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February 7th, 2016

Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy: Part One

Category: dental health

hagen dentalDid you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?

The American Dental Association and the ADA Foundation support the month-long, national health observance as a time where people can become more educated on the benefits of good oral health in our children.

This year the ADA is focusing on awareness around sugar and the negative effects it can have on its teeth. The 2016 campaign shows kids ways they can “defeat” the effects of sugar and maintain good oral health habits through brushing, flossing, rinsing and eating healthy snacks that are low in sugar.

Why the focus on children this month?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease that our kids have—and the increase in sugar in particular is one of the major reasons for this issue.

Consider how, generally speaking, nutritionists recommend that children do not consume any more than 16-17 grams of sugar per day through drinks or through their food. Just think of the negative effects some of the drinks they regularly consume is having on their teeth and their ability to obtain all their required nutrients for optimal growth.

Drinks we may have at our homes or drinks that are available at school are packed with sugar:

  • Coca-Cola: 40 grams of sugar
  • Pepsi: 40 grams of sugar
  • Mountain Dew: 44 grams of sugar
  • Welch’s 100% Grape Juice: 60 grams of sugar
  • Minute Maid Orange Juice: 40 grams of sugar
  • Capri Sun: About 44 grams of sugar

One of the best ways we can help them—for life—is to raise the level of education and awareness they have when it comes to oral health, and that includes knowledge around alternatives they can choose, in this case for beverages, that can support this lifestyle.

Does Your Child Have Their “Dental Home”?

no more dental fears at hagen dental in cincinnati ohioJust think: when your child is around three they should have their “dental home,” or a dentist that they can visit and know is “their dentist.” This helps children know the process of visiting the dentist! Having “their own dentist” to go to also reinforces how important it is to visit the dentist regularly and how it’s part of the process of taking care of our teeth and body. We pride ourselves in making sure that young children are extremely comfortable and enjoy their first (and following) visits to the dentist.

Once you’ve started regularly taking your child to the dentist, another benefit is that the dentist can also help you with your child’s specific fluoride needs. Many parents also enjoy how they can rely on the dentist to offer recommendations involving antibiotics and the impact of those antibiotics on our children’s teeth. For example, discoloration, as well as other issues, can occur from prolonged use of certain antibiotics that our children are taking.

Not only that, but certain children’s medications also have a large amount of sugar in them. Once you have your dentist that is familiar with your situation, those are the kinds of things that can be discussed for preventative care and for the sake of education as they grow.

Check back in next week for part two, which will include other tips on what we can do to make sure our kids keep their teeth healthy. Have questions about your child’s specific dental health? Or are you ready to bring your child in for their first visit to the dentist? Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or visit our website here.

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February 6th, 2016

Getting Into the Valentine’s Day Spirit—The Healthy Way

Category: dental health

dentist in cincinnati hagen dental ddsAs we get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, here are two main ways we can stay heart-healthy and happy this February.

Exercise for Your Heart

Whether you have a special someone in your life this Valentine’s Day or not, one thing is still true: cardio (or cardiovascular) exercise is important for the health of your heart because it increases your heart rate and increases your blood circulation.

Besides being good for your heart, cardio makes us feel better, strengthens our bones in many cases, reduce stress and anxiety, helps us sleep better, and research has shown it adds years to your life expectancy. (Source.)

When we maintain our cardiovascular fitness, we are “working” our heart, which makes sure that is stays strong.

As you likely know, there are quite a few different varieties of cardio exercise. Whether it’s cycling or running (which just might be our favorites) or another form such as an organized sport team you play on, get in cardio exercise so that you can work your heart muscle just like you would want to work any other muscle in your body!

Not only are you helping your heart stay in shape, but with regular cardio, you can help support your metabolism, help manage your weight, improve your ability to recover from workouts in general, and for those with diabetes, cardio actually can help you manage your condition.

Pro tip: use a heart rate monitor to really see how hard you training. Many of the heart monitors today are very affordable and some can even get data from your wrist.

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Eat for Your Heart

Eating for the health of our heart involves eating foods that support our nutritional needs, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants. This also means eating in a way that doesn’t spur too much inflammation in the body.

While Valentine’s Day may mean a time to reach for some candy treats including sour candies and hard candies, just remember when we eat foods high in added sugar, over time, we can do damage to the body.

