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Occlusal Cavities: What To Know And How To Prevent Them

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Have you ever heard us use the term occlusal cavity? An occlusal cavity is the term we use to describe the tooth decay that occurs on the chewing surface of a tooth.

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Everyone has peaks and valleys in their teeth, which creates grooves of varying depths, depending on the tooth. These grooves can be more susceptible to damage, bacterial growth and tooth decay, especially when the grooves are deep. Molars tend to have the deepest grooves, which is one of the reasons they tend to get more occlusal cavities than the other forward teeth (1).

Bacterial overgrowth in the mouth leads to a breakdown of both the enamel and the dentin. These holes lead to the decay and cavities of teeth that we all dread so much. Keeping bacteria and food out of these grooves is the best way to avoid occlusal decay (2).

How Can I Prevent an Occlusal Cavity?

So what are the best ways to keep bacteria at bay and avoid the havoc it wreaks on teeth? Make your mouth an environment in which bacteria doesn’t want to live! You can help minimize your chances of developing an occlusal cavity by incorporating these five daily habits:

  1. Brush daily: Twice a day, at least two minutes each time. Ensure your toothbrush is not more than three months old, and invest in a great paste that you love. Make this part of your morning and night routines!
  2. Floss daily: This is important to keep the parts of your teeth clean that brushing alone doesn’t reach. This includes crevices between the teeth and the areas near the gum lines. Many people slack on flossing, but it’s as important as daily brushing!
  3. Avoid sugar and sucrose: Bacteria feed on all foods, but especially love sugars. Sucrose is a specific type of sugar that is found in simple carbohydrates: things like candies, cookies, sugary drinks, and white flour products such as breads and cereals. To make matters worse, the breakdown of these foods also produces acid, which adds to the potential for damage and decay of the teeth (1,2).

  4. Check nutrition labels: This is a great habit to incorporate when you shop. Many processed foods, fat-free foods and even dairy products contain hidden sugars. You might be surprised to find you are ingesting more sugars than you originally thought (1)!
  5. Increase your water intake: Drinking water throughout your day helps remove sticky residues and food particles that would otherwise stick to your teeth. Swishing the water around your mouth is an effective way to clear the occlusal surfaces of your teeth after meals and snacks, when access to brushing and flossing might otherwise not be available (1,2,3).

Start incorporating these 5 tips into your day to avoid getting a cavity altogether. After all, prevention is the best medicine.

What If I Develop An Occlusal Cavity?

If you already suffer from an occlusal cavity – don’t stress. One of the reasons for regular dental checkups and cleanings is so that we can detect and treat these issues right away (3).

You never want to delay having an occlusal cavity filled: while they are typically painless, if you wait for pain to occur, it could mean the decay has spread deeper into your tooth!

Have More Questions About Cavity Prevention?

Contact us at Hagen Dental: 513-251-5500. We are passionate about helping you achieve optimal oral health and prevent decay. We can’t wait to meet you and your family.

Sources:

  1. http://dg-dentistry.com/what-is-an-occlusal-cavity/
  2. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-cavities#1
  3. https://crest.com/en-us/oral-care-topics/general-oral-hygiene/everything-you-need-to-know-about-a-cavity

 

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/

Oral Cancer: This Is Why Early Detection Is Critical

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

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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

What to Snack On While You Watch the Big Summer Blockbuster

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

 

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The sticky, gooey, sugary, crunchy and sweet snacks for sale at the movie theater might taste great along with the newest flick, but all that sugar and acid sitting on your teeth for the duration of the movie is a big no-no when it comes to your oral health. (Not to mention that hard candies can result in a broken or chipped tooth, too!)

