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How to Choose Your Dentist

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

cincinnati dentist familyTime to choose a new dentist? Maybe you moved or maybe you haven’t been to the dentist in recent years. Whatever the case may be, what are the top things you should know as you look for a new dentist?

Your Dental Needs: How to Get the Highest Level of Care

When it comes to choosing your dentist, one of the biggest things you don’t want to do is choose your dentist based solely on your insurance plan since, after all, dental insurance is very limited and is not focused on quality of your care.

Some of the factors that many patients look for include:

  • Personalized, approachable and friendly team
  • Transparency around treatment options, and openness, or the ability, to ask questions about care or recommended care
  • Comfortable environment in the office at all times during your visit
  • Respect of your time
  • Modern technology & superior service offerings
  • Strong expertise and experience
  • Family-oriented

These are what are patients are usually looking for, which helps them find a match at Hagen Dental.

You want a dentist focused on your overall health and well-being, as well as your specific oral health needs. Here are 3 other factors to consider when looking for a dentist.

Ask questions!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about a dentist’s approach, the technology/services they offer, and/or about the dental team. Keep in mind that most dentists would love to tell you about their ongoing education and about their approach to your health. If desired, ask about the available services and technology, and take a look at their website if appropriate.

Talk to family and friends.

Don’t be afraid to also pick up the phone and ask friends and family about their dentist. We are proud that our patients refer us to many of their family members and friends.

Being referred by a friend, colleague or family member is a great way to know the dentist you will be going to is friendly, that the office environment is comfortable, and that they will care about your health.

Evaluate after your visit.

There are many questions you can ask after your first visit. Was the office clean and orderly? Did the approach of the dentist align with what you were looking for? Was the team and office welcoming? Did you feel you could trust your dentist and ask him questions?

If you came to Hagen Dental for your first visit, you would be able to hear how Dr. Hagen received his dental degree from The Ohio State University School of Dentistry. He is also president of the Greater Cincinnati Dental Study Club and a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and Cincinnati Dental Society.

Dr. Hagen has undergone extensive postgraduate education over the years, including training in whole mouth rehabilitation, CEREC™ one-visit restorations, and crown and bridge restorations, allowing him to provide you with the state-of-the-art options (see more of them here) for obtaining the smile of your dreams. His training in sleep dentistry also allows him to offer alternative treatments for sleep apnea for better overall health.

While the first visit if of course focused on the patietn, you also might hear how Dr. Hagen’s commitment to lifelong education means he is constantly evaluating emerging dental methods and technologies, so that patients can have the latest and greatest available.

Dr. Hagen is focused on your total health, so he wants to see you with the best results, in the least invasive manner, all with a high emphasis on comfort.

Wherever you go, after that first visit, be sure to evaluate and make sure you are satisfied with your dentist and the dental team. You deserve the highest quality of care, an easy-to-talk to dentist, a friendly team, and state-of-the-art technology.

We Look Forward to Meeting You and Your Entire Family

At Hagen Dental, we know that many patients have different levels of apprehension about visiting the dentist, and the most important thing we can do first is to listen to our patients. We want to know about your unique needs and how we can help you have confidence and be happy with your (oral) health.

Whether you or your loved ones are concerned about pain, have had past dental experience that has been traumatic, or are simply ashamed of your own perceived dental shortcomings, we will treat you with compassion and understanding. Give us a call today (513) 251-5500 or see more on our website at

Your Tongue: What You Need to Know!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Ever brush your teeth but still feel like you have bad breath just a short while later?

Your tongue could be responsible!

A “coated tongue” can happen because of an overgrowth of bacteria on our tongue. Believe it or not, this is often what’s responsible for rotten-smelling breath…

We actually have the majority of bacteria in our mouth on our tongue. This problem also has to do with the type of bacteria that live on our tongue…

That smell we all want to avoid stems from the actual waste products of the bacteria that feast on bits of food in our mouth. The bacteria called “gram-negative bacteria,” the kind that is below our gum line, is the smelliest kind! It increases more bad-smelling compounds than the type of bacteria that mostly lives above our gum line.

These “gassy” bacteria communities are what thrive in the hard-to-reach crevices of our tongues. To break it down–the bacteria that live in and around our tongue are truly the bad-smelling offenders in our mouths.

This sure makes us want to clean our tongues daily, and that’s a good idea. Don’t forget that brushing your tongue can also help remove plaque and bacteria each day.

Also know that tongue scraping can be helpful in the short-term. But you probably know what we are going to say next—just know that overall mouth hygiene here is what really helps over time because it combats the overall growth of the bacteria communities in your mouth.

Also remember to take a minute to check out your tongue. This way, you can notice changes if they ever do occur.

Have you seen a strange change in your tongue? Your immune system or allergy could be the cause!

Have you seen a sore on your tongue? Or do you see different-looking white areas or bumps you’ve never noticed? Please let us know so we can take a look if this is the case.

Any smoking, excessive dry mouth, or certain medication use , can also be major contributors to keeping that bacteria alive (and smelly)!

Still have bad breath?

Assuming you are not ill or haven’t been ill recently, you are consuming enough water regularly (to combat dry mouth), and you don’t have any new or different medication you are taking, it can be troublesome if you continue to have long-term bad breath.

One last time, ask yourself or a loved one with this problem these questions: are you using a tongue scraper and also brushing your teeth and tongue each day? Are you also flossing? If you can’t figure out why your bad breath is a problem, let us know. Many times bad breath can be a sign of something larger going on with your health. We are here to help you find out what that is!