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6 Habits You Didn’t Realize Were Harming Your Teeth

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Life can get busy. And as the minutes and days and activities and events pass by, bad habits can start to form as we fall into our routines – sometimes before we are even aware of them. Let’s dive into some of the most common tooth-related negative habits, so you can avoid these pitfalls and keep your teeth strong and healthy.

avoid these negative dental habits

Chewing Ice

Chewing on ice weakens the enamel and surface areas of your teeth. Because ice is so hard, chewing on it repeatedly leads to uneven wear and tear, and long term will cause permanent chips and cracks in the teeth, which will damage the underlying tooth structure. Eventually, the cracks become large enough that you will require a trip to the dentist for repair. Ice isn’t the only culprit for this type of damage!

Habitually chewing on other hard items like pens, pencils, bobby pins, or paperclips can cause the same damage. If you need to break this habit, try keeping these items out of reach, substitute your chewing urge for sugarless gum, or avoid putting ice in your drinks while you learn to resist the urge (1, 2).

Using Your Teeth As ‘Tools’

Are you in the habit of using your teeth to crack open bottle caps, rip off clothing tags, hold heavy objects, or even as a replacement for scissors when trying to open those tough plastic bags? These and similar actions put traumatic pressure on the bones in the mouth, increasing your likelihood for weakened teeth, chips and cracks in the bone. Try to remember that teeth are there for eating (and smiling!); they are not meant to be used as a substitute for knives, scissors and hands (1,2).

Skipping Your Nighttime Brushing

Late nights out, bedtime snacks, or falling asleep in front of the television can all lead to one bad habit: skipping or forgetting your night time brushing routine. All the sugars and particles from the food and beverages you had since your last brushing session will be left to wreak havoc on your gums and enamel all night long. If you are guilty of this habit, try starting your bedtime rituals a little bit earlier – before you get too sleepy. Once you have brushed, don’t eat or drink anything else except water.

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Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks, especially soda, bathe your teeth in an acidic and sugary environment. This dangerous combination creates the perfect environment for erosion, bacteria growth and decay. Sodas aren’t the only culprit, however. Fruit juices, sports drinks, and alcoholic beverages, especially mixed drinks, can contain surprising amounts of sugar and acids as well. Cut back your sugary drinks to a minimal number – or avoid them all together – and when you do indulge, drink through a straw and rinse your mouth with plain water in between drinks until you can get home and brush (1,2).

Playing Sports Without A Mouth Guard

According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 5 million teeth are knocked out every year during sports activities and competitions. Mouth guards successfully prevent approximately 200,000 sports-related mouth injuries each year. How many more could be prevented if participants were more diligent about wearing mouth guards? Rough play during high impact sports can occur at any time. Mouth guards are recommended for the following sports: basketball, football, lacrosse, water polo, hockey, softball, skateboarding, rugby, mixed martial arts and soccer. The guard helps cushion rapid or hard blows to the teeth and jaw, lessening your risk for soft tissue injury or tooth loss (2).

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Smoking

If you still smoke or chew tobacco, here’s another petition for you to find a way to quit. Nicotine yellows your teeth and can contribute to or cause oral cancers. Tobacco products also dry out your mouth and increase the amount of plaque buildup around your teeth. Smokers have a higher risk of gum disease and tooth loss because of these changes in the conditions of the oral cavity. If you have questions about quitting, discuss them with Dr. Hagen at your next appointment (1,2).

Give Us A Call at Hagen Dental Practice

Need help or advice on how to kick any of these habits, or ensure you don’t have damage already? Call us at (513) 251-5500 to learn more about your dental needs and how to develop positive oral habits!

Sources

  1. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/your-teeth-bad-habits#1
  2. http://www.onhealth.com/content/1/protect_teeth_dental_health

Be Ready For the Mistletoe With These Breath-Boosting Tips

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The holiday season is upon us! And with it, a host of office Christmas parties, invitations to dinners, white elephant exchanges with your friends, and ugly sweater get-togethers.

Mistletoe can be hiding in the eaves of any social gathering, so it is a great time of year to ensure your breath is fresh, whether you want to be ready for a quick peck under the mistletoe with your crush, or a long smooch with your spouse. Use these dental hygiene and better breath tips as part of your holiday-ready routine!