So how can you enjoy the summer blockbuster without forgoing the snacks entirely? Check out these ideas:

  1. Fresh fruits and raw veggies: Things like oranges, melons and apples can be peeled and sliced to munch on while you watch the movie. Berries are also great bite-sized delights, and contain natural sugars to satisfy your sweet tooth. Vegetables can pop just as satisfying a crunch as a bowl of popcorn or candy. Things like celery, carrots, or cucumbers are fresh and won’t leave your teeth covered in sugar. Make it fun! Dunk them or spread peanut butter on these veggies for some added flavor.
  2. Craving something salty? Look no further than nuts and seeds: A bag of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or nuts in any combination can be a great accompaniment to the film. The best part? No sugar build-up on your teeth compared to that bag of Mike and Ikes! Even more good news: No sugar crash later.
  3. Oven-baked chips. This might take a bit more of your time, but some kinds of DIY chips can be made in less than an hour! Try oven-baked sweet potato chips or even thinly-sliced apple chips. Or, if you are more adventurous, you can try the super-trendy kale chips or really push the envelope with zucchini chips! The benefit is that these are healthy options that still give you a crispy, delicious treat! Plus, it’s hard to eat “too many” kale chips. Depending on the kind of chip you make (and where you are watching your movie), you can pair your chips with hummus or another healthy dip. At the least, you can use seasoning (such as cinnamon for the apple chips) to pack-in the flavor.healthy summer snacks for your teeth
  4. But what to drink? As you’ve heard us mention, sugary drinks like sodas, juices and sports drinks pack a lot of sugar in a small dose. Left on the teeth, these acidic and sweet beverages lend a perfect environment to the bacteria and decay you want to avoid. Your best bet? Drink water! You can still feel refreshed and quench your thirst with an icy cold bottle of water.Ever think that water is “too boring”? If you really want to, add a few strawberries or berries of choice to your water with some ice. It will give it a little extra “pop” without all that added sugar. The more you drink water this way (or without anything added at all), the more you’ll find that you will crave water without all that added flavor.

Plan for Success

Going to the theater or watching a movie at home with friends or family? Choose items from this list that you can purchase at the theater, when that’s possible. Or, if you feel comfortable doing so, pack up things they don’t sell – such as the fruits and veggies – and bring them with you to the theater in small containers that open quietly. Of course at home, you can be fully prepared by planning a bit beforehand.

Another benefit of doing a bit of planning ahead of time for your healthy treats? You will be a role model for your kids. If you want your kids to develop good eating and oral hygiene habits, you’ll have to do the same. Teach your kids how delicious and fun fruits and veggies can be instead of candy; if they understand why these are smarter choices, they can learn to make healthier choices themselves. They will also learn that the best part of movie night is togetherness and entertainment, not the candy!

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You Can Involve the Family, Too!

Involve the family when planning for your movie night so that you are sure to make some snacks that they will enjoy. Let the kids pick the movie – AND the snacks! Give them a list of approved snacks, but let them make the ultimate choice. This can help teach them about the difference between sugary and healthy snacks.

So whether it’s date night or family movie night…or whether you are renting from Redbox or heading to the big screen, you can enjoy snacks alongside your featured show – just plan ahead with these simple tips to make a choice that your teeth will thank you for.

Call Hagen Dental Today

Have any questions you want to know the answer to or just want to schedule your next visit to the dentist? 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.

References/Sources for more information:

  1. http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/smart-snacks-for-healthy-teeth
  2. http://www.1800dentist.com/20-smart-snacks-for-healthy-teeth/

Foods (And Drinks) That Damage Your Enamel

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Did you know? Your tooth enamel health is directly related to what you are eating, including those beverages you are drinking!

Keeping your teeth healthy involves more than just brushing and flossing.

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Your enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth. In fact, it’s the hardest substance in the human body—and for good reason! This surface layer helps protect the sensitive inner parts of the tooth from decay and damage. However, even enamel is subject to harm if not treated well. It is normal for some wear and tear to occur, but by focusing on what you are feeding your body (and thus putting into your mouth) you can keep that outer barrier of your teeth stronger (5).

Maintain the Health of Your Enamel

Here are some foods to avoid or minimize for optimum enamel health:

Sugary Foods: Increased sugars feed bacteria in your mouth. Left unchecked, these bacteria produce acidic byproducts, which can soften and slowly wear away at your enamel. Candy, especially sour candies, which are sugar-filled and acidic, are the least friendly combo for your teeth! But sugar doesn’t just hide in candy…Check your food labels on condiments, cereals, and other desserts and snacks for high amounts of added sugar (1, 2).

