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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

“Look Mom, No Cavities”: Here’s 10 Vintage Dental Ads You Don’t Want to Miss

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
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The promise of clean, fresh breath all day.

Tooth kit

Just look what 39 cents could get you in 1953!

acid fur

This one refers to “acid fur”!

baby ad

Can you believe this one?

do as your dentist

So direct!

duty

According to this ad, keeping you oral health up to par is what they call “keeping fit” and “America’s duty”!

Look mom no cavities advert

“No cavities!”

pass up the girl

Oh no! We don’t think we’d see this ad today! Here is one aimed at the ladies.

enamel

This Colgate ad talks about how nature can’t replace your enamel.

whiskey tooth paste

This ad is for genuine whiskey toothpaste!

These may be vintage ads, but we offer the latest, state-of-the-art technology and services at Hagen Dental. Learn more about our practice here and give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule an appointment.

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  • http://www.smilegeneration.com/cerec

Say “Ahh” with Fresher Breath, Less Plaque Buildup & More

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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We know our tongues help us speak and chew food, but our tongues also help maintain the health of our mouth!

It’s time we talk about the tongue, and how it’s crucial for our entire health and well-being.

Have you ever had bad breath?

Chances are, at some point or another you have! It might have just been in the morning, or after a cup of coffee…Whatever the cause, one of the most common sources of bad breath can be the tongue.

That’s because, believe it or not, most of the bacteria in the mouth actually live on our tongue.

Inside the Mouth

Bacteria like to live on our tongue. Because of this, bacteria can be difficult to remove even with brushing and flossing. As a result, some people like to use a tongue scraper.

Using a tongue scraper helps proactively remove food, debris, fungi, toxins, dead cells…and well, yes, bacteria, from the surface of our tongue.

There are several benefits to using a tongue scraper or to taking extra, dedicated time to brushing your tongue thoroughly each day. Beyond just fighting bad breath that can be embarrassing, there are two other benefits to know about when it comes to keeping our tongue clean!

1. Resets our food palate, helping us stay nourished.

When we scrape or focus efforts on cleaning our tongue, we are able to activate saliva production. As you may know if you’re a regular Hagen blog reader, saliva helps naturally clean the teeth. Saliva is also a crucial component in kick-starting our digestion.

At the very start of digestion is when we get to taste and savor our food. When we have a clean tongue, we are better able to taste flavors. Just think: you are potentially removing a coated tongue, and removing “clogged” taste buds in the process.

Better tasting food should be enough reason alone to brush your tongue!

2. Keeps your immune system strong.

Has your tongue ever looked like a color you were not used to seeing, or almost as if it were fully “coated”? That could be due to dead cells and foot particles, which is what cleaning our tongue helps remove…

The tongue is the gatekeeper to our health, in many ways, that means it helps keep out many bad toxins that can affect our immunity. We also begin to break down nutrients in the mouth thanks to the tongue, as mentioned, which is another major factor influencing our total health, and the body’s ability to fight off germs.

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Does your tongue look irregular? If you have any of these signs, here’s what it could mean. Ask us for more information.

 

Ready to learn more?

If you are interested in learning more about your tongue or a tongue scraper, ask us for more information. We can see if you are a better candidate for a tongue brush (effective at loosening particles on the surface of the tongue) or a tongue scraper (effective at gathering bacteria and particles and removing them from the mouth). Some people, at first, find they need to use the tongue scraper daily. Others, over time, begin to use it less often. Ask us for more guidance.

You know that clean feeling when you leave the dentist?

Toxins and build-up have been removed, which is part of why your mouth feels so great. If you are ready to start going to the dentist regularly again, or if you need a new dentist, give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or visit us at http://hagendds.com/

The Real Story Behind the Tooth Fairy

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Tooth Fairy

They say the three most famous figures in mythology are Santa, the Easter Bunny and…the tooth fairy!

For many of us, all three might have meant gifts at one time or another in our life.

Many are familiar with the stories behind Santa and the Easter Bunny, but what about the tooth fairy?

How and Why Did the Tooth Fairy Folklore Begin?

When we’re young and we lose teeth, we quickly learn that we can place the baby tooth underneath our pillow. Then—as the folklore goes—as we sleep, the tooth fairy will come and replace that lost tooth with a small amount of money.

