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July 25th, 2016

9 Dental Myths That People Still Believe

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9 Dental Myths That People Still BelieveYou hear a variety of things all the time about your oral health – from friends, your family, the media, from advertisements, and more…so how do you know what to believe and what to ignore? Finally, here are answers to your questions! In this post, we separate fact from fiction and drill down on those dental myths.

Myth #1: Brushing and flossing extra well before your dental appointment will hide the fact that you haven’t been keeping up with your regular brushing and flossing habits.

Ramping up your brushing and flossing a few days before you visit the dentist doesn’t mean you can “undo” the months where your oral hygiene habits were lacking! In fact, adding in extra oral hygiene after letting it go for a while has the potential to actually inflame your gums, making them swollen, red and more likely to bleed.

Your dentist will know your secret! There’s nothing that can substitute for regular care in between your dental visits. (1).

Myth #2: If your gums bleed, you should stop brushing and flossing.

It turns out, the opposite is true: you don’t want to stop brushing or flossing if you notice your gum is bleeding or irritated! Plaque build-up and food debris on the teeth are the culprits behind gum bleeding. Regular brushing and flossing is the best way to remove plaque build-up and food from the mouth. If the plaque build-up is too severe, getting a dental cleaning is the best choice to get the problem under control (1, 2). If your gum is bleeding abnormally or doesn’t stop, you want to let us know, too.

myth bustingMyth #3: Brushing MORE will always improve the health of your teeth.

More is not better in this case—especially if you tend to brush too hard. Over-brushing your teeth can wear the enamel down due to the abrasive properties of your toothpaste. Rinsing your mouth out after eating is a safe alternative to extra brushing sessions. Using a soft bristled brush also helps avoid problems from those prone to brushing too hard (1, 2).

Myth #4: Babies don’t need to go to the dentist.

We now recommend bringing in your toddler at around 18 months. This is typically about the time when some, but not all, of their baby teeth are in. The checkup will also allow you to ask questions and get any advice on how you can continue to promote a healthy dental routine for your baby—for life!

Myth #5: Dental treatment and visits to the dentist should be avoided during pregnancy.

Very false! During pregnancy, blood flow, hormones, and often a woman’s diet will change. This can cause an increase in bacteria in your mouth, which leads to an increased likelihood for dental issues such as gingivitis, bleeding gums, or development of cavities over the course of the pregnancy.

Be sure to keep that dental check-up during pregnancy! X-rays will likely be avoided, unless absolutely necessary, but many dental procedures, including cleanings are completely safe for pregnant women and can help prevent inflammation. It’s also very important to maintain good oral health to avoid adverse effects on your developing baby (1, 5).

Myth #6: If there is no visible issue in your mouth, you don’t need to see your dentist.

Just because you can’t see a problem, doesn’t mean you should skip your regular dental checkup. Your dental cleanings and exams each year help ensure your teeth STAY healthy! It’s also important to find any dental problems early so they don’t become serious (2). Don’t forget that your dentist visit also includes oral cancer screenings, too.

Myth #7: Teeth whitening will damage your enamel.

New technology has made teeth whitening much safer! (Zoom! Whitening, anyone?) You can stick with professional whitening for the safest options, and ask us any questions you have about the process (2)!

Myth #8: Losing baby teeth to tooth decay is okay – that’s what adult teeth are for, right?

False! Losing a baby tooth to tooth decay is not insignificant. This can result in damage to the developing crowns of the permanent teeth just below the baby tooth. It could also mean the child is not developing proper dietary and dental health habits to promote healthy teeth down the line (3).

Myth #9: You’ll know when you have a cavity.

Sometimes you’ll know when you have a cavity or an issue of some kind…but many times you won’t! And by the time you can feel the discomfort of a cavity, it has probably spread to a larger area than it would have if it had been caught at a regular dental cleaning and examination (4).

Have More Questions About Your Dental Health? We Can’t Wait to Meet You & Your Family

Have any questions you want to know the answer to? We’d love to answer any of the questions you have! Schedule your next visit with Hagen Dental by calling us at (513) 251-5500.




