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Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

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Hello! We’re Lou and Nick Vitangeli, DDS, of Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS in Englewood. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 1984. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion, or bad bite.

Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of “overbites” and “underbites” but the two arches can be misaligned in many other ways as well. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related issues. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient is at risk for many other health issues such as difficulty chewing and speaking, headaches, hearing problems, increased decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.

The domino effect of these issues can get pretty serious. For example, chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Consider also how these problems can impact a patient’s emotional well-being and power to perform their job.

Putting health issues aside, these problems can get pretty costly to treat.

There are several effective treatments for malocclusion, but first you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you have a misaligned bite, I hope this post has given you some good reasons to talk to Drs. Lou and Nick Vitangeli. Call 937-771-7431 to schedule a consultation and exam.

 

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320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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Beating Horrible Halitosis

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“My neighbor’s bad breath is scaring me.”

Do you live in Englewood, Ohio or nearby? Bad breath isn’t just a problem for careful brushers in Dayton, Vandalia or Clayton. Your neighbors in Union can spend all day brushing their teeth and still come out with bad breath.

But why?

We’re Lou and Nick Vitangeli with Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS. In business since 1984. Our specialty is cosmetic and restorative dentistry. At Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS we perform general dentistry and Invisalign & 6 Month Smiles regularly. As a favor to Englewood, Ohio we’d like to take a few minutes to share with you some insight about bad breath and give your neighbors some places to start in improving or removing the offending odor.

Brushing just the teeth may not remove food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Bacteria can grow and stink from hidden floss-only locations. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Also, the food your neighbors are eating can affect the air they’re releasing. Onions, garlic and coffee are likely to show up on the breath no matter how much time is logged brushing.

Illness, infection, and allergies can all cause salivation issues which in turn upset the control of bacteria in the mouth. Diabetes, kidney failure, radiation therapy, liver malfunction, dry mouth or even postnasal drip can cause an odor.

Finally, dentures or a removable appliance may also carry bacteria that needs to be cleaned and freshened up on a regular basis. Bacteria balance in the mouth is ever changing.

1. Brush and floss the teeth as well as brush the tongue, gums and sides of mouth.
2. Enjoy onions and garlic a little less.
3. Stay on top of health issues.
4. Keep dentures clean.

Again, we’re Drs. Lou and Nick Vitangeli. Located at 320 Union Blvd Englewood, Ohio. We offer dental implants, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and restorative dentistry just to name a few of our awesome dental services.

Creating Smiles, Creating Health

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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What Is Oil Pulling?

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Today’s Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS dental post looks at oil pulling; an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around Englewood. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oils most commonly used are coconut oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Some advocates even claim that it “cures” cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

“To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.”1

Although we are in favor of any practice that improves oral health, Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS cautions patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling.

At Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS, we provide top-quality dental care for every member of your family. We serve all of your preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental needs including cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry, and general dentistry. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is located at 320 Union Blvd in Englewood.

1“The Practice of Oil Pulling,” American Dental Association, May 14, 2014, http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling, accessed on June 19, 2014

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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Modern Dentistry In Englewood With No Oxen Hooves

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My team and I at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS have been providing excellent dental care for our patients in Ohio since 1984.

One of the vital habits of good oral health is daily tooth brushing with an effective toothpaste. There is a wide variety of toothpastes available. I recommend you use one with fluoride and make sure it has the ADA seal. This ensures that the toothpaste has been tested, claims are being met, and the ingredients are correct.

Just because a toothpaste claims to have a ‘whitener’ doesn’t mean it has fluoride.

Toothpaste as we know it has only been in existence since the late 1800s. Fluoride was added in 1914. The earliest evidence of toothpaste or dental cream dates back to 3000-5000 BC. The Ancient Egyptians pulverized oxen hooves, egg shells, pumice, myrrh, and water creating one of the earliest forms of toothpaste.

The Greeks and Romans began adding crushed bones and bark to the mix. The taste most likely was hard to take. During this same time the people of China and India were using a similar paste, but adding flavorings, like Ginseng and herbal mints making it a bit more palatable.

Dayton toothpaste users have no excuse for not brushing their teeth daily with the toothpaste we have available today.

The experienced staff at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS want to help all Ohio smiles be whiter and brighter. Contact us today at 937-771-7431 so we can answer any questions you may have about tooth whitening , invisible braces, or cosmetic dentistry. Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS provides cosmetic and restorative dentistry to meet your needs.

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any Englewood mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Englewood resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality for Dayton, Clayton, Union, and Vandalia folks. We encourage anyone in the Dayton area who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our Englewood cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry, general dentistry and any number of other dental services.

Lou and Nick Vitangeli has been serving the Englewood area since 1984. Call 937-771-7431 to schedule a consultation.

 

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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Are Dentures Inevitable?

Implant Anchored Dentures in Englewood Are you one of the fortunate Dayton people with healthy teeth? Would you like to keep them healthy for the rest of your life? Some Englewood residents believe that keeping their teeth healthy into the golden years is unlikely if not impossible.

At Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS, we are happy to assure you that this is a myth. With proper dental hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings, and a healthy lifestyle, your teeth can serve you throughout your life.

At Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS, we help patients of all ages, including those in their seventies and eighties, maintain their beautiful smiles. Dentures are not inevitable. Even if you already wear dentures, don’t give up.

You can improve your smile and your life with new implant anchored dentures.

These new fixed dentures won’t slip and slide in your mouth, so you can start eating confidently again.

Our office is friendly and relaxed. You don’t need to worry about being embarrassed if your teeth have not seen a dentist or hygienist for a while. We can treat your dental problems with expertise and put you on the path for better oral health in the future.

