President’s Day In Hendersonville, TN

Why Do We Celebrate President’s Day?

George Washington’s Birthday is United States federal holiday that is celebrated the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington. He was the first president of the United States born on February 22, 1732.

Hendersonville Family Dentistry is Open

Today might be a holiday for some and students are out of school, but our office is open today. If you have been needing to get into our office for a dental cleaning, or dental work, or needing to get your child into our office today is the perfect day to do just that. We are accepting same day appointments so call today and schedule your appointment. Our office looks forward to seeing you soon!

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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.

What Is Hand Foot And Mouth Disease.

Will My Child Catch Hand Foot & Mouth Disease.

Hand foot and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a type of contagious viral illness that causes rash in the mouth and on the hands and feet of infants and young children, and , while rare, adults. Characterized  by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet, hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by a bacterium that lives in the human digestive tract. HFMD can spread from person to person, typically via unwashed hands.

How Can My Child Prevent HFMD

There is no known vaccine to defend our child against HFMD. However, the risk of your child contracting the disease can reduced by:

Making sure your child washes his or her hands often.

Throughly cleaning objects and surfaces.

Making sure your child avoids close contact with those who are infected.

To learn more about hand-foot-mouth disease or to schedule an appointment for your child, please give our office Hendersonville Family Dentistry a call.

 

Broken Tooth An Emergency

Chipped Your Tooth?

When you chip a tooth badly, it can be a very nerve-wracking situation. Dr. Jones and our team want to provide you with some information that can help if you ever supper a chipped or broken tooth. The most common ways people break their teeth are by biting down on something hard, getting hit in the mouth, falling down, or developing cavities that weaken the tooth and allow it to be broken easily. There are a few things that you can do if you find yourself in this situation.

Investigate The Tooth

We recommend that you investigate whether the tooth is partially chipped or completely broken.  Unless you are experiencing a lot of pain or bleeding, this should not be treated as an emergency.

If your teeth show severe damage such as a serious break, split tooth, split root or decay-induced break, Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones may need to take more time to fix the problem. If you need emergency dental care because a tooth has fallen out, call our practice immediately to schedule an appointment for that day. If you are waiting for an emergency appointment, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water and apply slight pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. We recommend using an ice pack to reduce the swelling, but don’t take any aspirin because that may increase the bleeding.

If your tooth has completely fallen out of the socket, hold it by the crown and rinse it under running water. Don’t let the tooth become dry, instead place it in salt water or milk until you get to our office. We will then determine if the tooth can be salvaged or will need to be completely replaced.

When dealing with emergencies be sure to schedule an appointment at Hendersonville Family Dentistry as soon as an emergency situation occurs.

 

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum Disease Can Be Painful

Gum disease can be painful and lead to missing teeth if you don’t treat it properly. However, there are plenty of things you can do to lower your risk of getting gingivitis and periodontal disease. Here are five easy ways to prevent gum disease.

Five Ways To Prevent Gum Disease.

  1. Brush your teeth: Basic oral hygiene is the first line of defense against gum disease. You can remove plaque from your teeth with regular careful brushing, but you can’t remove tartar with your regular toothbrush. So it’s best to brush at least twice a day, or after each meal to continuously remove plaque from your teeth,
  2. Stop Smoking: Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease.
  3. Eat Right: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and strawberries, for their Vitamin C which is an antioxidant Vitamin E, which is another antioxidant, nuts, plant based oils and wheat germ.
  4.  Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry regularly: You might not be able to detect gum disease even if you watch for symptoms Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones can detect signs of gum disease before you do.
  5. Catch it Early: Gum disease can include sensitivity while brushing your teeth or when eating hot, cold, or sugary foods, painful or bleeding gums and loos teeth. You might also notice you have bad breath for no reason. Make an appointment with our office if you think you may have gum disease.

Hendersonville Dentist Celebrating 4th Of July.

Fourth of July in Hendersonville, TN.

Fourth of July is quickly approaching, have you already made your plans of what you & your family will be doing? We are gearing up for our holiday weekend celebrating with our friends and family. With the holiday being on a Tuesday our office will have different holiday hours. Please pay close attention. Our office will be closed beginning this Saturday-July 1st. With that being said please look elsewhere in the Hendersonville area for your dental emergency needs this weekend, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We will also be closed Monday-July 3rd & Tuesday-July 4th. We will resume normal office hours on Wednesday-July 5th beginning at 8:00 am- 6:00 pm.

Tell Us How You Are Spending Your Holiday Weekend.

We want to know what you & your family will be doing this Fourth of July. Are you going to the lake, cookouts, watching Nashville Fireworks,  or swimming? Whatever you & your family decide to do this Fourth of July holiday please be safe and responsible. Happy Fourth of July everyone!

What Keeps Hendersonville Dentist Smiling

When Was The Last Time You Visited Us?

Come say hello twice a year, multiple visits a year lets us keep an eye out for any developing issues. It’s important to remember that this goes for the whole family, children over one year old should be seeing Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones.

Stay fresh at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we have a virtually unlimited stock of toothbrushes and floss which means you have no excuse to be using a sad ineffective toothbrush. As soon as bristles begin to fray, pick up a new one or stop by our office in Hendersonville, TN and we’ll replace yours. On average you should be opening a new one every two to three months.

Brush & Floss For Goodness Sake!

Flossing is an efficient way to keep your whole mouth healthy. It not only protects your teeth by removing aggregated plaque, it keeps your gums happy too. Practicing regular healthy habits is essential to keeping your mouth and us happy. When it comes to brushing that means two minutes, two times a day. If your kids need some encouragement, try making a calendar or playing a song.

One way you can help us is spreading the love. Tell your friends about what a good thing we’ve got going here.

Is Your Child’s Diet Safe For Their Teeth?

Diet Plays A Major Role

The food you feed your child can have a lasting effect on his or her oral health. In fact diet plays a major role in whether a child develops cavities and decay, which can lead to many dental visits and potential tooth loss. So what should you feed your child to ensure he or she has a healthy smile for life.

Foods & Beverages To Avoid

Healthy foods can present the threat of decay too. Some of the most common culprits are sticky foods like peanut butter, raisins, and granola bars, which can stick to the teeth after eating. If you serve these foods to your child, be sure to have him or her brush immediately after eating to remove any lingering sugary residue.

Make an effort to serve only water to your child any time other than meal times. During meals, allow your child to have milk or juice, but in limited serving sizes. Most importantly, never allow your young child to sleep with a bottle or “sippie cup” full of juice or milk. Doing so can cause rapid tooth decay, a condition known as bottle caries.

As long as your child is brushing regularly and eating a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains you should have little or no problem with tooth decay.

 

Memorial Day Dental Hours

Memorial Holiday In Hendersonville TN

Whew! I can’t believe that May is already on the tail end of being over. Did it fly by for anyone else, or was it just me? Kids will be out of school by this week, parents are you ready for that? That could only mean one thing, that SUMMER is officially here! With the Memorial Holiday soon arriving we wanted to inform our patients of our upcoming holiday hours. I know for most of you, you know our office is usually open each Saturday. Unfortunately, we will be closed this Saturday-May 27th and Monday Monday 29th in honor of the Memorial Day Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday-May 30th and resume normal hours beginning at 8:00 am.

Summer Has Arrived!

This Memorial Day we want you to enjoy your weekend with your friends, family and neighbors but please remember what this holiday is all about. Remember those who have passed and who made the ultimate sacrifice for you and I. Make sure you tell one of your local veterans thank you for their service.