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Beware Of Hidden Sugar! Perfect Smiles in Blue Ash

preventative dentistry in Blue Ash We advise our Blue Ash dental patients to watch their sugar intake to prevent cavities and other health problems. We want them all to keep their beautiful smiles.

If you’re trying to unsweeten your diet, we want to encourage you! It’s an excellent idea. You may already be skipping the usual suspects, like candy and soda. But sugar isn’t always as obvious as cake frosting or powdered donuts. If only.

Here are some foods found in Blue Ash grocery stores and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, to say nothing of dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Read the fine print. The labels tell the story. The following terms all mean sugar:

glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, raw sugar, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice

Do the math: When shopping at the grocery store or health food store, carefully decipher food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly understand how much sugar an item contains.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we advocate and practice general and family dentistry. This includes preventative dentistry; we want to keep your teeth healthy to prevent future problems.

For perfect Blue Ash smiles, we also practice orthodontics, including Invisalign clear braces. Visit our smile gallery to see what we can do for you.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Diabetes and Gum Disease in Cincinnati

gum disease increases diabetes risk Cincinnati

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (thank you, Benjamin Franklin!). We are very big on prevention – and not only when it comes to tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues.

We are also concerned with how the condition of your mouth impacts your complete physical health and general well-being.

Scientists have known for quite some time that people with diabetes have higher rates of gum disease. Maintaining proper blood glucose levels is the key to minimizing the risk of gum disease and related issues for those affected.

Additional research is exploring whether the reverse is also true – whether poor oral health increases the risk of developing diabetes. A long-term study suggests that it does.

“We found that over two decades of follow-up, individuals who had periodontal disease were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life when compared to individuals without periodontal disease.” -Ryan T. Demmer, PhD, MPH1

Additional trials are exploring how tooth and gum health impacts the ability of diabetics to manage the disease.

“Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.”2

If you have diabetes, it is essential that you see a dentist regularly and are committed to daily oral hygiene, proper nutrition, and other important practices. Moreover, your success in controlling your blood glucose levels will improve your oral health and vice-versa.

If you don’t have a dentist and live in the greater Cincinnati area, call Endres Gateway Dentistry. We’ll carry out a thorough examination and ay hygienist will treat your teeth and gums to a professional dental cleaning. Then we will create a helpful plan for improving and maintaining your dental health for life.

1Angelo Milone, “Does periodontal disease cause type 2 diabetes?,” Endocrine Today, November 2008, http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/print/endocrine-today/%7Bacdccbd7-a2b2-4a9e-ac08-b29b53116908%7D/does-periodontal-disease-cause-type-2-diabetes, accessed August 12, 2015
2“Diabetes and Oral Health Problems,” American Diabetes Association, September 18, 2012, http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html#sthash.9IlHJB8l.dpuf, accessed August 12, 2015

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Persistent Dry Mouth? We can help

The Endres Gateway Dentistry Guide To Dry Mouth

At Endres Gateway Dentistry we are specialists in all aspects of oral health, from family dentistry to orthodontics. We serve patients from all over the Cincinnati area.

Many residents in our community experience dry mouth occasionally. Some develop dry mouth in social situations or when they are under a lot of stress. Sporadic or infrequent dry mouth is usually not a serious problem. But constant dry mouth, known as xerostomia, is not only irritating, it can lead to acute health problems.

Never take your saliva for granted. It plays a vital role in maintaining your health. One of its roles is to help digest your food. The moment food enters your mouth, saliva starts breaking it down so your body can metabolize it. If you don’t produce enough saliva to carry out this task, your body may not be getting all of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This helps prevent tooth decay and infections. Many people don’t realize that some of the foods we eat are very acidic, and that saliva helps counteract those acids in our mouths.

Dr. Eleanor Endres and her staff at Endres Gateway Dentistry have been treating xerostomia since 2007. For starters, Dr. Endres recommends cutting back on caffeine in such drinks as cola, coffee, and tea. Not only do these beverages stain and discolor your teeth, the caffeine can contribute to dry mouth. She also recommend drinking water throughout the day to make sure you are adequately hydrated.

Tobacco and alcohol can also contribute to dry mouth. So can certain medications. IF you have been prescribed a medication and also have dry mouth, consult with your physician to see if dry mouth is a side effect.

