Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy New Year

I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a happy new year. Going into 2009, you are assured to get the same high-quality attention and dental care from me and my team. Each year, we all do our best to improve our skills and our practice to offer you the best dental service in the area.

And, as we head into the new year, I’d like to remind you to make sure and prioritize dental health for you and your family. The little things you do for home care and with your regular cleaning and prevention visits are very important.

Best wishes for the new year. I hope that you will continue to tell your family and friends about our practice and let people know about the excellent dental care your receive from us.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Do you snore? If so, Hardin Dental in Mason, Ohio can solve your problem.

It is estimated that 80 million people snore in the US. The number of people affected by snoring is far greater when you consider spouses and children.

Snoring causes many health problems, not just frustration from listening to it all night. Some of these health problems are high blood pressure, increased risk for stroke, depression, and acid reflux problems.

Many of you may think your family member can control their snoring, but that’s far from the truth. Snoring occurs when you are sleeping and the muscles/soft tissues in your throat relax. When these tissues compress there is less space for air to flow through. When there is less space for air to flow through, the air that does get through causes the soft palate (softer part of the roof of your mouth) to vibrate. It is the vibrations that cause the snoring sound.

Can snoring be stopped? There are a few solutions, one being surgery to remove those enlarged tonsils, adenoids and the soft tissue causing the snoring. While this is a solution, the success has not been overwhelming. The success rate has been somewhere around 20-40%. This is also a costly procedure to have done and can be very painful.

The most inexpensive and least invasive solution is an oral snoring device that Dr. Gary Hardin and Dr. Tara Hardin can make for you. How does this work? The device keeps your lower jaw in a forward position and opens up your bite. When your jaw is in this position, it increases the space the air flows through which prevents the soft palate and soft tissues in your throat from vibrating.

If you or someone you love snores, please call our office for a consultation for a snoring device 513-398-4448.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hardin Dental (Dr. Gary L. Hardin, Dr. Tara N. Hardin) Receives 2008 Best of Mason Award

U.S. Local Business Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., November 20, 2008 -- Hardin Dental (Dr. Gary L. Hardin, Dr. Tara N. Hardin) has been selected for the 2008 Best of Mason Award in the General Dentistry category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA)

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USLBA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USLBA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Local Business Association

U.S. Local Business Association

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dental implants are the best replacement for old bridges

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), dental bridges are difficult to clean under, often are destroyed by tooth decay, and require replacement. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry is now recommending replacement with permanent dental implants.
"Many of us have had the same bridges in our mouths for 20 years or more. They were put in at a time when bridgework was considered to be the norm for replacing missing or compromised teeth," said Olivia Palmer, D.M.D., of Charleston, SC, an associate fellow of AAID and diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology.
Bridges generally fail after five to 10 years because patients have trouble flossing them. "Because these bridges link missing tooth spaces to adjacent teeth, many patients find it very difficult to floss the bridge," she said. "Therefore, root surfaces below and around bridgework often decay, if not kept meticulously clean by flossing. It is difficult to repair this marginal decay, so the entire bridge must be replaced."
For most patients, implants are the best treatment alternative because they preserve the jaw bone, can be flossed like individual teeth, do not decay, and function just like natural teeth, she added. Today, highly precise computer-guided dental implant surgery has made the procedure faster, highly predicable, long-lasting, and 97% successful.
Anyone with one or more missing teeth who might consider having a bridge placed or replacing an existing bridge should weigh the benefits of dental implants before getting treatment. At Hardin Dental in Cincinnati, Ohio we give all our patients the option of implants to replace missing teeth.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Holiday Gift Idea

We are all being affected by the slowdown right now. And, this, with the holiday season just around the corner. I am sure that you have had some thoughts already about how this might affect your holiday gift-giving.

When you are considering gifts that are long-lasting and meaningful, you should think about teeth whitening for teenagers and adults. We offer a number of options for teeth whitening and it can be a gift that affects lives for years. Improving a smile with whiter teeth can make a professional difference for a person, as well as personal differences. Plus, it can make people happier.

Begin your holiday planning now. If you want a gift that keeps on giving, consider teeth whitening.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What does biocompatible dentistry mean?

Biocompatible dentistry is an approach to dentistry that focuses on keeping toxic substances out of your mouth and, therefore, your body. And, with modern dentistry, there is no reason why any toxic substances should be used.

Many people come in wanting to have their old, grey or black fillings removed for aesthetic purposes. The new white composite fillings that blend with the teeth simply look better. That may be true but the better reason to replace black/grey/silver fillings is because the amalgam that is used contains Mercury, a highly toxic metal.

Mercury can leech out of these fillings in very small doses into your system. And, this sort of filling expands and contracts, endangering the stability of the tooth. In general, we can do better. The composite materials we use in white fillings are stronger, do not expand and contract and are fully biocompatible.

For biocompatible reasons, I would like you to be motivated to have your black/grey/silver fillings replaced. If you need the extra motivation, it looks much better but I would be more concerned with getting the Mercury out of your teeth.

If you have any questions about your fillings or biocompatible dentistry in general, please email us today.

Monday, May 19, 2008

At Hardin Dental in Mason, Ohio we care about your Diet and Dental Health

Summer is almost here and all of us are trying to get in shape. Let’s try to get our mouths in shape this summer too. Good health begins in our mouth.

I’m not talking about toning up, dieting or anything else that is so ambitious. What I suggest is that you observe your diet over these summer months.

Here is the project I propose. Take the next three summer months and keep a food/beverage journal. Simply make a log of what you eat and drink and when you consume it. This usually gives people a pretty good insight into areas they might be able to improve nutritionally.

In terms of your dental health, you may want to evaluate when you eat and drink certain items. It is commonly known that sugar causes tooth decay. So, you should know that a good habit is to brush within 20 minutes of eating a big sugary snack and always before bedtime. Your mouth dries out during rest and this is the time acid erodes your teeth. Acids caused by sugar breaking down attack the teeth for up to 20 minutes. Keeping a food journal will help you track your diet and show you when you are most susceptible to tooth decay.

Also, watch for soda intake. Soda causes a lot more harm to teeth if you sip it several times throughout the day. It is the number of times that you drink from it that increases your risk for tooth decay. So if you want to drink a soda choose diet or drink it within minutes rather than sipping it throughout the day. Better yet, drink water. Water helps wash foods from the mouth, thus diluting the effect of sugars on the teeth. This will help hydrate you and keep you feeling full and away from sugary snacks. Staying away from soda will be one of the best ways to lose some extra pounds for the summer. You will learn more about yourself if you try this summer journal. No need to be perfect. Just give it a try and I would be happy to review it at your next hygiene visit. Let’s give it a try for the summer.