Sugary Beverages: Just like sugary foods, beverages can be a sneaky source of sugar and acid, ready to harm your enamel! Soda is especially bad, because not only is it sugary, it has additional acidic components. Coffee is high in acidity, and people often load it with syrups or sugars, too! Just imagine what happens if a highly acidic, sugary drink sits on your enamel for hours on end. Try cutting back on that cup of joe, or leaving out the sweetener. Frequent use of sports drinks in recent years, especially in children, has also been shown to harm enamel since the sugar sits on their teeth during activity, in many cases. Even fruit juices should be taken in moderation, because they are high in simple sugars and acid as well (1, 2, 6).enamel facts hagen dental

Foods that give you heartburn: Severe heartburn means stomach acid is moving up the esophagus. Those stomach acids that escape the stomach can reach your mouth and erode the enamel as well. So if you have certain foods that trigger heartburn, avoid them (1).

Ice: Simply put, ice is for chilling, not chewing! But isn’t water good for you? Yes! And ice is fine in your beverages – but avoid chewing on it! Chewing on hard substances such as ice can damage the enamel. The same is true for very hard candies that you crunch on (3, 6).

Citrus Fruit: Fruits are an excellent choice for incorporating more vitamins into your diet, especially the citrus variety. But heed this warning: frequent exposure to acidic foods, such as citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, limes and lemons, can erode your enamel over time. Your best bet? Eat these foods as part of a meal, rather than by themselves (3, 6).

Sticky Foods: Sticky foods, such as sticky candies, taffy, caramels, or even dried fruit such as raisins, can leave residue in your teeth, which means the sugar will sit on the enamel, leaving a food source for bacteria, which will in turn release enamel-damaging acid (2, 3, 6). Limit your intake of these foods to avoid potential damage to your enamel over time.

Starchy Foods: Starch-filled foods, such as potato chips, cookies, cakes, muffins and other starchy, processed snacks, tend to get trapped in your teeth. These starchy carbohydrates stay in your mouth and breakdown into sugar and acid more slowly, thus creating a longer period of sugar and acid threat to the teeth. Bacteria in your mouth love to feed on the left-behind sugars from these foods (3, 4, 6).

Protect Your Enamel

Analyze your diet over the next few weeks to discover which of these simple, daily changes you could make to ensure better health and protection for your enamel! Call Hagen Dental at (513) 251-5500 or visit our website here to learn more.


Sources/References

  1. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-mouth-15/beautiful-smile/tooth-enamel-damage
  2. http://www.divinecaroline.com/self/wellness/mind-your-mouth-seven-foods-damage-tooth-enamel
  3. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips/9-Foods-That-Damage-Your-Teeth/
  4. http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/foodstuffs-that-can-attack-teeth.html
  5. https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-living/tooth-enamel
  6. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips

 

Hoppin’ Facts About Bunny Teeth

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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Easter often brings a combination of gift baskets, dyed Easter eggs, candy…and of course, the Easter Bunny!

Let’s take a quick look at the Easter bunny…and rabbits in general.

So what exactly does the Easter bunny have to do with Easter? It’s said that the tie-in with Easter is based some in myth, in particular, that a bunny is a symbol of both spring renewal and fertility. Springtime coincides with Easter each year, so that is part of where the tradition comes from.

The real source of the Easter – Easter bunny connection may be from German folklore in particular, with Ostara, the German goddess of springtime. It was said that the German’s “Oschter Haws” (or “Easter Hare”) laid a nest of colored eggs as gifts for the kids who were well behaved!

There’s a few other stories about the Easter Bunny and its origins, but let’s take another look at rabbits – and their teeth!

“Carrots are devine… You get a dozen for a dime, It’s maaaa-gic! – Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny, one of the most famous bunnies of all time, once said these words when giving praise to carrots.

But do rabbits really eat carrots?

The answer, is – well, yes! Rabbits are herbivores, so they don’t eat meat. Instead, they eat a combination of grass, clovers, wild flowers and farm crops, including carrots and other root vegetables, at least when they are in the wild.

To chew their food, they have 28 teeth – and, believe it or not – these teeth actually never stop growing. Other members of the rodent family also have this trait, also known as “teeth that are open-rooted” and it actually helps them thrive in the wild.

Why Do Rabbits’ Teeth Keep Growing?

