Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year. Many of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth necessitates several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration outlays. Not to mention pain!

Most parents require their youth to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer.  We encourage them to emphasize the importance of mouth protection.

There are three main types of mouthguards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well. (Though they are better than nothing.)

You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at Cincinnati sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s directions).

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want all our patients to safeguard their teeth. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Stick Out Your Tongue!

Cincinnati oral cancer examsLike all dentists, we diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. These conditions can affect the tongue. Let’s review the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the vital things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow.

This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal physical ailments. This may include digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When we perform oral exams, the tongue is always looked at for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia, or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be linked to stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try avoiding products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. We have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands. (Endres Gateway Dentistry has no affiliation with any of these companies.)

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we offer family and restorative dentistry, and many other services. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Watch Out For Hidden Sugar

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Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities. Plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want you to be aware of hidden sugar and its risks to your dental health.

Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high-calorie content, many parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Bubble gum, lollipops, and chocolate bars are among the obvious ones, but there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.

Here are some popular kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:

  • yogurt covered raisins
  • fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
  • rice cakes
  • many brands of yogurt, including the hand-held type
  • juice drinks
  • flavored milk
  • barbecue sauce
  • fruit smoothies
  • cereal bars

Controlling sugar intake is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks for your child, make sure you read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want the best dental health for you and your kids. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Our patients come from all over, including Loveland, Blue Ash, and Montgomery OH. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Ready To Smile Again?

Are You Ready to Smile Again, Cincinnati?

Some people avoid smiling at all costs. Are you one of those who covers their mouth when they laugh? Do you keep your mouth closed when someone takes a picture of you? If so, it’s time to take care of your teeth problems and get a new lease on life. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we can make it happen.

In addition to making us happier, smiling benefits our quality of life in many ways.

1.  Look Younger and More Attractive

It doesn’t take a scientific study to verify this fact. No matter your age, you always look better with a smile.

2. Smiling Minimizes Stress

When you smile, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that reduce your stress level.

3. Smiling Boosts Your Confidence

Who doesn’t want to benefit from more self-assurance?

4. Smile For Success

Researchers have demonstrated several ways smiling can upgrade the chance of a positive outcome in personal and professional pursuits. These benefits stem from the fact that smiling impacts your behavior as well as the behavior of the men and women with whom you interact.

5. Help People Trust You

Genuine smiles that involve the mouth, cheeks, and eyes, portray honesty and trustworthiness.

How would your life improve if you loved your smile? At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we look forward to developing a cosmetic dentistry plan to beautify your smile. We also offer family dentistry. Patients come to us from Loveland, Blue Ash, and Montgomery OH. Call today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

Montgomery cosmetic dental and tooth implantsIt doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds. Here are six tips from Endres Gateway Dentistry on ways to offer add dental care to each day in 60 seconds or less.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will allow air drying and can inhibit the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to establish consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and wash away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Scrutinize gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will suppress discoloration.

Call Endres Gateway Dentistry.

10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with me and my friendly staff. I will examine your teeth for far more than 10 seconds and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we’ve got plenty of great dental health tips! Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry, and we serve patients from Blue Ash, Loveland, Montogmery OH, and the surrounding area. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Two Hints For When You’re Too Tired To Brush

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Too tired to touch a toothbrush? We’ve all been there. In this blog post from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we offer two smart ideas for overcoming exhaustion in favor of brushing and flossing late at night.

Idea #1 Drag Tongue Along Teeth
After a long thankless day as you are lying there in bed and realize you forgot to brush, drag your tongue over your teeth a few times while mentally reviewing how plaque forms. Within 48 hours it can start eating away at the teeth. Then jump up and give your mouth just 2 minutes of gentle, thorough cleaning. It’s that uncomplicated.

