The Benefits of Smiling

Regardless of what language we speak, smiles are a universal sign of happiness and reliability in regards to non-verbal interaction.

One might nearly say that receiving a real, heartfelt smile from a person is more beneficial than getting money, a research study carried out in 2005 claims. “The powerful emotions triggered when someone important in our lives smiles at us and we smile back changes our brain chemistry. It creates what is termed a ‘halo’ effect that helps us remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated,” psychologist Dr. David Lewis, who examined these findings, reported.

Also, smiling has the power to reduce stress through releasing endorphins and a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. A real smile also attributes to friendliness, confidence and sincerity. Because of this, employers are most likely to hire those who show bright, honest smiles throughout the interview procedure than those whose smiles don’t feel sincere.

How do we know if a smile is truthful or not? Most of us will pick up on this distinction when interacting with others. When a person forces a smile, it typically fails to reach their eyes and there tends to be a lot of tension in the muscles around the mouth. A sincere smile is referred to as a Duchenne smile. This type of smile is when the mouth’s corners lift, pressing our cheeks upwards and forming crow’s feet at the corners of our eyes.

This is all interesting, wouldn’t you agree? Something as simple as a smile can create a positive impact on each of our lives. For some people, however, smiles aren’t as easy to come by. Those who struggle with dental complications, like tooth decay, missing teeth, or other issues, may be more hesitant when it comes to their natural smiles. As a result, these people are at risk of being perceived as mean, unapproachable, and incompetent regardless of how they really are.

We want you to feel confident in your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni today!

Canker Sores – What Are They?

Sometimes mixed up with cold sores, canker sores (also known as aphthous ulcers) manifest only on the inside of the mouth and are not contagious.

Canker sores are believed to have affected nearly twenty percent (one in five) of people. 

One can recognize these sores by their oval shape with a red border, and usually a white, gray or yellow center. Canker sores can be painful, but most will disappear by themselves in a few days to a couple of weeks.

Possible causes:

The actual causes of canker sores is unclear, though heredity is a part of it. Canker sores typically afflict people ages 10 to 20 years old and affect women about 2X as much as men. They often show up at the location of mouth injuries, and connections have been discovered between stress and canker sores. Links have been discovered between canker sores and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a chemical found in some types of toothpaste, as well. Finally, canker sores might be an indication of problems of the immune system.

Canker sores come in three types. While the majority of occurrences are minor canker sores, the other types are major and herpetiform canker sores. The Mayo Clinic has more to read about these other types on their website.

Treatment options

No form of treatment is usually needed if you are suffering with a minor canker sore. However, there are a few options to reduce further pain.

  • Refrain from eating spicy foods as well as those that could be scratchy or hard, as these will irritate the wound.
  • Consider using a toothpaste without SLS and don’t brush the sore with a toothbrush.

Ways to avoid getting a canker sore

  • Watch out for types of foods which irritate your mouth.
  • Be sure to get proper nutrition and are avoiding vitamin deficiency
  • For those of you with braces, orthodontic wax can protect your mouth from injury.
  • Reduce stress.

Check with Dr. Aerni or your doctor if you have a canker sore that is unusually large or especially painful, or one that doesn’t seem to heal.

Summer Dental Health Part 2

We hope you have been enjoying the summer as much as we have! You have probably been to a couple of outdoor parties. Unfortunately, the foods and drinks found there are usually not kind to your mouth. When getting a party together with friends and family this summer, keep these mouth-healthy tips in mind.

Vegetable Tray
Rather than potato chips and sugary snacks that can leave behind harmful bacteria. A great alternative to these foods is a vegetable tray full of mouth-healthy snacks.

Toothpicks
It may be a good idea to avoid using toothpicks. They can easily pierce your gums if you’re not careful, or break in your mouth.

Ice
Chewing on ice can do a lot of harm to your teeth. A great alternative is to use a cooler full of ice to keep the drinks cold. This will help keep your guests from chewing on ice cubes and still have a cold drink.

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Water
If you have children that will be running around or just any activities that will cause people to sweat, make sure there is plenty of water for people to stay hydrated.

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New Year’s Resolution for Your Dental Health

Happy 2018, everyone! Now is the time of year we all set goals and resolutions for ourselves, whether it’s eating healthier, exercising, or spending more time with family. But how many of you set goals to improve your dental health?

Proper dental hygiene only takes a couple minutes each day, making it one of the easiest resolutions you will set for yourself! To help you start, we would like to offer some suggestions that can help you improve your dental hygiene for the new year.

Start Eating Mouth-Healthy Foods
Many of us want to eat healthier for the new year, but there are healthy foods that can also improve your dental health. Foods that are good for your teeth include dairy products and fibrous foods. You may also want to start cutting back on certain foods, sugary foods and drinks can lead to decay and cavities.

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Do You Floss?
Flossing is a crucial part of a proper dental hygiene routine. Flossing helps remove the bacteria that your toothbrush can’t. It is especially important for keeping your gums healthy by reducing the risk of gum disease.

Schedule Your Dental Visit
Having a proper dental hygiene routine and proper diet are great ways to help your teeth and gums, but visiting the dentist on a routine basis is another aspect that needs to be included. Your dentist can find any health issues that you may not even know are occurring.

Do you want to improve your dental health for 2018?

For a healthy mouth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.

Dentistry Throughout the Ages

A Worm, A Queen & A Barber Pole: Dentistry Throughout the Ages

When you think of history you probably have visions of wars, empires, and kings and queens. Most of us do not think about what a trip to the dentist was like, but it is actually quite interesting when you learn about some of the ancient forms of dentistry.

