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.

Orthodontic Care by Your Dentist

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.

Orthodontics: Why Choose Tip-Edge Brackets?

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Orthodontics have evolved in the last several years. Due to this, many different treatment options are available in the marketplace, including straight wire braces and Tip-Edge brackets. Which system a dentist or orthodontist decides to use is dependent on what system they had training with, and what they feel can offer their patients the best results esthetically and orthopedically.Tip-Edge orthodontics

Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, Ohio believes that Tip-Edge brackets best fit this criteria. To Dr. Aerni, Tip-Edge brackets offer his patients the best results, use high quality materials, and are affordable.  Additionally, Tip-Edge brackets require less appointments and time in the chair, meaning you spend less overall time in our office.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists some of the many advantages of Tip-Edge brackets:

  1. Bite corrections can begin sooner in treatment than with straight wire.
  2.  More vertical control.
  3. Changes (both dental and skeletal) occur with relatively light force, 1-3 ounces, in comparison to straight wire braces at 8 ounces.
  4. Easier to move your teeth by tipping them and uprighting the root.
  5. Less anchorage is needed, eliminating the need for external anchorage like head-gear, or other intraoral orthodic devices.
  6. Uses few wires and demands less bending of wires.
  7. Less bulky, making proper dental hygiene easier to achieve.
  8. Fewer appointments, saving you valuable time! Appointments are at 8 week intervals vs 4-6 week intervals, with straight wire.

If you have any questions regarding Tip-Edge brackets or orthodontics, or are interested in the procedure, please feel free to contact Dr. Aerni. You can contact Dr. Aerni at his office Strongsville at 440-238-6141, or use our online form to request and appointment.

Sensitive Teeth Causes – The Strongsville Dentist

What Causes Sensitive Teeth? Advice from the Strongsville Dentist

Sensitive teeth can be a daily source of annoyance, especially in these summer months when there are lots of cold foods. Whether you have one or many of these pesky sensitive teeth, you know the pain. But what causes sensitive teeth?

Good Habits

Some healthy habits may actually be the root of the problem. A few examples are:

  • Mouthwash. While it is good to rinse your mouth out daily, overly acidic mouthwash could be eroding your teeth. Reduce the amount of times per day that you use mouthwash and seek out a rinse suited for sensitive teeth.
  • Eating citric acid. Vitamin C is good for your overall health. When you eat more than the daily recommended dose, though, it could start to wear down your teeth. Limit the amount of strong tomatoes and oranges that you way in a day.
  • A recent teeth cleaning or filling. Temporary teeth sensitivity could be caused by a dental treatment. It normally will dissipate in a number of hours. If it doesn’t, contact your dentist.

Bad Habits:

There are also some unhealthy habits that can painful sensitivity:

  • Aggressive teeth brushing. Brushing your teeth is great, but if it hurts, you’re doing it wrong. Gentle brushing is best for your teeth–and your gums! You can prevent gum recession by using a softer technique when brushing your teeth. Which brings us to our next bullet point…
  • Receding gums. A receding gum line could your root surface. Talk with your dentist if you feel that your gums are receding. A gum graft may be in order.
  • Chewing ice or hard candy. This nervous habit could lead to cracking your tooth. If this habit is a problem for you, try a softer candy or sugar-free gum.
  • Grinding teeth. Teeth grinding could be tough to fix as it is often done while asleep. A mouth guard could help to stop you from grinding away your tooth enamel.
  • Soda. This is just one of many reasons to not drink soda. Soda can cause tooth decay which could corrode enamel. Limit the amount that you drink or quit completely.

Getting a professional opinion on your sensitive teeth can help alleviate pain quickly. If you are looking for a dentist in Strongsville, Ohio, check out our preventative care plans. We will keep your smile happy and healthy.

Dr. William Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist

What Can I Eat with Braces? – The Strongsville Dentist

Many new orthodontic patients wonder, “What can I eat with braces?” New braces can be a challenge to get used to. When they are first put on, your mouth may be experiencing some soreness. So you may wonder what the right foods are for your braces. Our infographic, Food and Your Braces, will provide you with some basic guidelines for what to eat with braces through the months or years that you have them on.

Food to eat with braces dental infographic
What can I eat with braces?

