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July 12th, 2018

8 Healthy Activities in Cincinnati We’re Looking Forward To at Hagen Dental

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You know that at Hagen Dental Practice, we’re all about your total health.

And, part of that is about getting in whatever kind of activity or movement that YOU enjoy!

For example, Dr. Hagen just finished his 100-mile cycling race Blood Sweat and Gears in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina!

Here are 8 ideas to consider attending with family or friends in the coming months to help you stay active and healthy.

1. SoundOff Pilates Strength Mega Mix

Are you looking for something to really mix up your regular workout routine? Here’s a super unique Pilates workout located just over the river in Newport, Kentucky. This workout is focused on strengthening your core and your overall flexibility! What makes this special is that attendees can actually tune into multiple streams of live entertainment.

You put on a headset, you pick a channel, and turn up the volume to your liking—all while doing Pilates. It’s sure to be a high-energy, fun experience.

When: Jul 13, 2018 at  Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Kentucky

Cost: $20

2. Yin Yoga & Guided Meditation

This yoga and guided meditation session looks like a great way to slow down and do some yoga. This is a slower style of yoga where poses are held for a longer duration. Meant for all levels, no prior yoga experience is needed to attend any of these sessions.

When: July 19, 2018 as well as others dates at The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cost: Ranges

3. Stories & Stretches with the Family

Bring the kiddos to hear some great stories, and take breaks to stretch together! The stretches will be easy enough for any age, so all are welcome to join. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or clean towel.

When: July 25, 2018 and other dates throughout the Summer
Cost: Free

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4. Yoga and Hiking Excursion

This session (a walk, hike, exploration) is for the movers, shakers, hikers, yogis, walkers, humans, moms, dads…you get the idea! If you’re looking for some much-needed time outside, this one is for you, as it comes with Vitamin M(movement), Vitamin N(nature), Vitamin C(community), Vitamin F(fresh air)!

According to the event description, this is a fairly easy/beginner friendly trail.

When: August 11, 2018 at Ault Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cost: $10-15

5. Mid-Pointe Family Fitness 5k

Is your family ready for a true fitness challenge? Then the Mid-Point Family Fitness 5k may just be for you! If you aren’t excited for the 5k, don’t worry, there is also a one-mile race.

When: August 15, 2018
Cost: Around $25

6. Hudy 14k Run

The Hudepohl 14K is named after the Cincinnati-brewed beer and shorter 7K start and end along Cincinnati’s riverfront, which means the race is packed with great views AND great history.

One of the other great things about this race is that it feels more like a party. It also kicks off around the same time that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati begins. Get a group of friends and starting training!

When: September 22nd, 2018 at Cincinnati Riverfront Park
Cost: $35 and up depending on the race

7. Wanderlust 108 Cincinnati 2018

This is one you really want to attend with friends or family if you’re looking for a brand new kind of experience. Wanderlust 108 is being deemed the “World’s Only Mindful Triathlon.” The aim of the event is to bring people together for a 5K run/walk, a yoga session that features a DJ, and guided meditation. The best part: it’s all local and you can choose your own “bonus” activities (like acroyoga) after the run/walk.

Nationally recognized teachers and speakers are also set to join the high-energy, truly one-of-a-kind event.

When: October 6, 2018 at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cost: Depends what parts of the event you sign up for and if you sign up as a group or not

8. Queen Bee Half Marathon & 4 Mile Run

The Queen Bee Half Marathon describes its mission as this: “to promote the fun of fitness while raising support and funds for local charities that focus on women.”

One thing is for sure: this is a marathon that is sure not to disappoint., and with that kind of mission, it’s great to be a part of something that has a larger impact, too.

There’s pampering, swag, and tons of fun during the entire race weekend. (Case in point: after you cross the finish line you can enjoy chocolates, massages, and even the “after party.”) Plus, you better bee-lieve that the race doesn’t disappoint, as it goes through the historic and scenic neighborhoods of our city!