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The Quick-Fix Options

Carrying a small travel (or even disposable) toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste is a great option, especially if you’re planning on going straight to a holiday get-together right after a long day of work or school. Even if you forget the paste, brushing with just water can offer a little bit of help to reduce the microbes collecting in your mouth after meals.

Flossing with a mint flavored dental floss helps remove food particles from your recent meal. Flossing on the go can be made more realistic with products such as disposable floss picks.

Gargle with an anti-bacterial mouthwash for 20-30 seconds. Many mouthwashes come in small travel-sized bottles that will fit in your pocket, purse, car or desk. This will help fight bacteria in the mouth that contribute to bad breath and give you an instant odor freshener (1).

Chew on a stick of sugar-free or natural gum. Since dry mouth can lead to bad breath, and gum stimulates saliva production, gum is a helpful choice. As an added bonus, gum can remove some of the food particles left in small gaps in your teeth. Find a nice peppermint flavor for an instant odor cover-up (1).

Chew on a sprig of mint. This herb doesn’t clean your teeth, but will offer a strong minty smell to cover up bad breath temporarily. Just be sure to check the mirror for any stray remnants of the green leaf before heading into the party.

Chew on nuts. This option works well if you are already at the party, and have none of the other options available to you. Nuts have a strong aroma. Additionally, the abrasive texture of nuts will help remove residue or food particles from the teeth, tongue and gums (2).

Order your water with lemon or lime. This acidic, citrusy combination is a powerful tool against bad breath. The moisture of the water keeps your mouth from getting too dry, which helps minimize odor. The acidity of the citrus fruit combats bacteria and masks the odor with its fresh flavor (1).

The Long Term Story: How to Prevent Breath Issues

Once the party is over, it is important you take a step back and find out the underlying cause of your bad breath. Was it just a garlic-laden lunch? Or is the halitosis (bad breath) something you deal with regularly? It could be your oral hygiene habits need a tune-up, or something more serious at play.

Proper dental hygiene habits, such as consistently using floss, mouthwash, and brushing regularly are your best defense against bad breath. These daily habits serve to keep bacteria, food particles and inflammation to a minimum. Ensuring you stick to a regular dental checkup schedule will help keep teeth clean and serve to catch any underlying problems as early as possible, or before they become a big problem.

Staying hydrated is also important to prevent dry mouth induced bad breath. Drinking hot tea after a meal helps to remove food particles, and also contains polyphenols which discourage the growth of bad breath causing bacteria.

However, if bad breath is already a frequent problem, call us to schedule an examination. Chronically foul smelling breath can be a sign of gingivitis, periodontitis, plaque buildup, infections, cavities, gastritis, or poor brushing habits. It is imperative that you consult with Dr. Hagen to discover and eliminate the offender before it affects your long term health.

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Worried About Getting Too Close?

We never want your dental health concerns to get in the way of your personal relationships. Call Hagen Dental practice today to discuss how we can help! (513) 251-5500

Sources:

  • http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Bad-Breath-on-the-Spot
  • http://www.livescience.com/40052-get-rid-bad-breath.html
  • http://whole30.com/2016/05/whole30-fresh-breath/

Don’t Neglect Your Dental Health While Away at College

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

oral health tips while at college

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/

10 Reasons to Smile This World Smile Day

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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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

 

Oral Cancer: This Is Why Early Detection Is Critical

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

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

9 Famous Toothpaste Slogans That’ll Make You Smile

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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

1. “Brings Mouths to Life”

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2. “Look Ma, No Cavities”

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3. “Clean to the Extreme”

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4. “No One Will Ever Know”

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5. “The Fountain of Youth”

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6. “Gets You Noticed”

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7. “Take AIM at Cavities”

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8. “Brusha…brusha…brusha”

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9. “Until They Gleem”

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Source/References:

http://www.buckybeaver.ca/buckys_story.php

http://www.thinkslogans.com/slogans/advertising-slogans/toothepaste-slogans/

All About the Grinch’s Teeth

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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You’ve likely heard of, seen, or read How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Christmastime classic features one of the most well-known and memorable protagonists, a grouch living in Whoville called the Grinch. Arguably, the Grinch is one of the most well-known characters created by Dr. Seuss.

Living high up on a mountain with his dog Max, the Grinch hates Christmas and everything that comes with the holiday season.

The Grinch appeared in the comic and in Seussical the Musical, a sort of combination of Seuss’s most famous books, where he was played by Patrick Page. More famously, in 2000, in the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim Carrey played the infamous role of Mr. Grinch.

