Do You Eat A Smile-Healthy Diet?

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This blog post from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati explains how specific foods and eating habits influence our teeth.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack enamel and initiate decay for individuals of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really worthy of banishment. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies that are.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. It is wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will encourage tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more frequently your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be eased by selecting healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we the dental health of each of our patients is our primary concern. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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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Which Type of Toothbrush is Best?

Toothbrush Wars in Cincinnati

It may surprise you to know that some people have very strong opinions about which type of toothbrush is the best: manual or electric? Is there really one that is clearly better? At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we sort fact from fiction.

Most dentists will tell you that all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing plaque. Choosing which kind you prefer is really up to you.

Today, we want to give you some extra information about toothbrushes to help you opt for which kind is right for you or your child.

As with most things, it helps to consider cost and convenience. Some people argue that even though electric toothbrushes are more pricey, you’ll save on dental bills. However, there are no definitive studies to back up this claim.

Manual toothbrushes are easy to find, whereas not all drugstores carry all types of electric toothbrushes. This can be problematic when buying replacement heads. People who travel may find that a smaller, manual toothbrush is easier to pack (and batteries are not needed).

The pressure you put on your gums with either type of toothbrush is vital. Some people say that it’s difficult to know how much pressure they use with electric toothbrushes, while others say that because of the quick electrical movements, they tend to be more gentle on their gums than when they use manual brushes. You may want to try them both to identify your brushing style. Then you can discuss it with your dentist.

One area where the electric toothbrush has a clear advantage is for people with dexterity issues. Most dentists counsel their elderly or arthritic patients to use electric toothbrushes when their manual dexterity is diminished. As for children, once they are old enough, an electric toothbrush may be preferable, but safety should always be the first concern of parents.

Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you get soft bristles and replace it every three to four months.

At  Endres Gateway Dentistry, we think the most important thing is to see us twice a year for cleanings and checkups. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

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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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Cincinnati Jaw Bone DeteriorationIn this post from Endres Gateway Dentistry, we will review jaw bone health, and how dental implants can be beneficial.

To remain healthy and strong, your jaw bone needs to be continuously stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

In some cases, tooth damage is so severe that extraction is the only option. However, we make every effort to retain the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the previous root structure begins to recede.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a new, artificial root which helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant  a strong titanium post which replaces the natural root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and meshed with the implant, a post is inserted into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

For more information about dental implants, call us at Endres Gateway Dentistry. We serve Cincinnati, Loveland, and the surrounding areas with family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

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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What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

A checkup at Endres Gateway Dentistry can reveal issues in other parts of the patient’s body. Because many diseases manifest in soft tissues of the mouth or cause pain in the jaw, we often refer patients to their medical doctor for further diagnosis when they encounter issues such as inflammation, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or jaw pain.

Healthcare providers may soon have another diagnostic tool for discovering systemic diseases—a test that measures the molecules in saliva.

“UCLA researchers are working on a test that could have the ability to diagnose diseases like diabetes and cancer. It’s conceivable that dentists will soon be able to take saliva samples that can be tested for numerous diseases. And if that happens, disease diagnosis will be much simpler for all parties.”1

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, serving Loveland, Blue Ash, and the surrounding community, helps patients maintain ideal oral health. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

1Saliva Test May Uncover Deadly Diseases, Dentistry Today (citing an article in Clinical Chemistry, clinchem.org), November 6, 2014, http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10711-saliva-test-may-uncover-deadly-diseases, accessed on December 19, 2014

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Filtered Cincinnati Water And Oral Health

Filtered Cincinnati Water And Oral Health

A simple way for Cincinnati residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we are passionate about helping our patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. We have been serving the Cincinnati area since 2007, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Trust Doctor Endres For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before. It’s not surprising to us at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources.

Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it helps with living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the Cincinnati area, however, not to depend entirely on online dental information. Come to us for a second opinion.

Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous. But the web has exponentially accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

Some of the most common dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid required dental treatment because of something they read online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with us.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we are enthusiastic about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Cincinnati Mouths And Stomatitis

Cincinnati Mouths And Stomatitis

Ouch! The mouth is a bad place for injuries, sores, or inflammation. It seems that even the smallest irritation in the mouth can cause serious discomfort for Cincinnati dental patients.

These non-specific irritations in the mouth have a name. They are called stomatitis.

