Phone (513) 251-5500

Posts Tagged ‘cincinnati west side dentist’

All I Want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Baby teeth typically start erupting between the ages of 6 months and a year. This starts the fun and adventurous path of being able to eat more foods and textures, late night teething pain, drooling and chewing on everything in sight, and of course, dental hygiene training.

Kids can go for their first dental checkup as soon as they get a tooth, but anytime before age 3. Because tooth decay in children is on the rise, we recommend the sooner the better; closer to 18 months! You can read more about why HERE.

When kids are ready to erupt their permanent (adult) teeth, the baby teeth start to wiggle, loosen and fall out. This starts the fun adventures of tooth fairy tales, showing off those wiggly teeth, and stories and challenges for getting those stubborn baby teeth out! The top and bottom central incisors (those four teeth front and center in your kid’s toothy smile) are amongst the first to fall out as the permanent teeth grow in and replace them. This typically happens between 6 and 8 years of age.

all-i-want-for-christmas-is-my-two-front-teeth

If this milestone occurs in late fall or early winter, your child has the unique opportunity for the classic Christmas song, “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” to apply to him or her.

There’s something charming about this song, and that toothless open center space as your little one flashes their grin at you. Kids have all sorts of fun while they wait for their central incisors to re-emerge: sipping through a straw without opening their jaw, learning new ways to whistle, pronouncing words in funny and different ways, and poking the tip of their tongue through that little hole.

A child’s early years are a very impressionable and important period to take the time and teach them proper and consistent dental hygiene habits. How can you do this as a family?

Make Tooth Time fun

Brushing as a family can make getting ready for bed a fun activity for everyone to participate in. Make up a brushing song or dance, or make silly faces in the mirror. If your child has a positive experience, they will enjoy it and have good memories associated with this habit for years to come.

make-dental-habits-fun

Make Tooth Time Consistent

Make brushing a routine: every day, twice a day. Don’t skip out on brushing certain days just because your schedule is a little different or the kids are cranky. Consistency is the key to building good brushing habits. This goes for flossing too! Kids who learn to floss everyday won’t forget this important component of oral hygiene as teens and adults.

Incorporate Kid-friendly Products

Colorful toothbrushes splashed with their favorite characters, light-up timers, flossing picks, a stool to reach the sink, kid-friendly paste flavors and easy squeeze tubes all make for a more kid-friendly experience. It is amazing what products are available at your local convenience store.

Check out fun toothpaste flavors like Tom’s of Main Silly Strawberry. You can try something like these light-up timer toothbrushes from Firefly, so your kids know when 60 seconds of brushing has elapsed. Brands like DenTek make some great kid-friendly flosser picks so your kids don’t have to hassle with maneuvering regular floss before they are ready. (These are just ideas; please ask us for more specific information for your child.)

Schedule Regular Dental Visits for Everyone

Introducing your children early to the dental chair helps alleviate fears and anxieties associated with checkups. Keeping YOUR dental checkups regular each year means your kids will learn this is a normal, habitual routine for both you AND them. And keeping up to date on exams for the whole family means if any dental problems arise, we can catch them early to minimize any painful or potentially scary procedures for your little ones.

merry-christmas-from-hagen-dental

No matter what your family situation or how many teeth are present or missing, we wish you a very healthy and Merry Christmas from all of us at Hagen Dental!

Call Us Today

Are you ready to make Hagen Dental your family’s dental home? Give us a call with questions about care for you or your kids, or to schedule your next checkup: (513) 251-5500

Sources and Ideas Taken From:

  1. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/e/eruption-charts
  2. http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/949151/7-kid-friendly-dental-care-products

Oral Health: Does It Have An Updated Meaning Today?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

oral health hagen dental in cincinnati

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

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

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

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

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

So What Has Changed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

This broadened definition of oral health serves to update the definition to a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, rather than just the absence of disease or health issue.

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

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

We Can’t Wait to Meet You & Your Family

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

Sources/References:

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

 

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”

1

2. “Look Ma, No Cavities”

2

3. “Clean to the Extreme”

3

4. “No One Will Ever Know”

4

5. “The Fountain of Youth”

5

6. “Gets You Noticed”

6

7. “Take AIM at Cavities”

7

8. “Brusha…brusha…brusha”

8

9. “Until They Gleem”

9

Source/References:

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

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

Do You Have Your Custom Mouth Guard Yet?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Spring has sprung and that means we are back outdoors and back into sports seasons including baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and more.

