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September 20th, 2018

The Biggest Pregnancy & Oral Health Questions, Answered

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During pregnancy, your health can certainly be under the microscope as you experience so many things changing in your body. Sometimes women don’t realize all that’s happening in their mouth, as well, during this time.

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But taking care of your mouth and your teeth is critically important when you are pregnant. Here we answer some of the most common questions on oral health and pregnancy that women have: 

Question: I think I could be pregnant. When should I tell my dentist that I’m pregnant?

Answer: Even if your loved ones don’t yet know the news yet, be sure to let us know as soon as you believe you might be pregnant.

Many women can be at increased risk for oral conditions during pregnancy, so we want to be sure you have all you need to be as healthy as possible during your pregnancy. Second, and just as important, there are certain medications you should avoid while pregnant.

Knowing you are pregnant will help us to make the best decisions for your health and for the health of your baby.

pregnancy oral health dentist cincinnati ohioQuestion: Should I continue to see my dentist during my pregnancy?

Answer: Yes, absolutely! Oral exams and professional teeth cleaning are very important during your pregnancy. You will also have a chance to ask us questions or to bring up any concerns you have when you see us.

As mentioned, you also want to let us know that you are in fact pregnant. Notify us of any medications you have been taking, as well as supplements (1, 2, 3).

Question: I heard pregnant women should not be treated with tetracycline. Why is that?

Answer: Tetracycline can stain your baby’s developing teeth. Again, to avoid any teeth staining—or any other potential issues—you want to be sure to notify us that you are pregnant.

Question: How does my diet during pregnancy tie-in with my oral health?

Answer: Yes, nutrition plays a role in maintaining your oral health, and that’s especially during pregnancy. In an ideal world, you can stick to whole foods that are nutrient-dense, and avoid foods with added sugar.

If you find that you need more snacks than normal, know that this can increase your risk for tooth decay. Just aim to stay hydrated (with water whenever you can) and keep up your oral health habits during this time and brush and floss as regularly as possible (2, 3, 4).

Question: What should I do if I notice something out-of-the-norm with my dental health during my pregnancy?

Answer: Let us know immediately if you believe you are have any oral health issues or changes in your mouth. We want to be sure to address any issues as early as possible.

Question: Is it true that women are more likely to develop gingivitis during pregnancy?

Answer: It is true that you are at greater risk of developing gingivitis during your pregnancy. That’s why if you see signs of swelling or any abnormal tenderness, you should come in and see us.

The reason this can happen is partially because of the hormonal changes your body is going through. If and when your gums swell, this is what can result in what is sometimes called “pregnancy gingivitis.” If left untreated, dental disease can be harmful to your baby, and it can be harmful to you, too.

But don’t fret: if this happens to you, we may have you come in for more frequent teeth cleanings with us. There are also other ways to make sure you combat the plaque and tartar-build-up. Being proactive as possible goes a long way!

In the meantime, be sure to floss every day. Because your gums are swollen, food particles can be more problematic than normal during your pregnancy.

Question: What are “pregnancy tumors”?

Answer: As scary as that might sound, these so-called “tumors” are not cancerous. These little “raspberries” in your mouth can form between your teeth. Sometimes these growths will bleed easily, including when you go to brush your teeth. Once again, hormones are the cause.

In most cases, people can have their dentist remove these lumps if they become an issue. Keep in mind that the growths will also naturally go away on their own after you give birth (2, 3, 4).

Question: I’ve been told I need a tooth pulled. Do I need to worry about how that procedure might affect my baby?

Answer: This procedure is safe, but in some cases, your dentist may feel it’s fine to postpone a certain procedure.

It does surprise many to hear, but radiographs are also safe during your pregnancy. There are also local anesthetics that can be used safely during this time.

Even though preventive and restorative dental treatments are safe for you and your baby, be sure to always let us know you are pregnant, as certain medications can be switched out, among other factors that can be influenced by your pregnancy.

Question: Does morning sickness affect my teeth?

Answer: This is an area many women worry about! Morning sickness can bring acid from your stomach into your mouth. The result is that tooth erosion can happen, and it can happen quickly.

Besides coming in to talk to us about your specific situation, aim to wash out your mouth with water (or with a fluoride mouthwash) first before brushing your teeth after morning sickness. That way, you can get rid of some of the acidity before you brush your teeth.

Ask us about a way to use baking soda that can also help if morning sickness is a recurring problem for you.

Question: Are dental x-rays still safe even though I’m pregnant?

Answer: We tend to do x-rays during when we need to; after all, they are in fact safe. In some cases, we delay the x-ray until after your baby is born. In all cases, we avoid putting you or your baby at risk.

Each person is different and we assess what’s best for your health. No matter what, if x-rays are taken, we do make sure to minimize your exposure to the x-rays.

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We Want You to Be As Healthy as Possible During Pregnancy

As always, be sure to come in to see us to get recommendations that are specific to you. Pregnancy is a beautiful journey and really does bring so many changes to your body. We’re here to help support your entire health during this special time. Call us at (513) 251-5500 or clicking the online scheduling button to schedule your professional cleaning today.