Across Europe and around the world, the concept of exchanging baby teeth for a “fee” in return was seen as early as the 13th century. And not all the rituals with baby teeth had to do with money: baby tooth-related rituals have ranged from throwing teeth into the sun, throwing teeth into fire and even hiding or burying the baby teeth once they fell out.

It has also been documented that in both Russia and Mexico, among other places, people have sacrificed a mouse when a child loses a tooth! The idea behind the ritual was said to be that by sacrificing a mouse, the child’s adult teeth would grow in as strong and sturdy as the rodent’s teeth. Anthropologists call the underlying idea “sympathetic magic.”

We don’t know about you, but we’ll stick with putting a tooth underneath a pillow for a little financial incentive!

The Newcomer on the Mythological Scene

Although it is true that Europeans had some form of ritual around baby teeth, accounts vary on how that gifting process first translated into a tooth fairy leaving the gift behind.

Most likely the source? A story from France!

There was a tradition from 18th century France of a “tooth mouse,” potentially loosely based off a story La Bonne Petite Souris. In this story, a fairy changes into a mouse, and hides under a pillow in order to taunt the King. She then punishes him by knocking out all his teeth. This could have been a start to the earliest of ideas of the tooth fairy as the “good fairy.”

The tooth fairy (or “good fairy”) is said to have first been publicly referenced dating back to 1908, when the Chicago Daily Tribune gave reference to it. Other historians prefer the origin being closer to 1927, and still others say it was later in the 50, 60s or 70s when the tradition really began or gained popularity.

Just as the tooth fairy was gaining popularity, pop culture helped reinforce the concept. At the time, Disney was releasing films including Cinderella and Pinocchio; these undoubtedly helped solidify the idea of the tooth fairy in children’s minds and imaginations.

Some point to the fact that people were looking to encourage the idea in children of taking good care of their teeth—and that their teeth were in fact valued, around this time period. The tradition and idea of a tooth fairy made tooth disposal more lighthearted, and as a result, was embraced by families. It’s also said that parents saw it as a way to also help children get over any fear of losing a tooth. What is known is that by 1970s, when the tooth fairy was mentioned on the radio, the American Dental Association was inundated with inquiries about the fairy! Families and children loved the story.

A Very Good—and Popular—Fairy

The tooth fairy may be young, but she is getting more generous with time: the amount of money left behind by a tooth fairy does tend to increase with the rate of inflation.

Just how much does the tooth fairy leave, on average?

Researchers at Visa examined just how generous she is, finding that she leaves about $3.70 per tooth, a number that was steadily increasing over time.

The tooth fairy isn’t just embraced by young children. According to a Well’s Survey, 97 percent of parents feel neutral or positive about the tooth fairy. She may not be as celebrated as Santa and the Easter Bunny, but we like to hear the entire family embraces her!

Looking for a dentist that can take care of your entire family? Give Hagen Dental a call today at 513-251-5550.

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How to Choose Your Dentist

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

cincinnati dentist familyTime to choose a new dentist? Maybe you moved or maybe you haven’t been to the dentist in recent years. Whatever the case may be, what are the top things you should know as you look for a new dentist?

Your Dental Needs: How to Get the Highest Level of Care

When it comes to choosing your dentist, one of the biggest things you don’t want to do is choose your dentist based solely on your insurance plan since, after all, dental insurance is very limited and is not focused on quality of your care.

Some of the factors that many patients look for include:

  • Personalized, approachable and friendly team
  • Transparency around treatment options, and openness, or the ability, to ask questions about care or recommended care
  • Comfortable environment in the office at all times during your visit
  • Respect of your time
  • Modern technology & superior service offerings
  • Strong expertise and experience
  • Family-oriented

These are what are patients are usually looking for, which helps them find a match at Hagen Dental.

You want a dentist focused on your overall health and well-being, as well as your specific oral health needs. Here are 3 other factors to consider when looking for a dentist.

Ask questions!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about a dentist’s approach, the technology/services they offer, and/or about the dental team. Keep in mind that most dentists would love to tell you about their ongoing education and about their approach to your health. If desired, ask about the available services and technology, and take a look at their website if appropriate.

Talk to family and friends.

Don’t be afraid to also pick up the phone and ask friends and family about their dentist. We are proud that our patients refer us to many of their family members and friends.

Being referred by a friend, colleague or family member is a great way to know the dentist you will be going to is friendly, that the office environment is comfortable, and that they will care about your health.

