Oral Health

What’s Making My Teeth Discolored?

Typical Reasons for Discolored Teeth Are your teeth not as white as they once were? Are you concerned about the cause? There are many different reasons why teeth may become discolored, and there are some that could be due to medical issues. In this blog post, we'll break down some of the most common reasons why your teeth may not be as white as they could be. To begin with, not everyone's teeth are the same. The color of your teeth is determined by your genetics, and some people just naturally h...

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Should I Be Worried About My Tongue Pain?

The tongue plays a vital role when it comes to eating, digestion and speaking. We're able to taste the food we eat thanks to the taste buds, found on the little bumps on the surface of our tongue, called fungiform papillae. It's fairly resilient, too; capable of healing quickly from injuries. There are some conditions that can affect your tongue and even cause pain. Most aren't serious, though some can require treatment. In any case. Where you are concerned about your tongue, you should consult ...

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My Tooth is Sore. Is It a Cavity?

Of adults, 92% have or had tooth decay . This makes cavities are the most chronic disease in the world! This is mostly thanks to the amount of sugar consumed by people. Do cavities always hurt? When should you consult Dr. Lechner? Continue reading to learn how to tell if you have potential tooth decay, and what to do about it. Identifying Tooth Decay Tooth decay happens when the enamel of the tooth is damaged by bacteria and acid. This eventually results in a pit in the tooth, which we call a ca...

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What Happens During a Checkup With Dr. Lechner?

Seeing the dentist for a dental exam isn't only about checking for cavities. It's recommended to have dental exams every six months for a reason. Regular exams still are vital in having a beautiful smile and ensuring good oral health. However, exams also check for health problems that aren't restricted to gums and teeth. These routine dental exams are in order to diagnose a variety of ailments. This is particularly useful as health issues are most easily treatable when discovered early. If not d...

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Why Am I Missing a Permanent Tooth?

We will normally grow and lose twenty baby teeth early in our lives. As these teeth fall out, we will usually grow thirty-two permanent teeth. That's on average, anyway. There are those who won't end up with thirty-two permanent teeth. Perhaps you are one of these people. A developmental abnormality known as hypodontia is one potential reason for this. People with hypodontia will be missing six or fewer teeth missing more than six teeth is called oligodontia, and lacking all of one's permanent t...

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How Can a Chipped Tooth Be Fixed?

You can chip your tooth at any time due to a number of causes. Is this an emergency? What's the best course of action when you've chipped a tooth? After chipping a tooth, the first action to take is to clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water. Next, you should apply a cold compress to your face to reduce swelling. When that's done, get in touch with a dentist. There are a few options for addressing a chipped tooth. Dr. Lechner will be able to can find the best solution for your situation. Her...

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Dental Allergies? What Are Those? - Part 2

This is part 2 in our Dental Allergies series. Previously, we wrote about some dental allergies that patients may experience when visiting the dentist. This post will continue in more detail about dental allergies. Contact Dermatitis? Contact dermatitis is a form of allergy that occurs when an ingredient in perfumes, soaps, or beauty products irritates our skin. The reaction results in dried-up, red, and tingling skin. Contact dermatitis comes in two types: • Skin allergies that occur from...

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Dental Allergies? What Are Those? - Part 1

Dental allergies are more common than you may think! Patients sometimes aren’t even aware that they have these allergies. Many times patients have an allergic reaction to certain materials used by dentists, such as latex. If you experience any of the allergies below or have a dental history with allergies, please inform your dentist before your next appointment. Latex Allergy ? What is that? Latex reactions are caused due to specific proteins that make up latex. When a latex reaction happe...

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5 Free Dental Apps That Help Teach Kids Proper Dental Care

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—healthy dental habits throughout early childhood are essential for good dental hygiene. Establishing these helps put your child on the right track for a lifetime of good oral health. This is why children must be taught, in early childhood, the importance of brushing and their teeth every day. Encouraging children to practice these healthy habits can be a tough experience, but it’s worth it. Printed below are some tricks and tips...

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Is Thumb-Sucking Dangerous?

Thumb-sucking is a normal behavior for young children. It is a reflex that calms them and causes them to feel more secure, and it could even help them sleep. But, if it continues for too long, the habit can cause numerous dental problems. As adult teeth are taking the place of the primary teeth, thumb-sucking can disrupt the general growth of the mouth, including teeth-alignment. It can also cause unhealthy changes in the roof of the mouth. Most children cease sucking their thumbs at the point a...

