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This Is How to Get Stronger Teeth

Monday, September 10th, 2018

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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

 

 

A Message to Everyone With A Smile

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

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

 

These Are the Top Reasons for Toothaches

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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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

Tooth Fairy Traditions From Around the World

Monday, August 13th, 2018

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).

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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

20 Reasons to Smile Today

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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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!

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  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

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

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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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

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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!

 

Oral Health Trivia: Our Founding Fathers Edition

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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/

Hagen Dental Practice: Featured Services

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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Dental Emergency 101 [Infographic]

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

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The Legend of the Shrine of St. Patrick’s Tooth

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

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Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?

Many people know of the holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, but are just as many people familiar with the patron saint of Ireland himself? Let’s briefly look at who St. Patrick really was, and then let’s dig deeper to learn about the legend of the “Shrine of St. Patrick’s Tooth.”

Get to Know The Patron Saint of Ireland

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary, and he’s the one that helped to convert Ireland to Christianity back around the 5th century (approximately).

Here’s what surprising: St. Patrick himself was actually not Irish, and there’s much debate on what his birthplace was and when exactly he was born. It is believed, however, that his parents were Romans who lived in Britain (1).

According to many history books, his birth name was Maewyn Succat—quite the mouthful compared to a name that’s pretty common today, Patrick! When he entered the priesthood, that’s when he took on the name Patrick.

In his teenage years, he was taken prisoner by people who had attacked the estate where he was living. In the following years, in Ireland, he was a slave. That’s when he embraced his religion and became a devout Christian.

Once he escaped slavery, he pursued religious education, eventually becoming a priest and a bishop. When he then was sent to Ireland, he ministered Christian and worked on converting other Irishmen to Christianity (2). And of course, over a period of about 40 years, he had a lot of influence, integrating Irish traditions with religion, many of which still are celebrated today! The official date for when Ireland was converted to Christianity is 432, according to the history books! (1)

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The Legends & the Great Debates Around St. Patrick

There are quite a few legends and quite a few debates when it comes to the history of St. Patrick. For example, many debate over when and where he actually died. Some say it was March 17, 460, in Downpatrick, which is part of why St. Patrick’s Day holiday is on March 17th. Others argue that’s actually his day of birth, not the date of his death (2, 3).

The Beloved Tooth of St. Patrick is Lost

Another much-talked about part of history related to St. Patrick: The Shrine of St. Patrick’s Tooth. Legend says this ornate shrine contained an actual tooth of St. Patrick’s—a tooth that was lost while he visited the Church of Killaspugbrone.

This Church was the oldest church of the Barony of Carbury. Its name comes from three words: Kill from cill, meaning church; aspug from easbog, meaning bishop,; and Brón was the name of St Patrick’s disciple (4).

Some versions of the legend claim that while on a visit to the Church, St. Patrick tripped and fell. In doing so, when he landed on the ground, he lost a tooth. As a sign of friendship and goodwill, the legend claims he then gave the tooth to Bishop Bronus (who was a native of that area). In turn, after that, it’s said that Bronus is the one who enshrined that gift in the church (5).

Then, in the 14th century, the legend says that a wooden box was created to hold the tooth. The box was made of a combination of gold, silver, and amber, among other materials. On the backside of the shrine, there is an image of King David playing the harp. That also has a lot of meaning as music meant a great deal to people during the time period this was made.

As for the front of the shrine, there is an inscription that says how the shrine was decorated for Thomas de Bermingham, Lord of Athenry (5).

But, much to the disappointment of many, the tooth that was once inside…has since entirely disappeared. Another point that’s up for debate is how the tooth was lost.

Interestingly, the box itself, meant to hold the tooth, is still around today. (See a photo of the shrine here.)

That beautiful box, despite missing the tooth, is at the National Museum of Ireland. Many come each year in order to get a glimpse, and it was even used in past years to cure sick animals!

Legends Continued…

Despite such a great deal of mystery about his life, there are other intriguing facts and stories about St. Patrick. A few include:

  • His tombstone. Historians say he was buried in Northern Ireland, and probably around the Down Cathedral (which now claims to be his burial site). Today there is a stone placed, in his memory, to mark the approximate location on the church’s grounds. That stone was actually taken from the Mourne Mountains which are nearby (2).
  • The shrive of his hand. You read that right…even his hands were seen as worthy of a dedicated shrine! Legend says that after he died, a silver holster was created in a way to replicate St. Patrick’s hand. The relic had been passed around quite a bit (among Bishops and others), and supposedly somewhere along the way, it was lost.
  • Reproductions of his tooth shrine. Today, there are even reproductions of his tooth shrine. That goes to show just how important this is to people and how much artifacts connected to St. Patrick are valued.
  • The Confession of St. Patrick. There was a letter that St. Patrick is believed to have written late in his life. It begins, “My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers…” What it goes on to say includes his beliefs on religion, and more details that reveal some of his biography. Just like many artifacts with St. Patrick, there is much debate on this letter. Speculation exists that says he probably penned the piece when he was defending his good name after some in power had attached him (6).

Many artifacts and stories surrounding St. Patrick are speculative and there’s lots of unknowns, that’s for sure!

But it’s definitely interesting to hear how much value was placed on having one of his teeth…and having a place fully dedicated to saving that tooth–even if the tooth is now lost! 

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Sources:

  1. http://www.saintpatricksdayparade.com/life_of_saint_patrick.htm
  2. http://english-zone.com/holidays/st-pat.html
  3. http://mentalfloss.com/article/55485/7-artifacts-supposedly-connected-st-patrick
  4. http://gostrandhill.com/explore/history/killaspugbrone/
  5. https://stpatricksstrandhill.ie/killaspugbrone-circa-500ad/
  6. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/patrick/confession/confession.html