When: October 13, 2018
Cost: Depends on the race you choose; starts at $20

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We’re All About Helping You Improve Your Total Health

At Hagen Dental, we want you to improve your health and wellness so that you’re living your healthiest life possible. If you are interested in setting up your next appointment with us, give us a call today at (513) 251-5500. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your family, or seeing you come in again!

 

June 30th, 2018

Oral Health Trivia: Our Founding Fathers Edition

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Ah, the 4th of July is upon us! On July 4th, our Continental Congress—that is, the delegates from the Thirteen Colonies—came together and adopted the Declaration of Independence… Let’s take a look back.

Looking Back at Our History

According to historians, Richard Henry Lee is the one who is presented the now-famous resolution. He pronounced:

“Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

The Declaration that was signed by our Founding Fathers is now housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and—as you know—we celebrate July 4 as a national holiday. So who were the Founding Fathers, anyway?

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Our Founding Fathers: Did They Value Their Health?

There were 7 key people we now call the “Founding Fathers” of our nation That included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.

All of these men were heavily involved in our nation’s early government. (Of course Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison were Presidents.)

So we know they were visionaries and great leaders…but what was the state of their health like? And what was dental care like at that time?

Let’s take a look at two of our Founding Father’s stances on health to get a better idea of that answer!

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Thomas Jefferson

It’s said that Jefferson was a strong supporter of health. Historians say he believed that good health was essential to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course, we know these three things as the values that were established, pronounced, and celebrated in the Declaration of Independence, too.

It’s also reported that Jefferson would consistently talk about health being a natural right for people. He would state that people need to be healthy so that they can in turn protect the other values including liberty and equality. Perhaps he was a bit ahead of his time when it came to the value he had in health.

He is quotes as saying, “You may promise yourself everything – but [without] health, […] there is no happiness. An attention to health then should take place of every other object” (1).

George Washington

It’s said that Washington had several diseases during his lifetime, which would not have been uncommon for that time. At one point, he pointed towards depression stemming from an illness he had while in the army (3).

He also once wrote to a colleague: “Disorders oftentimes [sic], are easier prevented than cured, and while you are in the way to re-establish your health, (on which I congratulate you) it is better to use preventatives, than alternatives…” (3).

That quote suggests that just like Jefferson, he really knew the value of health…and the value of preventative health measures.

Mount Vernon, the plantation house of Washington, is now a very popular historical landmark. One part of that historical landmark that continues to get a lot of attention is an exhibit that has Washington’s dentures on display!

That’s right: the handmade prosthesis that consists of an upper and lower set of teeth is displayed in a glass case for all to see! People come from across the nation, and many are quite surprised at what they see: a set of famous choppers from our first President.

Nonetheless, the false teeth are notable because it reminds us that—even if our Founding Father’s knew the value of health—the state of oral care and dentistry at that time was far different than it is today (2).

Washington’s dentures were made of metal, ivory, and real teeth (both animal and human). In other words, despite the myth that he had wooden teeth, he didn’t actually have wooden teeth…but he did in fact experience a good deal of teeth-related issues.

Interesting enough, when Washington was sworn into office as the first President of the United States, he was experiencing a bit of mouth pain, according to historians. In fact, he had swollen, burning gums!

It’s even said that when his dentures would open and shut, they would clack and creak! Ouch…

At that time, the pain was so bad it’s said that he took 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. It’s safe to say he may not have shared the pain with many people!

Oral Health Has Come A Long Way

Oral health has really come a long way. It’s not just toothbrushes or toothpaste, but it’s all the tools we have to prevent disease and other issues, and to help you stay healthy in general. Let us know if you are interested in setting up your next appointment with us. We’d be glad to meet you and your family! Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500.

Sources

  1. http://familiesusa.org/blog/thomas-jefferson-a-founding-father-weighs-in-on-health-care
  2. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/george-washington-wooden-teeth/
  3. https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/washingtons-views-on-health/
June 27th, 2018

GLO Whitening: Incredible Whitening Results Without Sensitivity

Category: cosmetic dentistry

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We’re happy to offer GLO Whitening to our patients. So what is GLO Whitening, and why is it so innovative? We’re here to explain…

It’s Time for Dual Whitening!

