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It’s Wellness Wednesday!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

By now you’ve fought through the fierce crowds and lines of Black Friday, loosened your purse strings for Small Business Saturday, and shopped from home while searching high and low for great finds on Cyber Monday.

Hopefully you’ve walked away from it all unscathed, grabbed some good deals, and accomplished much of your holiday shopping! Are you exhausted yet?


We hope you have some energy left, because it’s time for Wellness Wednesday! With all this focus on shopping, potentially a lot of missed sleep, the stress of travelling and visitors, and the anticipation of the holidays, it’s easy for our WELLNESS habits and goals to get lost in the shuffle.

“Is Oral Health Really an Important Part of Our Overall Health?”

Yes! In fact, your oral health gives clues about your overall health. Problems in your mouth can not only affect the rest of your body, but can indicate underlying health issues. Your oral health is more important than you might have even realized.


Without proper oral hygiene, the bacteria in the mouth can reach levels that can lead to infections. Natural defenses coupled with regular oral health care help to keep these bacteria under control.

Chronic inflammation of gum disease can play a role in other diseases and inflammation of the body, making both conditions more severe. Inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease can be linked to infections that oral bacteria can cause, according to some research.

Your state of overall health relates directly to your heart health.

Bacteria that enter the body, including through your mouth, can spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart, leading to endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart.

Oral health is important for mom and baby during pregnancy. Inflammation and infection in your mouth has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

But That’s Not All…

Certain pre-existing conditions can affect your oral health. Diabetes, for example, reduces the body’s resistance to infection, putting your gums at higher risk for disease. The reverse is true as well: People with gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, so regular dental health care can improve diabetes control. Another example is osteoporosis, in which there is an increased risk for periodontal bone loss and tooth loss, due to the weakness of the bone structure.

Medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants can all reduce saliva flow. Since saliva is so important for neutralizing acids and washing away food particles, this reduction in saliva can give bacteria a chance to thrive and potentially lead to complications, gum disease, or other inflammatory processes.

The team at Hagen Dental wants to remind you to keep up with your regular dental hygiene. Floss and brush daily, stay hydrated, and try to avoid indulging in too many of the sweets and treats that are so prevalent this time of year. If you have a dental checkup scheduled, don’t skip it! This time of year can get busy, but your health is worth making time for.

Another Wellness Wednesday tip: When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If it’s been more than 4 months, it’s time to change… so add a toothbrush to your shopping list!

Improve Your Total Health: Call Hagen Dental Practice Today

Have any questions you want to know the answer to? We’d love to answer any of the questions you have! Schedule your next visit with Hagen Dental by calling us at (513) 251-5500.

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Be Thankful: How Science Says that Having Gratitude is Good For Your Health

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Thanksgiving season reminds us to be grateful for all the positive things in our lives—big and small. The practice of gratitude is not only seasonal, it’s great for your health, too!


Gratitude as One of Many Positive Habits

Mental health professionals have recently started taking a close look at how qualities such as gratitude can impact our health. The findings are very positive: grateful people tend to take better care of themselves, and engage in protective and proactive health behaviors such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, good sleeping habits, and regular checkups and examinations from their general practitioner and their dentist (1).

It’s a Stress Reliever

High levels of stress, left unchecked, can make us sick. It’s linked to chronic disease, heart disease, cancers, autoimmune disorders, and a high percentage of why people visit the doctor. But it turns out, gratitude helps people manage stress and cope with daily problems (1).

Boosts Your Immunity

Gratitude and optimism go hand in hand. These characteristics seem to boost the immune system, according to research. A psychology professor at the University of Utah found that people with higher levels of optimism showed higher counts of blood cells that are important for immune system function, compared to more pessimistic people (1). Being consistently mindful of the things you have to be thankful for boosts your well-being (2).

Helps You Be a Better Friend

According to a 2003 study from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, gratitude tends to boost pro-social behaviors, such as helping others, lending emotional support, or assisting with problems. This also has the benefit of strengthening your relationships (2).