As we head back outdoors – and even for indoor sports – it’s time to consider getting a custom-fit mouth guard.

hagen dds

Did you know that the great majority of high school athletes – about 3 out of 4 – dental injuries that happen during sports occur in people who aren’t wearing a mouth guard? (Source.) Just think if those athletes had been wearing a protective mouth guard! You can see why some states are now mandating athletes in high school wear mouth guards. 

A Small Habit That Helps Us Avoid Major Damage

Athletic mouth guards absorb shock that you can get while playing sports, whether it be an elbow to the face, a ball, or because of an accidental collision. That means, if we are wearing a mouth guard, that the shock your teeth and jaw would normally receive is less damaging to the mouth.

Wearing a mouth guard can save your teeth – both teeth loss and cracks, prevent major damage to your jaw and face, and it’s an easy habit once you start doing it. If kids are still resistant to the idea, be sure to let them know that these injuries will sideline them for quite some time. In other words, wearing a properly fitting mouth guard can help them stay out on the field!

For many sports – not just contact sports – we also see that mouth guards protect us against the following:

  • Dental fractures
  • Lacerations of lips, tongue, and cheeks
  • Avulsions
  • Luxations (joint dislocation, in this case, the jaw)
  • Concussions

The benefit of a mouth guard we make you is that it will fit just right (you don’t want it to be too loose, and it CAN be comfortable!), it will still allow you to speak, and perhaps most importantly, you will be able to breathe properly.

Tim Hardaway Jr., Mason Plumlee, Matthew Dellavedova, Amir Johnson, Blake Griffin, Cole Aldrich, Rajon Rondo, Alan Anderson, and even Stephen Curry – who has a habit of playing with his mouth guard at times – are just a few pro athletes who regularly wear their mouth guards.

LeBron James is another advocate of wearing a mouth guards. He’s even worn a mouth guard habitually since high school. In fact, these pro athletes think of mouth guards as just another part of their uniform.

hagen dental

I’m Convinced. So How Do I Care for My Mouth Guard?

Now that you’re convinced you want to wear a mouth guard to protect your soft tissue, tongue, mouth, jaw and lips – the question is, how do I take care of my custom mouth guard?

First, when you wear your mouth guard made at Hagen Dental, be sure not to just wear it during games or competitions – you want to get into the habit of wearing it all the time, even at practice. That’s because injuries to the face, mouth and jaw are just as likely to happen in a game as at practice or during “unorganized” sports activities. By wearing it all times, you’re protecting your mouth as much as you can.

You will also want to check it at least once a year to make sure it still fits properly. Next, when storing it, be sure to clean it as much as possible – meaning after every use – and keep it away from heat. Yes, that means throwing it in your sports bag and letting it sit in the summer heat in your car is not a great idea!

lawrence hagen custom mouth guards

Good Dental Hygiene Habits Include Wearing a Custom Mouth Guard

If you have specific questions about how your mouth guard will work with your retainer or braces, let us know. Ready to get your custom-made mouth guard? Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule a visit for you or your children!

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Hagen Dental Practice

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Think you know everything about Hagen Dental?

Think again! Here are 4 things you might not have known about Hagen Dental Practice.

1. Dr. Hagen Can Help You Sleep better!

Did you know that a custom-fit, oral appliance could greatly improve snoring and obstructive sleep apnea?

It may be you – or even your spouse or child – who suffers from snoring, sleep apnea, or a combination of both, as many people do. As recommended by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, these custom oral devices are a treatment that can greatly improve the quality of our sleep, and our life!

Improve your sleep and gain back all the benefits that come with greater quality of sleep by coming in to see us to see if you are a candidate for this treatment.

We first diagnose and assess the severity of your sleep apnea. After we take a look at your symptoms as well as risk factors, we can construct the appropriate sleep appliance that is best fit for you.

Keep in mind this is a non-invasive way to improve your lifestyle: it is easy to wear, easy to take care of, it is quiet, you can wear it anywhere, it is convenient and it is affordable! We see that as much as 90 percent of those who use the sleep appliance have successful improvement in the problems associated with sleep apnea.

Rest easy: not only can we help you have a beautiful smile, but we can help you feel like a whole new person thanks to improved quality of sleep!

hagen dental practice sleep apnea

2. Our Goal is All About your Entire Health & Well-Being—which is Why We Value Earning Your Trust.

At Hagen Dental Practice, our first goal, from the moment you walk in the door, is to earn a feeling of trust.

We know it is critical to have trust with so that you can feel great about the decisions you make regarding your health. We believe the absolute best dentistry we can provide takes place when we have that trust. We’re all working together toward the common goals of healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful smile.

