Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

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New parents may be surprised by the American Dental Association’s recommendations on infant oral care. Parents are advised to begin brushing their baby’s teeth as soon as the first teeth emerge. After all, brand-new teeth are just as vulnerable to cavities as older teeth.

Use a cloth and a smidgen of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to wipe each tooth. As more teeth come in, it becomes more critical for the teeth to be brushed after each meal or, at least, twice a day.

It is critical to select the proper toothbrush, in order to make brushing time as pleasant as possible. A soft bristled brush is best with a small amount of toothpaste. Infant and toddler-sized toothbrushes with a small head of bristles are beneficial. Also, there are circle and triangular-shaped brushes that allow your toddler to walk around with their brush with less chance of injury in case of a fall.

If the toothpaste is causing an unpleasant struggle, brush without toothpaste. The goal is to remove food parts that will create bacteria followed by plaque and then cavities.

When two teeth touch, it’s time to floss. Flossing is vital to make sure no food is lodged between the teeth. Proper flossing requires fine motor skills which most kids don’t develop before age six or seven. Parents need to assist with flossing until they are sure their child can do it effectively.

Until the child is old enough to properly brush his or her teeth, they should receive adult supervision and guidance. Instilling the proper brushing and flossing practices will reap lifelong benefits. While it may seem that supervising them is time consuming, remember that it results in a daily habit that will protect their health. Also, dental expenses related to poor oral hygiene will be avoided.

Your child’s first dental visit should be within six months of the first tooth appearing and no later than their first birthday. It may seem early, but just as your pediatrician sees your baby regularly to make sure their physical health is on track and counsel you about your vital role, you can rely on your dentist to look out for potential troubles and guide you about how to help your child maintain a healthy smile.

Seek your dentist’s counsel regarding pacifiers and sippy cups, nighttime bottles, and x-ray safety. Dentist can counsel parents with older children about sealants, tooth protection for athletics, and orthodontics.

If you live in the Cincinnati area and don’t yet have a trusted family dentist, call Endres Gateway Dentistry at 513-914-4918 to schedule your child’s dental appointment with Dr. Eleanor Endres. By starting young, your child will become familiar with our friendly staff, ensuring that they never develop a fear of the dentist. We also provide cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, family dentistry, restorative dentistry and sedation dentistry.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry: 513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Helping Cincinnati Love Dental Visits

Helping Cincinnati Love Dental Visits

It’s no secret that many people dread going to the dentist. When you start visiting your dentist for the latest cosmetic dental treatments, you may find that you LOVE going to the dentist!

Dentists make your smile as beautiful as it can be with a variety of procedures and cutting-edge technology. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures include dental crowns, veneers, implants, teeth whitening, bonding, inlays and onlays, and short term braces.

Many patients find that most of these procedures are more convenient than they supposed and more affordable than they expected.

I’m Dr. Eleanor Endres. I want to help you love your dental visits and your smile. I’ve practiced dentistry since 2007, and I find it especially rewarding when Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood residents find renewed confidence after a smile makeover.

At my practice, we offer porcelain veneers, orthodontics, and sedation dentistry. If you have any questions, the friendly staff here at Endres Gateway Dentistry would be happy to answer them and schedule an appointment to see what cosmetic dentistry procedures would be right for you.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry: 513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


What Have We Done For You Lately?

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At Endres Gateway Dentistry, everything we do is for the welfare of our valued patients. We are passionate about offering quality, compassionate dental care tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

We know that optimum oral health is a key element of complete physical health and that dentists do more that just “drill and fill.” Like your primary care physician, Eleanor Endres is an indispensable member of your family’s team of healthcare providers.

What Has Endres Gateway Dentistry Done Lately?

  • Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease
  • Oral cancer checks
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic bad breath
  • Coordinated care with medical doctors for dental patients with cancer or other chronic conditions
  • Guidance on the oral health ramifications of medication side effects
  • Custom night guards for individuals who grind their teeth
  • Oral conscious sedation, patience, and compassion for patients with dental anxiety
  • Specialized care for expectant mothers
  • Pediatric dental advice for new parents
  • Emergency care for victims of a mouth injury
  • Referrals to and coordination with trusted specialists for procedures we don’t perform at Endres Gateway Dentistry
  • Custom mouthguards for athletes of all ages
  • Teaching of proper dental hygiene
  • Diagnosis of bite problems
  • Replacement of old amalgam fillings
  • Increased confidence for smile transformation recipients
  • In-office and at-home teeth whitening
  • Dental deep cleanings that include scaling and root planing for plaque and tartar removal

What Can We Do For You?