Evaluate after your visit.

There are many questions you can ask after your first visit. Was the office clean and orderly? Did the approach of the dentist align with what you were looking for? Was the team and office welcoming? Did you feel you could trust your dentist and ask him questions?

If you came to Hagen Dental for your first visit, you would be able to hear how Dr. Hagen received his dental degree from The Ohio State University School of Dentistry. He is also president of the Greater Cincinnati Dental Study Club and a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and Cincinnati Dental Society.

Dr. Hagen has undergone extensive postgraduate education over the years, including training in whole mouth rehabilitation, CEREC™ one-visit restorations, and crown and bridge restorations, allowing him to provide you with the state-of-the-art options (see more of them here) for obtaining the smile of your dreams. His training in sleep dentistry also allows him to offer alternative treatments for sleep apnea for better overall health.

While the first visit if of course focused on the patietn, you also might hear how Dr. Hagen’s commitment to lifelong education means he is constantly evaluating emerging dental methods and technologies, so that patients can have the latest and greatest available.

Dr. Hagen is focused on your total health, so he wants to see you with the best results, in the least invasive manner, all with a high emphasis on comfort.

Wherever you go, after that first visit, be sure to evaluate and make sure you are satisfied with your dentist and the dental team. You deserve the highest quality of care, an easy-to-talk to dentist, a friendly team, and state-of-the-art technology.

We Look Forward to Meeting You and Your Entire Family

At Hagen Dental, we know that many patients have different levels of apprehension about visiting the dentist, and the most important thing we can do first is to listen to our patients. We want to know about your unique needs and how we can help you have confidence and be happy with your (oral) health.

Whether you or your loved ones are concerned about pain, have had past dental experience that has been traumatic, or are simply ashamed of your own perceived dental shortcomings, we will treat you with compassion and understanding. Give us a call today (513) 251-5500 or see more on our website at hagendds.com

Race and Be Happy: How the Hagens Are Staying Healthy

Friday, August 28th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

The Sunflower Revolution Ride

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

racing quoteThe Most Meaningful Marathon: The Columbus Marathon

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

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

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

7 Famous Smiles We Love

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

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It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 2 to smile.

With that said, we wanted to highlight a few of the most well known smiles!

1. Mona Lisa

You’ve probably heard of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting, since after all, it’s been called the most famous smile of all time. The Mona Lisa smile is one of the most intriguing and talked about smiles of all time, despite how she’s not even showing any teeth! It’s said that the “Mona Lisa” is actually a spelling error, and it should be “Monna Lisa,” which in Italian, is a short form of Madonna.

The painting lives in a dedicated, climate-controlled room that cost $7 million to build within the Louvre museum of Paris. Reports claim the painting is considered priceless, so it can’t be insured. The most popular belief is the woman Leonardo painted is Lisa Gherardini.

If you look close, the 24 year old has no eyebrows! A much-talked about question is why (or how) Mona Lisa appears to be smiling one moment, but the next she appears to be serious.

Is the Mona Lisa smile magical or can it be vanishing right in front of our eyes?

The answer is that much of what we see depends on lighting, visual pathways and even where we look on the painting.

2. Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple began her career at age 3, and won over people’s hearts in movies such as Heidi and Curley Top. She also sang the song “You Gotta Smile to be Happy,” which could make just about anyone smile. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.” She will be remembered as the first child star and for her radiant smile.

3. Princess Diana

Very full of life and known to be shy, Princess Diana of Wales had a beautiful smile. The so-called “People’s Princess” was a fashion icon and also a philanthropist. She was very much covered in the media and many photographers aimed to get a photo of her bright smile.

4. George Clooney

No list of famous smiles would be complete without actor and director, George Clooney. George is frequently named as one of the most good-looking men in the world, and his smile helps him earn such honors.

5. Michael Jordan

“Air Jordan,” as he is sometimes called, is surely one of the best basketball players of all times—and he also has a great smile. With so many athletic accolades to his name, it is no wonder so many of MJ’s photos on the court and off, show him smiling!

6. Audrey Hepburn

Both an actress and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn is one of the top fashion icons of all time. We think part of what makes her so fashionable, even to this day, is her one-of-a-kind smile.

7. Julia Roberts

No such list would be complete without Julia Roberts. Her smile has garnered so much attention because it is natural, symmetrical, and she has healthy, enviable gums.