One of the greatest things about GLO Whitening is that it is non-sensitive whitening. So if you ever experienced sensitivity or even pain with other whitening products, this could be a fit for you.

The reason we call it a “dual” whitening treatment is because after you come in to the office for the first step, there is an easy-to-use treatment at home that gives you continued maintenance on your pearly whites. You can imagine how that combination results in the whitest, long-lasting smile possible.

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And How Does GLO Whitening Work?

The GLO technology is pretty amazing. First, we precisely apply a whitening gel to your teeth throughout the mouth. That whitening gel is has no alcohol or carbamide peroxide. Translation:  this is what often causes sensitivity and the drying of your gums, so you’re really minimizing the sensitivity you can get during the treatment! It also stays put on your teeth during the treatment, unlike other whitening gels.

Next, we secure the GLO whitening mouthpiece within your mouth.

That mouthpiece is where the name comes from: Guided Light Optics (hence the name “GLO”). Specifically, the warm heat-plus-light activates the professional strength whitening gel we applied to your teeth. At the same time, it prevents oxygen from leaving the mouth which helps for efficient and fast results.

Again, there isn’t the sensitivity people otherwise often have, so you can see why our patients are loving it for that reason alone.

The other reason this minimizes sensitivity? The accelerated whitening keeps wear times pretty fast: about 8 minutes each round. So, you can see how the procedure is a double win: fast and effective.

Wondering how long will it take for you specifically? We’ll work with you based on the results desired, your age, and other factors to see how long your specific treatment will last.

Ready, Set, GLO…At Home

You can see why the gentle, controlled warming heat of this technology—which does not cause dehydration of your teeth, which can cause sensitivity—is gaining popularity. The other reason our patients like it is for the continued maintenance aspect.

We give you the mouthpiece for your at-home treatments which help to keep that smile as white as possible for the long-run. You don’t have to deal with trays and it’s easy for you to keep up with. Each application is around 8 minutes.

If you know your mouth and gums tend to be EXTRA sensitive, you can also apply the lip care to the gum area as well as to your lips at home. That way, you can create a barrier to protect your gums so you can minimize any kind of sensitivity you have if you know your teeth/gums tend to be very sensitive.

“This Sounds Great! Is It Safe to Use?”

The answer is yes, it’s safe to use! We’ll help you know if you are a candidate for this new technology, but in general, it’s safe to use on crowns, caps, bonding, and even veneers.

Second, GLO uses LEDs that emit blue light. Blue light is part of the “visible light spectrum” and that is not harmful to your body.

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So What About the Results of GLO Whitening?

Just how white your teeth get depends on the natural shade of your teeth. It will also depend on the amount of stains your teeth has, and the type of stains your teeth has. But the average shade for GLO is about 5 tooth shades in 5 days based on clinical trials. If you want to go whiter after 5 days of use, you can keep using your at-home treatments. We find that people are very satisfied with their results, but ask us if you have more questions.

If you are worried about looking TOO white, have no fear. You can completely control how white and bright your teeth become. That’s just one more benefit of the GLO system. 

Call Us Today to Learn More About GLO Whitening  

Ready to say goodbye to sensitivity, “zingers” and messy trays or strips? Sounds like it is time for GLO in-office and take home whitening! Let us know if you are interested in finding out more about how you can have your brightest, whitest smile. Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500.

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June 14th, 2018

Hagen Dental Practice: Featured Services

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Take a look at a few of featured services below.

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May 29th, 2018

Dental Emergency 101 [Infographic]

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What do you do when you have a dental emergency? And what is a dental emergency, anyway? This infographic has your answer:

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May 16th, 2018

How Is Floss Made?

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Flossing daily is an important component of regular oral hygiene and dental health upkeep. Including floss in our daily routine is now considered a mandatory habit for excellent oral health. Without flossing, we leave as much as 30-40 percent of our tooth’s surfaces uncleaned!