Certain people have apprehension or worries about visiting the dentist, and the most important thing we can do first is to listen to our patients. Our environment is always comforting and our patients know they come to Hagen Dental and be treated with compassion and understanding.

hagen dental practice in cincinnati ohio

3. Hagen Dental Offers Pain-Free Smile Makeovers.

You may know how we have the latest and greatest when it comes to dentistry—whether it is children’s, cosmetic, family, general, implant, preventive, restorative and sedation dentistry….we take pride in being able to offer you technology, experience, and expertise!

We find that many people want to greatly enhance or improve their smile, but also they want to have a natural look. For those looking for a “smile makeover,” Hagen Dental is your premier destination to do just that…and it can be a pain-free process.

Our goal is that you have confidence when you smile, meet new people, or just when you go to eat—and with our pain-free smile makeovers, this is possible.

That’s why we offer the Snap-On Smile™, which is a removable, cosmetic dental appliance that has been custom-made for your smile. We also work to make sure it fits with your overall facial structure. Snap-On Smile™ is a strong, thin material (specifically, hi-tech dental resin) and it fits directly over your existing teeth.

With Snap-On Smile™, you can get a new, natural-looking smile with no drills, no cutting down of your current teeth, no glue or adhesives, no needles, and if you want to remove it, you can at any time. We’ve used it with people who have dental fears, those who don’t want veneers or want to try these before veneers, and for people with discoloration, stains, gaps in their teeth, and/or missing teeth. Ask us for more information if you’d like to learn more.

4. We Promote (and Live) a Healthy Lifestyle.

Part of total health is going to your dentist regularly and having good daily oral health habits, but part of it is also eating nutritious foods that make us feel great. We approach “total health” as lifestyle decisions or habits that promote our quality of life—behaviors and decisions that set us up for longevity! Another part of this idea of total health is getting enough sleep, and part of total health is of course getting physical activity.

At Hagen Dental, we encourage physical training of some kind, given that it can help us control weight, keeps us in shape, combats disease, boosts energy, promotes sleep, and it can also improve our confidence and sense of well-being.

The Hagen family is often in-training and regularly exercises: in fact, Dr. Hagen is a regular cyclist, and Jenny is an avid runner! Did you know that Dr. Hagen has been riding for more than 25 years and has done the Sunflower Ride 5 times? When Dr. Hagen is on his bike, Jenny can be found running: she has run 5 marathons, and is training for number 6!

On top of this, the office assistant, dental hygienists, dental coordinators and dental assistants on the Hagen Dental team like to run, lift weights, do yoga, and even pure barre—which, in many situations, means waking up at or around 4:30 or 5 AM to get in their workouts!

At the end of the day, the Hagen Dental team knows—just like you likely recognize—that keeping up with our healthy habits takes preparation, sacrifice, diligence and what you could call dedication. But, with all of those things, it is definitely worth it when crossing that finish line!

hagen dental dds

We Can’t Wait to Meet You

Have questions or want to set up your first appointment with Hagen Dental? No matter where you are on your health journey, we can’t wait to meet and support you! Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule a visit for you or your family. The entire Hagen Dental team can’t wait to meet you.

Getting Into the Valentine’s Day Spirit—The Healthy Way

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

dentist in cincinnati hagen dental ddsAs we get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, here are two main ways we can stay heart-healthy and happy this February.

Exercise for Your Heart

Whether you have a special someone in your life this Valentine’s Day or not, one thing is still true: cardio (or cardiovascular) exercise is important for the health of your heart because it increases your heart rate and increases your blood circulation.

Besides being good for your heart, cardio makes us feel better, strengthens our bones in many cases, reduce stress and anxiety, helps us sleep better, and research has shown it adds years to your life expectancy. (Source.)

When we maintain our cardiovascular fitness, we are “working” our heart, which makes sure that is stays strong.

As you likely know, there are quite a few different varieties of cardio exercise. Whether it’s cycling or running (which just might be our favorites) or another form such as an organized sport team you play on, get in cardio exercise so that you can work your heart muscle just like you would want to work any other muscle in your body!

Not only are you helping your heart stay in shape, but with regular cardio, you can help support your metabolism, help manage your weight, improve your ability to recover from workouts in general, and for those with diabetes, cardio actually can help you manage your condition.

Pro tip: use a heart rate monitor to really see how hard you training. Many of the heart monitors today are very affordable and some can even get data from your wrist.

dentist west side of cincinnati hagen dental dds

Eat for Your Heart

Eating for the health of our heart involves eating foods that support our nutritional needs, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants. This also means eating in a way that doesn’t spur too much inflammation in the body.

While Valentine’s Day may mean a time to reach for some candy treats including sour candies and hard candies, just remember when we eat foods high in added sugar, over time, we can do damage to the body.