Dry mouth is not a natural part of aging, so call Endres Gateway Dentistry today and schedule an appointment if your dry mouth is getting worse as you grow older.

Looking for a gentle family dentist who focuses on preventative dentistry?  I invite you to come visit my practice at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204 in Cincinnati. My friendly team at Endres Gateway Dentistry make sure you have a pleasant experience whether you visit us for a cleaning and exam or a complete smile makeover.

Our dental menu includes crowns and bridges, veneers, orthodontics, dentures, and implants. Call for an appointment or consultation today.

Your sensational smile starts with healthy teeth!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Developing Good Dental Habits

Developing Good Dental Habits In Montgomery

Benjamin Franklin once said:

 

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

This holds true for almost everything in life, including dental care. For parents in the Cincinnati area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will benefit their smile throughout their life.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay or the need for children’s cosmetic dentistry in Cincinnati.

I’m Doctor Eleanor Endres, a family dentist serving the Cincinnati area. I know that helping children learn proper oral hygiene is an essential indicator of future oral health, and I want to help Cincinnati parents teach these habits to their children.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Cincinnati, Blue Ash, or Montgomery OH area, give us a call here at Endres Gateway Dentistry. We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love to help you learn how to teach kids good brushing habits or answer questions you have have about cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Cincinnati

Hello, I am Dr. Eleanor Endres of Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. Today, we are focusing on diet and oral health.

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your dental practice for needed cleanings, but did you know that making small but essential changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most men and women are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another important way people can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and dangerous gum disease for dental patients, however, wise eating encourages healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at Endres Gateway Dentistry are accepting new general and cosmetic dental patients. I encourage you to call 513-914-4918 today to schedule a family dentistry exam and cleaning.

Endres Gateway Dentistry offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers. For more information, call today to schedule an appointment.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


A Wise Investment That Pays Off Every Day

You may not sport a sparkling 3-carat diamond on your finger or zip around town in a shiny Ferrari, but you can flash a celebrity-caliber smile. (And we think it is a much better investment than extravagant jewelry or a pricey car.) Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in you. And it pays off every single day.

When you ask a dentist about cosmetic dentistry, you’ll get reliable advice because your Cincinnati dentist has transformed hundreds of smiles and knows what is involved with each particular procedure. If you live in the Cincinnati area and have questions about cosmetic or family dentistry, please give me a call. My name is Dr. Eleanor Endres. I provide premium dental services with a personal touch.

Schedule a consultation today by calling 513-914-4918. You can look at before and after pictures of some of our valued patients and hear about their smile makeover success stories. We can discuss the cost of cosmetic dentistry and create a customized treatment plan.

In addition to cosmetic dentistry, Endres Gateway Dentistry can help you with a host of dental services including porcelain veneers and Invisalign.

Our friendly team is ready to serve you at our warm and inviting Cincinnati office.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Smile Makeovers At Endres Gateway Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry In Cincinnati Provides Smile Makeovers Many dental patients have experienced a boost in self-confidence by undergoing restorative or cosmetic dentistry at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. I’m Dr. Eleanor Endres. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than helping men and women dramatically improve their smile and overall self-esteem with the latest tooth restoration procedures to correct dental problems and imperfections.

I enjoy consulting with cosmetic dentistry patients to create personalized smile makeover treatment plans. At Endres Gateway Dentistry, the treatment plan may include tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, or dental implants.

For dental patients with old or damaged crowns, we can provide beautiful new crowns. Tooth-colored dental fillings are popular for our patients who are happy to be free of unsightly old silver fillings. It is essential to be examined by your dentist regularly to check your previous dental work, including fillings, tooth bonding, veneers, dental crowns, and bridges.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we can tailor a cosmetic or restorative dental treatment plan to fit your budget. Tooth whitening is a surprisingly affordable way to attain a mega-watt smile without spending a lot.

Restorative and cosmetic dentistry can relieve pain, correct bite issues, and prevent future problems. A smile makeover is an investment in yourself that you will enjoy every day. If you have ever wondered what industry-leading cosmetic dentistry can do for you, or have some dental issues, call Endres Gateway Dentistry at 513-914-4918 to schedule a thorough exam, deep dental cleaning, or consultation.