Sources:

  1. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/pregnancy#
  2. https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/for_the_dental_patient_may_2011.pdf?la=en
  3. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy/concerns
  4. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-during-pregnancy/four-things-to-know-about-oral-health-and-pregnancy-1014
  5. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy
September 10th, 2018

This Is How to Get Stronger Teeth

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Strong teeth are often HEALTHY teeth! So how can you keep your teeth as strong as possible?

The answer lies in protecting your enamel.

There are many ways to break down the outer and hardest part of our teeth—that is, your enamel. But…also remember that the enamel is the most highly mineralized substance in your body.  It’s also the hardest material in your body!

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at what weakens the enamel, and what you can do with this knowledge to make sure your teeth stay strong and healthy for a lifetime.

What Weakens Your Teeth

Let’s take a look at what can WEAKEN your teeth over time. After all, those would naturally be the things and habits we’d like to avoid so that we can keep our teeth as healthy as possible.

Here are some of the culprits that can lead to enamel erosion:

Attrition. Have you been told you grind your teeth? Or do you notice that you’ve developed jaw pain that’s been attributed to bruxism? We all have natural tooth-to-tooth friction, which can be a good thing, but too much can weaken your teeth. It can also “loosen” your teeth and/or stretch periodontal ligaments. Think of it this way: with all that friction, something has to give!

Abrasion. One of the reasons many people choose to use a soft-bristle toothbrush is because they tend to brush too hard. Over time, if you brush too hard, it can serve to break down your enamel.

Additionally, if you don’t floss right or if you bite down on hard objects, the kind of wear and tear you put on your teeth also falls under this category. Another bad habit that falls under the abrasion category: chewing tobacco. It’s probably not too surprising for you to hear that this breaks down enamel over time.

Abfraction. Yep, sounds like a pretty fancy word! This is used when we talk about stress fractures to the tooth. Clearly that’s working against STRENGTHENING your teeth!

Corrosion. When certain materials hit our teeth, it can cause corrosion, which is one of the most damaging things we can do to our enamel in many cases. There can be acids that hit our teeth because of intrinsic reasons—such as excessive vomiting or acid reflux—or it could be other factors—extrinsic ones—like what we eat (1, 2).

Taking Control of the Health of Your Teeth

It’s good to know how we think of tooth erosion, and the terms we use to describe the various causes. Here’s a few other areas that can might contribute to tooth erosion:

  • Drinking soft drinks that have a high amount of citric acid or phosphoric acid;
  • Lack of saliva;
  • Dry mouth;
  • If your diet is high in sugar;
  • If your diet is high in starch;
  • If you have ongoing acid reflux or acid reflux disease;
  • Certain medications (1, 2).

Some areas that might surprise you that you should be aware of:

  • Fruits…and even dried Yes, fruits are great nutrition-wise, but be careful with very acidic fruits;
  • Certain wines where the acid can wear away at your enamel;
  • Aim to brush your teeth 45 minutes after you juice;
  • Gummy, chewable vitamins. If they are sugar-based you can see why it can be a problem;

Enamel’s Role in Your Mouth

Enamel is so important in protecting your teeth from decay. Be sure you do everything you can to protect your enamel and to keep it from eroding. When you do this, you protect your teeth, and you keep a strong barrier in tact that helps the inner layers of your teeth avoid the effects of plaque.

Once the enamel is destroyed, your body can’t re-generate it, unlike things like our skin. In other words, once it’s destroyed, our body does not make more to replace it.

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Concerned about what to do to keep your teeth as strong as possible? You can take these 5 steps to preserve your enamel. Of course you always want to talk to us about your specific situation.

Step 1: Watch your sugar intake. Recall that includes both beverages AND it includes food. Sugar does A LOT of damage to your enamel. By cutting back on sugar, you can really cut back on the cumulative damage that happens to your enamel over time.

If you don’t know where to start, consider a food journal so you can see all the areas where you are consuming sugar. For example, do you have a latte or coffee with sugar in the morning? You can see how you might not even realize how much sugar is in your current diet!

Step 2: Avoid hard and sticky candies and avoid chewing ice. These are ones you can avoid entirely or, if you can’t give up the hard candies, at least minimize how often you eat them!

Step 3: Maintain positive daily habits. Use toothpaste and floss every day. On top of that, see us regular professional cleanings where we’re able to remove plaque build-up that sits on your enamel. All of these things you can control and have a major impact on preserving your enamel.

Step 4: Whereas things like soft drinks, Gatorade, cookies, or breakfast cereals have acids that “eat away” at minerals in your enamel, there are things you can do to re-mineralize your teeth.

The mineral fluoride is one example, which is why drinking fluoride can really help to combat tooth decay.

Step 5: Let’s say you are flossing and brushing consistently—and with a soft brush—you don’t smoke or chew tobacco, you have a healthy diet that doesn’t contain a lot of sugar, and that you are getting regular check-ups at Hagen Dental. Well done!

At this point, if you still have other factors (which can even be genetic) that mean you have trouble maintaining healthy teeth, let us know your concerns.

We have additional options for areas that are a concern (such as cracked or chipped areas) and we even have the ability to cover your enamel in certain areas that need to be re-strengthened. We can also provide you with toothpaste that is gentler on tooth enamel.

We can also provide you with optimized-fluoride toothpastes that will help to strengthen teeth if we determine you need additional support to combat the effects of acid erosion.