And yes, we also have to mention how the constant sugar on your teeth is harmful—and not to mention it sometimes can even result in a broken or chipped tooth!

But when it comes to our diet, more specifically, too much sugar can mean your body is not getting the nutrients it needs. That is because sugar contains calories that lack nutrient value, but at the same time they can still be quite high in calories. Additionally, when we eat lots of sugar regularly, it can result in insulin resistance (2). You can also think about it this way: while inflammation is a natural response in our body, if we have too much of it—which can happen when we eat too much sugar—it is thought to play a role in heart disease, certain cancers and in obesity.

Smile- and heart-friendly options that you can choose instead of all the hard, sour or gummy candies that can be popular around Valentine’s Day include:

  • Fun finger foods that can still be healthy such as stuffed mushrooms
  • “Tater tots” made from sweet potatoes
  • Fruit skewers: fruit that you put on kabobs—think blueberries, strawberries or another fruit if you are sticking to a color theme
  • Watermelon or another melon “cut out” using a heart cookie cutter. If you put these on kabobs, you can call them “Cupid Kabobs”
  • Mini smoothies made with no added sugar. You can even top it off with a red or heart-themed straw!

Healthy Choices: That’s Something We Love to Hear!

Whether you choose some of these more healthy and fun alternatives or not this Valentine’s Day, find what works for you by looking for lifestyle changes that you can sustain. Be sure to look to incorporate nutrient-dense foods that support your level of activity! It’s never a bad idea to educate yourself on just how much added sugar you’re consuming! This alone might be motivation so that you can cut back on sugar-added drinks that offer very little nutrients.

References/Sources

  1. http://www.livescience.com/36723-exercise-life-expectancy-overweight-obese.html
  1. http://whole9life.com/2010/06/sugar-sugar-sugar/

All About the Grinch’s Teeth

Monday, December 14th, 2015

all about the grinchs teeth

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

dentist in cincinnati_gingivitis

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.

Experience More Durable, Natural-Looking & Convenient Dental Crowns: Why We’re Thankful for CEREC

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

hagen dds cerec
Thanksgiving is a time of year when we’re able to appreciate all the things we’re thankful for.

A technology our practice and patients are grateful for is CEREC crowns because the technology is so high quality and precise—not to mention you can get your CEREC restoration in one visit. In fact, the precise, durable and reliable crowns are actually made right from porcelain in our office.

Traditionally, getting fitted for a crown meant you would have to come back to the dentist, sometimes days or weeks later. With CEREC, you get a permanent solution in the same visit, and before you leave, we ensure it has the ultimate fit. Also, unlike other materials, ceramic is not only incredibly durable, but it also has tooth-like physical and aesthetic qualities, which our patients are grateful for.

Restoring Your Tooth with CEREC

CEREC is used to restore a tooth that has decay, is weakened, or is even broken. It is also used to remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers. After an evaluation, we would let you know if CEREC is right for you!

Just think: as many as 1.2 billion metal fillings will have to be replaced in the next decade…CEREC will replace many of these fillings so that people can have a tooth that is free of decay, and so that the tooth is strong and beautiful once again.

CEREC: The Process

As mentioned, CEREC uses ceramic materials to restore any tooth that is decayed or broken, a procedure that can be done in just one-visit.

But how is the CEREC process so quick and so precise?

When it’s decided that you are a candidate for a CEREC one-visit restoration, we will examine a number of factors including the tooth itself and the tissue around the area. After the tooth is prepared, it’s time for an optical impression of the tooth. A reflective powder is applied to the tooth, and with a special camera, a picture is taken and viewed on our computer screen.

Within minutes, we then use our CEREC machine to create the restoration. We first take the digital image and convert it to a 3-dimensional, virtual model of the tooth. Then Dr. Hagen is able to design the custom-fit restoration using the 3D software. Next, using 3D printing, we’re able to send that design to the milling machine and a ceramic block is created. Thanks to diamond-coated burs, we’re able to carve out the indicated shape of the restoration.

The last step is to bond the crown to the remaining tooth structure. This ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is not only cut out and shaped perfectly but we make sure, once in your mouth, you have a proper fit and comfortable bite. This entire procedure from start to finish takes about an hour.

You can imagine why both dentists and patients are grateful for CEREC: it’s strong, it preserves your tooth structure, and it looks beautiful in your mouth.  

When it comes to restoring inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers, CEREC is the natural-looking, long-lasting, ideal way to restore your teeth.

What could be easier or faster than having a crown made with CEREC?

It’s been called revolutionary, and we’ve been doing it for decades! There’s no charge to learn more about CEREC one-visit crowns. Call us today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule your complimentary consultation.