President’s Day In Hendersonville, TN

Why Do We Celebrate President’s Day?

George Washington’s Birthday is United States federal holiday that is celebrated the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington. He was the first president of the United States born on February 22, 1732.

Hendersonville Family Dentistry is Open

Today might be a holiday for some and students are out of school, but our office is open today. If you have been needing to get into our office for a dental cleaning, or dental work, or needing to get your child into our office today is the perfect day to do just that. We are accepting same day appointments so call today and schedule your appointment. Our office looks forward to seeing you soon!

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Hoping For A Silent Night?

Have A Baby That Is Teething?

Teething refers to the time when a child’s teeth begin to grow in and break through the gum line for the first time. This happens between 6 and 24 months of age and can be quite painful and aggravating for the child. During this time, children are drawn to putting things in their moth in an attempt to reduce the discomfort that comes from swollen and tender gums. Luckily, there are some ways you can help your child ease their teething pain.

Tips For Soothing A Teething Baby.

  1. Cold is King- A big part of why teething children feel discomfort is swollen gums. Cold compresses are great at reducing swelling, so have a stash of clean, moist washcloths in the fridge and use one to rub very gently along their gums or allow them to suck on it with supervision.
  2. Rub their Gums-Gentle pressure can provide some relief to sore oral tissues. Try running a clean, wet finger along the length of the child’s gums.
  3. Don’t forget about the drool- A side effect of teething is that the child will produce a lot of drool and often this will end up outside of their mouth. Dried drool can irritate the skin and cause it to dry out, creating another irritant for the child.
  4. Medical Solutions- There are many types of medications that come in liquid, gel, and pill form that provide relief from pain, specifically for babies. Before giving your child any type of medication, consult your healthcare professional for their advice as some medications may not be appropriate for your child.
  5. Never provide chilled sweets- Cold or frozen treats such as Popsicle’s, chilled juices, or any other sugar-filled snacks are not an appropriate choice for teething children. Yes they are cold but they may be too cold and could harm your child’s oral tissues.
  6. Never freeze teething toys- Putting teething rings, washcloths, and other teething aids in the fridge is a great way to give your child cooling relief, but putting them in the freezer get them too cold and too hard. Stick to keeping teething toys in the fridge for a safer chilled temperature.
  7. Never Use medication meant for anything other than teething children-There are medications safe for adults to use when treating pain but are very dangerous to children. Always consult your healthcare professional before giving your child medication or any kind, including homeopathic remedies.

Oral Health For My Child

What Should I Use to Clean My Baby’s Teeth?

You might think babies don’t need to brush their teeth, especially when they don’t have any. By starting good habits like brushing when your child is young, you can lay the foundation for them to continue those good habits into adulthood.

The best time to start brushing your baby’s teeth is before he or she has any at all. Develop the habit of wiping your baby’s gums with a wet, soft washcloth or gauze each day. There is no need to use toothpaste, just wrap the gauze or cloth around your finger, moisten it with a little water, and gently rub it over the gums.

This helps your little one get used to brushing while it eliminates bacteria in the mouth that can harm emerging teeth.

What Do I Use?

When your child’s teeth begin to come in, you will need to switch from a cloth to a baby toothbrush. Find one that has a big grip big enough for your hand , but a head that is small enough to maneuver in your infant’s mouth.

You don’t need to use any toothpaste until your son or daughter is about a year old. Even then though, you’ll want to use just a tiny amount:about the size of a grain of rice. When your toddler is two years old you can use a pea-sized amount.

In addition to regular visits with Dr. Harbin and or Dr. Jones, instilling good oral health habits in your child early will ensure a lifetime of good dental health.

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!

Gum Disease Affects More Than Just Your Mouth

Your Gums Are Important

Let’s take a moment to pay tribute to one of the most overworked and often under appreciated parts of the hum body: our gums. You hear how important it is to brush, and how having healthy teeth is an important goal for all of us. With all this talk about teeth and bones, sometimes we forget about humble gums, whose sole job is to hold our teeth firmly in place, protect them from the elements, and keep our entire mouth nourished and healthy. In short, we need healthy gums in order to have healthy teeth, and healthy body, too. We know that gums are often under-valued because more than 47% of adults living in the United States have some form of gum disease.

What Is Gum (Periodontal) Disease?

Gum disease is caused by two things. 1) the presence of bacteria in the mouth 2) place for that bacteria to congregate and stay. Most often, bacteria collect on buildup (calculus) around and below the gum line. This buildup causes inflammation and irritation, triggering an immune response by the body. The mildest form of gum (periodontal) disease is called gingivitis. Left unchecked, the condition can create periodontal “pockets” or areas where the bacteria can collect deeper under the gum line. Gingivitis can progress to periodontists, where the bacteria, inflammation and the body’s continual response can actually break down the connection between the gums and the teeth.

 

Everyday Can Be Earth Day

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During the early days of he environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. They early 1970’s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth’s atmosphere were generally dismissed. Within a couple of decades, it had become clear that the previous generation was right, the citizens of the world needed to become more environmentally conscious.

In fact, the little things you do can add up to make an great impact, especially in our community. Here are a few ways you can help the environment on Earth Day, April 22nd all year around.

Ways To Be Environmentally Friendly

  • Recycle your textiles: Nearly 21 million tons of textiles are added to American landfills each year. Donating unwanted clothing to a secondhand store or an organization that repurposes fabric helps cut own on solid waste and conserves natural resources.
  • Reduce Usage of Disposable: Plastic bottles and bags, disposable diapers, and other things we can use and toss our are convenient, but they’re not necessary. Simply choosing to replace one type of disposable with a reusable product can help you cut down on waste that has a large negative impact on our environment.
  • Conserve Water: If everyone in the United States turned off the water while brushing their teeth, more than 15 million gallons of water could be conserved. Turn the water on long enough to wet your toothbrush for brushing and rinsing, and then immediately turn the water off again.
  • Turn Off the Lights: Flip the light switch “off” if you’re going to leave a particular room for 15 minutes or more. This will conserve energy on incandescent light bulbs and cut down on cooling cost.

It’s not necessary to be an activist or install solar panels all over your home to help the environment. Although you can do these things, the little everyday measures make the big difference in helping to conserve energy and the environment. Our team at Hendersonville Family Dentistry wanted to remind you to celebrate Earth Day and help the environment, knowing that it will benefit you and your children’s generation.

Are You Expecting? Don’t Neglect Your Teeth!

Don’t Neglect Your Teeth While You Are Expecting

Even though most people are aware that good oral health is essential for the overall health of both mother and child; misunderstandings about the safety of dental care during pregnancy may cause pregnant woman to avoid seeing their dentist. The fact is a dentist can can create a treatment plan that is safe,effective and essential for combating the adverse effects of oral disease during pregnancy. During pregnancy a woman’s health can undergo significant changes. Pregnant woman can experience gingivitis, pregnancy tumors, and mild to severe gingival enlargement.

Proper Oral Hygiene

If proper oral hygiene isn’t initiated prior to or during pregnancy, conditions such as gingivitis, pregnancy tumors, and gingival enlargement can worsen as the pregnancy progresses. Pregnant woman should ensure they are maintaining their regular, semi-annual checkups and consult a dentist if they notice any changes in their oral health.