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July 15th, 2016

Foods (And Drinks) That Damage Your Enamel

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Did you know? Your tooth enamel health is directly related to what you are eating, including those beverages you are drinking!

Keeping your teeth healthy involves more than just brushing and flossing.

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Your enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth. In fact, it’s the hardest substance in the human body—and for good reason! This surface layer helps protect the sensitive inner parts of the tooth from decay and damage. However, even enamel is subject to harm if not treated well. It is normal for some wear and tear to occur, but by focusing on what you are feeding your body (and thus putting into your mouth) you can keep that outer barrier of your teeth stronger (5).

Maintain the Health of Your Enamel

Here are some foods to avoid or minimize for optimum enamel health:

Sugary Foods: Increased sugars feed bacteria in your mouth. Left unchecked, these bacteria produce acidic byproducts, which can soften and slowly wear away at your enamel. Candy, especially sour candies, which are sugar-filled and acidic, are the least friendly combo for your teeth! But sugar doesn’t just hide in candy…Check your food labels on condiments, cereals, and other desserts and snacks for high amounts of added sugar (1, 2).

Sugary Beverages: Just like sugary foods, beverages can be a sneaky source of sugar and acid, ready to harm your enamel! Soda is especially bad, because not only is it sugary, it has additional acidic components. Coffee is high in acidity, and people often load it with syrups or sugars, too! Just imagine what happens if a highly acidic, sugary drink sits on your enamel for hours on end. Try cutting back on that cup of joe, or leaving out the sweetener. Frequent use of sports drinks in recent years, especially in children, has also been shown to harm enamel since the sugar sits on their teeth during activity, in many cases. Even fruit juices should be taken in moderation, because they are high in simple sugars and acid as well (1, 2, 6).enamel facts hagen dental

Foods that give you heartburn: Severe heartburn means stomach acid is moving up the esophagus. Those stomach acids that escape the stomach can reach your mouth and erode the enamel as well. So if you have certain foods that trigger heartburn, avoid them (1).

Ice: Simply put, ice is for chilling, not chewing! But isn’t water good for you? Yes! And ice is fine in your beverages – but avoid chewing on it! Chewing on hard substances such as ice can damage the enamel. The same is true for very hard candies that you crunch on (3, 6).

Citrus Fruit: Fruits are an excellent choice for incorporating more vitamins into your diet, especially the citrus variety. But heed this warning: frequent exposure to acidic foods, such as citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, limes and lemons, can erode your enamel over time. Your best bet? Eat these foods as part of a meal, rather than by themselves (3, 6).

Sticky Foods: Sticky foods, such as sticky candies, taffy, caramels, or even dried fruit such as raisins, can leave residue in your teeth, which means the sugar will sit on the enamel, leaving a food source for bacteria, which will in turn release enamel-damaging acid (2, 3, 6). Limit your intake of these foods to avoid potential damage to your enamel over time.

Starchy Foods: Starch-filled foods, such as potato chips, cookies, cakes, muffins and other starchy, processed snacks, tend to get trapped in your teeth. These starchy carbohydrates stay in your mouth and breakdown into sugar and acid more slowly, thus creating a longer period of sugar and acid threat to the teeth. Bacteria in your mouth love to feed on the left-behind sugars from these foods (3, 4, 6).

Protect Your Enamel

Analyze your diet over the next few weeks to discover which of these simple, daily changes you could make to ensure better health and protection for your enamel! Call Hagen Dental at (513) 251-5500 or visit our website here to learn more.




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July 9th, 2016

Solving Sleep Apnea

Category: dental health

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What should you do when you’ve addressed your sleep hygiene, and you are still having problems with sleep?

Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder in which a person has pauses in breathing, or shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. This pattern results in a less restful sleep cycle, and can mean you wake up tired!

