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Continuing from our last post, Improve Your Oral Health With These Foods, we will be going over  4 more foods that can help to improve your overall oral health. 

Ideally, you want to avoid food that combines high sugars, acid and stickiness. When you eat food that is high in sugar and acid, you’re not only feeding yourself, but the plaque that can wreak chaos inside your mouth. The resulting acids from the combination of sugars and plaque can attack your teeth for up to 20 minutes after you are finished eating!

Cheese is an excellent source of calcium, and low in both sugar and acid. This makes it an ideal choice. Even more, cheese contains a protein called casein, which is found in milk and is very useful in fortifying the surface of teeth.

Sugar-Free Gum brands such as B-Fresh, Spry, Xponent, Xylichew and Trident all contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener. Note that not all sugar-free gum contain xylitol. Unlike other artificial sweeteners, xylitol prevents the bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar, acting more like an “anti-sugar” than a sugar substitute. Regular sugar can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, while xylitol fights against them. Gum even helps to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth.

Tap Water, more often than not, contains optimal levels of fluoride which helps to prevent tooth decay. The reason for this is simple; fluoride helps to remineralize teeth, reversing the harmful effects of acid, which works away enamel. Most bottled water doesn’t contain enough active fluoride to have any benefit. 

Pears help to stimulate saliva reproduction, like all high fiber containing fresh fruit. Pears are a great option, as they have a larger neutralizing effect on acid than other types of fruit, such as apples, bananas, mandarins and pineapples.

Yogurt, just like cheese, is another excellent source of casein, calcium and also phosphates that help to remineralize teeth, the same as fluoride does. This makes it another ideal candidate for fighting against cavities. 

For even more on foods that can help to improve your oral health, visit the Huffington Post. Don’t forget to schedule your next appointment by calling our office in Sidney, Ohio.

My patients are always asking for new ways to improve their oral health. A great way to maintain a bright and healthy smile is to make optimal overall health your priority. Staying mindful of how we treat our body is vital to being healthy inside and out.

Common oral bacteria known as Streptococcus Mutans cause the mouth to be highly susceptible to discoloration and decay. This bacteria causes plaque buildup and can lead to increased bacteria reproduction. To keep your mouth healthy, there are several foods that can be beneficial to your oral and overall health.

Carrots are a great snack that can appeal to both children and adults. These sweet and crunchy treats help to stimulate the saliva in your mouth which naturally helps to wash away plaque. They also are rich in Vitamin A, which is great for your eyesight. Carrots can help keep your vision strong and your enamel clear.

Celery, although rather tasteless, is extremely low in calories and can be dipped in peanut butter or ranch dressing for added flavor. It requires chewing which helps to increase saliva in your mouth, which assists in washing away plaque. The fibrous strands in celery also help to naturally clean your teeth.

Pineapples are a sweet treat that is full of vitamins and minerals.They are also rich in bromelain, a protein-breaking enzyme which can also help to keep your teeth clean.

For more foods that can improve your oral health, check back with us later this month!

Have you set up your next appointment yet? Call our office in Sidney, Ohio today to schedule one! Or contact us via our website.

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)

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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 MouthHealthy.org.