Sunday, December 1, 2013

A New Smile in Just One Appointment

These days you do not have to spend months at the Dentist in Fountain Valley if you have chipped, discolored, or misshaped teeth. Thanks to the best Orange County Dentist, Dr. Peter Hagen, you can show off your smile in as little as one appointment with CEREC Veneers.

Traditionally, it would take two or more appointments for Porcelain Veneers, but not anymore. With CEREC, there is no need to come back to the office to have your temporary veneer removed before attaching a permanent veneer.

Thanks to 21st century technology, your Fountain Valley Dentist can work on your porcelain veneer in the office while you wait saving time and money. With the new process, there is no need to bother with the cost of a temporary veneer. Because CEREC’s design is made with the help of a computer, you will get an exact fit eliminating additional appointments and a bad fit.

Not all Orange County Dentists have CEREC training or equipment, and that is where Hagen Dental can help.

CEREC literally is futuristic dental technology.

Chair side: CEREC is used while you are in the chair
Economical: CEREC is much more affordable for you and your Dentist in Fountain Valley
Restorations: CEREC will restore your tooth back to its original natural beauty, strength, and function
Esthetic: CEREC restorations are made to match the color of your teeth and free from metal
Ceramic: CEREC is made from high-strength ceramics that are almost identical to the natural structure of your tooth.

CEREC technology is the most advanced restorative system available and allows your Fountain Valley Dentist to restore your decayed teeth, remove silver amalgam fillings, place crowns, or fit you with veneers in one single appointment.

If you are tired of your closed mouth smile, schedule a consultation with the Best Dentist in the OC, Dr. Peter Hagen. With just one appointment, you can flash your new pearly whites thanks to Hagen Dental and CEREC technology. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Your Fountain Valley Dentist Can Remove your Amalgam Fillings

For more than 150 years, dentists have been using silver amalgam fillings unbeknownst to them that these same fillings could be wrecking havoc with their patient’s health.

Back in the 1980’s, the American Dental Association claimed that the mercury that was used in silver amalgam fillings was perfectly safe and could never leak, but new research has shown that that is not entirely true. A recent episode of the Dr. Oz show featured experts on the subject who say that mercury can leak out of your silver amalgam fillings causing health problems such as excessive tiredness, anxiety, mood swings, migraine headaches, and even autoimmune disorders. Some dental experts claim that silver amalgam fillings can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and even multiple sclerosis.

Other issues that can happen with silver amalgam fillings include tooth structure weakening. Over the years, your silver amalgam fillings can wear down and actually break causing your entire tooth to become weak making it a breeding ground for tooth decay.

According to your Dentist in Fountain Valley, every silver filling in your mouth contains 50 percent mercury. Silver amalgam fillings are made out of silver, other metals, and of course mercury. Why mercury? Because it actually binds the metals together.

There are certainly some who would debate the topic claiming that silver amalgam fillings are perfectly safe. The American Dental Association continues to support the belief that silver amalgam fillings do not cause health issues, but if you are having second thoughts about your silver amalgam fillings and suffer from any of the issues listed above, you may want to schedule an appointment with your Orange County Dentist who will be able to assess your situation.

Of course, even if you don’t believe the hype about silver amalgam fillings, there is still the issue of cosmetics. Silver fillings will turn gray and sometimes black over the years, and if you want to maintain a white and healthy looking smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Peter Hagen who can replace your old silver amalgam fillings with tooth colored restorations.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

How to Brush your Teeth

Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is important. The American Dental Association and your Dentist in Fountain Valley recommends brushing twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities and gum disease. Periodontal disease is the number one reason people lose their teeth. Recent studies also indicate that advanced gum disease to could to strokes and heart attacks.

Most people believe that a hard bristled toothbrush is better for teeth, but Hagen Dental will tell you that isn’t the case. Hard bristled toothbrushes can actually hurt your gums. Use a soft bristled tooth, which is much gentler. Make sure that your toothbrush is comfortable when holding and that the head is small enough to reach all of your teeth.
Before you begin, brushing wet your toothbrush first. Squeeze a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a pea, onto your toothbrush. Putting too much tooth gel or paste on your toothbrush will cause it to over suds, which could tempt you to finish too soon.

Your Dentist in the OC recommends that you set the bristles on your toothbrush just at your gum line or a 45-degree angle. Instead of brushing across your teeth, brush in a circular motion.

