Dental Hygiene

Comparing Manual and Electric Toothbrushes

In the last few years, you may have noticed an increase in the popularity of electric toothbrushes. However, are they really better at cleaning your teeth than a traditional toothbrush? Dentists and researchers agree that a traditional brush can provide the very same cleanliness that an electric toothbrush can ; however, the ease of the electric toothbrush is the real divider in this dispute. When using a manual brush, attentiveness is key. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day is cru...

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A More Attractive Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry - Part 2

This is the continuation of our blog series on the topic of cosmetic dentistry . The last blog on the topic is here . Bonding Dental bonding uses a resilient plastic resin material that is employed to fix issues like gap teeth, chips or cracks, cavities, exposed roots, and any other aesthetic purposes. After the bonding material has been matched to the color of the person's teeth, the dental professional might apply a conditioning liquid on the teeth that are being repaired. Then, the resin is b...

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Dr. Lechner 5/8/2019 Comments(0)

A More Attractive Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry - Part 1

If you're like a number of people, years of too much caffeine and sugar has changed the color of your teeth. Thankfully, these types of cosmetic issues can be solved with cosmetic dentistry . A healthy and dazzling smile can give us confidence and strengthen our self-esteem, which is why dentists perform cosmetic procedures. Dr. Lechner has the experience and skills necessary to conduct cosmetic procedures that can help provide you with that smile you have always wanted. In the next three blogs,...

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3 Reasons Why You Need To Floss Regularly

I am sure you hear all the time about how you should be flossing more, but it is important you understand why it is so important to do so. Your dentist’s job is to keep your mouth clean, but they need help from you to ensure you can maintain a healthy smile for the entirety of your life. Here are 3 reasons why you need to floss regularly so you can always enjoy your smile. Reason 1: Floss fights harder than a toothbrush. Brushing your teeth can only get you so far in terms of fighting off ...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 10/18/2018 Comments(0)

Caring for Your Mouth When You're Sick

Taking care of your teeth each day is important; even when you’re sick, you still want to continue proper dental hygiene. So, besides continuing to brush and floss your teeth, what should you do to keep your mouth healthy when you are not feeling well? Cough Drops Some cough drops contain sugar. So even if they are helping your throat, your teeth are being harmed! When you are buying cough drops make sure they are sugar-free. Your Toothbrush You may want to replace your toothbrush once you...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 4/19/2018 Comments(0)

Brushing, Flossing, and Dental Cleanings: How to Fight Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a dental health issue that occurs during the early stages of gum disease. This problem occurs in individuals that allow bacteria to build up around their gum line, leading to inflammation. Although gingivitis is treatable, protecting your mouth from gingivitis is even easier to do! Below, Dr. Lechner explains three things that you should do to keep your mouth healthy and protected from gingivitis. Flossing Flossing is a crucial part of your dental hygiene routine. Brushing is impor...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 3/12/2018 Comments(0)

Properly Store and Clean Your Toothbrush

We spend a lot of time explaining the importance of proper dental hygiene, but part of a proper dental routine is not just how you brush. Caring for your toothbrush is something that we tend to overlook but it is actually an important part of your dental hygiene routine. For proper toothbrush care, be sure to keep the following in mind: Rinse off the toothbrush After you brush your teeth, make sure you rinse it off completely with water. You should also allow it to air-dry. If you store your too...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 2/26/2018 Comments(0)

Why Do My Gums Bleed?

If you notice any areas that bleed after you brush and floss, it is important to speak with your dentist about this issue. Gums that are bleeding may be a sign of gingivitis, which occurs when plaque and tartar buildup. It is important to maintain a proper dental hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing. These activities help remove plaque, but if plaque is not removed it can mineralize and become tartar. Only scaling and root planing treatment can remove tartar once it has formed. Besid...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 2/12/2018 Comments(0)

Oral Health | Avoiding Cavities on Halloween

As Halloween approaches, most kids can’t wait to go door-to-door and get all kinds of candy. For dentists, Halloween is the scariest day of the year for other reasons. We all know that candy is not good for your dental health. Gummy and chewy candy can get stuck in your teeth causing the sugar and acid to harm your teeth for longer periods of time. To help your child avoid hurting their teeth by eating too much candy, here are a couple of strategies you can try this year. Ration out the ca...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 10/23/2017 Comments(0)

Oral Hygiene | Keeping Your Mouth Clean Even With Braces

Do you or your child have braces? According to Humana, there are more than four million people in the US who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Dr. Lechner knows that many of his patients at his office in Delaware, OH wear braces. Unfortunately for these people, they experience more difficulties in keeping their teeth and mouth healthy. While braces are great for correcting bite issues and making your smile more attractive, they can also lead to an increase in cavities and other health proble...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 7/17/2017 Comments(0)

Oral Hygiene | Preventing Halitosis

Are you ever self conscious about having bad breath halitosis ? Or, maybe, during the course of conversation, you noticed the person you are talking to is suffering from halitosis. Point is: a ton of people suffer from halitosis. 80 million people in the US to be exact. But, what causes halitosis? Is it just bad luck, or is it more than that? It is actually quite more than just bad luck. Typically, halitosis can be attributed to poor dental hygiene habits. If you are not brushing, flossing, and ...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 3/27/2017 Comments(0)

Teeth Whitening: What Are My Options?

During our previous blog post , Dr. Lechner opened a discussion about teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested dental procedures , yet patients usually know very little about it. In our previous post, Dr. Lechner discussed some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration and why it is important to know this. After determining the root cause of your tooth discoloration, you will be more prepared to make a choice about what teeth whitening option you want to util...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 1/3/2017 Comments(0)

Teeth Whitening: What Causes Discolored Teeth?