Not-So-Nice Teeth: An Anti-Hero with a Scheming Smile

One could say that the Grinch is sneaky, grumpy, sly, foul-smelling, heart-lacking, and downright cruel…but his teeth aren’t so nice, either!

The Grinch’s teeth have been a much-talked about point of discussion, being that in Seuss’ book, published in 1957, his teeth do not show. Yet in the comic, he has a horrible smile, and in the movie with Carrey, his smile is enough to make viewers squirm!

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), to get Carrey to have such a horrible smile, and for him to look so mischievous and mean, it was no easy feat. In fact, it took Carrey about 3-8 hours to apply his makeup for the role…each and every day on set! It’s said he was so uncomfortable in the skin he was required to put on, he needed help from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistant techniques so that he could cope while filming.

The set of teeth he wore were made to look like gnarled and dirty “animal teeth.” They were misaligned, very yellow, and it appeared that the Grinch had surely never flossed! Kind of hard to believe these fake teeth were later auctioned off!

Carrey’s false teeth were part of the reason why Carrey spoke the way he did in the movie, with some thinking his words had a “Sean Connery-like” quality to them, as reported by Jim Carrey Online. Besides the overall suit and makeup discomfort he experienced, there was so much makeup on Carrey he really couldn’t breathe through his nose. Talk about dedication to the role!

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch…”

While the Grinch undoubtedly had a smile that could send shivers down your spine, it’s also debated whether or not the Grinch had a termite problem…in his mouth, that is! Thanks to “The Grinch Song” from the comic, there is a theory that says the Grinch had such poor oral hygiene that he had termites in his mouth.

 Image credit: thegoretorium.tumblr.com

Image credit: thegoretorium.tumblr.com

Many of us are familiar with, the lyrics say that say, “You’re a mean one, Mr Grinch…” The humorous song says that Mr. Grinch is bad banana with a greasy, black peal!

“You’re a monster, Mr Grinch. Your heart’s an empty hole. Your brain is full of spiders, You’ve got garlic in your soul…”

If you listen carefully, the famous tune even calls the Grinch vile: “You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile.”

Could This Be Why He’s So Grumpy & Why He Wants to Be Left Alone?

Not only do some swear he had termites in his mouth, but there is another theory (perhaps originating from a dentist) that the Grinch was in such a bad mood because he had such horrible teeth pain, or even TMJ. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint disorder, which is when muscles, bones, teeth, and nerves of your jaw system do not work together as they should. Maybe it was the stress he put on himself, maybe it was his poor bite, his bad habits over time, or maybe he had a serious bruxism problem that led to TMJ. We may never know!

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” 

This holiday season, we wish you and your family health, happiness and joy. Give us a call today at 513.251.5500 or visit us online to learn more about setting up your next appointment with us. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Sources and References

 

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Bleeding Gums

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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Have you ever noticed that your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss?

We’re here to tell you that if your gums are bleeding, it’s not something to ignore. In this blog, we examine why your gums may start to bleed, and when it’s time to give us a call to come in for a visit.

The First Stage of Gum Disease

The first stage of gum disease is Gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue caused by bacteria.

What are the signs of Gingivitis?

Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, tender gums that may bleed when you brush. Another sign of gum disease is gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance.

The signs of Gingivitis include red and swollen gums, and even blood blisters that have formed in the pocket of your gum tissue. When those blood blisters are broken during flossing or brushing, you then see your gums bleed. Even though this might sound painful, it actually isn’t always associated with pain—but that’s why it’s important to know the signs of early gum disease so you don’t just ignore it or just think you have tender gums.

Does that mean you shouldn’t be flossing if you notice that your gums are bleeding when you do?

Of course it doesn’t mean you should stop flossing! Flossing cleans more than one third of your total tooth surface area, and it also stimulates your gum. If you do have bleeding, don’t stop brushing or flossing…instead, make a visit with your dentist so we can better determine the cause and what we can do to prevent further build-up and decay.

Risk Factors and the Cause of Gum That Bleed

There can be multiple reasons why people can have gums that bleed. If your gums bleed more than just once or you are pregnant and are experiencing problems, it’s time to take note. Give us a call and be ready to let us know of any medications you are on, since medications can result in temporary gum bleeding. You and your dentist can then discuss other risk factors such as your oral habits (tobacco use, etc.) hormonal changes, your diet and nutrition, stress, mouth breathing and more. 

