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November 30th, 2016

It’s Wellness Wednesday!

Category: dental health

By now you’ve fought through the fierce crowds and lines of Black Friday, loosened your purse strings for Small Business Saturday, and shopped from home while searching high and low for great finds on Cyber Monday.

Hopefully you’ve walked away from it all unscathed, grabbed some good deals, and accomplished much of your holiday shopping! Are you exhausted yet?

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We hope you have some energy left, because it’s time for Wellness Wednesday! With all this focus on shopping, potentially a lot of missed sleep, the stress of travelling and visitors, and the anticipation of the holidays, it’s easy for our WELLNESS habits and goals to get lost in the shuffle.

“Is Oral Health Really an Important Part of Our Overall Health?”

Yes! In fact, your oral health gives clues about your overall health. Problems in your mouth can not only affect the rest of your body, but can indicate underlying health issues. Your oral health is more important than you might have even realized.

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Without proper oral hygiene, the bacteria in the mouth can reach levels that can lead to infections. Natural defenses coupled with regular oral health care help to keep these bacteria under control.

Chronic inflammation of gum disease can play a role in other diseases and inflammation of the body, making both conditions more severe. Inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease can be linked to infections that oral bacteria can cause, according to some research.

Your state of overall health relates directly to your heart health.

Bacteria that enter the body, including through your mouth, can spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart, leading to endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart.

Oral health is important for mom and baby during pregnancy. Inflammation and infection in your mouth has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

But That’s Not All…

Certain pre-existing conditions can affect your oral health. Diabetes, for example, reduces the body’s resistance to infection, putting your gums at higher risk for disease. The reverse is true as well: People with gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, so regular dental health care can improve diabetes control. Another example is osteoporosis, in which there is an increased risk for periodontal bone loss and tooth loss, due to the weakness of the bone structure.

Medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants can all reduce saliva flow. Since saliva is so important for neutralizing acids and washing away food particles, this reduction in saliva can give bacteria a chance to thrive and potentially lead to complications, gum disease, or other inflammatory processes.

The team at Hagen Dental wants to remind you to keep up with your regular dental hygiene. Floss and brush daily, stay hydrated, and try to avoid indulging in too many of the sweets and treats that are so prevalent this time of year. If you have a dental checkup scheduled, don’t skip it! This time of year can get busy, but your health is worth making time for.

Another Wellness Wednesday tip: When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If it’s been more than 4 months, it’s time to change… so add a toothbrush to your shopping list!

Improve Your Total Health: Call Hagen Dental Practice Today

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.

Sources/References to read more:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475

 

 

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November 17th, 2016

Be Thankful: How Science Says that Having Gratitude is Good For Your Health

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

Thanksgiving season reminds us to be grateful for all the positive things in our lives—big and small. The practice of gratitude is not only seasonal, it’s great for your health, too!

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Gratitude as One of Many Positive Habits

Mental health professionals have recently started taking a close look at how qualities such as gratitude can impact our health. The findings are very positive: grateful people tend to take better care of themselves, and engage in protective and proactive health behaviors such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, good sleeping habits, and regular checkups and examinations from their general practitioner and their dentist (1).

It’s a Stress Reliever

High levels of stress, left unchecked, can make us sick. It’s linked to chronic disease, heart disease, cancers, autoimmune disorders, and a high percentage of why people visit the doctor. But it turns out, gratitude helps people manage stress and cope with daily problems (1).

Boosts Your Immunity

Gratitude and optimism go hand in hand. These characteristics seem to boost the immune system, according to research. A psychology professor at the University of Utah found that people with higher levels of optimism showed higher counts of blood cells that are important for immune system function, compared to more pessimistic people (1). Being consistently mindful of the things you have to be thankful for boosts your well-being (2).

Helps You Be a Better Friend

According to a 2003 study from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, gratitude tends to boost pro-social behaviors, such as helping others, lending emotional support, or assisting with problems. This also has the benefit of strengthening your relationships (2).

