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What’s In a Smile?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Ever wonder what it is that people notice when they look at you?

Photo courtesy of Diva Village

Well, believe it or not, here is breakdown we recently heard on the radio:

5. Nose

4. Hair

3. Weight

2. Eyes

1. Your smile!

With your smile being the number one thing people notice, just image the impact having a healthy smile, and how that can positively affect the way people perceive you!

Not only this, we’ve even recently read how the Academy of General Dentistry has reported that 40 percent of people notice a smile first when it comes to their co-workers! Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when it comes to the health of your smile: Are you happy with the color of your teeth? Are you happy with how your teeth are shaped? Do you normally feel you have fresh breath?

If you don’t feel positive about your answers to these questions, it could be affecting not only how others see you, but how much confidence you have in yourself…Here are a few more questions to ask yourself about your current habits:

  • Do you brush your teeth twice a day, being mindful about not brushing too hard in the process?
  • Do you see your dentist regularly and setup your next appointment while you are there so you are more likely to come in?

No matter how you feel about your teeth and your habits currently, come visit Hagen Dental! It will be your first step towards having that enviable, radiant smile–and a healthy mouth–that you deserve to have.

Preventing the Flu Starts with Healthy Oral Habits

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

In the midst of flu season, many of us will rely on vitamins and supplements, washing our hands, getting enough sleep, and hydrating to stay healthy. These are all great, but there’s another, somewhat overlooked, prevention that is as simple as keeping a clean toothbrush!

We want to help you prevent the flu and those nasty colds! On our Facebook
page we’ve asked how long you should wait to change your toothbrush. The answer: two to three months. If you’ve never been especially great at remembering to switch out your toothbrush for a new one, try using the change of seasons as a reminder. You can even put a quick note on your calendar.

We house and produce hundreds of microorganisms in our mouth that can be transferred to our toothbrush when we brush our teeth. (So that means at least twice a day, we are encountering these microorganisms!)

When you’re sick, it’s important to store your toothbrush away from others and to replace your toothbrush immediately after you are well again. Even it toothbrushes are not touching, airborne bacteria from sneezing and coughing move easily!

The best ways to ensure your brush remains clean throughout its lifespan include:

  • Don’t share your toothbrush with others.
  • Rinse your toothbrush with hot water and remove any excess saliva, food, or toothpaste.
  • Don’t cover toothbrush head for extended period of times – it creates a moist environment where bacteria thrive.
  • Always store brush in upright position.
  • Keep multiple toothbrushes separate.

Remember to wash your hands before and after you brush your teeth as your hands are coming into contact with your mouth as well! (Also note, that in addition to preventing the flu and cold this season, washing your hands can also prevent oral inflammatory disease.)

Last but not least, remember to brush your tongue and to floss! You miss the equivalent of about one third of your teeth surface area when you don’t – so you’re leaving all that bacteria in there to grow and deteriorate your oral and overall heath.

If you have any questions regarding these pointers, ask on our Facebook or Twitter, or give us a call at 513.251.5500! We’re always happy to help.