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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It’s Snowing In Hendersonville, TN

Hendersonville Dentist Talks Snow

It’s January 16, 2018 and we are getting pounded with another round of snow. Last Friday we had to close the practice due to icy and snow conditions. Today we are getting another round of just snow thankfully. Most of our patients yesterday called to cancel or reschedule their appointments due to the threat of the weather.

When it snows do you brave it and get out in the weather or do you stay inside where it’s warm. I know most of my staff is from other parts other than Hendersonville, so we all like to see who has the most snow in their area. Those that live in the Cottontown or Portland area usually always beat everyone else.

Our Office Is Open

Our office will be open today, so if you do have a dental appointment with us as of right now we are going to be open. Please call before you brave the weather to ensure that we are still open. Please keep an eye on our Facebook or Instagram to make sure we aren’t closing early or any other issues that may arise.

Enjoy your snow day if you are staying in, and be safe if you are driving into work today.

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.

 

New Year’s Resolution’s for 2018

Hendersonville Dentist Resolution’s.

Goodbye 2017 hello 2018, new year and new goals! What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions that you made this year? Let’s list some of the obvious ones people do each year.

  • Loose Weight
  • Quit Smoking
  • Join a Gym
  • Drink Less
  • Make New Friends
  • Join a Church
  • Put God First
  • Eat Healthier

And the list could go on and on! Does anyone ever think of putting their Oral Health as a resolution? No, why is that? People HATE coming to the dentist we hear it every single day. What you may not know is that most health related issues always start in your mouth. So if you aren’t taking care of your oral health you aren’t doing your body any good!

Go To The Dentist Should Be Your Resolution.

So the list you are making for your New Year’s Resolution how about..

  • Finding a Dental Home
  • Go To the Dentist
  • Schedule a Dental Appointment
  • Take my Oral Health Seriously
  • See the Dentist twice a year
  • Avoid Dental complications by joining Hendersonville Family Dentistry

We are accepting new patients for 2018! Call us to schedule your appointment today!

Choosing The Best Dentist in Hendersonville, TN.

How To Choose The Best Dentist?

In the Hendersonville area there are many qualified dentist to serve the city and it’s many neighborhood’s. With so many options to choose from, how do you choose the best dentist for your dental needs?

Tips For Choosing The Best Dentist For You.

  1. Set Priorities: What are your must-haves and what might you be willing to compromise on? Things to consider include:
    Proximity: How far do you want to travel to see the dentist? Will you have to sit in traffic to get to and form?
    Office Size: Large and small practices each have their benefits and drawbacks.
    Dental History: Do you have a specific dental issue?
    Scheduling: Find providers that meet your scheduled.
  2. Reviews Matter: Make sure to read online reviews for the dentists you are considering, but remember that they only tell part of the story.
  3. Insurance & Payment Options: Does the dentist you are thinking of choosing accept your dental insurance? This is also a good opportunity to ask about payment options.
  4. Try It Out: So you’ve done your research but are still torn between a few dentists? The best way to make a final decision is to contact each of them and set up an appointment. You have nothing to lose.

There are plenty of dentist to choose from. You only have one set of teeth so make sure that you do your diligence in finding the right one thats for you!

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.

 

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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Solar Eclipse In Hendersonville, TN

Once In A Lifetime Experience.

Today was the Solar Eclipse, where were you viewing the Solar Eclipse? We had planned on having a Solar Eclipse party at our office, but most of our appointments ended up falling a part so most of our staff ended up leaving early to go back to their neck of the woods to view the Solar Eclipse. The last time the U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. How neat was it though that we were in the path of totality?

Where Did You Watch The Eclipse?

So we want to know where you were when you were watching the eclipse. Were you at work with your co-workers, at home with your family, with friends, or did you simply just watch it on TV to play it safe? We were excited to experience this once in a lifetime sighting and we hope you were too. Let us know below what you thought of the Solar Eclipse. 

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.

Easing The Teething Blues

What To Expect With Teething

Most babies begin teething around the age of six months, when the lower central incisors start to appear. Shortly after this time, the upper central incisors poke through, followed by the lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars. Unfortunately, you’ll probably know that your baby is teething not because you see these teeth come in, but because your baby will be in discomfort. These are some of the signs to watch for when you’re expecting your baby to begin teething.

  • Tender and sore gums
  • More drooling than before
  • Being crankier than usual
  • Chewing on hard objects.

What You Can Do To Ease Teething Blues

As a parent you want to do everything you can to make sure your child is comfortable. 

  • Take a clean moistened wash cloth or use your own washed finger to rub your baby’s fums and provide relief due to the pressure.
  • Provide a firm rubber teething ring for your baby to use, but don’t use the type that is filled with liquid.
  • Use a bottle. A bottle filled with cold water can be soothing. Don’t give your baby formula, milk, or juice constantly because the sugar can cause tooth decay.
  • Medications can help for extreme crankiness. Infant Tylenol is an example, but it’s best to check with your pediatrician before giving your baby medications.

You might also want to take special care to dry the drool. It’s not just to keep yourself and your baby dry. Keeping your baby’s skin dry can help prevent irritation.