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Get Wise About Wisdom Teeth

Monday, October 14th, 2019

What to Know About Your Wisdom Teeth

In the world of dentistry, wisdom teeth are a hot topic. But what’s all the buzz about?

We’re here to fill you in!

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

What makes wisdom teeth different from your other pearly whites? Easy. They’re wiser!

It might sound funny, but it’s actually true. Out of all of your teeth, your wisdom teeth take the longest time to develop, and since you’re wiser when they appear…well, you get it!

Most people don’t develop them until their late teens or early twenties. Being the third and final set of molars to come in, they’re found in the very back of the mouth, and typically grow in pairs—two on the top of the mouth and two on the bottom (3).

Although they might be “wiser,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re important. Similar to your appendix, your wisdom teeth don’t serve an essential purpose. They’re just kind of… there. In fact, some people may never develop them at all.

Wisdom Teeth Appear Later Than Rest

What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Often times, wisdom teeth can be impacted. This occurs when they can’t grow normally or in a way that is optimal for your mouth. Because they’re the last to develop, this usually means that they have to fight for a spot in your mouth, sometimes crowding other teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth may grow in at a funny angle, disrupt other teeth, or even become stuck under the gum. As you can imagine, this can cause issues in the rest of your mouth (1).

How You’ll Know if it’s Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Because you don’t necessarily need your wisdom teeth, it’s common practice to get them removed if they’re bothering you or if they are going to cause changes we don’t want in the mouth.

So how do you know if you should get yours removed? There are few things to look out for:

  1. Pain. If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth of any sort, it’s a good idea to get it checked out!
  2. Gum Issues. Swollen or bleeding gums? That’s out of the ordinary.
  3. Bad breath. We’re not talking about morning breath. If you’re regularly brushing and flossing, and still dealing with chronic bad breath, it might be time to get your wisdom teeth examined (3).

This is How Wisdom Teeth Removal Happens

How Wisdom Teeth Removal Works

The process of removing your wisdom teeth is probably a lot simpler than you may think. And the best part? Once they’re removed, you can kiss all of those issues goodbye!

For starters, you’ll want to schedule an exam with us. 

Dr. Hagen will take an X-ray of your wisdom teeth to get a better idea of how they’re positioned, why they’re causing issues, and a few other key details. After this, we’ll develop a plan best fit for your case specifically.

From there, you’ll set an appointment to remove the teeth. 

Don’t fret–it doesn’t hurt! Depending on the severity of how your wisdom teeth are impacted, you’ll most likely be put under some form of local anesthetics. Once your mouth is numb, we typically will carefully loosen and disconnect the tissue surrounding your wisdom teeth. This will make removing the teeth a very smooth procedure, one that really requires more focus than force! (2)

Now the teeth have been removed…

It is common to experience mild swelling, bruising, and pain after you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed. Although the recovery process looks a little different for everyone, it’s usually only a few days of discomfort before you’re back to normal. In some cases, you may be prescribed mild medication to help ease the pain (2).

The last important thing to know? Stay away from straws.

It’s best to avoid straws for about two weeks after your procedure. Using a straw can cause what’s called a dry socket, a painful condition in which the bare bones and nerves near the extraction become exposed (2). Pay attention to any other specific recommendations your dentist gives to you at this time, too.

Schedule an Appointment with Hagen Dental

Unsure about your wisdom teeth? We’re here to help. We do all we can to deliver gentle, personalized care so you always feel comfortable—every step of the way.

We always treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding at Hagen Dental! Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button here to schedule your next visit.

Sources:

  1. https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/impacted.html
  2. https://www.self.com/story/wisdom-teeth-removal-facts
  3. https://www.dentalwellwi.com/wisdom-teeth-removed

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water: Which One Is Better for Your Teeth?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

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Tap water versus bottled water: what’s the better choice for your health?

To answer that question, let’s first look at the benefit of tap water and then some other top factors to consider.

