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September 18th, 2015

Meet Hagen Dental’s Newest Team Member, Brandi Stemen

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Name: Brandi Stemen. Most my friends and family call e “Brandie Rae.” (Rae is my middle name.)

Role: I am an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. I would describe my role not only as an EFDA, but as an assistant that can bring quality care to my patients. I love making my patients feel comfortable at all times while they are in the office and giving them a positive experience.

Favorite restaurant in Cincinnati: I have quite a few favorite restaurants in Cincinnati but I think my number one choice would be Wild Mikes (in Delhi).

How long you have lived in Cincinnati? In November, it will be 2 years. I a from a small town outside of Dayton, Ohio, so it was quite an adjustment moving to the big city but I love it.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Some things I enjoy doing outside of work are spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy attending Cincinnati sporting events such as UC football and basketball games, and Red’s games.

How would you describe the Hagen Dental team? The Hagen Dental team is a great team to work on. I knew the moment I walked into the office that I had to work here. The whole team is so warm, welcoming, and made me feel like I had been a part of the team for years. Everyone works as hard as they can to make the office run smoothly while providing quality care for our patients.

Hagen Dental is about total health. How do you stay healthy? To stay healthy, I focus on my fitness quite a bit which includes going to the gym 5-6 days a week. Everyone calls me crazy because I prefer to go to the gym before work so I wake up every morning at 4:30 AM.

What’s your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job would be the relationships I am able to build with my patients. I love getting to know my patients, and making them feel comfortable.

Finish this sentence: Hagen Dental patients… Will receive a lifetime of quality care when they step into our office.

Ready to come by our office and meet the Hagen Dental team? Visit our website to find out more or call (513) 251-5550 today. We can’t wait to meet you!

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August 28th, 2015

Race and Be Happy: How the Hagens Are Staying Healthy

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staying healthy at hagen dentalWe talk a lot about total health, and part of that is maintaining healthy habits that include exercising regularly.

Exercising, or finding physical training of some kind, can help us control weight, keep us in shape, combat disease, boost energy, promote sleep, and it can also provide a way for us to socialize and work on completing a goal.

Those are all positives in terms of our total health and well-being!

Training for an upcoming race can show us just how capable our bodies really are when it comes to achieving goals we set for ourselves.

Right now, the Hagen family is in-training for two races: Dr. Hagen will be participating in the Sunflower Revolution Ride in September, and Jenny Hagen will be running in the Columbus Marathon (by Nationwide Children’s Hospital) in October.

The Sunflower Revolution Ride

The Sunflower Revolution Ride, taking place in Yeatman’s Cove at Sawyer Point Park here in Cincinnati, Ohio, will benefit the Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease. “Riding for research, treatment, and a cure for Parkinson’s disease is what it’s all about. The Sunflower Revolution is making it fun to do so,” says the website. Also according to the website, more than $40,000 has already been raised for the cause!

racing quoteThe Most Meaningful Marathon: The Columbus Marathon

Jenny is training for a 26.2-mile race (a marathon) that will take place in Columbus, Ohio. It’s been called “the most meaningful marathon in country,” because each mile is actually dedicated to a “Patient Champion.” This means each mile presents a new story, a new inspiration, and another reason for runners to keep running! There will also be 1 Angel Mile to honor the children who have already run their race, and 1 Encore Mile featuring all the patients who have lined the course since 2012. What’s great is that the marathon will also benefit Nationwide Children’s.

Dr. Hagen and Jenny have been quite busy with training this Summer as they prepare to take on the physical and mental challenges of these two races.

How are you training or what races are you looking forward to in the coming months? Connect with us on Facebook here for more healthy lifestyle tips and education.

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August 20th, 2015

All About Lucy Hobbs Taylor, The First Woman DDS With the Cincinnati Connection

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Lucy Hobbs was born on March 14, 1833 in New York. Consider life then: Andrew Jackson was President, and at this time, most people lived in rural locations. Life was much shorter, with a life expectancy between 40 and 50 years old. Clothes were made by hand. This is even during a time when there was no indoor plumbing in rural areas!

Fast-forward more than 20 years, and Hobbs began her career as a teacher. She then made the move to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1859.

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Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor. Photo courtesy of, Kansas State Historical Society. For some, the name may sound a bit familiar: that’s because a scrubs and lab coat company, designed and named one of their lab coats after Hobbs Taylor. Called the Lucy H.T. Lab Coat, the company says they named the line of apparel after her “tribute to this amazing, prestigious, and accomplished woman.”

