Dental Emergency In My Child

Be Prepared For A Dental Emergency.

Dental emergencies are bound to come up when you have young children. Dr. Harbin and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry want you to be prepared in case you run into a difficult situation. Problems may vary, from minor gum irritation to knock-out-teeth. Take a  look at the different possibilites and how you can handle them.

Dental Emergency Vs. Not Dental Emergency.

Teething pain is as normal as your child’s first set of teeth falling out. On the other hand, if a baby tooth is knocked out in a forceful accident, make sure you bring him or her into Hendersonville Family Dentistry to check that other damage hasn’t occurred in the mouth. On occasion, permanent teeth may grow in before baby teeth have fallen out. This may not cause any discomfort, but Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones should make sure the teeth are growing in properly. Catching teeth that are coming in incorrectly can prevent issues from arising into adult hood.

If your child is suffering from bleeding gums, rinse your child’s mouth with warm salt water and apply light pressure to the area. If you become concerned about the amount of blood, contact our office and we will schedule an appointment for your little one as soon as possible.

Don’t forget as a parent you provide the best education to your children on the importance of proper oral hygiene by setting a good example.

 

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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! 

Hendersonville Dentist || Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Hendersonville Dentist

Thanksgiving is this week, I can already taste the delicious food already! While I am excited about the holiday food, and the time spent with my family I can overhear my staff telling each other the Black Friday deals that they plan on taking advantage of. Are you a Black Friday shopper? I use to be, until I went shopping at the mall in Nashville and a fight broke out. I think I will stay in this year, and look for the Cyber Monday deals. Less people to deal with, and it comes right to my door.

So we have to ask you, how will you be spending Thanksgiving? Will you be running to different family homes to enjoy more than one meal? Will you be sitting with your family as you par take in the wonderful Thanksgiving food and getting a plan of when and where you will be starting your Black Friday shopping? Are you starting Thursday night on some of those Black Friday deals or will you be getting up early in the morning to get out and beat the crowd for a limited number of items on sale?

Either way we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with your friends & family!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours.

This week our office will have different set hours for the holiday weekend. Monday & Tuesday we will be open 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Thursday, Friday & Saturday our office will be closed so our staff can enjoy their holiday with their family. We will re open on Monday at 8:00 am and resume normal office hours.

Happy Thanksgiving from Hendersonville Family Dentistry!

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Hendersonville Dentist Wants to Hear from You

What Are You Doing This Summer?

I feel as if I was just writing about how Summer has just began and school’s were dismissing for the summer. Now I can’t believe we just celebrated the Fourth of July holiday. Summer is flying by, at least it seems that way for most of us here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. Since the dog days of summer are upon us we want to hear from you!

How Are You Spending Your Summer?

Whether you visited our nation’s capital, went on a camping trip or just stayed in Hendersonville, TN and relaxed, we want to know how you are all spending your summer! Please feel free to share your summer plans and or experiences with us below or on our Facebook page as summer rolls on!

Most of us at Hendersonville Family Dentistry have family trips planed. Some have went to the beach, experienced a cruise, went to the mountains, and some of have simply just hung out by the pool or lake all summer long.

Do I Need A Root Canal?

Tooth Decay Affects Everyone.

Tooth decay affects everyone, with studies reporting tat 92% of adults have had a cavity at one point in their lifetime. In more serious instances of tooth decay, however, the nerve of the tooth may become infected. This type of infection requires a root canal, in which the affected nerve is removed, and the interior of the tooth is cleaned and filled.

Symptoms Of A Root Canal.

Damage to the dental pulp or nerve tissue leads to a rapid multiplication of bacteria within the interior of the tooth. The result may be an abscess, a small pocket near the root of the tooth that becomes full of pus. This infected area commonly causes the following symptoms:

  • Intense pain or sensitivity when pressure is applied to the tooth.
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after the heat or cold has been removed.
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth.
  • A small, persistent pimple that forms on the gums.
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Swelling in other areas of the face, neck or head.

Nerve infection may occur to deep decay, although repeated dental procedures, facial trauma, chipping or cracking of a tooth, or large fillings may also contribute.

Only visiting Hendersonville Family Dentistry can confirm whether a tooth’s nerve has become infected. If you think you may have a tooth or nerve decay, call our office today to schedule a diagnostic appointment.

Hendersonville Dentist Discusses Fluoride

Fluoride Is Important At All Ages.

If you think that fluoride treatments are only important during adolescence, you are probably not alone. In the past, fluoride was used primarily to protect teeth during their initial eruption and development which is why you probably remember fluoride treatments when you visited the dentist as a child. However, fluoride is still important as we age and should not be forgotten about after the age of 18.

One reason that many patients stop receiving fluoride treatments as adults is because they are often no longer covered by their dental insurance companies. We have good news for you! Hendersonville Family Dentistry make fluoride affordable at the cost of only $20.00.

Dentist Discusses Importance of Fluoride.

To help you understand why fluoride is important at all ages, we have listed a variety of scenarios in which adult patients may benefit from regular fluoride treatments 

  • Do you experience sensitivity? Regular fluoride applications can help eliminate sensitivity.
  • Do you have any crowns or bridges? Fluoride can help protect these restorations and eliminate decay around their margins.
  • Do you struggle with tooth decay even though you brush and floss as instructed? You may be at an increased risk of decay and need additional protection for your tooth enamel.
  • Do you take medications that cause dry mouth? Saliva helps clean your teeth naturally, but a decrease in saliva can increase your risk for tooth decay. Fluoride can help prevent against decay for patients experiencing in dry mouth.
  • Do you have braces? Teeth can be harder to clean during orthodontic treatment, putting you at an increased risk of developing cavities. Fluoride can help strengthen your teeth and prevent decay with your braces.