One of the first things that someone notices about another person is their smile. For this reason, cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity and demand. Most commonly, our patients want bright, white teeth and ask about teeth whitening options. Before choosing a method of whitening your teeth, let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why teeth become discolored in the first place. Reasons You May Need Teeth Whitening Age: As we grow older, our tooth’s enamel begins to w...

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Dr. Lechner 12/19/2016 Comments(0)

Do I Need To Brush My Tongue?

Your tongue is covered by a tissue called papillae. Papillae serves many functions for your mouth like taste. Unfortunately, due to their structure papillae also offers an area in your mouth for bacteria to stay. The bacteria that live in your papillae can cause conditions like poriodontitis, cavities, and halitosis. Halitosis, better known as bad breath, is caused by these bacterias that live on your tongue. This means that brushing your tongue is key in eliminating bad breath. Additionally, yo...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 1/8/2016 Comments(0)

What Foods and Beverages Can Stain My Teeth?

Some of your favorite foods and beverages that we consume every day may have a negative affect on our oral health. These foods can cause our teeth to discolor and our enamel to wear away. The reason that foods and drinks can stain your teeth are due to microscopic ridges that food and beverage particles can get stuck in and cause your teeth to look stained. Beverages like coffee, tea, and sodas can also discolor your teeth due to the dark pigments that can get trapped on the surface of your teet...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 12/18/2015 Comments(0)

Gum Disease: Prevention and Treatment

When I see patients in our Delaware dental office that have gum disease, I advise them of the importance of getting immediate treatment as this disease also contributes negatively to their overall health. With proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, regular check ups, and professional cleanings every six months to a year, you can greatly reduce your risk for gum disease. The best way to save your gums and your oral health for those who already have been diagnosed is by seek...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 12/4/2015 Comments(0)

Gum Disease: Other Risks and Causes

What is the most common cause of periodontitis gum disease ? Tartar build up that is caused by plaque. What are some of the other factors that could put you at increased risk of getting gum disease? Diabetes Poor oral habits Medications Hormonal Changes Age substance abuse Heredity T obacco use Poor fitting dental work Bite changes Poor nutrition Prevention, like deep cleanings, are the best way to avoid gum disease. Visiting Dr. Lechner and inquiring about receiving a deep clean could pay divid...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 11/20/2015 Comments(0)

Gum Disease: What are the Causes?

Almost 50% of adults over the age of 30 suffer from periodontal disease . Gum disease is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting over 65 million people! Gum disease is an extremely common disease and can affect not only our oral health but also our overall health. In our last blog post we reviewed the signs of gum disease but do you know what causes periodontitis? Dr. Lechner and many doctors agree that plaque is the most common cause of gum disease. The reason plaque is so dangerous ...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 11/6/2015 Comments(0)

Gum Disease: The Silent Signs

Periodontitis is a gum infection that can cause serious harm to your gum tissue and jaw bone. Periodontitis increases your probability of having a heart attack, stroke, cause you to lose teeth, and many other health issues. Periodontitis is most commonly found in adults, this is known as chronic periodontitis. However, periodontitis can also affect children. Our great community of Delaware, OH needs to know that our oral health can, and does affect our overall health. You chances are better of r...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 10/30/2015 Comments(0)

What to Cut or Limit for Relief of Dry Mouth - Part 4

In our 4 part blog series on Dry Mouth, we have discussed; what it is, the causes, and some of the treatments. Here are a few more treatment tips on what to cut out to help alleviate your symptoms and get some relief. We know it isn’t always easy to limit our favorite foods, especially when there are so many great places to eat in Delaware county! If you are looking for additional ways to get some relief from your dry mouth, here are some suggestions. Foods to avoid to relieve dry mouth in...

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Daryl Lechner 7/20/2015 Comments(0)

Tips to Quench Your Thirst! Dry Mouth - Part 3 

In parts one and two of the blog series on Dry Mouth, also referred to as xerostomia, we discussed its definition, the symptoms, and some of the causes. At Lechner Dental Group we want to help inform the residents of Delaware about their oral health . So, let’s take a look at some tips on treatments to help alleviate the symptoms and get some relief! Tips to increase saliva production: Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day Maintain good habits like brushing and flossing twice perday Replace y...

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Daryl Lechner 7/7/2015 Comments(0)

Dry Mouth - The Root of the Problem - Part 2

At Lechner Dental Group in Delaware , we know that your oral health is imperative to your overall health. Conditions like dry mouth can be the result of underlying health issues. It is important to know what causes this condition so it can be treated appropriately. What Causes Dry Mouth? Dry mouth is caused by many different things including medications, anemia, nerve damage, other health conditions like diabetes, medical treatments like chemotherapy, dehydration, smoking, consuming excess caffe...

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Daryl Lechner 6/24/2015 Comments(0)

Are You Thirsty for Answers About Your Dry Mouth? -Part 1

Do you find yourself needing water or another beverage to quench your thirst more often than not? Do you ever have issues swallowing some foods? Does the inside of your mouth ever feel sticky? If any of these conditions are applicable to you, you may be suffering from what millions of Americans suffer from: dry mouth. Dry mouth affects approximately 25% of Americans. Dr. Lechenr wants everyone in the Delaware, OH are to have healthy and happy mouths. This means that he wants you to be educated o...

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Daryl Lechner 6/9/2015 Comments(0)

Be Gone Tooth Decay and Cavities!

Did you know that brushing and flossing are not the only ways to help prevent tooth decay and cavities? There are little eating habits that you can include in your diet that can help keep your teeth healthy and cavity free. Include dairy in your diet: According to researchers, proteins in dairy products, such as cheese and milk, have a protective property that could help keep teeth healthy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Fruits and veggies do a lot for your body. They help maintain your he...

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Daryl Lechner 10/10/2014 Comments(0)