She wanted to become a dentist. She’s reported to have said that she wanted “to enter a profession where [I] could earn [my] bread not alone by the sweat of [my] brow, but by the use of [my] brains also.”

At first, she was refused admission because she was female. No woman had ever graduated dentistry school before at this point in US history, although about 4 years prior a woman named Emeline Roberts Jones became the first woman to practice dentistry. (She had been married to a dentist, and he allowed her to be his assistant.)

But Hobbs did not give up on her dream. Jonathan Taft, Dean of the Ohio College of Dental Surgery is said to have welcomed Hobbs into his office until another dentist agreed to teach her.

Hobbs began her own private program of study and soon made up her mind she would also have her own practice one day.

A Cincinnati Connection

After learning from her mentor and eventually receiving a doctorate in dentistry, despite being refused initially by the school, she started her practice in Cincinnati, making Dr. Lucy—as her patients called her—the first official woman in the US to do so.

People were amazed when they learned that a young girl had wanted to study dentistry, she explained at the time. Things sure have changed since that time!

She would then make the move to the state of Iowa to practice dentistry. By 1865, she had earned the respect of her peers who allowed her to join the Iowa State Dental Society. “The profession has nothing in its pursuits foreign to the instincts of women,” asserted the Dental Society at the time. The move helped reinforce the idea that woman could be involved in the dental industry.

Later in life, she married a railroad car painter named James M. Taylor. Ever the persuasive person, she then convinced him that he should become a dentist alongside her. After he agreed, they practiced dentistry in Lawrence, Kansas. Speaking about these years, she’s quoted as saying, “I am a New Yorker by birth, but I love my adopted country—the West. To it belongs the credit of making it possible for women to be recognized in the dental profession on equal terms with men.”

After her husband died, Hobbs Taylor took on campaigns that supported women’s rights. Less than 20 years after she became the first woman to graduate dentistry school, the American Association of Women Dentists honored Hobbs Taylor by establishing the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award. This award is now presented annually to an American Association of Women Dentists member in recognition of professional excellence and achievements in advancing the role of women in dentistry.

It’s reported that by 1900, ten years before Hobbs Taylor’s death, about one thousand other woman followed Hobbs Taylor’s footsteps in becoming involved in the field of dentistry. Thanks in part to pioneer women such as Hobbs Taylor who refused to give up on their dreams when first told “no,” hundreds of thousands of women have been able to participate in the field of dentistry since.

When she died, her obituary captured her local legacy, saying she was “one of the most striking figures of Lawrence [who] occupied a position of honor and ability, and for years she occupied a place high in the ranks of her profession.”

First a pioneer, then a dentist, and then a mentor, Lucy Hobbs Taylor changed the face of dentistry, and even though her name isn’t necessarily widely recognized, the first woman DDS still did have a meaningful impact on history.



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August 14th, 2015

8 Cool & Unusual Toothbrushes You’ve Never Seen Before

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Toothbrushes, and how we take care of our mouth in general, has come a long way since yesteryear!

Here are 8 unusual toothbrushes you probably haven’t seen before. 

cincinnati dentistThe Steward Oral Care System

The Steward Oral Care system is…well, very pink! It’s a toothbrush that also caddies disposable doses of toothpaste and mouthwash.

The bottom part even holds floss, so you could argue that it’s a 3-in-1 system for your mouth!


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The OHSO Marko Travel Toothbrush is not your average toothbrush.

This one is actually designed with chrome, and it is meant for the person who travels frequently.

You can store toothpaste in the handle of the brush, and when it’s time to use it, you can let out just the right amount of toothpaste to brush your teeth.


The Solar Powered Toothbrush

Here’s a newly developed toothbrush that comes in multiple colors, and according to the designers, you may be able to fight bacteria like never before thanks to the solar technology aimed at de-activating electrons in the mouth.


The DEWS Toothbrush

You don’t have to worry about your toothbrush falling over, or ending up in the sink with the toothbrush that can stand on its own.

How does it work?

Well, the idea is pretty simple: the base is weighted in a way that acts a center of gravity for the toothbrush, allowing for it to stand upright.


The METAPHYS Brillo Folding Toothbrush

The Brillo folding toothbrush allows you to just what you might guess: fold your toothbrush. That’s great if you like to take your toothbrush to work with you or just when you travel.