According to your Fountain Valley Dentist, it is important that you spend about 15 seconds in each spot and brush two or three teeth at a time while working around your mouth making sure that you brush every tooth. It may help to divide your brushing into quadrants. Bottom right, bottom left, top right and top left. By dividing into quadrants, you will be able brush for 30 seconds on each quadrant getting your two minutes worth of brushing time.

Make sure that you brush your molars by positioning your toothbrush so that your bristles rest on the top of your molars on the bottom. Work in and out and move from the back to the front. Repeat on the opposite side. Once you have cleaned your bottom molars flip over your toothbrush and repeat on the top.

Dr. Hagen cannot stress enough how important it is to brush the insides of your teeth, as it is the most commonly skipped. Tip your toothbrush with the head pointed towards the gum line brushing each tooth on both your upper and lower teeth.

After you have finished brushing your teeth, use your toothbrush to brush your tongue being careful not to damage your tissue by brushing too hard. Brushing your tongue helps with bad breath.

Rinsing after you brush is optional as is mouthwash as there are conflicting debates. Some studies show rinsing has no impact on fluoride toothpaste, while others say it reduces the fluoride treatment of the toothpaste.

By following these simple instructions twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing your Orange County Dentist on a regular basis, you can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Periodontal Disease Could Lead To Dementia

Everyone, including your Fountain Valley Dentist, knows that gum disease can cause serious problems, but recent research is proving that there may be a direct link between Alzheimer’s disease and poor dental health.

A recent study conducted by the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom has discovered that people who have gum disease and poor oral health could be at a much higher risk when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. When the brains of patients who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia were examined, they discovered Porphyromonas gingivalis, which is a bacteria or bug that has long been associated with people who suffer from periodontal disease.

The study took 10 brain samples from dementia patients and 10 samples from people who did not suffer from the disease. The Porphyromonas gingivalis was only present in the brains of the patients who had been afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.

Your Orange County Dentist is well aware that the bacteria lurking inside your oral cavities will eventually enter your bloodstream from eating, chewing, brushing, and flossing. Every time the Porphyromonas gingivalis enters the brain, it could actually release excess chemicals that could kill your brains neurons. Once that happens it could cause Alzheimer’s symptoms like memory loss and confusion according to the study.

Brushing twice and flossing once a day is essential for healthy teeth and gums as is regularly scheduled appointments with your Dentist in the OC.

During your check-up with Hagen Dental, you will be given a thorough dental exam. The comprehensive exam will include x-rays, oral cancer screening and gum disease evaluation. Your Fountain Valley Dentist will also look for tooth decay and make sure that your restorations are still doing their job.

After your x-rays, your OC Dentist will diagnose your radiographs looking for bone loss, cysts, tumors, and tooth decay. The x-rays will also help your Hagen Dental determine your root and tooth positioning.  

If your Fountain Valley Dentist detects gingivitis or periodontal disease, Dr. Hagen will schedule a professional deep cleaning or scaling and planing.

Gingivitis and Periodontal disease can be hard to detect, especially without a professional examination. If you are experiencing red or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, or bleeding gums after brushing and flossing it is time to schedule a thorough dental exam with Hagen Dental. Research is still being conducted and no one knows for sure if poor oral health causes dementia, but are you willing to take that chance? 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Other Foods to Avoid According to Your Fountain Valley Dentist

In the last blog, your Fountain Valley Dentist Peter Hagen from Hagen Dental told you about the dangers of sugary foods. Dr. Hagen also mentioned that there were plenty of other foods that could cause damage to your teeth and gums, but it is not just sugary foods that can wreck havoc with your smile. Other foods that you may not know about could also turn your frown upside down.

According to Readers Digest foods like ketchup and even fruit flavored yogurt are loaded with hidden sugars. If you ever see high fructose corn syrup on an ingredients list do yourself and your family a favor and put it back on the shelf.

Sports and energy drinks may put a zing in your step, but the thick and acidic liquids can stick to your teeth for hours. Energy and sports drinks are just as bad as soda. For a healthier grin, stick to plain old water.  

If you enjoy sucking on a ripe juicy lemon, your OC Dentist says that you could be ruining the enamel on your teeth. Because lemons are so acidic, sucking or chewing on them for long period of time could cause irreversible damage to your teeth.