Looking to increase your confidence when it comes to your smile? Give us a call at (513) 251-5500. Find our website here.

The Complete Guide to Dry Mouth: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Dry Mouth

“It seems like my mouth is drier than normal.”

This is what someone may think or say when they are experiencing abnormal dry mouth.

Chronic dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is when we have a lack of saliva or when we have a reduced amount of saliva.

While the actual incidents of chronic dry mouth increase as people age, dry mouth is not a normal part of aging.

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a sticky, parched and potentially gritty feeling in the mouth.

But also know that the following are other symptoms of dry mouth:

  • Bad breath
  • Different sense of taste (or a taste disorder)
  • Lipstick sticking to teeth
  • Increased need to drink water
  • Inflamed tongue
  • Cracked lips
  • A red or raw tongue
  • A dry feeling in your throat
  • Abnormal difficulties in chewing or speaking

There are many reasons why we can experience dry mouth, and dry mouth is more common than you would think. The simplest explanation for dry mouth is an inadequate function of our salivary glands.Why Dry Mouth Occurs

Over the counter and prescription drugs can impact the saliva in our mouths. Take for example blood pressure medications and antihistamines, just two examples—of as many as 400 medications—that can alter the saliva level in the mouth.

But there are other health-related reasons that can result in dry mouth:

  • Radiation treatment for head and neck cancer
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Emotional stress
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Chemotherapy
  • Nerve damage
  • Snoring or breathing through your mouth
  • Other medical conditions including diabetes, HIV/AIDs and Sjogren’s syndrome

Talk with your dentist about the medications you are taking and any other changes in your health to help determine the cause of your dry mouth. Remember that when we age, particularly over the age of 50, our body’s thirst sensation may reduce. If we aren’t drinking enough water each day, this can contribute to dry mouth.

The Negative Effects of Dry Mouth

Saliva helps us chew, start digestion, protects our teeth from decay, and helps heal sores that are in our mouths. It also helps prevent infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. Accelerated tooth decay can develop if we have dry mouth, and our ability to digest properly can also be affected if we have trouble chewing.

What We Can Do

Do you feel a sticky or (abnormal) dry feeling in your mouth? When it’s out of the norm, be sure to tell us about it. Not only is dry mouth uncomfortable, but it can lead to serious health consequences and it can also signal a health condition you need to be aware of. When you see us, we can take a look at any medications you share with us to help determine the cause, as well help you with steps to ensure you are careful and protective of your teeth. We can also potentially suggest a prescription-strength fluoride gel that can help prevent dental decay.

Before you come in to see your dentist, be sure to also:

  • Avoid drinks with caffeine which can further dry the mouth out
  • Drink water and sugarless drinks
  • If you have a humidifier, use it at night
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol which dry out the mouth
  • Be careful with spicy or salty foods which can cause pain in a dry mouth

Want to know more about Hagen Dental? Visit us here or give us a call at (513) 251-5500.

New Year’s Resolutions—How to Set Yourself up for Success

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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Each New Year’s, one out of every two of us will make New Year’s resolutions. (Sources: Psychology Today and Journal of Clinical Psychology.) According to researchers, usually the first two weeks of starting any new new at this time of year, goes pretty smoothly.

Then, after just four weeks—by February—people start so slip, and old habits start to creep back in.

Maybe it is quitting smoking, eating healthier foods, starting to floss regularly, losing weight, or starting to exercise. Whatever the change in behavior may be, how come it can be so difficult to keep our resolutions?

1. We actually aren’t intrinsically motivated to change our behaviors. 

Professor of Psychology Timothy Pychyl explains how sometimes, resolutions are a bit of cultural procrastination. In certain situations, he argues that we make a resolution to show that we are committed to changing certain behaviors. In reality, we don’t yet have the real, intrinsic motivation required for long-term change.

In other words, Pychyl asserts that we create a resolution to motivate ourselves, instead of being motivated, and then changing our behaviors as a result. With a real lack of motivation at the core of our intentions, we end up failing to break our habits.

2. We set unrealistic goals or expectations.

Another concept for why we can fail to keep resolutions has been deemed the false hope syndrome. Psychology professor Peter Herman and colleagues assert that we make goals that can be greatly out of alignment with our real view of ourselves. In some cases, the resolution just may be significantly unrealistic.

