Smiles for a Lifetime

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


Visits and Dental Pain

January 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Jeffery R Van Treese DDS in News - (0 Comments)

You have been ignoring that nagging “twinge” in your lower right molar for the past few months, but now the pain is unbearable. It is 10:30 on a Friday night. Toothaches can be very painful, but painful enough to send you to the emergency room?

It is estimated that nationally more than 2 million people, the majority of them adults, showed up in the emergency room with dental pain in 2010. This number has nearly doubled in the past decade, according to a 2012 study by the American Dental Association. Researchers found the uninsured, young adults age 19-34 have the highest number of ER visits for dental pain not related to trauma. Approximately 10% of all ER visits are related to dental pain, and the majority of dental ER visits (80%) were for preventable conditions like abscesses and cavities.

Most emergency rooms are not equipped with dental x-ray units or have a dentist on staff to effectively address dental pain. Unfortunately, the usual course is to treat the patient with antibiotics for infections, while the underlying problem remains. Without follow up visits to a dentist, some patients will find themselves back in the ER again. As you can imagine, at a significant expense!

The majority of dental emergencies can be prevented with regular dental visits. Tooth decay, which is almost entirely preventable, is the most common chronic illness among school age children. Left untreated, it can result in infection, pain, loss of teeth, and sometimes acute infection that could lead to death.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 50% of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Advanced gum disease has been associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Professional dental cleanings greatly reduce this risk and help prevent the advancement of gum disease another leading cause of dental pain.

Preventing dental disease begins at home with brushing after each meal and flossing daily. Professional dental cleanings and fluoride go a long way to reduce expensive dental treatment, time and agony.

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Jeffery R. Van Treese, D.D.S. has been providing comprehensive dentistry and caring for patients in Sidney since 1987. His practice is located at 2627 Broadway Avenue in Sidney. For a free consultation, he may be reached at 937-492- 6984 or

Todays market has so many different anti-snoring devices available. Finding the right solution for your snoring can seem like a daunting task. Many of these devices are unproven or work by keeping you awake at night. Fortunately, there are plenty of proven techniques that can help you eliminate snoring.

Find the cause of your snoring

Keep a sleep diary to monitor your snoring patterns. Note the different ways you sleep and snore.

  • Closed-mouth snoring may indicate a problem with your tongue.
  • Open-mouth snoring may be related to the tissues in your throat.
  • Snoring when sleeping on your back is probably mild snoring—improved sleep habits and lifestyle changes may be effective cures.
  • Snoring in all sleep positions can mean your snoring is more severe and may require a more comprehensive treatment.

Lifestyle changes to stop snoring

  • Lose weight: Even if you lose a small amount of weight, you can reduce fatty tissue that cause you to snore in the back of your throat.
  • Exercise: Working out to tone your arms, legs, and abs leads to toning the muscles in your throat.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking leads to a higher chance of snoring. Smoking causes the airways to be blocked, also irritating the membranes in the nose and throat.
  • Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives: Especially before bedtime! They relax the muscles in the throat causing interference of breathing. If you take any prescription medication, talk with your doctor as some encourage a deeper sleep which can make snoring worse.
  • Establish regular sleep patterns: Having a bedtime ritual and sticking to it helps you sleep better and often minimizes snoring.

If you have tried self-help solution and do not have any success, Medial treatments could be the answer. Consult your physician or dentist.  They offer different solutions that can help!

Jeffery R. Van Treese, D.D.S. has been providing comprehensive dentistry and caring for patients in Sidney since 1987. His practice is located at 2627 Broadway Avenue in Sidney. For a free consultation, he may be reached at 937-492- 6984 or Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Gum disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth. If left untreated gingivitis can progress to advanced periodontitis.  With time, as the plaque and tartar build up along the gumline, the soft tissues that support the tooth begin to break down.  As the disease progresses, the bacteria will attack and may destroy the bone support and the teeth may become loose and need to be removed. 

Professional dental cleanings on a regular basis is important to prevent gum disease.  But how you care for your teeth at home is equally as important. We have some tips to below to help prevent gum disease and gingivitis.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use mouthwash after brushing 
  • Floss to daily remove plaque between the teeth you’re your toothbrush can’t reach. 
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit snacks. 

We recommend a sonic toothbrush to help remove plaque and stimulate blood circulation to the gum tissues.  Preventing gum disease is the number one way to keep your teeth for a lifetime.

If you would like more information on how to prevent gum disease and gingivitis, please visit the American Academy of Periodontology.

If you would like your gums and teeth inspected, please visit our office in Sidney, Ohio!


Did you know that your gum line is just as important as your teeth? During regular cleanings, the teeth and surrounding gum tissue are cleaned to help prevent gum disease. When gum disease begins, a routine cleaning is not adequate to restore the teeth and gums to a healthy state.  When the teeth and gums develop inflammation from periodontal disease, aka gum disease, deep cleanings are necessary and important.

“What is a Deep Cleaning?”

A deep teeth cleaning is also called scaling and root planing, because that is exactly what the treatment is:  Scaling scrapes off tartar and bacterial deposits that may be stuck below the gum line on the roots and in the pockets of gum tissue surrounding the roots of teeth.  Root planing smoothes the roots of rough spots where germs and bacteria can thrive.   This process helps your gums to heal and allows your periodontal pockets to shrink.  Sometimes antimicrobial medications are also deposited below the gum line to further aid the healing process.  Deep cleanings usually take 2-4 visits, and usually require local anesthetic (“numbing”) for treatment.

“Why are these deep teeth cleanings so important?”

Periodontal disease is not curable and is, in fact, a systemic disease, much like diabetes or hypertension. As you probably noticed in the previous blog, treating periodontal disease is important. Oral bacteria can affect your entire body, not just the gums and teeth.  The goal of deep cleanings is to arrest the active disease process, stabilize the oral health, and maintain improved oral and overall health.

