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Does Every Dentist Do the Same Things?

When it comes to finding a dentist, you may come across terms such as general, cosmetic, or family dentistry. To add to the confusion, some dentists are endodontists, orthodontists, or periodontists, etc., but what do those words mean? Here's a quick look at the different types of dentists and these dental terms. Dentistry is defined as "the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, ...

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What Are The Pros And Cons of Charcoal Toothpaste?

Charcoal is a multifaceted product that has been taking the health industry by storm. It can be found in a multitude of beauty products such as lotions, soaps, face masks, toothpaste, and even cosmetics. Activated charcoal is typically made up of petroleum coke, olive pits, coconut shells, peat, sawdust, or bone char. Charcoal is produced with temperatures as high as 1,470°F that transforms its structure to enlarge the surface area by creating small pores which then function as magnets to d...

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Dr. Lechner 9/9/2019 Comments(0)

How Old Is The Tooth Fairy?

Everyone can think of moments from our childhood years when the Tooth Fairy traded cash for our precious baby teeth. It is a favored tradition for American families, and the Tooth Fairy is additionally a good narrative for parents to use when attempting to entice their children to take better care of their teeth. As a matter of fact, writer Vicki Lanksy discovered that boys and girls were even more dedicated to keeping up excellent dental hygiene if their parents persuaded them that the Tooth Fa...

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Dr. Lechner 3/4/2019 Comments(0)

Can Your Lifestyle Cause Dental Fillings to Fail?

A research paper published in Frontiers in Medicine looked into composite and amalgam fillings and a few of the factors which could lead them to fail. A few of the variables considered included smoking, drinking alcohol, age, sex, diabetes, periodontal health, and genetics. 4,856 individuals' dental records from 5 years were examined as a part of the study. Highlights of their research include: Both types of fillings performed about the same, with composite fillings having a slight edge Composit...

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Dr. Lechner 12/29/2018 Comments(0)

High Cardiovascular Disease Chances Associated With Middle Age Tooth Loss

Research on the relationship between tooth loss and cardiovascular disease has been conducted and the outcome of the study indicates proof that dental health is not to be taken lightly anymore. Tooth loss of two or more teeth in a middle-aged adult shows increased chances of acquiring a cardiovascular illness; this is as per the preliminary results of researchers who presented their work at the Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions during the 2018 American Heart Association's ...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 11/30/2018 Comments(0)

Enlarged Gums In Kids Can Be A Sign Of Leukemia

A case study that was released discussed how enlarged gum tissue in children could be an indicator of leukemia AML . Often for a dental professional, it can be tough to correctly diagnose an individual based upon what is taking place in their mouth alone. Because of this, when diagnosing an issue, dental practitioners must think about the rest of the body. They should consider looking into the medical background of the patient and the patient's family when making a diagnosis. Leukemia A type of ...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 11/17/2018 Comments(0)

Can the Shape of Your Teeth be Changed?

If you've ever wondered what dental options exist for changing the look of your teeth by closing gaps, repairing chips and damage, or making your teeth look longer, than this post is for you. Here are a few of the options available. For teeth with minor damage, dental bonding uses a tooth-colored resin that is bonded directly to the surface of your teeth. Veneers — porcelain laminates — are a thin shell that is custom made to bond over the front surface of your teeth. Dental crowns a...

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Daryl Lechner 3/18/2016 Comments(0)

Good Dental Habits Should Start Early

As adults, we all know our dental health is important to our overall health, but what about children's dental care? Oral health is absolutely critical in our overall health. This is no different for our children. This being considered, it is important to start healthy habits at a young age. Dental professionals agree that children's teeth should be brushed as soon as they break through the surface of the gums. Unfortunately, many parents do not know this and roughly 60% of parents do not start t...

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Daryl Lechner 9/16/2015 Comments(0)

8 Ways to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw or a headache? More than likely you didn't get punched in the middle of night. More likely, you are grinding your teeth. The same goes if your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, or sour. The key to relieving your headaches, sore jaw, or sensitive teeth are to stop grinding you teeth. Here are some tips to help with this medical issue, often referred to as bruxism: Reduce Stress Have a regular sleeping schedule Eat healthy Avoid alcohol and caffeine befor...

