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Dental Group West: The Family Dentist Toledo, OH, Trusts

June 29, 2015

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Let’s hear it for summer. The pace just seems to slow down, so there’s time to catch up on all of those things you meant to do during the rest of the year. If one of those should happen to be a dental appointment, then you can count on Dental Group West in Toledo, OH, to care for all of your family’s dentistry needs. From the youngest to the eldest, from dental exams and cleanings to custom nightguards and periodontal therapy, the dentists and their capable staff at Dental Group West are ready to provide you and your loved ones with professional and compassionate care.

Beyond the brushing and flossing that you and your family perform twice each day at home, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole and Dr. Weisenburger would like to see all of you in the office for a dental checkup twice each year. At these regular checkups, we’ll clean your teeth and remove any plaque buildup, which can be the precursor to gum disease. We’ll also assess the health of your gums and other soft tissue; visually examine your teeth for signs of decay; conduct an oral cancer screening and when necessary, we’ll take x-rays to find any hidden spots of tooth decay or anything else of concern that is not visible to the eye. Of course, if we find a problem then we will recommend a course of treatment. As your family dentist, our first goal is to help you avoid problems completely. But if one is present, then we’d like to treat sooner rather than later in order to prevent bigger problems and bigger expenses.

The Family Dentist Holland, OH, Visits, Too

Beyond your bi-annual checkups, Dental Group West provides a number of dentistry services that are important to your family’s oral health and well-being. For example, for the sports enthusiast in your family we can prescribe a custom athletic mouthguard. Reliable studies have shown that athletic mouthguards not only protect teeth, lips, gums and tongue during play, they may also decrease the severity of a concussion should one occur. Likewise, if anyone in your family grinds their teeth at night, a custom nightguard creates a comfortable barrier between the top and bottom teeth, thereby putting a stop to that annoying sound.

Call Our Office Today

If you’re looking for the family dentist Perrysburg, OH, as well as Bowling Green, Sylvania and Oregon turn to for complete dental care, then come to Dental Group West in Toledo. We look forward to serving you and your family.

Protect Your Good Health with Non- Surgical Gum Disease Treatment from Dental Group West in Toledo, OH

February 10, 2015

101407297Untreated gum disease can affect more than just your teeth. Although gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, recent studies have also linked gum disease with an increased risk for developing a number of serious health conditions, including: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. Gum disease is not always painful and you may be unaware you have it, until it has already caused significant damage. This is just another reason why it’s so important to have regular dental check-ups. To protect your good health, make a gum disease treatment appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West delivers quality care daily throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Your mouth is full of bacteria that feed upon food particles and saliva. These bacteria can form a sticky and harmful acidic film on your teeth called plaque. Over time, the acid in plaque begins to break down your tooth’s enamel to cause decay. The bacteria in plaque can also infect and inflame your gums, making them bleed and become red and tender. Although plaque can be easily removed by brushing and flossing your teeth every day, it can harden and form another substance called tartar, which can’t be removed by brushing alone.  Tartar sticks much more firmly to teeth and can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. If plaque and tarter accumulate, they will cause the gum disease Gingivitis to take root. If Gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance into a more serious form of gum disease, Periodontitis. Periodontitis creates deep pockets between teeth and gums, causing teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. The bacteria from Periodontitis can also spread to other parts of the body wreaking havoc on your overall health.

Do You Have Gum Disease?

If you are experiencing any of the following gum disease symptoms, you should make an immediate appointment for gum disease treatment:

  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A constant unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Loosened teeth
  • Collections of pus that develop under your gums or teeth

Toledo Gum Disease Treatment Appointments

To treat your gum disease symptoms, the experienced general dentists of Dental Group West may suggest that you have your teeth scaled and polished. In some more advanced cases, root planing may also be required. This is a deep cleaning under the gums that gets rid of bacteria from the roots of your teeth. We will gently scrape away plaque and tartar and polish your teeth to remove marks or stains. If your gum disease has progressed, you may need more than one scale and polish appointment. Either way, our highly qualified dentists will be able to stop gum disease from damaging your health any further. Make your gum disease treatment appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West proudly serves families daily throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and neighboring areas.

When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

January 10, 2015

510041113The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 36,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and the disease will cause over 6,000 deaths. The single greatest factor affecting the oral cancer survival rate is the stage at which the cancer is discovered. Detecting the disease in its earlier stages can mean the difference between life and death. Each time you visit our office, we will examine you to look for signs of oral cancer, as part of your routine dental checkup. Skipping your semi-annual dental appointment means that you’re not getting the oral cancer screenings you need to protect your health. Don’t gamble with your good health. Make your oral cancer screening appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West proudly serves patients of all ages Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.

What Causes Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can develop in anyone at anytime, but men are twice as likely to develop the disease as women, and the risk for everyone increases with age. The exact triggering mechanisms that cause the changes in DNA that lead to oral cancer is still unknown. However, behavioral factors that heighten the risk for developing oral cancer include:

  • Using any tobacco products
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Poor nutrition
  • Contracting the human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Excessive sun exposure

What are the symptoms of Oral Cancer?

