Family Dentistry in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Guide To Plaque, Calculus, And Cavities

There are some common dental terms that a lot of people get confused. Those of us at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati would like to clarify a few of them – in particular plaque, calculus, and cavities.

Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. You can remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t removed it can build up and harden into calculus.

Calculus, also known as tartar, is hardened plaque that also accumulates minerals from food and saliva. Regular check-ups and cleanings are necessary to remove tartar, as well as hard-to-reach plaque.

Plaque and calculus are not cavities, but they can lead to cavities. A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and calculus contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.

A good rule of thumb is this: avoid plaque to avoid calculus and tartar to avoid tooth decay to avoid cavities. And you avoid it by brushing and flossing, and seeing the dentist twice a year.

Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati provides professional teeth cleaning. It’s a service of our family dentistry. We also provide cosmetic dentistry, to help our patients get the smiles they’ve always wanted.

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

 


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