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How to Become More Optimistic and Grateful

 Those who are more mindful of benefits they’ve received, or whose perspective in life has them focusing their attention outward tend to naturally have a more grateful mindset. But you can learn to increase the gratitude in your life!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Start a gratitude journal. Keep it by your bed and write a few things in it each night for which you are grateful. Psychology Today reported this habit has a side benefit: falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer (2).
  • Tell someone you are grateful for them. Gratitude can be contagious!
  • Create a list of great things in your life. Then ask yourself, “Do I take these for granted?” Look at this list daily as a reminder of all you have to be thankful for.
  • Watch your self-talk, and your conversation with others. Are you using optimistic and appreciative sentiments and phrases? Or do your words, thoughts and conversations tend to have a negative or complaining undertone?
  • Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Changing the perspective of how you look at a situation can make you more understanding and patient about what is going on. This can help improve your gratitude as well.
  • When you feel yourself getting upset, or ready to complain about a situation, stop for a minute. Is there anything about the situation that has potential? Is there a silver lining? Can you look on the bright side?
  • Find the positive in a challenge. What positive traits might a tough situation help you improve? Patience? Empathy? Understanding? Teamwork? Courage? Be grateful for the challenge and the learning experience.

So, practice gratitude this month, keep smiling, and enjoy your Thanksgiving with your newly appreciative attitude. And be sure to sprinkle in a healthy dose of gratitude into your life all year long—for your health! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving from Hagen Dental Practice.

Call Hagen Dental Practice Today

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.

Sources:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/women/features/gratitute-health-boost#1
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/21/gratitude-healthy-benefits_n_2147182.html

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November 10th, 2016

How to Make the Most of Your Invisalign Experience

Category: cincinnati dentist

Invisalign straightens the teeth using a series of clear, removable aligners. These aligners are custom-made for each patient. Every two weeks, you replace your aligner with a new set to gradually and gently move your teeth towards the final position.

The concept is the same as braces and other orthodontia, with some big differences: Invisalign is more comfortable, less noticeable, and it is removable. A 3-D computer imaging program creates a complete treatment plan that starts at your teeth’s current position and takes you all the way through to the desired outcome in two-week increments (1).

With Invisalign, you can make changes to your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve dreamed of without disruptions to your life.

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The Many Benefits of Invisalign

 Here are just a few of the benefits you can experience:

  •  Most cases are fairly quick. It typically takes between 9 and 15 months for the Invisalign aligners to correct and straighten a smile.
  • Invisalign aligners can correct issues such as gapped teeth, overbite, crossbite, underbite, and overcrowding
  • Since the aligners are nearly invisible, you can feel more confident smiling and showing your teeth than with the use of traditional braces.
  • The Invisalign is comfortable! Without the metal braces, wires and headgear associated with traditional braces, you avoid irritation to the gums and surrounding tissues.
  • There are fewer trips into the Dentist for evaluation. Your progress is checked every one to two months.
  • You don’t have to sacrifice the things you love! One of the best parts about Invisalign is that you can eat and drink whatever you like (see below for a few caveats). Since the aligners are removable for proper cleaning of your mouth, you do not have to limit your food selection. You wear your Invisalign for most of the day; but you remove them during cleaning, brushing and flossing.

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How to Ensure You Have a Great Invisalign Experience


Now that you know the benefits, here is how to make sure you get the most out of the experience:

1. Travel toothbrushes will come in handy! Carry a travel toothbrush and paste with you, and try to brush your teeth after every meal. Because the aligners are placed over your teeth, food particles can become trapped.

The best defense is to keep your teeth clean. Patients who practice excellent dental hygiene habits during their Invisalign treatment are less likely to develop cavities, bad breath, or other problems (2).

2. When your two-week aligner switch date arrives, consider making the change to the new aligner at night. This will help prevent tooth aches and discomfort that can happen if you switch them during the day. The good news is, the changes are so gradual that pain is rare. However, discomfort could occur, especially in your first few sets of aligners.

3. Take good care of your aligners! Avoid discoloration and bad breath by dropping them into a glass of water with a denture cleaning tablet every morning. This helps to keep them fresh, clean, and looking nice and clear.