And yes, we also have to mention how the constant sugar on your teeth is harmful—and not to mention it sometimes can even result in a broken or chipped tooth!

But when it comes to our diet, more specifically, too much sugar can mean your body is not getting the nutrients it needs. That is because sugar contains calories that lack nutrient value, but at the same time they can still be quite high in calories. Additionally, when we eat lots of sugar regularly, it can result in insulin resistance (2). You can also think about it this way: while inflammation is a natural response in our body, if we have too much of it—which can happen when we eat too much sugar—it is thought to play a role in heart disease, certain cancers and in obesity.

Smile- and heart-friendly options that you can choose instead of all the hard, sour or gummy candies that can be popular around Valentine’s Day include:

  • Fun finger foods that can still be healthy such as stuffed mushrooms
  • “Tater tots” made from sweet potatoes
  • Fruit skewers: fruit that you put on kabobs—think blueberries, strawberries or another fruit if you are sticking to a color theme
  • Watermelon or another melon “cut out” using a heart cookie cutter. If you put these on kabobs, you can call them “Cupid Kabobs”
  • Mini smoothies made with no added sugar. You can even top it off with a red or heart-themed straw!

Healthy Choices: That’s Something We Love to Hear!

Whether you choose some of these more healthy and fun alternatives or not this Valentine’s Day, find what works for you by looking for lifestyle changes that you can sustain. Be sure to look to incorporate nutrient-dense foods that support your level of activity! It’s never a bad idea to educate yourself on just how much added sugar you’re consuming! This alone might be motivation so that you can cut back on sugar-added drinks that offer very little nutrients.

References/Sources

  1. http://www.livescience.com/36723-exercise-life-expectancy-overweight-obese.html
  1. http://whole9life.com/2010/06/sugar-sugar-sugar/

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January 28th, 2016

3 Truths About Smoking & Your Health

Category: cincinnati dentist

dentist in cincinnati hagen dentalIt’s probably not surprising to hear that people who smoke regularly encounter quite a few negative side effects when it comes to their health.

Not only is your total health affected, but your oral health is also negatively impacted. Here are 3 ways your oral health is impacted when you smoke.

1. Smoking makes your teeth stained and yellow.

Many of us take pride in having that bright and dazzling smile to put on display. Our smile is—after all—what people notice first about us!

It’s not just vanity, though, depending on how you look at it: having a smile we are proud of actually gives us more confidence in social settings. When you smoke it makes it quite a bit harder to have a white, or a healthy-looking smile: specifically, smoking is one of the top ways to stain your teeth. Over time, it is not uncommon for people who regularly smoke to not just have stained teeth, but teeth that are quite yellow!

2. Smoking makes you more susceptible and likely to have gum disease.

Did you know if you smoke, your gums aren’t functioning as they normally would?

When you smoke, the bone and soft tissue in your mouth is impacted. What’s more is that blood flow to the gums can be significantly reduced. Smoking keeps your gum tissue cells from acting as they normally when it comes to our natural way of healing and repairing. That’s part of the reason why people who smoke are actually more prone to getting infections and gum disease.

People ask: are cigars or smoking from a pipe habits that are just as bad for our health?

The answer is that, yes, just like cigarettes, the smoke we expose our bodies to with pipes and cigars leads to more oral health problems, including more gum disease. The Journal of the American Dental Association reports how cigar smokers have bone loss (tooth and jaw) at the same rate as those who smoke cigarettes. Also, those who use pipes to smoke have a similar risk of tooth losstobacco and your oral health

3. …and smoking increases the risk of cancer.

People are aware that smoking puts you at greater risk for lung disease. And, while smoking directly contributes to gum disease (and oral disease in our body), it also puts you at greater risk for throat cancer and oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that if you expand the definition of oral and oropharyngeal cancers to include cancer of the larynx, the numbers of people who get diagnosed increases to about 54,000 individuals per year. What’s more alarming is that there are 13,500 deaths per year in the U.S. alone for those kinds of cancers (1, 2)!

Truths About Smoking

Sure, losing your sense of taste and smell and having bad breath are negative side effects of smoking, but if someone needs more of a deterrent, share this blog with them so they can see the tobacco-oral cancer connection.

In general, more than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued more than 50 years ago (1, 2).

