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

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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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!

 

Oral Health Trivia: Our Founding Fathers Edition

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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/

Hagen Dental Practice: Featured Services

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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Dental Emergency 101 [Infographic]

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

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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The Legend of the Shrine of St. Patrick’s Tooth

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

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Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?

Many people know of the holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, but are just as many people familiar with the patron saint of Ireland himself? Let’s briefly look at who St. Patrick really was, and then let’s dig deeper to learn about the legend of the “Shrine of St. Patrick’s Tooth.”

Get to Know The Patron Saint of Ireland

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary, and he’s the one that helped to convert Ireland to Christianity back around the 5th century (approximately).

Here’s what surprising: St. Patrick himself was actually not Irish, and there’s much debate on what his birthplace was and when exactly he was born. It is believed, however, that his parents were Romans who lived in Britain (1).

According to many history books, his birth name was Maewyn Succat—quite the mouthful compared to a name that’s pretty common today, Patrick! When he entered the priesthood, that’s when he took on the name Patrick.

In his teenage years, he was taken prisoner by people who had attacked the estate where he was living. In the following years, in Ireland, he was a slave. That’s when he embraced his religion and became a devout Christian.

Once he escaped slavery, he pursued religious education, eventually becoming a priest and a bishop. When he then was sent to Ireland, he ministered Christian and worked on converting other Irishmen to Christianity (2). And of course, over a period of about 40 years, he had a lot of influence, integrating Irish traditions with religion, many of which still are celebrated today! The official date for when Ireland was converted to Christianity is 432, according to the history books! (1)

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The Legends & the Great Debates Around St. Patrick

There are quite a few legends and quite a few debates when it comes to the history of St. Patrick. For example, many debate over when and where he actually died. Some say it was March 17, 460, in Downpatrick, which is part of why St. Patrick’s Day holiday is on March 17th. Others argue that’s actually his day of birth, not the date of his death (2, 3).

The Beloved Tooth of St. Patrick is Lost

Another much-talked about part of history related to St. Patrick: The Shrine of St. Patrick’s Tooth. Legend says this ornate shrine contained an actual tooth of St. Patrick’s—a tooth that was lost while he visited the Church of Killaspugbrone.

This Church was the oldest church of the Barony of Carbury. Its name comes from three words: Kill from cill, meaning church; aspug from easbog, meaning bishop,; and Brón was the name of St Patrick’s disciple (4).

Some versions of the legend claim that while on a visit to the Church, St. Patrick tripped and fell. In doing so, when he landed on the ground, he lost a tooth. As a sign of friendship and goodwill, the legend claims he then gave the tooth to Bishop Bronus (who was a native of that area). In turn, after that, it’s said that Bronus is the one who enshrined that gift in the church (5).

Then, in the 14th century, the legend says that a wooden box was created to hold the tooth. The box was made of a combination of gold, silver, and amber, among other materials. On the backside of the shrine, there is an image of King David playing the harp. That also has a lot of meaning as music meant a great deal to people during the time period this was made.

As for the front of the shrine, there is an inscription that says how the shrine was decorated for Thomas de Bermingham, Lord of Athenry (5).

But, much to the disappointment of many, the tooth that was once inside…has since entirely disappeared. Another point that’s up for debate is how the tooth was lost.

Interestingly, the box itself, meant to hold the tooth, is still around today. (See a photo of the shrine here.)

That beautiful box, despite missing the tooth, is at the National Museum of Ireland. Many come each year in order to get a glimpse, and it was even used in past years to cure sick animals!

Legends Continued…

Despite such a great deal of mystery about his life, there are other intriguing facts and stories about St. Patrick. A few include:

  • His tombstone. Historians say he was buried in Northern Ireland, and probably around the Down Cathedral (which now claims to be his burial site). Today there is a stone placed, in his memory, to mark the approximate location on the church’s grounds. That stone was actually taken from the Mourne Mountains which are nearby (2).
  • The shrive of his hand. You read that right…even his hands were seen as worthy of a dedicated shrine! Legend says that after he died, a silver holster was created in a way to replicate St. Patrick’s hand. The relic had been passed around quite a bit (among Bishops and others), and supposedly somewhere along the way, it was lost.
  • Reproductions of his tooth shrine. Today, there are even reproductions of his tooth shrine. That goes to show just how important this is to people and how much artifacts connected to St. Patrick are valued.
  • The Confession of St. Patrick. There was a letter that St. Patrick is believed to have written late in his life. It begins, “My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers…” What it goes on to say includes his beliefs on religion, and more details that reveal some of his biography. Just like many artifacts with St. Patrick, there is much debate on this letter. Speculation exists that says he probably penned the piece when he was defending his good name after some in power had attached him (6).