Avoid cleaning them with toothpaste, since some toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients. Always carry your case with you! This decreases the chances of them getting lost or thrown away while you are out at a restaurant, or need to take them out for some reason.

4. Be cautious in regards to your beverage choices. Water is important to stay hydrated, avoid bad breath, and keep a comfortable mouth. Avoid drinking hot drinks like coffee and tea while you are wearing your Invisalign aligners. The hot temperature could warp or deform them.

Avoid sugary drinks, which increase your risk for tooth decay or unusual buildup or texture on your teeth. Avoid red wines, which can cause yellow staining them.

5. After it’s all over, wear your retainer. Keep in mind that you will still have to wear a retainer for a period of time after your Invisalign treatment is finished. After investing time and money into your newly straightened mouth, you don’t want to backslide from that progress.

Call Hagen Dental Today to Learn More About Invisalign

 Do you want to learn more about Invisalign? Or are you simply overdue for your next dental cleaning? A straighter smile is just a phone call away! Call for a no cost/no obligation consultation at (513) 251-5500 to determine if you’re a candidate for Invisalign.

Sources:

  1. http://hagendds.com/invisalign_dentist_cincinnati_oh.html
  2. http://www.lifehack.org/486860/5-hacks-everyone-with-invisalign-needs-to-know

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November 3rd, 2016

Don’t Neglect Your Dental Health While Away at College

Category: dental health

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Midterms are in full force, you are deep into your class load, the manager from your part time job is calling to see if you can pick up an extra shift, there are intramural sports to be played, and there’s plenty of partying to be done on the weekend. As a college student, you are busy, and you have all the freedom and independence you want to make your own health decisions. But now is not the time to let your dental health go by the wayside due to your tightly packed schedule.

A 2016 study of dental health practices in US college students found that 76% of students reported having at least one dental exam in the year prior to their survey. But the study also found that dental health care habits and regular dental visits declined annually following the students’ freshman years.

Students cited reasons such as having a healthy mouth and not feeling they needed dental care, not having the time to go to the dentist, and worries about the cost of their visit for the explanations as to why they were missing their regular checkups (1).

Unfortunately, putting your oral health on the backburner is not a good choice. When it comes to your mouth and teeth, prevention is always cheaper and easier than waiting until a problem arises. Regular checkups can allow us to find issues before you show signs of pain and more advanced dental disease.

College students are also at risk for oral health changes because of poor dietary choices, changes in routine, and putting off regular visits to the dentist. Even though there is a lot on your plate and even more on your mind, there is hope!

Try these tips to maintain good oral hygiene while you make your way through your college years!

Keep it real. Eat “real foods” rather than packaged and processed foods to help minimize unnecessary sugars. Snacks such as fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts or seeds are great choices (2).

Keep sugar to a minimum.  Avoid using sugar as a stress reliever. Increased sugar intake increases your risk for decay and cavities.

Watch your late night eating and hygiene habits. Avoid late night snacking, or falling asleep without brushing your teeth. This habit leaves sugars and acids in your mouth to wreak havoc on your enamel until morning. Leftover food particles also become a breeding ground for bacteria. Furthermore, this sets you up for a bad case of morning breath (3).

Remember to exercise! Also be sure to develop regular exercise and good sleep habits. These routines are important and helpful for managing stress levels and maintaining both dental health and overall health during your college years (2).

Look at your entire health. Minimize or avoid alcohol use and smoking. College students sometimes experiment with these two behaviors, both of which cause dry mouth, changes in the pH of the mouth, and an increased risk for tooth decay or gum disease (2). Alcohol abuse also makes it more likely that you will skip or forget your nighttime dental cleaning routine.

Start with water! Choose water over sodas, energy drinks, and other sugary drinks. The acids found in carbonated and sugary drinks are very hard on your enamel (2, 3).

Brush and floss daily. These are time-tested habits that keep your oral health up. Even when you get home late or your schedule feels too busy, be sure to floss and brush. We recommend brushing twice a day with a soft brush, and flossing once a day (4). This investment takes about 5 minutes, which means you only have to dedicate 0.3% of your day to reap the rewards of a healthy smile.