If you want to maintain good overall health—including oral health, you should avoid smoking. For those who already smoke, know that quitting before age 40 can reduce excess mortality attributable to continued smoking by 90 percent (5). Also, quitting before age 30 reduces risk levels by more than 97 percent (5). Those are good figures to know to motivate us into taking steps to quit a habit that has so many negative impacts on our well-being.

References/Sources

  1. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/smoking-and-tobacco
  1. http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/
  1. https://www.sharecare.com/health/healthy-teeth-and-mouth/can-smoking-irritate-your-gums
  1. http://www.pensacoladentist.us/page/The-Effects-of-Smoking-on-Your-Dental-Health
  1. http://www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/causes/smoking.html
  1. http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/89/8/572.long
  1. http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/tobacco/tobacco-as-a-cause.php

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January 17th, 2016

What to Know About Microbeads in Your Toothpaste

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

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“What’s all this I’m hearing about microbeads?”

Microbeads are scrubbing beads that have commonly been used in a variety of exfolianting products. They’ve also been used to provide color in products ranging from soap to gum! Recently, more attention has been garnered for how they are used by popular brands in cosmetics as well toothpaste.

By definition, they are called “microbeads” because they are less than 5 millimeters in diameter—but many microbeads used in toothpaste, lip balm and makeup are much, much smaller.

“…But are microbeads in my toothpaste safe?”

The answer is that the polyethylene microbeads that are used in brands including Crest Toothpaste and others are microbeads that are safe (1). While you can always ask us when you have questions about any toothpaste or oral hygiene product, a general rule of thumb is that products that have the ADA Seal are products that have been independently evaluated by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs for their safety.

With that said, Crest (the brand receiving most of the attention for its use of microbeads) has committed to removing all microbeads in its toothpastes going forward. They have already removed microbeads in the majority of their toothpastes.

“What exactly is the concern with microbeads in my toothpaste?”

The microbeads used in the majority of toothpaste brands today are in fact safe—however, some people still prefer not to use toothpaste with microbeads as a precaution. The concern is that chemically, these tiny particles are plastic microspheres, and some people would rather see more biodegradable particles in their makeup, personal care products and in their toothpaste.

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Taking a step back, know that polyethylene (which is what you would see on the list of ingredients in any product that has these kinds of microbeads) is an FDA-approved food additive. Microbeads are an inactive ingredient and they are not associated with any health risk.

Many of your favorite toothpaste brands have many toothpastes that do not contain any microbeads.

According to the Crest blog, they have a long list of toothpastes that have no microbeads whatsoever. The list includes:

  • Crest Pro-Health Advanced Smooth Mint
  • Crest 3D White Radiant Mint
  • Crest Sensi Repair & Prevent, Crest Pro-Health [HD]
  • Crest Whitening + Scope, Crest Baking Soda Peroxide
  • Crest Extra Whitening, Crest Cavity
  • Crest Tartar + Whitening (1)

You can see that’s quite a long list that offers you microbead-free brushing, if desired—and that is just Crest alone. As mentioned, it was recently announced that due to media attention as well as consumer concern and confusion, Crest is removing all of the microbeads by late February/March of this year. The majority of all Crest products, as well as others available on the shelf, are already microbead-free. Because of a growing consumer sentiment that reflected a preference to remove all microbeads, other brands that also made this pledge include L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson.

Want to talk more with us about microbeads and whether or not they are safe for you and your family? Contact us online or give us a call today to schedule your next appointment at 513.251.5500.

References/Further Reading

  1. http://crestfaq.tumblr.com/

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January 11th, 2016

Get to Know the Hagen Dental Team: Meet Mary Martini

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

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Name: Mary Martini

Role: I am a dental hygienist with over 30 years of diverse experience in Ohio and Kentucky. My goal is to help my patients maintain their oral health as it is related to their general health. I love to teach my patients about dentistry and their health. I always strive to help them have a comfortable experience, so that while they are here they know we genuinely care about them.

Favorite restaurants in Cincinnati: My very favorite restaurant is Sotto’s downtown, but I enjoy many of the OTR (Over-the-Rhine) restaurants as well.

How long you have lived in Cincinnati? I was born and raised in Cincinnati, but we moved to Northern Kentucky about 12 years ago.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? When I’m at home I love to cook, but most of the time I HAVE to be outside. I enjoy traveling, boating, camping, hiking in the mountains and riding on my husband’s motorcycle.