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Baby will be happy with this chewable banana-meets-toothbrush design…it’s soft and bendable which makes it ideal for the right-aged baby or toddler.

If baby doesn’t like bananas, they also have a shark, octopus, and corn versions!




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The designers deem it as “the first toothbrush you’ll actually care about.” Of course, we beg to differ, but the Bogobrush is completely biodegradable. It’s made of a bamboo handle and 100 percent nylon bristles. Both the handle and the bristles can actually decompose.




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Maybe what makes the Blizzident Toothbrush most unique is how it’s made. The toothbrush is made using both 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. What exactly is the result? You get a toothbrush designed just like your teeth. The intention behind the design is to be able to brush your teeth faster than ever before! We will wait and see for this one!


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August 1st, 2015

What’s the “Wisdom” in Wisdom Teeth?

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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 have fewer, or even more, in rare cases!

Why the name?

Since the third molars come in much later than our other teeth, we are believed to be much wiser when they come in, and hence the name.
At around 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.” As much as 90 percent of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.

This is why as a young adult, we are watching the status of your teeth as they come in to avoid infection and to be sure that no adjacent teeth are damaged. At around age 17, these third molars are still growing in many people.

Why do so many people get their wisdom teeth removed during the high school years?

It’s actually easier to remove wisdom teeth when someone is younger because the roots are not fully formed and there is less chance of any nerve damage. It’s also preventative to make sure no jaw-related damage happens or any complications occur with adjacent teeth. 

There’s something to be said for the “wisdom teeth” name and the timing of when the molars start to come in: research has shown that the brain continues to grow and develop through adolescent years.

Those who named the teeth “wisdom teeth” were spot-on in thinking that the eruption of wisdom teeth coincides with the transition from youth to adulthood.

If they have not been removed yet, your wisdom teeth can be in one of three stages:

  • Erupted: Just as it sounds, the wisdom teeth are fully erupted. If there is proper alignment and there is no other reason to remove, they may remain in your mouth.
  • Partially Erupted: The wisdom teeth are partially visible at this point.
  • Impacted: This is when the wisdom teeth are trapped in the jawbone and cannot erupt.

When people think of wisdom teeth, they often think of getting them removed. That’s because wisdom teeth can sometimes form a cyst and there can be damage to the roots of the nearby teeth, as mentioned. They can also do damage to the alignment of adjacent teeth, cause pain, and cause issues with the jawbone. It’s important to evaluate your wisdom teeth in terms of your overall health when you come in to see us.

For optimal oral health, you will want to prevent the following, which are signals wisdom teeth could be coming in:

  • pain
  • infection
  • damage to adjacent teeth
  • gum disease
  • tooth decay

Part of the benefit of seeing us regularly is that we can monitor the status of all your teeth, including your wisdom teeth. Your oral exams and x-rays with us will make sure we know if treatment is your best option.

Ready to learn more? Give Hagen Dental a call today at (513) 251-5500.

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July 29th, 2015

What You Didn’t Know About Sleep Apnea in Toddlers & Kids

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Do you know what the signs of sleep apnea in children are?

Signs of disturbed sleep in our children and toddlers include:

  • Snoring
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Tossing and turning in bed
  • Chronic mouth breathing while asleep
  • Night sweats
  • Waking up with headaches or irritability
  • Daytime hyperactivity
  • Difficulty concentrating

Whether it’s a child that just seems much too sleepy throughout the day, or one that always has “bags” under her eyes, there are lots of other subtle signs that some degree of sleep apnea might be occurring in our kids.

Interrupted Sleep is Just as Bad for Adults as it is For Kids

The term “sleep apnea” is actually derived from the Greek word that means “without breath.” Just as it sounds, it is a serious condition! Just think: our children can actually be pausing their breathing cycles as they sleep.

For children between 2 and 8—and even beyond these years—having disturbed or interrupted sleep can have major implications on their health. Some research has even suggested that sleep disordered breathing directly impacts cognitive flexibility, self-monitoring, planning, organization, and self-regulation of affect and arousal in our children. Pediatric sleep disorders not only wreak a heavy toll on our children’s ability to thrive, but it’s not guaranteed that kids will just “outgrow” their sleep disorders.

If you suspect that your child might have sleep apnea or some kind of disturbed sleep, let us know. The signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are actually more common in children than you may realize. Of course, sometimes, it might not mean sleep apnea, but you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Hagen to find out.

The Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea by Dr. Hagen

One solution, whether your child suffers from snoring, sleep apnea, or a combination, is using a custom-fit dental sleep appliance. As recommended by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, this is a treatment that can greatly help children.

At Hagen Dental, we can diagnose and assess the severity of any form of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. After we take a look at your symptoms as well as risk factors, we can construct the appropriate sleep appliance that is best for you/your child.

The Mandibular Advancement Device, also known as MAD, is comparable to an athletic mouth guard. The Tongue Retraining Device, TRD, is a splint that will hold your child’s tongue in place while they sleep.

You will be able to have a solution that is small, light, and easy to put in and take out—which means children will actually use it. The goal of both devices is to keep the airways open as much as possible throughout the night. More than 90 percent of those who use the sleep appliance have successful improvement.

Over time, these devices are adjusted as needed. Besides seeing an improvement in sleep in many those who wear the small devices, many are also able to reduce or eliminate their snoring altogether! For kids, this can have great effects on their health and quality of sleep for a lifetime.

Ready to learn more? We would be happy to answer any of your questions: give us a call today at (513) 251-5500.

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July 12th, 2015

How to Avoid 3 Strikes Against Your Teeth

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One thing you shouldn’t see at this year’s All Star game held at Great American Ball Park?

Chewing tobacco!

That’s in part because in 2011, Major League Baseball stopped providing their players with smokeless tobacco. Then in 2012, restrictions on smokeless tobacco (which includes chewing tobacco) were implemented for baseball players at many ballparks, including Great American here in Cincinnati.

For years, Major League Baseball has seen the use of tobacco products by its players as a very negative choice for their overall health. They recognized that smokeless tobacco has at least 27 cancer-causing chemicals, and that it is known to directly cause cancer of the mouth, lip, tongue and pancreas. Other effects include oral leukoplakia (white mouth lesions), gum disease, and major gum recession. There is evidence that supports the idea it increases the risks for heart disease and diabetes, among other chronic conditions.

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In years past, professional baseball players have been known to use smokeless tobacco. The tie to tobacco in general was strong, even in baseball earliest days: in fact, trading cards were actually produced within cigarette packages. That kind of direct tie to tobacco existed before much was known about the consequences of tobacco.

Thankfully, today’s Major League Baseball players are often more educated about the extremely negative effects of smokeless tobacco, and more often than not, they recognize how they are role models for countless people.

Photo credit: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum In the early 1900s, Honus Wagner famously said he would not allow tobacco companies to print his trading card. His baseball card is now one of the rarest and most expensive cards in the world! Photo credit: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Knowing that many people pick up the negative habit by the time they are in high school—when they see their favorite athletes on TV and model their behavior—retired baseball player Sammy Sosa has been strong in his efforts to support tobacco prevention.

Part of that awareness and education was accelerated due to Tony Gwynn, a Major League player who unfortunately died of salivary gland cancer. Before his death, he said he believed it was from years of using chewing tobacco.

His death led to many baseball players, including Stephen Strasburg to quit the habit entirely, and to speak out about it. Strasburg has since said:

“It’s one of those things where I’ve done it for so long it’s just become a habit, a really bad habit…I think it’s a disgusting habit, looking back on it. I was pretty naive when I started. Just doing it here and there, I didn’t think it was going to be such an addiction. Bottom line is, I want to be around for my family.”

Despite so many players speaking out and being against the use of tobacco, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) says that children often chew tobacco from a young age because of modeling behavior they see, whether it is baseball or another sport.

It is reported that as much as 20 percent of boys in high school use chewing tobacco, and 1 out of 2 in that group develop pre-cancerous patches in their mouth as a result. Many of those tobacco users are boys who play on youth baseball teams.

A prevailing myth is that just because chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco does not impact the lungs, it is not as bad for you.

This myth could not be further from the truth!

The truth is that smokeless tobacco leads to higher incidences of cavities and oral cancer. Interestingly, out of a group of men in a study who gave up cigarettes for smokeless tobacco, they still had higher death rates from lung cancer after, according to the American Cancer Society.

Do you have a friend or relative who should read this blog post to know about the risks associated with smokeless tobacco? Be sure to send them information that can prevent them from taking on a bad habit.


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July 3rd, 2015

Our Founding Fathers: The State of Their Oral Health

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Much of American legend says that George Washington had a set of wooden teeth. The story goes that he lost his first (adult) tooth when he was 22, but by the time he became President, he had just one tooth left! By that time, he was 57 years young.