Since sleep is a very important part of our lives, for rejuvenation, healing, and rest, sleep apnea is a serious problem for your overall health. Airway obstruction during sleep impairs breathing, which can lead to craniofacial malformation, improper bite, and jaw deformation. If left untreated, this can cause further breathing issues, sleep disorders, poor health or even chronic disease!

Addressing your sleep apnea as soon as possible will add both quality and quantity to the years of your life.

There are many factors that contribute to sleep apnea, and the causes are different for everyone. Factors include:

  • Anatomical factors, such as anomalies present at birth, enlarged adenoids or tonsils, and retruded jaw bones (top or bottom)
  • Weight factors (both over or under weight)
  • Neurological components
  • Medications, such as anti-depressants or pain medication

What Happens In Your Airway While You Sleep

Normally, the muscles that control the tongue and mouth hold the airway open for continuous breathing during sleep. In people who snore, these same muscles tend to relax and the airway narrows too much. This narrowing can lead to snoring, as well as breathing difficulty. In people with obstructive sleep apnea (also called OSA), the muscles relax even more, and the airway can actually collapse and block the airway from normal breathing!

Historical Treatment For Sleep Apnea

So what is the goal when you look for a way to treat sleep apnea or related sleep disorders? Normalize your sleep patterns and sleep cycle so that you can feel rested, energized and full of life. Treating your sleep apnea can improve the quality of your sleep, and often improve snoring.

Correcting the issues causing the sleep disturbances also lowers your risk for further health complications from the sleep apnea.

oral appliance therapyA Better Way to Treat Sleep Apnea

CPAP has historically been a common treatment for this condition. But the mask and air pump machine is bulky, noisy and uncomfortable—which is why many wanted to use it. Hagen Dental offers small, lightweight alternative devices, known as Oral Appliance Therapy. Oral Appliance Therapy devices are effective treatment options for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

They are custom-fit, non-invasive, quiet, easy to wear, and portable enough to be convenient for travel. The goal is to support the jaw and tongue in a forward position to help maintain an open airway. Take a look at some of the options:

Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) – This is an appliance, comparable to an athletic mouth guard, that is custom formed to the individual. The device brings the lower jaw forward, thus allowing an increased space for the tongue to position further forward in the mouth, rather than back against the throat. This change in tongue position decreases airway blockage by the tongue. The MAD is worn at night during sleeping hours, plus additional day time hours, depending on the patient’s needs.

Tongue Retaining Device (TRD) – This is a splint appliance that helps hold the tongue in place during sleep. This device stabilizes and retains or holds the tongue forward during sleep to prevent it from obstructing the airway. The TRD is worn during sleeping hours. At Hagen Dental, we know that each patient has a unique set of symptoms and concerns. With the oral appliance options and ability to customize for the individual, we are able to see astounding results! Over 90 percent of our patients who use them have had successful improvement. Even better, these appliances are more comfortable and less cumbersome than a CPAP therapy machine. Now that’s something you can rest easy about!

Be sure to call us today at (513) 251-5500 to set up your appointment with Dr. Hagen. We can discuss your sleep patterns and provide sleep appliances that can restore your quality of sleep!


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June 24th, 2016

10 Ways to Improve Your Quality of Sleep!

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sleep quality in cincinnati Hygiene: those simple practices and routines we make a part of our day to preserve our health and prevent health issues. There are many habits we can embody as part of our personal hygiene to enhance our preventative measures and invest in our future health.

Let’s take a closer look!

One such habit is sleep hygiene. Have you heard of it? Sleep hygiene, simply put, is a variety of habits and practices that are necessary to ensure normal, quality nighttime sleep, followed by full daytime alertness.

Have you ever tossed and turned, laid awake at night, or awoken groggy and unrested? Do you often find you are unfocused, tired, run down, and needing an afternoon pick-me-up? These are signs you should make some changes to your sleep hygiene habits!

Why Sleep is Important to Our Health

Sleep is meant to be restful and restorative. It is that time during which we can heal and repair from the previous day and prepare and rejuvenate for the coming day. We can perform at our best when our sleep is healthy.

