Preventing Gum Disease At Endres Gateway Dentistry

Preventing Gum Disease at Endres Gateway DentistryAt Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, the dental health of our patients is our top priority. We provide thorough cleanings and checkups and are always looking for signs of serious conditions like gum disease.

Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.

Our goal is to help our patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we provide gum disease treatment, as well as family dentistry and other services. 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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Royalty At Endres Gateway Dentistry

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When we crown one of our patients at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, the coronation is a celebration of a stronger smile.

The necessity of a dental crown is usually apparent. Based on how much tooth is available to hold in a filling, sometimes a crown is needed to add more support and to keep the tooth from falling apart or breaking. Crowns are also required as a sturdy support for dental bridges.

A crown restores your tooth to normal shape, size and strength, and allows it to resume its proper place as a team player with the other teeth.

Consult with us to find out if you are a candidate for industry-leading restorative procedures meant to increase the life of your precious permanent teeth such as a fabulous crown. Keep in mind that crowns come in a variety of strong, reliable materials. Matching the natural color of your teeth increases the beauty of your smile. Gold crowns are incredibly strong and have the “bling” factor. But there are certainly other options.

In addition to restorative services, we would love to speak with you about cleanings, cosmetic services, teeth whitening, braces, veneers, and other smile makeover possibilities.

Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati serves Montgomery OH and the surrounding area. We provide dental crowns, along with a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. 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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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most prevalent cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? The good news is that effective gum disease treatment is available at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati.

Regular check-ups are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

1. Gums that bleed often

2. Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

3. A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly

4. Loose gums

5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

6. Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, call us for an appointment right away. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

Gum disease treatment is only one of the services offered at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. We also offer cosmetic and 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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Best Practices For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

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Even if you value a healthy smile, it’s easy to become somewhat lax about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. In this blog post from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, our goal is for you to assess where you stand and examine whether you could step it up a notch. Committing to oral health best practices can prevent future problems and improve your quality of life.

Brushing

Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth correctly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss properly before bed.

Dental Checkups

Good: See us if you get a toothache.
Better: See us once a year even if you don’t notice any problems.
Best: Twice-yearly, have an intensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at Endres Gateway Dentistry.

A White Smile

Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use an over-the-counter whitening product at home.
Best: Schedule in-office teeth whitening treatment.

Missing Tooth

Good enough for some people: Ignore it. (We don’t recommend this.)
Better: Get a quality dental bridge.
Best: Restore your smile with a sturdy and natural-functioning dental implant.

Smile-Friendly Nutrition

Good: Eat a sensible diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a nutritious diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, limit sugary snacks, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.

For Young Smiles

Good: Never put your child to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous advice and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, ask us about dental sealants when your child is young.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we are dedicated to the best in 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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Cincinnati Wants Silver Screen Smiles

Cincinnati Wants Silver Screen Smiles

With the constant media coverage of celebrities, many dental patients are interested in having a smile like the stars. With cosmetic dentistry from Endres Gateway Dentistry, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Many smile makeovers include teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Most Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Loveland drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. We can recommend an effective one, or you might like to try in-office whitening, which is more effective. This is a quick way to see whiter teeth in less than an hour.

For missing teeth, state of the art dental implants are an excellent option. Because a dental implant is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. The implant also prevents jawbone recession and the shifting of adjacent teeth.

Veneers are especially popular in the Cincinnati area. They cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for those who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth that they would like to hide.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we offer cosmetic dentistry, as well as orthodontics and other services. 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

 

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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?

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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