Water: Why Drink More?

One thing is evident, whether or not you drink bottled water or tap: We need water to keep our metabolisms working properly, for our organs to function, and so that we can control our body temperature.

Water is also critical to lubricate our joints, to help move nutrients through the body, and it ensures oxygen is delivered optimally throughout the body. As you can see, the list goes on and on as to why water is so important.

That’s why even if you’re drinking bottled water, instead of tap, it’s still going to be beneficial to your health. Let’s keep looking at the differences between tap water and bottled, and why you make want to stick with tap water as your choice to hydrate properly.

Fluoride in Your Tap Water

Of course one of the biggest differences between tap water and bottled water is fluoride. More than 70 years of scientific research has consistently shown the benefits of (small amounts of) fluoride being added to our water (1).

Not only is an optimal level of fluoride in community water safe and effective, it helps us to prevent tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. That’s a huge amount! Still skeptical? Also remember that fluoride is found in the great majority of toothpastes and mouthwashes today (1).

That’s part of why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, and it just goes to show why tap water is a great choice when it comes to hydration for your family (1).

One thing of note: you may have a home filter that you use with your tap water supply. Home filters may or may not remove the fluoride that’s been added to your water. Look to your specific brand or manufacturer for more information.

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Water From a Bottle

Today there are quite a few options when it comes to “bottled water.” Those include mineral, artesian, sparkling, spring, and purified water…and that list seems to continue to grow!

With that said, keep in mind water is pretty much always beneficial for our health—even if that means you’re going for a water that does not have fluoride in it. (After all, the body is made up of 60 percent water.) We’re just pointing out that there are quite a few benefits to choosing tap water over bottled water since it doesn’t contain cavity-fighting fluoride!

That Goes for Kids, Too

Remember, fluoride is going to be one of the most efficient ways to prevent one of the most common childhood diseases – tooth decay. An estimated 51 million school hours and 164 million work hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness and water fluoridation helps fight this (1)!

One thing of note is how often your children are grabbing bottled water versus drinking tap water. That could mean that they don’t get the benefits of fluoride as often as they could.

In order to make sure children are getting the benefits of fluoride in their water, be sure they can refresh with tap water when possible, unless a dentist or physician has told you otherwise.

Here’a a tip: If you just can’t seem to break the habit of using bottled water, aim to try to refill your bottle one or two times with fluoride for every bottle you drink that doesn’t have tap water in it.

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The Verdict: Drink Up!

The real verdict is that water is great for your teeth and for your body to operate optimally. With that said, unless in certain situations, drinking tap water is a great solution because It contains fluoride and is therefore strengthening your tooth enamel while you hydrate.

Book Your Appointment with Hagen Dental Practice Today

At Hagen Dental, your dream smile is within reach! We always treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding and we’re here to earn your trust with personalized, gentle care. Call us today at (513) 251-5500 or book online on our website here.

Source:

  1. https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation/5-reasons-why-fluoride-in-water-is-good-for-communities

This Is How Forensic Dentistry Works

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

When you think about dentistry, what first comes to mind is probably a routine check-up at the dentist’s office (and we love that!)

But have you ever thought about the angles of dentistry beyond that? Just like any other industry, there are a number of different ways in which dentistry can play an important role in our lives in other ways.

One of those ways is in forensics! Any Law & Order: SVU fans? You’ll want to keep reading…

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What IS Forensic Dentistry?

We’re pretty confident that you’ve heard of forensics before—but in case you haven’t, it’s simply the process of applying scientific techniques to assist in criminal justice efforts. A key part of this involves the proper handling and analysis of physical evidence (1).

As you might imagine, the world of forensics has come a long way in recent years…and it’s pretty cool stuff!

So how does dentistry play a role in any of this? Put simply, teeth are actually a pretty important part of physical evidence. Just like your fingerprints, your teeth are unique to only you. In fact, even identical twins have different sets of teeth.

