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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

Montgomery cosmetic dental and tooth implants

When you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or became the caregiver for an ailing parent. Perhaps you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree.

Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. It’s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.

When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about oral hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. Dr. Eleanor Endres wants to remind you to think about the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.
1. Tooth decay
2. Gum disease
2. Tooth and gum pain
3. Bad breath
4. Infection
5. Tooth loss

Your plate is already full – you don’t want to add poor oral health and the associated expense and inconvenience required to treat advanced problems.

Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.

Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati provides gentle, comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Our services include:

sedation dentistry
restorative dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
family dentistry

Doctor Endres is a member of American Dental Association. You can learn more about American Dental Association at http://www.ada.org/en/. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, we invite you to call us at 513-914-4918 and schedule an exam and cleaning. Our thoughtful team will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. There is no need to feel ashamed about plaque build-up or a cavity. We completely understand how stressful life can get and love helping our Cincinnati area patients get back on track.

Oral Health Is the Gateway to Healthy Living

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Your Smile Doesn’t Have To Show Your Age

Your Smile Doesn’t Have to Show Your Age in Cincinnati As we grow older, we may welcome many changes. However, some people may not welcome wrinkles, gray hair and dental problems.

Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy throughout your golden years!

Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of wear such as enamel loss, staining, and chips, it is not too late to restore your youthful smile. And, though tooth loss is fairly common for Cincinnati residents over sixty, in most cases it is preventable.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages. We offer a full array of dental services including cosmetic dentistry orthodontics, and sedation dentistry.

If you live in Cincinnati, Blue Ash, or Kenwood, call 513-914-4918 to schedule a dental consultation. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, you will be interested to learn about the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques. Many procedures can be completed in one visit to our Cincinnati dental office.

Give us a call at 513-914-4918 or find us on the Web at: https://www.endresdentistry.com/blog/

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Endres Gateway Dentistry Is Here For You

Cincinnati family dental

Hello, I’m Eleanor Endres of Endres Gateway Dentistry, a reputable dental practice in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Our friendly team would love to help you with any of your dental needs. Our services include:

  • Pediatric dental counsel for new parents
  • Immediate remedies for any pressing dental problems
  • A gentle, friendly dentist for families with children
  • Experienced care for patients with chronic health conditions such as cancer or diabetes
  • A cosmetic dentist who seeks ongoing training on the latest procedures and materials
  • An inviting dental office with amenities that make your visit comfortable and pleasant
  • A dental practice in Cincinnati that focuses on preventative care

My team of dental professionals at Endres Gateway Dentistry has been serving the Cincinnati area since 2007. We provide preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to patients of all ages.

We are located at 9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204, in Cincinnati, Ohio. We offer comprehensive dental services including cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and sedation dentistry. Our passion is providing exceptional care for our valued patients. To make an appointment, call us at 513-914-4918.

I look forward to being your Cincinnati dentist of choice.

Oral Health Is the Gateway to Healthy Living

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry: 513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Infancy Through Childhood: Instill Good Brushing Habits

infant dental exam Cincinnati

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