A good general definition for stomatitis is the inflammation of the membranes in the mouth. These usually affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even get to sleep at night. If you suffer from mouth sores, you know that stomatitis can really impact the lives of Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood residents.

Some common causes of stomatitis can be canker sores, cold sores, gum disease, biting the inside of your mouth or your tongue, burning your mouth, and irritation caused by braces or broken teeth. Many sores in the mouth will generally clear up on their own in less than two weeks.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry we can determine if it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and advise you on treating the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi. I’m Doctor Eleanor Endres of Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. I help my patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about smile makeovers, give us a call at 513-914-4918.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

We provide family and cosmetic dentistry. We hope to see you in our Cincinnati office soon!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

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Today’s post is for new Cincinnati parents. It contains useful counsel about family dentistry, and caring for baby and toddler teeth.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended. Young children rarely spit after you brush their teeth, they swallow. When your child’s teeth start to erupt, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is vital for their oral health and also to help them become relaxed with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call your dentist to make an appointment. Some practices will let you come in without a pre-scheduled appointment for dental emergencies. Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

How can I prevent my toddler from getting cavities?

  • Have your child get their first dental check-up before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.
  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months or more frequently if your dentist advises.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to safeguard enamel.
  • If your child sucks his/her thumb after the age of three, talk to your dentist or pediatrician.
  • If your child grinds his/her teeth, seek advice from your dentist or pediatrician.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the required vitamins and minerals.
  • If your child has special medical conditions, seek further direction from your pediatric dentist.
  • If you have severe tooth decay, seek additional guidance from your pediatric dentist.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Follow your dentist’s guidance regarding dental sealants.
  • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
  • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
  • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is vital.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper procedures are followed. The diagnostic benefit greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of detrimental radiation exposure.

If child’s baby teeth are widely spaced, does that mean their permanent teeth will be too far apart?

No, this is normal and does not necessarily mean their permanent teeth will be spaced too far apart.

Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati treats patients of all ages with our family dentistry. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions like gum disease. We treat patients from Loveland and Montgomery, and all through the area. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Nervous? Sedation Dentistry in Loveland

Does the mere thought of sitting down in a dentist’s chair fill you with dread? Does it make you avoid the dentist altogether? If so, you’re among the millions of Americans coping with dental anxiety. At Endres Gateway Dentistry, serving Cincinnati and Loveland, sedation dentistry may be just what you need.

The reasons for dental anxiety are varied, but common issues are fear of injections, and fear of the after effects of injections.

We offer our patients two types of sedation.

  • Nitrous Oxide has been used in dentistry for more than one hundred years. It is safe and effective, wears off quickly, and will put you in a state of relaxation.
  • Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative an hour or so before your scheduled procedure. It  will make you very drowsy, and you won’t be very aware of what’s going on around you.

Sedation dentistry is valuable, because it can get you into the dentist’s chair when your instincts may be to avoid it. Skipping checkups and cleanings puts your dental health at risk. Better to have a little help getting through your appointment than getting a mouth full of cavities, or worse.

Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the dental treatment you need. Endres Gateway Dentistry serves patients in Cincinnati, Blue Ash, Loveland, and Montgomery, providing family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Dental Check Ups: How Often? Family Dentistry in Blue Ash

When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we recommend having a check-up and cleaning every six months. It’s a basic part of our family dentistry. If you have a higher risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months.

Most of our patients are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene practices, or experience medical conditions that impact your mouth, you may be in a higher risk category. It is critical to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked soon.

There are four very good reasons to see us every six months:

  • Plaque and tartar. We’ll give you a thorough, professional teeth cleaning. The simple fact is that your toothbrush and dental floss can’t do it all, even with the most committed routine.
  • X-rays. The dental x-rays we take allow us to spots potential problems we can’t see with a simple visual inspection. Identifying them early is the best way to treat them.
  • Oral cancer. We perform oral cancer screenings. Again, identifying this early will lead to the best outcome.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease is preventable, which is one of the reasons why your home dental care routine is so important. Checking your gums in our office every six months is the best way to catch problems early.

The common theme in most of the above is prevention. When it comes to your oral health, the family dentistry at Endres Gateway Dentistry is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. We see patients from Blue Ash, Montgomery, and all over the area, providing cosmetic dentistry, and treating conditions like gum disease. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242