Remember your regular dentist visits! Either find a great dentist near your school, or schedule your dental checkups around visits back to your hometown – over the holidays or school breaks. Don’t leave your next appointment without scheduling your next one!

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Call Hagen Dental Today

Are you overdue for your next dental cleaning? Or perhaps you are enrolled in school in the Cincinnati area and need to find a great dental practice while you are away from home? Give Hagen Dental a call to answer your questions or to schedule your next appointment at (513) 251-5500.

Sources:

  1. http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1363&context=jhdrp
  2. http://www.deardoctor.com/articles/10-health-tips-for-college-students/
  3. http://compdentalhealth.com/blog/college-students-oral-health/
  4. http://dental.ufl.edu/patient-care/patient-information/oral-health-tips-for-all-life-stages/

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October 18th, 2016

10 Reasons to Smile This World Smile Day

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

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We celebrate World Smile Day in October. World Smile Day is a day designed to help people smile more by performing random acts of kindness and goodwill. Here are 10 reminders of why we should be smiling:

  1. The classic yellow smiley face that we all know and love was created in 1963. It was designed to symbolize good will and good cheer on the planet (1). Although the original smiley doesn’t include teeth, at Hagen Dental we want to keep your teeth healthy so you can bare your pearly whites even if the smiley face doesn’t!
  2. Harvey Ball, the artist who was the creator of the smiley face, became concerned over the years about the over-commercialization of the smiley symbol. This led him to create World Smile Day, so that we would devote a day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. The first World Smile Day was celebrated in 1999 (1).
  3. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion. Neither does tooth and gum disease. So no matter your race, creed or location, stay vigilant with your oral hygiene habits! Proper diet, daily flossing and brushing, are important to keep issues at bay.
  4. The slogan of the Smile Foundation is, “improving this world, one smile at a time” (2). We can relate to that message at Hagen Dental, since our focus is to help each of our patients keep their oral health up to par, helping them enjoy their mouth and smile. Stay current with your cleanings and checkups so that we can improve your smile and keep it healthy.

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  1. We can all use a reason to grin. Hagen Dental gives us a reason: We treat our patients with compassion and understanding, coupled with the latest technology, and the best in dental comfort. In other words, we care about our patients.
  2. Heidi Klum says: “I believe that when you put a smile out there, you get a smile back” (3). Keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy gives you the courage and confidence to share your smile freely and frequently.
  3. The power of a smile has been documented endlessly over the years by authors, activists, singers, photographers, filmmakers, and beyond! (4). Imagine the entertainment business without the great dental technologies and oral hygiene practices that are common today.
  4. Smiles are contagious! Studies show that you can “infect” loved ones with your emotions and facial expressions (5,6). Focus on sharing positive feelings and emotions to keep the world around you in a happier state.
  5. Just as Richelle E. Goodrich says, “A smile is a light that sets your inner self aglow, letting others know you’re home,” (7) your smile and face are a window into your inner self. Put your best self forward by keeping your regularly scheduled dental appointments.
  6. The official message of the World Smile Day is: “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.” What can you do this month to help celebrate World Smile Day?

Keep that Smile Bright: Call Hagen Dental Practice Today

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.

Sources:

  1. http://worldsmileday.com/index.php/article-index/item/363-welcome-to-the-world-smile-day-website
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Smile_Day
  3. http://www.ibtimes.com/world-smile-day-2016-quotes-16-happy-sayings-get-you-grinning-2427994
  4. http://www.latintimes.com/world-smile-day-quotes-top-15-famous-sayings-about-power-smiling-401222
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11408051
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12738341
  7. http://answersafrica.com/world-smile-day-2016.html

 

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October 17th, 2016

20 Fun Size & Spooky Facts for Halloween

Category: dental health

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We know that Halloween is a time that many people indulge in sweet treats. We don’t expect you not to eat anything sweet, but consider these facts to try to keep your candy intake to a minimum this year.