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What Are Sealants?

The most effective method of fighting cavities is to brush and floss regularly, but, occasionally, it can be tough to clean the whole surface of your teeth. This is particularly true in the case of our molars, which reside in the deep depths of our mouths and act as a haven for bacteria and leftover food. Luckily, Dr. Lechner offers sealants , which are thin, plastic coatings that are attached to your teeth where they prevent cavities and thwart early stages of decay. When leftover food meets th...

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3 Types of Sports Mouthguards That You Need to Know About

What is the most critical piece of protective sports equipment? Most would probably say a helmet. That answer isn't wrong, especially since helmets stop sports players from undergoing severe and fatal head injuries. But, for contact sports, mouthguards can be just as important to an athlete’s well-being as a helmet. Roughly forty percent of all sports injuries happen within the facial region, which includes various forms of dental trauma. Athletic coaches and dentists realize how important...

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Are You Being Too Hard on Your Teeth?

Everyone understands that good oral health starts with brushing and flossing routinely, drinking plenty of water, and keeping a well balanced diet. Many dentists advise brushing twice a day for a minimum of two minutes. What many people don't consider, however, is the amount of pressure they are using while they are brushing. Abrasion from toothbrushes is something that happens when one is using excessive force during brushing their teeth, usually with medium or hard- bristled toothbrushes. In f...

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A More Attractive Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry - Part 3

This is the third part of our series of articles on cosmetic dentistry. If would like to read the previous posts, we have the first two posts here and here . Teeth Whitening: In-Office vs. Over-The-Counter Teeth whitening is a process that can be done at home or in the office. According to the majority of dentists, in-office whitening methods are the more effective option, and will produce better results than the store-bought methods. In office, Dr. Lechner has the ability to solve any kind of d...

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3 Kinds of Childhood Orthodontics That You Should Talk To your Dentist About

Almost everybody has had dental braces. Most of us wore them or knew kids who did all throughout our younger years. Almost 4 million Americans are using braces currently, and they are easily the most understood type of childhood orthodontics. We've compiled a small lineup of a few early orthodontic accessories that most patients might not recognize. How Can The Nance Button Help? There are some kids who wear a device that is called The Nance "button. It is a partial acrylic plate that covers a p...

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What Should I Do If Oral Cancer Runs In My Family?

Since birth, we always have friends and family talking about how much we look similar to mom or dad or another relative. "You've got your mother's eyes," or "You have your grandpa's attitude," are versions of phrases that all of us hear across our lifetime. We realize that a number of our physical attributes and our tendencies could be attached to hereditary sources, yet have you ever pondered if the same goes for your oral health? The fact is, the ability for all of us to become susceptible to ...

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How Does Pregnancy Affect My Teeth?

Dental hygiene is an essential habit through any point of our life, even infancy. Yet people who are pregnant face unique problems and hazards during the nine months that the baby is developing. Features like morning sickness, intensified bodily hormones, and a modification in health and nutrition can easily create quite a few side effects in the whole system; however, this blog post features a few of the troubles that arise orally while the mother is pregnant. Those who carry on with their ever...

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How Important Is It To See A Doctor If I Hurt My Jaw?

Have you ever noticed that one of our initial responses to a potential trauma is the instant attempt to protect our face and head? When somebody throws a punch or if we get involved in an automobile collision, our arms and hands fly to our face in order to make an effort to protect ourselves from any severe damage. Most of the time, we don't even consider the action of covering up our face--we just do this instantly. Maxillofacial trauma is injuries that are at risk for being quickly disregarded...

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2 Different Types of Facial Clefts

Orofacial clefts, also known as cleft lip or cleft palate, are just one of the most typical birth defects in the United States. Actually, it is approximated that around 2,650 children are born with a cleft palate every year in the United States, and up to 4,440 are born with a cleft lip. A cleft results during early pregnancy while the baby's face is forming. When the parts of the face fail to connect during pregnancy, it leads to a cleft. Cleft During History Cleft lips have been documented in ...

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Understanding Wisdom Teeth Removal

Around 5 million people in the US have had their wisdom teeth removed, creating a yearly expense of $3 billion. Chances are, you’re one of the Americans who has received this common procedure. Your dentist more than likely removed them because they were disrupting the health of the rest of your teeth. Since our wisdom teeth are the last of our adult teeth to develop, they are often removed during our teens and early adulthood. Some patients wisdom teeth surface without any difficulties. Fo...