How would you describe the Hagen Dental team? I worked for Hagen Dental practice about 20 years ago! I was one of Dr. Hagen’s first dental hygienists, early in his practice. I was with him for about 8 years. After being exposed to a variety of other practices, teaching, and public health, I recently returned. I really missed the “family practice,” especially one with the values of Hagen Dental practice, where we get to provide the best care for our patients. Although the team consists of different people than it did 20 years ago, it is now the best it has ever been, and I feel like I’m home again.

Hagen Dental is about total health. How do you stay healthy? I am a PURE BARRE enthusiast! It is the best total body workout I have ever done and I have been going to classes for the past four years at least 3-4 times per week.

What’s your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is meeting new people and hearing their stories. I particularly like helping them overcome their dental fears and have a great experience at their visits. Sometimes they even look forward to coming to their dental visits!

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Finish this sentence: Hagen Dental patients… are very loyal! I have met so many patients that come from many areas far away within the [Cincinnati] Tri-state, to get the “Hagen” quality of care they can’t seem to find anywhere else.

Anything else we should know about you or Hagen Dental in the New Year? I am looking forward to earning your trust and providing you with the excellent care you have come to expect.

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January 6th, 2016

20 Interesting Health & Dental Facts to Start the New Year

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

  1. Just how hard is a tooth? Your enamel is the hardest part of your body.
  1. Gum disease is a problem for a growing number of people… One in every two people who are older than 30 have some form of periodontal disease, which is about 65 million Americans. Brushing twice a day, flossing and going to your dentist can help detect and prevent gum disease.
  1. Dr. Hagen attended St. Xavier High School and Xavier University before earning his dental degree from The Ohio State University School of Dentistry.
  1. Oh no! It’s said that roughly 27 percent of adults lie about how often they floss their teeth!
  1. People can take advantage of Snap-On Smile™ a removable, cosmetic dental appliance that provides comfort and function to give you a beautiful smile. It is a non-invasive alternative for a brand new smile, but it can easily give you that smile you’ve been missing! This approach requires no adhesives or glue of any kind. We are talking no tooth removal, bonding, drilling or shots!
  1. As many as 400 medications people take affect their saliva production in their mouth, which is part of why we want to know about any medications you may be taking.
  1. Unfortunately, 36,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer this year, and these cancers will cause 6,850 deaths. Going to your dentist is one of the top preventative measures (and also avoiding tobacco) that you can take to make sure you are doing all you can to spot anything unusual in your mouth or with your jaw.

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  1. We only have two sets of teeth our entire lifetime…our baby teeth and our permanent teeth, which is why we want to take good care of them!
  1. Seeing the health of your mouth tells us about your total health, in part because many risk factors for diseases and conditions are connected with the health of our mouth! For example, a diet that lacks nutrition can not only mean dental issues, but it can result in diabetes, stroke, obesity or other issues. Also, periodontal disease can contribute to cardiovascular diseases and other chronic diseases.

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  1. The most teeth (according to the Guinness World Records) in the mouth are 37, achieved by Vijay Kumar V.A, 27, as verified in Bangalore, India. This is five more than normal!
  1. Over a lifetime, the average American likely spends about 38.5 total days brushing their teeth!
  1. Dr. Hagenparticipated in the Blood, Sweat & Gears bike race each year. The Blood, Sweat & Gears title given to the race is not an exaggeration by any means—it’s a grueling, 100-mile ride taking place in North Carolina’s High Country. If you guessed that takes a lot of training and preparation, then you guessed right!

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  1. When it’s right for you, CEREC™ technology gives you a perfect-fitting crown in just one visit! This system uses a computer program to design and mill the restoration. It will create the crown in just a few minutes! Just imagine what people used to do!
  1. Invisalign is another approach that’s becoming increasingly popular. It offers barely-visible trays that are utilized to move people’s teeth—it’s an alternative to braces for people who are candidates. People who have gapped teeth, overbite, crossbite, or underbite and overcrowding can benefit. The trays themselves, which look similar to a teeth-whitening tray, will actually move your teeth about .2 to .25 mm at a time.
  1. You might just say that Hagen “does it all.” Dr. Hagen has in-depth knowledge about sleep dentistry, whole mouth rehabilitation, crown and bridge restorations, CEREC, Invisalign, and much, much more.
  1. Your child’s first dental visit should be around age 3. This way, we can make sure everything is progressing as it should!
  1. US consumers buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.
  1. What color is your toothbrush? More people use blue toothbrushes than red.
  1. Cincinnati Magazine approached more than 5,000 physicians and asked them the question: “Who would you turn to if you, a family member, or a friend needed medical attention?” The result when his peers were asked this question? Dr. Hagen was selected as a Top Doctor.