  1. It’s been estimated the average American eats as much as 24 pounds of candy a year…imagine if you just cut back just a bit! You could possibly impact your waistline, your teeth/gums, and more, by reducing your intake of candy.
  1. Sugar (which makes up so much of the candy eaten this time of year) has no essential nutrients. It also feeds harmful bacteria in the mouth.sour-candies-and-your-teeth
  1. Healthier ways to treat your sweet to this year include fresh fruit (with no added sugar), a smoothie (again, no added sugar), or apple slices with nut butter.
  1. If you laid out the candy corn that’s sold each year, it would wrap the Earth 4.25 times.
  1. Sour candies can have a pH on the same level as battery acid!
  1. A typical child’s bag of Halloween candy has 11,000 calories.
  1. If you eat more than 22 pounds of chocolate in one sitting, depending on your weight, it could be lethal (in theory)!
  1. candy-halloweenIf you’re looking to lose weight, consider opting out of the sweets this Halloween. After all, one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off is to cut back on sugar consumption.
  1. The word “PEZ” comes from the German word for peppermint: “PfeffErminZ”.
  1. The amount of candy that Americans purchase for Halloween each year is about 600 million pounds of candy. That would be equivalent to 16 billion fun size Snickers bars.
  1. If nutrition can change your thoughts on candy, keep in mind a king-size Snickers bar has 54 g of sugar and 510 calories, while one Reese’s Peanut Butter cup only has 10 g of sugar and 115 calories.
  1. Candy Corn is the most searched for candy term in Google…Makes us want to brush our teeth just thinking about it!
  1.  Caramel, taffy, and other chewy or sticky candies stick to our teeth, eroding the enamel and leading to decay. It can even negatively impact our gum health!

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  1. “Hersheykoko” was the winner of Milton Hershey’s 1904 name-the-town contest. When the post office rejected that, the town became Hershey, PA.
  1. Think it is just the kids who like to indulge with some candy? Think again! Adults, in general, eat 65 percent of all the candy made in the US.
  1. Chocolate is the preferred choice of sweets when it comes to Halloween: nearly $1.2 billion of $1.9 billion sold in candy is chocolate.
  1. If kids fill up too much up on candy, it leaves little room for nutrient-dense foods that support their heath.
  1. Dentyne (as in the gum) is named from a hybrid of the words “dental” and “hygiene.”
  1. The most common childhood disease? Tooth decay—but it doesn’t have to be!
  2. The John Birch Society was founded by Robert Welch, Jr., one of the brothers who ran the company that invented Junior Mints.

Sources

  1. http://mentalfloss.com/article/59803/25-fun-size-facts-about-candy
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/28/halloween-candy-facts-statistics_n_1062687.html
  3. http://www.lifebuzz.com/candy-facts/
  4. https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/
  5. http://www.livestrong.com/article/368320-the-effects-of-candy-on-the-body/
  6. http://www.munroefallsfamilydentistry.com/25-amazing-facts-teeth/

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October 1st, 2016

Celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

johnny-1Do you remember hearing stories about “the old settler” Johnny Appleseed? Johnny Appleseed is a folk hero that is based off of the life of John Chapman, an orchardist and nurseryman who was known for planting orchards in the Midwest.

Born on September 26, 1774, in Massachusetts, John cultivated orchards that were used to establish land claims along the frontier. Many of the apples his orchards produced were used to make hard cider at the time! (1) This differs a bit from the story of Johnny Appleseed, whose legend is that he scattered seeds across the country, following a dream to grow so many apples that people would never go hungry. (That legend is in part thanks to a Disney feature, Melody Time, that depicted the fairy tale version of Johnny.)

Needless to say, even if the legend versus the real man differs, John Chapman was also responsible for the cultivation of huge amounts of land over the countryside, and for the development of thousands of productive apple trees (2). This week marks his birthday, and to honor him, we want to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day!

How to Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day

Ever heard the expression that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? It’s actually true that eating apples does bring benefit to your health! Here are some other facts that might surprise you:

  • Apples can help to naturally brighten your teeth
  • Apples can help to freshen your breath naturally
  • Apples are the second most popular fruit in America
  • The most-grown apple is Red Delicious (5)
  • Apples are a great source of dietary fiber, flavonoids and even antioxidants
  • Apples can help you naturally fight cholesterol build-up (6)

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The best way to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day—we say—is simply by enjoying some of the delicious apples he helped spread across the United States. The nice part about this holiday is that it falls during apple season, when apples are plentiful, crisp and delicious.