Idea #2 Scrutinize the Food You Eat
Another convenient and simple approach is to pay attention to what’s going into your mouth throughout the day. The higher the sugar content the sooner the teeth will need a brushing to avoid harm. Swish with water after coffee, tea or soda if brushing isn’t going to happen soon. Chewing sticky candy leaves debris all over in the mouth as does bread and crackers. Keep this in mind and commit to take care of the particles as soon as possible.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we are committed to helping patients maintain good dental health. It all begins with daily brushing and flossing! Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Our patients also come from Blue Ash, Loveland, and Montgomery OH. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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If Only I Had Taken Care Of My Teeth…

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How many times have you said, ‘If only!’ If only I had changed my oil, If only I had stayed in college, If only I had worn sunscreen. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we hope you never say, ‘If only I had taken care of my teeth!’

But if you have … we invite you to let us help you get back on track to oral health.

We are passionate about helping patients establish and maintain dental health. We help all of our patients feel relaxed and comfortable in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere.

We have treated countless patients who avoided the dentist in years past but have recommitted themselves to healthy oral habits. We can promise you that your overall physical health and happiness will be improved if you start taking care of your teeth today.

We have an all-inclusive menu of effective treatments for any dental problems you currently have: tooth decay, stained teeth, chipped teeth, gum disease, broken crowns, old unsightly fillings, and even missing teeth.

Professional dental treatment is an important investment in your most precious possession—your health.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we have a wide range of services to keep your teeth clean and healthy, including family and restorative dentistry. Our patients come from all over, including Blue Ash, Loveland, and Montgomery OH. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it done. But are you doing it right? At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we find that many of our patients make mistakes in their brushing, and could benefit from some helpful reminders.

Here are important tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
After a long day, you want to get it over with and go to bed. But teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how rapidly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s all but impossible to clear away the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily propagate and start the decay process. Flossing is an important part of the process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people damage their enamel or gums because they brush too vigorously with a rigid brush. We recommend using a soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is awful to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but some toothpastes don’t contain fluoride. It isn’t just for kids, either. Your enamel is consistently under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, our services include family and restorative dentistry. We get patients from all over, including Loveland, Blue Ash, and Montgomery OH.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Dental Checkup: How Often?

When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we like our patients to see us every six months. It’s the best way to stay on top of your dental health.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most people 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 behaviors, or are plagued with medical conditions that impact your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is essential to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked right away.

Your dental health strategy should include:

  • Daily brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss twice a day. Just before bedtime is especially important, because it cleans out the germs and plaque that build up during the course of the day.
  • Proper brushing. It’s important not only to brush, but to brush properly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a gentle, circular motion along the gum line. Take your time; a minimum of two minutes is recommended. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
  • Using fluoridated toothpaste. There are lots of choices when it comes to toothpaste. Whether you prefer mint flavored or bubble gum, fluoride is the most important consideration. It is your best defense against cavities.
  • Seeing the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? Your daily dental health care habits are essential, but so is the attention and care of a dentist.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we assess many factors to determine the status of your dental health, and want you to have a beautiful smile for life. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry, and serve the Loveland, Blue Ash, and Montgomery Ohio area. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Be Glad Doctor Endres Has X-Ray Vision

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During a dental checkup at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we do a thorough inspection of your teeth and gums. But visual inspections can’t tell us everything we need to know, which is why we take x-rays.

For most patients, we update our x-rays once a year. They help us to make accurate diagnoses by showing what cannot be seen by the eye alone. Also known as radiographs, the images give us the total picture: not just inside your teeth, but the tip of the roots and the bone under the gums. Thanks to x-rays, we are able to identify and treat dental issues before they become more serious.

There are several types of x-rays:

  • Bite-Wing x-rays give us a picture of the upper and lower back teeth. We can see how they touch each other and see if there is any decay.
  • Panoramic x-rays give us the big picture: a view of the teeth, jaws and jaw joints, nasal area, and even the sinuses. These are especially useful if we think the patient may need orthodontics or a dental implant.
  • Occlusioal x-rays show us the floor of the mouth, and the bite of the upper or lower jaw. They’re good for showing the development of children’s teeth, both the baby and permanent teeth.

X-rays use radiation, but are designed to minimize patient exposure. Patients only get negligible amounts, making them safe. The latest generations of x-rays reduce radiation even more. Still, we take that the added safety measure of covering the patient with a heavy leaded apron and collar.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible dental care. Our services include family and restorative dentistry, and patients also come to us from Loveland, Blue Ash, and Montgomery OH. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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