So, how much do you know about this handy little cleaning tool? Read on to discover how floss came about and how modern floss is produced!

The History Of Floss

Anthropologists and historians have determined that even in ancient times, interdental cleaning was sought after – by the use of pointed sticks or horse hair, for example. It’s long been a natural desire to want to remove food suck between the teeth and keep our mouth clean and tidy (1, 2).

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Most sources agree that a New Orleans dentist named Dr. Levi Spear Parmly should be credited for starting the trend of advising patients to use a thin silk thread to clean between their teeth. This happened circa 1815, and the idea became a popular one. Dr. Parmly later went on to publish a book called “A Practical Guide to the Management of Teeth”, in which he advocated for maintenance habits of brushing and flossing daily (1, 2).

In 1882, a company called Codman and Shurtleft Company from Massachusetts, produced and marketed an unwaxed silk dental floss for purchase.  In 1896, Johnson and Johnson jumped on board when they began offering their first dental floss. Johnson and Johnson took out a patent in 1898 for a type of floss made from the same materials doctors used at the time for silk stitches (1).

During the 1940’s, due to rising costs of silk during World War II, nylon became a replacement for silk as the main component of floss. This also improved upon silk’s tendency to shred (2).

Dental Floss In Recent Years

Since the initial introduction of dental floss products, the dental floss industry has expanded to use new materials such as Gore-Tex, and to offer various textures, flavors, and alternative options, such as floss picks (1, 2).

These improved features have made flossing easier for the consumer, depending on their needs. There are soft or spongy options for consumers with sensitive gums, and options with thicker ends for use around braces or dental equipment. And the development of single use fun flossers for kids can help children learn the importance of flossing at a young age, in a fun and easy-to-use way (3).

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How Is Floss Made?

Modern day floss is typically made out of one of two synthetic compounds: nylon or Teflon. Nylon is a synthetic polymer that results in a fiber-forming substance. Teflon is the trade name of a specific chemical polymer compound. Floss may also contain wax, flavors, or other ingredients, depending on the manufacturer and finishing options (3).

Floss From Nylon

The polymer used in making nylon flossed is prepared and poured out as a ribbon, then cut into small pellets or flakes. These pieces are blended, re-melted, and pumped through spinning machines to form filaments. As the nylon cools, these filaments solidify to form a yarn and are combined to create a strand of floss. Proper twisting during the process adds strength to the floss and reduces the chances of fraying or breakage. Because nylon floss is composed of many small filaments, it can be created in different weights, or thicknesses (3).

Floss Made With Teflon

Teflon floss comes from a specific polymer called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This polymer is melted into a paste and then stretched into a long, thin strand. Next, the polymer is expanded into different directions.

This stretching process gives this type of floss substantial strength. The substance is cut, forming various thicknesses and weights. PTFE is a monofilament, has excellent tensile strength, and does not shred or break easily. Twisting is not required for the Teflon floss process (3).

Finishing Touches: Coating Process

The finishing touches allow for diversity in customer preference. Manufacturers differentiate their products by adding unique and proprietary coatings. The coating process takes place in emulsion baths. This bathing process allows additives such as waxes, flavors, or any other coating options to be applied in a consistent manner (3).

Product Packaging

Flosses are packaged into bobbins for easy spooling and unspooling. They can be packaged in a cylindrical shape or a roll-type shape. Winding the floss for consumer use requires equipment that transfers the yarn onto a spool.

Cylindrical bobbins are used in tube or rectangular shaped floss packages. This type of bobbin can accommodate the highest amount of yardage. The roll bobbin is more traditional and is dispensed through flat containers. Wow…pretty cool, we must say!