Because we all have different personal habits, the type of wear and tear on our teeth differs from person to person. Grinding your teeth, playing an instrument, or clenching your jaw are just a few examples of this “wear and tear.” In turn, this makes our teeth and our teeth marks look very unique (2).

Because of this, criminal justice professionals can use dentistry as an eye-opening investigation tool. These professionals are called forensic odontologists. They have two primary jobs: to identify people by their teeth and to examine any bite marks discovered on a crime scene. They’re not only educated in the realm of criminal justice practices, but they’re especially well-versed in the anatomy of our teeth.

Did you know that we have different types of teeth, and among those different types, there are different surfaces on each tooth? With the help of dental records, X-rays, and a few other technological tools, forensic odontologists are able to analyze and make sense of these intricate surfaces.

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How Forensic Dentistry Helps Us 

Looking at the bigger picture, forensic dentistry makes the world a safer place! Without the hard work of forensic odontologists, our law enforcement would have a much harder time making any progress within their investigations.

Forensic dentistry can help uncover someone’s age, race, occupation, or even socioeconomic status–all important keys in solving a crime! (4) Every effort in a criminal investigation serves as an important piece to solving the puzzle.

Who knew that dentistry would be such an important one? Now, you do!

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Hagen Dental Practice Would Love to Help You

Although a visit to our office may not feel as exciting as a CSI episode, we’d still like to think it’s pretty exciting. We always treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding at Hagen Dental! We’re here to earn your trust with personalized, gentle care. Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button here to schedule your next visit.

Sources:

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/forensic%20science
  2. https://www.thehealthy.com/bodies/unique-body-parts/
  3. https://science.howstuffworks.com/forensic-dentistry3.htm
  4. https://www.affiliateddentists.com/info/forensic-dentistry-crime-solving/

7 Foods Your Dental Care Team Avoids

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

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Much of the time we focus on the foods that are good for your teeth. But what about the foods that we should try to avoid when possible?

Here are a few of the foods and beverages that the Hagen Dental team aims to avoid.

1. Sour candies

You’re probably not too surprised to see candy on the list! Sour candies are unique in that the acids can be extra hard on your teeth, though!

Sometimes the candy has such a low pH level that it can burn people’s cheeks and gums; that shows you just how damaging and intense the acid can be in your mouth.

A lot of times sour candies are also chewy, and so they end up staying on your teeth an extended time, making the damage to the enamel even more prolonged. Talk about an acid attack…

2. Certain granola bars or power bars

Depending on the granola bar, certain brands have a super high sugar content, aimed to give people some energy quick.

That may or may not fit your nutrition goals, but be aware of what’s really in that granola bar. If you’re training for a long race or a marathon, you may be well aware of what you’re eating; otherwise, be aware that some on-the-go bars are truly packed with extra sugar.

Either way, with that kind of high sugar content, be aware of how you’re snacking and how often you’re eating those granola bards. If and when that granola bar is a stickier consistency, you can see a sudden increase in tooth decay and not even realize the reason.

What can you do instead? When you’re able to, make your own portable snacks or aim for fresh fruit or dairy, when appropriate. Ask us if you have more questions on how certain sticky, sugar-rich granola bars can be a problem for you or your family.

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3. Sports drinks with sugar

It may surprise you to learn how much sugar certain sports drinks have, which is part of the reason we avoid them. Sipping on those drinks lets the sugar sit on the teeth for hours to come, promoting tooth decay in the process.

Often times people are extra dehydrated when consuming sports drinks, and they drink them instead of water—which doesn’t do you any favors, either. Stick with the water and your teeth will thank you.

4. Coffee drinks with lots of sugar

How much sugar are you adding in to your coffee? Or maybe your coffee drink of choice comes with sugar added and so you aren’t the one necessarily seeing the sugar go in. Coating the teeth with sugar can lead to tooth decay, and it’s going to be made worse if you tend to sip your coffee drink throughout the morning or day.

