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periodontal-disease that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss and increase your  risk of heart attack or stroke and can cause other serious health problems.

There are many forms of periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis is the most common, which mainly effects adults but can also affect children as well. 

Our great community of Sidney, OH needs to know that our oral health can and does affect our overall health.   It’s important to understand that the sooner you seek care for gum disease, the better your chances are of reversing the damage, relieving the symptoms as well as preventing further damage or other serious health conditions.

For the best prevention, have regular dental visits and cleanings, and look for these signs:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright read gums (sometimes purplish in color)
  • Tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loosening
  • New spaces in between teeth

Gum disease can be painful and could have greater health affects, but the good news is, it is treatable!  If you are concerned that you may have signs of gum disease, see you dentist right away and ask about a screening.

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Snoring: Should I Worry?

September 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)
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It keeps your spouse, the kids and even the dog, up at night and can be pretty embarrassing when you are staying with friends and family, but is snoring anything more than just an annoyance? It could be.

People who snore have a 40% greater risk of dying earlier than their peers. Snoring can actually be the warning sign to a much greater health issue. Sleep apnea, often characterized by loud snoring, is a serious disorder which affects your breathing while you are asleep.

There are two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive and Central

Obstructive is the more common of the two and occurs when the muscles in the throat relax.
Central occurs when your brain stops sending important messages or signals to the muscles that help control your breathing.

Sleep Apnea and snoring can contribute or be linked to other health concerns:

  1. Stroke
  2. Heart Disease
  3. Arrhythmias
  4. GERD- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  5. Headache
  6. Weight Gain

Whether your snoring is loud and booming and wakes up all your Sidney neighbors or simply light and wispy, it could be a sign to a much greater problem. Contact us to set up a consultation for different treatment options and help you and your family sleep a little easier.

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Jeffrey R. Van Treese, DDS provides comprehensive family dental care.

At our Sidney office, we know dental health is important to our overall health as adults, but what about children?

Oral health is also very important in children and starting healthy habits at an early age can make all the difference!

Children’s teeth need to be brushed once they arrive. As soon as a child’s teeth come in, they should be care for and brushed. Most parents are unaware of this and over 60% do not start this early. Flossing should also be started once teeth arrive and are touching each other.

Poor dental habits can contribute to cavities and other tooth decay as children age.
To help build proper dental routines, children should visit the dentist about 3 years of age or, earlier, if parents suspect there is a reason for concern.

If you have questions about how much toothpaste to use or what types of toothbrushes are safe, please contact us and we can help you find the answers!

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Do you wake up with a headache or sore jaw? Are your teeth sensitive to heat or cold? You may grind your teeth at night.
Here are some tips to help with this medical issue, often referred to as bruxism.

  • Reduce Stress-Stress is the main cause of teeth grinding. Here are a few simple ways to help alleviate stress.
    Eliminate the major sources of stress, if possible.
  • Get on a regular sleep medical images
  • Have fun and enjoy life. Unwind with friends and family.
  • Have a balanced diet.
  • Watch what you eat and drink before you sleep. Often alcohol and caffeine can be triggers of bruxism.
  • Try not to clench your jaw or grit your teeth while you are awake. Try and relax your jaw when you notice you are clenching.
  • Relax before bed. Try different methods, like listening to soothing music, while you are getting ready for or laying in bed. Try not to sleep with the television on.
  • Contact your Dentist! We can help you diagnose and treat your bruxism!

Grinding your teeth can be a painful way to spend your sleeping hours. Getting relief is possible.

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Wrong! Studies regarding snoring and the links to your health have proven that the annoying noise can be affecting not only your health, but your partner’s health as well. This topic has such a significant impact on the health of over 50% of the population, that I will spend the next several articles discussing causes, risks, complications and treatments of snoring.
Snoring is noise produced during sleep as air passes through the throat and causes the soft tissues to vibrate. Men, women and children snore although it occurs more frequently in men and people who are overweight. Occasional snoring is usually not very serious and is mostly an annoyance to your sleep partner. However, if you are a habitual snorer, you not only disrupt the sleep quality of those close to you, but you may be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Fifty percent of snorers have OSA.
Heavy snorers have a significantly higher risk of carotid atherosclerosis, the narrowing of the arteries in the neck due to fatty deposits, which increases your risk of stroke. The risk of stroke doubles in men with mild sleep apnea and triples in men with moderate to severe sleep apnea. Sleep disordered breathing can increase stroke risk by lending to or worsening hypertension and heart disease and possibly causing reductions in cerebral blood flow.
Snoring occurs when the flow of air through the nose and mouth is obstructed. Air flow can be obstructed by a combination of factors such as swollen or deviated nasal passages, narrowing of the air passage behind the throat, weight gain in the neck, large tongue or tonsils. People who have GERD (heartburn) can also have inflamed swollen throats which restrict the air flow.
Have you been told you stop breathing during sleep? Do you experience daytime sleepiness? Do you have high blood pressure? This could put you at risk for a stroke. People with OSA are twice as likely to have fatal heart attacks, arrhythmias, GERD, even accidents that injure themselves or others from daytime sleepiness.
Snoring is more than an embarrassing side effect of sleep, and should not be ignored. If you or a loved one snores, they may be at risk of OSA. If you are not sure, snoring could be a wake-up call to discuss with your doctor. Visit us at our Sidney office and we will perform a simple screening test that measures your oxygen levels and pulse during the night. We can help determine if you need a study conducted at a sleep lab to determine if you have OSA.