The teeth themselves are somewhat similar to horse teeth – they have 4 large incisors (also known as front teeth) as well as the other, smaller teeth. Many people just think they have 4 large teeth, but the smaller teeth (also called peg teeth) are what help them grind their food into smaller pieces before swallowing.

Being that they are similar to horse teeth, rabbit teeth are designed to break down fibrous veggies. But what happens if a bunny is unable to get enough weed, twigs, grasses or forage in her diet?

If a wild rabbit isn’t able to get that fiber in her diet, she won’t wear down her teeth naturally, meaning the teeth will grow beyond the desirable length. If this happens, the visible section of the tooth will grow higher and meet the other tooth abnormally (instead of where it would properly be worn down). This can lead to abnormal wear for the rabbit, and the teeth can form sharp edges that can be harmful.

Just imagine if your teeth started to shape in a way where they had sharp points – you could imagine the accidental damage your tongue and cheeks could endure!

The same is true for rabbits if this happens, which is part of why they are prone to dental issues. Because rabbits in the wild aren’t always able to get the right kind of diet to wear down the teeth, this can happen more often than you’d think. In some cases, the rabbit’s teeth can become impacted and inflamed, and it can even lead to an infection in the bone.

If a rabbit is a household pet, they are also not always getting the extreme amount of fiber their teeth were designed to break down. In those cases, people can usually take their domesticated rabbits to a vet in order to cut down the teeth on a regular basis.

You Mean Bunny Teeth…Can Be Similar to Ours?

Even if your pet is getting enough fiber to keep their teeth worn down as they would naturally be in the wild, vets recommend taking your bunny in to see the doctor for regular check-ups about twice a year, unless they tell you otherwise.

Just like for us humans, these check-ups can ensure everything in the mouth – even what we can’t see – is as it should be. People may think their bunny is eating normally and isn’t showing signs of pain, but there could be an issue going on, and it’s better to catch it early than have any disease progress. In fact, did you know that rabbits are actually known for being able to hide their pain and illnesses well! Who knew! 

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At Hagen Dental, we are here to partner with you so you can improve your total health. Have questions?We’d love to answer them! Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule a visit for you or your family.

Sources/References

  1. http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/fun-bunnyrabbit-facts-for-kids/
  2. http://www.mybunny.org/info/dental-care/
  3. http://www.thedailymeal.com/7-things-you-never-knew-about-easter-bunny/4714

 

 

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

Get to Know the Hagen Dental Team: Meet Mary Martini

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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Name: Mary Martini

Role: I am a dental hygienist with over 30 years of diverse experience in Ohio and Kentucky. My goal is to help my patients maintain their oral health as it is related to their general health. I love to teach my patients about dentistry and their health. I always strive to help them have a comfortable experience, so that while they are here they know we genuinely care about them.

Favorite restaurants in Cincinnati: My very favorite restaurant is Sotto’s downtown, but I enjoy many of the OTR (Over-the-Rhine) restaurants as well.

How long you have lived in Cincinnati? I was born and raised in Cincinnati, but we moved to Northern Kentucky about 12 years ago.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? When I’m at home I love to cook, but most of the time I HAVE to be outside. I enjoy traveling, boating, camping, hiking in the mountains and riding on my husband’s motorcycle.

How would you describe the Hagen Dental team? I worked for Hagen Dental practice about 20 years ago! I was one of Dr. Hagen’s first dental hygienists, early in his practice. I was with him for about 8 years. After being exposed to a variety of other practices, teaching, and public health, I recently returned. I really missed the “family practice,” especially one with the values of Hagen Dental practice, where we get to provide the best care for our patients. Although the team consists of different people than it did 20 years ago, it is now the best it has ever been, and I feel like I’m home again.

Hagen Dental is about total health. How do you stay healthy? I am a PURE BARRE enthusiast! It is the best total body workout I have ever done and I have been going to classes for the past four years at least 3-4 times per week.

What’s your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is meeting new people and hearing their stories. I particularly like helping them overcome their dental fears and have a great experience at their visits. Sometimes they even look forward to coming to their dental visits!

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Finish this sentence: Hagen Dental patients… are very loyal! I have met so many patients that come from many areas far away within the [Cincinnati] Tri-state, to get the “Hagen” quality of care they can’t seem to find anywhere else.