If you would like more information on the importance of dental care, please visit the American Dental Association. Please stay tuned for the next blog, where we go over how to prevent gum disease.

If you would like treatment for gum disease here in Sidney, OH or just want to learn more, click here!

 Teeth are held firmly in place by the gums, bone and ligaments.  Healthy gums fit tightly against the teeth. Gum disease is an infection that  affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film that forms on the surface of the teeth, which contains  bacteria that can irritate the gums.  Inflamed gums begin to pull away from the teeth and form “pockets” that allow more collection of harmful  bacteria, leading to gingivitis. Your dentist or hygienist uses an instrument to gently measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth.   Healthy gums measure 1-3 millimeters and do not bleed, while infected pockets have deeper measurements and may bleed.

 However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress to advanced periodontitis.  With time, as the plaque and tartar build up along the  gumline, the soft tissues that support the tooth begin to break down.  As the disease progresses, the bacteria will attack and may destroy the  bone support and the teeth may become loose and need to be removed. 

 The good news is periodontal disease does respond well to treatment.When the disease is detected in its early stage, a professional dental  cleaning will remove the plaque and bacteria.  Your hygienist can also give you helpful advice for improving your home care.  Patients with  advanced gum disease require a special cleaning, called scaling and root planing, or periodontal cleaning, where the dentist or hygienist  carefully removes plaque, tartar and bacteria down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket.  This “deep cleaning” allows the tissues to heal and reattach to the tooth.  This procedure may take more than one visit.  At follow up visits, pocket measurements will chart the success of the periodontal cleaning.

If you would like more information on gum disease and gingivitis, please visit the American Academy of Periodontology.

If you would like a checkup, please visit our general dentistry office in Sidney, Ohio!

Germs that cause gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay live in groups. These bacteria are much less destructive when their groups, called colonies, are mechanically broken up with a toothbrush. Another problem caused by bacterial colonization is the production of foul odors.

The surface of the tongue is covered with many little tissue projections, called papillae, which serve various functions such as detecting taste. Papillae also provide protection for bacterial colonies. Since foul odors originate from bacteria, an unclean tongue is a major source of bad breath, or halitosis.

Brushing the tongue is an effective way to manage halitosis. It also reduces overall amount of germs in the mouth to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Some dentists also advocate scraping the tongue routinely with special tools as treatment for halitosis. Probably the most effective time for brushing and/or scraping the tongue for the management of halitosis is when brushing the teeth in the morning.

Some general tips:

Tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from gumline.

Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

You can visit animated-teeth for more information on brushing your tongue. Call our Sidney, Ohio office today to schedule a cleaning!

The third set of molars are often called “wisdom teeth” because they developed around what used to be called “the age of wisdom”, which is around 18. They have absolutely nothing to do with intelligence. In fact, quite the opposite. Most wisdom teeth can’t even figure out how to erupt through the gums crown first!

There have been many theories and myths about why wisdom teeth should be extracted or left in place. Many dentists used to encourage leaving wisdom teeth in place if they erupt fully, even if they come in crooked, as they could make a good support tooth for a bridge of the second molar would be lost for some reason. In reality, though, wisdom teeth make poor abutment teeth because their root structures are weak and unpredictable. One of the theories that was used to justify extraction claimed that wisdom teeth “pushed” teeth forward, causing the front teeth to crowd. Good research has proven time and time again that wisdom tooth impaction and/or eruption has absolutely no effect on the lower front teeth.

So, what do we know? We know that wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth that they are almost impossible to clean with normal hygiene practices. Therefore, wisdom teeth are very susceptible to dental decay, especially later in life when dexterity may be compromised by arthritis, etc. Impacted wisdom teeth have the potential to cause cysts which can weaken the jaw bone and cause damage to the adjacent second molars. Partially impacted teeth, which poke through the gum, can become infected and cause damage to the gums and bone surrounding the adjacent teeth. Sometimes, severe infections can result.

I personally do not know of any logical reason for not having third molars removed at a young age, unless there is some underlying medical reason that would complicate the extraction surgery. The risks of keeping wisdom teeth usually far outweigh the benefits of taking them out. The younger a person is when the procedure is done, the less risk is involved and better healing potential exists. Once the roots are completely formed, surgery becomes more complicated in many cases.

It goes without saying that mastication, or chewing, is an absolute necessity of normal living. As we age, eating becomes one of the only pleasures that most of us can enjoy in almost any setting. All one has to do is to take a look at the plethora of fine public eating establishments in the area to understand how important comfortable mastication is to our society.

Chewing gum has been around for many years, and the act of chewing gum has been criticized by teachers, scolded by parents, and encouraged by dentists. YES! Chewing sugarless gum can reduce the incidence of tooth decay. The process of chewing stimulates production of saliva, which is necessary for digestion and also serves as a buffer to neutralize the pH of our mouths. Since most food contains sugar, which stimulates the production of lactic acid from normal bacteria in our mouths, saliva plays a vital role in cavity prevention. Chewing sugarless gum immediately following eating and continuing for twenty minutes has been proven to aid in the pH neutralization process.

Gum that contains sugar, however, has exactly the opposite effect. It increases the incidence of tooth decay because it allows sugar to be in the mouth for prolonged periods of time, feeding the germs that cause tooth decay. Chewing gum of any kind can also be a problem in people who suffer from muscular headaches or TMJ symptoms of any kind because it stresses the jaw joints in chewing muscles. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, make sure to schedule an appointment at our office in Sidney or by using our online form to contact our office.

For more information on chewing gum related to dentistry, visit Delta Dental.

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.