Many artifacts and stories surrounding St. Patrick are speculative and there’s lots of unknowns, that’s for sure!

But it’s definitely interesting to hear how much value was placed on having one of his teeth…and having a place fully dedicated to saving that tooth–even if the tooth is now lost! 

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Come in & Visit Hagen Dental Practice

Do you have questions about your oral health? We want to help you on your health journey, no matter where you are at today.
We’re here to help with all your dental needs. Please call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button on our website to schedule your next visit!

Sources:

  1. http://www.saintpatricksdayparade.com/life_of_saint_patrick.htm
  2. http://english-zone.com/holidays/st-pat.html
  3. http://mentalfloss.com/article/55485/7-artifacts-supposedly-connected-st-patrick
  4. http://gostrandhill.com/explore/history/killaspugbrone/
  5. https://stpatricksstrandhill.ie/killaspugbrone-circa-500ad/
  6. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/patrick/confession/confession.html

How to Fight Aging Through Your Smile

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

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You usually hear that your eyes can show your age, but did you know that your mouth can also say a whole lot about your age?

Just like other parts of your body, as you age, your smile changes!

Luckily, we’ve got some tips and tricks to keep your smile looking radiant over the years. And, we’ll share some reasons as to why you should keep smiling—it’s good for you!

The Benefits of Smiling 

A smile can go a long way. In fact, there are a number of scientifically proven benefits that come from smiling. Time to show off those pearly whites!

It Can Improve Your Mood

Did you know that the physical act of smiling can actually help you feel better? Because your brain associates smiling with happiness, smiling on purpose (even when you’re not feeling cheery) can actually improve your mood. It causes a change in your brain chemistry, and will leave you feeling more joyful (2). Pretty cool, huh?

It Makes You Appear More Youthful

According to a German study, happy people are found more youthful than people with neutral expressions; 150 participants were shown over 1,000 photos of different people, and were asked to guess their age. Those who were smiling were estimated (on average) 2-3 years younger than their counterparts (3)!

It’s Good for Your Immune System

What?! Smiling is good for your immune system? Yes! When you smile, your body releases endorphins. In addition to making you happier, endorphins also help strengthen your immune system (4). Win-win.

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Tips to Keeping Your Smile Young

As you age, your teeth change. They appear darker, duller, and even have a greater chance of chipping. In turn, this can lead to an older looking smile (1). But don’t fret! There are plenty of ways to keep your smile looking radiant, longer.

Keep Your Pearly Whites…White!

One of the guiltiest culprit for an aging mouth is yellowing or stained teeth. As you get older, your enamel deteriorates. This causes the appearance of a duller, yellow smile. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve the whiteness of your teeth.

We feature in-office power whitening along with traditional take-home whitening! Discuss whitening options with us to find the best route for your smile (1).

Pay Attention to Gum Recession

Receding gums are another clear indicator of age since they tend to recede over time. Through the years, your gums may recede due to aggressive brushing, poor hygiene habits, or simply the reduction of collagen production. To prevent this, be sure to engage in good hygiene practices and consider switching to an electric toothbrush to reduce the harms of aggressive brushing (1).

Also keep in mind that if you have advanced periodontitis, and you lose teeth, your facial appearance can be impacted. When teeth are lost or there is bone loss, here’s what can happen:

  • Facial angles can change: When teeth are lost, you can decrease the angle by your lip – and that, in turn, can worsen the vertical lines on your face.
  • Your bite can change: when bone loss happens, your bite relationship can worsen, causing the mouth, over time, to have a “scowl” appearance.
  • Your lips can change shape: Put simply, when teeth are lost, the lips can thin because they don’t have that same kind of “support” behind them. Additionally, the upper lip can look more pronounced in those who have bone loss.
  • Your jowl can change: With bone loss, the surrounding muscles in your jaw can change and even sag. This can look like an entire lack of jaw or even what’s called a “witch’s chin.” (5)

Do Away with Your Metal Fillings

Silver-mercury amalgam has been the standard in filling material in decades past.

The downside: the very noticeable dark filling in light teeth, which can take away from your mouth looking young! Although some practices still continue using this material, we offer modern composite resin fillings without metals. They bond tightly to teeth, which can strengthen them, and are virtually unnoticeable.

This filling material matches the shade of your teeth, so they are aesthetically pleasing while at the same time reducing the chance of future dental decay.

Be sure to ask us whether or not replacing old tooth restoration pieces with newer ones is a good idea for you so you can have a more natural-looking option!