    Dr Hagen DDS Cincinnati Top Doctor

  1. About one third of each tooth is underneath your gums. No wonder our gum health is so important!

References/Sources

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/oralcavityandoropharyngealcancer/detailedguide/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer-key-statistics

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2015/9/revealed-the-astounding-new-record-holders-in-guinness-world-records-2016-editio-395642

http://acceledent.com/blog/10-fun-facts-about-teeth/

http://www.childrensdentalvillage.net/patient/resources/interesting-facts/

https://www.perio.org/consumer/quarter-of-adults-dishonest-with-dentists

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December 14th, 2015

All About the Grinch’s Teeth

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

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You’ve likely heard of, seen, or read How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Christmastime classic features one of the most well-known and memorable protagonists, a grouch living in Whoville called the Grinch. Arguably, the Grinch is one of the most well-known characters created by Dr. Seuss.

Living high up on a mountain with his dog Max, the Grinch hates Christmas and everything that comes with the holiday season.

The Grinch appeared in the comic and in Seussical the Musical, a sort of combination of Seuss’s most famous books, where he was played by Patrick Page. More famously, in 2000, in the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim Carrey played the infamous role of Mr. Grinch.

Not-So-Nice Teeth: An Anti-Hero with a Scheming Smile

One could say that the Grinch is sneaky, grumpy, sly, foul-smelling, heart-lacking, and downright cruel…but his teeth aren’t so nice, either!

The Grinch’s teeth have been a much-talked about point of discussion, being that in Seuss’ book, published in 1957, his teeth do not show. Yet in the comic, he has a horrible smile, and in the movie with Carrey, his smile is enough to make viewers squirm!

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), to get Carrey to have such a horrible smile, and for him to look so mischievous and mean, it was no easy feat. In fact, it took Carrey about 3-8 hours to apply his makeup for the role…each and every day on set! It’s said he was so uncomfortable in the skin he was required to put on, he needed help from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistant techniques so that he could cope while filming.

The set of teeth he wore were made to look like gnarled and dirty “animal teeth.” They were misaligned, very yellow, and it appeared that the Grinch had surely never flossed! Kind of hard to believe these fake teeth were later auctioned off!

Carrey’s false teeth were part of the reason why Carrey spoke the way he did in the movie, with some thinking his words had a “Sean Connery-like” quality to them, as reported by Jim Carrey Online. Besides the overall suit and makeup discomfort he experienced, there was so much makeup on Carrey he really couldn’t breathe through his nose. Talk about dedication to the role!

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch…”

While the Grinch undoubtedly had a smile that could send shivers down your spine, it’s also debated whether or not the Grinch had a termite problem…in his mouth, that is! Thanks to “The Grinch Song” from the comic, there is a theory that says the Grinch had such poor oral hygiene that he had termites in his mouth.

 Image credit: thegoretorium.tumblr.com

Image credit: thegoretorium.tumblr.com

Many of us are familiar with, the lyrics say that say, “You’re a mean one, Mr Grinch…” The humorous song says that Mr. Grinch is bad banana with a greasy, black peal!

“You’re a monster, Mr Grinch. Your heart’s an empty hole. Your brain is full of spiders, You’ve got garlic in your soul…”

If you listen carefully, the famous tune even calls the Grinch vile: “You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile.”

Could This Be Why He’s So Grumpy & Why He Wants to Be Left Alone?

Not only do some swear he had termites in his mouth, but there is another theory (perhaps originating from a dentist) that the Grinch was in such a bad mood because he had such horrible teeth pain, or even TMJ. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint disorder, which is when muscles, bones, teeth, and nerves of your jaw system do not work together as they should. Maybe it was the stress he put on himself, maybe it was his poor bite, his bad habits over time, or maybe he had a serious bruxism problem that led to TMJ. We may never know!

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” 

This holiday season, we wish you and your family health, happiness and joy. Give us a call today at 513.251.5500 or visit us online to learn more about setting up your next appointment with us. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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December 7th, 2015

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Bleeding Gums

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Have you ever noticed that your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss?