Remember, without dental health, you are never truly healthy. Call 937-771-7431.

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in Englewood cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.

Dental crowns are used for several problems common among Dayton cosmetic dentistry patients:

An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
A broken tooth
A tooth with extreme decay
A tooth that has had a root canal
A tooth that is too small or misshapen
A tooth that prevents a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.

Dayton cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package – don’t bite and pull!) Your Englewood cosmetic dentist can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. Some of our Union patients have crowns that are still looking beautiful after ten years.

For information on Dayton dental crown prices, invisible braces, conscious sedation, or teeth whitening, call Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS today at 937-771-7431 or visit http://www.vitangelismiles4you.com/about-us/.

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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Teen Teeth: Adolescent Oral Health

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If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager, today’s Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS post is for you. Today’s post discusses dental issues of special concern to adolescents. Dental risks for Englewood teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors.

At Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS, we see tooth decay and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes and complicating elements include insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion (misaligned bite), smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.

As children become more independent, some get lax about brushing and flossing. Moreover, some teens’ diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four year-old drink an energy drink, but they are consumed frequently by Englewood teenagers – presumably without their parents’ knowledge.

Malocclusion can make proper brushing and flossing challenging, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from food particles that are almost impossible to remove. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD (Temporomandibular disorder). If you suspect that your teen’s bite is not aligned properly, or if your teen notices a clicking sound in the jaw joint, call Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS at 937-771-7431 to schedule an exam.

In spite of numerous Ohio public service campaigns aimed at preventing teen smoking, many adolescents take up the detrimental habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking wrecks teeth as surely as it wrecks lungs.

Englewood parents of teenagers are well aware that puberty has a significant impact on physical and emotional health. Puberty causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels (especially in females) can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Your dentist can counsel you if more frequent professional cleanings are necessary to preserve gum health.

If you visit any soccer field or basketball court in Ohio, you will see that many young athletes fail to protect their teeth. If your adolescent participates in a contact sport, meet with us about custom athletic mouthguards.

One of the teen dental issues that impacts most young men and women is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they lead to issues with the jaw or surrounding teeth. And you certainly don’t want to send your high-school grad to an out-of-state college without addressing his or her third molars. If problems emerge, your youth won’t be near their regular dentist, will probably miss class, and will either need to come home or use an out-of-network dentist or oral surgeon. If you don’t have a family dentist, Lou and Nick Vitangeli of Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS can examine your teen and evaluate X-rays to counsel you on the best course of action for his or her wisdom teeth.

This article is by no means exhaustive on the important subject of adolescent oral health. Our blog also discusses orthodontia, oral piercings, eating disorders, and abnormal teeth growth.

If you are looking for a family dentist in the Englewood area, I invite you to schedule an appointment at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS by calling 937-771-7431. We have been providing quality dental care to Englewood families since 1984.  For more information about teen dental health or cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, or dental implants, call today.

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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How To Get The Whitest Teeth

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Some people’s teeth are whiter than others, but I think it’s safe to say that most of us Englewood residents want our teeth to be pearly white! If you are one of those people, then Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS can help you achieve that brilliant smile you deserve. Today we want to share some tips on teeth whitening and what we can do for you!

Don’t Forget to Brush
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, but many men and women still forget this practice. We are talking about daily tooth brushing. Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities. Often our teeth become discolored or stained because of what we consume (drinks, food, etc.) but when we brush our teeth, it limits the damage.

After brushing teeth, another tip is using a fluoride rinse to finish the cleaning job. Fluoride helps get into the cracks where bacteria can be hiding away. When the bacteria is killed, it prohibits it from spreading and discoloring your teeth. When you are shopping for a fluoride rinse, check the labels. Some ordinary mouthwashes don’t contain fluoride.

Sometimes the discoloration is too extreme to be reversed by home remedies. That’s why we at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS offer other powerful care to improve your smile. We provide in-office teeth whitening and take home teeth bleaching kits. Each of these methods provide an effective solution to teeth whitening. The friendly and gentle staff at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS will work with you to find the best solution to enhance your smile.

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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A Teenage Smile Without The Metal

No One Will Know You Are Wearing Braces In Englewood

Many Englewood adults want to look younger by straightening their teeth but having a mouthful of obtrusive teenager-style metal braces is not exactly what they had in mind.

If you are dissatisfied with your misaligned teeth, you may be interested to hear about the new, discrete straightening methods now available for people of all ages. Custom invisible braces that are worn over teeth are now available in Englewood.

Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered because invisible braces are so straightforward and convenient. The comfortable aligners allow you to eat anything you want and caring for your teeth will not become cumbersome. When you smile, nobody will know that your teeth are gently being aligned.

Another development in orthodontia is the tieless braces system. Known by the brand names of Damon Braces and Damon Clear, this proprietary system features a sliding mechanism instead of bands or clips. If your dentist or orthodontist doesn’t believe you are a good candidate for invisible aligners, you can still be discrete with this type of system.

Modern orthodontia and cosmetic dentistry truly works miracles to create younger, more vibrant smiles. If you have delayed orthodontic treatment because of the perceived inconvenience and obtrusiveness of traditional metal braces, we hope today’s post has provided important specifics that will help you make an informed decision.

At Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS in Englewood, our friendly and gentle team has been providing and beautiful smiles since 1984. If your teeth have problems in addition to misalignment, schedule a consultation to learn about veneers, dental implants, white fillings, gum contouring, and teeth whitening.

Some of the most popular treatments at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS include cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and dental implants. Whatever your dental needs are, we will create a personalized, custom treatment plan for you.

 

Contact Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS:

937-771-7431

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

320 Union Blvd
Englewood, Ohio
45322

 

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