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The Power of a Real Smile

Regardless of what language barriers stand in between us, smiles are a universal sign of joy and trustworthiness in terms of non-verbal communication. Getting a real, heartfelt smile may be even better than receiving money, according to a research study performed in 2005 . "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,...

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Painful Canker Sores

Almost one in five people suffer from canker sores. These sores often show up on the inside of the mouth only. As opposed to cold sores, aphthous ulcers canker sores are not contagious. You can spot these sores by their oval shape with a red border. They most often have a yellow, white or gray center. Canker sores can be painful, but most will go away on their own without treatment in a few days to a couple of weeks. Some causes of canker sores Though researchers aren't 100% sure what causes can...

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Baby Teeth Are More Than Borrowed Time For Your Adult Teeth

When you think of baby teeth you probably think of temporary teeth that eventually fall out to make room for your permanent teeth. However, did you know those temporary teeth have a permanent effect on your life? Here are 5 reasons why your baby teeth have a much more permanent place in your life than you might think. 1. The health of your adult teeth depends on them Your adult teeth grow closely behind the roots of your much smaller baby teeth. However, because they are so close and your baby t...

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How Many Times Should You Consult a Dentist?

Consulting Dr. Lechner for regular and oral dental check-ups is important. The benefits of visiting a dentist include toothache relief, floss or inflamed gums that may bleed when brushing. Apart from checking crowns, dental implants or dentures, there are other things that you need to look out for. Tooth Decay Tooth decay usually affects the surface of your tooth. When the decay worsens, it affects the center of the tooth where your nerves are located, and this can create a cavity in your mouth....

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The reason why Dr. Lechner is so anxious about your osteoporosis medication.

The reason why Dr. Lechner is concerned about osteoporosis medication. Since the early 1970’s, medication has been used to slow down the breakdown of bone diseases such as osteoporosis and metastatic bone cancer. These treatments are in a category called bisphosphonates which retard the function of osteoclasts cells. There are different names for the drugs in this category, and many of them are taken in the form of a pill. In a healthy body, osteoclasts absorb old bone to extract calcium f...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 9/14/2018 Comments(0)

Keep Your Mouth Healthy This Summer Part 2

You don't want your child going back to school with any dental health issues, which is why now is a great time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lechner in Delaware, OH. Having a clean mouth is a good way to start the new school year. And if there are any dental health issues, we can work on treating them before they go back to school so they don't miss any school time. Our dental health and overall health are connected. Practicing proper dental hygiene is one to stay healthy. Proper dental hy...

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Keep Your Mouth Healthy This Summer Part 1

Although spending time with your friends and family is a lot of fun, dental health issues are not! The next time you have guests over, there are some simple things you can do to make sure everyone has fun and avoids any dental emergencies. Below Dr. Lechner goes over a few of these suggestions. Stock up on mouth-healthy snacks, such as vegetable and fruit trays. Never chew your ice cubes! This habit is terrible for our teeth. Instead, keep drinks in an ice-filled cooler. Substitute toothpicks fo...

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Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard?

If you're a parent of an athlete, you have probably witnessed an injury or two. Sports injuries of any kind are never fun, but with the proper equipment, you can greatly lower the risk of injury. One way to protect your child during sports is by purchasing a mouthguard. Mouthguards do more than protect teeth; they also defend your jaw, lips, tongue, and face from a potential impact. At Lechner Dental Group, we suggest every athlete and parent of an athlete purchase a mouthguard. Most sports shou...

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What are Dental Sealants?

Children are not known for taking good care of their dental health, and anything that you can do to help protect their teeth is a good idea. One way to keep your child's teeth healthy is through dental sealants. Dental sealants are placed on the chewing surface of the molars. These sealants are a liquid that is dried onto the tooth, creating an extra layer of protection from decay. Dental sealants are placed on the molars because these teeth can be hard to reach and properly cleaned. It is impor...

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When Should I See the Dentist?

Visiting the dentist at least every six months is recommended, however, this does not mean you should only see the dentist at six-month intervals. Besides a cleaning, when would you need to go to the dentist? Dr. Lechner has a few reasons: You Experience Pain/Sensitivity Do you notice pain or sensitivity when you eat or drink something? If you ever experience tooth pain or sensitivity you should discuss this issue with a dentist. Gum Issues If your gums are bright red, inflamed, bleed after you ...

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What Does Soda Do to Our Teeth?

