Orthodontic Care | Keeping Your Mouth Healthy With Braces

Dr. Aerni wants everyone to have a happy mouth. In order for your mouth to be happy, it needs to be clean, healthy, and beautiful. Unfortunately, for patients who are undergoing orthodontic care, keeping your teeth clean and healthy is a little bit more difficult. After all, germs, bacteria, and food particles have many more places to hide throughout your mouth!

While it is more difficult to keep your mouth healthy and happy, it is not impossible for orthodontic patients to do so! Below, Dr. Aerni outlines a few steps you can take to ensure that your mouth remains healthy throughout your treatment.

Step 1: Ditch your manual toothbrush for an electric brush.

An electric toothbrush will help to make up for the difficulties introduced by the brackets and wires in your mouth. Removing as much plaque and tartar from your mouth as possible is imperative in maintaining a healthy mouth An electric toothbrush is your best bet to maximize what you are removing from your teeth.

NOTE: Dr. Aerni believes so much in the importance of keeping your mouth clean, and the advantages offered by an electric toothbrush, that he gives all of his orthodontic patients a free Sonicare toothbrush.

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Step 2: How you brush matters.

Even if you are brushing with an electric toothbrush, your technique is extremely important. When you are brushing your top teeth, you must angle your toothbrush downwards so that the plaque and tartar are easily removed. Likewise, on your bottom teeth, you need to angle your brush upwards. Additionally, you should brush each tooth for a minimum of ten seconds, and focus on areas where your brackets are connected to your teeth.

Step 3: Brush more often.

Instead of the recommended twice per day, you should brush after each meal you eat. Brushing after you eat a meal will ensure that you are removing food particles from your mouth before they can become an issue.

Step 4: Use products that contain fluoride.

When choosing a toothpaste and mouthwash, make sure to select a brand and product that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen your tooth enamel and avoid cavities.

Step 5: You still need to floss.

We know that we discussed this in our last blog, but it is very important. If you do not continue to floss, you are at a much higher risk of developing gum disease and cavities in between your teeth.

Are you in need of orthodontic care in Strongsville, OH?

Dr. Aerni and his team are always welcoming new, smiling faces to their office. If you are in need of orthodontic care, and in the Strongsville, OH area, you are welcomed to schedule an appointment with Aerni Dental.

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Orthodontic Care | Oral Care With Braces

If you are receiving orthodontic care, especially traditional braces or Tip Edge orthodontics like Dr. Aerni offers, they will become a part of you over the course of your treatment. Due to this, it is important that you take proper care of your braces to ensure they remain effective and clean.

Below, Dr. Aerni offers several suggestions on how to best take care of your braces:

Remember to floss!

Flossing can be a pain, especially with a mouth full of wires and brackets. However, it is important to floss and remove particles of food from between your teeth and braces. Flossing is the best way to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your treatment.

Stay away from certain foods.

You hear this all the time from your dentist or orthodontist, but, nonetheless, you need to stay away from hard candies, suckers (especially those caramel apple ones), chewy candies, and corn on the cob! If you eat these foods, and your brackets or wires break, your braces will no longer do their job properly until fixed.

Wear a mouthguard while playing sports.

Dr. Aerni always recommends wearing a mouthguard while participating in sports. However, when you have braces, it becomes even more important to wear a one to protect your braces and your teeth.

Be attentive to your braces.

If you have a wire that breaks, or brackets that have become loose, it is important schedule an appointment to get these problems corrected ASAP.

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Are you (or your child) in need of orthodontic care/braces?

Aerni Dental in Strongsville, OH offers orthodontic care for our patients, and everyone in the area looking for orthodontic care. As stated above, Dr. Aerni offers Tip Edge orthodontics. To learn more about what Dr. Aerni offers, and to see a patient story, click here.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to visit Dr. Aerni, click here. Dr. Aerni and his team are always welcoming new patients!

Children’s Dental Hygiene | Do You Want Your Child To Brush More?