A Healthier Alternative to Other Treats Common This Time of Year

Apples do have a long list of health benefits…Although it’s not a replacement for brushing or flossing, chomping on an apple provides perks for your oral health! The biting and chewing that’s required stimulates saliva production, which in turn lowers bacteria levels and reduces risk of tooth decay. The fiber, combined with the malic acid present in apples, also acts as a mild cleansing astringent, helps dissolve stains of the teeth, and cleans plaque from the roots naturally (3).

If you aren’t in the mood for an apple, check out these other foods that are great for your overall health:

Strawberries: Strawberries actually contain astringent and high levels of vitamin C. These two components work together to naturally help to remove surface stains and clear plaque (3).

Pineapple: Pineapples are high in vitamin C, which prevents plaque formation and is important in maintaining healthy gums. They also contain high levels of an enzyme called bromelain, which acts as both a natural stain remover and a plaque prevention (3).

Carrots and Celery: Similar to apples, the fibers found in carrots and celery work as natural abrasive agents to eliminate dirt and plaque from teeth and gums. This is true for many fresh, crunchy, crisp vegetables. Carrots are also high in minerals that help control bacteria levels in the mouth. The fiber and high water content of celery can actually freshen your breath as well (4).

Cranberries: Fresh cranberries weaken bacteria, preventing it from bonding and forming damaging plaque (4).

The next time you prepare your shopping list, try to include foods from this list. It will feel good knowing you can eat well and keep your teeth healthy and strong at the same time. Be sure to enjoy the apple harvest this fall, and Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!

Call Hagen Dental Practice Today

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.

Sources/References:

  1. http://www.biography.com/people/johnny-appleseed-38103#death-and-legend
  2. http://kids.bestapples.com/kids/teachers/johnny.shtml
  3. http://www.wonderslist.com/top-10-fruits-vegetables-for-healthy-brighten-teeth/
  4. https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/nutrition.html
  5. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a25849/apple-facts/
  6. http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples/

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September 22nd, 2016

Oral Health: Does It Have An Updated Meaning Today?

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

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The World Dental Federation is a worldwide organization for the dental profession, representing over a million dentists across the globe! It’s called the FDI for short, because it was established in Paris as the “Fédération dentaire international” (1).

It’s now located in Geneva, Switzerland. Each year, approximately 300 delegates meet to discuss issues, debate changes, and define the future of dentistry across the world. These members are representatives from over 200 national dental associations and over 130 specialist groups from various countries. One of the missions of the FDI is to “promote optimal oral and general health for all peoples” (2, 3).

Earlier this month, the World Dental Federation launched an updated definition of the term “oral health.”

The term “oral” refers to all the components of your mouth and oral cavity: The teeth, gums, connective tissues, jaw bones, soft palate, mucosal tissue of the mouth and throat, tongue, lips, chewing muscles, salivary glands and the branches of the immune, nervous and vascular systems that supply, protect and nourish these tissues. That part hasn’t changed!

The FDI wanted to bring the definition up to contemporary standards by designating oral health as an integral part of an individual’s general health and well-being. The new definition was created by the Federation’s “Vision 2020 Think Tank”, which includes experts from oral health backgrounds, public health officials, and health economics experts (3).

So What Has Changed?

So what is the main differences between the old definition and the new definitions being used—and why does it matter?

Dr. Michael Click, co-chair of the FDI’s Vision 2020 Think Tank explains: “The old definition lacked a theoretical framework that made assessment and evaluation of oral health hard to measure,” he said. “Furthermore, this new definition moves dentistry from treating disease to treating a person with disease.” He went on to say they created a new definition so it could resonate with more people.

The intention is that more people will be able to understand concepts related to our oral health!