So how did he actually lose his teeth over the years?

John Adams was said to have claimed it was Brazil nuts that he would crack his teeth on. Today, we know it’s never a good idea to use your teeth as “tools” or to chomp or crunch down on items (food or otherwise) that can traumatize the teeth.

Historians said he could have faced major decay because of mercury oxide as a result of being treated for smallpox and malaria. In all likelihood, it could have been a combination of these factors, as well as a lack of modern oral care and technology.

Although urban myth continues to say he had wooden teeth, he actually had a set of teeth carved likely from dairy cattle, elephant ivory or even hippopotamus. These face-disfiguring dentures were very uncomfortable and apparently were very ill fitting.

When Washington was sworn into office as the first President of the United States, he actually had swollen, burning gums. When his dentures would open and shut, they would clack and creak.

Washington was often in pain due to his oral decay, and it’s believed he would take pain killers (of that age) for this constant pain he experienced. It’s interesting because Presidents of that time were never supposed to show any sort of weakness or signs of pain.

George Washington’s dentures in the collection at Mount Vernon

George Washington’s dentures in the collection at Mount Vernon.

But what about the other Founding Fathers’ oral health and habits?

George Washington wasn’t the only one who lost many of his teeth: so did Benjamin Franklin. Franklin is said to have taken mercury pills for an illness, and as a result, he lost several teeth.

As far as daily oral health habits,  John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and James Monroe would have all likely brushed their teeth each day.

People during the 1700s would use a form of mouthwash, and sometimes a tongue scraper. Toothpowders were made of pumice, borax, roots and herbs and sometimes even burnt bread or tobacco! In actuality, these tooth powders could actually destroy the tooth enamel. For the “mouthwash,” our Founding Fathers may have used a solution that was a mix of herbs, resins of balsam, or myrrh.

And one more myth…

It’s a myth that Patrick Henry, famous for his “Give me Liberty, or give me death!” speech actually died of a toothache. In reality, he may have complained of a toothache, but he did not die of a toothache. He actually died due to cancer.

One thing is for sure: we know much more than we did during the time of our Founding Fathers, and we also have greater access to care and state-of-the-art dental technology to keep our smiles looking great for a lifetime.


Lloyd, John; Mitchinson, John (2006). The Book of General Ignorance. New York: Harmony Books. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-307-39491-0. Retrieved July 3, 2011.

Glover, Barbara (Summer–Fall 1998). “George Washington—A Dental Victim”.The Riversdale Letter. Retrieved June 30, 2006.

Dentures, 1790–1799, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens

Mary V. Thompson, “The Private Life of George Washington’s Slaves”, Frontline, PBS

“The Portrait—George Washington:A National Treasure”. Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved January 21, 2011.

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June 23rd, 2015

What Effect Does Rigorous Exercise Have on My Teeth?

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Rigorous exercise may affect our teeth and mouth in ways that we would not expect.

study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2013, examined 278 athletes during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and found that most of them actually had very high levels of tooth decay and gum disease.

hagen dental cincinnati dentist“Higher risk for dental erosions, exercise-dependent caries risk, and load-dependent changes in saliva parameters point out the need for risk-adapted preventive dental concepts in the field of sports dentistry,” reported the study.
But what about studies that looked at people who all had a higher degree of access to quality dental care, which some in the Olympic study did not have?

For this kind of information, we turn to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine concluded that elite athletes often use “training strategies that coincide with risk factors for dental caries and erosion.” (Source.)

Just what were those habits that were looked at?

The study, which was aimed at identifying specific risk factors for dental caries in elite triathletes, looked at nutrition, to start.

Researchers found that nearly 84 percent of these endurance athletes consumed sports drinks when they trained.

About half of them took small sips, often from a bottle, meaning often the teeth had prolonged exposure to sugar, which feeds bacteria of the mouth. Although that was only part of the story, the study also showed how this kind of nutrition contributed to some of the athletes’ mouth’s having a pH below 5.5. Having that “off balance” pH level in the mouth can contribute to erosion and caries.

Another recent study included 35 triathletes and 35 non-exercising controls. This study found that athletes had an increased risk for dental erosion, but not caries—although their risk for caries also increased as training time each week increased.

In other words, in this research, the more they trained, the higher risk they had for caries.