IF you can’t go without sugar, try to limit the amount of coffee you drink or try to slowly reduce the amount of sugar you’re adding. Your teeth and gums will thank you in the long run!

5. Sticky and sweet treats

Caramel treats anyone? Caramel and other sticky and sweet treats are a dream for the bacteria in our mouths which feed off those sugars. A result of that process is an acid that’s produced, and that acid creates little holes in the enamel. With that kind of knowledge—and seeing the kind of damage caramels and other sticky sweets can have—you can understand why we tend to avoid those treats.

If those cling-on sweets are a consistent way of eating, that’s when major and lasting damage can occur, so do your best to minimize those treats or to replace them with a healthier “treat” that’s still satisfying for you.

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6. Soft drinks (or pop, depending on where you live)

Soft drinks, soda, pop—no matter what you call it, the reality is that these carbonated drinks should be consumed in moderation for a number of reasons. Pop tends to have a double dose of sugar and acid. By reading this far, you know just how damaging that can be on your teeth and gums!

Second, some soft drinks also contain phosphoric acid, and that also makes dental erosion worse. All the more reason to limit your consumption.

Did you ever see the experiment where a penny is placed in soda? That will show you just how corrosive pop can be…

7. Super starchy and processed snacks

Processed muffins, chips, bagels, crackers, fries, certain cereals…what do these (typically) have in common? They tend to be highly refined and/or high in starch. Inside the mouth, as you chew, your body breaks down these types of starches into sugar. That almost-gummy-like paste can get stuck in the crevices between your teeth, and the problem is, it tends to stay on your teeth for hours, making your teeth prone to decay.

As you can imagine, over time, refined snacks like these can do some major damage to your teeth.

Dental Care At Hagen Dental Practice: We’re Here for Your Entire Family

Are we saying you have to avoid these food and drink choices, too? Absolutely not! It’s just a good idea to know what you want to tend to avoid for optimal oral health. Remember that this post is meant to help guide you make better decisions, and it shouldn’t be taken as medical advice.

At Hagen Dental Practice, we’re focused on helping you improve your overall health. We always treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding at Hagen Dental! We’re here to earn your trust with personalized, gentle care. Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button here to schedule your next visit.

Break a Sweat: How Hagen Dental Practice Is Staying Active this Summer

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

We’re about your total health at Hagen Dental. Part of that is about getting in regular exercise!

Check out the infographic below to see how we’re getting in some activity this summer!

How Hagen Dental is Staying Active this Summer

Travel Tips for Your Teeth

Monday, August 5th, 2019

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Are you getting in another vacation before the school year starts up again? (more…)

“Alexa, Are My Teeth Clean?” How Alexa Can Help You Improve Your Oral Health

Friday, July 26th, 2019

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These days, Alexa can do so much: you can order items right from Amazon, control the lights in your home, order food quickly, stream the music you want to hear…the list goes on and on!

That’s made possible partly by “skills”—which just refers to voice-driven capabilities that enhance and personalize your Alexa device.

But what about oral health? Mostly meant for kids, here we take a look at just a few fun and helpful skills available today that can help you improve your oral health habits:

“Alexa, ask Toothbrush Timer to begin brushing”

Looking for a great way to make sure kids of any age get in 2 minutes of brushing? With this skill, kids are more likely to brush for the recommended 2 full minutes. It prompts you to switch to different parts of your mouth every 30 seconds and provides some encouragement along the way, too.

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“Alexa, ask the Tooth Fairy to floss my teeth” 

That’s right, now you can have the Tooth Fairy offer up words of encouragement and songs while your kids brush or floss, or even while they use mouthwash!

The Tooth Fairy will even share some facts about teeth and dental care while you floss, making it a fun routine for all.

“Alexa, start Chompers”

Have kids that are between the ages of 3 and 7? Make tooth time much easier with this morning and night tooth brushing show!