Starchy foods like soft breads, potato chips, French fries, crackers and pretzels are not just bad for your waistline. Your Fountain Valley Dentist will tell you that starchy foods will get trapped in-between your teeth and if you are not constantly brushing, could lead to plaque build-up.

Dried fruit and raisins are extremely high in sugar, but according to your Dentist in Orange County, raisins and other dried fruits like apricots and prunes can be stuck in your teeth and stay for hours leading to decay. Dried fruits can also cause stress on fillings.

For healthy teeth and gums, your favorite Fountain Valley Dentist recommends eating sugary foods with a meal. Because your mouth produces saliva during mealtime, it can help neutralize the acid production in your mouth rising away food particles.

Dr. Hagen also advises that you limit your snacks. If you must have something to eat, opt for a nutritious snack like a piece of cheese or a handful of nuts. Try to rinse your mouth out after your snack, or chew a stick of sugarless gum.

Drink more water as fluoridated water can help with tooth decay. If you are drinking bottled water, be sure and check your labels for fluoride.

Finally your OC Dentist recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and don’t forget to schedule an appointment for a check-up with Hagen Dental if you haven’t seen your Dentist in Orange County for a few months. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sugary Foods to Avoid With the Help of Your Fountain Valley Dentist

Dr. Peter Hagen has been helping people all over Orange County, and although Dr. Hagen and Hagen Dental can provide you with the most comprehensive dental care on the planet, there are some things that you can do to prevent cavities.

According to Men’s Health Magazine, the average American will consume about 140 pounds of sugars and sweeteners. Life is sweet, but it can cause real problems for your teeth.

Even if you don’t think you have a sweet tooth, you could be eating the equivalent to nearly 6,050 Reese’s chocolaty peanut butter cups over the coming year. It may sound ludicrous to you, but Dr. Hagen and his Orange County Dentists office will tell you that there are dozens of foods loaded with hidden sugars.

According to the bestselling book, Eat This, Not That, some of the most sugar packed foods in the US are ones that you would never suspect. You may love visiting with Dr. Hagen and his Fountain Valley Dentist office, but if you want to spend less time in the chair with a drill in your mouth, it’s best to avoid the following sugary foods.

The Baskin-Robbins Oreo Layered Sundae is the most sugar packed menu item in the US and has 146 grams of sugar and a whopping 1,330 calories. Skip the Sundae and try a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream instead. 

Everyone loves Dr. Hagen and his dental practice in the OC, but if you would rather stop by for a friendly visit than a couple of fillings, Hagen Dental recommends that you avoid Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. The Venti size with whipped cream and low fat milk is loaded with 81 grams of sugar, and 19 grams of fat. Instead of drinking 560 calories, opt for a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino with non-fat milk.

Smoothies are supposed to be healthy, but if you think you are helping your teeth with a Jamba Juice Banana Berry Smoothie think again. Packed with 82 grams of sugar and 1.5 grams of fat you would be better off ordering a Berry Fulfilling Smoothie. With only 230 calories, it is a much better option than the Banana Berry Smoothie with 400 calories.

Granola can be good for you, but if you are trying to avoid a trip to the dentists office in the OC, skip the Quaker Oats Natural Granola with Honey and Raisins. With 420 calories, 10 grams of fat and 26 grams of sugar it’s like eating a sugary dessert for breakfast. Go for a bowl of Post Shredded wheat instead as it has 0 grams of sugar and 160 calories.

Of course, there are many sugary foods to avoid. Stay tuned and we’ll fill you in on the rest of the list next time with the help of the best Fountain Valley Dentist in Orange County Dr. Peter Hagen and the team from Hagen Dental.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Remember to smile, because you never know who's falling in love with your smile.

Feel free to call HagenDental with any dental questions or concerns you may have.  Our entire team looks forward to meeting you.

Contact our Fountain Valley Dental office with any questions.

With over 27 years of serving Orange County, our new, state-of-the-art facility offers both the very latest in dental technology, combined with the comfortable feeling of the Hawaiian Islands. Relax as our experienced team of doctors provide the very best in today's dental techniques while you enjoy your own private television, complete with headphones if needed. Wireless internet service is available so you can keep your busy schedule on track, and our commitment to same-day dentistry using the very latest in CAD-CAM dentistry gets you back to your daily life without the need for temporary crowns or return visits!