But if your sleep becomes disrupted, fragmented, or un-restful, your health can suffer. During a normal sleep cycle, your body enters several different stages of sleep. The most important of these is Stage R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement). This is the stage of sleep that keeps us happy and healthy, literally! Check it out — stage REM has many functions

  • The REM stage is when your body creates the serotonin that acts as a natural anti-depressant for your brain
  • REM sleep recharges your “battery” so to speak, so that you can make it through the next day without excessive daytime sleepiness
  • During the REM stage, your body optimizes your metabolism, and works to suppress your appetite naturally by using the body’s natural fuel, instead of craving caffeine and carbs that lead to the classic energy high followed by a crash. People without proper REM sleep tend to gain weight and are unable to lose it
  • REM sleep allows for the production of melatonin, the substance that helps you sleep (naturally) 

When your sleep cycle is interrupted or fragmented, and characterized by instances of pauses in breathing or shallow breathing, this is termed sleep apnea.

Dr. Hagen is in a unique position to recognize signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and initiate early treatment for better outcomes.

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“How Do I Improve My Sleep Hygiene?”

The most important part of proper sleep hygiene is maintaining a regular wake and sleep pattern, seven days a week. Check out these other examples of good sleep hygiene:

  1. Avoid napping during the day.
  2. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine too close to bedtime.
  3. Avoid alcohol too close to bedtime (this causes disruption of sleep while the body breaks down the alcohol).
  4. Regular exercise promotes a good sleep cycle. But schedule your vigorous exercise in the morning or afternoon; try a more relaxing exercise, such as yoga, prior to bedtime to initiate a restful night’s sleep.
  5. Avoid large meals close to bedtime. Allow a few hours to digest your food before climbing into bed.
  6. Spend time during the day and your waking hours around natural light. This helps your body maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
  7. Establish a regular relaxing bedtime routine. Just like it works with a toddler, a routine helps us wind down, and our body recognizes the cues that bedtime is near.
  8. Avoid emotionally upsetting conversations or activities, such as violent news outlets or high intensity TV programs right before trying to sleep.
  9. Does your mind race with thoughts, things to do, things you want to remember for tomorrow, or other worries as you try to fall asleep? Keep a notepad and pen on your nightstand. Write your thoughts down, then let them go.
  10. Make your bedroom pleasant and relaxing; a comfortable bed and pillow, temperature, and environment.

Better Quality Sleep

Think you might have a quality of sleep problem? Or do you think you might have shallow breathing throughout the night?

If you suffer from extremely loud snoring, you always feel tired when you wake up, or you’ve been diagnosed with health conditions that include diabetes, hypertension, or obesity, or have other issues, be sure to call us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Hagen. Dr. Hagen’s training in sleep dentistry also allows him to offer alternative treatments for sleep apnea for better overall health. We can discuss your sleep patterns and provide sleep appliances that can restore your quality of sleep!

Facts used in this blog courtesy of Dr. McKnight, sleep specialist

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June 11th, 2016

Your Child’s First Dental Visit: When Should It Be?

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Did you know? While in previous years, we would have recommended children to have their first dental visit around age 3, we now advise parents to come visit us earlier than that age!

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We now recommend bringing in your toddler at around 18 months. This is typically about the time when some, but not all, of their baby teeth are in!

Why The Change Now?

We like to see your children to make sure that everything in the mouth is normal! Most children’s baby teeth, also known as primary teeth or even milk teeth, come in with no problems, but sometimes lifestyle factors can affect the health of those teeth…

Let’s dig deeper!

More and more frequently in recent years, for a number of different reasons, the rate of tooth decay in young children is rapidly increasing.

In fact, in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 42 percent of children, from age 2 to 11, have had cavities in their baby teeth. This high percentage of children with dental decay is much higher than in previous years.

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Why Is This Happening?

