What Causes Drooling?

July 25, 2018

A woman sleeping with her mouth open.Many of our patients ask us about excessive drooling. While everyone experiences drooling from time to time, usually during sleep, those patients who struggle with salivary over production may have difficulty speaking clearly, eating certain foods, or smiling with confidence. If you’re dealing with excessive drooling, read this post to learn more about the causes of drooling and treatments available. If you want to find out more, talk to your skilled dentist during a preventive dentistry appointment.

How Do I Stop Drooling in My Sleep?

June 16, 2018

Man drooling with dog's head on his cheekIn a previous post, we discussed some of the many causes of drooling or excessive saliva production. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can address these concerns. For many patients, these issues are first noticed by a dentist who is trained to recognize changes in oral health, including over and underproduction of saliva. During your general dentistry appointments twice a year, let your dentist know if you’re struggling with excessive drooling or dry mouth. In many cases, these issues need to be addressed by neurologists and other medical doctors, but a dentist will be able to give you more information about whether or not you should be seriously concerned about saliva overproduction.

Why do I Drool in My Sleep?

May 16, 2018

Drooling man in bedMany patients ask us about drooling. For the majority of people, a few nights of mild drooling can occur from time to time due to sinus issues or allergies, but for others, excessive drooling seems to be a daily part of life. While general dentistry treatments may not always be the right solution to address these concerns, the dentist’s office is often a good place to start your search. We can complete an examination to help you determine the underlying cause of your drooling and partner with you to find the best treatments to meet your needs. Keep reading this post to learn more about the common causes of drooling.

Find out How Oral and Overall Health Connect from Your Family Dentist Toledo

November 16, 2015

Woman with a beautiful smile thanks to the family dentist Toledo trustsIf the question, “How often do you floss?” is the part of your dental appointment you dread, it may be time to make some changes. Unlike brushing, flossing does not have the instant gratification of cleaner teeth and fresher breath, but the impact of flossing on your tooth and gum health can be amazing. Even more importantly, flossing reduces the risk for and the side effects of numerous chronic and systemic illnesses as well. A recent BBC series discussing oral health in the UK presented some startling evidence that has been interpreted as stating that flossing isn’t essential to oral hygiene. The truth is that the British Dental Association evidence actually said that only brushing has the years of research and longevity studies in the UK that proves necessity as part of regular hygiene routines. While the jury is still out on the effects of flossing in the UK, the American Dental Association studies reveal brushing alone isn’t enough to remove plaque between teeth. Flossing is essential to oral health, especially in prevention of gum disease, one of the most common oral health concerns, the leading cause of tooth loss in the US, and the reason for many of the whole body health concerns related to poor oral health. Find out more about how flossing may help you prevent dental and whole body health concerns below, or contact your Toledo dentistry team at Dental Group West.

Your Family Dentist Toledo Offers Tips for Healthy Halloween

October 13, 2015

The family dentist Toledo trusts talks Halloween candy and cavities with this surprised child dressed as a witchYour child is busy learning something new every day — and as you well know, their quest for understanding is filled with mistakes and more than a few bumps in the road. Their dental hygiene is no different — it takes years to learn how to properly brush, floss and care for teeth in general. And once they’ve mastered the techniques, adolescence presents its own obstacles to healthy teeth: an erratic diet, and priorities that usually don’t include proper brushing and flossing. Your family dentist in Toledo knows it’s a long journey developing good oral health habits that stick for life.

Maintaining a smile that’s protected against decay can be especially difficult at this time of the year, when children are surrounded by Halloween candy all month long. It’s important than ever to help your child keep up their oral hygiene habits right now, so read on for tips for a healthy Halloween — your child will thank you for it later.

How to Handle a Dental Emergency, Toledo

August 6, 2015

woman with injured tooth dental emergency help from dental group westWhen did you last schedule an emergency? While we can’t plan for our dental emergencies, we can prepare for them. The best way to prepare for an emergency is to know who to call. If you need emergency medical care, you’d probably call 911. If you need emergency dental care, call Dental Group West of Toledo, OH. Our dedicated team is here to help you no matter what your emergency. We can help you stay calm, and get the assistance you need to keep smiling. Next time you experience a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our dental care team. We see emergency cases on the same day whenever possible, even if you are not a patient of record with our office. Find out more about our outstanding emergency dentistry treatment as well as our general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry services.

Teeth Whitening: At The Dentist or Do It Yourself?

July 23, 2015

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Teeth whitening at home or in our office is great.

Getting your teeth white shouldn’t have to be a hassle, but it can sometimes turn into one, especially when it comes to what type of treatment you’re receiving – in-office or at home. The truth is, there are many differences between receiving care at home or at our office. Over-the-counter methods are popping up everywhere for people to take advantage of, the only problem is results may not be as great with regular brand treatment. Bright, white teeth can grab anyone’s attention, but if you’re not using the correct treatment, it’s a waste. When you come to our office in Toledo, OH, we can provide you with excellent in-office whitening treatment that can make your smile brighter and whiter than ever before. Perrysburg residents are in for a treat when they choose to see us for whitening treatment.

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

June 29, 2015

Parents Giving Children Piggyback Rides In Garden

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.

Makeover Your Smile with Quick and Convenient Cosmetic Bonding in Toledo, OH

March 10, 2015

523877123Minor cosmetic imperfections can have a big impact on the appearance of your smile. Even the healthiest smiles can sustain chips, cracks, discoloration, and decay. If you have tiny defects that keep you from smiling confidently, you should consider the cosmetic bonding solution. Cosmetic bonding is a popular cosmetic dentistry option because it can repair teeth with little, if any, effect on the natural enamel and dentin. Cosmetically bonded teeth look and feel just like natural teeth too. If you’re ready to renew your smile, schedule a cosmetic bonding appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West is a trusted cosmetic dentistry, now proudly repairing smiles daily throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.

What Is Cosmetic Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding consists of special tooth colored resin, expertly applied to a damaged tooth, and then hardened with a special curing light. Bonding materials are made from high-density modern plastics like composite resin and porcelain. These materials mimic the natural color of your teeth and can be designed to perfectly match the surrounding teeth, making it almost impossible to discern that a tooth was ever damaged at all.

Can Cosmetic Bonding Fix Your Smile?

Cosmetic bonding can be used in several different ways, including:

  • Repair of decayed teeth
  • Repair of chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Elongate shortened teeth
  • Improve the appearance of misshapen teeth
  • Protect tooth roots exposed by receding gums

Toledo Cosmetic Bonding Appointments

Cosmetic bonding is one of the easiest and least expensive of all cosmetic dentistry procedures. Unlike porcelain veneers and dental crowns, cosmetic bonding can be completed in just one visit without any anesthesia required. Get your smile fixed fast; schedule the cosmetic bonding appointment you need with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West is a leading cosmetic dentistry, now proudly renewing smiles daily throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the neighboring areas.

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.

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