These changes might seem subtle, but they do have big significance. Oral health does not occur in isolation…in other words, the health of your teeth, gums, and entire mouth are a part of and acutely related to, your overall health. These new definitions help to clarify and validate that!

In summary, the main points, as defined by the World Dental Federation:

  1. Oral health is multifaceted. A “healthy smile” is more than being “cavity-free” and we agree with that, too! It includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and express emotion through facial movements. It means being able to do these things confidently and without pain, discomfort or disease.
  2. Oral health is a fundamental part of health, including both physical and mental wellbeing. Another area we agree with! Oral health and our overall health is influenced by the values attitudes of individuals and communities. This means that although oral health is always important—even if the quality of care varies depending on what country you live!
  3. Oral health is a reflection of the physiological, social, and psychological factors that are essential to the quality of life. That’s a mouthful, but also true! The point is: oral health is engrained in more facets of our lives than we may realize.
  4. Oral health is influenced by a person’s experiences, perceptions, expectations and ability to adapt to circumstances. Our overall health affects our oral health, just as our oral health has effect on our overall health (3).
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This broadened definition of oral health serves to update the definition to a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, rather than just the absence of disease or health issue.

It embodies our understanding that everything in the body is intrinsically connected: oral health and general health go hand in hand, rather than being two separate concepts.

What does this mean for you? You cannot be truly healthy without good oral health! This puts enormous importance on good oral hygiene, positive lifestyle habits, and regular dental visits. At Hagen Dental Practice, we strive to help you achieve oral health, with the understanding that it helps you maintain and enhance your overall health.

We Can’t Wait to Meet You & Your Family

Don’t delay your visit. Early detection saves lives. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (513) 251-5500.

Sources/References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FDI_World_Dental_Federation
  2. http://www.who.int/workforcealliance/members_partners/member_list/fdi/en/
  3. http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2016-archive/september/fdi-adopts-new-definition
  4. http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/SurgeonGeneral/sgr/chap1.htm

 

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September 10th, 2016

Oral Cancer: This Is Why Early Detection Is Critical

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

oral health at hagen dental dds in cincinnati ohio

Almost 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year (1). Sounds pretty surprising, doesn’t it? This includes cancers of the tongue, lips, gums, and other soft palate tissues of the mouth or upper throat.

Talking about cancer can be scary, but there is one key component to improved odds: Early detection. Detecting the issue before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body dramatically raises the rate of survival. One of the best ways to ensure early detection is to stay consistent with your dental care and dental cleanings.

Regular dental checkups involve more than just your teeth cleaning. Dr. Hagen’s exam includes a review of the health of your entire oral cavity – teeth, gums, tongue, and palate – for signs of disease, including oral cancer. Even though you may think you know your teeth pretty well, we’re actually able to screen you for cancer when you come in!

What Are We Looking For?oral health risk factors

Dr. Hagen is trained to perform a thorough head and neck examination at your dental visit. This exam detects changes in the tissues of the mouth and surrounding areas that could signal the beginnings of cancer. Dr. Hagen knows what signs to look for, what additional tests or labs to order, and when to refer to a specialist, when necessary.

Here are some of the cancer warning signs we screen for:

  • White or red lesions that are not healing
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Lumps or thickening of the soft tissue, such as the neck or cheek
  • Soreness of the throat, or pain in the mouth that does not go away
  • Chronic feeling that something is stuck in the throat
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Persistent ear pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Numbness of the tongue or mouth
  • Swelling of the jaw

Sure, that seems like quite a list, but know that just because you have a symptom on this list, doesn’t mean you definitely have cancer. Because there are so many ranging symptoms, that’s why you need someone qualified to look at your mouth and jaw for early detection.

Also, know that it indicates follow up and further analysis is typically needed, because if you do have cancer, early treatment can make a critical difference in fighting the disease.

symptoms of oral cancerAnd Why is Early Detection So Important?

Which leads us to our next point: if oral cancer is discovered early, the remission rate with treatment is nearly 90 percent (5). (Remission is what doctors use when speaking about cancer to mean that there are no symptoms and no signs of cancer. This is used rather than the word “cure.”)