When it’s time for your family to brush teeth, say “Alexa, start Chompers.” Kids will hear jokes, riddles, stories, fun facts, silly songs and more, that’ll keep them giggling — and brushing — for the full two minutes that you want them to be brushing.

To help your family build good brushing habits, Chompers counts the times you brush and celebrates your streaks, too. Chompers will have kids reminding parents that it’s time to brush. Two thumbs up for that!

“Alexa, open dental facts”

This one, called the Dental Fact Skill, is for kids who want to be entertained. It includes short, brief facts about dental care. Ever wonder about what is going on in your mouth? This skill will include basic and odd facts your kids might want to know!

“Alexa start toothbrush adventure”

What kid—or person for that matter—doesn’t love the idea of an adventure? Say “Begin” when prompted, and Alexa will play a friendly song to guide you through brushing your teeth thoroughly. Kids might think it’s fun to then “pause” when you switch to flossing. Then you’re able to turn the song—and the adventure—back on!

“Alexa, launch Toothbrush Time” 

Toothbrush Time With Fun and Music is a skill that helps kids to enjoy brushing their teeth while listening to a fun tooth or toothbrush-related song. No more stressful battles and wrestling over getting your child to brush their teeth thanks to these melodies!

From Sesame Street to Dr. Bob to Tom’s of Maine, these songs are on-theme…and can help make oral health time a little more upbeat!

“Alexa, ask Mr. Bristles to read the Toothbrushing Poem”

Mr. Bristles—that is, a friendly walrus—can provide you with 10-second notices and instruction for how to switch things up while you brush. You can also ask Mr. Bristles to “read the Toothbrushing Poem” for an enthralling teeth brushing journey spanning the length of your toothbrushing. Who says brushing your teeth has to be boring?

“Alexa, ask Oral-B about teeth whitening”

With the Amazon Oral-B Skill, Alexa will guide you and your family through a thorough brushing routine. But there’s more! Oral-B skills can also answer your oral health questions through the library of helpful oral care tips. Topics include whitening (hence the skill described above) as well as other general oral health tips and insights!

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“Alexa, make me smile”

After all that brushing and flossing, your smile will be looking good! Here’s a way to use Alexa to help give you reasons to smile!

When you ask Alexa to make you smile, she’ll provide a happy or surprising fact to cheer you. A copy of the fact will be sent to the Alexa app as well, in case you want to see it later.

How to Search for Other Alexa Skills

Not finding the exact skill you’re looking for? You can search for skills in the Alexa app and from the Alexa Skills store on the Amazon website. If you know the one you want to use, simply say: “Enable (skill name).”

To enable Alexa skills in the Alexa app, visit the menu, and then select Skills & Games. Find a skill you want to use, and then select it to open the skill detail page. Select Enable Skill, or ask Alexa to open the skill! Then you should be set to go.

Dental Care for the Whole Family

We treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding at Hagen Dental Practice! We are here to earn your trust with personalized, gentle care. Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button to schedule your next visit.

Are You an Oral Health Hero…Or Zero?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

How do your oral health habits stack up? Check out this infographic and see if you’re an oral health Hero or Zero!

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Guess the Smiles: Cincinnati Reds Edition

Friday, July 5th, 2019

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The “Guess the Smiles” game is back! Take a guess based on the pearly whites you see, and then scroll down below to see if you really do know the Reds like you think you do…