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Daryl Lechner 9/2/2015 Comments(0)

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

There are many interesting and captivating stories about the history of dentistry. Do you know who the first ever "doctor of the tooth" was? IT was an Edyptian who lived in 2600BC that went by t he name of Hesy-Re. Additionally, Aristotle wrote about braces for the first time and Pierre Fauchard, the father of modern dentistry, was the first to employ a tooth restoration in 1728. I bet you would have never guessed the history of dentistry was so cool. Below are a few more of Dr. Lechner's favori...

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Daryl Lechner 8/21/2015 Comments(0)

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

There are many legends when it comes to the world of dentistry. Perhaps the most famous story we hear is the one about our first president's "wooden teeth". But, were George Washington's teeth actually wooden? This is a trick question of sorts. The best educated answer we have is that it is likely George Washington probably had artificial gums that were wooden. This was very common at that time as they were a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. However, the replacement teeth that George Washing...

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Daryl Lechner 8/3/2015 Comments(0)

Bad Breath? Is It Something Serious? - Part 2

In our last blog we talked about bad breath some of the common causes and why it is so important to floss your teeth. In our continued discussion on bad breath, we take a look at more serious oral heath conditions that could be causing it. Are you experiencing chronic bad breath that doesn’t seem to improve despite a consistent oral hygiene routine? Sometimes bad breath can be a sign of a more serious issue. Listed are some serious oral health conditions associated with bad breath to inclu...

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Daryl Lechner 5/29/2015 Comments(0)

Bad Breath? Another Reason to Floss - Part 1

Do you floss your teeth at least once a day? You should, and heres why: Flossing daily helps remove the food particles and bacteria that contribute to bad breath. That makes flossing one of the easiest ways to prevent and banish bad breath. Bad breath or halitosis, is more common than most people realize. Bad breath is a important oral health issue, whether it’s your own or someone else’s it’s nothing to joke about. Bad breath is more than an embarrassing social probl...

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Daryl Lechner 5/1/2015 Comments(0)

The Many Factors That Cause Dentinal Sensitivity 

Your teeth can become sensitive for many reasons. Tooth sensitivity is annoying but can also be a sign of more serious conditions. Some commons causes of tooth sensitivity include, but are not limited to: Over-brushing or aggressive brushing - Brushing too hard or using a brush that is not soft can cause your enamel to wear down and expose your dentin. Gum recession/gum disease - This occurs overtime and is extremely gradual. This occurs your dentin to be exposed as your gums expose more of your...

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Daryl Lechner 4/10/2015 Comments(0)

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Teeth can become sensitive and cause pain for you for many reasons. Dr. Lechner and his team will examine your mouth in order to find and treat the cause. Listed below are some common causes of tooth sensitivity: Dental Trauma – If you tooth is damaged or cracked in any way, it will become sensitive to even the lightest of pressure. If your teeth are damaged in any way they may become sensitive after a cleaning or filling. This sensitivity will eventually subside. Uneven Bite – If yo...

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Daryl Lechner 3/24/2015 Comments(0)

Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?

It is estimated that approximately half the population experiences tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can range from very mild to extreme and can come and go over time. Do you ever wonder why your teeth are tender or in pain when you eat or drink something hot or cold or sweet and sour? This tenderness can be slight or long-lasting and seem to never subside. This sensitivity can often be from eating or biting on certain foods that are hot, cold, sweet, or sour. Although having sensitive teeth ...

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Daryl Lechner 3/17/2015 Comments(0)

Regular Toothbrush vs Electric - What's Better?

If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform as well as an electric toothbrush. At Lechner Dental Group , often times we see people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes. While there is no major benefit for certain groups to use an electric toothbrush, some groups will benefit. The two biggest group who can benefit from an electric toothbrush are those with a health issue or condition ...

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Daryl Lechner 1/15/2015 Comments(0)

Can a dentist do anything for headaches?

Headaches are one of the most common and annoying health ailments. Additionally, treatment is not always easy and could demand a team of health experts that includes physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, and dentists. Headaches seemingly come and go at random, are sometimes harsh, and sometimes dull - they come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the typical causes of headaches are hormones, irregular growths, your brain sending irregular signs to your nerve receptors, muscle function, an...