…And Don’t Forget About Dental Makeovers!

Let’s face it: as we age, we can have a lot happen to our teeth. It could be discoloration but it could be gaps or missing teeth, too!

Using veneers, whitening, bonding, crowns, and more, we can alter your smile to the ideal you have always wanted. In other words, we can actually restore (or totally revamp) your smile, which helps to take years off your appearance.

These procedures are faster and easier than you might think, and are more affordable than ever. Take for example veneers, which are able to quickly and painlessly adjust crooked teeth. Made of tough, durable dental ceramic, these thin coverings are bonded to teeth.

They can also be used to correct chipped, cracked, or worn-down teeth and will match the natural white shade of your other teeth. These beautiful veneers will make you not want to stop smiling and will have people saying, “Wow, you look younger!”

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Keep Coming In To Hagen Dental Practice!

We can help you find exactly what it is that your smile needs to stay looking its best. Along with maintain proper dental hygiene practices, scheduling regular cleanings and examinations will help your smile in the long run! (1)

Schedule an Appointment with Hagen Dental Practice

We want to help you fight the signs of aging by keeping your smile healthy and radiant! Do you have questions about your oral health? We are here to help with all your dental needs! Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button on our website to schedule your next visit!  Or, give us a call at (513) 251-5500 today!

Sources:

  1. https://www.prevention.com/beauty/9-anti-aging-tricks-for-a-younger-smile
  2. http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/smiling.html
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/11/10/smiling-makes-you-look-two-years-younger_n_1085672.html
  4. http://douglewisdmd.com/7-ways-a-healthy-smile-makes-you-look-younger/
  5. https://www.pittsburghdentalimplants.com/new-patients/education/tooth-loss-aging-and-facial-collapse/

Thumb Sucking & Your Child’s Teeth: What We Want You To Know

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

It’s normal to have concerns and worries when it comes to our kids! When it comes to thumb sucking or finger sucking, it’s no different! You may be wondering if it’s going to have lasting impact on their teeth, whether or not it is harmful, and how to encourage them to stop thumb sucking past a certain age! Let’s take a closer look.

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What’s ‘Normal’ When it Comes to Thumb Sucking?

The answer is, yes, it’s a normal part of our kids development! In fact, did you know that thumb sucking can often be seen in the womb as a baby develops? That just goes to show how natural it really is for our little ones.

Said another way, rest easy because thumb sucking (or finger sucking) is acceptable for infants!

As a natural reflex at that age, it helps to give your baby comfort and it can be soothing for them. When babies are away from parents, it can also show up more often, in some cases, since the baby is dealing with a bit more anxiety than normal. Last, you may notice your baby doing more thumb sucking when tired; that’s also normal because it can help induce sleep in our kids (1). The idea is to be mindful of their thumb sucking, but not to worry too much.

Thumb Sucking & Development

Most kids, between the ages of 2 and 4, start to give up pacifiers and thumb sucking. In many cases, pacifiers are easier to give up. In many cases, peer pressure also kicks in for the school-aged kids which helps them kick the tendency.

While you want to talk to your pediatrician, generally speaking, by age 4 you want to discourage thumb sucking. At this point, you don’t want excessive, rigorous thumb sucking to get in the way of jaw and teeth development (1, 2).

If The Habit Persists, Here Are the Oral Effects

For some kids, it helps them to know what the harmful side effects can be if they continue to suck their thumb past a certain age. At a certain age (approximately 5 or 6), the sucking motion can make the front teeth jut out. They can also impact the way your child bites and how the upper and lower teeth come together (or don’t come together!)

The takeaway: you don’t want any skeletal changes at this point in their life to kick in in a negative way, impacting the proper alignment of their permanent teeth (1). Be sure to ask us for information specific to your child.

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Steps for Cutting Down on Thumb Sucking

Even if your child is around the age of four, it’s not always room for concern. Often times, parents have success just by ignoring the behavior!

As said, many times social settings help kids to naturally kick the habit, which helps as they age.

Of course nagging our kids to stop doesn’t necessarily help! A few ways to help your child with prolonged or rigorous thumb sucking past a certain age include:

  • Dig deeper. Learn more about the times of day when thumb sucking kicks in; if it’s night time or a certain time where anxiety is high, explore what you can do during those times to comfort your child. Of course you never want to shame your child, but this can help make sure you know more about why they are turning to this habit.
  • Use rewards. A reward system to help track progress when encouraging them to stop can help in some cases!
  • Try praise, too. Praising and encouraging your child when you see less of the behavior is always a good idea.
  • Take advantage of your care team. While we know you know your child best, ask us for other ways to help! We can also explain to your child what happens if they keep sucking their thumbs. We won’t scare them, but it can help them to have someone else – other than their parents – explain how this habit can hurt their teeth. You can also visit your pediatrician to get guidelines specific to your child (1, 2).