In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni began a discussion on the dental hygiene habits of children. Unfortunately, one major issue that many parents face is getting their children to brush twice per day for two minutes at a time. In addition to this, it is important that your children are brushing with proper technique! Your dentist can offer some tips on proper brushing technique. You can see what Colgate says about proper brushing technique, here.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists a few tips to help your children brush longer and more often to improve their dental hygiene.

Let your children choose their toothpaste.

It is rare that your children have the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. If you give your children this choice, they will likely take more ownership over the decision, and take more pride in using what they chose. Letting your child pick their toothpaste is good, but make sure they are choosing a brand that will give results, and make sure they are using the proper amount of toothpaste. Remember: Children do not need to use as much toothpaste as adults, as their mouth and teeth are much smaller.

Let your children brush with their stuffed animal or blanket.

Your children have a significant bond with their favorite stuffed animal or blanket. These items provide them with comfort and a sense of normalcy. After all, your children probably sleep with a blanket or stuffed animal, take them in the car, and to grandma and grandpa’s house, so why not let them bring these items while they brush? In addition to providing comfort, stuffed animals spark children’s imagination and may help them brush longer.

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Buy your children an electric toothbrush.

Your children probably get bored while they brush. Due to this, they probably won’t want to brush twice per day or for two minutes at a time. However, if you buy your children electric toothbrushes, brushing can become more fun as they get to use something that is “motorized.” Using an electric toothbrush will also help your children make up for poor technique.

Dr. Aerni also recommends introducing music while your children brush. If you reserve one of your child’s favorite songs for brushing time, it will cause them to want to brush more often and longer, so they can listen to one of their favorite tunes!

Does your child need a dentist?

Contact us today at our office in Strongsville, OH to schedule your child’s appointment.

Did you know that Dr. Aerni performs orthodontic care? If your child is in need of braces, contact us today to see how we can help!

Children’s Dental Health | Good Hygiene Habits Should Be Formed Early

As you probably know, your dental health is an important part of having good overall health and wellness. With this being said, what is the best way to keep your oral health in order? Of course, you need to visit your dentist on a regular basis. You also need to take good care of your teeth at home and consider your dietary choices.

While practicing good oral health habits is important for yourself, it is especially critical for your children. When growing up, it is important that you help your child develop proper oral hygiene habits. If your child develops good oral hygiene practices while they are young, these practices will carry over to when they are older.

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If your child develops bad hygiene habits, they will develop more cavities, which will require restorations, and their oral health will decrease. In addition to this, their hygiene habits will lack later in life and cause issues like gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth decay.

When should you start your child’s oral hygiene?

As soon as your child’s first tooth begins to break through the gum line, you should start brushing the tooth. When two or more teeth start to touch, flossing should also begin. In addition to your at-home care, you should start scheduling your child’s dental appointments for 6 months after their teeth begin to show.

Have questions about your child’s dental health?

If you have any questions about child’s dental health, or caring for your child’s teeth, feel free to schedule an appointment at Dr. Aerni’s office in Strongsville, OH.

In our next article, Dr. Aerni will offer several tips to help you get your child to brush more often. It is not always easy to get children to brush twice per day for two minutes at a time, but these tips should ease the process and help keep you child’s teeth in good shape.

Periodontal Disease | Why a Deep Cleaning is Important

Maintaining your oral health is probably important to you. However, no matter how hard you try, you may still develop some oral health issues. One of the most common oral health problems to develop is gum disease. In fact, the CDC reports that 47% of adults in the US suffer from gum disease.

If you have developed gum disease—whether you have been properly caring for your teeth, or neglecting them—there is treatment available. How far your gum disease has advanced will determine what type of treatment your case demands. The most common form of treatment for gum disease is a deep cleaning. This type of cleaning will be necessary if you develop gum disease, as your regular cleanings will no longer properly clean your teeth and gum line.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleanings utilize special tools and techniques and include two steps: scaling and root planing.