We’re here to tell you that if your gums are bleeding, it’s not something to ignore. In this blog, we examine why your gums may start to bleed, and when it’s time to give us a call to come in for a visit.

The First Stage of Gum Disease

The first stage of gum disease is Gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue caused by bacteria.

What are the signs of Gingivitis?

Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush. Another sign of gum disease is gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance.

The signs of Gingivitis include red and swollen gums, and even blood blisters that have formed in the pocket of your gum tissue. When those blood blisters are broken during flossing or brushing, you then see your gums bleed. Even though this might sound painful, it actually isn’t always associated with pain—but that’s why it’s important to know the signs of early gum disease so you don’t just ignore it or just think you have tender gums.

Does that mean you shouldn’t be flossing if you notice that your gums are bleeding when you do?

Of course it doesn’t mean you should stop flossing! Flossing cleans more than one third of your total tooth surface area, and it also stimulates your gum. If you do have bleeding, don’t stop brushing or flossing…instead, make a visit with your dentist so we can better determine the cause and what we can do to prevent further build-up and decay.

Risk Factors and the Cause of Gum That Bleed

There can be multiple reasons why people can have gums that bleed. If your gums bleed more than just once or you are pregnant and are experiencing problems, it’s time to take note. Give us a call and be ready to let us know of any medications you are on, since medications can result in temporary gum bleeding. You and your dentist can then discuss other risk factors such as your oral habits (tobacco use, etc.) hormonal changes, your diet and nutrition, stress, mouth breathing and more. 

And What Happens If I Do Nothing?

If you ignore your bleeding gums, as time continues, assuming your dental habits also don’t improve, the bacteria in your mouth will continue to grow. The bacteria then damages the gum tissue around your teeth as it continues to thrive. In this stage, the pockets are deeper and the gum disease will worsen.

Remember, if your gum is bleeding, it’s not normal.

You don’t want gum disease—after all, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. In some cases, as your gum disease worsens, your gums will look puffy or swollen. You can also have a bad taste in your mouth thanks to the pus coming from gum pockets. Last, you might even notice you have bad breath, even directly after you brush! Consistent bad breath can be due to food that gets trapped deep in your gum pockets.

As gum disease worsens, you can even experience pain when you chew. It’s not just a problem in your mouth where the plaque is irritating your gum tissue; gum disease also leads to an inflammatory response throughout your body, putting you at more risk for systemic illnesses.

Don’t Compromise Your Health

In short, flossing, brushing, and coming in for regular dental exams and cleaning is a combination that helps you prevent gum bleeding, gum disease, and losing any of your teeth as a result of that gum disease! This isn’t always easy: in fact, one out of every two adults over 30 has some form of periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although different for each person and we recommend seeing your dentist for your specific recommendations, here are some tips to consider if you want to boost your oral hygiene:

  • If you only brush and floss your teeth twice a day (morning and night), consider adding in a third brush and floss near or around mid-day.
  • If you seem to brush your teeth too hard (or your dentist has indicated you brush your teeth too hard,) look into a soft bristle or even an electric toothbrush.
  • Start rewarding yourself in some small but meaningful way for consistent flossing and good oral hygiene habits.
  • Avoid cigarettes and tobacco.

Our key takeaway: if your gums are bleeding, you need to know the reason why.

If you were bleeding somewhere else on your body—say your knee or hand—you’d take notice and do something about it…Be sure to take action if your gums are bleeding and let us know right away.

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December 2nd, 2015

Impacted Tooth? We Explore Everything You Need to Know

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

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What’s an impacted tooth?

To answer this question, we can first quickly clarify what are wisdom teeth are, since these are the teeth most likely to become impacted.

Wisdom teeth are our third molars, and the last of our teeth to come in. These are the teeth that that are the most distal of our molars. Most of us have 4 wisdom teeth, meaning we have a third molar in each quadrant of our mouth, but in some cases, we can have fewer.

When we are close to age 12, the third molars begin to develop in the back of the mouth, behind the other sets of molars. Around age 14, these teeth continue to develop. When there is not enough room for them to fully emerge, we refer to this as “impacted.” Said another way, an impacted tooth is one that is positioned against another tooth, bone or soft tissue in a way where it is unlikely to come through the gums to reach a “normal” position in your mouth. When these teeth are impacted, it can lead to recurring infections in the mouth, among other issues.

