Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In this post from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we explore some specifics about brushing your teeth. One key to getting the most out of your toothpaste is getting plenty of foam when brushing.

Working up a good foam is brought about by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then brushing at a 45 degree angle. The foam helps dislodge food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around as you finish brushing to pick up any stragglers.

The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel. Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization of your teeth. This takes time, so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes, and get the foam throughout your mouth.

Flossing is an important part of cleaning your teeth. It doesn’t matter whether your floss before or after brushing. There are different types of floss available and they’re all effective. We do, however, recommend string floss over floss holders, because with string floss you can get all around individual teeth.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we want all our patients to brush and floss twice a day. Patients from Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood come to us for family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and 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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Use Five Fingers For Quick And Healthy Flossing

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This post from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati is for kids who want to make flossing their teeth a daily habit. Here are  five flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time.

Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums, therefore I floss.

Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association advises that you use about 18 inches. Roughly 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.

Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team endeavor. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” for a new section for the next tooth in line.

Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria sufficiently. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those areas at the base of your teeth bacteria free.

Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the pledge now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque leads to decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease can eventually bring about tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we encourage patients of all ages to take good care of their dental health. That means regular brushing and flossing, and regular checkups at our office. People from Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood come to us for family and restorative dentistry, and much more. 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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Is The Humble Toothbrush Obsolete?

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Are manual toothbrushes obsolete? Would you believe people have been asking that question for more than fifty years? At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we assure you that the answer is no. When it comes to maintaining your dental health, an old school manual toothbrush is one of your best friends.

“Wait a minute,” you might say, “isn’t an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?”

That very question was addressed in the Journal of the American Dental Association, way back in 1964. Their article sensibly concluded that all toothbrushes, when used properly, are effective at removing food debris and plaque to keep your smile free of decay.

Use What Works

Electric toothbrushes are great, and they certainly have their place. But they do not do a better job cleaning teeth, simply because they’re electric.

For most people, it comes down to personal preference. Manual and electric do a good job cleaning your teeth. An electric toothbrush can be a tremendous benefit to anyone with issues like arthritis. A manual may take a little longer. But they’re a lot cheaper! At the end of the day, though, the choice is yours.

When it comes to any toothbrush, the most important thing is to choose one with soft bristles. They are gentle on the gums, but still effective in brushing away plaque.

When all is said and done, the important thing is to find a toothbrush that works for you, and then use it. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we stress the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day. People from Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood trust us with their dental health, and come to our office for family and restorative dentistry. Call for 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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Those Baby Teeth Are A Big Deal

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This post from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati focuses on  baby teeth. Why would you take care of them when they’re just going to fall out and go to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question with an even better answer.

Parents should never feel like they are wasting their time taking care of their little one’s teeth. Those baby teeth are important. For one thing, they’re needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that come later.

Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech.

Take Care

Even before your baby’s teeth come in, you should be cleaning out their mouth. Give special attention to the gums. The best way for cleaning is to use a soft cloth dipped in warm water. No toothpaste is necessary. At this point, it’s enough to wipe them clean.

Once the teeth do come in, get a small, baby-sized toothbrush. You still don’t need any toothpaste, although you can use a tiny dab if your want to. Gently brush whatever teeth are there.

Remember to never put you little one to bed with a bottle.

When that first tooth comes in, it’s time to bring your baby in for their first checkup. If they reach the age of one and there still aren’t any teeth, bring them in just the same.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we want the very best of dental health for all our patients, and it starts when they’re still babies. People from Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood come to our practice for family and restorative dentistry, and many other services. Call to 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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Patient-Centered Dental Care

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At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, our patients and good dental health are the focus of everything we do. Patient satisfaction means everything, because when our patients are satisfied we know we’re doing things right.

Any time we do a checkup on a patient, we are as thorough as possible. We never rush you through an appointment. For one thing, no one likes to be rushed through anything. More important, we are always sure to provide the best possible treatment, so that you leave with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve got good dental health.

When we welcome a new patient to our practice, we conduct prelininary interviews to learn about any issues they may have. We also want to know their expectations. From this, we put together a treatment plan that details all the work the patient might need.