The first step, scaling, removes tartar and plaque from the surface of your tooth and beneath your gum line.

The second step, root planing, is a process of carefully smoothing the surface of your tooth’s root to decrease inflammation, and shrink the pockets that have formed in your gums. If these pockets are left untreated, they will continue to allow plaque and tartar to build up under your gums and on your gum line.

Typically, a deep cleaning will require 2-4 visits to your dentist, and also may involve a local anesthetic during treatment.

Unfortunately, if your gum disease has developed too far, it cannot be fully cured, only treated. Gum disease is a systemic disease, very similar to diabetes or high blood pressure (HBP). After you have received a deep cleaning, it is important to continue treatment and schedule routine cleanings at your dentist’s office. If you do not receive routine cleanings, gum disease can cause tooth loss, loss of jaw bone, and lead to many other health problems.

To learn more on deep cleanings, visit Oral-B’s website.

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If you are in need of a dentist, we welcome you to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Aerni at his office in Strongsville.

Gum Disease | The Health of Your Gums

Are your gums in a healthy state or are you suffering from gum disease? This is something that you need to know the answer to, but probably don’t.

Unless you have been diagnosed by your dentist, you probably don’t know if you are suffering from some form of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) or not. The reason for this, is that periodontal disease does not present many signs or symptoms. The few you can look for include unexplained bleeding while brushing or flossing, and your gums appearing bright red and inflamed.

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If you notice either of the above signs, you should schedule a dental appointment ASAP. Your dentist’s office will have specialized tools to determine the health of your gums. Additionally, these tools will determine how far your gum disease has developed and what treatment is necessary. The earlier you catch gum disease, the better off you will be, as, if you let gum disease develop too far, it will not be able to be fully cured. Your dentist will be able to put together a personalized treatment plan to improve the overall health and wellness of your gums. Please note that a treatment plan may include the work of a periodontist

Determining if you have periodontal disease, and receiving necessary treatment, is critical for your oral health. Along with this, gum disease has been associated with many other diseases including:

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As with any health issues, you are better off preventing periodontal disease from ever forming. Gum disease can be usually avoided by following instructions below:

  • Brush twice per day for two minutes
  • Floss daily
  • Brush your tongue, roof of your mouth, and gums
  • Use mouthwash

If gum disease does develop, there is treatment available. In our next blog post, Dr. Aerni will examine exactly what a deep cleaning is and what it entails.

Do You Need a Dentist?

Dr. Aerni is always welcoming new patients and wants to improve the health of your smile. Contact us today to schedule a visit with Aerni Dental at our office in Strongsville, OH

Do You Want To Stop Smoking?

Stop smokingWhen it comes to our oral and overall health, tobacco usage is one of the worst habits we can form. The most frequent form of tobacco use comes through cigarette smoking. Smoking cigarettes can cause many oral health issues like teeth discoloration from the nicotine and tar, an increase in plaque and tartar present in the mouth, and an increased risk of contracting oral cancer.

At Aerni Dental, Dr. Aerni, wants to promote healthy habits to his patients, and everyone in the Strongsville, OH area. Due to his desire to promote a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Aerni will provide a few helpful hints that may help you stop smoking. Dr. Aerni believes that one of the most important factors in quitting is recognizing what causes you do to smoke in the first place.

Why Do You Smoke?

One of the most common reasons that people smoke is to relieve their stress. If this is the case for you, it is important to properly manage your stress. There are many activities that you can choose to manage your stress other than smoking. These activities include receiving a massage, listening to relaxing music, or doing some yoga.

Another common trigger for people who smoke is consumption of alcohol. If this applies to you, Dr. Aerni recommends avoiding situations in which you will be drinking. If you want to have an adult beverage, Dr. Aerni suggests making sure there is no tobacco easily accessible.

