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Beware Of An Acidic Diet

Dayton tooth strengthening You might not think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with chemical processes that occur continually.

The protective enamel covering the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when coming in contact with acids. Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize (re-harden). This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

At Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS, we are noticing an increase in cases of serious acid erosion. It is apparent that the typical diet is becoming more acidic.

The list of acidic foods may surprise you. This includes eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, food with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Dayton teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular and cosmetic dentists are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule an examination with Lou and Nick Vitangeli at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS, call 937-771-7431 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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Hi, Englewood, We’re Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS!

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Hi, Englewood, We’re Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS! We’ve been providing quality dental care to patients in the Clayton, Union, and Vandalia areas since 1984. We are passionate about the oral health of our patients and we are currently accepting new patients. Our top services include:

 

cosmetic dentistry
restorative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry
general dentistry

The friendly and gentle staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about important dental topics such as cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, and much, much more.

We also strive to help our  patients develop the oral health habits that will keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.

Please give us a call at 937-771-7431 so we can schedule an appointment for you. We are conveniently located at 320 Union Blvd in Englewood, Ohio. We are convinced that you will be happy with the quality care that you will receive here.

Don’t hesitate! 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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Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

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Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as important to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as their permanent teeth. Some parents we meet at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS hold the misconception that the care of primary teeth is secondary to adult teeth, since they will eventually fall out.

The truth is that the twenty primary teeth lay the foundation for the health of adult teeth and a beautiful smile. Taking care of these teeth is very important!

A dislike for brushing is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers and children. Sometimes the battle grows to the point that parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older. Don’t!

If it is problematic to get your child to brush willingly, Dr. Vitangeli has several suggestions.

If the toothpaste is the issue, brush with a smaller amount or even without it, at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing cavities. Toothpaste is not necessary for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If your water is not fluoridated, talk to Dr. Vitangeli about fluoride supplements.

Take your child to the store and have him or her choose a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so your child has some control in picking which toothbrush to use each time he or she brushes.

Let your child do the brushing, then review and brush the areas that might have been missed. Have your child with you when you and your spouse are brushing your teeth. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Invite your child to look in the mirror and brush at the same time.

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly prolong the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some children. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the vital first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some parents have had success with setting a timer.

Compliment your child on their fantastic effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to maintain a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their beautiful smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are important parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be passionate about a habit that will affect their health throughout their life.

If your child continues to struggle with brushing, you may think about sealants. Sealants are beneficial protective barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. A sealant helps with preventing food particles from lodging in difficult places to brush – frequently in the pits and grooves in the molars in the back of the mouth.

Call 937-771-7431 to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr.Lou and Nick Vitangeli about your child’s oral hygiene or any other concern.

 

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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Help! My Crown Came Off!

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You are chewing an apple and hear a weird sound. Something in your mouth feels wrong. One of your crowns has popped free. Chances are, the crown (which cost you hundreds of dollars) can be re-cemented.

What do you do when your dental crown comes off?
It’s critical that you take the following steps:

Don’t Swallow It!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we are mentioning it because it is vital. Carefully take it out of your mouth. If you accidentally swallow it, you will have some extra problems that aren’t pleasant.

Look Carefully
Inspect the crown and your tooth. If there is damage to either, Drs. Vitangeli will need that information. Which brings me to number 3:

Call Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS
We will schedule you an appointment ASAP and counsel you on whether you should use temporary cement to re-attach the crown until you can get into Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS and have it permanently re-cemented.

Clean Gently
Use a toothbrush to carefully clean the crown and the exposed partial tooth.

Handle With Care
While waiting for the crown to be re-cemented, abstain from substances that are chewy, sticky, or crunchy.

 

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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The Gift Of Oral Health

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Many dental patients may wonder why, with all the advances in dental medicine, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss. It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but don’t let their simple design fool you. These tools are the best bet to prevent tooth decay, plaque build-up, and gum disease.

When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are an essential part of everyday oral hygiene. Brushing, which should be done at least twice a day, can be done effectively with any type of toothbrush. There is no need to pay a bundle for a fancy electric toothbrush. Just brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes making sure to reach all the surfaces.

Flossing should be done once a day and is important for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. A wide variety of floss can be found at drugstores, so find one you like.

We’re Drs. Lou and Nick Vitangeli, an experienced Englewood dentist. We want to help you enjoy your dental visits and adore your smile.

Our friendly and gentle staff loves sending our Dayton and Union area patients away with a new toothbrush and floss, but we also find it rewarding to see our patients gain renewed confidence with a smile makeover.

We’d love to answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry such as tooth whitening, veneers, dental implants, or any other dental health topic.

Give us a call today at 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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A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool

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Providing quality dental care is much easier for dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health – and pictures are far more accurate than written notes.

To go a step further: pictures illustrating what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth and gums are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date x-rays.

The frequency of x-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need x-rays more often.

X-rays also help dentists find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue that all dentists consider when ordering x-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many important precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on the patients.

It is essential that women in Englewood inform their dentist if they are pregnant.

Our practice is currently accepting new patients. If you are looking for a friendly, skilled, and experienced dentist in the Englewood or Dayton areas, we hope you will schedule a consultation.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers. We want you to have the healthy, beautiful smile that you deserve!

Our top services here at Louis & Dominic Vitangeli DDS are:

 

cosmetic dentistry
restorative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry

Please call us at 937-771-7431 today!

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays, accessed on August. 1, 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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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.

 

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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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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