It’s important that this is all with your input. Experience teaches us it’s the best way to establish a good relationship and build trust.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we are committed to providing patient-centered dental care. Our patients come to us from Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood for family and restorative dentistry, and much more. Call us to schedule your next cleaning and 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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4 Oral Ailments To Discuss With Your Dentist

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  • Bad Breath. Sure, nobody wants to admit that they have bad breath, but bad breath can be treated. It is usually linked to bacteria build-up in the mouth. This means that it might be a symptom of accelerating decay. Discuss it with your dentist who can help you overcome this condition. (Your friends will appreciate it.)
  • Dry Mouth. Also known as xerostomia, this lack of saliva is very annoying and can predispose you to a host of problems like decay and gum disease. It’s a common side effect of some medications, so make sure to bring a list of current prescriptions with you to your appointment.
  • Jaw Issues. If you notice inexplicable jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to let us know. These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called TMD (temporomandibular disorder).
  • Teeth Grinding. If you’ve been stressed out and find that you’ve been grinding your teeth, be sure to tell us about it. A simple appliance can protect your teeth.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, patients come to us from Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood for high-quality care, including family and restorative dentistry. 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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How Does Your Overall Health Affect Your Smile?

Educating Cincinnati Dental Patients About Little-Known Risks

Good dental health means having healthy teeth and gums. Maintaining it is something that you have to work at every day. It can be a real balancing act: using the right oral care products, your personal oral care habits, and seeing us at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati twice a year.

Did you know your dental health can be impacted by your general health? There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk to oral health. Just a few examples:

  • Diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues.
  • A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many common medications can cause dry mouth.
  • Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we help our patients prevent problems associated with medical conditions that may seem unrelated to dental health. Patients from Loveland, Blue Ash, and Montgomery OH call us for family and restorative dentistry, and much more. Call for 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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Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

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You would never run a red light on a busy street, or cross over a lane of orange construction cones. But Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati warns that you might be doing some everyday things that are bad for your dental health.

In this post, we’ll share some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

  • Crunching ice might be refreshing, but it can be harmful to the soft tissue inside your mouth. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
  • Participating in sports without mouth protection is a risk that no one should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could transpire (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest sporting goods store and purchase a mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.
  • Using teeth as tools is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but they aren’t indestructable. Do everything you can to take care of yours! That includes regular checkups with Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. Our patients come from Blue Ash, Loveland, Montgomery OH, and throughout the area for family and restortive dentistry. Call us to 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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The Miracle Of Full Mouth Reconstruction

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The phrase “full mouth reconstruction” may sound daunting, and bring extreme images to mind. At Endres Gateway Dentistry it means restorative dentistry that can revitalize your dental health. You’ll benefit for years to come.

Full mouth reconstruction can achieve many goals, and it doesn’t always mean the same thing for every patient. Candidates for the procedure may have lost some or all of their teeth due to grinding, trauma, or decay. Or their teeth may be severely worn from the same causes.

The objective is to restore the health and appearance of the entire mouth: from the teeth themselves, to the roots and gums, to other surface enhancement.

Full mouth reconstruction is more than a smile makeover, though it uses some of the same procedures. It can include some or all of the following:

  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Gum therapy
  • Bite adjustment

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, restorative dentistry can rejuvenate the health of your entire mouth. No matter how much your dental health has deteriorated, there is always hope, and always a way to improve it. We also offer complete family dentistry. Patients come to us from Blue Ash, Loveland, Montgomery OH, and throughout the area. Call for 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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Schedule Your Coronation

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We treat all of our patients royally at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, but some of them receive actual crowns. Not what a king or queen wears, of course, but crowns for their teeth!

Crowns are sometimes called caps, and they’re placed over a tooth to restore its shape and strength, and to improve its overall appeaerance. They are useful for a many problems:

  • To protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together a cracked tooth.
  • To cover and provide durability to a tooth with a large filling and little tooth structure remaining.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
  • To improve a tooth that is too small or misshapen.
  • To cover a tooth with acute discoloration.
  • To add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure.

There are different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We carry out an extensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

Once they are placed, crowns can last many years. They are great way to guard and enhance your smile. At Endres Gateway Dentistry ion Cincinnati, dental crowns are among our restorative dentistry procedures. We also offer a full range of general 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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