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Build a Strong Foundation for Your Teeth

You can take these steps to keep your enamel strong and healthy…and at the same time, you can keep your teeth looking and feeling great! Give us a call to learn about what steps you can take to prevent dental decay. You can also come in for smile makeovers, full-mouth rehabilitation, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and much more at Hagen Dental Practice!

We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation or your next regular professional cleaning with Dr. Hagen by calling (513) 251-5500 or clicking the online scheduling button.

Sources:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-enamel-erosion-restoration#1
  2. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/dental-erosion

 

 

September 5th, 2018

A Message to Everyone With A Smile

Category: cincinnati dentist, dental health

Smiles are one of the most universally understood facial gestures. A smile can encourage, communicate, inspire, and improve many a situation. Did you know that smiling also has many health and social benefits? Check out these proven benefits to turning that frown upside down.

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How Smiling Impacts Your Social Life

Better Interactions: People who smile more often are typically treated better. A study from the Journal of Neuropsychologia found that a person watching another person smiling promotes rewarding feelings by the observer, and improves how they act towards you.

Thoughts Towards You: A 2011 study by researchers at the Face Research Laboratory in Scotland found that smiling and eye contact increased both men’s and women’s subjective judgment of attractiveness by the study participants. People tend to view a smiling person as more attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere (1).

Better Relationships: We are drawn to people who smile more often. Those who smile are considered more likable. Being likable is one of the important components to building and maintaining strong and healthy social bonds and relationships with others. An increase in positive emotions is also linked to better interpersonal skills.

How Smiling Impacts People Around You

Pay it forward with a smile! A smile is considered “contagious”. This is proven analysis of brain activity: The part of your brain that activates when happy and the part that controls the facial expression of smiling reside in an unconscious, automatic response area of the brain called the cingulate cortex. Looking at someone smiling makes your brain want to imitate the expression. Avoiding a return smile is almost impossible to do without making a conscious effort not to do so  (1).

How Smiling Impacts Your Brain

Each time you actively smile, neurons in your brain are activated and send messages to other parts of the brain and body in response to the smile. These specific messages improve your health, your happiness, lower your stress levels, and relax your body. This occurs due to the release of the “feel-good” neurotransmitters, which are dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin (1).

Improved Mood: Just as smiling at someone else can encourage them to smile and feel better, smiling does good for your own happiness too! Smiling will actually activate those happiness centers of your brain due to the neural pathways associated with the expression. This can spur on actual feelings of happiness, and provide you with the perk of an improved mood. Smiles help you genuinely stay and feel happier. It’s a great life hack when you want to try and cheer up (2).

Immune Function: The brain is also intricately connected to your immune system function. Studies show again and again how depression weakens the immune system, while happiness boosts the immune response and disease-fighting systems in our body. This all starts with a smile. The physical action of a smile, with or without emotions of happiness, “tricks” our brain into assuming happiness is happening, and helps to protect our body. The phrase “laughter is the best medicine” carries a lot more importance than we might have originally thought.

Stress Reduction: The brain responds so positively to smiling that it produces both psychological and physical improvements in stress markers. So if you’re feeling stressed, try to squeeze in a few smiles. Your brain responds with the stress-reducing and calming neuron activity, as well as a lowered heart rate, to help you calm down and handle the situation more effectively (3).

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How Smiling Impacts Your Body

Lowered Blood Pressure: Smiling and laughing activities create direct physiological changes in the body. These actions are followed by muscle relaxation, decreased heart rate, and decreased blood pressure in the body. These health factors mean a lower risk of heart disease in your future. So smile and laugh every day (2, 3)!

Stress Reduction: The lowered stress levels mentioned above help reduce not only the negative psychological impact of stress, but the physical impact of stress as well.

Pain Relief: Laughter helps the body release its own natural painkillers, increases your pain threshold and leads to a greater tolerance to pain. This can be especially helpful in long term, chronic illness or pain (3).

Longer Life Span: Smiling and positive emotions are associated with longer life spans. That alone is enough reason to find more things to smile about (3).

We Care About Your Smile

We think these benefits prove that smiling more often just makes sense! We want you to not only have a smile you can be proud of, but feel confident about expressing yourself with a grin, enabling you to enjoy these health and life benefits.

At Hagen Dental, our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with excellent dental care. Set up your next appointment with us! Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your family, or welcoming you back again!

Sources:

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile
  2. https://benefitsbridge.unitedconcordia.com/top-7-health-benefits-smiling/
  3. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/smiling-can-trick-your-brain-happiness-boost-your-health-ncna822591

 

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August 27th, 2018

These Are the Top Reasons for Toothaches

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Toothaches: they are almost bound to happen at one time or another in your life.

But what are some of the common causes of toothaches, anyway? Let’s explore common causes of toothaches together.

Cracked Tooth/Fractured Tooth/Damage to a Tooth

Teeth can accidentally get cracked a number of different ways. Did you suddenly start to have pain? Or are you having problems when biting down on food? You might have damage to your tooth or even a cracked tooth. If and when that fracture makes its way to the middle of the tooth, where nerve endings are, the pain will hit hard.

Tooth Decay

It may not be a surprise to hear how tooth decay can lead to pain. If your tooth decay is significant enough to reach your dentin, that’s probably when you’ll start to feel it. If decay continues, and reaches closer to the center of the tooth, the pain will likely worsen.