18426 Brookhurst St Ste.101
Valley Garden (Coco's) Shopping Center
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Phone: (714) 965-5255

Friday, May 31, 2013

What Your Fountain Valley Dentist Wants You To Know

Dr. Peter Hagen of Fountain Valley sees a lot of people and consequently, a lot of teeth throughout the day. As such, there are a few things he wants his patients to know a few things about their oral health they may not be aware of.

First things first, flossing is key. If you don’t floss regularly, you’re missing a lot of debris in the gaps between your teeth. his is where decay and gum disease are most likely to occur. The truth is, brushing just won't effectively reach these areas. And while the floss picks and other flossing devices are good, nothing beats traditional floss for really getting at every crevice.

Second, if your gums are bleeding, you’re doing something wrong. This is not a normal reaction to brushing. In fact, healthy gums don't bleed during proper brushing or flossing. If yours do, talk to your dentist. During a routine cleaning, some bleeding is normal because dental hygienists are doing such a thorough job and using instruments.

And finally, the mouth is a part of the human body. This may seem like an obvious thing to say,  but somehow the mouth is isolated from the rest of the body in many people's minds and even by our health care system. To wit: Why are there separate insurances for medical and dental care? Disease in the mouth affects the rest of the body and vice versa, particularly when it comes to problems like diabetes and gum disease as well as oral cancers. Keeping this fact in mind helps people take better care of their oral health.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist Discusses: When Hot and Cold Temperatures Really Hurt

Have you ever taken a sip of a cold beverage, expecting refreshment, only to wince in sharp pain? Has a warm cup of tea been the source of unrelenting toothache? If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms when dealing with temperature, it is likely that you suffer from sensitive teeth. Dr. Hagen, a Fountain Valley dentist, wants to help you understand why your mouth is reacting to environmental temperature shifts.

There are numerous reasons why people experience sensitivity in this way. More specifically, and usually the most likely culprit, is that the root is exposed at the base of the tooth. It is there that millions of tiny tubes (called dentin), which are connected to nerve endings, are exposed to the elements. Gum recession, teeth grinding, aggressive brushing techniques, and acidic drinks all contribute to exposed gums and ultimately sensitive teeth.

Dr. Hagen says thats some people don’t realize they’re brushing too hard, thus affecting tooth sensitivity through enamel erosion and gum wear. Your most loved beverage -- coffee, tea, juice, wine, and popular energy drinks -- are also putting the condition of the tooth’s enamel and the dentin in a vulnerable position.

If you’re experiencing severe sensitivity, talk to Fountain Valley dentist, Dr. Hagen about bonding the problematic areas. This is essentially a very fine varnish your dentist applies to the tooth. It's not a permanent fix, though. In the meantime, consider brushing gently, reduce your acidic beverage intake, and be aware of any tooth grinding you may be experiencing.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist: Energy Drinks Are Bad For Teeth

Many people believe energy drinks are useful consumable items that get them through the day. However, studies are suggesting that although energy drinks give people a short burst of productivity, they actually contribute to declining oral health.  Many people believe that an energy drink is a healthier alternative to soda and other sugary drinks. Specifically, the study shows that ingredients contained in sports drinks can damage tooth enamel which leads to increased risk of developing cavities.

The ABA led the research team, where 13 “sports” drinks (like gatorade) and 9 “energy” drinks (like Red Bull) were tested for their acidity. They tested six drinks for their effects on tooth enamel and found both types caused damage. Energy drinks, however, were twice as bad. Damaged tooth enamel cannot be fixed.  This study was published in the journal, General Dentistry.

The samples of enamel were immersed in the  test drinks for 15 minutes. The samples were then  to artificial saliva for two hours. This process was repeated four times a day for five days. The beverages were replaced with fresh ones every day. This process was developed in order to simulate real life, since people tend to consume these drinks throughout the day. The research shows that enamel loss was evident after five days of exposure!
If you’re an avid energy drink/sports drink user, then it would be wise to dilute the liquid with water in order to minimize the harmful effects to your teeth. Dr. Hagen, a Fountain Valley dentist, suggests discontinuing use of  these beverages as a source of energy and instead, make healthy changes to your sleeping and dietary habits. You’d be surprised to find out that little steps will make you feel healthier, refreshed, and less dependent on stimulants.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist Discusses Flossing Excuses

Believe it or not, a recent survey has found that only 49% of Americans floss daily and 10% of Americans don’t floss at all. These rough estimates are quite unfortunate, given howimportant flossing is to your oral hygiene routine. In fact, dentists agree that flossing is more important than brushing in the fight against periodontal disease, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss. People joke about how the only time they floss is when they’re due for their annual check-up. Fountain Valley dentist, Dr. Peter Hagen, wants his patients to know that he can tell if you’ve been a long-term flosser or not.