How to Become More Optimistic and Grateful

 Those who are more mindful of benefits they’ve received, or whose perspective in life has them focusing their attention outward tend to naturally have a more grateful mindset. But you can learn to increase the gratitude in your life!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Start a gratitude journal. Keep it by your bed and write a few things in it each night for which you are grateful. Psychology Today reported this habit has a side benefit: falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer (2).
  • Tell someone you are grateful for them. Gratitude can be contagious!
  • Create a list of great things in your life. Then ask yourself, “Do I take these for granted?” Look at this list daily as a reminder of all you have to be thankful for.
  • Watch your self-talk, and your conversation with others. Are you using optimistic and appreciative sentiments and phrases? Or do your words, thoughts and conversations tend to have a negative or complaining undertone?
  • Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Changing the perspective of how you look at a situation can make you more understanding and patient about what is going on. This can help improve your gratitude as well.
  • When you feel yourself getting upset, or ready to complain about a situation, stop for a minute. Is there anything about the situation that has potential? Is there a silver lining? Can you look on the bright side?
  • Find the positive in a challenge. What positive traits might a tough situation help you improve? Patience? Empathy? Understanding? Teamwork? Courage? Be grateful for the challenge and the learning experience.

So, practice gratitude this month, keep smiling, and enjoy your Thanksgiving with your newly appreciative attitude. And be sure to sprinkle in a healthy dose of gratitude into your life all year long—for your health! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving from Hagen Dental Practice.

Call Hagen Dental Practice Today

Have any questions you want to know the answer to? We’d love to answer any of the questions you have! Schedule your next visit with Hagen Dental by calling us at (513) 251-5500.



Top Ten Tips for Your Dog’s Oral Health

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

You probably have most things covered for your dog’s health: regular exercise and good nutrition, for example.

But what about man’s best friends’ teeth and gums?

We decided to have a little fun and bring you the top 10 ways you can make sure your dog has as healthy mouth in 2013:

1. Know the signs of when there could be a problem. Part of making sure your dog has a healthy mouth is being educated about the symptoms of oral disease: bad breath, more drooling than normal, and inflamed gums. Another indicator could be only chewing on one side of their mouth.

2. Think about a massage… Never brushed your dog’s teeth before? Get her comfortable with the idea of brushing by first massaging her lips with your finger. After doing that for up to a minute, once a day, it will be easier to use a real (dog) toothbrush after about a month.

3. Broken tooth? It’s good you are checking! This is a case where you should most likely visit your vet. It’s usually hard for those of us who aren’t doctors to know how to proceed. The options include doing nothing if there is no harm to the dog, the tooth may be extracted, or in some situations, they may need a root canal.

4. Brush up! When dogs get their teeth cleaned professionally, it will often times require anesthesia. But at home you can brush her teeth around twice a month. Step one is getting a toothpaste made for dogs–not the human kind, which can’t be ingested! Never brushed a dog’s teeth before? For your next steps, visit this informative link.

5. Regularly check your dog’s gums. This could require two people in some cases. The key is to lift her lips and examine all her gums. You are looking for healthy gums: pink, versus white or red.

6. Regularly check your dog’s breath. You’ve probably gotten a smell before, and that’s a good baseline. If it’s much worse than normal–which isn’t ever too great, anyway– you know there could be a problem.

7. The not-so-great news… Maybe you see that your dog has bleeding, red or swollen gums. This is one of the top reasons you need to head to your dog’s dentist.

8. …But there is some good news. Even if your canine has red and swollen gums, the beginning signs of periodontal disease, just like with us humans, you can reverse the damage at this stage. With that said, knowing how big of a difference you can make in your dog’s health NOW should motivate you to make the small changes to their oral health and lifestyle so they stay disease-free.

9. Chew toys. Chew toys are not only great to deal with their need to chew, but chew toys can also help make teeth strong. Did you know you can also buy toys that can help combat tarter? Look for toxin-free toys that are nylon or rubber — but ask your vet first.

10. Double check the food! You might already have nutritious meal plans for your dog, but did you know you can also get dry food for your dog that helps slow down plaque and tartar buildup? This might be especially helpful if your dog already has a bit of mouth-related issues. It’s not just her weight that’s affected by those extra treats—it can also be the health of her mouth.

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