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Why Does My Dentist Need to Know If I Have Diabetes?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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When you have diabetes, you are more likely to develop problems in your mouth, and you also less equipped to heal after dental surgery.

And, according to the American Diabetes Association, the most common problem affecting gums and teeth for people with diabetes is gum disease.

Think of your dentist as someone who is an advocate for your total health and well-being.

If we don’t know you are living with diabetes, we aren’t knowledgeable about the state of your health, and we may not be able to be as proactive in contributing to your treatment strategy.

Because diabetes makes you prone to other mouth problems – not “just” gum disease – if we know your health status, we are able to ensure that you are taking all the steps to best manage your blood sugar. Additionally, there are medications that can result in drastic and impactful changes in the mouth.

For instance, certain medications can drastically reduce the amount of saliva you have in your mouth, which can greatly impact your ability to “naturally” cleanse your teeth. As a result, we can see a drastic, and immediate change in the amount of harmful bacteria (and plaque) in your mouth – if you were to do nothing to manage this change in the mouth. All of this can happen relatively quickly, but with greater communication around your medications, we can come up with a strategy and plan to encourage a healthy mouth.

All in all, when we know the medications you’re taking, we’re better equipped to give you recommendations that take your entire health into account.

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Mouth Problems: What to Know

In an ideal situation, we have a plan, and we manage our blood sugar levels, stay on a healthy nutrition plan, and continue daily, good oral health habits. If we also see a dentist regularly we can prevent problems, but if a problem occurs, we can catch it early!

When we have poor blood sugar control, we see an increase in the risk for gum problems. Just like with other infections, gum disease can cause our blood sugar to rise. And then, as a result, diabetes can be harder to manage because you are less able to fight bacteria and even more susceptible to infections.

If Our Blood Sugar is Uncontrolled…

If our blood sugar becomes uncontrolled, we may experience dry mouth and bad breath. What’s worse is that we can end up with thrush, inflammation in our gums and infections in the mouth.

Warning signs that you have an oral infection include:

  • Swelling or pus around the teeth or gums – even if small
  • Pain in your mouth that doesn’t go away
  • Pain when chewing
  • Dark spots in your teeth
  • The appearance of holes in your teeth
  • White or red patches on your gum tissue or anywhere in the mouth

Call us if you have diabetes and any of the signs or symptoms listed above.

Keep Taking Care of Your Teeth

The Canadian Diabetes Association says that, “Because periodontal disease is an infection, bacteria produce toxins that affect the carbohydrate metabolism in individual cells. It is also thought that the host response to periodontal bacteria can increase insulin resistance and, therefore, blood glucose levels.” Said another way, there is evidence to suggest (although cause and effect is not quite determined) that there is a two-way link between the state of your mouth and your management of diabetes (1).

If anything, this assertion just reinforces the idea that we have to be proactive in taking care of our mouths. Step one? Telling your dentist this major lifestyle change – that way we can work together to reduce your risk of complications and prevent gum and mouth infections or gum disease.

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We Support Your Entire Health: Give Hagen Dental a Call Today

We want you to help you manage your diabetes – in a way that is as comfortable as possible. We’re here to partner with you so you can improve your total health.

Have questions? We’d love to answer them. Hagen Dental is supportive no matter where you are on your health journey. Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule a visit for you or your family.

Sources/References

  1. http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/oral-health/5-reasons-why-oral-care-matters/
  2. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/more-on-the-mouth.html
  3. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diabetes

How Bad Is It to Go to Sleep Without Brushing Your Teeth?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

hagen dentalTypically most of us eat dinner at night. Just like with any other meal or snack, when we eat, the bacteria in our mouth have an opportunity to thrive. Sound gross?

Well—it doesn’t end there!

These bacteria thrive off the food particles that enter out mouth, and they then create an acid as a byproduct of feasting on the food we just ate. That acid is what breaks down our tooth enamel. Eventually, this is what causes decay and cavities.

Let’s say that you brush and floss after eating a meal, including after dinner before you go to bed. When we brush the right way, you interrupt that process from happening: in just two to three minutes of brushing, followed by flossing, you help prevent that build-up of bacteria.

You also help encourage the turnover of microbes on your teeth when you brush. This in turn means you reduce the tartar and the plaque build-up in your mouth. Another benefit? Brushing before bed is also another habit that can signal to our body that it’s time to get ready, unwind and go to bed!

If Fresh Breath & A Beautiful Smile Isn’t Enough to Motivate You…

So how bad is it if you don’t brush your teeth before going to sleep?

oral bacteria healthIf you don’t brush after a meal, and then head to bed, you contribute to a less healthy oral environment. Specifically, you are letting a lot of bacteria grow without interruption! You are also letting the plaque “sit” and harden on your teeth.

Over time, we get plaque on our teeth, and when it’s calcified (hardened) that makes it extremely difficult to remove and get rid of. Being that we have less saliva in our mouths at night, which helps naturally “swift away” food particles and bacteria, this can further accelerate the growth of bacteria.

From there, the plaque can continue to build-up in our mouth, resulting in a greater number of bacteria communities that may be thriving and doing harm to our oral health. Just imagine: bacteria in our mouth are always attempting to grow. All our daily habits can either work against this process—and work to reduce the bacteria that is present—or they can support the growth of the bacteria.

The good news it that this is part of why you regularly see us: we have the instruments and tools to remove your plaque build-up during your regular teeth cleaning. With that said, just think of how long that plaque can sit and get worse on your teeth in-between visits! 