Cardiovascular Disease and Periodontal Disease the Link.

Americans Experience Cardiovascular Issues.

Nearly 50 million Americans experience cardiovascular issues and it is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. However, the good news is that 80% if cardiac events can be prevented through education and action. You can prevent heart disease, lung disease and stroke by eating healthy, exercising, not smoking and good oral health. That’s right you read that correctly good oral health!

Good Oral Health Includes:

Brush twice daily: Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.

Floss Daily: Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.

Swish & gargle mouthwash daily: Using mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing miss.

Lastly, know your risk: age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones. 

If you suspect you have gum disease schedule an appointment with Hendersonville Family Dentistry. We can access your condition and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Hendersonville Dentist Uses Latest Technology!

Catching Cavities Early

Dental technology is continually evolving as better methods are sought for a variety of tasks. One of these recent developments is the Diagnodent, which finds cavities early in their development, helping dentist to save more of the decaying tooth using minimally invasive dental procedures. The Diagnodent finds cavities early enough to help prevent the need for invasive dental procedures such as root canals, and extractions. The benefits to the patients are enormous in scope, ranging from financial savings to relaxed visits.

 Early Benefits of the Patients

Since many patients are afraid of the dentist or the dental chair in general, the fact that the Diagnodent finds cavities early is a true benefit. Not only do patients spend less time having the decay removed, but they also worry less since there’s no need for them to undergo root canals, dental crowns, or extractions. Of course, if a patient avoids going to the dentist for several years, the possibility of finding a large cavity does exist.

Are you wanting to find a Diagnodent provider? Look no further, Hendersonville Family Dentistry uses the Diagnodent at each visit for each of our patients, and no it doesn’t cost you extra! So call us today to schedule your appointment 615-822-8262

Harder Brushing, Cleaner Teeth?

Timing Matters

Many patients are under the impression that the harder brushing leads to cleaner teeth, but that’s not true. Gentle brushing is just as effective, and less likely to cause damage. Other good brushing habits include brushing your teeth at least twice a day, replacing your toothbrush after a few months, and brushing for at least two minutes each time. It can be tough to keep track of the time when you are aiming for two minutes but these tips can help.

Two Minutes Twice A Day

  • Set a timer: Setting a timer is a sure-fire way to hit your two-minute goal on the dot. Leave a kitchen timer in your bathroom so that it is easy to set each time you start brushing your teeth. Hit each surface of all of your top and bottom teeth, and keep brushing until the timer rings. Many electric toothbrushes have a built in timer that you can use instead of a kitchen timer.
  • Entertaining Yourself for Two Minutes: Time flies when you are having fun, and you can stay entertained as you brush your teeth for two minutes here are some idea’s.
    Time your favorite song and sing it in your head as you brush your teeth.
    Find a two minute video on the internet that you want to watch, and start it when you begin to brush your teeth.
    Do squats in the bathroom as you brush. By the time you get to 20 squats, your two minutes should be over IF you do them slowly.
  • Allow Children to use technology: Toothsavors is an app designed to inspire children to brush. A game to fight an evil sorceress who causes cavities. A real life reminder to brush two a day. A built in timer that helps kids brush for two minutes.

Hoping For A Silent Night?

Have A Baby That Is Teething?

Teething refers to the time when a child’s teeth begin to grow in and break through the gum line for the first time. This happens between 6 and 24 months of age and can be quite painful and aggravating for the child. During this time, children are drawn to putting things in their moth in an attempt to reduce the discomfort that comes from swollen and tender gums. Luckily, there are some ways you can help your child ease their teething pain.

Tips For Soothing A Teething Baby.

  1. Cold is King- A big part of why teething children feel discomfort is swollen gums. Cold compresses are great at reducing swelling, so have a stash of clean, moist washcloths in the fridge and use one to rub very gently along their gums or allow them to suck on it with supervision.
  2. Rub their Gums-Gentle pressure can provide some relief to sore oral tissues. Try running a clean, wet finger along the length of the child’s gums.
  3. Don’t forget about the drool- A side effect of teething is that the child will produce a lot of drool and often this will end up outside of their mouth. Dried drool can irritate the skin and cause it to dry out, creating another irritant for the child.
  4. Medical Solutions- There are many types of medications that come in liquid, gel, and pill form that provide relief from pain, specifically for babies. Before giving your child any type of medication, consult your healthcare professional for their advice as some medications may not be appropriate for your child.
  5. Never provide chilled sweets- Cold or frozen treats such as Popsicle’s, chilled juices, or any other sugar-filled snacks are not an appropriate choice for teething children. Yes they are cold but they may be too cold and could harm your child’s oral tissues.
  6. Never freeze teething toys- Putting teething rings, washcloths, and other teething aids in the fridge is a great way to give your child cooling relief, but putting them in the freezer get them too cold and too hard. Stick to keeping teething toys in the fridge for a safer chilled temperature.
  7. Never Use medication meant for anything other than teething children-There are medications safe for adults to use when treating pain but are very dangerous to children. Always consult your healthcare professional before giving your child medication or any kind, including homeopathic remedies.