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Optimum oral health and a pearly white smile is not a new concept for humans. Our ancestors were also concerned about their teeth and their appearance. This article contains fun and interesting dental facts and myths about dental history. As you enjoy this article, you may find helpful answers to trivia games, as well.

  • Records from the Romans, around 200 AD, show they used advanced dental technology. They restored broken teeth with gold crowns and made fixed bridgework to close gaps from missing teeth. Records also show they made toothpaste from honey and crushed eggshells.Dental History PIc
  • Mummies from Egypt have been found with fillings made from resin and malachite. Some even have gold wires used to stabilize loose teeth.
  • In early America, blacksmiths often served as dentists.
  • 50% of people surveyed say that a person’s smile is the first physical trait they notice.
  • A snail’s mouth, as small as the head of a pin, contains over 25,000 teeth!
  • Everyone has a unique set of teeth. Even identical twins have different dental fingerprints.
  • The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” painting was actually the artist’s dentist!
  • In China, in 1498, the first bristle toothbrush was made from using hair from hogs, horses and badgers. The first commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
  • The cotton candy machine was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy treat was called “fairy floss”.
  • The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, however dentists recommend at least 3 minutes two times per day.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.
  • It is estimated that 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35.
  • Flossing is the only way to clean 35% of your teeth’s surfaces that are missed by brushing alone.
  • Along that line, 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss!
  • Americans spend $100 billion per year on hair care products, and only $2 billion a year on dental care products.
  • Gum disease can be prevented.

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What is Gum Recession?

June 30th, 2015 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)

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Gum recession is a common dental condition that occurs gradually over time. The first sign of gum recession is sensitivity, or you may notice the tooth looking “longer” than before. Sometimes you may even be able to feel a notch above the tooth.

Gum recession is when the tissue surrounding the tooth wears away, exposing the more of the tooth and root. The exposed root is made of dentin, which is softer than the enamel of your teeth. It may appear more yellow. Recession can cause gaps or pockets that allow bacteria and food to become trapped, causing more advanced gum disease. If left untreated, the gum tissue and supporting bone can become so severely damaged, that the tooth may be lost.

What causes gums to recede?

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the main cause of gum recession. Bacterial infections in the gums destroy gum tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place. Improper home oral health care can lead to gum recession. Brushing your teeth aggressively or with a hard bristle tooth brush can actually wear away healthy gum tissue. Without proper brushing and flossing, tartar can build up between the teeth and along the gums and contribute to gum disease. Tobacco users are more likely to have sticky plaque that can build up on the teeth as well.

Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy can make gums more susceptible to gum disease. Genetics are also a factor between gum disease and recession.
Besides the risk of chipping teeth, piercings of the lip or tongue can rub the gums and irritate them to the point where gum tissue is worn away.

Certain physical activity such as grinding or clenching the teeth can cause enough force to cause gums to recede. Teeth that are not in proper alignment may also contribute to gum recession by uneven distribution of the forces of chewing.

Gum recession can be treated. Mild recession may be able to be treated with “deep cleaning” or scaling to remove the hard tartar build up and allow the gums to heal and reattach. More advanced cases may require referral to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in diseases and treatment of the gum tissue. The periodontist will recommend the best course of treatment for you.

The best way to help prevent gum recession is to begin with proper oral health care. Always use a soft bristled tooth brush and floss daily. Follow your dentist’s recommendation for professional dental cleanings. Remember, with regular dental visits, your oral health care provider will be able to closely monitor the health and condition of your gums, and can advise treatment for clenching, grinding or even recommend braces if needed. If you use tobacco products, your dentist can be a great support in helping you quit.

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There are a lot of stories about dentistry throughout history. One of the most famous if of our own founding father, George Washington. When we hear stories about our first President, we often hear his dentures were made of wood. Even in school, teachers would mention this fun information, but is there any truth to it?

Well, the answer is yes…and no! It is most likely that our founding fathers denture base (or artificial gums) was made of wood, very common at the time, but the teeth would’ve been from a different source: other people’s teeth! Most likely from soldiers who had died in battle.

Much of the history of dentistry is pretty intriguing. From the first recorded ‘doctor of the tooth’, Hesy-Re, an Egyptian who lived around 2600 BC; to Aristotle, the famous philosopher, who wrote of an ancient form of braces to straighten teeth; to the father of modern dentistry, Pierre Fauchard, who, in 1728, was the first to apply a jeweler’s enamel over a thin gold plate.