Earning Your Trust With Personalized Care at Hagen Dental

We believe the best dentistry will happen when there is a bond of trust with each patient! We’re pleased to provide a full range of dental care services to you and your entire family. Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button to schedule your next visit!

Sources

  1. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/thumb-sucking-the-good-the-bad-and-the-normal-0514
  2. http://www.dentistryforchildrennw.com/treatment/thumb-sucking-and-your-child-s-teeth

This Is Why Cold Weather Can Hurt Your Teeth

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Did you know 1 in 8 people have tooth sensitivity?

Many people notice more tooth discomfort in the cold winter months than the warmer spring and summer seasons. The cold temperatures and chilly, windy air of wintertime are here to stay for a few more months and could be to blame for some of this stinging and zinging pain.

But why? Read on as we explore some of the factors involved in this cold weather phenomenon (1).

Taking a Closer Look at Cold Weather

Your teeth are very sensitive to temperature, and can vary up to 120 degrees when exposed to different hot or cold environments as well as hot or cold foods and beverages. Like most material, teeth actually expand and contract slightly as they change temperature.

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Teeth contract with exposure to cold temperature, and then expand as they warm back to body temperature. Your teeth are able to adapt to some extent, but tiny cracks and fissures can form over time due to the stress of this movement. The cracks shouldn’t affect the integrity of your teeth, but they can cause a lot of discomfort when cold air or liquid comes into contact!

Amalgam fillings (those made of mixed metal) will actually expand and contract more rapidly than the natural bone of teeth, meaning teeth with metal fillings could hurt even more than other teeth in the bitter, cold weather (1, 2).

Exposed Layers

The enamel is the outer, protective layer of your teeth. If the enamel has started to wear away, the next layer – the dentin – becomes exposed. Dentin is very sensitive due to the nerve endings found in this layer. This layer of the tooth can sense extreme changes in temperature more readily, and will create nerve irritation without the full shelter of the enamel that is typically covering it.

Dentin exposure can be caused from the tiny cracks mentioned above, damage to the tooth, long term wear and tear from rough brushing, home whitening kits, or even highly acidic foods (1, 2).

Root exposure will also cause abrupt pain when this part of the tooth comes in contact with cold air or liquid. The root of the tooth can become exposed by brushing too hard or with cross friction. They can also become exposed due to gum recession from grinding or gum disease. Dr. Hagen can help with determining the cause of gum recession, as well as give tips on proper brushing motions (3).

Jaw Tension

It’s not uncommon to unconsciously clench your jaw in colder weather. Some people have a tendency to tighten up their muscles (often the arms, shoulders, jaws, etc.) in an attempt to keep warm. This can put unnecessary and painful pressure on your jaw and the teeth (1).

Sinus Pressure

Seasonal allergies and sinus issues can show up during cold months. Sinus infections, fluid backup and pressure in the sinuses will often cause tooth pain because of their proximity to the oral cavity and teeth. Many people will mistake this feeling as tooth pain when it is really the referral from nearby tissues. Figuring out the cause of the sinus issue will help alleviate the oral pain in this case (1).

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What to Do About Sensitivity or Pain

Tips for reducing cold weather tooth pain start with protection and prevention. Try breathing through your nose instead of your mouth, or wearing a scarf or mask over your mouth while you’re out in the elements (4).

Good oral hygiene habits are of upmost importance when it comes to preventing sensitive teeth and other painful tooth difficulties. Be sure to brush and floss regularly to reduce your risk of decay or infection.

Hagen Dental is your resource for figuring out the cause of your tooth pain. We can perform an examination and do x-rays, if needed, to discover the issue. Switching to sensitive toothpaste can often help ease the discomfort. Other times, we may recommend painting a protective varnish on any teeth that show wear and tear of the enamel and are particularly sensitive.

Though many times the pain can be an easy fix, it is extremely important to get checked. Pain, whether temperature related or not, can signal more serious underlying issues with the health of your teeth and mouth. Tooth pain can be caused from defective fillings, recessed gums, tooth grinding, infection, cavities and other problems. Often times, the cold will just exacerbate the pain that was actually caused by one of those issues.

We want to catch cavities, infection, damage, or other disease sooner than later in order to keep you healthy. Let us know if you have any pain, discomfort or other issues so that we can help!

Schedule An Appointment with Hagen Dental Practice

We are excited to meet you and your family. Please call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button on our website to schedule your next visit!  Or, give us a call at (513) 251-5500 today!.

