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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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 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!

Preventing Oral Cancer

When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

The American Cancer Society recommends an oral cancer screening exam every three years for people over the age of 20 and annually for those over the age of 40. The five year survival rate is only 50 percent and oral cancer which is the sixth most common diagnosed form of the disease, is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Our team would like to take this opportunity to remind you all of our patients the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent the disease.

Preventing Oral Cancer Your Role

  • Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes in both sides of your neck and under your lower jaw. Please give us a call immediately if you notice any changes in the appearance of your mouth or any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above.
  • Don’t smoke or use any tobacco products and drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Eat a well balanced diet, this includes a wide variety of foods from the five primary food groups on a daily basis to meet the recommended amounts of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats you need in a given day.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun. Repeated exposure increases the risk of cancer on the lips, especially the lower lip.  When out in the sun, be sure to use UV-A/B blocking sun protective lotions on your skin as well as your lips.

Please let us know if you have any questions about your oral health, either during your next scheduled visit, by giving us a call or scheduling your appointment today.

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.

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.

 

Happy New Year-Hendersonville Dentist

New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year ladies & gentlemen! We hope that you are enjoying the beginning of 2017, if you didn’t like 2016 this is your chance to make a fresh start! If you are looking for a New Year’s Resolution we have the perfect one for you!

Taking your oral health to a whole new level! Do you brush twice a day? Are you flossing once a day? Are you seeing a dentist AT LEAST twice a year? If you answered no to any of these questions this is the perfect new year’s resolution for you!

Oral Health Is The New Year Resolution

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We know most people hate visiting the dentist, but it’s better to visit us twice a year and maintain your oral health than it is only come into our office when you have a problem area. Most of the time we see patients who only come in when there is a problem, but that’s more expensive than if you just saw us regularly for your dental checkups. Filling’s are inexpensive compared to a root canal or extraction.

We know you think getting your teeth is a pain, but really it isn’t. It takes 45 minutes if that, and some x-rays to ensure you are taking care of your mouth. Did you know our hygienist’s and dentist’s  can catch oral cancer or other problem area’s before they get worse. So why not come in twice a year at a minimum?

Make sure you are flossing once a day at least. Do you sit in a lot of traffic each day? Throw some floss in your car this way when you are sitting in traffic bored you can maintain your smile.

Also, but most importantly brush at least twice a day! This takes three minutes in the morning and three minutes in the evening! Maintaining your oral health isn’t painful neglecting your oral health is!

 

Do I Need A Water Pick?

Water Picks Are They For Me?

Water picks, sometimes called “oral irrigators”, make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. Especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients of ours undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces, water picks use powerful tiny bursts of water to dislodge food scraps, bacteria, and other debris nestled in the crevices of your mouth. Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may find using a water pick is beneficial if their toothbrush bristles tend to get caught on their wire brackets.

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What Does A Water Pick Do?

When using a water pick, you’re not only dislodging any particles or debris and bacteria you might have missed when brushing, you are also gently massaging the gums, which helps promote blood flow in the gums and keeps them healthy. While water picks are an excellent addition to your daily fight against gingivitis and other periodontal diseases, they are incapable of fully removing plaque, which is why Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry want to remind you to keep brushing and flossing.

Please give us a call at Hendersonville Family Dentistry if you have any questions about water picks or ask Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones during your next visit!

Summer is Coming to an End

What Was Your Favorite Part Of Summer 2016?

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It’s the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones and our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry are sure that you’ll soon be thinking about Halloween costumes, and Thanksgiving plan in no time. But wait! First, we want to know about your favorite parts of the summer! Did you go on a wonderful family trip? Did you pick up a new hobby or sport? Did you try to spend as much time outside and in the sun as possible?

Share your favorite memories, stories, or photo’s with us by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Hendersonville Family Dentistry’s Favorite Summer Memories.

Below are some of our team’s favorite memories this summer.

“I enjoyed going to CMA Fest”-Alyssa

“I bought a new home & love it”- Shawna

“We moved to White House & into our custom built home”-Tamera

“I enjoyed going to the lake with my family on my in-laws pontoon boat” -Alex

“We enjoyed swimming in our pool, blowing bubbles, and spending as much time outside with our family”-Molly

“Going to the beach with my family”-Liz

“I played a lot of golf”-Dr. Harbin.

“I enjoyed going to visit my family in West Virginia”-Dr. Jones

Don’t forget to share yours on our Facebook or Instagram pages.