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.

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.

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.

Effective Holiday Teeth Whitening from Dental Group West

December 10, 2014

118462997Would you like to impress your family and friends this holiday season with a dazzling new smile? If you want a teeth whitening treatment that works effectively the first time, and won’t irritate your sensitive teeth and gums, you should make an appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Their take-home teeth whitening trays are easy to use and can whiten your teeth by several shades before your next holiday gathering. Dental Group West proudly serves patients throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and the surrounding communities.

Holiday Teeth Whitening Options: Which Is Best?

  • Teeth Whitening ToothpastesTeeth whitening toothpastes can’t deliver on their teeth whitening promise. These toothpastes don’t contain the bleaching agents necessary to whiten your enamel. They can only polish away the shallow surface stains you may acquire during the day. If you do choose to use whitening toothpaste, it’s best to do so as a way to maintain the whitening results of a more effective treatment.
  • Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products– These products can come in many varieties including whitening strips, gels, rinses, or whitening trays. However, it can take many weeks of daily use for these treatments to have the same whitening effects of professional whitening products. Additionally, these products contain harsh chemicals that may irritate your teeth and gums.
  • Professional Take-Home Teeth Whitening– Dental Group West offers a quick and easy professional teeth whitening solution with their take-home whitening trays. These customized trays can be worn at home at your leisure, and will effectively whiten your teeth without causing gum discomfort or irritation.

Holiday Teeth Whitening Appointments in Toledo, OH

In some cases, deep staining and severe discoloration may need to be treated with dental veneers or dental bonding. Only an experienced cosmetic dentist can make that determination. To avoid the frustration of using a teeth whitening treatment that doesn’t work, make an appointment with Dr. Thomas, Dr. Poole, or Dr. Weisenburger at Dental Group West today. Dental Group West proudly restores smiles throughout Toledo, OH, Bowling Green, Sylvania, Oregon, Perrysburg, and nearby areas.

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