Below, we have listed some of the most bizarre and interesting facts about dentistry through the ages.

The first recorded “dentist” was an Egyptian by the name of Hesy-Ra in 2600 BC.

Aristotle had written about an ancient form of braces that would straighten a person’s teeth.

There was an old belief of something called a “dental worm,” this worm was believed to burrow into teeth, causing sharp pain. So to combat this worm, Queen Elizabeth ingested large amounts of sugar which is why many people believe her teeth were discolored.

The first bristle toothbrush is believed to have been invented during the Tang Dynasty in China. This toothbrush is not like our modern day brushes; the bristles were made from hogs hair!

Dental implants in the Maya Civilization were made from seashells.

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Barbers were actually part of the dentistry world at one point. Between the 5th and 15th century, “barber-surgeons” were able to perform many types of surgeries in their shops or on the battlefield.

Luckily for everyone, dentistry has evolved to a medically-backed and safe form of health care.

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Improve Your Oral Health With These Foods

Taking care of your teeth through brushing and flossing is critical to your dental hygiene, but there are some foods that can also improve your oral health. In our newest blog, we will examine a few foods that are good for your teeth and mouth.

Ideally, you want to stay away from food that uses sugars, acid, and anything that is sticky. Sugar and acid feed the cavity forming plaque in your mouth, and it may attack your teeth even after you have finished eating!

To begin our list of foods that are good for your oral health, let’s look at cheese. Cheese, as we all know, is a great source of calcium. Cheese is also low in sugars and acid, making it an ideal choice for a healthy snack. It also includes a protein called “casein” which is found in milk and helps reinforce the surface of your teeth.

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Sugarless gum is also a great alternative to gum containing sugar. Brands such as B-Fresh, Spry, and Trident all have an artificial sweetener called “xylitol.” It is important to know that not all sugar-free gum includes xylitol. Xylitol actually prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth, helping fight against tooth decay. So if you love chewing gum, do your teeth a favor and make sure it includes xylitol.

Although not a food, tap water can help protect your teeth from cavities. Tap water, for the most part, has fluoride in it and fluoride is crucial in fighting cavities. It is important to note that anyone that is 16 years or older does not receive the benefits from digesting fluoride (though rinsing with it after brushing still helps), so this would be a good way for children to help protect their teeth.

Pears are another food that is not only healthy but good for your teeth! Pears are better than some other fruits when it comes to your teeth because pears have more of a neutralizing effect on acid.

Our last food on this list is Yogurt. Similar to cheese, yogurt includes casein, calcium, and phosphates which help remineralize your teeth.

Snacking does not need to involve unhealthy foods, there are many things you can fight hunger with that also aid in a healthy mouth.

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Dental Health Facts You May Be Surprised to Learn: The Fathers of our Nation

Do you know anything about the Presidents of the United States and their dental health?

When thinking about dentistry and our presidents, you probably immediately think of George Washington and his wooden teeth, right? However, you should probably know that this common legend is not entirely true…

More likely than not, George Washington’s teeth themselves were not wooden. At the time, replacement teeth would have been taken from people who were diseased. So what was wooden in Washington’s smile? Probably his denture base! It was not uncommon at the time at all for denture bases (or artificial gums) to be made of wood.

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While the story of Washington and his wooden teeth is by far the most well known, it isn’t the only story about presidents and dentistry. Unfortunately, most stories we hear about our presidents are due to a poor relationship with the dentist.

Take President Lincoln for example. President Lincoln disliked the dentist so much that, at one point in time, he actually opted to remove his own tooth that was giving him problems. This turned out to be a poor decision (shocking!). While trying to remove his tooth, President Lincoln also removed part of his jaw bone… OUCH!

In addition to Lincoln and Washington, presidents Wilson and Adams both neglected their teeth and have interesting dental tales of their own. Due to losing all of his teeth, President Adams talked with a noticeable lisp. As for President Wilson, all you have to do see a picture from his inauguration.

Hopefully, you can learn a lesson from the fathers of our country and take care of your hygiene and teeth!

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Tooth Discoloration: Caused By These Foods and Drinks

In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni discussed ways you can strengthen your tooth enamel to protect against cavities. In this post, Dr. Aerni will examine which dietary choices are most likely to stain your tooth enamel and cause tooth discoloration.

While your tooth enamel is extremely strong and usually translucent, it is covered in tiny (actually microscopic) ridges and valleys that can trap residue from food and drinks. When these areas on your teeth trap residue, your teeth begin to look discolored from the dark pigments left behind.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists several drinks and foods that can cause tooth discoloration:

• Coffee
• Tea
• Colas
• Tomato sauce/juice
• Popsicles
• Citric Fruit
• Foods that contain food coloring

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Something to keep in mind when determining if a food will stain your teeth is that, if it would stain white clothes, it has the potential to stain your teeth. In addition to the foods mentioned above, foods and drinks that contain a lot of acids can actually wear your enamel down, and expose your dentin. When your dentin becomes exposed, it causes your teeth to look a more yellowish color.

Have you developed tooth discoloration?

The best way to ensure your teeth stay bright and white is to maintain visits to the dentist, and to keep good oral hygiene habits. If your teeth are already discolored, and you would like to receive tooth whitening, feel free to schedule an appointment at our office in Strongsville. Whether your teeth are already bright and white, or you plan on starting a tooth whitening system, you should be conscientious about what you eat. Eating these types of food after your treatment can negate the results you are looking to achieve.

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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?

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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.

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