Sources:

  1. http://thedentistsofficefallon.com/burr-is-cold-weather-making-your-teeth-hurt/
  2. https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/tooth-sensitivity-in-cold-weather.html
  3. http://www.familycedarrapidsdentist.com/cold-weather-effects-your-teeth
  4. https://www.carefreedental.com/resources/24-your-teeth/58-how-does-the-winter-affect-your-teeth

 

New Year, New Brush Head

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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Can you remember the last time you changed out your toothbrush?

Maybe it was when you came in to see us!

Whether or not that was the last time you replaced your toothbrush head, here are a few of the things we think you should know about toothbrush care…

Toothbrush Replacement: Here’s What to Know

Did you know that there’s millions of bacteria growing in your mouth!? And, of course your toothbrush is a fertile breeding ground many of those viruses and bacteria, including ones that make you feel…well, not so great!

The American Dental Association recommends that you change out your toothbrush (or brush head) every 3-4 months, at minimum. If you see that the bristles look worn, its definitely time to trade out your toothbrush for a new one so it’s still working as well as it should (1)!

Here’s just a few more reasons to remember to trade out that toothbrush:

  • Your toothbrush is typically stored in the bathroom, a place with a ton of germs! By regularly switching out your toothbrush, you can help avoid some of microorganisms that may come and go in your bathroom environment. (Yes, a little gross when you stop and think about it!)
  • If you find that you often are that person getting sick in the winter, you might even want to change out your toothbrush more often than that recommendation! After all, your putting your toothbrush right in your mouth…and you are still brushing your teeth when you don’t feel great. It’s an easy step to take to stay healthy!
  • Sharing toothbrushes has been shown to also share illness and germs. That’s not too surprising! But what is surprising is that so many of us put our toothbrushes right next to another toothbrush (such as in a toothbrush holder). Because of this, you can, in theory, be exposing yourself to even more germs. Long story short: if you store your toothbrush close to someone else’s toothbrush, it’s all the more reason to regularly change out both of your brushes!

blog post hagen dental practice in cincicnnati ohiCleaning Your Current Toothbrush: The Takeaways

Although it’s not guaranteed to work or to kill off all germs, you can also clean your toothbrush itself. Some people will:

  • Use a UV toothbrush sanitizer. Now…is that the easiest route? Probably not, but it’s a choice!
  • Soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash. Before you use it again, you’ll want to rinse it off. Ask us for more details, but just know that this does not guarantee you will kill off all germs.
  • Run your toothbrush through extremely hot water for 3 minutes. The water needs to be hot enough to kill germs, so be careful that you don’t burn yourself! (Hey, if you really don’t want to buy a new brush, it’s worth a try!)

Not Even Sure Which Toothbrush Type Is Right For You?

So…you are ready to buy a new toothbrush to replace your old one?!

When it comes to a manual toothbrush versus electric, lots of people have a personal preference for one or the other, and that’s okay!

If you are thinking you might want to try or switch to an electric toothbrush, consider the Sonicare toothbrush, one that we recommend and that you can purchase from us.

With this toothbrush, you are able to improve how you clean beyond the “reach” of each of the bristles.

Thanks to its oscillating power brush, the bristles create a motion that better allows the toothbrush to get into those hard-to-reach places throughout your mouth. You can think of the technology powering the Sonicare toothbrush in two ways: First, you have a scrubbing action that keeps the surface area of your teeth as bacteria free as possible.

dentistry hagen dds blog cincinnati ohio dentist(This is the same as your manual brush.) But then there’s the second component—how the bristles are vibrating. That cleans in a way that your traditional, manual brush cannot. Imagine this: the Sonicare brush head vibrates more than 30,000 brush strokes per minute you brush! That’s more than a manual brush delivers in a month of brushing, just to compare.

A Recap On What You’ve Learned

So, to recap, it’s best to change out whatever kind of toothbrush head you have every 3-4 months. A few more tips: Don’t share your toothbrush and thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after each use. You also want to avoid covering your toothbrush regularly, which traps in germs, and it can create a moist environment where microorganisms thrive.
Have any more questions? We’d love to answer them! Keep up with your consistent professional cleanings and dental exams to ensure we can catch issues early and do our part to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth! Give us a call to schedule your next appointment at (513) 251-5500.

Source:

  1. http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-toothbrush-care-cleaning-storage-and-

What Your Tongue Says About Your Health (INFOGRAPHIC)

Friday, January 5th, 2018

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See the PDF version of the “Your Tongue Can Indicate Your State of Health” infographic here.