Be careful of heavy soda consumption. We know that consuming large amounts of sugar is not good for our health, and, as the weather gets nicer, you may be tempted to grab a cold soda. Heavy consumption of soda can increase your chances of cavities, gum disease and other health issues such as diabetes. The two things that make this drink so bad for our health are the sugar and acid found in soda. Sugar mixes with bacteria in our mouth and creates a harmful acid that can increase your chances of d...

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Why Water is so Good for Your Teeth

Water not only helps adults’ teeth, but water that is fluoridated is excellent for children's dental health. Drinking water helps distribute healthy nutrients, gives your skin a healthy glow and removes waste from the body, but drinking water is also a great way to keep your mouth healthy. Water and your children's dental health In 2011, the city of Calgary, located in Canada, stopped placing fluoride in their water. A group of researchers wanted to look at the effect of fluoride in the wa...

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New Years Resolution for Your Oral Health

Is improving your dental health part of your new year's resolution? Have you been sticking with your resolutions? Maybe you want to spend more time exercising, eating healthier, see your family more often, but how many of you have dedicated the new year to your dental health? For a healthy life, your mouth also needs to remain healthy. The good news is that practicing proper dental hygiene only takes a few minutes each day! To help you get started, here are some things that you can do to help im...

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How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

Now that you know what a dental bridge is, you may be wondering how long can dental bridges last? Like we mentioned in our previous post, a dental bridge fills in the missing space where a tooth once was. Bridges are usually made up of two crowns and a false tooth. With proper care and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last around 5-7 years, and sometimes longer. The life of your dental bridge depends on how well you care for your mouth. To get the most out of your dental bridge, some th...

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What Is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges fill in the missing space where a tooth has been removed or lost. Dental bridges are generally made up of two crowns and a false tooth called a pontic. The pontic is the false tooth that goes where the missing tooth once was. Unlike dental implants that are inserted into your gum and bone to hold a fake tooth, the pontic is held in place by two crowns that are placed on the teeth on either side of the pontic. The row that includes the pontic and crowns are what make up the bridge....

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Why Flossing Is Important to Your Dental Health

Flossing is often an overlooked detail to many people's dental routine. Many people think that brushing alone is enough to fight bacteria and plaque, but this is not the case. To properly clean your teeth, keep gums healthy and remove plaque, flossing is a critical component. According to the ADA, more than 500 bacterias are found in plaque. Not all of these bacterias are bad, but, when combined with the other bacteria that can get in between your teeth from food and drinks, you are increasing t...

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Dental Health | Tips for Easing Dental Anxiety

We understand most people have a little anxiety about going to the dentist, but for those who have a phobia or severe anxiety about visiting the dentist, bigger problems may develop. 
People who experience dental phobia or dental anxiety tend to not visit the dentist. It is estimated that between 9%-15% of Americans do not go to the dentist because of their fear. By not visiting the dentist, the chances of disease increases and many people do not take the steps to fix it causing them to be...

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Oral Health | How Chewing Sugarless Gum Can Help Fight Cavities

Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum containing xylitol can help fight against cavities? The American Dental Association, ADA, have stated that clinical studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
 The reason why sugarless gum does this is actually pretty interesting. The act of chewing increases your saliva flow. Saliva helps neutralize acids, removes food stuck in your teeth and gums and creates disease-fighting substances. If ...

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Why Would I Need a Tooth Pulled?

As much as you don’t want to have any of your permanent teeth removed, sometimes it is necessary for the health of your mouth. For example, wisdom tooth removal is a very common extraction that is necessary to avoid crowding. When you have a tooth pulled it is because the dentist sees it as the best way to avoid further complications. There are a number of treatments that can be done to replace a missing tooth, including dental implants and dentures. Sometimes a tooth may need to be pulled...

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Oral Health | The Importance of Fluoride

Your tooth enamel is made up of minerals, and each day these minerals go through demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization is the process that takes place when minerals in your tooth enamel dissolve due to acids. Remineralization is when minerals are deposited back to your enamel. When minerals such as calcium, phosphate, and fluoride are consumed, tooth enamel begins to replenish. This is a daily occurrence, but sometimes more demineralization occurs than remineralization. If your...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 9/25/2017 Comments(0)

Can Your Dentist Help Treat Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is actually a group of conditions that cause insulin resistance. Insulin resistance and dentistry do not usually seem to fit, but your dentist may play a more important role than you think. Before we get into what your dentist can do, here is a little bit more information on metabolic syndrome. This condition affects about 35% of Americans that are 40-59 years or age. The group of conditions that fall under metabolic syndrome includes diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fatty li...