The friendly team at Endres Gateway Dentistry would love to help you with any of your dental needs, but we can’t help you unless you come in. To schedule an appointment, call 513-914-4918.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry: 513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Should Cincinnati Teens Whiten Their Teeth?

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Getting a smile just like their favorite singer or movie star might be high on your teen’s priority list. However, you may want to talk with your Montgomery, Blue Ash, or Cincinnati dentist before buying an at-home tooth whitening product.

As with any cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening should be overseen by a professional. There are a number of factors that can affect results such as an existing crown or teeth that have not yet erupted. Some medical conditions can cause teeth to darken. Your Cincinnati dentist can determine if a teen’s tooth stains are a symptom of an underlying condition.

It’s always a good idea to focus on prevention over treatments, especially with kids. Make sure your Cincinnati teen is practicing proper oral health habits and help them understand that coffee, tea, cola, and energy drinks can stain their teeth. And if they need another reason not to smoke, remind them that tobacco products will destroy their beautiful smile along with their lungs. Lastly, warn them of the dangers of oral piercings which include tooth damage and infection.

If you or any member of your family decides to use an over-the-counter teeth whitener, be sure to follow the instructions exactly as the bleaching agents used can damage your mouth and gums.

My name is Doctor Eleanor Endres. I am a child-friendly Cincinnati family dentist. My passion is helping each of my patients achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile, regardless of their age. My practice, Endres Gateway Dentistry, offers the following services:

cosmetic dentistry
orthodontics
sedation dentistry
family dentistry

And more! So, if you are in the Montgomery, Blue Ash, or Kenwood area and are in need of cosmetic dental care or have a question about affordable smile makeovers, please give us a call at 513-914-4918.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-discoloration, accessed on July 25, 2013

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Protect Cincinnati Kids’ Teeth With Custom Mouthguards

Protect Cincinnati Kids

At Endres Gateway Dentistry we see many Cincinnati children and teens with serious mouth and tooth injuries that could have been prevented had they been wearing a mouthguard. When a tooth is knocked out or broken, speaking, eating, and smiling can become very difficult.

I am Eleanor Endres and I recommend that Cincinnati parents encourage their children to wear mouthguards when participating in team sports, skateboarding, skiing, and ice skating. Ask us about custom mouthguards that will fit your child perfectly and offer excellent protection. Stock mouthguards found at most Cincinnati sporting goods stores are also an option, they just might not fit as well.

If you or your child is in need of cosmetic dentistry due to an injury or an accident, my staff and I at Endres Gateway Dentistry offer many restorative procedures.

If the tooth is cracked, porcelain veneers may be the best remedy. This procedure is done by bonding a custom-fitted porcelain veneer to your tooth or teeth. This can cover a crack, chip, or discoloration.

Cosmetic bonding is also an option for a chipped or cracked tooth. A composite material is matched to your tooth color and then sculpted around your existing tooth to repair the crack or chip. This procedure is less expensive than veneers and gives beautiful results.

If a crown or dental implant is required to repair your tooth, my staff and I at Endres Gateway Dentistry will provide quality crowns made from high-strength ceramic or porcelain with beautiful shape, color, and translucency.

Endres Gateway Dentistry has been offering family and cosmetic dentistry to the people of Ohio since 2007. My staff and I would love to serve you and your family. We invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. Today’s post contains essential information for expectant Cincinnati mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

Doctor Eleanor Endres recommends having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning handled by one of our proficient dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps impede gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment today by calling 513-914-4918. Once the baby is here, it will probably be harder for you to make time for a dental visit.

If you receive dental treatment at Endres Gateway Dentistry during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Doctor Eleanor Endres that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can lead to cavities. If you are eating many small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle impact your baby. It is important that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific counsel for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we take special care of our patients who are expecting.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


What’s New At Your Cincinnati Dentist Office?

Affordable Smile Makeovers In Cincinnati

Hello friends of Endres Gateway Dentistry, today we’re talking about the modern dental office in Ohio. Dentistry is a field of continual innovation. There are always new and improved ways to help Cincinnati residents have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.

Many dental offices in the Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood areas have found that switching to digital X-rays makes for more efficient appointments. Also, the dental images can more easily be stored in a patient’s computer file and compared with past images.

Diode lasers are innovative instruments that allow your Cincinnati area dentist to detect bacteria levels in your mouth as well as find and treat cavities.