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Other Fun Facts About Floss

  • Floss in ribbon form is great for kids or people with larger spacing between their teeth
  • Floss in string form is helpful for people with tightly spaced or crooked teeth
  • Floss comes in a variety of wax options: lightly waxed, waxed, or un-waxed
  • Today, Americans use more than 2.5 million miles of dental floss each year (3)
  • Your toothbrush can’t reach into the fine spaces between the teeth, which is why dental floss is so important
  • Recent innovations include additives to floss that can help with whitening efforts (4)

Let Us Help You With Your Dental Health

Dental floss helps to remove plaque and bacteria from and between teeth and below the gum line. Without flossing, this plaque can turn to tartar and lead to gingivitis, infection, or cavities. Unfortunately, according to the ADA, only about 12 percent of Americans are diligent about flossing daily (2). We can help you determine your risk for complications and offer tips on flossing at your next dental appointment! Schedule today by calling (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button on our website.

Sources:

  1. https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/dental-floss-history
  2. http://www.speareducation.com/spear-review/2013/01/a-brief-history-of-dental-floss
  3. http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Dental-Floss.html
  4. http://www.intelligentdental.com/2011/07/20/what-is-dental-floss-made-of/

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May 3rd, 2018

Here’s The Surprising Truth About Cavities in Toddlers & Preschoolers Today

Category: dental health

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Cavities in toddlers, and even preschoolers, has been on the rise.

It’s not just slightly up in recent years: in fact, many of the preschoolers in the study had six to ten cavities, or more! That’s a huge jump up from historic numbers, and signals a real shift in oral health habits (1, 2).

The statistics appear to also be carrying over to kids who are just a bit older, too. Here are two other stats that we’re watching:

  • Roughly 28 percent of kids 2 to 5 have untreated decay in their teeth (5)
  • Roughly 20 percent of kids 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth
  • Roughly 13 percent of kids 12 to 19 have at least one untreated decayed tooth (3)
  • Children 2 to 11 have an average of 1.6 decayed teeth and 3.6 decayed surfaces (5)

The problem is that tooth decay is one of the most chronic conditions for our children in the US right now. When we don’t help our little ones take care of their teeth like they should, it can negatively shape other behaviors in their life. It can negatively impact how they learn, play, eat and even how they speak (1, 2).

Let’s take a closer look at what you should know about taking care of your toddlers and preschoolers oral health.

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April 24th, 2018

20 Little Known Facts About Bad Breath

Category: dental health

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Here are 20 things you may not know about bad breath.

1. Many times, bad breath is treatable. That’s because in many cases, foul-smelling breath is caused by the breakdown of food (and the presence of bacteria) in the mouth! If you think about it, that’s actually good news…

2. That said, periodontal disease (aka gum disease), also causes bad breath. That’s less of an issue of just brushing your teeth or flossing to get rid of food debris and bacteria; That’s reflective of poor oral health habits resulting in disease in the mouth. All in all, that’s a condition that occurs over time, as you can imagine.

3. Ever heard of “garlic breath”? It’s a term coined from how you can have less-than-desirable breath after eating garlic. Research has actually shown that part of the reason garlic breath can happen is actually due to digestion.

4. Similar to garlic, bad breath can also be caused by onion, which is another member of the allium family. Even if you rush for your toothbrush after eating onion (especially raw), when digested, it will cause distinctive gasses to be released. In turn, your breath can become smelly, even despite any efforts to brush and floss post-meal! (1)

5. People following a low-carb nutrition plan can be surprised by…well, different smelling breath. That’s because, in extreme cases, certain chemicals can be released as the body burns fat in a state that’s also called ketosis. In turn, we can smell that on people’s breath.

6. Ever wonder why someone with bad breath doesn’t do something about it? Part of the reason may be because people can become nose blind to their own bad breath!

7. Caffeine and coffee can give you breath that you can almost…well, taste! Since coffee and caffeine can end up drying out the mouth, you really can have latte breath. Combat this by drinking plenty of water and brushing and flossing your teeth. And, of course, keep up your regular professional cleanings and check-ups.

8. It may surprise you to learn that issues with you ear, nose and throat, and even your kidneys can end up giving you bad breath.