Gum Disease

If you have swollen or bleeding gums, combined with pain in your teeth, it could be gum disease. Again, just like all of these, this is one not to ignore!

Infection in Your Tooth

While the abscess could be caused by a number of reasons, you may have a tooth with an infection. If that’s made its way to the root tip or around the root, you could be in a lot of pain—and this is often pain that never quits.

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Diminished Enamel

For whatever reason it may be, if your tooth enamel has eroded, your nerve endings could be extra sensitive. Think of it this way: once your enamel is weakened or damaged, when something like hot liquid or cold liquid hits your tooth, it can actually hit the nerve endings in the dentin layer of your tooth.

Sinus Infection

Believe it or not, it might not be your teeth! If you have nasal congestion, a headache, and are experiencing other signs of a sinus infection—and all of a sudden you also have pain in what feels like your jaw area—it could be pain from your infection.

Grinding Your Teeth

Pressure from clenching or grinding your teeth can add up. In some cases, this can result in nerve pain.

Mouth Cancer

When someone has oral cancer, there can be many signs and symptoms that result. One potential symptom, which also comes with other symptoms, is pain or even numbness in the mouth.

Tooth Eruption

Yep, when little ones are having a new teeth come in, it can really hurt!

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If you’re in the middle of using a dental alignment system, that can be another reason you feel pain or discomfort in the teeth and gums.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When wisdom teeth are impacted, there can be a great deal of pain in both your jaw and gums (1).

‘Just’ Have Mild Discomfort?

Do you “just” have mild discomfort in a tooth? Even if the pain is dull, let us know. If the pain becomes more intense when you eat or drink hot or cool foods, it could be a signal that there is significant decay or even a cavity.

If it’s not a cavity, you could have thinning of your tooth enamel or even receding gums which are causing the pain. Just know you might not have to deal with that discomfort.

Is That Tooth Sensitivity An Issue?

A quick and easy way to see if you need to come in and tell us about your tooth sensitivity is to try and cut back on your whitening toothpaste, which many of us use today.

By using these kinds of toothpastes only every other day, for example, you will give your teeth a bit of a break.

A few other tips:

  • Cut back on cold or hot drinks to see if it makes a difference
  • Ask us about your use of tooth whitening products—even toothpastes—when in doubt
  • Brush gently to be sure you aren’t making your gum recession worse
  • Start using a soft-bristle brush
  • Try to cut back on acidic foods for a week to see if it makes a difference

Schedule an Appointment With Us

If you are having abnormal or unexplained pain in your mouth, be sure to let us know. These might be some of the causes of your pain (which, by the way, might not always be clear), but we want to help you resolve that pain.

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Hagen Dental is Here to Help You Keep That Healthy Smile

As always, this blog isn’t giving any medical advice; if you have any sort of pain in your mouth, be sure to come in and see us so we can evaluate your specific situation. Give us a call to learn about smile makeovers, full-mouth rehabilitation, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and much more at Hagen Dental Practice. We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation or your next regular professional cleaning with Dr. Hagen by calling (513) 251-5500 or clicking the online scheduling button.

Source:

  1. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tooth-sensitivity/potential-causes-of-toothaches-its-not-always-a-cavity-0213
August 20th, 2018

The Essential Guide to Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

Category: dental health

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Do you have a dental care regimen for your dog?

We know they are considered a part of the family, so to keep their gums and mouth healthy, we’ve compiled some of the top tips you can use when it comes to brushing your dog’s teeth.

Step #1: Get them used to the idea

If you can, start young with your dog…but don’t worry if that hasn’t happened! To start to train a dog, many people like to show their dog what it’s like to have fingers in their mouth first.

Think of it this way: your slowly getting your dog used to the idea that you’re going to be putting something in their mouth in the future. This way, they can adjust the idea!

Consider putting your finger in peanut butter or some other treat, and let them lick it off your finger. As they do this, you can start to safely and gently rub their teeth and gums with your finger.

You can also try to keep their mouth open for longer periods of time—again, you’re getting them ready for the brushing that’s to come.

Another point to consider: You may need some toys on hand for positive reinforcement when they allow you to keep their mouth open for a little longer than they are used to. Some dogs may have a bit of resistance at first, so this can help.

Step #2: Start small

If desired, you may skip the first point. Whenever you feel you are ready, with the guidance from your vet, you can introduce your dog to toothpaste.

Be sure you use pet toothpaste with your animal. You should never use human toothpaste with your dog! Today there are dog toothpastes that are flavored like beef or poultry that many will enjoy

Slowly work up to brushing their teeth. You may at first just introduce them to a small amount of toothpaste. After all, it will take some getting used to. Aim to focus on the faces of the lip, when possible. It may take a week, or longer to get them used to this new habit. You also can adjust the amount of toothpaste you are using over time (2).

Step #3: Reinforce their good habits

It’s amazing what can be done with patience and reinforcement in terms of training your dog! Over time it should be easier to give them a quality brushing each day (or as often as your dentist recommends). In general, 30 seconds per side of the mouth is a good goal to have in terms of how long you want to brush their teeth. Just like with humans, be sure you are as gentle as possible.