And What Happens If I Do Nothing?

If you ignore your bleeding gums, as time continues, assuming your dental habits also don’t improve, the bacteria in your mouth will continue to grow. The bacteria then damages the gum tissue around your teeth as it continues to thrive. In this stage, the pockets are deeper and the gum disease will worsen.

Remember, if your gum is bleeding, it’s not normal.

You don’t want gum disease—after all, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. In some cases, as your gum disease worsens, your gums will look puffy or swollen. You can also have a bad taste in your mouth thanks to the pus coming from gum pockets. Last, you might even notice you have bad breath, even directly after you brush! Consistent bad breath can be due to food that gets trapped deep in your gum pockets.

As gum disease worsens, you can even experience pain when you chew. It’s not just a problem in your mouth where the plaque is irritating your gum tissue; gum disease also leads to an inflammatory response throughout your body, putting you at more risk for systemic illnesses.

Don’t Compromise Your Health

In short, flossing, brushing, and coming in for regular dental exams and cleaning is a combination that helps you prevent gum bleeding, gum disease, and losing any of your teeth as a result of that gum disease! This isn’t always easy: in fact, one out of every two adults over 30 has some form of periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although different for each person and we recommend seeing your dentist for your specific recommendations, here are some tips to consider if you want to boost your oral hygiene:

  • If you only brush and floss your teeth twice a day (morning and night), consider adding in a third brush and floss near or around mid-day.
  • If you seem to brush your teeth too hard (or your dentist has indicated you brush your teeth too hard,) look into a soft bristle or even an electric toothbrush.
  • Start rewarding yourself in some small but meaningful way for consistent flossing and good oral hygiene habits.
  • Avoid cigarettes and tobacco.

Our key takeaway: if your gums are bleeding, you need to know the reason why.

If you were bleeding somewhere else on your body—say your knee or hand—you’d take notice and do something about it…Be sure to take action if your gums are bleeding and let us know right away.

Impacted Tooth? We Explore Everything You Need to Know

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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What’s an impacted tooth?

To answer this question, we can first quickly clarify what are wisdom teeth are, since these are the teeth most likely to become impacted.

Wisdom teeth are our third molars, and the last of our teeth to come in. These are the teeth that that are the most distal of our molars. Most of us have 4 wisdom teeth, meaning we have a third molar in each quadrant of our mouth, but in some cases, we can have fewer.

When we are close to age 12, the third molars begin to develop in the back of the mouth, behind the other sets of molars. Around age 14, these teeth continue to develop. When there is not enough room for them to fully emerge, we refer to this as “impacted.” Said another way, an impacted tooth is one that is positioned against another tooth, bone or soft tissue in a way where it is unlikely to come through the gums to reach a “normal” position in your mouth. When these teeth are impacted, it can lead to recurring infections in the mouth, among other issues.

As much as 90 percent of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. That’s why your dentist examines the status of your teeth as they come in, so you can avoid unnecessary pain and/or infection, and so you can ensure no adjacent teeth are damaged.

wisdom teeth dr hagen dds cincinnati ohioImpacted Third Molars

Wisdom teeth can become impacted when the size of the teeth and the size of the jaw do not match, resulting in overcrowding in the mouth. We look to classify these impacted teeth by direction, depth (as compared to biting surface of teeth around it), and the amount of the tooth that extends through your gum tissue. Since your jaw can be more susceptible to fracture with an impacted tooth, it’s an area we want to watch. Even if we know a tooth is in fact impacted, we want to make sure there isn’t any disease associated with that tooth.

Do I Have an Impacted Tooth?

People might notice food getting stuck in between gums or they could just feel a general soreness in their mouth when a tooth is impacted. In some situations, people may get—or mistake it for—a throat infection. Pain is one of the more commonly cited symptoms of impacted teeth.

Although not everyone needs to get their wisdom teeth removed, here are several signs you may have an impacted tooth that may need to be removed:

  • Infection
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Cysts
  • Infection

Believe it or not, however, pain is actually not always a sign that you need wisdom teeth removed or that you have an impacted tooth. The goods news is that you don’t have to determine whether or not any impacted teeth need to be removed or not. Your dentist will recommend what you should do, and whether or not extraction is the best treatment to keep your teeth healthy and straight.