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


3 Dental Dangers For Toddlers

Kenwood family dentist

Hello new parents! We know that keeping babies and toddlers safe and healthy requires constant effort. You snap them tightly in their car seats, lock your medicine cabinet and guard the stairway with a gate. You take them to your pediatrician for immunizations, check-ups and an occasional prescription for an antibiotic.

Endres Gateway Dentistry wants to remind you about another important component of child wellness: oral health. Sadly, we see too many cases of completely preventable child cavities. You have probably received the following vital advice, but it bears repeating:

  1. Don’t put babies to bed with a bottle!
  2. Don’t allow children to drink juice continually during the day!
  3. Prevent frequent snacking on sugary foods!

Oral health is intrinsically connected to overall physical health and normal development. If your oral hygiene is not up to par, now is the time to shape up and help your young child develop optimal oral health practices that will serve them well throughout their life.

Endres Gateway Dentistry recommends beginning twice-yearly dental visits around age one or when the first tooth breaks through. Our friendly staff helps young patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their exams.

Dr. Eleanor Endres can advise you on thumb sucking, dental sealants, normal child tooth development, braces, athletic tooth protection, fluoride, or any other pediatric dental issue.

In addition to children’s dentistry, Endres Gateway Dentistry offers the full spectrum of cutting-edge restorative and cosmetic dental services such as: cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and sedation dentistry

If your toddler has not yet visited the dentist, schedule an appointment ASAP by calling us at 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

 


Overcoming Anxiety With Gentle Dental At Endres Gateway Dentistry

Cincinnati sleep dentistry

Dental anxiety and the more severe dental phobia influence many Cincinnati people, including some Endres Gateway Dentistry patients. Today’s post answers some questions asked about this important topic.

What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety and dental phobia?
The most dangerous consequence is when a dental phobic patient delays dental care until a pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the trouble is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.

In addition, there are usually many other dental problems in varying stages of progression. Many oral conditions eventually cause malfunction in other vital systems risking general health and well-being.

There is also another anxiety at play, albeit a very ironic one. In addition to the emotional distress about dental treatment, the patient who avoids dental care starts panicking about the sorry condition of their teeth.

If I have dental phobia or anxiety, what should I do to safeguard my oral health?

Schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Eleanor Endres of Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. There are several distinct fears associated with dental anxiety and dental phobia. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most common concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your individual fears and discuss them.

I have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly. I explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. If the patient is embarrassed about their lack of daily oral hygiene or dental cleanings in the past, I assure the patient that I have treated many people who have neglected their teeth and nothing going on in their mouth will shock me. I never, ever give stern lectures on proper oral care – though I do give friendly instruction if requested.

If local anesthetic is needed, I employ my finely-honed practices which cause zero to minimal discomfort. We agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to cue me to remove my instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.

These methods go a long way to assuage anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is necessary promptly. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by increased familiarity, greater confidence, and a strengthened relationship with me and my friendly team.

What if I need more help to get through treatment?
In the Cincinnati dental community, the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are both used, however, they are not exactly the same thing. There are three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Level 1: Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, or, informally, “laughing gas” is safe and effective. Nitrous oxide has been used in Cincinnati cosmetic dental offices for decades because in many ways it is the ideal mild sedative. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment without rendering them completely unconscious, and wears off quickly after the mask is removed. And no needles are needed – an important feature for the needle-phobic.

Level 2: Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as rapidly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of relaxation. These medications, however, do not usually lead to complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two common sedatives used by Cincinnati dentists to assuage patient’s fears are diazepam and triazolam.

Level 3: IV Sedation
IV sedation produces actual “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to the dental procedures they are receiving. IV sedation is useful for root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, multi-procedure smile makeovers, and oral surgery.

To learn more about overcoming dental anxiety, sedation dentistry, or any other dental topic, call Endres Gateway Dentistry at 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

 


At Endres Gateway Dentistry, We Love Keeping Kids’ Smiles Healthy

Cincinnati Pediatric Dentistry Your child’s dental health is important to overall health and vitality. At Endres Gateway Dentistry, our family dentist loves working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life. Why? The health of your child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

Pediatric dental care is vital, and that is why we recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that influence your child’s dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities.

Call us immediately at 513-914-4918 if your child has a dental emergency or tooth injury.

Our friendly team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed in our inviting office.

In additional to offering experienced children’s dentistry, we are a full-service dental practice. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry including cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


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