Strongsville Dentist: Dental Health and Mental Health

Strongsville Dentist, Dr. William Aerni:

How can your dental health affect your mental health?  It is actually very simple. Generally when someone has teeth that are chipped, crooked, stained, or missing, they are self conscious about their appearance.  Unhealthy teeth lead to fewer smiles which can affect your mood and the way other people see you, but your dentist can help you fix that.

Smiling is proven to lower stress which leads to a lower heart rate, and blood pressure.  When you form your mouth into the shape of a smile, it changes the blood flow to the brain which automatically makes you feel happier.  These reactions release endorphins and serotonin which are feel good hormones that fight off depression and anxiety.  Who doesn’t want that?!?

Aside from being happy, people see someone who is smiling as confident, reliable, relaxed, sincere, and more attractive.  It’s cheesy to say that smiles are contagious, but it is true.  Humans subconsciously imitate those around them and are often affected by the moods of others.  So, when in doubt, just smile!  It’s amazing how  a simple facial expression can have such an effect on your own happiness and the happiness of others.  By taking care of your teeth, you are taking care of your emotions.  Good dental health leads to good mental health.

Now that you know the connection between having healthy teeth and being a happier you, it is important to know how to take care of your smile.  Preventative measures are most effective in maintaining healthy teeth.  Brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily is key and to keep enamel strong it is helpful to use a fluoride mouth wash often.  If maintenance is necessary it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further problems.  These are all steps to better your dental health, leaving you feeling more confident.  With good dental health comes good mental health.

To find out more about keeping your smile healthy, call Dr. William Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist (440)238-6141 or visit our website AerniDental.com.

Strongsville Dentist: Healthy Eating Leads to a Healthy Smile

Strongsville Dentist:  Dr. William Aerni

An apple a day keeps the doctor away… and the dentist too! A well balanced diet is not only beneficial to overall health, but oral health as well. It has been proven that people who have excessive tooth decay and missing teeth tend to have less nutritious diets overall and do not consume adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables.  According to Dr. Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist, healthy eating leads to a healthy smile.

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world and it is often overlooked. Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, is caused by acid attacking the tooth when plaque comes into contact with sugar in the mouth. Limiting sugar intake protects the teeth from exposure to harsh acid and drinking plenty of water will help wash the acid away.

If beneficial nutrients are not being consumed, it is more challenging for the body to repair damage to the teeth and gums leading to tooth loss and progressive decay. It is important to intake foods from each food group. Foods that help prevent tooth decay include cheeses, chicken, red meat, nuts, and milk. The vitamins from fresh fruits and vegetables are crucial to remineralizing, or rebuilding, enamel.

The time that food is eaten is just as important as the foods that are being consumed. To prevent progressive tooth decay, between-meal snacks should be limited. Full meals are less harmful to teeth because of the amount of food that is being eaten and the amount of saliva that is produced. This washes away the food that remains on the teeth. When snacking it is helpful to choose something healthy such as fruits, vegetables, or cheese rather than sugary snacks like cookies and candy.

Further protect teeth from cavities with these simple tips:

  • Brush teeth 30 to 60 minutes after every meal and snack
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Use fluoride mouth rinse daily
  • Floss daily
  • Chew sugar free gum when brushing is not an option
  • Visit your dentist for checkups at least every six months

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Strongsville Dentist: Teeth Grinding

Strongsville Dentist: Teeth Grinding
Dr. William Aerni- The Strongsville Dentist

Bruxism is the dental term for teeth grinding and jaw clenching.  This is a medical health problem as well as a dental health problem because it can lead to uncontrollable contractions of the jaw muscles, popping or clicking of the joint found in the lower jaw, swelling of the lower jaw, damaged teeth, and headaches.  If teeth grinding and jaw clenching continue, it will erode tooth enamel and damage dental work, leading to tooth decay.

There are a few ways to reduce and avoid teeth grinding and jaw clenching:

  • Do not chew on anything that is not food (pens, pencils, etc.)
  • Decrease gum chewing
  • Reduce the consumption foods and drinks that contain caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol consumption
  • Drink more water
  • Improve dietary habits
  • Work to relax the jaw while awake to encourage a relaxed jaw while sleeping
  • Reduce Stress levels
  • Get plenty of sleep

Bruxism is a commonly overlooked disorder that is usually caused by something that is not right within the body.  It is obvious from the list above that stress and an unhealthy lifestyle are the main causes of teeth grinding and jaw clenching.  Depression, anxiety, eating disorders and insomnia also encourage grinding, but may require further treatment.  By following the tips above and adopting an all around healthier lifestyle, bruxism and its effects can be reduced over time.

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Need Braces?

At Aerni Dental, you’re more than just 32 teeth.