In the end, making a goal that we can only hope for doesn’t mean we give ourselves a chance to really change our ingrained habits.

So what should we do to fight these two common traps people often fall into? 

First, be realistic with your goals. If you aren’t exercising at all, don’t expect yourself to be able to exercise 5 days a week. Also, set yourself up for decision-making so you can ease yourself into making the right choices each day.

For example, if you are giving up soda, perhaps gradually give it up, instead of going “cold turkey.”

Have a friend or colleague help you set goals that can be accurate, and that can be adjusted over time as you incrementally find success. Remember that the more you believe you can effect and maintain change, the more success you are likely to have, a concept that’s backed by science.

Next, be sure to choose a resolution you truly find value in.

If you aren’t ready to start eating vegetables every day, it’s going to be hard to maintain change over time.  Consider writing down all the underlying reasons why you want to change a certain aspect of your life, and that can help narrow down a worthy behavior change.

Start preparing, and then acting on, your intentions.

Approach any resolution as a process. Just like your oral hygiene and other health-related habits, habits and our resulting sustainable lifestyle choices are what we do over time. One day off, or one day without a certain activity, doesn’t “make or break” our routine. By seeing our resolution as a process of change, we are better able to enter the actual “action” stage that comes with so many of our resolutions.

Ready to have better oral hygiene this year? Give us a call today.

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How Acid Reflux Can Damage Your Teeth

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Dental erosion: it’s when acids wear away at the enamel on our teeth.

Eating lots of acidic foods is one of the major reasons we see erosion. Once this erosion occurs, the teeth can look shiny and a bit deficient compared to the parts of our teeth that do not have erosion.

When we lose or damage our enamel, it cannot be brought back. This erosion is a problem because our enamel is what gives our teeth their structure, and shape. We then see the underlying dentin being exposed.

Hagen Dental DDS BlogIt’s safe to say that most of us want to avoid any loss of tooth structure. So what are some signs you may have tooth erosion? Here are a few:

  • Sensitivity
  • Change in tooth form/shape
  • Cracks in the edges of teeth
  • Small dent-like appearances on your teeth
  • Discoloration
  • “Transparent” looking teeth

Knowing that acid reflux directly contributes to teeth erosion, let’s examine acid reflux a bit more.

What’s acid reflux and how does it happen?
We have a muscular ring between the end of our esophagus and our stomach. This ring is what helps keep our day-to-day stomach acid within the stomach, where it helps us digest properly. In some situations, this sphincter muscle does not work as it should, and as a result, our stomach acid comes up into our esophagus. (Sometimes you’ll hear this muscle called the LES, short for the lower esophageal sphincter muscle.)

But is this muscle all to blame as the cause of acid reflux? The answers is that as much as 90 percent of most heartburn cases are due to the foods/beverages we eat, meaning that for many of us, we are able to avoid or keep our heartburn to a minimum.

Besides being a major culprit for teeth erosion, acid reflux also contributes to bad breath. That’s just one more reason to be aware of how we to work to avoid acid reflux.

One of the ways to avoid tooth erosion (and of course the discomfort) that come with acid reflux is to look at the foods you are eating, as well as when you are eating them.

Although it varies from person to person, we compiled a list of some of the biggest offenders.

  • Meats, with especially acid sauces or chicken/buffalo wings
  • Grains, especially those with tomato sauces added
  • Dairy, including sour cream and even ice cream
  • Specialty drinks such as coffee, liquor, wine or tea
  • Fats, certain oils, and sweets. This can be chocolate, donuts, butter cookies, or even potato chips.

This list shows that across all categories of food, we can find highly acid foods and drinks that can contribute to acid reflux.

So what’s missing from this list?

You guessed it: juices, fruits, and vegetables. Most of us recognize how orange juice, lemons, lemonade, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, tomato or raw onions are some of the foods that are also on this list.

In general, look to neutralize the acid in your stomach when acid reflux does occur, and also be sure to tell us if you are having a problem. If you do have extreme gastric-related issues, or a chronic problem with acid reflux, we can also help. Also be sure to tell us if you smoke, since that’s a major contributor to acid reflux that leads to teeth erosion for many people. Link to hagendds.com

Look to cut back on the number of acidic foods you are snacking on throughout the day. This way, you are minimizing the amount of time acid is exposed to your teeth.