This rapid increase in early childhood caries – or ECC – is actually being called an “epidemic” because of just how prevalent it has now become. Early childhood caries (which in the past has also been called baby bottle tooth decay) can develop with infants or toddlers who go to sleep with a bottle in their mouth. Other children might get into the habit of walking around with a “sippy” cup or using a similar kind of cup, where they expose their teeth, for long periods of time, to sugary liquids or foods – such as sugary or starchy foods. That habit can also lead to decay, especially when it happens day after day.

hagen dental in cincinnatiAnother contributing factor is more widespread use of bottled water and the lack of fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay because it increases the rate of re-mineralization in the mouth and it slows down the breakdown of enamel in our children’s mouth as well.

Because many children are drinking more water without fluoride, they aren’t experiencing those same benefits.

As mentioned, historically, this kind of tooth decay was not present to the same degree, and therefore most dentists would recommend a child’s first dentist be around age 3. Now you can put a reminder on your calendar to be sure you come in and see us around 18 months!

Your Child’s First Visit to Dr. Hagen: Timing is Everything!

Before getting worried, remember that tooth decay is preventable and bringing in your child earlier to see us is also a key preventative measure you can take. Bringing your child into the dentist can make sure that children’s teeth are coming in as they should!

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It’s also an opportunity to talk about any habits that the baby may have that could be contributing to tooth decay.

Clearly, a healthy mouth is something we all want for our kids. When we have a healthy mouth we promote the ability to chew properly, which in turn, impacts a child’s ability to maintain good nutrition. Healthy teeth from a young age also help encourage speech development, it ensures a space for permanent teeth, and it promotes confidence in the long-term.

Starting young helps promote a lifetime of healthy and bright smiles.

Be sure to bring your child in around 18 months so that we can examine their teeth and gums and help you know the proper oral hygiene methods and techniques for their oral health. Before then, be sure that you are giving your children nothing but water at bedtime so that you can avoid sugary liquids or carbohydrates being exposed to teeth all night long. 



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June 5th, 2016

What to Know About Composite Fillings

Category: dental health

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What happens when you visit the dentist for a filling?

To start, often times you may be given local anesthesia so that the area can be numbed. Generally, the next step will be to remove the decay from your actual tooth!

During this stage a drill or a laser may be used. Once this decay is removed, it’s time to shape the space and prepare it for your filling.

Depending on the filling, the preparation will vary. There are many options available today for fillings, with the most common including gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, glass ionomer, zinc oxide and eugenol, composite resin fillings.

Composite Resin Fillings

So what are composite resin fillings – and why is it called “composite resin”?

It’s referred to as composite resin because the material consists of a combination of glass and tooth-colored plastic and other materials. Composite fillings are commonly used to reshape disfigured teeth in the mouth or as a material to bond to your teeth – with the benefit being that they can match the exact color of your existing teeth.

Because composites can bond to your teeth, they can help support your remaining tooth structure, which can help prevent further breakage on teeth. It can also be used as a “buffer” on the tooth, serving to insulate your tooth from temperature change. People like composite resin fillings because they can look so natural in the mouth.

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But back to the process of getting a filling: at this stage, depending on the kind of filling, sometimes a base is placed to protect your nerves. Often times that is made of composite resin!

After a few more steps, certain fillings will be hardened using light applied to the area. Once the material has hardened, you’re almost ready to go. After shaping and polishing, your composite is placed.

cosmetic dentistrySo how do you know what kind of filling is right for you?

There are many factors that help your dentist know what kind of filling is right for you. These factors include:

  • The size of the decay
  • The location of the decay in the mouth
  • Aesthetics
  • Bonding to your tooth structure
  • Versatility (for example, if used for broken or chipped teeth)
  • Other health and lifestyle factors

From simple fillings to full crowns to veneers, CEREC is also an option that many people turn to – again – depending on the specific needs of the situation. Keep in mind we can help you decide what’s best for you based on the extent of the decay, aesthetics, durability, your insurance, and of course how the option is suited for your mouth.

Before you have the need for any fillings, aim for prevention. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every day and visit Dr. Hagen regularly.