Here are a few more fun facts from this fascinating history:

1. Queen ElizabethistoricalblogIMGP7967h was known to have discolored teeth. Why? Due to a popular and ancient myth, she believed in something called a dental worm that burrowed into teeth and caused sharp pain. To combat this ‘worm” she consumed copious amounts of sugar!

2. The first bristle toothbrush was invented in China during the Tang Dynasty and was made from stiff hogs hair!

3. The Maya Civilization used sea shells to replace teeth and are the earliest known example of dental implants (implants placed into the bone or, in this case, the mandible).

4. From the 5th to the 15th century you could have your dental work done by your barber! ‘Barber-surgeons’ could give you the latest style and pull a few teeth while your hair was drying! This combination profession often performed surgery on the battlefield and in their shops and this the reason barber poles are red and white today!

These are just a few of the historical facts dentistry has to offer.

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file000814384772This is one of the most frequently asked questions and the answer is yes.  Although it is a relatively simple question, with a simple answer, there are many aspects of a new patient appointment that you may not know.

For the residents of Sidney, a new patient appointment is an important step in developing a trusting relationship with your oral health care providers and establishing your dental home.  Yes, there will be some paperwork to complete, but this information is necessary to provide you with the best care.  Most patients will see their oral health care provider two times per year, but will only see their medical doctor if they are sick. This means your dentist has the ability to screen for subtle changes in your overall health.

The visit begins with series of questions pertaining to your previous dental care.  It is important for you to freely communicate any past experiences that may have been unpleasant or uncomfortable for you, as well as express your primary reason for seeking dental care.  Your dentist wants to understand what is important to you, while helping you achieve optimum oral health.

Dental x-rays will be taken as part of your comprehensive exam.  Modern digital x-rays require very little radiation exposure and are instantly displayed on a computer screen.  These x-rays allow the dentist to see below the gums as well as the areas between the teeth, and are a critical diagnostic tool to detect cavities or an abscess.

Measurements of the gums will be taken.  Larger numbers are an indication of an infection that can be treated.  Active gum disease has been linked to diabetes, pneumonia, high blood pressures, pre-mature and low birth weight babies, tooth loss and even Alzheimer’s disease. 

Your oral health care provider will then perform an oral cancer screening.  This is a non-invasive exam using an instrument called a “Velscope”, which can detect tissue lesions that may require further testing.  The Velscope exam is an excellent visual tool, however a manual exam of the head, neck and throat is performed to detect any lumps or bumps that may be present.  Early detection is critical in the treatment of oral cancer.

All previous dental restorations (fillings), including crowns, bridges, missing teeth or implants are recorded as part of your dental record.  Healthy patients can be scheduled for their routine dental cleaning.  Patients with gum disease will receive a treatment plan to address their specific condition.

As you can see, so much information is gathered and recorded at your new patient visit and will become an important part of your health file.  Visiting with a new dentist is an opportunity to have a comprehensive look at your total health and is a time for you to establish a trusting relationship with your new oral health care provider.  A healthy mouth is part of a healthy body.

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Has your dentist recommended straightening teeth for you or your teenager? Are you wondering why it is necessary? After all, you’re happy with your appearance, and what about these new braces called Invisalign; how do they work?

invismods- from website - for blog 3:2:15Before plunging right into the topic of Invisalign, I’d like to explain a little bit about the importance of properly aligned teeth. Our teeth have many important functions. The most obvious of course is they allow us to chew our food effectively. They help hold the shape of the lips and face. They even help us shape our words. A healthy smile gives us confidence being in social settings. When teeth are not in proper alignment, food can become trapped and can cause cavities. If a cavity is left untreated it can progress to the point of infection and pain, and the tooth may need to be removed.

Missing teeth make chewing and talking more difficult. When too many teeth become missing, the shape of the face changes and gives an “aged” appearance. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that can address a number of alignment cases, such as closing spaces, correcting crowding, and closing an open bite, without metal brackets and wires.

The technology involves a series of clear plastic “aligners” designed to move the teeth comfortably into position. They can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. The esthetics of clear braces and ease of daily oral hygiene practices make Invisalign a good option for correcting dental misalignment. Each aligner is designed to be worn for 23 hours a day for two week intervals. Small, tooth colored attachments, called buttons, are placed on some teeth, and act like handles that engage into the aligner, and help the teeth to move.

Treatment begins with a records appointment where the beginning bite is recorded and x-rays are taken. Invisalign patients have the opportunity to see a preview of the expected outcome of treatment with a Clincheck movie. The dentist will be able to tell you the estimated length of treatment, as well as how many buttons will need to be placed. As a patient, you will need to be seen by your dentist approximately every six weeks during the course of treatment to monitor your progress and give you new sets of aligners.

At the end of treatment, the buttons will be polished off the teeth and your new smile can be proudly worn. As with any orthodontic treatment, nighttime retainers are necessary to prevent the teeth from shifting back into their previous position.

Talk to your dentist about your options for a healthier smile with orthodontics.  For a free consultation contact Jeff R. Van Treese, DDS Smiles For A Lifetime, at our Sidney, OH office at 937-492- 6984 or