For Cincinnati patients interested in cosmetic or restorative dentistry, CAD (computer-assisted design) technology can allow procedures that involve crowns and bridges to be done in fewer appointments.

If you are considering a full smile makeover and want veneers, the newer, thinner veneers are just as strong and beautiful, but more of the original tooth is left intact.

I’m Doctor Eleanor Endres. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. My practice, Endres Gateway Dentistry, is located at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204, and our friendly dental team is always ready to welcome new patients. We offer the following services:

Call 513-914-4918 today to schedule an appointment!

The following online article was used as source material for this blog: “Advances in Dental Care: What’s New at the Dentist,” WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/advances-in-dental-care-whats-new-at-the-dentist, accessed on February 1, 2012

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Cincinnati

Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Cincinnati

Hi, I’m Doctor Eleanor Endres, and today in the Cincinnati dental blog we will be discussing the often misunderstood subject of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are sometimes called the third molars because they are even farther back in the mouth than the two sets of regular molars we all have. These four teeth usually erupt when a person is eighteen or nineteen.

Many dentists in the Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood area recommend that wisdom teeth be removed to prevent misplacement in the mouth.

If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, it may cause an opening in the gums that can attract bacteria and become infected. Some wisdom teeth are so misplaced that they can actually cause problems with the jaw bone. Both of these conditions can cause severe pain.

If you are in the Cincinnati area and are wondering if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, call us today at 513-914-4918 to schedule an appointment. We can assess the condition and placement of your wisdom teeth and discuss a treatment plan.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeovers. Because there are so many quick and effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as invisible braces, veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants, anyone in Cincinnati can have a perfect smile. I love giving my Cincinnati patients the smiles they’ve always wanted.

Thanks for visiting the Cincinnati dental blog, and keep Endres Gateway Dentistry in mind for your dental needs.

We hope to see you soon!

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


3 Ways To Keep Your Mouth Happy!

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Hi. I’m Dr. Eleanor Endres, an experienced dentist here in Cincinnati. It is my goal to help my patients have optimum oral health, and today I would like to talk about something else associated with our mouths that doesn’t get as much attention as cavities or cosmetic dentistry: it’s our sense of taste.

A happy mouth is not only a healthy mouth, but also a mouth that can enjoy the flavors of all types of foods. And it turns out that many of the habits that will keep your taste buds sensitive are those that will also be good for your teeth and gums. So here are a few tips to help you better enjoy the flavor of your food.

1) Treat dry mouth. Dry mouth can create a loss of taste sensitivity, so it should be treated quickly by your Montgomery, Blue Ash, or Kenwood dentist. Plus, optimal levels of saliva are important to avoid cavities and keep gums healthy.

2) Avoid processed foods with fake flavors and too much sugar and salt. They will quickly desensitize you to more subtle, healthy flavors.

3) Don’t smoke! Cigarettes are responsible for so many horrible health issues, but many people don’t realize that their sense of taste is dulled while they smoke and the olfactory nerves can even be damaged permanently.

Thank you so much for visiting the Cincinnati dentist blog. Along with dental health and a keen sense of taste, I want my patients to have the beautiful smile they have always desired. So, if you have any questions regarding cosmetic dentistry, dental implants or teeth whitening, please contact us. We are located at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204 and you can reach us for an appointment at 513-914-4918.

Call a member of our friendly staff today!

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Peace Of Mind At Endres Gateway Dentistry

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At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about emotional comfort. In other words, peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are devoted to your peace of mind at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati:

1. We don’t judge you. Dr.  Eleanor Endres has devoted a professional career to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.

The courteous dental team at Endres Gateway Dentistry is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental trouble. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. From topical analgesics to oral conscious sedation, we will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. Doctor Endres is a pro at administering barely noticeable injections.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more common than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some patients get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

Sleep dentistry (oral conscious sedation) not only aids in pain management, it allows you to sleep through your appointment. There are different levels of sedation, so you don’t have to be completely unconscious unless you want to be. If you would like more specifics about sedation, call 513-914-4918 to schedule a consultation. We can highlight the different levels of oral conscious sedation so you can elect the one that is best for you.

4. We communicate with you.
 Dr. Endres has established a reputation as an effective and compassionate communicator. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your critical questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

If you have postponed dental treatment for any reason, we encourage you to give Dr. Endres and the team at Endres Gateway Dentistry a try. Neglecting your oral health has serious consequences. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, OH
45242