As much as 90 percent of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. That’s why your dentist examines the status of your teeth as they come in, so you can avoid unnecessary pain and/or infection, and so you can ensure no adjacent teeth are damaged.

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Wisdom teeth can become impacted when the size of the teeth and the size of the jaw do not match, resulting in overcrowding in the mouth. We look to classify these impacted teeth by direction, depth (as compared to biting surface of teeth around it), and the amount of the tooth that extends through your gum tissue. Since your jaw can be more susceptible to fracture with an impacted tooth, it’s an area we want to watch. Even if we know a tooth is in fact impacted, we want to make sure there isn’t any disease associated with that tooth.

Do I Have an Impacted Tooth?

People might notice food getting stuck in between gums or they could just feel a general soreness in their mouth when a tooth is impacted. In some situations, people may get—or mistake it for—a throat infection. Pain is one of the more commonly cited symptoms of impacted teeth.

Although not everyone needs to get their wisdom teeth removed, here are several signs you may have an impacted tooth that may need to be removed:

  • Infection
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Cysts
  • Infection

Believe it or not, however, pain is actually not always a sign that you need wisdom teeth removed or that you have an impacted tooth. The goods news is that you don’t have to determine whether or not any impacted teeth need to be removed or not. Your dentist will recommend what you should do, and whether or not extraction is the best treatment to keep your teeth healthy and straight.

An in-person exam and X-rays can help confirm and validate your recommended course of action, and with regular dentist visits, we can remove your impacted teeth—even before there are any complications! Contact us today if you thing you might have an impacted tooth.

 

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November 19th, 2015

Experience More Durable, Natural-Looking & Convenient Dental Crowns: Why We’re Thankful for CEREC

Category: cincinnati dentist

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Thanksgiving is a time of year when we’re able to appreciate all the things we’re thankful for.

A technology our practice and patients are grateful for is CEREC crowns because the technology is so high quality and precise—not to mention you can get your CEREC restoration in one visit. In fact, the precise, durable and reliable crowns are actually made right from porcelain in our office.

Traditionally, getting fitted for a crown meant you would have to come back to the dentist, sometimes days or weeks later. With CEREC, you get a permanent solution in the same visit, and before you leave, we ensure it has the ultimate fit. Also, unlike other materials, ceramic is not only incredibly durable, but it also has tooth-like physical and aesthetic qualities, which our patients are grateful for.

Restoring Your Tooth with CEREC

CEREC is used to restore a tooth that has decay, is weakened, or is even broken. It is also used to remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers. After an evaluation, we would let you know if CEREC is right for you!

Just think: as many as 1.2 billion metal fillings will have to be replaced in the next decade…CEREC will replace many of these fillings so that people can have a tooth that is free of decay, and so that the tooth is strong and beautiful once again.

CEREC: The Process

As mentioned, CEREC uses ceramic materials to restore any tooth that is decayed or broken, a procedure that can be done in just one-visit.

But how is the CEREC process so quick and so precise?

When it’s decided that you are a candidate for a CEREC one-visit restoration, we will examine a number of factors including the tooth itself and the tissue around the area. After the tooth is prepared, it’s time for an optical impression of the tooth. A reflective powder is applied to the tooth, and with a special camera, a picture is taken and viewed on our computer screen.

Within minutes, we then use our CEREC machine to create the restoration. We first take the digital image and convert it to a 3-dimensional, virtual model of the tooth. Then Dr. Hagen is able to design the custom-fit restoration using the 3D software. Next, using 3D printing, we’re able to send that design to the milling machine and a ceramic block is created. Thanks to diamond-coated burs, we’re able to carve out the indicated shape of the restoration.

The last step is to bond the crown to the remaining tooth structure. This ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is not only cut out and shaped perfectly but we make sure, once in your mouth, you have a proper fit and comfortable bite. This entire procedure from start to finish takes about an hour.

You can imagine why both dentists and patients are grateful for CEREC: it’s strong, it preserves your tooth structure, and it looks beautiful in your mouth.  

When it comes to restoring inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers, CEREC is the natural-looking, long-lasting, ideal way to restore your teeth.

What could be easier or faster than having a crown made with CEREC?

It’s been called revolutionary, and we’ve been doing it for decades! There’s no charge to learn more about CEREC one-visit crowns. Call us today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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