And, he wants you to put an end to your excuses for not flossing regularly. The main “culprit” people cite for not flossing is that they don’t have time. Although effective flossing does require a bit of time (about 3 to 5 minutes), Dr. Hagen says that even 60 seconds of flossing is better than zero seconds of flossing. The key here is to make flossing a daily habit.

Other excuses vary from not knowing how to floss, not having enough dexterity to floss, or having dental work that makes flossing impossible, or that food doesn’t get stuck in your teeth. If it’s lack of knowledge that is keeping you from flossing your teeth, take a look at this video that clearly illustrates how to properly floss. Also, if you have dexterity constraints, consider a floss holder. These disposable plastic Y-shaped devices (some equipped with a spool of floss) hold a span of floss between two prongs to allow one-handed use. Furthermore, flossing doesn’t rid your mouth of food detritus, it gets rid of dental plaque, the very thing that causes gum disease.

Another oft-used excuse is that flossing can be painful for some. Bleeding while brushing and flossing is the precise condition flossing aims to prevent. The good news is that once you regularly floss and brush, these symptoms subside. If they persist, it is wise to contact Dr. Hagen at his Fountain Valley, CA office to figure out what is going on with your oral health. Remember, brushing and flossing regularly is how you prevent periodontal disease!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist Discusses Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you embarrassed about your teeth? Do crooked or chipped teeth keep you from smiling the way you would like to?
Tooth discoloration, asymmetry, overcrowding, or chipped teeth can dictate whether or not someone feels their smile is adequate enough to show to the world. Even though these imperfections are normal and completely human, often times they prevent people from achieving their personal and professional goals.
That’s why Fountain Valley dentist, Dr. Peter Hagen, would like to discuss the many ways in which people can make a difference in their smile. The first step, and possibly the easiest one to take is that of whitening — the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure on the market. Optimal whitening is achieved in the office with your dentist, but at-home remedies have been shown to help improve the appearance of teeth as well. However, a dentist whitened smile will last for years when used properly (that includes using professional gels and trays once a month).
If you have broken or chipped teeth, you have a few options. The first would be to implement bonding, a process where chips and gaps are filled in with a hardened, tooth colored substance. Crowns, or porcelain “caps,” are more durable, as they cover the entire damaged tooth. Veneers are another option, but only cover a section of the tooth. Your dentist may also suggest gum reshaping (gingivectomy), if you feel your smile is too “gummy.”
To save time and money, combine these procedures with orthodontics first — if your teeth are especially misaligned. Once teeth are straightened out, you Fountain Valley dentist will cosmetically correct the teeth orthodontics couldn’t touch.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist Discusses Tooth Loss

You may not be concerned with tooth loss now, but research suggests that there are certain factors that can contribute towards tooth loss. Those factors are:
  • Anyone over the age of 35 years of age
  • Males
  • Neglecting professional dental care
  • Neglecting proper oral hygiene practices (toothbrushing)
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
A few of the above factors can not be changes -- age and sex in particular -- but the other risk factors can be influenced by your own healthy habits. For example, brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dental health professionals, Fountain Valley dentist Dr. Peter Hagen, twice a year or as needed.

Main Reason For Tooth Loss

The primary reason for tooth loss was found be a to a result of sever periodontal disease (gum disease) that can be avoided or remedied with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Once gingivitis has taken hold of your gums and morphed into periodontal disease, the risk for tooth loss increases.

Tooth Loss and the Connection To Overall Health

In addition to poor oral health practices, people experiencing tooth loss also had health issues that complicated their dental health. The connection between tooth loss and diabetes has been well-established. In the research done on tooth loss in this particular, it was found people with high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis have a higher propensity to tooth loss and/or extraction.