Our goal is to provide the gold-standard of dental care for our patients. We are committed to a painless experience with our top-of-the-line implant technology and orthodontic Tip Edge Technique. For more information, check out our video where Dr. Aerni explains the process.

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Strongsville Dental Implants

At Aerni Dental, you’re more than just 32 teeth.

Our goal is to provide the gold-standard of dental care for our patients. We are committed to a painless experience with our top-of-the-line implant technology. For more information, check out our video where Dr. Aerni, our resident Strongsville dentist, explains the process.

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Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth
Dr. William Aerni
Horror stories about the pain and procedures that accompany having wisdom teeth removed are not uncommon.  Many people have their wisdom teeth removed at a young age, but the truth of the matter is that wisdom teeth don’t have to be removed unless they are impacted or are at risk of becoming impacted.  This is not something that should be taken lightly because it can have serious health effects.  A tooth is impacted when bone or another tooth is blocking it from erupting, causing other teeth to shift.  This will lead to additional dental work in the future.

Some symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include:

  • Bad breath and/or bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain and/or difficulty opening mouth
  • Pain and swelling around the tooth
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • Swollen glands
  • Earache

If you show signs of any of the above symptoms, visit your dentist immediately.  It is important that the impacted tooth is removed to ensure that no other teeth are damaged.  If the tooth is left without treatment it can lead to crooked teeth, cavities due to overcrowding, and even lock jaw.  Having regular X-rays and dental checkups will ensure that any problems are caught early on and can be treated before causing any further damage.

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What are Dental Implants?

What are Dental Implants?

Dr. William Aerni

What are dental implants? Anyone that has lost a tooth or needed a tooth replaced has wondered what their options are to replace it. Removable dentures, a fixed bridge, and dental implants are the three most popular options to fill the space where a tooth once was. Removable dentures slide and click, making them uncomfortable to wear. Fixed bridges are anchored to nearby, healthy teeth which can damage them over time and may need to be replaced every couple of years. Dental implants are by far the least invasive and the least harmful to surrounding teeth and the most comfortable for daily wear.

Dental implants are a natural-looking, permanent solution for missing teeth and very rarely have to be replaced due to damage. The procedure begins with a dental exam and  the latest technology and 3D scan to identify problems and map out the solution. Next, molds are taken to custom fit the implant to the patient’s mouth. First, a titanium implant is fused to the bone once the old tooth has been removed. This implant looks similar to a small screw and after being put in place it is given a few weeks to heal before attaching the crown. The crown has the appearance of a tooth and must be formed to the patient’s mouth.  

Most patients worry about the pain level that is involved with dental implants. Patients feel no pain from the beginning of the procedure to the end of the healing process. Even with a painless procedure, patients may feel anxiety with dental work. For this, Dr. Aerni offers the latest in sedation to ensure that a patient is as comfortable as possible. Dental implants are a great solution to replace missing teeth while feeling natural and restoring confidence and a beautiful smile.

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The Dentist in Strongsville

Aerni Dental, The Dentist in Strongsville

Aerni Dental is one of the most reputable dentist offices in Strongsville as well as the Cleveland area.  Doctor William Aerni chose to place his dentist office in Strongsville, Ohio, in 1988. It is located  on Pearl road just off of Idlewood trail and backs up to the Metroparks, allowing patients to relax and look at nature while they wait for their appointment with Dr. Aerni.

One of the most prestigious Dentists in the Cleveland area, Dr. Aerni graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He was later certified at the Midwest Implant Institute at Case Western Reserve University and furthered his education at The Academy of GP Orthodontics where he studied adult and child orthodontics.

Dr. Aerni earned the distinguished Robert James Award in recognition for dedicating himself to the pursuit of excellence in general dentistry and implantology.  To this day his goal is to provide the gold standard of care to each patient and to leave them feeling happier, healthier, and more confident.  Aerni Dental offers a variety of dental services including preventative care, restorative care, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and dental implants.

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Pick the Right Shade for Your Teeth Whitening

It seems like the trend in Hollywood is to get a teeth whitening that is so white, it blinds you. Not all teeth are shaped the same, so why should they all be the same color? Of course, we all want white, healthy-looking teeth, but sometimes the whitest white isn’t the best fit. Picking a shade more tailored to your skin tone and previous tone will give you the most natural look.

Here in the office, we have a shade guide to give you the best match for your teeth whitening, but here are some other things to bear in mind:

  • Stains on your teeth. Stains can be harder to remove if they are dark or gray. Yellow or brown are easier to get rid of. White stains can be blended in with your new shade.
  • Crowns and fillings can’t be lightened. It’s best to get these white to begin with, but they might not match the new shade.
  • Don’t go whiter than the whites of your eyes.

And don’t worry, we can’t make your teeth glow in the dark. 🙂

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