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.

 

Are You Thinking of Getting Braces?

What Is The Best Age For Braces?

One question that many people, especially parents face is; what is the best age for braces? Get them too early and further treatment might be required later on in life; get them too late and they may need to be worn longer period of time or cause additional problems for the already angst-ridden teenage years.

There’s no universal right answer to this question, but we can draw from our years of experience to provide some advice on factors to consider when deciding the best age for braces.

Hendersonville Dentist Recommends:

We recommend having a child evaluated for braces as early as seven. This does not mean that braces will be applied that early, but it can give you a road map of what future treatment might look like. By age seven, most baby teeth have started to come out and an orthodontist can get a good sense of what the alignment of permanent teeth will look like. In some cases, braces or partial teeth aligners may be applied at this stage if a child is having difficulty talking or eating due to poor teeth alignment.

If your child needs braces at an early age, be prepared to help him or her take care of them. Wearing braces can provide a valuable lesson in self-care, but may require additional intervention until good habits are formed.

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 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.

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.

Hendersonville Family Dentistry

Are You Scared of the Dentist?

A trip to the dentist’s shouldn’t scare you. On the contrary, you’re taking charge of your health, which should ideally make you feel empowered. After your dental appointment, you’ll have a bright smile, and the improved self-confidence that goes along with it.

Why Dental Offices Do Certain Things.

Why do I have to wear protective eyewear? The glare of the bulb is intentionally bright so that the dentist or dental hygienist can see into the deepest recesses of your mouth. Your dentist also understands that fluids fly out of your mouth and into the air. Whether you’re getting a cleaning or something more serious, the contact of a dental tool with your teeth and gums regularly causes splash, and you don’t want any fluids getting into your eyes.

Why does the dental worker wear protective eyewear? Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones require all employees to wear eyewear or face shield which protects them in the same way. These employees often bend over to work inside your mouth. They need the same protection you do. Our employees don’t want your germs any more than you want theirs, so the protective gear safeguards them against blood and other fluids as much as you.

Why do dentist use dental dams? First of all, what is a dental dam? It’s a thin layer of latex which is commonly spread over an area to prevent direct contact between things. Dr. Harbin will attach the dental dam to a specific area of your mouth that he wishes to work on. He then secures it in place by adding a connecting clamp to hold it into place.

 

With the information provided above, we hope that you now have a better understanding of what we do, and why we do it. If you don’t understand we are always happy to answer your questions.

 

 

 

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.