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Step #4: Continue to turn to your trusted vet

Typically, dogs will also need professional, anesthetized cleanings, although it’s always going to vary based on what kind of dog you have. Keeping these regular appointments can help with preventative health measure and it can help to spot anything that’s wrong with your dog’s health (2).

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Other Tips to Help You Brush Your Dog’s Teeth 

A few other tips to consider for the health of your dog’s gums and teeth: First, make sure you talk to your vet so you know as much as you can about your dog, especially as it relates to their particular breed.

Don’t be unrealistic and realize it may take some time to develop good oral health habits with your dog!

Next, provide safe chew items; just like how flossing and chewing help to stimulate our gums, chewing is great for dogs’ teeth and gums, too. Not sure exactly what’s best to provide them with? You can choose between chew items and dental chews. Talk to your vet about what kind of meaty bones are a fit for your dog. All of these things, when done regularly and in combination with each other, can promote a healthy mouth.

Something Doesn’t Seem Quite Right? Don’t Ignore It…

A good rule of thumb: Always ask your vet about what’s going to be beneficial for their health, and stay mindful of anything that doesn’t seem quite right when it comes to their gums and teeth.

For example, if your dog already has dental disease, your vet might recommend a certain course of action before you start any at-home regular teeth cleaning. Also know what healthy looks like, and what could be a sign of something going wrong in the mouth.

Typically, a dog’s healthy gums will be a shrimp-colored pink. If they look very white, or, on the opposite side of things, if they look red or inflamed, it’s reason to pay attention (1, 2).

If dog’s gum ever bleeds for more than a few minutes, you don’t want ignore it because it may be a sign of disease in the mouth, an immune issue, or something else.

It’s not uncommon for pups have what’s called papillomatosis, or warts of the gums. You might notice that there are what appears to be clusters of warts or you may just see one or two.

In most cases, with one or two of these small warts in the mouth, it’s not a major concern, but always check with your vet if it lasts more than a few weeks because they may need to be removed surgically at a certain point (1).

Improving Your Dental Health

At Hagen Dental, we want you to improve your health and wellness so that you’re living your healthiest life possible. If you are interested in setting up your next appointment with us, give us a call today at (513) 251-5500. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your family, or seeing you come in again.

Sources/References

  1. https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/your-dogs-gums-problems-watch
  2. https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/your-pets-dental-health-how-to-brush-your-pets-teeth-(and-why).aspx
August 13th, 2018

Tooth Fairy Traditions From Around the World

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Nearly every culture in the world has some tradition in place for celebrating or disposing of children’s lost baby teeth. Customs and cultural beliefs related to teeth have been in place for centuries, and vary by nation across the world.

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The United States

The fantasy concept of the Tooth Fairy is the most wide spread and most recent children’s tooth tradition in the United States and in most Western and Western-influenced cultures. The Tooth Fairy as a standard visitor after a tooth falls out is standard tradition for most households in America. In most accounts, the Tooth Fairy is a female character.

As the custom goes, the child places the tooth under the pillow, and once asleep, the tooth fairy stops by, retrieves the baby tooth, and leaves money in its place. In the morning, the delighted child finds the gift in place of the tooth.

The image creation of the gift-bearing tooth fairy was inspired by various European folklore tales – such as the fairies featured in many classic movies, such as the character Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. The current going rate for a lost tooth in America averages at just under $5 (1, 2, 3).

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Hispanic Cultures

Residents of Spain, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Columbia have a different folklore character who visits when children’s teeth fall out – a Tooth Mouse named “Raton Perez”. The mouse also goes by the name “El Raton de Los Dientes”. Similar to the Tooth Fair, this Tooth Mouse visits after a child loses a tooth and places it under their pillow.

Raton Perez will replace the tooth with a gift – sometimes monetary in form, but not always – for the child to discover in the morning.

In Argentina specifically, some kids place the tooth in a glass of water instead of under their pillow. Legend has it that the thirsty Perez will drink the water, grab the tooth, and leave the gift in the empty glass (2, 3).

Europe

In Europe during the Middle Ages, there was a custom of burying baby teeth in the ground upon falling out. This custom was thought to ensure the adult teeth would grow in their place and to save the child from hardship in the afterlife.

Today, many of countries in Europe which are primarily English-speaking countries follow a tooth fairy tradition similar to the American custom.

France (and some parts of Belgium) boasts its own version of the Tooth Mouse: “La Bonne Petite Souris.” Children leave their lost teeth under their pillow, and the tiny mouse will stop by the house, retrieve the tooth, and leave money, or oftentimes, sweets and candies.

Italy also has their version of the Tooth Mouse, named “Topolino” (1, 2, 4).

Asia

In some Asian countries such as India, China, Japan and Korea, kids who lose teeth from the lower jaw follow a practice of throwing those teeth onto their home’s roof. Teeth from the upper jaw go on the floor, or are placed under the floor. The idea behind this tradition is the hope that the new, adult teeth will be pulled towards the old tooth.

In areas of Central Asia, such as Mongolia, it is a custom to feed the lost baby tooth to a dog. The tradition stems from the desire to have the adult tooth that follows to grow in as strong as a dog’s tooth. If no dog is available, it is traditional to bury the tooth near a tree so that the new adult tooth will have strong roots like a tree (2).