But That’s Not All…

This plaque build-up is bad for your gum and teeth, but it can also signal to the body that you have an infection. This kind of inflammatory response that can come before or during the stages of gum disease keeps our immune system fighting off what it believes is something that is threating our body. In this process, our body is “attacking” our gum, hoping to protect our tissue.

This inflammatory response can result in our tissue being damaged or destroyed. When people see their gum line pulling away from the tooth, for example, this is often what has taken place.

Gum disease, inflammation and the repercussions of inflammation in our body is not something that would happen after just one night in which we fall asleep without brushing our teeth. But just like all our oral health habits, it comes down to the kind of habits we adopt over time.

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Fight an Elevated Oral Bacteria Count & Keep Your Smile Healthy

As you get ready for bed this week, put a priority on making sure you brush and floss. If you’re someone who often gets tired quickly, and then you end up accidentally falling asleep before brushing your teeth, change your habits so that you brush your teeth closer to finishing dinner. Your future, healthy mouth will thank you!

As little as three minutes can keep your teeth and gums healthy for the long run. It can help reduce future pain that could be associated with sensitive gum lines or cavities, and it can keep your smiling looking great. Help fight bad breath and help combat other diseases by taking time out to brush your teeth and floss before heading off to bed tonight.

Want to Setup an Appointment with Hagen Dental?
 

First, don’t forget to make brushing and flossing a part of your daily routine. If you are looking for a deep clean to get rid of the plaque build-up in your mouth, give Hagen a call today at 513.251.5500. Your teeth will feel great when you leave Hagen Dental. We have many options to help you achieve the smile of your dreams and we can’t wait to meet you.

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.

Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy: Part Two

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

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Last week we talked about how February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s important to take time with our kids to show them the importance of dental health.

After all, the mouth is the gateway to the body—meaning that the mouth greatly affects our total health, and that when we have a healthy mouth we often have a healthy body.

During Childhood: What We Can Do

Last week we talked about just how important it is to start taking your child to Dr. Hagen at around age 3. Besides taking our children to our dentist around that age (unless we were to tell you otherwise), there are other norms of tooth development during childhood.

First, kids will experience teeth that wiggle. Typically around age 6, kids will find that their teeth will begin to come loose. Generally speaking a good idea is to let the tooth come out naturally or with a bit of wiggling to help it come out with very little pain.
Cavities are also something to consider during this time. Again, in many cases due to high sugar in the diet, cavities can develop in our children’s teeth. There are steps we can take to make sure that kids reduce the likelihood of cavities, but also are educated on good oral health.

These steps include:

  1. Brushing for two minutes a day—at least. Take your time during this process and be sure that kids are brushing gently. In an ideal scenario, we might spend time brushing after every meal. Aim for two times per day, at minimum. Be sure to involve your children in the process and get creative to make it fun! Kids will enjoy it more if you are having fun, too. Verbalize how good of a job they are doing, why they are brushing their teeth, and even consider brushing your teeth as a family if that helps promote good oral health habits for all.
  1. Take a look at nutrition. Educate kids on how eating healthy can be delicious and can make them feel great! Emphasize the importance of instilling good dental hygiene habits at an early age. Since kids are often on the go, encourage healthy snacking from a young age if possible. This may mean planning ahead in order to avoid the more convenient, lower nutrient-dense (and sugar-heavy) snacks. Aim to avoid sugar-added drinks entirely if it’s possible, or keep them at a minimum since you know the damage they can do to teeth and overall health.dr hagen childrens dentist

When should kids start brushing their teeth by themselves?

It’s a good question, and every child is different—just like they are when it comes to tying their shoes. If we teach by example, many children can quickly pick up the habit and enjoy doing this on their own. Others are slower and less likely to pick up the habit on their own. Try to promote brushing their teeth as something fun and positive in your household to combat this notion.

On average, many kids have the ability to start brushing their teeth by themselves at age 4 or 5. It is at this age where they have the dexterity to be able to do so. If you notice your child is not taking enough time as they brush their teeth, consider some kind of timer to help them reach a goal.

When your child is around 7 or 8, they no longer need the baby toothbrush. At this point, they should be able to fully brush their teeth by themselves. A talking point used with many children is to discuss how although baby teeth fall out, they are important because they help “set up” our adult teeth. In other words, they set the stage for our adult teeth to come in.

“These Teeth Are For Life”

Communicate with your children that unlike the other bones in their body, our teeth do not “self-repair” in the same way. Although our gums do have the ability to “self-repair,” it is important for children to see why they need to take care of their teeth—even if they don’t have all their adult teeth in yet. Once they do have their adult teeth in, they should be aware that these are for life!

Another “norm” in our culture that can’t be forgotten is the Tooth Fairy! Technically, by the time our children have a full set of adult teeth, they will have lost 20 baby teeth…that’s a lot of teeth for the Tooth Fairy

Acting as the tooth fairy, many times parents give children around $1 for each tooth—or at least, when kids remember to leave it for the fairy! If your family is interested in the tradition, you can use the Tooth Fairy as a way to encourage good dental habits. Again, it’s just one more way you can promote education as well as good brushing habits.

Have questions about your child’s specific dental health? Or are you ready to bring your child in for their first visit to the dentist? Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or visit our website here.

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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

Impacted Tooth? We Explore Everything You Need to Know

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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What’s an impacted tooth?

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

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

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

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

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

Do I Have an Impacted Tooth?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

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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.

“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!

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This one refers to “acid fur”!

baby ad

Can you believe this one?

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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.

Sources These Were Taken From:

  • 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/