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Oral Health | Tongue Piercings and Oral Health

Oral piercings are dangerous for both your overall and oral health. In addition to the general health concerns of oral piercings, there are also many oral health issues that you should be aware of before deciding to receive a piercing. Issues include, but are not limited to, the following: • Unwanted bleeding/cuts • Infections in your mouth • Swelling in your tongue and cheeks • Chipped/cracked teeth • Blocked airway • Excess salivary flow • Receding gum...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 8/28/2017 Comments(0)

Oral Health: Sports Drinks and Tooth Decay

Did you know that almost 9 out of every 10 adolescents ages 12-14 consume performance sports beverages Gatorade and Powerade ? Out of this group, almost 70% of them report drinking these beverages at least once a week, and sometimes on a daily basis. While these beverages restore electrolytes , give you an energy boost, and refresh you, they are terrible for your oral health. Performance beverages are typically loaded with sugars, syrups, and acid that wreak havoc on your teeth and cause a ton o...

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Periodontal Health: Don't Forget About Your Gums

Proper dental hygiene practices are critical in maintaining good dental and overall health, but what is considered to be proper dental hygiene? Maybe you think about brushing your teeth twice a day and keeping them clean. However, brushing your teeth should be only half of your oral hygiene and oral health regimen . What about the health of your gums? Maintaining the health of your gums is just as important as maintaining the health of your teeth. If you only focus on your teeth and ignore the h...

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Cosmetic Dentistry | What Is a Porcelain Veneer?

One of the most commonly requested dental procedures in teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is one of the easiest, non-invasive ways to improve the cosmetics of your smile. Unfortunately, for some people, their teeth are stained for reasons that cannot be corrected by a whitening toothpaste or a whitening system. However, in these cases, porcelain veneers are available. Veneers can not only change the color of your teeth, but also the shape. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells that are plac...

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Health and Wellness | The Affect Oral Health Has On Our Overall Health

You use your mouth every day to eat, drink, and talk. This makes your mouth one of the most easily accessible entryways into your body for bacteria and germs. Due to this, health professionals everywhere are recognizing the importance of GREAT oral health care. Dr. Donald Ratcliffe says: There’s a relationship between the bacteria—and the inflammation that bacteria cause in the mouth—and a lot of other diseases. Dr. Ratcliffe is a doctor at Staten Island University Hospital. Wh...

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Health and Wellness | Treatments For Snoring and Sleep Apnea

In our previous blog post , Dr. Lechner went over both kinds of sleep apnea: OSA and CSA . Both types of sleep apnea are characterized by excessive snoring throughout the night, and waking up feeling short of breath/gasping for air. Do you dream of a better night's sleep? Below, Dr. Lechner offers a few treatment options that can help to relieve your sleep apnea and/or snoring. Option 1: Make necessary lifestyle changes One of the most common causes of snoring is obesity. When you get overweight...

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Health and Wellness | Sleep Apnea: OSA and CSA

In our last post , Dr. Lechner, D.D.S., introduced the topic of snoring, what causes snoring, and potential side effects of snoring. One of the major causes of snoring is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is an extremely common disease that affects millions and millions of Americans. When you suffer from sleep apnea, you actually stop breathing for several seconds at a time throughout the night. When this happens, your brain is forced to wake you up in order to start breathing again. Sleep Apnea is a dis...

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Oral Health | Snoring Is Just An Annoying Noise, Right?

Do you snore? If so, you are not the only one. In a study performed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery , 45% of all people snore. So, with that being said, is snoring just an annoying sound, or is it more? In short, snoring is a sound that occurs when your airways are constricted while you sleep. When this happens, air causes the soft tissue in your throat to vibrate. Typically, people who are overweight, and males, are most commonly affected by snoring. Snoring ca...

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Oral Health | Tooth Enamel: Hard But Quite Fragile

Do you know what the hardest part of your body is? You may think your skull, or maybe even your femur, but if that’s what you think, you are wrong. In fact, the hardest substance in the human body is tooth enamel . While tooth enamel is strong, it is quite fragile, which is why taking care of your teeth is so important. There are certain habits, foods, and practices that can cause damage to our tooth enamel. For example, chewing on ice or biting into a popcorn kernel are two of the most co...

