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!

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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.

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.

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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 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.

 

Preventing Bad Breath!

Reducing or Eliminating Bad Breath.

Nobody likes bad breath, and although it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you have it, it is always better to practice good oral health than risk having a smelly mouth. There are many ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath, some are definitely more effective and longer lasting than others.

Ways to Reduce Bad Breath

  • Floss regularly- As difficult as it can be to remember to floss regularly, when it comes to bad breath, flossing is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to freshen your mouth. By flossing you are reducing the plaque and bacteria found in areas of your mouth that a toothbrush simply can’t reach, and in return it rids your mouth of the smell associated with that bacteria.
  • Use Mouthwash- Using some sort of mouthwash can really freshen up your breath, especially if you find it still smells after  brushing and flossing.
  • Always Brush After You Sleep- Whether after taking a nap, or having a full nights sleep, you will want to brush your teeth in order to reduce bad breath. The truth is, bacteria accumulates in your mouth while you are sleeping ( even during a short nap) and that is ultimately the source of bad breath.

There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum or mints, the above mentioned are just a few for you to try. Test them out and you will likely find your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduce.

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!

Happy Halloween-Hendersonville Dentist

Happy Halloween To Our Patients

It’s finally here the day your kids have looked forward to ever since it turned October 1, 2016. That’s right, today is Halloween, where ghost, goblins, and Elsa will soon be crowding your street and saying “trick or treat”. Most parent’s and even teacher’s dread Halloween for one reason, all the candy! How is it on one night your kids will rack up enough candy to last an entire year and of course they want to sit and eat everything as soon as they get home.

Trick Or Treat Smell My Feet!

To avoid any melt downs this Halloween season we have a few tips for you and your little one’s.

Allow your child to look through all of his or her candy, no need to immediately take it away. Sort through it and see what your child even likes or doesn’t like, and make sure you know which candies you want your child to have and which ones you would rather seen thrown away.

Encourage your child to eat a few pieces of candy, but discourage having to eat all of his or her candy within a couple of days. What works at my house is we have a designated time we can enjoy one of our Halloween treats each day. This way I can serve something healthy and a sweet treat along with it so they are at least following up with a healthy snack after indulging in a unhealthy little candy bar, or sucker.

We freeze some of the chocolates at our house, and grab them back out throughout the year for them to enjoy. Stay away from the sticky candies that will stick to your child’s teeth.

While letting your child enjoy his or her candy, also explain that brushing and flossing properly is important after eating candy throughout the day. This a great time to teach your child the proper way to care for their teeth especially after eating more than usual candy consumption.

Come into our office today to see our staff dressed up for the holiday, say “trick or treat” and get a free toothbrush!

Count Down Until Fall is Among Us

Only Two Days Until Fall has Arrived

There are only a couple of days until Fall is officially here. In our recent post we wanted you to share with us some of your favorite summer memories you were able to make with your friends & family this summer. While it’s sad to see summer go, and with summer leaving means it gets darker early and the chilly weather will soon be arriving.

What are some things you are looking forward to doing this fall with your friends & family? For me personally I love going to all of the local farms to gather apples, and pumpkins, not to mention going to those frightening haunted houses. Last year I took my entire team to a farm where we participated in a Zombie hunt. We were able to sit on a wagon and shoot zombies and we are looking forward to going back this year.

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What Are You Looking Forward to This Fall.

So we are asking you! What are you looking forward to doing this upcoming fall with your friends & family? I know lots of my staff have already been enjoying the pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks. Several have mentioned taking their little’s to pumpkin patches in and around the middle Tennessee area. Like I mentioned before most of my team will enjoy shooting Zombie’s this fall and attending a haunted house.

We need more suggestions though, so comment below what you favorite fall memories are!