How To Avoid Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay Is Preventable.

Good news! Yes, in fact, tooth decay is preventable. Decay, which is caused by sugars left in your child’s mouth, can turn into an acid which in turn can break down his or her teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits.

How To Prevent Tooth Decay.

  • Start early: After the age of two, brush your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. And, if possible, clean between the teeth with dental floss at least once a day, preferably before they go to bed.
  • Don’t allow your little ones to eat after cleaning teeth at bedtime, as salivary flow decreases while they sleep and their teeth become vulnerable to cavities.
  • Do not allow your little ones to nibble food or sip drinks continuously, and keep in mind that a low sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay. Allow time between meals for saliva to neutralize acids and repair teeth.
  • Drinking water frequently throughout the day can also reduce the possibility of new cavities forming.
  • Dental Sealants can also protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, which are applied to chewing surfaces of molars, act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria.

Finally make sure your child visits Hendersonville Family Dentistry approximately every six months for checkup and routine cleaning.

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Christmas Time’s A Coming

Holiday Hours in Hendersonville, TN.

Christmas is a week from today! Are you getting excited? Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Everyone at work is getting excited about having some much needed time off to spend time with their friends & family! With that being said we want to inform you of our holiday hours. 

We will be closed the following days:

Saturday-December 22, 2017

Monday -December 25, 2017

Tuesday-December 26, 2017.

Merry Christmas from Hendersonville Dentist

We hope that you enjoy your time with your friends and family this holiday season. We will resume normal office hours on Wednesday- December 27th at 8:00 am. If you are still needing to get into our office before the end of the year, please call and make your scheduled appointment. Appointments are going quickly! 

Is My Headaches Related To TMD?

What Is TMD?

That ache in your head may stem from your jaw. If your jaw falls out of alignment, you could have temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.

It’s not clear what causes TMD. Obesity may factor in. Stress and pressure on the jaw may also contribute. A misaligned bite ( where your upper and lower teeth don’t fit together when you close your mouth) may cause TMD symptoms, too.

TMD can affect your life and health by making it painful to eat and hard to sleep. Some people find the nagging pain difficult to bear.

Symptoms of TMD May Include:

  • Recurring headaches with no other cause
  • Pain along and behind the ears
  • Pain in your cheeks or lower face
  • Clicking noises when you talk or chew
  • Tired or sore jaw muscles after eating
  • Limited jaw movement

If you experience the symptoms listed here, make an appointment with our office. We’ll take an X-ray to look at your bite, and determine if TMD could be the culprit.

TMD left untreated headaches and other symptoms can become quite severe. Don’t feel like you have to live in pain, make an appointment with Hendersonville Family Dentistry to learn how we can reduce your pain and restore comfort to your life.

Preventing Bad Breath!

Reducing or Eliminating Bad Breath.

Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others.

Ways to Reduce Bad Breath

  • Floss regularly- As difficult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to freshen your mouth. By flossing you are reducing the plaque and bacteria found in areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply can’t reach, and in return it rids your mouth of the smell associated with that bacteria.
  • Use Mouthwash- Using some sort of mouthwash can really freshen up your breath, especially if you find it still smells after  brushing and flossing.
  • Always Brush After You Sleep- Whether after taking a nap, or having a full nights sleep, you will want to brush your teeth in order to reduce bad breath. The truth is, bacteria accumulates in your mouth while you are sleeping ( even during a short nap) and that is ultimately the source of bad breath.

There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum or mints, the above mentioned are just a few for you to try. Test them out and you will likely find your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduce.

Hendersonville Dentist Participates in Contest

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Hendersonville Family Dentistry Hendersonville Family Dentistry was recently asked to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest and of course we couldn’t say no! So we all sat together and brainstormed some idea’s on what or how we should decorate our pumpkin. Since we were participating in a dental contest we thought we would keep it in the dental category. If you have ever seen Monsters Inc movie then you will know this well. Remember when Mike & Sully finally become friends and Mike is always encouraging Sully weather it’s working on scaring people, or brushing his teeth. fd4b9a2fa7874cfa0fab132e5093b5a1

Remember this seen, where he is yelling “yeah get that plaque”. Well this was our inspiration & where we got our idea for our pumpkin.

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One of our staff member’s volunteered his time & talent to make our pumpkin & I have to say I think he did an INCREDIBLE job!

We Need Your Votes for our Pumpkin!

Now here comes the important part and where you can help our office WIN a SPA day! Here are the rules on how to cast your vote for our Monster Inc Pumpkin.

  1. Go to Facebook & “like” Smile Construction Orthodontics. (click here.)
  2. Next make sure you “like” our Monster Inc pumpkin.
  3. Tell your friends & family how to vote
  4. Make sure you vote BEFORE October 28, 2016.

It’s so simple it won’t take you but maybe two minutes! Please take the time to cast your vote for our pumpkin vote for our pumpkin so we can enjoy a spa day as an office. If you have ever been into our office you know we are constantly busy and we are open six days a week for your convenience so please take the time to vote for us.

Hendersonville Dentist Gives Back

Dentistry from the Heart-2016

Hendersonville Family Dentistry just completed their annual free dental day called Dentistry from the Heart Saturday-August 6, 2016. We were able to see and treat 56 people who were in need of dental treatment. We calculated an estimated of free dental work we gave away and the total we came up with was $12,000 dollars. We had over forty volunteers and we had nine doctors total who helped make this event a success.