If you have any of the health issues in the above list, or are concerned with tooth loss in general, be sure to care for your teeth as suggested by Fountain Valley dentist Dr. Peter Hagen, while also coming in for your professional dental cleanings and check-ups. If tooth loss can be prevented with simple steps, you'll be thanking yourself for taking those tiny, albeit important measures.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist Discusses Electronic Toothbrushes

When electronic toothbrushes first arrived in the dental healthcare market, there was only one brand offering automatic oral health care. These days, however, there are many different electronic toothbrushes available to consumers with different options -- like re-chargeable batteries, smaller designs, and superb cleaning options. Because of this, it can be daunting when trying to figure out which electronic toothbrush is right for you.
Fortunately, Dr. Hagen, a Fountain Valley dentist, wants to help guide you through the maze of modern electronic toothbrushes. First, let’s discuss the main difference between the two major electronic tooth brushes.

Electronic V. Sonic

Electronic toothbrushes are designed to mimic the motion of your hand when you brush your teeth with a regular toothbrush, except you get 3,000 to 7,500 rotations per minute. These toothbrushes do most of the work for you. Sonic toothbrushes dwarf regular electronic toothbrushes with 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute. The sonic toothbrushes rapid movements go a long way to remove plaque and ultimately, lead to an easy next check-up at Dr. Hagen’s Fountain Valley office.

How You Reap The Benefits

Recent studies have shown that electronic and Sonic toothbrushes help alleviate plaque and gingivitis -- reducing your risk of future gum disease as a result of gingivitis and eventually, periodontitis. Additionally, if you have any dexterity issues, having a toothbrush do the work for you, while also getting better than average results is another bonus. It might even influence users to brush more often, since there is less manual labor involved.
The only drawback associated with power toothbrushes is that they may be too expensive for some -- ranging in price from $15 to $100. Some even break the $100 dollar price point.

What Your Fountain Valley Dentist Recommends

Since buying a power toothbrush can be a commitment of $100, Dr. Hagen knows how important it is to get the best one. As such, he advises his patients to ask their dental hygienist for their opinion on which electronic toothbrush is right for them during their next visit to our Fountain Valley dental office.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist Discusses: Tooth Wear

There are three major threats that lead to wearing down or injuring teeth: chewing, brushing, and grinding, along with accidental injuries. Today, Fountain Valley dentist Dr. Peter Hagen, discusses how you can avoid the daily wear your teeth encounter. 

Accidental Injury

Biting down on a hard surface is how people normally imagine they'll chip a tooth, or think they'll chip a tooth. The reality is that chipping or breaking a tooth in this manner is actually quite uncommon. It is more likely that chipped teeth arise from those with root canals and fillings if you bite down on something hard. 

Additionally, it is more likely that a chipped and/or broken teeth are a result of playing sports. Studies have found that wrestling, boxing, basketball, and karate are the biggest culprits of tooth injuries. If you play sports, be sure to protect your teeth by utilizing a mouthguard. 

Unconscious Grinding: Bruxism

If you find yourself unconsciously grinding your teeth when you're not chewing food, then you might be suffering from bruxism, and endangering the surface of your teeth. Not only does teeth grinding wear down the pointed shape of molars, but also create micro cracks on the enamel surface, making you more susceptible to tooth decay. As any with bruxism knows, grinding your teeth also creates headaches, muscle pain, and jaw injury. 

Your Fountain Valley dentist, Dr. Peter Hagen, can usually spot the tell-tale signs of bruxism during an exam. You may not even know you suffer from teeth grinding until you go to your dental check-up. That's another reason why it is important to see your oral health professionals twice a year. 

Enamel Erosion and Acids

Teeth are built tough, but when the level of acid becomes imbalance in your mouth, the structural strength of teeth become compromised and susceptible to decay. Acidic foods and beverages and stomach acids (brought into the mouth by bulimia, morning sickness, or GERD) contribute to continued erosion of enamel.  

Hagen Dental
18426 Brookhurst St., #101
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Tel. 714.965.5255
Follow us on Twitter: @hagen_dental 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist Says: 15 Myths and Facts About Cavities