Finally, many people smoke after eating a meal. Smoking a cigarette after a meal is viewed as a treat of sorts. For these people, Dr. Aerni recommends replacing a cigarette with some sugarless chewing gum, a sweet treat (please brush after!), or some mints. It is always important to find a substitute that will help to take the edge off.

As previously stated, identifying some common triggers of why you might smoke is critical in quitting. If serious, you can find more tips and resources at smokefree.gov

Do you suffer from oral health issues due to smoking? Are your teeth discolored, or do you wish to receive an oral cancer screening? If so, you can contact our office today in order to set up an appointment to see Dr. Aerni.

Dietary Choices That Boost Oral Health

In our previous article, Dr. Aerni provided a list of foods that may damage the your oral health. As promised, Dr. Aerni will now provide a list of foods that will actually boost the health of your mouth. Along with these foods, it is important to remember to implement good care habits like brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.  

Foods That Boost Oral Health

1.) Celery:

Keeping your teeth clean, and secreting enough saliva are both critical in keeping your mouth healthy. Due to its texture, celery can clean your teeth as you chew on it. In addition to this, as you chew on celery, it will stimulate your salivary glands and increase your saliva production.

2.) Carrots:Oral Health

Like celery, carrots work to increase your saliva production. As we know, saliva is one of the best defenses against gum disease, tooth decay, and more.

3.) Pineapple:

Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is extremely beneficial to your dental health as it works to break up proteins in your mouth and maintain the health of your teeth. In addition to bromelain, pineapples contain many other vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your overall and oral health.  

4.) Cheese:

There are many factors that make cheese a good dietary choice for the health of your mouth. These factors include calcium, low sugar levels, a lack of acid, and most importantly the presence of casein. Casein is a protein that works to promote the health of your teeth and strengthen your enamel. Click here for more information about casein.

5.) Yogurt:

Similar to cheese, yogurt is a great provider of casein.

6.) Pears:

In our previous post, we mentioned fruits that have a lot of citric acid. One major advantage of pears is that they do not contain acid like other fruits do. Additionally, pears provide your teeth with many vitamins and minerals and also increase your salivary flow. 

Beverages That Boost Oral Health

7.) Tap Water:Strongsville Dentist

After eliminating many beverages last week from your healthy choices, you may be wondering what is best to drink. We know that you must be tired of hearing from every medical professional that drinking water is important, but it is. Dr. Aerni recommends tap water over spring water, purified water, or bottled water, due to the presence of fluoride in tap water. Fluoride will work to repair the damages created by other foods, drinks, and physical activity that may have harmed the enamel of your teeth.

To repeat what we said in our opening paragraph, it is still critical to maintain good dental healthcare habits like brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and routinely visiting the dentist. These habits, along with eating a healthy diet, will keep your dental health in the best shape possible possible. If you would like to schedule a dental check up, and are in the Strongsville, OH area, please contact us today to schedule a visit with Dr. Aerni! 

Dietary Choices May Damage Your Oral Health

When you sit down to read a book, or maybe indulge in that TV series that you’ve been hooked on, do you find yourself looking for your favorite food to snack on, or favorite drink to quench your thirst? Depending on what you choose, your favorite snacks could be doing damage to your mouth and contributing to problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and other various oral health conditions. Dr. Aerni recognizes that good oral health is about a lot more than just visiting your dentist; it is about forming good habits in between your visits, that promote healthy teeth and gums. 

Below, Dr. Aerni outlines several foods and beverages that can do a lot of damage to your mouth:

Foods That Damage Oral Health

1.) Foods that contain citrus:

There are many fruits that provide your body with the vitamins it needs, and are great for your overall health. However, some fruits are high in citric acid and, as a result, are not healthy for your teeth. Fruits that are high in citric acid include oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and lemons, just to name a few. The reason these fruits are bad for your teeth, is that the acid from them will attack the tooth enamel.