Thank You’s Are in Order

We want to first start by thanking our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry who worked an additional day on top of already working a very busy week. We want to thank volunteers who were in and around the Nashville, TN area. We want to thank all of the doctors: Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones, Dr. McNutt, Dr. Hernandez, Dr. Pierre, Dr. Hower, Dr. Strandburg, Dr. Stewart, Dr. Wilson. Thank you for giving up your Saturday to help those in need.

Thank you to Lindsey from Hoissen Dental Implant for donating the amazing food from Gibson’s Cafe in Lafayette, TN. Thank you to Brittany from Henry Schein for donating all of the supplies that was needed to even make this event possible. Thank you to Patterson Dental for donating autoclave’s for our sterilization center for this event. Without any of these people or things we wouldn’t have been able to pull off this event and it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.

You can view images on our Facebook, Instagram and website. Until next year ladies and gentlemen!

Dental Care For Seniors

Are You Growing Older?

Contrary to popular belief we do not become less cavity prone as we grow older.. In reality we become more cavity prone as time passes. This is due to several reasons. First, our gums begin to recede with time, exposing the more cavity prone root surfaces of our teeth. Secondly, our salivary flow decreases. Saliva has several components that keep decay under control. It buffers the acids contained in our diets. Saliva also has antibodies that attack the bacteria responsible for decay. Older patients take many medications that can lead to dry mouth. Thirdly, the pits and grooves on our back teeth have been exposed to the bacteria and acids for longer period of time. These pits and grooves are not accessible to tooth brush cleaning. Their microscopic size is ideal for harboring cavity causing bacteria.

Don’t Ignore Your Dental Health.

This doesn’t mean you are doomed to loosing our teeth or being slammed with a lot of cavities. It just means we need to become more vigilant and prevention minded.. Regular, and possibly more frequent professional hygiene visits may be indicated. Fluoride treatment is a must for the older patient ( even if your insurance doesn’t cover it) Home care is equally as important. The use of an electric toothbrush, flossing, and using baking soda as your dentifrice and prescription fluoride gels all can be beneficial in reducing cavity occurrences.

Three Ways Allergies Can Cause Sinus Pain in Teeth

Hello Tennessee, Itchy Watery Eyes.

Itchy watery eyes, sinus pressure and congestion–if you’re an allergy sufferer these symptoms are more often than not another sign of spring’s arrival. Little do many know spring allergies may also be affecting their teeth and mouth.

Top Three Ways Allergies Affect Your Teeth.

  1. Tooth Pain- The maxillary sinuses are located at the root tips of our upper molars, which just so happens to be a very sensitive area. Therefore, its no wonder many people with allergies experience sinus pain in their teeth, especially their upper teeth. The body naturally produces excess mucus to rid the body of allergies but in turn this can cause uncomfortable pressure in your face and head. However, if you are an allergy sufferer it’s best to see a dentist to rule out a tooth infection.
  2. Sore Throat- An allergy-induced sore throat is more often than not caused by postnasal drip. Though it sounds unpleasant this drip occurs when congestion is draining itself down the throat.
  3. Oral Dryness- As if pain and discomfort isn’t enough, many allergy sufferers tend to suffer from dry mouth as well. This can cause complications on its own so beware of this initial symptom. Saliva is what protects the mouth and teeth from bacteria therefore the lack of it can lead to future cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis.

Many allergy symptoms that cause sinus pain in teeth and the mouth can overlap with more serious issues such as virus, tooth infections, gingivitis, or cavities. It’s better to be safe than sorry and visit your dentist who can quickly determine whether or not you have a serious underlying problem or it’s just allergies.

Call Hendersonville Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment today! 615-822-8262

Using Your Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year

Saving Hundreds of Dollars By Using Your Dental Benefits.

Another year is winding down! We wanted to remind you to make sure you take advantage of any unused insurance benefits and or used Flex (FSA) or Healthcare (HSA) benefits you may have remaining since most companies do not allow you to carry these over to the next year.

Don’t Delay Dental Treatment

By delaying dental treatment, you are risking more extensive and expensive treatment down the road. The yearly maximum usually renews every year ( on January 1, if your plan is on the calendar year.) If you have unused dental benefits, these will not rollover! You have paid your premium every month- you’ve EARNED your benefits. When the new year begins, you will need to meet that deductible again and this years benefit will be lost.

The end of the year is fast approaching! We would like to schedule your appointment to maximize your insurance benefits. Call us at 615-822-8262 and we can check your insurance to see what deductible you may have available.

Have You Used All Of Your Benefits?

A Friendly Reminder from your Dentist

We hope you had a wonderful summer! As we approach the end of the year, we are writing to share a tip that can help you take full advantage of any dental insurance benefits you may have.

The way your dental insurance benefits work is that you are provided a certain dollar amount of benefits each year. If you don’t use those benefits you lose them. (Unused benefits don’t carry over to the next year). Many people let hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars worth of benefits go back into the insurance company’s bank account. If you have any treatment that remains to be completed, or you have any dental concerns at all, it would be very useful for you to come in before the end of the year.

Enjoy Great Oral Health

Our goal with every one of our patients is to help you enjoy great oral health. That means that you look good, you feel good, you have strong teeth & gums, and you enjoy the benefits of a healthy, attractive smile for a lifetime. If you would like to make an appointment, just give us a call and we will find a time that is convenient for you!

Here’s to helping you achieve excellent dental health!