Keep in mind that these “extreme” athletes, such as triathletes, are exercising for an average of 9 hours per week. It is less of a surprise, then, that there was a high degree of carbohydrate consumption in these athletes, including sports drinks, gels, and bars.

Many people also tend to breathe heavily through their mouth during exercise. Mouth breathing reduces the flow of saliva and dries out your mouth. This too allows bacteria to thrive—so you can see why for people who train for multiple hours per day, this could affect their dental health.

Based on such findings, it would seem like a smart idea to brush your teeth after prolonged exercise such as cycling, swimming and/or running, especially if you had carbohydrate-rich snacks during the prolonged training period. But it also begs the question: does exercise really do the body—or our teeth/mouth—good?

The answer is yes, it does do the body good! And this research should not suggest that we cut back on our exercise or training regimens.

Just because these studies suggest you are at a heightened risk for dental erosion as an endurance athlete, it does not mean that this risk outweighs the benefits received from these activities. In fact, research has shown time and time again that exercise is the single best preventive measure for many diseases! That should not be forgotten.

Instead of worrying about the potential uptick in risk, we need to make sure our daily habits work to undo any saliva- or nutrition-related issues due to prolonged, intense training regimens.

Be sure to be intentional and consistent with your dental health, just as you would be about your training.

As researchers also pointed out, exercise alone might not be the factor that is affecting the oral health of these participants, as the number of people in the studies was notably low.

What you can do as an endurance athlete to help prevent tooth decay:

  • Talk to your Dentist about your rigorous training schedule when you go in for your regular visits.
  • Floss your teeth in the morning and at night.
  • Drink lots of water, and stay hydrated—which most athletes actually do! Also remember that staying hydrated does not guarantee any kind of change of pH in the mouth.
  • Examine the sugar content in your favorite training snacks to make sure you are aware of how much sugar you are consuming.
  • Continue to brush your teeth each day, but know that citric acids in sports drinks or gels will soften your tooth enamel, so in some cases, it is not ideal to brush your teeth directly after consuming.

Have questions on anything you are reading? Let us know; after all, this blog is general advice that is not specific to any one person. Find more


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June 16th, 2015

5 Father’s Day Gifts for a Healthy Dad

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Whether dad is health conscious or you’re looking to make sure he steps up his healthy habits, here are 5 gift ideas to give Dad the gift of health.

 1. Citrus Zinger Water Bottle

Drinking water will never be boring again with the Citrus Zinger Water Bottle. This water bottle lets you take your favorite fruit, and add some of its flavor to your water. (Of course we’d recommend something such as blueberries or strawberries to keep the citrus to a minimum on you or dad’s teeth.) You will be sure Dad stays hydrated with this gift!

gift ideas2. Vitamix (or another blender)

One of the great things about blenders is that you can easily make smoothies or other recipes, and the clean up is minimal. Dad certainly knows that sometimes making your own version of your favorite recipe means you are able to make it extra healthy. At the very least, we are more aware of what we are putting in our bodies when we make it ourselves.

With a high-powered blender for dad, he can make healthy and refreshing drinks, guacamole, homemade nut butters such almond butter, smooth soups, pesto, hummus, and lots of other whipped dips and delights. (Sounds like you might just benefit from the gift as well!)

3. Sonicare UV Sanitizer Platinum Electric Toothbrush

Talk about a toothbrush that will have the family talking! You may already know that Sonicare has patented technology that removes 6 times more plaque between teeth compared with a manual brush.

This Sonicare brush has a pressure-sensored handle that lets you know when you are brushing too hard. It also has a timer to encourage Dad to make sure he brushes his teeth thoroughly. Dad will love it, and his teeth will, too!

cincinnati dentist and your health4. Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex (or another activity tracker) will help Dad track all his activity, reinforcing him and giving him support to meet his step goal each day. The Fitbit Flex allows Dad to see an estimate of how many calories he’s burned, and he can even monitor his sleep. Set him up with the smartphone app and he can sync with his wristband throughout the day, so he won’t even miss a step!

5. Weber Grill Basket

Dad likes to grill? Check. Dad likes his vegetables? Check. Would Dad like to grill his veggies? The answer is mostly likely yes! Now he can with the Weber Stainless Steel Grill Basket. Before this basket, it could be a bit hard to put vegetables (or even fruit) on the grill, but now it is easier than ever.

At Hagen Dental, we support your total health—including your oral health. Visit us online at to learn more about Dr. Hagen, DDS and the Hagen Dental team.

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