Dr. Peter Hagen, your Fountain Valley dentist, found this article about myths and facts about cavities that he thinks would be particularly useful for his clients and readers. Tooth decay is one of the biggest problems facing people today; It is good to know what is truth and half truth about this common oral health problem:
Check the myths and facts below to find out how cavities are caused, prevented, and treated. 
1. Sugar Is the Prime Cause of CavitiesMyth, but it's almost a fact.  
The truth is, acid produced by bacteria in your mouth is the cause of cavities, says Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, an American Dental Association consumer advisor and former president of the Minnesota Dental Association. However, these bacteria are triggered to make acid when you eat anything with carbohydrates -- and sugar is a carb.  Rice, potatoes, bread, fruits, and vegetables are also carbs. 
Once the acid eats into your tooth, the bacteria “have a nice little hole to live in where your toothbrush and floss can’t reach,” says Harms. The bacteria continue to metabolize carbs and produce acids -- and your cavity just keeps getting bigger. 
Here’s an important fact. It’s not the amount of carbs you eat that causes tooth decay, but the length of time your teeth are exposed. If you eat a lot of carbs for lunch, that’s one big exposure. But if you spend the day sipping sugary drinks, that’s continuous exposure -- and much more unhealthy for your teeth. 
“We have a saying,” says Harms. “Sip all day and get decay.”

2. Exposure to Acidic Foods, Like Lemons, Causes Tooth Decay 
Fact. Acidic foods such as lemons, citrus juices, or soft drinks don’t cause cavities, but they may be putting your enamel in danger. 
"Acids can tear down your enamel and weaken your tooth," says Harms. “If you lose the enamel's protection and expose the underlying dentin, your tooth is now more prone to decay.” 
3. Kids Are a Lot More Likely to Get Cavities Than Adults 
Myth. With the help of sealants, fluoridated water, and preventive care, “we’ve actually cut decay in school-aged children by half in the last 20 years,” says Harms.However, there’s been an increase in cavities in senior citizens “because they have some unique circumstances,” she says. Some medicines dry out the mouth, for example, reducing salvia. Saliva is vital in fighting tooth decay because it helps neutralize acids, has a disinfectant quality, washes away bacteria, and helps prevent food from sticking to your teeth.
To continue reading about the 15 myths and facts of caivities, Dr. Hagen, a Fountain Valley dentist recommends heading voer to Web MD to read more:

Hagen Dental
18426 Brookhurst St., #101
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Tel. 714.965.5255
Follow us on Twitter: @hagen_dental 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dentist in Fountain Valley, CA Advises: 9 Ways To Prevent Bad Breath

Dr. Peter Hagen, your dentist in Fountain Valley, CA find that patients oftern times feel self-conscious about whether or not they suffer from bad breath. Since the topic is considered a touchy one, Dr. hagen found this article useful in advising people about what they can do to improve their bad breath:
Worried about bad breath? You're not alone. Forty million Americans suffer from bad breath, or halitosis, according to the American Dental Hygienists' Association. Bad breath can get in the way of your social life. It can make you self-conscious and embarrassed. Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways to freshen your breath. 
1. Brush and floss more frequently.One of the prime causes of bad breath is plaque, the sticky build-up on teeth that harbors bacteria. Food left between teeth adds to the problem. All of us should brush at least twice a day and floss daily. If you're worried about your breath, brush and floss a little more often.  But don't overdo it. Brushing too aggressively can erode enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to decay. 
2. Scrape your tongue.The coating that normally forms on the tongue can harbor foul-smelling bacteria. To eliminate them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush. Some people find that toothbrushes are too big to comfortably reach the back of the tongue. In that case, try a tongue scraper. "Tongue scrapers are an essential tool in a proper oral health care routine," says Pamela L. Quinones, RDH, president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association. "They're designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area, removing bacteria, food debris, and dead cells that brushing alone can’t remove."   
3. Avoid foods that sour your breath.Onions and garlic are the prime offenders. "Unfortunately, brushing after you eat onions or garlic doesn't help," says dentist Richard Price, DMD, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. "The volatile substances they contain make their way into your blood stream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out." The only way to avoid the problem is to avoid eating onions and garlic, especially before social or work occasions when you're concerned about your breath. 

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Hagen Dental
18426 Brookhurst St., #101
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Tel. 714.965.5255
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fountain Valley Dentist Advises: Everyday Habits That Ruin Your Teeth

Teeth are built tough. However, there are certain habits that can wear down the effectiveness of your pearly whites. As such, Dr. Hagen, a Fountain Valley dentist found this article about the everyday habits that ruin your teeth particularly useful for people who are concerned with the health of their teeth. Read about what you can do to keep your smile healthy:
You plan meals, grab drinks, and play sports without giving much thought to your teeth. But you might not realize how food, beverages, and activities can wreck the health of your pearly whites. Twenty-five percent of U.S. adults over age 65 have lost all their teeth - here's how you can protect your own. 
Sugar and TeethSugar is the No. 1 enemy of your teeth, and the longer it stays in your mouth, the worse it is. Sugar is consumed by acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. The acids eat away at tooth enamel. Avoid foods like jelly candies, which stick in your teeth longer than other foods and bathe them in sugar. Dried fruit such as raisins are no better. Reach for fresh fruit instead. 