Anything else we should know about you or Hagen Dental in the New Year? I am looking forward to earning your trust and providing you with the excellent care you have come to expect.

20 Interesting Health & Dental Facts to Start the New Year

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
  1. Just how hard is a tooth? Your enamel is the hardest part of your body.
  1. Gum disease is a problem for a growing number of people… One in every two people who are older than 30 have some form of periodontal disease, which is about 65 million Americans. Brushing twice a day, flossing and going to your dentist can help detect and prevent gum disease.
  1. Dr. Hagen attended St. Xavier High School and Xavier University before earning his dental degree from The Ohio State University School of Dentistry.
  1. Oh no! It’s said that roughly 27 percent of adults lie about how often they floss their teeth!
  1. People can take advantage of Snap-On Smile™ a removable, cosmetic dental appliance that provides comfort and function to give you a beautiful smile. It is a non-invasive alternative for a brand new smile, but it can easily give you that smile you’ve been missing! This approach requires no adhesives or glue of any kind. We are talking no tooth removal, bonding, drilling or shots!
  1. As many as 400 medications people take affect their saliva production in their mouth, which is part of why we want to know about any medications you may be taking.
  1. Unfortunately, 36,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer this year, and these cancers will cause 6,850 deaths. Going to your dentist is one of the top preventative measures (and also avoiding tobacco) that you can take to make sure you are doing all you can to spot anything unusual in your mouth or with your jaw.

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  1. We only have two sets of teeth our entire lifetime…our baby teeth and our permanent teeth, which is why we want to take good care of them!
  1. Seeing the health of your mouth tells us about your total health, in part because many risk factors for diseases and conditions are connected with the health of our mouth! For example, a diet that lacks nutrition can not only mean dental issues, but it can result in diabetes, stroke, obesity or other issues. Also, periodontal disease can contribute to cardiovascular diseases and other chronic diseases.

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  1. The most teeth (according to the Guinness World Records) in the mouth are 37, achieved by Vijay Kumar V.A, 27, as verified in Bangalore, India. This is five more than normal!
  1. Over a lifetime, the average American likely spends about 38.5 total days brushing their teeth!
  1. Dr. Hagenparticipated in the Blood, Sweat & Gears bike race each year. The Blood, Sweat & Gears title given to the race is not an exaggeration by any means—it’s a grueling, 100-mile ride taking place in North Carolina’s High Country. If you guessed that takes a lot of training and preparation, then you guessed right!

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  1. When it’s right for you, CEREC™ technology gives you a perfect-fitting crown in just one visit! This system uses a computer program to design and mill the restoration. It will create the crown in just a few minutes! Just imagine what people used to do!
  1. Invisalign is another approach that’s becoming increasingly popular. It offers barely-visible trays that are utilized to move people’s teeth—it’s an alternative to braces for people who are candidates. People who have gapped teeth, overbite, crossbite, or underbite and overcrowding can benefit. The trays themselves, which look similar to a teeth-whitening tray, will actually move your teeth about .2 to .25 mm at a time.
  1. You might just say that Hagen “does it all.” Dr. Hagen has in-depth knowledge about sleep dentistry, whole mouth rehabilitation, crown and bridge restorations, CEREC, Invisalign, and much, much more.
  1. Your child’s first dental visit should be around age 3. This way, we can make sure everything is progressing as it should!
  1. US consumers buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.
  1. What color is your toothbrush? More people use blue toothbrushes than red.
  1. Cincinnati Magazine approached more than 5,000 physicians and asked them the question: “Who would you turn to if you, a family member, or a friend needed medical attention?” The result when his peers were asked this question? Dr. Hagen was selected as a Top Doctor.

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  1. About one third of each tooth is underneath your gums. No wonder our gum health is so important!

References/Sources

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/oralcavityandoropharyngealcancer/detailedguide/oral-cavity-and-oropharyngeal-cancer-key-statistics

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2015/9/revealed-the-astounding-new-record-holders-in-guinness-world-records-2016-editio-395642

http://acceledent.com/blog/10-fun-facts-about-teeth/

http://www.childrensdentalvillage.net/patient/resources/interesting-facts/

https://www.perio.org/consumer/quarter-of-adults-dishonest-with-dentists

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.