9. Drinking water won’t get rid of your bad breath, but it can help you fight dry mouth, which can give you bad breath. (And, keep in mind dry mouth can lead to an increase in gum disease and tooth decay, too.) The takeaway: drinking a lot of water can help you combat dehydration and dry mouth, helping you moisturize the mouth and neutralize acids.

10. Dentures can be the source of your bad breath. If you have removable dentures, be sure to keep up your regular oral health habits and clean them every night.

11. One way to guarantee better smelling breath? Giving up smoking. Not to mention it will benefit your entire health, not just your oral health.

12. One thing is clear: people want to avoid bad breath! It’s been reported that nearly three billion dollars a year is spent on gum, mints, and mouth rinses.

13. About 50 percent of the population suffers from bad breath that is caused by something other than food, drinks, or smoking cigarettes (2).

14. The name given to people who think they have bad breath, but others don’t notice it is “pseudohalitosis.” This is when someone thinks they have bad breath…but they really don’t! (2, 3)

15. Have you heard that you can check the smell of your own breath by breathing on your hand…and then smelling it? Well, believe it or not, that “test” may work in some cases, but it won’t always tell you whether or not you truly have bad breath.

16. About 60 percent of women and 50 percent of men say that they use breath freshening products.

17. Bad breath is, and can be found, in people at ANY age.

18. Infections such as strep throat, tonsillitis, and sinusitis can actually give you bad breath. Said another way, even if you’re brushing your teeth and keeping up with your oral habits, these infections can wreak havoc on your breath.

19. When you’ve done all you can and you still feel like you have bad breath, be sure to tell us! Don’t be embarrassed, as it’s just a sign of something going on with your health. We can help discover the cause, whether it is a gum-issue, infection, cavities, gum disease, due to medication, dry mouth, nutrition, illness, or another issue entirely.

20. Using a tongue scraper is a great way to eliminate odor-causing bacteria that seems to stick to your tongue. Ask us for more information.

 

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Schedule Your Next Appointment with Hagen Dental Practice

Your dream smile is within reach! Please call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button on our website to schedule your next visit. Be sure to see our new patient specials here. We’re looking forward to earning your trust with personalized care!

Sources/References:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/get-rid-of-garlic-onion-breath
  2. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/gastrointestinal-disorders/bad-breath-from-stomach-problems-0714
  3. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/bad-breath/halitosis

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April 19th, 2018

How Does Your Dental Health Add Up? [Infographic]

Category: dental health

How does your dental health add up?

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April 11th, 2018

How to Stay Healthy When Traveling

Category: dental health

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So you’re going to be traveling in the coming year, and you’re wondering what you can do to stay healthy? Here’s what to know.

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

Depending on where you are headed, be sure to research the destination before you go. This is especially true if any of the following are true:

  • You’re traveling with kids
  • You have a chronic disease
  • You’ll be on a cruise
  • You will be on an extended stay
  • You are classified as immune-compromised/weakened immune system
  • You are pregnant
  • You are doing a mission trip or you are a part of disaster relief effort

…Even if you are “just” visiting friends and family, it’s still worth doing the research ahead of time!

After all, traveling out of the country, in particular, can bring with it some risk! Whether or not the location is considered risky, you can also set up travel alerts just to stay informed.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has some valuable resources available where you can search, by destination, to see information that can help you prepare for a trip. Visit their Destination page and then select the locations which you will be visiting to learn a wealth of information.

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2. Create a healthy travel packing list and stick to it

One of the key ways you can stay healthy is by sticking to your “normal” healthy routine.

When you’re able, bring healthy food that you can eat during your trip. Otherwise, do research on where you’ll be able to find food. If someone in your group has a specialty diet, write down what you’ll need so that they can eat and/or snack on the trip.

You can also prepare when and how you will work out on the trip. Add things you’d normally do to your list, such as medications and supplements, so that you don’t forget anything.

3. Create a travel health and medical journey to help you plan ahead

Check your health insurance plan to see what is covered and what isn’t in the places you will be traveling in. If appropriate, determine if you need to purchase additional coverage. In some cases, medical evacuation insurance could be appropriate.