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June 4th, 2016

These 10 Facts About Toothpaste May Surprise You

Category: dental health

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Toothpaste we use every day is easily taken for granted, but in fact, it comes with quite a story…

Here are 10 facts that might surprise you about your toothpaste.

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1. Toothpaste’s Egyptian ties.

The earliest tooth cleaners were invented by the Egyptians 5000 years ago, and included abrasives like ground burnt eggshells. These ancient ingredients remained as effective at cleaning teeth as anything used until until about a century ago (although some other remedies were easier on the gums).

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2. Even Royalty had rotted teeth…

In medieval times, the ancient remedies were forgotten, and people didn’t clean their teeth. As a result, even royalty like Queen Elizabeth I ended up with black and rotted teeth!

3. Toothpaste becomes smoother.

In 1824, a dentist named Peabody added Soap to toothpaste for better cleaning. That was used until around 1945, when other ingredients replaced it – notably sodium lauryl sulphate, which makes a smoother paste. This is still a common toothpaste ingredient.

4. Toothpaste vs. tooth powder.

Tooth cleaners were almost all powders, not pastes, until around World War One.

5. Fluorides are added to the formula.

Fluorides were first added to the cleaners in the early 1900s, to prevent tooth decay.

6. What we can thank Astronauts for…

Edible toothpaste was invented in 1987, not for children, as most people might believe, but for Astronauts – because spitting into a zero-gravity environment on a space ship is not pleasant.

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7. Even more varieties!

Today toothpastes come with a variety of special ingredients to whiten teeth, remove plaque, freshen breath and prevent gum disease. Herbal toothpastes like Tom’s brand are an alternative to fluoride, and contain ingredients like peppermint oil, myrrh and plant extracts.

8. Gluten-free toothpaste comes along.

Gluten-free toothpaste has been developed recently, for users who suffer from celiac disease. Fortunately, there is an abundance of gluten free toothpaste options available for such people, so finding them on store shelves isn’t difficult nowadays. Gluten free toothpastes usually contain cellulose gum, a natural alternative to other thickening agents. Using gluten free toothpaste twice a day, in addition to daily flossing, will help to maintain your oral care without that gastric interference.

9. Today’s toothpaste.

Today’s active ingredients include xylitol, baking soda and calcium phosphate. Xylitol helps prevent cavities and it also promotes saliva! If you have dry mouth, that is especially important to promote more saliva in your mouth.  Many know how baking soda is an ingredient in toothpaste – and it’s used to neutralize acid, as well as to combat stains on our teeth.Calcium phosphate can help with tartar control in the mouth. Other common ingredients include a combination of water, sorbitol, fluoride, cellulose gum and natural flavorings.

10. Not just for our teeth!?

Toothpaste also some fascinating uses, for the resourceful among us! Those uses include:

  • It can polish silver coffee service or silver jewelry, leaving a bright sheen…But the experts say not to use it on pearls!
  • A gel toothpaste can be used to adhere a bow to a baby’s hair. It washes out, and does not pull out the hair.
  • Just a small dab on your skin takes the sting and itch out of bug bites.
  • Clean your running shoes with white toothpaste!
  • Finally, Mom and Dad, you can remove crayon from walls – simply rub white toothpaste on the crayon marks with a damp cloth, then you can rinse the cloth, and wipe away any residue.

We Can’t Wait to Meet You & Your Family

We’d love to have you as a patient at Hagen Dental Practice! You and your entire family deserve a healthy smile that can last a lifetime. Whether it is for a cosmetic consultation or for your regular check-up, see our smile makeover services, information about Invisalign, or read about one-visit crowns. Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule a visit for you or your children.

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May 27th, 2016

Gum Disease? Here’s What to Know About Scaling & Root Planing

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At any given time, we’re all developing some degree of plaque in our mouths. But when we brush, floss, and get regular dentist cleanings, we help to make sure it doesn’t become a problem.

So what is plaque?

Plaque is a biofilm, mostly made of bacteria, that adheres to the surface of our teeth. Plaque has an organized structure and its components – glycoproteins and polysaccharides – make it impossible to remove with water or by just using mouthwash.