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Food and Your Braces

For New Braces:

  • Cold liquids that don’t stain teeth.
  • Liquid foods like soups, yogurts, and applesauces.
  • Easy to chew solid foods like eggs.
  • Cold treats like ice cream and soft popsicles.

Eat:

  • Easy to chew meats, fully cooked.
  • Most dairy products like cheese.
  • Soft fruits like bananas, melons, and berries.
  • Non-crusty baked goods like bread and muffins.

Avoid:

  • Hard, crunchy fruits (unless you cut them up).
  • Beverages that stain teeth if you can’t brush right after.
  • Corn on the cob and popcorn.
  • Hard or sticky candies like caramels or gum.

The “Eat” and “Avoid” sections are good guidelines for the whole time that you have braces on. The “For New Braces” section should be followed for as long as you are experiencing pain or sensitivity. Talk to your orthodontist. They may be able to give you some personalized recommendations.

If you worry that you will be missing out on some healthy but crunchy fruits and vegetables, you will not have to give them up entirely. Cook your vegetables until they are softened enough to eat. Vegetable soup is always a good option. Fruits can be blended into smoothies. Just because you have braces does not mean that you cannot eat healthy foods.

-Dr. William Aerni, The Strongsville Dentist

At-Home Dental Care: Strongsville Dentist

Here are some tips about at-home dental care, from the Strongsville Dentist.
Dr. William Aerni

At-home dental care is very important to ensure that your next dentist appointment is painless and stress-free. Dr. William Aerni, Strongsville dentist, strongly encourages regular brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinses. There are new devices that will assist with your at-home dental care such as the AirFloss and sonic toothbrushes.

By keeping up with dental hygiene, your teeth will stay strong and healthy for a long time to come. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss daily, and use a fluoride rinse for additional protection from decay. For six month cleanings you should call and make an appointment with a reputable dentist’s office.

To make an appointment at Aerni Dental, the Strongsville Dentist, give us a call at (440) 238-6141 or visit our webpage.

Quality Strongsville Dentist

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Dr. William Aerni: Dentist in Strongsville

Are you looking for a quality Strongsville dentist? You’re in the right place!

Dr. William Aerni has been a Strongsville dentist for many years and has experience with all areas of dentistry from preventative care to orthodontics. The main goal at Aerni Dental is to ensure that patients are happy with their experience and with their smile.

In order to be a top Strongsville dentist it is important to use up-to-date techniques and top of the line technology.  Dr. Aerni says “We use a combination of skill, technology, and focused attention to provide our patients with a commodity that’s hard to find these days: continuity of care. All dental work is completed in our office. There is no need to go from doctor to doctor to complete treatment. From preventative care and checkups, to state-of-the-art imaging and implant surgery, everything at Aerni Dental is done in the same office with a doctor and staff that you know and trust. Your comfort, your health, and your needs are always front and center.”

To find out more about Aerni Dental’s top care techniques visit our website.

If you have further questions or you are looking for a Strongsville dentist, give us a call and speak to one of the helpful members of our staff – (440)238-6141.

Strongsville Dentist: What is Tooth Enamel?

Strongsville Dentist, Dr. William Aerni, explains tooth enamel.

Most people have heard of it, but what is tooth enamel?  Enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth that gives teeth their white color.  It is said to be the hardest part of the body and is made up mostly of minerals.  About 95% of enamel is calcium and phosphate ions that make up strong hydroxyapatite crystals.  The remainder is water and enamelins, what are proteins specific to tooth enamel.   The strength of enamel protects the teeth from decay.  Over time enamel wears down from teeth grinding, sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and a lack of dental hygiene.  When enamel becomes soft and worn down teeth are susceptible to cavities, chipping, and cracking.

There are ways to keep tooth enamel strong:

  1. Use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride rises that help rebuild enamel.
  2. Avoid over-brushing and hard bristled toothbrushes which adds additional wear to enamel.
  3. Visit the Dentist regularly to catch problems before they become worse.
  4. Avoid grinding teeth and wear a mouth guard if grinding persists.
  5. Limit foods and drinks that are acidic and high in sugar. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar which wears down enamel and acid breaks down enamel.
  6. Consume foods and drinks that are high in calcium.  Calcium helps protect and strengthen enamel.

To make an appointment with Dr. Aerni, call (440)238-6141 or visit our site AerniDental.com.