The most common oral cancer symptoms include:

  • red or white patches in or near the mouth
  • a lump anywhere near your mouth or throat
  • mouth ulcers that don’t heal
  • persistent pain in the mouth
  • changes in the tone of your voice
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • sudden unexplained weight loss
  • bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • loosened teeth
  • difficulty moving your jaw or chewing
  • pain or difficulty when swallowing

Oral Cancer Screening Appointments in Toledo, OH

If you, or someone you love, are at a heightened risk for developing oral cancer, make an appointment with Dental Group West for an oral cancer screening today. The experienced dentists of Dental Group West are trusted general dentistry practitioners, now proudly serving families throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and nearby areas.

What Can You Do About TMJ Disorder?

November 10, 2014

80720280Have you been experiencing unexplained headaches, earaches or difficulty chewing? If yes, you may be suffering from a TMJ Disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint on each side of your head that connects your jawbone to the rest of the skull. This important joint and its surrounding muscles enable you to open, close and rotate your jaw. Sometimes, this joint can deteriorate or malfunction due to excessive wear from teeth clenching/grinding, arthritis or injury. The restorative dentistry experts of Dental Group West can diagnose and provide treatment for TMJ disorder. Don’t allow your TMJ to get out of control. Make an appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole or Dr. Weisenburger today. Dental Group West proudly serves patients throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg and the surrounding communities.

Signs of TMJ Disorder

  • Pain– Pain in the joint area or surrounding muscles. Usually located just in front of the ear, radiating between the cheek, the ear and the temple.
  • Limited Function– Jaw movement may be difficult. A tight or stuck feeling in the jaw. In more severe cases the jaw may get “locked”, making it hard to open or close the mouth.
  • Unusual Noises– Clicking or popping noises coming from the jaw joint when chewing or moving the mouth.
  • Ear Discomfort– Because the jaw joint sits just in front of the ear, some may experience ear symptoms such as noises in the ear, sensitivity to sound or dizziness.

TMJ Disorder Treatment in Toledo, OH

You may have found it difficult to find the right treatment for your TMJ disorder in the past. But you can find effective treatment to reduce stress on the joint and prevent further damage at Dental Group West. The experienced dentists of Dental Group West can provide immediate relief from TMJ symptoms. Make an appointment with their Toledo office today. Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole and Dr. Weisenburger proudly serve patients throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg and nearby cities.

Choosing Between Dental Implants and Dental Bridges

October 10, 2014

122421420A missing tooth can cause you to miss out on enjoying your life. It can affect your willingness to laugh and smile or eat the foods you love. To replace a missing tooth permanently, you have two basic choices, either a dental bridge or a dental implant. It’s important to get all of the facts before you make such a big decision as permanently replacing a missing tooth. A missing tooth should be replaced to protect your other teeth from moving, and to preserve your bone and jaw structures.The dentists at Dental Group West want to help you restore your smile in the least painful manner possible. Contact their Toledo office today to set up a Sedation Dentistry appointment to replace your missing tooth and restore your smile.

What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a frame with two attached dental crowns and a replacement tooth (pontic) in the middle. The crowns are fitted over the adjacent teeth of the missing tooth. To fit the crowns, the adjacent teeth must be shaved down and the pontic is positioned in the gap over the gums. Besides adversely affecting the adjacent teeth, dental bridges do not replace the missing tooth root which could lead to misalignment among the surrounding teeth and in the jaw bone.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium rods that can be surgically inserted into the jaw to replace the root of the missing tooth. Once the rod is placed, a synthetic but realistic looking prosthetic tooth is attached. During the healing process the jawbone will grow around the implant, cementing it in place. The implant can completely replace the natural tooth in both form and function. Dental implants are more expensive than dental crowns, but are the more natural looking and feeling alternative.

Dental Group West Restorative Implants and Bridges in Toledo, Ohio

Whichever method of tooth replacement you choose, it’s important to go to a dentist that can not only perform the dental work needed, but employs a caring and comfortable approach. The dentists at Dental Group West can help you restore your smile using Sedation Dentistry techniques, which can eliminate the pain and anxiety of restorative procedures. Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole and Dr. Weisenburger proudly serve patients throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg and the surrounding communities.

Back to School Dental Checkups!

August 9, 2014

shutterstock_149625803Now that school is around the corner, many people are getting prepared to start a new school year. Back to school shopping with tons of notebooks and pens may get you excited about school, but there is one thing you may not be preparing for. There is no doubt you are going to meet a lot of new people and reconnect with old friends when the school year beings again, and you want to make sure your smile is as healthy as possible. With regular dental checkups, you can be sure your smile is in tip-top shape just in time for the new school year.

When you come in for your dental checkup, one thing our doctors will do is evaluate the pocket depth of your gums, looking for any sort of decay, such as gum disease. Should we find signs of gum disease, we will be able to address the situation with nonsurgical procedures to get your smile back on track. We will also take x-rays of your teeth and jaw, making sure there are no underlying issues and that your bite is aligned.

We will also give your fluoride treatments during your dental checkup. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens your enamel, making it harder for bacteria to break it down and cause decay. Fluoride also attracts other minerals, all contributing to a healthier smile! We also offer dental sealants, which are plastic coatings in the grooves of your teeth that prevent bacteria and other particles from falling into the crevices of your molars. If you are ready for your dental checkup and would like help from our doctors, contact our Toledo, OH office today, and we would love to help!

Contact our office in Toledo, Ohio today and schedule your appointment with one of our caring and experienced dentists. We are able to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry need you may have! Our patient-centered practice warmly welcomes families from throughout Toledo and the surrounding communities, including Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and more.

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