  1. This catcher won the Gold Glove Award in 2017 and his nickname is “Barney.”

  1. This Cuban-born Right Fielder used to play for the Dodgers.

  1. This well-known player who made is debut with the Reds in 2007 is from Canada.

4. Known for his sense of humor and gold chain necklace, when he made his Reds debut, he hit a three-run home run.

5. This Venezuelan infielder can hit, run, throw, and chew gum, all at the same time, with no problem.

6. This second baseman’s real name is Ryan, but he doesn’t go by that name.

7. This pitcher was named the starter for Opening Day against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.

8. You often see her alongside Gapper and Mr. Redlegs!

And now, the answers…

1. Tucker Barnhart.

Photo via Tucker Barnhart’s Twitter

2. Yasiel Puig.

Photo via Yasiel Puig’s Twitter

3. Joey Votto.

Photo via public domain of Wikipedia – Blackngold29

4. Derek Dietrich.

Photo via Instagram: @32double_d

5. Eugenio Suárez.

Photo via Instagram: @reds

6. Scooter Gennett.

Photo via Instagram: @mlbeunited

7. Luis Castillo.

Photo via Instagram: @reds

8. Rosie Red.

Photo via https://sportsmascots.fandom.com/wiki/Rosie_Red_(Cincinnati_Reds)

Avoid Strikes Against Your Teeth

Baseball no doubt has had an influence on our culture, especially here in Cincinnati. One of the negative impacts, though, has unfortunately been the dangerous habit of chewing tobacco. In years past, it was popular for MLB players to chew tobacco and to model that behavior even though (we now know) how harmful smokeless tobacco is for your overall health and oral health.

More than 8 years ago, MLB stopped providing players with smokeless tobacco. Then in 2012, restrictions on smokeless tobacco (which includes chewing tobacco) were implemented for baseball players at many ballparks, including ours here in Cincinnati.

Much research has shown the negative and lasting effects of smokeless tobacco. Take for example how it has at least 27 cancer-causing chemicals, and that it is known to directly cause cancer of the mouth, lip, tongue, and pancreas.

Other effects include oral leukoplakia (white mouth lesions), gum disease, and major gum recession which can result in oral health issues like bone loss, jaw problems, or loss of teeth. There is evidence that supports the idea it increases the risks for heart disease and diabetes, among other chronic conditions.

Just as more MLB players are saying no to chewing tobacco, you can avoid strikes against your teeth and overall health by avoiding tobacco, too!

Your Top Cincinnati Dentist: Hagen Dental Practice

At Hagen Dental Practice, we treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding. We are here to earn your trust with personalized, gentle care. Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button on our website to schedule your next visit.

How to Take Care of Your Oral Health as You Age

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

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One of the things that happens as we age: our health changes! And, it’s no different within our mouth…

Even though dental health is always going to vary from person to person, remember this: oral health impacts the rest of the body, which is a reminder that no matter your age, you want to keep up with your oral health habits.

Why You Want to Take Good Care of Your Teeth & Gums As You Age

Here are just a few reasons why dental care is vital for you when you’re older:

Good oral health is a weapon against heart disease. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that those who have gum disease are nearly twice as likely to have coronary artery disease or heart disease. The point is this: as research shows, there is a connection between gum disease and heart disease.

That just goes to show why taking care of your teeth and gums is a great step in also protecting yourself from heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, and more.

Good oral health helps to prevent pneumonia. Many people may not know that poor oral health habits in older adults has been linked with pneumonia. Good oral hygiene is a way to combat the kind of bacteria older adults want to avoid!

Good oral health can prevent—or help you manage—diabetes. When people have severe gum disease, the body’s ability to use insulin optimally can be impacted. In Type I diabetes, the body will not make enough insulin. On the contrary, in Type II diabetes, the body stops responding to insulin.

Gum disease is the most common dental disease affecting those living with diabetes, and it impacts nearly one in five people who have diabetes. As people age, poor blood sugar controls increases the risk for gum problems. When serious gum disease causes blood sugar to rise, you can see the vicious cycle at work, making diabetes harder to control and making people more susceptible to infection. Good oral health habits, especially in those with diabetes, is critical in preventing diabetes, or managing diabetes if you’ve already been diagnosed. 

How to Continue to Take Care of Your Oral Health as You Age

Let’s face it, the natural process of aging can put you at risk for dental problems.

