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! 

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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.

 

What Did the First Dentures Look Like?

First Dentures-Made of Wood?

Remember hearing about George Washington and his wooden choppers? Not his tools for cutting down cherry trees, but his false teeth. Actually, George’s teeth were made of ivory but were so stained that they appeared to be made out of wood. You might think those were the earliest dentures. In fact, the history of false teeth goes back  centuries before President Washington.

The earliest known dentures consisted of human or animal teeth tied together with wires. Examples. of such dentures have been found in Egyptian and Mexican archaeological sites. Other ancient people used carved stones and shells to replace lost teeth. These early dentures were probably made for cosmetic purposes. The materials they used were not likely to stand up to the pressure placed on teeth during eating.

The earliest surviving set of complete dentures were actually made out of wood. They were found in Japan and date back to the 16th Century.

Modern Dentures

In the 18th century, dentist began using porcelain, ivory, gold, silver and even rubber as tooth substitutes. Dentures made with these substances could be used in eating. They were often ill-fitting, however which may explain why George Washington looks puffy and glum in portraits.

Porcelain and metals were most popular denture material until about 1950, when plastics and resins were developed. Tough and durable these materials make up most of the dentures that Dr. Jones and our team use today.

Still, what goes around comes around. Researchers are looking to at using human teeth for dentures once again. Only in this case, the researchers hope to use biotechnology to spur the growth of new sets of teeth to replace those lost over a lifetime.

 

What Is Gum Disease-Hendersonville Dentist

Infection Of The Gums.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues and is something seen all too often by Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones Extending from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious infections and complications ( periodontitis), there is a wide range of fun disease severity.

Not only does gum disease affect the health of your mouth and teeth, but according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, it can affect your general health as well. This is because an infection in the mouth as a result of gum disease can travel to other parts of your body through the bloodstream. Gum disease is also a risk factor for heart disease, and can play a role in blood sugar levels.

Causes & Risk Factors of Gum Disease.

Gum disease is essentially caused by the build up of bacteria in your mouth. If you brush and floss everyday, this bacteria is washed away, but if not, it turns into plaque. If left unchecked, this plaque buildup can lead to gum disease.

Some of the common risk factors for gum disease include not taking good care of your teeth, failing to have one’s teeth cleaned every six months, experiencing hormonal changes, smoking cigarettes, developing diabetes, being genetically exposed to gum disease, or taking certain types of medications.

If you have bleeding or swollen gums, pockets between your gums and teeth, pain or other issues, you might have gum disease. Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry for an exam, and learn the best course of action.

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.

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.

New Smile Can Revive Your Life.

Cosmetic Dental Health.

Cosmetic Dentistry is the art of giving someone a perfect smile. Your dentist will take you through a proper diagnosis and relevant procedures in order to achieve smile correction for you. There are different procedures and techniques to treat teeth that are:

Discolored

Chipped

Broken

Non-aligned

Five-Major Types of Cosmetic Dental Treatment.

  1. Dental Implants: This is recommended for those who have lost some of their teeth.
  2. Dental Crowns:  This is placed over your teeth so that further damages can be avoided.
  3. Invisalign: Want straight teeth? Invisalign is the solution for you.
  4. Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are a custom tooth colored film that is placed over the natural teeth surface. It’s painless and rather quick procedure.
  5. Composite Fillings: This can be used for any tooth decay. It looks better than silver colored fillings and also strengthens your teeth.

These five different cosmetic dental treatments could help you with your smile, depending on what you need. When you get a new smile with the help of cosmetic dental treatment, you regain your confidence.

It’s the Holiday Season

Merry Christmas from Hendersonville Dentist.

We are just six days away from Christmas day! Have you done all of your shopping? Have you checked your list to make sure you aren’t missing anyone, have you checked it twice? Were you able to find the hot toy that your little has been begging and asking for since Thanksgiving?

Now that you are finished Christmas shopping, have you had a chance to get into our office to use your dental benefits before they expire on December 31st? We have appointments still available if you are needing to get into our office soon!

 

Holiday Hours- When We Will Be Closing & Opening.

Since this week and next week with the anticipation of Christmas we have days we will be closed. We will be closed on Friday-December 23 & Saturday-December 24. We will be OPEN the day after Christmas December 26th. We know most people have the day off after Christmas, so we are giving you the opportunity to take your day off and get into our office to use those unused dental benefits. Remember when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st they will be gone and the new year starts over again.

Summer Is Coming to A End

Hendersonville Dentist Says Back to School

I am sure most parents were so excited for the kids to be out of school for the summer, no more early mornings or busy schedules just time to relax and make some unforgettable memories. We have had lots of kids and their parents in our dental office throughout the summer. Like most parents they are ready for school to get back in session and get back to a routine, while there are some on the fence and not ready to have to start back the crazy busy schedules that comes along with school.

It’s Not Too Late For Dental Cleaning’s

If you haven’t been able to get into our dental office for your or your child’s dental cleaning’s it’s not too late. There are two weeks left until school is back in session, so that is two weeks with plenty of time for you to schedule an appointment with our office. If there is any need for dental treatment our office can do the dental treatment same day to save you time or you can schedule another appointment when it best fits your schedule.

Call our office today to schedule you or your family’s appointment our office is open until 7:00 p.m. tonight, we may be able to get you into our office today. It’s never to late, give us a call!

 

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Tension, stress, and anxiety experienced during the daytime can carry over to an individual’s sleep, and lead the person to grind his or her teeth together or clench the teeth unknowingly. Sleep apnea is another condition that can result in bruxism. Regardless of the cause, however, frequent clenching and teeth grinding wears down he chewing surfaces of the teeth, reduces tooth enamel, and can result in a cracked or chipped tooth, crown or filling.

Benefits of Nightguards

Custom nightguards are fabricated to fit like a glove and protect your teeth from the adverse effects of bruxism. Nightguards are created through a non-invasive process that simply takes an impression of the bottom and top rows of teeth. The result is a nightguard that is flexible, comfortable and personalized to your mouth.

Nightguards are helpful to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of dental damage incurred as a result of teeth grinding. They can reduce the discomfort associated with a sore jaw, headaches, tooth sensitivity, ear pain, and facial pain that many patients experience as a result of clenching or grinding of their teeth. In severe cases of bruxism, patients can develop loss of hearing, jawbone misalignment, and TMJ. Therefore, customized nightguards can help prevent the progression of teeth grinding into these more serious conditions.