In as little as a day, the biofilm that is in our mouth can transform from the soft and removable kind of plaque into a hard state – also called tartar – and that is much harder to remove.

The bacteria in dental plaque is what can lead to periodontal disease. (“Peri” means around, and “odontal” refers to our teeth.)

root planingOur bodies strive to get rid of the bacteria we have in our mouth, and therefore the cells of your immune system have an inflammatory reaction. This inflammatory reaction is how and why our gums then become swollen and can bleed. The more that nothing is done to fight off this bacteria, the more this can become a problem, and the more the bacteria will thrive.

And that’s where scaling & root planing come in…

Scalers are a tool that your dentist uses during – you guessed it – scaling and root planing. These are special tools that are used professionally in order to fight this bacteria build-up. The scaler can come in a couple of different sizes, but generally, it is a tool that is narrower at the tip. No matter what the tool looks like, they are simply specialized tools used to remove tartar and plaque.

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And what exactly does the scaling and root planing treatment involve?

The treatment works towards fighting periodontal disease – both on the teeth and the roots of your teeth. First, your teeth and gums are numbed so that all the plaque and tartar can be removed without any discomfort. Next, the professional tools are used to remove calculus. That may be by ultrasonic, sonic scaler, or power scaler.

After the bacteria is removed beneath the gum line, then teeth are smoothed and cleaned so that the gum tissue not only properly heals, but so it “reattaches” to your teeth. Part of the reason teeth can be smoothed is to get rid of surfaces and areas where bacteria are trapped or held – the same places where that bacteria would otherwise be much more likely to thrive. That’s also part of the treatment designed to get your gums back to their healthiest state.

Certain patients may have additional steps as part of their scaling and root planing treatment, depending on their vulnerability to gum disease and their medical history.

For example, there is ARESTIN®, which allows antibiotics to be slowly released over time in your mouth. Your dentist simply adds ARESTIN® to the your most vulnerable areas in the mouth – the pocket between your gum and tooth. This means that not only have you killed a great deal of bacteria during scaling and root planing, but you are now killing bacteria left behind after your procedure.

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Who benefits from scaling and root planing?

Your dentist will be able to recommend and tell you if you have periodontal disease, including any appropriate treatments – such as scaling and root planing – that can help you get back your healthy smile. Your dentist will not only take into account the current state of your teeth, but also your entire health history. Typically, if your dentist determines that you have gum disease that has progressed to a certain stage where bone loss is more likely to occur, he or she may recommend this kind of treatment.

Getting Your Teeth & Gums Feeling – and Looking – Healthy Again

Does your infection go away forever thanks to this treatment? The answer is that it is important to know that just because you have scaling and root planing, doesn’t meant you should go back to and bad oral health habits. Rather, the treatment is going to be maximized only if brushing, flossing and regular dentist visits (among other behaviors you want to avoid such as smoking) are kept up after your treatment. With that said, scaling and root planing does greatly support those looking to regain healthy-looking, firm gums.

In the end, the entire procedure can be done in an environment in which you are comfortable, and it can typically be done in a single visit. For some people, after the treatment, the mouth may be tender. In certain scenarios, the treatment can be broken into several visits when requested by a patient.

Want to learn more about scaling and root planing or ARESTIN®? Whether it is for a cosmetic consultation, scaling and root planing, or your regular visit, we’d love to see you. Read more about Dr. Hagen and the team, including our state-of-the-art dental methods and technologies, and give us a call today at (513) 251-5500.

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April 24th, 2016

9 Famous Toothpaste Slogans That’ll Make You Smile

Category: dental health

Think you know toothpaste? How many of these taglines do you recognize?