Approximately 60 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancer will survive at least 5 years, but this number is an average: The 5-year survival rate for those with localized disease (cancer restricted to the mouth) is 83 percent. But if the cancer has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body), the 5-year survival rate is only 32 percent.

Said another way, early detection gives you the best opportunity to diagnose the cancer while it is still localized, and before it spreads to other areas of the body (2).  

Remembering to schedule your regular dental appointment is important. Rest easy knowing we are not only trained to help treat and prevent dental problems, but also to keep a lookout and help spot signs of more serious concerns.

Is it time for your next dental appointment? Don’t delay your visit. Early detection saves lives. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (513) 251-5500.

Sources/References

  1. http://www.healthline.com/health/oral-cancer/warning-signs-of-oral-cancer
  2. http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/OralCancer/DetectingOralCancer.htm
  3. http://www.atooth.com/oral-cancer/
  4. http://www.dentistry.com/conditions/oral-cancer/mouth-cancer-symptoms-early-warning-signs
  5. https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-living/oral-cancer

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September 1st, 2016

What to Know About Oral Cancer, Eating Disorders & Decalcification

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

eating disorders and oral health

More than 10 million Americans are affected by serious eating disorders. These disorders can have serious ramifications for your overall health, as well as your oral health!2

A Serious Subject: Eating Disorders & Your Health

Two of the most common eating disorders are bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by repeated, excessive eating, followed by self-induced vomiting, also known as purging. Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an extreme fear of gaining weight, a desire to be thin, self-induced starvation, and the inability to maintain a normal weight.

Both conditions deprive the body of crucial vitamins, minerals, proteins and other nutrients required to maintain good health, including oral health. These deficiencies can lead to decalcification of the teeth.3

Decalcification is an early form of tooth decay and damage that can lead to further injuries or breakdown of teeth, more serious tooth decay, and cavities.

Eating disorders can also cause bad breath, tenderness of the mouth and throat, as well as swelling in the salivary glands. These disorders can lead to dry mouth, cracked lips, sores in the mouth, bleeding gums, and sensitivity of the teeth.1,2

The self-induced vomiting that occurs with bulimia nervosa causes powerful digestive acids from the stomach (that normally aren’t found in the mouth) to come in contact with the teeth. This acid attacks and wears away at the tooth enamel, causing erosion. This frequent purging can also change the color, shape, or even length of the teeth!1

Those with anorexia nervosa can experience osteoporosis and severe malnutrition, leading to weakening of the bones. This includes weakening of the jaw bone as well as weakening of the teeth and enamel, or even tooth breakage or loss.1

Long-Term Negative Health Effects

Long term malnutrition from eating disorders can lead to increased susceptibility to infections and other negative health effects.

The repeated vomiting of bulimia can damage the lining of the esophagus because of the repeated contact with the strong stomach acid and the micro-traumas of the tissue associated with the purging. A very small percentage of bulimics can develop bulimia-related cancer due to the damage to the esophagus.4

What to Know About Oral Cancer

Concerned about oral cancer? Early warning signs include lumps or growths in the mouth, throat or neck, patchy areas or lesions in the tissues of the mouth, hoarseness or difficulty swallowing, unusual bleeding, or persistent sores that don’t heal. Recall that when you come in for your regular visit, we look for signs of cancer—after all, we’re trained to do so.

Prevention and regular dental checkups are key when it comes to proper oral health as well as preventing oral cancer! Additionally, a healthy, nourishing diet is important to give your mouth and teeth the building blocks it needs to stay healthy.

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Set Up Your Next Dental Visit at Hagen Dental Practice

If you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder, it is important that you seek professional help as soon as possible. Overcoming the eating disorder is the first step to healing the effects of the acid and nutrient deficiencies that come along with these conditions.

We can help you restore and work with some of the problems created from eating disorders (and that’s part of why we want to know about your health history, too.) 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.

References/Sources:

  1. http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/eating-disorder/
  2. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/Teens/concerns
  3. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/decalcification
  4. http://www.bulimiahelp.org/articles/bulimia-and-cancer-what-you-need-know
  5. http://www.atooth.com/oral-cancer/

 

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