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 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 …
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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 …
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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! …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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