But, knowing all these reasons to continue to take care of your teeth, here is what you should know about vulnerabilities as you age—and what you can do to prevent these complications or issues from happening or worsening:

Watch the dry mouth. As we age, we can become more at-risk for having dry mouth. The first thing you can do to combat dry mouth is to stay as hydrated with water as you can throughout the day!

But the dry mouth many people have as they get older can have many causes, and for some people, even drinking more water each day doesn’t do the trick. In fact, sometimes medications result in dry mouth and sometimes certain health issues or conditions can lead to try mouth.

Whatever the case may be, stay aware and let us know if your mouth seems dry…or just more dry than normal. After all, dry mouth can really accelerate dental health issues and can result in rapid tooth decay (1, 2).

Focus on consistency with your oral health habits to avoid gum disease. Your oral health routine is critical as you age, and that should come as no surprise.

Many older adults have gum, or periodontal disease, in part because it’s not always painful until it has progressed, or advanced, to that extent (1, 2). So how do you reduce the likelihood for gum disease?

Brush your teeth every day and always before bed; Remember to floss consistently, at least once per day; Stay hydrated with water to take advantage of how water can naturally rinse away food and sugars that stick to your teeth otherwise; Use a mouthwash or rinse we recommend; Focus on nutrient-rich foods and avoid processed foods which tend to have more sugar added.

Talk to us about your tooth sensitivity, especially if you feel it’s getting worse. There can be a number of reasons why your teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold when you’re older. In general, you may have gums that have pulled back from your teeth, and your root could be exposed in areas of your mouth.

We can recommend rinses, toothpastes, and even treatments to help you deal with tooth sensitivity. In some situations, you can even seal or bond the roots, if you decide that’s a route you want to go.

We’ll be watching your gum line, but keep the lines of communication open with us to manage any extreme tooth sensitivity that’s impacting your ability to enjoy the food and drinks you love.

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Keep your regular appointments with your dentist. Leaky dental filling or problematic dental fillings should be fixed right away and when you see us at least twice a year, we’re able to watch and help take care of such issues.

Plus, jaw-related issues or other problems in the mouth can also be spotted sooner, which can mean a world of difference in your mouth and for your overall health.

We’ll also be watching your gum recession and other issues you may have in the mouth each time you come in to see us. We can’t emphasize enough how important your regular dental check-up is with us, throughout your life!

Take advantage of options to manage your oral health. Yes, day in and day out habits are going to add up and help determine the state of your oral health.

But know that we can recommend certain products that will be a great fit for you based on any conditions you are at risk for. For example, if you feel like your teeth are more sensitive than ever, we can recommend sensitivity toothpaste and other options for you to help manage that issue.

Also, don’t forget that we have prescription strength fluoride rinses and gels, which are also options to help patients who may be at-risk for cavities or other specific issues. This can be a fit if you have crown or bridge work, or if there is decalcification on the teeth—just to name a few examples of where you can take advantage of special treatments and care to improve your oral health (1, 2).

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Make brushing easier (you just have to speak up!). When you’re young, often times flossing and brushing is a matter of wanting to take great care of your teeth.

In older adults, things like arthritis in the hands and fingers can make these habits more challenging, however.

Despite how that might be true, keeping up with dental health is critical in avoiding issues like tooth loss, uneven jawbones, root decay, gum disease, and darkened teeth. Ask us if you are having any trouble with brushing or flossing, since there are dental aids we can recommend that make brushing and dental care easier, especially for those with arthritis or any dexterity issues (1, 2.)

Dental Care at Hagen Dental Practice

Want to learn more about dental implants? Or maybe you are looking for options to help you take care of your teeth as you age, but you don’t know what that might include! No matter what, we treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding at Hagen Dental! We are here to earn your trust with personalized, gentle care. Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button to schedule your next visit.

Sources:

  1. https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/1-18-16-reasons-senior-dental-health-care-is-important/
  2. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-age-55-up/how-to-continue-oral-health-care-as-you-age-0814