Middle Eastern Countries

Iraq, Jordan and Egypt residents follow a similar “throwing” tradition as many of the Asian countries. Here, you’ll see a custom where kids throw their teeth into the air towards the sky, sun, or Allah. One hope is that the sunlight will help their teeth grow in faster. This upward-bound tossing of the teeth potentially dates back as far as the 13th century, when it was considered a pre-Islamic offering.

In Malaysia, kids customarily bury their lost baby teeth in the ground, simply as a way to return them to nature.

In Nepal, children bury their lost teeth in a secret, hidden location (2, 3, 4).

tooth fairies traditions and stories found throughout the world

We Care About Your Family’s Teeth

No matter WHAT your baby teeth traditions entail, here at Hagen Dental, we want you to keep all the adult teeth AND all the baby teeth in your family healthy and strong, both for the benefit of the tooth fairy and for your dental health for years to come.

Set up your next appointment with us! Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your family, or seeing you come in again!

Sources:

  1. http://www.childrens-dental.com/blog/the-tooth-fairy-tradition/
  2. http://mentalfloss.com/article/58503/7-tooth-fairy-traditions-around-world
  3. https://www.marcieinmommyland.com/tooth-fairy-traditions-from-around-the-world/
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooth_fairy
July 20th, 2018

20 Reasons to Smile Today

Category: cincinnati dentist

hagen dental practice 20 reasons to smile today

Sometimes we can forget how great we have it! And, we can forget a few of the benefits of smiling. For example, smiling and other positive emotions are associated with living longer.

A few other social and health benefits of smiling include:

  • It can be an instant mood-booster
  • It can help you with stress relief
  • It can serve as a natural painkiller (1)

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Knowing smiling is good for the brain and good for the body, here are 20 reasons to smile today:

  1. Because of a great workout…or that awesome post-workout feeling.
  2. Because of a smile you are proud of!

smile because of a smile you are proud of

  1. Because of re-runs of your favorite show being on.
  2. Because of a good book (or audiobook).
  3. Because of a healthy choice you made today.
  4. Because of Amazon.
  5. Because smiles are contagious.

In fact, a neuroscientist named Marco Iacoboni found that everyone has what’s called “mirror neurons.” These are cells in our brain that are activated when we perform a certain action. These cells also are activated when we see someone else do something.

When it comes to smiling, our brains react to seeing someone else smile! Iacoboni’s work showed when we see someone smile, we experience “neural activity” that evokes the same feeling we would have when WE smile and it leads to a simulation of the intentions and emotions associated with smiling (2).

Put simply: when we smile, we really do spur a similar display of emotion in others around us.

  1. Because it’s summer!

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  1. Because of FaceTime (or Skype).
  2. Because of a sunset.
  3. Because someone admires you.
  4. Because of the ability to travel.
  5. Because you can find the good in anything.

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  1. Because smiling helps us be more productive.

In fact in 2010, a researchers found that happiness has a significant and causal effect on productivity. Who knew that smiling can evoke positive emotions and help you get more work done?  (2)

  1. Because of seeing someone else smile!
  2. Because of the ability to set goals.
  3. Because of a home-cooked meal.
  4. Because of ice cream or a cool beverage on a hot summer night.
  5. Because of being able to connect with old friends on Facebook.
  6. Because you are alive!

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We Want You to Have a Smile You Are Confident About

When you smile, you activate neural messaging that benefits your health and your happiness. We want you to be able to smile with confidence each and every day. Give us a call to learn about smile makeovers, full-mouth rehabilitation, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and much more at Hagen Dental Practice.

We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hagen by calling (513) 251-5500 or clicking the online scheduling button, and find out for yourself how cosmetic solutions and whitening can give you a brilliant, beautiful new smile.

Sources:

 

  1. https://benefitsbridge.unitedconcordia.com/top-7-health-benefits-smiling/
  2. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/08/smiling-benefits_n_6598840.html
July 12th, 2018

8 Healthy Activities in Cincinnati We’re Looking Forward To at Hagen Dental

Category: cincinnati dentist

activities to do in cincinnati to stay healthy

You know that at Hagen Dental Practice, we’re all about your total health.

And, part of that is about getting in whatever kind of activity or movement that YOU enjoy!

For example, Dr. Hagen just finished his 100-mile cycling race Blood Sweat and Gears in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina!

Here are 8 ideas to consider attending with family or friends in the coming months to help you stay active and healthy.

1. SoundOff Pilates Strength Mega Mix

Are you looking for something to really mix up your regular workout routine? Here’s a super unique Pilates workout located just over the river in Newport, Kentucky. This workout is focused on strengthening your core and your overall flexibility! What makes this special is that attendees can actually tune into multiple streams of live entertainment.

You put on a headset, you pick a channel, and turn up the volume to your liking—all while doing Pilates. It’s sure to be a high-energy, fun experience.

When: Jul 13, 2018 at  Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Kentucky

Cost: $20

2. Yin Yoga & Guided Meditation

This yoga and guided meditation session looks like a great way to slow down and do some yoga. This is a slower style of yoga where poses are held for a longer duration. Meant for all levels, no prior yoga experience is needed to attend any of these sessions.