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Health and Wellness | Breakfast Is Indeed, Important

How true is the statement, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day? You have probably heard this many, many times, but is it actually true? Is breakfast important to our health and wellness? As health professionals, the team at Lechner Dental Group wants to see you as healthy and happy as possible. For this reason, we want to assure you that breakfast is important to your health and wellness. We can’t say if it is the most important or not, but it is important, and it is skipped mo...

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Oral Health | Is Chewing Gum Detrimental to My Health?

Have you ever been told that chewing gum is bad for your oral health? If so, you’ve been told wrong kind of . Yes, that’s right, chewing gum is not bad for your oral health. Chewing gum has been around since the 1800’s, when settlers in New England picked up the practice from the American Indians. For years and years, chewing gum has been criticized by parents, teachers, and administrators. However, chewing gum is encouraged by your dentist…as long as it is sugarless chew...

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Gum Disease | Keep Your Gums Healthy

Do you have healthy gums? Many people are unsure. However, this is a question you should absolutely know the answer to, and, if you don’t have healthy gums, should seek treatment for. If you suffer from gum disease, it is not always easy to tell, as you will not show many signs and won’t suffer from any pain. While there are not many signs of gum disease, there are some signs to be aware of. These include your gums bleeding and appearing bright red and swollen. If you aren’t su...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 2/27/2017 Comments(0)

A Connection between Gum Disease and Pancreatic Cancer?

New discoveries and information comes out almost daily in the medical world. There is always research being conducted that will help us lead healthier lives. Recently, there was a study conducted at NYU that uncovered a link between pancreatic cancer and periodontal disease. This information was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research , and states that periodontal disease may be an early indication of pancreatic cancer. While taking care of your gums is critical to good health,...

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Key Differences Between Gingivitis and Gum Disease

In the medical world, gingivitis and gum disease are typically used interchangeably. However, it is important to understand that these two things are two distinct diseases. So, what is the difference between them? Gingivitis refers to the condition where your gums are inflamed due to excessive plaque build up on your teeth. Some common signs of gingivitis is your gums appearing swollen or red and that bleed when you brush your teeth. In comparison, gum disease is gingivitis that has developed in...

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Health Tips for the New Year

As we step into the new year, almost anyone would say they wish they could be healthier. After all, if you improve your health, you will be happier, feel better, and live longer! So, what are a few things that you can do in the new year to improve your health? Dr. Lechner shares a few pointers below. Tip #1 Lose weight The USA has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. It is reported that approximately 36% of adults in America are over weight. If this is the case for you, losing some wei...

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Is There a Connection between Gum Disease and RA?

At Lechner Dental Group in Delaware, Ohio, we believe in taking excellent care of our patients’ teeth and mouth. However, we do not believe that this is enough, and love providing our patients with education outside of the office to help them achieve a healthier mouth. Over the course of visits and blog posts, chances are, you know a ton about periodontal disease gum disease , the causes of periodontal disease, its signs and symptoms, its side effects, and some of your best options for tre...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 12/5/2016 Comments(0)

Should Everyone Have Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Typically, a dentist wants you to keep all of your teeth for as long as possible. For this reason, Dr. Lechner loves offering you some oral health hints and takes such pride in caring for your teeth. However, in the case of your third molars , or wisdom teeth, it may be beneficial to have these teeth removed. Your third molars typically come in during your late teens or early twenties your age of wisdom , and that is how they got their nickname as wisdom teeth. It is just a guess, but more than ...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 11/21/2016 Comments(0)

Want Your Kids to Brush More?

Being a parent is one of the best jobs you can have. Unfortunately, there are many tough tasks that come with the job. One of those tough jobs are getting your kids to brush their teeth twice a day, with good brushing technique, and for a long enough period of time. However, it is extremely important for your children to form good dental habits. Dr. Lechner in Delaware, Ohio wants to pass along some of his favorite tips for getting kids to enjoy brushing their teeth. First, you should allow your...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 11/7/2016 Comments(0)

What is TMJ

Your temporomandibular joints, more commonly referred to as TMJ, are the joint and muscles that make it possible to open and close you mouth. Your TMJ is found on both sides of your head and work together when you eat, talk, or move your jaw for any reason. Your TMJ manages your upper and lower jaw bone when moving frontwards, backwards, or side to side. In each of these joints, exists a disc between the ball and socket for support. This means that these complex joints are made up of bones, liga...