2.) Chewy and sticky foods:Oral Health

You know the type of food we are talking about: the ones that you chew on, and chew on, until your jaw is sore. These include jelly beans, taffy, gummies of any sort, and a variety of different candies. What makes these foods so harmful, is that they are typically full of sugar and stay on your teeth for long amounts of time. If you do eat foods of this nature, be sure to floss and brush soon after consumption.

3.) Hard candies:

Like the sticky foods discussed above, hard candies are full of a variety of sugars. What makes hard candies an especially dangerous option, is the number of dental emergencies that they cause. All too often, patients come in with a chipped or fractured tooth that occurred from trying to bite into a hard piece of candy.      

4.) Crispy foods like pretzels and potato chips:

Think about it: how often do you find yourself picking particles of potato chips and pretzels out of your back molars after consumption? This is due to the starch that is found in these foods. Starch has a habit of getting stuck in your teeth—more specifically your molars.

Drinks That Damage Oral Health

5.) Caffeinated beverages: Oral Health Strongsville

Coffee and soda drinkers, beware! Caffeine is a major culprit of dry mouth, which, in turn, causes cavities. Additionally, these drinks typically contain a lot of sugar or acid that cause harm to your teeth.

6.) Sports beverages:

Consuming these drinks while you are exercising or participating in physical activity is not bad for you. However, if you drink these drinks on a regular basis, while just laying around the house, the sugars and syrups can cause some harm to your teeth.   

7.) Alcoholic beverages:

Whether you grab a beer, your favorite wine, or another type of spirit, alcohol can cause harm to your teeth. The reason for this is similar to the damage from caffeine: Alcohol has a tendency to dehydrate you and cause dry mouth. If you disrupt your salivary flow, you will have less defense from cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions.

After reading this list, you might be asking: what foods you can eat without harming the health of your teeth ands gums? Don’t worry, in our next blog post, Dr. Aerni will provide some food choices that will not only not harm your teeth, but actually boost your oral health. 

If you are in need of having a cavity filled, or are due to receive a routine cleaning, feel free to contact Dr. Aerni’s office in Strongsville, OH.

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Does Your Dentist Perform Orthodontic Care?

Did you know that 75% of all kids have some type of problem with their adult teeth that causes them to need braces? These problems vary from too much space, crooked teeth, too little space, etc. Also, did you know that many dentists are now offering orthodontic care? That is the case, and has been the case for the last 12 years, for Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH. In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni discussed Tip-Edge brackets, their advantages, and why it is his preferred orthodontic technique. You can read it here.Orthodontic Care Stronsgville

Dr. Aerni takes a look at what some of the leading causes are for the need for orthodontic care amongst kids. These causes include the following:

Cross Bite – This occurs when the upper and lower arch width are not the same. This problem may cause some deviation in facial form. If this problem is not corrected early enough, at 6-8 years old, it can cause the face and jaw to grow abnormally.

Deep Bites – A deep bite occurs when the upper anterior teeth overlap the lower anterior teeth. When biting down, the lower anterior of the teeth will not be visible at all for the patient. This is the most common cause of severe tooth wear and Temporal Mandibular disorders later in life. Tip edge orthodontics corrects this problem effectively. There is no need to use orthopedic appliances like the Herbst MARA or head gear.

Overbite – When the upper jaw extends further than the lower jaw an overbite occurs. This is caused when the upper jaw is overgrown, the lower jaw in under-grown, or a combination of these two conditions.

Underbite – An underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends further than the upper jaw, and causes the bottom teeth to be in front of the upper teeth.

Spacing – A spacing issue may occur for many of various reasons, including teeth that are too small, missing teeth, or thumb sucking as a small child.

Crowding – Crowding occurs when the teeth do not have enough room to properly come out of the gum. This is treated by using an expander which can allow for the avoidance of surgery.

If you have an interest in orthodontic care, please contact Dr. Aerni at his office in Strongsville, OH. If you do not know if your child is ready for orthodontic care or not, Dr. Aerni offers free consultations.