When: July 19, 2018 as well as others dates at The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cost: Ranges

3. Stories & Stretches with the Family

Bring the kiddos to hear some great stories, and take breaks to stretch together! The stretches will be easy enough for any age, so all are welcome to join. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or clean towel.

When: July 25, 2018 and other dates throughout the Summer
Cost: Free

these are fun and healthy activities to enjoy this summer in cincinnati

4. Yoga and Hiking Excursion

This session (a walk, hike, exploration) is for the movers, shakers, hikers, yogis, walkers, humans, moms, dads…you get the idea! If you’re looking for some much-needed time outside, this one is for you, as it comes with Vitamin M(movement), Vitamin N(nature), Vitamin C(community), Vitamin F(fresh air)!

According to the event description, this is a fairly easy/beginner friendly trail.

When: August 11, 2018 at Ault Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cost: $10-15

5. Mid-Pointe Family Fitness 5k

Is your family ready for a true fitness challenge? Then the Mid-Point Family Fitness 5k may just be for you! If you aren’t excited for the 5k, don’t worry, there is also a one-mile race.

When: August 15, 2018
Cost: Around $25

6. Hudy 14k Run

The Hudepohl 14K is named after the Cincinnati-brewed beer and shorter 7K start and end along Cincinnati’s riverfront, which means the race is packed with great views AND great history.

One of the other great things about this race is that it feels more like a party. It also kicks off around the same time that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati begins. Get a group of friends and starting training!

When: September 22nd, 2018 at Cincinnati Riverfront Park
Cost: $35 and up depending on the race

7. Wanderlust 108 Cincinnati 2018

This is one you really want to attend with friends or family if you’re looking for a brand new kind of experience. Wanderlust 108 is being deemed the “World’s Only Mindful Triathlon.” The aim of the event is to bring people together for a 5K run/walk, a yoga session that features a DJ, and guided meditation. The best part: it’s all local and you can choose your own “bonus” activities (like acroyoga) after the run/walk.

Nationally recognized teachers and speakers are also set to join the high-energy, truly one-of-a-kind event.

When: October 6, 2018 at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cost: Depends what parts of the event you sign up for and if you sign up as a group or not

8. Queen Bee Half Marathon & 4 Mile Run

The Queen Bee Half Marathon describes its mission as this: “to promote the fun of fitness while raising support and funds for local charities that focus on women.”

One thing is for sure: this is a marathon that is sure not to disappoint., and with that kind of mission, it’s great to be a part of something that has a larger impact, too.

There’s pampering, swag, and tons of fun during the entire race weekend. (Case in point: after you cross the finish line you can enjoy chocolates, massages, and even the “after party.”) Plus, you better bee-lieve that the race doesn’t disappoint, as it goes through the historic and scenic neighborhoods of our city!

When: October 13, 2018
Cost: Depends on the race you choose; starts at $20

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We’re All About Helping You Improve Your Total Health

At Hagen Dental, we want you to improve your health and wellness so that you’re living your healthiest life possible. If you are interested in setting up your next appointment with us, give us a call today at (513) 251-5500. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your family, or seeing you come in again!

 

June 30th, 2018

Oral Health Trivia: Our Founding Fathers Edition

Category: cincinnati dentist

Ah, the 4th of July is upon us! On July 4th, our Continental Congress—that is, the delegates from the Thirteen Colonies—came together and adopted the Declaration of Independence… Let’s take a look back.

Looking Back at Our History

According to historians, Richard Henry Lee is the one who is presented the now-famous resolution. He pronounced:

“Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

The Declaration that was signed by our Founding Fathers is now housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and—as you know—we celebrate July 4 as a national holiday. So who were the Founding Fathers, anyway?

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Our Founding Fathers: Did They Value Their Health?

There were 7 key people we now call the “Founding Fathers” of our nation That included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.

All of these men were heavily involved in our nation’s early government. (Of course Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison were Presidents.)

So we know they were visionaries and great leaders…but what was the state of their health like? And what was dental care like at that time?

Let’s take a look at two of our Founding Father’s stances on health to get a better idea of that answer!

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Thomas Jefferson

It’s said that Jefferson was a strong supporter of health. Historians say he believed that good health was essential to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course, we know these three things as the values that were established, pronounced, and celebrated in the Declaration of Independence, too.

It’s also reported that Jefferson would consistently talk about health being a natural right for people. He would state that people need to be healthy so that they can in turn protect the other values including liberty and equality. Perhaps he was a bit ahead of his time when it came to the value he had in health.

He is quotes as saying, “You may promise yourself everything – but [without] health, […] there is no happiness. An attention to health then should take place of every other object” (1).

George Washington

It’s said that Washington had several diseases during his lifetime, which would not have been uncommon for that time. At one point, he pointed towards depression stemming from an illness he had while in the army (3).

He also once wrote to a colleague: “Disorders oftentimes [sic], are easier prevented than cured, and while you are in the way to re-establish your health, (on which I congratulate you) it is better to use preventatives, than alternatives…” (3).

That quote suggests that just like Jefferson, he really knew the value of health…and the value of preventative health measures.

Mount Vernon, the plantation house of Washington, is now a very popular historical landmark. One part of that historical landmark that continues to get a lot of attention is an exhibit that has Washington’s dentures on display!