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Dr. Lechner 10/24/2016 Comments(0)

ER Trips and Mouth Pain

There has been an annoying pain in your upper right molar for some time now, but recently the pain has become worse. The pain has you thinking about options like medicine, scheduling a dentist appointment, or maybe even a trip to the ER - but can a toothache be severe enough to cause a trip to the ER? Actually, mouth pain is enough to send you to the ER - and it happens quite often. Studies show that more than 2 million adults in the US show up the ER with mouth pain each year. In a 2012 study ,...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 10/10/2016 Comments(0)

Gum Recession: What is it?

If healthy, the only part of your tooth that is exposed in your enamel. However, if you notice your teeth appear longer, or you feel some tooth sensitivity, your gums are likely receding. The reason that gum recession is bad, is that it causes your dentin to be exposed causing sensitivity and some tooth discoloration. Why are your gums receding? The most usual cause of gum recession is periodontal disease, an infection in your gums that affects the tissue and bone that keep your teeth from movin...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 9/26/2016 Comments(0)

Dental Implants: Are You A Candidate? - Dr. Lechner - Delaware, Ohio

Not everyone has a perfect smile and beautiful teeth. For people who wish they had that beautiful smile full of beautiful teeth, there are great options available like dental implants. Dental implants allow you to have that perfect set of teeth you have always wanted. Dr. Lechner in Delaware, Ohio wants to pass along some valuable information so you can determine if dental implants are right for you. First and foremost, if you are considering dental implants, you must have gum tissue and jaw bon...

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Dr. Lechner 9/13/2016 Comments(0)

Dental Implants: Important Information - Part 1 - Dr. Lechner - Delaware, Ohio

A beautiful smile full of perfect teeth is something that almost everyone desires. Many people are told it is out of reach due to extensive damage. However, due to technological advances almost anyone can achieve the smile of their dreams through dental implants. If you are thinking about receiving dental implants, there is some information Dr. Lechner wants you to know. First, it is imperative that your gums and jaw bone are in good enough health to withstand this surgical procedure. This is be...

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Dr. Lechner 8/29/2016 Comments(0)

What Does Receiving Dentures Entail? Delaware, Ohio - Dr. Lechner

Are you interested in improving the cosmetics of your smile? Are you interested in receiving dentures but don’t know what the process entails? Dr. Lechner in Delaware, Ohio has some answers that you may be looking for. Receiving dentures usually will require a few visits over several weeks. The following outlines reps for receiving a denture: - An impression, or mold, will be taken in order to manufacture a custom denture. - Many try-in visits may occur in order to ensure proper size, shap...

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Dr. Lechner 8/15/2016 Comments(0)

Important Info Regarding Dentures - Part 1 of 2

A denture is a dental appliance that is a substitution for your real teeth. Dentures are completely removable and manufactured to closely resemble your original, real teeth. When talking about dentures it is important to know there are two different kinds of dentures . The first kind is a complete denture which is used when all teeth are missing. Contrary to these are partial dentures which are used when many of the original teeth are still remaining. A partial denture is utilized for two reason...

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

Do I Still Need Two Dental Appointments A Year

Oral Wellness Visits Are Still Critical To Good Oral Health Everyone always hears their whole life, "Make sure you go to the dentist twice per year! Every six months.". With advances in toothpaste, at home care tools, and more, many people still wonder if this is necessary. The answer to if it is still necessary is yes. Below are many reasons why seeing your dentist twice per year is still important: Spot oral health issues before they become major problems. While visiting Dr. Lechner it gives h...

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Dr. Lechner 7/19/2016 Comments(0)

Have You Been A Cigarette Smoker? - Delaware, OH - Dr. Lechner

Smoking Cigarettes? Have you been a cigarette smoker either now or in the past? Do you want answers about the possibilities of getting mouth cancer? Do you want to know exactly what are the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer? To start with, it is essential to keep in mind that more than 25 percent of all oral cancers take place in men and women who do not smoke and who only consume alcohol from time to time. If you want more information like this please go to oralcancerfoundation.org . Ora...

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Dr. Lechner 7/5/2016 Comments(0)

9 Foods That Damage Your Teeth

When you pick up that food to enjoy, a bag of chips you've had your eye on, or a chocolate chip cookie, you should understand that it may be promoting dental cavities! Here, our team has provided the top 9 foods that can damage your teeth. You can discover more foods to steer clear of. 1. Chewing Ice: Surprisingly, your teeth can feel vulnerable after biting on ice cubes. Since it's a hard substance, it may impair tooth enamel. 2. Hard Candies: Tasty and sweet, but have a lot of sugar! Did you k...

