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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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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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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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

 


Trust Doctor Endres For Accurate Dental Info

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Dental patients are more informed than ever before. It’s not surprising to us at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati that much of their knowledge about oral health and dental treatment is gleaned from online sources.

Proactive self-education can be beneficial for you and your family, especially if it helps with living a healthy lifestyle. We caution our friends and neighbors in the Cincinnati area, however, not to depend entirely on online dental information. Come to us for a second opinion.

Misconceptions about medical treatment in general and dentistry in particular began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous. But the web has exponentially accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.

Some of the most common dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.

In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid required dental treatment because of something they read online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with us.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we are enthusiastic about keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. 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

 


Cincinnati Mouths And Stomatitis

Cincinnati Mouths And Stomatitis

Ouch! The mouth is a bad place for injuries, sores, or inflammation. It seems that even the smallest irritation in the mouth can cause serious discomfort for Cincinnati dental patients.

These non-specific irritations in the mouth have a name. They are called stomatitis.

A good general definition for stomatitis is the inflammation of the membranes in the mouth. These usually affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even get to sleep at night. If you suffer from mouth sores, you know that stomatitis can really impact the lives of Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Kenwood residents.

Some common causes of stomatitis can be canker sores, cold sores, gum disease, biting the inside of your mouth or your tongue, burning your mouth, and irritation caused by braces or broken teeth. Many sores in the mouth will generally clear up on their own in less than two weeks.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry we can determine if it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and advise you on treating the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi. I’m Doctor Eleanor Endres of Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. I help my patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about smile makeovers, give us a call at 513-914-4918.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, bonding, and dental implants.

We provide family and cosmetic dentistry. We hope to see you in our Cincinnati office soon!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-914-4918

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Infant And Toddler Teeth Q&A

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Today’s post is for new Cincinnati parents. It contains useful counsel about family dentistry, and caring for baby and toddler teeth.

How should I clean my toddler’s teeth?
For infants, gently wash their gums with a piece of gauze or soft cloth. The ADA does not recommend any toothpaste for infants. When your child is three, a pea-sized amount (but no more!) is recommended. Young children rarely spit after you brush their teeth, they swallow. When your child’s teeth start to erupt, you can use a very soft brush to softly wipe away food and liquid left on the teeth after feeding.

When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents take their child to a dentist before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears. This is vital for their oral health and also to help them become relaxed with a dentist from an early age.

What should I do if my toddler has a toothache?
First, call your dentist to make an appointment. Some practices will let you come in without a pre-scheduled appointment for dental emergencies. Rinse the sore tooth and surrounding gums with warm salt water. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth. If your child will let you, use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek to relieve swelling. You can give your child acetaminophen unless your pediatrician advises against it.

How can I prevent my toddler from getting cavities?

  • Have your child get their first dental check-up before their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.
  • Have your child get a dental check-up every six months or more frequently if your dentist advises.
  • Brush your child’s teeth gently but thoroughly before they go to bed.
  • If possible, brush your child’s teeth after meals, or have them rinse with water.
  • Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle unless it only contains water.
  • Don’t let your child drink juice all day – it is best to have juice along with a meal.
  • Limit or avoid sugary snacks – especially gummy types that stick to the teeth. (A fresh apple is better than a pack of fruit snacks).
  • Consume acidic foods and beverages with meals to safeguard enamel.
  • If your child sucks his/her thumb after the age of three, talk to your dentist or pediatrician.
  • If your child grinds his/her teeth, seek advice from your dentist or pediatrician.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy diet with all the required vitamins and minerals.
  • If your child has special medical conditions, seek further direction from your pediatric dentist.
  • If you have severe tooth decay, seek additional guidance from your pediatric dentist.
  • Follow your dentist’s or pediatrician’s recommendations regarding fluoride supplements and fluoridated water. Remember that too much fluoride is toxic.
  • Follow your dentist’s guidance regarding dental sealants.
  • Monitor your child’s tooth development and see your dentist if anything appears unusual.
  • Protect your child’s teeth with a mouth protector when they start participating in sports.
  • Model proper dental hygiene every day. Your example is vital.

Should I avoid dental x-rays of my child’s teeth?
No. Modern dental x-rays are extremely safe when proper procedures are followed. The diagnostic benefit greatly outweighs the almost non-existent risk of detrimental radiation exposure.

If child’s baby teeth are widely spaced, does that mean their permanent teeth will be too far apart?

No, this is normal and does not necessarily mean their permanent teeth will be spaced too far apart.

Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati treats patients of all ages with our family dentistry. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions like gum disease. We treat patients from Loveland and Montgomery, and all through the area. 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