That’s right: the handmade prosthesis that consists of an upper and lower set of teeth is displayed in a glass case for all to see! People come from across the nation, and many are quite surprised at what they see: a set of famous choppers from our first President.

Nonetheless, the false teeth are notable because it reminds us that—even if our Founding Father’s knew the value of health—the state of oral care and dentistry at that time was far different than it is today (2).

Washington’s dentures were made of metal, ivory, and real teeth (both animal and human). In other words, despite the myth that he had wooden teeth, he didn’t actually have wooden teeth…but he did in fact experience a good deal of teeth-related issues.

Interesting enough, when Washington was sworn into office as the first President of the United States, he was experiencing a bit of mouth pain, according to historians. In fact, he had swollen, burning gums!

It’s even said that when his dentures would open and shut, they would clack and creak! Ouch…

At that time, the pain was so bad it’s said that he took pain killers (of that age) for this constant pain he experienced. It’s interesting because Presidents of that time were never supposed to show any sort of weakness or signs of pain. It’s safe to say he may not have shared the pain with many people!

Oral Health Has Come A Long Way

Oral health has really come a long way. It’s not just toothbrushes or toothpaste, but it’s all the tools we have to prevent disease and other issues, and to help you stay healthy in general. Let us know if you are interested in setting up your next appointment with us. We’d be glad to meet you and your family! Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500.

Sources

  1. http://familiesusa.org/blog/thomas-jefferson-a-founding-father-weighs-in-on-health-care
  2. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/george-washington-wooden-teeth/
  3. https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/washingtons-views-on-health/
June 27th, 2018

GLO Whitening: Incredible Whitening Results Without Sensitivity

Category: cosmetic dentistry

glo teeth whitening hagen dental practice cincinnati ohio

We’re happy to offer GLO Whitening to our patients. So what is GLO Whitening, and why is it so innovative? We’re here to explain…

It’s Time for Dual Whitening!

One of the greatest things about GLO Whitening is that it is non-sensitive whitening. So if you ever experienced sensitivity or even pain with other whitening products, this could be a fit for you.

The reason we call it a “dual” whitening treatment is because after you come in to the office for the first step, there is an easy-to-use treatment at home that gives you continued maintenance on your pearly whites. You can imagine how that combination results in the whitest, long-lasting smile possible.

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And How Does GLO Whitening Work?

The GLO technology is pretty amazing. First, we precisely apply a whitening gel to your teeth throughout the mouth. That whitening gel is has no alcohol or carbamide peroxide. Translation:  this is what often causes sensitivity and the drying of your gums, so you’re really minimizing the sensitivity you can get during the treatment! It also stays put on your teeth during the treatment, unlike other whitening gels.

Next, we secure the GLO whitening mouthpiece within your mouth.

That mouthpiece is where the name comes from: Guided Light Optics (hence the name “GLO”). Specifically, the warm heat-plus-light activates the professional strength whitening gel we applied to your teeth. At the same time, it prevents oxygen from leaving the mouth which helps for efficient and fast results.

Again, there isn’t the sensitivity people otherwise often have, so you can see why our patients are loving it for that reason alone.

The other reason this minimizes sensitivity? The accelerated whitening keeps wear times pretty fast: about 8 minutes each round. So, you can see how the procedure is a double win: fast and effective.

Wondering how long will it take for you specifically? We’ll work with you based on the results desired, your age, and other factors to see how long your specific treatment will last.

Ready, Set, GLO…At Home

You can see why the gentle, controlled warming heat of this technology—which does not cause dehydration of your teeth, which can cause sensitivity—is gaining popularity. The other reason our patients like it is for the continued maintenance aspect.

We give you the mouthpiece for your at-home treatments which help to keep that smile as white as possible for the long-run. You don’t have to deal with trays and it’s easy for you to keep up with. Each application is around 8 minutes.

If you know your mouth and gums tend to be EXTRA sensitive, you can also apply the lip care to the gum area as well as to your lips at home. That way, you can create a barrier to protect your gums so you can minimize any kind of sensitivity you have if you know your teeth/gums tend to be very sensitive.

“This Sounds Great! Is It Safe to Use?”

The answer is yes, it’s safe to use! We’ll help you know if you are a candidate for this new technology, but in general, it’s safe to use on crowns, caps, bonding, and even veneers.

Second, GLO uses LEDs that emit blue light. Blue light is part of the “visible light spectrum” and that is not harmful to your body.

no sensitivity with glo whitening at hagen dental practice

So What About the Results of GLO Whitening?

Just how white your teeth get depends on the natural shade of your teeth. It will also depend on the amount of stains your teeth has, and the type of stains your teeth has. But the average shade for GLO is about 5 tooth shades in 5 days based on clinical trials. If you want to go whiter after 5 days of use, you can keep using your at-home treatments. We find that people are very satisfied with their results, but ask us if you have more questions.

If you are worried about looking TOO white, have no fear. You can completely control how white and bright your teeth become. That’s just one more benefit of the GLO system. 

Call Us Today to Learn More About GLO Whitening  

Ready to say goodbye to sensitivity, “zingers” and messy trays or strips? Sounds like it is time for GLO in-office and take home whitening! Let us know if you are interested in finding out more about how you can have your brightest, whitest smile. Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500.

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