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Dr. Lechner 6/21/2016 Comments(0)

Why People Tend To Have More Cavities With Age

Saliva, a leading chemical buffer that maintains the acid/base balance inside our mouths, is generated by salivary glands primarily positioned within our cheeks as well as underneath our tongues. Such glands create two forms of saliva, serous saliva and mucoid saliva. Serous saliva is simply "wet and water", while mucoid saliva is "sticky and thick." Serous glands typically produce a buffering chemical substance, and mucous glands assist proteins that are very important in the primary digestion ...

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Dr. Lechner 6/6/2016 Comments(0)

Enhance Your Oral Health By Eating These Food Choices - Part 2

Moving ahead from our previous post, we will be reviewing four additional foods that can help to bolster your general oral health. Preferably, you want to stay away from food that combine high sugars, acid and stickiness. When you consume food that is high in sugar and acid, you are not only feeding yourself, but also the plaque that can wreak chaos inside your mouth. The resulting acids from the combo of sugars and plaque will lay siege to your teeth for up to 20 minutes after you are done eati...

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5/27/2016 Comments(0)

Enhance Your Oral Health By Eating These Food Choices - Part 1

Our patients are always seeking out fresh ways to bolster their oral health. An excellent course of action to care for a brilliant and healthy smile is by making optimal overall wellness your main concern. Keeping cautious concerning just how we regard our bodies is vital to remain healthy, inside and out. Commonplace oral bacteria named Streptococcus Mutans trigger the mouth to become very susceptible to discoloration and decay. This particular bacteria leads to plaque build up and will cause i...

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5/13/2016 Comments(0)

The Dangers of Oral Cancer - Part 2 - Symptoms

Around 42,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer , according to the American Dental Association. Since early detection provides the best chance for successful treatment, regular oral cancer exams are essential. Here are some symptoms to look for. If you have any of these symptoms, and they persist for more than two weeks, be sure to schedule an appointment at our Delaware, OH office as soon as possible. • Persistent mouth irritation • White or red patches &...

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Daryl Lechner 4/15/2016 Comments(0)

The Dangers of Oral Cancer

Would it surprise you to know that Oral Cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer out there? But the good news is it is also the one of the most curable cancers if detected early. People who are diagnosed with oral cancer in the early stages of the disease do extremely well in treatment and recovery. The fact of the matter is, however, that a high number of oral cancer victims happen to be diagnosed in the later stages of the disease, where chances of survival is less likely. Statistics sho...

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Daryl Lechner 4/1/2016 Comments(0)

Protecting Teeth from Decay with Dental Sealants

Your teeth contain different types of grooves and ridges especially on the chewing surface of your molars and premolars. Due to these ridges and grooves it gives germs and food particles a place to hide and create cavities. One way to prevent these cavities is to receive dental sealants . Sealants are made to closely resemble the look of your real teeth and simply blend in. They're usually not noticeable when you smile or talk, and are ideal children who are in their most cavity-prone years, fro...

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Daryl Lechner 3/4/2016 Comments(0)

Are There Any Adverse Affects with Amalgam-type Fillings?

Over the last several years, more and more people have started to ask questions about amalgams , the filling in your mouth that contains mercury. The reason questions have been asked is that mercury is a toxic substance that may lead to diseases like autism, alzheimer's, and MS. So are they safe to have in our mouth? Several agencies such as The American Dental Association ADA and the Food and Drug Administration FDA , say amalgams are safe, and that they have not been able to find a link betwee...

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Dr. Lechner 2/18/2016 Comments(0)

What Is The Best Way To Whiten Teeth? A Little About Teeth Whitening Products

We are often asked in our 1 024 about the teeth whitening products that are available on the market for the general public. These products including whitening toothpastes, whitening gels, and whitening strips. Here is some information about all three of these products. Toothpastes work to remove surface stains from your teeth to the abrasives that they contain. They can also contain a polishing agent that will help them make your teeth look whiter and brighter. However, one component that toothp...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 2/7/2016 Comments(0)

Junk Food and Your Oral Health

Many people do not realize that our oral health and overall health are linked in several ways. At the office of Lechner Dental Group it’s very important to us that we help our patients live healthy lives. Although junk food can be a treat every once in while, these foods will lead to severe oral health problems that can eventually effect the rest of your body. One major, negative result of eating too much junk food comes from the large amounts of sugar. As we all know, sugar is not good fo...

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Dr. Daryl Lechner 1/22/2016 Comments(0)