Beverages and TeethSoda is just plain bad for teeth, sugar-free or not. "You're bathing teeth in an acid environment," says Robert Sorin, DDS, clinical instructor in the department of dentistry and oral surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Club soda is harmful, too, because of its acidity, and so are juices with added sugar. 
Alcohol, even just a glass of wine, is also acidic and can erode the teeth. In addition, alcohol dries out your mouth, reducing saliva production. "Saliva bathes the teeth and helps remove plaque and bacterial accumulations from the teeth's surface. Less plaque equals less risk for bacterial acids to cause decay," Sorin says. Rinse your mouth with water between drinks. 
Other Risks to TeethIf you use your teeth to snap off bottle caps, remove clothing tags, or open plastic bags, stop immediately. Smokers should also consider how the habit affects oral health. Nicotine yellows teeth and can also cause oral cancer. Chewing tobacco is even worse because the tobacco and associated carcinogens come into direct contact with the gums and soft tissues and stay there for a long time. 
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Hagen Dental
18426 Brookhurst St., #101
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Tel. 714.965.5255
Follow us on Twitter: @hagen_dental 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hagen Dental Featured In Fountain Valley Living!

Hagen Dental was recently featured in an issue of Fountain Valley Living, which highlighted all the areas of our practice that make it one of the best destinations for dentistry in Orange County. Here is the full text of that article. To read the article at the Fountain Valley Living website, follow this link.

A dentist’s office is not usually the place that you think of as either relaxing, or necessarily environmentally friendly.  Yet these are two of the attributes that set HagenDental in Fountain Valley apart from the usual perception of a dentist’s office.

HagenDental, located at the corner of Brookhurst and Ellis, had several concerns for their patients and the environment when they designed and built their offices there in 2010.  “We wanted our patients to have the opportunity to come for their appointments in a relaxing environment that also blended state-of-the-art treatment technologies and was time and cost efficient for them,” said Dr. Peter Hagen. With regard to the environment, the list include saving energy, less polluting, water savings and more.

After months of planning and consulting with designers and industry leaders, HagenDental designed and built the current office that provides patients the most comprehensive one-visit care possible, using state-of-the-art technologies, saving patients time and gasoline costs for repeat appointments, all in a relaxing, tropical-themed environment.  “It was, and still is, really important to us that our patients feel comfortable and relaxed when they come here. They may not see all the technology here, but they do see the softer colors, the lighting and flooring and that is important,” said Janice Hagen, co-owner of HagenDental.   

With regard to the environment, the office was designed using LEED standards, and includes:
·    Converting all patients files to digital files, saving reams of paper each month
·    Eco-friendly furniture
·    Low emission paints
·    Carpeting  made from recycled materials, and "hardwood" flooring actually made from recycled vinyl
·    Cabinets and partitions that are made of approved recycled materials
·    Lighting that relies heavily on natural light and motion sensors that control the rest of the lights
·    A waterless vacuum system with in­line metal scavenger, saving 500,000 gallons of water annually and preventing currently allowed toxic metals from entering the sewer.
·    State-of-the-art dual air compressor system that allows system to run at 50%
capacity when needed, saving electricity and emissions.

Patients at HagenDental may not realize all the environmentally friendly concerns that surround them at the time of their visit, but they do appreciate the softer pastel colors on the walls, the relaxing music that fills the air, and of course the friendly staff.  “The interior of the office was my wife’s design. She has the eye for that. I was focused on the one-visit technology that patients have come to appreciate.  It saves them time, stress, and of course expenses,’ said Hagen.

That comes with the equipment that is used in the office. That equipment ranges from fully computerized 3-D images of a patient's mouth to equipment that provides a patient with complete restoration in one visit.  We will detail this equipment that minimizes a patient’s trauma and expense in the second profile here in a few days.

Hagen Dental
18426 Brookhurst St., #101
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Tel. 714.965.5255
Follow us on Twitter: @hagen_dental