:

– First, Dr. Van Treese will take an impression of your teeth and mouth. These impressions will be used to accurately manufacture your custom-made denture.
– Next, you will be required to attend some visits to make sure the denture is going to be a good fit.
– If you need to have teeth extracted, they will be removed at this time.
– Dr. Van Treese will place a temporary denture for your comfort until your custom-made denture is complete.
– Finally, after your custom-made denture is ready, your temporary denture will be removed and your permanent denture will be placed.

After your procedure is complete, you may experience at increase in salivary flow, some tenderness throughout your mouth, and trouble eating and talking. Luckily, these side effects are nothing serious and will subside after you get used to your new dentures.

Interested in receiving dentures? Dr. Van Treese is always welcoming new patients. Contact us today to set up your visit!