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Daryl Lechner 12/31/2014 Comments(0)

The Importance of Deep Cleanings

Did you know that your teeth are much larger than they appear? This is because of how much is buried underneath your gum line. Think of your teeth as glaciers, as much as you see above water there is that much more underneath the surface of the water. This means that treating your gums and keeping them clean are just as important as treating your teeth. So how do you properly treat your gums? Deep Cleanings. What is a Deep Cleaning?" Also known as scaling and planing, a deep cleaning scrapes tar...

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Daryl Lechner 10/30/2014 Comments(0)

You’ll use Novocain, won’t you?

Novocain procaine , has not been used in dentistry since the 1940’s. It was a direct derivative of cocaine, which was the original surgical anesthetic discovered in the 1860’s. Although procaine was not addictive, it was a poor anesthetic because it took a long time to work once injected and wore off very quickly once it did. About 1/3 of the population were allergic to it because it was what we call an ester. In the 1940’s, the first modern local anesthetic was invented: lidoc...

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Daryl Lechner 9/23/2014 Comments(0)

How Old Should a Child Be Before They Can Go To The Dentist?

There is no magic number of when a child should start seeing the dentist. In dental school they tell you by age three, other places say as soon as they start getting their first tooth. Dr. Lechner believes a child should start coming to the dentist when they are comfortable doing so. Now, that being said you need to urge your kids to go to the dentist due to how critical it is to their health. It is unfortunate but many parents do not take their kids to see the dentist before it is too late. Man...

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Daryl Lechner 7/31/2014 Comments(0)

Do I Need To Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Your first molars are your premolars, the second are your adult molars, and you third molars are often known as your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth got their name because it was believed they do not develop until you are at "the age of wisdom", around the age of 18. These teeth, in fact, have absolutely nothing to do with your actual intelligence and wisdom. Do you need to have you wisdom teeth removed though? There has been much debate over the years about this. Many dentists said to leave them no ...

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Daryl Lechner 6/30/2014 Comments(0)

Is There Anything Wrong With Chewing Gum?

As you could probably realize, chewing is one of the most important parts of life. One of the most important functions of life, eating, is not possible without chewing. Additionally, chewing can serve some positives in your dental health. One major positive is the stimulation of saliva production. For this reason, dentists encourage chewing gum. Sugarless chewing gum can actually help you fight tooth decay. The reason for this is twofold. First, an increase in saliva will help to neutralize acid...

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Daryl Lechner 6/12/2014 Comments(0)

Preventing Halitosis

80 million people in the US are affected everyday by Chronic Halitosis, also known as bad breath. Bad breath is caused by a sulfur compound that is left by bacteria created from decaying food particles and other leftover debris that was not removed by brushing or flossing. Scheduling regular teeth cleanings and maintaining proper oral hygiene is one of the best ways to combat bad breath. You can prevent bad breath by practicing proper brushing techniques. This includes brushing and flossing your...

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Daryl Lechner 5/1/2014 Comments(0)

Tooth Enamel: Hard But Fragile

It is important to us that our patients in Delaware County understand how to properly take care of their teeth. Tooth Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body but it can also be easily broken if not treated with care. Biting down on something equally solid as your teeth can cause damage. Ice cubes and popcorn kernels are two of the most common culprits of damaging tooth enamel. For example, biting down on a popcorn kernel is similar to trying to bite a rock. Needless to say, it is not g...

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Daryl Lechner 3/31/2014 Comments(0)

What is Periodontal Disease?

It is our main priority at the office of Dr. Daryl Lechner to ensure the best possible oral health for everyone in Delaware and all of its surrounding cities. Along with providing excellent oral care to all of my patients, we also do our best to keep our patients informed informed on the dangers of oral disorders such as gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is extremely unhealthy for your mouth and your overall health if you do not receive treatment. Almost everyone knows that gum d...

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Daryl Lechner 3/20/2014 Comments(0)

National Children’s Dental Health Month

At Lechner Dental Group, it is one of our priorities to help educate the parents of Delaware County on the importance of Pediatric dentistry. Keeping up with your children’s oral hygiene is vital to their development and one of the best ways to ensure they have a healthy adulthood. This is why we are excited that the American Dental Association sponsors the National Children’s Dental Health Month every February. The ADA has made it their mission to educate communities across the coun...

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Daryl Lechner 2/27/2014 Comments(0)