1. “Brings Mouths to Life”


2. “Look Ma, No Cavities”


3. “Clean to the Extreme”


4. “No One Will Ever Know”


5. “The Fountain of Youth”


6. “Gets You Noticed”


7. “Take AIM at Cavities”


8. “Brusha…brusha…brusha”


9. “Until They Gleem”



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April 23rd, 2016

Did You Know? 4 Facts About Hagen Dental Practice That Will Surprise You

Category: cincinnati dentist

facts about hagen dental in cincinnati

You may think you know a lot about Hagen, but did you know these 4 things?

1. Hagen was the second dentist in Cincinnati to use the CEREC machine and terminology!

CEREC uses ceramic materials to restore any tooth that is decayed or broken, a procedure that can be done in just one-visit. What’s great is that it also preserves your tooth structure, and it lasts for a long, long, long time – if not forever.

But did you know that Dr. Hagen was one of the first to do this – in the region?

Assuming you are a candidate for a CEREC restoration, we examine a number of factors including the tooth itself, and the tissue around it. We then get an optical impression of the tooth. A reflective powder is applied to the tooth, and a picture is taken and viewed on our computer screen. That’s all done so we can make the perfect restoration!

Then we use our CEREC machine to create the restoration. After we have our 3-dimensional, virtual model of the tooth, Dr. Hagen designs the custom-fit restoration you’ll eventually have inside your mouth. That means that – as you might have guessed by now – we’ve been doing a form of 3D printing, right in our office, for years!

Next Dr. Hagen will 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 you have a proper fit and a comfortable bite when it’s in your mouth. Not only has Dr. Hagen been doing one-visit CEREC crowns for years, but he was one of the first to even call it by that name.

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2. Hagen Dental Practice has 202 combined years of experience across our staff.

If you’ve been to Hagen Dental Practice, you know we do everything we can to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. We keep you smiling – not just with our excellent treatment, but with the unusually friendly and caring manner with which care is provided.

But did you know that our team has 202+ combined years of experience? We want our team members to be both technically competent and personally warm, and we feel fortunate to have found such people! See the team on our website here.

serving patients for more than 200 years3. Hagen Dental Practice offers Snap-On Smile™.

Snap-On Smile™ brings you an affordable, pain-free, non-invasive cosmetic way to get a beautiful smile.

Looking to close a gap you have in your teeth? Or maybe you are looking to cover your existing crooked teeth? Another way that Hagen Dental Practice is leading the way is with the ability to get a smile makeover in our office. With Snap-On Smile™, there is no drilling or extractions necessary. Let’s explore further.

Once we know if you are a candidate, we talk aesthetics. Then, a pain-free impression of your teeth is made, and on your next visit with Hagen, you will have your new smile fitting!

The fitting is just what it sounds like: we make sure that your new smile fits just as it should, and you get to walk out with your beautiful smile! Your smile makeover can be just that easy and quick, and your fitting can last as long as 5 years. That’s right: Snap-On Smile™ requires no shots and no drilling! Ask us for more information if you’d like to learn more about this life-changing solution.

4. Hagen Dental Practice’s patients’ ages range from 3 to 100.

When you come in to Hagen Dental Practice, a hygienist professionally cleans your teeth, helping to keep your teeth free of cavities and your gums free of bacteria. In turn, this lessen the risk of serious health conditions.

On your own, regular brushing helps combat plaque and tartar build-up, but that’s also what we look to remove when you come in to see us. Regular cleanings keep serious problems from developing and they help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime. Just ask any of our patients – which certainly range from brand new teeth to teeth that have lasted for decades!

Speaking of teeth that last for a lifetime, did you know that Hagen Dental Practice’s patients range from 3 to 100 years old?
We are proud to be able to offer services to children at their first visit and to 100 and beyond!

Your Family Will Love Our Friendly & Relaxed Office

No matter your age, we’d love to come see you! After all, you and your entire family deserve a healthy smile that can last a lifetime. If you are thinking about bringing the younger kids in, know that we can relieve fears in children of all ages and put them at ease for every visit. Whether it is for a cosmetic consultation or for your regular visit, we’d love to see you. Read more about Dr. Hagen and the team, including our state-of-the-art dental methods and technologies, and then give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule a visit for you or your children.


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