An in-person exam and X-rays can help confirm and validate your recommended course of action, and with regular dentist visits, we can remove your impacted teeth—even before there are any complications! Contact us today if you thing you might have an impacted tooth.

 

Top 15 Hagen Dental Testimonials

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

We are very proud of patients’ satisfaction. While difficult to narrow down to just 15, here are some of our top patient reactions we wanted to share with you.

  1. “The Best Dental Care”

“Hagen Dental has given me the best dental care I’ve ever had. I’m just sorry I didn’t discover them sooner.” – Barb

  1. “…Couldn’t Be Happier!”

“I have been a patient at Hagen Dental Practice for 6+ years, and couldn’t be happier! Whenever you go into the office it’s always clean and inviting. The staff is friendly and treats you like family whether you’ve been a patient for years or a new patient. I would recommend this dentist to anyone new to town or just looking for a cange in dentistry. You can’t go wrong!” – Lauren O.

  1. “The Best Care”

“I couldn’t be happier with Dr. Hagen and the wonderful staff at Hagen Dental Practice. I lost my front tooth at 24 years old and everyone gave the best care to remedy the situation.” – Dani

  1. “Family Friendly Atmosphere with Leading Edge Dental Technology”

“I’ve been with Hagen Dental since Dr. Hagen took over the practice a long time ago, and I continue to rave about their ability to combine the friendly family atmosphere of the entire staff with leading edge dental technology. I live over 25 miles away, but wouldn’t think of trusting my care to anyone but Hagen Dental.” – Ron J.

  1. “I Always Brag About the Entire Staff…”

“When I come here I feel like a celebrity, important. I always brag about the entire staff. Definitely satisfied.” – Ken

  1. “I Enjoy My Smile Due to Hagen Dental”

“I have been very happy at Hagen Dental. They have a friendly and experienced staff and I enjoy my smile due to Hagen Dental.” – George

  1. “You Will Love Them Too”

“Hagen Dental Practice is great! I’m greeted with smiles as soon as I walk in the door.   I have been seeing Dr Hagen for a long time now and he is very easy to talk to about any concerns I may have. He makes procedures as painless as possible and is very good with any special needs I may have. I’m 68 and still have all my teeth including a baby tooth that I never lost. I attribute my good dental health to Dr Hagen and all of his caring staff. If you are looking for a good dentist try Hagen Dental Practice. I’m sure you will love them too.” Dianne L.

  1. “Every Person Goes that Extra Mile”

“I just left from my first experience with Dr. Hagen and his team. This is one of those rare places where EVERY person you come in contact with is friendly, knowledgeable and goes that extra mile to make make you feel welcome. Thanks so much for a wonderful appointment. I already know I’ve made a great choice by coming here.” – Darren H.

  1. “State of the Art”

“I’ve been a patient for a number of years. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. The equipment is state of the art. Enjoy making visits.” – Diane

  1. “I Have Been a Patient Here my Entire Life”

I have been a patient here my entire life and would not consider going to another dental practice. They have a great staff, great equipment, and Dr. Hagen is a great guy who really cares about his patients.” – Craig B.

  1. “Visits to the Dentist are a Pleasure”

“I have been a patient over 25 years. Dr. Hagen and all his staff are always professional, caring people. They help me take good care of my teeth. Visits to the dentist are a pleasure. They keep up with the latest in dental care. I don’t live in the area and drive across town to continue to be a patient.” – Regina

  1. “Like Seeing Old Friends”

“The comfortable atmosphere, friendly faces, and the personal references make the experience all the more enjoyable. Like seeing old friends!” – Penny

  1. “An Incredible Team with an Excellent Doctor”

“This is an incredible team with an excellent Doctor who really know what their doing but more importantly create comfort and care every step of the way. They are top notch. I recommend them wholly.” – Melinda H.

  1. “Helped Me Deal with Sleep Apnea”

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank Dr. Hagen and his staff for all their efforts in getting me caught up on my dental care. Thanks to your help I’ve finally got teeth and gums operating where they should be. The additional care getting me up with a dental appliance to deal with sleep apnea and snoring has made both my wife and me very happy!” – Ron

  1. “…The Latest Techniques & Technology”

“I always feel like I get the most up to date care possible with the latest techniques and technology. Dr. Hagen and his staff are always friendly and extremely competent!”– Mike

If you are ready to start going to the dentist regularly again, or if you simply need a new dentist, give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or visit us at hagendds.com