Be sure to do this for every person in your group and consider keeping the information in a folder or in a secure place where you can quickly access the information.

You can also find a list of doctors and and hospitals in the country you are visiting on Embassy and Consulate websites. Doing this research before anything happens can help you save time (and money) later. The International Association for Medical Assistance To Travelers is also a place to turn to for contacts. Specific to Europe, you can find information on the American Dental Society of Europe here. You could even consider saving the information in your phone!

Additionally, you can find out more information about what to bring and how to best prepared by visiting the US’ Your Health Abroad website online.

4. Consider seeing a doctor, and us, before you travel!

Depending on your current health status and the duration of your time traveling, it may be wise to schedule a visit to see your doctor. When it’s possible, also be sure to plan ahead by coming in to see us, too! That way your care team is aware of your trip and we can help you as needed.

There are also doctors that specialize in travel medicine, so depending on where you are headed, that could be an option.

This is the same for your children who could be impacted differently or have a different health status than you.
Examples of information you may share with them could include:

  • What countries you are going to and how you are traveling between locations
  • Activities you plan on doing (which could impact your health or increase the risk of doing something that could impact your health)
  • Any recent injuries, illnesses, or sicknesses you’ve had they may be unaware of
  • The length of the trip itself

If they don’t know your medical history, of course that’s important for them to know as well. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your appointment scheduled because sometimes you’ll learn steps you need to take—such as medications you’ll want to have with you, or vaccines that could be recommended before you depart.

5. Stay aware during the trip

So you’ve done the researched, you’ve packed to help make sticking to healthy habits easier, and now you’re on the trip!

During the trip, don’t ignore anything with your health that seems abnormal. If you do in fact feel sick or get injured, utilize the list you brought to seek medical care.

Be sure to also avoid oral health habits that could cause an emergency. In other words, stick to your dental routine as close as you can!

Examples of behaviors you really want to avoid include:

  • Using your teeth as if they are like scissors/knife/tool (to open things, or to cut tape, for example)
  • Chewing on ice
  • Chewing on popcorn kernels
  • Chewing on hard candy or other extremely hard pieces of food
  • Playing sports or doing activities where balls or other things can hit the mouth (where you aren’t wearing a mouth guard)

While this may sound extreme, it can go a long way in cutting down the chance for emergency while you travel.

follow your normal health routine

6. Take the right steps if a dental emergency happens!

First and foremost, if you have any kind of emergency (injury, unexplained bleeding, diarrhea, high fever, or symptoms of certain diseases that are known risks in your area), be sure to seek medical attention immediately. Unless your research tells you otherwise, if you are unsure of who to call, you can contact people at the Embassy or Consulate, which are often available at all times of the day (1).

If you have a dental-related emergency—that is, something that requires immediate attention—seek medical attention as well.

Here’s a list of situations when it’s best to get urgent attention:

  • Puncture wounds or lacerations to the cheeks, tongue or lips
  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Severe and unusual pain
  • Large bulges on the gum tissue
  • Foreign object stuck in teeth or gums (potential emergency)
  • Sudden swelling in the mouth or gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Knocked out teeth, loose and/or misaligned teeth and fractured teeth

7. Watch your health when you return

People can become sick or ill many weeks after returning home from travel. Not only does travel introduce us to potential illnesses and diseases, but it can fatigue the body and suppress our immune system.

When returning from any trip, be sure to stay as hydrated as possible. If you were required to take certain medications while traveling (such as in a malaria-infested area), be sure to keep taking that medicine as prescribed!

Fuel your body with whole foods and try to avoid sugar as much as possible. If you have any flu-like symptoms or any irregular symptoms, again, be sure to see a medical professional.

Traveling abroad soon? Remember, this list is not comprehensive, so be sure to visit the CDC’s website to learn more.

Dental Health for Your Entire Family

One this is clear: If you are going to be traveling for quite some time, or even if just for a brief trip, it is a good idea to prepare for any medical emergency ahead of time.

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Sources:

  1. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/sick-during-trip

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